Apple could reveal big iPad Pro news next month

Apple's 9.7-inch iPad pro.
Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad pro.

A redesigned iPad Pro might be announced next month.

9to5Mac has obtained an image of what it claims is an inventory listing for cases for an iPad Pro with a 10.5-inch screen — an iPad that doesn’t exist yet.

According to the listing, Urban Armor Gear (UAG) is preparing to ship folio cases made for a 10.5-inch iPad Pro in June.

Case leaks are a dime a dozen and nothing new when it comes to revealing unannounced products, but the fact that UAG, a major case maker, is throwing its weight behind what is only a rumored iPad…

Osmo Coding Jam game combines programming with music

Osmo has created some of the most creative apps for children with its augmented reality platform for the iPad, and it is launching another such game today called Osmo Coding Jam.

The title incorporates the familiar Osmo system to combine music and computer programming. The system uses a mirror to point the iPad camera in front of the iPad, where it applies computer vision to see blocks that a child puts in front of it. In this case, the blocks are used to program musical notes.

Palo Alto, Calif.-based Osmo believes the rush to teach kids science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) has struck a sour note. The brightest thinkers appreciate art and think creatively, not mechanically. That’s why Osmo has launched a way to learn coding while fostering creativity by making music. In May 2016, Osmo launched its first kids’ programming game, Osmo Coding.

“We wanted to bring creativity to coding,” said Pramod Sharma, the CEO of Osmo, in an interview with GamesBeat. “I see myself as a creative coder. We think the future is about coders and that music is very creative and a very powerful medium. We try to bring them together in this product.”

Above: Osmo Coding Jam brings out the creativity in kids.

Image Credit: Osmo

Thomas Edison played the piano, Albert Einstein played the violin, and recent research found that on average, high school students who studied music appreciation scored better on the SATs, both in the verbal and…

Desktop Users Can Now Upload To Instagram Without The App – Here’s How

Can We Pop The Silicon Valley Bubble?

A recent update to Instagram’s website has just enabled a feature which users of iPads and desktop PCs everywhere have been crying out for since the start. You can now upload images directly from a browser without the need to use the Instagram app and it’s trivially easy for Chrome users.

You can now upload photos to Instagram using Chrome
You can now upload photos to Instagram using Chrome

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You can now upload photos to Instagram using Chrome

Now if you want to upload images directly from a PC, a Mac or even a Chromebook, you can do so without having to first transfer the pictures to your phone. It’s also great news for iPad users who, until now, have had to use an ill-fitting iPhone version of the app to access the service from their devices.

Recently added support for photo uploads from mobile browsers makes Instagram accessible to more users worldwide by removing the reliance on expensive mobile devices and app downloads where mobile data may not be cheaply available.

However, there are still several features missing from the mobile browser-based interface, such as live video, stories and the ability to apply filters, all of which are highly popular Instagram features.

Furthermore, Instagram isn’t fully embracing the idea of uploading from the desktop just yet, as it’s only the mobile version of the website which currently supports image uploading. Using Instagram from a normal desktop browser won’t provide any image upload capability unless you do a little trick first.

If you want to upload from a desktop browser, you’ll have to manually select…

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App developers like creating for Apple’s sexy iPhone and iPad systems, but there is a simple fact programmers can’t ignore — the Android operating system is running nearly 80 percent of devices worldwide. If you’re not building for Android, you’re missing out on most of your potential customers… so get the training to capitalize on your talents with lifetime access to the Professional Android Developer Bundle.

You can pick up this comprehensive five-course bundle right now for only $29 (over 90 percent off) from TNW Deals.

Through this multi-course instruction, you’ll not only learn the basics of coding and how each operating system environment works, but you’ll go…

Apple sold fewest iPads in a quarter since the tablet’s first year

Try as Apple might, it seems interest in the iPad continues to tumble.

Apple reported today that it sold 8,922 iPads in the second quarter of its fiscal year 2017. That’s down 13 percent from a year ago.

The addition of bigger iPads, iPads with Pencil, iPad corporate partnerships to write software, iPad with anything … none of it seems to be helping the gadget that many of us once thought was going to…

This Is How Kids Entertained Themselves Before Smartphones Existed

If you have kids these days, they likely can’t fathom a world that doesn’t include smart technology. No laptops, no iPads, no smartphones, and no device that turns your lights off for you when you’re not home. Certainly no refrigerator that can tell you when you’re out of something!

I was born in 1979, which makes me part of the last generation to completely grow up without this kind of technology being pervasive – we had a computer starting when I was in middle school, the Apple IIE – but it had like two games and a word processor. By the time I was in high school, cell phones were available (and they were slightly smaller than the one Zack Morris carried on Saved By the Bell), but we left them in our glove compartments in case of an actual emergency – if we were lucky enough to have our own to begin with. Even through college, laptops were novelties and cell phones weren’t pervasive. We were still dialing up our Internet (though Instant Messenger was all the rage).

That life? Anyone born five years after I was will never know it. Which is as odd to me as life without technology will seem to my son. So if you’re one of those crazy kids…

Samsung’s New iPad Pro Is Just Fantastic

Coming a year after the launch of Apple’s first 9.7-inch iPad Pro, the new iteration from Samsung feels daring. While it has the same sleek lines, is just as light, and possesses the magnetic connection on one side for easy keyboard cover attachment, Samsung’s iPad Pro for 2017 is, inexplicably called the Galaxy Tab S3, and unlike previous iPads this one runs on Android.

Technically, if you want to be “accurate” this is not an iPad Pro, but Samsung’s first premium Android tablet in over a year. In 2015 Android sort of lost the tablet war it had waged against iOS. While Google’s mobile OS rules the budget roost thanks to the cheap Kindle Fire, no one has really expressed a desire for a $600 media consumption machine running little green droid brains. Heck, at this point people don’t even buy iPads any more. The people who want tablets have them already.

Samsung’s hoping it can change people’s minds with a shiny new device that just happens to bear a remarkable resemblance to the current bestselling premium tablet, the iPad. It’s only a hundredth of a pound lighter than the comparable iPad, less than a tenth of an inch shorter, and both devices are just .24 inches thick. They’re both also $600 for a 32GB version, and they handle everything from drawing to quickly written screeds on Facebook with zero lag. Maybe Samsung considers the remarkable similarities between its new product and last year’s iPad Pro to be a compliment to Apple, rather than a naked bid for a share of a dwindling market. Though Apple, and courts, tend to disagree.

Some things are different about the two tablets. Besides running Android Nougat instead of iOS 10, the Tab S3 has a Qualcomm 820 processor (which is theoretically slower than the 835 reportedly planned for the Galaxy S8 phone), comes in only a 32GB version, and includes a nice little pen for drawing on its admittedly vibrant AMOLED display. As an Apple Pencil costs an additional $100, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 feels like a bargain.

Neither device includes the keyboard cover. Apple charges $150 for a cover and keyboard that…

Remains of the Day: Apple Quietly Updates the iPad

Apple added a couple of new products to their lineup this morning to little fanfare. The new red iPhone, in partnership with the (RED) charity, may be the only head-turner but they also upgraded the most popular size of lower-end iPad.

  • The new 9.7 inch iPad is a slight upgrade over the iPad Air 2, with a starting price of $329. That simplifies things a little bit; now the whole lineup includes the iPad Mini, the normal iPad, the iPad Pro, and a jumbo iPad Pro. Apple also announced a weird video app that they’re developing called Clips, which lets you create videos to be shared on other services. It’s sort of like Apple’s version of Snapchat minus the actual chat. You can add emojis and filters and all that jazz and do simple video editing. Clips will be available in April. [Apple]
  • In other news, following the U.S. ban…