How to Put Your iPad In and Out of Recovery Mode

Most iOS software or app problems can be resolved by rebooting your device, however, in some circumstances it is necessary to put your iPad or iPhone into recovery mode. Here's how to put an iPad or iPhone into recovery mode in iOS 7 if your run into trouble.

iPad Recovery Mode

1. Make sure you have a USB cable to connect your iPad to your computer and that you have the latest version of iTunes installed.
2. Hold down the sleep/wake button on your iPad until you see the red "slide to power off" slider. Swipe to the right to turn off your device.
3. Connect your USB cable to your computer and iPad while holding the down Home button.
4. Release the Home button when you see the see the recovery image on your display (see above).

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Bye, Bye iPad 2: Apple Discontinues the Second-Generation Tablet

In a unsuspected move today, Apple has discontinued the iPad 2 and replaced it with the fourth-generation "iPad with Retina display". The Cupertino company also launched a more affordable 8GB version of its iPhone 5c in the UK. Now we know why most of the major retailers have been offering so many discounts on both the second-generation tablet and 16GB iPhone 5c.

iPad 2

The iPad 2 was originally unveiled on March 2, 2011, and has occupied Apple's entry-level tablet slot since being replaced by the iPad 3 a year later. However, the introduction of the iPad mini with Retina display at $399 has made the 9.7-inch second-generation tablet obsolete, forcing Apple to finally put it out to pasture.

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Astro Mined Offers a New and Fun Twist on Minesweeper

Astro Mined: Galactic Bombsquad is now available for all iOS devices. The game features 50 space-themed levels where players must solve puzzles to escape minefields.

Astro Mined: Galactic Bombsquad

The game is a lot like Minesweeper with its undifferentiated squares and number system which allows players to know how many adjacent squares contain mines. However, Astro Mined offers a twist by allowing players to use boulders to destroy the mines. Players can also collect fruit and coins to earn extra points.

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TinyCo Releases First Images of Family Guy Video Game

TinyCo has released the first images from its upcoming Family Guy video game for iOS and Android devices. The screenshots show popular characters such as Peter, Chris and Quagmire hanging around the town of Quahog.

Family Guy Video Game

TinyCo is working closely with Seth MacFarlane's production company Fuzzy Door to produce an original story for the resource management title. TinyCo said the game will have a "heavy focus on characters and story," and will include updates that move the story along. As you can see from the image below, the game will also include lesser known characters like the ATM guy from the episode To Love and Die in Dixie.

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Adaptive Audio and Other Big Changes Coming to Marvel Unlimited iOS App

Marvel Entertainment is making some pretty big changes to its Marvel Unlimited app for iOS devices. The new version of the app will feature smoother panel transitions, adaptive audio and "DVD-style extras," according to CNET. Adaptive audio adds movie-like soundtracks and sound effects to Marvel's digital comics. The background score not only changes from panel to panel, but it also adapts to a reader's speed. Marvel is currently testing the new feature on its current Captain America: The Winter Soldier story arc.

Marvel Smart Soundtrack

Kristin Vincent, Marvel's vice president of digital products, said the smart audio feature will be added to more comics in the future, after they get enough feedback from fans.

"I think we have the best fans in the world, and the most vocal fans in the world. We're always watching the metrics," Vincent explained to CNET. "We look for what people are sharing in the social space. We're very in tune with our fans, or at least try to be, and move where they move."

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Evasi0n7 PSA: Jailbreakers Should Avoid iOS 7.1

In case you missed the memo, iOS 7.1 does patch the evasi0n7 jailbreak. This means you should avoid iOS 7.1 if do not want to lose your current jailbreak and keep all your Cydia tweaks and apps.

iPad Deals

iOS 7.1 was released on Monday, March 10, 2014. The update brings a variety of UI improvements, new features, faster animations and bug fixes. Some of the new features include:

- Car Play support
- The capability to manually control Siri by holding down the Home button so and releasing it when you're done to indicate you're finished with your inquiry
- The ability to purchase songs from the Now Playing screen on iTunes Radio
- The option to display events in month view on the Calendar app
- Country specific holidays automatically added for many countries in the Calendar app
- Bold font for keyboard and calculator
- Reduce Motion option now includes Weather and Messages

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Walmart, Target and Best Buy Really, Really Want You to Buy a New iPhone or iPad

The Apple price wars are really starting to heat up between Walmart, Target and Best Buy. Walmart has topped Best Buy's current iPhone sale by dropping the price of the iPhone 5s from $145 to $119, and by reducing the iPhone 5c to only $29. You can even save more money by trading in your used electronics through Walmart's Gadgets to Gift Cards program.

iPad Deals

Beginning March 9, Target is offering a minimum of $150 for used iPad 2 models, according to Techno Buffalo. Target's iPad 2 trade-in deal begins one-day after Best Buy's $200 iPad trade-in deal expires, and it includes a bonus $30 Target gift card for anyone who participates. Target is also accepting used iPhone trade-ins until March 22.

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Save up to 80% on iPad and iPhone Accessories [Deals]

Griffin Technology is doing a little spring cleaning by offering 80% off of its DreamStand and PowerDock Dual chargers for iOS devices.

PowerDock Dual

The DreamStand holds your iPad in both portrait and landscape orientation so you can easily watch movies or read while charging your tablet. The Dreamstand also features a USB port for charging a second device, and it accommodates most iPad cases. You can nab the DreamStand for the iPad 2 or 3 for only $10 via

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Son Upset After Apple Refuses to Unlock Deceased Mother's iPad

Josh Grant, 26, from London is upset after Apple asked him to provide a court order to unlock his deceased mother's iPad. Josh and his brother Patrick discovered that their mother had changed her Apple password before she had passed away from cancer earlier this year.

iPad Locked

The brothers tried to restore the tablet to its factory settings before being told by Apple they would need “written permission" from their mother to gain access to the device. Apple then asked for a copy of her death certificate and will after Josh explained that his mother had died and he was the co-executor. But even that wasn't enough for Apple, who also asked the family "to provide a court order to unlock their mother’s tablet," according to The Independent.

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Twitch Announces SDK for Mobile App Developers

The popular video platform for gamers Twitch announced today that the company is releasing an SDK that would allow mobile developers to add live broadcasting, capturing and archiving to iOS and Android games. Twitch hopes the new development kit will help their video service reach beyond PC and console gaming.

Twitch SDK

"Our vision is to provide the Twitch community with the ability not only to view, but to broadcast live video game content wherever they are, whether they’re on the go or in the living room,” said Matthew DiPietro, VP of Marketing, Twitch. “We’ve achieved that with our PC and console integrations, so the trifecta will soon be complete with our deep and concerted foray into mobile broadcasting.”

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