• I used to work at a movie theater. After every show, I’d pick up trash, sweep the floor, and check the seats for lost items. At least once per week, someone would leave a phone behind, snugly tucked into the folded crevice next to a candy wrapper or a very old piece of chewed gum. [...]
  • The Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) is about six weeks away. So, everything Apple does right now can be interpreted as getting ready for the big event. The iPad maker traditionally holds a keynote address the first day of the conference and typically shows of new products and software that will launch later in the year. [...]
  • You may recall that I’ve recently become fascinated with Washi tape. This decorative, glamorized masking tape is great for turning solid colors into exiting patterns. Because it can easily be removed, it allows you to go crazy decorating your tech, without worrying about its resell value. We recently spotlighted a simple DIY project involving Washi [...]
  • Swiss computer and tablet accessory manufacturer, Logitech, today announced that it has updated its popular Ultrathin keyboard cover for the iPad Air, iPad Mini and iPad Mini with Retina display. The company also added three new cases to its lineup - the Big Bang, the Hinge and the Turnaround.

    Logitech Ultrathin iPad Air keyboard cover

    The Ultrathin is a magnetic clip-on keyboard cover with an aluminum backing that matches the iPad. The keyboard connects via Bluetooth and the case features a battery pack that extends your iPad's life considerably. The new version of the Ultrathin is slightly thinner than its predecessor at just 6.4 mm thick. The main upgrade though is the additional viewing angles that are possible, thanks to a new flexible seat

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  • Apple has been making headlines this week with its "Better" ad campaign promoting Earth Day, and now the Cupertino company is continuing its effort by making the iPad eligible for its in-store Reuse & Recycling program. Previously iOS users could only receive Apple Store credit for recycling their used iPhones. Apple customers can now also "upgrade across devices," according to an internal document posted by 9to5Mac. This means customers can trade-in an old iPad for a new iPhone, or vice-versa.

    Apple Recycle

    Apple will not accept iPads with cracked displays, or retired and new iPads such as the first-generation iPad or iPad Air. Your iPad also can't be jailbroken (make sure you restore it) or have any third-party parts if you wish to trade it in at an Apple retail location.

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  • Apple is really trying to make a point today. The company recently launched an Environmental Responsibility campaign that highlights everything Apple is doing to reduce its carbon footprint and “leave the world a better place then we found it.” Today, apply announced that it has expanded its Reuse & Recycling program to include older models [...]
  • It is no secret that the tech news world thinks Apple is going to launch the rumored iWatch sometime this year. Everyday, new information surfaces that points to Apple’s involvement in wearable computing. Yesterday, CNN speculated on a possible collaboration between Nike and Apple that spawns from the fact that the former recently reduced its [...]
  • Agilebit’s password security app 1Password has been in the news quite a bit lately. With the recent revelation of Heartbleed, the company dropped the price of both the iOS and OS X apps by 50 percent. Today, the company has launched the biggest update since 4.0 and it brings with it some fantastic changes that [...]
  • I saw far too many people driving while using their phones on the way to drop my kids at school this morning. Sometimes I wonder why there aren’t stricter laws about distracted driving, especially in school zones where there are small children crossing streets. In an Apple patent discovered this week it seems that Apple [...]
  • Logitech is known for its top-quality keyboard cases for the iPad. They’ve perfected the true type feel of a full keyboard, while shrinking it down to fit within the parameters of the 9.7-inch framework. Today, the company has announced a new line of cases that focus on viewing angles and durability for those who don’t [...]
  • Hot on the heels of the release for Hitman GO, Square Enix has released a new trailer entitled, Cherry Blossom, for Final Fantasy Agito. Agito is a free-to-play RPG game designed specifically for smartphones and tablets. The game is directed by Hajime Tabata and it takes place in the same universe as the 2011 PSP Final Fantasy game Type-0.

    The trailer posted above is for the Japanese release arriving in May. The video shows off the game's battle system, maps and equipment.

    Agito is a lot like Type-0, where players can customize the appearance and weapons of their own character, and earn experience by exploring and completing missions. The game will also feature an evolving story line based on decisions players make during the game.

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  • Fans of unusual simulation games probably already play the PC game Goat Simulator via Steam. The popular game stars a running goat whose sole purpose is to headbutt anything and everything in its path. Players knock over residents of the town, drag items around, and get bashed into oblivion when getting hit by a car. [...]
  • April 22 is Earth Day, a holiday created in 1970 as a way to honor nature and the how humanity can coexist peacefully with our surroundings. By the 1990s, it was a worldwide phenomenon. Songs were sung about it. Today, cities around the world hold events dedicated to preserving the environment. It is such a [...]
  • AppleInsider is reporting that three new channels have been added to Apple TV’s main menu. A&E, the History Channel, and Lifetime are now a part of the available networks that cable subscribers can access through Apple’s set-top box. According to AppleInsider, the three new channels appeared on Monday as a silent update and now appear [...]
  • Apple Maps likely received a huge spike in visitors this past weekend after news that satellites had captured a photo of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster. While your inner skeptic might want to call this a hoax or a glitch in technology, the mounting evidence for a large water creature living in Scotland is becoming [...]
  • Griffin Technology is holding another site wide sale. This time the accessory maker is offering 20% off all its products in celebration of Mother's Day. This deal ends on April 27, 2014.

    iPad Mother's Day Sale

    Griffin offers a wide variety of iPad, iPad mini and iPhone accessories. Here's a quick look at some of their noteworthy iPad cases. Most of these cases are available for the second generation iPad and later, including the iPad Air and iPad mini.

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  • Today, Apple announce the official date and time of the company’s second quarter results for 2014. Apple has been reporting record sales, year after year. However, analysts are betting that this quarter, iPad sales will be on the decline. We’ll find out for sure on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. At the quarterly earnings results call, [...]
  • Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) published an article relating to mobile operating system makers striking exclusivity deals with game developers that push promotion of certain apps. While it is no surprise that Apple would try to attract game makers to iOS exclusively, it turns out that the “Editor’s Choice” award isn’t necessarily based on [...]
  • Two months ago, Square Enix Montreal announced that the company was working on a mobile version of its extremely popular Hitman franchise. Last week, the game was finally finished and ready to launch. Later that day, Apple spotlighted it as this week’s Editor’s Choice award, and with good cause. Fans of the series feared that [...]
  • For today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 8 great apps to add to your iPad collection.  We have 7 productivity / entertainment apps and 1 game apps in today’s bundle. We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great deals and we’ll continue to look for the best app deals as they pop-up. Some of [...]
  • For today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 8 great apps to add to your iPad collection.  We have 4 productivity / entertainment apps and 4 game apps in today’s bundle. We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great deals and we’ll continue to look for the best app deals as they pop-up. Some of [...]
  • Apple (AAPL) will be reporting its second quarter earnings next Wednesday, April 23rd, and if the experts that Fortune contacted are correct in their predictions, the Cupertino giant will be reporting a decline in iPad sales.

    iPad sales expected to decline

    iPad sales currently account for about 20% of Apple's total sales, making it the company's second largest source of revenue (behind the iPhone, of course). Last year's Q2 numbers showed a very healthy 55% year-over-year growth, but growing competition such as Samsung's Galaxy tablets and the rising

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  • For today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 12 great apps to add to your iPad collection.  We have 3 productivity / entertainment apps and 9 game apps in today’s bundle. We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great deals and we’ll continue to look for the best app deals as they pop-up. Some of [...]
  • A new malware targeting jailbroken devices has been discovered by Reddit users. While very little is know about the malware itself, Cydia creator saurik has released instructions on how to find out if your jailbroken device has been affected.

    Unflod Malware

    According to Reddit user minilover11, the purpose of "Unflod" is to steal people's Apple IDs and passwords. German security consulting firm SektionEins also took a look at the problem and this is what they found:

    "This malware appears to have Chinese origin and comes as a library called Unflod.dylib that hooks into all running processes of jailbroken iDevices and listens to outgoing SSL connections. From these connections it tries to steal the device’s Apple-ID and corresponding password and sends them in plaintext to servers with IP addresses in control of US hosting companies for apparently Chinese customers."

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  • Gameloft has just launched the second installment of the Amazing Spider-Man series of iOS games. Recently announce to launch sometime ahead of the movie premier, this web-slinging sequel is a pleasant surprise for this Friday afternoon. Similar to the original, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 stars the shy but lovable masked wall crawler Peter Parker and [...]
  • Thinner, faster, lighter has been the mantra spoken with each iPad hardware update. The successor to the iPad Air is no different, with analysts predicting an A8 processor and Touch ID in Apple's next full-size tablet. Now a parts leak purported to show the front bezel assembly of the iPad Air 2 looks to confirm an integrated LCD panel.

    iPad Air 2 parts

    Apple currently uses this technology on the iPhone 5s, which fuses the front panel and display components into one part. Not only does this configuration shave off device thickness, but the integrated LCD can improve image display quality. Both the iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina display have separate front panel and display components, making this a key area for improvement on the next generation iPad Air 2.

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  • Apple device owners who have not upgraded their devices to iOS 7 are reporting a shutdown of FaceTime. From the community forums, it appears that iOS 7 is unaffected, while devices running iOS 6 are most affected, no matter which device they are using. According to one forum poster, Apple’s advice is to update your [...]
  • Dutch site One More Thing recently published supposed leaked photos of the second-generation iPad Air predicted to launch this fall. According to the source, Apple is planning on integrating the LCD layer in the display panel, which is currently not part of the iPad assembly. According to One More Thing, interpreted from Google Translate, the [...]
  • Ahead of each of Apple’s fiscal quarters, Fortune publishes a list of predictions from analysts, both professional and amateur. The iPad maker’s second quarter is just about to end, so the news organization has just released its quarterly list of predictions. Not surprisingly, analysts are expecting a decline for Apple’s tablet line. However, this time, [...]
  • A couple of weeks ago, Hunter Island went free as Apple’s App of the Week. I decided to check it out since I had heard it was a pet collecting game similar to PokémonI’ve been playing it fairly regularly and I really enjoy it. It may not be as good as Nintendo’s pocket monster classic, [...]
  • For today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 18 great apps to add to your iPad collection.  We have 7 productivity / entertainment apps and 11 game apps in today’s bundle. We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great deals and we’ll continue to look for the best app deals as they pop-up. Some of [...]
  • Saving money is smart. Anyone in the market for an iPad mini with Retina display now has the option to get a refurbished unit from Apple at a discounted price. Savings up to 16 percent is possible at the time of this writing, shaving $80 off the normal cost of a 32 GB model.

    refurbished discount iPad mini Retina

    While 16 GB versions are currently sold out, the 64 GB iPad mini with Retina display can be had for $90 off retail, saving 15 percent. These discounts put the 32 GB model at $419 and the 64 GB at $509 with free shipping from Apple. Not only this, but the company offers the same one-year warranty on refurbs as it does on brand new hardware.

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  • Although it is currently the world's largest music seller, Apple plans to bolster this side of its business in order to compete with growing competition. According to Bloomberg, the Cupertino company is working with Shazam Entertainment Ltd. to develop song identification software that would be integrated into the next major iOS update.

    Apple partner with Shazam for song identification software for iOS

    Song download sales have dropped off industry-wide, most likely due to the rising popularity of streaming internet services like Pandora, Spotify and Google's YouTube. Apple introduced its own streaming service, iTunes Radio, last year, but it wants to boost its download sales and plans to do so by incorporating song identification software into iOS 8. Shazam's app has 90 million monthly users and, according to Bloomberg, has "steered millions of song downloads through iTunes." Apple believes that if

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  • Last November, Apple launched the first ever iPad mini with Retina display. Although the company was able to keep up with demand, it was still a difficult task as consumers flocked to purchase the device during the holiday season. Today, refurbished versions of the tablet have started showing up in Apple’s online store. For the [...]
  • Time management games have been a popular genre of games for about as long as computers have been available in the home. You can play at being a short order cook, candy maker, or traffic controller. Gamers can regulate cars, boats, planes, and trains in a variety of traffic situations. City Rush is a traffic [...]
  • The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently published two patent requests from Apple that refer to a system for locking and unlocking iOS devices. The patents, titled “Gesture entry techniques” refers to drawing patterns and shapes on the screen to unlock an iPhone or iPad. Right now, the default passcode unlock for iOS devices is [...]
  • Stolen Couch Games today released a trailer for Castaway Paradise, which looks a lot like Nintendo's popular Animal Crossing community simulation game. The developers have been testing the game in Canada since November, and plan to release an iPad version followed by an iPhone version sometime this year.

    The game is a resource management title where players can customize their own character and "decorate" a village while interacting with other players. The developers of Castaway Paradise said they are "not hiding" where they got their "inspiration, and cited Animal Crossing as their muse on the TouchArcade forums.

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  • New Apple Retail executive Angela Ahrendts is able to officially take up her post in Cupertino having completed the six month transition period required by her contract but may postpone the move until early summer to receive substantial bonuses. How much are money are we talking about? £8 million!! ($13.4 million) Apple seems to be [...]
  • Duckie Deck Development has released Sandwich Chef, a mobile app geared towards "picky eaters". The new game for iOS devices is designed to promote wholesome eating habits while offering a safe ad-free experience for toddlers.

    Duckie Deck Sandwich Chef

    Sandwich Chef's kid-friendly interface and colorful graphics are reminiscent of Toca Boca's popular iOS games for children. The app allows kids to create a variety of cute sandwiches while using healthy nutrient-rich ingredients.

    The game is simple to play, a child just selects one of the ten sandwich options then uses simple touch-based controls to decorate it with fun faces. Children can then "eat" their finished sandwich by tapping it a few times until it disappears before moving on to their next creation.

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  • Less than two months from now, Apple will likely demonstrate features for its next big update to iOS at the Worldwide Developer Conference in June. While much is still unknown regarding what Apple will “wow” us with in 2014, rumors are starting to pop up here and there. Today, Bloomberg reported that Apple and Shazam [...]