• Evidence is mounting that Apple is working on a reversible USB cable that can be plugged in either way to your computer or USB port. It is all but confirmed that the technology is going to exist at some point. The question is whether it will show up this fall when Apple launches a new [...]
  • Bandai Namco today has released its newest mobile Pac-Man title to the Apple App Store and Google Play. Pac-Man Friends was originally announced alongside Bandai Namco's new collectible card game, Outcast Odyssey, and its mobile port of Pac-Man Championship Edition DX at San Diego Comic Con a few weeks ago.

    PAC-MAN Friends

    Bandai Namco describes the game as an "original arcade-style action-puzzler". As the title suggests, Pac-Man Friends features all your favorite characters from the franchise, plus 95 levels across seven different worlds. The goal of the game is to rescue 8 of Pac-Man's friends from Ghosts’ Castle while trying to avoid Pinky, Inky and its other ghostly inhabitants.

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  • Disney has finally released Star Wars: Commander to the U.S. App Store. The new Star Wars title was originally soft launched in Australia a few months ago. Unfortunately the game is a free-to-play, base building title much like Clash of Clans. This means it is full of timers and in-app purchases instead of anything fun.

    Star Wars: Commander

    The game includes the usual features found in most timer-based strategy titles. The only twist on the genre is that players can choose to join either the Empire or the Rebellion. Players can then train troops, build defenses and team up with other players to attack other bases. Here's the official description:

    "During a time of Galactic Civil War, competing forces need allies for their cause. The Rebellion rallies for justice and freedom, while the Empire seeks control of the galaxy. Where does your allegiance lie? Will you side with the Empire’s strength and relentlessness, or the Rebellion’s heroism and resourcefulness? The choice is yours!"

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  • The Green Electronic Council (GEC) recently announced that tablets and slates are now part of the Electronic Product Environmental Tool (EPEAT) registry. Based on new computer category specifications, these mobile devices are now considered eligible for Energy Star, which makes them eligible for EPEAT. Now that the new category exists, participating manufacturers can register their [...]
  • Over the past year, there have been dozens of rumors regarding what Apple will do this fall in terms of the next generation of iPad models. However, in recent weeks, Apple’s tablet has taken a backseat to rumors of the next-generation iPhone. Well, yesterday, the flames were fueled again. According to Taiwanese tech site TechNews, [...]
  • Since the existence of computers, developers have been working on ways to make music that is compatible with technology. Combining the digital world with the musical world has opened up many new opportunities. One of them being the ability to create beautiful music without needing to know how to play a single note on an [...]
  • Edgardaily.com had revealed inside information which indicates that Apple is going to open its largest retail store ever in Dubai. The store will be the first official retail presence of Apple in the Middle East, and comes after Time Cook was spotted in the United Arab Emirates earlier this year. The location is the Mall [...]
  • The epic strategy war-based board game BattleLore is getting remade for the digital gamer, Coming soon, Fantasy Flight Games is launching BattleLore: Command on the iPad and iPhone. Players can experience the excitement of turn-based fighting on impressive battlefields with full animation and tactical combat engagement. Players can take on the vicious Uthuk Y’llan in [...]
  • This is normally a quiet time of year for smartphone/tablet manufacturers as the world waits for Apple's newest iPhone and iPad to be released, but Samsung and HTC have decided not to sit ideally by this September. Samsung recently announced that its iPhone 5s lookalike the Galaxy Alpha will launch around the same time as the iPhone 6, and HTC has scheduled a press conference a few days before Apple's rumored September 9th iPhone event. Samsung has also teamed up with Barnes & Noble to release the Galaxy 4 Nook.

    Samsung Galaxy 4 Nook

    The e-reader/tablet is basically just a Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 with dedicated Barnes & Noble widgets. The new Nook is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and it runs Google's Android operating system. It is equipped with a 1280 x 800 (216 PPI) display, front- and rear facing cameras and it ships with 8GB of internal memory plus a microSD slot for up to 32GB of expandable memory.

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  • Last week, Tom Hanks launched a fun little throwback app called Hanx Writer. It simulates the rhythm and sound of writing with a real typewriter while using the touch screen of your iPad. It reminded me of how people are starting to long for the days of analog technology, like manual typewriters, cassette tapes, and [...]
  • There have been a lot of rumors flying around about a larger screen size for the next generation of iPhone. Some say it will be 4.7 inches. Others say it will be 5.5 inches. Still others claim there will be as many as three different sizes of iPhone devices this fall (four, 4.7, and 5.5). [...]
  • Phoenix Wright is a defense attorney working for a private law office. In 2001, the suave character found his way into the hearts of gamers on the Game Boy Advance. Since then, he has been the recipient of a handful of spinoffs and ports, including the Dual Destines title, which launched on Nintendo’s 3DS in [...]
  • Eddy Cue, Senior Vice President, Internet Software and Services at Apple recently listed his former residence for sale in Los Altos, CA for a reasonable $3,895,000. For your money, you’ll get a four-bedroom, 3,721-square-foot house in a “unassuming” and “quiet” neighborhood. According to Apple Insider, Cue’s former home was listed by realtor Ethel Green just [...]
  • I can’t count the number of times I’ve gone for a bike ride, arrived at my destination, and discovered that I didn’t bring my bike lock key with me. I have to either have my riding companion lock our bikes together, or ask the business I am patronizing to allow me to store it somewhere [...]
  • The research team at HybridLab out of the University of Montreal, Canada is working on an immersive illustration platform that allows users to collaborate on a virtual 3-D plain by using an iPad and $50,000 worth or technology. The Hyve-3D is a system that allows the user to view projections in a 3-D environment. There [...]
  • Apple’s eighth annual music festival is starting to fill up. The month-long musical showcase starts on Sept. 1 and the company only has two weeks to finalize the lineup. Today, Apple announced new artists added to the bill and the dates they will play in September. Featured artists include the likes of Blondie + Chrissie [...]
  • I received another one of those messages from my mom over the weekend, “Do you have time for a Facetime this afternoon?” That usually means one thing; she can’t get some device to work and needs my help. Sure enough, it turns out she was having trouble getting her iPhone and iPad to print to [...]
  • Boy, Dong Nguyen of dotGears has received more attention for his now-defunct “Flappy Bird” game than PopCap has for the creation of Plants vs. Zombies. Earlier this month, we found out that the addictive arcade game relaunched exclusively on Amazon Fire TV (with a few changes). Today, Touch Arcade reported on a hands-on review of [...]
  • Earlier this month, Apple and Beats officially came together, with each company respectively announcing the merger on their websites. At the time, it was noted that all Beats products would now be sold directly through Apple’s retail stores. Right now, Apple is having uncharacteristic sale on Beats headphones and speakers, listing all but a handful [...]
  • It’s stronger and more scratch resistant, but it looks like sapphire glass needs more time time before it is ready for prime time on a large scale. Rod Hall, an analyst at JP Morgan, told investors that sapphire glass is likely to be released as an iPhone display, but not in 2014. Hall’s comments were [...]
  • Target is offering discounts on select iPad mini and iPad Air models. The 16GB Wifi-only iPad mini is now available online for $199, and every model of the iPad Air is on sale staring at $449 for 16GB Wifi-only model, and $579 for the 16GB cellular model. That's $100 off the iPad mini and $50 off the iPad Air. REDcard holders can save an additional 5%. There is limited supply and a 2 iPad limit per customer. The sale ends on 08/23/2014 at 11:59 PM PST.

    iPad Deals

    The deal is available online, except for the white 16GB iPad mini, and in-store. You can also reserve a model online at Target.com and pick it up at a retail location near you.

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  • When Apple first announced that the Lightning cable for new generations of iOS devices would have a reversible connector, the tech world was excited. Personally, I was a bit disappointed. Sure, a cable that can be plugged into the iPad either way is nice, but I have a harder time with the USB end. My [...]
  • Over the weekend, games writer Josh Wittenkeller tweeted a picture of the Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) being played on an iPad. Wittenkeller was on site at the Pokémon World Championships in Washington D.C., which took place Aug. 16 and 17. The game looks like it will be a port of the online version currently [...]
  • At a time when tech companies like Samsung and Microsoft are releasing commercials that put down iOS devices in order to make their own look better, Apple is busy releasing commercials that win Emmy awards. About a year ago, Apple started a series of campaigns that highlight the iPad and iPhone. Some of them are [...]
  • The Pokémon Company has confirmed that The Pokémon Trading Card Game is coming to the iPad, but the company did not "provide a timeline for its release," according to Polygon. The game was first spotted at the the Pokémon World Championship in Washington D.C. by Twitter user Josh Wittenkeller. Wittenkeller tweeted an image of the game being played on a white iPad with the message:

    "It looks like Pokémon TCGO is in works for the iPad! Should be a huge way to expand the game. #PlayPokemon"

    Pokemon iPad

    The Pokémon Trading Card Game is based on the popular collectible card game released by Wizards of the Coast in the '90s. TCG was first launched as a video game to the Game Boy Color and then as an online version for Mac and Windows. Pokémon TCGO allows players to use their Pokémon Trainer Club accounts to build custom decks and battle against other players online.

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  • In May, Reuters reported on a settlement between Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe with former employees who claimed the companies were involved in an antitrust violation, this one involving an anti-poaching agreement. Last week, Gigaom reported that the ruling judge in the case, Lucy Koh, rejected the proposed settlement, stating that it was too low. [...]
  • Yahoo today updated its fantasy sports app to version 5.10. The update added the ability to edit team names, view league settings and see players news when drafting. The iPad app also received a news stream with "shareable articles". Other improvements include a faster way to renew your league, benched players added to the matchups screen and other bug fixes.

    Yahoo Fantasy Football

    The Yahoo Fantasy app allows fantasy sports managers to create and manage teams for all four major sports. Of course the main focus of the app right now is football, since the 2014/15 season is only a few weeks away. The app is a great way for players who compete in a Yahoo league to manage and draft their teams while on the go.

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  • There were zero noteworthy iPad releases this week but there were a few big game announcements. Ironhide Studios teased a new Kingdom Rush game on its Facebook page on Thursday. Ironhide posted an image with the tagline, "Every Adventure Has a Beginning," hinting that the third game in the series will be a prequel. The post also read: "A new world, a new race, a new ancient evil... Get ready for an awesome overwhelmingly new #KingdomRush game". Kingdom Rush 3 will be available this Fall.

    Kingdom Rush 3

    The Call of Duty: Heroes beta is now available on the New Zealand and Australian App Stores. The game is a free-to-play strategy title like Clash of Clans. You can download Call of Duty: Heroes now if you have a New Zealand or Australian App Store account.

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  • Famous comic book teenager Archie Andrews has been around (and a teenager) for more than 70 years. The first issue of “Archie Comics” came out in 1942 and the main series, as well as dozens of spinoff series, has been going strong ever since. You can still pick up “Archie Digest” and “Betty and Veronica” [...]
  • Last June, Gameloft launched a fun little Breakout style game that required users to have an account with Tango. Sure, the free messaging service is a great thing to have, but not everyone wants or needs it. Those non-Tango users were left in the dust until this week when Gameloft launched a version of the [...]
  • Mega Man dates all the way back to 1987, when the big-booted jet pack-wearing hero saved us from Dr. Wily for the first time. The game turned into a series, complete with spin-offs and ports galore. In 1993, Mega Man morphed into a second series called Mega Man X, in which about a dozen additional [...]
  • The media are always spreading rumors about upcoming Apple products, whether it is a leaked photo, purported specs, or claims of delayed production. It happens all year long and Apple never comes out to deny or confirm any of it. However, a recent leak from Thailand’s secretary of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) [...]
  • You may have noticed when you order a drink during a flight that more and more airlines are moving toward the use of digital technology to allow you to pay for it. Instead of requiring cash only, JetBlue crewmembers will soon be able to charge your drink order using an iPad mini. JetBlue’s new premium [...]
  • Actor Tom Hanks has released his first iPad app which is an accurate recreation of three manual typewriters. It could have easily been a gimmicky app that is used once or twice, but this is something different. The attention to detail and the overall aesthetic of Hanx Writer makes this an app you’ll enjoy typing [...]
  • Over the past few years, Apple has made a point to show that they are working to become greener and safer for workers. In 2012, Apple became the first tech company to join the Fair Labor Association (FLA) and earlier this year, Greenpeace applauded the company’s Apple Campus II clean energy design. One big issue [...]
  • Around the globe, football fans (called soccer in the U.S.) are getting ready for the biggest season in sports to begin. The Permier League Season starts Aug. 16, but fans can quell their excitement today with Square Enix’s newest sports game, Champ Man 15. Champ Man 15 is a free-to-play team management game with thousands [...]
  • Phil takes challenge! Challenges Chris, Kim, and Tim. #IceBucketChallenge @PeteFrates3 @tim_cook @chrisodonnell #ALS pic.twitter.com/DfJIuY3hnb — Philip Schiller (@pschiller) August 14, 2014 The “Ice Bucket Challenge” has been spreading like wildfire across the nation. A person called on the Ice Bucket Challenge can either dump a bucket of ice water on his head (pictures, or it didn’t [...]
  • At a time when Americans are embracing the use of iPads in sports, England is heading the opposite direction, banning the use of them by spectators in one Manchester stadium. The Manchester United Football Club, an English professional football team, recently sent a message to fans that iPads and other tablet devices would no longer [...]
  • Activision plans to release the full version of Skylanders Trap Force to tablets the same day the console version hits stores on October 5th. The tablet version will offer the same experience as the console version plus it will ship with its own built-in tablet stand, portal and exclusive wireless controllers This will be the first time that an AAA title will be simultaneously released in its full version for both consoles and tablets.

    Skylanders Trap Team iPad

    The Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack will retail for $75, the same price as console Starter Packs, and include two Skylanders characters, two traps, the controller and portal. The only bad parts is that app itself will take up a whopping 6GB of space. The Tablet Starter Pack is now available for pre-order through retailers such as Amazon.com

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  • We all know that Siri has a cheeky sense of humor. Ask her where she was born or what her favorite color is and she will respond with something clever. You could spend hours trying to find Siri’s “Easter Eggs.” One famous statement Siri makes is in regards to where a person can “hide a [...]