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Emily is a freelance writer who loves discovering new apps whenever she can pry the iPad away from her children or husband. You can contact her via Twitter: @whatwentwrite

Nomad Flex Single Debuts – Partners with Best Buy


Purchasing a Nomad Brush just got much easier. Soon the company’s newest product, the Nomad FLeX – Single will be sold at Best Buy.

This attractive paintbrush stylus comes in 5 colors — cobalt blue, pink, red, silver, and charcoal. The Nomad FLeX and included case will retail for $29.00. The brush, which is constructed from precision-milled aluminum, includes a new, all-synthetic brush tip. Plus the Nomad FLeX handle is compatible with the Nomad Compose brush tips.

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October Kids’ App Roundup: Ten iPad Apps We Love

We at PadGadget are lucky, lucky people because so many wonderful apps cross our digital desktops that we can’t possibly review them all. In this month’s installment of the Kids’ App Roundup, we include 10 can’t miss apps that cover playtime, bedtime, and (of course) schooltime.

Did we miss anything? Please share the name of your favorite sleeper edu-apps and games for kids.
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Learn a New Skill with Craftsy for iPad App – iPad App Review

Craftsy, an online tutorial site based in Denver, CO, earns high marks from adventurous DIY knitters, quilters, and creators of all stripes. Now, Craftsy for iPad brings the breadth and depth of knowledge available online to the iPad.

Craftsy for iPad is a natural marriage. Whatever you’re creating, chances are good you do it away from a computer terminal. Whether you prefer to spend time in a sewing room, knitting on the couch, or learning new techniques in the kitchen, now you can bring the Craftsy class to wherever you like to create.

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Hey Ladies, Apple Thinks You’re Going to Love the iPad Mini


Yesterday Quartz.com’s Zachary M. Stewart posted that women are the target of Apple’s advertising strategy for the iPad mini, a story that the Atlantic and many others picked up on Twitter. In a profile of the newest iPad in the New York Times, Forrester Research Analyst Sarah Rottman Epps said that said iPad mini could appeal to women because it can more easily fit in a purse.

In contrast, on NPR’s All Tech Considered Blog, Laura Sydell wrote, “I found it a little clumsy to hold in one hand. I don’t have particularly large hands and that’s likely to be true for a certain percentage of other women out there. (Maybe they need more women designers at Apple?).”

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IMAG-N-O-TRON: “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” Edition — iPad App Review

When I had the pleasure of speaking with Moonbot Studios creative team last April, art lead Joe Bluhm alluded to plans for a new iOS app that would work in conjunction with the print version of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. Bluhm explained, “you’ll have this new, three-dimensional experience that you can’t get with just the book or just the app.”

Well, that new app is here. The app, lavishly titled IMAG-N-O-TRON: “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” Edition has arrived and it creates an experience unlike any other available in the app store, combining augmented reality with timeless storytelling.

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iPad Mini Video, TV Ad, and Yesterday’s Keynote now Available Online


What’s sleek and white (or black, if you must) and costs a hair more than we’d hoped? The iPad Mini! The iPad mini has finally arrived. In recognition of its newest addition Apple has made the iPad mini intro video starring Jonny Ive and the keynote from yesterday’s Special Event available online from the company website.

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Get Crackin’ with Bad Piggies Best Egg Recipes — iPad App Review

Rovio’s Angry Birds is the tablet-era’s first superbrand. After conquering more expected realms (kids’ T-shirts, Halloween costumes) and some rather unexpected, the Finnish developer started thinking outside the nest, in a logical extension of its brand, when it created Bad Piggies HD.

The company’s newest release, Bad Piggies Best Egg Recipes cashes in on the popularity of those stubborn piggies, bringing the Angry Birds brand to a new locale: the kitchen.

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Still Looking for an iPad Stand? Check Out Tabzu — An Approved Kickstarter Project

It may sound like a joke, but we’re not pulling your leg here — Tabzu wants to be the first iPad case on the market with a built-in leg stand. Are you guilty of balancing your expensive tablet precariously on your lap? Tabzu may be just the iPad accessory you’re looking for. Once it’s clamped to your leg (or the arm of your sofa), Tabzu’s rubber legs make sure your iPad stays put, whether you’re in a three piece suit or your bathrobe.

Though Tabzu’s creators hail from Hollywood, where they both have the enviable job of creating special effects for movies and TV (Coraline, The Lord of the Rings, Mythbusters) they have tried to make an iPad accessory that suits a wide range of users. Not only does the Tabzu work well on a variety of surfaces, the user can switch its clip configuration to work with different sized devices.

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Apple Hopes to Dominate the Education Market with the iPad Mini

The battle for school systems’ edtech budgets is heating up. Just last week Amazon released Whispercast in hopes of cutting into the iPad’s classroom dominance, but Apple is ready to fight back with the smaller, leaner iPad Mini.

Since its release, the iPad has grown in popularity as an educational tool, but its price remains a concern for many cash-conscious school systems. Though the price of the iPad Mini will likely be announced at Apple’s event tomorrow, estimates for the low-end model are about $250 US, which offers a significant savings compared to $399 for the least expensive iPad 2 configuration.

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Seven Poets and the Assassin’s Secret: Final Wrap-up


Has it really only been ten weeks since the closing ceremony of the Olympic games spurred the kick off of Seven Poets and the Assassin’s Secret?

There are a number of loose ends that need tying before our heroes reach their much-deserved denouement  Will Tomas be subdued? Will Julian and Jessica discover the true nature of their feelings? There is only one way to find out – read on…
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