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Customers Prefer $300 iPad Mini Over a $200 Google or Amazon Tablet

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Google announcing their Nexus 7 tablet may have an unexpected side effect: it might serve as market research for Apple. When Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt surveyed a group of consumers to ask what kinds of tablets they were most interested in, the results may not be what Google is hoping to hear.

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Enjoy (Coca-Cola with) Crabs and Penguins in Paradise – iPad App Review

Crabs and PenguinsHow often can you say that all in a day’s work you controlled a crab who ended up becoming a hero? If the answer is never, then this app is about to change your life! While that may sound a little goofy, that is exactly the tone of this app. Brought to you by the folks at Coca-Cola, Crabs and Penguins is a whimsical adventure game that has you bringing a lost soccer ball and as many sand dollars and other bonuses as possible to a group of penguins that are very happy to see you (making friends with whales and polar bears along the way)!

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NASA’s Rocket Science 101 App Lets You Build and Launch Your Own Rocket

Rocket Science 101How many times have you said “this isn’t rocket science?” Well in this instance, it actually is! Using all of the components available to use on launch vehicles, NASA’s Rocket Science 101 app guides you through building a rocket that you can then send into virtual orbit.

Developed by NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP), Rocket Science 101 is equal parts educational tool and entertainment for the space nut in all of us.

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Google Reveals the Nexus 7: iPad Killer (or Should Amazon be Scared?)

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Some people look forward to the summer because it means the start of camping season or they look forward to working in their yards. Geeks the world wide look forward to the developer conferences. Apple hosted theirs earlier this month and Google begins their event today. We always expect latest and greatest sorts of announcements from these conferences, but this go around Google announced the latest entrant into the ‘iPad Killer’ contest: a 7″ Nexus tablet.

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Learn About Courage and Conviction in Brave: Storybook Deluxe – iPad App Review

Brave - Storybook DeluxeWhether you have just come from seeing Disney’s Brave in the theater or you are still looking forward to the experience, in Brave: Storybook Deluxe the film pretty much comes to you (and your iPad). From the moment you load this storybook, you will be transported directly into the film by the amazing soundtrack and captivating illustrations.

Follow along with the story of Merida, the Princess of DunBroch. This strong and fiesty heroine challenges tradition in an attempt to forge her own destiny. Her courage may serve as an inspiration for children (girls and boys alike) to find their own way in this life and create the future that suits them best.

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PadGadget Weekly App Series — Apps for Movie Lovers

For today’s Weekly App Series we’ve found eight great apps to add to your iPad collection. We have included eight Apps for Movie Lovers in this week’s bundle. Our editorial team goes through the data, picks the best and most interesting apps and then brings them to you on a regular basis.

We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great apps and we’ll continue to look for the best apps on a weekly basis. Be sure to check them out because these apps might just be what you’re looking for.

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‘Find Friends Nearby’: Facebook’s New Mobile Feature For Finding People Around You


Facebook is adding features again, this time it is a way to find friends that are in direct proximity to your current location. Using ‘Find Friends Nearby‘, you can find others who are also currently on the hunt for people close-by. To use the service, you need to load the page and wait patiently while others do the same –you can only connect when both parties have the page open at the same time.

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Learn to be Brave with Disney’s New Interactive Comic

Brave Interactive ComicThere are two schools of people who are going to love this app: those of you who can’t get enough interactive comic content on your iPad and those who love everything and anything that Disney produces. With typical Disney flare, their Brave Interactive Comic will not disappoint. Starring a young girl who has the strength and courage to change her own fate, Merida is a Disney leading lady that you will not soon forget!

Inside the virtual pages of this app you will find a complete retelling of the movie in 48 interactive comic pages (you can choose between a panel-by-panel mode as well as auto-play).

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Music (and ABC) Education For Kids with Jazzy ABC – iPad App Review

Jazzy ABCsYou can pretty much bet that any app starring a cat that plays the saxophone is going to be great out of the gate. Much like the developer’s earlier book A Jazzy Day, Jazzy ABC is a musically delightful way for your child to learn.

With two modes to choose from you can allow your child to learn the alphabet by browsing an illustrated guide with each letter represented (and an instrument that begins with each for them to enjoy and begin spelling the name of) or by playing a game in which they look at a group of instruments and choose the one that begins with the letter identified by the narrator.

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iPad Claims Another Casualty – LG Drops Tablets Plans

LGLG Electronics Inc. has already decided to bow out of the tablet race before they really even started. The company announced today that they will completely shift their focus away from tablet computer development and focus on phones instead of trying to compete head-on with Apple’s iPad (which LG has been unsuccessful in doing to date with their most recent Optimus Pad LTE device).

This is likely good news for LG, who can focus their research and development efforts toward their core-competencies –particularly in a market where tech giants are falling after being spread too thin. This is likely even better news for the other tablet manufacturers (other than Apple) as it will prevent further market fragmentation and make way for their products to compete more effectively.

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