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Battle Against Enemy Troops in RTS Game Trenches II – iPad Game Review

trenchesTrenches II is a real time strategy that focuses on World War I, which is an atypical choice for a war game. In this app, the war is storming across Europe and it’s your job to battle against enemy forces.

This is a lane defense style game, which means you have a bunker on one end while the enemy has another bunker on the other end. The idea is to create minions at a rapid pace, which then advance forward attacking any foes in their path.

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Imangi Studios and Disney Team Up for Temple Run: Oz

templerunozThe Temple Run franchise continues to grow, this time with a new game that ties in with the movie Oz The Great and Powerful, a Disney film set to be released later this week, on March 8. The movie, which is being directed by Sam Raimi, focuses on the back story of the famous Wizard in the series by L. Frank Baum.

In Temple Run: Oz, players will control the Wizard, running down the yellow brick road to get away from the quintessential flying monkeys. The environment, which of course, is Oz, is lush, green and gorgeous. Gameplay is similar to other Temple Run games.

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The Multi-tasking iSpoon Stylus Will Stir Your Spaghetti and Keep Your iPad Grime Free

ispoonStyluses have become increasingly popular over the last few months, thanks to the bevy of fantastic drawing and art-style apps that have been introduced for the iPad. People use styluses for a range of reasons – they keep the iPad free of fingerprints, they can be more accurate than a finger tip, and they’re perfect in cold weather where gloves are a must.

There are a slew of styluses, from the hexagonal marker-shaped Alupen to the Adonit Jot, which is designed to be ultra accurate. Some styluses double as pens, but there is just one stylus that functions as both a writing implement and as a kitchen utensil: The iSpoon.

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Wacky App Wednesday: Akinator the Genie Will Predict What You’re Thinking

akinatorWelcome to another edition of Wacky App Wednesday, where I share some of the craziest, wackiest, and most awesome apps in the App Store. Last week I shared super fun creature creation app Daily Monster, and this week I have another silly app for you guys: a genie that will guess what you’re thinking.

Have you ever wished there was an app that could read your mind? Is 20 questions a game that you just can’t get enough of? If you answered yes to either of those questions, you will want to check out this week’s wacky app, Akinator the Genie.

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Thieves Use Bear Spray to Get Their Hands on Apple’s Honey

bearsprayApple Store robberies are becoming an increasingly large issue for Apple as the company continues to grow in popularity. Those giant glass doors are a huge lure for potential burglars, who simply need to break the glass, run in, and grab a few thousand dollars worth of Apple loot. Did you know those snazzy glass doors cost upwards of $100,000?

Generally, robbers stick to heists after store hours because stores are empty and there are fewer people around meaning potential burglars are less likely to be caught, but on Monday night, three brazen criminals hit up the Oakridge Mall Apple Store in Vancouver, using bear spray to subdue both employees and other shoppers before running off with several different items.

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Tim Cook Met with Beats Mogul Jimmy Iovine to Discuss Streaming Music Service

streamingmusicBack in January, headphone maker Beats Electronics’ CEO Jimmy Iovine announced that the company was working on a subscription music service.

Reuters is now reporting that Apple CEO Tim Cook met up with Iovine in Los Angeles in late February in order to find out more about Beats’ music service, termed “Project Daisy.” Details about Project Daisy have been sparse, with little information available about the upcoming music streaming venture.

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Apple Scores Patent for Pressure-Sensitive Devices

pressuresensitivepatentApple was awarded a new patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this morning, for pressure sensitive devices. The patent details a system that allows a device to be controlled by squeezing or putting pressure on the outer case of the device.

This is notable because such a system could potentially work in conjunction with the front touch screen of an iPad or iPhone, allowing for users to control apps and functions using the back or side casing of the device. That means you could potentially play a game or flip pages of an e-book without your fingers blocking the screen.

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PadGadget Photobooth: Turn Your Pictures into Works of Art with Percolator

percolatorWelcome back to another week of PadGadget Photobooth, featuring an array of useful photography apps and accessories. Last week, I told you how to use your iPad to create HDR-style photos, and this week, I thought I would highlight an oldie but goodie photo editing app, Percolator.

This is an app that has been on my iPhone and my iPad since it was introduced in 2010. There are a lot of photo editing apps out there, but few churn out art-style pictures as well as Percolator.

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Slingshot Puzzle HD is a Puzzle Game for Billiard Lovers – iPad Game Review

slingshothdSlingshot Puzzle HD from Alawar is a game that will require skill, logic, and a bit of luck. The idea is to line up and fling a ball to collect a number of gems in each level, avoiding obstacles along the way. It’s a bit like a cross between a physics-based puzzle and a game of pool.

When you begin the game, you will see a sleek wooden playing field, a set of three gems, and a ball launcher. The first step is to line the launcher up with the gems. After that, pull back to launch the ball, where it must run into all of the gems before hitting the end point.

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PadGadget’s Ask the Expert – How to Keep Your Browsing History Secret

asktheexpertWelcome to another week of Ask the Expert, where we here at PadGadget answer all of your iPad questions. Last week we covered organizing apps into folders and using multiple apps at once.

This week, we’re answering questions on clearing out your browser history and upgrading iOS, so check back after the break to get a few iPad tips or to ask a question yourself.

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