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Test Your Reflexes and Your RPG Skills in Nimble Quest – iPad Game Review

nimblequestNimbleBit is known for producing high quality freemium games that can be played without ever investing a cent. Some examples of their most popular titles include Pocket Planes and Tiny Tower, two games that experienced enormous success. Nimble Quest is NimbleBit’s latest game, and while it’s a bit different, it’s another instant must-have hit title.

You’ve probably seen Snake, the casual game that’s been on computers and cell phones since the 70s. In Snake, the idea is to eat to grow while avoiding both the walls and your own snake tail. Nimble Quest works in a similar way, combining Snake-style gameplay with RPG elements.

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PadGadget Photobooth: Store Thousands of Extra Photos with the iFlash Drive

iflashdriveWelcome back to another week of PadGadget Photobooth, my weekly column that features an array of useful photography apps and accessories. Last week, I highlighted Repix, an awesome iPad app that allows you to paint high quality effects onto portions of photos with a finger. Today I want to share a brand new accessory from the folks over at Photojojo.

The iFlash Drive is a thumb drive designed to work with the iPhone or the iPad, which is perfect for those of you who want a super quick and easy way to transfer photos from your computer to your iPad or from your iPhone to your iPad (it works in reverse, too).

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PadGadget Photobooth: Paint on Effects and Remix Your Photos With Repix

repixWelcome back to another week of PadGadget Photobooth, my weekly column that features an array of useful photography apps and accessories. Last week, I highlighted an iPad app that I’ve been using for photo taking inspiration – the Photography Assignment Generator. This app offers up hundreds of shot ideas, so if you’re in need of a little photo help, make sure to check it out.

This week I thought I’d share a fun (and free) photo editing app that I was quite impressed with – Repix. With Repix, you can paint filters onto specific parts of your photos, combining effects in hundreds of fun ways. Repix was one of Apple’s App Store Editor’s Choice picks that we highlighted earlier this month, but I wanted to give a more in-depth look at the app, which is a solid photo editing choice.

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Wacky App Wednesday: Create Avatars and Decorate Photos with Funny Faces Using Face Party

facepartyWelcome 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 zany game Buttermilk The Bouncing Baby Goat, which is a jumping game based on a popular YouTube video. This week I’m featuring a super silly app that lets you decorate photos of yourself, your friends, and your family with silly accessories and face add-ons.

Face Party is a fun little iPad app that lets you create faces using a range of eyes, noses, mouths, accessories, and more. It’s simple, so it’s perfect for kids, but adults will enjoy the silly face creation tools as well.

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Starbucks Launches Pick of the Week Mobile App, Makes it Easier than Ever to Get Free Apps

starbucksappStarbucks and Apple have a long running tradition of providing iTunes content for free. The promotion started with music, but has since moved on to include both books and App Store apps. Each week, Starbucks offers up a “Pick of the Week” card that allows users to download a free app from the App Store.

As of today, Pick of the Week has gone mobile. Users can now access the Pick of the Week choices using the Starbucks iOS app, which makes it easier than ever to get free apps, as there is no longer a need to enter a long redemption code.

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Apple Seeking Software Engineer to Join Fingerprint Sensor Team

fingerprintOver the weekend, Apple added a new job listing to its website, seeking a software engineer in Melbourne, Florida, which is where the company’s AuthenTec team is based. Apple originally purchased mobile security company AuthenTec last summer for $365 million.

At the time, AuthenTec was known for manufacturing embeddable fingerprint sensors for security and identification purposes. After the acquisition, rumors that Apple was going to incorporate the fingerprint sensing technology into future iPads and iPhones ramped up.

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Apple Pulls Discovery App AppGratis from iTunes

appgratisOver the weekend, Apple yanked a popular app from its App Store. AppGratis is an app service that offers up app suggestions and teams up with developers in order to provide both discounted apps and free apps for its users. Before being pulled, AppGratis was an immensely popular app and the company behind it recently earned more than $13 million from investors.

In October of last year, Apple introduced a new rule that stated that iOS developers should avoid producing apps that were designed to aggregate other apps. “Apps that display Apps other than your own for purchase or promotion in a manner similar to or confusing with the App Store will be rejected.”

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USPTO Withdraws Objections to iPad mini Trademark, Apple Gets the All Clear

ipadminiLast week we reported that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office had denied Apple’s trademark application for the iPad mini name because it “merely describes a feature of characteristic of the applicant’s goods.” According to the USPTO, the name was merely a descriptor rather than a unique product name.

Apple was given until July to address the concerns that the USPTO examiner found, but as it turns out, the Cupertino-based company will not need to fight for the iPad mini trademark. A newly published document from the USPTO from last Wednesday reveals that the office withdrew its objections over the iPad mini trademark.

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Browsing the Online Apple Store on Your iPad is Easier Than Ever Thanks to New Update

scrollbarThe online Apple Store went down late last night, which is always exciting because it means some kind of update is imminent. When the store came back online, it wasn’t immediately clear what had been changed, but Japanese blog Macotakara tracked down the differences, which ended up being design enhancements when viewing the site on a mobile device like the iPad or the iPhone.

When you visit the online Apple Store via a touchscreen device, you will now notice a new sliding navigation bar that has been implemented for product categories. You can select one of the main categories, such as Mac, iPad, iPhone, or iPod, and then quickly browse through child categories using that permanent navigation bar which slides back and forth.

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iOS 7 Concept Video Demonstrates Widgets, Lock Screen Controls, and Quick Access Preferences

ios7conceptThough we have seen few hints of iOS 7 from Apple, we heard earlier this week that it was behind schedule due to a significant design overhaul. Jony Ive, who has been working with the software development team since a management shakeup last year, is said to have influenced the design, which is going to be “flatter” with fewer skeuomorphic elements.

This morning a new iOS 7 concept video hit the internet, and it comes equipped with quite a few interesting ideas that could potentially be included with Apple’s newest mobile operating system, including widgets, lock screen enhancements, and quick access to preferences.

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