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PadGadget Essentials: This Week’s Apps for Staying in Touch with Friends and Family

Living away from friends and family can be difficult, but luckily, the iPad makes it much easier to stay in touch. There are plenty of app solutions available, for everything from video chatting to photo sharing. If you have far away family, check out this list of essential apps that will help you stay connected.

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The iPad mini for $329 – Is it Worth it?

When Apple announced its iPad mini earlier this week during its San Jose, Calif. event, many people were surprised with the high price tag. The iPad mini was expected to be priced to compete with Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD and Google’s Nexus 7, both of which come with a sub-$200 price tag.

Instead, the iPad mini debuted with a $329 price tag, a $130 premium over its competition, and just $70 less than Apple’s other low cost tablet, the iPad 2. At such a high cost, is the iPad mini worth purchasing?

The answer depends on what you’re using it for. If you’ve never had an iPad before or you’re looking for a smaller tablet and you’re trying to decide between the mini and its competitors, the mini wins hands down and I’ll tell you why.

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Report Shows Apple’s iOS Devices Smash Android in Advertising Value

Despite Apple’s rampant iPhone and iPad sales, there are still more Android-based mobile devices out in the market. While you would think that reaching more people would drive up the advertising value, that’s not quite the case.

Apple’s iPhone remains the number one smartphone device when it comes to monetization, according to Opera’s “State of Mobile Advertising” report for the third quarter of 2012.

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Apple in Talks to Launch Ad Supported Streaming Music Service

Streaming music services like Spotify, Pandora, Rdio, and others have taken off in the last few years, soaring in popularity. It looks like Apple might join in on the streaming music fad, launching its own ad-supported Internet radio service early next year.

According to unidentified sources, Apple is currently in talks with several major music labels, trying to iron out the details on how to split ad revenue. A deal could be solidified by mid-November, which would allow Apple to launch such a service in 2013.

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Strut Your Word Building Stuff with Letterpress – iPad Game Review

Letterpress is the hit game from Loren Brichter, the man behind the Twitter mobile apps for iPhone and iPad. His game, which was released yesterday, became an instant hit, reaching thousands of players within mere hours.

This multiplayer word game is incredibly addictive; I picked it up this afternoon and I’ve been playing games with various friends ever since. It’s easily poised to become the next Words with Friends, only with a bit more of a competitive slant.

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iPad Mini Form Factor Inspires Colorful New Case Design

Now that the iPad mini has officially been announced, cases for Apple’s new diminutive tablet are popping up left and right. While we’re seeing a lot of the same styles that were designed for the full sized tablet shrunken down, there are a few original gems out there.

For example, this iPad mini Envelope from is ultra stylish and has a fantastic envelope design constructed from a premium suedette, which is guaranteed to keep your mini scratch free.

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Kids Will Love Finding Hidden Objects in Funny Wood HD – iPad Game Review

Funny Wood is a fun hidden object game for kids, designed in the same vein as Where’s Waldo. In Funny Wood, children will spend hours exploring a magical woodland world as they hunt for quirky characters and expertly concealed items.

The main character in this app is Mossy, who is on a quest to get to the greatest party that’s ever happened in the forest, after he finds a treasure map. To get to the party, he needs to locate items in a variety of scenes, with help from his friends like the wooden boy Squeaky and the forest protector Twiggy.

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Top Photo Sharing Apps for the iPad

Being away from family and friends can be difficult, especially when it comes to staying in touch. Luckily, the iPad makes it easy to keep in contact with your loved ones, and there’s no better way to share your life with others than through photographs.

When it comes to sharing your pictures, there are quite a few options out there, from social networks to dedicated apps. If you’re looking for the right photo sharing solution for you, make sure to check out this list of top photo sharing apps.

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Belkin Expands Popular iPad Case Lineup for New iPad Mini

Accessory maker Belkin has already come out with some new cases for both the fourth generation iPad and the brand new iPad mini. The covers come in a wide variety of patterns and colors, so there’s sure to be something for everyone.

These Belkin cases have features like magnetic tabs and no slip stands, for plenty of protection, functionality, and style. Prices range from $19.99 to $49.99, so there’s a case for every budget. Check after the break for the full line up.

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iPad Mini vs. iPad 2 vs. iPad 4: Which iPad Should You Buy?

At Tuesday’s event in San Jose, Apple released the much anticipated iPad mini and surprised us with the fourth generation iPad. With two new iPads in the mix, it’s become much harder to decide which iPad is the best choice to buy, either for yourself or for a friend or family member.

That’s why we’ve whipped up a comparison chart with the facts about each of Apple’s tablets. In the table above, you’ll see the basic stats of each of the iPads, and how they compare to one another.

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