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Super Stickman Golf 2 is a Hole in One – iPad Game Review

stickmangolfSuper Stickman Golf 2 is a follow up to developer Noodlecake’s original Super Stickman Golf game, which debuted in late 2010. The first game was a runaway hit thanks to its simple gameplay and multiplayer capabilities, and Super Stickman Golf 2 offers up more of the same along with a few improvements.

On the surface a golf game does not sound particularly revolutionary or exciting, and the Super Stickman Golf series does not sport particularly eye catching graphics, but Super Stickman Golf 2, like the first game, is amazingly addictive. Make sure to keep an eye on the clock while you play or you might just end up playing through the night to get that last set of holes under par.

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ABC Working on Live Streaming TV App for iOS

abcJust days after CBS finally announced its new app offering full length episodes of popular CBS shows, The New York Times revealed that ABC, which is owned by the Walt Disney Company, is hard at work on a live video streaming app.

The as of yet unnamed app will live stream ABC programming to the phones and tablets of cable and satellite subscribers, allowing them to watch popular ABC television shows anywhere. For example, if you have a cable subscription, you could potentially watch “Good Morning America” in Starbucks while sipping on a latte.

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Police Take Down Gypsy Crime Ring Responsible for $3M in Thefts from Apple and Electronic Stores

theftPolice in Torrance, California have apprehended four Chicago residents who have confessed to being a “Gypsy family” that hales from Poland, the same family responsible for a series of thefts at electronics stores across the United States.

The thieves, which were arrested on March 8, are believed to be responsible for crimes at several different Apple Stores in California, including Manhattan Beach, Pasadena, Glendale, Brea, and Irvine. In addition to robbing Apple Stores, the group also targeted shops like Microsoft’s stores, Best Buy, Costco, Sam’s Club, and Wal-Mart, ultimately raking in more than three million dollars in stolen goods.

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Wacky App Wednesday: Your Feline Friends will Love Cat Piano

catpianomeowWelcome 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 the super fun interactive children’s book app Petting Zoo from Christoph Neimann, and this week, I have another animal themed app to share, though I will admit, it’s a good bit sillier!

Cat Piano is a music making app. It’s essentially a virtual keyboard, which can play normal piano sounds, but it also comes with a fun add-on that will whip your pet kitties into a frenzy. That’s right, Cat Piano offers up meow sounds, so you can play through your favorite piano songs with a series of meows. Imagine Happy Birthday or Chopsticks all in meows – it’s both awesome and horrifying all at once.

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Get Ready for Some More Samsung vs. Apple Action – Samsung Confirms Its Plans to Release a Smart Watch

iwatch_concept-580x405With the rise in popularity of connected watches like the Pebble, the rumor mill has suggested that Apple is working on its own version of a smart watch, which is designed to work in conjunction with the iPad and the iPhone. No one knows what such a watch will look like, or what it might do, but we’ve seen plenty of speculation.

The New York Times reported that Apple’s iWatch (as it has been deemed) might be made of curved Willow glass, flexible enough to wrap around a wrist, and according to Bloomberg, Apple has a team of 100 product designers working on the watch. Let’s hope those designers churn out something impressive, because as it turns out, Samsung is hard at work on its very own smart watch.

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Apple Releases iOS 6.1.3 to Fix Lock Screen Vulnerability and Patch Evasi0n Jailbreak

ios6.13Apple released iOS version 6.1.3 today, which brought improvements to Apple Maps in Japan and a fix for the lock screen security vulnerability that was discovered a few weeks back.

With the passcode bug, people could use a series of complicated gestures to get by your iPad or iPhone’s lock screen, accessing the contents inside. People could see contact lists and photo libraries, even when the device was thought to be secure.

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Smash All The Things in Roll: Boulder Smash – iPad Game Review

roll1Sometimes, simplicity is what makes a game great. That’s certainly the case in Roll: Boulder Smash, which is exactly what it sounds like. Yes, this is a game where you control a giant boulder, smashing and destroying everything in your path for points.

If you’ve played ball rolling game Katamari you will notice similarities, though the goal in Boulder Smash is to destroy rather than collect, an ultra fun concept. This is a tilt motion game, so you will tilt your iPad to roll the ball, knocking over everything you can. Read More »

AT&T iPad Hacker Ordered to Serve 41 Months in Prison

auernheimerBack in 2010, a group of hackers called Goatse Security hacked” into AT&T’s computers, stealing a list of 114,000 email addresses from iPad users, including the addresses of high profile users like Mayor Michael Bloomberg and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Though Goatse claimed to be alerting iPad owners of security vulnerabilities, the FBI began an investigation into the attack that lead them to Andrew Auernheimer, one of the perpetrators.

Auernheimer, who was being investigated at the time, wrote an open letter to Assistant U.S. Attorney Lee Vartan, insisting that he had done nothing wrong. “Social responsibility has always been at the core of everything we do at Goatse Security, he wrote. ”We should work together for a common goal, instead of fighting each other.”

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PadGadget’s Ask the Expert – Get All Your iPad Questions Answered

asktheexpertWelcome to another week of Ask the Expert, where we here at PadGadget answer all of your iPad questions. Last week we covered questions on recovering deleted photos, cleaning up app data, and taking screenshots.

This week, we’re answering a couple of mail related questions on deleted messages and adding folders, so check back after the break to get a few iPad tips or to ask a question yourself.

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PadGadget Photobooth: Transfer Photos from Your Camera to Your iPad with the Eye-Fi

eyefiipadWelcome back to another week of PadGadget Photobooth, my weekly column that features an array of useful photography apps and accessories. Last week, I highlighted panorama viewing app Panoperfect, and this week, I thought I would share something a bit different – an accessory that lets you easily transfer photos that you take with your DSLR to your iPad, Eye-Fi’s line of Wi-Fi enabled SD cards.

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