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Writer of all things app related, traveler of the space-time continuum, baker of really great cookies. Follow me @appaholik

iPad mini 3 Teardown Also Reveals NFC Chip, Possibly used as Secure Element Chip

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Our favorite DIY repairs website, iFixit, recently dismembered the brand new iPad mini 3. While 99 percent of the teardown is no surprise, it turns out the smaller screen tablet inexplicitly also features a near-field communication (NFC) chip. After discovering the chip in the iPad Air 2, speculation arose as to what Apple might have in store for the future of its mobile payment service and its tablet line.

The same NXP 65V10 NFC Controller that is in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and recently discovered in the iPad Air 2, is confirmed to be outfitted in the iPad mini 3. Just like its bigger brother, there is no NFC antenna, so the chip will not work for touch less purchases in retail stores.

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GTA Trilogy On Sale for 40 Percent Off to Celebrate San Andreas 10-Year Anniversary

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Although not the first in the series of Grand Theft Auto (GTA) games, San Andreas was certainly the most popular. Ten years ago, the fifth installment in the hyper-violent driving game made its debut. Today, Rockstar Games has launched a special discount price on its three GTA titles in the App Store.

Starting today players will be able to save 40 percent or more on Rockstar Game’s three iOS GTA Titles, including San Andreas, Vice City, and GTA III.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Ghostbusters Pinball

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In 1984 Ivan Reitman, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis made a movie that would go down in history as arguably the best comedy sci-fi film of all times (so far, at least). The Ghostbusters franchise has grown beyond its original film and sequel and 30 years later, it is still a beloved story of friendship, love, and ghosts.

Ghostbusters Pinball is a lovingly designed pinball game for iOS that would have made the best arcade game ever, if it actually existed in real life.

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Apple Says its ‘Ambitious’ Sapphire Glass Production Not Yet Ready for Prime Time

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It appears that the events surrounding Apple relationship with sapphire glass manufacturer GT Advanced Technology is finally coming to an end. Yesterday, we learned that Apple plans to let the fledgling company out of its contract in exchange for a repayment of the $439 million it borrowed to equip the Mesa, AZ plant.

Today, Apple released an official statement admitting that mass production of the larger sized sapphire glass display, rumored to be developed for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, is still a ways off.

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Christian Bale Lands Steve Jobs Role in Upcoming Sorkin Biopic

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A few days ago, rumors began swirling around that Oscar-winning actor Christian Bale was tapped to take on the lead role in Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming biopic adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s biography “Steve Jobs.” I scoffed at the notion. Bale has been in such cerebral sci-fi films as “Equilibrium” and physiological thrillers as “The Machinist.” He revitalized the brooding superhero Batman. He was John Conner in “Terminator Salvation.”

It is hard to imagine this action film star taking the geek seat as Apple’s most beloved CEO, Steve Jobs (although, Tim Cook is really starting to grow on me). But, the facts are in. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin revealed the news to Bloomberg Television in an interview with Emily Chang.

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Apple’s New ‘Maps Connect’ Feature Lets Businesses Add More Information to Maps App

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When I’m in an unfamiliar town and looking for a gas station or a place to get a bite to eat, I open Google Maps and search for businesses nearby. I even use the service to plan out things to do while on vacation. I use Google Maps because it has way more retailer information than Apple’s stock Maps app does.

It turns out that Apple is trying to do something about that, in the U.S. at least. The company recently launched a new website to help small businesses literally get their name on the map.

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iFixit’s Teardown of iPad Air 2 Shows NFC Chip, Will In-Store Apple Pay be Available in Future Devices?

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One of my favorite events to take place after Apple launches a new device is the step-by-step teardown that iFixit does on these brand-new devices. Not only do we learn a lot more about the inner workings of Apple’s mobile devices, but the team has a great sense of humor and their insight is simply fun to read.

Yesterday, iFixit got ahold of a brand new gold model iPad Air 2 with 128GB of storage. The most notable change in this teardown is how much tech was packed into the 6.1mm shell. When it comes to the motherboard’s features, one chip that stands out is the NXP 65V10 NFC module, which is the same one Apple uses in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Discusses User Privacy with Chinese Premier


Earlier this week, research firm made some pretty bold claims against the Chinese government. In a report, the organization accused the government of being behind a recent iCloud man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack on users. Chinese officials vehemently denied the accusations.

Today, State-run news organization Xunhua reports that Apple CEO Tim Cook met with a top Chinese government official in Beijing to discuss the incident and protection of user data.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: Vandelay, the Most iOS 8 Looking Multiband Delay Ever

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There are a number of delay effects apps available on the iPad, many of which are only part of a synth app that has many more effects alongside. Most of these apps are designed with the older iOS theme in mind. That is, they tend to look more like a real effects pedal and less like a digital program.

Vandelay by Klevgränd is not afraid to take an effects program into the iOS 8 design scheme. It is heavily based on multi touch gestures and looks absolutely nothing like a real life delay board, and that’s a good thing.

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The Reviews are in, the iPad Air 2 is Super Thin, Super Fast, but Lacking Innovation

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Apple’s newest, thinnest, and fastest tablet is now shipping. As of yesterday, a handful of reviews have begun pouring in and the overall consensus is that it’s fast. Thanks to the upgraded A series chip, plus the tri-core processor, and lets not forget the coveted 2GB of RAM, the iPad Air 2 has managed to “wow” tech writers that are comfortably happy with their first-generation iPad Air.

Endgadget notes that the iPad Air 2 is “speedy.” Of course, every new iPad is faster than its predecessor, but the difference between this model and last year’s is so significant that it can’t go unmentioned. The tech site also noted that the battery life is similar to the iPad Air due to the power efficiency of the A8X chip. However, last year’s model does seem to outperform this years. Additionally, the iPad Air 2’s speakers are noticeably louder and fuller than the first-generation model.

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