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

PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Dragon Quest I

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In the mid 1980s, a fun little role-playing adventure game (RPG) swept across Japan and won the heats of RPG-ers. Shortly there after, it crossed the ocean under the name “Dragon Warrior” in the U.S. It became so popular that it spawned a series of games, a few of which have already made it to iOS.

This week, Square Enix has brought the adventure game to the App Store for the first time under its original nomenclature, “Dragon Quest.”

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Apple is Giving You U2’s New Album Whether You Want it or Not

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At about 11:50 a.m. PT on Sept. 9, Apple announced to the world that U2’s new album “Songs of Innocence” would be free for everyone with an iTunes account. It took about 10 minutes for the free content to appear in the iTunes Store, but it did appear and it is free. I downloaded it onto my MacBook Pro and started listening to it while writing an article about it.

During the Apple media event, Cook stated, “Every iTunes customer gets this incredible album for free… It is available throughout the day in your iTunes library. All you have to do is click and you can begin listening.” He noted that it will also be on iTunes Radio and Beats Music.

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Samsung doesn’t Miss a Beat with Apple Bashing in Latest TV Commercials

Samsung Commercial It Doesn't Take A Genius

Within 24 hours of Apple’s product launch, Samsung has followed up with a series of commercials that poke fun at Geniuses. The 30-second advertisements are clever and might give you a chuckle. However, what they don’t do is show a single Samsung product. It is like we are watching someone who has been dumped, making a fool of themselves by making up stuff about their former lover. When is Samsung going to get over it?

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Apple Watch to make up the majority of smart band shipments next year

Smartwatch predictions for 2015 Canalys

Four years ago, Apple announced a new product line in its family of mobile devices. The tablet had existed previously, but became more popular than PC computers thanks to the iPad’s incredible technological advancements. This past Tuesday, Apple made another announcement about a new product line, and analysts are already predicting that it will revolutionize the smartwatch industry, led by the Apple Watch.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: Ondes: Expressive Electronic Instrument

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You may have never heard of the ondes Martenot. I’ve been an active musician, and for a time was a music major in college, but I had never heard the name until recently. You probably have, however, heard the sound that the instrument makes. It has been around since the late 1920s and is used in classical music, horror films, and was even used recently by Daft Punk on Random Access Memory for the song, “Touch.”

It is a piano-like instrument that uses a series of pulley controls to create an ethereal sound that is not unlike that of a Theremin. It creates an incredibly beautiful resonance that can be manipulated and altered by the frequency of oscillation.

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The Apple Watch: Different Looks For Different Lifestyles

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Apple finally made a watch. We all knew it was coming. We even had a pretty good idea of what it would be capable of. What we weren’t sure of was what it would look like. Yesterday, all was revealed. Apple was smart enough to realize that one watch does not fit them all. So, the company came up with three different shells and six different bands in multiple colors so we could find the right look for our style.

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Apple Watch’s User Interface Supports Lefties

Apple Watch

During Apple’s big media event, where the company demonstrated the upcoming Apple Watch, there was not a single left-handed orientation in the house, leaving some to wonder how this gadget is supposed to work for the 10 percent of the population who doesn’t wear a watch that way.

Some speculated that Apple simply forgot about the “lefties.” It turns out the company did think about left-handed users and those who need to wear the watch on their right arm instead.

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Vendors Release a Slew of New iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases

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Yesterday’s big unveiling by Apple did not produce anything we didn’t already know about the iPhone 6 in terms of size. Accessory makers were banking on the 4.7 and 5.5-inch smartphones from Apple and have already designed new cases for them.

So, if you have your eye on the new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, you’ll be able to pick up a protective case before you even get the phone.

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Apple’s Live Stream Was a Mess Thanks to JavaScript

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At about 10:06 on Sept. 9, I was sitting on my couch, iPad in hand and laptop on lap, ready to find out whether all of those rumors were true, when suddenly everything on my television screen went black. Assuming something went wrong with my Apple TV, I loaded up Apple’s live stream on my MacBook Pro. Nothing. I tried it on my iPad. Blank.

As it turned out, it wasn’t my technology, or even a poor Internet connection in my neighborhood. It was Apple’s fault.

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PadGadget’s DIY iPad Project Spotlight: How to Make Your Own Apple Watch

Apple Watch Sport

Sure, this column is supposed to be for do-it-yourself projects made for the iPad, but in light of this week’s big unveiling, we thought we’d stray just a bit and tell you about a DIY project that showed up on the Internet about 20 minutes after Apple showed off its newest mobile device.

British comedian Ricky Gervais posted his DIY Apple Watch project on Twitter and it is very simple. All you will need is an iPhone and a sturdy (but flexible) cord.

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