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

Apple Negotiates Deal With Banking Industry, ‘iWallet’ Expected Sept. 9

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It was two years ago that we first heard about the possibility of Apple going into the mobile payment industry. The company had submitted a patent application for a payment service that would allow users to make purchases without needing to swipe a card, or even be close to a cash register. Thanks to Bluetooth technology, consumers could simply make a purchase in a retail store right from where they are standing.

In January, Apple hinted at its interest in mobile payments during its quarterly earnings call. CEO Tim Cook was quoted as saying ““The mobile payments area in general is one we’ve been intrigued with, it was one of the thoughts behind Touch ID.”

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Rovio Launches Angry Birds Stella in the App Store

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Back in February, Rovio showed off a few snippets of their upcoming bird-flinging game of friendship and love. After six long months of waiting, we finally get to find out what this new adventure is all about.

Angry Birds Stella tells the story of the adventurous pink bird, Stella, who is just about to head out on her next journey. Just as she begins researching, the “evil queen,” Gale, who actually used to be her friend, sends a piggie in to steal her travel bag. It is up to you to help Stella get her stuff back, and possibly rekindle long, lost friendships along the way.

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Rumor: New iPad Air with Touch ID and Gold Makeover to be Revealed Next Week

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To further support the possibility that Apple might be preparing to launch both the new iPhone and the new iPad at one singular event next Sept. 9, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently told investors that he believes the second generation iPad Air will be unveiled next week, complete with Touch ID and a gold version.

AppleInsider received a copy of the research note that Kuo wrote, which states his prediction that Apple will launch the next generation iPad Air with anti-reflective screen coating, a full-lamination touch panel, an upgraded processor chip, Touch ID, and a new gold casing.

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SEGA’s Super Monkey Ball Bounce Finally Available Worldwide

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Back in May, we discovered that SEGA’s panchinko style arcade game featuring AiAi launched in the Canada App Store. We assumed that meant the worldwide launch was imminent. However, the Super Monkey didn’t bounce his way into the App Store until today.

Super Money Ball Bounce is an arcade game that is a bit panchinko and a bit Pinball. Players aim and shoot AiAi and his friends out of a cannon to bounce off of a variety of bumpers that produce points, gold, and more. Rescue AiAi’s monkey friends and use their special abilities to get the highest scores.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: Betty Boop Bops into the 21st Century and iOS

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There are a number of iconic figures in cartoon history like Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, and Popeye, just to name a few. One unforgettable character that has stood the test of time is the incredibly adorable Betty Boop. The big-eyed, pouty-lipped flapper was most famous in the early 1930s when cartoonist Max Fleischer brought her to life on the Silver Screen.

Today, nearly 75 years later, you can bop along with Boo as she sings and dances her way through 21 new songs in the rhythm based tapping game, Betty Boop Bop.

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Drone Captures Images of New Structure Apple is Building for Sept. 9 Event

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Next Tuesday, Apple is holding a media event were it is speculated that, not only will the next generation of iPhone will be announced, but also the much-rumored iWatch will be unveiled. Shortly after Apple sent out invitations, it was discovered that Apple was building a separate structure outside of the Flint Center, which is where the event is to be held.

Apple fan Sachin Patel was interested enough in this new building that he sent up a drone to take a snapshot of the impressive structure. The size of this temporary building has led to even more speculation as to what Apple is planning for the Sept. 9 event.

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BeamDog Announces Icewind Dale Coming to iPad, iPhone, and Mac Later This Year

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BeamDog Entertainment, the same game development company that launched two previous classic Dungeons & Dragons based role-playing adventure games for Mac and PC, Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II, recently announced that the Forgotten Realms adventure will be coming to iOS and OS X later this year.

Icewind Dale, which launched in 2000, came along as the popularity of PC games based on the Dungeons and Dragons world grew. Forgotten Realms is a campaign setting for the D&D world and Icewind Dale, which uses the Advanced D&D Second Edition rule set, takes place in The Realms.

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Analyst Predicts iWatch Will Launch at Later iPad Event Instead of iPhone Event on Sept. 9

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Ever since Re/code announced that Apple plans to unveil a wearable device that features both HealthKit and HomeKit frameworks, the tech world has been buzzing about what to expect. Various news organizations have made their own claims to the predicted launch of the as-yet-unofficial device. Everyone wants to jump on the bandwagon and be the first to be right.

Today, analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray laid out his own predictions, which are about as safe as possible. He mostly predicts information that we’ve already heard talked about on tech sites over the past few months regarding a larger iPhone in two sizes, limited runs with Sapphire Glass, and near field communication.

One interesting, albeit non-committal, prediction that Munster told investors seems completely reasonable, and is even followed by supporting opinion that makes a lot of sense.

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Supply Chain Ramps Up Production of Next-Gen iPad Air

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Information coming in from component-makers show that the supply chain is turning up the heat on production as Apple prepares for the launch of the second-generation iPad Air this fall.

According to DigiTimes, Apple has placed orders and various component manufacturers are gearing up. There is no information as to the number of units Apple is ordering. However, unnamed sources claim that non-Apple supply chains expect limited orders due to the conservative outlook on tablets during the second half of 2014.

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Apple Warns Developers not to Store Health Data in iCloud

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This week, hackers were able to gain access to a number of celebrities’ Photo Streams and posted nude photos for the world to see. The iCloud invasion has created much fear regarding Apple’s supposedly secure cloud storage service.

The iPad maker also released an official statement regarding the issue, claiming that the access to iOS user data was not a breach in iCloud, but a targeted attack using brute force on victims’ information.

Brute force or not, the fact that hackers were able to gain access to personal data that we thought was totally secure brings up a lot of questions about just how safe our privacy is, including medical information that Apple hopes we will be tracking in iOS 8.

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