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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 iPad Tips: How to See What Percentage of Your Battery is Used

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If you are somewhat new to the iPad or iPhone, you may be wondering why it is that you can’t see how much battery percentage you have left. You can see the icon with a meter bar, but no number to help you keep track of exactly how much of your battery is used up. I know I like to see that little number. It gives me an idea of how much longer I can use my iPad before the battery is fully drained.

The solution is surprisingly easy and we have a quick tutorial to tell you how. Why it is that Apple doesn’t have this setting defaulted on is a question for another time.

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Funny – Team Coco Builds an iPad from Household Items

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Normally, we’d save a post like this for our DIY iPad Project spotlight. However, this project is so easy to make and such a money saver that we felt obligated to share it with you now so you can start your weekend off with a brand new, homemade iPad.

The segment comes from former Upright Citizens Brigade star Matt Walsh, who currently hosts Conan O’Brien’s “Team Coco DIY” show. In it, Walsh shows you how to make your own iPad out of household items. The project should take about a half hour to put together, but will need 12 hours to “ferment.” So, make sure you have enough time to prepare.

As described in the video, you will need some sort of monitor for the screen. Walsh uses an Etch-a-Sketch. You’ll also need some wires and a string of Christmas lights, because each bulb of the Christmas lights equals one app that you can have on your iPad. Be sure to get the longest string of lights possible for additional storage capacity.

You’ll also need a few more items from around the house, like Duck Tape, peanut butter (you know, for the conduit gel), and a half-eaten birthday cake. “The sugar catalyzes the conductive quality of the circuits,” notes Walsh.

The first thing you will do is tape the wires and Christmas lights to the Etch-a-Sketch and then tape the whole thing up with the Duck Tape. Add the peanut butter all over the top. Don’t forget to go from positive to negative. Then drop the device into a large punch bowl and mash it together with the birthday cake.

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There are a few more steps in the process that we’ll let you see for yourself. We don’t want to give away the entire secret to building your iPad at home. Just remember that the fermenting process takes 12 hours and you can’t peek at it during this resting period or it won’t work.

Check out the video at the Team Coco Website to find out what happens after 12 hours.

[Via: BGR]

Apple Temporarily Relocates Retail Store to ‘Open-Air’ Shopping Experience

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What do you do when you are remodeling your store, but need to stay open for business? Apple solved that problem by simply moving their store outdoors. Well, sort of.

According to German Apple blog MacPrime, the Apple Retail Store in the Glattzentrum mall in Wallisellen, Switzerland is getting a complete remodel. In order to keep the shop open while renovations are being made, Apple used a bit of ingenuity and imagination and came up with the idea to simply move the store to the “front lawn” until the job is finished.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Press Your Luck

Press Your Luck

I still remember sitting only a few feet from the television set, cross-legged, eating some mid-afternoon snack in the summer as I watched a thread of wacky games shows. The late 1970s into the mid 1980s was a heyday for game shows. One such Game was Press Your Luck.

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Apple Officially Rolls Out the Welcome Mat for Beats

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Not long ago, we were talking about that strange YouTube video where hints about Dr. Dre becoming the first billionaire in hip-hop were spouted off, followed by the tech world’s jaw dropping to the floor at the official announcement that Apple would Acquire Beats Electronics and Beats Music for a scant $3 billion. Today, Apple opened its loving arms to its newly adopted children with a warm welcome on a dedicated page of the company website.

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Jules Verne-Inspired Interactive Adventure Book ’80 Days’ Now Available on iPad and iPhone

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Imagine what it was like during the age of invention, when cars, airships, and electricity were a new thing. The world would seem vast and nothing would be impossible to the imagination. In Inkle’s newest adventure book, you can live that experience as you journey around the world with the indelible Phileas Fogg as you help him win a bet that he can travel the globe in less than three months.

In 80 Days, players take on the role of Fogg’s valet, Passerpartout, as the duo embarks on a life-changing adventure. You will be asked to choose your response to conversations and situations and everything you say and do will have an effect on things around you.

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Microsoft Office Adds PDF Export, Presenter View and Pivot Table Support in Latest Update

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Office for iPad, Microsoft’s robust iOS version of its popular productivity suite has just received an update with a few major new features. Just yesterday, the company added document insertion and better sharing features to OneNote. Today, the three apps that make up Office have each received some major changes that users have been asking for.

The first major update to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPad comes with some of the most requested features from users over the past four months since their release on the iPad.

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Blood Bowl for iPad now Available in App Store

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Well, they promised it would be available this July and Focus Home Interactive made good on that promise, not a day too late. Today, Blood Bowl for tablets made its debut on both iOS and Google Play. Now, you can choose your side, either Human or Orc, and toss the pigskin in a match to the death.

Blood Bowl is a port of the PC version that is a digital recreation of the 1986 board game of the same name. It is an American football game based in the Warhammer world. Warhammer is a strategy role-playing game with a fantasy fiction based environment.

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iOS 8 App Extension Feature Will Make 1Password More Robust on iPad and iPhone

1Password App Extension

Last month, Apple demonstrated key new features in the upcoming iOS 8 software update. One feature, app extensions, allows third-party apps the ability to share content between each other. Yesterday, AgileBits announced that it has created a documentation code that will allow other apps to access 1Password quickly and easily, so you won’t have to open the security service to access its content.

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SEGA Releases Crazy Taxi: City Rush for iPad and iPhone

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When your favorite childhood memories are brought back to life years later, it can be an anxious experience. As games, toys, and movies are reinvented for the modern age, the things that made them fun for us as kids can be forgotten in the redesign. I’ve had plenty of disappointing moments in my lifetime as my favorite games get dragged through the mud and turned into something completely different than the things I loved.

When SEGA announced that it was reinventing Crazy Taxi for a new generation, I was immediately wary of what was to come. When I found out that the game’s original creator, Kenji Kanno, was on board for this version’s design, my fears were lessened, although not completely dismissed.

After Crazy Taxi: City Rush launched today in the App Store, I went into the gameplay with scrutiny. It is different. Very different. However, my memories have not been dragged through the mud as I feared. It is actually a pretty good game.

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