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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: Touch Rummy HD

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I can still remember the firs time I played Rummy Tiles. My mom had brought home this box made out of faux leather. Inside were a bunch of white ceramic tiles that sort of reminded me of playing cards, but also looked like Uno cards. I was confused and intrigued. To this day, I’ll sit down to a game of Rummy if anyone has a hankering. It’s just that fun.

The game of Rummy has unknown origins. It is an old Chinese card game that could date back as far as the 18th century and may have been an offshoot of Mah-Jong. There are probably hundreds of variations on the rules, but the one I remember as a kid involved tiles instead of cards.

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Square Register Goes International

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We’ve been following Square since it’s infancy as a very small startup in San Francisco with a big dream to change the way retailers deal with credit card companies. Since it started, the company has added software for brick-and-mortar stores, began branding physical stands specially designed for retailers, and even updated their card reader with EMV support.

This week, the little-big fish announced it is swimming into a much larger pool. Square is now available worldwide with support for 130 internationally recognized currencies.

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Sony Drops Sorkin’s Steve Jobs Biopic, Universal Grabs it in Turnaround


Much flotsam has floated to the surface over the past few months regarding the as-yet-unfinished Aaron Sorkin-scripted Steve Jobs biographical movie. In late October, Sorkin himself announced that Christian Bale would play the starring role. A week later, “The Batman” bowed out, claiming that he didn’t think he was right for the part. Two days later, Michael Fassbender was rumored to be considered for the job of Jobs.

Today, Deadline is reporting that Sony has dropped Sorkin’s film altogether. Without any information as to why they are walking away from the project (although, the Hollywood Reporter claims that the shooting schedule is at issue), they put the movie on the table for any other film company to grab, which Universal supposedly did.

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More Scare Tactics From the Government Regarding Apple’s Super Secure iMessages

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So, this is what happens when a company really does protect the privacy of its customers in the US. The government throws everything but the kitchen sink at you to try to get access to your secrets. Ever since Apple CEO Tim Cook explained in an open letter that, with iOS 8, “Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data,” law enforcement has been running around in a tizzy because they have to work harder.

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that, in a meeting with Apple and the Department of Justice (DoJ), the latter began throwing out unsupported speculation about what might happen if the iPad maker doesn’t create a key that they can use to unlock the backdoor to our data. According to Wall Street Journal, the DoJ said that Apple’s new encryption technology would eventually lead to a child’s death. “A child would die,” said Deputy Attorney General James Cole with the DoJ, “because police wouldn’t be able to scour a suspect’s phone.”

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App Store Button No Longer Shows ‘Free’ for Titles With In-App Purchase

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In light of last year’s class-action lawsuit, where Apple was investigated by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for its in-app purchase transaction policies, the company has been working toward making it as clear as possible that free does not mean free. One easy way of clarifying that for the average mobile device user is to change the word “free.” While that might seem like the obvious first option, it has taken Apple a year to decide to reword their App Store buttons.

As noticed by MacRumors, Apple recently updated the iOS App Store underwent a subtle change, which shows titles that were formally called “free” as now something you can “GET.” Yes, all caps. The desktop iTunes store still shows these apps as free, but will likely change soon.

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Are Some Celebrities Getting Addicted to Their iPad?

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The Telegraph UK [Via: The Verge] recently reported that the godfather of punk, Sex Pistols frontman and current PiL singer John, “Johnny Rotten” Lydon spent more than $15,000 on games and apps for his iPad over a two year period. Cult of Mac also pointed out that, earlier this year, Shaquille O’Neal admitted to the Wall Street Journal that he spends $1,000 per week on apps. If you’ve got the money, why not?

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Apple Scores 100 % on Corporate Equality Index for 13th Year in a Row

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This week, the Human Rights Campaign published its annual Corporate Equality Index, which ranks U.S. based companies on their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality policies. This year, Apple earned the “baker’s dozen” by getting a score of 100 percent for the 13th year in a row.

The ratings are based on a survey provided to participating companies. Businesses rank their policies on sexual orientation and gender identity. In all, 781 companies participated, 306 of them were Fortune 500 elites. Half of the top 10 Fortune 500 companies also scored 100. 150 of all Fortune 500 companies achieved the perfect score.

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Apple’s Promise to Preserve Jobs at Mesa, AZ Sapphire Plant is Not a Bunch of Hot Air

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In early October, the tech world, and even Apple, was surprised to find out that GT Advanced Technology filed for bankruptcy. At the time, Apple’s response was to focus on preserving jobs in Arizona. “We will continue to work with state and local officials as we consider our next steps,” said Apple spokesperson Chris Gaither. As the events unfolded over the next month, it was clear that GT Advanced was not going to do anything on their end to preserve jobs. The company is folding at the end of this year.

That does not mean “lights out” for the million-square-foot factory. Bloomberg spoke with Mesa, AZ City Manager Christopher Brady and learned that Apple is still committed to bringing jobs to the area. “They’ve indicated their commitment to us: They want to repurpose that building and use it again,” said Brady.

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Griffin Unveils a Unique iPad Stand for the Train Lover in your Life

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At this point, coming up with new, interesting stands for the iPad is getting harder. It seems like it has all already been done. There are cases made out of old life rafts, stands made out of LEGOs, and bidets with iPad mounts attached to them. Today, Griffin Technology announced a partnership with Rail Yard Studios to create two new iPad stand designs made from reclaimed rail stock from 1906.

Each stand is made out of parts from the Nashville and Louisville Railroad in 1906 and 1908. The rough edged forged steel stands include the original, hundred-year-old scratches and scuffs from history itself. Because of the natural wear of the stand, it is recommended that you don’t use it without a case to protect your iPad.

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PadGadget’s DIY Project Spotlight: DIY Copper Pipe iPad Holder

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While we search around for new and interesting do-it-yourself projects, sometimes we come across interesting ideas that make use of unusual materials. If you are looking for ideas for handmade holiday gifts, or just want to make something special for yourself, why not make a copper pipe stand for your iPad?

This DIY stand was created by Laurel at A Bubbly Life. Her project, she promises, was made quickly and easily with just a handful of materials.

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