Category: iPad News

Apple Censors Adorably Violent ‘Kawaii Killer,’ Pulls it From the App Store

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Last week, I came across a funny little slash-em-up arcade game that takes a few shots at the overly adorable big-eyed animation trend, while giving gamers a Fruit Ninja style game with interesting mechanics. Only a week later, Kawaii Killer has been pulled from the App Store. According to the creator, Tabemasu Games, Apple’s reason for censoring Kawaii Killers is that “the app is not appropriate for the App Store in its current state.”

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Tweetonig’s ‘Tuna Knobs’ Adds Real Buttons to your iPad

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If you have every used a deejay app or synthesizer app with virtual knobs, you’ll know that fine-tuning the controls can be a real hassle. The physical movement of turning and the virtual 2-D knob are just not compatible. You will oftentimes find yourself turning up when you wanted to turn down, or vice-versa.

Tweetonig aims to solve the problem of poor performance of touch screen knobs with a physical controller that sticks to the iPad screen, giving you a realistic experience.

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Apple’s A8 Processor Chip Said to Be Significantly Faster, More Efficient

A8What do you hope Apple will change with the next generation of iPad Air? It is already about as thin as can be and last year’s redesign made it slimmer than ever. For me, there are three updates I’d like to see. I wish Apple would make the iPad’s camera as good as the iPhone’s. I look forward to the added security of Touch ID. The only other improvement I can possibly imagine is a faster processor chip. Not that the A7 isn’t incredibly fast. However, there is always room for advancements in mobile technology.

Chinese media outlet cnBeta recently claimed insider knowledge that Apple’s A8 processor chip will reach speeds of 2.0 GHz or higher per core. If the rumors are true, Apple’s iOS devices will be the fastest on record by leaps and bounds.

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FTC Goes After Amazon for kids In-App Purchases Issues – Is Google Next?

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The issue with unauthorized in-app purchases goes back years. We first heard complaints from parents back in 2010 when little ones were filling their barrels with Smurfberries. Four years later, Apple had made changes to their in-app policies, and updated the App Store with more noticeable warnings, but the company was still required to sign a decree with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) promising compensation of $32.5 million to qualified recipients, as well as making a few more changes that would ensure consumer’s express consent.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Gargoyle Ruins

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The quirky game development company that first launched Tower of Fortune and later Devil Shard is back with a slightly different decade of retro gaming. While the first two titles focused on the monochrome screen style of mid 1980s mobile gaming, Gargoyle Ruins features colorful characters, a platform design, and graphics that will take you back to playing games on those mini tabletop arcade cabinets.

Gargoyle Ruins is a side-scrolling platform game where players must rescue fair maidens from the greedy clutches of gargoyles. It is the prequel to Game Stew’s first title, Tower of Fortune and features 8-bit art.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: Griffin and Algoriddim Collaborate on Pro Quality DJ Accessory

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One of the most important aspects of being a good deejay is the ability to cue up the next song of a playlist so that it blends seamlessly with the current one. A good record spinner won’t miss a beat so that dancers won’t miss a step. One problem with mobile deejaying is that iPhones and iPads only have one output connector, so you can’t play music over your speaker system while simultaneously listening to the next song in your headphones without some kind of splitter.

That’s where DJ Connect comes in. There are plenty of splitters on the market, but this one has an external volume control and dual stereo outputs so deejays have more control and functionality over the music they play for the masses.

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Google’s AdWords Express Now Accessible on Mobile Devices with New iOS App

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A few weeks ago, Google held a special event where a number of new software updates were announced, including Android-based support for smart watch devices. As the company pushes into more mobile markets, it continues to stay relevant with iOS users, as well. Today, the company launched the AdWords Express app to help business owners get more revenue on iPad and iPhone devices.

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Apple Still Treating Apple TV as a Hobby and it Shows

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Lately, my friends and family have been expressing interest in adding a set-top box to their lives. I have been a proponent of the cable cutting devices for many years now and recently it seems that consumer interest has finally begun to catch up to the technology, especially since Amazon launched its branded Fire TV a few months ago.

Today, a report has come out that shows Apple TV losing steam among consumers, even as interest in set-top boxes rises. With these low numbers, it appears that Apple still considers the streaming media player to be just a hobby.

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SEGA Bring Sonic Jump Fever to iPad as Free to Play Game

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SEGA is on a roll right now. The company has been blasting the App Store with huge price drops on many of its Sonic titles over the past few months. The popular monster-collecting gambling game Dragon Coins hit iOS in May. A few months ago, SEGA launched Super Monkey Ball Bounce in Canada (still not available in the U.S.). Today, Sonic will make an appearance in another jumping game with Sonic Jump Fever, available in the App Store now.

Sonic Jump Fever is a lot like the original platform jumper, Sonic Jump. However, in this game, players compete in score-attack gameplay and compete against friends for top ranking.

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Apple Supposedly Breaks Ties With Samsung for A-Series Chip Making

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More than a year ago, rumors began to swirl that Apple was setting up a strategy that would eventually end a tumultuous relationship with Samsung whom, at the time, was battling the company around the world for patent infringement lawsuits. A few months ago, India Times reported that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) was already working on Apple’s new A8 chip, which would be used in this fall’s iOS lineup.

Today, the Wall Street Journal claims that TSMC has begun shipping its first batch of microprocessors to Apple, unseating Samsung as the major supplier for chip sets.

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