PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Abalone

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In 1987, two friendly game designers created a strategy game that was not entirely unlike Chinese Checkers. While Abalone didn’t become a phenomenon, it did earn a name for itself in the annals of board game history. Today, the game is played in 30 countries worldwide, and thanks to Bulkypix, you can play it right now on your iPad.

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Velvetwire Announces New Powerslayer Blu HomeKit-Enabled USB Charger

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Velvetwire is a company known for creating fast-acting, environmentally beneficial power chargers. The original version included technology that would detect when your device was fully charged and then switch off in order to cut electricity trickles that happen with traditional chargers.

This week, the company announced the launch of the Powerslayer Blu, which is a Bluetooth-compatible charger that works with HomeKit-controlled devices so you can reduce energy consumption even more.

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New Apple Tool Lets You Ensure Resale iPad or iPhone Activation Lock is off

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When Apple launched iOS 7, it added a security feature called Activation Lock that would prevent someone from erasing or activating a device without first entering the user’s Apple ID. It is enabled automatically when you turn on Find My iPad or iPhone. Because of this new feature, a device is rendered useless if it is resold while still activated. That’s why companies like Gazelle and NextWorth estimate your device’s value at “worthless” if you haven’t deactivated the feature.

Yesterday, Apple released a web-based tool that will allow you to check the status of an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch and ensure that Activation Lock is not on.

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Future Apple Remote App may Pack Interactive Apple TV Content

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The Apple TV is an interesting product that has never made a big splash in the news but has still slowly developed into an integral part of many people’s home entertainment systems. An interface update last week reminded me that Apple is still working on refining the device and a newly published patent application suggests that even bigger changes are in store.

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ZAGG Releases Damage Report to Remind Device Owners to Get a Case

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ZAGG has just released a report titled “ZAGG Device Damage Study: 2014.” The data is made up of 768 US residents 18 years or older that were surveyed regarding damaged mobile devices. Not only are consumers worried about breaking their devices, but about half of all smartphone users and a quarter of all tablet users are currently using a damaged device.

Many of my friends have a smart phone with a cracked screen. It is practically inevitable, especially if you don’t have a protective case. I’ve dropped my iPhone from standing height about four times and never even got a scratch on the screen thanks to the case I’ve always kept it in. However, I have watched multiple friends do the same without a case and end up with damage.

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Angry Birds Developer Rovio Announces Lay-off of up to 16 Percent of Employees

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Rovio blew up on the mobile gaming scene in late 2009 when the independent company launched a simple little title called Angry Birds. Five years and more than a dozen Angry Bird spinoffs later, the company has grown exponentially bigger than anyone could have imagined, except Rovio.

Today, the company announced that it had higher expectations than the market needed and will be downsizing by as much as 130 employees over the coming months.

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PadGadget’s DIY iPad Project Spotlight: Make and Apple ‘piPad’

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Autumn has begun and it won’t be long before apple season begins. That is to say the fruit, not the tech company. In honor of the beginning of fall and a (hopefully) apple filled season, we’ve got a clever baking project for an Apple “piPad.”

This delicious looking recipe comes from Instructables user Beanie10. It makes one 11 x 16-inch apple pie with a white chocolate topping. You will need to head to the grocery store for some white chocolate, powdered food coloring, baking supplies (like a cookie sheet and a double boiler), and a variety of pie ingredients.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: iProphet Brings the Sound of the Prophet VS to iPad

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Vector synthesis is a type of audio synthesis that creates movement in sound using crossfading between four sound sources. It was big in the mid 1980s after it was developed by Sequential Circuits for the Prophet VS. Today, you can get the sound of the original vector synthesizer right on your iPad thanks to music company Arturia.

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Pokémon TCG Online Now Available on iPad

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My nephew just recently got into the Pokémon trading card game (TCG). Like, less than a month ago. Apparently, it is all the rage in his first grade class and he feels that it is necessary to participate in order to maintain his social standing. Lucky for him, his birthday was last week and he received hundreds of cards as presents. He will be overjoyed to find out that the online game is now available on the iPad. So, now, whenever he visits, he can play Pokémon TCG instead of Minecraft for hours at a time.

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Apple Makes it Possible to Donate to ‘City of Hope’ From Your iPad

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. In honor of the important occasion, Apple has added a special page to iTunes that will allow users to donate to cancer research and treatment center City of Hope on the iPad with one tap.

City of Hope is a research and treatment facility that specializes in cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases. The organization has been designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute and is a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

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