PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Samurai Shodown II

Samurai Shodown II 1It is hard to believe that it is already Friday. It seems like the week just flew by. At least it did for me. Fridays are great because it signals the start of the weekend, it means parties and get togethers, and it means we get to talk about games from our childhood. Last week, we reminded you of how fun The Secret of Monkey Island was. LucasArts sure knows how to make a good point-and-click adventure game.

This week, we are bringing the player-versus-player fighting back to the iPad with a little martial arts game called Samurai Shodown II. Chop your enemy to bits with your powerful strike. The ninjas await.

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Official Gmail App Gets a Major iPad Refresh

Gmail Update

Users of Gmail will be happy to hear about the Gmail for iPad upgrade which is now available. This latest evolution of an app which originally had a slow start, seems to finally tap into the full power of the iPad. The biggest new feature is the navigation panel on the left side and a series of streamlined views for efficient email composing.

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Apple’s iBooks Gets Major iOS 7 Updated, No More Wood Grain

iBooks 6When Apple launched iOS 7 nearly every native app and brand app received an overhaul that turned the formerly skeuomprohic designs into flat, bright, and white all over. One app that held onto the faux-realism was iBooks. The traditional wood grain bookshelf and paper textured pages stood out amongst the rest of the iOS 7 look. Today, Apple finally updated the app and it has lost all semblances to its former self.

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Popular Personal Finance App Mint gets iOS 7 Refresh and adds New Features

Mint 3If you are a regular user of the popular personal finance app, and you have automatic updates turned on, you have probably already noticed that Mint has a new look. If you spend a little time exploring, you will notice that it also has a few new additions, one of them being the popular “Trends” feature.

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Kinivio BTK330 Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard – Gear Review


Our friends over at Kinivio, makers of the very cool wireless portable speaker we reviewed this summer, have sent us another new wireless accessory to try out – the Kinivio BTK330 Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard.  In fact, I’m using this keyboard paired to my iPad to write this Gear Review now!

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Rube Works Lets You Create Cause-and-Effect Contraptions on your iPad

Rube Works 1Rube Goldberg was best known for his love of depicting complex machines that performed simple tasks. The idea behind a “Rube Goldberg Machine” is that there are a series of things that happen in a very specific order that eventually cause one or more events to take place.

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PadGadet’s Sound Stage: Yamaha Brings Dub Step To Tenori-on for iOS

TNR-e - US 14Welcome to the next installment of PadGadget’s weekly music column. We are always on the lookout for cool new apps and accessories that are fit for musicians and fans of music. Last week, we went hands-on with IK Multimedia’s iRig BlueBoard. Now, you can switch between effects pedals, hands free and cord free.

This week, we are going to talk about a new app with a few years of iOS history under its belt.

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PadGadget Daily App Deal – 6 iPad Apps on Sale

PadGadget Daily App Deal – 6 iPad Apps on SaleFor today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 6 great apps to add to your iPad collection.  We have 5 productivity / entertainment apps and 1 game apps in today’s bundle.

We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great deals and we’ll continue to look for the best app deals as they pop-up. Some of these apps are up to 57% off so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.

Check out all the sale apps after the break »

L.A. School Board Votes to Continue with Troubled iPad Rollout

LAUSD iPad Education ProgramThe saga continues. In June, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) approved a $30 million program to put an iPad in the hands of every student in the second largest district in the United States. By September, it was obvious that things were not running smoothly. First, the District reported mass hacking of 300 iPads from students at three different high schools. Then, it came to light that $50,000 worth of tablets had been “misplaced” at the District.

By the beginning of October, the District had begun taking iPads away from students for an “indeterminate” amount of time. That’s not all. During a recent presentation to the Los Angeles School Board, the District admitted that the program was over budget due to unexpected costs for iPad storage containers, protective cases, and other expenses.

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iPad Mini Retina Tear Down Reveals it’s Just as Hard to Repair as iPad Air

iPad Mini Tear Down

The new iPad Mini is out and has posted a thorough teardown which demonstrates the low level of reparability. It’s not really a surprise, since Apple is constantly squeezing more tech into smaller spaces but it makes it hard to repair when parts need to be replaced.

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