This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Launch Center Pro for iPad

Launch Center Pro for iPadThe week has refreshed and so has the App Store. Every week, Apple puts up a handful of apps and games under various spotlights. One such spotlight is the Editor’s Choice. Last week, Apple put In Fear I Trust on the front page of the App Store. Have you managed to escape yet?

This week, Apple has noted the release of Launch Center Pro for the iPad. This productivity app makes it possible for you to perform actions on your iPad with one tap. No more opening an app, going to a section, tapping a function. You can redirect actions into Launch Center Pro for quick use.

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LEGO Star Wars Game Brings the Force to Arcade Shooters

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It’s no secret that my kids and I love playing Lego games on my iPad and so I was excited to see a brand new Lego arcade shooter game featuring Star Wars Microfighters. This is a great gaming experience that has just the right mix of casual fun and strategic game elements. There’s a big storm in Denver today and so I’ve played quite a few of the 18 levels and I plan on finishing it up over the weekend.

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Future Gen iPad Could Be Even Smaller While Maintaining Same Screen Size

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One look at the iPad Air and you can easily tell how Apple was able to make it so much thinner than every previous iPad. The landscape bezel is significantly slimmer. The reduction in finger space is well worth the cost to have a lighter tablet. However, the missing edge can cause accidental actions in some instances. Personally, I’ve only noticed that error once or twice in the past few months. It has happened, though. According to a new patent from Apple, there may be a time in the future when the iPad will shrink even smaller in size and the bezel won’t even be an issue thanks to smart sensor technology that would detect whether the screen was being touched for action, or simple being held.

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‘Candy Crush’ Creator Getting Flack for Trademark of the Word ‘Candy’

Candy JamNormally, when you hear about a company going after independent game developers, it is usually some patent troll that is only in the business for the sole purpose of suing people who infringe on some patent the bought off of a derelict company. You don’t usually hear about the makers of one of the most profitable games in the App Store going after independent game developers over the use of common words.

Thus is the case with the makers of Candy Crush Saga. Apparently, King, the game’s developer, recently succeeded in trademarking the word “candy” in Europe and has subsequently had some games pulled from the EU App Store for infringing on said trademark.

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Research shows Freemium Apps on the Rise, iOS Still Top Choice for Devs

App Annie 2Yesterday, EA Games launched a port of the 1997 empire building game Dungeon Keeper. While it stays true to the original gameplay in most respects, it happens to be free to download and incorporates the pay-to-play timed action mechanics. This, of course, caused outrage at fans of the original title (Frankly, I found it to be a bit much myself). Gamers call companies that engage in free-to-play, or “Freemuim” tactics frauds, tricksters, greedy, and more. Why would a game company continue to launch free-to-play titles when so many people hate it?

Well, according to research firm App Annie, it is because the free-to-play game model makes bank. In 2013, the freemium business model took 93 percent of games app revenue, up from 86 percent the previous year.

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Ideas on Where to Watch the Super Bowl Online


The big game is almost here and if you are one of the many who have cut the chord on traditional television options, then you’ll need to find an alternate way to watch the Broncos beat the Seahawks. The good news is that it is easier than ever to enjoy the Super Bowl, thanks to Fox offering a live stream of the game with no strings attached.

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Apple Retail Stores Equipped to ‘Sniff’ out Foul Smelling Body Odor

Apple retail storeWriter Rocco Pendola of The Street recently wrote an article about how his local Apple retail store in Santa Monica (3rd Street) smells bad. According to his “investigation” the store in question reeks of body odor, which is strongest early in the morning.

After visiting the store and questioning employees, Pendola was directed to a sensor that is supposed to “sniff out” bad smells and trigger the ventilation system. While Pendola’s story was not exactly journalistic work at its best, it is interesting to note that he was able to confirm that, at least the Santa Monica 3rd street location does have carbon monoxide sensors that also help clear out the stink if it gets to be too much.

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MLB ready to have thousands of iBeacons for game day


The new big tech in advertising is being rolled out to sporting venues all over the United States. You can see it in action around the big game this weekend and now is claiming that MLB is prepping their stadiums as well. iBeacons are very new, which makes such rapid adoption slightly unprecedented, but thousands of people are already being led around and pointed towards event related destinations.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Dungeon Keeper

dungeon-keeper-promo-iosOne great thing about the App Store is that, every so often, a company launches a classic game that brings back all our childhood memories. Whether you grew up in the 1980s, 1990s, or later, chances are, one of your favorite games as a kid either has, or will make it to iOS eventually (Nintendo, not included). Last week, we told you about a Russian Hockey game from 1984. Who would have known that, 30 years later, that same country would be hosting the Winter Olympics.

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iPort Updates Inductive Charging Sleeves for New iPad Models, Expands Control Mount Series

Launchport 1iPort, the maker of the LaunchPort inductive charging and magnetic mounting systems has just announced two new products for their line of iPad sleeves. Now, you can charge your iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display faster than Apple’s own power adapter. Plus, the new in-wall iPad mount makes the iPad Air fit seamlessly into your wall for space-saving use.

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