Creator of the Original iOS Halloween Costume Expands to Ugly Xmas Sweaters

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In 2013, we spotlighted a cleaver DIY iPad project for a Halloween costume that made it look like you could see through a hole in a man’s torso. That man, Mark Rober, went on to start his own business, Digital Dudz. He sold that business to Morphsuits (now MorphCostumes), but still designs for the company. The novelty costume has expanded to include gaudy holiday sweaters that feature an animated Santa or Gingerbread Man.

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Apple’s New Holiday Commercial is an Emotional Follow-up to Emmy Award-Winning ‘Misunderstood’

The Song

Over the weekend, Apple released a holiday commercial that will bring tears to your eyes. Even the most hardened of hearts have a soft spot for grandparents. This advertisement brings together two different generations with a gift of music from grandchild to grandparents.

The Song” tells the story of one young woman sifting through her grandparents’ stack of albums when she comes across an old record labeled “Voice-o-Graph.” Handwritten on the label is a date, Dec. 4, 1952. The recording was addressed from “Valarie” to “Raymond with love.”

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Seabeard

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If you are ready for a seafaring journey, wait no longer. This week, Apple chose a watery tale of adventure as the Editor’s choice. So, batten down the hatches and set sail for an island hopping, treasure seeking fun.

Seabeard is an exploration game where players perform tasks, build houses, and fight enemies. Because there is so much to do in this world, you can choose to be anything. If you prefer working the land, become a farmer. If you are more inquisitive, become an archaeologist. If you’ve got a hankering for a good fight, become a warrior. It’s up to you.

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Funny Video Shows iPad Robot Stand Escaping from Conference Room Prison

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Practically everyone has wished secretly that they could escape from a boring meeting sitting in a stuffy conference room and roam free, even if it is just for a while. One determined remote iPad stand decided that enough was enough. Led by an even more determined remote user, the “little robot that could,” managed to escape his confines and ran around the rest of the building like a tiger fresh out of his cage.

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No CarPlay Support in your Car? No Problem, AppYourCar Can Fix That

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The average person is not likely to get a brand new car very often. Many of us are stuck with the same jalopy for decades, only to scrape together enough money to buy a used car instead of investing in something new. If your transportation situation sounds something like this, then chances are, you won’t be making use of AirPlay until years from now, when today’s new cars are sitting on a street corner with a sign in the window that reads, “For Sale.”

If you wish you could have hands-free control of your mobile device, but know that you won’t be buying a CarPlay vehicle anytime soon, the AppYourCar Bluetooth controller may be the solution.

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Rumor of the Day: Apple Turns to Samsung’s U.S. Plant to Make A9 Chip

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Even though the next generation of processor chip is nearly a year from being needed, the design process probably began years ago. Each new generation of chip gets faster, smaller, and more efficient. The as-yet-unfinished A9 chip is next in line for Apple’s mobile devices. According to a new rumor, Samsung is charged with making it, and the company’s Austin, TX plant will be the manufacturing location.

The Electronic Times (ET) Online recently reported that Samsung has already begun production of the A9 chip, which is rumored to be built using 14 nanometer technology. Unnamed sources told ET Online that production supposedly began on Dec. 11 in Samsung’s Austin, TX plant.

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Felt Cards Updated With Storyframes Just in Time for the Holidays

Felt Cards

Felt Cards is a great app for sending a personalized greeting to friends and family when you just don’t have time to run to the store to buy one. Using handwriting tools, the app lets you scribe a note to someone so that the card looks like it was actually written with an ink pen instead of sent digitally. Then, the startup company prints out your card, complete with handwritten note, and mails it, with a real stamp, to the recipient, the old-fashioned way.

Last week, the company updated the Felt Card app with holiday themed photo cards that can be personalized with your own images. Then, you can scrawl your message on the back or front in your own handwriting. If you purchase credit packs, you will receive 30 percent off until Dec. 16.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Tomb Raider II

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Only a year after Lara Croft won our hearts as the most awesome female action hero ever to appear in a video game, her second adventure, which ended up being even more successful than the original. In a short 12 months, gaming technology became so much more advanced that Lara had better moves, bigger landscapes, and much more action than ever before.

Last week, Square Enix launched a port of Tomb Raider II on iOS. For just a few dollars, you can continue the quest for riches and glory with everyone’s favorite braided bombshell.

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China Finally Getting LTE-Enabled iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3

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The U.S. may have already had its fill of the new iPad line, which launched in late October, but China has not yet been able to get its hands on the cellular models. Considering the country is the fastest-growing bunch of tech consumers, it is good news for Apple that cellular supported iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 devices will be available starting this week.

The tablets will support TD-LTE and FDD-LTE standards, as well as TD-SCDMA, DC-HSDPA, HSPA+, and others, making it possible to travel to more countries around the world and still be able to connect to the Network.

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Will there be an Apple Watch for Valentine’s Day? Mass Production to Begin in January

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This past September, Apple gave us a glimpse into the future with a detailed demonstration of what the newest trend in fashion will be. With a vague launch date of “early 2015” we’ve all been pacing the floor, hoping for some news of its official release. With nothing but rumors to go on, we’ve heard it might squeak by just in time for Valentine’s Day. We’ve also heard that we shouldn’t hold our breath for the lover’s holiday, but to expect it in the springtime instead.

With the possibility of manufacturing partners solving yield issues with components, the new rumor is that Apple will begin mass production of the watch in January. My heart’s desire may be waiting for me on Valentine’s Day after all.

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