Ultimate Ears Launches New Limited Edition BOOM from ‘GIF-iti’ Artist INSA

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INSA is a graffiti artist turned fine artist and designer from the U.K. that recently made waves in both the art and tech community for the way he merges the two with his “GIF-iti” style. INSA’s GIFs are made by painting an entire mural, over and over again, with slightly different positioning. Each version gets a snapshot that is then put together to form a moving picture of sorts. The resulting GIF-iti is then displayed for fans to see.

This week, Ultimate Ears, the music offshoot of Logitech, announced another limited edition version of the BOOM Bluetooth speaker. This version is outfitted with an INSA skin. The special edition is available today from Ultimate Ears for $199.99.

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PadGadget’s DIY Project Spotlight: 10-Minute DIY Felt iPad Sleeve

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As the days tick by, we get closer and closer to Christmas. If you are anything like me, you’ve still got half a list of people to shop or make something for. If you just found out that your cousin is getting an iPad for Christmas and you want to make him something special for it, but don’t have a lot of time, we found the perfect project for you.

This iPad sleeve is so simple to make that you could have it done in 10 minutes. The finished product looks smart and will please any new iPad owner. If you happen to be a crafter, you may already have everything you need in your house.

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Get Ready for Your Holiday Party With iTunes Radio Christmas Stations

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Around this time of the year, I start thinking about listening to holiday tunes. I don’t work at a retail store or in an office building that pipes Christmas music through the halls the first of November. So, I actually enjoy the classic sounds of “Jingle Bells,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.” This morning, I decided to start the music listening tradition. It is only three weeks from the big day. I opened my Music app and was pleased to see that Apple was thinking the same thing.

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Analyst Predicts an ‘Explosive’ Quarter for Apple Based on Strong Demand for iPad, iPhone

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Since the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, we’ve heard a lot of reports that Apple’s latest addition to the smartphone market has surpassed all expectations and has even pushed the company into the top rankings in the category. We haven’t heard as much about the new iPad Air 2, with its 2GB of RAM and more powerful processor. However, Analyst Alex Guana of JMP Securities attributes a portion of Apple’s upcoming “exceptionally strong” quarter to its tablet line.

According to a report from Barron’s Tech Trader Daily, Guana raised his price target for Apple stock from $135 to $150 based on data from Black Friday and Cyber Monday, as well as his prediction that the company will perform very well in the next fiscal quarter.

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Former PopCap Devs Launch ‘Cubic Castle’ MMO Sandbox Platformer on iPad and iPhone

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What could be more fun than playing a Super Mario Bros. style platform game? Maybe, playing a Minecraft style sandbox game. What if you put them both together? That would be crazy fun. If the wheels have started turning in your head, imagining the kind of platform you could build yourself from blocks, you don’t have to imagine any longer. The game is real.

Cubic Castles, developed by former PopCap members, is a sandbox platformer that launched in Aug. 2014 and can be enjoyed by fans around the world on both desktop and mobile devices. This massive multiplayer online (MMO) game is available across Mac, PC, iOS and Android platforms.

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Portman Turns Down Steve Jobs Biopic, Why Doesn’t Anyone Want to be in Sorkin’s Movie?

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Starting in late October, buzz for the future of Aaron Sorkin-penned biopic about Steve Jobs was high. Six weeks later and it almost seems like the movie is about to be shelved. Amidst the hype, a number of big named celebrities have been offered parts in the film, only to turn down the roles, which begs the question, Why?

According to a recent article in Variety, actress Natalie Portman, who was rumored to be in talks with Universal to play a role in the film, “parted ways with the female lead.” There is not information as to why she turned down a part in the Danny Boyle-directed biopic, but it is known that Portman has a busy schedule, having just finished directing a film she starred in, as well as producing and starring in a handful of upcoming films.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook One of Eight Finalists for Time’s 2014 ‘Person of the Year’

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It’s that time again. Time for Time to name their Person of the Year. This year, Apple CEO Tim Cook is listed alongside the likes of Russian president Vladimir Putin, pop artist Taylor Swift, and the Ferguson protestors. The winner of this year’s Person of the Year award will be announced on Dec. 10.

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How To Use Family Sharing in iOS 8

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Some of the great new features in iOS 8 involve the ability to share more with friends and family than ever before. Apple finally made it possible for families to share content on different devices with different Apple IDs without having to switch over to a different shared account. Family Sharing give groups of six people the ability to share content from iTunes, iBooks, and the App Store. If you purchase it on one device, the rest of your family can download it onto their device without having to purchase it a second time. With Parental Controls in place, you can also keep your kids from downloading all the Smurfberries without your permission.

We’ve got a quick tutorial to explain how to set up Family Sharing for your group and what you can do after it is activated.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice – Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series

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Not long ago, we heard that Telltale Games was working on a new episodic adventure game based on the mechanics that made the company famous with The Walking Dead: The Game. This time around, Westeros is under fire as the development team brings King’s Landing, The Wall, and Ironwood to iOS in a brand new story based on the HBO series of the same name, and to a lesser degree, the George R.R. Martin book series, “A Song of Ice and Fire.”

Game of Thrones – A Telltale Games Series follows House Forrester through their experience trying to stay relevant, and safe, in this new world where the Lannisters are in charge of the Five Kingdoms and no one knows who will rule the kingdom in the end.

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Apple Names Pixelmator 2014 ‘App of the Year,’ Monument Valley for Games

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Since the iPad Air came out in Oct. 2013, apps and games have been pushing the limits of what mobile devices can do. With the 64-bit processor chip, the possibilities became much broader. The faster chip, as well as 2GB of RAM, of the iPad Air 2 has inspired even more amazing feats from app and game developers.

This week, Apple announced the winners of the annual “Best of” list. The incredible features and amazing graphics that fill the content of the spotlighted apps and games certainly showcase what the iPad can do.

And the winner is…

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