PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Mega Man X

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Mega Man dates all the way back to 1987, when the big-booted jet pack-wearing hero saved us from Dr. Wily for the first time. The game turned into a series, complete with spin-offs and ports galore. In 1993, Mega Man morphed into a second series called Mega Man X, in which about a dozen additional titles were made.

The first in the spinoff series, Mega Man X, launched on Super Nintendo (SNES) in 1993. Now, 21 years later, it is the sole Mega Man title available on the iPad.

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Apple Reprimands Thai Official for Leaked Tweet of Upcoming ‘iPhone 6’

iphone6concept-nano2The media are always spreading rumors about upcoming Apple products, whether it is a leaked photo, purported specs, or claims of delayed production. It happens all year long and Apple never comes out to deny or confirm any of it. However, a recent leak from Thailand’s secretary of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) Takorn Tantasith brought an Apple representative out of hiding with a polite slap on the wrist.

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JetBlue Aims to Improve Customer Service by Giving all In-Flight Crewmembers iPad minis

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You may have noticed when you order a drink during a flight that more and more airlines are moving toward the use of digital technology to allow you to pay for it. Instead of requiring cash only, JetBlue crewmembers will soon be able to charge your drink order using an iPad mini.

JetBlue’s new premium service, Mint flights, which is offered to travelers between New York and Los Angeles, will be some of the first to use the iPad mini technology onboard. By April of 2015, all crew members across the airline will be using the device.

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Tom Hanks Releases Manual Typewriter App for iPad

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Actor Tom Hanks has released his first iPad app which is an accurate recreation of three manual typewriters. It could have easily been a gimmicky app that is used once or twice, but this is something different. The attention to detail and the overall aesthetic of Hanx Writer makes this an app you’ll enjoy typing with for hours on end.

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Apple Improves Green Cred – Bans two Toxic Chemicals in iPad and iPhone Manufacturing

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Over the past few years, Apple has made a point to show that they are working to become greener and safer for workers. In 2012, Apple became the first tech company to join the Fair Labor Association (FLA) and earlier this year, Greenpeace applauded the company’s Apple Campus II clean energy design.

One big issue that has come up in the past was the fact that Apple has allowed suppliers to use two very toxic chemicals, benzene and n-hexane, during the manufacturing of iPhones and iPads. Today, Apple announced it would ban the use of the chemicals for production of devices from now on.

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Square Enix Launches Free-to-Play Soccer Management Game Ahead of Official Season

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Around the globe, football fans (called soccer in the U.S.) are getting ready for the biggest season in sports to begin. The Permier League Season starts Aug. 16, but fans can quell their excitement today with Square Enix’s newest sports game, Champ Man 15.

Champ Man 15 is a free-to-play team management game with thousands of players in the club. Manage any one of more than 400 clubs from 23 leagues and customize your player experience. Track your team as they compete for the championship in realistic fast matches specifically designed for iOS.

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Apple’s Phil Schiller Dumps Ice Water on his Head for Charity, Challenges Tim Cook to do the Same

The “Ice Bucket Challenge” has been spreading like wildfire across the nation. A person called on the Ice Bucket Challenge can either dump a bucket of ice water on his head (pictures, or it didn’t happen), or donate to the ALS Association to support research for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease), or both. It has become so popular that the likes of Justin Timberlake, Chris Christie, and Jimmy Fallon have taken up the challenge. Recently, celebrities in the tech world have started making their support of ALS research known.

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iPads Banned from Manchester Football Stadium

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At a time when Americans are embracing the use of iPads in sports, England is heading the opposite direction, banning the use of them by spectators in one Manchester stadium.

The Manchester United Football Club, an English professional football team, recently sent a message to fans that iPads and other tablet devices would no longer be allowed inside the Old Trafford Stadium, home to the Red Devils.

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Siri’s Cheeky Personality Seems Ominous When Used By Murder Suspect to Hide Body

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We all know that Siri has a cheeky sense of humor. Ask her where she was born or what her favorite color is and she will respond with something clever. You could spend hours trying to find Siri’s “Easter Eggs.”

One famous statement Siri makes is in regards to where a person can “hide a body.” It is a funny little quip with no ill intent. When asked, Siri would respond, “ What kind of places are you looking for? Swamps, Reservoirs, Metal Foundries, Dumps.”

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Amazon Takes on PayPal and Square with New iOS Ready ‘Local Register’ Payment System

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Amazon is continuing it’s push into new markets with a service called Amazon Local Register, which is an instant competitor with Square and PayPal. Not only does Amazon have immediate name recognition, they also understand how to handle this type of commerce on an enormous scale.

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