PadGadget’s Sound Stage: Betty Boop Bops into the 21st Century and iOS

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There are a number of iconic figures in cartoon history like Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, and Popeye, just to name a few. One unforgettable character that has stood the test of time is the incredibly adorable Betty Boop. The big-eyed, pouty-lipped flapper was most famous in the early 1930s when cartoonist Max Fleischer brought her to life on the Silver Screen.

Today, nearly 75 years later, you can bop along with Boo as she sings and dances her way through 21 new songs in the rhythm based tapping game, Betty Boop Bop.

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Drone Captures Images of New Structure Apple is Building for Sept. 9 Event

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Next Tuesday, Apple is holding a media event were it is speculated that, not only will the next generation of iPhone will be announced, but also the much-rumored iWatch will be unveiled. Shortly after Apple sent out invitations, it was discovered that Apple was building a separate structure outside of the Flint Center, which is where the event is to be held.

Apple fan Sachin Patel was interested enough in this new building that he sent up a drone to take a snapshot of the impressive structure. The size of this temporary building has led to even more speculation as to what Apple is planning for the Sept. 9 event.

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BeamDog Announces Icewind Dale Coming to iPad, iPhone, and Mac Later This Year

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BeamDog Entertainment, the same game development company that launched two previous classic Dungeons & Dragons based role-playing adventure games for Mac and PC, Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II, recently announced that the Forgotten Realms adventure will be coming to iOS and OS X later this year.

Icewind Dale, which launched in 2000, came along as the popularity of PC games based on the Dungeons and Dragons world grew. Forgotten Realms is a campaign setting for the D&D world and Icewind Dale, which uses the Advanced D&D Second Edition rule set, takes place in The Realms.

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Apple Stock Loses $26 Billion After Difficult Week

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$26 billion is a lot of money. A lot of companies dream about being worth that much and very few achieve it. Apple shares lost $4.36 on Wednesday, costing investors over $26 billion. Stock value correlates to market expectations and a fairly significant drop in value points towards questions about what Apple is doing right now. It’s likely that the photo scandal earlier this week played a role in the drop but all could be reversed with a positive product release next week.

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Analyst Predicts iWatch Will Launch at Later iPad Event Instead of iPhone Event on Sept. 9

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Ever since Re/code announced that Apple plans to unveil a wearable device that features both HealthKit and HomeKit frameworks, the tech world has been buzzing about what to expect. Various news organizations have made their own claims to the predicted launch of the as-yet-unofficial device. Everyone wants to jump on the bandwagon and be the first to be right.

Today, analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray laid out his own predictions, which are about as safe as possible. He mostly predicts information that we’ve already heard talked about on tech sites over the past few months regarding a larger iPhone in two sizes, limited runs with Sapphire Glass, and near field communication.

One interesting, albeit non-committal, prediction that Munster told investors seems completely reasonable, and is even followed by supporting opinion that makes a lot of sense.

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Supply Chain Ramps Up Production of Next-Gen iPad Air

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Information coming in from component-makers show that the supply chain is turning up the heat on production as Apple prepares for the launch of the second-generation iPad Air this fall.

According to DigiTimes, Apple has placed orders and various component manufacturers are gearing up. There is no information as to the number of units Apple is ordering. However, unnamed sources claim that non-Apple supply chains expect limited orders due to the conservative outlook on tablets during the second half of 2014.

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Apple Warns Developers not to Store Health Data in iCloud


This week, hackers were able to gain access to a number of celebrities’ Photo Streams and posted nude photos for the world to see. The iCloud invasion has created much fear regarding Apple’s supposedly secure cloud storage service.

The iPad maker also released an official statement regarding the issue, claiming that the access to iOS user data was not a breach in iCloud, but a targeted attack using brute force on victims’ information.

Brute force or not, the fact that hackers were able to gain access to personal data that we thought was totally secure brings up a lot of questions about just how safe our privacy is, including medical information that Apple hopes we will be tracking in iOS 8.

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PadGadget’s DIY Project Spotlight: Travel Mobile Device Charging Station

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When I take a trip, I bring with me my iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. My traveling companions, depending on who they are, will always have at least a cell phone, but will also likely have a tablet on them as well. If we are sharing a hotel room, which I tend to do to save money, the available plugs are quickly filled with various wall chargers. Sometimes, plugs that were already occupied with lamps, alarm clocks, and coffee makers will be taken, as well.

What I really need is a compact charging station that only requires one plug, but will charge multiple devices at once. EurekaFactory came up with the perfect solution with a simple, easy Instructables project.

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Apple Says Celebrity Photo Leak was not Due to iCloud Breach

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iOS 8 and new mobile devices are expected in under a week so it’s no surprise that Apple has been scrambling to defend its security in the wake of the celebrity photo leaks. If consumer trust is weakened by the incident, then the new HealthKit and rumored wallet features may struggle to gain traction because of the sensitive nature of the data they will be storing.

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Reddit Finally Launches Official iOS App for Popular Ask Me Anything Q&A

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Reddit might be the most popular Internet website aggregate ever. The barebones website lists tens of thousands of articles every day that are user submitted and mostly a complete waste of time, but fun just the same. Reddit has no official iOS app. Maybe that’s because the website is so simplistic that it isn’t difficult to see the same thing on smaller screens without needing any special designs.

Today, the company launched an official app specifically for catching up on the website’s popular Ask Me Anything (AMA) question and answer sessions. Unfortunately, it isn’t optimized for the iPad. However, I’ve been reading it on my 9.7-inch screen in 2X zoom mode, and it doesn’t look half bad. Read More »

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