Modern Combat 5: Blackout Launches Today in New Zealand, Midnight in U.S.

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The next installment in the most popular first-person shooter (FPS) series of games on iOS has just hit the market. Android-based device owners in the U.S. can already download Modern Combat 5 from Google Play. The New Zealand App Store launched it earlier this afternoon, and reports are coming in that U.S. residents will be able to download the game by midnight. Depending on your time zone, it might be available as early as 10:00 p.m. tonight.

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Apple Follows Up on Denial of Backdoor Vulnerabilities with Explanation of Questionable Services

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Security researcher and iOS forensic expert Jonathan Zdziarski caused a raucous at Apple headquarters earlier this week when he spoke about his belief that the iPad maker has intentionally included undocumented surveillance services that potentially allow the government and criminals access to your most private information.

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Despite Drop in Sales, Apple Confident About the Future of iPad

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Yesterday, Apple revealed the fiscal third quarter results for 2014. Sales of iPad units have drop below analysts’ expectation, but still remains strong in the market. During the investor’s conference call, which took place at 3:00 p.m. PT, Apple CEO Tim Cook remarked that he was “bullish” about the future of the tablet market and the iPad has plenty of room for future growth.

During the conference call, Cook recognized that, although sales of the iPad met internal expectations, they fell short of what analysts were hoping for during the third quarter, a traditionally slow portion of the fiscal year.

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Apple Announces 3rd Quarter 2014 Results – iPhone Sales up 12.7% While iPads Sales Sink 9.2%

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The third quarter is traditionally a low-performing one since many tech fans are waiting patiently for Apple to launch the next-generation gadget, which traditionally launches at the end of the fourth quarter. Today, Apple announced third quarter results for fiscal year 2014 and the numbers are lackluster, at best.

Apple exceeded revenue across the board from the same period last year in all categories except iPod and iPad. The iPad performed lower from the same period last year and from last quarter. Unfortunately, Apple appears to be experiencing stagnation when it comes to the tablet line. Too many people are waiting for the next big thing.

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PadGadget’s DIY iPad Project Spotlight: Comic Book Themed iPad Stand

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In honor of the San Diego Comic Convention that is taking place July 24 – 27, we’ve got a very simple DIY iPad stand that uses up those old 1990s comics you have stored in a moldy box in your basement. You know they are worthless, since no one wants to collect comic books from that decade. So, why not turn them into something you do want?

This project comes from an Instructables project by DIYer and comic collector tbarklay. His post involves “5 Cheap-as-Free Things to Make from Old Comics.” We are focusing on the iPad stand, for obvious reasons.

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New iPad Gadget and Compatible App Renders Anything in 3-D, Anything

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Tech startup Occipital recently successfully funded a camera that attaches to the iPad and takes 3-D images of objects. It, along with the compatible app make it possible for you to turn anything into a 3-D object that you can then upload into a cloud storage and use for video game avatars, 3-D printing, and more.

Using the Structure Sensor, users scan every angle of an object in order to stitch them together to create a virtual 3-D object. The itSeez3D is an app that reads the information from the Structure Sensor and processes it into the desired object. The captured images are then uploaded to a 3-D compatible cloud storage, like Sketchfab, so they can be used for things like video game avatars, 3-D printer models, and more.

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Apple Releases Statement Denying Backdoor Vulnerabilities

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Yesterday, the tech world was abuzz with news of security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski’s Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE/X) talk. At the conference, Zdziarski claimed to have discovered undocumented surveillance mechanisms that essentially leave a back door open for Apple, the government, and criminals to access non-diagnostic related personal information.

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Rumor of the Day: Apple Designing 30 Percent Thinner ‘iPad mini Air’

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A very sketchy rumor has filtered through the pipeline today suggesting that Apple is in the process of designing a new version of the iPad mini that will be 30 percent thinner than the current model. The same report also suggests that the iPad Pro is on track to launch in 2015.

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Best Buy Offering More Apple Sales With 15 Percent Off iTunes Gift Card

Best Buy iTunes Gift Card SaleBest Buy might be the most prolific company around when it comes to offering discounts and deals on Apple products, today, as discovered by iDownloadBlog, the retail giant is offering $15 off of $100 iTunes gift card.

The deal is quite simple. Visit the company’s website and add the $100 iTunes gift card to your cart. Upon checkout, you will only be charged $85. This is a physical card that will be mailed to you. The sale does not include digital downloads of gift cards. However, shipping of the item is free with this sale.

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iOS 8 Beta 4 Now Available for Developers

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As time ticks closer to the public launch of iOS 8, Apple has just released to fourth beta to developers. About a month ago, we learned that the new mobile software system would include a city tours feature in Maps that works in conjunction with Flyover. Beta 4 appears to mainly be built to focus on bug fixes. However, it may soon be discovered that Apple has tucked away some more cool features for us to get excited about.

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