iPad Air Top 10 On Google’s CE ‘Year In Search,’ Along with iPhone 6 and Apple Watch

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Google is the go-to search engine for most people. The website boasts literally “trillions” of searches for 2014. Because of the wealth of data Google can glean from our web searches, the company releases a year-end report to let us know what was popular. It’s sort of like Time Magazine’s Year in Review, only for trending topics from Google searches.

Every year, Apple makes the list with a couple of products. This year, the company headed up the list of top consumer electronic searches with the iPhone 6 at number one. The Apple Watch premiered on the Google search list at number eight. The iPad Air squeaked into the top 10 list in last place.

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How to Enable or Disable iCloud Photo Library Beta

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With the update to iOS 8, Apple now offers a new way to save and access your photos. Similar to iTunes Match, users can store all of their pictures and videos in full resolution in iCloud so they can be accessed and downloaded from any device at any time without taking up as much space on your iPad.

We’ve got a quick tutorial to show you how to activate iCloud Photo Library beta when you are ready to try it out, and how to disable it if you decide you don’t like the feature.

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Hit Dystopian Puzzle Game ‘Papers, Please’ Now Available on iPad

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If you’ve ever wondered how interesting the life of an immigration officer is, you are in luck. While most employees of the document-checking workforce probably go their whole lives without incident, the border checkpoint at East Grestin in Arstokzka is full of unusual suspects, illegal papers, and protesters that are willing to give up their lives in order to destroy the system.

Papers, Please is a puzzle game set in 1983 in the fictitious communist state of Arstotzka. After six years of turmoil with Kolechian neighbors, Arstotzka has reinstated border checkpoint power in the city of East Grestin.

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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’

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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


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

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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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