This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Madden NFL Mobile


The iPad is quickly becoming sporting gamers’ go-to device for all categories of athletic related fun. Whether you want to create the ultimate baseball team, soccer team, or blood bowl extravaganza, you can fulfill all of your fantasy team dreams right on your mobile device.

This week, EA Sports launched Madden NFL Mobile on iOS and it immediately made Apple’s hotlist for Editor’s Choice. Users can choose a franchise, pick players, and put their men to the test on the field in an exciting season of professional football.

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Evernote Unveils Mid-Century Themed Desk Accessories Designed by Eric Pfeiffer32

Evernote Pfeiffer Collection

Evernote is known for organizing our blogs, news articles, recipes, and notes. Everything you do on the Internet can be saved and categorized into a perfect storage system. The company has recently moved that idea out of the virtual world and into the real with a new line of desktop accessories to keep your gadgets and office supplies just as nicely arranged as your RSS feed.

The Pfeiffer Collection by Evernote is a specially made set of desktop accessories from Bay Area designer Eric Pfeiffer. The Slotted Cup, Catch-All Tray, and Tablet Dish will bring a touch of Eames to your workspace.

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Photoshop Mix for iPad Update Adds Requested Features Including Dropbox, Undo and Image Swapping

Photoshop Mix

This past June, Adobe launched a new line of creative software and accessories for the iPad to meet the needs of its consumer base. The Sketch, Line, and Photoshop Mix apps launched for free and give users a new way to draw, paint, and edit content on the iPad. Combined with Creative Cloud, users can save their projects safely in Adobe’s cloud-based storage and access them any time from any compatible device.

This week, Adobe updated its Photoshop Mix app with a bunch of new features that users were asking for from day one.

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Samsung’s Latest Commercial Pokes Fun at iPad’s Size

Samsung Tab S Commercial

I’m always disappointed when I see a commercial from a tech company putting down Apple products in an attempt to make their own seem better. In my opinion, if your product is good, it doesn’t need to be compared to anyone else’s. It will rise to the top on its own.

Samsung’s newest Apple bashing is just another ridiculous attempt to make its tablet seem better without going into any detail about what makes the Tab S special.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Retro ‘Tower Boxing’ Pays Homage to Rampage

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One of my favorite arcade titles is Rampage from Midway Games. I played it regularly as a kid. Sweaty palms, bruised thumbs, and a belly full of soda pop got me through many an hour of mindless building bashing. Nothing can beat it.

Tower Boxing pays homage to the punching monster game of my youth with a similar Rampage-esque adventure. Players destroy buildings by punching them out, level by level, while trying to avoid being crushed by outcropping platforms.

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FlightDeck Turns Almost Any Vehicle Into A Smart Car

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Earlier this year, Apple officially announced CarPlay, which is an accessory that will be added to new cars that allows drivers to have access to a variety of iOS features, like phone calls, maps, and music. It is pretty awesome. However, not everyone is in the market for a brand new car. I’d love to be able to make a phone call in my 2001 Saab, but that can’t happen because Apple wasn’t even making iPhones that long ago.

Or can it?

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Groupon Offers $15 iTunes Code for $10

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Are you super excited about the new BioShock game that just launched on iOS, but don’t want to drop $15 on one game? Well, as if the fates were looking down on you, Groupon has a deal right now so you can purchase a $15 iTunes code for only $10.

Starting Thursday, Aug. 28 and ending Monday, Sept. 1, you can purchase one (and only one) code that can be redeemed in the iTunes, iBooks, or App Store for use on games, music, movies, books, and more. You can use it for content on your iPad, iPhone, Mac, and even Apple TV (Why not invest in some of those albums from artists performing at the iTunes Festival?).

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Apple Officially Announces Sept. 9 Media Event

Sept. 9 Media Event

Well, it is finally official. Word is coming down from a variety of tech news sites that Apple has sent invitations for a media event on Sept. 9. The elegant, white invitation, which looks more like a wedding announcement than a media event, simply reads, “9.9.2014 Wish we could say more.” The event will take place at Cupertino’s Flint Center at 10:00 a.m. PT.

Of course, Apple wouldn’t reveal what they will unveil at the media event. However, the tech news world has been pretty good about leaking all manner of possibilities this time around.

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BioShock for iPad Hits the App Store Today

Rescued Little Sisters

It looks like a lot of people will be taking a “personal” day from work today. 2K Games just launched BioShock on iOS today. As promised earlier this month, the award-winning first-person shooter has been ported for mobile devices. That is, mobile devices that can handle the work. The game is only available on the fourth-generation iPad, iPad Air, and second-generation iPad mini, as well as the iPhone 5 or newer.

BioShock plunges players deep into the underwater utopia of Rapture, where a failed experiment in creating the perfect existence has produced deranged residents dead-set on survival at any cost.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: Gumdrops 32-Step Sequencer

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When I think about drum apps, what comes to mind is a virtual drum kit with toms, stare, kick, and cymbals. Users tap out a rhythm using multiple fingers, hoping to create a flowing beat. But, that’s not how drumming works. You need arms and legs and the ability to keep one beat going while changing up another.

Gumdrops is a beat sequencer that doesn’t pretend to be a real drum kit. Instead, it uses the same idea that goes into physical drumming to allow non-musicians to create beats that are more natural and realistic, or as the name says, “Beats so sweet, you’re bound to get ill.”

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