PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Tomb Raider II

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Only a year after Lara Croft won our hearts as the most awesome female action hero ever to appear in a video game, her second adventure, which ended up being even more successful than the original. In a short 12 months, gaming technology became so much more advanced that Lara had better moves, bigger landscapes, and much more action than ever before.

Last week, Square Enix launched a port of Tomb Raider II on iOS. For just a few dollars, you can continue the quest for riches and glory with everyone’s favorite braided bombshell.

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China Finally Getting LTE-Enabled iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3

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The U.S. may have already had its fill of the new iPad line, which launched in late October, but China has not yet been able to get its hands on the cellular models. Considering the country is the fastest-growing bunch of tech consumers, it is good news for Apple that cellular supported iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 devices will be available starting this week.

The tablets will support TD-LTE and FDD-LTE standards, as well as TD-SCDMA, DC-HSDPA, HSPA+, and others, making it possible to travel to more countries around the world and still be able to connect to the Network.

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Will there be an Apple Watch for Valentine’s Day? Mass Production to Begin in January

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This past September, Apple gave us a glimpse into the future with a detailed demonstration of what the newest trend in fashion will be. With a vague launch date of “early 2015” we’ve all been pacing the floor, hoping for some news of its official release. With nothing but rumors to go on, we’ve heard it might squeak by just in time for Valentine’s Day. We’ve also heard that we shouldn’t hold our breath for the lover’s holiday, but to expect it in the springtime instead.

With the possibility of manufacturing partners solving yield issues with components, the new rumor is that Apple will begin mass production of the watch in January. My heart’s desire may be waiting for me on Valentine’s Day after all.

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Ultimate Ears Launches New Limited Edition BOOM from ‘GIF-iti’ Artist INSA


INSA is a graffiti artist turned fine artist and designer from the U.K. that recently made waves in both the art and tech community for the way he merges the two with his “GIF-iti” style. INSA’s GIFs are made by painting an entire mural, over and over again, with slightly different positioning. Each version gets a snapshot that is then put together to form a moving picture of sorts. The resulting GIF-iti is then displayed for fans to see.

This week, Ultimate Ears, the music offshoot of Logitech, announced another limited edition version of the BOOM Bluetooth speaker. This version is outfitted with an INSA skin. The special edition is available today from Ultimate Ears for $199.99.

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PadGadget’s DIY Project Spotlight: 10-Minute DIY Felt iPad Sleeve


As the days tick by, we get closer and closer to Christmas. If you are anything like me, you’ve still got half a list of people to shop or make something for. If you just found out that your cousin is getting an iPad for Christmas and you want to make him something special for it, but don’t have a lot of time, we found the perfect project for you.

This iPad sleeve is so simple to make that you could have it done in 10 minutes. The finished product looks smart and will please any new iPad owner. If you happen to be a crafter, you may already have everything you need in your house.

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Get Ready for Your Holiday Party With iTunes Radio Christmas Stations

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Around this time of the year, I start thinking about listening to holiday tunes. I don’t work at a retail store or in an office building that pipes Christmas music through the halls the first of November. So, I actually enjoy the classic sounds of “Jingle Bells,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.” This morning, I decided to start the music listening tradition. It is only three weeks from the big day. I opened my Music app and was pleased to see that Apple was thinking the same thing.

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Analyst Predicts an ‘Explosive’ Quarter for Apple Based on Strong Demand for iPad, iPhone

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Since the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, we’ve heard a lot of reports that Apple’s latest addition to the smartphone market has surpassed all expectations and has even pushed the company into the top rankings in the category. We haven’t heard as much about the new iPad Air 2, with its 2GB of RAM and more powerful processor. However, Analyst Alex Guana of JMP Securities attributes a portion of Apple’s upcoming “exceptionally strong” quarter to its tablet line.

According to a report from Barron’s Tech Trader Daily, Guana raised his price target for Apple stock from $135 to $150 based on data from Black Friday and Cyber Monday, as well as his prediction that the company will perform very well in the next fiscal quarter.

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Former PopCap Devs Launch ‘Cubic Castle’ MMO Sandbox Platformer on iPad and iPhone

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What could be more fun than playing a Super Mario Bros. style platform game? Maybe, playing a Minecraft style sandbox game. What if you put them both together? That would be crazy fun. If the wheels have started turning in your head, imagining the kind of platform you could build yourself from blocks, you don’t have to imagine any longer. The game is real.

Cubic Castles, developed by former PopCap members, is a sandbox platformer that launched in Aug. 2014 and can be enjoyed by fans around the world on both desktop and mobile devices. This massive multiplayer online (MMO) game is available across Mac, PC, iOS and Android platforms.

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Portman Turns Down Steve Jobs Biopic, Why Doesn’t Anyone Want to be in Sorkin’s Movie?


Starting in late October, buzz for the future of Aaron Sorkin-penned biopic about Steve Jobs was high. Six weeks later and it almost seems like the movie is about to be shelved. Amidst the hype, a number of big named celebrities have been offered parts in the film, only to turn down the roles, which begs the question, Why?

According to a recent article in Variety, actress Natalie Portman, who was rumored to be in talks with Universal to play a role in the film, “parted ways with the female lead.” There is not information as to why she turned down a part in the Danny Boyle-directed biopic, but it is known that Portman has a busy schedule, having just finished directing a film she starred in, as well as producing and starring in a handful of upcoming films.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook One of Eight Finalists for Time’s 2014 ‘Person of the Year’

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It’s that time again. Time for Time to name their Person of the Year. This year, Apple CEO Tim Cook is listed alongside the likes of Russian president Vladimir Putin, pop artist Taylor Swift, and the Ferguson protestors. The winner of this year’s Person of the Year award will be announced on Dec. 10.

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