Apple Increases its Bond with China by Connecting Users to UnionPay

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China is quickly becoming the country to woo. Many of the largest tech companies are vying for China’s affection. Apple has not hid the fact that it wants to have a strong and lasting relationship with the country’s growing economy.

This week, Apple announced that China’s most popular payment card company, UnionPay, will be available for customers to link to the App Store, bringing more options to the second largest app download country in the world.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: VSCO Cam, Now Available on iPad

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I’ve been using VSCO Cam since it first launched in the App Store a year and a half ago. It is an excellent photo-editing app with lots of professional looking filters to make your images pop. The level of customizable editing is more than anything I’ve ever seen. It was obviously made by photographers, for photographers.

Today, Visual Supply Company (VSCO) updated its app to version 4.0, which finally brings support for the iPad. Not only that, but you can sync across multiple devices, including Android, you can create photo essays in the new Journal creation tool, and the new web uploader makes it possible for you to import photos from your desktop to your iPad to share to your Grid.

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New Type of Endless Runner, ‘Agent, Run!’ Launches in App Store

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The endless runner genre appears to be about as endless as the games that were created for them. There are hundreds of new titles with the same skin coming out every day. If you love endless runner games, this is a good thing. However, if you are getting tired of the same old, jump, slide, and turn mechanics that practically every one of them employs, maybe it is time for something new.

Agent, Run! is an endless runner that requires you to tap, slash, and activate items within the environment instead of controlling your runner. Set in a James Bond style story of espionage and intrigue, players must out run Professor E. Vil’s lackeys and stop the megalomaniac from using his Doomsday Machine.

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Monument Valley Expansion ‘Forgotten Shores’ Adds Eight New Levels, Available Now

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In April, Apple named Monument Valley the App Store’s Editor’s Choice. The unique perspective path puzzle game has received critical acclaim across the board, a rare feat in this industry. The biggest complaint most people have is that, the 10 levels are just over too fast. We want more.

After more than half a year, the development team at ustwo has created eight brand new puzzles to further the story of Ida and the Totem. The “Forgotten Shores” expansion, available now as an in-app purchase, adds new unique adventures to the story.

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YouTube Updates iOS App, Adds Dedicated Music Tab to Personalized Homepage

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Yesterday, YouTube announced its new music subscription service, “Music Key,” which gives users advertisement free music for playing in the background and offline, which includes a subscription to Google Play Music for $9.99 per month.

Today, the company updated its iOS app to include a dedicated tab under your personalized homepage so you can watch to your favorite music videos, listen to music mixes based on your history, and search for full albums via an artist’s discography.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: 8-Bit Retro Endless Doves

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Some of my fondest memories are of playing Final Fantasy Adventure and Pokemon on my OG Gameboy. There is something about that monochrome four-color 8-bit screen that makes me feel a level of comfort that I can’t explain. The chiptune lullabies, the pixel graphics, and the choppy screen changes all bring back fond memories for me.

That’s why I was immediately drawn to Endless Doves. It looks, and sounds, just like the games I play on my first mobile game device nearly two decades ago. It doesn’t play like a retro game, but it will bring back some memories for you.

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Is Apple Maps Coming to the Web?

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One thing I like to do when planning out my vacations is to check out places to visit using Google Maps on the web. Thanks to Google’s syncing capabilities, I can save locations and access them on my iPad or iPhone later on. I love being able to use my large computer screen to scan a map and check out interesting looking places and then getting directions to those places on my iOS device without having to try to remember names.

Rumor has it that Apple might be working on a web-based Maps service. According to 9to5Mac, Apple recently posted a jobs listing for a Maps Web Developer. The job description notes that Apple is looking for someone with experience in “creating beautiful and responsive user interfaces with JavaScript, HTML, and CSS.” The qualified person will work on web implementation of Apple’s mapping technology to “help make maps work seamlessly on the web.”

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Suppliers Getting Ready for Mass Production of Apple Watch

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There are less than two months left in 2014. Which means that two months from now, I’ll be anxiously awaiting a big announcement regarding the Apple Watch’s launch date. While some have predicted that it won’t arrive until mid to late March (and as late as mid-June), others with a more hopeful outlook are pointing toward a Valentine’s Day treat. My money is on the former, but my hopes are on the latter.

Today, DigiTimes is claiming that production is gearing up for the Apple watch, which might mean we could be sporting the new wearable computer as early as four months from now.

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Think Stand for iPad Gives Your Smart Cover More Versatile Positioning

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Most of my friends that own an iPad also own a Smart Cover or Smart Case. Apple makes a point of letting you know that they go together like peas and carrots. The main problem with Apple’s Smart cover is its lack of versatility. Thanks to its origami style folding feature, you can stand your iPad in two, that’s right, two different viewing angles (landscape only). Most of us want more options than that.

So, we invest in a second case and the Smart Cover goes in a drawer somewhere.

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Square Reader for EMV ‘Chip Cards’ Coming Soon for iPad and iPhone

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A few months ago, I received new credit cards in the mail from my credit card company. Nothing was wrong with my previous cards, but these new ones had a small, square chip right no the outside. It turns out that the U.S. is finally updating the way credit cards are read at retail terminals. The chips encrypt every transaction made, making it harder for hackers to steel information.

Today, Square announced that it would be offering updated chip card readers so retailers can take part in offering extra security to consumers without having to pay hundreds of dollars for new terminals.

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