PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How To Use Family Sharing in iOS 8

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Some of the great new features in iOS 8 involve the ability to share more with friends and family than ever before. Apple finally made it possible for families to share content on different devices with different Apple IDs without having to switch over to a different shared account. Family Sharing give groups of six people the ability to share content from iTunes, iBooks, and the App Store. If you purchase it on one device, the rest of your family can download it onto their device without having to purchase it a second time. With Parental Controls in place, you can also keep your kids from downloading all the Smurfberries without your permission.

We’ve got a quick tutorial to explain how to set up Family Sharing for your group and what you can do after it is activated.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice – Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series

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Not long ago, we heard that Telltale Games was working on a new episodic adventure game based on the mechanics that made the company famous with The Walking Dead: The Game. This time around, Westeros is under fire as the development team brings King’s Landing, The Wall, and Ironwood to iOS in a brand new story based on the HBO series of the same name, and to a lesser degree, the George R.R. Martin book series, “A Song of Ice and Fire.”

Game of Thrones – A Telltale Games Series follows House Forrester through their experience trying to stay relevant, and safe, in this new world where the Lannisters are in charge of the Five Kingdoms and no one knows who will rule the kingdom in the end.

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Apple Names Pixelmator 2014 ‘App of the Year,’ Monument Valley for Games

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Since the iPad Air came out in Oct. 2013, apps and games have been pushing the limits of what mobile devices can do. With the 64-bit processor chip, the possibilities became much broader. The faster chip, as well as 2GB of RAM, of the iPad Air 2 has inspired even more amazing feats from app and game developers.

This week, Apple announced the winners of the annual “Best of” list. The incredible features and amazing graphics that fill the content of the spotlighted apps and games certainly showcase what the iPad can do.

And the winner is…

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Best Buy Brings Back Price Cut on iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 for New Christmas Sale

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Less than a month ago, Best Buy dropped the price of the iPad Air 2 by $100 and the iPad mini 3 by $75 during its early bird Black Friday sale, which actually started on Thanksgiving. This week, the company is cutting the price of Apple tablets again. Only this time, you won’t have to skip dinner with the family in order to get one.

Right now, all models of iPad Air 2 are discounted by $50, no matter which storage size or version you want. That’s a 10 percent savings on the 16GB Wi-Fi only model, but only about half-of-one-percent savings on the 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model.

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Apple Adds ‘Change’ iPad Air 2 Ad to ‘Your Verse’ Campaign

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If you are shopping for a new iPad for someone special this Christmas, you may have noticed that Apple launched a new commercial recently that spotlight’s the iPad Air 2. Although this advertisement is part of the “Your Verse” campaign, it is much different than the company’s previous content.

The Your Verse ads typically focus on one person, group, or event and spotlight a handful of apps that are used during the project. This ad covers more than a dozen different uses for the iPad from a wide variety of users, from artists, to musicians, to athletes, to students, and more.

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Mark Zuckerberg Tells Time Magazine that Apple Products are Overpriced


In an interview with Time, Mark Zuckerberg discussed the future of Facebook, his big plans for what’s next, and even made a jab at Apple for being over priced. He also disagreed with comments Tim Cook made about free services making consumers the product.

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Fat Chicken Will Earn You Big Bucks if You can Keep Your Cattle Well-Fed

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The tower defense category just got a bit bigger, or should I say fatter? A silly new title from Relevant games has just set up shop in the App Store and it adds a Kansas-sized twist on the tower defense genre.

Fat Chicken has players attacking farm animals, not with turrets or laser beams, but with corn and growth hormones. Your job is to get the animals from the farm to the slaughterhouse while fattening them up as much as possible. The fatter they are, the more Murderbux you will earn.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: KnowNote is a Modern Day Guitar Hero for the iPad


The first time I played Guitar Hero, I was both fascinated and appalled. I couldn’t believe that rock ‘n’ roll had been turned into a video game. At the same time, I was excited that video games were catering to music fans. Within an hour, I was hooked on the game and decided that it was awesome and could even serve to encourage gamers to venture into the music world to learn how to play real instruments.

KnowNote has a similar theme, but the mechanics are much different. First of all, you don’t need a plastic guitar to play it. Instead, you use a keyboard. The original desktop game utilizes your computer’s keys. The iPad version includes its own customized in-app keyboard so you can rock those shredding solos without having to tap the shift key. In fact, there is no shift key.

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See What it is Like, First Hand, to Spend a ‘Night at the Museum’ on your iPad

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The third installment of the “Night at the Museum” series starring Ben Stiller as the night watchman at a particularly animated history museum will premier on Dec. 19, just in time for the holidays. To get your ready for the night’s excitement, Fox Digital in collaboration with Pocket Gems has created a hidden objects game that puts you right in the midst of an adventure.

Night at the Museum: Hidden Treasures is a hidden objects game with lots of story to follow. Players take on the role of a new night watchman under the tutelage of Larry Daley (Ben Stiller). You must help him set up exhibits, find lost keys, and keep the restless ancient objects from running amuck in the building, or worse, escaping.

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Hour of Code is Back and Apple is Hosting Free Seminars Dec. 11

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This year, Dec. 8 – 14 is Computer Science Education week. Apple participates in the yearly awareness campaign by offering a number of different workshops and events. Dec. 11 is Hour of Code day, a campaign started by to get more people interested in coding and to advocate for more computer science classes in public education. One of Apple’s workshops will be to participate in Hour of Code with a free, one-hour introductory seminar to learn the basics of computer programming.

The weeklong event will focus on all things related to computer science. Some of the events that Apple has planned include interviews with Flask founders Hideko Ogawa and Takako Horiuchi in Tokyo, Author Theodore Gray in Illinois, NaturalMotion CEO Torsten Reil in London, coding expert Jocelyn Leavitt in New York, and more.

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