The rumor mill is working overtime this week. Apple is supposedly working on a new iPad mini model, sans Retina display. However, last week, reports were going back and forth over whether the 7.9-inch tablet would launch this fall or be delayed until early 2014, or even have a double launch with a non-Retina release in the fall and a Retina release in 2014. Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal claimed that Apple is working with Samsung on a Retina display iPad mini. Now, reports from tech blog Fanatic Fone, leaked photos of the back casing for the iPad mini shows a different placement of the Apple logo.
Linden Lab has announced the release of Blocksworld, a new app which mixes fun puzzles with lego style designs and Minecraft type virtual worlds. Instead of just listing the features of this app and presenting a typical release, I decided to put it in the hands of the experts and see what they thought.
I interrupted my eight year old twins playing Infinity Blade II, installed Blocksworld, and let them loose with it. The first bit of good news is that they didn’t close it immediately which would have made this post quite short and instead they found it engaging. After 30 minutes of playing, one of them even came over to me and said thanks for the new game. Let’s look at what they found enjoyable.
Welcome back to another installment of our weekly retro and classic game spotlight. Every Friday we celebrate the memories of our youth by talking about games we played as kids in arcades and on living room floors. You may not have to pay a quarter every time you restart a game anymore, but the more things change, the more they stay the same. Last week, we told you about Sarien’s Sierra On-Line portal that lets you legally play seven different adventure games for free.
We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great deals and we’ll continue to look for the best app deals as they pop-up. Some of these apps are up to 86% off, a couple are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.
Earlier this week, we told you about Netflix’s upcoming rollout of the multiple user profile feature. A few days ago, the company began implementing the option on some subscriber’s Apple TV devices. Today, Netflix has officially announced the launch of the new service. Now, you and your kids can have separate recommendations based on what you like and not what they watch.
Welcome back to another edition of our weekly music column. Each week, we find interesting apps and accessories that musicians and fans of music will love. Last week, we told you about the iPad keyboard accessory for Little Tikes. It’s never too soon to get your kids started in music and tech gadgets.
This week, we found a fun iPad case made from recycled records. If you want the world to know just how much you love vinyl, this is the way to do it.
A developer has shared information about a new iPad Mini with 9to5mac.com and among other things it appears that it will continue to lack a retina display. This information comes from a compatibility list of devices with iOS 7 hidden in the iOS 7 SDK.
While it is not guaranteed that the devices listed in the report will ever ship, it seems likely that the new Minis will have similar specs. The lack of the display isn’t a total loss since the faster processor is still a jump forward in power and system capabilities.
Bret Taylor and Kevin Gibbs have announced the release of Quip, a modern word processor with a lot of mobile and social offerings. These guys have spent years in the trenches at Google and FaceBook and this release is a curiosity to see if Quip can succeed in a ‘Microsoft Office’ world.
At first glance Quip looks like a very capable mobile word processor and in fact some of the features certainly promise to be very useful but it represents a transition to a mobile paradigm that many companies aren’t ready for. This would be fine except that it appears the earning model for Quip is aimed at businesses and not with the free version anybody can download.
For today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 7 great apps to add to your iPad collection. We have 4 productivity / entertainment apps and 3 game apps in today’s bundle.
We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great deals and we’ll continue to look for the best app deals as they pop-up. Some of these apps are up to 50% off, several are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.