Apple’s ‘Smart Dock’ Looks to Unlock Siri in your Home

apple_patent_illoAn interesting patent from Apple was recently published through the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). As discovered by UK-based The Register, this patent appears to be for a device that will allow users to activate Siri on their iOS device without having to touch anything. You’ll be able to yell at your personal assistant from the other room to do something for you, just like in real life.

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Apple to Rollout iBeacon Location Tracking Technology in 254 Retail Stores

Apple-In-Store LocationApple’s near field location identification technology, iBeacon, is starting to get some buzz. We’ve known about the service since Apple demonstrated iOS 7 in June of 2013. Just recently, we heard about BySpace from Exact Editions. The tech company wants to make it possible for magazine companies to offer free editions of their publications within a store, office, or waiting room.

The Associated Press has reported that, today, Apple will roll out iBeacon connectivity across 254 U.S. retail stores. This near field location tracking service makes it possible for Apple to send you notifications about products while you are looking at them in the store.

The Associated Press was recently invited to demonstrate iBeacon technology in Apple’s Fifth Avenue retail store in New York City. Apple has installed 20 iBeacon transmitters throughout the store. As customers browse the showroom floor, they will receive notifications regarding iPhone upgrades, accessory possibilities, and even whether your device is ready to be picked up from the Genius Bar.

Users must have the Apple Store app installed and give permission to track them and receiving notifications. Then, when the user walks into an Apple retail store, the technology will activate.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Double Dragon Trilogy

Double Dragon Trilogy 1Welcome back to another edition of our weekly retro and classic game column. Each week, we look for games that either remind us of our childhood, or are straight ports of games we played as kids. Last time, we told you about the empire management game Civilization Revolution. Building armies and taking over the world is much easier on the iPad than in real life.

This week, we have a treat for you that is three-fold. The fighting duo of the Double Dragon franchise have made their way to iOS as Double Dragon Trilogy. Now you can relive your younger days of spending hours in front of your television, Nintendo controller in your sweaty hands while you side-munched whatever salty treats you could find in the cupboard.

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PadGadget Daily App Deal – 10 iPad Apps on Sale

PadGadget Daily App Deal – 10 iPad Apps on SaleFor today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 10 great apps to add to your iPad collection.  We have 2 productivity / entertainment apps and 8 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 80% off, several are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.

Check out all the sale apps after the break »

Land Ho! ‘Assassin’s Creed Pirates’ Lands on iPad and iPhone

Assasins Creed Pirates 2Pirates can be assassins, too. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is proof of that. Recently, Ubisoft announced that the high-seas adventure continues with more swashbuckling adventures in the Caribbean Sea with Assassin’s Creed Pirates.

Ship’s captain Alonzo Batilia heads out to sea with his crew to claim the coveted La Buse’s legendary treasure. Take command of the pirate ship as you set sail on an adventure you won’t soon forget.

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PowerPot X Charges your iPad While Heating Water in the Great Outdoors

Powerpot X 2I love camping. I go every year, multiple times. No matter how well I prepare, I always run out of battery life on my iPad by the end of the trip. Of course, it isn’t a big deal since I’m camping and shouldn’t be using technology anyway. Shouldn’t be…

Power Practical has a solution that charges your devices while heating water so you can cook up some of that freeze dried dinner while powering up your iPad for star mapping. The company recently redesigned their PowerPot with more changeability and a larger capacity pot so you can make more dinner while getting a better charge at the same time.

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Createrria Lets You Build iOS Games Straight from Your iPad

Createrria

A new app called Createrria is available which allows you to create you own games. It’s fun, creative, and easily gained approval from my gaming kids. The concept builds upon the success of games like Minecraft which allow you to create the world around you, but take it even further by letting you build levels, tasks, and a variety of other game situations.

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President Obama may have an iPad, but He’s ‘Not Allowed’ to Use the iPhone

Obama iPadIt is no secret that U.S. President Barack Obama loves the iPad. The first time we saw him in the presence of Apple’s tablet, it was to give an autograph. That must have been love at first sight. In October of 2010 the President personally requested a meeting with Apple CEO Steve Jobs to discuss “economy, innovation and technology education.” Obama admitted to owning an iPad in a March 2011 interview. It is possible that, at that meeting, Jobs handed over a prototype of the iPad 2. As we later discovered, Obama was seen sporting the second-generation device before it was available to the public.

Today, Reuters reported that the President may own an iPad, but he is not allowed to own an iPhone. Good news for BlackBerry. Obama is still using a smartphone from the nearly defunct tech company.

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PadGadet’s Sound Stage: Tune your Guitar From your iPad with the Roadie Tuner

Roadie Tuner 4Welcome back to this week’s edition of our weekly music column. In case you didn’t know already we have an affinity for music and musicians around here. Some of us are musicians ourselves. That’s why, each week, we look for apps and accessories relating to the iPad that we think music lovers will enjoy. Last time, we told you about Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes. If you like John Lennon, you should check out this app.

This week, we found a fantastic Kickstarter campaign for a device that connects to your iOS device and tunes your guitar. The Roadie Tuner is the ultimate guitar tool.

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Google Reportedly Working on Chrome Apps Toolkit for iOS Ports

Image courtesy of CBS

Image courtesy of CBS

Google wants to make Chrome packaged apps available across platforms, including Android, Linux, and iOS. If the project is a success, Google’s toolkit will enable app developers to create Chrome apps for a multitude of mobile operating systems.

According to TheNextWeb, Google has been quietly preparing for the “Mobile Chrome Apps” toolkit for a while now. The toolkit will help developers create Android and iOS hybrid native apps with Chrome app polyfills through a program called Apache Cordova.

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