Steve Jobs Didn’t Believe there was a Market for iPad Mini, Thank Goodness for Tim Cook

Tim Cook by Minh Uong, courtesy of the New York Times

Tim Cook by Minh Uong, courtesy of the New York Times

On Sunday, the New York Times published a profile piece about Apple CEO Tim Cook. In it, the author describes Cook as an environmentalist and humanitarian who has been building Apple into a well-rounded tech company with a team of leaders, instead of the one-man-at-the-helm company it was under former CEO Steve Jobs. Both methods have proven successful, but investors and analysts are still comparing Cook’s methods to Jobs’ methods and coming out disappointed.

One thing Cook did differently than Jobs was to recognize the market desire for a smaller, low-cost tablet. Without Cook, the iPad mini would never have existed.

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First Round of Approved Bitcoin Apps are Arriving on the App Store

250 Coin Pocket Image

Apple recently changed their policy on virtual currency and the resulting impact is already being felt with the release of the first new Bitcoin enabled app called Coin Pocket. You can use this app to transfer currency and accomplish several other basic tasks related to Bitcoin.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Broken Age

Broken Age 1

When I first heard that Tim Schafer was back in business I couldn’t wait to check out his new game. Schafer was the man behind such games as The Secret of Monkey Island and Brütal Legend. His latest project was crowdfunded, giving the indie development team he leads, Double Fine Productions, the opportunity to make the game the way they want, instead of some corporate giant. The game comes at a premium price, but think about this; If a major company had anything to do with it, the game would be freemium, and we all know how you feel about that.

Broken Age is a point-and-click adventure game with a deeply integrated storyline that will have you so engrossed that you won’t want to put it down until you’ve finished the journey.

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PadGadget Daily App Deal – 11 iPad Apps on Sale

PadGadget Daily App Deal – 11 iPad Apps on SaleFor today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 11 great apps to add to your iPad collection.  We have 4 productivity / entertainment apps and 7 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 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 »

Apps Will be able to Automatically Fill in your Personal Credentials in iOS 8


Just yesterday, I opened the Amazon App on my iPad for the first time since I had changed the password a few weeks ago. As usual, I didn’t remember the new password I had set and had to exit the app, open 1Password, copy the password, close that app, reopen the Amazon App, and paste the password. As you can see, it is a pain in the butt, and frankly makes me much less likely to change my passwords on a regular basis.

Today, 9to5Mac is reporting that in iOS 8, Apple will allow the Safari AutoFill iCloud keychain, which I also use, to relay information to native apps. So, I’ll be able to select my passwords from inside native iOS apps, making the whole process much easier.

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Microsoft Considering Bringing Cortana Virtual Assistant to iOS

Cortana Windows Phone

Back in April, Microsoft announced a huge update to its Windows 8 platform. Coming later this year, the company’s mobile operating system will get a bunch of new features, one of which is Microsoft’s answer to Siri. The Windows phone personal assistant, Cortana, will provide users with a similar function. Cortana will find out stuff for you, connect you to your contacts, keep track of your schedule, and let you know your flight information. She may even be a better virtual assistant than Siri, but don’t tell her (or him) I said that. My coffee may turn out gross tomorrow.

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Analyst Predicts Apple will Sell at Least 30 Million iWatch Units in 2015

iWatch Mockup by Eric Huisman

The iWatch rumor mill is back in business. We didn’t hear even a whisper of the possibility from Apple that a wearable computer was in the pipeline. However, the tech world is frothing at the mouth for the health and fitness companion watch that is supposedly on the Horizon.

Today, BMO Capital Markets analyst Keith Bachman has generated a prediction for iWatch sales in its first year of business. According to AppleInsider, Bachman sent a note to investors claiming that Apple will sell at least 33.5 million iWatch devices in 2015.

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ZooGue Launches Three New iPad Cases for Every Need

ZooGue iPad Air Prodigy Elite

There are different kinds of iPad owners in the world. Some use the Apple tablet for watching movies, browsing the Internet, and checking emails. Others use it for games, games, games. Still others take their iPad with them to the office and on the go as a productivity device. This week, ZooGue announced the launch of three new cases that are the perfect fit for every type of iPad user.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Retro Hit VVVVVV and Mini Game Super Gravitron


Super Hexagon creator, Terry Cavahagh created a unique platformer game back in 2010 for PC that was eventually ported to DS3 and is now available on iOS. Although not an actual flashback, this game is definitely the perfect example of retro gaming done right. In addition to bringing the full game to iOS.

VVVVVV is a 2-D pixelated platformer staring a smiley-faced gravity-flipping guy who is on a mission to save his friends and escape from the space station before it is destroyed. Instead of jumping over dangerous gaps, flip upside down and walk on the ceiling.

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Angry Birds Epic Launches in App Store, Let the Adventure Begin

Angry Birds Epic 3

I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that I am not exactly a fan of Angry Birds. I’m not one of those people who stop liking things once they get popular. I was never particularly interested in the knock-em-down physics based gameplay. I’m more of a fan of role-playing games (RPG). I like to build teams of fighters who go on dangerous quests to find treasure and rescue others.

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