American Greetings Launches Make-Your-Own Card app for Kids

Creatacard 1How often do you send physical cards to others through the mail? Does anyone other than grandma get greeting cards from you in the mail? It used to be that people would send birthday wishes, congratulations messages, get well cards, and condolences through traditional postal services to friends, families, and colleagues where they would then sit on the mantel for weeks before finally being relocated to a drawer somewhere. Now, birthday wishes, baby announcements, and party invitations are quickly typed up in emails or on Facebook. They may be more convenient, but they have no staying power.

American Greetings has the ability to change that with Creatacard. This new app lets kids create cards using digital drawing tools, stickers, paint brushes, and more, right on the iPad. Then, you can mail a physical copy of the card to your friends of family as a professionally printed greeting card.

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Tiny Tower Creator, NimbleBit, Launches Newest Pixelated Game ‘Disco Zoo’

Disco Zoo 4NimbleBit, creator of such games as Tiny Tower, Pocket Trains, and Nimble Quest have just launched their newest free-to-play title in the App Store. Instead of building a tiny tower for citizens to live in, or traveling the rails on pocket sized trains to distribute goods, players build the best zoo in the city and throw a disco party.

In Disco Zoo, players travel the globe in a rainbow-colored hot air balloon, rescuing animals (from the wild, apparently) and bringing them to the zoo to let the world see them. Oh, also, there is a disco party.

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LEGO Legends of CHIMA now available on iPad


My kids love CHIMA and they love their iPad, which is why LEGO Legends of CHIMA Online is a match made in heaven for my little gaming addicts. It is also the newest reason I wish Apple would put more children management tools into iOS which could set gaming time limits and I could probably use that feature for my Digg problem.

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Education Update: iOS Enterprise and Education Management Tools Updated


Apple made huge improvements to its iOS enterprise and education management tools this week and with all of the schools across the country trying to implement iPads into their curriculum it doesn’t arrive a moment too soon. New changes are going to go a long way in convincing a skeptical IT community to stop resisting iPad deployments in situations with massive numbers.

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Apple Patents Self-Healing Finish to Protect from Plate Scratching Artifacts on iOS Displays

Self Healing Apple PatentThe U.S. Patent & Trade Office just published a patent application from Apple that could protect the backlight from getting scratched, which produces “artifacts” on iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers. The self-healing and Teflon coating would make it possible to eliminate artifacts on Retina display screens.

According to Patently Apple, the patent, titled “Systems and Methods for Preventing Light Guide Plate Scratching Artifacts,” details a method for coating backlighting guide plates to protect the technology from being scratched. When backlighting gets scratched, it causes unsightly artifacts, which result in white spots on the screen.

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Apple Tops List of World’s Most Admired Companies for Seventh Year in a Row

Fortune top admired 2013Year, after year, after year, Apple takes the number one spot for Fortune’s list of World’s Most Admired Companies. Thanks to uncompromised quality, a wider audience than ever before, and a long-term investment in innovation, Apple has, for the seventh year in a row, been honored with the number one spot on fortune’s list.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: Jam To The Beat With ‘Jungle Rumble,’ Coming Soon to the App Store

Jungle Rumble 1Pixel Disco is two short months away from launching their much-anticipated rhythm-based real-time strategy game this April. The company has beat the drum for long enough and it is finally time to unleash this beast.

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Director David Fincher in Talks to Direct Aaron Sorkin Penned Steve Jobs Biopic

Steve Jobs BiographyDo you remember when all of the rumors about a Steve Jobs biography movie were spreading around? Some said an independent filmmaker would make the picture. Others said Aaron Sorkin was the writer. Aston Kutcher was slotted to play Jobs. All of those rumors have come true, but time has divided them out and made their realities more clear.

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PadGadget Daily App Deal – 14 iPad Apps on Sale

PadGadget Daily App Deal – 14 iPad Apps on SaleFor today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 14 great apps to add to your iPad collection.  We have 2 productivity / entertainment apps and 12 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 75% 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 »

FCC Releases Speed Test App to Measure Performance of US Wireless Networks

Speed Test

After releasing an Android internet Speed Test app last November, the FCC has now released a similar app for iOS. Now you can get a government approved speed analysis for the networks you are using and participate in a data collection program which tracks network speeds around the country.

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