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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Square Testing New ‘Pickup’ App For Takeout Orders

Square Pickup 1Since its inception, Square has nearly changed the face of retail sales by itself. It went from being a digital credit card service with a dongle to becoming one of the most popular mobile point-of-sale provider in existence in just a few years. The company is constantly launching new apps with better ways for retailers to keep track of money and inventory. Today, Electronista discovered that Square is in beta testing for a new app called “Pickup” that would allow restaurants to create takeout services for patrons for fast and easy ordering though mobile devices.

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Addictive iPad and iPhone Puzzle Game Threes! Receives Update

THREES_trailerAbout two weeks ago, Threes! made its appearance in the App Store. The simple, unassuming game quickly sped its way to the number one spot in less than a week. Today, the company has launched an update that includes several features that players have requested, proving that Threes! belongs on the Top Paid Apps list for having developers who listen to their customers.

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Chinese Developers Build Robot To Play Flappy Bird

Robot Plays Flappy Birds 1The Sci Show recently did a short blurb on why people get addicted to Flappy Bird. The theory is that playing the game releases dopamine when the player gets a new high score. This good feeling causes the brain to want more. So, the brain assigns the good feeling to playing the game, which causes the player to want to play more. The cycle goes on. What if the player has no emotions when flying between pipes? What if the player is a robot? Will it succeed at getting a high score? Will it play until it gets to the end? Is there an end to Flappy Bird?

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EA Games Founder Trip Hawkins Announces First Educational App From New Startup Company

If ... 4Electronic Arts is one of the best know game makers in the industry. Its founder, Trip Hawkins recently launched a new startup company that raised $6.5 million in Series A funding. If You Can Company is focused on creating games to teach children social and emotional learning skills. Today, the company launched the first in what is sure to be a long line of children’s games.

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