Win a Meeting With Tim Cook For Charity Again, This Time It’s A Whole Lunch

Tim CookAbout a year ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook auctioned off an hour of his time to donate to the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. While the coffee date had an estimated value of $50,000, the winning donation came to $610,000. This time, Cook is auctioning off a whole lunch date with an estimated value of $100,000. Who knows, maybe the winner will surpass the million-dollar mark in exchange for a chance to bend the ear of the most famous tech CEO in the world.

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Soccer Rally 2 Mashes Two Action-Packed Games Together into One

Soccer Rally 2 3If you are a fan of soccer and a fan of Nascar style racing, you don’t have a whole lot of options for enjoying both sports. Sure, you can spend Saturday afternoon watching the international soccer tournament, and then spend all day Sunday watching your favorite driver make the same trip 500 times around the track. But, then your whole weekend would be shot.

IceFlame has figured out a way to join the two sports together so you can free up some time on the weekend for your other favorite sport, bowling.

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New Apple iPads and iPhone Could have Environmental Sensors to Monitor Your Environment

Environmental SensorThe U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently published two patents for Apple, Inc. that refer to environmental sensors that can be embedded into portable electronics like the iPhone, iPad, and even a “wrist-watch” device. The sensors would make it possible for you to read the temperature of the immediate environment around you, not just the weather outside.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: Change Your Sound With birdStepper

birdStepper 4Sure, there are dozens of step sequencers in the App Store that let you make awesome loops and beats, but how many of them let you actually alter the sound your loops and beats make?

A newly released app called birdStepper is not so much a step sequencer, but more like a step sequencer effect. It lets you manipulate sound using automated time-synced effects.

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PadGadget Daily App Deal – 8 iPad Apps on Sale

PadGadget Daily App Deal – 8 iPad Apps on SaleFor today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 8 great apps to add to your iPad collection.  We have 6 productivity / entertainment apps and 2 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 90% off, a couple 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 »

Tim Cook Uses Quarterly Earnings Call to Explain Why iPad Sales Were so Low

iPad Air and iPad miniFor the first time since its launch, the iPad did not meet expectations for Apple’s second quarter of 2014. At today’s earnings result conference call, CEO Tim Cook noted that iPad sales, which reached 16.4 million units in the second quarter, did meet the company’s expectations, even if it fell short by 13 percent of analyst predictions. While the decline may seem like the death toll for Apple tablets based on what tech bloggers are saying, Cook says he is still “bullish” on the iPad, despite concerns for the year-over-year decline in the second quarter.

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Apple Reports Another Record Quarter Thanks to iPhone Sales

Apple_Headquarters_in_CupertinoToday, Apple released its quarterly earnings report for the second quarter ending March 29. Thanks to popular demand for the iPhone 5s, as well as record growth in China, the company was able to pull of another excellent quarter for revenue. While iPad sales were not part of the official report, we are sure to hear more about the company’s revenue during the financial results conference call.

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: Adding Contact Information to Lock Screen

Contact Lock Screen 2I used to work at a movie theater. After every show, I’d pick up trash, sweep the floor, and check the seats for lost items. At least once per week, someone would leave a phone behind, snugly tucked into the folded crevice next to a candy wrapper or a very old piece of chewed gum. The very first thing I would do was check the phone to see if the owner had included a “home” contact (This was before cell phones had passcodes). At least 90 percent of the time, there wasn’t one. So, I’d try calling a person on the contact list that I thought would be able to help.

I always thought it was silly not to include some kind of “home” or “my other number” contact so that a Good Samaritan could help return a lost device. In my contacts, I have designated one such number. If someone finds my iPad or iPhone, they can easily see in my contacts and favorites list which number to call to return my devices.

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Apple Updates iWork Suite with Improved UI

iCloudThe Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) is about six weeks away. So, everything Apple does right now can be interpreted as getting ready for the big event. The iPad maker traditionally holds a keynote address the first day of the conference and typically shows of new products and software that will launch later in the year. Today, Apple sent out a subtle user interface update to iWork, which may point to new features that will be demonstrated at the WWDC on June 2.

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PadGadget’s DIY Project Spotlight: Washi Tape Smart Cover

Washi Tape Smart Cover 3You may recall that I’ve recently become fascinated with Washi tape. This decorative, glamorized masking tape is great for turning solid colors into exiting patterns. Because it can easily be removed, it allows you to go crazy decorating your tech, without worrying about its resell value. We recently spotlighted a simple DIY project involving Washi tape. With just one small strip of the stuff, you can make your tablet stand out from the rest.

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