PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Tomb Raider I

Tomb Raider 2Welcome back to this week’s installment of our classic game rewind. Each week, we seek out games that are either straight out of our childhood, or at least remind us of our younger years. Last week, we went where no man has gone before with Star Trek Trexels.

This week, we take a couple of decades off our lives and go back to a time when video games were just starting to push the boundaries of 3-D gaming. When Tomb Raider first launched, the unusual game controls had players all twisted into weird positions, trying to navigate the treacherous caves. Or, maybe it was just Lara’s tight braid.

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Could your iPad and iPhone Camera be used to Spy on You?

FaceTime CameraAs I was perusing my daily news topics, I came across a frightening article from the Washington Post that proves I’m not being paranoid about my computers’ internal web cams. I actually have a Post-it note covering the camera lens on both my Mac and my MacBook Pro because I’ve long feared that someone could have the capability of activating my web cam without my knowledge. What I didn’t think about was the possibility of it happening on my iPad, too.

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Infinity Blade III Gets Major Update, On Sale for Half Off Through Christmas [Bug Warning]

Infinity Blade III 2 The third installment of Apple’s favorite game for showing of iPad graphics just got a huge update that features a brand new storyline with three new quests. Plus, the game is on sale for half off through Christmas for those who have not already been immersed in Infinity Blade III. Be warned, however. Based on user comments, there may be a bug when updating that deletes your saved game and items.

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Om Nom is Back in a Brand New Adventure, Cut the Rope 2 is Now Live in the App Store

Cut the Rope 2 1In 2010, an adorable little green alien won the hearts of casual gamers when he landed in our world, looking for delicious treats. Cut the Rope was hugely successful and spawned a number of related physics-based puzzle games. Today, the company announced that the sequel to the hit staring Om Nom is finally available in the App Store.

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Apple Patent Shows off a New “Layered” Maps App

Interactive Maps 1How much more interactive can Apple’s Flyover feature get? We may find out sooner than later. A recent publication from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) shows that the iPad maker is working on layering software to make their Maps app more interactive.

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Loud Crow Launches Richard Scarry’s Busytown Mysteries on iPad and iPhone

Busytown Mysteries 3When I was a kid, I loved building a fort out of blankets and couch cushions. Then, I’d grab my collection of Richard Scarry’s Busytown books and hide out in my secret reading room until my mom had to drag me to bed. The intricate artwork that Scarry added to every page kept me glued to my books for hours. I could reread a book 10 times and see something new every time.

The app development company that brought us the interactive Peanut’s Gang holiday favorites, Loud Crow, has just announced that Richard Scarry’s Busytown Mysteries is now available in the App Store.

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Google releases ‘One Today’ charity app for iOS

One Today

Even though there’s a nip in the air and the stores are out-of-control busy, there’s something about this time of year that inspires us to help others in need. One of my favorite Google initiatives is ‘One Today’, which showcases a different charity each day and allows you to learn about their mission and to contribute to their cause. While I think it’s nice to get out and actually make a difference in person, charities also play a very important role in making a positive difference in the lives of those in need.

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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 5 productivity / entertainment apps and 6 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 86% 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 »

Nintendo ‘Experimenting’ with Games for iPad and iPhone to Help Drive Nintendo Device Sales

reggie_fils-aime nintendoNintendo has been notoriously absent from the App Store in terms of games. The world is collectively frothing at the mouth for an official Mario Bros. or Pokemon title they can sink their money into. The game company’s execs have made a point to exclude their most popular titles from mobile gaming. They seem to have a strategy, although it is hard to figure out what that is.

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Walt Mossberg Names Apple iPhone and iPad among 12 Most Influential Tech Products of the Last 20 Years

Walt MossbergTech writer Walt Mossberg will soon be retiring from the Wall Street Journal. His last tech column was just published online and it is a top list of personal-technology products that Mossberg considers to be the most influential from the past two decades. Not surprisingly, the iPhone and iPad are among the list of products. Interestingly, Mossberg listed five Apple products out of 12 total as being the most influential of the past 20 years.

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