Meet the Voice Behind Siri

Siri

There appear to be a lot of CNN readers who thought that meeting the voice actor behind Siri was not newsworthy today but perhaps this is the exact news you should read as a distraction from the government shutdown. For me this was the perfect read on a snowy morning in Denver.

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NASCAR Finally Races on to iPad with Release of new ‘Redline” Game

NASCAR

I love racing games and I think that iOS is perfectly suited for the racing experience. What we have been missing up to this point is an official NASCAR game called Redline, with all of the complexity and strategy that is inherent in the world of NASCAR racing. Be warned that this is not a traditional racing game and you won’t be controlling a car like you would in Real Racing HD. This disappointed me at first but then I decided to give it a chance.

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Apple Acquires Personal Assistant App ‘Cue’ to Beef up Siri Features

Cue

What does Apple do when they want to add features to one of their product lines? They go shopping for smaller companies and according to sources close to Techcrunch.com, Apple has purchased Cue for between $40-60 million. What does Cue have to say about this? They have closed their site and removed their app.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Transport Tycoon

Transport TycoonWelcome back to our weekly installment of our retro game spotlight. Each week, we track down fun games from our childhood and yours to let you know what’s been ported to iOS. Sometimes, we feature new games that remind us of classic ones, but most of the time we talk about games that came out when we were kids. Last week, we told you about the very old-school real time strategy game Warlords Classic. Does anyone still own an Amiga?

This week, we are hitting the road to a long journey that takes us on trains, busses, and all manner of transportation. Get ready to travel back in time with one of the most popular management simulation games of the 1990s.

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PadGadget Daily App Deal – 10 iPad Apps on Sale

PadGadget Daily App Deal – 10 iPad Apps on Sale  For today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 10 great apps to add to your iPad collection.  We have 4 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 75% off, several 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 »

Trip Advisor’s Completely Redesign iPad Travel App Feature Bigger Photos, City Pages and Improved Maps

Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor is an example of an app that represents everything good about mobile devices. It allows you to plan your travel using an elegant interface and provides access to amazing data while you are on the move. Version 8.0 is a big step forward with an overhaul of the interface and some nice new features.

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Apple Claims Samsung Executive Misused Confidential Patent License Contracts

Samsung

In a move that undermines an already broken patent licensing system, Samsung has allegedly misused information about licensing agreements made between Apple and other companies that were divulged as a part of the Apple vs. Samsung case during 2011-2012. The licensing agreements were supposed to be kept confidential and only be used by the company’s counsel in the related litigation. Nokia and Apple are claiming Samsung executives inappropriately used the licensing information during negotiations earlier this year.

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Next Generation of Apple Tablets May Get a Camera Upgrade

Apple-iPad-5The camera on the iPad and iPad mini are notoriously bad. Apple has spent a lot of time and energy making the iPhone camera top quality with loads of extra features and technology, but they seem to think that no one uses an iPad to take pictures. Believe me, they do. I see people taking pictures with their iPads all of the time. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple might give the tablet line a better camera in the next refresh.

According to Electronista, Kuo told investors that the iPad and iPad mini may be upgraded to an 8MP camera with the next generation. There is also a chance that the fifth-generation iPad and second-generation iPad mini will be more on par with the iPhone 5s, since they are capable of larger apertures.

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Sega Launches Cerebral Puzzle Game ‘The Cave’

Cave07Looking for a new puzzle adventure game? Sega has a scratch for your itch. From the creator of Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion, Ron Gilbert, comes a new game that will have you lost in the darkest recesses of a sentient cave that takes pleasure in your misfortune. Grab a pick axe and your adventuring companions and head out for the spelunking trip of a lifetime in The Cave.

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Netflix Adds HD Video and AirPlay in Latest iPad App Update

Netflix MainThe most popular streaming media service in the U.S. just recently updated their iOS app. Now, users can enjoy HD quality movies on their iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Plus, AirPlay streaming is now possible from your iOS device. That is, if they get it working properly.

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