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PlugBug World

Stylish Apple accessory manufacturer TwelveSouth, the company behind the BookArc stand for MacBooks and the HiRise for iMac, has taken the wraps off their latest product. The PlugBug World is a cha

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rging accessory for Apple users who have both a MacBook (Pro or Air) and an iDevice such as an iPhone or an iPad. The PlugBug is a dual charging solution for both types of device and the World version is specifically designed for those people who go traveling with their Apple devices and wish to charge them from a single electrical outlet.

The World version of the PlugBug comes with five different charger plugs that are compatible with outlets in the US/Canada/Japan, UK/Hong Kong/Singapore, Europe, Australia/New Zealand and China. You simply slip out the existing adapter from your Mac power brick and put in the PlugBug to give yourself a dual charging solution for all your devices. This not only saves valuable space by reducing the number of chargers that you need to carry, but also means that you no longer have to rely on the USB ports in your MacBook to charge your iDevices when traveling.

Apple does offer something similar in the World Travel Adapter Kit ($39), but TwelveSouth has taken this one giant step further and completely eliminated the need for extra chargers, whilst offering compatibility with electrical outlets in a number of countries. The idea behind the PlugBug is utter genius and it wouldn’t be surprising if Apple themselves considered making such a change to their own power bricks.

The PlugBug World is available now for $44.99 and the original, compatible with outlets only in the US, Canada and Japan is $34.99. Check it out now.


Of all the games in today’s roundup, the one I’m most excited about is Hundreds, and I think after you take the time to try it you’ll see why. Simultaneously exciting and soothing, it’s a wholly original game that I might just never get tired of playing, or even looking at it.
Let me know what you think of Hundreds and the other four games. Click “more” to check them all out.
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Every once in a while a truly unique and innovative game comes along, and Hundreds is one such game. “Designe
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d for ages 2 to 222” as the developers describe it, Hundreds is a puzzler featuring elegant, minimalist graphics.
The goal is to grow at least 100 points between the circles in each one of the puzzles. As the circles grow, they turn red and become unstable, and guess what — if they collide, the game is over.
With a soothing soundtrack and more than 100 different and increasingly challenging puzzles, Hundreds is the kind of game you can pleasantly zone out playing.
Price: $2.99
Developer: Semi Secret Software LLC
Download: iTunes

You’re in charge of commanding an experimental Repulze hovercraft in this futuristic racing game. As a test pilot for the Man, an authoritative figure who’s part of the Synthetics, a group in charge of the corporations that run the world.
Complete scientific challenges for the Synthetics, including pushing the boundaries of the Repulze engine, defying gravity and other physics, and trying out each and every one of the six available hypersonic hovercrafts.
Throughout gameplay enjoy smooth racing action, vivid graphics, and easy-to-learn touch and tilt controls.
Price: $0.99
Developer: Pixelbite
Download: iTunes

Roaming Fortress
A little background: The Manatalopian Knights were removed from their lands after their fortresses fell to the Goblin Horde. After domesticating the wild Burdenbeasts, however, their hope for reclaiming their kingdom was restored, and they established a new, roaming fortress.
In this action, strategy and defensive game of siege and destruction you’ll test your ability to command your roaming fortress when confronted by new waves of enemies. Some fortresses are interchangeable, meaning you can trade them in and out as part of your strategy to retake the Kingdom of Manatalopia.
Enjoy nine levels, 15 squads and 14 enemies in the game, plus 12 more levels, 22 new squads, and 10 new enemy types in the expansion pack. Note that the game is not compatible with first-generation iPads.
Price: Free
Developer: Brisk Mobile Inc.
Download: iTunes

Life is Magic
To get the most out of this location-based game, you’ll have to allow Life is Magic to use your location. Then, this app will begin to transform the real world around you into a fantasy world of dungeons and treasure and spells and weaponry.
Use turn-based combat with your friends to battle Titans, capture magic towers and steal loot to fund further battles and acquire more and better equipment. As you play, you compete against real players for real locations and claim Magic Towers as your own.
Play as a Mage, Machinist or Monk as you complete 100 different quests. Invite your friends to play, or discover other players in your area to compete against or form an alliance with. There are reportedly more than 4 million locations to play for, so get started!
Price: Free
Developer: Red Robot Labs
Download: iTunes

About Love, Hate and the other ones
In this visually unique game, your goal is to help the two main characters, Love and Hate, return to the hill they love so much. Throughout the 70 levels, the pair encounter a number of other characters, and you’ll be interested to learn how these other ones respond to Love and Hate.
The game features four different worlds to explore, plus charming graphics, original music, sound effects and intuitive touch controls. Work your way from one side of the screen to the other in each level to solve the puzzle and advance to the next one.
The characters are very cute, the puzzles are challenging, and the overall uniqueness of the game will win you over.
Price: $2.99
Developer: Black Plants Studio
Download: iTunes

What Are You Playing?
Which games are you hooked on right now? Let your fellow gamers and iPad enthusiasts know in the comments section below!
Apple CEO Tim Cook made a second visit to China this week and revealed in an interview with Chinese reporters that the cellular iPad mini version will launch in China by the end of January. The Wi-Fi only model was released in China on December 7, just a month after launching in the U.S.
The cellular version of the iPad mini was awarded its Chinese network licenses in December, so it was only a matter of time before it officially arrived in the country, which is quickly becoming one of Apple’s largest markets.
Cook said that Apple devices do take longer to arrive in China becau
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se of the time it takes for them to gain approval. He also confirmed that the company is trying to decrease those wait times.
While in China, Cook also said that China will eventually be Apple’s biggest market and the company will have more than 25 retail stores there. Right now there are eight stores on the mainland. The Greater China region, which includes Hong Kong and Taiwan, is Apple’s second largest market right now, having brought in about 15 percent of revenue in the last fiscal year.
Cook revealed having visited China many times before, with his first visit in 1996. He told reporters, “I love China because it is full of life, full of energy and it’s a quickly-changing market.”
While in China this week, Cook reportedly met with China Mobile chairman Xi Guohua to discuss a future deal for the iPhone. China Mobile is China’s largest mobile carrier and an iPhone deal would be huge for Apple. Cook also took the time to visit a sanctioned reseller and take pictures with fans and staff.
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For today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 17 great apps to add to your iPad collection.  We have 5 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 80% off, several are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.
Game Apps

BATTLESHIP for iPad – This classic naval board game is now available for $0.99. That’s a savings of 80
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% off the apps’ normal price of $4.99.
Car Crusher () – This automotive-themed puzzle game has a 4 star App Store rating and is now available for Free instead of $0.99.
Cut the Buttons HD – This challenging button cutting game has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $1.99.
Dungeon Story () – This interesting match 3 game has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now available for Free instead of $0.99.
EPOCH. () – This very popular action game has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $2.99.
Fieldrunners for iPad – This awesome tower defense  game has a 4 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $2.99 instead of $7.99.
Fruit Ninja HD – This produce-slashing action game has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $2.99.
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 () – This very popular LEGO game has a 4 star App Store rating and is now available for $0.99. That’s a savings of 80% off the apps’ normal price of $4.99. This app weighs in at 454 MB so please be sure that you have enough space on your iPad before downloading.
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 () – This very popular adventure game has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now available for $0.99. That’s a savings of 80% off the apps’ normal price of $4.99. This app weighs in at 467 MB so please be sure that you have enough space on your iPad before downloading.
Minigore 2: Zombies () – This very popular entertainment game has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $1.99.
Simply Find It HD – This extremely popular ‘spot the difference’ game has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now available for Free instead of $2.99.
Worms 2: Armageddon () – This fun worm sequel has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now available for $0.99. That’s a savings of 80% off the apps’ normal price of $4.99.

Productivity and Entertainment Apps

Appetites () – This very popular food app has a 4 star App Store rating and is now available for Free instead of $1.99. This app weighs in at 291 MB so please be sure that you have enough space on your iPad before downloading.
Do it (Tomorrow) HD () – This to-do app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now available for $0.99. That’s a savings of 80% off the apps’ normal price of $4.99.
Moku Hanga HD – This Japanese photo styling app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $2.99.
Timer () – This popular iPad timer app is now available for Free instead of $0.99.
Workout Hero – WOD and Fitness LOG for CrossFit () – This fitness app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $1.99.

Also be sure to check out yesterday’s Daily Deal to find more great savings.

= Indicates app is Universal and will run on an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.
We use our PadGadget Apps Tracker to constantly monitor the App Store to find the biggest price changes on iPad apps. Our editorial team goes through the data, picks the best deals on the most interesting apps and then brings them to you on a regular basis. All app prices are checked at the time of posting but prices are subject to change without notice. When developers put their apps on sale it’s usually for a very limited time, often 24 hours or less, so be sure to check pricing on iTunes before making a purchase.

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Impecca’s new eco-friendly bamboo wireless keyboard is launching at CES. This wireless keyboard is compatible with Bluetooth devices on many different operating systems, including Android, Surface, Kindle, Nexus, iPad, and smartphones, or can be used as a cordless keyboard with a PC. The keyboard is lightweight and portable, thanks to the bamboo construction. Impecca already offers a bamboo USB mouse and a bamboo USB keyboard with the same simple bamboo style and environmental goals.A few weeks ago, I came across a similar product on Kickstarter, from iZen (not connected to Impecca, the brand
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launching at next week’s CES), which sparked my interest in environmentally friendly hardware. I go through externals like cordless mice and iPod headphones pretty regularly, and it would be great to buy eco-friendly hardware.There’s no reason environmentally friendly has to be frumpy, either, and Impecca has given this bamboo keyboard a nice, simple style. Good for a themed office, or perhaps a conversion starter, or making one’s environmental beliefs known in the office or coworking space.  Bamboo is a great resource for environmentally friendly, easily sustainable products because it grows so quickly and abundantly. In some parts of the American southeast, bamboo is considered an invasive species that must be contained to stop excessive spreading.Impecca also promises that this keyboard will be comfortable and ergonomic. A small bamboo panel at the back of the keyboard is used to position it at a comfortable place for typing, and the Bluetooth connection has a range of 33 feet. (If you’re into ergonomic workspaces, that is, and don’t just use cordless externals for typing while lying on the couch…) As you can see from the photo, this is a standard Qwerty layout, with full-size keys.This Bluetooth Bamboo Keyboard is launching at CES, and will retail for $99 beginning in February 2013. The existing Bamboo USB Keyboard is currently available, and retails for $69.The post Wireless Bamboo Keyboard Launching at CES appeared first on Tapscape.

A new rumor is suggesting that the next version of the iPad, the fifth generation of the device, could be released to the public in March 2013. The report comes from Macotakara who are citing a Chinese news source (Zol) pointing towards the release date in three months time. The report also goes on to say that the new iPad will have a dramatically revised design that will be taking inspiration from that of the iPad mini.
According to the article, the new iPad will have significant reductions in height, depth and width, and yet still retain the same screen size and resolution.
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This translates to a full size iPad that is thinner, lighter and with narrower screen borders than the current version.

The report may not be too far off base, particularly since the original iPad, the iPad 2 and the third generation iPad were all released at this time of year. Only the fourth generation iPad with a new processor and Lightning connector deviated from a Spring release.
The report also points towards work starting on the next generation iPad mini which will reportedly have a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels and an A6X processor.

Since the launch of the first iOS device, the original iPhone, the iOS App Store has exploded in the number and complexity of apps that it offers. Associated with that increasing functionality are increases in the size of the apps that are offered on the Store, and this is further enhanced by the requirement to produce apps that fully support the Retina Display of the iPhone 4, 4S and iPhone 5 as well as the new iPad.
As identified by ABI Research (via MacRumors), the average size of iOS apps have increased by up to 16% in the six month period between March and September. Inte
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restingly, it was found that if you localize the increases to iOS games, then it was found that games have grown by 42% in size in the same period. The increase is likely due to the release of the Retina Display third generation iPad which inherently results in an associated increase in the apps that are native for the new display.

This, of course, signals a trend that is sure to continue with the ever increasing population of iOS apps on the App Store, and there will come a time in the not too distant future when the 16GB iPhone is but a memory, and 32GB – 128GB is the line-up. I’m certainly struggling with space a little on my 32GB iPad, and 64GB seems to be the better option for the future.
Well Stored..
I am surprised at how much I like BlueTags’ Planner Pro. The first time I opened it, I expected to despise it. It looked too messy. It didn’t look clean enough. I love Calendar’s simplicity, and this did not look like it would suit what I needed at all.
But the more I used it, the more I saw it becoming an affordable and easy way for people who need an all-in-one app to manage their day-to-day lives. It combines the event planning of Calendar with the task management of sophisticated apps such as Things for iPad. It doesn’t replace apps like iStudiez Pro for studen
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ts, but for people who run their own businesses, Planner Pro will be a godsend.
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Let’s Talk About Design
Planner Pro is what many people call skeuomorphic. For those of you who are not in the know, skeuomorphism occurs when one product imitates another older, but similar product by design. This emulation is usually considered unnecessary, because it doesn’t abandon traditional appearances in the name of process. Many of Apple’s recent user interfaces have been both lambasted and praised for their use of skeuomorphism. It’s not a good or a bad thing, but it’s subject to personal taste.
Skeuomorphism at its finest.
Planner Pro is extremely skeuomorphic. It heavily borrows from design elements of planners we used years ago, long before we started storing our to-do lists in our phones and tablets and other electronic devices. In fact, I’m certain that my family has owned planners that look just like this. I never liked them before, but I always understood their purpose.
Planner Pro, when held in landscape view, looks just like one of those open planners. It appears to be a book with several tabs to indicate what month or day you are looking at in the planner. It has a section for notes and tasks. My first thought was that Planner Pro was a really ugly Calendar skin, but exploring through the app taught me differently.
A Task Manager and a Calendar
Importing calendars from the standard Calendar app into Planner Pro is a breeze (although it apparently does not offer Exchange support — I don’t use Exchange so I couldn’t test that to be sure). That being said, this app goes so far beyond that. There is a daily tasks list that is simply phenomenal. Planner Pro can only remind you of your daily task list once a day, not unlike Things, so you can’t set reminders to go off throughout the day like you can with Apple’s stock Reminders app. It’s the only downside I could find to Planner Pro’s otherwise in-depth task management system.
Adding tasks and projects is really easy.
Making lists is really straightforward. You just hit the plus symbol in the Tasks area of the app and choose what kind of list you want to create. It’s easy to sort either individual items or project lists, which means that you can store a grocery list in the app but keep it separate from your other to-do’s for the day, for example. The app also allows you to sort your tasks by priority, which is great when you have multiple projects happening at once.
The app icon generates a numeric badge for any due or overdue tasks, so you always know if you have something that needs to get done. And if you want to see a list of all your current and upcoming tasks, there is a separate tab in the app that allows you take a look at just your to-do list. In short, you have what feels like a ceaseless amount of ways to organize your life.
You can view all your upcoming and completed tasks without any extra clutter.
And Make a Note of This
Planner Pro also supports note-taking — a feature I’ve never personally used in my agendas, but could see certain people finding useful. It’s easy to generate a note as well, and very similar to generating a to-do list of Tasks. The app lets you write multiple notes a day and organizes them in an easy to see manner. There is no way to view your notes separate from the daily planner like you can with your tasks, but I don’t know many people who would want a feature like that. This is not a note taking app, but a note making app; it’s designed to let you take notes on your daily activities and what you did without getting as in depth as a diary.
Compared to the rest of the app, this user interface is pretty plain.
Who Is This Meant For?
At this point, you may be reading this review and wondering straight-up whether or not this app is for you. Maybe you don’t like the skeuomorphic design, but you do like the daily inspirational quotes. Maybe you like the note-making function, but don’t need to have yet another app for your to-do lists.
I understand. In that case, this app isn’t likely for you, it’s for somebody like my parents. Both of them ran their own businesses (one of them still does) and were very attached to their planners. They like design that references the past while being placed firmly in the future of technology. It makes sense to them because it’s still traditional enough that they can make full use of it, and that’s great.
This is the be-all end-all of daily planners. If you’ve ever found yourself wishing that the Calendar app was more fully-featured, or if you like apps that evoke familiar designs, Planner Pro is for you.
According to a new research study by ABI Research, the average size of iOS apps have increased by 16 percent between March and September 2012. The study also showed that the size of iOS game apps have increased even faster, growing 42 percent in the same time period.
With this increase, the average app size is now 23 MB, and the average game app is now up to 60MB. This increase in size is assumed to be partly due to the iPad’s new Retina display, as well as the increase in over-the-air App Store download limit that moved from 20MB to 50MB in March.
Such increases in app size ha
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ve huge effects on iOS devices with storage capacities of 8 GB or 16 GB. iOS device owners with these lower capacities have to manage more carefully which apps they put onto their devices, as well as deleting older apps to install the new ones. According to ABI Research:
“The flipside of the increasing file-sizes is that the internal storage of smartphones and tablets is becoming a scarcer resource, as the device capabilities struggle to keep up with the requirements of apps and mobile content. Markkanen predicts, ‘Especially the consumers with 16GB devices are likely to become more conscious about what apps to keep and what to uninstall, so the developers’ bar to impress will be getting even higher than it is now. This could also speed up the adoption of the mobile cloud as a storage remedy quite significantly.’”
People may start tending towards getting the bigger storage capacity iPads. Even the iPhone has seen a trend towards larger capacities as Apple added a 64 GB option for the iPhone 4S and the only free iPhone 4 is the 8GB option. The new iPod nano is only offered in a 16 GB capacity, dropping the 8 GB version available in the previous iPod nano generation.
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Do you remember the awesome dungeon battle game from Epic that was first debuted at Apple’s March event to show off what newest iPad can do? That was Infinity Blade Dungeons, a game that Infinity Blade fans have been waiting patiently for all year.
Unfortunately, it looks like we may not be seeing the coveted game until it’s time for Apple’s fourth generation iPad. Infinity Blade Dungeons has been delayed, and it won’t be released until 2013.
While some speculated that we might see a release alongside of the iPad mini, it’s not going to happen. Epic Game
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s has let AllThingsD know that Infinity Blade Dungeons won’t be hitting the App Store in 2012.
“Ever since the talented team at Impossible Studios got their hands on Infinity Blade: Dungeons, they’ve been busy adding their great ideas to the game,” said spokesman Wes Phillips.
“There was also the matter of getting the Impossible Studios team up and running with desks, chairs, staplers and computers. The logistics of a new studio and implementing all these great ideas required a little extra time, so Infinity Blade: Dungeons will hit iOS in 2013.”
Bummer. It’s been a long eight months waiting for Infinity Blade Dungeons to be released after getting a taste of it at Apple’s event, but I bet it will look and play even better on the iPad 4.

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