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Double Fine, the company behind such beloved games as Psychonauts and Brütal Legend, has decided to crowd source their funding of a brand new adventure game through Kickstarter. Of course, if any company can make a fantastic adventure game, it will be Double Fine. Tim Schafer, the founder of Double Fine, is known for heading up production of Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle, and Grim Fandango at Lucas Arts. Working with Tim is Ron Gilbert. Gilbert, as many of you know, pretty much invented the genre of adventure games with Maniac Mansion as well as the Monkey Island series.

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In their video, Schafer makes it clear that they need $300,000 USD for game development and $100,000 USD for filming of their documentary series. Within eight hours of going live on Kickstarter, they reached their goal. As of 12:30 PM Eastern today, they are over $700,000 USD with no sign of slowing down. Clearly, there is a substantial market for this type of game, and only Double Fine, headed up by the pioneers of the genre, have the balls to make it happen.
Now comes the most important question for us. Will there be an OS X and iOS version of this game? Well, luckily that is covered in their Q&A.
Q: Will there be a Mac, or iOS version?
A: We would love to do both of those things! They are at the top of the list for things to do if we raise more funds than we are asking for.
Being that they are in their first day of a total of thirty-three, and they are on track to double their goal by the end of the day, it is almost guaranteed that we’ll see OS X and iOS versions of this game. Want to make sure that happens? Well, don’t hesitate to chip in by backing their Kickstarter program. Your money will help make this happen.
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Earlier this week we published a roundup of 20+ Enlightening Education Apps which included the excellent Star Walk. I’m pleased to announce that we now have 5 codes to give away, 2 for the iPad and 3 for the iPhone!
Star Walk enables you to point your iPad at the sky and see what stars, constellations, and satellites you are looking at in real-time. Read on to find out how to enter…

How to Enter
To enter, simply follow us on Twitter and leave a comment on this post with your username and whether you’d like an iPad, or an iPhone code. We’ll choose the winn
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ers at random one week from today. Good luck!
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Parts reseller Eye Lab Factory recently posted images of what might be Sharp-made display panels for the third generation iPad. As reported by Japanese-language Mac blog Macotakara, the 9.7 inch display screen uses a flat cable similar to the one used to connect the iPad 2’s display. It also appears to support 2048×1536 resolution, which fits with popular rumors for the upcoming model.
Sharp had been rumored to be one of the companies that Apple signed a deal with to make the high-resolution IZGO screens. However, more recent reports claimed that the product did not meet Apple’
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s strict standards and was rejected.
As more and more mysterious parts and bits of information continue to leak out, the buzz of Apple’s next generation tablet grows. With the iPad 2, the increase in rumors culminated with a March 2nd announcement date. The most recent rumor, as reported today by AllThingsD, is that Apple will announce the iPad 3 the first week in March.
[Via: Electronista]


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The iPad can be quite useful when used in conjunction with a Mac desktop. For instance, you may find yourself needing a secondary wireless display. That’s where the Twelve South Hoverbar comes into play.
What is the Hoverbar? It’s an iPad mounting solution for iMacs and Apple displays such as the Thunderbolt display. You can also use the Hoverbar to mount your iPad to a desk without scratching or denting your desk. This is because the Hoverbar uses a “hardwareless” install with a clamp and allen wrench. When installing it to an iMac or Apple Display, you simp
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ly clamp it to the stand on the back of the display.
Using the Hoverbar as a secondary display is just the beginning.  When in use, the Hoverbar gives you a full range of motion, making it great for gaming, FaceTime calls, and social networking.
If you own this product, tell us how it fits into your workflow in the comments section below!
Price: $79.99
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A new report has popped up from the well-sourced AllThingsD which is suggesting that Apple will be holding a launch event for the iPad 3 in the first week of March. The report suggests that the event will be held in San Francisco at either the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts or else the Moscone Center, and that the device may go on sale quite quickly after the media event, perhaps even within a week or so.
The report goes on to say that the device will be pretty much in line with the rumors surrounding the specifications which mean that it will likely ship with a greatly impro
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ved Retina Display, thought to be at 2048 x 1536. In addition, there will be a much faster processor inside, suggesting that it will include a new A6 processor, perhaps even quad-core, rather than dual core (in contrast to a recent rumor). The device will also reportedly have greatly upgraded cameras.

Recent iPad 3 case leaks have suggested that the design of the iPad 3 will not vary greatly from that of the iPad 2, but it remains to be seen whether these are true in relation to potential changes in the shape and thickness of the device. Certainly, it will also likely have an improved larger battery to power the upgraded hardware.
Given that the iPad 3 will likely ship with a new version of iOS 5, it isn’t to far of a stretch to assume that iOS 5.1 could also be expected to be released for all newer iOS devices around the same time.
AllThingsD has a good track record with predicting Apple launch events, enough to make you think that a few well placed controlled leaks might be good PR strategy..
Carefully Controlled…
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Apple had an amazing Christmas in terms of sales. The company released some figures for their 2011 holiday season. On Christmas Day alone, the company made $120 million in iTunes sales. This can help to explain those staggering numbers we heard yesterday. In the entire fiscal quarter, the iTunes store brought in a massive $1.7 billion in revenue. In other words, Christmas was responsible for 7 percent of 3 months worth of sales. With such a high revenue report and iOS device sales, Apple CEO Tim Cook had a few words:
We’re thrilled with our outstanding results and record-break
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ing sales of iPhones, iPads and Macs. Apple’s momentum is incredibly strong, and we have some amazing new products in the pipeline.
Apple also reported that they’ve made available over 20 million songs in the iTunes store. They’ve shipped over 37 million iPhones in the last three months of 2011, and the iBooks Author app has been downloaded over 600,000 times in under one week. Apple is on a roll.
Via: ITProPortal
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Grazing’s icon gives a sneak peek into what you will experience after tapping the icon. The icon shows grass that leads into an infinite abyss, an infinite abyss of information that can be grazed or consumed at extreme detail.
Yes, Grazing is another browser for iPad in an already crowded niche, but it does have features which make it stand out from the pack. One of the best features of Grazing is that it is touch-optimized. The developer of Grazing, Thinkbitz Software, took the time to re-think how users would use a touch device to surf the web. While there is nothing wrong with t
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he standard way of web browsing in Safari for iOS, it’s not exactly optimized for iPad. The iPad has had some gesture love with the multitasking gestures but that’s about all.
The added bonus of using Grazing as your iPad browser of choice is that ThinkBitz has included features such as sending links to Instapaper, saving a page to Evernote, and sharing a link to Facebook.
Read on to see if breaking free from the fence of Safari and browsing the open web with Grazing is right for you!

First Impression
When first opening Grazing you will notice a universal address bar that resembles Google Chrome. The universal address bar is a search bar and an address bar. No matter what you type into the bar you will get a result. Grazing does support a search bar as well which can be activated by hitting the magnifying glass. This search area has more advanced search options and will show your recent searches.
At the bottom of the search window is an option to open your search results in the current tab or a new tab.
Browsing iPad.AppStorm!
Tabbed browsing has been talked about a lot on the iPad, especially with Safari adding the feature in iOS 5.0. Grazing supports tabbed browsing as well, but it adds some features on how you manage tabs. When first opening Grazing you will notice a tab button next to the address bar. The button will display the number of tabs you have open.
Managing tabs in Grazing.
Pressing the button will bring a popover list of your tabs currently open. In landscape mode you can press the sidebar button and that will dock the list on the left hand side. At the top of the tabs popover list pressing the nine tiles will lead to a thumbnail view. This is similar to the setup in Safari on your Mac showing previews of your most visited sites.
You can also have your tabs show up on top of the address bar, called the tab strip.
The action button on the right side of the address bar includes a multitude of features. The most unique feature is called Grazing Push. Grazing Push will take the page you are currently surfing and push that link to your Mac through a free Mac App Store app. If the app is running on your Mac the link will open on your Mac in your default browser. Grazing Push can also push the link to your iPhone as well.
Grazing supports sending content to several sources.
Grazing will let you share your webpages with a lot of other sources as well. This feature in itself makes it a worthy companion to Safari because through Send To services the browser can be connected to other services you use without relying on javascript bookmarks. My most used Sent To services are Evernote, Twitter, and Instapaper. There are a lot more services available to use as well, it’s safe to say if a service accepts links, Grazing can share a link to that service.
Gestures
What really sets Grazing apart from the other browsers on the App Store and from Safari are its gesture controls. ThinkBitz has implemented a lot of gestures within the app and all of the gestures are capable of being reassigned which makes the possibilities seem endless.
You can reassign gestures in the settings menu.
Gestures can be assigned for navigation such as closing a tab or opening a link in a new tab, sending content to services such as Facebook and Pinboard, and performing actions such as sending a link in an email. My most used gesture is sending content to Instapaper. I have assigned the Swipe Down Then Right command to perform this command.
Grazing does not just rely on gestures for navigation but also gets your thumbs involved in the love as well. By implementing the Slidepad and Thumbpad your thumbs can almost control any navigation you could want to perform while browsing the web. The Thumbpad can be toggled on/off by using three of your fingers and tapping the screen once. Once the Thumbpad is activated you can use it to scroll the page or use it in conjunction with your other thumb to open links and perform other actions.
Press and hold the top of the Thumbpad and use your other hand to press a link to open the link in a background tab.
The Thumbpad can also be used to switch tabs by either double tapping at the top of the Thumbpad to advance to the next tab or by double tapping at the bottom on the Thumbpad to go back to the previous tab. I really find the Thumbpad useful for these type of commands, but I find it aggravating for page navigation.
Using it to either slide down or up on the page is not fluid as scrolling is in iOS. Some users may actually prefer this as it is a way to make sure you will not miss anything while scrolling, but I prefer the smooth scrolling of iOS.
If you would like to slide the Thumbpad to the other side of the screen just give it a flick to the outer edge and send it over there.
The Slidepad is an innovative way to navigate and use browser commands. Use your thumb or finger and slide from the left or right side of the screen toward the center of the screen to activate the Slidepad. The SlidePad will include actions that are from the tool bar including navigating between pages, bookmarking, and navigating between tabs. The SlidePad is especially useful in full screen mode.
The Slidepad puts useful commands right at your thumbs!
When the SlidePad is activated all links will be opened in a background tab.
Browsing
If Grazing did not have all of these features and was just a browser how would it rate?
I think it would rate very well. Pages load quickly and Grazing can handle a good number of tabs. My only complaint is that pages seem to need to reload when using a lot of tabs or after leaving a tab and coming back to it after a few minutes. I would really like Grazing be able to hold on to the downloaded page longer after switching tabs, however I understand that the reason the reload is happening is because Grazing clears the loaded page when it senses low memory in order to avoid an application crash, which is a good feature to have.
In the settings you can turn this off if you’d rather deal with the risk of the crash instead of re-loading pages. If you do experience a crash do not worry, because all of your tabs will be restored when relaunching the app.
Conclusion
Grazing brings a complete browsing experience to your iPad. The experince is enriched through gesture control and through the built in services that content can be sent to, including the Grazing Push service which can push a link to your Mac or to Grazing on your iPhone.
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For today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 15 great apps to add to your iPad collection.  We have 9 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 57% off, a couple are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.
Game Apps

Amazon: Hidden Expedition (Full) – Now on sale for $1.99 instead of $3.99.
Batman Arkham City Lockdown
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– Now on sale for $2.99 instead of $5.99.
Drop The Chicken – Now available for Free instead of $0.99.
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 – Now on sale for $2.99 instead of $4.99.
Mini Motor Racing HD – Now on sale for $1.99 instead of $3.99.
Simply Find It Pro – Now available for Free instead of $2.99.

Productivity and Entertainment Apps

Art Authority for iPad – Now on sale for $4.99 instead of $9.99.
ArtRage – Now on sale for $2.99 instead of $6.99.
AudioTools – Now on sale for $9.99 instead of $19.99.
My Sketch – Now on sale for $0.99 instead of $1.99.
NLogSynth PRO – Now on sale for $7.99 instead of $14.99.
Panorama 360 Camera – Now available for Free instead of $0.99.
PERFECT Web Browser – EXTRAORDINARY Browser w/ REAL-Tabs, TOUCH Scroll & TV OUT – Now on sale for $1.99 instead of $3.99.
Splashtop Remote Desktop for iPad – Now on sale for $2.99 instead of $4.99.
The Wizard of Oz: Interactive 3D Pop Up Book – Now on sale for $1.99 instead of $3.99.

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

You can also check out TapCentral’s Daily Deal to discover some great deals on iPhone and iPod Touch apps.

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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Polarbit’s highly popular racing series is about to receive a new addition in Reckless Racing 2. Polarbit announced late last year that Reckless Racing 2 would launch exclusively on the Xperia Play before debuting in the Android Market and iOS App Store.
Up until now, however, Polarbit has remained quiet regarding an exact release date. According to Xperia Gamer, Polarbit plans to release ‘Reckless Racing 2′ on February 2, assuming everything continues according to plan.

The second entry into the Reckless Racing series was originally slated for a December 2011
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release.
Reckless Racing 2 will feature tons of dangerous tracks, a revitalized single player campaign and an unnamed mode that Polarbit has been able to keep under wraps.
Stay tuned for a possible review and any further information that comes to light between now and then.
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With the launch of Apple’s textbook initiative for iBooks last week, the iPad is likely about to become the center of the world for many students, used for storing gigabytes of reading material, note taking, online lectures, media and, of course, the ubiquitous music and movies. But, it’s not just students that are going to be eating into the gigabyte allowance on their device.
The success of NewsStand on iOS has meant that many more publishers and periodicals are transferring their content to iPad and, as such, users are reaping the benefits of cheap subscriptions
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to the iPad editions of their favorite magazine. However, with this amount of popularity, the storage space issue starts to rear its head.

If you are perhaps one of the many people who invested in a 16GB iPad then you’ll know what I mean. If a person subscribes to three photo heavy magazines each month, one of which is a weekly publication, then you will easily see over 1GB of data being delivered each month, meaning that you have to keep on top of reading and archiving your material. Equally, if you are a student and you download just one of the new enhanced textbooks for iBooks, you can be looking at between 1-3GB for each textbook. Suddenly, 16GB doesn’t seem all that much.
So, when will 32GB become the minimum usable size for an iPad user who doesn’t want to short-change themselves? With iCloud, or another streaming music service, you can always always save a bit of storage space by streaming your media. This will likely become the norm for some students who, on the other hand, can’t stream a textbook from iTunes.
Not yet at least.
Streamingly Good…