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Passwords are a giant pain in the behind (pardon my language). First and foremost, passwords need need to be secure, and in order for them to be secure they have to be a long string of letters (random mix of uppercase and lowercase), numbers and symbols (for good measure). When you create a strong password they’re nearly impossible to remember, the theory being that if you can’t remember it how will anyone trying to hack your account crack the barrage of characters you created.

So, when you create these 15+ character passwords, how are you to keep track of them? There are certai

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nly a number of options available (I know some opt for a good old-fashioned spreadsheet), but if you want a secure, user friendly experience 1Password has been to the go-to choice for quite some time. In December 2012, AgileBit released version 4 of 1Password, which includes an impressive list of new features. Hit the jump to take a peek at what the new 1Password has to offer.

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Beautiful & Functional

For those of you updating from the previous version of 1Password, the first thing you’ll notice in version 4 is the all-new design. Compared to other password management iOS apps (e.g. mSecure, LastPass, SecureSafe) 1Password has always featured a more pleasant design, but the new interface puts the app on a whole new level. The splash screen still features the iconic lock design, but the app as a whole has ditched the skeuomorphic vault design in favor of simple backgrounds, and textured headers and navigation bars.

Beautiful and simple are very accurate words to describe 1Password's new design.

Beautiful and simple are very accurate words to describe 1Password’s new design.

The side navigation bar has received a fairly substantial overhaul, folding many of the previous options (Logins, Accounts, Notes, Software, Wallet) into a new Categories section. Additionally, two new sections have been added — Favorites and Folders. Favorites, as the name implies, is a feature that allows you to quickly access your most commonly used logins, notes, cards, etc. If you don’t fancy scrolling through a huge list of logins, Folders is a great feature that allows you to sort your items in the manner of your choosing.

To add an item to your favorites, tap the + button in the Favorites section (or tap the star icon in the item’s details view).

To add an item to your favorites, tap the + button in the Favorites section (or tap the star icon in the item’s details view).

Another nifty feature that you can utilize in the Categories section is Global Search. When you select a category (e.g. Logins, Secure Notes) a search bar is displayed at the top of the list. As you begin typing, the results will autocomplete. To make the most of this feature, I found it best to use it in the All Items category, which will display results from every item you’ve entered into 1Password.

Easily search through all your items.

Easily search through all your items.

A Better Browser

One area of 1Password that’s also improved greatly is the in-app browser. Those familiar with the previous browser know it offered very little for users; luckily, the new browser brings some much needed features including tabbed browsing, a URL omnibar (good for entering a direct address or search queries) and form filling options (easily enter login, credit card or personal information while using the browser).

The new browser makes it quite simple to enter your login, credit card or personal information.

The new browser makes it quite simple to enter your login, credit card or personal information.

The browser is certainly serviceable, but like all other non-Safari browsers it falls prey to the missing Nitro JavaScript Engine. Another strike going against the browser is that it’s simply not convenient to use for everyday browsing, mainly because you have to log into the app for nearly each browsing session. What’s even more intriguing is the lack of creating a new login entry while signing-up for a new account on websites. It would seem like a no-brainer that I could go to a site, begin the process of creating an account and have the option of generating a new password without having to exit the browser.

I'd love the option to create a new login and password while using the browser.

I’d love the option to create a new login and password while using the browser.

For those of you that like to utilize bookmarklets with Safari, I have some good news. You can easily create a Safari-to-1Password bookmarklet (using the javascript provided below), which when used, will instantly switch from Safari to 1Password and load the webpage in 1Password’s browser (you may need to login to 1Password if your previous session has expired). It’s a really nice option if you don’t want to copy and paste credentials into Safari, as long as you don’t mind using another browser.


The Bottom Line

To call version 4 of 1Password an improvement is putting it mildly. While it may be shallow of me to put so much stock in an app’s, the new interface simply sells the whole experience. To me, there’s simply nothing more enjoyable as an iPad user as when an app development team creates the perfect blend of design and functionality. Dollars to donuts, version 4 of 1Password could easily be the poster child of great design and great functionality.

In addition to the redesign, the list of some really great additions in form of Favorites and Folders, an approved web browser, global search, action bar (which allows you to swipe across an item to copy, favorite, open in the browser or delete), and iCloud sync (Dropbox sync is still available), all adds up to a truly great app. Even better, a purchase is good towards a universal version of the app (making it available on all your iOS devices for one low cost).

If you’re serious about changing your password habits, I simply cannot recommend 1Password enough. Like most people, I too fell prey to using a handful of the same passwords for all of my accounts. Practicing such unsafe habits it bad enough, but the real problem I always had was forgetting passwords for sites I rarely visited. After trying multiple login attempts, I’d often succumb to accessing the Forget My Password feature, bringing about a truly inconvenient experience. Since I began using 1Password, such issues have never reared their ugly head again.


fibbleHave you seen those little paper cards sitting next to the green cup stoppers at your local Starbucks? Don’t ignore them. Pick one up and flip it over — each card has a code for an iOS freebie on the back. Every Tuesday the ubiquitous coffee purveyor offers customers a free download or two. Frequently the codes offer a song from a popular artist such as Bruno Mars o

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r Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, or an iOS app, an iBook, or an episode of a TV show to watch in iTunes.

This week’s offering is Fibble HD, a physics-based puzzler that normally retails for $0.99.

Players travel with Fibble, an adorable little alien, through four rooms: the kitchen, the bathroom, kid’s room, the basement, and the garden. Each room offers a variety of levels; there are 40 levels in the game. Solve all the levels so Fibble, with a little help from his friends, can finally exit the house and travel back to his home planet.

Fibble’s gameplay crosses Angry Birds with mini golf. Draw back Fibble with a finger, then release it to earn coins and other prizes. Complete the level by using one, two, or three three flicks. The fewer flicks you need, the more stars you earn, and like Angry Birds, Fibble HD encourages the replay of levels again to earn three stars on each.

As one might expect, the courses get increasingly complicated as the player moves through the game. At times the player also has to tap the screen to roll Fibble along. There are a few surprises along the way and Fibble meets friends with powers that help him navigate the course.

Fibble HD is a casual puzzler with colorful animation that will appeal to kids and as well as adults. It’s Game Center-enabled, and has all the usual social media bells and whistles.

At 524 MB, the app is rather large, so make sure you have at least 1GB free on your device before installing it.

The verdict: If you’re in Starbucks already, why not pick up a copy of Fibble HD? It could be the perfect addition to your afternoon coffee break.

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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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Four years ago I had the idea to build a blog network dedicated to reviewing and rounding up apps. We started with Mac apps and then quickly expanded to additional channels covering iOS, Android, Windows and Web apps. While the network has been successful in traffic and audience, reaching some 100m+ visitors over the four years, it’s ultimately not fit within our broader company mission. So I’m here today to announce that unfortunately after four years of app guidance, we’re closing AppStorm down.

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href="" rel="attachment wp-att-34339">class=" wp-image-34339 alignleft" alt="twitterrific Twitterrific update brings cool new features" src="" width="124" height="124" title="Twitterrific update brings cool new features" />Twitterrific update 5.0.2 has hit the App Store today, bringing a variety of new features, including a new simpler in-app web browser and reading mode supporting both Instapaper and Readability.


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fortunately push notifications are still not included in this latest update. Here’s the story from Iconofactory regarding the situation.

We know that users are patiently awaiting the addition of native push notifications for Twitterrific. With Twitter’s help we have begun the preliminary work on this most anticipated feature. It’s still very early and we don’t have a planned release date.

This isn’t the news I was hoping for with this update, but despite the lack of push notifications, in this new update media embedded in tweets is now displayed inline, except for Instagram photos which are now displayed fullscreen using the new in-app web browser, which is a cool addition. Furthermore, the photo viewer no longer renders a frame around the images, which again is a nice touch.

There are a ton of added features, so here’s the full list of changes for you to enjoy.

Twitterrific update 5.0.2 changelogNew Features

• simplified reading mode for the in-app browser using Instapaper or Readability/> • find tweets in all timelines via ‘History’ search (new search tab)/> • image previews are displayed directly in the timeline/> • photo viewer now displays images without a frame


• in-app web browser now uses the entire screen on iPad/> • Twitterrific now loads 100 tweets while refreshing or loading more/> • new gesture: Tap and hold the RT icon on a tweet to quickly retweet with a comment/> • when user avatars are hidden in the timeline, tap on a username to open a profile/> • VoiceOver now uses a relative date/time on tweets instead of an absolute one/> • added VoiceOver accessibility to the Load More button/> • searches and Lists in the sidebar are now ordered alphabetically/> • tapping outside of popup navigation on iPad now dismisses view/> • visual improvements to popup navigation and views/> • other minor interface improvements

Bug Fixes

• fixed an issue where empty Twitter accounts in iOS Settings could cause a crash/> • adjusted scroll to top area so it’s less likely to be tapped by accident/> • foreign keyboards no longer cover up the bottom of the compose screen/> • fixed a bug that prevented some of your friends/followers from being displayed/> • replying to your own reply no longer loses the conversation thread

The App is optimised for iPhone 5 and is currently only $2.99 with 50% off the regular price, so with the updates it is a great time to buy. Click this title="twitterrific" href="" target="_blank">link to grab your copy now.href="" rel="attachment wp-att-34339">/>

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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!

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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DIRECTV has updated its iPad app so that you can now stream live television to your tablet no matter where you are.
When the iPhone and iPad application first launched, users had to be connected to a local WiFi network while streaming. With version 1.5 that is no longer the case.
DIRECTV says that the updated app can now be used “anywhere,” which gives subscribers full access to 49 channels on the go. The update also brings multiple minor changes, including the ability to resume recently viewed shows and a new social module that lets you see what’s popular with othe
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r users.

Miso users can now “check in” and let people know what they’re watching without closing the DIRECTV app.

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…
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!