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PC Classic ‘Alone in the Dark’ for iPad

In 1992, PC games were making serious waves in the industry. They were more complex than console games and offered a level of depth that had not yet been established in the world of pixels. Horror games were also starting to creep into the mainstream. Sure, there weren’t a bunch of zombie dogs ready to attack as you walked through a dark hallway, but they had the kinds of elements that would send a chill down your spine.

Alone in the Dark is a horror video game that first launched on DOS and quickly became a popular title for being the first survival horror game in 3-D. Players find themselves trapped in a haunted mansion, trying to find a way out.

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The game has been acclaimed as the forefather of the horror genre. It was originally designed to be part of a Call of Cthulhu series, but was so popular that I became its own series with four additional titles and two movie spinoffs.

In the game, players battle against zombies, giant rats, and other creepy monsters. Fight hand-to-mutilated hand, or pick up a nearby weapon to defeat your enemy. You’ll also be able to find your way out of a sticky situation by solving puzzles.

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Explore the mansion’s many rooms to find clues that will help you find a way out. Pick up supplies and items that you’ll need in the future.

Earlier this year, Alone in the Dark was ported to iOS and players can now experience the entire dark and dangerous adventure through three floors and underground caverns.

Alone in the Dark is available on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch for $0.99. Download it in the App Store today.

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This entry was posted on February 5, 2015, in Pad Gadget.

Direct Your Music with iRing, the First Motion Controller for the iPad

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Whoever says you can’t use an iPad as a musical instrument has never heard of the iRing by IK Multimedia. This interesting and unique set of touch less controllers makes it possible for you to mix loops, trigger beats, and set parameters using the special iRing Music Maker app.

The iRing system consists of two pedestal-like objects that fit between two of your fingers. One side has three linear dots and the other has three dots aligned like a triangle. Each side has a different pattern that the iRing Music Maker recognizes. Waving your hand in different directions produces different control results. It’s quite fascinating.

You’ll need the iRing Music Maker or iRing FX/Controller app in order to use the iRing itself. Once you’ve downloaded the free apps, open them up, register your iRing, and start making music.

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The triangular ring should be worn on your left hand and the linear one on your right. The left side controls the parts, while the right side controls the patterns. You can make things easier on yourself at first by activating the front facing camera. This will help you pay attention to where your hands are and where they should be.

Use the triangle pattern ring to speed up or slow down the beat by moving your hand closer to and further from the iPad camera. You can also switch the “groove” to a bass line by tapping the Bass button. The iRing lets you control what type of bass line you will use. You can randomize the loops by rotating your hand 90 degrees.

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The linear side of the iRing controls the patters and effects. Move your hand closer and further from the screen to switch between them.

It takes some time to get used to the motion when using the iRing system with the Music Maker app. The patterns are controlled by how close or far you are from the screen. When you are furthest from the screen, the iRing will trigger the bottom parts and patterns. When you are closest to the screen, the iRing will trigger the top ones.

In addition to the various parts and patterns that come free with the iRing Music Maker, you can add a variety of deejay loops through an in-app purchase. You can also export your sound through Audiobus and Apple’s Inter-App Audio.

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This entry was posted on January 29, 2015, in Pad Gadget.

Direct Your Music with iRing, the First Motion Controller for the iPad

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Whoever says you can’t use an iPad as a musical instrument has never heard of the iRing by IK Multimedia. This interesting and unique set of touch less controllers makes it possible for you to mix loops, trigger beats, and set parameters using the special iRing Music Maker app.

The iRing system consists of two pedestal-like objects that fit between two of your fingers. One side has three linear dots and the other has three dots aligned like a triangle. Each side has a different pattern that the iRing Music Maker recognizes. Waving your hand in different directions produces different control results. It’s quite fascinating.

You’ll need the iRing Music Maker or iRing FX/Controller app in order to use the iRing itself. Once you’ve downloaded the free apps, open them up, register your iRing, and start making music.

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The triangular ring should be worn on your left hand and the linear one on your right. The left side controls the parts, while the right side controls the patterns. You can make things easier on yourself at first by activating the front facing camera. This will help you pay attention to where your hands are and where they should be.

Use the triangle pattern ring to speed up or slow down the beat by moving your hand closer to and further from the iPad camera. You can also switch the “groove” to a bass line by tapping the Bass button. The iRing lets you control what type of bass line you will use. You can randomize the loops by rotating your hand 90 degrees.

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The linear side of the iRing controls the patters and effects. Move your hand closer and further from the screen to switch between them.

It takes some time to get used to the motion when using the iRing system with the Music Maker app. The patterns are controlled by how close or far you are from the screen. When you are furthest from the screen, the iRing will trigger the bottom parts and patterns. When you are closest to the screen, the iRing will trigger the top ones.

In addition to the various parts and patterns that come free with the iRing Music Maker, you can add a variety of deejay loops through an in-app purchase. You can also export your sound through Audiobus and Apple’s Inter-App Audio.

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This entry was posted on January 29, 2015, in Pad Gadget.

Skylanders Trap Team for iPad

If you’re a fan of Activision’s popular Sklander franchise you’ll be happy to know that you can grab a starter set from Toys ‘R’ Us, connect the portal to your iPad, and go deep into the dragon filled world of adventure.

Skylanders Trap Team is a monster-capture game where players can use a physical Master Trap portal to interact with characters in a digital environment. Connect your Skylander dragon to the portal and see it come to life on your iPad.

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Of course you don’t have to purchase the toys in order to play the game. Once you’ve completed the first quest, chapters two through 18 are available as in-app purchases so kids can keep the fun going, even if they don’t have monsters in their pockets.

There are more than 175 different playable characters, including ones from Skylanders Lost Island. With the Trap Master portal, you can even bring the action to Kaos. When it comes to bad guys, you’ll be able to test your skills at trapping more than 40 villains. Use your portal to turn enemies into allies and train them to defeat your foes.

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If you have two Skylander game controllers, which come with the starter kit, you can activate two-player co-operative mode and join forces with friends to clean Skyland of mischievous monsters.

Skylanders Trap Team is available on the iPad for free. You can download it in the App Store today, but don’t forget to pick up your Skylanders Master Portal starter kit for the full gaming experience.

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This entry was posted on January 26, 2015, in Pad Gadget.

Keep your iPad and iPhone Safe with Apple’s Two-Step Verification Feature

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With all the hacking scandals going on many readers have been asking how to better secure their favorite Apple device from the prying eyes of hackers. While security features have been improved inside iOS 8, the best step is to enable Apple’s two-step verification in order to protect devices from future attacks. If you’ve never enabled two-step verification on your iPad, or don’t know what it is, we’ve got a tutorial that will help explain it all and show you what to do.

In general, two-step verification means that a person must follow two different actions in order to confirm that they are authorized to access information. It could be a password followed by a text message that must be responded to, or a fingerprint scan followed by a retina scan. There are many two-step verification systems. Apple’s involves entering a passcode, followed by entering a four-digit code that is sent to a separate device. With it, your personal information attached to your Apple ID is more secure. Additionally, Apple sends a 14-digit recovery code so that, if you are locked out of your software program, you can regain access to it, even if someone has hacked in and locked it.

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You must activated two-step verification online by first visiting the Apple ID manager page, called MY Apple ID. Follow the link to access the site. Click on “Manage Your Apple ID” and sign in. This username and password is the same one you use to buy content on your iPad.

Next, select “Password and Security.” You will be asked to answer two security questions that you designated when you first created your Apple ID. I have to admit, it had been so long since I filled out the security questions, that I actually got the answers wrong. Luckily, you can reset your security questions if you’ve forgotten them.

Once logged into your account, click on “Getting started…” under the Two-Step Verification headline. The process will be explained to you and you will be prompted to accept or cancel the set-up process. You will always need your password and a trusted device or your recovery key in order to sign in to manage your account, make content purchase, or get Apple ID related support.

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This entry was posted on January 22, 2015, in Pad Gadget.

How to Turn a Chopstick into an iPad Stylus

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These days, you can get a basic touch screen stylus for practically nothing. However, Apple still doesn’t give them away with new iPhone or iPad devices. So, if you are playing with your new, larger sized iPhone 6, or simply looking for a customize stylus for your iPad, we found a project that will cost practically nothing. In fact, if you have the right materials lying around the house, it won’t cost a dime.

For this DIY stylus by hixair on Instructables, you’ll need four items, a small piece of conductive foam, a bamboo chopstick, threaded copper wire, and crazy glue.

The first thing you will need to do is cut the conductive foam to fit the tip of the chopstick. You can make this any size and shape you want. It just has to be large enough to have the copper wire wrapped around it near the base.

These days, you can find conductive foam practically everywhere. It comes packed into many electronics. If you don’t have some in your house, you can ask your local electronics store for some. Chances are, they’ve got a bit of it in their garbage can right now.

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Fold the foam strip over the top of the chopstick and then glue it down using the crazy glue.

Then, wrap the copper wire around the base where the conductive foam meets the chopstick. Wrap it a few times so that the materials are properly conductive. Then, continue wrapping the wire up the chopstick so that it covers the entire stick. It doesn’t have to be tight, but make sure the distance between one wrap and the next is less than the width of your fingertip. The goal is to make sure that the copper wire always touches your skin.

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Then, cut the copper wire and glue it to the other end of the chopstick.

That’s all you need to do to create a touch screen stylus for your iPad, or even your new iPhone 6. Thanks to hixair for posting such a simple project on Instructables.

This entry was posted on January 21, 2015, in Pad Gadget.

Here’s How to Block iMessage SPAM on your iPad

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Have you received any spam messages on your iPad recently? There have been reports of a handful of spam attacks on iOS users’ devices. Wired published an article earlier this month claiming that Apple’s Messages app is “being taken over by spammers.” It turns out it isn’t the apocalypse that Wired made it out to be. However, Messages spam is real. I have not personally experienced the issue as of yet, but I do have friends who have noted the issue to me recently.

While there isn’t much we can do on the user end to stop spammers from bombarding our Messages app, we can at least let Apple know it is happening and block the sender from ever being able to bug us (from that particular ID) ever again.

Here’s how.

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In order to report unwanted Messages to Apple, you’ll need to send a screenshot of the offending message to [email protected] First, open the Messages app and select the spam message. Then take a screenshot of that message.

To take a screenshot, Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button at the top of your iPad and the Home button at the same time. When pressed simultaneously, the screenshot feature is triggered. You will hear the sound of a camera shutter.

Then, send your picture with the email and address of the sender of the spam along with the date and time you received the message. You can find the time by dragging the message window to the left. The exact time that the message was sent will appear next to it. With the above-mentioned information, send an email to Apple to report the sender.

After reporting the spam, you’ll also want to block the sender in order to avoid having more unwanted messages sent from that address or phone number.

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Go back to the Messages app and select the spam message again. Then, tap the Contact tab in the upper right corner of the screen. Then, tap the Info button to call up the sender’s contact information. Scroll to the bottom of the window and select “Block this Caller” and then tap Block Contact.

Now, you should be free from spam from at least that one sender. Plus, Apple will know about the antics from that specific address and hopefully be able to ban the person from being able to …read more      

This entry was posted on January 19, 2015, in Pad Gadget.

NodeBeat HD Helps Turn Anyone into an iPad Musician

Since the existence of computers, developers have been working on ways to make music that is compatible with technology. Combining the digital world with the musical world has opened up many new opportunities. One of them being the ability to create beautiful music without needing to know how to play a single note on an instrument.

NodeBeat HD is one such app that allows users the ability to control and manipulate objects on the screen that will pulse rhythmically and change pitch as you move them around. No music theory necessary.

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The nodes are made up of various notes and beat generators. Place a node on the screen and the notes will automatically appear, attached to the node. Stretch the note out to alter its pitch. Move it around to create different sounds or let the notes float around and create sound automatically. Add more notes and attach them to the node to create new rhythms.

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Each note you place on the screen can be adjusted with different waveforms, keys, and octaves. You can also change the echo, attack, decay, and release. There are 12 musical key signatures with 20 scales and seven octave ranges. For the nodes, adjust the tempo and beat style for a variety of sound options.

You can record and save your music, create ringtones, upload to SoundCloud, and play it live to other compatible apps via Audiobus.

NodeBeat HD is available on the iPad for $2.99. Download it in the App Store today.

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This entry was posted on January 15, 2015, in Pad Gadget.

Enjoy an 80’s Classic with Rubik’s Cube for iPad

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If you miss your classic Rubik’s Cube from the 80’s, why not give the iPad version a twirl. It may not have exactly stood the test of time the way some other toys do, but even younger generations know what that colorful cube is and how hard it is to solve.

Forty years ago, the Rubik’s Cube made its way into the hands and hearts of children around the world. By the 1980s, groups of “supercubers” were holding competitions to see who could solve the Rubik’s Cube the fastest. In March of 2013, a Dutchman broke the world record by solving the puzzle in 5.5 seconds. Today, the 3D object has been sold 350 million times, making it the top-selling puzzle game in the world.

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In 2010, Magmic decided that the Rubik’s Cube would make a fine addition to the digital world. The app lets you solve the cube by flicking or swiping the screen to rotate columns and rows. You can move the cube around to view all sides in 3-D by rotating your device using motion controls.

The game comes with four different sizes and multiple modes, including the super challenging “Crazy Cube” mode. You can even get hints on how to solve the puzzle with the in-game solution guide.

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Currently, Magmic is offering three limited edition cubes with an in-app purchase. Choose from the Iron Cube, Wood Cube, or Mystery Cube.

The game includes the following features:

  • The ONLY officially licensed Rubik’s Cube game on iTunes 

  • Game Center integration 
•2x2x2, 3x3x3, 4x4x4 & 5x5x5 Rubik’s Cubes 

  • Extra challenging CRAZY Cube 

  • Use your own pictures on the Picture Cube 

  • 24 different Rubik’s Cube game styles to play 


  • Personalize your game with custom backgrounds and Cube stickers 

  • Learn to solve the cube with the included solution guide 

  • Find a solution to your physical Rubik’s Cube using the camera on your iPhone 

  • Foursquare integration 


Rubik’s Cube is available on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch for $0.99. Download it in the App Store today.

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This entry was posted on January 14, 2015, in Pad Gadget.

How to Connect Siri with Twitter

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Siri used to be somewhat useless as a personal assistant. When she first arrived on the iPhone, she was able to make appointments, call friends, and set reminders, but it has taken a few years for her to get good at her job. Now, Siri can be male or female, can open Google Maps for you, can direct you to buy movie tickets, and has access to your emails messages and can even dictate responses for you.

Siri also has access to Twitter so you can see what is trending or check your friends’ feed without having to open the app. We’ve got a short tutorial for how to access Twitter from your virtual personal assistant.

It is incredibly easy for you to access Twitter from Siri. You just have to follow a few steps to get started.

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First, you must integrate Twitter with your iPad. To do so, go to your Settings app and select Twitter from the sidebar. Then, enter your username and password. If you don’t have the official app installed, you can do so from the Settings app. After adding Twitter to iOS, you can select Siri from the available apps that you would like to allow to use your account.

If you’ve already connected Twitter to your iPad, but have never tried to access it from Siri, you don’t even have to open the Settings app to activate the feature. Simply ask Siri to tell you something about Twitter and you will automatically be asked to allow Siri to access your Twitter feed. When you tap “yes,” you will automatically connect Siri to Twitter.

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Then, ask Siri something like, “What is trending on Twitter,” or “What is Padgadget saying on Twitter” and she will connect you with those tweets.

Unfortunately, you still can’t get Siri to show you your personal Twitter feed or mentions, but she will check Twitter direct messages for you.

Don’t forget to send Siri a bouquet of flowers on National Administrative Assistant day so she (or he) doesn’t feel unappreciated for all her hard work.

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This entry was posted on January 12, 2015, in Pad Gadget.