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If you've ever thought about building your own Death Star, but don't have the resources beyond your iPhone or iPad, Disney and Lucas Arts have you covered with Star Wars: Tiny Death Star. The game lets you build more than 80 levels in your Death Star where you can add shops and businesses to help generate revenue to build your Imperial battle station, make secret levels where you conduct clandestine operations against the Rebel Alliance, and try to capture Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and more. Tiny Death Star's graphics are all retro 8-bit, so your station of mass destruction won't feel quite so intimidating. The game is free for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and you can download it at Apple's iTunes-based App Store.
Apple released GarageBand 10.0.1 for the Mac late on Wednesday with fixes for what the company called "a number of minor issues." GarageBand is Apple's audio mixing app for making music and other recordings.
United is the latest airline to get FAA approval for handheld electronics use below 10,000 feet. It's regional partners don't have approval yet, but the carrier is hoping to take care of that before the end of 2013.
Apple speaks up about equal rights for the LGBT community and details, as best it can, how many government requests it gets for our personal information. There's also plenty for Jeff and Bryan to say about the brand new iPad Air, the feature-poor versions of Apple's iWork apps, and Apple's new sapphire business.
How do you make a great tablet even better? In the case of Apple, you make it thinner, lighter, and faster, and the call it the iPad Air. This is the first big redesign for the iPad line since the iPad 2 was introduced in 2011, and it shows. Is the fancy new look worth the cost of upgrading? Read on to see.
Passcodes are great for keeping prying eyes out of your Mac, but what if you could make unlocking your computer a stunningly cool experience and more convenient at the same time? You know, like maybe knock on your iPhone as if it were a door. That's exactly what Knock lets you do. Once the app is installed on your iPhone, and the companion app is running on your Mac, you can unlock your computer simply by knocking twice on your iPhone. The app uses Bluetooth LE, so you need an iPhone 4S or newer, and at least a 2011 MacBook Air Mac mini, a 2012 MacBook Pro, or the 2013 Mac Pro. Setup is wonderfully simple, as is knocking on your iPhone to unlock your Mac. The Mac app is a free download at the Knock website, and the iPhone app is a US$3.99 download at Apple's iTunes-based App Store.
Apple released an update for its iOS Apple Store app late on Tuesday that added support for purchasing and using gift cards outside of the United States. Along with the U.S., it now supports in-app gift card purchases as Passbook passes in Australia, Canada, Italy, and the United Kingdom.
Apple's Airport Utility for iOS has been updated with iOS 7 compatibility, and 64-bit support for the iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and unreleased Retina iPad mini. The app lets users manage their AirPort Extreme Base stations and Time Capsules.
Samsung's efforts to derail the retrial case for damages in the patent infringement fight it lost to Apple still aren't paying off with the latest blow coming from Judge Lucy Koh refusing to accept the electronics maker's suggested Jury verdict form for next week's trial. Instead, Judge Koh when with Apple's proposal which was much clearer and far less complicated.
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Samsung is, if nothing else, consistent. The company and its legal team are still using tactics to delay and confuse. So far, Samsung has only managed to slow down the legal process, but hasn't been able to accomplish much else. Considering the delays let the company continue to sell products that potentially infringe on Apple patents, the tactic seems to be working.
Nike's new Nike+ Move app, first shown off during the iPhone 5 introduction in September, hit the App Store late on Monday. The app takes advantage of the iPhone's M7 motion coprocessor to turn your smartphone into a complete fitness tracking system. It monitors how active you are, much like the Nike Fuelband or Fitbit Flex, compares activity between days, and shows how you stack up against your friends in Game Center. You'll need an iPhone 5s because the app requires the M7 coprocessor to do its thing. The Nike+ Move app is free and is available at Apple's iTunes-based App Store.