If you prefer a little more action in your environment building games then look no further than Blocky Roads. The Micecraft-inspired game tasks you with rebuilding your destroyed farm by traveling across various tracks in a block car. The game allows you to design and build your own car so you can locate pieces of your farm that were swept away by a hurricane.
You can unlock the ability to create custom made block cars after completing the first three tracks. The Car Editor allows you to build anything you can imagine from motorcycles to tanks.
Blocky Roads is not only a building game, but it is also a side-scrolling racing game. You can use your own car or one of the nine available stock cars to compete against computer-generated opponents on one of the twelve tracks. You can pick up various items along the way to help rebuild your farm after the race is over.
Checking Apple stores to see if the particular iPad model you're coveting is in stock can be time consuming. Luckily there's an online tool known as Apple Tracker to make things easy. The site has added iPad Air and iPad mini Retina display features to its repertoire.
UPDATE: Apple Tracker has pulled the plug on its service after receiving a DMCA takedown notice.
Apple Tracker is set up to determine which Apple retail stores in your area have the iPad in stock. Simply choose the device to track and enter your zip code for results. Each storage capacity, carrier and color can be chosen before the site determines where to find the iPad of your dreams.
The ritual of dissecting each new Apple product as it becomes available has continued with the iPad Air. iFixit did their official teardown of the latest Apple tablet, and found it difficult to repair (2/10). Besides this fact, the iPad Air actually features a smaller battery than its predecessor, thanks to the power-sipping A7 processor and improvements in iOS 7.
Despite the smaller battery, the iPad Air will deliver just as much operating time thanks to the new design. Speaking of the A7 chip, the iPad Air version is different from the iPhone 5s silicon. Although it's not clear exactly how they are different, the iPad Air A7 has been customized and carries a different moniker (APL5698, as opposed to APL0698 found in the iPhone 5s).
Owners of the original iPad 3G have started to receive settlement claim forms related to a class action lawsuit. The Apple and AT&T customers receiving claims could be eligible for a $40 check from the settlement. US District Judge Ronald White gave the OK for settlement to iPad 3G buyers who picked up their tablets before June 7, 2010.
In order to qualify, customers must file a claim before February 3, 2014. The option to switch in and out of the AT&T unlimited data plan must have been a factor in their decision to purchase an iPad 3G. Also, the court must approve final terms for the deal before any checks are mailed.
Disney has announced it will air the first nine episodes of its new television show Sheriff Callie’s Wild West through its WATCH Disney Junior app before bringing it to cable TV in 2014. Nancy Kanter, executive vice president and general manager of Disney Junior Worldwide told the The New York Times that the company has been "amazed at how quickly kids have embraced" tablets. The Disney Junior app has been downloaded millions of times and "billions of minutes" have been spent watching video content.
“We get a lot of e-mails from dads saying, ‘Thanks for giving me back my TV,’ ” said Albert Cheng, the Disney-ABC Television Group’s digital media chief.
Users will need to enter their cable subscriber information to access the new shows on their tablets. Disney hopes this "TV Everywhere" approach will "help keep viewers tied to their cable and satellite contracts," according to the Times.
Apple CEO Tim Cook all but confirmed rumors that the iPad mini with Retina display will be in short supply after its "late November" release. Cook told investors that he wasn't confident Apple would be able to make enough second-generation iPad minis for the 2013 holiday shopping season.
"It’s unclear whether we will have enough for the quarter or not. We know how many we will have, but you really don’t know the demand until you start shipping."
Cook also said he couldn't promise that "everyone who wants an iPad Air will be able to find one,” when it starts shipping on November 1, but added he thought “it’s going to be an iPad Christmas” this year.
Several analysts and even Reuters previously reported that Apple would be unable to widely roll out the iPad mini 2 at launch. The delay is allegedly due to Apple's supply chain being stretched thin, and not starting production on Retina mini displays until October.
Logitech has revealed its new lineup of iPad Air cases starting at $99. The Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio is a thin and light, water-repellent case that protects the front and back of your iPad Air. It comes with a keyboard which features full-size keys, iOS shortcuts and Logitech's new SecureLock system. The FabricSkin Keyboard Folio will retail for $149.99.
The $100 Ultrathin Keyboard Cover is equipped with an aluminum screen protector, built-in Bluetooth keyboard and a magnetic clip to securely attach your tablet.
The Ultrathin Keyboard Folio also features a Bluetooth keyboard and SecureLock system plus it doubles as an iPad stand for reading, typing and watching videos. The Keyboard Folio is $99.
Walmart will begin selling the 16GB Wi-Fi iPad Air for $479 beginning on November 1. That's $20 less than buying it directly from Apple, who is selling the tablet for $499. This is not the first time Walmart has discounted a new Apple product, the retailer is currently offering the iPhone 5c for only $45 throughout the holiday season.
Walmart also announced its new in-store trade-in program where customers can receive up to $300 for their current tablet. However, as we've highlighted before you can normally get a lot more money by selling your used devices to electronics re-sellers like Nextworth and Gazelle.
Zagg's Folio keyboard case and tablet screen protector the invisibleSHIELD are now available for the iPad Air. The Bluetooth enabled keyboard matches the thinner and lighter form factor of Apple's new tablet, and it features backlit keys, special function keys and up to three months of battery usage between charges. The Folio case also protects your iPad from damage and offers over 130° of viewing angles for reading, watching videos or working. The ZAGGkeys Folio keyboard case is available now in black for $99 at Zagg.com.
Zagg's invisibleSHIELD screen protector is a popular choice among iOS users. It is a self-healing, military-grade film that protects your device's screen from scratches and smudges. The invisibleSHIELD for the iPad Air is available as a $29.99 basic model, a $34.99 smudge proof model and as a $34.99 HD model.
Both Cygnett and Otterbox have unveiled their new cases for Apple's iPad Air. Cygnett has released a dual-view stand case for $50, a basic folio case for $40, a folding stand with different flexible viewing positions for $40, a dual-pyramid folding stand for $50, and an origami-inspired case for $60. And Otterbox is currently accepting pre-registration for their Defender Series iPad Air cases.
Cygnett's Pardox Sleek is available in black, pink, yellow and light grey, and features a rubberised finish cover and microfiber inner to protect the screen from scratches.
The Paradox Texture is available in charcoal and blue, and features a soft textured finish that mimics cracked granite.
The Paradox Lux is available in black/purple and red/white, and can be folded into multiple viewing angles so you can easily read, play games or watch movies on your iPad Air.