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Walmart, Target and Best Buy Really, Really Want You to Buy a New iPhone or iPad

The Apple price wars are really starting to heat up between Walmart, Target and Best Buy. Walmart has topped Best Buy's current iPhone sale by dropping the price of the iPhone 5s from $145 to $119, and by reducing the iPhone 5c to only $29. You can even save more money by trading in your used electronics through Walmart's Gadgets to Gift Cards program.

iPad Deals

Beginning March 9, Target is offering a minimum of $150 for used iPad 2 models, according to Techno Buffalo. Target's iPad 2 trade-in deal begins one-day after Best Buy's $200 iPad trade-in deal expires, and it includes a bonus $30 Target gift card for anyone who participates. Target is also accepting used iPhone trade-ins until March 22.

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Save up to 80% on iPad and iPhone Accessories [Deals]

Griffin Technology is doing a little spring cleaning by offering 80% off of its DreamStand and PowerDock Dual chargers for iOS devices.

PowerDock Dual

The DreamStand holds your iPad in both portrait and landscape orientation so you can easily watch movies or read while charging your tablet. The Dreamstand also features a USB port for charging a second device, and it accommodates most iPad cases. You can nab the DreamStand for the iPad 2 or 3 for only $10 via GriffinTecnology.com.

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Son Upset After Apple Refuses to Unlock Deceased Mother's iPad

Josh Grant, 26, from London is upset after Apple asked him to provide a court order to unlock his deceased mother's iPad. Josh and his brother Patrick discovered that their mother had changed her Apple password before she had passed away from cancer earlier this year.

iPad Locked

The brothers tried to restore the tablet to its factory settings before being told by Apple they would need “written permission" from their mother to gain access to the device. Apple then asked for a copy of her death certificate and will after Josh explained that his mother had died and he was the co-executor. But even that wasn't enough for Apple, who also asked the family "to provide a court order to unlock their mother’s tablet," according to The Independent.

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Twitch Announces SDK for Mobile App Developers

The popular video platform for gamers Twitch announced today that the company is releasing an SDK that would allow mobile developers to add live broadcasting, capturing and archiving to iOS and Android games. Twitch hopes the new development kit will help their video service reach beyond PC and console gaming.

Twitch SDK

"Our vision is to provide the Twitch community with the ability not only to view, but to broadcast live video game content wherever they are, whether they’re on the go or in the living room,” said Matthew DiPietro, VP of Marketing, Twitch. “We’ve achieved that with our PC and console integrations, so the trifecta will soon be complete with our deep and concerted foray into mobile broadcasting.”

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Leather Cover SurfacePad Now Available for the iPad mini

Twelve South has released its iPhone SurfacePad protective cover for the iPad mini. The SurfacePad is a thin leather shield that uses a special adhesive to attach itself to your iPad so it doesn't cover its design or add unnecessary bulk to your device. The best part is, Twelve South promises that you can remove and reapply the case without leaving a sticky residue or marks behind.

SurfacePad iPad mini

The iPad mini version also features a typing stand and hidden magnets, so you can prop up your device to watch movies or enable the iPad's built-in sleep/wake function. The cover is crafted from high-quality Napa leather and it is only 0.1 inches thick.

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Telltale Games Announces Walking Dead Season 2, Episode 2: A House Divided

Telltale Games announced today that The Walking Dead Season Two, Episode 2: A House Divided is now available for Mac / PC and PlayStation 3 download. The second episode of the hit game will also be available for the Xbox 360 tomorrow, and it will land on the App Store on March 6th.

The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 2

You can download the full season for your Mac or PC for $25 via Amazon.com. Or you can download Episode 1 for the iPad or iPhone for $4.99 via the Apple App Store and purchase additional episodes as they're released.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past Game Coming to Mobile Devices

Glitchsoft has teamed up with Marvel Entertainment to create a mobile game based on 1981 Days of Future Past comic book story arc, which is also being made into a film by Bryan Singer. Glitchsoft says the game will be an "immersive and story-driven" 2D side-scroller that will "deliver a fast-paced, rewarding, and combat-focused experience".

X-Men iPad Game

“Marvel has created some of the most revered characters of all time,” said Wes Tam, founder and VP creative of Glitchsoft. “We are excited to work with Marvel to bring the Uncanny X-Men characters to mobile gaming. Being lifelong fans, it is an incredible opportunity and even larger responsibility to create a game that honors the property. Our goal is to deliver a mobile game that core fans will truly embrace.”

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Save up to $200 on Select iPad Models [Deals]

Best Buy keeps rolling out the deals on Apple products and the prices just keep getting better and better. This time the electronics retailer is offering up $200 off on select iPad models. You can save up to $100 on Wi-Fi only iPad Air models via Bestbuy.com, or up to $200 on cellular models at participating Best Buy locations.

iPad Air Deal

The cellular model offer is in-store only and requires a 2-year agreement with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon Wireless. You can read the rest of the fine print by hitting the Bestbuy.com link above.

Don't forget, you should always call ahead to make sure your local Best Buy is participating location before you make any ill-advised trips. This sale ends on March 8, 2014.

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New Marvel Entertainment App Unlocks Early Captain America: Winter Soldier Screenings

Marvel Entertainment fans can unlock an early screening of Captain America: The Winter Soldier by using the new Captain America Experience app for iOS devices. The app allows users to create a 3D image of themselves and Captain America by taking a photo of the official Winter Soldier poster. Fans can then share the image on Twitter or Instagram while using the hashtag #CaptainAmerica(Your City) for a chance to "Bring Cap to Their Town". You can see a complete list of participating cities listed on the image below.

Captain America Experience

The Captain America Experience is free to download from the Apple App Store. It is compatible with all devices running iOS 7 or later (Android version coming soon).

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WedStyle: A Wedding App That Helps You Plan Your Special Day or Ruin Someone Else's

WedStyle is a new social network app that is a lot like Pinterest but for wedding planning only. The app not only allows you to search through thousands of wedding photos for inspiration, but you can also upload your own images to share with the WedStyle community. Users can then up vote or down vote your images to help you make various wedding decisions.

WedStyle

You can easily set up a WedStyle profile by syncing it to your Facebook page, Twitter, or by simply creating a new account using your email. Once your profile is created, you can then choose to peruse ALL the uploaded images, or search through categories like "Wedding Dresses," "Bridesmaid Dresses, "Beauty and Hair," and so on. If you see an image that you like, simply tap the + button to save it to one of your user created "Boards". Voting on each image is as simple as hitting the thumbs up or thumbs down icons.

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