• Earlier this week, Apple released its heartstrings-pulling holiday commercial that put music in the spotlight. In the commercial, a young woman comes across an old audio recording that her grandmother put on vinyl in the early 1950s. The young woman digitizes the recording and creates a new duet track in GarageBand. She then gives the [...]
  • Reliance Games' new action title, Ultimate Robot Fighting, is now available for iOS and Android devices. Fans of Real Steel will want to check out this new single-player robot fighting game. In URF, you're a human pilot who must fight through 250 robot and boss battles to prove you're the ultimate champion of the ring. The game features 45 cybernetic characters, each with their own personality and own fighting style, to help you take on the sentient AIs who now rule the world of Ultimate Robot Fighting!

    The game features plenty of upgrades to help you design the perfect robot fighting team, nine environments, a dynamic day and night cycle, and achievements for winning matches. The game also promises to deliver " intuitive gesture controls, high-resolution 3D graphics, cel-shaded art design and detailed lighting and particle effects".

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  • This is a true story. During the summer, I woke up with sore muscles and a stiff back (I blamed the “bang-over”). I thought about trying out yoga and wondered if there were any apps for that. Literally that same day, FitStar announced it was developing a yoga-based fitness app. So, I used that as [...]
  • When you think about it Telltale Games and Mojang kind of make an odd pairing; one creates interactive episodic video games, while the other is the developer behind the most popular free-to-build sandbox game in existence. But that's not stopping the two studios from teaming up to release an "all-new narrative-driven game series" based on Mojang's popular Minecraft title.

    Minecraft Story Mode

    In case you didn't already know, Telltale is the developer behind the hit interactive video games based on the popular television shows Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead. The developer also recently launched its first series based on a the console game Borderlands. Telltale's games are released in episodes and are akin to a choose your own adventure where the narrative is driven by a players choices instead of their actions. Minecraft: Story Mode will also be an episodic series with its own original story set in the Minecraft world. The game will not be an "add-on for Minecraft, but rather a separate stand-alone product that will premiere in 2015 on consoles, computers and mobile devices," according to the official announcement.

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  • Oceanhorn just received a major update with improved graphics and support for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. To celebrate the incredible ultra graphics update and a one-year anniversary, the company behind the Zelda-like adventure game has launched a fan art contest. Between now and Jan. 10, submit your Oceanhorn fan art for a chance to [...]
  • GameMill Entertainment's iOS game based on ABC's hit television show, Castle, is now available for tablets. The hidden object and adventure game was originally launched for the iPhone in November, but it now supports both the iPad and iPad mini.

    Castle: Never Judge a Book by Its Cover

    Just like the show, the game follows the exploits of mystery novelist Richard Castle and Detective Kate Becket. Players must team up with the duo to track down a dangerous serial killer across New York City by spotting items and clues in various crime scenes. Even though each crime scene has been set up to throw Castle and Beckett off the trail, the clues players help them find will eventually reveal a pattern and help crack the case.

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  • Flurry Analytics is a research company that focuses on app activity based on its enormous database. Information is collected from 150 billion (yes, billion) app sessions per month. With the data gleaned, Flurry comes up with some pretty interesting insights into mobile device users. This week, the company released a report on how often apps [...]
  • Fans of the ultimate human simulation game series will be happy to know that Electronic Arts recently launched a new adventure on iOS. If tranquil suburbia doesn’t offer the kind of fast-paced lifestyle you want your townsfolk to have, its time to move to the big city where you must deal with things like traffic, [...]
  • Whoever said the iPad isn’t any good for learning music is wrong and a high school in Delaware is here to prove it. One innovative educator that teaches both advanced and beginner music lessons has figured out a way to get both classes together in one performance. While the strings sit out on Pachelbel’s “Cannon [...]
  • Here are some last minute shopping ideas for the iPad owner in your life. All the items listed are shipping in 1 to 3 days (at the time of this post, subject to change) and should arrive before Christmas if you order soon. We've also included Amazon links when available.

    Pencil by FiftyThree

    For the Artist... It may not look like much, but Pencil by FiftyThree is a top of the line stylus that works with the iPad 3 and later. Artists, fashion designers and anyone who likes to sketch on their tablet will love Pencil and its companion app Paper. The stylus features all the latest technology, such as palm rejection, and it even comes equipped with its own built-in eraser. Pencil connects to your iPad using Bluetooth and can be easily charged off any USB port in under 90 minutes. Pencil is available in Graphite and Walnut starting at $49.95 through Amazon.com or directly from FiftyThree.

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  • Only a few months into its existence, Apple Pay has hit the big time, big time. The company recently announced that dozens of new banks, retail stores, and small businesses have signed on with the mobile payment service. By adding such financial institutions as TD Bank Barclaycard, and USAA, Apple boasts that 90 percent of [...]
  • Google is the go-to search engine for most people. The website boasts literally “trillions” of searches for 2014. Because of the wealth of data Google can glean from our web searches, the company releases a year-end report to let us know what was popular. It’s sort of like Time Magazine’s Year in Review, only for [...]
  • With the update to iOS 8, Apple now offers a new way to save and access your photos. Similar to iTunes Match, users can store all of their pictures and videos in full resolution in iCloud so they can be accessed and downloaded from any device at any time without taking up as much space [...]
  • As noted in our weekly iPad games recap, the hit PC game Papers, Please was released to the App Store without its full nudity option because Apple originally rejected it for containing "pornographic content," but on Monday the game was updated to include the uncensored version.

    Papers, Please

    Papers, Please takes place on the border of the fictional state of Arstozka. Players act as an immigration inspector who must keep out the numerous immigrants and visitors trying to enter the country. Players must check passports, run fingerprints and sometimes perform invasive procedures such as full body scans which do contain nudity when the option is enabled. The game was originally released to the iPad with censored nudity, but after an internet uproar developer Lucas Pope decided to rethink his own position and contacted Apple about resubmitting the game.

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  • Amazon on Monday updated its Kindle app for iOS with a variety of new features in anticipation of lots of holiday sales. Book Browser allows iPad users to easily get additional information on any book available in Amazon's massive library. Users can now pull up any book's description, customer reviews and other information by simply tapping the cover of the title they would like to preview.

    Kindle iPad

    The Kindle app has also been updated with Goodreads integration. Goodreads allows users to share their reading progress, favorite quotes an so on with other members of the social cataloging service. The "Before You Go" screen also allows users to announce they have finished a title via Goodreads, and will now give information on the next book in a series.

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  • The popular recommendation app Foursquare has been updated with iPad support after being revamped this summer. The app's main focus became about recommendations in July, and its original check-in feature was pushed to Foursquare's second app, Swarm. The revamped Foursquare app allows users to receive personalized suggestions on places to go based on their personal taste profile and friend recommendations. Users can now use both their iPhone and iPad to find local restaurants, coffee shops, nightclubs and so on, or use the app to search individual cities when planning a trip.

    Foursquare for iPad

    The app was also updated earlier this year with display support for the larger iPhone 6 models, Interactive Notifications and 1Password integration. The new notification feature allows users to quickly save, like, and follow updates from notification banners they receive from the app.

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  • If you’ve ever wondered how interesting the life of an immigration officer is, you are in luck. While most employees of the document-checking workforce probably go their whole lives without incident, the border checkpoint at East Grestin in Arstokzka is full of unusual suspects, illegal papers, and protesters that are willing to give up their [...]
  • In 2013, we spotlighted a cleaver DIY iPad project for a Halloween costume that made it look like you could see through a hole in a man’s torso. That man, Mark Rober, went on to start his own business, Digital Dudz. He sold that business to Morphsuits (now MorphCostumes), but still designs for the company. [...]
  • Over the weekend, Apple released a holiday commercial that will bring tears to your eyes. Even the most hardened of hearts have a soft spot for grandparents. This advertisement brings together two different generations with a gift of music from grandchild to grandparents. “The Song” tells the story of one young woman sifting through her [...]
  • If you are ready for a seafaring journey, wait no longer. This week, Apple chose a watery tale of adventure as the Editor’s choice. So, batten down the hatches and set sail for an island hopping, treasure seeking fun. Seabeard is an exploration game where players perform tasks, build houses, and fight enemies. Because there [...]
  • Practically everyone has wished secretly that they could escape from a boring meeting sitting in a stuffy conference room and roam free, even if it is just for a while. One determined remote iPad stand decided that enough was enough. Led by an even more determined remote user, the “little robot that could,” managed to [...]
  • The average person is not likely to get a brand new car very often. Many of us are stuck with the same jalopy for decades, only to scrape together enough money to buy a used car instead of investing in something new. If your transportation situation sounds something like this, then chances are, you won’t [...]
  • Even though the next generation of processor chip is nearly a year from being needed, the design process probably began years ago. Each new generation of chip gets faster, smaller, and more efficient. The as-yet-unfinished A9 chip is next in line for Apple’s mobile devices. According to a new rumor, Samsung is charged with making [...]
  • Felt Cards is a great app for sending a personalized greeting to friends and family when you just don’t have time to run to the store to buy one. Using handwriting tools, the app lets you scribe a note to someone so that the card looks like it was actually written with an ink pen [...]
  • Only a year after Lara Croft won our hearts as the most awesome female action hero ever to appear in a video game, her second adventure, which ended up being even more successful than the original. In a short 12 months, gaming technology became so much more advanced that Lara had better moves, bigger landscapes, [...]
  • iOS users should expect a busy holiday season on the App Store as developers race to get their new apps released before Apple's 2014 iTunes shutdown takes place on December 22nd. There will most likely be a flurry of apps and games released next week, which is good news for anyone stuck traveling to boring family gatherings. There were also a few big universal titles released this week, such as Marvel Contest of Champions and The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies - Fight for Middle-earth

    Papers, Please

    As you also probably already know, Blizzard released the first expansion to its collectible card game Hearthstone on Monday. The new set called "Goblins vs Gnomes" includes 120 cards that players can purchase for gold or real-world currency within the game. You can learn more about the popular strategy game and the expansion by visiting Battle.net.

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  • The U.S. may have already had its fill of the new iPad line, which launched in late October, but China has not yet been able to get its hands on the cellular models. Considering the country is the fastest-growing bunch of tech consumers, it is good news for Apple that cellular supported iPad Air 2 [...]
  • This past September, Apple gave us a glimpse into the future with a detailed demonstration of what the newest trend in fashion will be. With a vague launch date of “early 2015” we’ve all been pacing the floor, hoping for some news of its official release. With nothing but rumors to go on, we’ve heard [...]
  • INSA is a graffiti artist turned fine artist and designer from the U.K. that recently made waves in both the art and tech community for the way he merges the two with his “GIF-iti” style. INSA’s GIFs are made by painting an entire mural, over and over again, with slightly different positioning. Each version gets [...]
  • As the days tick by, we get closer and closer to Christmas. If you are anything like me, you’ve still got half a list of people to shop or make something for. If you just found out that your cousin is getting an iPad for Christmas and you want to make him something special for [...]
  •   Around this time of the year, I start thinking about listening to holiday tunes. I don’t work at a retail store or in an office building that pipes Christmas music through the halls the first of November. So, I actually enjoy the classic sounds of “Jingle Bells,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” and [...]
  • Since the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, we’ve heard a lot of reports that Apple’s latest addition to the smartphone market has surpassed all expectations and has even pushed the company into the top rankings in the category. We haven’t heard as much about the new iPad Air 2, with its 2GB [...]
  • What could be more fun than playing a Super Mario Bros. style platform game? Maybe, playing a Minecraft style sandbox game. What if you put them both together? That would be crazy fun. If the wheels have started turning in your head, imagining the kind of platform you could build yourself from blocks, you don’t [...]
  • If you have been kicking yourself for missing out on all those great iPad Black Friday sales here's your chance for redemption! Best Buy is offering discounts on all iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 models. You can save $50 on all Wi-Fi models or $100 on any cellular model with a new two-year agreement with Sprint, Verizon Wireless or T-Mobile. Although it does not look like all T-Mobile models are available.

    iPad Air 2 Deal

    The iPad mini scales the same way except that you can save $75 on the 64GB model. So the 16GB is $50 off, the 64GB is $75 off and the 128GB model is $100 off. This includes both the Wi-Fi-only and cellular models. For an example, you can nab a 128GB cellular model for $629.99, instead of $729.99.

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  • Starting in late October, buzz for the future of Aaron Sorkin-penned biopic about Steve Jobs was high. Six weeks later and it almost seems like the movie is about to be shelved. Amidst the hype, a number of big named celebrities have been offered parts in the film, only to turn down the roles, which [...]
  • It’s that time again. Time for Time to name their Person of the Year. This year, Apple CEO Tim Cook is listed alongside the likes of Russian president Vladimir Putin, pop artist Taylor Swift, and the Ferguson protestors. The winner of this year’s Person of the Year award will be announced on Dec. 10. In [...]
  • Some of the great new features in iOS 8 involve the ability to share more with friends and family than ever before. Apple finally made it possible for families to share content on different devices with different Apple IDs without having to switch over to a different shared account. Family Sharing give groups of six [...]
  • Sons of Anarchy will live on after its seventh and final season wraps up on FX tonight. Orpheus Interactive has teamed up with Fox Digital Entertainment to develop an iOS game based on the hit television show. The game, titled Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect, will be an interactive episode-based title, like Telltale's popular Walking Dead and Game of Thrones series.

    Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect

    Fans of the show will be able to explore an entire new story involving another chapter of the infamous Sons of Anarchy motorcycle club. The game promises to deliver the same "treachery, graphic action, intrigue and life and death decision making" that fans have come to anticipate from the show. Kurt Sutter, the creator of Sons of Anarchy, even tweeted that that the game is "pretty f**king awesome.“

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  • Not long ago, we heard that Telltale Games was working on a new episodic adventure game based on the mechanics that made the company famous with The Walking Dead: The Game. This time around, Westeros is under fire as the development team brings King’s Landing, The Wall, and Ironwood to iOS in a brand new [...]
  • After wrapping up its "Red" promotion for World's AIDS Day, Apple has quietly released its Best of 2014 list featuring the company's favorite apps and games released to the App Store this year. Not surprisingly, Apple chose Pixelmator as the iPad app of the year. You may remember Apple demoed the photo editing app at its iPad Air 2 keynote in October. Pixelmator is available on the App Store for $9.99.

    Monument Valley

    The best iPad game of the year honors went to Monument Valley. The puzzle game has earned rave reviews for its surreal design and has been called one of the most beautiful iPad games ever created. It is also available for the iPhone but most reviews recommend playing it on the iPad only. Monument Valley is available for only $3.99 on the App Store.

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