• The third quarter is traditionally a low-performing one since many tech fans are waiting patiently for Apple to launch the next-generation gadget, which traditionally launches at the end of the fourth quarter. Today, Apple announced third quarter results for fiscal year 2014 and the numbers are lackluster, at best. Apple exceeded revenue across the board [...]
  • AMC has teamed up with Next Games to create The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land -- a new mobile game based on the hit television show. The trailer posted below will also be shown at AMC’s The Walking Dead booth at Comic Con International in San Diego from July 24 - 27.

    The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land

    The game will allow players to experience the same zombie apocalypse scenarios as the characters on AMC's popular The Walking Dead television series.

    “Our approach is to stay true to the main themes of the TV show: survival strategy, finding safety for your people, balancing between right and wrong and, of course, action when it comes to fighting against the hordes of walkers," explained Teemu Huuhtanen, CEO, Next Games.

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  • In honor of the San Diego Comic Convention that is taking place July 24 – 27, we’ve got a very simple DIY iPad stand that uses up those old 1990s comics you have stored in a moldy box in your basement. You know they are worthless, since no one wants to collect comic books from [...]
  • Gaming has come a long way on iOS, especially after Apple opened its doors to allow third-party external controllers, but it is still not the same experience as playing high-quality games on a PC. This is why Nvidia has decided to bring high-quality gaming to mobile devices by releasing its new Shield Tablet powered by its own Tegra K1 processor normally only found on extreme gaming PCs.

    Nvidia Shield Tablet

    The Shield Tablet was created specifically for PC gamers who also enjoy playing video games on the go. The new tablet features an 8-inch 1920 x 1200 display and it has enough power to run Unreal Engine 4 so players can access games like DirectX 12. The Nvidia Shield Tablet is equipped with front facing stereo speakers (in case you don't own headphones), two 5MP cameras and a microSD slot for up to 128GB of expandable storage. Other specs include 2GB of RAM, WiFi N with MIMI 2×2, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS w/ GLONASS.

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  • There hasn't been much talk about the next-generation iPad mini because everyone is mostly focused on Apple's larger iPhone 6 models and rumored iWatch. However, a new report from the Chinese site UDN claims that the third-generation iPad mini will be dropping the "with Retina display" from its name in favor of the word "Air". This is because Apple is reportedly planning to launch a 30 percent thinner iPad mini later this year.

    iPad mini Air

    The iPad mini with Retina display is 7.5mm thin, and Apple plans to make it thinner by using a new manufacturing technique to shave off two millimeters. The iPad mini Air will also allegedly be powered by Apple's new and faster A8 processor.

    If the rumor mill is to be believed, then Apple plans to release a staggering amount of new products this fall.

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  • Tech startup Occipital recently successfully funded a camera that attaches to the iPad and takes 3-D images of objects. It, along with the compatible app make it possible for you to turn anything into a 3-D object that you can then upload into a cloud storage and use for video game avatars, 3-D printing, and [...]
  • Yesterday, the tech world was abuzz with news of security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski’s Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE/X) talk. At the conference, Zdziarski claimed to have discovered undocumented surveillance mechanisms that essentially leave a back door open for Apple, the government, and criminals to access non-diagnostic related personal information. Last night, Apple released an official [...]
  • A very sketchy rumor has filtered through the pipeline today suggesting that Apple is in the process of designing a new version of the iPad mini that will be 30 percent thinner than the current model. The same report also suggests that the iPad Pro is on track to launch in 2015. According to Chinese-language [...]
  • Best Buy might be the most prolific company around when it comes to offering discounts and deals on Apple products, today, as discovered by iDownloadBlog, the retail giant is offering $15 off of $100 iTunes gift card. The deal is quite simple. Visit the company’s website and add the $100 iTunes gift card to your [...]
  • Blizzard Entertainment has released a preview of some of the cards from the first Hearthstone expansion, Curse of Naxxramas. The first wing of Naxxramas, the Arachnid Quarter, opens tomorrow for free, and will be followed by four additional wings each week. The four additional unnamed wings will cost 700 per wing or $6.99 per wing to open.

    Curse of Naxxramas Cards

    The Naxxramas wings will also be available in bundles for those interested in buying all five at once. The bundles do not offer any special benefits, such as early access, but they will ensure that you will get immediate access when each wing opens. Players who use gold to purchase an individual wing will also have the option to buy smaller bundles. For example, if you unlock the Arachnid Quarter wing for free tomorrow, and decide to buy the second wing for 700 gold the following week, you will be able to pay the 3-wing bundle price for the remaining wings.

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  • As time ticks closer to the public launch of iOS 8, Apple has just released to fourth beta to developers. About a month ago, we learned that the new mobile software system would include a city tours feature in Maps that works in conjunction with Flyover. Beta 4 appears to mainly be built to focus [...]
  • Hackers and security researchers are constantly trying to dig up dirt on Apple and it’s closed in software design. We regularly hear security firms claiming that Apple has vulnerabilities in Messages or location-based services. At this year’s Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE/X) conference, forensic scientist Jonathan Zdziarski (AKA: NerveGas) claimed to have discovered a number [...]
  • If you are excited about iOS 8’s ability to allow apps to use Safari’s AutoFill feature to populate your personal credentials, you may want to get ready for it ahead of time. If you are not already actively using iCloud in Safari to store your credit card information but want to have it handy for [...]
  • You may have already figured out that I am a fan of collectable card games and battle card games. Some of you out there may think of the card game genre as a bit too intimidating, what with all the mana, hit points, and magical items involved. If you are intrigued, but don’t want to [...]
  • Apple’s eighth annual music festival is coming back to London’s Roundhouse this September and the line-up is already looking pretty amazing. According to an announcement earlier this morning, the 30-day shebang will feature more than 60 acts that fans can watch for free on iOS, OS X, and Apple TV. So far, the September lineup [...]
  • Have you ever been browsing on the App Store and seen an app that looks really great and you see that it’s free, but later you realize that the app is going to cost you money with in-app purchases? I can’t speak for everyone but I have started to skip downloading some games that are [...]
  • A new Kickstarter campaign from Stui showcases a simple, lo-tech method of bringing toy blocks into collaboration with the iPad screen and iOS apps. The campaign is over half way through and is still unfunded, but if you have kids that love using your iPad then you should check it out. The core element in [...]
  • I’ve mentioned before that I wish Apple would give a little more love to the iPad’s camera functions. The native camera doesn’t have the same specs on the iPad as it does on the iPhone. The iPad’s iSight camera is only capable of 5MP resolution and it doesn’t even come with a flash. The iPhone’s [...]
  • As I sit here, sweat dripping from the back of my knees, trying to withstand turning on the air conditioner for just a little bit longer, I look to my iPad for companionship in the sweltering heat. Sure, my iPad can get so hot at times that it feels like I’ve got a heating blanket [...]
  • Amazon has officially rolled out its Kindle Unlimited subscription service. The new program is like Netflix for books. Customers can get unlimited access to over 600,000 digital titles and thousands of audio books for only $9.99 a month. The service is available on Kindle Fire HDX tablets, the iPad and iPhone and Android devices.

    Kindle Unlimited

    Subscribers can cancel at anytime, and there are no browsing limits or restrictions on how many titles you can read within a month. This is a lot better than Amazon's current Kindle Owner’s Lending Library because you do not need to pay $99 to join Amazon Prime, and downloads are not limited to Amazon devices. Customers can sign up for a free 30-day trial through Amazon.com.

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  • A new patent application from Apple showcases a system which tracks user patterns and creates notification when users stray from their normal routine. While this might seem like something the NSA would have thought up, Apple developers are more interested in helping protect users in cases such as theft or loss. Almost all of the [...]
  • In 1983, a 3-D block un-building game launched a thousand cries of frustration when Jenga hit store shelves. This family favorite party game requires players to remove one block at a time without destroying the tower. Hilarity ensues. In 2010, Natural Motion (makers of PadGadget favorite Clumsy Ninja) launched a hyper realistic version of the [...]
  • As usual, there were only a handful of games released for the iPad this week, but Blizzard Entertainment did announce the release date for the first Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft expansion. The first level of "Curse of Naxxramas" will be available for free on July 22. The additional levels will be available weekly for 700 gold per wing or $6.99 per wing.

    Battle Fleet 2

    The iPad exclusive Pro Zombie Soccer Apocalypse was released as a pocket edition for the iPhone and iPod touch, and Game of Thrones Ascent was also updated to support the iPhone.

    Here's a quick look at some of the games released for the iPad through 07/13/14 to 07/19/14. Apple's Free App of the Week is Cinamatic. The film creation app will be free on the Apple App Store until 07/24/14. Also don't forget to check out our weekly App Store recap every Saturday for all the weekly universal releases, jailbreak tweaks, App Store news and important app updates.

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  • Blizzard announced today that Naxxramas will begin opening its gates starting with the Arachnid Quarter on July 22. The Naxxramas is part of the first Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft expansion being released for Windows, Mac and iOS. The adventure involves a floating necropolis with five wings that will be opened weekly. The Naxxramas is "home to a host of undead bosses ready to challenge worthy opponents," according to the original blog post.

    Curse of Naxxramas

    The first level will be free to play during the month long launch event. The next four levels will then be available for 700 gold per wing or $6.99 USD per wing. Players will also be able to defeat the bosses Anub’Rekhan, Grand Widow Faerlina, and Maexxna to earn new cards to add to their collections and unlock "heroic mode" when they defeat all five levels. There will also be Curse of Naxxramas bundle packages for those who want to pre-order all five wings. You can learn more about the Curse of Naxxramas here.

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  • I love showing off pictures of my recent vacations, shows I’ve been to, and cute snapshots of my nephew. I usually break out my iPad whenever I have a captive audience and make them sit through swipe-after-swipe of pictures. What I really need is an attractive way to display my many photos so my friends [...]
  • Normally movie tie-ins are free on the App Store, but Marvel Entertainment has decided to charge $4.99 for Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon. The game has zero in-app purchases and there is no internet connection required to play. This is nice change of pace from the shoddy, free endless runners that are constantly dumped in the App Store by movie studios.

    Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon

    In case you have been hiding under a rock for the past few weeks, Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel Entertainment's newest movie featuring a team of misfits including a talking Raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper. There is also a talking tree named Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel, plus Lee Pace stars as the villain, Ronan the Accuser. The movie hits theaters on August 1, 2014.

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  • Earlier this week, word came down the pipeline that Apple was starting to roll out a new refill service for Passbook. Called “iTunes Pass” the service allows users to walk into an Apple Retail Store and add money to their iTunes account. The service started in Japan, but today it has found its way to [...]
  • Yesterday, Apple announced a partnership with IBM that will put the latter’s “renowned big data analytics at iOS users’ fingertips.” What exactly will that mean for you and I? For one thing, Siri might get an upgrade to her intellect thanks to IBM’s powerhouse of information. Businessweek recently reported on IBM’s popular, but as yet [...]
  • A couple of weeks ago, we told you about IK Multimedia’s newest musician’s accessory for the iPad. The iKlip is one of the first products that the company launched and has since been its most popular accessory. After a few years of tinkering and tweaking, IK Multimedia redesigned the iPad mount to be a universal [...]
  • Satellite TV provider DirecTV will be offering the NFL Sunday Ticket for the 2014 season, and you will not need a subscription to DirecTV in order to live stream games on your iPad, iPhone, iPod or Mac. The service will be available through NFLSundayTicket.tv, but that hasn't launched yet. A promotional page is up with all the details.

    DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket for iOS devices

    No official announcement has been made yet, and it looks as though eligibility may be limited to certain areas, judging by some of the FAQs at the bottom of the page. Viewing will be limited to out of market games only, but the Red Zone channel is included, as well as a new "DirecTV Fantasy Zone" channel that will highlight the big fantasy news of the day and show real-time fantasy stats.

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  • Apple’s agreed-upon settlement has just been made public. Unlike the $840 million that the plaintiffs’ attorney Steve Barman was hoping for, the iPad maker agreed to pay out $450 million to consumers. This resolution comes with a condition. Apple gets to wait for the ruling of the appeal before dishing out the dough. According to [...]
  • Accessory maker Felix just announced the iPad Air version of their popular FlipBook case. This versatile case features 10 viewing angles, plus has a smart cover that flips over, so it’s just like reading a soft cover book. The FlipBook Air is made from soft, vegan leather (in other words, not leather at all), and [...]
  • IBM has a strong track record over the years of being both resilient and innovative. If you compare how people look at IBM in comparison with Apple, however, you’ll see a much different picture. In a move that has the potential to shake up the business world, IBM and Apple have joined together in a [...]
  • In recent years, some bands have turned their digital downloads into interactive apps, bringing back the joy of exploring everything an album has to offer, not just the music. Paul McCartney has joined this medium by launching five of his classic albums as interactive apps. According to The Guardian, McCartney has released Band on the [...]
  • I have a friend that recently inherited a huge box of floppy discs. He has this clever idea for recording a one-minute song on them and giving them away. The average person won’t even be able to listen to the music, thus making the recording super rare. I think this project from Instructables is a [...]
  • Paul McCartney has released five of his albums as iPad apps. The albums include: Band on the Run, RAM, Wings over America, McCartney and McCartney II. Each app is $7.99 and includes all the tracks remastered from the original albums, video clips, artwork and rare photographs. The apps are actually cheaper than buying the full album from iTunes. For example, McCartney II (Deluxe Version) is $12.99 to download, and you do not get any of the bonuses,such as rehearsal footage for "Coming Up".

    Paul McCartney iPad App

    McCartney is not the first musician to release an album as an interactive app. Bjork did it in 2011 with Biophilia and Lady Gaga released ARTPOP as a universal app in 2013. Bjork's iOS album included extras like music scores with karaoke playback. Gaga's app is described as "a musical and visual engineering system that combines art, fashion, and technology".

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  • The US Patent & Trademark Office finally published a letter originally sent to Apple in May, which explains that the requested trademark on ‘Touch ID’ has been refused because there is the ‘likelihood of confusion’ with Kronos Touch ID. Apple has 6 months from the time of notification to present an alternate solution or change [...]
  • The iWatch rumors are again in full swing. This time, news from the pipeline suggest that Apple is planning on producing three different models. Similar to Apple’s line of iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch devices, customers will be able to choose from three pricing categories. However, storage size doesn’t seem to be the determining factor [...]
  • I woke up this morning with a sore neck and a stiff back. I thought about how I should probably download a beginner’s yoga training app on my iPad, but which one is the best? There are so many to try. By the time I started my workday, my anxiety was calmed when I saw [...]
  • According to a report in the The Daily Mail, British fuel cell firm, Intelligent Energy, is working with Apple on new battery technology that could allow mobile devices to go days, if not weeks, before they need to be charged.

    Apple may be working with Intelligent Energy on better battery technology

    According to the paper, Intelligent Energy revealed that it, in collusion with "an international electronics company," had purchased a number of patents related to fuel cell technology. Though the tabloid publication is far from the pinnacle of accuracy, it does get some things right, and in this particular case it claims that it was told by "senior sources in the US" that Apple and Intelligent Energy hoped to have new fuel cells on the market within the next few years. It also claimed to have another source "who has knowledge of the partnership, [and] confirmed that Apple is the big name working with the Loughborough-based firm."

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