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by Maura at Sep 23, 2016
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Dan FitzGerald and Lisa Bromiel’s Dog Sled Saga is a really unusual and very charming game that is based around running a dogsledding team. It began as a Kickstarter project that was quickly funded back in 2013, was very well received on Steam Early Access, and has now arrived on iOS.

You take on the role of a rookie musher, running a dogsledding team and growing the dogs’ skills by looking after them and training them. Each dog on your team has unique traits that you must develop to progress on the trails of Mount St. Something. It’s up to you to budget monthly expenses for the league, hire and fire dogs, use your mushing fame to earn sponsorship, hire employees, and even breed puppies.

The dogsledding action is pick-up-and-play; if your dogs start to feel hungry, they’ll slow down, so you have to throw food (which is limited in supply) to them to make them speed up again. You’ll also have to avoid hazards on the track.
I really love the old-school look and feel of this game!
Click here to download for $3.99: Dog Sled Saga on the App Store
Source: Dan FitzGerald
by Maura at Sep 23, 2016
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2K’s NBA 2K17 has bounced into the App Store for iOS, and it has a lot to live up to after the record-breaking launch of last year’s NBA 2K16. 2K says that this year it has continued to up the ante, blurring lines between video game and reality.

Here are some of the game’s key features:
Click here to download for $7.99: NBA 2K17 on the App Store

Source: 2K
by Maura at Sep 23, 2016
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Bloomberg writes that it has heard from sources familiar with Apple’s plans that the company is continuing to work on its own version of Amazon’s Echo smart-home device, based around Siri.

According to Bloomberg’s sources, the project has already reached the prototype-testing stage, after more than 2 years in the research and development lab. Just as with Amazon’s Echo, the unnamed Apple device will be able to control appliances, locks, lighting, and curtains, for example, all via voice activation.

Don’t get too excited about the prospect of Siri running your home for you just yet, however, as the sources also say that Apple has not yet finalised the plans for the device, and could still scrap them.

Apparently Apple wants to ensure that its own device has several distinguishable characteristics that set it aside from Amazon’s Echo and also the forthcoming Google Home, such as more advanced microphone and speaker technology. The sources said that some of the prototypes that are being tested have facial recognition sensors, which could be the result of Apple’s recent acquisition of facial-recognition start-ups Faceshift and Emotient. Based on such technology, the device could even be able to respond to a user’s facial expressions and emotions.

Aside from being used to control smart-home connected devices, the new smart speaker could also react to the sort of commands that Siri currently reacts to on the iPhone and iPad, such as reading e-mails, sending texts, and playing Apple Music content. Mapping information could also be integrated into the speaker, so that it could let you know when you need to leave the house for an appointment.

As far as when this new device might be available, Bloomberg’s sources say that Apple engineers have already been testing it in their homes, which gives us a vague idea of a possible release timeline based on previous products. For example, Tim Cook is on record as saying that he tested the iPad at home for...
by Maura at Sep 23, 2016
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Great news if you didn’t manage to get an iPhone 7 at launch, as AppleInsider reports that it has been told by many sources in the Apple retail supply chain that there will soon be a slow and steady improvement in the stock of all Apple retail stores. In particular, the supply of iPhone 7 units is expected to be greatly improved by early October, with full stock by October 8.

Even so, the source said that customers should still be sure to reserve online before heading for the Apple retail store. “Just because we’ll have stock, doesn’t mean that we didn’t get cleaned out for the day an hour before you get here,” said the source.

AppleInsider says that it has seen documents that prove that the bankruptcy situation of the Hanjin freight company has caused a logjam in international shipping, leading to containers jam-packed with iPhones and Apple Watch models being delayed and not making the September 16 launch date.

AppleInsider’s sources also said that an “unnamed tech company” has paid some of the outstanding shipping port fees on the U.S. Pacific coast for Hanjin’s ships so that they can dock and offload their containers full of Apple devices.

Source: Wide iPhone 7 availability expected at Apple retail by Oct. 8, international freight logjam to blame
by Maura at Sep 22, 2016
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Touch Arcade reports that the long-awaited fourth and final episode in Steve Jackson’s epic Sorcery! series has finally arrived in the App Store, entitled “The Crown of Kings.” If you’ve already played Parts 1 through 3 then you’ll be all too aware that your decisions and choices in those previous episodes will have an impact on Part 4. However, you don’t actually have to have played the first three games to enjoy The Crown of Kings, although you’ll probably want to go back and play them after you play this one.

Inkle’s critically acclaimed adaptation of Steve Jackson’s original 1983 gamebook series brings the adventure right up to date, and concludes the interactive novel. As the story continues in Sorcery! 4, you’re trying to obtain the stolen Crown of Kings from the Archmage in the Forest of Mampang, high up in the mountains. With little more than your sword and your spellbook to aid you, you must break into the Citadel and sneak through the city to confront the Archmage. As ever in the series, the choices that you make ensure that every Sorcery! playthrough is intensely personal and unique. Here’s a list of some of the game’s key features:

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by Maura at Sep 22, 2016
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If you like beautifully crafted adventure games then look no further than Microïds, the French publisher behind the Syberia series. They’ve just announced, in conjunction with Artefacts studio, that their next release (ahead of the long-awaited Syberia 3, which is coming later in the year) will be Agatha Christie: The A.B.C. Murders, due to arrive in the App Store on September 29 for $6.99.

In the game you get to play as Agatha Christie’s legendary Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, in one of Agatha Christie’s most famous novels, A.B.C. Murders.

When Poirot receives a letter from someone calling themselves “A.B.C.” he’s shocked to see that the letter-writer is brazenly announcing that they are about to commit a murder, showing clear contempt for the great detective and his colleagues. In a bid to track down A.B.C you’ll get to explore various locations in England, and must use your observation skills and wit, and above all keep a cool head in order to solve the mystery.

The gameplay has been particularly designed to use Poirot’s trademark method of deductive reasoning, his “little grey cells.” Here are some of the key gameplay features:
by Maura at Sep 22, 2016
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2K and Cat Daddy have announced that they are bringing Mafia III to iOS with Mafia III: Rivals, which will be released on October 7, the same date as the Mafia III console and PC game will also be released.

Set in the same New Bordeaux location, the free-to-play mobile game provides a totally different perspective of the main game’s location, enabling you to fight your way to the top of the criminal underworld in a totally different way to that of Hanger 13’s console game.

With characters, locations, and events based on the console game, you get to build up your very own crime syndicate by seizing property, collecting loot (including weapons and vehicles) and defeating your mob rivals in RPG combat battles.

You start out by fighting rival gangs, then build your empire by recruiting and training 40 crime bosses from the Mafia III universe. You can then customise your crew with weapons and gear, and team up with your friends and battle other players around the world and take down their crews.

You can pre-register for the game now here: http://www.mafiagame.com/rivals

You’ll receive in-game bonuses for pre-registering once the game is officially released on October 7.

Source: 2K and Cat Daddy
by Maura at Sep 22, 2016
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When Apple launched the iPhone 7 on September 7 it announced a new feature for the iPhone 7 Plus dual-camera system, a “Portrait” mode that enables you to take photos that maintains the sharpness of faces in the foreground against a blurred background effect. The dual-camera system uses both cameras, along with advanced machine learning, to make the photo subject sharp and create the out-of-focus, or “bokeh” effect for the background. Prior to the iPhone 7 Plus, the effect was only available when using a DSLR camera. MacRumors says that the technology used to achieve the Portrait effect was based on technology acquired from camera firm LinX.


At the time of the announcement, Apple said that Portrait mode was not quite ready yet, and would be coming soon. Now, with the release of iOS 10.1 beta to developers, Portrait mode is finally on its way.

Having had some hands-on time with the beta version of Portrait mode, MacRumors says that good lighting is essential in order for it to work properly, and that the subject needs to be situated just right: they can’t be too near or too far. Using Portrait mode is very similar to using other Camera app modes, along with a handy feature that enables you to preview the depth-of-field effect first before taking the picture.

Sources: Apple, Apple's iOS 10.1 Beta Includes Promised Portrait Mode for iPhone 7 Plus Users

Hands-On With the New 'Portrait' Mode Beta Feature in the iPhone 7 Plus
by Maura at Sep 21, 2016
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It’s taken its own sweet time getting there, but the first episode of Batman: The Telltale Series has finally arrived in the App Store for iOS, with the Android version still nowhere in sight. The game is already on Episode 2 for the console and PC versions, but iOS players will have to wait a little while longer for that.

The five-episode series is being hailed as one of Telltale’s best yet by fans and critics alike, and rightly so.

Episode 1, entitled Realm of the Shadows, introduces the main characters, including Bruce Wayne played by Troy Baker and Laura Bailey as Selina Kyle. You can check out some behind-the-scenes footage of the two actors in the video below.

Episode 2, Children of Arkham, does not have an iOS release date just yet.

Click here to download for $4.99: Batman - The Telltale Series on the App Store

Sources: Telltale,...
by PhilSynowiec at Sep 21, 2016
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Not even a week has passed since the launch of the iPhone 7 and Apple is already testing new updates. On Wednesday, our favorite fruit company seeded iOS 10.1 beta 1 to developers.

The new beta firmware, available through Apple's developer portal adds the promised Portrait camera mode on the iPhone 7 Plus. Portrait camera allows iPhone 7 Plus owners to snap photos with an added 'bokeh' effect, a feature shown off at Apple's fall event.
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TechCrunch explains the feature a bit more in-depth:

"The Portrait mode, which displays a beta notification prominently on first launch, resides to the right side of the standard photo mode in your camera app. There is no zooming, digital or otherwise, in Portrait mode. Instead, the Portrait mode exclusively uses the 56mm lens to shoot the image and the wide angle lens to gather the perspective data that allows it to generate a 9-layer depth map."

Other than the new camera feature, Apple promises a slew of bug fixes and improvements to its latest firmware. We're sure there are things Apple didn't list in its changelog, we'll be sure to keep our readers updated as changes are found.


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