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by Maura at Sep 26, 2016
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Monday is not usually a big day for iOS game releases, but TouchArcade reports that Frost bucks the trend by arriving in the App Store today, and what a treat it is! The creation of game designer Jérôme Bodin, Frost is a survival solo card game inspired by deck-building board games such as Dominion and Ascension, to name just two, where you are in charge of a group of people who are struggling to survive the ordeal of being trapped in a deadly storm in the Arctic.

Frost has already been extremely well received on Steam, and looks just as good on iOS. As TouchArcade reports, what truly sets the game aside from the competition is Bodin’s gorgeous hand-drawn art style. It also boasts challenging and in-depth gameplay, but has also been designed in such a way that it shouldn’t be too hard to get to grips with if you’re a newcomer to deck-building card games.

On his blog, Bodin explains that you start each game with a finite set of resources, which is your starting deck, which comprises a combination of the four basic game resources: Food, Materials, Survivors, and Fatigue. Your main goal is to reach the Refuge by travelling across the frozen wasteland, gathering the resources that you need to travel from one area to the next. Along the way you’ll face challenges from other people, as well as wolf packs, and much more besides. Ideal Cards can be acquired to help you in your quest, with powerful effects and tools.

Bodin says that he would like to create more modes in future that explore other areas of Frost and focus on other tribes or societies.

Click here to download for $3.99: Frost - Survival card game on the App Store

Sources: 'Frost' Is a Cool Survival Card Game, With Some Beautiful Hand Drawn Visuals

by Maura at Sep 26, 2016
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Well-sourced KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a new note to investors today, according to 9to5 Mac, in which he says that while iPhone 7 Plus shipment volume has exceed expectations, as has been widely reported, iPhone 7 shipment volume will in the end still be lower than that of the iPhone 6s, year on year.

As far as reasons for the unexpectedly high shipments of the iPhone 7 Plus are concerned, Kuo says that the Galaxy Note 7 recall by Samsung has been a factor, as has the popularity of the dual-camera feature.

Kuo also states that the initial shortages of both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were not only due to customer demand, but also due to the fact that the most popular colour choice, the Jet Black model, is much more difficult to make than other models, with a yield rate of 60% to 70%. Kuo points out that the iPhone 7 launched in more than double the number of countries this year, thus causing stock shortages.

And despite the iPhone 7 Plus performing beyond expectations, Kuo still expects there to be a year-over-year decline in iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus shipments, and he says that numbers will in fact be lower than that of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus last year.

Source: KGI: Stronger iPhone 7 Plus numbers & Jet Black not enough to combat slowing shipments
by Maura at Sep 26, 2016
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BGR has an extraordinary tale of an online prank that has gone very wrong indeed for some gullible iPhone 7 owners. It seems that YouTube channel TechRax posted a parody video entitled “Secret Hack To Get Headphone Jack on the iPhone 7” that makes fun of the whole iPhone 7 headphone jack removal furore.

Basically, the video suggests that you use a drill to make a headphone jack in your shiny new iPhone. You can’t really blame TechRax for having a bit of a laugh; they probably didn’t expect anyone to actually take their video seriously, but it appears that some hapless users may well have done so, with some people leaving comments underneath the video stating that they have actually followed the advice in the video and drilled a hole in their iPhone 7! Of course there’s no way of knowing if the comments are genuine, but doubtless there’s always someone gullible enough to actually try. The prank has certainly paid off in one respect, with more than 10 million views for the video.

Source: Please don’t drill a headphone jack into your iPhone 7
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:

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

Source: 2K and Cat Daddy

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