Surgeon Simulator, just like the name suggests, is a surgical simulation game released in 2013 by Global Game Jam for Windows PC, Mac and Linux users. Now the popular game has made its way into the iTunes store for iPad users, being available for $5.99 and having a size of 227 megabytes. According to Bossa Studios, the developer of the iPad app, the game has been previously enjoyed by more than one million players on desktop platforms and more than 250 million people watched failed surgeries on YouTube.
The iPad game comes with Heart and Double-Kidney transplants and two brand new surgeries: teeth and eyes transplant. There are more than 50 new achievements inside the game and a really cool multiplayer mode. You can even play with trolleys in the hospital corridors and plenty other surprises that you will discover inside the game.
You are the surgeon. Bob is the victim. Do your worst! Take urgent care of the world's unluckiest patient, Bob, with your very own shaky hands. As the would-be surgeon Nigel Burke, perform all kinds of crazy surgeries to try to save his life -- or fail hilariously in the process while poor Bob... Well, dies. Join the ranks of more than one million players who butchered Bob for the amusement of 250 million people who watched the failed surgeries on YouTube, now from the comfort of your awesome iPad, anytime, anywhere. Hospitals don't get any better than this, really.
Since the game has received most of its promotion thanks to Youtube views, the app comes with the ability to record and upload your botched surgeries, but you’ll need to have at least an iPad 4 for that. What do you say - are you ready to save some lives or is Bob going to die in your hand? But don’t forget that it’s just a game.
Source: Surgeon Simulator on iTunes
Apple has added a fresh new section to its App Store, dedicated to apps that make it easy to share “selfies”. For those who aren’t aware yet with this term, it describes self-portraits taken with smartphones, cameras and other devices (let’s hope that tablets are excluded). Selfies are associated with social networking, and services like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have contributed to the rise of the “selfie” phenomenon. Even more, Oxford Dictionaries legitimized the selfie by declaring it the Word of the Year for 2013.
Now Apple’s gone and created a whole new “Sharing Selfies” section in the App Store. The selfie’s domination is complete. Apple likes to stay trendy and that’s probably why the Cupertino giant has recently added the new “Sharing Selfies” category for those who feel the urge to take photos of themselves and share them.
The section’s selection of “selfie” apps is available on both the mobile and desktop versions of the Apple App Store for iOS devices. Some of the featured apps from the new section include the following titles: Picr, Frontback, Everyday, Snapchat, Samba, Selfie Cam, 1 Second Everyday and others. The new category joins other App Store lists like “Best New Apps” and “Spectacular Stories: Games.”
Rovio has confirmed to the Kotaku publication that its upcoming title in the Angry Birds serie will be a role-playing-game. This is a significant departure from the mobile mini-game Angry Birds is known for, but it will definitely manage to generate quite a lot of buzz once it gets launched. The game will come with a turn-based combat and a crafting system, which means that users will be able craft armor, potions and weapons.
Wage war with, “Turn-based battles between our heroic flock of warriors and those green snout-nosed scoundrels! It’s easy to play, but difficult to master!”
You’ll be able to, “Craft amazing battle-winning weapons like a wooden sword, frying pan or stick thingy with a sponge on top!”
Gameplay will evolve as you, “Level up your characters, armor, weapons and potions to become a legendary hero ready to take on the mightiest pig warrior!”
As you probably know, most of the online role playing games come with an item purchasing system, so Rovio could be using a game currency or in-app purchases for that. The game is said to launch first in Australia and Canada this week, with more countries to follow.
The Angry Birds Epic game will get released as a soft launch on the iTunes store and the final version will get released later this year on all major mobile platforms: iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8. For those who don’t know, a soft launch is the release of a certain product or service to a limited audience.
United Airlines is one of the biggest American airlines, with an estimated revenue of $38.3 billion for the past year. Many of its passengers are iOS device owners and for them, starting in this April, the company will roll out a new personal device entertainment system for Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices running iOS 7. Thus, United Airline customers will have at their disposal more than 150 movies and nearly 200 TV shows free of charge. Patently Apple publication was the first one to break the story:
All that flyers will have to do will be to download the latest version of the United Airlines app and make sure that their devices are fully charged. The app will the presumably stream content over United’s own Wi-Fi connection. Once launched, the entertainment system will be limited to iPhones and iPad, as support for Android devices will arrive later on.
Most planes will be equipped with the new system very soon, and we’ll have it installed on most domestic aircraft by the end of 2014. We’ll begin on Airbus A319, Airbus A320, Boeing 747-400 and select 777-200 aircraft, followed by additional fleets. In the end, all United-operated flights will have some form of entertainment.
You will be able to start, stop, rewind, pause and switch your movie or TV show anytime. The new service is sponsored by the MileagePlus Explorer Card. The United Airlines can help you perform other things, such as Check-in, Flight booking and status, Reservation management and other travel tools.
Speedtest.net is one of the most known websites in the world when it comes to assessing your download and upload Internet speeds. But not many know that the service has released also official apps for mobile devices. The official ‘Speedtest.net Mobile Speed Test’ app for iOS has now received an important update which adds iPad support among other new features.
Version 3.2.0 of Speedtest.net is now an universal app, supporting iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. When used on the iPad, Speedtest.net can also be viewed in landscape mode. The latest version also makes Speedtest.net adjust dynamically for high speed connections. Also, the server selection user interface has been improved.
- Discover your Download, Upload and Ping
- Real-time graphs show connection consistency
- Troubleshoot or verify the speed you were promised
- Track past tests with detailed reporting
- Easily share your results
The connection testing usually takes under 30 seconds and provides pretty accurate results thanks to Ookla’s wide global network. You can use Speedtest.net to discover your download and upload speeds, as well as your Ping. You can also have a look at real-time graphs which show the consistency of your connection. You can also track past tests with detailed reporting and share your results. Speedtest for iOS is a free app but if you want to remove the banner ad, you will have to pay $1.
Source: Speedtest on iTunes
Mar 12, 2014 - 5:29 PM - by Maura
It looks like the long wait for an iPad version of Microsoft Office could soon be over, and according to GottaBeMobile, the release of the much-delayed software could occur in tandem with the Office for Mac 2014.
Apparently MacWorld is reporting that a German publication, Computerwoche, talked to Thorsten Hübschen, the Office Product Manager in Germany, about the two products recently.
It seems that Hübschen confirmed that a new Office suite for Mac is on the way, and that we can expect to hear more about the release in the second quarter of this year. And although no release date is confirmed as yet, Hübschen confirmed that Microsoft is working with its big customers to get ready for the next Office for Mac release.
As far as the iPad version is concerned, GottaBeMobile refers to a February news story on ZDNet that said that the Office team is looking to release the Office suite for iPad as soon as Office for Mac 2014 is completed, which could even be before the Windows 8 version of Office is released.
GottaBeMobile also notes that access to Office for iPad will most likely involve a compulsory subscription to Office 365, which is something that Microsoft is big on pushing at the moment. This would mean, for example, that you could buy a $69 Office for Mac subscription, which would also let you use Office for iPad without having to pay another subscription.
Source: Office for Mac 2014 Release May Arrive Alongside Office for iPad
Mar 12, 2014 - 4:56 PM - by Maura
Gotta Be Mobile has some great news for anyone in the US who wants to purchase an iPad Mini Retina today, as they’re holding a one-day sale.
According to the report, for just one day (Wednesday, March 12), you can get a 32GB, 64GB or 128GB WiFi+ Cellular iPad Mini with Retina display at $80 off list price, which is $549, $649 and $749 respectively.
And that’s not all! Gotta Be Mobile says that you can also get a 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB WiFi-only iPad Mini with Retina display for $50 off list price, with prices starting at $449. Gotta Be Mobile says that while Best Buy often offers special deals on iPads, this is one of the very few times that the higher-capacity models have been discounted.
And the really good news about all of this is that you don’t need to be near a Best Buy store to benefit from the offers, you can order them online here as well:
iPad - Best Buy
Source: iPad Mini Retina on Sale at Best Buy for Up to $80 Off
According to newly released data by Statista, cited by Electronista publication, with only 6 months after launch, Apple’s iTunes Radio is already more popular than Spotify, being the third most used music streaming service in the United States. Apple’s iTunes Radio currently owns 8 percent of the U.S. streaming music market, being ahead of Spotify with 6 percent and behind second-place iHeart Radio which has a 9 percent share.
The absolute leader remains Pandora, with a 31 percent share. Pandora has 80 million U.S. users, being four times bigger than Apple’s database of 20 million users. The same survey predicts that Apple’s iTunes Radio service will overtake iHeartRadio before the end of the year. On the fifth place we find the Google Play All Access service with 3 percent, followed by Rhapsody, Slacker, and TuneIn Radio, with a roughly equal 2 percent share. The survey has been conducted on 2,023 Americans aged 12 and older by Edison Research.
Apple is expanding its iTunes Radio across the whole world, the service getting released in Australia last month. Acording to senior vice president of Internet software and services at Apple, Eddy Cue, the company is interested to have the musing streaming servicein more than 100 countries. Apple has an advantage over its competitors when it comes to foreign markets thanks to its existing international rights deals with Universal Music Group and other record companies.
While Pandora made $410 million in revenue in 2012, it cleared only $16 million in profit. In 2013, it earned $638 million in revenue but lost $40.7 million for the year, and has warned investors it will likely lose money for the next year or two. There is also evidence that listeners are growing tired of Pandora’s limited pool of about 800,000 songs. Its closest rival, iHeartRadio, is a service owned by terrestrial radio company Clear Channel and has both lower royalty rates and some 800 commercial radio stations featured in the app. Apple, of course, can invest in iTunes Radio as it wishes, and has access to the largest pool of available music anywhere, with over 15 million songs available.
There’s one thing sure about Apple – its growth. The company keeps on expanding on all fields – business, products and services. While the consumers are mainly concerned with the products and services that Cupertino offers, Apple is silently building more great things for the future. One of Apple’s most important plans is the expansion of Apple Store across the whole world and even in seemingly saturated markets such as the United States.
According to the Re/Code publication, the city of San Francisco has given Apple the final approval for the construction of its new flagship retail store in the city’s Union Square. Apple spokeswoman Amy Bessette told Re/code the following:
The new store will be designed by Foster + Partners, the same UK-based architecture firm that is responsible for the design of the company’s new spaceship-like headquarters. The new flagship San Francisco store will replace Apple’s current one at Stockton Street. It will be 45 percent larger than the old store at around 24,819 square feet and. The new location will require about 400 employees to run, which means it will generate 50 new jobs, as there were 350 workers in the previous location.
We are thrilled that the city of San Francisco has given its final approval to begin work on our new store and public plaza, which will make a wonderful addition to Union Square and create hundreds of local jobs. Our Stockton Street store has been incredibly popular, welcoming over 13 million customers since it opened nine years ago, and we look forward to making a new home on Union Square.
The new store will be located on the corner of Post and Stockton, directly across from Union Square and according to some architectural renderings, it seems that its design will carry Apple Stores’ “open” feel mark. If you live in San Francisco, maybe you can stop by the place once construction works get started and let us know your impressions.
One of the biggest reasons why some execs over at Microsoft keep bashing the iPad is for its inability to create or just read Word, Excel or PowerPoint files. But this has only opened the door for ingenious developers to come with awesome iOS apps that will make up for the lack of products from the Microsoft Office suite. Slide Bureau is a such new application, which is described as a presentation and slideshow maker with professionally designed templates.
You will be able to choose from more than 150 professionally designed stunning templates which can be used by realtors, teachers, restaurant owners, students and just about anybody. The app comes with some really nice features, such as the ability to embed live data from the internet services, maps, videos, and images. When you are done creating your presentation, you can choose to present it on a web browser. You can publish a PDF version of your presentation to your Dropbox account or share a "live" link to your deck via social accounts or email.
Great ideas need to be presented in the best light. Slide Bureau provides a bright beautiful spotlight for your best ideas. Slide Bureau is a state-of-the-art presentation creation and sharing service. Slide Bureau has a template "boutique" with over 150 professionally designed stunning templates. You can't make an unattractive presentation using Slide Bureau. More templates are being added all the time.
Something that you won’t see in PowerPoint is the option that lets you control your presentation remotely from your iPad over the web with Slide Bureau's "Remote Control" feature. The app is free to download from iTunes, but it will also come with an yearly paid subscription. However, the first 10,000 people who will create a presentation in Slide Bureau will receive their first year of paid service completely free.
Source: SlideBureau on iTunes
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