Jul 06, 2012 - 4:16 PM - by Maura
Playdek and Plaid Hat Games announced today that they have come together to create and release Summoner Wars for iOS. Based on the popular and critically acclaimed fantasy card game, Summoner Wars for iOS is the first free-to-play app from Playdek. In the game, players take on the role of a Summoner and control the Phoenix Elves as they battle a variety of opponents. Seven additional faction decks, such as the brawny Tundra Orcs, the calculating Guild Dwarves and the righteous Vanguards are also available as in-app purchases, which also unlock online gameplay after the first purchase.
Gameplay involves casting spells, summoning warriors to the battlefield and tactically maneuvering them in a bid to defeat their opponent’s Summoner. Each faction has its own unique gameplay style, which you must adapt to in order to emerge victorious.
“With deck-building elements, board game elements and dice to roll, Summoner Wars for iOS is the perfect mix that will hook you the first time you play it,” said Joel Goodman, CEO, Playdek. “Playdek’s first free-to-play game is our way to bring this incredible game to as many people as possible.”
Here are some of the game’s main features courtesy of Playdek:
“We heard from our fans that they wanted the Summoner Wars experience wherever they were without necessarily being face-to-face with their opponent, and Playdek presented us with the perfect opportunity to do that,” said Colby Dauch, owner of Plaid Hat. “We’re stoked to partner with Playdek to make this available to everyone who wants to give it a try.”
Click here to download: Summoner Wars for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (2nd generation), iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad on the iTunes App Store
• Phoenix Elves Faction is free
• Four AI opponents allow intense competition and strategy
• Seven new factions are available to purchase
• Eight Reinforcement Card packs are available to purchase
• Mercenary Card pack also available to purchase
• Online play unlocked with first purchase
Jul 06, 2012 - 3:30 PM - by Maura
Cnet brings the good news today that what many consider to be the best version of Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons, is now free on the App Store for the next week, both the iPhone and HD iPad versions. This marks a saving of $0.99 for the iPhone version, and $1.99 for the iPad version. Cnet says that the giveaway is due to Apple making the game its Free App of the Week on iTunes. The week started yesterday, Thursday, as far as the App Store is concerned, so you’ve got until next Wednesday to download the game if you don’t already have it. What is so great about Angry Birds Seasons is the ingenuity that goes into coming up with new updates. With all the regular seasons such as Christmas and Easter already being featured in the 2011 (and they’re all included here, as are all the updates), this year we’ve had much more inventive special occasions, as well as all the usual ones, such as Cherry Blossom season from Japan, Year of the Dragon from China, and the latest update, Piglantis, which features all new underwater physics. A genuine bargain, even when it’s not free!
Click here to download: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/angry...398329664?mt=8
Source: Get Angry Birds Seasons free for iOS | The Cheapskate - CNET News
Jul 06, 2012 - 2:47 PM - by Maura
The Next Web reports that as has been widely expected following Apple’s settlement of its trademark dispute with Chinese company Proview, the release of the new iPad in China is now imminent. The Next Web writes that according to a story on Chinese-language blog PC Pop, which was translated via MIC Gadget, a source has revealed that the newest version of the iPad will be released in China on July 27. It is unusual that Apple has taken so long to release this latest version of the iPad in China, and it doesn’t take much of a leap to conclude that Apple was waiting for the court case to be settled, especially as the actual name of the iPad was the reason why Proview was suing Apple. The Next Web notes that given the crowd unrest that occurred in China when the iPhone 4S was launched there, resulting in stores having to be closed early, Apple may well take steps to ensure that the stores are prepared for such scenes this time around.
Source: Apple Reportedly Aiming to Launch New iPad in China July 27
Jul 06, 2012 - 1:46 PM - by Maura
The Verge reports that AT&T is about to launch a new service that will enable users to report and block their phones and other devices when they are stolen. According to The Verge’s source, AT&T will launch the new service next Tuesday, July 10, having already informed its customer service representatives about the new scheme. The instructions that AT&T have sent out to its employees say that AT&T intends to create a blacklist of stolen devices, with service being automatically suspended should anyone try to use a device that has been stored on the blacklist. In order to add a device to the blacklist, you must directly contact an AT&T customer representative. For those customers who have the ability to use remote data wipe apps, they will be instructed to use them to wipe their device’s data before the device is suspended, to ensure that their personal data cannot be accessed. The Verge notes that its sources say that AT&T won't have a directory of blocked phones, and that only the person who initiated the block will be able to ask that the block be removed.
Source: AT&T to launch new blocking service for stolen devices on July 10th | The Verge
Jul 06, 2012 - 1:00 PM - by Maura
Following on from yesterday’s report that Apple is currently undertaking minor revisions on the newest iPad, Digitimes is saying today that it has heard from its industry sources that Apple is also working on revising the backlight module on the new iPad. The report says that Apple intends to return to the one-LED structure that was used in the iPad 2, rather than the two-LED structure that is used in the new iPad. Digitimes says that the reason for the intended revision is because it is thought that the two-LED structure is adding to the new iPad’s overheating issues, with both the extra backlights and extra power needed to heat said backlights causing overheating. Digitimes’ sources also said that having just one LED backlight module will not have any adverse affect on the luminosity and clarity of the new iPad’s Retina display. Just as with yesterday’s story, Digitimes says that this updated version of the new iPad will be released this holiday season.
Jul 05, 2012 - 3:14 PM - by Maura
AppleInsider reports today on a new note to investors from analyst Brian White from Topeka Capital Markets, who says that if and when Apple does release a mini version of the iPad (which is likely to happen before the end of the year), it could well go on to be even more successful than the regular 9.7-inch version which is currently on the market. White says that if Apple price the iPad mini at around $250 to $300, it could have a big impact, especially in developing markets such as China. White also thinks that a smaller iPad would prove to be particularly popular in the education market, with younger children possibly getting on better with a more portable device, and the lower price also being a big selling point for cash-strapped education authorities, no doubt. Finally, White said what many of us are probably already thinking ourselves, that there will also be those customers who will want to own both a regular sized iPad and an iPad mini, and use them for different purposes. Hands up those of us who are already thinking that!
Source: 'iPad mini' may give Apple larger market opportunity than current iPad
Jul 05, 2012 - 11:22 AM - by Maura
Engadget often features some really nice kit that makes you either want to buy it, or wish that you could buy it! For example, take a look at these Philippe Starck designed Parrot Zik wireless headphones, which even come complete with their own iPhone app to control their various features. Now that’s what I call a pair of headphones! Engadget writes that the headphones, which were announced in Hong Kong earlier in the year, and which are also NFC-enabled as well as having active noise-cancelling features and Bluetooth, will be available worldwide from August, for a price of $440. Engadget seems very impressed with the sound of the headphones, and says that the accompanying app can be used to toggle the active noise cancellation on and off, as well as controlling the concert hall effects and the equalizer. Engadget notes that even if the unit’s swappable battery runs out of charge, the Zik can still be used as a set of passive headphones via the included 3.5mm audio cable, although you won’t of course be able to use the noise-cancelling feature without the battery. Be sure to check out the excellent video at the top of the post, it really shows the different ways in which the headphones work in different noisy environments.
Source: Parrot Zik launching in August for $399, free app included for iOS and Android -- Engadget
Jul 05, 2012 - 9:49 AM - by Maura
Digitimes writes today that according to sources in Apple’s supply chain, Apple has made some minor adjustments to the newest iPad in recent weeks. According to the unverified report, Apple has enlarged the iPad’s lens hole, and is also looking into further steps that it can take to prevent overheating problems in the device, such as revising the battery. The sources say that aside from preventing overheating in the new iPad, revising the battery could also result in a slightly thinner and lighter version of the newest iPad. The sources say that this revised version of the iPad will be released in the holiday season, but they don’t say whether or not this slightly altered version will be announced as such, or if in fact Apple will simply just refresh the range without calling attention to it (as it did with the newer versions of the iPad 2 that are currently on the market).
Source: Latest iPad has undergone revisions, says sources
Jul 05, 2012 - 9:23 AM - by Maura
Engadget has a feature today on a new device that will excite retro gaming fans everywhere. This Kickstarter project from Cascadia Games is called GameDock, and lets you connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to your TV for some classic retro style gaming, complete with two NES-style controllers, so you can play along with your friends as well. As you can see from the video at the top of this post, it works really well. You simply plug your iOS device into the GameDock, and then plug the GameDock into your TV, just as you would a games console. The GameDock is designed to be compatible with iCade games, and for dock-ready games featuring two-player support and full 1080p HDTV output. If you like the look and idea of this Kickstarter project, then check out the page via the link below, and maybe even have a go at backing it yourself – they need to raise $50,000 to get the project underway.
Source: Insert Coin: GameDock lets your iPhone interface with a TV and controllers, game it old school -- Engadget
GameDock for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Devices by Cascadia Games LLC — Kickstarter
Jul 04, 2012 - 3:29 PM - by Maura
TUAW writes that according to a teardown of Google’s newly released Nexus 7 tablet by iFixit, it will be easier to repair than the iPad. This is because the Android device has lots of extra space inside, in comparison with the iPad, and also because the components inside the Nexus 7 were installed using standard tools, and it is also very easy to open. This apparent ease of repair has led to iFixit giving the Nexus 7 a repairability score of 7 out of 10, as opposed to the rather lowly 2 out of 10 that the iPad was awarded by iFixit. It didn’t do quite as well as the Kindle Fire, however, which scored 8 out of 10. As TUAW notes, repairability isn’t necessarily the main feature that people want from their tablet, but this, and the fact that it is more easily hackable, and the loyalty of the Android community, will certainly see to it that the Nexus 7 has a lot of fans.
Source: Nexus 7 more repairable than iPad | TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog
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