Ios Apps

App Store curation could help indie games — but it might hurt them, too

This week, the U.S. version of the App Store's games section will receive some much-needed editorial oversight.

Previously, Apple's digital storefront sorted new titles by name and release date. This update, first reported by TechCrunch, replaces the main page's automated lists with curated content hand-picked by real live human beings.

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Hearthstone: Ten tips, hints, and tricks to building a killer deck

Hearthstone is now available for iPad and iPhone. Here are some starter tips for building a great deck!

Blizzard's Hearthstone has quietly — or perhaps not so quietly — taken the gaming world by storm. The free-to-play title combines everything great about skill-based card games with gameplay as addicting as the company's MMOs, and it's been a blast to get acquainted with.

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FiftyThree's Paper tools are now free -- draw to your heart's content

There are a ton of veritable sketching, drawing, and handwriting apps out and about on the App Store, but the one that holds a special place in my dock is FiftyThree's Paper. The app's won many a convert for its excellent drawing tools, previously encumbered by an $8 in-app purchase; as of Thursday, however, those tools are now completely free for everyone and anyone to scribble to their heart's content.

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Review: Monument Valley's Forgotten Shores expansion is a triumph

When it comes to gaming, in-app purchases are a tricky thing. Some games use Apple's mechanism to wrest more cash out of you to complete levels faster; others enrich the game experience with new costumes and player characters; others still use the in-app purchase to build off the original game.

It's that last option that has come to Monument Valley, ustwo's brilliantly-constructed architectural puzzler. The Escher-homaging app first appeared on the iOS App Store in April, winning a number of awards shortly thereafter — including Apple's own prestigious Design Award at the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference.

Monument Valley was one of my own favorite iOS games to play back in April, and I've been eagerly awaiting its expansion ever since I heard rumors of its existence a few months back. Was it worth the wait and the $2 purchase? Oh, architectural gods, yes.

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Mercedes and Bentley bring some tire smoking prestige to Real Racing 3

The choice of cars in Real Racing 3 isn't exactly poor, but we'll always take more, especially when more comes in the form of prestige vehicles from Mercedes Benz and Bentley. The Bentley Continental GT and Mercedes SLS joins an already impressive list of cars that includes the Bugatti Veyron. And, Real Racing 3 also now has a brand new Time Trial mode for you to give them both a run out in.

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Microsoft gives OneNote for iOS an overhaul, ground up rebuild with refreshed interface

Microsoft continues to show its iOS portfolio some attention with todays launch of a major update to their OneNote application for iPhone and iPad. Following the — albeit limited — launch of Office for iOS, OneNote has been redesigned from the ground up with a mostly new codebase and a new, cleaner interface that is more consistent across platforms, as well as a more consistent, rich editing experience.

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Game, set and match! Enjoy Wimbledon 2013 with your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

The 2013 Wimbledon tennis tournament is upon us, and naturally a lot of you folks will be glued to the action. Not everyone can make it to Wimbledon, or to a television set, so that means following anyway you can. Thankfully, with your iOS devices in hand, you need never be more than a few taps away from all the latest, if only without the strawberries and cream. Lets take a look at some of the best.

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Rest in Peace: Great apps killed by an acquisition

Acquisitions are part and parcel of the modern life of app development. For differing reasons, large companies have a habit of buying up smaller app developers. Sometimes -- take Instagram as an example -- the app in question lives on as its own separate entity. Others, like Snapseed, lose their apps on some platforms, but remain on others. And then, there's those that get killed altogether. So, lets take a look together at some of those apps which have gone the way of the Dinosaurs.

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Evernote updates brings reminders to the iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Evernote for iPhone, iPad, and Mac have been updated today, adding a feature long requested by many users: reminders. Users can now click or tap the small alarm clock icon to add a reminder to any of their notes, which will pin those notes to the top of their note list in a new Reminders section, which can be manually reordered.

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mSecure for iOS and Mac 50% off for a limited time, and now comes with iCloud sync!

Password managers are a mightily useful thing to have around, but at the same time they're not the most affordable apps for your iOS devices or your Mac. It's tough to put a price on security, but if you've been holding off for a sale then mSecure might be just what you're looking for. For a limited time, both iOS and Mac versions are 50% off their regular price, and with the latest updates iCloud sync is now also included!

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