Activision announces Skylanders BattleCast for mobile devices

Activision today announced a new free-to-play card battle game called Skylanders BattleCast for mobile devices. The new mobile title will not launch until 2016, but fans will be able to get a "sneak peek with the launch of a preview app on September 20," according to the official Activision Games Blog.

Drawing app Paper 'coming soon' to iPhone

Paper for iPhone

The popular iPad skecthing app Paper is getting iPhone support, according to a teaser page that popped up today on developer FiftyThree's website.

Paper is a drawing app that offers a suite of sketching tools, and Mix, a social network for sharing and viewing sketches with other artists. The app has grown so popular since its release that FiftyThree started offering its original tools to users for free back in February. FiftyThree also recently updated the app with Think Kit, which has been described as an "auto­correct for drawing," a free automatic backup otpion, and other new features.

Smudge detection coming to future iPhones?

smudge detection patent

Proximity sensors on future iPhones may be more sophisticated than current components. According to the patent titled Proximity sensors with smudge detection capabilities, malfunctions due to dirt on the display can be prevented. Sometimes a smudge on the glass will prevent the proximity sensor from switching the display on. The problem is the sensor believes the iPhone is against the user's head.

Apple patents digital mixed tapes for sharing

apple patent mixtape

It wasn't too long ago that music fans were trading cassette tapes of their favorite tracks. The days of manually dubbing songs and writing artist information on the tiny insert of a cassette case may be long gone. Despite this, the concept of gifting a custom album could return with a vengance if Apple implements their patent titled Digital Mixed Tapes.

AAPL Stock Weekly Outlook: Investors expect stock prices to fall further, installment plans could produce more iPhone upgrades and more

Apple Store in Huangzhou, China.

It appeared that Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) stock was poised for a rebound after it gained nearly 3 percent on Monday, closing at $119.72. It wasn't to be, however, as share prices dropped 5.2% in the following 24 hours, closing Tuesday's high volume session at $113.49. Wednesday's trading saw a low of $109.63, a price not seen since January, though it closed the day at $115.24. The volume dropped off and the price plateaued for the rest of the week, with the share price closing Friday at $115.96.

New iOS Apps, Games and JB Tweaks of the Week: RollerCoaster Tycoon 3

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3

Atari and Frontier Developments has finally given fans what they wanted -- a premium version of the popular building game RollerCoaster Tycoon on iOS. RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is now available on the App Store for $4.99. There are no IAPs and the game promises to deliver the same "depth and sophistication" as the PC version with a new mobile-friendly UI.

AT&T reveals changes to Mobile Share Value plans


New pricing and data plans are taking effect on Saturday for AT&T customers who are Mobile Share Value plan subscribers. The company also announced that customers on a new 15GB plan or higher get unlimited voice calling and text messaging to Canada and Mexico. The revised plans continue to include rollover data, which rolls over any unused data from an individual month into the following billing period. Some existing plans will be scrapped in favor of different usage tiers and new pricing:

Last chance to jailbreak: iOS 8.4.1 update kills TaiG 2

TaiG 2 jailbreak iOS 8.4

The last chance to jailbreak iOS 8.4 with Apple Music is here. It could be only a matter of hours or days until Apple stops signing the iOS 8.4 firmware, which will mean an end to iOS 8.4 updates. It's official: the replacement iOS 8.4.1 closes several security vulnerabilities, making a jailbreak with TaiG 2 impossible. Act now if you wish to jailbreak, and your device is not updated to iOS 8.4. Here are instructions on how to update to iOS 8.4 and jailbreak:

iOS App(s) of the Week: 2015 Fantasy Football Edition

Fantasy Football 2015

It is a good time to start considering what fantasy football cheat sheets, draft kits and tools you're going to download now that the NFL pre-season officially kicked off on Thursday. All the popular fantasy football apps have been updated for the 2015 season, and there are a few new offerings on the App Store too. Here's a quick look at some of the 2015 fantasy football apps available for the iPod touch, iPhone and iPad.

Apple releases iOS 8.4.1 to fix Apple Music, iTunes 12.2.2 also available

iOS 8.4.1 Release Notes

Apple today has released iOS 8.4.1 to address complaints aimed at its new music streaming service. Apple Music users and critics have complained about missing songs in their Music library and other bugs that have affected services such as iCloud Music. Apple blogger Jim Dalrymple's article titled, Apple Music is a nightmare and I’m done with it, gained the most attention after he complained about not being able to properly download full albums.


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