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Angry Birds Star Wars II is Now Free on the App Store, Adds 30 New Levels

Angry Birds Star Wars II has been updated with 30 new levels, and it is free for the first time on the Apple App Store. The all-new "Master Your Destiny" chapter allows you to play as a young Jedi warrior or Pork Federation member as you train to become a Jedi or Sith Knight. There are 15 new Bird Side levels and 15 new Pork Side levels.

YouTube Creator Studio

If you have never played Angry Birds Star Wars II, the game is based on the original Star Wars prequels. Players can choose to join the Force for good, “Join the Pork Side” and play as popular villains such as Darth Maul. The game features over 30 playable characters based on popular Star Wars universe and it supports Hasbro's interactive telepod toys.

YouTube Creator Studio Now Available on the App Store

Google has finally released its YouTube Creator Studio app for iOS devices. The app provides YouTubers with tools to manage their accounts and videos on the go. Users with a YouTube account can now quickly access video/channel analytics and moderate comments on their iPhone or iPad. The app basically gives you 24-hour access to your account so you can edit and moderate your personal channel at anytime.

YouTube Creator Studio

Here are all the listed features from the App Store description:

* Monitor channel and video performance with easy-to-use analytics
* Filter and respond to fan comments
* Customize push notifications so you can stay on top of what you care about most
* Update your video details and settings

Verizon Wireless Drops iPhone 5s to $99, Target Giving Away $100 Gift Card With iPad Air

As expected, retailers and mobile carriers are reducing the price of the latest generation Apple products in anticipation of the release of the iPhone 6 and second-generation iPad Air. Walmart got the ball rolling by permanently slashing the price of the iPhone 5c to $29, and the iPhone 5s to $99, and now Verizon Wireless is following suit.

Verizon Wireless iPhone

Verizon customers can nab the 16GB iPhone 5c for only $99 when agreeing to a new two-year contract. The 50% off deal is available now available through VerizonWireless.com. This of course means you will be stuck with the iPhone 5s after the new iPhone 6 model is released in a few months.

Modern Combat 5: Blackout Finally Gets a Release Date

Gameloft has confirmed that the long awaited Modern Combat 5: Blackout will be available for iOS and Android devices on July 24, 2014. The good news is the game will priced at $6.99 with no in-app purchases, but it will require an internet connection. Windows Phone owners will also have to wait a little longer than iOS and Android users for the game to be released.

Modern Combat 5: Blackout

In Modern Combat 5 players take the role of Phoenix, a counter-terrorism expert who gets caught up in a global conflict after his mission to transport WMDs in Venice, Italy goes wrong. The first person shooter promises to deliver plenty of advanced combat weaponry, a wide a range of "visually-stunning settings" and "thrilling action-packed combat sequences," according to Gameloft. The game will also feature both compact and dynamic single-player missions, a unified progression system and multiplayer mode.

Tim Cook Seeks New Board Members for Apple

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) CEO Tim Cook is "actively seeking" new members for the tech giant's board of directors.

Tim Cook looking for new board members

The current board is aging and, as noted by WSJ, known for its loyalty to Steve Jobs, which could make things difficult for Cook moving forward. Presently the board consists of seven outside members, six of whom are above the age of 63, four of whom have served for over a decade. Intuit CEO Bill Campbell and J. Crew

Refer a Friend to TodayTix and Receive $10 Credit Towards Already Discounted Broadway Tickets

The New York theater tickets app, TodayTix, has added a referral program for its members to earn credit towards Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. Users of the free app can now navigate to the Refer & Save section under the Settings panel to get their personalized referral code to share with family and friends. You will receive a $10 credit when anyone uses your code at checkout. The new customer using the code will also receive $10 off their current order.

TodayTix Referral Program

TodayTix is a free app that gives users 24-hour mobile access to last minute deals on Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. Users can book tickets less than 30 seconds or up to 7 days in advance and receive them at the door right outside the theater before the show begins.

WSJ: iWatch and Larger iPhone Due This Fall

The Wall Street Journal is the latest outlet to throw its weight behind the latest Apple rumors claiming that the company will release both an iWatch and larger iPhone 6 this fall. The WSJ report comes two weeks after unidentified Bloomberg sources revealed that Apple was preparing to begin production on two larger iPhone models. However, the WSJ report only mentioned one iPhone model, not two.

Apple iWatch

The report also said "people familiar with the company’s plans" claim Apple is working on a watch "with advanced sensors to track a user’s fitness and health." Apple recently announced a new Health app that would collect data from third-party apps such as heart rate, calories burned an so on. It has been widely speculated that this app was created to be a companion to the rumored iWatch.

Google Play Music Gets Gapless Playback and Other Improvements

Google has updated its iOS music app to version 1.3.0.2190. The update adds the ability to listen to full albums or playlists with "gapless playback", meaning there are no breaks or silence between tracks. Users can also now view all of their downloaded music and download subscribed playlists for offline listening.

Google Play Music Version 1.3.0.2190

Google recently also added the ability to edit playlists directly on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad and created a "Download Only" filter. Google Play Music is available to download on the Apple App Store. The free version of the app allows users to store up to 20,000 tracks of their own music online and create their own playlists.

Microsoft Adds Voice Messaging Support Back to Skype iPhone App

Skype today announced that voice messaging and profiles are back in Skype version 5.2. These services went missing from the iPhone app when Microsoft released a redesigned version of its Skype mobile offering at the beginning of June. In a blog post published on Monday, Skype said they have been listening to user feedback since the release of the redesigned app and have decided to add the most requested features including voice message support.

Skype 5.2

Version 5.2 of the iPhone app also reintroduces contact profiles so users can easily access their contacts' name, birthday, location and other public information listed on Skype, and it brings the ability to add participants to existing conversations with a few simple taps.

New iOS Apps, Games and JB Tweaks of the Week: Monster Hunter Freedom Unite and More...

Two games broke the $10 price mark on the App Store this week. Civilization Revolution 2 and Capcom's Monster Hunter Freedom Unite both made their iOS debut at $14.99 each. While this isn't the highest prices we have seen on the App Store, it does show that developers are still willing to release games that are not driven by micro-transactions. In other mobile gaming news, Rayark released a trailer for its upcoming 3D action game, Implosion. The entire Infinity Blade series has been discounted for the 4th of July. You can nab Infinity Blade for $0.99, Infinity Blade II for $1.99 and Infinity Blade 3 for $2.99.

Monster Hunter Freedom

Here are this week's games, apps and jailbreak tweaks released the the App Store and Cydia through 06/29/14 to 07/05/14. Apple's Free App of the Week is Day One. The journal app will be free on the Apple App Store until 07/10/14.

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