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OMG: TD Update Brings New Ice World and Two New Gods

OMG: TD fans who have their app updates set to automatic, or just don't check them that often, should check them today. Yodo1 Games has released OMG: TD version 1.0.6 featuring 7 brand new ice levels. The update also brings a new boss, Typhon, and two new gods, Dionysus and Athena.

OMG TD Ice World

The new levels are not easy and feature new enemies such as the Black Sheep, who can jump over your hero and Hades' ghosts. Other new enemies include Battle Frost Dragons, Snow Bros, Emperor Penguins and Ice Snails. But don't worry, you also have two new inventions, the "mine cart" and "freeze," to help you along the way.

AND that's NOT all!

New York Times to Release a Better Curated News App for iOS Devices

The New York Times has went back to the drawing board and plans to release a better iOS app geared towards a "mobile audience". The NYT Now app will be a Flipboard-like offering that brings curated news from The Times and from other websites. It will also offer two daily briefings summarizing the day's events. A subscription to the app will cost $8 month for new subscribers.

NYT Now

The New York Times also plans to roll out another app called the called Times Insider. This app will give readers access to a behind-the-scenes look at the newspaper. Both apps will be available for the iPhone only starting on Wednesday, April 2. A Times Premier subscription will cost $45.

Clash of Clans Follow-Up Boom Beach Arrives One Day Early

Supercell's follow-up to the hit mobile game Clash of Clans has landed on the Apple App Store one day early. The freemium title Boom Beach is another combat strategy game where players can invade the paradise islands of the evil Blackguard.

Boom Beach

The game, which was originally launched on the Canadian App Store, has been receiving mostly positive reviews from users, and early reports indicate it can be enjoyed without spending money on in-app purchases. In the game, players can explore a huge tropical archipelago full of treasure, and attack hundreds of unique island bases while building their own expeditionary force or warriors. Boom Beach also features boss battles and the ability to thousands of other players' bases.

iCarbons Launches Limited Edition Evad3rs iPhone Skin

Accessory maker iCarbons has teamed up with the evad3rs to release a limited edition skin for iOS devices. You can choose your own custom color combination for the iPhone 4, 4S, 5 and 5s. A back skin retails for $12.95 and a full skin (back, front and sides) will set you back $24.95. Each skin features the official evad3rs logo.

evad3rs iPhone Skin

The limited edition skin is also available for the iPad 2 or later. The official evad3rs iPad skin comes in various colors such as black, red, and purple, or in wood and brushed aluminum finishes. The iPad skin starts at $29.95 for the 9-inch variety, and $24.95 for the iPad mini version.

Analyst Projects at least One of Two Larger iPhone 6 Models Will be Released in August/September

At this point nearly all of the daily iPhone 6 rumors point to the phone's next incarnation having a larger display. The size of the new display is still up for debate, with estimates ranging from 4.7 to 5.5 inches, as compared to the four inch screen of the iPhone 5s and 5c. Many analysts suggest that Apple will release two different sizes. The latest projection, from UBS analyst Steve Milunovich, agrees that two different size models are likely, but may not be released at the same time.

Apple iPhone 6

According to Barron's, Milunovich gives Apple shares a "Buy" rating and a price target of $625 (AAPL closed today at $539.19). His optimism is based on his checks of Apple's supply chain that suggest the iPhone 6 will ship in August or September

NPR Becomes Apple's First Talk Radio Station

NPR today announced that it has become the first news provider to join iTunes Radio. The 24-hour stream will include national newscasts, stories from Morning Edition and All Things Considered, plus other previously recorded programming, according to blog post.

NPR iTunes

This is the first non-music station offered by iTunes Radio, and it is unclear if Apple plans to add more talk radio stations in future. It is also unknown how Apple and NPR are going to share the revenue brought in by ads. Apple normally pays recording artists for the rights to use their music on the ad-supported streaming service.

iBeacons Push Seat Upgrades to Nosebleed Fans

We have already seen Apple's iBeacon technology used by several mainstream retailers, Major League Baseball and the National Football League. Now the National Basketball Association is using the technology as well.

Sonic Notify iBeacon

It has always been a no-brainer among sports fans to try to sneak down to better seats, especially if you are way up in the nosebleed section and can barely see the action. Pro sports teams are aware of this and are now using iBeacon technology to offer an easy way for these fans to upgrade and actually pay for it (and thereby avoid the risk of getting thrown out of the stadium). The NBA's Golden State Warriors are the first basketball team to install iBeacons throughout their venue

OttterBox Launches New Symmetry Case for the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S5

OtterBox has announced that its new Symmetry case is now available for the iPhone 5/5c/5s . The mobile accessory maker is also accepting signups for the Galaxy S5 model. OtterBox did not give a specific release date for the GS5 version, but hopefully it will be available sometime in April, before the new Samsung flagship is set to be released.

Symmetry Case iPhone

The Symmetry is an ultra-thin one piece mobile phone case that is constructed from dual-material to protect from drops and bumps. It features a raised beveled edge to keep your display scratch free for when your device is set face down. It also includes a synthetic rubber interior with honeycomb coring to absorb shock, and a hard plastic exterior that guards against scratches.

New iOS Games, Apps and JB Tweaks of the Week: Hello Flappy Bird, Goodbye Twitter Music!

This week's big stories revolved around the return of one popular app to the Apple App Store and the death of another. Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen, announced on Twitter that the mobile game sensation will eventually make a return to the App Store but "not soon." Meanwhile, Twitter pulled its #Music app and told current users it will only continue to work until April 18. Besides the possible rebirth of an old app, and the demise of a high-profile app, it was a slow week for App Store news and releases.

Flappy Bird

Here's this week's most noteworthy App Store and Cydia releases (03/16/14 to 03/22/14). Apple's Free App of the Week is Ridge Racer Slipstream. The game will be free on the App Store until 03/27/14.

iOS App of the Week: EZ-Sync FB - Sync Facebook Pictures to Contacts

EZ-Sync FB is a not an app that you will use a lot but it makes adding images to your contacts so simple that it is easily worth $0.99. The app does exactly what it promises, it adds all your Facebook friends' profile pictures to your Contacts app. This is a much faster way to add images to all your contact cards, especially for friends and family who you don't see that often.

EZ-Sync FB

The app easy to use, just open the app, log into your Facebook account and simply tap the sync button. The app will automatically match your Contacts with all your Facebook friends via their name. You can even manually match your friends who use different names on their Facebook profile, and restore your images to your last backup within the app itself.

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