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Five Nights at Freddy's 2 and Kingdom Rush Origins Land on the Apple App Store

Call out sick and cancel your holiday plans because Five Nights at Freddy's 2 and Kingdom Rush Origins are both available on the App Store starting today. These are two of the most anticipated mobile game sequels of the year and they're already burning up the Apple app charts. Five Nights at Freddy's 2 is already the number 2 game behind its predecessor on the Top Paid iPhone chart, while Kingdom Rush Origins has just cracked the top 10 at number 9.

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In Five Nights at Freddy's 2, players must return to Freddy Fazbear's Pizza as the night watchman to babysit the old animatronic characters such as Freddy Fazbear and his new friends who are equipped with the latest in facial recognition technology. This time management has supplied you with your own Freddy Fazbear head, instead of security doors, to trick the animatronic characters and keep you safe.

Lead Animals to Their Slaughter in the Reverse Tower Defense Title, Fat Chicken

At first glance Relevant Games' new "reverse" tower defense title looks like something that would offend PETA and animal lovers around the world, but upon closer inspection it seems like the game is against factory farms and the poor treatment of animals. In Fat Chicken, players must guide various animals to the slaughterhouse while trying to keep "as much marketable meat on their bones as possible". The game features a variety of tasteless towers and upgrades that aid players in fending off obstacles like hunger, dehydration and alien invasions.

If you visit the official Relevant Games blog you will notice posts about the various towers featured in the game. Each post explains how the individual tower is used , gives tips about the tower and offers a tidbit on what happens "on actual factory farms". For example, Security Guards are described as people who "run off animal rights activists, threaten physical violence, monitor movement of inspectors, and have even been caught participating in animal abuse." Other towers in the game include the Growth Hormone Tower and Meatlet Cleanup Crew, who cleanup "meatsplosions" if you get too hormone happy.

Kingdom Rush Origins Available Tonight: Meet the New Heroes!

The prequel to Ironhide Game Studio's popular tower defense game, Kingdom Rush, is set to land on the Apple App Store tonight at 11:00 PM Eastern and on the Amazon app store and Google Play on November 20th. Kingdom Rush Origins takes place before the events of the original Kingdom Rush and its sequel Kingdom Rush Frontiers. Ironhide has released three YouTube videos showcasing the game's new heroes:

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- Eridan is a super powerful elf archer
- Catha is a pixie who heals her allies and puts her enemies to sleep
- Arivan is a powerful elementalist who controls all nature elements to burn, ice and explode you into pieces

iOS 8.1.1 Released: Improves iPhone 4s and iPad 2 Performance and Patches Pangu Jailbreak

Apple has officially released iOS 8.1.1. The update includes bug fixes and performance improvements for older hardware. This is good news for iPhone 4s and iPad 2 owners who were concerned about a previous Ars Technica report that said iOS 8 ran slower on these devices. iOS 8.1.1 also patches the recently released Pangu jailbreak and should be avoided if you plan to keep your device jailbroken.

iOS 8.1.1

At the time of this post Apple is still signing iOS 8.1. Meaning this is your last chance to upgrade to 8.1 if you want to jailbreak at the last iOS release possible. It is unknown when Apple will stop signing iOS 8.1, so upgrade now while you still can. You can learn how to jailbreak your device using Pangu on Mac OS X here or Windows here.

AAPL Financial News Weekly Roundup: Record Market Cap, Apple Pay Grows and More

Once again, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) stock closed the week at a record high. Share prices closed at $114.18 on Friday, a day after Apple paid a dividend of $0.47 per share on 5.87 billion shares for a record $2.9 billion pay out. This makes Apple the largest dividend payer of the year, just ahead of Exxon Mobil. The company's market cap now stands at its highest ever, $665 billion.

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Recent research data show that, in the first thirty days, the iPhone 6 outsold the iPhone 6 Plus by a 3 to 1 margin. According to UBS analyst Steven Milunovich, surveys in the Chinese market show there is much higher demand there for the larger model. Considering this, UBS raised its target price for Apple shares from $115 to $125.

Non-Jailbreak and Jailbreak Version of Gameboy Emulator GBA4iOS Coming to iOS Devices

The popular Gameboy Color and Game Boy Advanced emulator for iOS devices won't die! After surviving a DMCA take down by Nintendo, GBA4iOS, was sacked by an iOS 8 patch that killed the workaround which was required to install it on non-jailbroken iOS devices, but now the emulator is back in action! iPhone and iPad users running iOS 7 - 8.1 can download GBA4iOS 2.1 by simply visiting http://iemulators.com/gba4ios on their mobile browser.

GBA4iOS 2.1

Version 2.1 of the emulator does not require a jailbroken device, date trick and it works with iOS 8.1. You can learn more about the open beta of GBA4iOS 2.1, how to install it and how to add games to the emulator by watching the official video here. Remember, adding games you do not own is considered piracy.

Apple Weekly News Roundup: Black Friday, Spy Games and More

With Black Friday just two weeks away, many retailers last week started announcing holiday shopping deals on Apple products. Walmart, Best Buy, Staples and Target, among others, will be offering discounts on select iPhone and iPad models, as well as Beats products for the biggest shopping day of the year. Aside from discounts, many of the chains will also offer rebates in the form of gift cards.

Black Friday Apple discounts

According to a Thursday report from the Wall Street Journal, the Department of Justice has had a program in place since 2007 that uses fake cell phone towers to locate people. The fake towers are actually Boeing-made devices know as "dirtboxes" that are mounted on small aircraft. By flying around and picking up a signal from the target's cell phone, the target's location can quickly be triangulated. According to the DoJ, non-target signals are "let go."

New iOS Apps, Games and JB Tweaks of the Week: XCOM: Enemy Within, Duck Commander and More

The jokes about the Robertson family releasing a Duck Dynasty tower defense game for iOS devices write themselves, but what's really weird is that the game, which has been available for a couple of days now, only has one review on the App Store. This is kind of shocking for a popular television show that's been surrounded in so much controversy lately. If you like religious bigots and tower defense games then you may want to check it out. Duck Commander: Duck Defense is now available on the App Store for for $1.99.

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Ironhide Game Studio announced this week that Kingdom Rush Origins will be released to mobile devices on November 20, 2014, and SEGA is releasing the real-time strategy game Chain Chronicle worldwide on December 8th. You can see trailers for both upcoming games in the trailer section at the bottom of this post.

Retailers Already Announcing Great Black Friday and Holiday Deals on Apple Products

It is that time of year when every retailer is vying for your shopping dollars by offering tons of "holiday" shopping deals, and plenty have already announced current and upcoming sales on Apple products and accessories. For example, Walmart, Best Buy, Target and Staples have all released previews of their Black Friday circulars with deals on iPhones, iPads and Beats products.

Griffin Technology Holiday Gift Guide

Walmart is offering select iPhone models at a discount plus giving away free gift cards with each purchase over its five day Black Friday event. Not every deal is available on every day, so you will want to check the Walmart Black Friday ad for your location. For example, the 16GB Wi-Fi iPad mini is $199 with a free $30 gift card during "Event #1" on Thursday, November 27.

Kingdom Rush Origins Release Date Announced

Ironhide Game Studio announced today that Kingdom Rush Origins will be released to the Apple App Store, Amazon App Store and Google Play on November 20, 2014. No Steam or flash browser versions were mentioned in the official trailer or Facebook post announcing the game.

Kingdom Rush Origins

The game's official description reads: "Submerge into the world of Kingdom Rush and experience an epic saga as you unveil the story that started it all! Lead your elven army to defend mystical lands from sea serpents, gnoll tribes, enchanted creatures and twilight elves. Command an arsenal of unique towers, epic heroes and mighty powers that will help you crush your foes and save the world once again!"

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