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iOS App of the Week: OMG: TD!

OMG: TD! looks a lot like one of those games you see on your Facebook feed or advertised on another game. The type of game you download only to find out it is virtually unplayable because of in-app purchases, or that you have to wait 24 hours to build one item, but it's actually a fun tower defense title with plenty of replay value.

OMG: TD!

The game's turrets are all modeled after Greek gods like Zeus and Ares, and the object is to stop waves of Titans and their armies from destroying your temple. Currently (Version 1.0.4) there are 20 levels and six bonus levels. Each level has a Normal mode, Challenge mode and Frenzy mode giving you plenty of different scenarios to complete. The game also includes heroes (1 free and 5 available as IAPs), four special abilities and nine gods to use as your defense. Each of the heroes and gods can also be upgraded with souls you collect from your fallen enemies, and each features their own special abilities and strengths.

BBM Voice and Channels Come to iOS and Android Devices

BlackBerry has begun rolling out BBM Voice and Channels, plus other new features, to iOS and Android devices today. BBM Voice simply allows users to make free voice calls to their contacts over a Wi-Fi or data connection.

BBM Voice

Channels is a way for users to discuss a variety of topics, like sports and fashion, with other BBM customers without the need to share personal info or add them to their contacts. Users can easily set up their own personal Channels, moderate them and schedule chat times.

Apple Dominates Handset Market in Q4, Takes 87% of Total Profits

In a note to investors on Monday, Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt indicated that although Apple's dominance in the mobile phone market increased even further, taking a whopping 87.4% of the total industry profits, the growth of the market itself is markedly slowing down.

Apple claims 87% of mobile phone industry profits

According to the report, Apple took 87.4% of the profits while Samsung claimed 32.2%. The fact that so many other vendors in the industry lost money allowed Apple and Samsung to account for over 100% of the industry's earnings in the Q4 2013. Apple and Samsung accounted for 77.8% and 26.1% of the mobile phone industry's profits in Q4 of the previous year. Although these two companies

New Tweak Eliminates Annoying Low Battery Warning on the iPhone

Sometimes the most simple tweaks are the best, especially if they eliminate annoying warnings that pop up on your display when you're playing games or doing something important on your phone. Some people may consider the Low Battery warning on their iPhone a necessity, but a lot of iOS users can live without it. Luckily there is a new jailbreak tweak for people in the latter group.

NoLowPowerAlert

NoLowPowerAlert eliminates the low power alert that appears on your device when your battery drops to 10 or 20 percent. The tweak doesn't feature any settings to configure and instantly disables the warning once installed.

Flappy Bird Not Dead Yet! Going for Thousands of Dollars on eBay

The famous crappy bird who became an internet and App Store phenomenon has found a second life on eBay. As you probably already know, Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen, mysteriously pulled the popular game from the Apple App Store and Google Play on Sunday, and now it's selling for thousands of dollars on eBay.

Flappy Bird

There are multiple iOS and Android devices with Flappy Bird installed on them listed on eBay for upwards of $50,000. One auction by a user named pindrus reached $99,900 in bids before eBay pulled the plug. Keep in mind, just like the hilarious Flappy Bird App Store customer reviews, most of these listings and bids are probably fake.

New iOS Apps, Games and JB Tweaks of the Week: Dungeon Keeper Becomes Most Hated Game of the Year

The biggest Apple App Store news of the week has to be EA's mishandling of the popular Dungeon Keeper franchise. The publisher's free-to-play remake has been lambasted for being a money grabbing micro-transaction disaster. Fans of the original title are upset that the game requires wait times of up to 24 hours to mine just one tile, and claim you can't enjoy it without spending money on in-app purchases. It was also recently discovered that users are not able to give the game less than a 5-star rating on the Google Play store. The hate for the game has grown so large that it has even spawned responses from popular vloggers like boogie2988 aka Francis.

New iOS Apps

EA has responded to all the criticisms saying "people are going to be very protective" of remakes, and that they only implemented their Google Play rating system to get feedback from users so they can improve the game.

"I think any time you re-make anything that is much beloved and has a great sense of nostalgia for people--be it a game, a movie, or whatever--people are going to be very protective of it. They have fond memories of it" said EA Mythic senior producer Jeff Skalski. "We, as gamers, have our own fond memories of it. Our intention with the mobile version was to give as many people as possible a taste of that original Dungeon Keeper experience, and for some people, that’s not the way they want to re-visit the franchise."

AT&T Drops Data Plan Prices for Family Sharing

Competition between wireless carriers gets hotter every day, and now AT&T has rolled out brand new Mobile Share Value Plans for families. Both existing customers and new subscribers are eligible for the plans, which can save AT&T customers on older plans significant coin. Of course, those who still have unlimited data will need to abandon this privilege to switch plans.

AT&T Mobile Share Value Plan

Basically, for any Mobile Share Value Plan with a 10GB or larger shared data bucket, each iPhone on the plan is only $15. This means 10GB with four smartphones clocks a monthly cost of $160. Besides sharing the data among devices, personal hotspot tethering is included along with unlimited voice calling and text messaging.

Six iOS Apps to Help You Keep Track of the Sochi Winter Olympics

Here's a quick look at some of the 2014 Winter Olympic apps available for iOS devices. You can also find a list of Apple recommended apps and music in the new Sochi 2014 section of the App Store.

2014 Team USA Road to Sochi: Free (Requires iOS 4.3 or later)

2014 Winter Olympics Apps

The official Team USA companion app features daily updates, and a special “cheer” button to send personal messages to athletes via Facebook and Twitter. You can also access the Team USA shop to buy officially licensed gear.

New Report Details iPhone 6 Specs

In a recent note to investors, South Korean financial firm, KDB Daewoo Securities, revealed quite a few details about the upcoming iPhone 6. There has been much speculation about the new iPhone having a bigger display, and this report agrees that it will indeed have a larger display, in addition to several other key upgrades.

iPhone 6 specs show up in South Korean financial report

According to the KDB report, the iPhone 6 will be available in two sizes - a 4.7 - 4.8 inch display for the "normal" size (compared to the 4 inch display of the iPhone 5s), and a 5.5 inch phablet size. The Retina displays will supposedly be built around IGZO technology (indium gallium zinc oxide) and will support full HD with

Pebble Launches Appstore with Over 1,000 Apps and Watchfaces

Pebble announced today that its appstore with over 1,000 apps and "watchfaces" is now available for iOS devices. The Pebble appstore is broken down into six app categories (Daily, Tools & Utilities, Notifications, Remotes, Fitness, Games) to make it easier for users to find specific Pebble compatible apps. The appstore also recommends the best apps and watchfaces of the day, and saves downloaded apps so they can be easily installed to your wearable device at a later date.

Pebble appstore

Pebble users can access the new appstore through version 2.0 of the existing iOS app. The Pebble app is free to download and is compatible with all iOS devices running iOS 6 or later.

The Pebble blog notes that the Android version of the appstore is coming " very, very soon."

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