Final Fantasy VII now available for the iPhone and iPad (New Zealand App Store)

Final Fantasy VII

Update: FF7 is now available on the US App Store for $15.99.

The critically acclaimed Final Fantasy VII is now available on the Apple App Store. The seventh installment in the Final Fantasy series is considered one of the best RPG titles ever released. It has won multiple awards, and it set several sales records when it was originally launched in 1997 for the Sony PlayStation system.

Apple patent aims to make photo sharing even easier


Sharing photos with the people who are in them is about to get easier. Apple has applied for a patent titled Systems and methods for sending digital images, which uses facial recognition to identify individuals in a photo. The iOS camera already uses facial recognition to improve its focus on subjects. By taking the next step and figuring out who's pictured, iOS can tap associated contact information already stored on the iPhone.

Outlook for Apple Watch continues to improve

MSFT Outlook watchOS

Microsoft continues to update and improve the Outlook email app for Apple Watch. Recently owners of the watch have been able to enjoy replying to emails without ever looking at the iPhone. In addition to using Siri to reply to email, Outlook 1.3.7 users can quickly check their Inbox or calendar from a glance. The app also pushes interactive, custom notifications to the Apple Watch.

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:


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