Halloween App of the Week: Skullduggery!

You can't escape the IRS even in death and those who do try should be expecting a visit from the "semi-organic autonomous skull" agents of Skullduggery. In the game you play as an upstart collection agent for the Infernal Revenue Service who must seize assets from "deadbeats" who tried to beat the system by taking their riches with them to the afterlife. You do this by stretching your brain to snap your skull around various levels in the underworld.

Skullduggery!

The premise may be zany, but Skullduggery's gameplay is a lot like Angry Birds, or any other physics-based games available on the App Store. Unlike Angry Birds or Crush the Castle, the goal of the game is not to just knock stuff over, but it's more of a platform title where you pull back on your skull to slingshot yourself forward and through obstacles. Skullduggery offers a very easy one-touch playing experience, and its "Bullet Time" feature gives it a more fluid Matrix-like control where you can slow things down midair and change your trajectory. The controls are simple to master, and once you do, you will feel like you are playing any other platform game.

Add Time Limits to iOS with Parental Controls

Parental Controls for iOS delivers a new time management tool to parents with jailbroken devices. With this tweak installed, a time limit can be set to restrict the amount of time a device can be used before it automatically locks.

iOS 7 jailbreak time limit

Once locked, Parental Controls delivers a dialog box with the option to make an Emergency Call or Add One Hour. Of course, adding one hour of time requires entering a passcode. The passcode also protects the tweak's settings.

Prevent Mistakes with iOS Confirmation Dialogs

The jailbreak tweak BeSureBefore has a simple name that explains exactly what it does. Once installed, supported apps can deliver a prompt to confirm various actions, making sure the selection was intended.

iOS 7 jailbreak prompt

BeSureBefore can prevent accidental sending of emails and messages, and can confirm other actions like voice calling and liking photos on Instagram. Settings include the option to enable sound when a dialog box is displayed, or even vibrate when prompted.

Europe not Enthused Over Apple Watch, Apple Pay

Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) highly anticipated wearable may face an uphill battle in Europe where, according to a survey, the populace doesn't appear to be interested in the Apple Watch, at least not nearly as much as Chinese and American consumers. The indifference likely stems from the fact that some of the most highly touted features of the device are old news in the Old World.

Europeans not enthusiastic about Apple Watch

German market research group, GfK, conducted the survey, asking 1,000 smartphone owners from each market (Germany, UK, China, US, South Korea) about their interest in various smartwatch functions, assuming the device was completely secure.

iOS 8 Tips: How to Stop Sharing Your Location in iMessage

Apple added the ability to share your whereabouts with other iMessage users in the release of iOS 8. You can choose to share your current location once via text message or share your location in every text sent for an hour, one day or indefinitely. Here's how to share your location with another person, or how stop sharing your location in case you accidentally enabled the feature:

Share My Location

Share your current location one time:

1. Open your Messages app
2. Select the the message thread you want to use (This also works for group messages)
3. Tap Details in the upper right hand corner
4. Tap Send My Current Location

This will send your current location to the person or to all the people using iMessage in that thread. The "Details" section is also where you can leave a group message, delete another person you added from a group message or change the name of a group message. From here you can also choose to share your location multiple times throughout the day.

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to Debut in 36 More Countries in October

The iPhone 6 has already seen record breaking sales since its September launch, and the numbers are poised to jump even higher as Apple expands to 36 new countries by the end of October, bringing the total to 69 countries/territories. The company plans for its flagship phone to be available in 115 countries by the end of the year.

iPhone 6 to debut in 36 countries by end of October

Next up, and by far the most important as far as sales numbers are concerned, is China, whose telecom providers began offering pre-orders last Friday. If the estimates are correct, 20 million units have been pre-ordered already, which is twice the amount of iPhones that sold in the U.S. over the launch weekend. Both models will

Marvel Contest of Champions Trailer Impresses at NYCC

Things are really heating up for Marvel Entertainment, Guardians of the Galaxy is the highest grossing film of 2014, and the internet is buzzing about Captain America 3 kicking off a Civil War storyline in the cinematic universe. Marvel has also teamed up with Kabam to create an Injustice-like fighting game called Contest of Champions for mobile devices.

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Contest of Champions seems to be loosely based on the 1982 comic book series where The Collector uses various Marvel superheroes as pawns in a battle with The Elder of the Universe, the Grandmaster and Death. Players can create a team of any four heroes from the available 25 in the game to compete in a Quest mode or battle against other players in a Versus mode. The game features the typical fighting game style controls and each character comes equipped with three different special moves / powers.

AAPL Financial News Weekly Roundup: Icahn's Letter, China Preorders and More

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) share prices continued to hover around $100 over the course of last week's trading. Tuesday saw the low close of the week at $98.75, but prices rallied from there and closed at $100.73 on Friday. There could be an uptick this Thursday following Apple's media event. The company is expected to, at the very least, unveil the next generation iPad Air and a 27 inch Retina display iMac. OS X Yosemite will likely be released to the public as well.

AAPL stock news roundup and outlook.

Perhaps the confidence in the latter half of the week resulted from Carl Icahn's extreme optimism. In a letter to Tim Cook titled "Sale: Apple Shares at Half Price," the billionaire investor urged Apple to buy back more stock at a faster pace. His reasoning lies in the fact that Icahn Enterprises' analysis of Apple concludes that the stock is "dramatically undervalued." By their numbers, Apple stock should be trading at around $203 per share.

Apple Weekly News Roundup: Accolades, iPad Refresh and More

Last Thursday, brand consulting firm Interbrand released its annual list of the world's most valuable brands, and for the second consecutive year, Apple topped it. The list valued the Apple brand at $118.9 billion, 21% more than it was valued last year. With a value of $107.4 billion, fellow tech giant Google was the only other brand to be valued over $100 billion. Coca Cola, IBM and Microsoft rounded out the top five.

Apple iPad Event 2014

Apple also received some noteworthy praise in the form of a letter from billionaire investor Carl Icahn to CEO Tim Cook. Titled "Sale: Apple Shares at Half Price," the note urges Apple to buy back more of its shares at a faster pace. Icahn believes Apple shares are currently trading at about half their value. By his estimates, Apple shares should currently be worth $203 a share.

Add a Decline Call Button to iOS

Incoming call controls can be modified on jailbroken iOS devices with the tweak Cou. Once installed, Cou changes the steps required to decline an incoming call. Instead of a "slide to answer" slider, the user is presented with two individual buttons, Decline and Accept.

iOS 7 jailbreak Cou

Tapping Decline will have the same effect as pressing the power button twice, which declines the call. This can make it faster and easier to decline a call, however the buttons can also be accidentally pressed more easily. Cou provides a toggle to enable or disable the tweak entirely.

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