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Adult Swim's Castle Doombad Updated With 15 New Slaycation Levels

Adult Swim has released version 1.1 of its popular game Castle Doombad. The update adds 15 new "slaycation" levels, new traps and minions. The new traps include the Iron Maiden and a new manual trap called the Giant Boulder of Death. The new minion is a "spark" minion who zips along the castle walls and zaps heroes. The slaycation levels also up the ante by adding a second Beach Princess for players to protect, and introduce the new Hasselhoff Lifeguard and Galaxy Soldier heroes.

Adult Swim Castle Doombad

Castle Doombad is one of the best games released for mobile devices this year. Players must help Dr. Lord Evilstein fend off various heroes who are trying to invade his castle and steal back the princess he has kidnapped. Players can use a variety of automated traps, manual traps and little creatures to defend Evilstein's castle.

New iOS App Allows You to Make Animated Gifs of Your Friends

Stryke is a new app which allows you to turn videos into .gifs and share them via iMessage or on social networking sites such as Facebook. The official App Store description claims Stryke is "an app to troll your friends," but I'm not exactly sure what that means. However, it does seem like a fun app for fans of Vine and Snapchat who are looking for something new to play with.

Stryke: Troll your friends

Stryke works by allowing you to create animated images from videos on your Photo app. You can use already existing videos on your camera roll or create new ones using the app's Vine-like video tool. The app also allows you to add "witty" captions and music to your creations before you share them.

BBM Stickers and Larger File Attachments Rolling Out Today

BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB) today announced BBM version 2.1 will be rolling out to Android, BlackBerry and iOS devices. As promised, the new update will bring "stickers," the ability to share images in multi-person chats, and the ability to send higher quality photos, videos and presentations.

BBM 2.1

"Stickers" are just larger emoticons that users can purchase from the BBM Shop to enhance their chats. BlackBerry has also teamed up with the WWE to give away a free WrestleMania 30 sticker pack.

“Stickers are another great example of how we’re making the BBM experience more engaging and fun for our customers,” said David Proulx, Senior Director, BBM at BlackBerry. “Stickers let you personalize your chats and strike the right chord with people around the world who rely on stickers in chats when they connect with colleagues, family, friends, peers and partners.”

New iOS Games, Apps and JB Tweaks of the Week: Windows Office, Game of Thrones Ascent and More

It was a big week for the Apple App Store and the iPad. Microsoft finally released Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Apple's tablet, and Kongregate launched its Game of Thrones tie-in ahead of the premiere of season four. Supercell also released its follow-up to Clash of Clans and the official Captain America: The Winter Soldier game also made its App Store debut.

Microsoft Excel for iPad

Here's this week's App Store and Cydia releases for 03/23/14 to 03/29/14. Apple's Free App of the Week is Drawnimal. It will be free on the App Store until 04/03/14.

How to Monitor Your iPhone's Data Usage in iOS 7

iOS 6 added the ability to check how much data you use but it didn't reveal the breakdown of your usage. Luckily Apple remedied the situation with iOS 7 by adding a System Services feature that tells you how much cellular data you are using per app. This is a great tool for helping you pick a data plan, or to see why you tend to go over your data plan each month. Here's how to check your cellular data usage in iOS 7.

How to Monitor Cellular Data

First open your Settings app and tap the tab marked "Cellular". It is located right underneath the Bluetooth settings. Scroll down until you see your Call Time log and Cellular Data Usage stats. Just below Current Period Roaming you will see an alphabetical list of all the apps which you allow to use cellular data. If you scroll down further, you will see the Systems Services option.

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