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Apple Launches More Affordable 8GB iPhone 5c in UK, France, Germany, Australia and China

As expected, Apple has launched a more affordable 8GB model of the iPhone 5c in select markets. The company has also discontinued the iPad 2 and has replaced it with the fourth-generation iPad with Retina display.

8GB iPhone 5c

The 8GB iPhone 5c is only available in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia and China. The new handset is currently listed on the UK carrier O2′s website for £50 on-contract (around $80 USD) and £429 off-contract. As a comparison, a 16GB iPhone 5c in the US will cost you $99 with a two-year carrier agreement and $549 off-contract.

New iOS Games, Apps and JB Tweaks of the Week: First Look at Family Guy Mobile Game

It was kind of a slow week for Apple App Store releases, so here is an early look at TinyCo's upcoming Family Guy game for mobile devices. TinyCo did not release any new details since its initial announcement, but the developer did release two screenshots that gives us a good look at what to expect from the game.

Family Guy Video Game

Family Guy for mobile devices is a resource management game which promises to keep the same "nothing's sacred and nothing's safe" policy as the television show. No release date has been announced.

iOS App of the Week: Square Cash - Easily Send and Request Money on Your iPhone

The money transferring app Square Cash has recently added the ability to request money from an individual or group using any iOS device. The new feature makes it easy for users to collect money from large groups such as fantasy football entry fees or dues for community clubs or events. It is also a good way to avoid awkward conversations with people who owe you money, an easy way to pay large group dinner bills, or a way for parents to transfer money to college students.

Square Cash

Using Square Cash is as easy as composing an email. Just open the app, select the amount of money you want to request or send, then add an email address, and Square Cash will do the rest. The money will be automatically deposited to your bank account within 1-2 business days after the recipients pay.

New Apple Patent Puts Motion Sensor in iPhone

Titled "Imaging Range Finder Fabrication" at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple's new patent application describes a range finder comprised of a lens and an array of emitters and photodetectors in "optical communication with the lens." The device would "be incorporated into ... a mobile phone, digital media player, or a personal computer."

Apple patent for 3D sensing

According to the text, the array of emitters would emit light that would be directed by the iPhone's lens toward an object. The light bouncing back off the object would pass back through the lens and be received by the photodetectors in the array. With

First Look at iOS 8 and Apple's New Healthbook App

A few screenshots of Apple's iOS 8 have popped up on the the Chinese forum WeiPhone, and 9to5Mac claims to have verified the authenticity of the images. The screenshots reveal the icon for Apple's rumored Heathbook app, which is supposed to tie-in with the company's long rumored iWatch.

iOS 8

The Healthbook app is Apple's attempt to tap into the popular world of mobile healthcare and fitness. The new iOS 8 feature is a lot like Samsung's S Health 3.0, which is included on the Galaxy S5 smartphone, and Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches. The Healthbook app will track a users vital signs such as blood pressure, hydration levels, and heart rate, plus it will remind users to take their daily medications.

Starbucks to Add Digital Tipping to Redesigned iPhone App

Next week, users of the Starbucks iPhone app will notice significant improvements to their coffee buying experience. The company has revealed that enhancements to the app are in the pipeline and will be released in a March 19 update.

iPhone starbucks app

Customers in the US, UK and Canada will be able to leave their barista tips directly from the iPhone at over 7,000 Starbucks locations. Considering that Starbucks reports over 11 percent of all transactions now occur using a mobile device, baristas must be happy to hear that generous customers can easily deliver a gratuity without cash.

Is Audible Worth It?

Audio books are are a great way to catch up on all the books you want to enjoy but don't have time to read. You can listen to them while you jog, or on long car rides / flights or while you cook and clean, but the only problem is that they tend to be more expensive than the print editions of the same book. For example, the Divergent unabridged audio edition is $14.95, and a used copy of Divergent in paperback is only $5.95 on Amazon.com. Even with shipping costs the print edition is cheaper, but that's where Audible comes in.

Audiobooks from Audible

Audible is a subscription-based service from Amazon.com which gives members access to more than 150,000 audio book titles. If you listen to a lot of audio books, an Audible membership may be something you want to consider.

Walmart Slashes iPhone 5s and 5c Prices

The motto save money takes on new meaning for Walmart customers looking to purchase a brand new iPhone. The company is now offering the iPhone 5s for $119 and the iPhone 5c for just $29. Both deals require a two-year service agreement with AT&T Mobility or Verizon Wireless.

iPhone 5c slashed

These new prices on 16GB handsets are highly competitive, slashing $26 off the previous iPhone 5s price, and lowering the iPhone 5c cost by $16. Best Buy will get a run for its money, as Walmart now beats its lowest price on the iPhone 5s and 5c by a total of 31 bucks and $21 respectively.

AT&T Reveals New Single-Line Data Pricing

Reduced pricing is the name of the game as AT&T continues to revamp its mobile offerings to battle the competition. Single-line data plan customers are the latest to benefit, as the company is slashing the price of its 2GB data plan. Subscribers can save $15 over the previous offering, with the new plan going for $65 per month.

att new plans

In addition to 2GB of data, the single line plan includes unlimited voice calling and text messages, unlimited international texting, and 50GB of cloud storage. Users can even add a second line to share the 2GB data pool for an additional $25. This prices the 2GB data plan with two lines at $90 per month.

Ninja Newton: A Physics-Based Grappling Hook Game with No IAPs

With all the hoopla surrounding micro-transactions in video games it is nice to see that there are still some IAP-free titles like Ninja Newton being released to the Apple App Store. Ninja Newton is a new physics-based game that features a non-linear open world map with lots of levels. The game has been receiving great reviews from TouchArcade members and it has even been compared to Doodle Jump. Players seem to love the game's replay value thanks to its open world map and the ability to unlock an endless mode.

Ninja Newton

The game also features a randomly generated high score tower, Leaderboard support, upgrades, plenty of achievements and an original 8-bit soundtrack. Here's a video showing off its game play: