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Modern Combat 5: Blackout Finally Gets a Release Date

Gameloft has confirmed that the long awaited Modern Combat 5: Blackout will be available for iOS and Android devices on July 24, 2014. The good news is the game will priced at $6.99 with no in-app purchases, but it will require an internet connection. Windows Phone owners will also have to wait a little longer than iOS and Android users for the game to be released.

Modern Combat 5: Blackout

In Modern Combat 5 players take the role of Phoenix, a counter-terrorism expert who gets caught up in a global conflict after his mission to transport WMDs in Venice, Italy goes wrong. The first person shooter promises to deliver plenty of advanced combat weaponry, a wide a range of "visually-stunning settings" and "thrilling action-packed combat sequences," according to Gameloft. The game will also feature both compact and dynamic single-player missions, a unified progression system and multiplayer mode.

Tim Cook Seeks New Board Members for Apple

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) CEO Tim Cook is "actively seeking" new members for the tech giant's board of directors.

Tim Cook looking for new board members

The current board is aging and, as noted by WSJ, known for its loyalty to Steve Jobs, which could make things difficult for Cook moving forward. Presently the board consists of seven outside members, six of whom are above the age of 63, four of whom have served for over a decade. Intuit CEO Bill Campbell and J. Crew

Refer a Friend to TodayTix and Receive $10 Credit Towards Already Discounted Broadway Tickets

The New York theater tickets app, TodayTix, has added a referral program for its members to earn credit towards Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. Users of the free app can now navigate to the Refer & Save section under the Settings panel to get their personalized referral code to share with family and friends. You will receive a $10 credit when anyone uses your code at checkout. The new customer using the code will also receive $10 off their current order.

TodayTix Referral Program

TodayTix is a free app that gives users 24-hour mobile access to last minute deals on Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. Users can book tickets less than 30 seconds or up to 7 days in advance and receive them at the door right outside the theater before the show begins.

WSJ: iWatch and Larger iPhone Due This Fall

The Wall Street Journal is the latest outlet to throw its weight behind the latest Apple rumors claiming that the company will release both an iWatch and larger iPhone 6 this fall. The WSJ report comes two weeks after unidentified Bloomberg sources revealed that Apple was preparing to begin production on two larger iPhone models. However, the WSJ report only mentioned one iPhone model, not two.

Apple iWatch

The report also said "people familiar with the company’s plans" claim Apple is working on a watch "with advanced sensors to track a user’s fitness and health." Apple recently announced a new Health app that would collect data from third-party apps such as heart rate, calories burned an so on. It has been widely speculated that this app was created to be a companion to the rumored iWatch.

Google Play Music Gets Gapless Playback and Other Improvements

Google has updated its iOS music app to version 1.3.0.2190. The update adds the ability to listen to full albums or playlists with "gapless playback", meaning there are no breaks or silence between tracks. Users can also now view all of their downloaded music and download subscribed playlists for offline listening.

Google Play Music Version 1.3.0.2190

Google recently also added the ability to edit playlists directly on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad and created a "Download Only" filter. Google Play Music is available to download on the Apple App Store. The free version of the app allows users to store up to 20,000 tracks of their own music online and create their own playlists.

Microsoft Adds Voice Messaging Support Back to Skype iPhone App

Skype today announced that voice messaging and profiles are back in Skype version 5.2. These services went missing from the iPhone app when Microsoft released a redesigned version of its Skype mobile offering at the beginning of June. In a blog post published on Monday, Skype said they have been listening to user feedback since the release of the redesigned app and have decided to add the most requested features including voice message support.

Skype 5.2

Version 5.2 of the iPhone app also reintroduces contact profiles so users can easily access their contacts' name, birthday, location and other public information listed on Skype, and it brings the ability to add participants to existing conversations with a few simple taps.

New iOS Apps, Games and JB Tweaks of the Week: Monster Hunter Freedom Unite and More...

Two games broke the $10 price mark on the App Store this week. Civilization Revolution 2 and Capcom's Monster Hunter Freedom Unite both made their iOS debut at $14.99 each. While this isn't the highest prices we have seen on the App Store, it does show that developers are still willing to release games that are not driven by micro-transactions. In other mobile gaming news, Rayark released a trailer for its upcoming 3D action game, Implosion. The entire Infinity Blade series has been discounted for the 4th of July. You can nab Infinity Blade for $0.99, Infinity Blade II for $1.99 and Infinity Blade 3 for $2.99.

Monster Hunter Freedom

Here are this week's games, apps and jailbreak tweaks released the the App Store and Cydia through 06/29/14 to 07/05/14. Apple's Free App of the Week is Day One. The journal app will be free on the Apple App Store until 07/10/14.

iOS App of the Week: Denny's Atari Remix

Denny's Atari Remix is one of the of the oddest apps to hit the App Store in recent memory. At first I thought it was just a joke like WhatsApplebee's, but it is an actual game created by the restaurant chain Denny's. That's right, Denny's has teamed up with Atari to launch a collection of "diner-themed video games" for iOS devices.

Denny's Atari Remix

Denny's Atari Remix features three Atari classics re-imagined as breakfast. Hashteroids is Denny's spin on Asteroids where you control a ketchup bottle rocket while trying to blast "clumps of golden-brown potatoes before they destroy you". Centipup is based on the original Centipede, and Take-Out is like Breakout but with eggs and bacon instead of bricks. The app also features a button to open Denny's main app in the rare chance that you already have it installed on your device.

New Video Demonstrates 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Front Panel

Several sources have confirmed that Apple is planning to launch two larger iPhone 6 models later this year, and today a new video of the 4.7-inch model's purported front panel has hit YouTube. The video was originally posted on the Chinese blog iFanr, before making its way to NowhereElse.fr and then landing on every Apple blog in the U.S..

iPhone 6 Front Panel

One of the concerns about larger smartphones is the lack of one-handed use, but the video posted below demonstrates that users will be able to use their thumb to access all four corners of their display while holding the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in one hand. Other next-generation rumors have suggested that Apple plans to relocate the wake/sleep button to the side of the its new iPhone models to make it easier to reach due both of the device's larger form factors.

Apple's Siri May Soon Employ Neural Network Algorithms

According to Wired, Siri may soon undergo a long overdue overhaul that would boost the iOS digital assistant's accuracy in understanding human language. This would come via neural network algorithms and architecture, technology that is already being developed and utilized by many of the major players in the tech industry.

Neural networks may soon power Siri

Though they seemingly peaked in popularity thirty years ago, there has been a renaissance of research in neural networks in recent years. The term refers to a machine learning model inspired by biological central nervous systems, namely the brain, where the network consists of neurons. Neural networks have proven more