After scrapping iTunes Radio and acquiring Beats music streaming service, Apple is once again going back to the drawing board to revamp Apple Music, according to Bloomberg. The iPhone maker plans to make its music streaming service "more intuitive to use" and better integrate its streaming and download businesses while expanding its online radio service. The overhaul comes after a tepid response from users, and after several key Apple Music executives left the company.
Hulu is preparing to compete with Sling TV and other online streaming companies as it prepares to launch its own "cable-style" service, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Walt Disney Co. and 21st Century Fox owned Hulu plans to license channels from its parent companies in order to launch a new arm of its already established on-demand streaming service. The service will include channels such as ABC, ESPN, Disney, Fox and more. Hulu is also in talks with other providers, according to the WSJ.
It was a slow week for the App Store overall, but there was one major new iPad-only release, Pathfinder Adventures. We highlighted the new RPG here. Since our write up the game has earned a 3 1/2 star rating and it has been trending on Touch Arcade. You can download Pathfinder Adventures on the App Store for free.
Rovio Entertainment has released an Angry Birds tie-in for the upcoming movie. Angry Birds Action is a pinball-style smashing game starring characters from the animated film. This seems like a last gasp for Rovio as the game is struggling to climb the App Store charts, stuck at only number 24 at the time of this post. Most Angry Birds titles have enjoyed at least a top 10 spot for a few days after a release. The game also includes IAPs, which is odd for a movie tie-in. You can download Angry Birds Action for free on the App Store.
Paizo Inc.'s adventure role playing game has made its way to the iPad. Pathfinder Adventures is a 1-4 players cooperative card game based on the popular tabletop game. The app was released by Obsidian Entertainment and it includes all the towns, cities, dungeons and landscapes from the Rise of the Runelords campaign. The app comes with one free adventure, and offers two additional adventures, Burnt Offerings and The Skinsaw Murders, as IAPs. You can download all the current adventures plus future adventures in the Rise of the Runelords pack for $24.99.
Today is the day Hearthstone players can purchase and play with the new expansion, Whispers of the Old Gods. Blizzard issued an update to its Hearthstone app on Monday, preparing the Tavern for the arrival of all 134 new cards. The update also brings a ton of new features and upgrades, including an updated Friendly Challenge menu, 3 new card backs to unlock and several card changes.
Accessory maker Logitech has given both Mac Rumors and 9to5Mac an early preview of their Logi BASE -- an iPad Pro charging stand for both the 9.7- and 12.9-inch models. The Logi BASE uses the iPad Pro Smart Connector to charge your tablet without the need of cables.
The stand is made from high-grade aluminum and it features three Smart Connector pins that fit into the Smart Connector Port on any iPad Pro, plus it includes a Lightning port situated in the middle of the stand. The Logi BASE allows you to charge your iPad in landscape mode while delivering the “perfect viewing angle for enjoying apps and entertainment," according to Logitech. A plastic lip on the front of the stand holds your iPad in place and a sticky adhesive on the bottom prevents the charging dock from slipping on slick surfaces.
Ubisoft soft-launched the fifth title in its Hungry Shark series for iOS in December. The early user reviews were mostly positive with praise for the game's updated graphics, open world gameplay and ability to unlock a variety of man eating sharks. On Thursday, Ubisoft uploaded an official trailer announcing that the sequel to Hungry Shark Evolution will be available worldwide on May 5th. The end of the trailer also notes that the game will be available for iOS, Android and Amazon devices.
Independent French game developer Vertige has teamed up with Tilting Point to release Tropical Wars to the Apple App Store and Google Play. Tropical Wars is a multiplayer strategy game where players must defend their island from koala pirates.
In the game players need to build an island naval base and plan out strategic formations for their warships after their tribe has come under attack. They can then take to the seas to battle against real players worldwide. The game allows users to assemble and upgrade powerful battleships and use big weapons and special powers to wipe out their enemies. Tropical Wars also offers the ability to individually control each warship in your fleet so you're not sitting around just watching the action like other multiplayer strategy games.
Apple on Tuesday gave its 12-inch MacBook a boost by updating it with the latest Intel processors, faster flash storage and an additional hour of battery life . The new MacBook is also now available in a Rose Gold hue, like the latest flagship iPhone and iPad models. This makes the MacBook available in four finishes, including Gold, Silver and Space Gray.
After launching its thinnest and lightest Kindle ever, Amazon announced it will offer its own standalone video streaming service for $8.99/per month. Previously Amazon customers had to subscribe to Amazon Prime for $99 a year to access Amazon Prime Video, which includes movies, television shows and original Amazon programming. The new service will pit Amazon against Netflix, who is raising its monthly prices to $9.99 in May.