It has been slow for iPad apps the last couple of weeks as developers turn their attention to the Apple Watch. Several major apps, such as Target and Evernote, have already been updated with Apple Watch support, and Rules! has become the first Apple Watch game. iPhone owners with the Rules! app installed on their device will be able to enjoy a mini-game on their wrist as soon as they pick up their Apple Watch on April 24. Rules! is available for $2.99 on the App Store.
Don't forget to pre-order the new Hearthstone adventure Blackrock Mountain if you want to receive the Molten Core card back. To receive the exclusive card back you have to purchase the entire adventure for $24.99 before the official release date. Blizzard has not announced an exact release date, but Blackrock Mountain will be available sometime in April.
NetherRealm Studios has updated WWE Immortals for WrestleMania Week. The update brings the game to version 1.2 and adds two new wrestlers. Macho Man Randy Savage and Stone Cold Steve Austin are now available as playable characters. Each wrestler comes with two playable varieties: Renegade and Macho King for Macho Man, and Icebound Watcher and Texas Rattlesnake for Stone Cold.
Players can now also compete for "ultra-rare" WrestleMania gear until April 2nd. Anyone who places in the top 50% on the leaderboards will receive "2-star WrestleMania Ticket Gear." The release notes also promise "Royal Challenges" are on the way.
Amazon today has extended its Cloud Drive service by offering two new paid storage plans. Previously Amazon's "Unlimited Photos" plan was only available to customers with a Prime subscription, but now anyone can store unlimited photos on Cloud Drive for only $11.99 per year. Amazon also unveiled its new "Unlimited Everything" plan, where users can store unlimited photos, movies, music and so on for $59.99 per year . Both services also come with a 3-month free trial.
Amazon's new cloud storage plans makes it one of the first big players in the crowded cloud-based storage market to offer unlimited plans to anyone. For example, Dropbox only offers unlimited storage through its pricier business plan, and Google does the same through its for Education program.
Amazon.com is having a great sale on Skylanders starter packs for all three of the major consoles, the Nintendo 3DS and tablets. Right now you can nab everything you need to start playing Skylanders Trap Team on your iPad for only $19.99. That's 50% off the normal SRP. The Tablet Starter Pack includes: 1 wireless Traptanium Portal, 1 wireless game controller, 2 Skylanders figures, 2 traps, 1 trap collection tray, 5 AAA batteries and more.
In case you've been living under a rock, Skylanders Trap Team is the fourth installment of the popular video game franchise from Activision. It is also the game that kicked off the trend of collectible NFC-enabled toys that has been giving parents across the world major headaches since 2011. The Skylanders video games and physical toys have been such a hit that the formula has been copied by Disney and Nintendo with its new line of "amiibo" action figures.
Twitter has taken a page from Facebook's playbook by beginning to test auto-play videos in its iPad and iPhone apps.
"We're running a small test on a few variations on the video playback experience," a Twitter spokesman confirmed in an email statement to Ad Age.
This means some iPad and iPhone users may experience videos automatically playing in their news feed when using the Twitter iOS app. The auto-play videos are being tested on promoted ads, clips that are part of Twitter's Amplify program for advertisers and videos being directly uploaded by users. Videos shared from Twitter's Vine app will not play automatically and will still require users to launch them.
Blizzard is now accepting pre-orders for the new Hearthstone campaign Blackrock Mountain. Players who pre-purchase the entire adventure with real world money will receive an exclusive Molten Core card back. You can also use any iTunes or Google Play credits, but no in-game gold, to receive the card back. Players who do not want to pre-order the adventure can buy individual wings for $6.99 USD or 700 gold when the game is released in April. The entire Blackrock adventure can also be unlocked for a onetime fee of $24.99.
Blackrock Mountain is the second Hearthstone adventure released by Blizzard Entertainment. It follows the Curse of Naxxramas which launched on July 22, 2014. In Blackrock Mountain players must climb Blackrock Spire to defeat Ragnaros the Firelord. The adventure features five new wings with lots of nasty enemies, boss battles including nine all-new class challenges and a Heroic mode. Players can earn up to 31 new cards including legendary cards, such as Rend Blackhand, for completing the adventure.
The Omni Group has finally delivered on their promise to bring their iPad app OmniOutliner 2 to the iPhone. The company announced today that version 2.3 of the app with iPhone support has landed on the App Store. The update also adds a ton of new features including a redesigned outline view, additional templates and other improvements. You can see the complete release notes here.
For those who are not familiar with OmniOutliner, it is a feature-rich word processor that promises to be good enough to write a novel. The app features the ability to sync your documents between your iPad, Mac and now your iPhone or iPod touch. It also includes a custom rich-text editor, attachment support, audio recording and much, much more.
Sony on Wednesday rolled out its new streaming television platform called "PlayStation Vue" to Chicago, New York City, and Philadelphia. The service allows PlayStation 3 and 4 owners to stream live and on-demand television, movies and sports without a cable or satellite subscription. PlayStation owners can also save content for up to 28 days using the built-in cloud based DVR.
The service is available in three tiers starting at $49.99. The basic Access plan includes more than 50 channels including broadcast and basic cable networks such as CBS, Fox, CNN and Comedy Central. The $60 Core plans features all the same channels as the Access tier but includes more local sports. And finally, the Elite Vueing experience gives you all of the above plus more basic cable channels for $70 a month.
UPDATE: Available channels depend on your region. You can see some of the channels offered here.
The NCAA March Madness Live app has been updated with a new look for the 2015 Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. Like previous years, iPad owners can use the app to watch every game live when they log in with their TV provider information. Users without a cable/satellite subscription can only watch the CBS games, not the games that air on TBS, TNT and truTV.
The official March Madness app also features up-to-the-minute scores and stats, an interactive bracket, bracket challenges and more. The app is available for free on the App Store. It supports all devices running iOS 7.0 or later.
FiftyThree, the creators of the Pencil stylus, today teased its next suite of tools coming to its iPad app Paper. The company describes Think Kit as an "autocorrect for drawing" that speeds up the "creation of diagrams, charts, and presentation sketches." The Think Kit tools are powered by a new technology called "Intention Engine," that promises to augment the way you write and draw. FiftyThree didn't reveal many details about the new technology, but CEO Georg Petschnigg did give The Verge a clue on how it works.
"When you're working on a mobile device, you always have to tell it what you want to do before you can do it. Open a keyboard to type. Grab a shape or a pen tool to draw. We want to make it possible to create with a fluid ease, without having to prompt the computer first."