FiftyThree Announces Think Kit for Paper

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.

Think Kit

"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."


Race to the Moon with Buzz Aldrin's Space Program Manager

Slitherine has launched another simulation game for the iPad. Instead of its typical war title the video game publisher has released Buzz Aldrin's Space Program Manager. The game allows players to take on the role of Director for either NASA or the Soviet Space Agency in the 1960s.

Buzz Aldrin's Space Program Manager

In the campaign mode players can choose to recreate the famous "space race" between the Cold War rivals, or play as the fictional Global Space Agency (GSA). The NASA vs.USSR campaign allows players to build their own space agency from the ground up by assembling a team of Scientists, Engineers, Technicians (SET), Flight Controllers and Flight Crews. Players can also recreate famous space programs and launch missions such as the Sputnik satellite, and manage other aspects of their space agency while dealing with political pressure to beat their rival to the Moon.

New iPad Games and Apps of the Week: Sid Meier's Starships and More

It was a big week for both iPhone and iPad games this week. Several big titles including Sid Meier's Starships (iPad only), Dungeon Hunter 5 and Five Nights at Freddy's 3 all landed on the App Store on Thursday. The question isn't if you should download these games, but which one should you play first? Other big universal titles released to the App Store this week include: Angry Birds Stella POP!, Star Wars: Card Trader and Card Crawl.

Apple Watch

Here are the rest of this week's most noteworthy iPad app releases for 03/08/15 to 03/07/14. Apple's Free App of the Week is 8bit Doves. The game will be free on the Apple App Store until 03/19/15. Also don't forget to check out our App Store recap every Saturday for all the weekly universal releases, jailbreak tweaks, App Store news and important app updates.

Sid Meier's Starships Now Available for the iPad

2k Games today has released the follow-up to Civilization: Beyond Earth to the Apple App Store. Sid Meier's Starships continues the futuristic Civilization franchise after players have presumably colonized an alien world in Beyond Earth. The idea of the game is to build and maintain a fleet of starships to protect the future of your new home world.

Sid Meier's Starships

Like most Civilization titles there are four ways to win the game. Players can try to recruit other planets to join their alliance and build a planetary federation. This is achieved by stopping space pirates and saving other worlds to build good will in the universe. Other peaceful victories include being the first to finish all the branches of your research tree or being the first to complete all the Wonders of the universe. Players can also decide to wipe out all their enemies and take other planets by force.

Apple and HBO Now Deal to End in Three Months

HBO's deal with Apple to release its new online subscription service only on Apple devices is not permanent, according to IGN. An HBO spokesperson told the entertainment website that the deal with "Apple begins in April and will last for three months". This means HBO will eventually be free to launch the HBO Now app on other streaming devices like Roku or the PlayStation 4.

HBO CEO Richard Pepler announced that HBO Now would launch exclusively to Apple devices at the Spring Forward event on March 9. The new service offers access to HBO content to anyone with a broadband connection for $15 a month. Subscribers will be able to access HBO programming from the past, present and future including Hollywood movies, original HBO films, HBO documentaries and other HBO specials.

1980s Adventure Game Gold Rush Remade for iPad

Before the Hoffman crew landed on the Discovery channel, Gold Rush! the game was entertaining kids everywhere in 1988. The classic adventure game was eventually remade as Gold Rush! Anniversary for the PC and OS X in 2014 and now it is available for the iPad.

Gold Rush!

In Gold Rush! players take on the role of Jerrod Wilson, who must meet up with his brother in Sacramento. Wilson runs into problems leaving his home town of Brooklyn due to the 1849 California gold rush hitting at the same time he begins his journey. Players must decide to take one of three routes from New York to California, and on the way will see historic sites while running into danger such as Native Americans and deadly snow storms. The game features 130 pre-rendered images and animated scenes, English and German subtitles and new point-and-click controls optimized for touch displays.

HBO Now Launching Exclusively on Apple TV and App Store in April

Apple today announced at its Spring Forward event in San Francisco, California that HBO's new subscription service will launch exclusively on Apple TV and the App Store in April. The streaming service called HBO Now will be available for $14.99 a month with no cable subscription required. Subscribers will be able to access past, present and future HBO programming through their Apple TV digital media player or via the HBO app on their iPad or iPhone. The first month of HBO Now will be free to customers who sign up at launch.

HBO Logo

HBO CEO Richard Pepler made the announcement alongside Apple CEO Tim Cook at the Yerba Buena Center for the Performing Arts in San Francisco on Monday. Pepler also played the trailer for the fifth season of Game of Thrones at the media event.

New iPad Games and Apps of the Week: Spring Forward

Just a quick reminder that the Apple "Spring Forward" event will be available as a live stream on Monday, March 9 at 10 a.m. PDT. You can watch the event live on your iOS device or desktop using Safari at Apple is expected to reveal more details about the Apple Watch and possibly announce its new MacBook Air at the event.

Apple Watch

Here are this week's most noteworthy iPad app releases for 03/01/15 to 03/07/15. Apple's Free App of the Week is Temple Run: OZ. The endless runner will be free on the Apple App Store until 03/12/15. Also don't forget to check out our App Store recap every Saturday for all the weekly universal releases, jailbreak tweaks, App Store news and important app updates.

Slitherine Releases Vietnam...'65 for the iPad

It has been a great few weeks for strategy game fans, especially those who enjoy playing tactical war simulations on their iPad. Several games such as Ultimate General: Gettysburg have recently been released to the App Store, and video game publisher Slitherine has just launched a second title today. Vietnam...'65 is another war strategy game from the creators of Battle Academy. This time players must win the trust of the local population by waging a counter-insurgency against the Vietcong.


The game promises to "capture the true essence of the Vietnam War" by featuring a "Hearts and Minds" victory condition where players are tasked with keeping the support of the American people back home. Players must win a political victory while coordinating ground troops and carrying out airmobile operations to stop the North Vietnamese Army from "unifying North Vietnam with the South under communist rule."

iPad Pro Could be First iOS Device with USB Support

Production of the iPad Pro has been pushed back until September, according to reports from both Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal. This means the 12-inch slate will most likely not make an appearance at Apple's upcoming Spring Forward event on Monday, March 9th. An unnamed source told Bloomberg that "delays involving the supply of display panels" have forced Apple to start production later than they had hoped.

USB 3.0

People familiar with the iPad Pro’s design told the Wall Street Journal that the tablet may ship with USB 3.0 support. If true, this would make the iPad Pro the first iOS device to include a port for USB connected devices. The unnamed sources also claim that Apple is considering adding ports for a mouse and keyboard and that the company is working on faster charging technology.


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