Logitech launches new iPad Pro Smart Connector charging stand

Logi BASE

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 to launch Hungry Shark World on May 5th

Hungry Shark World

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.

Fight koala pirates in Tropical Wars

Tropical Wars

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 refreshes 12-inch MacBook with new color, processor and longer battery life

MacBook Rose Gold

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.

Amazon launches standalone Prime Video service for $8.99/mo

Amazon Prime Video

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.

New iPad Games and Apps of the Week: New Pocket Mortys and more

Pizza Morty

The Pokémon parody Pockey Mortys was updated this week with ten new Mortys. The new Mortys can be caught in the wild after certain badge requirements are met. I haven't personally checked them, but it safe to assume the first female Morty, Morticia, and Pizza Morty are two of the ten new characters. The game has also been updated with a new Paralyze attack, a paralyze antidote and a caught indicator, but no new missions. The best new feature is quick crafting recipes, because while crafting is fun it could become a little tedious after awhile.

Apple launches Apps for Earth with bonus content from Hearthstone, Candy Crush and more

Apps for Earth

Apple has created a special Apps for Earth section on the App Store. Proceeds from all the apps listed on the page will go to help WWF's (World Wildlife Fund) effort in global conservation. As part of the promotion, several popular apps are offering bonus content. For example, Hearthstone players can unlock an exclusive mage called, Khadgar, and Candy Crush Soda Saga is holding two weekend-only themed events (April 15-17 and April 21-24). You can access the Apps for Earth section via the App Store app on your device. If you do not see the Apps for Earth banner, double tap your Home button and swipe away the App Store panel to reload the app.

Amazon launches 'thinnest and lightest Kindle ever'

Kindle Oasis

Amazon today announced the Oasis -- the company's "thinnest and lightest Kindle ever." The eight-generation Kindle is "30% thinner on average and over 20% lighter than any other Kindle," according to Amazon. It weighs just 4.6 ounces and is just 3.4 mm at its thinnest point. The Oasis features a "featherweight" polymer frame that is "plated with metal by structural electroplating." This allows the digital reader to be lightweight while not being fragile. It is also designed to shift the center of gravity to your palm to give it a more book-like feel when reading.

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DisplayMate: 9.7-inch iPad Pro features 'best performing mobile LCD display'

iPad Pro

DisplayMate pitted the 9.7-inch iPad Pro against its predecessor the iPad Air 2, and decided that the new tablet features an "excellent top tier display." Even though the iPad Pro and iPad Air 2 share a lot of the same specifications, DisplayMate discovered that the Pro is "more than 20 percent brighter than the other current iPads." It also includes two color gamuts that deliver "color accuracy that is visually indistinguishable from perfect."

Airmail updated with iPad support

Airmail

The Mac email client, Airmail made the leap to iOS for the iPhone earlier this year, and today it has been updated with iPad support. Version 1.1 of the app includes several new features including Split View multitasking and 3D Touch support. iPhone 6s and 6s Plus owners can now preview emails using Peek and Pop, and the app now includes a quick action menu from the Home screen. The Send Later feature has also been ported from the desktop version.

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