Blizzard today announced its first expansion to Hearthstone during the opening ceremony of Blizzcon at the Anaheim Convention Center. The expansion is called "Goblins vs Gnomes" and it will include 120 of the "most dangerous cards you can imagine". Two of the cards previewed at the event were "Explosive Sheep" and "Annoy-o-Tron". The expansion will be available for all players this December. You can see a preview of some of the cards being released here.
The Goblins vs Gnomes cards will be available to win in Arena mode or players will be able to purchase them with in-game gold or real world money. Goblins vs Gnomes is the game's first official expansion, while the Curse of Naxxramas, which was released last summer, was the game's first "adventure".
The iPad has been a real lifesaver for fans of strategic war games in a time when console gaming is all about massive online fist-person shooters. Almost a week never goes by without a new strategic-level war game or turn-based board game being released for Apple's tablet, and one can only assume that the games are only going to get better as the iPad improves. In the last few weeks premium titles such as Battle Academy 2: Eastern Front and Russian Front have been released to the App Store. While these games may be a bit too pricey for casual fans, any die hard turn-based game lover will have no problem shelling $10 to $20 for a decent release. Hopefully developers such as 2K Games take note and start developing better mobile versions of popular titles such as Civilization in the future.
The latest strategy game for the iPad comes from Hunted Cow Studios, who is known for its browser and mobile games like Civil War: 1864. The studios latest release, Rebels and Redcoats, is based on the 1995 hex-based board game from Decision Games. Rebels and Redcoats allows players to recreate four famous battles in the American War of Independence and command up to 24 different combat units. The game is available now for $9.99 on the App Store.
The team of hackers behind the latest iOS 8 jailbreak have announced via Twitter that a Mac version should be available in a "couple of days". This is good news if you don't have a Windows computer and are still waiting to jailbreak your iOS device, especially since it was revealed that iOS 8.1.1 will kill the jailbreak when it is released. This means anyone who has been holding off on upgrading to iOS 8.1 should do it as soon as possible so they don't get stuck at 7.x.
Cydia creator Saurik also announced today that the Pangu jailbreak is "stable enough" and enabled Cydia purchases so users can buy apps and tweaks. Saurik's announcement comes a few days after Team Pangu updated the Pangu jailbreak to version 1.2.0 to fix a few bugs.
The Pokémon Company today has updated its iPad version of Pokémon TCG Online. Version 2.24.0 of the game adds support for the Pokémon TCG XY: Phantom Forces expansion, the XY Trainer Kit—Bisharp and Wigglytuff 2-player set. This means players will be able to use Trainer Tokens to purchase 5-card Phantom Forces booster packs within the app. Players will also be able to redeem codes found in all three physical versions of the expansions to unlock digital versions of those decks.
Pokémon TCG Online was released for the iPad on September 30, 2014. The iOS version is a port of the popular online version with the same name. Players can use their Pokémon Trainer Club account to save their decks to use on both the iPad and desktop versions. Pokémon TCG Online is also one of the first official iOS games released by a Nintendo subsidiary. It was followed by a release of Camp Pokémon, the first Pokémon designed specifically for iOS devices.
The future of the iPad mini was heavily being questioned before Apple's 2014 iPad keynote in October. Some people believed that Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) would discontinue the 7-inch tablet since the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus already offered a phablet-sized option. However, rumors of the iPad mini's demise turned out not to be true and Apple did launch a third-generation model.
Today, rumors of the imminent end of iPad mini have resurfaced. According to Taiwan’s Economic Daily News (via iDownloadblog) the iPad mini 3 will be the last of Apple's 7-inch tablets. Apple is expected to stop production on the iPad mini to focus on its upcoming rumored 12-inch iPad Pro. This isn't entirely shocking news since Apple paid very little attention to the smaller tablet during its iPad Air 2 event in October. There also seemed to be a lack of interest in the 7-inch iPad leading up to the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 release. The iPad Air 2 was leaked way more than the iPad mini 3, and Apple fans were way more focused on the upcoming iPhone 6 launch and Apple watch than anything else.
Apple will launch its 12-inch iPad Pro sometime in early 2015, according to Macotakara. The larger-sized tablet will be 6.9mm thin and come equipped with stereo speakers. The Japanese blog also claims that the iPad Pro is being modeled after the iPad Air 2 and has provided a rough sketch of the rumored device, which you can see below.
Several reliable outlets, such as Bloomberg, have claimed that Apple is working on a 12.9-inch iPad, but Macotakara says the iPad Pro will only sport a 12.2-inch display. If the rumors are true, it is probably safe to assume that the iPad Pro will feature Touch ID and Apple's A8X chip, like the iPad Air 2. Other iPad Pro specs, besides having a microphone on the top and bottom, are unknown at this time.
UPDATE: We have tested Pangu version 1.1. Click here for instructions on how to jailbreak your iPad or iPhone running iOS 8.0 - iOS 8.1.
We are currently in the process of testing the new iOS 8 jailbreak tool released by Team Pangu. While this means we can't say with 100 percent certainty that the jailbreak is safe, Team Pangu is quickly becoming a trusted source for iOS jailbreaks.
The Chinese team of hackers known as Team Pangu burst onto the scene in June when they released an iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak tool. Besides ruffling a few feathers in the jailbreak community for burning a few exploits on what some considered a useless jailbreak, the tool was confirmed safe by the well known hacker iH8sn0w. JailbreakMe creator Comex also praised Team Pangu for putting an end to an unhealthy monopoly on public jailbreaks.
Collectible card battling games are quickly becoming the new endless runner for the iPad. It seems like everyone and their brother are releasing one these days. The latest comes from Konami, who has just launched Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation to the U.S. App Store after soft-launching the game in Canada. Early reviews say the iOS version captures the essence of the original card game and is a lot like the Nintendo DS version.
The official App Store description promises that Duel Generation is beginner friendly, and that it features over 6,000 cards to collect, weekly challenges and both offline and online play. Players can battle characters from the animated TV series in single mode, or take on other Yu-Gi-Oh fans from around the globe.
DeNA's free-to-play Star Wars game is now available for iOS devices. Star Wars: Galactic Defense is a tower defense title where players can choose to play as either the light or dark side. The game features pretty standard tower defense game play, where players have three towers and one champion to defend their base. Players can also connect with Facebook to exchange resources with their friends.
The game includes all the standard Star Wars characters such as Han Solo and Yoda. You begin the game with Luke Skywalker as your champion and can unlock others as you advance through the game. There are a total of 18 Rebel and 18 Galactic Empire champions to unlock.
T-Mobile customers can now purchase an iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 at T-Mobile.com or at T-Mobile retail locations. All models are available, except the 128GB iPad Air 2, for zero dollars down with 24 monthly payments starting at $26.24 for the 16GB iPad Air 2 and $22.08 for the iPad mini 3. T-Mobile is also still offering its double your data deal. For just $10, the deal allows users to add one tablet and match the data on their Simple Choice voice plan.
Correction: The 64GB iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 is $100 down and the 128GB iPad mini 3 model is $199 down.
If you rather pay for your iPad upfront instead of making monthly payments, or want a Wi-Fi-only model, both the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are available through Apple.com starting at $499 and $399, respectively. The iPad Air 2 is also available at Bestbuy.com, AT&T.com and Verizonwireless.com.