Microsoft Office Apps Finally Available for the iPad

Some of the most anticipated iPad apps have finally landed on the App Store. Satya Nadella, announced that Microsoft Office would be available for the iPad at his first public appearance since he became Microsoft’s new CEO. The announcement was made this morning during Microsoft's cloud and mobile strategy press conference in San Francisco. The new trio of apps include Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Microsoft Word for iPad

Each app is free to download but you will need an Office 365 subscription to create and edit documents within the app. A yearly subscription to Microsoft’s Office 365 service starts at $70. However, iPad owners can use the apps to view Office documents such as spreadsheets for free. This is important because Office documents can sometimes become unreadable when created on a PC and viewed on an iPad using alternative methods.

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Save 20% on an iPad mini or 10% on an iPad Air: Cartwheel by Target

Target is offering 15% off the first-generation iPad mini through its Cartwheel iOS app. You can also save an additional 5% when you use your Red card at any Target retail location. That's a total of 20% off the 16GB iPad mini, which makes it only $239. The Target Cartwheel deal ends on March 29, 2014, so you need to act now.

iPad Deals

You can also save 10% on any iPad Air model with the app, and apply the 5% Target Red card bonus to any in-store purchases. Taking advantage of both discounts will allow you to nab a 16GB Wi-Fi iPad Air for only $425. This deal also ends on March 29, 2014

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Game of Thrones Ascent Now Available for the iPad

Disruptor Beam and Kongregate have teamed up to bring HBO's Game of Thrones to the iPad. The free to play strategy RPG is based on the hit television series and George R.R. Martin’s novels A Song of Ice and Fire! The game begins in the days before the mysterious death of the King’s Hand.

Game of Thrones Ascent

Game of Thrones Ascent features over 2,500 quests, dozens of adventures, leaderboard support and the ability to build your noble house and choose your own background. The game will also be updated weekly with new quests that coincide with new episodes of the television series. Other highlights include:

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Clash of Clans Follow-Up Boom Beach Available This Thursday

Supercell's follow-up to the super successful Clash of Clans is set to land on the Apple App Store this Thursday. Boom Beach is a freemium combat strategy game where players "fight an epic war against the evil Blackguard".

Boom Beach

The game is already available on the Canadian App Store. It has been receiving mostly positive user reviews and it has a good approval rating from TouchArcade forum members. Here's the official App Store description:

"Storm the beach and win the day! Boom Beach is a combat strategy game where you fight an epic war against the evil Blackguard. Take your expeditionary force to beautiful paradise islands invaded by the enemy. Fight for every beachhead, free enslaved islanders and explore the uncharted archipelago. The fight becomes a race to harness the ancient powers hidden on the islands. Are you ready for the BOOM?"

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How to Check if You are Eligible for an eBook Credit from Amazon

Today Amazon announced it was sending out eBook credits as part of a settlement agreement between a few major publishers and a coalition of state Attorneys Generals. Amazon is not a part of the lawsuit, but the publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin and Macmillan have provided a fund for the credits after agreeing to settle on a price fixing lawsuit.

Amazon eBook Credit

Anyone who bought an eBook from one of these publishers between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012 is eligible for a credit and should have received an email about the settlement from Amazon in March 2014.

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Google Wants to Turn Your TV Into an Art Collaboration

Photowall for Chromecast is a new iOS app by Google which allows people to "collaborate with images" on their Chromecast-connected TVs. Chromecast owners can use the new app to doodle and comment on images before beaming them to their televisions to share with other Photowall users. The app also allows anyone to add photos to the montage, and it automatically uploads your Photowall creations to YouTube for easier sharing.

Photowall for Chromecast

Photowall for Chromecast is available for iOS devices only. It is free to download from the App Store and it is compatible with all devices running iOS 6.0 or higher.

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How to Put Your iPad In and Out of Recovery Mode

Most iOS software or app problems can be resolved by rebooting your device, however, in some circumstances it is necessary to put your iPad or iPhone into recovery mode. Here's how to put an iPad or iPhone into recovery mode in iOS 7 if your run into trouble.

iPad Recovery Mode

1. Make sure you have a USB cable to connect your iPad to your computer and that you have the latest version of iTunes installed.
2. Hold down the sleep/wake button on your iPad until you see the red "slide to power off" slider. Swipe to the right to turn off your device.
3. Connect your USB cable to your computer and iPad while holding the down Home button.
4. Release the Home button when you see the see the recovery image on your display (see above).

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Bye, Bye iPad 2: Apple Discontinues the Second-Generation Tablet

In a unsuspected move today, Apple has discontinued the iPad 2 and replaced it with the fourth-generation "iPad with Retina display". The Cupertino company also launched a more affordable 8GB version of its iPhone 5c in the UK. Now we know why most of the major retailers have been offering so many discounts on both the second-generation tablet and 16GB iPhone 5c.

iPad 2

The iPad 2 was originally unveiled on March 2, 2011, and has occupied Apple's entry-level tablet slot since being replaced by the iPad 3 a year later. However, the introduction of the iPad mini with Retina display at $399 has made the 9.7-inch second-generation tablet obsolete, forcing Apple to finally put it out to pasture.

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Astro Mined Offers a New and Fun Twist on Minesweeper

Astro Mined: Galactic Bombsquad is now available for all iOS devices. The game features 50 space-themed levels where players must solve puzzles to escape minefields.

Astro Mined: Galactic Bombsquad

The game is a lot like Minesweeper with its undifferentiated squares and number system which allows players to know how many adjacent squares contain mines. However, Astro Mined offers a twist by allowing players to use boulders to destroy the mines. Players can also collect fruit and coins to earn extra points.

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TinyCo Releases First Images of Family Guy Video Game

TinyCo has released the first images from its upcoming Family Guy video game for iOS and Android devices. The screenshots show popular characters such as Peter, Chris and Quagmire hanging around the town of Quahog.

Family Guy Video Game

TinyCo is working closely with Seth MacFarlane's production company Fuzzy Door to produce an original story for the resource management title. TinyCo said the game will have a "heavy focus on characters and story," and will include updates that move the story along. As you can see from the image below, the game will also include lesser known characters like the ATM guy from the episode To Love and Die in Dixie.

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