Gaming has come a long way on iOS, especially after Apple opened its doors to allow third-party external controllers, but it is still not the same experience as playing high-quality games on a PC. This is why Nvidia has decided to bring high-quality gaming to mobile devices by releasing the Shield Tablet powered by a Tegra K1 processor normally only found on extreme gaming PCs.
The Shield Tablet was created specifically for PC gamers who also enjoy playing video games on the go. The new tablet features an 8-inch 1920 x 1200 display and it has enough power to run Unreal Engine 4 so players can access games like DirectX 12. The Nvidia Shield Tablet is equipped with front facing stereo speakers (in case you don't own headphones), two 5MP cameras and a microSD slot for up to 128GB of expandable storage. Other specs include 2GB of RAM, WiFi N with MIMI 2×2, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS w/ GLONASS.
There hasn't been much talk about the next-generation iPad mini because everyone is mostly focused on Apple's larger iPhone 6 models and rumored iWatch. However, a new report from the Chinese site UDN claims that the third-generation iPad mini will be dropping the "with Retina display" from its name in favor of the word "Air". This is because Apple is reportedly planning to launch a 30 percent thinner iPad mini later this year.
The iPad mini with Retina display is 7.5mm thin, and Apple plans to make it thinner by using a new manufacturing technique to shave off two millimeters. The iPad mini Air will also allegedly be powered by Apple's new and faster A8 processor.
If the rumor mill is to be believed, then Apple plans to release a staggering amount of new products this fall.
Blizzard Entertainment has released a preview for some of the cards from the first Hearthstone expansion, Curse of Naxxramas. The first wing of Naxxramas, the Arachnid Quarter, opens tomorrow for free, and will be followed by four additional wings each week. The four additional unnamed wings will cost 700 per wing or $6.99 per wing to open.
The Naxxramas wings will also be available in bundles for those interested in buying all five at once. The bundles do not offer any special benefits, such as early access, but they will ensure that you will get immediate access when each wing opens. Players who use gold to purchase an individual wing will also have the option to buy smaller bundles. For example, if you unlock the Arachnid Quarter wing for free tomorrow, and decide to buy the second wing for 700 gold the following week, you will be able to pay the 3-wing bundle price for the remaining wings.
Amazon has officially rolled out its Kindle Unlimited subscription service. The new program is like Netflix for books. Customers can get unlimited access to over 600,000 digital titles and thousands of audio books for only $9.99 a month. The service is available on Kindle Fire HDX tablets, the iPad and iPhone and Android devices.
Subscribers can cancel at anytime, and there are no browsing limits or restrictions on how many titles you can read within a month. This is a lot better than Amazon's current Kindle Owner’s Lending Library because you do not need to pay $99 to join Amazon Prime, and downloads are not limited to Amazon devices. Customers can sign up for a free 30-day trial through Amazon.com.
As usual, there were only a handful of games released for the iPad this week, but Blizzard Entertainment did announce the release date for the first Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft expansion. The first level of "Curse of Naxxramas" will be available for free on July 22. The additional levels will be available weekly for 700 gold per wing or $6.99 per wing.
Here's a quick look at some of the games released for the iPad through 07/13/14 to 07/19/14. Apple's Free App of the Week is Cinamatic. The film creation app will be free on the Apple App Store until 07/24/14. Also don't forget to check out our weekly App Store recap every Saturday for all the weekly universal releases, jailbreak tweaks, App Store news and important app updates.
Blizzard announced today that Naxxramas will begin opening its gates starting with the Arachnid Quarter on July 22. The Naxxramas is part of the first Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft expansion being released for Windows, Mac and iOS. The adventure involves a floating necropolis with five wings that will be opened weekly. The Naxxramas is "home to a host of undead bosses ready to challenge worthy opponents," according to the original blog post.
The first level will be free to play during the month long launch event. The next four levels will then be available for 700 gold per wing or $6.99 USD per wing. Players will also be able to defeat the bosses Anub’Rekhan, Grand Widow Faerlina, and Maexxna to earn new cards to add to their collections and unlock "heroic mode" when they defeat all five levels. There will also be Curse of Naxxramas bundle packages for those who want to pre-order all five wings. You can learn more about the Curse of Naxxramas here.
Normally movie tie-ins are free on the App Store, but Marvel Entertainment has decided to charge $4.99 for Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon. The game has zero in-app purchases and there is no internet connection required to play. This is nice change of pace from the shoddy, free endless runners that movie studios normally try to pass off as worthwhile iOS games.
In case you have been hiding under a rock for the past few weeks, Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel Entertainment's newest movie featuring a team of misfits, including a talking Raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper. There is also a talking tree named Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel, plus Lee Pace stars as the villain, Ronan the Accuser. The movie hits theaters on August 1, 2014.
Satellite TV provider DirecTV will be offering the NFL Sunday Ticket for the 2014 season, and you will not need a subscription to DirecTV in order to live stream games on your iPad, iPhone, iPod or Mac. The service will be available through NFLSundayTicket.tv, but that hasn't launched yet. A promotional page is up with all the details.
No official announcement has been made yet, and it looks as though eligibility may be limited to certain areas, judging by some of the FAQs at the bottom of the page. Viewing will be limited to out of market games only, but the Red Zone channel is included, as well as a new "DirecTV Fantasy Zone" channel that will highlight the big fantasy news of the day and show real-time fantasy stats.
Paul McCartney has released five of his albums as iPad apps. The albums include: Band on the Run, RAM, Wings over America, McCartney and McCartney II. Each app is $7.99 and includes all the tracks remastered from the original albums, video clips, artwork and rare photographs. The apps are actually cheaper than buying the full album from iTunes. For example, McCartney II (Deluxe Version) is $12.99 to download, and you do not get any of the bonuses,such as rehearsal footage for "Coming Up".
McCartney is not the first musician to release an album as an interactive app. Bjork did it in 2011 with Biophilia and Lady Gaga released ARTPOP as a universal app in 2013. Bjork's iOS album included extras like music scores with karaoke playback. Gaga's app is described as "a musical and visual engineering system that combines art, fashion, and technology".
According to a report in the The Daily Mail, British fuel cell firm, Intelligent Energy, is working with Apple on new battery technology that could allow mobile devices to go days, if not weeks, before they need to be charged.
According to the paper, Intelligent Energy revealed that it, in collusion with "an international electronics company," had purchased a number of patents related to fuel cell technology. Though the tabloid publication is far from the pinnacle of accuracy, it does get some things right, and in this particular case it claims that it was told by "senior sources in the US" that Apple and Intelligent Energy hoped to have new fuel cells on the market within the next few years. It also claimed to have another source "who has knowledge of the partnership, [and] confirmed that Apple is the big name working with the Loughborough-based firm."