Up until now only iOS users who were lucky enough to nab emulators like Slider Puzzle or MAME could enjoy playing Nintendo games on their iPad or iPhone, but that has all changed thanks to a new website called webNES. The website allows iOS users to use their Dropbox account to upload NES ROMs to play on their mobile browser. The best part about the website is Apple can't shut it down like it does with emulators uploaded to the App Store.
WebNES works with both Safari and Chrome, and includes five pre-installed games: Croom, Tetramino, Galaxy Patrol, Fighter F-8000 and BoxBoy. It also features its own on-screen Nintendo controller with D-pad and A / B buttons, so all you will need is your own NES ROMs, and headphones if you want sound.
The new iOS 7 progress circle isn't an accurate representation of how much download time is left when you're trying to install an app to your device. This can be really annoying if you're impatient, or if you're trying to download multiple or large apps. Thankfully developer SmartViperE75 has released AppETA to give iPad and iPhone owners a more accurate reading when installing apps.
AppETA just doesn't bring back the classic progress bar, but it also offers the option to use a double tap gesture to bring up an "information alert". The information card lets you know the size of the app you're downloading, the time left on the download, and speed of the download. You can also customize the look of the download bar and information card.
Cartoon Network has released a new app titled Card Wars for all iOS devices. The game is based on the episode of Adventure Time with the same name. Card Wars is a Magic: The Gathering-inspired game where users summon creatures and cast spells using decks of collectible cards.
Players can play as Finn, Jake, BMO, Princess Bubblegum, Marceline and Flame Princess, and summon warriors like Husker Knights, Cool Dog, the Immortal Maize Walker, and Pig. Players can also collect additional cards by defeating opponents, and earn experience to level up their creatures, spells, and towers, or fuse them together. Card Wars - Adventure Time is available on the App Store for $3.99 and it is compatible with all devices running iOS 6 or later.
After nearly three years on the market, the non-Retina iPad 2 will be discontinued. This is according to a report by AppleInsider, which states Apple will ramp down legacy iPad 2 production and take the model off the market "in the near future". The news comes as no surprise, as similarly priced iPad mini units with Retina displays are outselling the older design.
For those looking to pick up a Wi-Fi only iPad 2 before they disappear from shelves, the device can be had for only $299 at Walmart, a discount of $100 off Apple retail pricing. The iPad 2 features the dual-core A5 processor, front-facing FaceTime camera, 1024 x 768 display resolution (132 pixels per inch) and a 30-pin dock connector.
Pandora has released version 5.2 of its iOS app which brings improvements to both the iPad and iPhone. iPad users can now utilize the Sleep Timer previously only found on the iPhone and iPod. The new feature can be found in the settings of any station on the Pandora Radio app. From here users can set up a countdown time so Pandora will shutdown after 15, 30 or 60 minutes. The update also adds personalized Push Notifications, updates on new music added to stations, and the ability follow friends and comment on their profile.
Amazon.com is now accepting pre-orders for Elder Scrolls Online and The Elder Scrolls Online Imperial Edition. The Basic and Imperial Edition for Mac and PC will be available on April 4, 2014 at 12:00 AM (US/Pacific). Customers who pre-order now will have instant access to game the minute it is available, and will also receive the Explorer’s Pack bonus, which includes: Scuttler vanity pet, four bonus treasure maps, and the ability to play as any of the nine races in any Alliance. The Imperial Edition is $20 more than the basic set and includes a variety of physical extras like a 12-inch Molag Bal statues and additional bonus digital content.
Elder Scrolls is a multiplayer online role-playing game and a prequel to the other titles in the franchise. It takes place a millennium before the events of Skyrim and is set in the continent of Tamriel. Here's the official description:
Experience one connected world and stay up-to-date with everything your friends are doing in one of the most socially enabled games ever. Whether you play with your friends or adventure alone, the game's innovative mouse-driven combat system allows you to focus on action and tactics, not the user interface. Use any weapon or armor at any time and customize your abilities to play the way you want as you uncover the mysteries of Tamriel and seek heroic quests on your own terms. Explore the far reaches of Skyrim, the mysterious lands of Morrowind, the sprawling metropolis of Daggerfall and beyond. The choices you make, from the alliance you join to the battles you fight, will shape your destiny and the world of Tamriel.
American director Ken Burns has released an iPad app that transforms all 136 hours of his award-winning documentaries into bite-size playlists. The app features videos that explore a chronological history of America in six themes: innovation, race, politics, art, hard times, and war.
The official app description warns that this is not a "collection of Ken’s filmography," but it's an "entirely new way of looking at American history."
“I really felt it was time to stop and think about [my work] in a new way, and to understand and honor new media,” Burns says. “I’ve never had a digital destination that allowed people to see the work from a different way, to rotate it a little bit.”
The App Store hit known for being one of the hardest and worst mobile games on the market only has 22 hours left to live. Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen tweeted: "I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore."
Nguyen said he is not pulling the app "due to any legal issues," and that he is not interested in selling the game. The Flappy Bird creator also recently tweeted that the press was "overrating" the game's success and all he wants is "peace".
The first officially licensed game based on the cartoon Masha and The Bear is now avilable for iOS devices. Masha and the Bear: Search and Rescue is a side-scroller where players must use a hot air balloon to save rabbits from a flood. Along the way players can also collect candy to spend on items and power-ups from the in-game shop.
The app's cute story based on old Russian folklore, easy to use controls and lack of any danger make it a cute and innocent game for children to play. The game has been a hit on the Russian App Store, and the Masha and The Bear cartoon has been gaining popularity in Europe and Asia.
“We know there are huge numbers of Masha fans worldwide, and as lovers of the cartoon ourselves, we took our responsibility very seriously," said Game Manager Maxim Kochurin. "Long hours and every bit of effort has gone into not only creating the best possible game, but also one which encapsulates the passion, delight and vibrancy of the characters and the world they live in. In our opinion, we’ve achieved what we set out to do. We love the game and we are sure parents and children around the world will love it as much as we do.”
Consumers should soon see at least a slight reduction in the price of most electronic and audio accessories (basically any accessory that needs to be plugged into the iPad, including headphones and game controllers), due to Apple reducing the licensing fees charged to third party accessory manufacturers.
In order for a third party manufacturer to successfully develop and market an iPad (or iPhone or iPod) accessory, paying Apple's MFi (made for iPhone/iPad/iPod) fee is part of doing business. By doing so, they are granted access to hardware components, technical support, documentation et cetera that are