Access Elder Scrolls Online the Minute it Comes Out

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 Online

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.

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Director Ken Burns Launches New iPad App Highlighting American History

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.

Ken Burns

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.”

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Flappy Bird Only Has 22 Hours Left to Live!

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."

Flappy Bird

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".

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First Masha and The Bear Mobile Game Lands on U.S. App Store

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.

Masha and The Bear: Search and Rescue

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.”

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iPad Accessories Likely to Drop in Price

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.

Apple lowers MFi fee, could result in cheaper iPad/iPhone accessories

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

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Target Offering $50 Gift Card with Purchase of iPad Air or Any iPad mini

Target is running a special limited time deal on all new iOS devices including the iPad Air and iPad mini. The sale begins on Sunday, February 9 and ends on Saturday, February 15. The retailer is offering a $50 gift card with the purchase of a 16GB iPad Air, any model iPad mini, or a 16GB iPhone 5s. Customers can also receive a $30 gift card with the purchase of an iPhone 5c.

Target iPad Sale

Target is also giving away gift cards for used iOS devices in good working condition. The Target Electronics Trade-In Program is powered by NextWorth, which we demonstrated pays more money for older devices than Walmart's trade-in program. NextWorth also pays via PayPal instead of store credit if you don't mind shipping your device directly to them.

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How to Stream the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Live on Your iPad

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are upon us today, in fact, the Opening Ceremonies have already begun (they kicked off at 11:00 EST), though NBC will delay their broadcast until 7:30 EST this evening. This delayed broadcast will be standard throughout the Olympics for the big events; very little will be televised live, and some events may not be broadcast at all, so you might be disappointed if you'd rather watch ice dancing than the Super-G. If you have a cable/dish provider and NBC's Sports Live Extra app, you'll be able to watch every event live.

Stream the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics live with NBC Sports Live Extra

With NBC Sports Live Extra, you will need to authenticate with your cable provider to be able to watch the live streams. All of the major providers are available along with hundreds of others, so this shouldn't present a problem for most. If you don't have a subscription you can still get a 30 minute temporary pass,

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Padcaster Launches Videography Case for the iPad mini

The creators of the original Padcaster video case for the Apple iPad have launched another Kickstarter campaign to fund the Padcaster Mini. The Padcaster is an aluminum frame that allows users to attach video gear to their iPad making it easier to shoot, edit and distribute HD video on their tablet. The Padcaster is so popular that it was recently featured in Apple's "Your Verse" iPad Air commercial.

Padcaster Mini

The iPad mini version features threaded holes for attaching video accessories, and a bracket for 72mm and 58mm lens adapters. The Padcaster has also been used as a DSLR cage, teleprompter, and as a "tool to help disabled children in the classroom," according to the Kickstarter description.

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Customize Your Hand-Made iPad Case at Pad & Quill

Pad & Quill, a St. Paul, Minnesota based maker of top shelf iPad and iPhone cases, has just released their new "Author Series" of cases specifically for the iPad Air. If you're looking for something other than the typical flimsy, solid color case, one that you can customize to look and feel like quality craftsmanship, you should check these out.

Pad & Quill iPad Air case

The Author Series iPad Air cases, as the title suggests, resemble hardcover books. The case is made from hand finished wood that is covered with satin cloth. You can choose from nine solid colors and five patterns for the outer fabric. A patterned cover adds ten dollars to the $79.99 base price. You also choose

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Apple iPad 2 Only $299 at Walmart

Walmart is offering $100 in rollback savings on Apple's 16GB Wi-Fi-only iPad 2 for the next 30 days. The retailer is also giving away up to $300 in store credit for older device trade-ins. Older model tablets are bringing in at least $100, which means you could potentially get an iPad 2 for $199. That's not a bad price if you're looking to nab a second-generation iPad, but it seems silly to buy an iPad 2 when you could get a newer iPad mini with Retina display for around the same price. Even the 7-inch 16GB Kindle Fire HD is cheaper at $199.

iPad 2 Sale

You can also trade-in your old smartphone and receive store credit towards a 16GB iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c or Samsung Galaxy S3/S4. The amount of credit you will receive depends on the condition of your old device, and the deal requires that you sign a new two-year agreement with AT&T or Verizon.

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