Opera launches free VPN service for iPad and iPhone

Opera VPN

Opera Software has launched a new free VPN app to the Apple App Store. The app offers users the ability to block ads and stop advertisers from tracking their web history. VPNs and ad blockers are normally only available as paid subscription services, but Opera has decided to offer its service free of charge. The Opera VPN not only allows users to surf the web anonymously, but it can be used to get around content restrictions by using virtual locations in the U.S., Canada, Germany, Singapore, and the Netherlands.

New iPad Games and Apps of the Week: Hungry Shark World and more

Olympus Rising

As promised, the fifth title in the Hungry Shark series was released to the U.S. App Store this week. Hungry Shark World features 17 shark species in 7 different size tiers, 3 open worlds to explore 20 different mission and tons of innocent types of people to eat and objects to destroy. The game is available for free on the Appl App Store. It supports the iPhone 5 or later, iPad mini 2/3, iPad 3 and later and the sixth-generation iPod touch running iOS 8.0 or later.

YouTube working on bundled cable TV channel service for 2017

YouTube Unplugged

After announcing that Hulu is planning to launch an online cable subscription service, Bloomberg published a second report claiming YouTube is also working on its own cable-style service called, Unplugged. YouTube is aiming to launch the service as early as 2017. The video streaming company has already been in talks with major media companies, such as Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal, Viacom Inc., Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. and CBS Corp., but it has yet to to secure any rights, according to anonymous inside sources.

Apple planning Music overhaul due to tepid response

Apple Music Revamp

After scrapping iTunes Radio and acquiring Beats music streaming service, Apple is once again going back to the drawing board to revamp Apple Music, according to Bloomberg. The iPhone maker plans to make its music streaming service "more intuitive to use" and better integrate its streaming and download businesses while expanding its online radio service. The overhaul comes after a tepid response from users, and after several key Apple Music executives left the company.

Hulu in talks to launch own cable-style steaming service

Hulu

Hulu is preparing to compete with Sling TV and other online streaming companies as it prepares to launch its own "cable-style" service, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Walt Disney Co. and 21st Century Fox owned Hulu plans to license channels from its parent companies in order to launch a new arm of its already established on-demand streaming service. The service will include channels such as ABC, ESPN, Disney, Fox and more. Hulu is also in talks with other providers, according to the WSJ.

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New iPad Games and Apps of the Week: Angry Birds Action and more

The Angry Birds Movie

It was a slow week for the App Store overall, but there was one major new iPad-only release, Pathfinder Adventures. We highlighted the new RPG here. Since our write up the game has earned a 3 1/2 star rating and it has been trending on Touch Arcade. You can download Pathfinder Adventures on the App Store for free.

Rovio Entertainment has released an Angry Birds tie-in for the upcoming movie. Angry Birds Action is a pinball-style smashing game starring characters from the animated film. This seems like a last gasp for Rovio as the game is struggling to climb the App Store charts, stuck at only number 24 at the time of this post. Most Angry Birds titles have enjoyed at least a top 10 spot for a few days after a release. The game also includes IAPs, which is odd for a movie tie-in. You can download Angry Birds Action for free on the App Store.

Pathfinder Adventures now avilable for the iPad

Pathfinder Adventures

Paizo Inc.'s adventure role playing game has made its way to the iPad. Pathfinder Adventures is a 1-4 players cooperative card game based on the popular tabletop game. The app was released by Obsidian Entertainment and it includes all the towns, cities, dungeons and landscapes from the Rise of the Runelords campaign. The app comes with one free adventure, and offers two additional adventures, Burnt Offerings and The Skinsaw Murders, as IAPs. You can download all the current adventures plus future adventures in the Rise of the Runelords pack for $24.99.

Hearthstone patched and ready for Whispers of the Old Gods

Whispers of the Old Gods

Today is the day Hearthstone players can purchase and play with the new expansion, Whispers of the Old Gods. Blizzard issued an update to its Hearthstone app on Monday, preparing the Tavern for the arrival of all 134 new cards. The update also brings a ton of new features and upgrades, including an updated Friendly Challenge menu, 3 new card backs to unlock and several card changes.

Logitech launches new iPad Pro Smart Connector charging stand

Logi BASE

Accessory maker Logitech has given both Mac Rumors and 9to5Mac an early preview of their Logi BASE -- an iPad Pro charging stand for both the 9.7- and 12.9-inch models. The Logi BASE uses the iPad Pro Smart Connector to charge your tablet without the need of cables.

The stand is made from high-grade aluminum and it features three Smart Connector pins that fit into the Smart Connector Port on any iPad Pro, plus it includes a Lightning port situated in the middle of the stand. The Logi BASE allows you to charge your iPad in landscape mode while delivering the “perfect viewing angle for enjoying apps and entertainment," according to Logitech. A plastic lip on the front of the stand holds your iPad in place and a sticky adhesive on the bottom prevents the charging dock from slipping on slick surfaces.

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