There is a whole lot of buying going on in the tech industry right now. According to multiple reports, Twitter is considering a deal to buy SoundCloud, and the Google-owned YouTube is close to acquiring Twitch. SoundCloud is a free music and audio-sharing service with over 250 million users. The proposed acquisition comes after Twitter shuddered its own failed #Music app in April. Twitter hopes the addition of SoundCloud will help the company take advantage of users who share music on the microblogging service and enable it to grow its user base.
Meanwhile, YouTube has set its sights on the live-streaming service Twitch. According to inside sources, YouTube has outbid several companies such as Microsoft and is close to acquiring Twitch for $1 billion. If the deal goes through, YouTube will own one of the most popular video game streaming services with over 1 million users. Variety claims the deal is "expected to be announced imminently," but according to The Wall Street Journal the "talks are at an early stage, and a deal isn't imminent".
The secret sharing app Whisper has added a new option which reveals whispers from other users that relate to your own. The app still keeps your whispers anonymous, but it now displays related posts so you can interact with like minded people in the community. Version 4.0 of the app also adds the ability for users to easily search over 200 categories and see secrets based on location.
Whisper is an anonymous social community where users are encouraged to share their thoughts with the world. Members can post their "whispers" to a "realtime stream" for instant gratification and interact with other members while keeping their true identity a secret. The app features a selection of photos and creative fonts for users to use, and it allows users to follow and comment on topics they find interesting.
Here are this week's most noteworthy iPad games released to the App Store between 05/11/14 to 05/17/14.. Click here for a complete list of new iPhone Apps and Games also released this week. Apple's Free App of the Week is the hotel booking app Kayak Pro. The app will be free on the App store until 05/22/14.
If you love demon babies and hate fairies then this is the game for you. In Demons vs Fairyland you must summon an army of skeletons, zombies and other monsters to stop the fairies from stealing your children!
A photo of what looks to be a possible iPad Pro industrial prototype was discovered on Chinese site Weibo.com by French site Nowhereelse.fr.
The photo shows a very rough rendering of what appears to be an aluminum back plate of a very large iPad casing. You can see an etched circle at the top left for the rear facing camera and an Apple symbol in the middle. Though it is impossible to determine the precise measurements from the picture, it is clearly larger than the 9.7" iPad Air. It isn't clear where the specifications for this mockup came from so, as always, don't take it as gospel.
Fingerlab, who is more known for its music related apps, has released its first platformer for iOS devices. Atom Run takes place in the year 2264 where all human life has become extinct. The world is now ruled by robots who have gone crazy after being exposed to radiation. You control Elgo, the only sane robot left, as he tries to collect atoms and molecules to create new life.
Fingerlab describes the game as an "action-adventure fast paced platformer" with "precise and intuitive commands". The game features an original score by french electronic artist KingQ4, and it is available in several languages including French, English, Italian and Spanish. The game also includes third-party controller support and Game Center support.
Chinese iPhone clones like the Goophone i5C or the HR2000 from Hero are nothing new, but no one has ever really copied the iPad mini, until now! Enter Xiamoi, who recently announced its new iPad mini look-alike the Mi Pad. The 7.9-inch tablet comes in an iPhone 5c array of colors and it is even built from the same "unapologetically plastic" as Apple's underachieving handset.
Unlike most copycats who prefer to distance themselves from Apple, Xiamoi has no problem admitting its new tablet uses the same materials as the iPhone 5c. The Mi Pad is powered by the new Tegra K1 processor and it runs Android with the MIUI UI atop it. It also features a 2048 x 1536 IPS display, an 8MP Sony rear-facing camera with an F/2.0 aperture, and a 5MP camera on the front.
As expected, Transformers: Age of Extinction is getting a mobile game tie-in. DeNA and Hasbro announced that the game will be available for iOS, Android and Windows devices sometime this summer. Besides a vague release date DeNA did not reveal many other details. The official press release describes the game "an explosive interactive entertainment experience". You can also get a "rare in-game weapon" by pre-registering for the game at Transformer-Mobile.com.
The Michael Bay directed movie is set to hit theaters on June 27, 2014. Age of Extinction is the fourth movie in the Transformers franchise. It stars Mark Wahlberg and Nicola Peltz. Here's the trailer.
It has been just six weeks since Microsoft's Office for iPad launched, and the company claims that there have been over 27 million downloads so far. This is good news for Apple, mixed news for Microsoft.
The popular productivity suite which includes Excel, Word and PowerPoint has been available in the iOS App Store since late March. According to Business Insider, Microsoft general manager of the Office Division, Julia White, announced at the company's TechEd customer conference on Monday that Office
One of the most requested features on the iPad has to be the ability to multitask. According to Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac, Apple is planning on adding the ability to run two apps at once on the iPad with the release of iOS 8. iPad users will not only be able to run two apps simultaneously, but they will also be able to make supported apps interact with one another.
Apple is reportedly adding the ability for developers to enable their apps to interact with other apps. If true, this means users will be able to drag video or images from one app to another, and so on.
Retailers and accessory makers will be looking to move inventory as we get closer to the release of the second-generation iPad Air and third-generation iPad mini. This is a great time for bargain shoppers who are looking to upgrade their Apple tablet or accessories. Make sure you bookmark our iPad Air deals page and follow us @TheiPadGuide for future sales.
Griffin Technology is offering 25% off its Survivor Custom Case for the iPad mini. Customers can choose the color of the case's silicone wrap, Polycarbonate shell and built-in stand. The case is military-spec designed and meets all the requirements outlined in the US Department of Defense MIL-STD-810, according to Griffin. It promises to deflect "wind and rain" and protect against drops on concrete surfaces from 6'/1.8 m high.