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Sons of Anarchy Will Live on as Interactive iOS Game

Sons of Anarchy will live on after its seventh and final season wraps up on FX tonight. Orpheus Interactive has teamed up with Fox Digital Entertainment to develop an iOS game based on the hit television show. The game, titled Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect, will be an interactive episode-based title, like Telltale's popular Walking Dead and Game of Thrones series.

Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect

Fans of the show will be able to explore an entire new story involving another chapter of the infamous Sons of Anarchy motorcycle club. The game promises to deliver the same "treachery, graphic action, intrigue and life and death decision making" that fans have come to anticipate from the show. Kurt Sutter, the creator of Sons of Anarchy, even tweeted that that the game is "pretty f**king awesome.“

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Apple Names Pixelmator and Monument Valley iPad App and iPad Game of the Year

After wrapping up its "Red" promotion for World's AIDS Day, Apple has quietly released its Best of 2014 list featuring the company's favorite apps and games released to the App Store this year. Not surprisingly, Apple chose Pixelmator as the iPad app of the year. You may remember Apple demoed the photo editing app at its iPad Air 2 keynote in October. Pixelmator is available on the App Store for $9.99.

Monument Valley

The best iPad game of the year honors went to Monument Valley. The puzzle game has earned rave reviews for its surreal design and has been called one of the most beautiful iPad games ever created. It is also available for the iPhone but most reviews recommend playing it on the iPad only. Monument Valley is available for only $3.99 on the App Store.

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New iPad Games and Apps of the Week: Game of Thrones and More

Telltale this week released its highly anticipated Game of Thrones series to the App Store. Part one of the six part episodic series titled “Iron from Ice” is available now for $4.99. Additional chapters will be available as in-app purchases as they're released. The game allows players to explore the Game of Thrones universe as different members of the House Forrester, a noble family briefly mentioned in the fifth book “A Dance with Dragons". The game also includes the voices of Game of Thrones actors Lena Headey and Peter Dinklage.

Game of Thrones - A Telltale Games Series

This new story tells of House Forrester, a noble family from the north of Westeros, loyal to the Starks of Winterfell. Caught up in the events surrounding the War of the Five Kings, they are thrown into a maelstrom of bloody warfare, revenge, intrigue, and horror as they fight to survive while the seven kingdoms tear themselves apart. You will take on the role of different members of the Forrester household, and determine their fate through the choices you make; your actions and decisions will change the story around you.

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Realore Games Looking for Beta Testers for Upcoming Strategy Game

Realore Games is looking for beta testers for its upcoming multiplayer strategy title called Warhunger. The game has been in development for two years and will launch for the iPad after the final beta testing is complete.

Warhunger allows players to control one of two armies who have been embroiled in a centuries-long war. Players can build fortresses and attack their opponent's castles with armies led by heroes with individual abilities. The game also features PvE missions, a main story line to follow and the ability to build unique units and buildings depending on your faction.

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Get Your First 50 Articles for Free on Unread for iPad

The popular RSS news reader Unread for the iPad recently relaunched as a free download, however, users can only read their for first 50 articles for free before it changes to a 3 article per day limit. Of course you can unlock the unlimited version for $3.99 as an in-app purchase. This is exactly why Apple changed the "Free" button on the App Store to a "Get" button, but it is still a good deal if you want to give the app a spin before purchasing.

Unread for iPad: RSS News Reader

The pay version of the app includes unlimited reads, more themes, plus all the features found on the free version such as full-screen reading and background refresh. Other features include the ability to change the read/unread status of an article with a simple double tap and a persistent web browser that keeps track of your history.

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Tablet Sales Declining Due to Longer Device Lifecycles

Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPad may see its first year of decline as "worldwide tablet growth is expected to slow to 7.2% in 2014," according to the market research company IDC. Ryan Reith, Program Director with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers, said iPad sales are decreasing due to the longer lifecycle of tablets. This means tablet owners tend to upgrade to newer models less than they do with smartphones.

IDC 2014 tablet report

"What has played out instead is that many tablet owners are holding onto their devices for more than 3 years and in some instances more than 4 years," said Reith.

Reith believes Apple's support of older devices is what is driving people to hang on to their tablets longer than expected. For example, an Apple product such as the iPad 2 normally has three years before it stops supporting the newest iOS release, and the device still has plenty of life even after it is discontinued.

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Crimson Keyboard Promises 'Blazing Fast Typing' for the iPad and iPhone

After using Apple's stock iOS keyboard for so many years it is hard for iPad and iPhone users to get used to third-party keyboards. Some users even find Apple's new iOS 8 predictive suggestions annoying and were more than happy to disable the feature in the Settings app. However, this doesn't mean that iOS users should give up on third-party keyboards altogether. For example, if you hate the predictive typing bar at the top of Apple's stock iOS 8 keyboard but like the idea of word predictions, the Crimson Keyboard offers word suggestions just above the keys instead. This may be a better solution for some users who hate how the predictive typing bar draws their eyes away from their keys or text box while they're are typing.

Crimson Keyboard

Crimson Keyboard also eliminates the annoying autocorrect found on iOS devices and replaces it with its own feature that displays corrections in red also just above the keys. Users can quickly select the Smart Predictions or Passive Correction suggestions by simply swiping up, instead of having to break their typing stroke to tap away an iOS autocorrection.

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Top Apple (AAPL) and iOS Stories the Week: iPad 2, Apple Watch and iPhone 4s Get Some Love

Apple released iOS 8.1.1 on Monday. The update improved stability and performance for both the iPhone 4s and iPad 2, and patched the Pangu jailbreak for iOS 8 devices. Apple also released its WatchKit SDK and first beta for iOS 8.2 to developers on Tuesday. According to the release notes, iOS 8.2 along with WatchKit allows developers to create apps for the Apple Watch, which is launching next year.

Apple Watch

Apple dealt a blow to Freemium games by replacing the "Free" download button with a "Get" button on the App Store. The move is to help identify apps that claim to be free but include in-app purchases. It was also a big week for sequels on the App Store. Five Nights at Freddy's 2, Earn to Die 2 and the prequel Kingdom Rush Origins were all released this week and blew up the Top Paid App Charts.

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New iPad Games and Apps of the Week: Five Nights at Freddy's 2 and More

It was a big week for the App Store as two of the most anticipated sequels launched for iOS devices. Five Nights at Freddy's made the leap from Steam to iOS on Thursday, and Ironhide Games Studio released Kingdom Rush Origins, which is actually a prequel. As expected, both titles shot to the top of the Apple app charts and are now two of the most downloaded paid games of the week.

Five Nights at Freddy 2

In other App Store news, Telltale revealed all the characters in its upcoming Game of Thrones series, and Disney Interactive announced that Disney Infinity 2.0 will be coming to both the iPad and iPhone in December.

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Meet All the Characters From Telltale's Upcoming Game of Thrones Series

Telltale Games has made a name for itself by bringing the popular Walking Dead franchise to iOS devices and other platforms as an interactive episodic video game, and now the studio is tackling HBO's popular series Game of Thrones. Unlike The Walking Dead game where players assume the role of a character not found in the comic book or TV series, players will be able to play as five different members of House Forrester, a banner house mentioned briefly in the fifth book “A Dance with Dragons".

Telltale released the first trailer and revealed some of the main characters who will appear in the game to various websites on Thursday. No release date or price has been announced, but Telltale series normally cost around $4.99 per episode. The first season of Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series will include six episodes.

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