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New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius

Crypt of the NecroDancer Pocket Edition

Square-Enix has teamed up with Brave Frontier creator A-Lim to release Final Fantasy Brave Exvius to the Apple App Store and Google Play. Brave Exvius is a free-to-play, turn-based RPG set in the Final Fantasy universe. The game features characters and espers from the original Final Fantasy games, and it includes its own original storyline specifically created for mobile devices. In the game players can explore towns and dungeons while collecting loot and battling a variety of monsters and bosses. Brave Exvius does include IAPs and a timer energy system.

How to download the sketching app Procreate for free

Procreate

In an effort to get more people to download the Apple Store app, Apple periodically offers free app downloads. Starting today, the sketching app, Procreate is available for free through the Apple Store app.

You can take advantage of this deal by downloading and opening the Apple Store app on your iOS device. Once the app is open, tap the Stores icon located at the bottom of your display. From here you can scroll down until you see the "iPhone Upgrade Program," then swipe left until you see the Procreate icon. Finally, tap where it says "Sketch, Paint, Create," and then tap the green "Download now for free" bar at the bottom of your display. You will then be taken to the App Store where you can redeem your free download.

Belkin Base is an oldschool inkwell stand for the Apple Pencil

Base for Apple Pencil

Belkin's newest product is a simple stand that works like a traditional inkwell for the Apple Pencil. It doesn't do anything fancy, such as charging, but it does provide a fashionable way to store your stylus when it's not in use. There are several Apple Pencil cases and accessories that attach your stylus to your iPad Pro, but most of them are unsightly and are only for transportation. The Belkin Base is a desk accessory that allows you to keep you Pencil nearby and ready for use.

Rebuilt Yahoo Sports app now available on the App Store and Google Play

Yahoo Sports App

Yahoo announced today its newly built Sports app for iOS and Android devices. The relaunch comes after other recent Yahoo redesigns for its Home and News apps.

Yahoo Sports includes a new Favorites tab which allows users to receive a personalized news stream based on their favorite teams. The stream includes news articles from around the web, latest scores and videos for all the selected organizations from all the major sports leagues. Users can also receive customizable alerts for their favorite teams, which is collected in the new Alerts tab within the redesigned app.

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Twitter launches new Dashboard app for businesses

Twitter Dashboard

Twitter has launched a new iOS app today to help businesses better manage their accounts. Twitter Dashboard is available as a free download on the Apple App Store for iOS devices or as a web tool at dashboard.twitter.com.

The Dashboard web client and app allows users to easily set up a customized feed to track all Twitter mentions about their business. Users can filter their mentions by keywords, and easily interact from the dashboard with previous tweets. The idea of the customized feed is to help businesses view how people are talking about them on the social network.

Popular board game Twilight Struggle now available for the iPad

Twilight Struggle iPad

Here's a game we missed during last week's new App Store releases, the popular strategy board game, Twilight Struggle is now available for the iPad. Twilight Struggle snuck its way onto the App Store after being funded on Kickstarter and releasing to Steam in April. The game has earned a Very Positive rating on Steam, but has only managed a 3 star rating on the App Store. This could be due to a few bugs that have already been fixed in early updates, so you may want to read through some customer reviews before dropping $8 on the iPad version.

Will Apple release the iPad mini 5 alongside the iPhone 7?

iPad mini 5

Apple's once reliable release schedule has become erratic in the last few years. The iPhone-maker skipped releasing a 9.7-inch iPad in 2015, and surprised everyone by breaking tradition when they released a new iPhone in early 2016. However, the company is expected to stick to its yearly flagship iPhone schedule by launching the iPhone 7 sometime in the fall, but what about the iPad mini 5?

Apple has released a new iPad mini model every year since the original launched in 2012. If Apple sticks to its yearly iPad mini schedule then we will most likely see a new model sometime in October or November. Only the iPad mini 4 was released in September, while all its predecessors were released later in the year. The only problem with Apple sticking to its traditional schedule is that there has been no signs that a next-generation iPad mini is in the works.

New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Teeny Titans and more

Shadowverse

After a slow week of App Store releases, this week saw the return of Hero Siege and a few other big launches. Hero Siege: Pocket Edition has been getting slammed in the App Store customer review section after a confusing relaunch to iOS. The game does not work with most devices due to its 2GB of RAM requirement, and most of the negative reviews are aimed at the developer for not making this requirement clear at launch. The official App Store description now reads, "this game does not work on devices that have less than 2GB of RAM memory," but the warning may have come too late as some users discovered the hard way that the game does not support the iPhone 6 or earlier. You may want to read through the Hero Siege thread on Touch Arcade before making your final decision if you want to purchase the game. The good news is that the original high launch price has been reduced to $2.99 on the Apple App Store after the backlash.

Dropbox announces new productivity tools for desktop and mobile

Dropbox announced today several new productivity tools to "simplify, unify, and secure your work." The latest update aims to increase your workflow with several new improvements on the mobile app, including the ability to scan documents, create Microsoft Office documents and more. Here's a quick look at all the new mobile features listed on the official Dropbox blog.

Hero Siege returns to App Store, still experiencing issues

Hero Siege: Pocket Edition

The popular roguelike PC game Hero Siege is back on the Apple App Store and Google Play, but you're going to need 2GB of RAM to play it.

Hero Siege: Pocket Edition has had a rough time on mobile devices. The game was pulled from the App Store twice since the release of the iPhone 6s, but it is finally back with new DLC from the PC version, an online multiplayer option and 7 acts to fight through. The App Store description notes that the "game does not work on devices that have less than 2GB of RAM memory such as iPhone 6 and older." This should include both iPad Pro models, the iPad mini 4, both iPhone 6s models and the iPhone SE, but according to some App Store comments the game is having issues on all iPhone models. We have not confirmed this, but you may want to read through some of the user comments before buying the game.

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