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Revamped Google Play Music offers song suggestions based on location and more

Google Play Music

Google has revamped its music streaming service with a new contextually aware song recommendation service. The new Google Play Music utilizes "machine learning" to figure out what type of music you like, then mixes that music based on location, activity, and even the weather. The new song recommendation service is available through Google Play Music on the web or through its iOS and Android apps.

New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: ROME: Total War and more

Burrito Bison: Launcha Libre

As promised, Feral Interactive has released ROME: Total War to the App Store. The iOS version is a full port of the original 2004 Creative Assembly PC release with new touchscreen controls. ROME: Total War is considered one of the best strategy games ever released, and it is highly recommended to all strategy game fans. iPad owners can grab it now for only $9.99.

Unicode Consortium announces 2017 emoji shortlist

Unicode 10

The Unicode Consortium has announced a shortlist of 51 suggested emojis for acceptance in Unicode 10, a few weeks after Apple added Unicode 9 to iOS 10.2. The shortlist includes emoji proposed by the Emoji Subcommittee. The 51 new emoji suggestions have been added to eight prior emoji candidates approved in May. The new list includes candidates such as person with headscarf or hijab, a vampire, and a T-Rex. You can see the full Emoji Subcommittee proposal here.

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Apple adds refurbished iPhone and iPad Pro models to online store

Refurbished iPad Pro

After adding refurbished iPhone models to its online store on Monday, Apple has also added refurbished 9.7-inch iPad Pro models to the mix. Prices for the refurbished iPads range from $509 for the WiFi-only 32GB model (a saving of $90) to $789 for the 256GB Cellular model. All storage capacities and colors are available through the online store, however, they all are sold out at the time of this post. You can see a list of current iPad Pro prices here, as a comparison.

Apple announces holiday discounts for Apple Pay users

Apple Pay Holiday Deals 2016

Apple has launched a new Apple Pay web page with several holiday discounts from participating online retailers. The holiday deals are part of Apple's effort to promote its new Apple Pay on the web feature in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra. iOS and macOS users can take advantage of the holiday deals by visiting a participating retailer's website on Safari and using the Apple Pay feature. Here's a full list of participating retailers and links provided by Apple:

Rome: Total War gets a release date for the iPad

It has been almost three months since Feral Interactive announced that the 2004 hit PC game, Rome: Total War, would be coming to the iPad, but fans can finally relax because today the strategy game has received an official release date. The real time Roman battles will begin on the iPad starting on Thursday, November 10th.

New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: DC Legends and more

Warner Bros. this week released its answer to Marvel's Contest of Champions to the App Store. DC Legends is a strategy role-playing game that pits both DC heroes and villains against the mutual threat Nekron. Players can build a team of their favorite DC characters while fighting Nekron and the Manhunters across iconic DC locations, like Metropolis. DC Legends is now available for free on the Apple App Store.

Square Enix released a teaser trailer for Final Fantasy Legends 2 aka Final Fantasy Dimensions 2. The trailer describes the new game as a rebirth for the series, but that's about it. Little is known about the upcoming title, such as if it will get a US release and how much it will cost.

Warner Bros. launches DC Legends to the App Store

Warner Bros. has released a new strategy role-playing game for iOS devices. DC Legends pits both heroes and villains from the DC universe against Nekron -- an embodiment of Death from the Green Lantern comic book series.

In the game players can collect both super heroes and villains to form their own unique version of the Justice League or Lantern Corp. The game includes unlikely allies from the DC universe, such as Green Arrow, Doomsday, Wonder Woman, Dr. Fate, and Harley Quinn. The trailer, posted above, also shows off Flash, Raven, Huntress, Solomon Grundy and bunch of power-ups, cool weapons and more.

FlowPlay launches first fantasy football collectible card game

Dynasty Fantasy Football

Collectible card games have found a second life on mobile devices. The success of titles like Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft and Card Wars - Adventure Time have caused almost everything to be turned into a CCG. The WWE did it with 2K games for WWE SuperCard and Fox has teamed up with Kongregate to release Animation Throwdown, based on all their popular television shows not called The Simpsons.

The success of these titles on mobile devices is why FlowPlay has decided to combined fantasy football with the CCG genre. Dynasty Fantasy Football is currently an online only fantasy football collectible card game coming soon to iOS and Android.

iOS 10.2 public beta now available

iOS 10.2 Screen Effect

One week after publicly rolling out iOS 10.1 to iPad and iPhone owners, Apple has released the first public beta for iOS 10.2. The second major update is now available to anyone who has signed up for Apple's beta testing program. You can download the first beta of iOS 10.2 by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update, on any supported device.

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