Apple launches Apps for Earth with bonus content from Hearthstone, Candy Crush and more

Apps for Earth

Apple has created a special Apps for Earth section on the App Store. Proceeds from all the apps listed on the page will go to help WWF's (World Wildlife Fund) effort in global conservation. As part of the promotion, several popular apps are offering bonus content. For example, Hearthstone players can unlock an exclusive mage called, Khadgar, and Candy Crush Soda Saga is holding two weekend-only themed events (April 15-17 and April 21-24). You can access the Apps for Earth section via the App Store app on your device. If you do not see the Apps for Earth banner, double tap your Home button and swipe away the App Store panel to reload the app.

Amazon launches 'thinnest and lightest Kindle ever'

Kindle Oasis

Amazon today announced the Oasis -- the company's "thinnest and lightest Kindle ever." The eight-generation Kindle is "30% thinner on average and over 20% lighter than any other Kindle," according to Amazon. It weighs just 4.6 ounces and is just 3.4 mm at its thinnest point. The Oasis features a "featherweight" polymer frame that is "plated with metal by structural electroplating." This allows the digital reader to be lightweight while not being fragile. It is also designed to shift the center of gravity to your palm to give it a more book-like feel when reading.


DisplayMate: 9.7-inch iPad Pro features 'best performing mobile LCD display'

iPad Pro

DisplayMate pitted the 9.7-inch iPad Pro against its predecessor the iPad Air 2, and decided that the new tablet features an "excellent top tier display." Even though the iPad Pro and iPad Air 2 share a lot of the same specifications, DisplayMate discovered that the Pro is "more than 20 percent brighter than the other current iPads." It also includes two color gamuts that deliver "color accuracy that is visually indistinguishable from perfect."

Airmail updated with iPad support


The Mac email client, Airmail made the leap to iOS for the iPhone earlier this year, and today it has been updated with iPad support. Version 1.1 of the app includes several new features including Split View multitasking and 3D Touch support. iPhone 6s and 6s Plus owners can now preview emails using Peek and Pop, and the app now includes a quick action menu from the Home screen. The Send Later feature has also been ported from the desktop version.

New iPad Games and Apps of the Week: Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ and more

Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ

It was a big week for Disney as Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ from Square Enix, Disney Crossy Road and LEGO Star Wars Force Builder were all released to the App Store the same day as the trailer for Rogue One was launched online. Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ is probably the most anticipated mobile game to hit the App Store this week. The game takes place at the "beginning" of the Kingdom Hearts series in the world of fairies, and follows the Keyblade wielders as they battle against the Heartless.

Speck launches new lineup of 9.7-inch iPad Pro cases

Speck Products 9,7-inch iPad

If you have upgraded to a new 9.7-inch iPad Pro then it may be time to invest in a new case. Luckily for you, accessory maker Speck Products has launched several new useful cases for Apple's latest tablet.

The StyleFolio Pencil is protective case with built-in Apple Pencil storage system and inkwell. The case allows you to stash and protect your Apple Pencil when you're on the move, and the inkwell provides an easy way to stand and quickly access your stylus when using your iPad. The $100 Apple Pencil is not cheap, so you do not want to risk forgetting it behind or causing damage while transporting it. The StyleFolio Pencil case also provides protection for your iPad, and it features a built-in stand for using your iPad in multiple angles.

Boston Red Sox manager snubs iPad for 'traditional paper'

Boston Red Sox

Sunday was the first time MLB teams were allowed to access iPads provided by Apple in the dugout, but Boston Red Sox manager, John Farrell, already made it clear he is not interested in using a smart device this season.

"I don’t want to be looking through a laptop while I have more ready access through a traditional paper method,” Farrell told the Boston Herald on Monday. "


T-Mobile offering up to $200 off any tablet when you buy a smartphone

T-Mobile Tablet Deal

In celebration of adding 16 new music streaming sources to its Binge On and Music Freedom services, T-Mobile is offering up to $200 off the purchase of a tablet when you buy a smartphone from the same manufacturer. Anyone who purchases a new Apple, LG or Samsung smartphone can also buy an additional tablet for half off.

9.7-inch iPad Pro earns same repairability rating as iPad Air 2

iPad Pro Teardown

Apple's new iPad Pro model has earned a Repairability Score of 2 out of 10 from iFixit. This puts the 9.7-inch model at the same repairability level as the iPad Air 2, but lower on the scale than the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which earned a 3 out of 10. The low score is due to "gobs of adhesive" that hold everything into place and a "fused front panel," which make the 9.7-inch iPad Pro more "difficult" to repair. iFixit also noted that the Smart Connector port "is virtually impossible to replace—but incorporates no moving parts and is unlikely to fail."

New iPad Games and Apps of the Week: Miitomo and more


Nintendo's first mobile app designed for iOS is now availble worldwide. Miitomo is a communication app where users can create their own Mii and socialize with other users. As of right now it is the number one app on the Free App Store charts. The game allows users to give their Mii a unique personality, customize its voice and create their own personalized greetings. User can also earn in-game currency to spend on outfits and accessories, answer questions to further personalize their Mii and sync their Nintendo accounts to earn Platinum Points.

Miitomo is available for free on the App Store. It supports all devices running iOS 7.0 or later. The game does not require that you own a NIntendo console, but it helps.


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