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Game of Thrones Ascent Now Available for the iPad

Disruptor Beam and Kongregate have teamed up to bring HBO's Game of Thrones to the iPad. The free to play strategy RPG is based on the hit television series and George R.R. Martin’s novels A Song of Ice and Fire! The game begins in the days before the mysterious death of the King’s Hand.

Game of Thrones Ascent

Game of Thrones Ascent features over 2,500 quests, dozens of adventures, leaderboard support and the ability to build your noble house and choose your own background. The game will also be updated weekly with new quests that coincide with new episodes of the television series. Other highlights include:

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Clash of Clans Follow-Up Boom Beach Available This Thursday

Supercell's follow-up to the super successful Clash of Clans is set to land on the Apple App Store this Thursday. Boom Beach is a freemium combat strategy game where players "fight an epic war against the evil Blackguard".

Boom Beach

The game is already available on the Canadian App Store. It has been receiving mostly positive user reviews and it has a good approval rating from TouchArcade forum members. Here's the official App Store description:

"Storm the beach and win the day! Boom Beach is a combat strategy game where you fight an epic war against the evil Blackguard. Take your expeditionary force to beautiful paradise islands invaded by the enemy. Fight for every beachhead, free enslaved islanders and explore the uncharted archipelago. The fight becomes a race to harness the ancient powers hidden on the islands. Are you ready for the BOOM?"

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How to Check if You are Eligible for an eBook Credit from Amazon

Today Amazon announced it was sending out eBook credits as part of a settlement agreement between a few major publishers and a coalition of state Attorneys Generals. Amazon is not a part of the lawsuit, but the publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin and Macmillan have provided a fund for the credits after agreeing to settle on a price fixing lawsuit.

Amazon eBook Credit

Anyone who bought an eBook from one of these publishers between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012 is eligible for a credit and should have received an email about the settlement from Amazon in March 2014.

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Google Wants to Turn Your TV Into an Art Collaboration

Photowall for Chromecast is a new iOS app by Google which allows people to "collaborate with images" on their Chromecast-connected TVs. Chromecast owners can use the new app to doodle and comment on images before beaming them to their televisions to share with other Photowall users. The app also allows anyone to add photos to the montage, and it automatically uploads your Photowall creations to YouTube for easier sharing.

Photowall for Chromecast

Photowall for Chromecast is available for iOS devices only. It is free to download from the App Store and it is compatible with all devices running iOS 6.0 or higher.

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How to Put Your iPad In and Out of Recovery Mode

Most iOS software or app problems can be resolved by rebooting your device, however, in some circumstances it is necessary to put your iPad or iPhone into recovery mode. Here's how to put an iPad or iPhone into recovery mode in iOS 7 if your run into trouble.

iPad Recovery Mode

1. Make sure you have a USB cable to connect your iPad to your computer and that you have the latest version of iTunes installed.
2. Hold down the sleep/wake button on your iPad until you see the red "slide to power off" slider. Swipe to the right to turn off your device.
3. Connect your USB cable to your computer and iPad while holding the down Home button.
4. Release the Home button when you see the see the recovery image on your display (see above).

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Bye, Bye iPad 2: Apple Discontinues the Second-Generation Tablet

In a unsuspected move today, Apple has discontinued the iPad 2 and replaced it with the fourth-generation "iPad with Retina display". The Cupertino company also launched a more affordable 8GB version of its iPhone 5c in the UK. Now we know why most of the major retailers have been offering so many discounts on both the second-generation tablet and 16GB iPhone 5c.

iPad 2

The iPad 2 was originally unveiled on March 2, 2011, and has occupied Apple's entry-level tablet slot since being replaced by the iPad 3 a year later. However, the introduction of the iPad mini with Retina display at $399 has made the 9.7-inch second-generation tablet obsolete, forcing Apple to finally put it out to pasture.

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Astro Mined Offers a New and Fun Twist on Minesweeper

Astro Mined: Galactic Bombsquad is now available for all iOS devices. The game features 50 space-themed levels where players must solve puzzles to escape minefields.

Astro Mined: Galactic Bombsquad

The game is a lot like Minesweeper with its undifferentiated squares and number system which allows players to know how many adjacent squares contain mines. However, Astro Mined offers a twist by allowing players to use boulders to destroy the mines. Players can also collect fruit and coins to earn extra points.

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TinyCo Releases First Images of Family Guy Video Game

TinyCo has released the first images from its upcoming Family Guy video game for iOS and Android devices. The screenshots show popular characters such as Peter, Chris and Quagmire hanging around the town of Quahog.

Family Guy Video Game

TinyCo is working closely with Seth MacFarlane's production company Fuzzy Door to produce an original story for the resource management title. TinyCo said the game will have a "heavy focus on characters and story," and will include updates that move the story along. As you can see from the image below, the game will also include lesser known characters like the ATM guy from the episode To Love and Die in Dixie.

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Adaptive Audio and Other Big Changes Coming to Marvel Unlimited iOS App

Marvel Entertainment is making some pretty big changes to its Marvel Unlimited app for iOS devices. The new version of the app will feature smoother panel transitions, adaptive audio and "DVD-style extras," according to CNET. Adaptive audio adds movie-like soundtracks and sound effects to Marvel's digital comics. The background score not only changes from panel to panel, but it also adapts to a reader's speed. Marvel is currently testing the new feature on its current Captain America: The Winter Soldier story arc.

Marvel Smart Soundtrack

Kristin Vincent, Marvel's vice president of digital products, said the smart audio feature will be added to more comics in the future, after they get enough feedback from fans.

"I think we have the best fans in the world, and the most vocal fans in the world. We're always watching the metrics," Vincent explained to CNET. "We look for what people are sharing in the social space. We're very in tune with our fans, or at least try to be, and move where they move."

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Evasi0n7 PSA: Jailbreakers Should Avoid iOS 7.1

In case you missed the memo, iOS 7.1 does patch the evasi0n7 jailbreak. This means you should avoid iOS 7.1 if do not want to lose your current jailbreak and keep all your Cydia tweaks and apps.

iPad Deals

iOS 7.1 was released on Monday, March 10, 2014. The update brings a variety of UI improvements, new features, faster animations and bug fixes. Some of the new features include:

- Car Play support
- The capability to manually control Siri by holding down the Home button so and releasing it when you're done to indicate you're finished with your inquiry
- The ability to purchase songs from the Now Playing screen on iTunes Radio
- The option to display events in month view on the Calendar app
- Country specific holidays automatically added for many countries in the Calendar app
- Bold font for keyboard and calculator
- Reduce Motion option now includes Weather and Messages

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