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HBO Now Launching Exclusively on Apple TV and App Store in April

Apple today announced at its Spring Forward event in San Francisco, California that HBO's new subscription service will launch exclusively on Apple TV and the App Store in April. The streaming service called HBO Now will be available for $14.99 a month with no cable subscription required. Subscribers will be able to access past, present and future HBO programming through their Apple TV digital media player or via the HBO app on their iPad or iPhone. The first month of HBO Now will be free to customers who sign up at launch.

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HBO CEO Richard Pepler made the announcement alongside Apple CEO Tim Cook at the Yerba Buena Center for the Performing Arts in San Francisco on Monday. Pepler also played the trailer for the fifth season of Game of Thrones at the media event.

New iPad Games and Apps of the Week: Spring Forward

Just a quick reminder that the Apple "Spring Forward" event will be available as a live stream on Monday, March 9 at 10 a.m. PDT. You can watch the event live on your iOS device or desktop using Safari at Apple.com. Apple is expected to reveal more details about the Apple Watch and possibly announce its new MacBook Air at the event.

Apple Watch

Here are this week's most noteworthy iPad app releases for 03/01/15 to 03/07/15. Apple's Free App of the Week is Temple Run: OZ. The endless runner will be free on the Apple App Store until 03/12/15. Also don't forget to check out our App Store recap every Saturday for all the weekly universal releases, jailbreak tweaks, App Store news and important app updates.

Slitherine Releases Vietnam...'65 for the iPad

It has been a great few weeks for strategy game fans, especially those who enjoy playing tactical war simulations on their iPad. Several games such as Ultimate General: Gettysburg have recently been released to the App Store, and video game publisher Slitherine has just launched a second title today. Vietnam...'65 is another war strategy game from the creators of Battle Academy. This time players must win the trust of the local population by waging a counter-insurgency against the Vietcong.

Vietnam...'65

The game promises to "capture the true essence of the Vietnam War" by featuring a "Hearts and Minds" victory condition where players are tasked with keeping the support of the American people back home. Players must win a political victory while coordinating ground troops and carrying out airmobile operations to stop the North Vietnamese Army from "unifying North Vietnam with the South under communist rule."

iPad Pro Could be First iOS Device with USB Support

Production of the iPad Pro has been pushed back until September, according to reports from both Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal. This means the 12-inch slate will most likely not make an appearance at Apple's upcoming Spring Forward event on Monday, March 9th. An unnamed source told Bloomberg that "delays involving the supply of display panels" have forced Apple to start production later than they had hoped.

USB 3.0

People familiar with the iPad Pro’s design told the Wall Street Journal that the tablet may ship with USB 3.0 support. If true, this would make the iPad Pro the first iOS device to include a port for USB connected devices. The unnamed sources also claim that Apple is considering adding ports for a mouse and keyboard and that the company is working on faster charging technology.

HBO In Talks to Launch New Streaming Service to Apple TV and More

HBO is preparing to put another nail in the cable television coffin by partnering with Apple and other companies such as Roku to launch its new subscription based streaming service in April, according to the International Business Times. HBO wants to launch the standalone service called "HBO Now" in "conjunction with the the premiere of the fifth season of Game of Thrones".

HBO Now

The new service will allow customers to subscribe to HBO directly instead of paying high fees for bundled channels from cable or satellite providers such as Comcast or Verizon. The cost of an HBO Now subscription will be around $15 a month when purchased directly from HBO. The company hopes to offer an HBO Now app on third-party distribution services such as Apple TV, Roku, PlayStation and more, just like it does now with its HBO Go service for current customers.

Will the Rumored iPad Pro Make its Debut March 9?

Apple last week sent out invitations to the press for an event being held in San Francisco at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on March 9, 2015. Based on the event tagline, "Spring forward," Tim Cook and team are expected to reveal more details about the Apple Watch, but what about the 12.9-inch iPad Apple is rumored to be developing?

Apple Watch Invitation

"iPad Pro" or "iPad Plus" rumors have been floating around as early as 2012, and several trusted analysts have predicted that the larger tablet would be released sometime in 2015. If true, it makes sense that Apple would also unveil the new iPad in March, instead of holding an entirely separate event. It's no secret that tablets are not as sexy as they used to be, and a bigger iPad hardly warrants an entire press conference for itself.

Battle Academy Goes to Hell in Fight for Gilrand on the iPad

Slitherine, the publisher of Battle Academy, has released a new strategy title for the iPad called Hell: Fight for Gilrand. In Hell, players can choose to command the Order of Radiance or an army of demons as they battle for control of the fantasy realm Gilrand. The game features easy to use touch controls for the iPad, but it is not an easy title to master, according to Pocket Gamer.

Hell: Fight for Gilrand

One does not simply walk into Gilrand... Players must outsmart their opponents by using a variety of strategic maneuvers and magical spells to earn bonuses that give them an advantage in battle. The game features different units and support units with their own special abilities and attacks for players to use. The official App Store description lists "paladins and flying gryphon riders to demonic hellions and hellhounds" as some of the available units. Troops also gain experience for successful attacks and defense, and earn bonuses for terrain advantages and morale.

Tactical Battle Simulator 'Ultimate General: Gettysburg' Now Available for the iPad

You can help the South rise again in Game Labs' Ultimate General: Gettysburg now available for the iPad. Players can command thousands of troops as the leader of either the Union or Confederate army in 10 historical missions. The tactical battle simulator was originally released for the PC through Steam before being rebuilt for tablet devices.

Ultimate General: Gettysburg

Ultimate General: Gettysburg features an immersive experience and "smart AI" that promises to offer a "significant" challenge by reacting to your actions in real time. The developers also "used satellite images and historical maps" to recreate terrain, houses and more. Other features include armies that act on their own, historically accurate forces and leaders and deep tactical combat that takes elevation and obstructions into account.

Pebble Returns to Kickstarter to Launch Next-Generation Smartwatch

As expected, Pebble today announced its next-generation smartwatch with new operating system and color e-paper display. The company has returned to where it all started, Kickstarter, to give its early supporters a chance to be the first to get the new watch called Pebble Time. The Kickstarter campaign has already raised over $5 million and is quickly selling out of rewards such as the Early Bird pledge for $159.

Pebble Time

CEO Eric Migicovsky said "while designing Pebble Time we followed our core belief: a smart watch should help simplify your life. It shouldn't try to replace your smartphone or distract you even more." This led Pebble to create a new interface called "Timeline" that organizes information from your past, present and future. The watch displays upcoming events and allows you to scroll back to view updates and other notifications that you missed during the day. Third-party apps will also be able to "insert pins" into a user's timeline with permission. Timeline will also be extended to the original Pebble watch and Pebble Steel.

YouTube Kids Now Available for iPad and iPhone

YouTube is basically PG-13 but it is still a good idea for parents to monitor children when using the video sharing site. Google today has made that job a lot easier by launching its first app built specifically for kids 5 and under. YouTube Kids promises to make it safer and easier for children to search and view videos posted to YouTube.com by offering a variety of parental controls.

Parents don't have to worry about their children stumbling over inappropriate videos since the app only serves content appropriate for kids. Children can search for videos by particular interest or use the new kid friendly design to navigate through channels and playlists in four family friendly categories: Shows, Music, Learning and Explore. The app features channels by well known creators such as Jim Henson TV, National Geographic Kids and so on.

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