New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Neon Chrome and more

Neon Chrome

The well-reviewed dual-stick shooter Neon Chrome is finally available on the App Store. Neon Chrome is a top-down shooter with endless replay value. The object of the game is to take down the Overseer by blasting through 5 chapters, each with multiple levels. The game features RPG-elements, such as the ability to increase your health, attack, luck and energy by earning credits. You can also discover cybernetic enhancements to enhance your skills while playing the game.

Neon Chrome is available on the App Store for $4.99, and on Steam for $14.99.

Texting 'Happy New Year' sends fireworks on iOS devices

Happy New Year

When Apple introduced screen effects in iOS 10 they told us using the phrase "Happy Birthday" would invoke the Balloons effect, but they did not tell us what other phrases would trigger the other four message animations. Our sister site quickly discovered that texting "Congratulations" sets off the Confetti effect, but no other trigger words were discovered until the iOS 10.2 beta was released in November.

Official Reddit app gains iPad support

Reddit Version 2.0

After acquiring Alien Blue a few years ago, Reddit finally launched its first official iOS app to the App Store in early 2016. While Reddit: The Official App supported all iOS devices, it wasn't optimized for the larger iPad, but that has all changed today as version 2.0 was released with full iPad support. Version 2.0 doesn't bring any new features, but it will now fit your iPad screen.


Nintendo announces Super Mario Run release date and price

Super Mario Run

One of the most anticipated mobile games in the history of the Apple App Store has just received an official release date and price. Nintendo's Super Mario Run was originally announced during Apple's iPhone 7 event in September, but no official release date was given at the time. Today Nintendo sent out a press release announcing that the game will land on the App Store on December 15th.

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.


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.


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