Barnes and Noble Teams Up with Samsung to Release the Galaxy 4 Nook

This is normally a quiet time of year for smartphone/tablet manufacturers as the world waits for Apple's newest iPhone and iPad to be released, but Samsung and HTC have decided not to sit ideally by this September. Samsung recently announced that its iPhone 5s lookalike the Galaxy Alpha will launch around the same time as the iPhone 6, and HTC has scheduled a press conference a few days before Apple's rumored September 9th iPhone event. Samsung has also teamed up with Barnes & Noble to release the Galaxy 4 Nook.

Samsung Galaxy 4 Nook

The e-reader/tablet is basically just a Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 with dedicated Barnes & Noble widgets. The new Nook is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and it runs Google's Android operating system. It is equipped with a 1280 x 800 (216 PPI) display, front- and rear facing cameras and it ships with 8GB of internal memory plus a microSD slot for up to 32GB of expandable memory.

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Save $100 on the iPad mini or $50 on the iPad Air

Target is offering discounts on select iPad mini and iPad Air models. The 16GB Wifi-only iPad mini is now available online for $199, and every model of the iPad Air is on sale staring at $449 for 16GB Wifi-only model, and $579 for the 16GB cellular model. That's $100 off the iPad mini and $50 off the iPad Air. REDcard holders can save an additional 5%. There is limited supply and a 2 iPad limit per customer. The sale ends on 08/23/2014 at 11:59 PM PST.

iPad Deals

The deal is available online, except for the white 16GB iPad mini, and in-store. You can also reserve a model online at and pick it up at a retail location near you.

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Pokémon Company Confirms TCGO is Coming to the iPad

UPDATE: The Pokemon Trading Card Game will be available for the iPad "later this year," according to

The Pokémon Company has confirmed that the Pokémon Trading Card Game is coming to the iPad, but the company did not "provide a timeline for its release," according to Polygon. The new version of the game was first spotted at the the Pokémon World Championship in Washington D.C. by Twitter user Josh Wittenkeller. Wittenkeller tweeted an image of TCG online being played on a white iPad with the message:

"It looks like Pokémon TCGO is in works for the iPad! Should be a huge way to expand the game. #PlayPokemon"

Pokemon iPad

The Pokémon Trading Card Game is based on the popular collectible card game released by Wizards of the Coast in the '90s. TCG was first launched as a video game to the Game Boy Color and then as an online version for Mac and Windows. Pokémon TCGO allows players to use their Pokémon Trainer Club accounts to build custom decks and battle against other players online.

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Yahoo Fantasy Football Updated with iPad News Stream

Yahoo today updated its fantasy sports app to version 5.10. The update added the ability to edit team names, view league settings and see players news when drafting. The iPad app also received a news stream with "shareable articles". Other improvements include a faster way to renew your league, benched players added to the matchups screen and other bug fixes.

Yahoo Fantasy Football

The Yahoo Fantasy app allows fantasy sports managers to create and manage teams for all four major sports. Of course the main focus of the app right now is football, since the 2014/15 season is only a few weeks away. The app is a great way for players who compete in a Yahoo league to manage and draft their teams while on the go.

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New iPad Games of the Week: Kingdom Rush 3 Announced, Call of Duty: Heroes Beta and More

There were zero noteworthy iPad releases this week but there were a few big game announcements. Ironhide Studios teased a new Kingdom Rush title on its Facebook page on Thursday. Ironhide posted an image with the tagline, "Every Adventure Has a Beginning," hinting that the third game in the series will be a prequel. The post also read, "A new world, a new race, a new ancient evil... Get ready for an awesome overwhelmingly new #KingdomRush game". Kingdom Rush 3 will be available this Fall.

Kingdom Rush 3

The Call of Duty: Heroes beta is now available on the New Zealand and Australian App Stores. The game is a free-to-play strategy title like Clash of Clans. You can download Call of Duty: Heroes now if you have a New Zealand or Australian App Store account.

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Activision to Release Skylanders Trap Team to Tablets with Portal and Exclusive Controller

Activision plans to release the full version of Skylanders Trap Force to tablets the same day the console version hits stores on October 5th. The tablet version will offer the same experience as the console version plus it will ship with its own built-in tablet stand, portal and exclusive wireless controller This will be the first time that an AAA title will be simultaneously released in its full version for both consoles and tablets.

Skylanders Trap Team iPad

The Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack will retail for $75, the same price as console Starter Packs, and include two Skylanders characters, two traps, the controller and portal. The only bad parts is that app itself will take up a whopping 6GB of space. The Tablet Starter Pack is now available for pre-order through retailers such as

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Valiant Hearts: The Great War Coming to iOS on September 4th

Ubisoft announced that the console game Valiant Hearts: The Great War is coming to iOS devices on September 4, 2014. The game is a puzzle adventure title that follows a German soldier named Karl and his wife Emile in World War I. Emile must team up with Freddy, an American volunteer in the French army, and Anna, a Belgian student, to take down the German leader Baron Von Dorf.

The game was partly inspired by "letters and postcards of Félix Chazal, a French solider and great-grandfather to Yoan Fanise, a Valiant Hearts producer at Ubisoft Montpelier," according to Touch Arcade. The letters are featured in the game along with real-world facts about the Great War. Valiant Hearts is also powered by Ubisoft 's UbiArt Framework game engine.

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Amazon Launches Credit Card Reader for Small Businesses

It has been a busy few months for Amazon. The internet giant has recently launched its own smartphone, music streaming service, digital book service and now it has announced its own card reader to take on PayPal and Square. Amazon Local Register allows small businesses to accept credit card payments with their iPhone or iPad, some Android devices and Kindle Fire tablets. The service will only cost users 2.5 percent per transaction, which is currently cheaper than PayPal and Square. Amazon is also offering an introductory rate of 1.75 percent to entice new businesses to switch to their service.

The card reader will be supported by a free companion app that will offer Amazon customer support and business tracking tools. Local Register users will also be able to purchase compatible accessories such as cash drawers, receipt printers, smartphone cases and stands. The physical card reader is now available on for $10 with free two-day shipping or at at Staples retail locations nationwide. It only compatible with devices running iOS 7.0 or later.

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Top Apple Stories of the Week: Rumors Point to September 9th iPhone 6 Announcement

Here are this week's top Apple related stories and rumors. Be sure to check out our weekly App Store recap for the latest app, game and jailbreak tweak news and releases. This week also features a list of the most useful Fantasy Football apps available on the App Store.

iWatch Release Date

Apple will announce its next-generation iPhone on September 9th, according to a report filed by re/code. The iPhone 6 is expected to feature an improved Touch ID fingerprint sensor, faster Wi-Fi and LTE capabilities, NFC technology and a more powerful A8 processor. Rumors also suggest that Apple will unveil a 4.7-inch model and a 5.5-inch version of its new handset at the event.

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Beats by Dr. Dre Makes First Apple Store Appearance

Beat Electronics LLC became an official part of Apple last week, and today the first Beats by Dr. Dre accessories appeared on Apple's online store. An official Beats by Dr. Dre category can be found between the Apple Accessories and Exclusives tabs on the Shop Accessories page. Apple customers can now shop for Beats headphones, which start at $169, Beats speakers and other accessories such as earpods and "Beats Pill Dudes".

Beats By Dre

Beats headphones are available in a variety of colors and are compatible with all iOS devices including the original iPad and iPhone 3G. They're also wireless and feature noise canceling capabilities. Beats also offers a line of in-ear headphones starting at $99.95. The in-ear headphones are equipped with an in-line mic for calls just like Apple's earpods.

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