New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Fez, Oddworld and more

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The holiday rush to submit apps before the iTunes Connect holiday shutdown has begun. Several big titles such as Fez Pocket Edition, Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty and Ace Attorney INVESTIGATIONS were all released to the App Store this week.

WWE released yet another free-to-play fighting game to the App Store. WWE Mayhem is a lot like WWE Immortals but with more realistic characters from the WWE roster. Instead of over-the-top wrestlers who resemble superheroes, each wrestler has his own "superstar" class like brawler or high-flyer. Players can participate in tag-team and weekly events, and unlock different WWE Legends and Superstars like John Cena, The Rock, Andre the Giant, Triple H, Xavier Woods, AJ Styles, Stone Cold Steve Austin.

Fez makes its way to the Apple App Store

Fez Pocket Edition

Fez, and its designer Phil Fish, have an interesting place in video game and social media history, but politics aside, the puzzle-platformer is considered one the best indie titles for almost every current platform. It has been released to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and 4, Linux, OS X, Android and now it is finally available on the App Store.

Redbox announces new on demand service, coming soon to Apple TV

Redbox On Demand

Redbox has announced a new on demand streaming service which is coming to Apple TV "in the coming weeks," according to BestAppleTV.com. Redbox On Demand is different from the company's subscription service Redbox Instant. Speaking to Variety, Redbox CEO Galen Smith described the new service as a "natural extension” of the company's rental kiosks. Customers can rent movies and television shows from $1.99 to $3.99 and purchase digital copies for $9.99.

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Twitter announces new Threads feature for publishing multiple tweets

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Twitter on Tuesday announced a new feature that will make it easier to thread tweets together to compose longer thoughts on the microblogging site. Twitter will begin rolling out a new "Add another tweet" and "Show this thread” buttons to the composer in the next coming week. The new buttons will allow users to string together multiple tweets to make easier to follow threads.

Apple acquires Shazam music recognition app

Shazam

First reported as a rumor by TechCrunch, Apple has officially confirmed with 9to5Mac that it is buying the British software company Shazam Entertainment Ltd..

"We are thrilled that Shazam and its talented team will be joining Apple. Since the launch of the App Store, Shazam has consistently ranked as one of the most popular apps for iOS. Today, it’s used by hundreds of millions of people around the world, across multiple platforms."

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New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Best of 2017 and more

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Apple on Thursday announced its Best of 2017 on the App Store. The photo editing tool Affinity Photo and The Witness were selected as the best iPad app and game of the year. The meditation app Calm and the puzzle game Splitter Critters won best iPhone app and game of the year. Nintendo's Super Mario Run and Facetune were the most downloaded game and app of 2017.

You can see all of Apple's picks for best games, apps, trends, stickers and more in the Today section of the App Store.

Amazon Prime Video now availble for Apple TV

Amazon Prime Video Apple TV

Amazon has ended its standoff with Apple by finally launching its Amazon Prime Video app for the Apple TV. Amazon Prime users can now download a separate app on the third-generation Apple TV or later. The app allows Apple TV owners to stream thousands of movies and TV shows.

Previously, iOS users had to stream Amazon Prime Video content using AirPlay on their iPhone or iPad. The new Amazon Prime Video app not only allows Prime subscribers to stream content directly from their Apple TV, but watchlists are also now synced between devices. The Prime Video app also supports universal search with the Siri Remote.

Best holiday gifts for iPad owners

2017 iPad Gift Ideas

Apple users don't tend to upgrade their iPad as much as they do their iPhone. This means a lot of iPad owners are still using older models making a new iPad a great gift idea. However, you must be careful when buying someone a new iPad. For example, the current 9.7-inch model isn't much of an upgrade from the iPad Air 2, but it is better than the iPad Air and iPad 4.

The 9.7-inch iPad is available for $329 making it the most affordable model in Apple's current tablet lineup. It features the same resolution (2048‑by‑1536) as the iPad mini 4, and it is powered by the same A9 processor found in the iPhone 6s. The 2017 iPad model is equipped with an 8mp camera, and includes most of Apple's current technology, such as Siri, Touch ID and Apple Pay. It does not work with the Apple Pencil or Smart Keyboard.

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Apple allegedly working on $259 iPad

iPad 2018

It's not a secret that the iPad has had some rough quarters in recent years, but the introduction of a more affordable 9.7-inch model in March has helped Apple's tablet regain growth this year. The new 9.7-inch iPad priced at $329 has been such a success that Apple is considering launching an even more inexpensive model in 2018, according to the DigiTimes.

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