New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: WWE Tap Mania and more

WWE Tap Mania is a new clicker released by SEGA. Clickers are all about simple nonstop controls and unlocking new characters, and Tap Mania does not disappoint. It features tons of current WWE superstars and past legends, including The Rock, John Cena, Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, Triple H, Roman Reigns, AJ Styles, Charlotte, The Miz, Randy Orton, Sasha Banks, Dean Ambrose, Eddie Guerrero, Ultimate Warrior, and many more. The game is availble for free on the Apple App Store.

Blizzard this week released a Midsummer Frost Festival for Hearthstone. The Frost Lord has replaced Ragnaros' Midsummer Fire Festival with a new tournament where you can earn Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion packs. You won't be able to open the packs until August when the expansion is officially released, but it is a fun way to earn the new cards early. You can read more about the Midsummer Frost Festival on Blizzard's official blog, or check out the video posted above.

iPad Pro, MacBook and Beats all on sale for Black Friday in July

Black Friday in July 2017

Best Buy today has kicked off early access to its Black Friday in July sale for My Best Buy members only. Members can take advantage of all the Black Friday deals, including discounts on older iPad Pro models, MacBooks and Beats accessories.

Several 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models have been discounted up to $200. All capacities, including 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB, and colors are available. For example, a 32GB Wifi-only 9.7-inch model in Gold is available for $399, compared to the normal price of $599. Members can also save up to $125 on select iPad mini models.

Apple previews new iOS 11 emoji

iOS 11 Emoji

After the Unicode Consortium announced Unicode 10.0 with 56 new emoji, Apple unveiled which characters will be officially added to iOS 11 this fall. "New emoji include Woman with Headscarf, Bearded Person and Breastfeeding, and food items such as Sandwich and Coconut," according to the Apple Newsroom.

Other notable emoji coming to all iOS devices, macOS and watchOS include a T-Rex, Zombie, Elf, Exploding Head and Vomit Face.

New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Street Fighter IV Champion Edition and more

Don't Eat Us

Capcom released Street Fighter IV Champion Edition to the App Store this week. Champion Edition is basically the upgrade to Street Fighter Volt fans were asking for. It includes wide screen support for tablets and the larger iPhone models, 3 new characters for a total of 25, higher resolution graphics and a multiplayer option.

Street Fighter IV Champion Edition is available for $4.99 on the App Store.

New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: and more

Knights of the Frozen Throne

Blizzard announced on Thursday that Knights of the Frozen Throne will be the next Hearthstone expansion. Frozen Throne will include 135 new cards including nine new legendary Hero Cards that transform players into fearsome Death Knights.

"In Knights of the Frozen Throne, players storm Icecrown Citadel, the Lich King’s frozen fortress, in pursuit of the forbidden might of runic magic. Rumor has it the Lich King seeks champions to imbue with the icy essence of undeath: players will soon receive his favor in the form of nine new legendary Hero Cards that, when played, transform Hearthstone’s heroes into fearsome Death Knights, granting frost-rimed armor and modified powers."

Siege: Titan Wars now available for the iPad

Siege: Titan Wars

Simutronics and Tilting Point have launched Siege: Titan Wars to the Apple App Store and Google Play. Titan Wars is a online multiplayer with card collecting and army building. Players can summon massive armies and imposing Titans with different skills to crush other players in real-time combat. The game has been compared to Clash Royale in the Touch Arcade forums.

Rome: Total War – Alexander announced for the iPad

Rome: Total War – Alexander

After bringing the popular Hitman series to macOS, Feral Interactive has announced it is porting yet another Rome: Total War title to iOS. The second expansion, Alexander will launch for the iPad this summer. The game is set a century before the original Total War title, which was released to the App Store in 2016. The game puts players in the role of Alexander the Great, and kicks off with his ascension to the Macedonian throne in 336 BC. Players must unify the Greek city states then march across Central Asia to conquer the Persian Empire in 100 turns.

How to send 4th of July fireworks in the Messages app

Fireworks iPad

Unlike the phrase "Happy New Year," which automatically triggers the Fireworks screen effect on iOS devices, texting "Happy Fourth of July" (or "4th of July") does nothing. You will have to manually select the Fireworks option if you want to send your friends and family an explosive text message on the fourth. Here's how to send the Fireworks screen effect on your iOS device:

New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow and more

Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow

Futurama is the television series that won't die. The gang from Planet Express has found new life on the Apple App Store with a new mobile game from TinyCo. Worlds of Tomorrow is a building title that features an all-new story by series creator Matt Groening and executive producer David X. Cohen. The game was written by original series writers and it stars the original voice cast. Futurama fans will definitely want to check out Worlds of Tomorrow, available for free on the App Store.

Boomerang premium comes to Apple TV and more

Boomerang Apple TV

The classic cartoon streaming service Boomerang has launched its new premium service to Apple TV, Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV. Roku support is also being added in the coming weeks, according to The Futon Critic. The service is currently available on iOS for the iPhone and iPad, Google Play and online for desktops and laptops.


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