New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Black Friday deals and more

It was a slow week for App Store releases due to Thanksgiving, but there are a lot of apps on sale for Black Friday. Some App Store discounts include LIMBO ($1.99), Riptide GP: Renegade ($0.99), Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions ($3.99) and Don't Starve: Pocket Edition. You can see even more Black Friday App Store deals at Touch Arcade.

Don't forget to sign up for the Fruit Ninja Tournament Edition beta. Fruit Ninja Tournament Edition will make its debut at Amazon's Champion of Fire eSports tournament on December 2nd. You can learn more about the event and how to watch live here.

New 3-second video crashing iOS devices

There's a new malicious video being circulated that will crash your iPad and iPhone. Like the Unicode of Death message bug that was crashing devices last year, a new .mp4 video will freeze your iPad or iPhone when it is played in Safari. EverythingApplePro highlighted the glitchy video in a YouTube video posted on Monday. You can watch the explanation video posted above. Don't worry it won't crash your device.


Fruit Ninja Tournament Edition looking for beta testers

Amazon's Champions of Fire

Fruit Ninja Tournament Edition is set to be revealed at Amazon's Champions of Fire eSports tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 2. Little is known about the game, but it is supposed to be Halfbrick's "first step into the casual PVP / e-sport scene," according to Touch Arcade. Fruit Ninja Tournament Edition also "promises to deliver the fastest, juiciest PVP experience on mobile."

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.



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