Apple unveils iOS 8, its biggest release since the launch of the App Store

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Apple today unveiled its iOS 8 operating system, which includes new features for users, and new tools for developers to create better user experiences. In addition to new Messages features and and a focus on a more intuitive user experience, Apple has unveiled the iCloud Photo Library, Family Sharing, Apple’s QuickType keyboard, iCloud Drive, a new Health app, and more.

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DeNA launches competitive match-three puzzle game World of Thingies on iOS

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Mobile game developer and publisher DeNA has announced the launch of its latest game on iOS devices, World of Thingies. Developed by DeNA Vancouver, the match-three puzzle game asks players to complete levels to collect the lost “Thingies” that were stolen by the evil Bossy Badsacks.

The game sees players traveling throughout the world of Landiland, completing fast-paced single-player boss levels, as well as multiplayer matches against other real-world opponents. In each game, players have up to three rounds to defeat their opponents, by earning more points in each timed round than the other player.

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Breakfree: an app that measures your smartphone addiction to help you quit

Mobile users who are uncontrollably glued to their smartphones can now take a more analytic approach to quitting by using a new app: BreakFree. The app aims to help users break free from their smartphone addiction by supplying usage data.

Even without a smartphone addiction, the data usage is bound to look disturbingly wasteful since the average adult is checking in on a smartphone 110 times every day. That’s once every 13 minutes of life. (more…)

The Sims FreePlay: Raise horses and ride the waves in this new update [Interview]

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The Sims FreePlay has been downloaded more than 100 million times worldwide, and EA Mobile is celebrating this milestone with the launch of a hefty new update for the life simulation game. This “Saddle Up” update brings multiple hobbies to the game, as well as the ability to buy and raise horses in a stable.

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TinyMob Games unveils mobile RTS Tiny Realms [Interview]

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TinyMob Games has unveiled its first mobile title, Tiny Realms. The fantasy real-time strategy game is set for release on iPhone and iPad later this year, and asks players to build and control their own kingdom, assembling armies to go to war against their enemies. Built on the Unity engine, TinyMob aims to provide a ‘deeper gameplay’ experience with Tiny Realms than those found in other mobile RTS titles.

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Zynga reports Q1 2014 financial results, announces new hires

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Mobile and social game developer Zynga has released its earnings report for Q1 2014, documenting a quarter of growth for the company. Zynga saw financial results at the high end of their expected outlook, with bookings of $161 million. What’s more, the company’s audience grew at both the monthly and daily levels.

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FarmVille 2: Country Escape launches for free on iOS, Google Play

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After a soft-launch in limited markets, Zynga has announced the worldwide release of FarmVille 2: Country Escape on iOS and Android devices. The game is a brand new experience in the FarmVille franchise, which sees players starting a new farm near the coast as they craft and sell a variety of crops and resources.

While a new game, FarmVille 2: Country Escape does connect to the Facebook version of FarmVille 2, as players will be able to send valuable resources between both farms to make extra progress.

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Rebuild Quahog in Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff on iOS, Android

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Last December, Tiny Village developer TinyCo announced its partnership with Fox Digital Entertainment to create a mobile game based on the popular Family Guy television show. Fans of the Griffins can now dive into the result of that partnership, as Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff has launched on iOS and Google Play. The game sees players rebuilding Quahog after its destroyed in one of Peter’s famous fights with Ernie the Giant Chicken.

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Disruptor Beam announces Star Trek Timelines for web, mobile

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Game of Thrones Ascent developer Disruptor Beam has announced its new partnership with CBS Consumer Products, which will see the developer producing a new Star Trek strategy roleplaying game for mobile and web platforms. The game, Star Trek Timelines, will bring players into the Star Trek multiverse as they interact with characters from all eras of the franchise.

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Famiglia Rise and Fall: Take over your favorite real-world locations in this mafia MMO

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Gbanga Famiglia creator Gbanga has announced its newest title, Famiglia Rise and Fall. The sequel takes players to an open world, based on real world data, and in the process looks to turn the MMO into a title players will want to play anywhere, and at any time. To help support the title, Gbanga has launched an Indiegogo campaign for the app, which it hopes to release on iOS and Android.

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