Stronghold 3: The Campaigns launches on iPad

Digital Tribe Games has announced the launch of Stronghold 3: The Campaigns on iPad devices. The game mixes city-building with real-time strategy, as users design, manage and defend their castle from all on-comers. The game’s medieval setting sees players completing both military and economic based campaigns, as users experience the “gritty, grim medieval life.”

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Apple slowly allowing Bitcoin apps back into App Store

Coin PocketEarlier this month, Apple had a change of heart regarding its Bitcoin policy. The company hinted that it would reconsider allowing Bitcoin apps into the App Store, by changing its App Store Review Guidelines to read: Apps may facilitate transmission of approved virtual currencies provided that they do so in compliance with all state and federal laws for the territories in which the app functions.

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iOS 8 will be able to scan credit cards with camera

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Apple’s new iOS 8 will come with a series of new features, but the most exiting one is the capability to easily scan in your credit card using your iPhone camera. It works similarly to the iTunes gift card scanner.

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InnoGames brings Forge of Empires to iPad

Hamburg, Germany-based InnoGames has announced the launch of Forge of Empires on iPad devices. First released on browsers, and aimed at core players, the strategy game offers cross-platform play for keeping up with progress on the go, wherever a player has internet access.

Forge of Empires allow players to create a city and lead it through the ages, from the Stone Age to the modern era and beyond. Players engage with new technologies, which each offer new kinds of buildings and goods for collection and management.

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Lookout’s new theft alerts can help users get a photo of phone thieves

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Stolen phones are a major economic and convenience problem for American consumers who cannot rely on legislation to protect their personal devices. Aside from insurance for phone replacements, smartphone users can also use apps to help them track their stolen devices. Lookout is one such app, and its new update has a feature that can help users snap a photo of a thief if a password is entered incorrectly.   (more…)

New iPad app uses mobile photos to accurately measure blood loss during surgery

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The Triton Fluid Management System is a photo app unlike any other – it can accurately predict blood loss better than current standards, and now, it’s approved by the FDA.

Prior to the invention of The Triton Fluid Management app, surgical work included weighing cloths, sponges, drapes, and all sorts of surgical equipment. Those same items would be weighed after the procedure to determine their weight gain in blood. It sounds about as accurate as a high school lab project – not precise, but it was “close enough” for theory. (more…)

Hackers can now bypass iCloud’s activation lock to access ‘bricked’ stolen phones

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Stolen iPhones and iOS products are at the mercy of hackers, who can unlock “bricked” devices using a new workaround for iCloud’s Activation Lock. The new tool, doulCi from Dutch hacker AquaXetine and Moroccan hacker MerrukTechnolog allows anyone to plug a phone into a computer in order to access the hacker’s server to unlock the device. (more…)

Tablet productivity & gaming apps experience heaviest use during ‘prime-time’

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Mobile analytics firm, Flurry, have new statistics for tablet apps which sheds light onto a ever-growing problem for tablet app developers: how do consumers use tablets? As the charts and use-data reveal, tablets are a bit of a conundrum.

One could argue that most tablet users are accessing their devices all day, but a look at gaming and entertainment apps shows that many users, especially users between ages 25-54, are hitting tablets the heaviest at night during TV’s notable “prime-time” hours between 7pm-11pm. This is especially true of productivity apps. (more…)

App Store rejects female masturbation game while approving weed selling game

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Masturbation is a legal, private practice in most states, but private, weed exchanges are typically not. This hasn’t prevented iTunes from taking a stand on whether it favors one or the other. The latest rejected sex app is HappyPlayTime, a masturbation game aimed at eliminating social stigmas associated with female masturbation. (more…)

Apple’s app design Bible is now a free iBook through iTunes

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Apple’s app design Bible, iOS Human Interface Guidelines, is now a free download from iTune’s iBookstore. The guidelines were only previously available through Apple’s Developer Portal, but now it’s free as a convenient iBook document with useful annotations and videos.

Once inside the app design Bible, readers can glean some of the design decisions Apple developers go through when creating apps for iOS. From understanding what makes a great user experience to clean, simple color palettes and fonts – the book is a nice way to browse what was once only available as a PDF. (more…)

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