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Apple’s App Store Turns Six, Developers Discount Apps in Celebration

app_store_icon_ios_7Today marks the sixth anniversary of the App Store, which first debuted on July 10, 2008 in an iTunes update. App Store access came to original iPhone and the new iPhone 3G the next day with the July 11 introduction of iOS 2.0.

Since its introduction, the App Store has grown by leaps and bounds. As of June 2014, the App Store had seen 75 billion total app downloads, a massive number compared to the 1 billion apps downloaded milestone Apple hit in 2009. Apple is seeing 300 million visitors to the App Store per week. To date, Apple has paid out more than $15 billion to app developers, and in 2013, App Store sales topped $10 billion.

According to app tracking site AppShopper, 1.7 million total apps have been approved, with 1,188,063 apps available for download (a number also confirmed by Apple during WWDC). One million of those are iPhone apps, while nearly 600,000 are for the iPad. There are also a total of 20,801 Mac apps, a solid number given the fact that the Mac App Store has only been around since 2011.

In celebration of Apple’s sixth App Store anniversary, several developers are offering steep discounts on popular apps. Some of the best deals can be found below:

Monument Valley $1.99, down from $3.99 [Direct Link]
Threes $0.99, down from $1.99 [Direct Link]
The Room 2 $0.99, down from $1.99 [Direct Link]
Kiwanuka $0.99, down from $1.99 [Direct Link]
Tengami $1.99, down from $4.99 [Direct Link]
Eliss Infinity $0.99, down from $2.99 [Direct Link]
Out There $1.99, down from $3.99 [Direct Link]
Blast-A-Way $0.99, down from $4.99 [Direct Link]
Lost Toys $1.99, down from $3.99 [Direct Link]
Drafts for iPad $2.99, down from $4.99 [Direct Link]
Blek $0.99, down from $2.99 [Direct Link]

To find even more apps on sale, make sure to check out, which keeps track of all App Store changes, including price drops.

With iOS 8, set to be launched to the public later this year, Apple will offer several App Store improvements, including a new “Explore” tab to make it easier to discover content, improved searches, app bundles, and integrated beta testing.


‘Assassin’s Creed Pirates’ Named App of the Week, Available for Free [iOS Blog]

Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Pirates has been named Apple’s app of the week, and as a result, it’s available for free for the first time since it debuted on the App Store back in December of 2013.

While Assassin’s Creed Pirates is not a full-fledged Assassin’s Creed game, it lets players take on the role of Alonzo Batilla, a young pirate captain on a quest to complete missions, attack ships, gather booty, and defeat fearsome enemies.

Pirates features real-time naval battles on the Caribbean sea with iconic boats from the Golden Age of Piracy. Players can upgrade their ships, their crews, and learn new pirating techniques.

Sail throughout a vast array of islands as you explore a Caribbean huge map
Enjoy more than 50 story and side missions, search for nearly one hundred treasures and lost parchments and compete with your friends for the highest bounty.

Live an adventure that will reveal the truth about La Buse’s mysterious lost treasure.
Cross paths with Assassins and Templars and take part in their age-old struggle.
Meet the most notorious and colorful pirates of the era, including Sam Bellamy, Ben Hornigold and Blackbeard!

Our sister site TouchArcade reviewed Pirates when it was released, and found both the ship upgrade system and the visuals to be impressive, though gameplay can be a bit monotonous.

As Apple’s App of the Week, Assassin’s Creed Pirates will be available as a free download from the App Store for the next seven days. [Direct Link]


You can get LG’s flagship G3 on Verizon next week for $99 on contract

Historically, Verizon’s not often the first carrier in the US to announce availability for a new phone. In the case of LG’s latest flagship smartphone, the G3, it’s actually the last. But good things come to those who wait — and are willing to sign two-year contracts: Big Red’s version of the G3 will go for $99 when you sign the dotted line. This is $100 less than AT&T’s on-contract price. Pre-orders start today and will ship out on July 17th. There’s no special discount for Edge customers or for those who want to buy the phone outright, however: it’ll be $30 per month or $600, respectively.

Filed under: Cellphones, Wireless, Mobile, Verizon, LG


Source: Verizon Wireless


MSI’s latest gaming laptop brings a more grown-up design, a couple big-ass fans

MSI's latest gaming laptop brings a more grown-up design, a couple big-ass fans

It seems like just yesterday we reviewed MSI’s beastly GT70 Dominator gaming laptop. Indeed, that was only a month ago, but it seems MSI has already moved on: The company is now showing off the GT72, a redesigned version with a slightly thinner profile, an improved cooling system and a less dorky aesthetic. We’ll get to that last bit in a minute, but first: the fans. MSI apparently took a lot of flak for the GT70′s single-fan setup. Not effective enough, according to some hardcore users. Well, in case that wasn’t heavy-duty enough for you, MSI has stepped up to two fans, with the vents taking up pretty much the entire bottom side of the notebook (have a look at the photo after the break if you don’t believe us). Only time (and review-testing) will tell if the new setup is quieter, but MSI says if nothing else the heat management should be better this time around.

Those gigantic fans aside, the GT72 otherwise has a more streamlined look, with fewer plastic elements, a glass-composite palm rest, discreetly placed multimedia buttons and a seamless trackpad that doesn’t flex or bend as you press down on it. The bottom meanwhile is covered by a single piece, sealed by a handful of screws in the corners. Hopefully that’ll make in-home upgrades a little easier the next time you wanna replace the RAM or storage. Finally, the whole thing is slightly thinner and lighter than the last generation, measuring in at 48mm, or 1.9 inches (down from 2.1). Make no mistake, this thing’s still pretty cumbersome. But then again, this is a 17-inch gaming laptop we’re talking about and also, NVIDIA’s current-gen 880M GPU requires a bit of space for the heat sink, anyway. (The more you know!)

Lest you think the all-black design is too safe, MSI is keeping the same backlit SteelSeries keyboard used on the GT70. And that’s a good thing: Not only are we suckers for programmable LEDs (aren’t you?), but this is also one of the most comfortable keyboards we’ve tested on a gaming laptop. This time around, too, the perimeter of the touchpad lights up, sort of like Dell’s older Alienwares. Also intact: the DynaAudio speakers. Which is great, because we loved the audio quality on the last-gen model. Not something that needed to be changed, in our humble opinion.

On the inside, the GT72 makes do with last season’s specs — at least for now. At launch, it will ship with a 1080p display and either the NVIDIA 870M or 880M, though an MSI rep told us it will update the specs as NVIDIA and Intel announce fresh chips. As before, MSI will offer the GT with what it calls “Super RAID 3″ — basically, three solid-state drives arranged in a RAID 0 configuration. As for connectivity, MSI says this will be the first to ship with Killer’s DoubleShot Pro setup combining an 802.11ac WiFi radio with 1Gbps Ethernet, which you can use at the same time.

Look for these to ship soon, with prices ranging from around $2,499 to $2,899 to start. Over time, though MSI plans to add more configurations at both ends of the price spectrum. And, of course, there are new chips a’coming. So best to wait, even if you do choose to check out the hands-on pics now.

Filed under: Gaming, Laptops



Stream: Spielberg’s ‘Extant’ brings sci-fi mystery to Amazon Instant Video

Steven Spielberg. Halle Berry. A robot son and an unborn half human/half alien baby. Got your attention yet? Good, because if you’re looking to add a new TV series to your viewing schedule, Amazon hopes you’ll choose to watch its latest original. It’s called Extant and it revolves around an astronaut (played by Berry) who returns home to her family from a year-long solitary space mission with a new life inside of her. All that we know is that her experiences “will change the course of human history.” Could the baby have something to do with it? Possibly. The 13-episode first season is executive produced by Spielberg and is available on Amazon Instant Video each week a day after it airs on CBS in the US. After checking out the premiere episode, we liked the overall plot and reckon it offers enough mystery and tension to keep us watching (even if it starts a little slow). If you have a Prime subscription, then you’ll be able to stream Extant right now via the web or on your smartphone, tablet or console.

Filed under: Home Entertainment, Internet, HD


Source: Extant (Amazon Instant Video)


Jaguar Land Rover projects driving data directly on the windshield

I’ve had my on-track exploits overlaid with race telemetry to be viewed after the session, but Jaguar Land Rover is looking to project that info on the windshield while you make laps or cruise the highways. The Virtual Windscreen concept beams hazard, speed and navigation graphics to the driver’s view, adding both racing line and braking guidance alongside ghost cars and virtual cones for more performance-oriented activities. What’s more, the automaker also has a gesture control system in the works, aiming to limit the amount of physical button pushing. “We have identified which functions still need to be controlled by physical buttons and which could be controlled by gesture and carefully calibrated motion sensors,” said Director of Research and Technology Dr. Wolfgang Epple. “The system is currently being tested on a number of features including sunblinds, rear wipers and satellite navigation maps. It has the potential to be on sale within the next few years.” And on top of those two items, researchers are looking into ways of replacing rear view mirrors with cameras and virtual displays. Captured images are shown on a 3D instrument cluster with the help of eye-tracking devices to provide the needed views. Of course, there’s no guarantee that any of this will make into your next F-Type coupe or LR4, but you know, fingers crossed.

Filed under: Transportation


Source: Digital News Agency


Verizon branded LG G3 pre-oders go live with a ship date of July 17th

Verizon has finally gone ahead and started the pre-orders for the new LG G3 flagship device today. Verizon was the final of the big four carriers to get the ball rolling. With AT&T set for July 11th, T-Mobile set for July 16th and Sprint falling in line at the end with a July 18th date. On the Verizon front you can get a pre-order placed now for the quadHD display powerhouse with a ship date of July 17th.

Verizon LG G3 Pre-Orders

Price wise you are looking at $99.99 on a new two-year contract if your pre-order now. The press release stats that price is for a limited time. If you opt for the Verizon EDGE program then you will shell out $29.99 a month until you pay off the full price of the device, which is $599.99.

There are quite a few curious things about the Verizon version though. Like, the massive Verizon logo on the front bezel AND on the center rear. Not like LG doesn’t have their logo in both places also, but seriously, that is a lot of logo action.

LG G Watch Verizon

Verizon is also offering the LG G Watch too. You can get one ordered online for $229.99 and will be in corporate stores July 17th. Head to the Verizon LG G3 pre-order page and/or the LG Gwatch page and get to spending a little money.

Press Release below

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ, July 10, 2014 – LG Electronics today announced its latest flagship smartphone LG G3 for Verizon Wireless is now available for pre-order and will be on sale in stores starting July 17. LG’s Android Wear smartwatch and perfect companion to the LG G3, LG G Watch, is now also available through Verizon Wireless.

Starting today and for a limited time, Verizon Wireless customers can pre-order the LG G3 for $99.99 in Metallic Black and Silk White with a new two-year activation online and in Verizon Wireless Smart Stores. On Verizon Wireless, the LG G3 is XLTE-ready, giving customers faster peak speeds and greater network capacity nationwide.

LG G Watch is available for purchase online starting today and in stores on July 17 for $229.99. When paired with a premium Android smartphone, such as the LG G3, or any other device running Android 4.3 or later, the LG Watch provides useful information accessible right on the wrist.

“With the LG G3 and LG G Watch, LG Mobile is redefining what that mobile experience should look like with smart technologies that bring relevant information to people when they need it most,” said Morris Lee, senior vice president and head of North American sales and marketing, LG MobileComm. “As the all-new G3 comes fresh on the heels of our continued success with Optimus G, G2 and G Pad, more and more consumers are walking into network provider stores and national retail outlets asking for LG mobile devices.”

Dynamic Duo to Simplify On-the-Go Lifestyles

Anticipation for the U.S. release of LG’s premium smartphone has been high; tech pundits and influencers have called the LG G3 the flagship Android smartphone to beat this year. Designed under LG’s “Simple is the New Smart” concept, the LG G3 will hit the shelves with enhanced hardware features and completely refreshed software for a simplified mobile experience:

  • 5.5 Quad HD display with four times the resolution of any other available mobile HD screen in the US.
  • The ultra fast tap-to-shoot 13 megapixel OIS+ camera featuring Laser Auto Focus
  • Floating Arc design and evolved Rear Key button for ergonomic comfort and convenience
  • Smart Notice personal assistant provides users with the most relevant information when it’s needed the most

The LG G Watch extends the adaptive technology functionality from the phone to the wrist. With the LG G Watch, users can access important and useful information, such as weather, fitness data, messages, search results, etc. with a quick tap, swipe or voice command. The LG G Watch is designed to be as functional as it is fashionable:

  • 1.65 inch IPS display with a trim, button-less profile
  • 9-Axis sensor (gyro / accelerometer / compass) for high performance motion tracking
  • Always-on screen ensures important calls, texts, and updates are not missed without ever having to pick up the smartphone
  • Available in Black Titan and White Gold; supports any standard wristwatch size (22mm) for endless personalization options

Key LG G3 Specifications:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 801 (up to 2.5GHz Quad-Core)
  • Display: 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS (2560 x 1440, 538ppi)
  • Memory: 32GB eMMC ROM (up to 24GB usable)/ 3GB DDR3 RAM / microSD support up to 2TB
  • Camera: Rear 13.0MP with OIS+ and Laser Auto Focus, Dual LED Flash / Front 2.1MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh (removable)
  • Operating System: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Size: 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.95mm
  • Weight: 149.8g

Key LG G Watch Specifications:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor
  • Display: 1.65-inch LCD IPS (280 x 280)
  • Memory: 4GB eMMC / 512MB RAM
  • Battery: 400mAh
  • Size: 37.9 x 46.5 x 9.95mm
  • Weight: 63g
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0
  • Other: Dust and Water Resistant (IP67)

For more information and to order LG G3 and LG G Watch for Verizon Wireless, please visit

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Netgear ReadyNAS RN102 review


As someone who spends much of his day working from the Chrome OS, I have become a huge fan of clouds. Be it Dropbox, Google Drive, or something else, I am quite fond of being able to access my files from wherever I happen to be.

I recently spent time with the Netgear ReadyNAS RN102, a 2-bay connected device that functions as a personal cloud. With up to 8TB of storage, it’s certainly enough space to hold music, movies, photos, and other media. And, given the numerous ways in which we can now cast our media to a television, I’ve fallen fast in love with the device.

rn102Powered by a Marvell Armada 370 1.2GHz processor with 512MB of RAM, the provides hotswappable and easily installed drives. Pulling one out and replacing is done as simply as one might eject a VHS tape.

Other specifications for the ReadyNAS RN102 include one front-side USB 2.0 port, two (rear) USB 3.0 ports, an eSATA expansion slot, and Gigabit LAN port. Weighing roughly two pounds, it’s small enough to put on a desk or stand next to your router or computer tower. The ReadyNAS RN102 is a quiet device and makes about as much noise a traditional external hard drive.

I’ve not had previous experience with network attached storage so I went into this as a complete newbie. With promises of easy installation and usage, I was eager to try this out. What I found was that the ReadyNAS is as simple to set up and get going as putting in a new router.

The ReadyNAS OS 6.0 reminds me a bit of what Apple might do in terms of layout and design. To that end, it is a no-mess-no-fuss setup that doesn’t ask for a bunch of details like IP addresses; no additional software is required.


While the desktop software is gorgeous, the accompanying Android app is downright ugly and outdated. The last update was in October 2012 so you can expect to run into bugs and errors. With that said, it does get the job done for the most part. If you’re looking for and Android client to access your files from back home or the office, this will do. You can upload photos, download music, share data, and other cloud-based functions.

As mentioned above, I have not had any previous experience with a device of this sort so I cannot compare write speeds, data transfer rates, or any hard comparisons. If you are the type who wants to get into nuts and bolts I suggest checking out the review over at Trusted Reviews.


If you’re looking for a smart, easy-to-use solution for backing up files or accessing media from networked computers or a mobile device, you’ll surely be pleased with the Netgear ReadyNAS RN102. The fact that it allows for expansion gives me peace of mind in knowing that I won’t soon be deleting files to make room for new stuff.

Chromecast owners who like to stream movies to a television will appreciate the flexibility and manner in which it works with Plex and other media servers.

As we move into a more cloud-connected world it makes sense to want to own your own data. Specifically, it’s smart create your own cloud own it locally. We’ve got more connected televisions and other devices in our homes and, as such, we want to access our collections anywhere and everywhere. The ReadyNAS RN102 makes all of this possible, and without breaking the bank.

Netgear ReadyNAS RN102

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Google Play Movies makes its way to Ireland

Google Play Movies IrelandThe Google Play G+ page shared a nifty little bit of news for those of you that are in Ireland. You now have access to the Google Play Movies service in your fine country. The Google Play Movies & TV app should have already appeared in your devices app drawer, if not, then head over to the Play Store and get it installed. Full list of supported locals over at the Google Play support page.

Whats the first movie you are going to pick up?

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Google Keyboard updates to v3.1.19633 with new languages, spoken Emoji support and more [APK Download]

A new version of the Google Keyboard app has been released by Google today. The update brings the free keyboard replacement up to version 3.1.19633. With it comes a number of changes that are quite important to those some.

With the update Google has added 5 new languages to the mix. The keyboard replacement now supports Indian English, Basque, Galician, Swiss Italian, and Latin American Spanish. The voice input button has also been moved. It now resides in the top right when it can be used when it isn’t present in the app you are using. Like below, it appears for a text message, but in the Chrome Browser you can tap on it in at the top in the search box. 

Google Keyboard apk ownload v3.1.19633Google Keyboard apk ownload v3.1.19633Google Keyboard apk ownload v3.1.19633Spoken Emoji’s are now becoming a thing too. Seems the groundwork is in place but only a couple of them are working at the moment. This just means that you can verbally say “Smiley Face” and the keyboard will know that you want to put in a :-). The same is true for Sad Face and Tongue Face. Android Police has also pulled out the huge string that contains the hotword triggers for 808 Emoji images. Everything from a “No Smoking symbol” to “cat face with tears of joy”.

The final little addition is the removal of the long-press delay menu item.

I am sure many of you have already moved on to the Android L keyboard, but if you havn’t we have the newest Google keyboard apk download available for you below.

Google Keyboard apk download v3.1.19633.

Or you can check the Play Store for the update.

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