Its no secret that Microsoft is holding back on releasing a full version of Office for the iPad. The company has not offered the service for any other mobile device than its own Surface line of tablets. Last year, a hedge fund named ValueAct Capital purchased nearly $2 billion in Microsoft stock, which only amounts to about one percent. This hedge fund, however, is an activist fund and managed to get its squeaky wheel heard. Yesterday, under duress, Microsoft added ValueAct president to its board of directors.
Quarriors! is a dice building game that uses similar mechanics to deck building games, only with dice. There are few games like this in existence, one being from the same developer who created this title, The Lord of the Rings: Dice Building Game. The game was ported to the iPad last November, making it much easier to keep all of your dice from getting lost (I’m missing a couple from my physical game set already). Today, the company has added the Quarmageddon expansion to the game, adding 40 more dice to the game. To celebrate, Quarriors! is on sale for free for one week.
Accessory maker CruxCase recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new keyboard case. This one is the perfect fit for the iPad Air. Additionally, the CruxENCORE will be available in a variety of colors for those who want a little spice in their life.
Just over a year ago, Apple went to court in a class action lawsuit regarding an in-app purchase window that exists for 15 minutes after a user enters a password on an iPhone or iPad. The company promised to pay out $100 million to customers who were affected by accidental in-app purchases made. The company also promised to make changes to its mobile operating system that would clarify in-app purchase accessibility. With this week’s update to iOS 7.1, Apple made good on the second part of its promise by adding a pop up window to let users know that in-app purchases can be made for 15 minutes without reentering a password.
If you are looking for a very simple do-it-yourself iPad stand project, IkeaHackers has a great selection of simple tutorials, many of which are so simple they only require a minimum amount of work. The hardest part is going to Ikea to get the items needed. I know when I go to Ikea, it takes hours to get out because I can’t help but wander around in all of the furnished rooms.
We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great deals and we’ll continue to look for the best app deals as they pop-up. Some of these apps are up to 75% off, a couple are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.
Marvel Entertainment has been highly prolific since the Walt Disney Company acquired it in 2009. Before that, there was a movie here and there, a few cartoons, and some televisions shows. Now, the company churns out blockbuster hits on a regular basis. The next in line is Sony Pictures’ “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (Not to be confused with plain old “Spider-Man”). In connection with the upcoming sequel, Gameloft announced today the launch of a new game by the same name.
According to research firms Triton Digital and Edison Research, only six months after its debut, iTunes Radio is the third most popular music streaming service in the United States. Pandora is number one. iHeartRadio came in second, leading iTunes Radio by only one percent.
Proving that they are still the leader in offering massive open online courses (MOOCs), Coursera has released a beautiful native iPad app that provides access for learners on the move. The internet continues to change education and freely available MOOCs are just one example of a thriving open community.
Apple and Samsung are famously fighting each other in courts around the world. One of the most famous is a trial that Apple won in 2012 in California. Thanks to a variety of appeals and the Northern District of California’s help in getting the damages reassessed, the trial has remained in court for a year. The two attending a hearing on Jan. 23 where it was recently made known that Apple is requesting damages of $40 per phone or tablet sold as unpaid royalties for devices that Samsung infringed the patents of.