Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft now on iPhone

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft now on iPhone 

If you’re a fan of World of Warcraft, the wait is now over as Blizzard its publisher has made Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft available on iPhone. Hearthstone is a digital collectible card game that is set within the Warcraft universe, with familiar characters, spells and locations drawing from the War of WarCraft games. The game is first released in March 2014 for Windows and OS X, and support for iPad came one month later in April 2014.  Hearthstone is now released on smaller screen for both iPhone and Android.

Star Wars emojis on Twitter

Star Wars Emojis on Twitter

As part of the promotion for the year-end Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney/Lucasfilm has partnered with Twitter to create custom Star Wars emojis. To display the emojis in a tweet, simply add the respective hashtag representing the emojis. The first three emojis are #C3PO, #StormTrooper and #BB8. New emojis representing Star Wars characters will be added as we approach the film’s release date.

Inside Abbey Road: interactive virtual tour of famous Abbey Road Studios

Google Presents Inside Abbey Road

Abbey Road Studios is one of the most famous recording studios in music history. Albums that came out from the studios include the Beatles catalog, Dark Side of the Moon, among many others. Unless you’re recording technicians and artists, not many have actually seen the inside of the London studios. Abbey Road Studios has now teamed with Google to present Inside Abbey Road, an interactive virtual tour of the studios. 

Get Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series free for episode one

Game of Thrones Telltale Games Series

IGN has partnered with Telltale Games to offer Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series as its Free Game of the Month. This gives you the first episode free which is normally listed at $4.99. Additional episodes need to be purchased from within the game.

This is a great timing with season 5 of the HBO hit show scheduled to premiere on April 12. To download the free offer, visit IGN’s Free Game of the Month page. 

Meerkat vs Periscope

Meerkat vs Periscope

Meerkat and Periscope are the two hot social apps of the moment. They are in competition with each other with the purpose of allowing you to live stream  your video to the world. Both apps are not new, but didn’t get much media attention until Meerkat became a break out hit at the recent SXSW festival. Riding along the hype, Twitter launched Periscope last week which it bought in January.

So it’s Meerkat vs Periscope and apparently the battle is still on-going as to which app would eventually become ‘the’ live broadcasting app. Judging by the App Store app ranking, Periscope is currently leading.

It is still early days to say if live streaming app will become as popular as chat app or Instagram. Give them a try. Please note that when using the apps, you are broadcasting video over the Internet, which by tech is data intensive. It is not a good idea to broadcast often if you have a limited data plan.

Becoming Steve Jobs: the biography Apple wants you to read

Becoming Steve Jobs by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli

You might have form an opinion about Steve Jobs through the biographies, movies, press etc about the man. Becoming Steve Jobs, the hot-off-the-press biography by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, is going to shatter some of those stereotypes by telling a different side of Steve Jobs.

This new unauthorised biography seems to be endorsed by Apple as it is promoted with free sample in iBooks Store. Some of those who’re closed to Steve Jobs acknowledged that the book paints a more balanced view of Steve Jobs as a real human being than the authorised biography by Walter Isaacson. 

Becoming Steve Jobs Kindle Edition

Becoming Steve Jobs Hardcover

Becoming Steve Jobs on iBooks Store

What can Apple Watch do?

Many smartphone users nowadays do not wear a watch. To them the function of time telling in a traditional watch has been replaced by their iPhone or Android phone. As of right now, there is not any major use case that makes a smart watch a lifestyle changing necessity . This is partly the reason why there is a $17,000 Apple Watch, as Apple is trying to convince you that the Apple Watch is an essential fashion accessory. What can Apple Watch do besides showing it off to your friends and telling the time?

Apple Watch is a companion device to an iPhone. You need an iPhone in order for it to function meaningfully. Apple Watch is designed as a small screen that is closer to you than a phone in a pocket, that displays short burst of info to you that you care about. With Apple Watch you can answer phone call from your iPhone, interact with Siri, answer your messages/chats or receive notifications from apps. Instead of drawing out your iPhone from a bag, you can use Apple Watch as the scanning device when paying with Apple Pay. Apple Watch will also alert you to be active if you’ve been idle for too long.

During the recent “Spring Forward” March media event, Apple’s Kevin Lynch was on stage to showcase some possibilities with Apple Watch with demo of third party apps. Fast forward to about 1:08 to watch the demo. 

During the demo, Apple Watch is shown to summon a Uber, receive boarding pass and barcode to unlock airport gate, act as door key to hotel room, and remotely control your home’s garage door. It appears that what Apple Watch can do is limited by the imagination of app developers. Will Apple be able to convince you to add a daily-charging-required watch into your lifestyle?

Mario, Pokemon and Zelda are coming to iOS App Store

Mario Brothers coming to iOS App Store

Nintendo is finally letting loose their game characters outside of its hardware platforms. Nintendo held a press conference together with DeNA to announce their alliance. DeNA is a successful Japanese studio that develops games for the iOS and Android. In DeNa’s press release, there is a mention of new games based on Nintendo’s characters for smart devices, without pointing to any specific platform. But it is highly hopeful that iOS will be a target platform.

Leveraging the strength of Nintendo’s intellectual property (IP) and game development skills in combination with DeNA’s world-class expertise in mobile games, both companies will develop and operate new game apps based on Nintendo’s IP, including its iconic game characters, for smart devices. 

There is no specific about if they will be porting their existing flagship Mario and Pokemon games to non-Nintendo hardware. Games under the alliance are expected to arrive by the end of the year. Something to look forward to if you’re Mario, Pokemon or Zelda fans.

Prices of all 38 Apple Watch models

If you live in the first batch of Apple Watch launch countries (Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, UK and US), you can preorder one starting April 10 with a launch date on April 24. It’s still more than a month’s away, ample time for you to choose your model and the band. Here’s a quick comparison of all 38 Apple Watch models with their prices.

Apple Watch Sports

 Apple Watch Sport Silver Aluminum Case With White Sport Band Silver Aluminum Case With White Sport Band

38mm: $349

42mm: $399

Apple Watch Sport Silver Aluminum Case With Blue Sport Band Silver Aluminum Case With Blue Sport Band

38mm: $349

42mm: $399

Apple Watch Sport Silver Aluminum Case With Green Sport Band  Silver Aluminum Case With Green Sport Band

38mm: $349

42mm: $399

 Apple Watch Sport Silver Aluminum Case With Pink Sport Band Silver Aluminum Case With Pink Sport Band

38mm: $349

42mm: $399

 Apple Watch Sport Space Gray Aluminum Case With Black Sport Band Space Gray Aluminum Case With Black Sport Band

38mm: $349

42mm: $399

Apple Watch

Apple Watch Stainless Steel Case With White Sport Band Stainless Steel Case With White Sport Band

38mm: $549

42mm: $599

Apple Watch Stainless Steel Case With Black Sport Band  Stainless Steel Case With Black Sport Band

 38mm: $549

42mm: $599

 Apple Watch Stainless Steel Case With Black Classic Buckle Stainless Steel Case With Black Classic Buckle

38mm: $649

42mm: $699

Apple Watch   Stainless Steel Case With Milanese Loop Stainless Steel Case With Milanese Loop

38mm: $649

42mm: $699

Apple Watch Stainless Steel Case With Black Modern Buckle Stainless Steel Case With Black Modern Buckle

38mm: $749

Apple Watch Stainless Steel Case With Black Leather Loop Stainless Steel Case With Black Leather Loop

42mm: $699

Apple Watch Stainless Steel Case With Midnight Blue Modern Buckle Stainless Steel Case With Midnight Blue Modern Buckle

38mm: $749

Apple Watch Stainless Steel Case With Bright Blue Leather Loop Stainless Steel Case With Bright Blue Leather Loop

42mm: $699

Apple Watch Stainless Steel Case With Soft Pink Modern Buckle Stainless Steel Case With Soft Pink Modern Buckle

38mm: $749

Apple Watch Stainless Steel Case With Stone Leather Loop  Stainless Steel Case With Stone Leather Loop

42mm: $699

Apple Watch Stainless Steel Case With Brown Modern Buckle Stainless Steel Case With Brown Modern Buckle

38mm: $749

Apple Watch Stainless Steel Case With Light Brown Leather Loop Stainless Steel Case With Light Brown Leather Loop

42mm: $699

Apple Watch Stainless Steel Case With Link Bracelet Stainless Steel Case With Link Bracelet

38mm: $949

42mm: $999

Apple Watch Space Black Case With Space Black Stainless Steel Link Bracelet Space Black Case With Space Black Stainless Steel Link Bracelet

38mm: $1,049

42mm: $1,099

Apple Watch Edition

Apple Watch Edition x     18-Karat Rose Gold Case With White Sport Band 18-Karat Rose Gold Case With White Sport Band

38mm: $10,000

42mm: $12,000

Apple Watch Edition 18-Karat Rose Yellow Gold Case With Black Sport Band 18-Karat Rose Yellow Gold Case With Black Sport Band

38mm: $10,000

42mm: $12,000

Apple Watch Edition 18-Karat Rose Gold Case With Rose Gray Modern Buckle 18-Karat Rose Gold Case With Rose Gray Modern Buckle

38mm: $17,000

Apple Watch Edition 18-Karat Rose Yellow Gold Case With Black Classic Buckle 18-Karat Rose Yellow Gold Case With Black Classic Buckle

42mm: $15,000

Apple Watch Edition 18-Karat Rose Yellow Gold Case With Bright Red Modern Buckle 18-Karat Rose Yellow Gold Case With Bright Red Modern Buckle

38mm: $17,000

Apple Watch 18-Karat Rose Yellow Gold Case With Midnight Blue Classic Buckle 18-Karat Rose Yellow Gold Case With Midnight Blue Classic Buckle

42mm: $15,000

Listen to Zane Lowe’s last BBC Radio 1 show

Zane Lowe Last BBC Show

Popular radio host Zane Lowe is leaving BBC to join Apple. The position is not known, but is rumoured to be involve with Apple’s iTunes music streaming product based off Beats Music. Since 2003, his show on BBC Radio 1 has been broadcast every Monday to Thursday from 7 to 9 pm. You can listen to Zane Lowe’s final show on BBC website.