Notable New iPad Apps: Civil War: 1863 Gold

Civil War 1863 Gold iPad game

Civil War: 1863 Gold is a brand new version of the original Civil War: 1863 iPad game, with all the campaigns and downloadable content from the original game with no In-App purchases.

This new app should make a lot of users and potential users of the game happy, as you get the whole game for a one-time payment of $9.99 – which offers a good savings over buying the original at $4.99 and then paying around $12 for all the additional campaigns.

This is one of the more simple, fun strategic war games for the iPad. I did a review of Civil War: 1863 for iPad a few years back and was very impressed with it – and I remain a big fan of the iPad war games put out by HUnted Cow Studios.

Here’s a little slice of the App Store description for Civil War: 1863 Gold, and some of its content and features:

Relive iconic battles of the American Civil War. Take command of both the Union and Confederate forces in this exciting turn-based strategy game from the developers behind the international top-selling Tank Battle: 1944 and Ancient Battle: Rome.
New features for version 2.0 include combat analysis, strategic movement, map zoom and combat improvements.
Key Features:
● 8 Mission ‘First Strike’ Campaign.
● 5 Mission ‘To Arms!’ Campaign.
● 6 Mission ‘Stalemate’ Campaign.
● 8 Mission ‘Hoorah!’ Campaign.
● 8 Mission ‘Rebel Yell’ Campaign
● 8 Mission ‘Victory Road’ Campaign
● 8 Mission ‘Last Stand’ Campaign.
● 8 Mission ‘Grand Command’ Campaign.
● 8 Mission ‘Leviathan’ Campaign.
● 8 Mission ‘Arsenal’ Campaign.
● Includes battles based on historic events.
● Play the missions as either Union or Confederate.
● 8 Unique Civil War Units:
- Infantry with Muskets.
- Infantry with Rifled Muskets.
- Artillery.
- Generals.
- Wagons.
- Naval Gunboats.
- Dismounted and Mounted Cavalry.
● Changeable unit formations and tactics.
● Generals can attach to units to increase morale.
● More capable Veteran units and unreliable raw units.
● 3 difficulty settings.

● Detailed Combat Analysis. 

● Flank Attacks

● Map Zoom

● Strategic Movement. 

● Game Center Achievements and Leaderboards.

● Universal App (Works on iPhone & iPad)!
● 5 Pass & Play two player scenarios.
● Hours of Gameplay!

And here’s an App Store link for Civil War: 1863 Gold.

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Notable New iPad Apps: Football Manager Handheld 2015

Football Manager Handheld 2015 for iPad

Football Manager Handheld 2015 hit the iPad App Store last week. This is the latest version of the best football management game around, updated for the 2014/15 season. I was a huge fan of the PC version of this game for years, and over recent years the iPad version has become my favorite due to its ‘lighter’, faster gameplay.

I’ve spent more hours playing this game on the iPad then I’d care to admit in public, so it’s a big understatement to say I look forward to each year’s new version. This year’s update to the game seems a little more substantial than some past updates – here’s its list of new features:

Brand New Match Engine
– A completely new and more realistic 2D Match Engine allows you to better analyse your team’s performance on the field to help you make those tough decisions.*
Scouting Agency
– A brand new Scouting Agency which allows you to look at, and monitor, a ranked list of the top 50 players within the game both for current ability and future potential.
Rankings and Dynamic League Reputation
– New World Rankings, for international teams and national leagues, which will evolve over time based on performances in continental competitions.
More Detailed Club Stats
– A Club Stats page dedicated to showing you more detailed seasonal and historical information about all areas of your club.

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Canva: Beatiful Online Design Tool Launching iPad Version Today


So here’s one thing I know and one thing I just learned last night thanks to that one thing I know:

— The One Thing I Know: If I get an email from Guy Kawasaki, old school Apple evangelist and all-round tech legend and badass, I will be giving that email my undivided attention. Big time.

— The One Thing I Just Learned Last Night: Kawasaki is now the chief evangelist (super cool title) for Canva, which is an awesome looking online graphic design tool that I’d never run across before receiving the email tonight. I’m a little late to the Canva party – just shuffling in after some 850,000 users.

Why am I blathering on about which emails get my full attention and awesome looking online graphic design tools? Because Canva is releasing an iPad version and it’s coming to the App Store today.

Now, take a look at the Canva iPad app video and tell me you don’t want that on your iPad yesterday.

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Notable New iPad Apps: Star Walk Kids – Astronomy for Children

Star Walk Kids – Astronomy for Children is a brand new iPad app from the makers of the popular and award-winning Star Walk app. As the name suggests, Star Walk Kids is built with a focus on younger kids and making the content more accessible and engaging for them.

Just as its parent app does,Star Walk Kids lets you point the iPad at the sky and uses the iPad’s gyroscope to make the star map on the screen match the sky where you are. Of course in this version there is a cartoon-style interface and a kid-friendly narration style.

Here are some of the app’s key features, including some things that are not included in the app that may be pleasing to parents:

- Fun short animated films explain the most important cosmic phenomena in simple terms
– Amazing hand-picked space facts voiced by professional actors
– Engaging cartoon-style setting and simple controls
You will see where the ISS is at the moment, learn how to find North from where you are, why the Sun is so important, and more.
Privacy disclosure
– Does not contain 3rd party ads.
– Does not contain in-app purchases.
– Does not contain integration with social networks.
– Uses restricted 3rd party analytics compliant with Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, does not collect any personal information.
– Uses your location locally in the app to match the map to the sky above you.

Here’s an App Store link for Star Walk Kids; it’s priced at $2.99 and is a universal app designed to run on both iPad and iPhone.

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Notable New iPad Apps: GoodReader 4

GoodReader 4 for iPad


GoodReader has been one of the most powerful and popular PDF / document handling apps for iOS for many years now. Today it’s got a brand new universal version for iPad and iPhone – GoodReader 4.

If you’ve used GoodReader you already know that it’s an excellent PDF reader app that offers a wealth of annotation capabilities and a comprehensive range of storage options – from FTP to Dropbox, Google Drive and numerous others.

GoodReader 4 brings an impressive set of new features to add to this already powerful app. These include:

  • Insert blank pages for notes and drawings, solving the problem of not having enough space to annotate or draw images on a document
  • Rearrange pages in a document
  • Rotate individual pages – or even all of them
  • Delete any pages from a document
  • Extract individual pages as separate files, and split PDF files into halves – enabling a sub-set of pages to be shared as its own file
  • Email individual pages rather than the entire document
  • Append pages from other PDF files
  • PDF Page Slider now shows page previews
  • icon view for file browser, with larger previews
  • collapsible tool area on the main screen
  • “New PDF” button to create an empty file for your important notes and drawings

GoodReader 4 is a paid upgrade, though the developers have got it on sale initially at $2.99 to offer existing users a chance to upgrade at a discount (which is the best developers can do within Apple’s App Store rules). There’s also a Migration Assistant tool that helps users move all their files and settings from the old version of GoodReader.

Here’s an App Store link for GoodReader 4.

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Notable New iPad Apps: BBC Sport

BBC Sport app now has an iPad version. The app has been available on iOS for over a year, but as of last week it’s a universal app with a full version for the iPad. This is great news if you’re a fan of great sports coverage, and especially of coverage that goes beyond just […]

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Notable New iPad Apps: SXSW Go 2014 Version

South by Southwest, or SXSW, just kicked off this weekend in my lovely hometown of Austin, Texas. It’s an annual festival covering music, film, and interactive arts. And of course the very useful SXSW Go app for the iPad has been updated for this year’s festival. SXSW® GO is the official mobile app for getting […]

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Notable New iPad Apps: Disney Movies Anywhere

Disney Movies Anywhere is a new iPad app that lets you buy and stream movies from Disney, Pixar, and Marvel on the iPad. It’s a companion app to Disney’s new online service and offers a large catalog of films from the three studios. Here are some of the app’s notable features: •Watch your Disney, Pixar, […]

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Notable New iPad Apps: Ken Burns

The new Ken Burns app is named after and is the creation of the well-known documentary film maker. It looks like a unique and compelling new app for the iPad promising a chance to ‘see history through a different lens’. Here’s a little slice of its App Store description: See America through the eyes of […]

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