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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 – Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff

Family Guy Quest for Stuff iPad app

Fox’s hit animated comedy show ‘Family Guy’ has a brand new iPad game in the App Store – Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff.

Here’s a slice of the App Store description for the game:

After another epic battle with the giant chicken, Peter Griffin has accidentally destroyed Quahog! Play for FREE and rally your favorite FG characters (even Meg) to save the city in a hilarious new adventure from the writers of Family Guy. Or don’t, and regret it forever!
EXCLUSIVE CONTENT ONLY ON THE APP STORE: Play the “Fool’s Gold” quest line to help Peter realize his dream of becoming filthy rich! ONLY available for players on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices!

If the game is 10% s funny as the show then it would still make for a hilarious bit of entertainment on the iPad. I installed it this morning just to take a quick peek – and I have to say the imagery and animations are pretty impressive.

Here’s what’s not so impressive to me right off the bat – the game is free but offers (or more like nearly demands) In-App purchases that range from $1.99 all the way up to $99.99. I’m a Family Guy fan and the game looks fun after just a few minutes with it, but I just can’t stand games that are almost immediately nagging you to pay up to move through them quicker – especially when there are In-App purchases at the huge numbers that are in this game.

Here’s an App Store link for Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff. I’m sure we have plenty of Family Guy fans here – what do you think of this game, and any iPad game with iPad In-App purchases at the $50 and 100 levels?

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Introducing Fantastical for iPad — A Killer New Calendar App

Fantastical is my favourite iPhone calendar app by a long shot, so it’s with great pleasure that I share the release of the Fantastical for iPad.

All of the things I love about the Fantastical suite of apps are present here:

– the horizontal scrolling DayTicker
– the tidy list of upcoming events
– full Reminders support
– natural language parsing for events and tasks

The whole experience has been reimagined for the iPad as a dynamic dashboard. Fantastical for iPad looks similar enough to the iPhone and Mac versions to be familiar, but its design seems to have taken account that we use tablets differently than other devices.

The real standout feature for me here is the way you can pull the DayTicker down and turn it into a week view. I live and die by week views at my current position, and having one appear so dynamically is simply genius.

I still have to get my hands on the app, but I plan to write it up in a week or two. In the mean time, you can get your hands on Fantastical for iPad for $10 on the App Store.

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Notable New iPad Apps: BBC Sport

BBC Sport iPad app

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 major US sports. Here’s a little of the App Store description of the app:

The official BBC Sport app is the sports fan’s guide to live sport news, stats, fixtures and results, curated by the BBC’s team of sport journalists. Users can also read articles and analysis, follow live scores and even customise and set quick links to favourite sports and football teams.

The app’s layout is fairly similar to the look of the BBC online Sports section. There’s a home page with top sports stories from around the world and a large number of dedicated sections for individual sports.

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Notable New iPad Apps: SXSW Go 2014 Version

SXSW Go iPad app

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 the most out of attending SXSW 2014. Browse our lineup and create your personal schedule, then login to sync it with your other devices. Find your friends and connections and see what they are up to, and network with thousands of other Attendees. You can also find your way around Austin, navigate the trade show, stay connected to the social world and more!
You can build your schedule online at or directly on your mobile device. With SXSW® GO, you also can sync your online schedule with your mobile device, so your info will always be up-to-date!

If you’re attending the festival this is the one companion app you need. Here’s an App Store link for SXSW Go; it’s a free app and a universal app designed for both iPad and iPhone.

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Notable New iPad Apps: Disney Movies Anywhere

Disney Movies Anywhere for iPad

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, and Marvel movies everywhere you go!
•Build your digital movie collection with a library of hundreds of videos to choose from… more coming soon!
•Get new movies directly through the app or redeem your Disney digital copies.
•Access exclusive Disney content for free – original programming, never-before-seen videos and much more…
•Watch movies while connected or download movies to your device for offline viewing.
•Earn Disney Movie Rewards points for every digital transaction.

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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 award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. 

This app is not a collection of Ken’s filmography—it’s an entirely new way of looking at American history, only available on iPad.

Ken has been producing documentaries for over three decades, including such films as The Civil War, Baseball, Jazz, The National Parks, Frank Lloyd Wright, Prohibition and Mark Twain. Now, he has returned to this body of work and selected scenes illustrating recurring themes in American history.

The video trailer above is a very nice introduction to the app. I just downloaded it this morning and really can’t wait to spend more time with it.

Here’s an App Store link for the Ken Burns app; it’s a free app with one playlist of clips included for free – an additional 5 playlists including over 3 hours of video can be added via In-App purchase for $9.99.

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