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Apple's iOS 7.1, which was released on Monday, hit a 5.9 percent adoption rate in just the first 24 hours, according to Chitika. The marketing research company released a report on Tuesday based on the operating systems reported in their app metrics platform.
Blizzard launched Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft on Mac and Windows on Tuesday. The latest expansion of the company's massive World of Warcaft franchise is a "fast paced strategy card game" that includes playing heroes, casting spells, summoning creatures, all through digital cards. The game is a free download, and it pits the player against a series of mini-bosses on the way to the ultimate boss, Illidan Stormrage. I included the promotional video below.
There are a lot of audio interfaces for iPhone and iPad out there, but there's a Kickstarter project for guitarists called Acoustic Stream that does something new. It allows you to record, practice, or play live through your iOS device wirelessly. Designed specifically for acoustic guitar, this device goes inside your guitar. You then activate it by tapping one, twice, or thrice on the guitar for recording, tuning, or simple connectivity to the companion app. That means no cords to manage! If you're one of those folks who bangs on your guitar while you play to provide your own percussion section, this may not be for you, but for the rest of us, giddy up! Oh, and it monitors the humidity around your device and will alert you if it gets too dry or too wet. That's way cool all by itself, IMO. It works with Bluetooth LE iOS devices and some Bluetooth LE Android devices. The company has raised $36,000 out of a goal of $50,000. Funding options that get you an Acoustic Stream start at $127 (only a couple of slots left).
Some users have been reporting slow keyboard response after upgrading to iOS 7.1. If you're one of them, we have a quick fix—resetting your keyboard dictionary—for you that should get you back up and running in real time in no time.
I just learned that Tomas Moyano is awesome. A designer living in Argentina, Mr. Moyano has put together the sexiest, most gorgeous Apple iWatch mockup I've seen. With everybody and their brother wanting to know what Apple is cooking up in wearables, this outside mockup left me drooling and wanting one on my wrist, and pronto. In a series of images, Mr. Moyano laid out what he thinks Apple's device could look like (round), what features it might have (syncing, camera, music streaming, and a battery of biomedical sensors), and specs. I have no idea if Apple could fit all that stuff in this kind of form factor, but if so, giddy up! There's a lot more in the full gallery, so check it out. About the only thing it's missing is an actual watch app.
We have a deal for you today for the TOCCs Ultra Slim 10 Hour Battery Case for iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. As the name suggests, it's a slim battery case for your iPhone that has up to 10 hours of additional power for your iPhone—2,200mAh in total. Through our friends at StackSocial, we're able to offer it for US$24.95 (it has a retail price of $80). You can control when the battery case is being used by turning it on or off, putting you in direct charge of your extra power. Plus, it's slim, meaning that people won't be asking you why you're carrying a watermelon in your pocket.
Today I bring you the opportunity to participate in a little science by helping to fund development of an ARC Plasma Speaker. Why would you do this? Not because it's the best sounding speaker on the planet, no. It's far from that, but with an ARC Plasma Speaker you can make sound through a arc of plasma running at 30,000 volts. Come on, right? Who doesn't want to do that? Watch the video if you aren't familiar with the concept. The company—ExcelPhysics—was originally trying to raise US$10,000, but they've blown by that goal and have raised more than $41,000 with 18 days to go. Funding options that get you a kit to build your own ARC Plasma Speaker start at $99. For $199, they'll ship it to you fully assembled. Either way, it's nerdvanna!
Apple has expanded its Apple Store iPhone trade-in program to Canada. The company is offering up to CN$275 to Canadian customers who bring in their old iPhone to trade in towards a new one.
Apple released iOS 7.1 on Monday, packing in a host of new features and improvements. Chief among them is the official rollout of CarPlay, the company's new automobile interface for iOS devices. Apple also added a way of controlling how long Siri listens to you, and the company added new features to iTunes Radio.
We've gathered 20 different Bitcoin "faucets"—websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads—and tested them to make sure they actually pay out. We started off with eight sites, then eleven and 14, but this update adds six more and updates the descriptions for the original sites with additional information.