Civilization VI: Gathering Storm Now Available on iOS

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Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: Gathering Storm is now available as an in-app purchase for the iOS app. Gathering Storm brings new features to the game, most notably climate change. It also adds seven World Wonders, eight new civilizations, nine new leaders, and new units, districts, buildings, and governments. The climate change will probably prove to be the most interesting. A new Power system can improve your late-game buildings. Resources like coal, uranium, and oil can be burned for fuel but they have a negative impact on global CO2 levels. But there are green alternatives like geothermal energy, wind farms, and solar farms.

Civilization VI: Gathering Storm Now Available on iOS

Spark Mail 2.5.0 Brings a Redesign With Dark Mode, Avatars, and More

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Readdle’s Spark Mail 2.5.0 has been redesigned to give you features like Dark Mode, multi-window support on iPadOS, and more. Release notes include: Slick new design, stylish Dark Mode, Inbox with Avatars, customize email actions, multiple windows support on iPad, sync contacts between all your devices, and various bug issues and small improvements.

We are building the future of email. Modern design, fast, intuitive, collaborative, seeing what’s important, automation and truly personal experience that you love – this is what Spark stands for.

App Store: Free

Spark Mail 2.5.0 Brings a Redesign With Dark Mode, Avatars, and More

Need the Tor Browser on iOS? Try Onion Browser

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Need a Tor browser on iOS? Onion Browser is the only iOS app recommended on the Tor Project’s website. Starting out at the U.S. Naval Research Lab, Tor is a special network that helps people browse the internet with as much privacy as possible. You should note there are a couple of security advisories on its website: WebRTC/Media leaks: Due to iOS limitations, WebRTC and media files leak outside of Tor and are routed over the normal internet. This will reveal your real IP address to sites using these features. (If you are using a VPN, the VPN IP address is revealed instead.) To defend against this, you may set Strict security mode in Host Settings, which will disable Javascript. More information here. OCSP leak: Visiting EV “Green Bar” HTTPS sites may leak information that can be used to reveal the domain name of the website you are visiting. This is handled within iOS and cannot be changed by Onion Browser. There is no known workaround. A detailed report can be found here. App Store: Free

Need the Tor Browser on iOS? Try Onion Browser

Phil Schiller Took This Amazing Photo on His iPhone 11 Pro

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Top Apple exec Phil Schiller seemed to have a good time seeing Bruce Springsteen Sunday night at the Stone Pony club in Asbury Park, New Jersey, a gig that was a benefit for Boston College. Using an iPhone 11 Pro, he took a fantastic, up-close photograph of The Boss and shared it on Twitter. The level of detail, for instance on Mr. Springstreeen’s face and picking out the instruments behind, is really is quite stunning. [Edit: we updated the story to reflect where the gig was held. Thanks to Paul Kent for the heads up!]

Phil Schiller Took This Amazing Photo on His iPhone 11 Pro

iVerify Can Detect if Your iPhone has Been Jailbroken

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iVerify is a security toolkit for iPhones and iPads. It can check the security of your device to see if modifications have taken place, such as jailbreaking or other forms of hacking. It also has a Safari content blocker.

iVerify is your personal security toolkit. Use iVerify to manage the security of your iOS device and detect modifications to your smartphone. iVerify makes it easy to manage the security of your accounts and online presence with simple instructional guides.

I’m curious to see how long it will last. I’ve used two similar apps in the past that offered the same modification detection, but both were removed from the App Store. I don’t know if it was Apple’s doing or if each company independently removed it. App Store: US$4.99

iVerify Can Detect if Your iPhone has Been Jailbroken

New Mujjo Touchscreen Gloves Keep You Warm Whilst You Use You Use Your iPhone

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Winter is well and truly upon us, and there is nothing worse than having to take your gloves off in the cold to use your hone. Mujjo has two new styles of touchscreen gloves so you can swipe and stay warm – insulated and double-insulated. They sent me a pair of insulated ones and I’m definitely a fan. They are warm, comfortable, and work great with my iPhone. An insulated pair costs €49.99 ($54.41) while the double-insulated ones cost €59.99 ($65.29).

New Mujjo Touchscreen Gloves Keep You Warm Whilst You Use You Use Your iPhone

Finally a Way to Batch-Rename Files on iOS

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Every since I bought an iPad Pro I’ve been able to conduct most of my work and personal life on my iPad. But I still need my MacBook Pro for a couple things, like using Automator to batch-rename files (renaming multiple files simultaneously). This isn’t possible to do on iOS, until now. A shortcut I found on RoutineHub lets you do this. It lets you rename your files in custom formats, like alphabetically, prepending text, sorting by date modified, etc.

Finally a Way to Batch-Rename Files on iOS

The Trouble with Tribble Christmas Tree Ornament

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I am so in love with this Hallmark Christmas tree ornament, despite it’s terrible official name of “Star Trek™ Tribble Fabric Ornament With Sound and Motion.” Come on, it’s a tribble! And it coos! And it shakes when you squeeze it! I need, like, 600 (at $19.99 each) of these things all piled up beneath my Christmas tree. There’s a video of this thing on the Hallmark site. I’d embed it if they’d let me, but as it is, you simply must go visit the product page and play the video yourself. Check it out!

The Trouble with Tribble Christmas Tree Ornament

Apple Shares ‘Ghost Writer’ Behind the Scenes Featurette

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Apple has shared a Ghost Writer behind-the-scenes featurette on YouTube. It’s a kids series in which a ghost haunts a neighborhood.

When a ghost haunts a neighborhood bookstore and starts releasing fictional characters into the real world, four kids must team up to solve an exciting mystery surrounding the ghost’s unfinished business.

You can watch Ghost Writer on Apple TV+ here, and watch the featurette below.

Lightricks Ltd Launches StoryBoost for Brands

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Lightricks Ltd has some great photo apps for consumers, like Facetune and Enlight. But now it has an app aimed more at brands, called StoryBoost. Stand out + boost your brand or business with the Story maker app that has everything you need. 1000+ stunningly designed, on-trend Story page templates — and they’re always adding more; Unique animations between Story pages; Stickers and filters to give your photos and videos that extra touch; Eye-catching animated text; Tons of content ideas & built-in best practices that get engagement and more followers. Tell your story flawlessly and seamlessly to build a brand that you’re proud of. App Store: StoryBoost – Free (Offers In-App Purchases)

Lightricks Ltd Launches StoryBoost for Brands

App Sale: ‘Severed’ Game Goes From $7 to $1

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Severed is normally US$6.99 but now it’s just US$0.99 for a limited time. Winner of the Apple Design Award in 2017 and voted iPad Game of the Year in 2016, Severed lets you take control of a one-armed warrior named Sasha, wielding a living sword on her journey through a nightmare world in search of her family. Dungeon Combat: Master offensive and defensive touch combat techniques to survive intense battles against a menagerie of enemies. Severing: Best enemies in combat for a chance at severing their body parts — then wear them to gain new powers or consume them to upgrade your equipment and abilities. Exploration: Follow branching routes through the unknown, using your wits to avoid hazards and solve puzzles. Award-Winning Soundtrack: Immerse yourself in the haunting original score from Juno- and Polaris-nominated band YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN, featuring Pantayo. App Store: Severed – US$0.99

App Sale: ‘Severed’ Game Goes From $7 to $1

New Apple Video Shows 'SEE' Behind the Scenes

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Apple has shared a three-and-a-half minute video on YouTube showing its show SEE behind the scenes.

Jason Momoa stars as Baba Voss, the father of twins born centuries later with the mythic ability to see—who must protect his tribe against a powerful yet desperate queen who believes it’s witchcraft and wants them destroyed. Alfre Woodard also stars as Paris, Baba Voss’ spiritual leader.

I’m currently working my way through other TV+ content so I haven’t seen SEE yet. But it looks great and sounds like it’s a good, compelling story.

Explore the Calamity in Action RPG Bastion-Now Free

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Bastion is a cool action RPG I’ve played before. It centers on a kid (The Kid) exploring his world to find out what happened to it after a catastrophic event known as the Calamity.

Explore more than 40 lush hand-painted environments as you discover the secrets of the Calamity, a surreal catastrophe that shattered the world to pieces. Wield a huge arsenal of upgradeable weapons and battle savage beasts adapted to their new habitat. Finish the main story to unlock New Game Plus mode and continue your journey.

The game was previously free to purchase. You could play the beginning and pay to unlock the rest of the story. The in-app purchase is currently free, although I don’t know for how long. It’s a fun game and it has the Orr Seal of Approval™.

Explore the Calamity in Action RPG Bastion-Now Free

Trailer for Sneaky Sasquatch - Now on Apple Arcade

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The game Sneaky Sasquatch is now on Apple Arcade. It is a task-based game in which you need to complete challenges – the only rule is don’t get caught. Apple posted a trailer for the game on its YouTube channel. This game doesn’t appear to have the high production values of some of the others on the subscription service, but it still looks quite fun.

Adobe Releases Photoshop for iPad, But it's Still a Work in Progress

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Adobe has released Photoshop for iPad. You can try it for a 30-day free trial, and after that it requires a subscription to Creative Cloud that costs US$9.99/mo.

This first version focuses on core compositing and retouching tools designed to work best on the iPad with Apple Pencil and touch. And we’re just getting started. For future versions, we’re looking at enhancing our tools used for brushes, masks, refining edges, and selecting smart subjects. Plus, we want to make it easier to access your brushes and fonts in Creative Cloud.

Early reviews of the app say it’s a bit rough around the edges, but download it to see for yourself. App Store: Free (Offers In-App Purchases)

Get VeryMe Rewards Via My Vodafone App

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As a Vodafone customer, I’m often frustrated by the firm’s poor customer service. However, I’ve discovered one thing they are offering that is of benefit. VeryMe rewards are discount codes and giveaways on a wide range of pretty decent products and experiences. They are accessed via the MyVodafone app, and tailored to a user’s specific interests. For example, I’ve saved a code for 40% off a charging mat.

Get VeryMe Rewards Via My Vodafone App

Wattpad - The Home of Great New Novels and Gay Wizards

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Wattpad is an app and online platform through which burgeoning authors can publish their novels. It has 70 million readers each month and helps those who might not otherwise get published find readers. One such person was V.S. Santoni, whose novel I’m a Gay Wizard blew up on the platform. Apple featured the author in a ‘Meet the Creative’ story on Wednesday. The platform has given many other LGBTQ+ authors a voice too. It is available for free on the iOS app store. A premium subscription costs $5.99 a month or $59.99 per year. This gives unlimited access to stories, ad-free, and offline.

Wattpad – The Home of Great New Novels and Gay Wizards

AirPod Case Styled Like a Classic Mac

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Elago has a rather stylish looking AirPods case that is designed like a classic Apple monitor. It has an anti-slip coating and is made of flexible, impact-resistant silicone material. The case is compatible with Apple AirPods 1 and 2 and supports wireless charging of the Airpods Wireless Charging Case. It costs $13.99

AirPod Case Styled Like a Classic Mac