Freebie of the Day: Squids Wild West

Squids, a well crafted turn-based strategy game that first hit iOS back in late 2011, remains one of my favorites in the genre. Now, its equally fun sequel Squids Wild West (TMA review), has gone completely free on the App Store (was $1.99).

SQUIDS Wild West has a unique mix of action strategy and RPG: build your team of heroes for challenging turn-based battles against corrupted crabs and shrimp! This sequel is even better than the original, with many surprises in store: devious new enemies, four new playable characters, and nearly twice as many levels. You can even ride seahorses into battle!

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Quick Pick: PDF Cabinet for iPad

Besides using my iPad 3 for surfing the web, working on TMA articles when I’m on the road or watching movies/TV shows, I love my PDF apps for reading ebooks, documents and magazines. For the longest time, my two favorite have been the ever reliable GoodReader and PDF Expert. However, I recently came across a lesser known app in the crowded genre by Com-Tec-Co - PDF Cabinet - and it’s quickly won me over. Not only is it well designed, but it’s also got one of the most intuitive and easy to use annotations interface I’ve come across.

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FAA’s Free App of the Day – Blosics

We’re working together with the team at Free App Alliance to highlight a great free app for you to check out everyday.

Looking for another physics-puzzler? If so, Blosics could be for you. In Blosics, you have to clear screenfuls of colourful blocks by firing equally colourful power balls at them. They come in 13 different varieties – each of which features a unique ability.

There are 120 levels to play through in this offering from FDG Entertainment (creators of Blueprint 3D), and plenty of achievements to unlock. Blosics for iPhone is free for a very limited time, while Blosics HD for the iPad is currently on sale for $0.99.

Blosics FDG Entertainment, Blosics - Free

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iBooks app updated with improved social sharing, continuous scrolling and more

The new version of the iBooks app showcased during this afternoon’s Media Event is now live on the App Store. The 3.0 update shows all your ebooks purchases in the cloud right from the bookshelf (iOS 6 only), as well as an all new scroll theme that lets you continously scroll through your ebooks should you wish to ditch the page turns. And sharing quotes is now made possible by highlighting selected text, and sharing them via Facebook, Twitter, Messages or Mail. Here’s the complete list of What’s New:

Introducing iBooks 3

• See all your iBookstore purchases in iCloud—right on your bookshelf with iOS 6
• Scroll vertically through your books with the flick of a finger using the new Scroll theme
• Receive free updates to purchased books—including new chapters, corrections, and other improvements
• Look up definitions for words in German, Spanish, French, Japanese and Simplified Chinese with iOS 6
• Share quotes or thoughts about your favorite book with friends on Facebook, Twitter, Messages, or Mail

iBooks Apple, iBooks - Free

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iPad mini Smart Cover will come in 6 colors, retail for $39

Just as the iPad mini has shrunk down in size, Apple’s Smart Cover has done likewise to protect the iPad mini’s 7.9-inch screen. The biggest difference from before is that the metal hinge that snaps onto the iPad’s side has been replaced by a new design that essentially wraps the device in a single piece of polyurethane material.

The cover that wakes up, stands up, and brightens up iPad has been redesigned for iPad mini.11 And what a smart pair they are. iPad mini and the iPad mini Smart Cover, that is. Magnetic technology built into each one really pulls them together. The Smart Cover snaps perfectly into place to protect your screen — without adding bulk. Open the Smart Cover and your iPad mini wakes up. Close it and your iPad mini goes to sleep. Fold the Smart Cover and it becomes a stand. It’s all just so, well, smart.

The iPad mini Smart Cover will come in 6 colors and retail for $39. Check out the official Apple video after the break.

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iPad Mini page now up on Apple.com, watch the intro video

The iPad Mini product page is now live on Apple.com. Head over to get a closer look at the latest 7.9-inch iPad and see for yourself why it’ll blow all other similarly sized tablets out of the water. The nearly 5 minute intro video to the iPad Mini has also been uploaded, so be sure to check that out if you missed the live stream earlier.

Update: the iPad Mini intro video has been embedded below.

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Apple Introduces the 7.9-inch iPad Mini

After months of endless speculation, Apple has finally unveiled the iPad Mini. This slick iPad has a 7.9 inch diagonal display and is just 7.2mm thick, which is 23% thinner than the original iPad. Phil Schiller has compared it to being as thick as a pencil and as light as a pad of paper. Here are the iPad Mini’s main features:

  • 1024×768 resolution – same as the original iPad
  • Weighs only 0.68 pounds
  • Dual-core A5 chip
  • FaceTime HD camera
  • 5 megapixel iSight on the back
  • LTE support
  • 10 Hour battery life
As for pricing, the 16Gb Wifi model starts at $329, with the 32GB going for $429 and 64GB for $529. The 16GB Wifi + LTE will start at $459. Pre-orders for the Wifi models can be made starting Oct 26th, with the official launch date being November 2nd.

ThinkGeek’s Mega Deals Sale – save up to 75% on cool gadgets and gizmos

ThinkGeek, the online store that sells “Stuff for Smart Masses”, is currently running their biggest sale of the year with the Mega Deals promo. Over 500 items are on clearance, with prices slashed up to 75% off. The most notable deal is the iCADE Mobile Gaming System for iPhone, a bluetooth gaming controller that supports 100+ iOS apps – now just $16.99 (down from $69.99). If you’re a gizmo addict and want to save a nice chunk on some cool (iDevice) gadgets, head over to the Mega Deals page to start browsing through the catalog. I’ve also included a rounded up of some of the better iPhone related items below.

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NMA.tv spoofs anticipated release of iPad Mini in animated video

Leave it to Next Media Animation from Taiwan to spoof the upcoming release of the iPad Mini in yet another outrageous (and amusing) animated video. Steve Jobs, who had been portrayed as Darth Vader previously, returns to fight off Tim Cook in a failed attempt to stop the launch of the smaller iPad (Jobs had publicly dismissed the notion of a 7″ iPad back in 2010). Besides new features like a killer Android app (quite literally an app that’ll obliterate Android users off the face of the earth), NMA sees Apple fans blowing all their money on new iPad Mini accessories like the “iArm”. Check out the 2 minute video after the break.

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FAA’s Free App of the Day – Saving Private Sheep 2

We’re working together with the team at Free App Alliance to highlight a great free app for you to check out everyday.

Your mission in Saving Private Sheep 2, should you choose to accept it, is to grab your trusty catapult and prevent pesky foxes from running off with your sheep buddies.

This title features no fewer than 66 levels – all of which are filled with obstacles that you have to overcome in order to complete your objective. Furthermore, you can use the in-game editor to create and share your very own stages with other players around the world. Saving Private Sheep 2 is a universal app for all your iDevices and now free on the App Store.

Saving Private Sheep 2 Bulkypix, Saving Private Sheep 2 - Free

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