Google Assistant updated with iPad support

iPad users no longer have to use the 2x display mode when using Google Assistant on their Apple tablet. The app has been updated to automatically fit all iPad model displays. This includes the 7.9-inch iPad mini to 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The app has also includes bug fixes and stability improvements "to bring you the best Assistant experience," according to the release notes.

New report claims Apple planning low-cost iPad and MacBook launch in second quarter


Supply chain watcher Digitimes has filed another report claiming components for a new "inexpensive" iPad and iPad Pro model have begun shipping. The refreshed version of the 2017 low-cost 9.7-inch iPad is expected to launch in the second quarter of 2018, while the new iPad Pro models are expected in the second-half of the year, according to the report.


New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: The Sims Mobile and More

Fortnite iOS

There's always a bit of reluctance when EA releases a free-to-play game to the App Store. The premium publisher is known for its over-the-top microtransactions and loot crates, and it's probably the same pay-to-play model for its newly released Sims Mobile. The App Store description promises all kinds of customization, like choosing the appearances of your own Sims, and building your own home. Long story short, if you like paying $5 for a digital bed, then The Sims Mobile is the game for your.

DC Unchained open for pre-registration

DC Unchained

Developer 4:33's new superhero brwaler DC Unchained is now open for pre-registration. Players who register early will receive "super-power rewards" including 30 guaranteed Stamina Points, and additional rewards such as 3 Silver Family Card Tickets after 1,000,000 registrations. You can also earn additional rewards for every friend you invite that registers, by sharing videos and following the Facebook page.

New analyst backs iPad Pro with Face ID rumors

Face ID

Rosenblatt analyst, Jun Zhang (via Barron's), is the latest to jump on the iPad Pro/Face ID rumors, started by Bloomberg last year. According to Zhang, Apple is planning to launch a new iPad Pro with a slimmer bezel and Face ID in the June-ending quarter. If true, this would mean the end of the Home button for future iPad Pro models.

App Store Pre-Orders You May Have Missed: Reed ^_^ and more

Reed ^_^

Being able to pre-order games is one of the best new features Apple quietly added to the App Store. Let's look at the latest titles available for pre-order that you may have missed:

Polar Rollout (Free) Physics puzzler where you draw a line for your Roller to crush fishy invaders. You must avoid all kinds of wacky obstacles as you create a path to each portal and defeat piranhas along the way. The game includes 120 levels across 6 uniquely-themed worlds, a variety of playable characters to unlock, and power ups with different abilities. Expected release date: April 18

Here's the trailer:

How to livestream the 90th Academy Awards on your iPad or other Apple devices

90th Academy Awards

The 90th Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, March 4 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA. This year there are a variety of ways to watch, including on Facebook via the pages of ABC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

Die hard fans can begin their Oscar parties at 6:30 ET/3:30 PT with a livestream of The Oscars: All Access. You can watch the Oscars pre-show on your Apple TV through the ABC News app. Everyone else can just point their browsers to This includes your iPad, iPhone, laptop, PC and so on.

Evoland 2 lands on the Apple App Store

Evoland 2

The original Evoland took players through the evolution of video games. Starting as a simple 2D RPG, players could unlock new graphics and technologies until they reached the HD age and a three dimensional world. The sequel, released today to iOS, is described as a "spiritual successor" to the original as players not only travel through time, but also discover new art styles and video game technology.

New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Alto's Odyssey and more

Rogue Hearts

The long awaited sequel to Alto's Adventure is finally here. Join Alto and his friends as they sandboard through the windswept dunes of the desert. Alto's Odyssey includes a standalone, endless adventure with six unlockable characters, 180 goals to complete, and an one-touch trick system for chaining together combos. The game is now available for $4.99 on the Apple App Store.


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