Heroes of Warcraft’ Launches on iPhone

Blizzard Entertainment’s popular card battling game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft today finally launched on iPhone, after becoming available on tablets, including iPad, nearly one year ago. The new support comes as a universal update to the existing iOS app.

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The game made the leap to Android and iOS tablets following its initial Mac and PC launch in March of 2014, with MacRumors‘ sister site TouchArcade reporting numerous stories throughout the year regarding the game’s much-rumored launch on iPhone.

Hearthstone is free-to-play, but users can opt in to purchase card packs when their personal bank of in-game gold is sufficiently lacking. The game tasks players with collecting and organizing a constantly shifting array of card types for each one of its drastically different nine classes, aiming for an opponent’s weaknesses in a battle to whittle down each others’ 30-point health system to zero.

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As with all versions of the game, iPhone users with previous experience in the Hearthstone world will be able to sync all of their custom decks, gold count, and experience to the new iPhone app by signing into their Battle.net accounts. Though some die-hard fans remain skeptical about the game’s proper transition to such a small screen, the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last year can undoubtedly provide a more comfortable Hearthstone experience while still maintaining a bit more portability over its tablet-focused counterparts.

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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Apple Watch at Milan’s Upcoming Salone Del Mobile Design Fair

The Apple Watch will be displayed at the upcoming Salone Del Mobile design fair in Milan, for a one-day viewing and try-on event, according to Wallpaper Magazine. It’ll be the Apple Watch’s first public appearance outside of a retail store or a pop up shop following its debut at Parisian boutique Colette in September.

On Friday, April 17, the Apple Watch will be on display at the Carlo e Camilla restaurant in Segheria, despite the fact that it’s not available for purchase in Italy yet. Though France, Germany, and the United Kingdom were first wave launch countries in Europe, Italy was not, and no second wave launch date has been announced.

The Carlo e Camilla restaurant features an industrial design with concrete walls accented by minimalist tables and ornate chandeliers. It offers a cocktail bar and contemporary Italian food.

carloecamillarestaurantImage of there restaurant courtesy of Les Hommes Modernes

Says Jony Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of design: ‘Salone del Mobile has such a deep-rooted history of embracing excellence in design so I’m particularly excited to celebrate our newest and most personal product, alongside our friends and fellow designers, at this special event.’ […]

‘Creating beautiful objects, respecting craftsmanship and focusing on a design process that’s driven by the deepest care, utility and end use, has been our goal since the beginning,’ says Ive. ‘With the launch of Apple Watch, that’s been more important than ever, to create a product where technology and craft, beauty and utility go hand in hand.’

The Salone del Mobile design fair is actually designed for furniture, calling itself the “global benchmark for the Home Furnishing Sector,” but other products do make an appearance at the event. Apple is not listed as an exhibitor, explaining why the Apple Watch event is behind held at a restaurant rather than an exhibition hall.

Though not available in Italy, the Apple Watch can be pre-ordered online in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Supplies of the Apple Watch are constrained, which means new orders offer shipping estimates that range into June and beyond.

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HiRise Charging Stand for Apple Watch

Twelve South on Wednesday unveiled the HiRise for Apple Watch, a brushed metal stand designed to hold all three editions of the wrist-worn device. The stand showcases the entire Apple Watch, allowing you to interact with the screen while it is charging, and features a non-slip rubber base, silicone accents and leather landing pad to keep the smartwatch secure and protected.

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HiRise for Apple Watch, similar to the iPhone version of the stand, is slightly angled so that you can easily interact with the Apple Watch from a bedside table or countertop. The watch band tucks away cleanly behind the stand’s metal frame, with the silicone accents preventing any scratches or scuffs. A pop-out disk on the back of the stand keeps the Apple Watch’s magnetic charging cable out of sight.

HiRise for Apple Watch will be released in May for $49.99 on Twelve South’s website, available in silver and gray options. Those interested in the product can sign up to Twelve South’s mailing list with their name, email address and country of residence to receive updates when the product becomes available.

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Griffin ‘WatchStand’ for Apple Watch

Griffin yesterday announced the WatchStand, which the company calls the first entry into its “new line of products for Apple Watch.”

The stand is set to be a nightly solution for more easily charging the Apple Watch. Like other Griffin products, the stand itself doesn’t include its own charging cable, but users will need to snake in their own MagSafe charger through the stand during the initial set-up of the device.

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“The introduction of the Apple Watch ushers in what is bound to be the next generation of wearable technology,” said Mark Rowan, President of Griffin Technology. “Griffin has long been at the forefront of developing solutions for Apple’s newest devices and we’re continuing that legacy with our WatchStand charging dock for Apple Watch.”

Griffin notes that the stand is compatible with all versions of the Apple Watch and provides an “easy viewing angle” when charging. The pedestal will also accommodate both a vertical and horizontal orientation, allowing personal preference to each user laying their Watch on the stand to charge.

Although there is no in-house storage for an iPhone cable, the WatchStand does provide a small dock underneath the Watch pedestal to store a user’s iPhone, providing a neat and organized solution to charging and displaying both devices.

Unfortunately, the Griffin WatchStand won’t be available on the Apple Watch’s April 24 launch date, but has been given a more general “Summer 2015” release window. The company did note, however, that the stand will retail for $29.99 when it launches.

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New Theme Store for iOS

It appears that the popular SwiftKey keyboard for iOS will soon be gaining a Theme Store, MacRumors has learned. SwiftKey already has three themes available in app for free, but the new Theme Store seems to add 11 additional themes that can be purchased at prices between $0.99 and $1.99.

Lower priced $0.99 themes change the color of the keyboard, and some of the available options include “Coal,” “Iceberg,” and “Juice,” three minimal themes that turn the keyboard black, white, or orange.

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There’s also a dynamic “Shooting Stars” theme that uses Parallax to cause the stars in the background to shift when the iPhone is moved, giving it a distinctive 3D feel. “Shooting Stars” is priced at $1.99, and in addition to the parallax effect, users will also see an occasional shooting star soar across the keyboard.

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These new themes will undoubtedly be a welcome addition to SwiftKey users who have wanted to change the look of their keyboards to better suit their personal styles or visual preferences, and it’s likely SwiftKey will continually add new themes to the Theme Store following its release.

The new SwiftKey Theme Store appears to be rolling out to SwiftKey‘s beta testing group, but it will likely be coming to all users as an app update in the near future. Beta testers can access the new themes through the SwiftKey container app in the “Themes” section.

Swiftkey can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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