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Happy Veteran's Day to all of our U.S. readers! The past weekend brought a score of little goodies, so we've managed to pick up all the little scraps that might have otherwise been left behind and assemble them for your reading pleasure on this fine Monday as we celebrate the brave men and women who have served in our military. We salute you!
MacRumors reported Friday that Apple's latest iPhones are now available from Boost Mobile, a leading prepaid provider owned by Sprint. The carrier offers $100 discount on its iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c handsets, but they're sweeting the deal by knocking off an additional $100 for customers who switch from another provider. There are only two catches: You'll have to make the change at a Boost-branded retail store, and the deal goes bye-bye after November 24 -- which gives you plenty of time, we think.
Having a little trouble getting through Grand Theft Auto V? Fear not -- for only $4.99, gamers can now purchase an iPad-based Official Interactive Strategy Guide to help act as your "digital companion" through the rough-and-tumble streets of Los Santos. The interactive guide features high-resolution versions of the maps found in BradyGames' complete Signature Series Guide print edition, including selectable lists for tracking collectibles along the way. And yes, the guide is 100 percent complete, so players will meet every colorful character and every single activity the game has to offer.
First announced back on November 5, a new iOS version of BitTorrent Sync finally popped up in the App Store over the weekend. Version 1.2 of the cloud-free sync solution introduces a new design with iOS 7 compatibility, improved connection speed and native iPad support, meaning all of your iOS devices can now get into the fun. BitTorrent also announced that its beta Sync project now has more than a million monthly active users participating, and with a new developer API, that number is likely to balloon even higher in the months to come.
As we wait for the classic Amiga game Rocket Ranger to hit the App Store this month (it's already available for Android on Google Play), Cinemaware has announced plans to relaunch its Kickstarter campaign to revive another game from the same era with the Wings Remastered Edition. Unlike the first attempt which fell short of its funding goal, Cinemaware is offering a free, five-level playable PC demo of the new version so potential backers can get a feel for what the company eventually hopes to release: A remastered, high-definition version of the World War I flying combat game, complete with all of its original missions, dogfights, story and gameplay. Cinemaware is targeting the Windows platform, but is keeping its options open to include Mac, Ouya, Android and iOS versions if enough money is raised.
Well, this is hardly a shocker: Reuters reported Friday that BlackBerry's board of directors chose not to break up the company, instead rebuffing the interest of major tech companies including Apple, Microsoft and Lenovo. The board ultimately decided selling off its assets to the highest bidders "did not serve the interest of all stakeholders, which include employees, customers and suppliers in addition to shareholders," according to sources familiar with the decision. After successfully teaming up with Apple and Microsoft two years ago to purchase Nortel patents, BlackBerry apparently wasn't willing to have its own coffers cherry-picked by Cupertino and Redmond -- so it remains to be seen what the future will now bring.
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