Consumer spending across app stores worldwide to top $110 billion in 2018

 Consumer spending on all mobile app stores will surpass $ 110 billion in 2018, according to a new report from App Annie, out today, which forecasts the state of the app ecosystem for next year. The $ 110 billion figure represents a 30 percent increase from the year prior, the firm also said, adding that the majority of the overall spend will come from games, as before. However, the introduction… Read More
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[Update: Amazon drops to $60, adds 2-pack promo] Deal alert: The UE Wonderboom Bluetooth speaker is $70, 2-pack $110 ($30 off)

Bluetooth speakers are usually a good idea for gift giving, and UE’s offerings are often a strong bet. The Wonderboom is currently on sale for $ 69.99. Costco has a two-pack for $ 109.99, making each speaker $ 55 each.

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[Deal Alert] The UE Wonderboom Bluetooth speaker is $70, 2-pack $110 ($30 off)

Bluetooth speakers are usually a good idea for gift giving, and UE’s offerings are often a strong bet. The Wonderboom is currently on sale for $ 69.99. Costco has a two-pack for $ 109.99, making each speaker $ 55 each. Either way, you get $ 30 off the full price.

The Wonderboom is a small speaker, but it puts out some awesome sound. It has an IPX7 rating for water-resistance and up to ten hours of battery life.

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Sony Xperia XZ1 currently going for $590 in US ($110 discount)

The Sony Xperia XZ1 has received another price cut in the US. A quick look at the flagship device’s listing on Amazon reveals it’s currently going for as low as $ 589, which if you compare, translates into a discount of around $ 110. It’s the blue variant that’s going for $ 589 – others are a bit expensive, going for up to $ 599.99. But still, even if you buy any of the higher priced models, you end up saving at-least $ 100, which is not bad at all. There’s currently no information on when the promo ends, so those interested in availing it may have to act fast. Source

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T-Mobile is now selling the Note8 for $820 ($110 off)

The Galaxy Note8 launched back in August, with a shockingly-high retail price of $ 929.99. That price no doubt kept many potential buyers away, but deals and promotions started appearing almost immediately after release. If you’re on T-Mobile, you can now buy a Note8 for $ 110 off the original price, making the phone $ 820.

T-Mobile originally offered the Note8 for $ 930, the same price as Samsung (and some other carriers) was selling it for.

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Best ‘Frozen Throne’ Decks, Decks to Beat Druid, and More ‘Hearthstone’ Weekly News in ‘Touchstone’ #110

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our roundup of last week’s best news stories and videos from the world of Hearthstone [Free]. As was to be expected, there’s a lot of talk about the current power levels of Druid and the effects that has on the meta (and the game as a whole). So, we have stories both about getting on the Druid bandwagon and trying to beat Druid decks. There are also stories about the new short Blizzard has unveiled, which is lovely, as well as the results of the Global Games finals. Overall, the world of Hearthstone seems to be all about Druid issues at this moment, and it remains to be seen whether the Druid-mania will soon subside or whether it will continue until Blizzard does something about the current state of the meta. Let us begin.

 

 

Decks Designed to Beat Druid

If you’ve been having Druid issues, check out this story. The writer put together a list of decks specifically designed to take out that pesky Druid decks. Decks include Pirate Warrior, Exodia Quest Mage, Mill Rogue, and others, and they come with dekclists and short guides. So, if Druid is getting on your nerves, check out this story.

 

Frozen Throne Legend Decks

This story is all about super-powerful decks that have hit Legend, although not all of them are “interesting.” There’s a Murloc Paladin that’s hit #1 Legend, a Jade Druid (of course), a Pirate Warrior, a Finja Aggro Druid, a Mage Highlander Priest, and many more. If you have the cards, this is a great list to check out, although you’ll still need the skills to pilot these very powerful decks.

 

Token Druid Guide

If you can’t beat them, join them, right? If you want to play around with Token Druid, this is the guide you’ll need to read. It updates the old archetype with Frozen Throne cards and guides you through putting the deck together and piloting it properly. The guide goes into detail on what each card’s purpose is and even what cards to replace in case you’re missing some. A detailed guide that’s definitely worth a read if you feel like going the Druid way.

 

Blizzard Responds to Druid Issues

As we wrote about last week, Iksar (aka Dean Ayala) went on Reddit to talk about the Druid issues in the game and how the team is thinking of moving forward on this issue. He talks about how early it is in the meta cycle to be talking about dominance and about nerfing, and how there have been stronger decks in the past. He then went on to talk about specific problematic cards and how the team sees them. Go read the whole story and let me know in the comments if you agree with Blizzard’s position.

 

 

First Multiplayer Raid Pits Players Against Arthas

Gamescom 2017 saw the first ever multiplayer raid that felt more like an MMO than a card game. As this story discusses, this brawl set everyone at Gamescom against a one-million hit points Arthas. Every player tried to do as much damage as possible, and the more damage, the higher the rank the player would earn. The raid-like brawl is part of the new Fireside Gathering Brawls that are meant to make Fireside Gatherings more fun. Let me know if you had a chance to play this Brawl and what you thought of it.

 

After Frozen Throne, Matches Are Taking Longer

As this story points out, the latest expansion seems to have slowed down matches quite a bit, and that makes it less fun for casual players who want quick games. Although he can’t say for sure, the writer of the story does believe that Frozen Throne has disrupted the usual Aggro dominance we usually see when new cards are infused into the game. The dominant decks now have strong anti-aggro options that allow them to go to the late game, which gives us matches that last from 20 to 30 minutes each. He even has stats to back that up. While he knows some players like a slower, control-leaning meta, it’s challenging to only get through 3 games an hour, especially if you’re trying to climb the ladder. Do you like the slower meta, or would you prefer a faster, more aggro-oriented one?

 

First Animated Short ‘Hearth and Home’ Is Lovely

Blizzard went all Disney last week and gave us a really nice short called Hearth and Home. This isn’t a one time thing either; Blizzard is planning a whole series of comics and shorts (and, of course, merchandise) starring the cast of the short, and I’m all for that. I hope future expansions get the comics and shorts treatment because that would really help build up the game’s lore. Check out our full story here.

 

 

Czech Republic Wins Global Games

After a long and fun tournament, the Czech Republic Team is the Global Games Champion, defeating the Ukraine in the final. Given that the Ukraine has players like Kolento and Neirea in its roster, beating them wasn’t an easy task for the Czech Republic, but they did it. pokrovac, CzechCloud, and StanCifka managed to surprise their opponents with some interesting deck choices and take the title. Go here to see how each match in the finals went down.

 

 

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[Deal Alert] LG Watch Sport is just $239.99 ($110 off) at Daily Steals with coupon code

At launch, the LG Watch Sport cost a whopping $ 349, putting it on the higher end of the Android Wear market. In fairness, it did pack a lot of features, but $ 350 is still a hard pill to swallow for a smartwatch. But now, you can get a brand new Watch Sport for just $ 239.99 – a substantial $ 110 off the original MSRP – at Daily Steals.

The nicer of the two Android Wear watches that Google developed with LG (the other being the Watch Style), the Watch Sport comes equipped with a 1.38″ 480p P-OLED display, a Snapdragon Wear 2100, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, a 430mAh battery, and IP68 certification, as well as wireless charging, a digital crown, a heart rate monitor, a barometer, an ambient light sensor, Wi-Fi, LTE, GPS, and NFC.

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[Deal Alert] Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is $489 ($110 off) with $20 Play Store credit at Woot

The Android tablet market mostly consists of sub-$ 100 models usually found at your local Walmart or Target. High-end Android tablets are few and far between, with one of them being the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3. Now you can buy it for $ 489 from Woot, a $ 110 savings over the $ 599 MSRP.

The Tab S3 has a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, and a 6,000 mAh battery.

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[Deal Alert] LG Watch Style on sale for $139.99 ($110 off) via eBay

Google and LG teamed up on a pair of smartwatches to show off Android Wear 2.0, one of which had all the things and the other that had very few things. That other watch is the LG Watch Style, which still sells for $ 249 on the Google Store. That’s way too much, but it’s on sale for a much more reasonable $ 139.99 on eBay right now.

The Watch Style lacks NFC and the battery is only 240mAh.

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[Deal Alert] Get an open-box Gear S3 Frontier for $239.99 from eBay ($110 off)

The smartwatch market feels like it’s petering out, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some good options to be had. One of the best out there is Samsung’s Gear S3, which represents an alternative competitor to Android Wear. You can grab the Bluetooth-only Frontier version for $ 239.99 over on eBay. Even though it’s open-box, you’re still saving $ 110 off of a brand new smartwatch.

The Gear S3 sports a 1.3″ AMOLED screen, a rotating bezel for navigation, an Exynos 7720 SoC, 768MB of RAM, and 4GB of storage.

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