Trump Takes Aim at Amazon, and Shareholders Run for the Hills

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The only person in the world who isn’t furious at Facebook? President Donald Trump.

He reserves his ire for Amazon, according to a report from Axios. And the news has Amazon shareholders running scared.

According to one of the five sources Axios talked to for their report, Trump can’t stop thinking about the online retailer. “He’s obsessed with Amazon,” the source said. “Obsessed.”

The claims Axios’s sources make are pretty wide-ranging.

One claims the POTUS has mused aloud about “[going] after Amazon with antitrust or competition law.” Another details Trump’s belief that Amazon is getting “a free ride from taxpayers.”

According to the sources, Trump is also very aware that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post, which he views “as Bezos’ political weapon.”

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Hours after Axios’s report went live, shares of Amazon stock fell as much as 7.4 percent — about $ 53.6 billion of Amazon’s market value, according to Reuters.

“With Facebook and regulatory worries, the last thing nervous tech investors wanted to see was news that Trump is targeting Bezos and Amazon over the coming months as this remains a lingering cloud over the stock and heightens the risk profile in the eyes of the Street,” GBH Insights analyst Daniel Ives told Reuters.

Important to note: Trump hasn’t actually done anything that could put Amazon’s future in jeopardy. This movement in the market is simply based on the news that he wants to do something.

The acts of skittish investors show that, if Trump gets his way, Amazon could be in even bigger financial trouble.

The post Trump Takes Aim at Amazon, and Shareholders Run for the Hills appeared first on Futurism.


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Huge ‘Dragon Hills 2’ Ancient Egypt Update Coming April 5th

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Developer Rebel Twins releases all kinds of awesome, highly-polished games, and in the spring of 2015 they released yet another one in Dragon Hills. It mashed up several types of gameplay mechanics into one cohesive experience, with a dash of Tiny Wings here and a dose of Death Worm there, and we enjoyed it a lot in our review. Last fall Rebel Twins released a sequel that amped up an already great game in pretty much every way. We loved Dragon Hills 2 [$ 2.99] in our review, and after about 6 months of being on the market a significant update is heading to the game on April 5th. Check out the new trailer showcasing what’s in the update.

As you can see, this update will include a new Ancient Egypt environment to ride your dragon in, as well as two shiny new dragons to ride. There will also be new enemy types to contend with, and six new ultra-challenging Mega Bosses to battle. Basically, more of all the good stuff in Dragon Hills 2. If you have yet to check this one out, I’d highly suggest dropping the three bucks to give it a shot, especially since this is a fully premium, no IAP game. Things only stand to get even better when the big Dragon Hills 2 Ancient Egypt update arrives on April 5th.


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Apple closing Green Hills, Nashville & Alderwood Mall, Lynnwood stores for renovations

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At least two additional U.S. Apple stores are closing for renovations next month in a bid to catch up with the company’s latest design aesthetic.
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Apple’s Green Hills store in Nashville, Tennessee set to close on February 11th for renovations

According to a message posted on the company’s retail website, Apple will temporarily close their Green Hills store in Nashville, Tennessee on February 11th.



‘Dragon Hills 2’ Review – Now with 100% more Mecha, Undead, and Time Travel!

As far as endless arcade type games go, the first Dragon Hills [$ 2.99] was a fun and chaotic beast. Featuring a princess in a tower waiting for her prince to rescue her, a prince finds all the gold on a lower floor and just books it. The princess, apparently being great friends with the dragon that ‘imprisoned’ her (I assume as a favor so she could get a man), sets off after this jerk of a prince with blazing fury in her eyes, embodying old sayings about hell’s fury and scorned women. All while riding said dragon, who gets around by burrowing, jumping, and sliding through the hills. Rebel Twins have now returned with a sequel, and it’s more varied, more polished, and much stranger than ever. Welcome back to the hills. It’s Dragon Hills 2 [$ 2.99].

My thinking is that the developers just wanted a good excuse for a crazy variety of locations and enemies. The first game was no slouch in that department, bringing you through rolling green hills, pirate themed islands, Arabian deserts, and snowy mountains, pitting you against knights, rock monsters, and outright lightning calling demi-gods apparently. This time, the princess is in a modern-day city scape afflicted with a zombie apocalypse. Instead of a revenge fueled onslaught, you’re after a McGuffin that will allow you to time travel and stop the zombie apocalypse. And for some reason, she has a dragon mech, because she just does, and instead of wielding a sword at all times, you grab gun weapon pick-ups on the battlefield as you unlock them.

Everything is expanded on. The upgrades feel more unique and thought out. Each gun functions very differently, there are more base dragon stats to upgrade, like digging speed, and the dragon’s super forms are all distinct, whereas in the first game they were mostly interchangeable save for a small differences. These include a sky dragon that boosts through the air, panther type mech that just runs down everything on the surface, and an outright Mecha-Godzilla kaiju mech full up on fire power. The power ups are more interesting too. Instead of the freeze blast of the first game, you have a bubble hurricane that traps all enemies in harmless bubbles. Instead of one quick blast of comets, you turn into an invincible flying bit of energy and call targeted lightning down on whatever you want a couple dozen times. Plus, a dragon tsunami, which summons multiple dragons for extra destruction and collection properties.

So instead of a rotating endless world broken up into quasi-levels, this is actually a level based game. You’ll be stuck in each era of time (Modern, Western, and Future/Space) until you beat 6 vehicular bosses to get the McGuffin cannisters, plus you’ll need to kill a certain number of zombies to get enough brains to fuel the machine, though I always had enough by the time I beat every boss. You can level select to hop around, though your progress resets each time. The differences in this game go much deeper than all that, though. For example, you can no longer stay underground indefinitely. In fact, at the very start, you can barely stay under at all before your (oxygen?) meter depletes and you start taking damage.

You’re super weak at the start, almost frustratingly so, though it’s brief. There was an arc of power in the first game, but it wasn’t as drastic and capped out sooner. The variety of upgrades make a huge difference, especially powers and super mech forms, so it’s worth saving up to unlock those relatively early. One difference I noticed immediately coming off the heels of replaying the first is that now, when you run into a wall or steep incline or building, you’ll near-instantly begin digging through it and ascending, where in the first game your momentum would be crushed. Speaking of momentum, there was nothing worse in the first game than having an amazing run going decked out with pick-ups and low damage only to be instantly killed by barely grazing a lava pit. No longer! Now the pits just do a LOT of damage, but upgraded-you can tank a few small ponds and grazing isn’t a big deal. It’s a good compromise.

Before the only way to deal good damage was to smash right into everything and automatically hit it with your sword, outside of chains of explosions and debris going everywhere. Now, smashing into things is much less effective and the emphasis is on the guns. There are 7 in the game, all upgradable, ranging from pea shooters to machine guns to lasers to missile launchers, and while they’re helpful and plentiful, the real power is in the super mechs and power-ups. Speed-up coins serve a better and more obvious function now as well, granting temporary blazing speed and invulnerability once you’ve collected enough. There seem to have been other tune-up considerations, such as in the types of traps/hazards you’ll have to get around, and the game generally just has a much better feel. Art and music are all much improved as well, I’d say.

While the new level based system is refreshing, I also miss the old endless system. Without a simple leaderboard like that to compete on, it doesn’t have quite the staying power. The new leaderboards are for high score in a level, highest level achieved, and perfect jumps. The high score and perfect jumps (which are just jumps in which you collect all the coins in a trail or cluster, and can be gotten by accident) are limited to being done in a single run of a single level. Highest level achieved just isn’t very satisfying, as it just takes patience and grinding, coming from someone at level 73. I feel like a Classic Mode/Endless Mode would be the perfect thing to unlock after your first or second time through the entire game. I just don’t feel compelled to keep playing beyond this point, and I still have TONS of unlocks to level up in the shop.

Premium arcade games with no IAP are as much of a rarity as ever these days. These developers have created an engaging and destruction filled game full of cool stuff to collect, kill, and become. Rebel Twins seems to continue improving with every game, and they deserve the price of admission. If you liked the first one, give this a shot for the variety it brings to the old formula, and if you haven’t played it, feel free to jump in. I’d still recommend playing both, honestly. Great mostly-mindless action fun.


Dragon Hills 2 by Rebel Twins tunnels its way onto the Play Store

Rebel Twins has released a sequel to their hit endless runner Dragon Hills. It is titled Dragon Hills 2, and it offers all of the same destructible endless runner fun found in the original, but this time it has a zombie twist. A fittingly overused theme for what is already an overused genre.

Now don’t get me wrong. If you enjoy a solid endless runner, Dragon Hills 2 is a competent game.

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Out Now: ‘The Talos Principle’, Dragon Hills 2′, ‘Into the Dead 2’, ‘Beyond Oasis’, ‘Taichi Panda 3’, ‘San Giorli’, ‘cmplt’, ‘Train Bandit’, ‘Blocksy’ and More

It’s that time of week where we round up the best new iPhone and iPad game releases of the past 7 days. While it’s not a big week in terms of number of games, it’s quite high up there in terms of quality. With the semi-surprise release of The Talos Principle, along with the release of The Witness a few weeks ago, we are plenty covered in terms of atmospheric, graphically impressive first-person puzzle adventures. We are GOOD. Dragon Hills 2 is a sequel to a favorite of mine that looks bigger and better in every way, as is Into the Dead 2. And finally Sega Forever has blessed us with the reissue of classic 16-bit RPG Beyond Oasis. And plenty more too, so check out the full list of games below and let us know in the comments which games you’ve got your eye on.


Beyond Oasis Classic

iTunes Description

The sprawling, lavish, action RPG (Beyond Oasis // The Story of Thor) is now available on mobile! Play free and rediscover SEGA’s timeless adventure.

Embark on a timeless journey of discovery and adventure in one of SEGA’s most epic action RPGs. Summon elemental spirits with the power of a magical ‘Armlet’ to battle an ancient evil that has risen in your land. From mountain fortresses to the dark shadow lands, danger and adventure await at every turn…

Beyond Oasis joins the ever-increasing line-up of ‘SEGA Forever’, a treasure trove of free SEGA console classics brought to life on mobile for the first time!

Forum Thread: Beyond Oasis (by SEGA)

Blocksy: Aim & Shoot

iTunes Description

Test yourself in Blocksy – highly strategic puzzle game with an arcade twist.

The goal of Blocksy is to hold back the cubes from overtaking the whole screen. To do that, you just need to destroy a whole lot of them! Think hard and strategize to get the biggest score!

Forum Thread: Blocksy: Aim & Shoot (By CLM)

Bounce House

iTunes Description

Test your skills on the world’s longest bouncy Bounce House gauntlet! It’s so long it never ends!

Launch into a reckless run of slamming, bouncing, candy collecting, obstacle dodging, block dislodging FUN!… Just watch out for the Castle Master…

How far can you bounce?!

Forum Thread: Bounce House (by Twice Different)


iTunes Description

Can you g_ess what’s missing?

· · ·

125 handcrafted pixel puzzles.

Forum Thread: cmplt (By Philipp Stollenmayer)

Dragon Hills 2

iTunes Description

Here we go again! Meet our fearless girl, a few years later!

Zombies! …Why??? …Dragons!…What???
Cowboys, armored mechs and spaceships! Say Whaaaaaaaat?!
So many questions… No time for answers now, guys. The zombie apocalypse is already here! Hurry up! Hop on your machine dragon and fight to save humanity!

Slide down the hills jumping into and out of the ground, crashing and destroying everything on your way in this action-packed adventure. Discover thrilling and magical lands filled with zombies, giants, dragons and tons of surprises.

Forum Thread: Dragon Hills 2 (By Rebel Twins)

Home Street

iTunes Description

Want a virtual simulator and home decoration game rolled into one? Build your dream house on Home Street!

Supersolid brings you a brand-new Home Decoration and Life Sim Game where you can build your dream home, be who you want to be, and bring it all to life in a town built on friendship! Live in a city of your own design with a character that reflects your style. Enjoy your virtual neighborhood and make friends with players from around the world in Home Street!

Forum Thread: Home Street (by Supersolid Ltd)


iTunes Description

INFINIROOM is a unique take on the runner genre – pitting you in a single, constantly changing room.

Play as 4 different characters with individual abilities to overcome and survive the longest you can against various traps and obstacles.

Forum Thread: INFINIROOM (by Lonebot)

Into the Dead 2

iTunes Description

Journey through the zombie apocalypse in a race to save your family. Arm yourself with an arsenal of powerful weapons and do whatever it takes to survive. Maim, mow down, and massacre the Dead – anything to keep moving! In a world where no one is safe, how far will you go to make it out alive?

Forum Thread: Into the Dead 2 (by PikPok)

L Pop!

iTunes Description

L Pop is a casual puzzle game from Jambav.
In the world of L Pop, you will place your next colored-bubble on the board just like the Knight (horse) in the game of chess makes its next move.
(Now you know why we said we drew inspiration from the game of chess, for L Pop!)
You can continue to place the bubbles on the board until you run out of options.
Match three or more bubbles to Pop them!
The more bubbles you Pop, higher the score and more the jems you get.
Collect ’em all! These jems help you use some interesting life-saving powerups later in the game!

Forum Thread: L Pop! (by Jambav, Inc)

Lionheart: Dark Moon

iTunes Description

Pick up and play this brand new mobile RPG with stunning graphics and animation! Build your powerful army of heroes from a wide variety of amazing characters and beasts! Fight through strategic and story-driven battles as you collect pets, gems and potions to defeat the Shard of Whispers and drive away the Darkness!

Return to the beautiful, fascinating and dangerous world of Lionheart in Dark Moon!

Every hero has their story.
Collect them all and unleash their power as you fight your way to victory!

Forum Thread: Lionheart: Dark Moon (by Emerald City Games)

My Oasis – Relaxing Sanctuary

iTunes Description

Taking a break can be difficult when there are so much things to do, and you have so little time to spend for yourself. My Oasis is a game app created for people who needs a break from life.

My Oasis is not a game that focuses its purpose on the gameplay and it contains no content that can remotely stress you out. Just let your oasis gradually expands while you Interact with the life in a relaxing atmosphere. It will calm your mind before you know it.

Forum Thread: My Oasis – Relaxing Sanctuary (by Buff Studio)

Ninja Dive

iTunes Description

Ninja Dive is a super fun Arcade Game.

Your Ninja is lost and needs to find land!
Dive underwater to search, but avoid those pipes when you resurface for air! They’re deadly!

• Touch, Hold and Release to Dive.

Forum Thread: NINJA DIVE (By Aaro Arts)

Our Ways

iTunes Description

Our Ways is an experience-based puzzle game about exploring relationship. Using two fingers, control the two color dots to move, approach and meet. Each level represents a relationship. Experience and overcome different situations like ‘Obstacles’, ‘Uncontrollable’, ‘Lost’, etc.

Each individual like me or you is different, so as every relationship. In Our Ways, the result of each level depends on how far and how many steps the two color dots took. Just as our relationships, there is no perfect one, no right or wrong. It only depends how we see them. Play and get your own results!

Forum Thread: Our Ways (by Rolling Pig Studio)

The Pirate: Plague of the Dead

iTunes Description

The Pirate: Plague of the Dead is a sandbox game, letting you see what it’s like to be the fiercest pirate captain to ever hoist the Jolly Roger! Assume the role of legendary pirate captain John Rackham, and use arcane voodoo magic to raise the Flying Gang from the dead. Together, the members of this historical band of pirates will face the terrifying Inquisitor.

Each of the resurrected captains has unique skills, which improve your ship’s statistics, ensure more gold, give advantage in battle or even let you summon the mighty Kraken!

Featuring an open world without loading screens, dynamic day and night cycle and weather system, it offers each gamer an unforgettable experience. Plague of the Dead is a new installment of The Pirate series, following the hit game Caribbean Hunt, which met with a great reception and gained a steady following.

Forum Thread: The Pirate: Plague of the Dead (by Teresa Dymek)

Portal Storm AR

iTunes Description

Tear open a portal in your reality to find and destroy the alien invaders!

* Unique reality warping technology!
* Fast arcade action.
* Use AR to battle in the real world.
* Simple and fun to and play.
* Compete on Game Centre leaderboards.

Forum Thread: Portal Storm AR (by MadeOfDinosaurs)

The Quest – Hero of Lukomorye 2

iTunes Description

The Quest – Hero of Lukomorye II is an expansion to The Quest, a beautifully hand-drawn open world role playing game with old school grid-based movement and turn based combat.

After enabling the expansion, you can explore new areas and adventures. However, if you don’t have The Quest, you can also play the expansion as a standalone game.

You are an agent in the service of Tzar Yaromir. Lukomorye is still not free. You must face new challenges to help your friends, the Tzar and his royal family, combat the warlike Savir invaders. You’ll encounter exotic scenarios, like steppes patrolled by wolves an underwater abyss and an eerie mushroom kingdom. You’ll have the opportunity to become a member of the Order of the Sword, if you qualify. You’ll have your faithful sidekick, Agent Kolobok, to accompany you. You may go mad in Argimon’s Mad Dwarves’ Castle, so heed any hints there carefully.

Forum Thread: The Quest – Hero of Lukomorye2 (By Redshift/Zarista)

San Giorli

iTunes Description

San Giorli, an ungoverned region situated between three galaxies, has become an interstellar dark city thanks to the garbage discarded from the three galaxies that attracted a bunch of scavengers. This is where the protagonist grew up, and he decided to come back after his long interstellar expedition. All you need to do is to help the protagonist find out the reason why San Giorli has become uncharted and rejuvenate the city.

It is a game that requires both your hand skill and thinking. You have to control the protagonist to orbit the spacecraft, analyse the circuits and traps ahead, connect or disconnect the plugs, remove obstacles and rejuvenate San Giorli, in order to move forward.

Forum Thread: San Giorli (By Tencent Mobile)

Seeing Stars

iTunes Description

Looking for a game with dazzling graphics and classic arcade excitement? Then connect the stars and protect your planet in Seeing Stars!
No pay-to-win schemes. No viral gimmicks. Just timeless fun that will test out your skills.

• Move quickly as you defend the Earth from a fast and fiery meteor
• Build infinite and unique constellations
• Share your galaxy with friends
• Old school gameplay is fun for all ages
• See how you stack up on the leaderboard

Forum Thread: Seeing Stars (by Blue Footed Newbie)

Sheep Goes Right

iTunes Description

Sheepy crosses a dangerous path filled with evil spikes and more.
Guide Sheepy through 100 levels of spike-disliking mayhem, as you try to get to the other side.

A simple enough game, with a wonderful art style, but with some fiendishly difficult jumps along the way.
How far can you get?

Forum Thread: Sheep Goes Right (by James Gamble)

Taichi Panda 3: Dragon Hunter

iTunes Description

Before the world was populated with taichi masters, there existed two dragons borne from the sun and moon. Together they breathed life into the continent, and existed in harmony for ages before pride overtook the darkness. Now evil forces are plotting for control of the world, and a war is brewing. Do you have the taichi skills that it takes to save all living things from total destruction?

Download 2017’s most anticipated MMORPG, a fantasy adventure with top graphics and an epic thrilling story! Choose your faction, develop your skills, and command a fleet of mounts for total control of the land and sky. Sieze your destiny in Taichi Panda 3: Dragon Hunter.

Forum Thread: Taichi Panda 3: Dragon Hunter (By Snail Games)

The Talos Principle

iTunes Description

As if awakening from a deep sleep, the player finds himself in a strange world of ancient ruins and advanced technology. Tasked by his creator with solving a series of increasingly complex puzzles, he must decide whether to have faith or to ask the difficult questions: Who am I? What is my purpose?

With the innovative tap-to-move control system that immediately feels natural, an engaging story and challenging puzzles The Talos Principle is a full-fledged game with over 20 hours of content and entertainment, be it a short challenge for the brain or an entire afternoon filled with exploration and excitement. To round the experience out – the combination of Metal API and the cutting-edge Serious Engine ensures jaw-dropping graphics and amazing performance on iOS devices.

Forum Thread: The Talos Principle (By Devolver Digital)

Tazer Run

iTunes Description

Prisoners have escaped from the Central Jail. You only have one weapon: your Tazer & the company of your loyal dog to catch all the baddies and put them back into prison.
Perfect mix of fun, accurate timing and speed tazing with mind-blowing art and amusing soundtrack.

At its core this is game in which you have to use your Tazer to electrify all the baddies who have escaped from the prison. You need to show great timing and aiming skills if you want to master the game and protect the city from the escaped prisoners.

Forum Thread: Tazer Run (by Kierun Studios)

Toy Attack

iTunes Description

Build your own toy robot and pit it against the robots made by other people! Win powerful parts to enhance your robot further. Become the best, the strongest, the fastest, or the cutest robot in the world!

Engage in realistic battles with a real-time physics engine. Let your creativity run wild in designing the perfect robot. Outsmart your opponents, unlock loot boxes for rare items, and live in a futuristic sci-fi world!

Forum Thread: Toy Attack (By Animoca Brands)

Train Bandit

iTunes Description


Looks to be a showdown atop a train. This will be your last fight.
Good luck, Train Bandit.


Train Bandit is a simple score attack game. The Law will attack you from both sides. Your weapon is your thumbs. You’ll use them to kick the living crap out of the law. React quickly by attacking the correct direction. React…or you’re dead.

Forum Thread: Train Bandit (By Rusty Moyher)

Undead Breakout

iTunes Description

In Undead Breakout, you must use the pathways and thoroughfares in the ruins of a resort town, Paris and New York City to move survivors to escape points (indicated by a gold star). Each level provides a variety of challenges in which you have to move the gold survivors around the board like pieces on a game board, avoiding the zombies that will try to overtake the survivors and the spreading infection. Each zombie and each survivor type has different characteristics that impact their movement and movement speed. To aid survivors, some missions incorporate police officers or soldiers who can protect the survivors. The soldiers can create a protected spot by holding zombies back a space. Police officers can be used sacrificially to kill one zombie they encounter although the officer will die in the process. Think strategically to reach each goal and survive the undead masses.

Forum Thread: Undead Breakout (by Magitech Corporation)


‘Dragon Hills 2’ Lets You Ride the Dragon Starting October 12th

Get ready, everyone. It’s time to ride the dragon as if you’re the Khaleesi in Game of Thrones. Dragon Hills 2, the sequel to the very entertaining 2015 Dragon Hills [$ 1.99], is scheduled to fly our way October 12th. As we wrote about back in September, the game’s developer, Rebel Twins, has brought plenty of fun games to the App Store—including Daddy Was a Thief [$ 1.99] and Aliens Drive Me Crazy [Free]—and it looks like it’s about to give us another great one in Dragon Hills 2. In case you haven’t played the original, Dragon Hills 2 will have you riding a dragon that doesn’t just fly high above everything but, rather, dips below the earth and pops up like a deadly jack-in-a-box ready to wreak havoc on the world around.

Just one quick look at the trailer below should show you why we are excited about Dragon Hills 2. When you take dragons, add fun visuals and plenty of mayhem, you probably have yourself a winner. Dragon Hills 2 will bring three new worlds, 20 towers to conquer, 7 special weapons to unlock and upgrade, 21 Bosses, and so much more. And this time around, you are going up against modern technology, with helicopters and even spaceships trying to take you down. The game will be a premium app for $ 2.99. Head over to our forums to share your impressions of the trailer.