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[Update: Available now in the US and UK] Harry Potter: Wizards Unite iPhone and Android AR game available, but only in two countries

Harry Potter Wizards Unite out in limited beta

Update: Now available on iOS for users in the US and UK.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, an augmented reality game briefly teased by Pokémon Go creator back in November of last year, is now available in open beta – but only in two countries. It’s currently available only in Australia and New Zealand, but you can register to receive an alert once it’s available in your country …



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Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery game now available on iPhone and iPad, but it’s an obnoxious free-to-play game

Fans of the Harry Potter franchise are in luck this year, with two titles hitting mobile platforms in 2018. One of these games, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is now live on the App Store and available as a free download for iPhone and iPad.

The RPG title sees players wandering the streets of Diagon Alley, attending magic lessons and exploring the secrets of Hogwarts. The game includes rich visual environments and features several of the original actors and actresses from the films as voiceover talent. However, the terrible free-to-play nature of this title becomes evident very quickly …



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All seven Harry Potter books now available to buy in iBooks, featuring exclusive interactive animations and author notes

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A notable omission from the iBooks library has been Harry Potter, the most successful literary book series. JK Rowling, the author of Harry Potter, has kept eBook rights exclusive to her own website until today. This morning, Apple announced that all seven of the books are finally available to buy in the iBooks app to be read on iPhone, iPad and Mac.

The books include more than just the text of the story. The ‘enhanced editions’ feature brand new interactive elements, animations, ‘elaborate’ artwork, notes from the author and exclusive covers.



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iTunes year-end blowout: discounted HD movies/bundles, music, more

Update (12/ 23 11:20am): Take 15% off iTunes gift cards w/ email delivery from PayPal

From 9to5Toys.com:
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Apple is making it easy to spend your holiday iTunes gift cards. iTunes is chock full of discounted movies, music, apps, and TV shows. The steepest and most notable deals are on movies.

As part of its Build Your Movie Collection promo, iTunes has select HD movies priced at $4.99 (Zoolander, Jumanji, more), $7.99 (Anchorman 2, The Book of Eli, more), and $9.99 (The Lego Movie, Neighbors, The Other Woman, and more new releases). All of these prices represent sizable discounts, but the $5 titles are obviously the best deal since iTunes only charges $1 more for a rental.

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Quickly fill out your movie collection with these heavily discounted bundles:

  • The Lord of The Rings Trilogy: $15
  • Harry Potter Complete Collection: $50
  • The Dark Knight Trilogy: $15
  • The Godfather Trilogy: $15

Albums from some of the biggest names in music like The Beatles, Michael Jackson, AC/DC, Metallica, Bob Marley, and others have all been discounted in the new “Great Artists, Great Prices” section of iTunes.

And if for some reason you still don’t have the Frozen soundtrack, it’s on sale for $6.99 so hit that download button now.

For apps, you’ll want to follow our daily app/game posts and check out the current App Santa Sale.

 

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9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air starting at $400, new Bose QC25 headphones, Harry Potter collection $50, more

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

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Apple iPad Air from $400, select Retina mini models $100 off at Staples

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Harry Potter iTunes collection $50, new Maroon 5 song free, Fandango movie ticket $7more

itunes-gift-card-deal$50 iTunes gift card for $40: save 20% on future apps, music, movies, more

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Small States: This is Ground perfects craftsmanship with a purpose, giveaway worth $450, 15% discount

Other new deals:

  • New! Games/Apps: Infinity Blade 3 $3, Assassin’s Creed Pirates free, more
  • New! Western Digital introduces 2TB Wireless portable drives with SD Card slot, 6hr battery
  • New! Routers: ASUS Dual Band N450 $30, TRENDnet N450 $15, more
  • New! Daily Deals: Samsung 40″ 1080p Smart HDTV: $499, Mophie Juice Pack: $35, more

More tech deals still alive:

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Apple offering rare iTunes movie collection sale (starting $10): Die Hard, LOTR, Godfather, Matrix, X-Men, Harry Potter, more

From 9to5Toys.com: iTumes-movie-sale Apple is offering a rare sale on iTunes movie bundles yielding the lowest prices we’ve seen on digital downloads of 25 popular movie collections. Save even more by snagging a 20% off $60 iTunes gift card at ebay: $48. Bundles are available in SD/HD and start at $9.99 making a lot of these “buy one get two free” pricing (US Only). (Update: We’re hearing Apple is changing prices on many of these) Here’s the full list via:

SERIES MOVIES PRICE NOTES
Arthur 2 $9.99 Yes, you’re stuck with Russell Brand
Hangover 2 $9.99 Does not include 3
Mean Girls/Clueless 2 $9.99  
Sherlock Holmes 2 $9.99  
Titans 2 $9.99 No Denzel in these
Charlie’s Angels 2 $12.99  
Night at the Museum 2 $12.99  
Scarface/Casino 2 $12.99  
Taken 2 $12.99  
Alvin & The Chipmunks 3 $17.99  
Austin Powers 3 $17.99  
Blade 3 $17.99  
A Cinderella Story 3 $17.99  
Ice Age 3 $17.99  
Lord of the Rings 3 $17.99 Not extended editions
The Matrix 3 $17.99  
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3 $17.99 The ones from the ’90s
Back to the Future 3 $19.99  
The Godfather 3 $19.99* Coppola restoration
Jurassic Park 3 $19.99  
Lethal Weapon 4 $19.99  
Spider-Man 3 $19.99  
X-Men 4 $24.99 Trilogy + Wolverine Origins
Bourne Collection 4 $29.99  
Underworld 4 $29.99  
Die Hard 5 $39.99  
Star Trek 10 $49.99 Includes I to X
Harry Potter 8 $59.99  




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First-ever Harry Potter eBook series is iPad, Mac-compatible with ePub format, and Kindle-friendly too

J.K. Rowling’s widely popular Harry Potter series is at-last available electronically.

The author’s own online Pottermore Shop displays all seven titles in ePub format, and prices vary between $8 each and $10 each, per copy. Fans can also purchase the entire series for $57.54.

The ePub files are unprotected and compatible with most iOS devices, Android devices, and any other eReader, tablet, or smartphone that accepts ePub format. In addition, the Harry Potter eBooks are available in Amazon Kindle formats. A full list of compatible devices and reading services is also available on the Pottermore Shop website.

Conspicuously, Rowling did not make the eBooks available through Apple’s iBookstore.



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Did Apple eject Google Books from the App Store for violating terms?

For reasons yet undefined, Google Books has been removed from the iTunes App Store.  We noticed the App was gone earlier this week but thought it might have been just a blip.  Now it has been awhile.

Google Books was just updated in April with new 3D page turning, landscape mode and search so it is unlikely that Google decided to orphan it.  Google launched its Books initiative in December of this year as a competitor to Amazon and Apple’s eBookstores.

So why is it gone now?  The timing with Apple’s new, controversial Terms of Service would seem like the most obvious explanation.

Was Google in violation of Apple’s new in-app purchase terms of service? Or, is this because Harry Potter is coming out on Google Books?

We’ve reached out to Google and Apple for answers.



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