'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Exits Beta and is Now Available for Mac and PC, iPad Version Still in the Works

Promo Codep>Blizzard’s highly-anticipated card-battler Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft feels like it’s been in beta forever, but today that beta period officially ended and the game is now available for Mac and PC. That’s great news and all, but what about the iPad version? Well, Blizzard has always stated that the iPad version would come out after the official release of the PC and Mac version, but haven’t really said how far after the desktop release it would be.

Blizzard also announced at BlizzCon this past November that Hearthstone would come to the iPhone as well as the Android platform sometime in the second half of 2014. When questioned about the iOS version on the Hearthstone blog in a post announcing its release earlier today, a Blizzard representative stated “Working on it! iPad, iPhone and Android in the works!” My guess is it will be out before the second half of 2014 starts, so before the end of June (hopefully much sooner).

We’ve spent quite a bit of time with Hearthstone pre-release, going hands-on with the game on iPad and taking a more in-depth look at its card collecting aspects. As nice as it is to see the official release of the game for PC and Mac, we’re still quite anxious for an iPad release. Once Blizzard starts talking specific release dates for the iPad version we’ll be sure to let you know, but until then you might as well give the PC or Mac version of Hearthstone a try for free while you wait.

NFL rookies who got short end of new CBA deal now close to payday

By Dave Campbell, Associated Press

Posted: 03/07/2014 05:06:53 PM PST

Updated: 03/07/2014 05:07:02 PM PST

With 36 1/2 sacks over his first three seasons, plus five more over four playoff games, Houston defensive end J.J. Watt has quickly become one of the NFL’s premier pass rushers.

The mega-contract to match his market value likely won’t materialize as fast.

At the quarter mark of the new collective bargaining agreement the financial picture for both sides is still forming, but Watt’s case is a sign of one potentially significant advantage for the owners.

At not quite 25 years old, Watt would probably prompt offers of $100 million deals on the open market this month if he were eligible for it, and become the NFL’s richest defensive player. Watt has exhibited the work ethic of an overachieving former walk-on at Wisconsin, the speed to match his prototypical size, and the durability to maximize his never-more-important skill of pressuring the quarterback. He has not missed a game as a pro.

The TouchArcade Show - 144 - A Very Hodappy Birthday

Coupon Codesp>It’s my birthday today, so we start the show harassing Mikey Shorts developer Mike Meade about not coughing up a premium WWE account login. From there, we move on to the required Flappy Bird discussion before moving right along to how much we’re digging Disco Zoo, Out There, and the other games of the week. We hit on all the hot news too, and of course, covering this week’s developments in the King.com trademark soap opera.

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Risky deals costing University of Calif. millions

Discountp>Posted: 02/23/2014 10:57:22 AM PST

Updated: 02/23/2014 11:41:34 AM PST

SANTA ANA, Calif.-The financially strapped University of California system is losing about $6 million each year due to risky bets on interest rates under deals pushed by Wall Street banks.

The Orange County Register reported ( http://bit.ly/NjsOBp) that the UC system already has lost tens of millions of dollars on complex contracts known as interest-rate swaps.

Bankers sold university officials on the swaps starting around a decade ago, pitching them as a way to temper the cost of borrowing when interest rates rise.

Under the contracts, a university in the 10-campus system pays a fixed interest rate on money it borrows. If the current interest rate exceeds the fixed rate, the universities save money because they pay less than they would have. But with interest rates at historically low levels, the universities are paying more than they otherwise would have-and the banks are profiting.

The newspaper reported that schools in the system could lose as much as $136 million over the next 34 years. Future losses would be reduced only if interest rates rise.

The losses come as UC administrators have sharply increased tuition and fees in recent years, angering many students who say they are being priced out of a public education.

The university system’s chief financial officer, Peter Taylor, told the newspaper he is confident interest rates will increase, reversing the losses. “We have a long-term view,” he said.

Taylor was a top banker at Lehman Brothers Holding Inc. when in 2007 the now-defunct bank sold interest-rate swaps to the University of California, Los Angeles. Since the university system hired Taylor in 2009, he has signed other contracts when he judges they will save money over the cost of traditional debt, the newspaper reported. The system has new guidelines that require a cost-risk analysis before the signing of a swap deal.

Schools that want to get out of the deals must pay often-hefty termination fees.

Timothy Schaefer, a municipal-finance adviser in Newport Beach, said he warns clients that the contracts can be too risky. “I don’t think they are suitable for most public agencies,” Schaefer said.

Midwest Fishing Report: Lakes and rivers around Chicago fishing

By By Dale Bowman | Get In Touch: Dale BowmanSports, Stray Casts - February 18, 2014 9:16 pm @BowmanOutside | outdoordb@sbcglobal.net

Pike lead this Midwest Fishing Report; well, that and ice fishing in general.

Lakescapes, like the one above, will likely change greatly over the next couple days with the warm-up and rain, then change back again with winter returning for the weekend and next week.

I will usually post the sprawling, raw-file online version of the MFR, which appears condensed on the Sun-Times outdoors page, generally by Tuesday evening.

If you have suggestions, tweet @BowmanOutside or email straycasts@sbcglobal.net.

AREA LAKES

Conditions are going to rapidly change, back and forth over the next few days. I suspect the warm-up Wednesday could spark a major good bite, though the melt-down, warm-up and rain forecast for Thursday could be devastating for the bite. Then again, winter returns for the weekend.

Get out the rubber boots, slop on top. But there’s plenty of ice and the warm-up should jump-start the bite, especially for pike.

ICE FISHING REGS CHICAGO-AREA PUBLIC SITES

CHICAGO LAGOONS: Not allowed. COOK FPD: Ice fish at your own risk: Arrowhead, Axehead, Beck, Belleau, Big Bend, Bode South only, Bullfrog, Busse main and south (no north pool), Flatfoot, Green, Horsetail, Ida, Maple, Papoose, Powderhorn, Saganashkee, Sag Quarry east and west, Tampier, Turtlehead and Wampum. DuPAGE FPD: Ice fish at your own risk. Spring Creek Reservoir is closed to ice fishing (fluctuating levels). Late-night fishing is allowed at Deep Quarry Lake in Bartlett (fishermen must be out of preserve by 11 p.m.) KANE FPD: Ice fishing, at your own risk, at Lake Patterson, various ponds at Burnidge. LAKE FPD: Ice fishing is permitted at Banana, Independence Grove south bay and Sterling, when area is posted as safe for fishing. MAZONIA SFWA: Monster Lake is open year-round for open-water or ice fishing. Ice fishing at your own risk. Other lakes open after hunting. McHENRY COUNTY CD: Sites listed for ice fishing when appropriate: Fel-Pro RRR, the Hollows (Lake Atwood and West Lake), Lyons Prairie & Marsh, Pleasant Valley, Rush Creek pond and Stickney Run pond. SILVER SPRINGS SFWA: Ice fish at your own risk. Use east entrance. WILL FPD: No ice fishing allowed.

AREA WATER LEVELS

Go to weather como.gov//ahps2/index.php?wfo=lot”>http://water.weather.gov//ahps2/index.php?wfo=lot to check area water levels and projection. This is probably a week to check this, even if you are not a river fisherman.

To get to more specific gauges, even on creeks, in Illinois, go to http://waterdata.usgs.gov/il/nwis/current/?type=flow

CENTRAL WISCONSIN

No report this week from Hooksetter’s Guide Service.

CHAIN O’LAKES AREA/FOX RIVER BACKWATERS

Staff at Triangle Sports & Marine reported pike picking up, try large roaches on tip-ups shallow. Walleye has picked up steadily with melting snow, look for fish in current area (use caution, ice detoriates quickly there). Crappie are good, look in 8-13 feet, Petite and Marie are best. Bluegill remains solid, look deeper (9-12 feet).

NOTE: Check Chain updates at http://www.foxwaterway.com/ or (847) 587-8540.

For more reports, see http://www.foxlakefishing.com/

CHAIN/FOX BACKWATERS ICE-FISHING ACCESS

T-Channel: Famous Freddie’s. Channel: Chopper’s Bar, $5 parking taken off if food ordered. Spring: Granny’s, $5 parking taken off if food ordered. Nielsen’s Channel:

Phraseology Gets A Big Update To 2.0, Adds A Bunch Of Great New Features

Phraseology, the popular iOS text editor, has just received a big update adding a handful of impressive features. Besides going iOS 7-only, Phraseology 2.0 brings an enhanced in-app document manager, advanced URL schemes, integration with Drafts, and much, much more to the iPad application. Plus, for a limited time only, iPad users can pick up a copy of the updated Phraseology for $1.99, which is one dollar off its usual price of $2.99.

If you’re not familiar with Phraseology, it’s a writing iPad app from the folks behind Drafts, Terminology, and several other iOS applications, and the software comes with a selection of useful features. Though the app might not be as powerful as Editorial, iCloud and dropbox pricing integration, markdown support, live syntax highlighting, and a bunch of inspection tools nevertheless make Phraseology a really useful application.

As of its most recent 2.0 update, Phraseology has got even better. First, a new document manager lets users backup their documents using iCloud, browse through existing documents using Dropbox-powered version history, and perform full text searches throughout entire documents. Automation fans will be pleased to see that a bunch of powerful URL schemes have been added to Phraseology, too, and these offer support for /open, /append, and /prepend.

The latest TextExpander Touch SDK is supported in Phraseology 2.0, and Drafts integration has also been added. Finally, Phraseology is iOS 7-only as of its most recent release, meaning holdouts will have to update their iOS device in order to take advantage of the application’s latest update.

Here’s a complete list of features, as outlined in the app’s release notes:

  • Rewritten document manager with iCloud sync-backup, Dropbox-based version history, full text search and more.
  • iOS 7 only.
  • Live-updating part of speech syntax highlighting.
  • Arrange feature now supports text selection as well as full text arranging and is available as a service via URL scheme.
  • Inspect feature refined with higher performance and is also available as a service via URL scheme.
  • Great new URL scheme integration with support for /open, /append, /prepend and other services via URL scheme for automation fans.
  • Updated to support the latest TextExpander Touch SDK.
  • Integration with Drafts.
  • Much, much more.

As mentioned, you can pick up Phraseology for $1.99 in the App Store for a limited time, and the application is optimized for Apple’s iPad only. For more information on Phraseology’s power features (such as URL schemes), we’d recommend you stop by the developer’s website.

See also: Apple Confirms: First Retail Store In Brazil To Open On Feb. 15, Phonejoy Offers A Comprehensive List Of MFi Controller-Compatible Games, and Classic Gangster Title The King Of Chicago Is Coming To The App Store This Month.

Get A Cheap Surface Pro For $499 At Best Buy

Looking for a cheap Surface Pro? Microsoft’s first-generation 2-in-1, that same 2-in-1 that includes the internals of a typical notebook computer, is now available for purchase at Best Discount for just $499.

The slashed price tag first surfaced on Best Buy’s website overnight. As of right now users can purchase a Surface Pro with 128GB of storage for just $499. What’s more that price includes free shipping. At that price Best Buy is actually selling its stock of Surface Pro’s for $100 less than Microsoft’s own online store is. It’s also worth noting that it’s roughly $230 less than what it would cost users to purchase a refurbished version at Best Buy.

That same Surface Pro with 128GB of storage would have cost users $899.99 when Microsoft released the Surface Pro roughly a year ago. Users have until Sunday to take advantage of the deal.

In case it wasn’t clear, this is an absolutely incredible deal for users looking to purchase a tablet or 2-in-1. The Surface Pro includes an Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 10-inch high-definition display. The Surface Pro doesn’t include the Touch or Type Covers that Microsoft shows off with the Surface in its marketing materials, however. Users will need to purchase that separately.

A cheap Surface Pro isn’t just a good deal for those in the market for a productivity machine either. Each Surface Pro’s display comes equipped with a Wacom digitizer that can detect the included Surface Pen. Buyers can use that pen to draw, take handwritten notes or as a mouse replacement. They can also pair the cheap Surface Pro with an external monitor and Adobe Photoshop for digital sketching and design work.

Read: 2 Weeks With the Surface Pro Have Left Me Questioning Everything

Though the two look very similar, users shouldn’t confuse the Surface Pro with its Surface Pro 2 successor. At first glance they’re identical but the latest model does include some things that the original doesn’t. For starters, its screen has been tweaked for slightly better color reproduction. Microsoft also improved on the rear-facing camera, added a second kickstand position and boosted the tablet’s battery life. The original Surface Pro is rated for 5 hours of battery life. Surface Pro 2 users can expect roughly six or seven hours of battery life.

Surface Pro 2 pricing starts at $899 for a model with 64GB of storage. Best Buy’s cheap Surface Pro deal is available both online and in store.

Travis Pope is a Reporter-at-large for GottaBeMobile. He’s currently enjoying a romp in the dangerous quicksand that is Microsoft’s Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and Xbox ecosystem.

Irish comedian Brendan O’Carroll picked up another gong tonight, this time at the National Television Awards (NTAs) in London.

The award for comedy went to his hit BBC series ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’.

O’Carroll said the audience had “been so generous”, adding: “We just wanted to make a comedy show that makes people laugh.”

Geordie duo Ant and Dec triumphed again, picking up a handful of gongs and getting the royal seal of approval.

The pair, who won the entertainment presenter award for the 13th year running, also saw ‘I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!’ which they host, win the entertainment programme award.

They finished off the night with the prestigious landmark award which came complete with a tribute from the Prince of Wales who said: “The warmth and empathy they show towards charitable causes, their viewers and their deep friendship towards one another are as great achievements as their countless and well-deserved awards. The nation has taken them to their hearts.”

Their video tribute included appearances from their mothers, Robbie Williams and Simon Cowell.

Former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer also put in an appearance, describing them as “the most famous double act from Newcastle”.

Accepting the special award, Dec thanked Ant saying: “Neither of us would be here if it wasn’t for each other.”

It was also a good night for ‘Coronation Street’, which won the serial drama award, and actress Julie Hesmondhalgh who won the serial drama performance award.

Her character Hayley Cropper has been at the centre of the controversial right-to-die storyline which ended with her suicide on Monday.

Among the actors she beat to the prize was David Neilson who plays her on-screen husband Roy.

Accepting her award with Neilson by her side, she told the audience: “We said that if either of us were lucky enough to get this tonight we’d come up together because there ain’t no Hayley without Roy and there ain’t no Roy without Hayley.”

The climax of the plot, which saw Hayley take an overdose after giving up her struggle with incurable cancer, pulled in millions more viewers and prompted an increase in calls to The Samaritans.

Accepting the serial drama award for the ITV soap, Neilson said shows like ‘Coronation Street’ can “create a feeling of community”.

He said: “Occasionally you get a huge reaction from a story and you realise how important these shows are because when people laugh together, cry together you get community.”

The awards, hosted by Dermot O’Leary at London’s O2, kicked off with ‘X Factor’ winner Sam Bailey duetting with her hero Michael Bolton on the soul classic ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ with the help of the school choir from documentary series ‘Educating Yorkshire’.

The other stars of the show - the teachers - were on stage 30 minutes later when it won the documentary award.

The first award, for factual entertainment, went to ‘Paul O’Grady: For The Love of Dogs’.

Khali Best who plays Dexter Hartman in ‘EastEnders’ won the newcomer award.

The stars of the new BBC drama ‘The Musketeers’ presented the award for best performance in a TV drama to ‘Doctor Who’ star Matt Smith.

He beat another on-screen doctor, Doc Martin star Martin Clunes, ‘Call the Midwife’ star Miranda Hart and ‘Downton Abbey’ star Maggie Smith to the prize.

His co-star Jenna Coleman and show supremo Steven Moffat accepted the award for the actor who is currently appearing in ‘American Psycho’ in the West End.

'Coronation Street' star Michelle Keegan presented the daytime television award to ITV's This Morning.

The award for comedy went to the BBC’s Mrs Brown’s Boys.

Its writer and star Brendan O’Carroll said the audience had “been so generous”, adding: “We just wanted to make a comedy show that makes people laugh.”

Kiefer Sutherland handed out the award for best detective to ‘Sherlock’ star Benedict Cumberbatch, who appeared in a video-link from Los Angeles - dressed in a dinner jacket and shorts - and said he was “over the moon”.

This year’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ winner Abbey Clancy was reunited on stage for a performance with some of the show’s professional dancers including her partner in the series Aljaz Skorjanec and judges Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli.

The ballroom show won the the talent show award and Tonioli joked: “I was running just in case Ant and Dec got here quicker. It feels so good.”

Brazilian model fernanda lima world cup Lima, who hosted the World Cup draw, joined England football manager Roy Hodgson to present the drama award to ‘Doctor Who’.

Coleman, who plays Clara Oswald in the long-running science fiction show, said: “Fifty years and still going strong. Well done Who.”

Here is a full list of winners:

Factual Entertainment - Paul O’Grady: For the love of dogs.

Entertainment Programme - I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

Documentary Series - Educating Yorkshire.

Newcomer - Khali Best from EastEnders.

Drama Performance - Matt Smith for Doctor Who.

Daytime - This Morning.

Comedy - Mrs Brown’s Boys.

Serial Drama Performance - Julie Hesmondhalgh for Coronation Street.

Detective - Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock.

Entertainment Presenter - Ant and Dec.

Drama - Doctor Who.

Serial Drama - Coronation Street.

Landmark Award - Ant and Dec.

Talent Show - Strictly Come Dancing.

Frustration over Best Buy cable TV offer

Cable companies are losing customers every month to other providers. So they are fighting back with deals and bonuses to get you to come back., or switch to them for the first time.

But as one customer learned, getting the “welcome back” bonus is not always so easy.

Offer at Promo Code hard to resist

Joe Matthews wasn’t sure he needed Cable TV anymore, with streaming video and HD local channels available free with an antenna.

But like a lot of people shopping at Best Buy, a deal to come back to cable caught his eye.

"It was TV, phone service, and Internet," Matthews said. "And we would get an email from Best Buy, to go into a Best Buy store and get any iPad up to $250."

Successful Promotion

Cable companies nationwide from Time Warner to Cox to Comcast have been offering Best Buy gift cards the past year as a way to bring back customers who cut the cord.

It works.

So Matthews signed up, then waited…. and waited… and waited. “We got the cable, the phone, the Internet,” he said, “but no email gift card from Best Buy.”

Why so many complaints?

He’s not alone: Complaints of long delays in receiving Best Buy gift cards have been piling up at online forums the past year.

So we contacted Time Warner Cable, which was the partner in this promotion, and promised to expedite Matthew’s gift card.

Time Warner has explained that a third party company is handling the program.

That firm has to make sure that customers meet all the conditions first, such as getting all required services, and keeping those services for a certain time period.

It says everyone will receive their gift cards. But Matthews, like others, says the wait is frustrating.

"Somebody should step up and deliver those iPads or gift cards," he said.

What you can do

If you are thinking of switching back to cable, these offers are tempting.

But make sure you meet all the qualifications, and then hold on to all emails and paperwork in case you hit a delay.

A website called "Stop the Cap" even has a section devoted to how to get your promised promotion.

That way you don’t waste your money.