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Back in February news emerged of a new Pokémon game for iOS called Splash! Magikarp, featuring the endlessly flapping fish. After the initial news about the game broke, it all went a little quiet, but Nintendo Life reports today that the game is finally on its way, but with a new name, Pokémon: Magikarp Jump, the same name as the popular mini game in Nintendo 64 Pokémon Stadium.
Magikarp’s faithful fans around the world will have to be patient a little longer before they get their fins on Magikarp Jump, however, as currently it is only available on soft launch in the Italian App Store, and there’s no news of an official release date in other territories as yet.
According to Serebii.Net, the simple gameplay sees you catching and raising Magikarp and then pitting them against others to see who can jump the highest. You can use various rods to catch Magikarp of different colours and sizes, all with their own abilities. Take your Magikarp through the leagues, feeding and training them to make them strong so that they can jump higher and higher. You’ll also get to use other Support Pokémon to help your Magikarp.
Clearly, the Pokémon Company is having a bit of a Magikarp moment, having also just released the Magikarp Song video on the Official Pokémon YouTube channel, which has already had almost 2 million views in just 8 days. The lyrics are, of course, flat out trolling the poor Magikarp, with lines like “so weak that it’s sad, really really sad.”
All this Magikarp madness is a very smart move from The Pokémon Company, coming up to what it hopes will be another massive summer for Pokémon Go. When Pokémon Go became a worldwide cultural phenomenon last year, some of the earliest tweets and Instagram pictures that kicked off the whole craze were of Magikarp in the wild, appearing in frying pans on people’s stoves, flailing around on the pavement, and so on.
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Following the release of Ghosts ‘n Goblins Mobile on iOS back in March, Capcom’s classic side-scrolling action-platformer Ghouls ‘n Ghosts has just arrived in the App Store. The story follows on immediately after the events of Ghosts ‘n Goblins, with the side-scrolling arcade action authentically reproduced for iPhone and iPad.
As ever, the star of the game is the brave Sir Arthur, who must fight his way through the ghouls and ghosts of the title, and other assorted evil denizens of the underworld, and he certainly doesn’t have an easy time of things, as you’ll remember if you ever played the arcade or console game in the past. However, Capcom has made some improvements to the game to make it a little easier to play on devices with touch screens. Here are some of the key features of the remake:
Click here to download: Ghouls'n Ghosts MOBILE on the App Store
Sources: http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Ghouls'n Ghosts MOBILE/news.asp?c=74026
Square Enix is bringing nostalgia to iOS gaming with the release to the App Store of Arkanoid vs Space Invaders. In a combination of elements from two of Taito’s classic arcade games, Arkanoid vs Space Invaders sees players getting to control the Arkanoid Vaus paddle ship to defeat wave after wave of Space Invaders. Gameplay is simple: reflect the bullets back at the invaders to break the blocks, and gather enough energy to trigger Attack Mode and destroy the enemy.
There are more than 150 stages to play through, over which you’ll get to use more than 20 different powers and unlock 40 different characters from the Taito legacy, all of which have their own unique abilities, such as shields and split ball. To make the gameplay more challenging, you’ll also have to defeat massive 3D Invader bosses, and there’s also a Hard Mode if you want to challenge yourself to the max. Ranked mode sees players attempting to attain the top position on the worldwide leaderboard with their high scores.
Click here to download for the 20% discounted price of $3.99: Arkanoid vs Space Invaders on the App Store
Source: Square Enix
Following on from recent reports that Apple is working on a glucose monitor feature for Apple Watch, CNBC reports that Apple CEO Tim Cook has been seen testing a prototype glucose monitor on his Apple Watch at Apple’s campus, in a bid to find out how blood sugar responds to various factors such as eating food and doing exercise.
According to CNBC’s source, Apple’s ultimate aim is to develop a glucose testing application that would make the Apple Watch an invaluable device for anyone with, or at risk of, diabetes, and helping millions of those around the world to manage the disease.
Cook previously talked about the monitor back in February when he told students at the University of Glasgow, “I’ve been wearing a continuous glucose monitor for a few weeks. I just took it off before coming on this trip.”
Cook explained to the students that when using the monitor he could see exactly how certain food that he was eating affected his blood sugar levels, and then alter his diet in order to keep his blood sugar on an even keel.
Source: Apple CEO Tim Cook test-drove a device that tracks his blood sugar, hinting at Apple's interest
According to a new report from Morgan Stanley, 92% of iPhone owners who are “somewhat likely” or “extremely likely” to upgrade their smartphone in the next 12 months say that they will buy another iPhone. This figure is up from 86% a year ago, and is based on a survey that took place in April of 1,000 smartphone owners of age 18 and over in the United States.
This comes very close to beating Morgan Stanley’s previous all-time high retention rate of 93% back in September 2015 when the iPhone 6s launched.
Source: iPhone Scores 92% Loyalty Rate in Recent Survey Ahead of iPhone 8
BGR has a scoop today with photos that are said to be of a new mockup of the forthcoming iPhone 8 that are based on authentic schematics of the final design for the iPhone, most likely leaked from one of the factories where the new iPhone is being assembled.
There’s good news for everyone who was against the idea of a rear fingerprint sensor, as there are no signs of anything like that on the back of the phone.
The pictures reveal an iPhone 8 design that ties in with many recent rumours about the iPhone 8. It has 2.5D glass panels on front and back with slightly curved edges, with a polished stainless steel band, also rounded, in between them. The end result looks very seamless.
The vertical camera bump on the rear is also clearly visible on the mockup. The camera is said to have a new dual-lens camera system and the same optical zoom features as the iPhone 7 Plus.
Source: Exclusive: The world’s first look at Apple’s final iPhone 8 design in real life
Niantic’s latest Pokémon Go special event, Adventure Week, kicks off today at 1:00 PM PDT, running through until 1:00 PM PDT on May 25, 2017. The new event is a way of celebrating the fact that the Pokémon Go community has travelled more than 15.8 billion kilometres worldwide.
Niantic is also giving all Trainers a free avatar item, the Explorer’s Hat, which will be available as soon as the event begins.
Jam City, FoxNext Games, and Matt Groening have today released a fully animated teaser trailer for the forthcoming iOS game, Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow. The game is being developed in partnership with Futurama creator and executive producer Groening and his own Curiosity Company as well as executive producer David X. Cohen, original Futurama writers, and Rough Draft Studios. In short, if you’re a Futurama fan, you’re going to be very excited, as this is your chance to see the first new animation from the Futurama universe since the TV show finished its original run on TV back in 2013. Jam City is also working with the show’s writers, animators, and cast to develop even more original animation for the fans.
9to5 Mac reports that Google’s VP of Engineering Assistant, Scott Huffman, has just announced at its I/O developer conference that it is bringing its Assistant to iPhone. Google says that the Siri competitor will be arriving in the App Store later today as a standalone app for iPhone in the US. Previously, Google’s Assistant was only available via its Allo messaging app, and also on Android and Google Home devices.
While you won’t be able to replace Siri with Google Assistant as your default virtual assistant on your iPhone, you will be able to use it via Google’s iOS app.
Tech Crunch reports that Google Assistant is said by Google to be more powerful than Siri, with the ability to answer more complicated questions and the addition of third-party integration. You can also use it to control connected devices.
However, one area in which Siri is still superior to Google Assistant is that Siri works in a wide variety of languages, including multiple forms of Chinese, as well as Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, and Danish, among others. In contrast, Google Assistant currently only works in English, although very soon it will also support French, German, Brazilian, Portuguese, and Japanese, with Italian, Spanish, and Korean coming after that.
Sources: Google announces Assistant for iPhone at Google I/O
Google launches Google Assistant on the iPhone
According to Bloomberg’s sources, Apple is to launch an updated MacBook lineup at its WWDC, which starts on June 5, in response to increased competition from Microsoft and the decline in demand for the iPad.
Bloomberg says that Apple is to launch three new laptops: A Kaby Lake MacBook Pro, a new version of the 12-inch MacBook with a faster Intel processor, and an updated 13-inch MacBook Air, also with an updated processor. The source says that sales of the MacBook Air, Apple’s cheapest laptop, remain very strong.
Bloomberg says that this move from Apple is in response to Microsoft’s strong launch of its new Surface Laptop earlier this month, which was well received by industry experts setting it up well in its bid to be a rival to the MacBook Air.
Bloomberg’s sources say that the new MacBook Pro would look very similar to the current models, with only the internal architecture being updated. The ever-popular MacBook Air is long overdue a speed update, and maybe Apple will even reconsider its unpopular (with some) decision to discontinue the smaller and cheaper 11-inch MacBook Air, which, for many, including students, who Microsoft’s new Surface Laptop is clearly aimed at, was their only chance at being able to afford a MacBook.
Source: Apple Plans Laptop Upgrades to Take on Microsoft
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