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Guardians of the Galaxy a Telltale series first cast details announced.JPG

Telltale Games and Marvel Entertainment have unveiled the world’s-first screenshots and cast details for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, which is due to launch digitally this spring on consoles, PC, and mobile.

The game boasts a brand new storyline featuring the most unlikely heroes in the universe: Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot. After an epic battle, the Guardians find an artifact that holds unspeakable power. Each of the Guardians has their own personal reasons for wanting the relic for themselves, as does a ruthless enemy who is the last of her kind and who will do anything she can to take the relic from the Guardians.

With an adventure that takes you from Earth to the Milano to Knowhere and beyond, all set to the typically awesome music exemplified by the soundtrack of the original Guardians of the Galaxy movie, it’s up to you to proudly wear the rocket-powered boots of Star-Lord in this original new storyline, where your actions and decisions drive how you experience the action.

The Telltale team and Marvel Games creative director Bill Rosemann will be appearing at PAX East in Boston today to talk about the creative process behind the game. Follow the link below to find out more. Then, on March 17, at SXSW in Austin, TX, you can be part of the first audience in the world to Crowd Play an early version of the first episode. Details at the link below.

Cast members announced today include Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights, The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series) as Star-Lord; Emily O’Brien (The Young and the Restless, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor) as Gamora; the legend that is Nolan North (The Uncharted series, Pretty Little Liars) as Drax; and Adam Harrington (The Wolf Among Us, League of Legends) as Groot.

Source: Telltale Games

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Julian Assange offers to help tech companies.JPG

AP reports that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has said in an online press conference today that WikiLeaks will work with tech companies to help them deal with the CIA’s hacking tools.

Assange said that some tech companies had requested more information from WikiLeaks about the CIA hacking toolkit, details of which WikiLeaks claimed to have revealed in its Vault7 leak on Tuesday.

“We have decided to work with them, to give them some exclusive access to the additional technical details we have, so that fixes can be developed and pushed out,” said Assange, who added that the digital blueprints for what he called “cyberweapons” would be revealed publicly “once this material is effectively disarmed by us.”

Commenting on Assange’s statement, CIA spokeswoman Heather Fritz Horniak said “As we’ve said previously, Julian Assange is not exactly a bastion of truth and integrity.” She added that the CIA would continue its work “despite the efforts of Assange and his ilk.”

Source: WikiLeaks offers to shield tech firms from CIA hacking tools
by Maura at Mar 9, 2017
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Foxconn chairman casts doubt on US facility.JPG

AppleInsider reports that comments from Foxconn chairman Terry Gou have cast doubt on the prospect of Apple and Foxconn partnering to build a factory in the US.

Talking at an event to open a new display panel production factory in southern China, Gou said that he had recently returned from Washington, D.C, but he did not confirm whether or not he had spoken to anyone in President Trump’s administration.

Gou’s concerns about the proposed $7 billion joint venture between Foxconn and Apple included whether or not government officials would be able to attract foreign investors quickly.

“I am concerned as to whether the U.S. can resolve all the investment issues in only a few months’ time,” said Gou. “Does the U.S. offer incentive programs for foreign investors? They’ll need to pass bills first, and we’ll need to wait for American authorities to make a decision first.”

Gou also said that the US did not have the supply chains and labour needed to mass-produce display panels, whereas China already has everything in place.

Source: Foxconn chairman raises uncertainties over building displays for Apple in USA
by Maura at Mar 9, 2017
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Facebook launches Days for Messenger app.JPG

Recode reports that Facebook Messenger has today launched its own version of Snapchat’s Stories feature. Called “Days,” the new feature will enable Messenger users to share photo and video collections with friends for up to 24 hours before they disappear.

Messenger has been testing the feature since last fall, and it finally becomes available worldwide from today in the Messenger app. To use it you simply have to take photos and videos via Messenger’s in-app camera and then post them as a “Day” for your friends to watch over the next 24 hours before they vanish forever from the app.

It’s pretty much exactly the same as all the other “Story-like” features that are all copying the idea of the Snapchat original, including Instagram and WhatsApp’s versions. Stories is one of Snapchat’s most popular features, and latterly, Instagram has found success with its own version. Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom told Recode last December that since Instagram introduced its Stories feature, users have been sharing much more content on the app than previously.

Source: Messenger just became the latest Facebook app to launch a Stories feature
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Furian Power VR means good things for iOS gaming.JPG

The announcement by Imagination Technologies of its new next-generation GPU architecture, PowerVR Furian, could be good news for iPhone and iPad gamers, as according to MacRumors it could lead to greatly improved graphics performance and power efficiency.

PowerVR Furian architecture can provide up to 70% to 90% improvement in real-world gaming performance by density, with 38% improved shader performance and 80% improved fill rate when compared with a corresponding Series7XT Plus GPU based on the current PowerVR Rogue architecture.

Aside from such improvements to iOS gaming, an iPhone or iPad with PowerVR Furian architecture would also have the bonus of a longer battery life when it comes to graphics tasks.

Imagination Technologies told MacRumors that PowerVR Furian architecture does indeed support 4K graphics, paving the way for higher-resolution gaming on iOS, as well as improvements for other graphically intensive tasks such as augmented reality, virtual reality, and machine learning.
The graphics chip used by Apple in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is a custom-made version of the Series7XT Plus, and other previous iPhones have been based on PowerVR Rogue architecture, so it’s not too much of a stretch to predict that future iPhones and iPads will also use the PowerVR Furian architecture in some way or other. However, this won’t happen before at least the end of 2018, according to Imagination.

Source: Future iPhones Could Support 4K Graphics and Much Faster Gaming With...
by Maura at Mar 8, 2017
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Rumour says that iPhone 8 will be called iPhone Edition.JPG

According to a new report on Japanese website Mac Otakara, via MacRumors, what everyone has, up until now, been calling the forthcoming iPhone 8 may actually be called the “iPhone Edition.” The reason for the name change is to signify that the top-of-the-line phone is a higher-end, luxury device, just as with the Apple Watch Edition. This would also tie in with other recent rumours that the flagship 2017 iPhone will cost more than $1,000.

Mac Otakara’s sources also say that Apple is testing a variety of prototypes for the iPhone 8, including experimenting with screen technology and materials. Some prototypes have an OLED display, whereas others have an LCD display.

The source also says that Apple is still testing prototypes with and without a home button, as well as different chassis, including glass, aluminum, and white ceramic.

So it seems that many key features of the high-end iPhone are still very much up in the air, with Mac Otakara saying that the only features that are currently set in stone for the new high-end iPhone are the 5-inch display, wireless charging, and dual cameras.

Mac Otakara also backed up other recent rumours when it said that the iPhone 8, or iPhone Edition, will not launch alongside the two LED models in September, but much later than that.

iPhone Edition concept image: Grisha Serov at Behance

Source: 'iPhone 8' Could Reportedly Be Called 'iPhone Edition,' Ship Well After 4.7-Inch and 5.5-Inch Versions
by Maura at Mar 8, 2017
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Apple continues to dominate global smartphone profits.JPG

9to5 Mac reports that according to new figures just out from Strategy Analytics, Apple continues to dominate in terms of total profits in the worldwide smartphone market.

Strategy Analytics' figures show that Apple had 79.2% of global smartphone profits last year, with the global smartphone industry estimated to have made total operating profits of $53.7 billion, and Apple’s operating profit made up $44.9 billion of that. This was a very slight fall for Apple from last year’s 92% share.

Samsung is in second place to Apple once more, with just 14.9% of global profits, and an operating profit of $8.3 billion last year. Clearly Samsung has taken a big hit from the Galaxy Note 7 recall debacle. Samsung’s profit margin was 11.6% last year, in contrast with Apple’s profit margin of 32.4%.

As far as any other competition for Apple and Samsung is concerned, Strategy Analytics says that they are “barely profitable.” Huawei reported an operating profit of $929 million last year, just 1.6% of global profits. OPPO had 1.5%, and rival Vivo had 1.3%.

Source: Apple once more dominates global smartphone profits, though less dramatically
by Maura at Mar 7, 2017
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WikiLeaks on Apple.JPG

Recode reports today on WikiLeaks’ new Vault 7 series that has released more than 8,000 pages of documentation about various CIA programs, including those designed to break encryption of iPhones, Android phones, Samsung Smart TVs, among other devices.

WikiLeaks says that this has enabled the CIA to hack the various operating systems via various private messaging apps such as Signal, WhatsApp, Telegram, Weibo, and Confide.

“These are not hacks against those apps, but hacks against the underlying operating systems,” security technologist Bruce Schneier told Recode.

Also reporting on the story, MacRumors writes that WikiLeaks says that the CIA has placed a “disproportionate focus” on iOS devices, probably because of the popularity of Apple products. In fact, WikiLeaks says that the agency even has a special unit within its Mobile Development Branch to create and execute malware to infiltrate, control, and exfiltrate information from iOS devices. WikiLeaks also says that the CIA has “lost control” of this vast arsenal of hacking exploits.

Sources: WikiLeaks reveals the CIA hacked into Apple iPhones, Google Android phones and Samsung TVs

New Wikileaks Series Details CIA's 'Specialized Unit' Dedicated to Creating iOS Exploits
by Maura at Mar 7, 2017
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Apple devices are dominating enterprise.JPG

9to5 Mac reports today on the new Annual Jamf Trends Survey that was published today by Jamf, a company that makes Apple device management software for businesses, and which shows that both iOS and Mac adoption rose in the enterprise over the past year.

Jamf collected data from 300 IT professionals, managers and executives from commercial organizations around the world that had from 50 to 10,000 employees.

Jamf’s data reveals that 91% of enterprise organizations now use Mac, and 99% say that they use iPhone or iPad. Both Mac and iOS device adoption rates have increased in the past year.

Forty-four of the organizations surveyed by Jamf said that they give their employees the chance to choose between Mac and PC, and 71% said that they offer their employees a choice between Apple, Android, and other mobile devices.

Jamf says that the reasons given by companies for opting for Macs and iOS devices include ease of use, security, device configuration, support, software and app development, and integration.

Source: Report highlights growth for Apple devices in enterprise: 91% now using Mac, 99% iPhone & iPad
by Maura at Mar 6, 2017
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Steve Jobs though Apple genius bar idiotic initially.JPG

In this week’s Recode Decode podcast, Recode Executive Editor Kara Swisher had a very interesting conversation with Ron Johnson, founder and CEO of personal commerce tech product delivery company Enjoy. Johnson previously worked at Apple from 2000 onwards, running the Apple retail stores division.

As you might expect, Johnson had some interesting things to say about his time at Apple, and in particular about the late Apple co-founder and CEO, Steve Jobs.

Johnson said that he and Jobs “clicked from Day One,” and that Jobs even gave him some homework when he went to interview for a job at Apple,

“He said to me, ‘It’s Thanksgiving weekend coming up. Why don’t you write down what you would do? How would you approach retail? Tell me about it,” said Johnson. “So I went back and I wrote this 10-page thesis of why Apple should do stores, what they should be like, blah blah blah.”

“I get the call, ‘Hey, can you come back?’ I walk in, he goes, ‘Hey, thanks for coming back.’ I said, ‘So what’d you think of my thesis?’ And he goes, ‘Well, I don’t like it very much, but that’s OK. Let’s talk!’ That’s Steve. He offered me the job that day.”

Johnson also revealed that Jobs was initially very opposed to the idea of having Genius Bars in Apple retail stores.

“I remember the day I came in and told Steve about the Genius Bar idea and he says, ‘That’s so idiotic! It’ll never work!’ He said, ‘Ron, you might have the right idea, but here’s the big gap: I’ve never met someone who knows technology who knows how to connect with people. They’re all geeks! You can call it the Geek Bar.’”

But Johnson said that he convinced Jobs to agree to the Genius Bar idea by telling him, “‘Steve, kids who are in their 20s today grew up in a very different world. They all know technology, and that’s who’s going to work in the store.’”

The next day Jobs had the phrase “Genius Bar” trademarked, and the rest is history.

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