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by Maura at Apr 24, 2017
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Phone Arena writes that in celebration of Chuck Norris’s 77th birthday, developer Sproing and producer flaregames have launched an iOS game all about the legendary martial artist, actor, and screenwriter, entitled Nonstop Chuck Norris.

The free-to-play game, which doesn’t require an Internet connection to play, has been authorised by Chuck Norris himself. Just like one of his movies, it features non-stop action where Chuck uses pretty much anything that he can get his hands on as a weapon to batter his foes as he attempts to save the multiverse.

During the game you’ll also get to collect Chuck Norris facts and develop signature abilities such as roundhouse kicks and push-up slams, as well as unlocking meme-inspired pet sidekicks for Chuck.
Click here to download for free: Nonstop Chuck Norris on the App Store

Sources: flaregames, The Chuck Norris mobile game is out on Android and iOS
by Maura at Apr 24, 2017
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Pocket Gamer reports that the latest game to come from the massively successful Angry Birds franchise, Angry Birds Islands, has just had a soft launch in Japan and Taiwan.

In the management/building sim, players get to explore Mysterious Islands and collect resources such as fish, wood, and mana to use to craft items and help create an island paradise where the birds and piggies can live together in peace and harmony. Yes, you read that right, the angry birds and piggies actually do get along in this game, as they team up to fight the various monsters that get in the way of them trying to survive and thrive on their Mysterious Islands home.

According to App Spy, which has had some hands-on time with the game, it plays a lot like an Angry Birds version of Clash of Clans, only with Birds and Pigs rather than Barbarians and Minions, for example. It certainly looks like a lot of fun, judging by the brief clips in the trailer. No word on a release date yet, but it can’t be too far away.

Sources: http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Angry Birds Islands/news.asp?c=73752

iPhone Game Reviews | AppSpy.com
by Maura at Apr 24, 2017
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AppleInsider has posted what are said to be genuine schematics showing the internal layout of the forthcoming iPhone 8, which is referred to as “iPhone X” in the drawings. In the schematics, which first appeared on Chinese micro-blogging platform Weibo, you can see the iPhone 8’s internal circuit board layout.

What these schematics reveal, if in fact genuine, is that not much has changed internally, although the position of some of the camera modules has moved due to the new vertical camera array.

The schematics also show the A11 CPU on what looks like a stacked motherboard. A removable SIM is also visible, rather than the rumoured Apple SIM. A Taptic Engine module, complete with 3D Touch spaces, is shown at the bottom of the phone, and looks to be bigger than similar circuitry in the current iPhone 7 range.

While certainly very interesting to study, there is no way of knowing how genuine these schematics are.

Source: Purported internal schematic of 'iPhone 8' shows 'A11' chip, removable SIM
by Maura at Apr 24, 2017
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Two conflicting reports have emerged today about whether or not production of the forthcoming iPhone 8 has been delayed.

According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, via 9to5 Mac, mass production of the OLED iPhone 8 will be delayed until October/November, rather than the usual August/September timeframe. Kuo expects the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus mass production to begin on time, however.

Kuo says that the reason for the delayed start to iPhone 8 production, which has been heavily rumoured in recent weeks, is because Apple has had to custom order some of the cutting-edge parts for the new phone.

Kuo refers to “significant hardware upgrades” that are causing the delay, such as the custom OLED display panel, custom Apple A11 10-nanometer system-on-a-chip, a newly designed 3D Touch module, and 3D sensing cameras.

Kuo is a very well-respected source for Apple news, which adds great credibility to this story.

However, The Korea Herald’s The Investor section has today published a report that contradicts Kuo’s findings. According to The Investor, Samsung Display will begin shipping OLED panels for the iPhone 8 in June, just as planned, without any delays at all. Apparently Samsung Electronics will be ordering key components, such as flexible printed circuit boards (FPCB) that connect the display panel to the processing chip, within the month, ready for panel assembly to begin in May, and for shipping to start at the beginning of June.

The source for this report says that rumours about production delays due to issues with OLED production have actually been greatly exaggerated, and are not in fact true.

Sources: KGI: iPhone 8 mass production delayed to October/November as major component upgrades cause supply bottlenecks...
by Maura at Apr 23, 2017
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According to a big article about Uber in The New York Times, via 9to5 Mac, Apple CEO Tim Cook once invited Uber CEO Travis Kalanick to a meeting at Apple’s headquarters, where Cook opened with, “So I’ve heard you’ve been breaking some of our rules.”

Here, Cook was referring to how Uber had tried to fool Apple engineers by assigning a persistent identity to iPhones using code, otherwise known as “fingerprinting,” which directly contravenes Apple’s rules, which are designed to prevent devices being traceable to an owner’s identity once the device has been erased.

The move by Uber’s engineers was sanctioned by Kalanick himself, who told his engineers to “geofence” Apple’s Cupertino base in order to digitally identify anyone reviewing Uber from a particular location. This would prevent people in that area from seeing the code, meaning that Apple employees would not be able to detect Uber’s fingerprinting activities.

However, Apple engineers soon discovered what Uber was up to, hence Tim Cook summoning Kalanick to his office.

According to The New York Times, after his opening salvo, Cook then proceeded to warn Kalanick that unless Uber stopped fingerprinting and started operating the app within Apple’s guidelines, it would be pulled from the App Store.
Source: Tim Cook reportedly threatened to remove Uber from the App Store in CEO meeting
by Maura at Apr 23, 2017
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New pictures have appeared online of what is said to be a dummy model of the iPhone 8, according to 9to5 Mac. The CNC dummy photos were posted by Benjamin Geskin on his Twitter page, and show an iPhone made of glass and stainless steel, with an edge-to-edge display and no obvious bezel. There does not appear to be any sign of a Touch ID sensor on the rear of the phone, as has been rumoured elsewhere.

Assuming that the photos are genuine, it’s possible that the dummy is from an early stage of the production process, as the Apple logo is missing from the back of the dummy.

The dummy shown in the photos certainly has many of the features that have been strongly rumoured over the past few weeks, including a vertical rear camera array and an edge-to-edge display. However, the elongated Power button had not appeared in any other previous videos. photos, or reports.

Hopefully the pictures are genuine, as this is shaping up to be one very cool-looking iPhone.

Source: iPhone 8 dummy model surfaces with edge-to-edge display, no rear Touch ID, elongated power button
by Maura at Apr 23, 2017
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According to newly released figures from market research company comScore MobiLens Plus, via MacRumors, there are currently more iPhone owners in the US than ever before.

comScore’s figures show that there are now more than an estimated 85.8 million iPhone owners aged 13 and older in the US. The figures are based on a 3-month average for the period ending December 2016. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus make up around 15% of the overall total.

As far as Apple’s most popular iPhone currently in the US is concerned, that accolade goes to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s models and their Plus versions, with an estimated 48.4% share of the overall installed base. And 17.8% of users are still using an iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, or iPhone 5c.

According to market research companies Kantar Worldpanel and IHS Markit, the iPhone is the most popular smartphone not just in the US, but in the world.

Source: iPhone Ownership Reaches All-Time High in United States
by Maura at Apr 23, 2017
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9to5 Mac reports that Apple has apologised for various iCloud plans disappearing last week, as well as emails that were erroneously sent out by Apple to customers telling them that their 50GB or 100GB iCloud plans had been discontinued.

In an email apologising for the incident that was sent to all those involved, Apple said that the emails were sent out in error, and that there have, in fact, been no changes to iCloud storage plans. Apple also reiterated that all plans would stay exactly as they are, meaning that the temporary disappearance of the $0.99 per month 50 GB iCloud plan and the $2.99 per month 200 GB iCloud plan had simply been a glitch.

In the email, Apple said, “We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. If you have any questions, please contact us.”

Apple did not offer any explanation as to how the glitch happened.

Source: Apple acknowledges earlier iCloud subscription errors, says everything has been resolved
by Maura at Apr 23, 2017
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AppleInsider says that it has obtained a full copy of Apple’s California Department of Motor Vehicles self-driving car application, the basic details of which were first reported on by Business Insider on Friday.

The complete Autonomous Vehicle Tester (AVT) Program Application for Manufacturer’s Testing Permit, which was initially obtained by macReports, contains some revealing information about Apple’s approach to self-driving vehicle testing.

In particular, it goes into detail about the testing process used to certify the six drivers who will be driving the three modified Lexus RX540h SUVs, including instructions, training goals, and diagrams for several different tests, including low-speed and high-speed driving, tight U-turns, sudden steering input, sudden acceleration, sudden braking, and lane change.

The six Apple employees named in the document as passing the tests include Paul Hebert and Victor Hwang, who are both engineers at Apple’s Special Projects Group, and Jeremy Ma, a software engineer, also working at Apple’s Special Projects Group, and who has particular expertise in 3D object detection and tracking. One driver's name has been redacted from the document as their employment details need to be kept private. Most of the test drivers are robotics experts.

Source: Full copy of Apple's self-driving car permit revealed [u]
by Maura at Apr 23, 2017
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MacRumors reports on the third render of a supposed iPhone 8 that has emerged online. It is thought that all the renders represent various iPhone 8 prototypes that Apple is currently testing, two of which have had an aluminium frame. This latest render actually gives us the clearest look at the rear casing of the iPhone 8 of all three of the recent renders.

The renderings were created by Instagramer bro.king, and are based on the recently released design schematics of the forthcoming flagship iPhone. The shell is made of silver aluminium, with a more square design that is very similar to that of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s.

As with other recently released renders and reports from various sources, the casing shows that the phone has a vertical dual-lens camera. There’s also a circular cut-out underneath the Apple logo that could possibly be for a rear-sited Touch ID sensor. It’s thought that Apple will be forced to go for that option if it is unable to resolve its issues with integrating the Touch ID sensor in the edge-to-edge display. Or, alternatively, it could be the site of an inductive wireless charging module.

Source: iPhone 8 Shell Render Features Vertical Dual-Lens Camera, iPhone 5-Style Body


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