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by Maura at Jul 26, 2016
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If you’re looking for a game that’s a little more relaxing and chilled out than Pokémon Go, then Blyss, from developers Dropout Games, could be the very thing you need.

Released tomorrow, Wednesday July 27, Touch Arcade reports that the game is a simpler puzzler with calming music and visuals designed to help you achieve peace of mind.

You play the game by swiping white blocks with dots on them in order to eliminate them and clear the puzzle, all set against a calming backdrop.

Dropout Games promises lots of different game modes, as well as visual themes that come complete with their own soundtrack. It certainly seems as if Blyss hits that sweet spot of a game that is involved enough to keep you guessing, and requires a certain degree of strategic thinking, yet also has a calming vibe that can help you to relax.

Blyss can be downloaded from tomorrow, for $1.99, with no in-app purchases whatsoever.

Source: Beautiful Puzzle Title 'Blyss' Launches on the App Store Tomorrow
by Maura at Jul 26, 2016
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The US National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced that it no longer considers text messages as secure enough when used as part of a two-factor identification method (2FA).

Currently, when you opt to use 2FA on your iPhone or iPad, you can choose to have a code sent to you via SMS. That is set to no longer be the case, however, as NIST is soon to bar its use.

9to5 Mac notes that while NIST’s guidelines are not enforceable by law, most companies do usually choose to obey their rulings, so that could mean that Apple will soon drop SMS authentication from its list of options for 2FA, which currently include a phone call to a trusted number, a code sent by SMS to a trusted number, or a code sent to a trusted device such as an iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, or Mac.

Source: Apple & others may soon be barred from using SMS for two-factor authentication
by Maura at Jul 26, 2016
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According to a new report from DigiTimes, via AppleInsider, Apple is looking to introduce iris ID sensors to its 2018 iPhone line-up, with eye-scanning security technology used to identify the phone’s user expected to be big news over the next couple of years.

And while DigiTimes has a patchy record when it comes to rumours from Apple’s supply chain, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t sometimes right, especially as there have previously been rumours that Apple might be planning to introduce biometric recognition technology as early as 2017, which would include both face and iris scanning. This could also tie in with other rumours stating that the 2017 iPhone will be a complete and thorough redesign, with an all-glass case and several features, such as the FaceTime camera, integrated as part of an edge-to-edge display.

Apple certainly holds plenty of patents for biometric racial recognition technology and similar features, including a patent that uses 3D rendering to improve accuracy. Apple also recently acquired Emotient, a facial recognition company, and Faceshift, a company that has designed 3D rendering technology.

Source: Rumor: New iPhones with secure iris scanners coming in 2018
by Maura at Jul 25, 2016
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The incredibly successful launch of Pokémon Go around the world marches on, with the game arriving in App Stores in France and Hong Kong over the weekend, with Hong Kong being the first Asian location other than Japan to have the game.

Meanwhile, MacRumors reports that at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend, Niantic CEO John Hanke revealed some snippets of information about what new features fans can expect in future updates for the game. It’s fair to say that he didn’t give all that much away, but he did reveal that we can look forward to new Pokémon, and also the ability to be able to trade Pokémon with other players.

The names of the team leaders for Team Mystic, Team Valor, and Team Instinct were also revealed as Blanche, Candela, and Spark, respectively, along with their pictures rather than the silhouettes that appear in the game (because they weren’t finished in time, apparently!). Hanke said that the team leaders will soon be given a more prominent role in the game, communicating with players and offering advice.

Finally, it appears that Nintendo’s recent statement that it didn’t expect the massive success of Pokémon Go to have much impact on its quarterly earnings as it only has 32% of The Pokémon Company didn’t go down very well at all with investors, sending Nintendo stock falling 17% at its lowest point, knocking $6.4 billion off their value, representing Nintendo’s biggest decline since October 1990.

Source: Pokémon Go Debuts in France and Hong Kong as Nintendo Shares Dive
by Maura at Jul 25, 2016
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Following on from this weekend’s news from Evan Blass that the next iPhone would be launching the week of September 12, Blass has clarified this information by tweeting that the phone will actually go on sale on Friday, September 16.

Blass has previously gone on record as saying that the next iPhone will definitely not be called “iPhone 7,” and he seems to be sticking to this with his latest tweets, where he refers to the “iPhone 2016” without giving it a specific name.

Blass is well known for the accuracy of his information, particularly where Android news is concerned, and he also has a fairly good track record when it comes to Apple news, although not 100%.

As far as what the next iPhone might actually be called if it’s not going to be called the iPhone 7, 9to5 Mac writes that a new report from Apfelpage cites Chinese supply chain sources who have seen packaging and labelling for the next iPhone emblazoned with the name “iPhone 6SE.”

Sources: Evan Blass, @evleaks

iPhone 7 release date reportedly set for Friday, September 16th as rumor suggests ‘iPhone 6SE’ naming
by Maura at Jul 23, 2016
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Polish indie developer Bulbware’s 2D point-and-click horror adventure game Bulb Boy has arrived in the App Store! The game already has a great reputation and following on Steam, and has won many awards, including the prestigious Best Character Design award at the 2015 Intel Level Up contest.

Bulb Boy is the adorable star of the game; when he wakes up from a terrifying nightmare on a gloomy night, he finds that evil has overshadowed the Bulbhouse. His family are gone, and there are scary monsters lurking in the shadows. It’s up to you to help Bulb Boy use his glass head to save all those he loves.

The game’s style, which has received many plaudits from the industry, was inspired by classics such as Machinarium and Gobliiins, with gameplay including puzzle-solving and fighting wicked monsters.

Bulb Boy is set in the mysterious bulbhouse, which is infested with dangerous creatures that you must defeat in a bid to restore light to Bulb Boy’s world, as well as save his Grandparaffin and Mothdog.

While Bulb Boy faces many challenges in the game, he has a lot of advantages on his side, including the fact that his head lights up, so that you can survive electric shocks, and which can also be unscrewed to use in some strange places. The further you progress in the game you’ll also be able to play as other family members as you relive your childhood memories and uncover more about the back story.

If you love classic 2D gaming with a horror twist, this is the game for you, it really is fantastic!

Click here to download for $2.99: Bulb Boy on the App Store

Source: Bulbware
by Maura at Jul 23, 2016
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Jim Dalrymple of The Loop reports that Apple has told him that Pokémon Go has smashed the record for more downloads in its first week than any other app in App Store history. Apple also revealed that it had paid out $50 billion to developers overall.

Dalrymple says that Phil Schiller told him back in June that Apple is not content to rest on its laurels as far as the massive success of the App Store is concerned, with Schiller telling him that his team had already made changes to make the App Store even better, and that more improvements were on the way.

Both big and small developers are saying that engagement with their apps is growing over time, according to Dalrymple, meaning that users are spending more and more time in apps, with the time spent in apps since Q2 2014 having almost doubled.

Growing categories in the App Store include video and music streaming and in particular apps such as Netflix. With this in mind, Apple is planning to roll out an expanded subscription model, according to Schiller.

Source: Apple confirms Pokemon Go sets App Store record
by Maura at Jul 23, 2016
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Apple VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, Lisa Jackson, has appeared on ABC7 News, via 9to5 Mac, talking about 9-year-old Joshua Gomez who is able to hear again as a result of a new type of bone-conduction hearing-aid that works in tandem with a companion iOS app. “Technology can transform lives [and] 9-year-old Joshua is a great example,” said Jackson.

Joshua began to lose his hearing when he was 3 years old, and went through several surgeries to try and restore his hearing over a 5-year timeframe, but all to no avail. And unfortunately, even conventional hearing-aids were unable to help in his particular case.

It was the Children’s Hearing Center at Stanford that finally came up with a way to restore Joshua’s hearing. They outfitted him with the Cochlear Baha 5, new technology that enabled him to hear out of both ears clearly for the first time. The device is made specifically for iPhone.

The main difference between a regular hearing-aid and the Cochlear Baha 5 is that it is able to transmit sound directly to the inner ear via bone conduction, thus avoiding those parts of the ear that would not be able to tolerate such a device.

The iPhone app can then be used to tune the sound to various environments, such as making it easier to pick out speech in a noisy room, and boosting a child’s softer voice to make it easier to hear. Sound can also be transmitted directly to the device from an iPhone or iPad.

Apple has won many awards for its efforts at making devices that are as accessible as possible, and has just this year created an accessibility accessory section in the Apple Store and new accessibility features in iOS 10.

Source: 9-year-old boy gets his hearing back after six years thanks to bone-conduction implant & iPhone app
by Maura at Jul 23, 2016
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AppleInsider reports on a new tip from well-sourced blogger Evan Blass, who tweeted that Apple will be announcing the next iPhone at a special event that is due to take place in the week of September 12.

Blass is usually a highly credible source for smartphone release information due to his strong connections in the industry. It’s a pretty safe bet that Apple intends to stick with its recent schedule of announcing and releasing new iPhones in September.

Blass also tweeted earlier in the week that there will only be two iPhone versions released in September, not the three that have been recently rumoured. He said that they currently have the codenames “Sonora” and “Dos Palos,” named after towns in California. Previously, Blass has said that it is highly doubtful that the new iPhone will be called iPhone 7; he has not yet stated if one of the two new iPhones that he thinks Apple will announce in September will be an iPhone Plus or an iPhone Pro (with the latter being rumoured in recent weeks).

Meanwhile, 9to5 Mac reports that more iPhone 7 videos and images have leaked, this time focusing on the dual camera and comparing the Rose Gold iPhone 7 with the iPhone 6s.

Sources: Apple rumored to launch 'iPhone 7' on week of Sept. 12

Latest iPhone 7 leaks highlights new dual camera, video compares Rose Gold iPhone 7 to iPhone 6s
by Maura at Jul 22, 2016
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Whistleblower Edward Snowden has been involved in the design of an iPhone 6 case that is able to detect when the phone is still transmitting data in Airplane Mode.

Hacker and Bunnie Studios founder Andrew “Bunnie” Huang announced the project yesterday, writes MacRumors. Huang is perhaps best known for being the first person to hack the Xbox and for mounting a legal challenge to the DCMA act.

A paper entitled “Against the Law: Countering Lawful Abuses of Digital Surveillance” describes the concept for the case, explaining that it has been designed in order to prevent journalists, activists, and rights workers from being tracked by governments.

The case has probe wires that use the SIM slot to access the phone antennae and monitor signal transmission. An audible alarm and display on the front of the case will keep the user informed of the phone’s transmission status.

Snowdon and Huang say that using Airplane Mode on a phone is “no defense” for radio transmission, which many may not be aware of.

Image credit: Huang & Snowden

Source: Edward Snowden Designed an iPhone Case to Guard Against Radio Snitching


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