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by Maura at Jun 22, 2017
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SEGA Forever out now.JPG

SEGA has announced a new iOS game collection, SEGA Forever, that will feature games from its illustrious history.

Each game will be free-to-play, supported by ads, and playable offline. Added features will include cloud saves, controller support, and leaderboards. There will also be an ad-free option available costing $1.99.

The SEGA Forever collection is designed to expand over the years, and will include not just official emulations but also ported games from all SEGA console eras, all of which will be adapted for mobile devices but still aiming to remain faithful to the original games.
The first five games are now available in the App Store, being five Mega Drive / Genesis classics:
Source: SEGA
by Maura at Jun 22, 2017
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Many more restaurant loyalty schemes added to Apple Pay.JPG

MacRumors reports today that more major U.S. restaurant chains such as Quiznos, Smashburger, and MOD Pizza will soon be launching Apple-Pay-connected loyalty cards. The inclusion of Quiznos and many other restaurants, such as Pielogy, El Pollo Loco, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Moe’s Southwest Grill is the result of cloud platform Punchh adding Apple Pay to its mobile app. Punchh is involved in marketing for more than 85 chains, including the above-mentioned.

When an iPhone users visits a Punchh location they will be prompted when paying at the checkout to add the restaurant’s loyalty card to their Wallet app, which will then mean that all points generated by Apple Pay transactions will automatically be added to the loyalty card, as well as any applicable special offers.

Aside from expanding the use of Apple Pay overall, Punchh adding Apple Pay to its app will also benefit Apple financially as the company earns a fee from every transaction.

Source: Apple Pay loyalty cards coming to more restaurants such as Quiznos & MOD Pizza
by Maura at Jun 22, 2017
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Foxconn to invest 10 billion in US plants.JPG

9to5 Mac reports that Foxconn is to set up U.S.-based manufacturing plants in “several” states as part of a deal said to be worth $10B, $7B of which is marked for display production, with the rest set aside for various other products.

According to the original report in Bloomberg, Foxconn chairman Terry Gou has said that there are seven states up for consideration by Foxconn as factory locations, namely Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Texas.

“Our investment in the U.S. will focus on these states because they are the heart of the country’s manufacturing sector,” Gou told investors. “We are bringing the entire industrial chain back to the traditional manufacturing region of the U.S. That may include display-making, semiconductor packaging and cloud-related technologies.”

Gou said that the new plants could create “tens of thousands” of jobs in America. As far as timeframe is concerned, Foxconn will be announcing the location of the display plant in July.

Source: Foxconn narrowed US factory locations to seven states, will decide next month
by Maura at Jun 22, 2017
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Periscope launches Super Hearts feature.JPG

Periscope broadcasts have become one of the best ways to stream and view live content on the web. So easy to use for both viewers and broadcasters, Periscope is about to get much, much bigger with the announcement from Twitter that you can now reward your favourite broadcasters with Super Hearts.

Before today, Periscope viewers could express their love for their favourite Periscoper by simply tapping the screen to send a heart during a broadcast. Now that love has just become monetised with the introduction of Super Hearts, which Twitter refers to as “a more meaningful way to celebrate your favourite broadcasters…virtual gifts you can give and receive during live broadcasts.”

Bigger, and more animated, Super Hearts can be enabled by tapping the Super Hearts icon during the broadcast to activate them, then simply tap away as usual to send them.

To fund the Super Hearts you must first tap “get coins” and then buy a coin package from the App Store. You can then send Super Hearts until your coins run out, and then rinse and repeat! By sending Super Hearts you’ll be added to a leaderboard that will show who has given each broadcaster the most support. In turn, the broadcaster will be able to easily view who are their most loyal supporters.

Super Hearts can only be sent during a live broadcast, and broadcasters don’t have to use them if they don’t want to, they can simply chose to keep the old style hearts.

Each Super Heart is worth a different star value, and counts towards a broadcaster’s star balance. Twitter says that it is also launching a Super Broadcaster Program today alongside Super Hearts, and will be inviting broadcasters into the program. Broadcasters that are invited into the program can exchange their star balance for cash. The program is currently US-only, but will roll out to other countries soon.

This seems like a genius move from Team Periscope just as the platform is really taking off in a big way.

by Maura at Jun 21, 2017
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Pokemon Go Gym and Raid Battle update arrives.JPG

Niantic is today rolling out possibly the biggest and most significant Pokémon Go update since the game was first launched last summer. Just as announced by the company a couple of days ago, the update ushers in a massive overhaul of the Gym system, as well as paving the way for the new Raid Battles.

First up, here are the release notes and comments from the Pokémon Go team:

Also included in the update, as noted by Polygon, is a way of shaming cheaters, meaning that those Pokémon that have been obtained via cheating, i.e., what a Niantic rep referred to on Reddit today as “using third-party services that circumvent normal gameplay,” will be “marked with a slash in the inventory and may not behave as expected.” The Niantic rep did not reveal just how strangely the marked Pokémon might act, maybe it will even admonish the player in some way, which would be kind of cool to see! Polygon has asked Niantic for more confirmation about how differently Pokémon caught via cheating methods might behave.

Sources: 'Pokemon GO' Big Gym and Raid Update Going Live Now

Pokémon Go has a new way to shame cheaters
by Maura at Jun 21, 2017
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Virgin Mobile USA goes iPhone exclusive.JPG

MacRumors reports that Virgin Mobile USA has today announced that it is switching to an iPhone-only business model as of June 27. In a bid to attract new customers to its new iPhone-only service, it will be offering one whole year’s worth of unlimited talk, text, and data for just $1. You’ll also get Virgin Perks thrown into the deal, including flights and hotel stays.

The new unlimited Virgin Mobile USA iPhone plan, which is called the “Inner Circle,” will be available until July 31 to those customers who buy a new iPhone and then transfer their phone number to an Inner Circle plan.

When the first year of the plan is up, users can then switch to the regular $50-per-month plan.

There are some restrictions involved in the deal, including data throttling, being “deprioritized” after exceeding a set data cap, and also the threat of service termination following too much off-network roaming.

Inner Circle iPhones are available to pre-order from today, prior to shipping on June 27.

Source: Virgin Mobile USA Goes 'Exclusively iPhone' With Unlimited Plan Priced at $1 for First Year
by Maura at Jun 21, 2017
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Apple Still Undecided on fingerprint sensor tech for iPhone 8.JPG

Just when we thought that Apple had finally locked down the design of the forthcoming OLED iPhone 8, AppleInsider reports that according to Cowen and Company’s Timothy Arcuri, the decision is still very much up in the air, with Apple waiting until the end of June to make the final call.

According to Arcuri’s sources, the one thing that has been decided is that the fingerprint sensor will most definitely not be located on the rear of the phone, so we can all breathe a sigh of relief about that!

Arcuri says that Apple is weighing up the benefits of three different options for the fingerprint sensor: thinning the glass that covers the sensor, creating a pinhole in the glass to access an optical or ultrasonic sensor, or integrating a film sensor into the display either via capacitive or infrafred tech.

Arcuri says that whatever Apple’s final decision, he expects there to be a 1- or 2-month delay for the iPhone 8.

Image: @Venya Geskin (Benjamin Geskin)

Source: Apple still undecided on fingerprint tech for 'iPhone 8,' no shipments until October
by Maura at Jun 20, 2017
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Olixar's iPhone 8 cases reveal more about new design.JPG

9to5Mac reports that following the unveiling of its iPhone 8 screen-protector yesterday, case manufacturer Olixar has today revealed an entire line of cases for the forthcoming iPhone 8, making it one of the first to do so. Olixar claims that its iPhone 8 case range, which is available to pre-order from today, accurately depicts the front and back of the new iPhone. Olixar even guarantees that the cases will fit the iPhone 8.

MobileFun, the company that is selling the cases, said that Olixar’s designs are based on “information and schematics they’ve acquired through their factories and contacts in the far east.”

The pictures of Olixar’s case lineup reveal the slimmer bezels, as well as the sensor and camera cutouts.

While many other iPhone case makers will soon be officially releasing their new accessories and cases for this year’s iPhones, Olixar has revealed its lineup much earlier than usual, especially when you consider that the iPhone 8 is not expected to launch until September.

Source: Olixar claims to reveal iPhone 8 design w/ new cases now available to order
by Maura at Jun 20, 2017
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New Apple security report shows how it stops iPhone case leaks.JPG

If you’re wondering why we haven’t seen quite so many iPhone 8 case leaks this year as in previous years, then AppleInsider just might have the answer, as a newly leaked document reveals that Apple has succeed in achieving a 99% drop in stolen iPhone cases from its manufacturing partners from 2014 to 2016.

The leaked Apple security briefing, which was published by The Outline today, gives a unique insight into Apple’s anti-leak department. The report starts with Apple CEO Tim Cook talking about “doubling down” on security, followed by employees talking about how they were impacted personally by product leaks.
One of the Apple security team, David Rice, a former cryptologist for the U.S. Navy and ex-NSA, described Apple’s fight to stop leaks from Apple’s Chinese supply chain as “trench warfare non-stop.” He stated that bus stops outside the Chinese plants had adverts offering factory employees “top dollar” for Apple components, with some of them even being offered a year’s salary to steal Apple components.

Whatever they’re doing, it seems to be working, with the flood of leaks well and truly stemmed. The report goes into depth about how they do it, worth reading in full.

Source: Apple product security team briefing shows 99% drop in stolen iPhone cases from 2014 to 2016
by Maura at Jun 19, 2017
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Niantic announces Gym upgrades and Raid Battle for Pokemon Go.JPG

Niantic has today announced some exciting new features for Pokémon Go that include revamped Gyms and all-new Raid Battles.

Starting with the Gyms, Niantic says that the forthcoming “major facelift” will include being able to spin Photo Discs to acquire items at Gyms just as you already do at PokéStops. And in another major change, Gyms will no longer be based on Prestige and training, and instead will now comprise six permanent slots occupied by the Pokémon of the controlling team, each of which must be unique, i.e., you can’t have two Blisseys assigned to a Gym at the same time, for example. Also, opposing teams will now battle the Pokémon in the same order in which they were assigned to the Gym.

The new motivation system for Gyms is also very different. Now, when a Pokémon is assigned to a Gym, you’ll see a motivation meter, which will decrease over time, and when the Pokémon loses in battle. The more motivation a Pokémon loses, the more its CP will decrease temporarily, and the more easily it will be beaten by the opposition.

To help boost your Pokémon’s motivation, you can feed your Pokémon Berries. If it should happen to lose all motivation, it will exit the Gym and be returned to its Trainer as soon as it loses a battle.

It will also now be possible to earn Gym Badges when interacting with Gyms, which can be levelled up by battling, feeding Berries to the Pokémon, and spinning the Gym’s Photo Disc.

The new Raid Battle Feature is expected to roll out slowly over the next few weeks in beta form initially after the Gyms are first upgraded. Raid Battles are cooperative gameplay bouts where you get to work with other Trainers to defeat an incredibly powerful Raid Boss Pokémon. You can earn one free Raid Pass per day from visiting a Gym, and can only hold one at a time. Successfully defeat the Raid Boss within a 5-minute time limit and you can attempt to catch a super powerful Pokémon.

Source: Niantic
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