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by Maura at Jan 23, 2017
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Nordeus, the creator of the world’s most-played mobile sports game, Top Eleven, has announced that it is bringing Spellsouls: Duel of Legends to iOS.

The quick-play card-based mobile MOBA, which has been in development for almost two years, features 3-minute battles mixed with deep strategy.

The game is set in an ancient kingdom that has fallen prey to divisive realm wars, with powerful Spellcasters battling their rivals for supremacy. You get to choose a Spellcaster, then collect and upgrade powerful spells and build a deck powerful enough to dominate the enemy’s deck.

Gameplay involves two powerful Spellcasters facing off against each other, complete with MOBA elements of action-combat, card-deck building, and Nordeus’ specialty, compelling PvP.

And if that all sounds good to you, then you won’t have long to wait too long to play it, as the game is currently soft-launched exclusively on iOS in countries such as Taiwan, Canada, Croatia, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and The Netherlands.

Source: Nordeus
by Maura at Jan 23, 2017
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AppleInsider reports that some iPhone 6s owners have been reporting problems with their AirPods when they are paired with that particular phone. Many user complaints can be found in a thread on Apple’s Support Communities. Some of those posting about the issue said that their AirPods are frequently dropping calls, some as often as once a minute. It seems to be primarily calls that are affected, as the majority of users on the support communities said that when podcasts or music were played through the AirPods the problem didn’t occur to the same degree.

The issue also seems to primarily be affecting the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. While there were a few users who said that they had also experienced the issue on their iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, others said that their previous problems with the AirPods cleared up when they upgraded to an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus.

There were also varying reports as to whether being connected to an Apple Watch made the problem worse or not.

Apple Engineering has been informed of the issue by affected users. “We always examine service trends to see if there’s specific incompatibilities with our products, and we are aware of the complaints from a small proportion of iPhone 6 Plus owners. At this time there’s nothing to report,” an Apple spokesperson told AppleInsider.

Source: Some users finding AirPods drop phone call audio when paired with iPhone 6s
by Maura at Jan 23, 2017
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AppleInsider has a great story today about how an iPhone 7 Plus was retrieved in full working order after having spent 13 hours in a frozen Russian river. The phone belonged to a man in the Russian city of Yakutsk who dropped his iPhone through a hole in the ice while ice fishing on the river.

The man was not able to retrieve his phone himself, so he waited until the next day when his friend, a diver, was able to dive in and rescue the phone.

The diver, Fedor, posted on his Instagram account about retrieving the phone, saying that it took three tries to find the phone in the 4C (39.2 F) water. Once the phone was pulled from the water, it turned on immediately, and was in full working order. The phone has 35% charge when it fell into the water, and 19% when pulled out of the water.

Not bad for a phone that isn’t actually supposed to be a fully waterproof device, and only rated at IP67, which translates to only being able to survive immersion at 1 meter for 30 minutes.

Image: Instagram: emfedor1983

Source: Ice fisher's iPhone 7 Plus survives 13-hour immersion after dunk in Russian river
by Maura at Jan 23, 2017
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reports that Taiwan’s Foxconn is looking into the possibility of investing $7 billion in a partnership with Apple to build a U.S. display manufacturing plant.

Nikkei Asian Review reported that Foxconn chairman Terry Gou told journalists at Foxconn’s annual end-of-year party that Apple wants to team up with Foxconn to build a plant in the US, which would create 30,000 to 50,000 jobs.

Gou told the reporters at the event that greater demand for bigger display panels means that local production can be more efficient than shipping from China to the US. Gou also revealed that Foxconn is planning to build a new molding plant in the US, with the state of Pennsylvania in with a good chance of being chosen to be the location, following investment talks with local officials.

Further, Gou said that Foxconn’s Canada-based interactive display startup, Smart Technologies, may well be relocated to the US.

Source: iPhone Manufacturer Foxconn Mulling $7 Billion U.S. Display Factory Investment With Apple
by Maura at Jan 22, 2017
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iDownload Blog reports that Apple has announced that it is suing Qualcomm, the company that makes iPhone modems and owns lots of wireless patents, for $1 billion. The move comes “after years of disagreement over what constitutes a fair and reasonable royalty,” said Apple in a statement.

Apple alleges in the lawsuit that Qualcomm withheld almost $1 billion in payments to Apple as a way of punishing Apple for cooperating with the Korea Fair Trade Commission, which has just issued Qualcomm with an $850 million fine due to its patent licensing activities.

Apple says that Qualcomm charged royalties for technology that “they have nothing to do with.” Apple also accused Qualcomm of using exclusionary tactics to increase its dominance in the industry. Apple and Samsung devices made up almost half of Qualcomm’s $23.5 billion revenue in its most recent fiscal year.

Qualcomm has responded to Apple’s charges by saying that they are groundless, and that Apple has “misrepresented facts.”

Sources: Apple sues Qualcomm over withholding $1B as ransom in Korean legal investigation
by Maura at Jan 22, 2017
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9to5 Mac reports on what it is calling a “sketchy” rumour that group video FaceTime calling will be coming in iOS 11, which is due to launch later in the year. The rumour comes from a technology blog in Israel called The Verifier.

According to “several people familiar with iOS development process (partly developed in Israel),” Messages on iOS will be updated with the ability to start a group FaceTime call with up to five participants at a time.

Currently its only possible for two people to participate in FaceTime video calls, and it has been this way ever since FaceTime launch in 2010. However, group FaceTiming was actually featured in the famous Apple-themed episode of ABC sitcom Modern Family in 2015, entitled “Connection Lost,” which was shot entirely on the iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2.

If the rumour turns out to be true, we can expect to hear more about this when iOS 11 is unveiled (most likely) at this year’s WWDC in early June.

Modern Family image: Twentieth Century Fox Television via Recode

Sources: Sketchy rumor claims iOS 11 will bring long overdue group FaceTime calling

ABC's 'Modern Family' Shot an Entire Episode Using Only Apple's iPhone and iPad
by Maura at Jan 22, 2017
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MacRumors reports that well-respected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a research report in which he has some very interesting information to impart about the forthcoming iPhone 8.

Kuo says that the phone will have a flexible OLED panel, and underneath that, a film sensor, which is more sensitive and provides a better 3D Touch user experience than the current FPCB sensor. And in order to prevent the flexible OLED panel form factor being deformed by touch pressure, the film sensor will be bolstered with a metal structure underneath.

Further, Kuo says that Apple is currently developing a new Touch ID technology for the iPhone 8 in order to “complement its full-screen (zero bezel) form factor design,” as well as improving security for transactions. Kuo added that the current “under glass” fingerprint recognition design is not suitable for the new full-screen form factor, so that will be replaced by an “under panel.”

This change will also see Apple switching to a new optical-type system from the current capacitive-type system, according to Kuo.

And finally, Kuo also thinks that the iPhone fingerprint recognition system will be usurped by a facial recognition system, but “if the technical challenges cannot be overcome, we believe a combination of fingerprint and facial recognition is another possible solution.”

Concept iPhone 8 image: Imram Taylor with ConceptsiPhone/Ran Avni.

Source: Apple Exploring Two-Step Touch ID and Facial Recognition System for iPhone 8
by Maura at Jan 20, 2017
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Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links has finally arrived in the App Store today following its launch in Japan last November, where it has seen more than 13 million downloads and topped the Free App charts.

Based on the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game, Dual Links gives players the chance to construct the ultimate Deck from more than 700 authentic Yu-Gi-Oh! cards and then take on opponents all over the world in real-time PvP Duels, summoning monsters and playing spells and traps to defeat rivals.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! series is based on the manga Yu-Gi-Oh! by Kazuki Takahashi, which first appeared in the Shonen Jump magazine in 1996, as well as the fifth version of the Yu-Gi-Oh! animated series. Konami released the first console Yu-Gi-Oh! game in 1998.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game is still the Number 1 trading card game in the world, with more than 25 billion cards sold.

Click here to download for free: Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links on the App Store

Source: Konami
by Maura at Jan 20, 2017
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AppleInsider reports that Nintendo has just announced a mobile Fire Emblem game, which will be coming soon to iOS. This is the second of Nintendo’s five promised mobile games, with the first being Super Mario Run, which fared well initially, but has also had its fair share of criticism, in particular due to the controversial pricing structure.

The mobile-exclusive game is called Fire Emblem: Heroes, and will launch first on Android on February 2, with no iOS date set yet.

Heroes features the series’ classic anime style, with tactical role-playing character-collection gameplay with the player taking on the role of a powerful summoner. The storyline centers around two rival factions who are trying to win control of a mythical realm.

Characters available to summon include those from previous Fire Emblem games, as well as new characters exclusive to Heroes. Other familiar features that fans can expect to see in the new game include the sword/lance/axe attribute, triangle weapon strategy system.

This really does look very promising, and just the sort of game that Nintendo should be releasing on mobile, let’s hope they get the pricing right this time.

Source: Nintendo says Fire Emblem mobile game 'coming soon' to iOS
by Maura at Jan 19, 2017
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iDownload Blog reports that according to an article in the Commercial Times, via DigiTimes, Lite-On Semi has signed a component deal to supply Apple with various parts required for fast wireless charging on iPhone 8.

The source says that Lite-On Semi, which is based in Taiwan, has been contracted to manufacture GPP bridge rectifiers to help reduce thermal issue and improve the efficiency of wireless power transmission in the next iPhone.

The report also says that Lite-On Semi has managed to secure 50% of the orders for GPP bridge rectifiers for wireless charging in the iPhone 8. It’s not yet known who will be responsible for the other 50%.

As iDownload Blog notes, Apple is expected to bypass the wireless charging device used for smartphones that currently have that feature, the charging mat, and go straight for distance wireless charging, possibly based on technology developed by Energous, with whom Apple is thought to be partnered.

Source: Lite-On Semi rumored to supply fast wireless charging components for iPhone 8

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