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by Maura at Sep 28, 2016
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Business Insider reports that it has heard from an employee at Apple’s offices in Herzliya, Israel, that the company is currently developing hardware for next year’s iPhone, which the employee explicitly referred to as “iPhone 8.”

The source, who solders components for Apple, went on to say that employees at Apple’s Israel office are working on all of Apple’s new products. They did not reveal much about the new phone, only to say that it would be “different” to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7, which ties in with other recent rumours about next year’s iPhone having a radical redesign.

The anonymous employee also said that the iPhone 8 will have a much better camera than the last two iPhones.

As to the credibility of the report, Business Insider is a very legitimate news outlet, and clearly took pains to verify their source’s information with several other sources, including someone from Cisco, which has offices very close to Apple’s offices in Herzliya. The Cisco employee that spoke to Business Insider said “I have three friends that work there. They work on the hardware side. Verifications. Something like that.”

Source: http://uk.businessinsider.com/apple-developing-iphone-8-in-israel-2016-9
by Maura at Sep 28, 2016
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Following on from Monday's news from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that he expects iPhone 7 shipments to be lower than those of the iPhone 6s, year-on-year, there’s much more encouraging news for Apple today, with MacRumors reporting that Apple has dramatically increased its part and component orders for the iPhone 7 for Q4. In fact, Apple is said by sources in Taiwan’s touch panel makers General Interface Solution (GIS), which is part of Foxconn, to have increased its component orders by between 20% and 30% more than expected.

The GIS source told DigiTimes that it expects its own revenues to grow markedly in Q4 2016 as a result of the increased orders.

Once again, there is mention of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 recall as being one of the reasons for the surprisingly (for some) high demand for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. In a recent poll from Survey Monkey, 26% of Galaxy Note 7 owners said that they would spend their refunds on the iPhone 7, and 35% said that they would keep the refund and did not say what the next phone they might buy would be. In contrast, only 21% said they would buy a different Samsung phone with the refund, and only 18% said that they would get a replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

Source: Apple Increases iPhone 7 Component Orders for Q4 2016
by Maura at Sep 27, 2016
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The Tech Portal reports that the new companion app for the recently released FIFA 17 is now available on iOS. If you have FIFA 17 on PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or PlayStation 4, you can use the app to keep tabs on your FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT). You’ll need to have an EA Account in order to use the app, however. One of the main features of the new app is the introduction of a Squad Building mode that lets you trade your players in a bid to build unique squads and compete in customise challenges, all on the go. This new feature is already getting lots of glowing five-star reviews in the App Store from FIFA players.

The free-to-play app also lets you check up on the machinations of the transfer market on the go. Using the Market Transfer feature, you can list for sale anything and everything from your club, as well as bid on new players.

Click here to download the app for free: EA SPORTS™ FIFA 17 Companion on the App Store

Sources: FIFA 17 companion app rolls out on Android, iOS and Windows phones, allows for squad building on the go

FIFA 17 companion app rolls out for iOS, Android and Windows Phone
by Maura at Sep 27, 2016
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9to5 Mac reports that Google has designed a new YouTube app, YouTube Go, specifically to help users avoid running up huge data bills on the go. Unfortunately this very handy app won’t be available anywhere other than India just yet, but Google says that the app will be rolled out in other countries in the future, including the US and Europe.

YouTube Go is designed to help you preserve your precious data allowance in four different ways:

a) You can use the offline mode to download content via Wi-Fi and then watch it later.

b) You can use preview mode to view an animated preview GIF of a video to decide whether or not you want to watch the whole thing.

c) You will be able to tell at a glance just how much data each available resolution will use.

d) You can send a video that you want to share with a friend directly to them via Bluetooth, to save their data allowance.​
You can sign up here if you want to be informed about future developments for YouTube Go: Signup - YouTube Go

Source: Upcoming YouTube Go app minimizes data usage with previews, quality controls, phone-to-phone transfer
by Maura at Sep 27, 2016
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Picked by Apple as one of its “New Games We Love,” PikPok’s Shadow Wars is now available worldwide in the App Store.

In the game the player gets to be a Shadow Master, one of the chosen few who can capture and control monsters based on myths and legends that are hidden in the modern world. Collect and battle monsters against fierce enemies, assembling a squad with diverse unique abilities.

In live events that are based on current news stories, players get to team up with friends and form alliances to defeat their rivals in the real world.

Here are some of the game’s key features:
Click here to download for free: Shadow Wars: Summon, Battle, Dominate on the App Store

Source: PikPok
by Maura at Sep 26, 2016
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Monday is not usually a big day for iOS game releases, but TouchArcade reports that Frost bucks the trend by arriving in the App Store today, and what a treat it is! The creation of game designer Jérôme Bodin, Frost is a survival solo card game inspired by deck-building board games such as Dominion and Ascension, to name just two, where you are in charge of a group of people who are struggling to survive the ordeal of being trapped in a deadly storm in the Arctic.

Frost has already been extremely well received on Steam, and looks just as good on iOS. As TouchArcade reports, what truly sets the game aside from the competition is Bodin’s gorgeous hand-drawn art style. It also boasts challenging and in-depth gameplay, but has also been designed in such a way that it shouldn’t be too hard to get to grips with if you’re a newcomer to deck-building card games.

On his blog, Bodin explains that you start each game with a finite set of resources, which is your starting deck, which comprises a combination of the four basic game resources: Food, Materials, Survivors, and Fatigue. Your main goal is to reach the Refuge by travelling across the frozen wasteland, gathering the resources that you need to travel from one area to the next. Along the way you’ll face challenges from other people, as well as wolf packs, and much more besides. Ideal Cards can be acquired to help you in your quest, with powerful effects and tools.

Bodin says that he would like to create more modes in future that explore other areas of Frost and focus on other tribes or societies.

Click here to download for $3.99: Frost - Survival card game on the App Store

Sources: 'Frost' Is a Cool Survival Card Game, With Some Beautiful Hand Drawn Visuals

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by Maura at Sep 26, 2016
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Well-sourced KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a new note to investors today, according to 9to5 Mac, in which he says that while iPhone 7 Plus shipment volume has exceed expectations, as has been widely reported, iPhone 7 shipment volume will in the end still be lower than that of the iPhone 6s, year on year.

As far as reasons for the unexpectedly high shipments of the iPhone 7 Plus are concerned, Kuo says that the Galaxy Note 7 recall by Samsung has been a factor, as has the popularity of the dual-camera feature.

Kuo also states that the initial shortages of both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were not only due to customer demand, but also due to the fact that the most popular colour choice, the Jet Black model, is much more difficult to make than other models, with a yield rate of 60% to 70%. Kuo points out that the iPhone 7 launched in more than double the number of countries this year, thus causing stock shortages.

And despite the iPhone 7 Plus performing beyond expectations, Kuo still expects there to be a year-over-year decline in iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus shipments, and he says that numbers will in fact be lower than that of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus last year.

Source: KGI: Stronger iPhone 7 Plus numbers & Jet Black not enough to combat slowing shipments
by Maura at Sep 26, 2016
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BGR has an extraordinary tale of an online prank that has gone very wrong indeed for some gullible iPhone 7 owners. It seems that YouTube channel TechRax posted a parody video entitled “Secret Hack To Get Headphone Jack on the iPhone 7” that makes fun of the whole iPhone 7 headphone jack removal furore.

Basically, the video suggests that you use a drill to make a headphone jack in your shiny new iPhone. You can’t really blame TechRax for having a bit of a laugh; they probably didn’t expect anyone to actually take their video seriously, but it appears that some hapless users may well have done so, with some people leaving comments underneath the video stating that they have actually followed the advice in the video and drilled a hole in their iPhone 7! Of course there’s no way of knowing if the comments are genuine, but doubtless there’s always someone gullible enough to actually try. The prank has certainly paid off in one respect, with more than 10 million views for the video.

Source: Please don’t drill a headphone jack into your iPhone 7
by Maura at Sep 23, 2016
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Dan FitzGerald and Lisa Bromiel’s Dog Sled Saga is a really unusual and very charming game that is based around running a dogsledding team. It began as a Kickstarter project that was quickly funded back in 2013, was very well received on Steam Early Access, and has now arrived on iOS.

You take on the role of a rookie musher, running a dogsledding team and growing the dogs’ skills by looking after them and training them. Each dog on your team has unique traits that you must develop to progress on the trails of Mount St. Something. It’s up to you to budget monthly expenses for the league, hire and fire dogs, use your mushing fame to earn sponsorship, hire employees, and even breed puppies.

The dogsledding action is pick-up-and-play; if your dogs start to feel hungry, they’ll slow down, so you have to throw food (which is limited in supply) to them to make them speed up again. You’ll also have to avoid hazards on the track.
I really love the old-school look and feel of this game!
Click here to download for $3.99: Dog Sled Saga on the App Store
Source: Dan FitzGerald
by Maura at Sep 23, 2016
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2K’s NBA 2K17 has bounced into the App Store for iOS, and it has a lot to live up to after the record-breaking launch of last year’s NBA 2K16. 2K says that this year it has continued to up the ante, blurring lines between video game and reality.

Here are some of the game’s key features:
Click here to download for $7.99: NBA 2K17 on the App Store

Source: 2K


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