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by Maura at Dec 14, 2017
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Life is Strange out now.JPG

The multi-award-winning, narrative-driven adventure game Life is Strange has arrived in the App Store for iOS today. The deservedly critically acclaimed console game was created by DONTNOD Entertainment and published by Square Enix. The enhanced-for-iOS version has been developed by Black Wing Foundation using Unreal Engine 4, complete with full touch screen integration. The game’s devoted fans will also get to use exclusive Life is Strange iMessage stickers, and there’s even a new in-game photo-mode so you can be like the game’s main heroine, Max Caulfield, a photography senior.

The storyline centres around Max discovering that she has the ability to rewind time when she saves the life of her best friend, Chloe Price. Max and Chloe team up to try and solve the...
by Maura at Dec 13, 2017
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Rumour says Tidal short on money and could close soon.JPG

9to5 Mac reports today that Tidal, the lossless streaming music service that was launched with great fanfare by a collection of music superstars such as Jay-Z and Rihanna, is losing money and likely to fold next year.

According to the original source of the rumour, Norway’s Dagens Naeringsliv, Tidal lost approximately $44 million last year, and only has enough money to last another 6 months, despite the fact that Sprint has invested $200 million in the company.

However, those million-plus listeners who enjoy the Tidal service will be happy to hear that according to the company itself, reports of its imminent demise are greatly exaggerated. In fact, Tidal says that while it will reach a point of zero capital in 2018, the investment from Sprint, as well as other...
by Maura at Dec 13, 2017
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Apple releases iOS 11.2.1.JPG

MacRumors reports that Apple has today released iOS 11.2.1, which is the eighth iOS 11 update to be released so far.

As you might expect, the update fixes various bugs and problems that have arisen since iOS 11.2 was released a couple of weeks back.

Possibly the single biggest issue addressed by the update was the re-enabling of remote access for shared Home app users, which was disabled by Apple when it issued a server-side fix for a HomeKit security flaw.

The original HomeKit security flaw that needed fixing gave unauthorised access to HomeKit accessories such as smart locks, and the only way that Apple could fix it was by temporarily disabling remote access for shared users, which it promised would then be re-enabled by a subsequent update, hence today’s...
by Maura at Dec 12, 2017
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Twitter launches new threads feature.JPG

Recode reports that Twitter has today launched a new feature that it has been trialling for several months, threading, a.k.a. “tweetstorms,” or the ability to send a string of connected tweets that Twitter will automatically turn into a thread and publish together. The tweetstorm” will also get a “show this thread” icon so that people know that the tweet is longer than usual.

According to Recode, tweetstorms have been around for a long time on Twitter, with venture capitalist Marc Andreessen credited as being one of the first famous people to use them. However, they took some effort to post previously, as you had to publish each tweet individually. Here’s what the Twitter blog had to say about how to use the new threads/tweetstorm feature:

“We’ve made it easy to...
by Maura at Dec 12, 2017
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Apple announces iMac Pro release date for this week.JPG

Following lots of recent speculation after it was first announced back in June, Apple today announced that it will be releasing its brand new workstation-class iMac Pro on Thursday, December 14, writes MacRumors. Apparently there will be 8- and 10-core versions available to order this week, but according to YouTuber Marques Brownlee, the high-end 14- and 18-core models will not ship until early 2018, along with a 14-core model that has yet to be announced.

Brownlee was able to get some hands-on time with the new 10-core computer, which he featured in his latest YouTube video, entitled “iMac Pro: 1 Week Impressions!”

Early benchmark data shows that the 10-core iMac Pro clocked at 3.0GHz has a multi-core score of a little more than 37,400 on Geekbench, which is a...
by Maura at Dec 11, 2017
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Verizon signs new NFL streaming deal.JPG

According to a new report from Recode, Verizon has just signed a deal with the NFL worth more than $1.5 billion over 5 years to stream live games.

Verizon’s previous deal to stream NFL games was worth $1 billion over 4 years, so this deal is actually costing the company more per season. Recode says that one of the reasons why Verizon is happy to pay more for the streaming rights is because it wants to use them to bolster AOL and Yahoo, which it has invested heavily in.

One interesting development of the new deal is that unlike the previous deal, the streams will not be exclusive to Verizon subscribers, and will now be available on various Verizon properties such as Yahoo, AOL, Go90, and Complex to be streamed on any phone or tablet in the US. As you might expect,...
by Maura at Dec 11, 2017
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Apple aquires Shazam iOS.JPG

Just as predicted this weekend, Apple has today announced that it has acquired music recognition platform Shazam.
by Maura at Dec 9, 2017
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Jony Ive returns to design management role.JPG

9to5 Mac reports that Apple’s renowned chief design officer, Jony Ive, is to return to the helm of Apple’s design group after 2 years away from the post during which he oversaw the development of the Apple Park campus project.

Here’s what Apple spokeswoman Amy Bessette told Bloomberg about Ive returning to his previous management role:

“With the completion of Apple Park, Apple’s design leaders and teams are again reporting directly to Jony Ive, who remains focused purely on design.”

When Ive was fully involved in the Apple Park project over the past two years, Apple’s hardware and software design teams were under the command of Alan Dye and Richard Howarth, who both reported directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Ive has been at the head of Apple’s design team since...
by Maura at Dec 9, 2017
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iPhone X component demand said to be weakening.JPG

BGR writes that despite all evidence pointing to the fact that the iPhone X is still selling extremely well, supply chain sources have told DigiTimes that component orders for the iPhone X slowed somewhat in November and are set to drop further in December. However, the iPhone X is still expected to sell very strongly in the first and second quarters of 2017. One possible explanation for this situation could be that Apple’s manufacturing partners have done such a good job of increasing iPhone X production that Apple has plenty of stock available for the holiday period and therefore is able to slow down its component orders for now.

The sources in Apple’s upstream component supply chain went on to say that because demand for certain iPhone X components had slowed...
by Maura at Dec 9, 2017
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Apple said to be acquiring Shazam.JPG

Tech Crunch reports that it has heard from sources that Apple is looking to acquire popular music-discovery app Shazam.

According to Tech Crunch sources, the deal will be signed this week, and will be announced on Monday. One source says that the deal is around the nine-figure mark, another source says that it is approximately $401 million. Tech Crunch says that all the figures that it has heard from its various sources are less than the $1.02 billion post-money valuation that Shazam last had in 2015.

Back in September 2016 Shazam announced that it had passed the milestone of 1 billion downloads. Aside from its core service, it has several other features, such as being able to follow celebrities to see which tracks they are Shazamming. It is also fully integrated...
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