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by Maura at Sep 29, 2016
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When it was launched back in 2014, The Banner Saga won much critical acclaim and many awards, including Pocket Gamer’s Best RPG of the Year award, and was also named an Editor’s Choice title and one of the Top 50 Rated Paid Apps by Apple. Now The Banner Saga 2 has arrived in the App Store, and everyone’s getting pretty excited to have another chance to enter the beautiful world of Banner Saga.

The epic story-driven strategy role-playing game sees you leading Viking clans across hostile country that is on the verge of ruin. It’s up to you to make bold decisions as a leader, manage your resources, and excel in battle if you are to have any hope of survival.

Here are some of the game’s key features:

by Maura at Sep 29, 2016
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BGR has unearthed a new and very useful iPhone 7 Plus feature hidden in the iOS 10.1 beta. Although the beta has been available to developers for over a week, BGR’s Zach Epstein says that he’s surprised that no one else is talking about this particular feature.

When the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were first released, the various speed tests showed that despite having an extra gigabyte of RAM, the iPhone 7 Plus didn’t appear to have a performance advantage over the iPhone 7.

However, that all looks set to change with iOS 10.1, according to Epstein, who notes that in iOS builds prior to iOS 10.1 beta 1, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus frequently flush minimised apps, meaning that when you switch back to the app, it has to be refreshed again because its state hasn’t been saved.

However, Epstein has found that for iPhone 7 Plus units running iOS 10.1 beta 1, this does not happen. Basically, what Epstein and other iPhone 7 Plus users have noticed is that many more apps now have their states saved, leading to faster performance as you don’t have to wait for an app to refresh when you switch to it.

There’s no guarantee that this feature will make it past the beta stages, of course, but fingers crossed.

Source: No one is talking about the game-changing new iPhone 7 Plus feature coming in iOS 10.1
by Maura at Sep 29, 2016
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9to5 Mac reports on another story of a business that is using the Apple Watch as part of its customer service initiative, namely the 30-year-old Union Square Café, which is due to reopen next month.

According to a story in Eater, Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer, who owns the Union Square Café, wants every floor manager and sommelier to wear an Apple Watch. Then, when a VIP enters the restaurant, or someone asks for a bottle of wine or a menu item runs out of stock, for example, every manager will be alerted to this via their Apple Watch.

iPads will also be a part of the system, which has been devised in conjunction with Meyer and reservation system startup Resy.

Other uses for the Apple Watch as part of the new system include pinging the coat-room attendant to get a guest’s coat when they are ready to leave, hopefully making for a much more streamlined dining experience all round, and making things a lot easier for the management team as well.

Source: New York’s Union Square Cafe will use Apple Watches to enhance customer service
by Maura at Sep 29, 2016
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The London Evening Standard newspaper, via MacRumors, has reported that Apple is to build a massive campus in London’s iconic Battersea Power Station, moving 1,000 employees into the new offices from eight other locations in London.

Apple is set to lease 500,000 square feet for the site, which would make it one of Apple’s biggest offices aside from its US campuses. However, Apple’s official European headquarters will still be in Cork, Ireland, where 4,000 people are employed by the company. Apple’s offices are expected to open in 2021.

Apple officially confirmed the news in a statement to the Standard, saying that it was looking forward to the 2021 opening in “this magnificent new development at one of the city’s best-known landmarks…This is a great opportunity to have our entire team working and collaborating in one location while supporting the renovation of a neighbourhood rich with history.”

Apple will take up the top six floors inside the boiler house, complete with huge central atrium, in what sounds like a magnificent development.

Source: Apple Planning New UK Headquarters in London's Historic Battersea Power Station
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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