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by Maura at Jul 30, 2016
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Fantastic news for fans of the Professor Layton series this week, with Level-5 announcing at Vision 2016 that the series is to continue with the professor’s daughter, Katrielle “Kat” Layton, in a brand new adventure on mobile and Nintendo DS, due for a spring 2017 release date in Japan with the worldwide release to follow later in 2017.

Announcing the news, Level-5 noted that the Professor Layton series of puzzle adventure games has sold more than 15.5 million units worldwide, and that the massively popular series now has a new star, with Kat replacing her father, Hershel Layton, as the main character. Level-5 also promises lots of new characters for fans to meet.

As far as gameplay is concerned, Level-5 says that the story will concentrate less on dynamic problem-solving and more on solving multiple mystery cases that arise in the everyday lives of Londoners. The developer hopes that this will make the gameplay more fast-paced and add more comedy to the mix. However, Level-5 reassures fans that it won’t be too much of a departure from the Layton gaming that they know and love, and will be full of humour and adventure.

The announcement of the new game is tinged with sadness, as Akira Tago, the remarkable man who created all the brain-teasing puzzles in the entire Professor Layton series, passed away at the age of 90 earlier this year. A new generation of puzzle creators will therefore take over from the master for this new game, so it is indeed fitting that it also now has a new generation of heroine.

Sources: Level-5

Lady Layton announced for Nintendo 3DS
by Maura at Jul 30, 2016
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The Telegraph reports that popular typing app SwiftKey has had to suspend part of its service after it was found to have been sending predictive text to users comprising email addresses and phone numbers from strangers.

One user found the bug when she installed SwiftKey on a new device and the app suggested that she used a stranger’s email address. Another user got predictions in a language that was not their usual language.

Following on from the discovery of the bug, SwiftKey moved, er, swiftly, to temporarily disable the way in which the app syncs on new devices.

SwiftKey also reassured customers that the app would be “okay to use” apart from this one suspended feature, and that their personal data would not be lost.

Source: SwiftKey app leaked users' email addresses and phone numbers to strangers
by Maura at Jul 30, 2016
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A new video has emerged on YouTube that is claimed to show Lightning-enabled EarPods in action for the first time. 9to5 Mac notes that the Lightning-enabled EarPods in the video are being used with an iPhone 6s, and are shown complete with an in-line remote, which is also demonstrated in the video.

While not yet confirmed by Apple, and not likely to be confirmed by the company until the next iPhone is unveiled in early September, it’s pretty much a certainty, based on many different leaks, that the next iPhone will not have a 3.5 mm headphone jack. The only question yet to be answered is what sort of headphones will be included. Will they be Lightning-enabled EarPods as shown in the video? Or will they be wireless? Or will they be regular 3.5 mm EarPods, but with a 3.5 mm dongle included, as has also been rumoured recently? I’m inclined to think that it will be the Lightning-enabled EarPods, as Apple will most likely want to sell any dongle separately, and wireless headphones could prove to be too expensive to be given away with the phone.

Source: New video showcases purported iPhone 7-bound Lightning EarPods
by Maura at Jul 29, 2016
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9to5 Mac reports that Apple has updated its iMovie for iOS app with several improvements. First of all, you can now start projects much quicker by selecting multiple images and videos, so kicking off your project creation is much easier.

Also, Facebook and Vimeo sharing support has now been added via the iOS share sheet.

As far as iPad is concerned, iMovie on iPad now supports Shared iPad, the feature that enables you to share one device with several people at once, which was a new feature introduced with iOS 9.3. So, for example, a group of students or people collaborating on an educational or business project could all work on just one iPad shared among them, but with each person’s separate projects and data available on the shared iPad.

And last but not least, iMove 2.2.3 includes the obligatory general performance tweaks and bug fixes.

Source: iMovie for iOS updated with improvements to project creation, Shared iPad support, more
by Maura at Jul 29, 2016
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According to Bloomberg, Apple is to launch a redesigned version of the Apple Store mobile app that will supply recommendations to customers based on their previous buying history, similar to Amazon and Google.

Bloomberg’s anonymous sources said that the app is set to be updated within the next two weeks, and will include a “For You” tab that suggests products that you might like to buy based on items that you have previously purchased.

Currently there are two separate Apple Store apps for iPhone and iPad, but the new app is designed to work across both platforms with the same features and interface.

With the importance that Apple places on privacy issues, this marks quite the departure for it to be using customer data to target recommendations to users. It’s certainly true that Apple’s music-streaming and news apps already recommend music and stories based on a user’s preferences, but they only use information that the user chooses to provide to Apple, rather than data based on the user’s buying habits.

Source: Apple Is Said to Redesign Online Store App With Recommendations
by Maura at Jul 29, 2016
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Blizzard Entertainment has announced a brand new Hearthstone Adventure, One Night in Karazhan, which takes players inside Medivh’s tower, Karazhan. Medivh is is Azeroth’s most powerful mage, and also a major party-thrower and entertainer who loves to put on lavish extravaganzas for his guests, complete with tons of food, opera performances, and much more.
However, this particular party doesn’t quite go as planned for Medivh, as he goes missing in the middle of it, and the arcane objects from his collection escape and go on the rampage through the castle. It’s your job, along with the help of Medivh’s trusty butler, Moroes, to try and keep a lid on all the party mayhem, and also to find Medivh.

Along the way you’ll also encounter many iconic characters, the enchanted chess board, and 45 new cards for your collection.

The game will be released on August 12 on iOS, as well as Windows and Mac, and Android. The four wings of One Night in Karazhan will open on a weekly basis, one per week. One Night in Karazhan will be available in the in-game shop in full for £14.99, or you can get one wing at a time for 700 gold or £4.99 each, or in discounted bundles based on the number of individual wings that you’ve already purchased.

When One Night in Karazhan is released, all Hearthstone players will be able to play a free prologue mission and earn two of the Adventure’s new cards. And all those who purchase the full Adventure in the first week of release will get a special Karazhan-themed card back.

Visit the official website to learn more: One Night in...
by Maura at Jul 28, 2016
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The adorable Moomins have been a part of people’s childhoods from back in 1945, when they were created by Swedish-speaking Finnish illustrator and writer Tove Jansson. Since then they have featured in many books, comic strips and, eventually, television shows, films, and even a Moomin World theme park in Finland.

One thing missing from that list has been a Moomins video game, but Pocket Gamer reports that omission is about to be rectified with the release of iOS and Android game Moomin Quest: The Lost Winter from Odd Comet Games, which is due for release sometime between September and October this year.

The free-to-play game features Moomin and his friends, who set out on an adventure to find the Lady of the Cold to discover why winter has disappeared. Not much is known about gameplay as yet, but it seems to involve tapping fast-moving tiles if the trailer is anything to go by! The character art and settings all look lovely, so this should be a real treat for fans of the Moomins.

Source: Moomin Quest: The Lost Winter is coming to iOS and Android sometime in the next few months
by Maura at Jul 28, 2016
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Bandai Namco has announced that the first ever mobile game in the Ultimate Ninja Series, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Blazing, will be coming to iOS and other mobile platforms sometime this summer. You can pre-register for the game from today here: 「NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Blazing」 Pre-registration campaign|BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.

As a bonus, if 25,000 users pre-register for the game during the pre-registration period, then all players will receive five Ninja Pearls as a gift when they download the game on its release this summer. Further goals can then be unlocked, with all users having the chance of more bonus gifts once the number of pre-registered users is reached.

The game sees players participating in epic turn-based battles to complete missions, and getting the chance to choose from a huge case of fan-favourite characters from the Naruto universe, each with their own unique attacks and skills.

In the game’s story mode, players can use powerful combos, close-ranged attacks, and amazing feats of Ninjutsu during battle. The story mode is faithful to the original anime series, and can be played in either multiplayer or single-player modes.

A Phantom Castle leaderboard event will take place every month, where skilled ninjas can take on the best players around.

Source: Bandai Namco
by Maura at Jul 28, 2016
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Following on from recent rumours that Apple would be including a 3.5 mm to Lightning adapter with the next iPhone, MacRumors has posted some new images and a video that support this rumour.

According to website, the adaptor seen in the images came from a Foxconn factory in Vietnam. The author of the story believes that the adaptor seen in the images and videos is a genuine Apple accessory.

It has to be said, the adapter shown in the pictures actually looks pretty neat, and very similar to current adapter’s sold by Apple, such as the USB-C to USB and Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapters.

The adapter shown in the pictures here looks simply like an extension of the 3.5 mm jack, and if included for free with the new iPhone, might make people feel a little better about losing the 3.4 mm jack, which is clearly what Apple is hoping.

Source: Possible iPhone 7 Lightning to 3.5 mm Adapter Surfaces in New Photos
by Maura at Jul 28, 2016
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AppleInsider reports that industry expert Evan Blass has tweeted that pre-orders for the iPhone 7 will begin on Friday, September 9, writing “Confirmed: Pre-orders start on the 9th. You can extrapolate the launch event from there.” Blass had already tweeted last week that the iPhone 7 would be going on sale on Friday, September 19.

If true, this would certainly fit in with Apple’s preferred timeline for release of its devices, with the company announcing the iPhone 6s on September 9, 2015, accepting first pre-orders 3 days after that, on September 12, and shipping the first phones 1 week after that. The early pre-orders were then delivered on September 25, or, in the case of some lucky individuals, a few days earlier than that.

With this timeline in mind, it’s likely that Apple will be holding the iPhone 7 (and possibly other devices, such as Apple Watch) announcement event either on Tuesday September 6 or Wednesday September 7 2016. Expect invitations to be going out to the press fairly soon.

Source: 'iPhone 7' preorders rumored to kick off on Sept. 9

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