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Madfinger Games has unveiled the first Shadowgun Legends gameplay footage from the demo that garnered so much praise at Gamescom 2016, where it made its public debut. Judging by how incredible this footage looks, no wonder the game has already won two Best Mobile Game awards before it’s even out, and no wonder Madfinger is touting the game as bringing AAA gaming to mobile.
Shadowgun Legends is set in a post-apocalyptic universe where players take on the role of Shadowguns in a bid to save mankind from extinction. The shooter is set in persistent online universe that boasts the progression and depth of an AAA console title. Certainly as far as this initial footage is concerned, that would appear to be no idle boast.
Source: Madfinger Games
According to reports from Nikkei, via AppleInsider, the iPhone 7 could be in short supply at launch as a result of issues with the production of the dual-lens camera for the iPhone 7 Plus, as well as other issues with the new waterproof speaker.
Elsewhere, Yuanta Investment Consulting analyst Jeff Pu has said that component yield issues have led him to cut his iPhone production forecast to 114 million units from 120 million units for the July-to-December quarter.
Pu said that production of the new waterproof speaker has been hampered by defects. The installation of the new waterproof speaker is said to be the main impetus behind the introduction of the new haptic feedback Home Button, as well the removal of the 3.5-mm headphone jack.
Pu goes on to say that he doesn’t think that Apple will be able to manufacture as many iPhone units in the second half of 2016 as it did iPhone 6s units during the same timeframe in 2015. Pu forecasts 74 million iPhone 7 units manufactured in the second half of 2016, as opposed to 84 million iPhone 6s units built in 2015.
Source: 'iPhone 7' production affected by low yields on waterproof speaker, dual camera - report
9to5 Mac reports that according to a source familiar with Apple’s plans who was quoted in a Bloomberg article about a Japanese-specific iPhone model, the 2017 iPhone will not have a home button. This is something that was already the subject of an earlier article by the Wall Street Journal, and this latest report reiterates those rumours, saying that the 2017 iPhone will have a major redesign that includes removing the Home button in order to focus more on the display. The earlier Wall Street Journal report had said that the 2017 iPhone would have a single piece of glass covering its front.
Other reports this month have said that Apple is developing an all-glass casing for the 2017 iPhone, and it’s looking more and more likely that these are accurate reports.
And if recent rumours are anything to go by, it seems that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus could actually be the last iPhones to have a physical home button, as the iPhone 7 is expected to have a Force-Touch home button rather than a mechanical Home Button, much like the latest version of the 12-inch MacBook, which, by all accounts, works extremely well.
iPhone concept image: Miroslav Majdak
Source: Apple again said to remove Home button with iPhone coming in 2017
BGR reports today on some interesting research from Blancco Technology Group (BTG) regarding device performance. BTG collected performance data from millions of mobile phones in 2016 Q2 using its mobile diagnostic tools. BTG then used the data to find out how often, and why, smartphones fail, and which are the third-party apps that crash more often on Android and iOS phones.
BTG’s figures show that for the period surveyed, 58% of iOS devices failed, compared with 35% of Android devices. When broken down into individual models, for the iOS devices the iPhone 6 had the highest failure rate at 29%, and the iPhone 5s had the lowest failure rate at 8%. As far as individual Android manufacturers were concerned, Samsung had the highest failure rate with 26%, and Asus had the lowest with 7%.
BTG says that the term “failure” includes a variety of first-party and third-party issues, including Wi-Fi connectivity problems, malfunctioning headsets, and phone reboots.
BTG’s figures revealed that 50% of the iPhones in its study crashed, compared with just 23% of Android devices.
As for which apps crashed the most, on iOS it was Snapchat (17%), Instagram (14%), Facebook (9%), Facebook Messenger (5%) and Google (3%). The apps that crashed the most on Android phones were Google Play Services (12%), Google Contacts Sync (5%), Address Book (5%), Photos (5%), and Samsung’s TouchWiz Home launcher (5%).
Source: New study finds iPhones fail far more often than Android phones
Thursday, Apple released iOS 9.3.5 for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad respectively, patching some important security exploits. The new update come only 3 weeks after the release of iOS 9.3.4, which patched up the new Pangu Jailbreak.
iOS 9.3.5 is a major security update having to do with Israeli-based digital arms deal NSO Group. The group was usuing two kernal bugs to exploit the software, allowing for the tracking of emails, calls, location, and passwords.
Via New York Times:
"In interviews and manuals, the NSO Group’s executives have long boasted that their spyware worked like a “ghost,” tracking the moves and keystrokes of its targets, without leaving a trace. But until this month, it was not clear how exactly the group was monitoring its targets, or who exactly it was monitoring.
A clearer picture began to emerge on Aug. 10, when Ahmed Mansoor, a prominent human rights activist in the United Arab Emirates, who has been tracked by surveillance software several times, began receiving suspicious text messages. The messages purported to contain information about the torture of U.A.E. citizens."
This seems like a very important update for those worried about security. We must warn you that if you are Jailbroken or plan on Jailbreaking, the update should be avoided, as there is now Jailbreak for this firmware.
On Monday, we reported that Apple's annual Apple Music Festival will return to London this year. Today, our favorite fruit company released a list of headliners, which will be performing at the event, running from September 18-30.
Here is a list of the confirmed artists performing so far:
- Alicia Keys
- Britney Spears
- Calvin Harris
- Chance the Rapper
- Elton John
- Michael Bublé
- Robbie Williams
- The 1975
According to Bloomberg Technology, Apple is currently working on its own version of a video sharing and editing app.
Bloomberg’s source says that Apple is once again intending to focus on how to integrate social network apps with iPhone and iPad in a bid to emulate the success of such companies as Facebook and Snapchat.
Apple has not previously had a lot of success in this area, with 2010’s Ping failing to take off, but it wants to give it another try in order to keep relevant with younger people, according to Bloomberg.
The new video-sharing app that Apple is working on will be along similar lines to Snapchat, with users able to record and post video footage, complete with filters and drawings. This content could then be sent to the user’s contacts, or shared via other social networks such as Twitter.
The software that Apple is currently working on to this end is designed to be used mainly with one hand; the videos can be filmed, edited, and uploaded in under 1 minute. Bloomberg’s sources say that at least one of the prototypes can film video footage in a square shape, just like with Instagram.
With this new software Apple is hoping to appeal to the Snapchat and Instagram generation. The software will be packaged as a standalone app that might be downloadable via the App Store, or, alternatively, could be included in the iPhone camera app.
The sources also said that the video-sharing app, which is currently only in the early stages of development, is being developed in the same Apple department where Final Cut Pro and iMovie were developed. It’s expected that the app will be launched in 2017, but Apple could just as easily shutter the entire project if it doesn’t make the grade.
Source: Apple Weighs iPhone Video Editing App in Renewed Push on Social
Deutsche Telekom is attempting to acquire more customer through a rumored Apple Music office. The German telecommunications company is reportedly planning to give new customers six months of Apple Music for free.
First reported by iPhone-ticker.de, Deutsche Telekom will supposedly announce the deal at IFA in Berlin, running September 2-7.
Contrary to Apple charging a person's iTunes account after its initial 3 month free trial, Deutsche Telekom would pay for the remaining 3 months by itself. After the 6 month free trial, Apple Music subscribers would then get charged €9.99 per month on their phone bill, instead of the credit card on file in iTunes.
It doesn't look like this deal was made, nor planned with Apple's approval. If all goes well, customers of U.S. carriers could see some similar deals in the near future.
Google has been bulking up its YouTube algorithm for years to find recommended videos for people to watch. While usually something of interest will be suggested to you, based on other videos you've viewed, there's nothing like human interaction to help an algorithm find its path.
On Wednesday, Google issued an update to its iOS YouTube application, adding a "Not Interested" option under its Up Next section. Update version 11.32 allows users to filter unwanted recommendations by tapping the option, training the algorithm to provide better suggestions.
The new update also lists numerous bug fixes and improvements behind the scenes, fixing a bug in the Subscriptions feed, which greyed out thumbnails. To add to that YouTube 11.32 no longer paused videos with clicking on external links in video descriptions.
YouTube for iOS can be downloaded in the iTunes App Store for free.
Massively popular Steam tower defence game Dungeon Warfare has finally arrived in the App Store today, after being delayed from its original August 17 release date, writes Pocket Gamer.
In the game, which currently has a 98% positive rating on Steam, the player is a dungeon lord who has to defend his dungeon against adventurers. The more enemies you defeat, the more traps and utilities you’ll be able to buy.
There are 26 different traps in all, with three upgradeable tiers each. These include pain-inflicting traps such as Dart Trap, Spike Trap, Bolt Trap and Inferno Trap. Also, physical traps that throw warriors into the dark abyss, such as Spring Trap, Harpoon Trap, and Push Trap.
You can even use the environment against your enemies by rolling a massive boulder at them and crushing them, corralling them towards a minecart track, or sending them into an ancient lava pool.
There are 40 different types of enemy bases, 12 difficulty mode runes, and 30 achievements to unlock.
The game has several modes, including the ever-popular endless mode, which can be unlocked after you’ve obtained the Infinity rune.
Click here to download for £2.99/$3.99: Dungeon Warfare on the App Store
Source: Apple App Store, Awesome tower defender Dungeon Warfare is out now on iOS, Android coming soon
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