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Infinite Tanks is out now for iOS, offering the ultimate in automotive assault. The game gets its name from its powerful personalisation system, which uses virtual cards to represent each vehicle’s component parts. The choice available for each vehicle’s engine, body, track, turrets, and guns produces over 100 million unique vehicles, excluding aesthetic personalization options such as paint and accessories.
Players can mix, match, and swap cards with their friends to create their own version of the perfect vehicle to suit their own particular play style, from nippy speedsters to great big lumbering hunks of pure defensive power, to all-out attack vehicles with massive booming guns. Once you’ve created your perfect beast, then its onward to the multiplayer mayhem.
Here are some of the game’s key features:
9to5 Mac reports that black hat security firm Zerodium has increased its maximum bounty for finding zero-day iOS 10 exploits to $1.5 million, having previously offered $1 million for iOS 9 exploits.
Zero-day exploits are those that have not yet been discovered by the developer, and therefore give companies zero days to prepare. Zerodium’s founder, Chaouki Bekrar, told Arstechnica that the company was offering more money for iOS 10 exploits as a result of the increased security in iOS 10.
Bekrar said that Zerodium was prepared to offer much more money for the discovery of zero-day iOS exploits than Android exploits because “iOS 10 chain exploits are either 7.5 x harder than Android or the demand for iOS exploits is 7.5 x higher. The reality is a mix of both.”
Explaining what makes an exploit worth of big-bucks payouts from Zerodium, Bekrar said, “To qualify for a Zerodium bounty, the chain must generally work almost flawlessly to surreptitiously give an attacker complete control over the targeted device. In the parlance of hackers, that’s called a weaponized exploit. It’s not enough that a researcher provides only a rough outline of the vulnerabilities with a less-than-perfect proof-of-concept exploit. The bounties paid by Apple and Google, by contrast, are much less demanding, and as a result, they generally require less work.”
Source: Black hat security company increases bounty to $1.5M as iOS 10 ‘much harder to exploit’
Bloomberg Markets reports that Apple is currently in talks with Sharp to manufacture organic LED (OLED) displays for next year’s iPhones. Bloomberg’s source says that Apple is talking to Sharp because it wants to add to its current pool of suppliers for OLED screens. The source added that any such agreement between Sharp and Apple would depend on Sharp’s output capacity.
This news comes hot on the heels of Sharp announcing that it is to invest 57.4 billion yen ($566 million) to develop OLED production facilities in Mie and Osaka, but this would not have any effect on next year’s iPhones as output from these new facilities is not expected to start until June 2018. However, the promise of a big ongoing order from Apple has certainly played some part in Sharp's plans.
According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the jet black iPhone 7 model was responsible for around 35% of all sales for the iPhone 7, despite being only available for the 128GB and 256GB versions.
This has led Kuo to consider that with Apple’s first attempt at offering different design features based on capacity being such a success, it could lead Apple to do something similar with the 2017 iPhone. In particular, Kuo has told his investors that he thinks Apple will offer higher-capacity, more expensive iPhones with a new stainless steel frame, with the regular iPhone model having an all-glass casing minus the stainless steel.
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.
Here are some of the game’s key features:
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
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
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
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.”
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
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