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by Maura at Aug 30, 2016
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Siralim 2 out now.JPG

It’s already been a big hit on Steam, but now old-school monster-catching Roguelike RPG Siralim 2 has arrived on iOS, reports Touch Arcade. The first Siralim game actually started out on mobile before arriving on Steam and console, but for the sequel it’s the other way round.

If you love your classic RPGs and Roguelikes, then this is the game for you! It has a “Very Positive” rating on Steam, with 95% positive user reviews, and the early reviews in the App Store are all loving the game as well.

Developed and published by Thylacine Studios, Siralim 2 is a never-ending game with an “infinite amount of content,” according to Thylacine. There are no limits or level caps whatsoever, just lots of good-old-fashioned dungeon crawling, coupled with some rare-treasure hunting as you upgrade your castle with your spoils.

Here are some of the game’s main features, via the App Store:

by Maura at Aug 30, 2016
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Some Pokemon Go players are having their bans lifted.JPG

Niantic has adopted a strict policy of late when it comes to imposing permanent bans on Pokémon Go players that it believes have infringed its terms and conditions. However, according to The Verge, it appears that Niantic may be softening its hard-line stance somewhat for a specific group of players.

Writing in a blog post today, Niantic CEO John Hanke said that some permanent bans had been issued by his team to players that were using tools that broke Niantic’s terms of service. This included third-party mapping tools such as PokéVision, which was a tool that showed the location of Pokémon. Niantic started shutting down those tools at the beginning of August, and then permanently banning users of said tools two weeks after that.

However, Hanke says that it may have been hasty in banning users of certain mapping tools that initially appeared to be DDoS attacks, but were in fact much more benign. “Because of this we have had to ban some accounts associated with using these add-on map tools, leading to confusion by some users about why they were banned,” said Hanke. “This is a small subset of the accounts banned.”

Having realised its mistake, Niantic is now looking again at the accounts it wrongly banned and reinstating those that did not deserve to be banned. “Add-on maps which scrape data from our servers still violate our terms of service and use of them may still result in an account ban going forward,” said Hanke. “Our main priority is to provide a fair, fun, and legitimate experience for all players, so aggressive banning will continue to occur for players who engage in these kinds of activities.”

Source: Niantic is reversing bans for some Pokémon Go users
by Maura at Aug 30, 2016
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Newly leaked images show iPhone in 5 different colours.JPG

Apple is doing a great job right now of keeping everyone guessing about exactly what colours the next iPhone will come in. The rest of the details about the phone may have leaked so much that there most likely won’t be too many surprises when the phone is actually unveiled on September 7, but the colour question is still a bit of a mystery.

With so many leaks about possible colours for the iPhone 7 it’s hard to know what to believe, and the choices seem to be growing, rather than diminishing, as we approach September 7. AppleInsider reports today on the latest rumour, this time courtesy of MacOtakara, which has posted images of five differently coloured SIM trays that are said to be from the iPhone 7. Three are familiar from the current iPhone range, i.e., silver, gold, and rose gold. The two new colours are a matt black colour that could be the “Space Black” variant that has been strongly rumoured, as well as a glossy black option, which could look very sleek indeed. The source described the new variant as a “beautiful gloss similar to the [2013] Mac Pro.” There’s no sign at all of the light blue variant that we posted about yesterday.

Source: Rumor: 'iPhone 7' will come in five colors, including a new glossy black option
by Maura at Aug 30, 2016
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EU Commission says Apple owes 14.5 billion dollars in back taxes.JPG

The European Commission has today ruled that Apple must pay back the 13 billion Euros ($14.5 billion) in back taxes that have accrued since tax year 2003 and up until 2014, reports MacRumors.

EU commissioner Margrethe Vestager (pictured announcing the decision today) said that the tax benefits that Apple has, until now, enjoyed in Ireland are “illegal under EU state aid rules, because it allowed Apple to pay substantially less tax than other businesses. Ireland must now recover the legal aid.”

According to Vestager, the special treatment for Apple meant that it paid a tax rate of just 1% of its European profits in 2003, and as little as 0.005% in 2014.

“For every million euros in profit, it (Apple) paid just €500 in taxes,” said Vestager.

Ireland’s Finance Minister Noonan said that Ireland “disagrees profoundly” with the EU commission’s ruling, and that he would be asking his cabinet for approval to appeal the ruling.

Apple has responded to the ruling with the following statement:
Further, Apple CEO Tim Cook has posted “A Message to the Apple Community in Europe” on Apple’s website, talking about how much Apple has invested in Cork in Ireland, and that it employs nearly 6,000 people in Ireland in total. Here’s just a small excerpt of Cook’s lengthy letter:
by Maura at Aug 29, 2016
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Deep Blue iPhone 7 images emerge.JPG

So now we know that Apple will unveil the iPhone 7 on September 7, but one thing we still don’t know is exactly what colour variants Apple will be announcing at the event.

Recent rumours have suggested that there could be either a space black or blue iPhone, and, as BGR writes today, yet more images of what is claimed to be a blue iPhone have just leaked online via Twitter leaker The Malignant.

The images show mockups of both an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and show a nice metallic blue design (described as “Deep Blue” by The Malignant) that fits in well with Apple’s more recent colour schemes for its devices.

As far as the Space Black iPhone 7 is concerned, The Malignant replied to a question on Twitter that there might be a “*black* surprise,” so it could be that Apple will be unveiling both Space Black and Deep Blue versions of the phone.

Source: Leaked photos of iPhone 7 in blue remind us of the biggest remaining mystery
by Maura at Aug 29, 2016
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Apple sents out iPhone 7 event invite.JPG

9to5 Mac reports that Apple has today sent out the invites to journalists to attend a special event at 10:00 a.m. (PT) on Wednesday, September 7, at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. The invitation simply says, “See you on the 7th,” giving away nothing whatsoever about the new products it intends to unveil.

However, as always with Apple invites, there is a clue in the image on the invite, which shows an out-of-focus Apple logo, possibly hinting at the dual-lens iPhone 7 Plus camera.

There’s no question that Apple will be unveiling its latest iPhone at this event, but there are conflicting reports as to whether or not the company will be launching any other new products on the same day.

9to5 Mac says that its possible Apple will also announced new MacBook Pro lines, as well as Apple Watch 2. This is by no means a given, though, and there’s always a chance that Apple will choose to concentrate solely on the new phone and hold a separate event for other devices at a later date.

Either way, you’ll be able to find out everything that happens at the launch right here, as always.

Source: Apple announces ‘iPhone 7’ September 7 event, Apple Watch 2 and MacBook Pros may be unveiled
by Maura at Aug 28, 2016
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Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia announced.JPG

Touch Arcade reports that, ahead of the Tokyo Game Show, Square Enix has unveiled a new, free-to-play, iOS and Android game, Dissidia Final Fantasy: Opera Omnia, due for release in Japan later this year.

The mobile app is a spin-off from the arcade game that is currently popular in Japan. Prior to that, the first two Dissidia games were released on Sony’s PlayStation Portable. Dissidia is actually a type of fighting game where beloved and legendary characters from every single Final Fantasy game battle each other in arenas. Thanks to the fact that it was one of the very first such games to mix legendary characters from a series, and due to its unusual fighting system, Dissidia remains a very popular series with Final Fantasy fans.

The newly announced Opera Omnia game is not, however, an arena fighting game, and appears to be more of a social RPG.

No word from Square as yet about the possibility of a release for the game beyond Japan, but Square seems to want to get many of its Japanese releases out there these days, so it’s looking good on that score. If you’re a Final Fantasy fan be sure to check out the trailer after this post and see how many famous characters (and moogles!) you recognise.

Sources: Square Enix Announces 'Dissidia Final Fantasy: Opera Omnia', Oddly Not a Fighting Game
by Maura at Aug 28, 2016
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Samsung Gear Manager iOS app gets beta release.JPG

Back in January, Samsung announced at CES that its Gear S2 would have iOS compatibility later in the year. Now, 9to5 Google reports that Samsung has announced a beta program for the iOS Gear Manager app, and then a wider release for the app after that.

As you might expect, the Gear S2 is already supported by all Android devices, complete with several compatible third-party apps, customizable watch faces, and features such as Samsung Pay.

Now, with Gear Manager, the Gear S2 will also be compatible with iOS devices, albeit in a slightly more limited way, providing the ability to choose what notifications the watch will receive, customise how you use the watch, and download Gear apps.

Currently the app’s beta program is only available to people in South Korea. However, when the program concludes on September 19, it’s expected that there will be a wider launch, possibly to tie in with the arrival of the Gear S3 that is due to be announced at IFA in Berlin on August 31.

Sources: Samsung Gear S2 and Gear Fit 2 gain iOS compatibility in limited beta program

iPhone and Samsung Gear S2 support draws closer as iOS app leaks
by Maura at Aug 28, 2016
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Apple could be facing more supply issues for iPhone 7 plus due to RAM certification problems.JPG

According to a new report on WCCF Tech, based on news coming out of Hong Kong today, it’s possible that the iPhone 7 will be facing more supply issues than first thought due to problems with one of Apple’s major RAM suppliers, SK Hynix. The original report, on DRAMeXchange, said that SK Hynix has failed to meet Apple’s certification requirements, which has meant that Apple has had to try and find other manufacturing partners, such as Samsung and Micron, to help make up the shortfall.

The source says that this type of supply issue is hard to solve quickly, and could last until Q1 2017. Apparently Micron will get a big chunk of the order for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus RAM, with Samsung already contracted to supply almost half of the orders. In order to keep up with this demand, Samsung has expanded its production capacity to 80,000 units, based on 20nm.

Sources: The iPhone 7 Faces More Supply Problems As SK Hynix Fails Apple RAM Certifications
iPhone 7 及 iPhone 7 Plus 玫瑰金實機曝光 - Qooah
by Maura at Aug 28, 2016
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Legendary Pokemon could be coming to Pokemon Go.JPG

Forbes reports that there could be some big changes afoot for Pokémon Go in future updates, with eagle-eyed redditor “cokuspocus” writing on The Silph Road subreddit that they have discovered some interesting code in Pokémon Go that refers to items and characters that are not in the current game, and are hopefully therefore due to arrive sometime soon.

This includes different types of incense, such as spicy, cool, and floral incense, which presumably could be used to attract particular types of Pokémon, i.e., fire-, ice/water-, or grass-type Pokémon respectively.

Also discovered by cokuspocus in the code is “activityˍcatchˍlegendˍpokemon<"”which indicates that legendary Pokémon such as Moltres, Zapdos, or Articuno, will hopefully soon be available to be caught in the game, possibly at some sort of special event.

Also found by cokuspocus are several mentions of “trading,” something that Pokémon Go players have been calling for from day 1. The mentions in the code include a trade search, trade offer, trade result and trade response.

Sources: Legendary Pokémon, Trading And New Types Of Incense May Be Coming To Pokémon GO

Some interesting things in the code I haven't seen talked about • /r/TheSilphRoad


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