Hunted Cow, the developer behind the mobile games such as Ancient Battle: Rome and Arc War, ran afoul of Apple's app store guidelines earlier this week as it prepared to release its next Tank Battle game, Tank Battle: East Front 1942. The strategy game which features tank warfare set in World War II, was rejected by Apple as it was stated to "depict real entity as the enemies" according to an article by Pocket Tactics.
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7 hours ago | Posted in: security
The United States government has asked the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to begin drafting a proposal to transition the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's (NTIA) responsibility of domain name system (DNS) administration away from the United States. Stepping away from governance of ICANN would mark the final phase of DNS privatization that had been set in motion in 1998 allowing ICANN to operate independently.
9 hours ago | Posted in: gaming
Electronic Arts has done another round of layoffs this time affecting PopCap Games. The publisher declined to comment on the number of jobs affected by the layoff, but told Polygon in a statement that the jobs weren't from the PopCap HD team which was responsible for the recent Plants versus Zombies Garden Warfare. PopCap had been split into two teams in the previous month, one to focus on consoles and PC titles and the other for mobile titles. In a statement general manager for PopCap John Vechey relayed his feelings about the loss, but said that the layoffs were "necessary in order to stay on course with our future plans for mobile games, live services and new IP."
22 hours ago | Posted in: software, accessories, Apple
Twelvesouth has released a new version of its BookBook case for MacBook, the Rutledge Edition. Available for MacBook Air and MacBook Retina, the Rutledge is tailored from premium-grade leather, and features two hardback covers with a rigid spine, much like an old hardcover book. The case protects one's laptop with a soft padded interior, and includes dual zippers that keep BookBook closed. Pricing starts at $100, with all size versions of the Rutledge BookBook case available for purchase through Twelvesouth.
23 hours ago | Posted in: industry, enterprise, iPhone apps, iPad apps
Tired of waiting for Microsoft's flagship suite, Office, to be ported to iOS devices like the iPad, companies have turned to alternative means to create, revise and distribute documents in increasingly-mobile enterprise, institutional, small-business and collaborative workflows -- costing the Windows maker an estimated $2.5 billion annually in potential revenue. Sources say iPad and iPhone versions exist and are ready to go -- simply awaiting a release date complicated by politics.
Fri March 14, 2014 | Posted in:
The Apple Store apps (separate editions for iPhone and iPad) got small upgrades on Friday, moving to versions 2.9.2 (iPhone) and 1.1 (iPad). The iPhone version improves US in-store alerts utilizing Apple's iBeacon technology, in line with iBeacon improvements in iOS 7.1. The iPad version of the app adds the ability to buy gift cards directly. Users can choose to have physical cards mailed them, or have virtual cards emailed to them (this functionality already exists in the iPhone version).
Fri March 14, 2014 | Posted in: accessories, mobile phones
The European Parliament has voted to proceed with proposals to require smartphones and mobile devices to use a single common charger. The new draft law was approved by 550 votes to 12 on Thursday, with 8 abstentions by European parliament members (MEPs), with the vote itself bringing the new regulation closer to being implemented in European Union member states in the future.
Fri March 14, 2014 | Posted in: upgrades/storage, iPhone apps
Media server software app, Plex, has announced that Chromecast support is now available to all users for free. In the latest update to its iOS and Android apps, users can access streaming for photos, music and videos, as well as content mirroring that displays media on a separate screen while browsing. For iOS users, Plex now offers a new play queues feature, which includes the ability to shuffle all of a user's music content. More detailed music filters are also now available, as to simplify narrowing down one's library when desired. Plex is available for download for smartphone, connected TVs and home theater-geared computers.
The take-up of Apple's latest iOS point upgrade, 7.1, reached 17.9 percent of all iOS web traffic in North America just 72 hours after its initial launch, according to a follow-up study from mobile analyst Chitika. The firm studied tens of millions of ad impressions to draw its figures, which are in line with recent point releases from Apple. The company says that iOS 7.1 is on track to surpass the recent 7.0.6 update within a few days.
Fri March 14, 2014 | Posted in: computers, upgrades/storage
Memory maker Transcend has announced a new set of RAM upgrades for the 2013 Mac Pro. These include 16 and 32GB modules, which can be used to boost a Pro up to 64, 96, or even 128GB of RAM. 128GB is twice what Apple's build-to-order options allow.
This week in the MacNN forums, Clinically Insane member "subego" was praising the iPad 2, even though he initially wrote it off for not having a Retina display. He soon realized, however, that he had misjudged Apple on this one. Today, Mac Enthusiast "biscuit" started a thread looking for advice on the best way to migrate their data from their old MacBook to the new one.
This week at Apple's online store, find savings on refurbished iPods and Apple TV. The refurbished seventh-generation 16GB iPod nano has seen a $50 discount down to $99, and is available in purple, green, pink, yellow, blue, or silver. Refurbished fourth-gen iPod touch models start at $129 for the 8GB Touch, or $149 for 16GB models.
The 13.3-inch MacBook Pro is available this week at MacMall.com for the reduced price of $1,280, which is already $220 off the list price of $1,499 -- and until March 31, buyers can save an additional $50 through a mail-in-rebate offer that drops the price further to $1,230. That makes this the lowest price we have seen on this model by $70. It features a 2.9GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 750GB hard drive with Mountain Lion pre-installed. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
Fri March 14, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone
The iPhone will soon go on sale in two previously unreached countries, Serbia and Lebanon, according to several announcements. Serbia's Mobile Telephony -- also known as mt:s -- today revealed plans to carry the iPhone via Twitter, while rival Vip Mobile made an announcement through its website. The latter says it is only waiting on certification by RATEL, the agency that regulates electronics in Serbia.
Fri March 14, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, security, mobile phones, iPad
All mobile operating systems require what is called an "Early Random pseudorandom number generator (PRNG)" to give the operating system some security from kernel exploits. Researchers have revealed that the new one implemented in iOS 7 is vulnerable to brute force attacks, and can be relatively easy to predict, making security exploits somewhat easier to develop, if left unpatched.
Fri March 14, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone
Ferrari will not be retrofitting any of its existing cars to support CarPlay, the company states. "The new system CarPlay is available only on new range cars and cannot be installed on older ones," a representative says. The company is instead pointing people to an aftermarket product it offers that provides "last generation infotainment" compatible with modern phones.
At this week's Pwn2Own hacking contest, a group calling itself the Chinese Keen Team successfully used two vulnerabilities to run arbitrary code through Safari, according to ThreatPost. The exploit is reported to have been executed via a flaw in Safari's WebKit engine and a bypass of the sandboxing in recent versions of OS X. One member of Keen, Liang Chen, comments however that OS X is "regarded as very safe and has a very good security architecture," and that what vulnerabilities there are are "very difficult to exploit."
Fri March 14, 2014 | Posted in: mobile phones
Sprint will offer its customers a revamped third prepaid mobile phone service, alongside existing brands Boost Mobile and Virgin. Sprint Prepaid will apparently offer a similar service to what customers receive under its existing contract plans, with most options offering unlimited talk and text, and while there is a plan to provide unlimited data, it does come with some potential deal-breakers.
On top of new apps, Apple is also considering a number of improvements to existing apps and under-the-hood technologies, sources claim. An example of the latter is Notification Center, where Apple is allegedly interested in simplifying panels from "Today," "All," and "Missed" to just "Today" and "Notifications."
Ticket to Ride is a digital version of Days of Wonder's train building board game. In the game players attempt to connect cities with various train routes, while competing for the same tracks as opponents. The v1.4.3 update includes a number of hot fixes for iOS 7.1.
Plex can be used to stream music, videos, and photos from any home computer running the Plex Media Server. Version 3.4 now offers play queues and shuffle support, as well as the option to automatically upload camera roll photos to a media server. Music and photo support has also been added for Chromecast.
Path is a social network where users can share various aspects of their day-to-day life. Support is included for capturing thoughts, photos, videos, places, music, movies, books, and even sleep. The latest release has streamlined photo uploads from the camera roll and albums, as well as addressed a number of known bugs.
Words With Friends HD is the iPhone version of Zynga's social word puzzle game. In the game players take turns placing lettered tiles onto a game board in order to create words and score points. A number of issues have been fixed in this release based on users feedback.
Angry Birds Star Wars is a physics based puzzle game where players must help the Rebel Birds take down the evil Imperial Pigs. The game builds on the original Angry Birds game with the addition of Star Wars themed powers, such as lightsabers, blasters, and Jedi powers. Several minor bugs have been fixed with this update in order to improve the user experience.
Fri March 14, 2014 | Posted in: security
As news has spread of the possibility that the US National Security Agency (NSA) was using wide-scale malware in its intelligence gathering efforts, so have the responses. Over the last two days, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has penned a harshly-worded response, including making a call to the president. Additionally, the NSA has refuted the claim, saying that all it is doing is supporting "lawful and appropriate foreign intelligence operations" in accordance with US law.
Apple-owned Burstly has started sending out notices to customers of its SkyRocket monetization service, saying the product's publishing and SDK license agreements will end in 90 days. SkyRocket is meant to simplify advertising for developers by hooking apps into multiple ad partners, reward systems, cross-promotions, and demographic targeting. The company isn't saying why it's terminating licenses, but the reason is believed to be connected to Apple's general policy towards acquisitions, which is to shut off services to outside parties.
Fri March 14, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, industry, mobile phones, Apple
A study in China by app and mobile advertising analytics firm Umeng shows that Apple's consistent smartphone strategy of leaving the low end of markets to others (what CEO Tim Cook calls "junk devices") and targeting affluent users as influencers has again resulted in high profitability and potentially surprising share in the face of a flood of competitors. Despite having only recently emerged to a full national presence on all the top carriers in China, Apple is said to already account for 80 percent of the $500-or-more segment of the Chinese smartphone market.
Thu March 13, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, mobile phones
The Federal Communications Commission has approved the buyout of Leap Wireless by AT&T, a $1.3 billion cash deal that will see America's largest carrier acquire Leap's PCS and AWS band spectrum, which it will use for LTE expansion, as well as Leap's 4.6 million customers. Leap was the first independent regional carrier to offer a prepaid iPhone in 2012, and as a concession in the acquisition deal, AT&T will continue the option, as well as offer GSM iPhone support and migration to Cricket users.
Thu March 13, 2014 | Posted in: software, digital imaging, developer, Apple
Apple has begun seeding the second beta of OS X Mavericks 10.9.3, again asking developers to focus testing on graphics drivers and audio, the same areas mentioned in the first beta release. The new build, 13D17, continues to include the enhanced 4K monitor support found in the first beta, which raised the refresh rate of 4K monitors considerably, offered a pixel-doubling scaling option for external monitors, and expanded the range of supported monitors.
As previously reported, a series of animated iPhone 5c ads that focused on the colorful plastic-covered metal casings that began as a Tumblr page (and got promoted to "sponsored posts" to increase exposure) has now expanded, appearing in The New York Times website and on the homepage of search giant Yahoo. The campaign showcases the uses of the phone tied to color choices, inviting the user to "find your colors."
Thu March 13, 2014 | Posted in: software, accessories
Accessory designer Dodocase has released a new case for iPad Air and iPad mini, the Multi-Angle Dodocases. The back cover is equipped with three pre-set angles (45-60 degrees), and the case has leather grip tabs that accommodate a variety of adjustable angles between 25-90 degrees. Possessing a strength-tested bamboo tray, the Multi-Angle Dodocases are suitable for typing, reading, watching videos, and more. Available in black ($65 for iPad Air, $40 for iPad mini) or red/grey, blue/grey, and grey/grey ($75 for iPad Air, $50 for iPad mini), the cases can be purchased online.
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