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Apple is apparently trying to help people with a tendency to crack or smash their iPhone display, with two initiatives to help before and after the screen is damaged. It is claimed Apple will soon provide credit for iPhone trade-ins with cracks or damage to the screen or buttons, while some Apple Store outlets in Japan are apparently offering the installations of screen protectors onto devices on behalf of the customer.
An Apple Store in Tokyo stopped a promotional event from taking place over the weekend, after receiving a bomb threat that caused the store to temporarily close. The Ginza Apple Store was sent the anonymous letter at 11am on Sunday, with the sender claiming there to be a bomb on site, and threatening to blow it up unless an event being held at the store a few hours later was cancelled, an order the store complied with.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Activision Blizzard starts taking the business of eSports seriously, the people behind Payday 2 attempt to appease revolting players, and Harmonix employees have been caught giving positive reviews to Rock Band 4 on Amazon, a game the company itself produced.
Apple has informed developers of new tax application on sold apps in China and Japan. The iTunes connect briefing warns of "transactional taxes in China" as well as new tax laws in Japan "with respect to foreign businesses that provide electronic commerce to residents of the country." The taxes applied are in addition to any of those owed already, due to state or country of residence, and a discussion has begun between developers on whether to abandon the localities entirely.
A recent new report on the Japanese research and development center currently under construction by Apple in Yokohama claims that the facility will mostly be devoted to working on new materials and metallurgy, as well as the automotive and health aspects of Apple's business. The company has recently made some breakthroughs in all three areas, with new metal alloys as well as health-tracking technologies in the Apple Watch, and CarPlay.
Fortune has released its annual list of top US companies, and Apple is again situated at number five on the list, following the same four companies it did last year: Walmart at the top of the list, followed by Exxon Mobil, Chevron, and financial firm Berkshire Hathaway. The listing, which prizes raw revenue over most other factors, noted however that Apple had the highest profits and market share value of any other company on the list.
As part of Apple's partnership with IBM, a new deal has been struck with Japan Post Holdings to improve elder care in the country. IBM will combine forces with Apple and Japan Post, which provides insurance and healthcare solutions in addition to mail delivery, to develop software to assist with information transmission, communications with family, and help monitor health parameters of customers.
Sony has quietly launched the latest in its flagship Xperia smartphone line, in Japan. Just like the Xperia Z3 in comparison to the Xperia Z2, the new Xperia Z4 is very similar to its predecessors in terms of design and functionality, with slight improvements to some of its internals while others remain the same, such as the 5.2-inch 1080p Triluminos display.
First announced late last year by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japanese media and the mayor of the host city have confirmed that Apple will begin repurposing part of a former Panasonic plant into a new research and development center late this year, which is expected to open sometime in 2016. Apple has recently opened similar offices in China, Israel, and will be adding England to the list shortly.
In a previously-unannounced move, Apple is creating a store dedicated to just selling the Apple Watch (and accessories) as part of an existing upscale department store in Shinjuku, Tokyo. The "store-within-a-store," borrowing from previous Apple retail concepts, could be come a permanent display for the fashionable Apple Watch if sales merit it. The department store, Isetan, is placing the mini-shop near its main entrance.