In a bid to enjoy a slice of Nintendo’s Pokémon Go success, Sony has today announced that it is currently working on 10 mobile games, six of which will be released in the next financial year, starting April 2017, according to Fortune.
The as yet unnamed titles are set to feature some of Sony’s most popular console characters and properties in Japan, including PaRappa the Rapper, Wild Arms, and Arc The Lad.
The games will only be available in Japan at first, prior to launching in other Asian countries, and then hopefully elsewhere in the world, although that has yet to be confirmed by Sony.
Despite the incredible success of its PlayStation 4 console, which has sold almost double the amount of units of Microsoft’s Xbox One console, Sony is finding its dominance under somewhat of a threat in territories such as Japan, where mobile gaming already represents more than half of the $12.4 billion market.
Source: Sony Will Release a Gaggle of Mobile Phone Games Next Year
9to5 Mac has lots of exciting news about Pokémon Go today. First up we have the official announcement from Niantic that Pokémon Go is teaming up with Sprint in the US, with over 10,500 retail locations, including Sprint, Boost Mobile, and Sprint at Radioshack stores, becoming PokéStops and Gyms. Sprint stores will also feature in-store charging stations for Pokémon Go players, hopefully in a bid to lure you to sign up to one of their plans while you’re there!
As far as the Starbucks promotion is concerned, that hasn’t been officially announced yet, but has been revealed via leaked training documents that were posted on Reddit and picked up by The Next Web. According to the leaked document, from tomorrow, the majority of company-operated Starbucks locations in the US will also turn into PokéStops and Gyms, and Trainers will even get to indulge in a special Pokémon Go drink, a Pokémon Go Frappuccino Blended Beverage, which is a vanilla bean frappuccino with added raspberry syrup and blackberries.
And that’s not even all the exciting Pokémon Go news today, as Niantic has also alerted Trainers that an official announcement about Gen 2 Pokémon is on the way on December 12.
Source: Pokémon Go teaming up w/ Sprint before expected Starbucks promotion, new monsters coming soon
It seems that adding the long-awaited ability to download and watch content offline has done wonders for Netflix, which has now become even more popular since adding the feature, according to 9to5 Mac. So much so that it has now become the top grossing app in the US for the first time ever.
According to data from analytics company SensorTower, Netflix’s growth has been steady ever since it added a new feature whereby users could subscribe via its iOS app a little more than a year ago. It nearly made the number one spot in the Top Grossing chart last month, getting as far as number two, but it took it until this Monday to finally reach the pinnacle of number one on the Top Grossing chart in the US, India, Mexico, and Colombia.
As far as Netflix’s net revenue from in-app subscriptions is concerned, it has risen from less than $50,000 per week to nearly $2.9 million per week.
Source: After adding offline playback, Netflix becomes top grossing app in the US for the first time
With the arrival of Single Sign-on via tvOS 10.1 and iOS 10.2 in the US later in December, MacRumors reports that Apple has added a new section to the App Store that features apps that support the new feature so that beta testers can try them out.
The apps are arranged according to supported TV providers, including DirecTV, Dish, Sling TV, Hotwire, and GVTC.
The forthcoming feature is actually very easy to use; say you subscribe to Dish Network, for example. You can simply sign in once using your Dish username and password to use any of the listed apps, including Cooking Channel, Watch DIY, Watch Travel Channel, Hallmark Channel Everywhere, and Watch Food Network.
In the iOS 10.2 beta, when you open an app that supports Single Sign-on, a pop-up notification will ask if you “want to allow XYZ to use your sign in credentials,” beta testers have reported on Reddit.
Source: App Store Gains New Section for Single Sign-on Apps From Supported TV Providers
AppleInsider reports that Underwriters Laboratories (UL) have tested 400 fake Apple chargers that have been obtained from sellers in Australia, China, and the US, and found that 99% of them are unsafe.
UL subjected the chargers to high voltage in order to find out if they were correctly insulated, as well as making other important safety checks.
After carrying out the tests, UL said that chargers made by unknown manufacturers and purchased online were an “unknown entity” and were therefore dangerous to use.
In October Apple stepped up its efforts to tackle the growing problem of counterfeit chargers by suing counterfeit accessories seller Mobile Star for violating copyrights and trademarks by selling fake goods on Amazon and Groupon. The lawsuit particularly refers to fake 5-watt USB power adapters and Lightning-to-USB cables that Mobile Star sold online.
Apple said that it has an ongoing program designed to combat the sale of fake accessories, and that in the past 9 months it purchased “well over 100 iPhone devices, Apple power products, and Lightning cables sold as genuine” from Amazon’s “Fulfillment by Amazon” program, finding that nearly 90% of them were fake.
Back in 2012 engineer Ken Shirriff found that Apple’s official chargers had better and safer components that those in the fake ones, and following that Apple launched its still-running fake charger buy-back program.
Source: UL safety testing shows 95 percent of counterfeit iPhone chargers lack safeguards, are unsafe
It might not be a surprise, following on from a recent leak, but Telltale Games and Marvel Entertainment officially announced their interactive episodic game series based on Marvel’s iconic sci-fi franchise Guardians of the Galaxy live on stage at The Game Awards 2016 in Los Angeles. The first five episodes of the series will premiere digitally in 2017 on consoles, PC, and mobile devices.
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