Variety reports that fans of the Netflix series Narcos will soon be able to run their own international drug cartel via a mobile game based on the show, which centres around the hunt for Pablo Escobar, the Colombian drug kingpin.

The free-to-play game, entitled “Narcos: Cartel Wars,” is currently being developed by the producers of the Netflix show, Gaumont Television, along with game publisher FTX Games, and is due to launch this September.

The timing of the release is specifically to tie in with the September 2 debut of Season 2 of the show on Netflix, which features Brazilian actor Wagner Moura as Pablo Escobar.

In Narcos: Cartel Wars, the player takes on the role of a fledgling cartel lieutenant who is guided by the characters from the Netflix show. As you build up your cartel, you must choose between going for raw power, earning respect through loyalty, or a little bit of both. You’ll also have to form alliances with other players in order to create new cartels and wage war to gain more territory, riches, and respect.

Check out the official website to find out more about the game: FTX Games Game Production for blockbuster media properties

Source: ‘Narcos’ Mobile Game Based on Netflix Show Will Let You Run Your Own Drug Cartel (EXCLUSIVE)

Apple’s Q3 figures were better than expected, reports AppleInsider. The company posted $42.4 billion in revenue, and quarterly net income of $7.8 billion.

It was iPhone sales that helped Apple to achieve a higher result than expected, with Apple shipping 40.4 million units in total in the June quarter, which was a better result than the $42.2 billion in revenue and 40 million iPhones sold predicted by Wall Street.

Despite this slight increase, June quarter sales were down from 47.5 million iPhones one year ago, representing a decrease of 15%. Revenue was down from the year ago amount of $49.6 billion.

As far as iPad sales were concerned, the higher average selling price of the iPad Pro meant that Apple still enjoyed a 9% increase in revenue, despite seeing a 7% decrease in total sales, with just under 10 million units sold in Q3.

Source: Apple's Q3 beats expectations with $42.4B in revenue, 40.4M iPhone sales

If you’re looking for a game that’s a little more relaxing and chilled out than Pokémon Go, then Blyss, from developers Dropout Games, could be the very thing you need.

Released tomorrow, Wednesday July 27, Touch Arcade reports that the game is a simpler puzzler with calming music and visuals designed to help you achieve peace of mind.

You play the game by swiping white blocks with dots on them in order to eliminate them and clear the puzzle, all set against a calming backdrop.

Dropout Games promises lots of different game modes, as well as visual themes that come complete with their own soundtrack. It certainly seems as if Blyss hits that sweet spot of a game that is involved enough to keep you guessing, and requires a certain degree of strategic thinking, yet also has a calming vibe that can help you to relax.

Blyss can be downloaded from tomorrow, for $1.99, with no in-app purchases whatsoever.

Source: Beautiful Puzzle Title 'Blyss' Launches on the App Store Tomorrow

The US National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced that it no longer considers text messages as secure enough when used as part of a two-factor identification method (2FA).

Currently, when you opt to use 2FA on your iPhone or iPad, you can choose to have a code sent to you via SMS. That is set to no longer be the case, however, as NIST is soon to bar its use.

9to5 Mac notes that while NIST’s guidelines are not enforceable by law, most companies do usually choose to obey their rulings, so that could mean that Apple will soon drop SMS authentication from its list of options for 2FA, which currently include a phone call to a trusted number, a code sent by SMS to a trusted number, or a code sent to a trusted device such as an iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, or Mac.

Source: Apple & others may soon be barred from using SMS for two-factor authentication

The incredibly successful launch of Pokémon Go around the world marches on, with the game arriving in App Stores in France and Hong Kong over the weekend, with Hong Kong being the first Asian location other than Japan to have the game.

Meanwhile, MacRumors reports that at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend, Niantic CEO John Hanke revealed some snippets of information about what new features fans can expect in future updates for the game. It’s fair to say that he didn’t give all that much away, but he did reveal that we can look forward to new Pokémon, and also the ability to be able to trade Pokémon with other players.

The names of the team leaders for Team Mystic, Team Valor, and Team Instinct were also revealed as Blanche, Candela, and Spark, respectively, along with their pictures rather than the silhouettes that appear in the game (because they weren’t finished in time, apparently!). Hanke said that the team leaders will soon be given a more prominent role in the game, communicating with players and offering advice.

Finally, it appears that Nintendo’s recent statement that it didn’t expect the massive success of Pokémon Go to have much impact on its quarterly earnings as it only has 32% of The Pokémon Company didn’t go down very well at all with investors, sending Nintendo stock falling 17% at its lowest point, knocking $6.4 billion off their value, representing Nintendo’s biggest decline since October 1990.

Source: Pokémon Go Debuts in France and Hong Kong as Nintendo Shares Dive

AppleInsider has posted two photos that it is claimed were taken by an employee working in Apple’s Asian supply chain, and that are said to be of the iPad Pro 2.

The images show an iPad with an unknown device identification number (MH1C2CD/F), but one that does follow Apple’s device numbering protocol.

The anonymous source who sent the images to AppleInsider claims to have obtained them from a Chinese supplier who is currently working on an iPad Pro model that will enter production in late September 2016.

The images don’t give much away about the finished product at this early stage; for example, the iPad Pro pictured only has 12 gigabytes of storage, which suggests that it is some sort of prototype or pre-production testing device.

AppleInsider says that it cannot vouch for whether or not the photos are genuine, although it does believe that Apple is planning to launch a refresh of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro sometime this fall.

Source: First photos of alleged 'iPad Pro 2' surface in China


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