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MacRumors reports that the results are in from FutureBrand’s 2016 World’s Favourite Companies survey, and Apple is once again victorious, wrestling the top spot once more from last year’s victors, Google.

FutureBrand asked 3,000 consumers several questions about the 100 biggest companies around the world, with the respondents required to give each company marks for 18 different factors, such as trust, innovation, individuality, people, resource management, and price premium.

FutureBrand said that Apple performed particularly well “in terms of perception strength, rather than financial strength,” and that it also scored high marks for its individuality, authenticity, and purpose. Areas in which Apple scored less highly include resource management, wellbeing, and respect.

Microsoft came second behind Apple, with Apple being slightly ahead in terms of personality and consistency, but Microsoft scored slightly higher than Apple in terms of innovation.

Other high-ranking companies beaten by Apple in the survey include Disney, Amazon, Samsung (which placed third), Toyota, and Facebook.

In the Technology Sector in particular, Apple performed even more impressively than in the overall survey, scoring 36 percent above the sector average for thought leadership and 33 percent above the sector average for consistency in producing high quality products. Thirty-seven percent above the sector average said that they would like to work for Apple, and 39 percent above sector average said that they would like to buy its products.

Source: Apple Takes Top Spot in FutureBrand's Ranking of World's Favorite Companies

Planet of Heroes is a new mobile-focused MOBA currently in development at Fast Forward Studio, which is a newly formed internal game development team from international multimedia company

Planet of Heroes is being built from the ground up specifically for mobile devices, with the aim of capturing everything that is so awesome about MOBAs on PC, but at the same time capitalising on the strength of the mobile gaming platform.

A closed beta will be starting this summer, with the game scheduled for release at the end of 2016.

The Planet of Heroes storyline focuses around the Devourer, a galactic entity of great power that is sleeping deep in the bowels of the Ritual Planet, imprisoned by the Forerunners. Should the Devourer awaken from its slumber, disaster for the galaxy looms. Unfortunately it is already stirring, and close to being roused. In order to keep it sleeping, it must be fed with primal emotions—rage, bloodlust, and the thrill of victory. An arena is built on Ritual Planet to keep the Devourer fed, and an Order of Heroes is created from soldiers, rebels, poets, criminals, and scientists, and tasked with battling eternally to keep the Devourer from waking.

As you might imagine, creating a MOBA for the mobile platform from the ground up is a Herculean task, hence Fast Forward has assembled a dream team advisory “council” comprising streamers, gamers, and eSports personalities who will be consulted on game design issues. These include Cowsep, a MOBA expert and well-know Twitch personality, who has already had a big input in the development of the game.

George: Scared of the Dark is a really sweet side-scrolling platform game from one-man studio Wall West. The player gets to help George the Ghost confront his fears across 10 procedurally generated levels as you guide him to the lighthouse and reveal the mystery of who lives in the small cottage in order to help him regain his courage.

The game looks really cute, especially if you’re a fan of old-school platform games, but it doesn’t have an easy mode, and is very challenging to play.

Here are some of the game’s key features:
The game costs $1.99, and while it is only available for iPhone, it can be installed on iPad in compatibility mode.

Click here to download: George: Scared Of The Dark on the App Store

Source: Wall West
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Mashable reports that the popular writing app Scrivener has finally arrived on iOS. Scrivener first appeared on Mac in 2007, and won praise from fiction and non-fiction writers alike for the way in which it enabled them to do many different tasks, including organizing chapters, research material, and word processing, all within the same program. Since then, there have been many calls for an iOS version of Scrivener, but it never seemed to happen, until now, that is.

One of Scrivener’s rivals, Ulysses, released its own iPad version last year, stealing a march on Scrivener and attracting many users who had grown tired of waiting for Scrivener on iOS.

Now those who remained loyal to Scrivener have been rewarded with the release of the iOS app, which Mashable is very impressed with, stating that it is “a near-perfect mirror of the desktop version.”

Possibly in a bid to win back those users who had defected to Ulysses, the Scrivener app costs $19.99, while Ulysses costs slightly more ($24.99). The Scrivener app also has the upper hand in terms of being available for both iPhone and iPad. Features of the Scrivener iOS app include pinch to zoom and shrink documents, importing of research documents and media files, and also many of the options such as Word, Final Draft, Plain Text and PDF, which are already available in the desktop version.

One important thing that it lacks, however, is iCloud compatibility, so you’ll have to use Dropbox to sync documents. This is one area where Ulysses still has the upper hand.

Here’s what the makers of the app, Literature and Latte, had to say about the long wait for an iOS version:

“A big thank you to all the Scrivener users who cheered us on and sent us words of encouragement during the tortured development cycle of our iOS version,” adding that they got through coders “like Spinal Tap gets through drummers.”

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Telltale has announced that the worldwide digital release date for the first of five episodes of Batman—The Telltale Series will be August 2. Episode 1 is entitled “Realm of Shadows.” The series will also be available to purchase at retailers from September 13 in North America as a special Season Pass Disc, including the first of five episodes, and access to the remaining four episodes when they become available for download via online updates. The series will be available at retailers in Europe on September 16.

Telltale’s vision of Batman has been designed to look like a living, breathing comic book, and has an award-winning cast, including Troy Baker as Bruce Wayne, Travis Willingham as Harvey Dent, Erin Yvette as Vicki Vale, Enn Reitel as Alfred Pennyworth, Murphy Guyer as Lieutenant James Gordon, Richard McGonagle as Carmine Falcone, and Laura Bailey as Selina Kyle. Expect more cast and character details to be announced as the season progresses.

Source: Telltale

The staggering success of Pokémon Go is not only good news for Niantic and The Pokémon Company (which Nintendo has a stake in), but also for Apple, with AppleInsider reporting today that according to analyst Laura Martin from Needham that Apple could rake in as much as $3 billion from the game.

Martin’s figures are based on the fact that Candy Crush generated more than $10 billion per year in its most successful years, which were 2013 and 2014, and Pokémon Go has 10 times the players that Candy Crush had, with Apple getting 30% of any revenues from the App Store (many Pokémon Go players are on Android, however, it has to be said). It’s currently estimated that around 21 million people are playing Pokémon Go in the US, roughly 6 percent of the US populace. Going by the assumption that global penetration for the game will reach 20 percent in the countries where it is available, with Apple making 5 cents per person per day, that all adds up to an extra $3 billion for Apple over the next 2 years.

This could then see Apple’s market cap rising by as much as $5.5 billion, or $1 per share, said Martin. She also noted that Apple’s short-term cash flow from the game could be even higher than that of Nintendo, which has 33 percent of the Pokémon Company and a 30 percent stake in Niantic.

Source: Pokemon Go could add $3B to Apple revenues, analyst says

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