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On Tuesday, a report published by Dutch publication iCulture.nl claims that our favorite fruit company may have gotten another acquisition. iCulture cites "knowledgeable sources" have told the publication that Apple has acquired Prss for an undisclosed amount.
Prss was a tool which allow anyone to create a magazine for iOS Newsstand, without the need of programming skills. Prss made it easy to drag and drop items to create magazine pages, only charging 5 cents per download as well. Prss was launched in October 2013 at The Next Web Conference, but then later mysteriously discontinued in July 2014.
After some snooping around, several Prss employees now work at Apple and have moved to San Francisco. Founder of Prss Michel Elings formerly tweeted that he was going to move to Palo Alto, California, and his LinkedIn profile shows he currently works there.
Although there is no word has come from Apple, the company could be waiting until the iPad conference in October to show off a revamped version of Prss with an update to iTunes Author. Take this one with a pinch of salt but the facts above show a possible acquisition.
EA Sports, a branch off of Electronic Arts has been widely popular across game consoles, PC, Mac, Android, as well as iOS. On Tuesday, the brand launched FIFA 15 Ultimate Team as a freemium download in the App Store, just in time for our new Retina Display HD devices.
The game is a whopping 1.06 gigabytes, with the developers cautioning gamers to have at least 1.35GB of free space on devices. FIFA 15 for iOS offers licensed player and team names, a campaign, motion-captured animations, among other features.
With FIFA 15 Ultimate Team, players can manage and build a soccer team and run it through Quick Simulation mode, play a quick math, or play against other players online in weekly match-ups.
As far as controls go, FIFA 15 offers a new "through pass" feature, attempting to make it easier for players to kick, pass, and shoot goals. If that new new isn't your thing, "Casual Controls" are available within the settings.
Via App Store:
- Build your ultimate team — Earn, trade, and collect superstars like Lionel Messi and Eden Hazard to create your own fantasy team. Choose your play style, formation, kits, and more.
- Play in Quick Simulation mode — Put your management skills to the test with new Quick Simulations. Set up your squad, start the match, and watch it unfold. Make smart subs, tactical tweaks, and gauge team effort along the way. Your match results depend entirely on your ability to manage player skills and chemistry – taking authenticity to the next level.
- Or take it to the pitch! — Master your kicks, passes, and shots with classic controls – now with the “through pass” feature – or opt for new...
The new iPhones have long been rumored to come with a new sapphire glass that could've make its way to the iPads, as well. However, it seems that Apple is not yet ready to implement this new technology into its products, according to a recent story from Wall Street Forensics.
The website says that Apple and its partner, GT Advances, are continuing their work to strengthen sapphire, and they are hoping to reduce the material’s “fundamental flaw of cracking,” and improve its reflective properties.
This report somehow confirms a previosuly discovered patent, which was published by the US Patent and Trademark Office on September 18th. It explains the new processes that are meant to aid in the strengthening of sapphire, and cut manufacturing costs. Here's what Matt Margolis from the publication has been saying:
"Apple and GT are continuing to work closely together on new ways to improve sapphire’s strength and reduce the likelihood the material cracks when dropped. Apple’s latest sapphire patent not only will improve sapphire’s fundamental naturally occurring flaw of cracking, but also will pave the way to reducing finishing costs and producing a truly flawless piece of sapphire material."
"Another knock on sapphire for cover screens has been the sapphire’s reflective properties; however Apple and GT have found a way to add an anti-reflectiveness coating on top of a sapphire substrate. The relatively high cost of sapphire screens versus traditional reinforced glass solutions has also been a well-publicized point of emphasis by sapphire critics. Apple’s patent will also target cost improvements due to lower finishing costs as well as enabling GT and Apple to produce pure sapphire cover screens that feature thinner and stronger sapphire compared to untreated sapphire cover screens."
The material isn’t yet ready for mass production also because it has almost double the screen reflectance of glass, besides the already known issues related to...
It looks like somebody has spilled the beans about Apple's internal affairs. In a recent interview with Dave Fanning on the Irish radio station 2FM, Bono, the frontman of the Dublin-based rock band U2, disclosed that Apple now has an impressive 885 million iTunes accounts. They're 'just' some 115 million more accounts away from reaching the mind-blowing 1 billion milestone.
Bono also shed more light on the rumored new music format designed to revitalize stagnant digital downloads and shared some discussions he had with late Steve Jobs related to the design of iTunes.
Back in April, Apple CEO Tim Cook said during the earnings conference that his company had 800 million iTunes accounts. If what Bono says is true, then Apple manages to add around more than half a million new iTunes accounts each day. Here's what the musician said about the standard digital music format:
"But to really break this open, why can’t we see what we’re looking at. Why can’t we dip into artwork. like we used to? Why can’t I use my phone or my iPad to disappear into a world created by artists with photography?
If we want to listen to Miles Davis in a silent way, why can’t we have the photographs of Herman Leonard playing in the background while we do it? Or, with another click find out what mood he was in when he made that? Or with lyrics, why can’t we read Bob Dylan’s lyrics while we’re listening to his music at a certain point in time?"
Bono said that even though the new format will take the music listening experience to the next level:
"It’s a new format, and you can still get the Mp3 format, and you can rob it or whatever you want but you won’t be getting the full experience. It’d be like you walking down the streets in Dublin in the 70s with a copy of the Rolling Stones album Sticky Fingers; just the vinyl, and not the Andy Warhol designed sleeve. You wouldn’t feel like like you had the proper package."
What do you think about this impressive feat achieved by...
According to a recent report from the Taiwanese publication Commercial Times, Apple could delay the launch of the next-generation iPad mini tablet to next year, in the first quarter. This could mean trouble for Apple, as everybody is looking forward to the usual release schedule in the next month.
If these rumors turn out to be true, then Apple will miss the highly lucrative holiday season, which has proved to be fruitful in the past years. Most recent rumors and leaks have suggested that the next-generation iPad mini will be launched in the October this year, along with the new iPad Air.
Commercial Times is citing supply chain sources who say that it will be the first time since the past two years when the new iPad versions won't announced in the same time.
It's really interesting to note that the same report hints that Apple will unveil an iPad variant with 12.9-inch screen next year, dubbed by many the iPad Pro. Production is said to kickstart in the second quarter of 2015 and the tablet will be released shortly after.
The next-generation iPad mini is said to have the same screen size and resolution, the new A8 processor and an improved Touch ID fingerprint sensor.
Source: Commercial Times
Earlier this year, Apple acquired Beats Electronics for a whopping $3 billion. Along with all of Beats' headphone and speaker products, our favorite fruit company also received the Beats Music streaming service as part of the acquisition.
According to a new report from TechCrunch on Monday, it seems like Apple is looking to shut down the Beats Music service. The report cites sources close to the situation including "several prominent employees at Apple and Beats".
iMore reports today that Halfbrick is set to give its seemingly eternally popular iOS game Fruit Ninja a substantial revamp in early October. The game has already generated more than 500 million downloads across all platforms since it was released in 2010, and it seems that Halfbrick is not content to rest on its laurels as far as the game is concerned, with Halfbrick promising fans a big makeover.
“The team has thrown away the tired menu and UI designs, ensuring the steps between playing, equipping new gear, and using social features are all streamlined,” said Halfbrick.
Now, before you start each game, you’ll be able to equip different Blades and Dojos, which were previously not usable and were only for show. Halfbrick says that the game’s score ceiling has now been blown wide open, with pretty much every item in the game having an effect on gameplay, adding even more depth and strategy for all the expert fruit slicers out there.
One such example of these new enhancements is the Great Wave dojo, which will now randomly spawn 10 fruit simultaneously, and the Autumn Black, which stirs up a tornado of fruit each time you slice a pineapple. Sounds yummy!
Finally, to tie in with the revamp, Halfbrick has also launched a new Fruit Ninja dedicated YouTube channel, with the above video, which features two newcomers to Fruit Ninja Origins, Gutsu and Truffles.
Apple's latest software version for its iPhones and iPads comes with a lot of new useful features, but this doesn't mean everybody has to love it. So if you want to downgrade from iOS 8 to a previous version, here's how you can do so in five easy steps:
Step 1: Download the iOS 7.1.2 firmware for your device
Step 2: Turn off Find My iPhone on your device if you have it enabled. Then, go to Settings → iCloud, and disable the Find My iPhone switch.
Step 3: Connect your device to a Mac with iTunes installed.
Step 4: Open the device page on iTunes, and hold the Option key while clicking the Restore button. Find the IPSW firmware file that you downloaded in Step 1, select it, and click Open.
Step 5: A pop-up box will warn you that the restore will delete all data from the device. If you are okay with the restore, click the Restore button. Wait until your device restores, and enjoy your iOS 7.1.2 firmware.
According to the iDownloadBlog publication, this will be valid for a limited amount of time, as at any point in the future, Apple will stop signing iOS 7.1.2, which means users won't be able to downgrade. Let us know below if you dislike iOS 8 and you want to go back and explain why.
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