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When it rains it pours sometimes. While Apple has seen phenomenal success with sales of their iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones reaching 10 Million easily in just a few days of release, they have still run into some speed bumps as well. From a bad iOS 8.0.1 update to the silly "bendgate" media frenzy, it seems like everyone is piling on Apple all of a sudden. According to the latest news, even the tax man is after Apple!
According to the latest reports, Apple is in trouble with the European Commission for a form of tax evasion to the tune of as much as $8 Billion dollars. Basically, the EC is accusing Apple of working out tax agreements in Ireland in the early 1990s and late 2000s which “confer an advantage on Apple” that breaks European tax laws.
Here's a quote with some of the details from the EC,
The first ever Pokémon game to be released on iPad, or indeed on any iOS device, has arrived today in the App Store. The Pokémon Trading Card Game Online brings the online version of the popular trading-card game to iPad and iPad mini, from the third generation of iPad and up.
The free-to-play app is designed to be very similar to the PC and Mac version of the game, and players can take their digital card collection and game progress with them across all devices that they play on.
The app has identical features to the PC and Mac game, including player-versus-computer and player-versus-player online battles, deck building, card trading, avatar customisation, a Pokémon TCG tutorial, and much more.
All Pokémon TCG Online players will get several free digital Pokémon TCG decks to kick off the game with, and they can also earn more cards via player-versus-computer and online battles.
Also, if you buy physical theme decks, booster packs, and other Pokémon TCG products, you’ll get a code card that enables you to unlock more digital cards to add to your decks.
Source: The Pokémon Company
When it comes to Major League Baseball apps, the official MLB.com At Bat is arguably the best application to have on an iOS device. At Bat allows users to track stats, listen to live coverage, as well as live stream numerous games on the go.
On Monday, for the first time ever, MLB.com announced that At Bat will be live streaming every game in the World Series as well as a few postseason games on the go. Baseball-lovers will need to be MLB.tv Premium subscribers to access the content but can also pay $3.99 to view the rest of the season.
Today's app update notes via App Store:
- For the first time we will be streaming live every World Series game and select other Postseason games to all authenticated MLB.TV Premium subscribers
- Live Postseason coverage for every game through the 2014 World Series
- Postseason.TV: Live companion coverage featuring up to 10 alternate camera angles for the AL Wild Card, AL Division Series and AL Championship Series (TBS broadcasts only)
- General performance improvements
A security researcher recently discovered something a bit frightening in iOS 8. Apparently, when you have the QuickType predictive feature activated in iOS 8, it will actually suggest parts of your password as part of its predictive typing feature. Here's a quote with an example,
To do that you need to turn “Predictive” to OFF in the Settings > General > Keyboard.
G5 has announced today that the full version of the original Stand O’Food game will be free to download for one week, from today, September 29, to October 5.
This really is a great opportunity to snap up a classic iOS game for free while it’s available. It’s such an incredibly addictive and fun game, and well worth picking up.
The basic aim of the gameplay is to feed your hungry customers before they get angry and leave.
There are two modes to choose from, Quest mode and Lunch Rush mode, featuring over 100 levels and more than 80 recipes to make.
It’s not all about speeding through the customers’ orders, though, as you have to prepare the sandwich accurately from the chosen ingredients, and plan ahead so that you don’t run out of a specific ingredient.
By serving your customers in a timely manner and keeping them happy you’ll earn money that you can use to purchase new condiments to make new and more elaborate recipes, and also to upgrade your equipment.
It’s worth noting that while there is also a freemium version of the game already available, you have to pay to unlock further levels of that version. Make sure you download the “Full” version, which is normally a paid app.
Click here to download from the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id371675880?mt=8
Source: G5 Entertainment
Microsoft has recently confirmed to the Wall Street Journal publication that it plans to open a store just a few blocks away from Apple’s iconic cube on Fifth Avenue. Microsoft's retail store will be located in the heart of New York City and will replace an existing Fendi store. As a matter of fact, this is going to be Microsoft's first full retail store in Manhattan.
David Porter, corporate vice president for Microsoft retail stores, in a statement to the WSJ, said the following:
"As our first flagship store, it will serve as the centerpiece of our Microsoft Stores experience. This is a goal we've had since day one — we were only waiting for the right location. And now we have it."
The location is close to Apple’s flagship New York City store, which makes us wonder whether Microsoft has done it on purpose. But be it as it may, this is going to be a true retail presence in New York City for the company, which is apparently interested to get more people interested in its hardware. Here are some more details from the report:
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As you probably already know, HealthKit is a service that allows developers to make software that integrates with the new Health application. With the use of this application, users can track their steps, oxygen, sleep levels, and other health related data; they can also can enter their medical history.
Now, in order to popularize the new feature in iOS8, Apple has updated the App Store with an “Apps for Health” section in the Featured tab. You will find there several apps that use iOS 8′s Health app to aggregate health and fitness data into a central location for users.
Apple had to delay HealthKit-compatible apps due to a critical bug in the first version of iOS 8. But after releasing iOS 8.0.2 on Thursday, the company started approving apps that take advantage of the health-tracking features.
At the moment, Apple has 14 apps listed, and here's the entire list along with direct links to their official iTunes download pages:
Analyst Keith Bachman from BMO Capital Markets company has high hopes for Apple in fiscal year 2015, as he maintained his "outperform" rating for shares of AAPL.
The analyst thinks Apple will manage to sell 189 million iPhone units in fiscal 2015 and he forecasts that the average selling price of the iPhone will increase to $637. He also sees the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 accounting for 70 to 75 percent of total sales of the latest generation of models.
Bachman has reduced his iPad estimates by 9.5 million units for fiscal 2015, to 58 million. He thinks that Apple's new, bigger iPhones will cannibalize some iPad sales. But that is actually a good thing for Apple, in his opinion:
"If Apple sells one iPhone and does not sell one iPad mini, Apple increases gross profit by about $200, all else equal"
Speaking about the forthcoming Apple Pay mobile payment service tied to the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch, Bachman says it won't have a significant effect as this is a breand new service and still needs time to get traction.
Bachman also forecasted that Apple will sell 12 million of the Apple Watch in fiscal 2015, which runs through the end of September.
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