In a move that could change the future of mobile gaming, Epic Games beats the drum of war and takes on BOTH Apple and Google.
‘Fortnite’ is one of the biggest things in pop-culture and beyond in these last years BUT going on both giants at once it’s more than a bold move.
The background leading to this is Apple removing Epic’s product from Apple Store, after they [Epic Games] implemented direct payments, thus directly cut off Apple’s of their 30% cut. Those percents are standard for purchases in the app store and it’s in the publishing agreement every developer needs to comply in order to be able to offer its product(s) for the platform.
Things however do not stop there. Just hours later, Epic moved against another tech-giant – Google – whose share is also 30% on all revenue made on Google Store, also legally binding in order to get published for the whole worldwide Android market.
Epic are NOT seeking any monetary compensation, they ARE challenging the monopoly of Apple [and Google], just as seen above. There is more to this story but to keep things simple: they want to change rules and opting for open mobile markets where everyone would have the possibility to:
1) pay less to Google and Apple, maybe offering lower costs to the end-users
2) launch their own store[s] – [Epic] has one already
Mobile gaming has a market share of aprox. 50% in a industry worth $160 billions.
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I am currently reading a book about STEVE JOBS (written by Walter Isaacson) and this came up: the Orwell’s 1984 inspired introducing Macintosh ad. Scott Ridley was involved and it costed over $700,000.
It’s aiming at IBM as the fascist ruler(s) and pictured Job’s view of (that time’s) main computer producer. It’s also considered to be his (Job’s) way of going back to his “fight the big brother” hippie/enlighted being. Folks aware of his earlier years should know more about this.
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Perhaps not being a surprise, Apple wants a bit of the VR cake.
The company has recently hired folks that are specialised in VR. That, in combination with the submited various patents for VR technique should ring the bell to everybody. How they will or when they will have a product ready for showcasing purposes, a prototype, is unclear.
According to TeknikHype, Apple has earlier bought companies that are working with VR – Primesens, Perceptio, Metaio and Facelift
Could it be Apple‘s next big hit?
Kim Kardashian just launched her own emojis on AppStore.
The interest for the ‘Kimojis’ was big enough to crash Apple’s AppStore. Her reaction was the following:
iOS 9.1 is out now on for supported iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices. As it is an .1 update, there is not much that is updated, but still; this update comes with 150 new emojis, some of which you can see in the picture below.
The Live Photos functionality has been improved too, as it now “intelligently senses when you raise or lower your iPhone”, and doesn’t record those movements anymore. There are even the ususal bug fixes and performance improvements.
Finally, there’s a new option in Settings > Messages, which lets you allow or disable showing photos for your contacts.
Source and picture taken from: http://www.gsmarena.com/ios_91_is_now_rolling_out_with_new_emoji_and_better_live_photos-news-14603.php
Quoted from Gamereactor UK:
“The latest Halo game has launched on Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 (£4.59), Steam (£4.69) and iOS (£4.49). Over on Steam (£6.99) and iOS (£7.99) players can also buy a bundle that includes this latest release and the original, Halo: Spartan Assault. If you want it, here’s a bit about the game’s story from Xbox Wire:
Halo: Spartan Strike tells a compelling new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. As a Spartan supersoldier in a classified ONI simulation, delve into 30 challenging missions while leading UNSC troops through cities and jungles with an all new arsenal of weapons, abilities and vehicles.”
Below are some screenshots from the game, also taken from GRUK:
One of the greatest apps out there for both Android and the iOS is Shazam.
Shazam allows you to get to know which songs you like or which ones that you are listening to, by letting you Shazam the music that is on. That will contribute to you finding out new hot songs.
Besides that, Shazam lets you save your “Shazams” (as this action of finding out a certain song is called) and lets you have a full list of all the songs you have Shazm’ed if you log in with your facebook- account, for example.
Every week, there is a top 100 of the tracks in your country of residence that Shazam is choosing for you, as well as updates from time to time with hot videos that you should check out. Shazam is all about music and the music presented is hot, as users from around the globe “choose” the music by Shazaming it.
You can also share your Shazams on different social media sites, or create playlists of the music that you’ve just discovered.
For Swedish iOS users, you can download the app right here: https://itunes.apple.com/se/app/shazam/id284993459?mt=8
For Sweidsh Android users, you can download it here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.shazam.android&hl=sv
Discover more by visiting Shazam’s official webpage: http://www.shazam.com/
Apple just announced that it will allow apps on AppStore to be double the size of that they are today.
This means that in the near future, the apps available on AppStore can be up to 4GB big. Today they can be max 2GB. This change will allow especially games to contain more visual effects and overhauled graphics, as they could take more place on the Store.
The limit of 2GB was first set when Apple opened the Store and it remained untill now, when apparently this will be changed.
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The Financial Times claims that Beats Music will be part of iOS as early as March next year, as an attempt to push iTunes users to try the streaming service.
Apple paid $3 billions for the whole Beats comapany earlier in 2014 and in the deal, the streaming service Beats Music was also sold. Beats Music launched in January in US only, as a rival to Spotify.
2015 could mean a possible relaunch of the service and a push to hundreds of millions of devices around the globe. Even though is not mentioned, this could mean that Beats Music will finally go global.
“Frostbite is not only the heart of the Battlefield games on PC and console – it’s also pushing technical boundaries on mobile. Kristoffer Benjaminsson, Product Owner for Mobile at Frostbite, tells you about the team’s greatest mobile challenge yet – getting parts of Battlefield 4 running on iOS.”
Read about this on Frostbites blogg. There will also be upcoming updates on how they get it runnig on iOS: