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Retail head Angela Ahrendts promises Apple won'...

In a Friday interview, Apple retail head Angela Ahrendts said she's instructed clerks not to try and upsell people on the iPhone X, which starting at $999 may be out of reach for many people.

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Apple Releases iOS 11.1 Developer Beta 4 with Bug...

Issues Apple marked as “Resolved” in this release JavaScript, push notifications, client certificate-based authentication, an issue with Facial Landmarks (for iPhone X), and several more.

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Apple Music and other paid streaming services...

Music magazine Billboard is changing the way it handles streams from Apple Music and other streaming services in its charts, with the publication advising it will be giving greater emphasis to paid subscription streams in its Billboard Hot 100 and other charts in 2018.

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Use Your Apple Watch Digital Crown to Zoom Photos

Being able to use your Apple Watch as a remote shutter release is one thing, but having full control over zooming your iPhone camera from your wrist is pretty darned cool.

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Apple Fixes Several Bugs with watchOS 4.1 Developer...

Resolved issues in watchOS DB4 include Activity reminders for standing, app notifications including the app icon, prompts for iCloud Music Library, issues with the Radio app, and Siri settings.

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Check Out This Cool Cyperpunk Horror Game Coming to...

There’s a cool new game coming to the Mac on October 24th called Observer. Above and beyond the obviously superior name, Observer looks great. It’s a cyberpunk horror game with a killer description. From Aspyr: “The year is 2084. You are Daniel Lazarski, an elite neural detective known as an Observer, whose purpose is to hack and invade suspects’ minds. To gather evidence, you must relive their darkest fears, and, finally, face your own.” Sign me up! The trailer looks terrific (some may find it dark). Pricing hasn’t yet been announced, but the game will be released on Steam for Mac and Linux, according to MacGamerHQ. Aspyr usually releases its Mac titles on the Mac App Store, too, but a MAS version hasn’t yet been specified.

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Key Apple & Foxconn executives to meet amid...

Apple COO Jeff Williams will reportedly be meeting with Foxconn chairman Terry Gou when he visits Taiwan later this month, where he's expected to bring up the topic of production bottlenecks hurting the iPhone X.

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Apple makes available fourth developer betas of iOS...

For the second time in a week, Apple has issued updates to the developer beta programs of iOS 11.1 and watchOS 4.1.

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Animoji Trademark Lawsuit, Apple’s Sloppy UI Problem...

Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to share their take on the Animoji trademark lawsuit against Apple, and to look at Apple’s lack of consistency in macOS and iOS interface details.

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Elmedia Player and Folx installers infected by OSX/...

Popular media consumption application Elmedia Player and downloading tool Folx were both briefly infected with the Proton malware strain, with most installers of the software on Oct. 19 now infected.

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Apple releases fourth iOS 11.1 and watchOS 4.1 betas

Four days after releasing the third beta version, Apple has released the fourth iOS 11.1 beta for iPhone and iPad. iOS 11.1 beta includes the return of 3D Touch gestures for multitasking as well as hundreds of new emoji characters including “Woman with Headscarf, Bearded Person, Breastfeeding, Zombie” and plenty more. Apple has also released the fourth beta version of watchOS 4.1 beta with Apple Music and Radio streaming.


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Delta allegedly switching flight crew hardware from...

Airline Delta is allegedly in the process of switching its staff from Windows-based devices to iOS, with flight attendants set to replace Nokia handsets with the iPhone 7 Plus in early 2018, while pilots will apparently see their Microsoft Surface tablets exchanged for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro.

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Angela Ahrendts: Apple won’t try to upsell customers...

Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice present of Retail, tells CNBC that Apple isn’t going to take the hard sale route in pushing the iPhone X. She says Apple has told retail employees not to try to upsell customers to the most expensive iPhone model.

"Internally we said the tagline was 'an iPhone for everyone,'" she said. "I prefer that we ask you who you're buying it for. If they're 6 or 7 years old, what do they need? If it's someone who's leaning into something else, what do they need? We do that with Mac, we do that with iPad, why wouldn't we do that with [the] phone?”

iPhone X pre-orders start Friday, Oct. 27; the first units are supposed to be available on Friday, Nov. 3. 

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Billboard to adjust streaming services ‘weighting’...

Billboard, the music industry “bible,” says it will place greater emphasis to paid subscription streams with ad-supported activity remaining an “important factor” in the Billboard Hot 100, Billboard 200, and other charts.s Apple is among those streaming services.

Currently, Billboard has two defined types of streaming plays for the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart (and our other hybrid songs charts): on-demand (such as Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify and YouTube) and programmed (such as Pandora and Slacker Radio), with on-demand having a greater weight. The Billboard 200 -- and the publication’s other consumption-ranked albums charts -- uses a single tier of only on-demand audio streams (paid or ad-supported) from subscriptions services. Video streams don’t contribute to the Billboard 200’s calculations, but are incorporated into the Hot 100.

Beginning in 2018, plays occurring on paid...

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Angela Ahrendts talks iPhone X launch, Amazon...

Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts doesn’t want you to buy an iPhone X if it’s not for you, as long as you’re buying any other iPhone that is. In a new video interview held at Apple’s new Michigan Avenue flagship store in Chicago, Ahrendts discussed Apple’s retail strategy of not up-selling all customers to the iPhone X when it hits stores in two weeks.


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Apple CEO to meet with Hon Hai CEO to discuss iPhone...

Nikkei Asian Review sources say Apple Chief Operating Office Jeff Williams will meet with Hon Hai CEO Terry Gou in Taiwan later this month. Hon Hai, also known as Foxconn, is the only assembler of the iPhone X and its Sharp subsidiary shares 3D sensor module creation duty with LG Innotek. 

The meeting will purportedly involve discussions about the production delays for Apple’s premium smartphone, adds the Nikkei Asian Review. That’s assuming there is a delay; there is or there isn’t, depending on which rumors you believe.

Williams will be in Taiwan on Oct. 23 for the 30th anniversary of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, which supplies the core processor for the current iPhones. 

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Senators ask: did Apple push back hard enough...

CNBC reports that U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and Patrick Leahy wrote to CEO Tim Cook about the removal of virtual private network (VPN) apps from the China App Store. The senators want to know if Apple pushed back hard enough against the Chinese government or if the company helped the government with its internet crackdown. 

This summer Apple removed all major VPN (Virtual Private Networks) apps from its local App store, which helps users overcome the country's "Great Firewall.” Service providers slammed the move, calling it a "dangerous precedent.”

VPNs are the most common way to bypass China’s Great Firewall, which blocks multiple global websites, such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, or news sites like The New York Times.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 9.7-inch iPad Pro LTE $302 (...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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Report: Apple COO meeting with Foxconn chairman to...

Apple COO Jeff Williams will reportedly visit TSMC this month for the suppliers 30th anniversary. While Williams is traveling, he is also expected to discuss iPhone X production issues with Foxconn chairman Terry Gou.


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Review: D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD HomeKit-enabled Camera

The debut of iOS 10 in Sept. 2016 brought support for new classes of accessories such as HomeKit cameras, but it's only now a year later that D-Link's first HomeKit-enabled camera is finally ready for prime time. Although D-Link unveiled the Omna 180 Cam HD in January at CES and had the product on shelves in March, the camera underwent significant app and firmware updates over the summer, fixing a number of issues and improving HomeKit compatibility. In addition to HomeKit support, D-Link's Omna 180 Cam HD offers motion detection, 1080p HD video, two-way audio, night vision, local recording, and a 180 degree field of view. {/exp:char_limit}

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Mac mini: Tim Cook says Mac mini is ‘important part...

The Mac mini is Apple’s entry-level desktop Mac. It’s slower than Apple’s other desktop computers—the iMac and the Mac Pro—but it remains fast enough for general-purpose use. Apple targets first-time Mac users with the Mac mini, but longtime Mac users like the price and use the Mac mini as a server or an entertainment Mac connected to a TV.

The Mac mini models that Apple currently sells were originally released in October 2014. Three years is a long time to call a computer “new.” Apple has made no mention of its plans for the Mac mini, unlike the company’s other neglected desktop computer, the Mac Pro. Apple CEO Tim Cook did tell a MacRumors reader that the...

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Sonnet Thunderbolt 3 to Dual HDMI 2.0 Adapter offers...

Thunderbolt 3 GPU enclosure producer Sonnet has unveiled a new display-oriented accessory, with the Thunderbolt 3 to Dual HDMI 2.0 Adapter able to add two 4K-capable video outputs to a MacBook Pro or iMac while using up only one Thunderbolt 3 port.

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VPN Unlimited 3-Year Subscription: $29.99

We have a deal for you today on a three year subscription for VPN Unlimited. It features unlimited bandwidth, servers in more than 50 countries, and other services. It’s $29.99 through us, and if you enter VPN15 at checkout, you can take another 15% off that.

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Apple urges iPhone Upgrade Program members to get...

Apple is encouraging participants of its iPhone Upgrade Program to be prepared for the release of the iPhone X, inviting customers to go through a pre-approval process for the upgrade a few days before it ships on October 27.

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Hands-on: Nomad case options for iPhone 8 Plus [...

With each new iPhone release you can always be sure that the Leather-centric folks over at Nomad are soon to follow with updated case options. Nomad sent over several new cases for the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 Plus, but since the X isn’t yet in hand, this post and video will focus on the iPhone 8 Plus. more…

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Apple exec Craig Federighi says no October event...

With just 11 days left in the month, Apple will not be holding an October press event this year, the company's head of software engineering reportedly said in an email.

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Delta Drops Microsoft for iPhone, iPad for Flight...

Early next year the Delta will start putting the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and iPhone 7 Plus in its employee’s hands for in-flight services and ditch the Microsoft Surface tablets and Lumia smartphones they’re using now.

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Opinion: iPhone 8 sales probably are low, as iPhone...

The $64,000 question of the moment seems to be: How well (or badly) is the iPhone 8 selling?

We’ve been hearing conflicting answers. A KGI report stated that the iPhone 8 Plus, at least, was selling better than expected. Foxconn financials also seemed to support that idea.

But there have been more negative reports than positive ones. AT&T said that it had seen almost 1M fewer upgrades this year. A carrier store survey suggested more people were buying last year’s iPhone 7 than the iPhone 8. A major Canadian carrier said iPhone 8...

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Google follows Apple App Store's lead in...

Google is improving the revenue split for Android developers selling subscriptions through Google Play, mirroring Apple's own policies for iPhone and iPad developers at the App Store.

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Ahead of Apple Pay Cash, PayPal & Facebook team...

Ahead of the impending launch of Apple Pay Cash in Messages, Facebook and PayPal today announced a new partnership that allows users to send money to each other via Messenger. Today’s announcement is an extension of a partnership between the two companies that began last year….


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Observer, a cyberpunk horror game, coming to the Mac...

Observer, the cyberpunk horror game developed by Bloober Team, the creators of Layers of Fears, is officially coming to Mac on Oct. 24, according to Mac Gamer HQ. Both Mac and Linux versions will be available on Steam.

In Observer, you are Dan Lazarski, an elite neural detective known as an Observer. You are part of a police unit whose purpose is to hack and invade suspects’ minds. In this future, anything you think, feel, or remember can be used against you in a court of law. The game takes place in a dark dystopia where drugs, VR, and neural implants ravage the remaining survivors. For more info, click here.

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Apple Hit with Trademark Lawsuit Over Animoji Name

Apple is facing a trademark infringement lawsuit over the Animoji name it uses for the iPhone X’s animated emoji feature.

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Samsung plans London showroom matching size of Apple...

Samsung is preparing to launch a new showroom space in London a year from now in a bid to raise its prestige as a brand, a report said on Friday.

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Apple sued over the ‘Animoji’ feature coming with...

Another day, another lawsuit. Emonster k.k., a Japanese software development company, and Enrique Bonansea, a U.S. citizen living in Japan, is suing Apple for allegedly infringing on a U.S. trademark covering “Animoji,” reports AppleInsider.

Working with A11 Bionic in the iPhone X, the smartphone’s TrueDepth camera captures and analyzes over 50 different facial muscle movements, then animates those expressions in a dozen different Animoji (animated emoji), including a panda, unicorn and robot. Available as an iMessage app pre-installed on iPhone X, customers can record and send Animoji messages with their voice that can smile, frown and more.

Emonster k.k and Bonansea say the registered for the "Animoji" mark in 2014, reports The Recorder. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office subsequently...

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Analyst: Apple will ship 2-3 million iPhone X units...

In a note to clients, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says A KGI report says Apple will ship “only” two million to three million units of the iPhone X in the initial launch on November 3 because component shortages pushed back production schedules. 

Problems with the 3D sensor have been eported, but he also cites issues with the circuit boards needed for the antenna and wide angle camera. Kuo says the “biggest hurdle” is the flexible printed circuit board for the phone’s antenna due to an initial supplier failing to pass Apple’s tests. 

The analyst has reduced his fiscal fourth quarter shipment estimates of the iPhone X to 25 million to 30 million from 30 million to 35 million. However, he thinks those numbers could rise 50% in quarter one as supply catches up with demand.  

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Romeo Saber USB-C battery pack capable of providing...

Romeo Power has launched what could be an extremely useful portable battery for mobile professionals, with the high-capacity Saber power bank offering the ability to charge a MacBook Pro as well as smartphones and other smaller electronic devices.

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∞ Paper is not dead

[VIDEO] When Apple launched the Mac, back in 1984, Steve Jobs said, “The paperless office is about as likely as the paperless bathroom.”

You have to wonder if the creators of this commercial, embedded in the main Loop post, had that quote in mind.


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You can never be too thin, too rich, or have enough...

One of our most popular deals is back, this time with an even lower price. For a limited time, you can get a 3-pack of 10-ft MFi-Certified Lightning Cables for $16.99

These cables will work with all of your Apple devices thanks to the MFi certification, and at a full 10 feet of length, they’re actually useful and won’t keep you tied to a power outlet. 

Best of all, you can buy three of these cables for two bucks less than what Apple charges for a single 3-ft cable! 

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Sonnet launches Thunderbolt 3 to Dual HDMI 2.0...

Sonnet Technologies has announced the $89.90 Thunderbolt 3 to Dual HDMI 2.0 Adapter. The compact bus-powered device enables users to connect up to two 4K ultra-high-definition (UHD) HDMI monitors with just one Thunderbolt 3 port on a Mac or Windows systems.

Many desktop computer users enjoy dual-display setups: with the added screen space, a main work window can be expanded to fill one screen, while tool bars and palettes, plus other applications, occupy the second screen. With Sonnet's Thunderbolt 3 to Dual HDMI 2.0 Adapter plugged in, users of notebook and all-in-one computers with limited available ports may connect two displays while using only one Thunderbolt 3 port. 

The Sonnet adapter is a plug-and-play solution for adding dual HDMI port connectivity to computers with Thunderbolt 3 ports. Users simply plug the Thunderbolt adapter into their computers, connect...

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News: Daily Deal: VPN Unlimited Lifetime Subscription

Today in iLounge Deals, you can pick up a Lifetime Subscription to VPN Unlimited for only $49.99 — that’s a savings of 90% off the regular price. Providing users with access to a secure virtual private network (VPN) for securing traffic when surfing from public Wi-Fi access points, VPN Unlimited lets you connect to any website anywhere that you have Internet access, bypassing restricted web content and protecting your data from hackers or…

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Apple’s gorgeous Chicago riverfront store opens today

Follow the link, take a look at those images, especially that last one. This is an incredibly beautiful storefront, perfectly incorporated into the surroundings.

Props to whoever did the site planning. Just wow.

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iOS developer sues Apple over Animoji trademark

Mikey Campbell, Apple Insider:

In a complaint lodged with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, plaintiffs emonster k.k. and Enrique Bonansea, a U.S. citizen living in Japan, registered for the “Animoji” mark in 2014, reports The Recorder. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office subsequently granted rights to the property in 2015.


According to the complaint, Apple not only had knowledge of the Animoji app prior to September’s iPhone X launch, but attempted to purchase rights for the mark from emonster. Bonansea claims he was approached by Apple “fronts,” like The Emoji Law Group LLC., to sell the property this past summer. These entities allegedly threatened to file a cancellation proceeding if the developer failed to acquiesce to their requests.

This reads like a John Grisham novel.


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KFC and those 11 herbs and spices

Go to the KFC Twitter page and note that @KFC follows exactly 11 people. See where I’m going with this?

Go ahead, tap to check out the 11 follows. That is some subtle marketing.

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Facebook and Apple can’t agree on terms, so Facebook...

Peter Kafka, Recode:

Facebook’s effort to help media companies sell subscriptions has hit a snag: Apple.

The two companies are butting heads over Facebook’s plan for a new subscription tool in its mobile app. The tool will put paywalls around some articles in Facebook’s news feed, and then send users to publishers’ sites to buy subscriptions.

The issue: Apple wants to take as much as 30 percent of any subscription revenue Facebook helps generate. Facebook wants all of the money to go to publishers.

This is nothing new. The 30 percent model has been in place since inception. But:

People familiar with Facebook’s plans say Google won’t take a cut of subscriptions users sign up for using its Android operating system.

And there’s the rub. I don’t think there are many people who will switch platforms because of this issue. This is about the publishers.

Note that not every publisher likes Facebook’s subscription plan. Notable holdouts from...

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Helpful Terminal commands, Homebrew, and ffmpeg –...

Tune in for another episode of Terminal Tinkering, and learn about helpful Terminal commands, Homebrew, and the video tool ffmpeg.

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AppleInsider podcast discusses iPhone 8 production,...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about iPhone 8 production numbers being cut, anticipation for iPhone X, the FCC's useless call for FM radios on iPhones, and Apple buying a healthcare company, and much more.

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An iPad with a smooth finish to the finger, rough...

Patently Apple:

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to displays having a substrate with a visually imperceptible texture that provides tactile sensations varying with an object contacting the surface. Apple is considering applying a new finish on displays for Macs and iDevices that acts as an added protection layer with a different texture to the glass. The glass may feel smooth to the touch but slightly rougher with a little drag when using it with an Apple Pencil.

Not clear if this difference in feel is what they were going for in the first place, or a side product of the finish. What would really be cool is if there was a way to control that texture electronically, adjust it based on context.



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ProVUE Development releases Panorama X database for...

ProVUE Development has released Panorama X, a general purpose database system for Macs. It sports a 64-bit RAM based database engine and universal multi-level Undo.

Panorama X also introduces a new flexible usage based approach to software subscriptions, according to ProVUE Development founder James Rea. He says that notable features include the following: 

The Panorama X data sheet displays rows and columns like a spreadsheet, but has special functions optimized for working with structured database information.

Panorama X includes an application builder that enables the user to build a custom interface, including custom windows, dialogs, forms, labels and custom reports. The user/developer has complete control over the layout, and if necessary, any programming needed. Layouts can be fixed or responsive to window size. Programming code can be embedded into any element, much like HyperCard(TM).

Panorama X allows huge data sets to be bent, reshaped or...

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Chinese telecom companies cut Apple Watch Series 3...

China has terminated LTE access for the Apple Watch Series 3 without explanation. Per the Wall Street Journal, all three major carriers in China have closed off LTE access, apparently over the government’s security concerns over the device.

The WSJ reports that LTE functionality was available on China Unicom at launch, but new subscriptions were terminated just a few days later. Existing users are so far unaffected, it says.

It’s thought that the government was concerned about the fact that it could not track the new Apple Watch Series 3’s user base given its use of an eSIM device.

The eSIM card itself is embedded in the watch by Apple, not by carriers.

The benefit of a device carrying an eSIM is that, with software, users can choose a telecom operator and a communications plan. But in China, that new system raises the question of how carriers and regulators can track the device user’s identity.

China Unicom stated that LTE access had been...

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Apple patent filing involves millimeter wave antenna...

Apple has applied for a patent (number 20170302326) for an “electronic device having antenna tuning integrated circuits with sensors.” It would allow 5G network implementation in future iPhones and iPads.

The patent involves millimeter wave antenna. Millimeter wave, which is also known as extremely high frequency (EHF)  or very high frequency (VHF) by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), can be used for high-speed wireless broadband communications. Millimeter wave is an undeveloped band of spectrum that can be used in a broad range of products and services like high speed, point-to-point wireless local area networks (WLANs) and broadband access. In telecommunications, millimeter wave is used for a variety of services on mobile and wireless networks, as it allows for higher data rates up to 10 Gbps.

Millimeter wave is being considered by standards organization, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and researchers as the way to bring 5G into the...

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Canada’s largest mobile network says iPhone 8 sales...

The CEO of Rogers Communication, Canada’s largest mobile network, has described iPhone 8 sales as ‘anemic,’ while Verizon’s CFO took the view that what we’re seeing is probably nothing to worry about.

An analyst has pitched in on the side of Verizon, suggesting that the 2.37% fall in AAPL’s share price yesterday was a knee-jerk response which is unlikely to be justified …


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The Shelf for iOS 11 is one of the best iPad Pro...

There’s no way I’d consider replacing my iMac with an iPad Pro — even if the former was offered in a 27-inch model (I love big screens). However, for the first time, my 12.9-inch iPad Pro is a suitable secondary computer that can replace my Mac laptop when I’m traveling. 

That's due in part to the operating system update's enhanced multitasking, Files app, and drag 'n drop support. It's also due to the handy, free app, The Shelf.

You simply drag files into the utility, where they sit until you need them. When you need the items, just drag them back out, thanks to iOS 11’s drag ‘n drop capabilities. You can also copy items to the clipboard, switch to The Shelf, and hit Paste to paste them into the app.

The app’s user interface is pleasingly minimalistic. All your saved content and a Paste button are displayed in The Shelf’s window. The only other interface appears when you...

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App developer who’s been using Animoji name since...

An iOS app developer who’s been using the name ‘Animoji’ since 2014, and registered it as a U.S. trademark the same year, is suing Apple for trademark infringement. Apple last month announced Animoji as a headline feature of the iPhone X.

He claims that Apple was aware of his trademark both because his app has been in the iOS app store since 2014 and, he alleges, because the company tried to buy the name …


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How to work on files together in macOS High Sierra

It’s easy to work on files together in macOS High Sierra. When you share a file in iCloud Drive, you and your team can all work in the same document — and never wonder who has the latest version.

Open the Finder, then choose iCloud Drive or a folder you’re syncing to iCloud (such as Desktop or Documents). Select a file (sorry, you can’t share a folder) and click the share button atop the window. Or just right-click a file and then click Share. You’ll see an Add People option in the share menu.

You can use Mail, Messages, Twitter, Facebook, AirDrop. When you select one of these options, a link to your file will be sent instead of an attachment.

There's also a Copy Link button on the Add People menu. It lets you copy the link to a file to your clipboard to paste when you wish.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)

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Notable apps and app updates for Oct. 20, 2017

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates

Ultralab Apps has introduced Plans! Your Perfect Feed 1.0. The free (for a limited time) app is designed to improve the management of an Instagram account with a drag ‘n drop feature, scheduling and captioning individual posts, previews of the overall look of the feed way in advance, and more.

Vito Technology has launched Easy Baby Monitor 1.0. It’s a $2.99 video and audio app that allows you to have awareness of your sleeping baby from anywhere.

Full Fat has debuted...

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KGI: About 3 million iPhone X units will be...

A morning report from KGI reiterates production issues we’ve been hearing about the iPhone X, indicating that only 2-3 million units will be shipped for sale before the launch on November 3rd (preorders open a week from today).

KGI points to supply shortages for several components including circuit boards for the iPhone X antenna and wide angle camera, and the depth-sensing Infrared dot projector.


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Thursday October 19

Apple to stockpile 2-3M iPhone X units prior to...

Apple's iPhone X production woes are nearing an end, according to well-informed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who says shortages of key components like specialized handset circuit boards should end in November.

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Senators demand Tim Cook explain VPN app removal in...

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) penned a joint letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook this week asking for clarification on the company's decision to remove certain virtual private network (VPN) apps from China's App Store, saying the move potentially enables the country's censorship and internet surveillance policies.

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Adobe’s Project Scribbler uses AI to colorize any...

Adobe’s research team previewed emerging technology today at Adobe MAX 2017 that may one day make the tedious, but increasingly popular work of colorizing black and white photos obsolete. Project Scribbler is a new initiative powered by Adobe Sensei that can interpret any black and white sketch or photo and accurately apply realistic coloring to it.


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Apple sued over 'Animoji' trademark,...

A Japanese company on Wednesday filed suit against Apple for allegedly infringing on a U.S. trademark covering "Animoji," which the Cupertino tech giant is using to market a new facial recognition feature introduced with iPhone X.

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Bipartisan Senate team demands an Apple answer on...

US Senators Ted Cruz (L) and Patrick Leahy (R) want answers from Apple

It's about time someone called out Apple CEO Tim Cook on being a bit of a hypocrite. Earlier this year, Cook received the free speech award at Newseum's 2017 Free Expression Awards, where he was quoted as saying "First we defend, we work to defend these freedoms by enabling people around the world to speak up. And second, we do it by speaking up ourselves.". Well, Mr. Cook, Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy and Republican Senator Ted Cruz would like some answers on why Apple basically acquiesced to Chinese demands that Virtual Private Network (VPN) apps be pulled from the Chinese App Store.

The two senators sent a letter earlier this week to Cook demanding answers, bringing up the fact that China has an "abysmal" human rights record with respect to freedom of expression and free access to information online and offline, and stating that Apple "may be enabling the Chinese government's censorship and...

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Verizon will fix your smartphone’s screen for $29

It happens to the best of us. You buy a new mobile phone, you get a case, you try to be extra careful, but you drop it. Cracked screens happen often enough that most major carriers and device manufacturers have a separate section in their mobile prot...

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Ted Cruz & Patrick Leahy slam Tim Cook for...

Earlier this year, Apple was forced to remove several VPN apps from the App Store in China due to regulatory reasons. At the time, Tim Cook explained that he would rather not remove them, but was forced to comply.

Now, United States Senators Ted Cruz and Patrick Leahy are pressing Apple for more information…


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Sprint and T-Mobile merger announcement likely...

Though a long-rumored merger between Sprint and T-Mobile was expected for October, a new report claims the U.S. cellular carriers may push back the announcement until after they reveal respective quarterly earnings.

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Major Lazer documentary ‘Give Me Future’ coming...

As it continues to expand original content efforts, Apple Music has secured the rights to an upcoming documentary about electronic music trio Major Lazer. The film depicts the process of organizing the first Cuban-American concert in Havana and is entitled Give Me Future.


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Microsoft revamps Cortana app for iOS with new look...

Microsoft on Thursday updated its Cortana virtual assistant app for iOS, delivering a redesigned user interface that streamlines access to key features like reminders and daily calendars.

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Report: Sprint and T-Mobile merger announcement...

It was reported last month that Sprint and T-Mobile were close to coming to a tentative agreement for a merger, but now the two companies are looking at a delay. While Sprint and T-Mobile had hoped to announce a deal during earnings calls at the end of the month, Bloomberg reports that the deal is likely delayed…


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Google Play lets you test drive Android apps before...

Google's Instant Apps are available in a few places for curious Android users, but they've been conspicuously absent in one place: the Play Store. Wouldn't you want to check out an app before committing to it? You can now. Google is now building I...

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How to sync and load music onto Apple Watch with...

Apple introduced a few music management changes to Apple Watch with the release of watchOS 4, which now allows users to load multiple playlists, albums and individual songs onto the wearable device. Check out how to sync and load tunes from iPhone to your Apple Watch in this video.

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‘Pokemon Go’ hopes new monsters will get you outside...

While Pokémon Go may have lost some of its shine due to a number of problems like poorly run public events and a divisive invitation-only special battle system, the mobile game still has a decent fanbase. The developers have been adding new li...

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Apple Watch's LTE Suspended In China Possibly...

The Apple Watch Series 3's best new feature has been mysteriously blocked in China. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, China has cut off the Apple Watch's LTE connectivity on Sept. 28 after brief availability from China Unicom. Industry analysts claim that the suspension is probably from governmental concerns about not being able to track and confirm users of the device. AppleInsider reports: Apple issued a brief statement confirming the situation, and referring customers to China Unicom. Neither China Unicom, nor Chinese regulators have made any statement on the matter. The issue may stem from the eSIM in the Apple Watch. Devices like the iPhone have state-owned telecom company-issued SIM cards -- and the eSIM is embedded in the device by Apple. "The eSIM (system) isn't mature enough yet in China," one analyst said. "The government still needs to figure out how they can control the eSIM." The LTE version of the Apple Watch had only a trial certificate to operate...

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Now Twitter's quest to become a 'safer...

You no longer have to wonder when you'll see Twitter implement the new rules promised by its CEO and outlined in that leaked email. The social network has released a "Safety Calendar," which details when it will roll out a series of new rules to make...

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Google will 'fix' the Pixel 2's...

Looks like the Pixel 2's "secret" menu button was just leftover code, after all. Google has confirmed to CNET that this was a bug, not a feature, and that it'll be patched out in the future. If you're still enjoying that new phone smell, open up the...

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Apple’s Angela Ahrendts and Jony Ive tease new...

Apple tomorrow will open its latest flagship retail location in Chicago. The Michigan Avenue store features a gorgeous design that resembles a MacBook Air from the top, and Apple this week offered the first preview of the store as well as commentary from retail head Angela Ahrendts and designer Jony Ive…


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How to Share Notes from iBooks in iOS 11 and macOS...

It’s easy to take and share notes in iBooks for both iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra—if you know how, that is.

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Facebook rolling out in-app purchases & ads to...

Facebook is ramping up its efforts to attract developers and therefore users to its ‘Instant Games’ feature in Messenger. The company today announced that developers can now add in-app purchases and advertisements to Instant Games, a move that the company hopes will make Messenger a more attractive platform…


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AWT News Update: October 19, 2017

Wow, only eight days until the pre-orders for the iPhone X. We have some news about the newest iPhone and other topics for you today!

  • Imagine creating your own 3D renderings of your home or a dream home. It's all possible with Live Home 3D from BeLight Software, this week's AWT sponsor
  • Tim Cook told a Mac mini fan that "we plan for Mac mini to be an important part of our product line," whatever that vague statement means...
  • The CEO of Canadian telecom company Rogers says the company is seeing "anemic appetite" for the iPhone 8 while customers appear to be saving their money for the iPhone X
  • Soon you won't have to sign an electronic or paper receipt for purchases made with Apple Pay on a MasterCard

The text version of the podcast can be read below. To listen to the...

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CEO Satya Nadella’s Microsoft Presents New...

Microsoft is a smarter, more technical, more customer oriented company company under CEO Satya Nadella, and that poses new challenges for Apple.

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New Tesla lawsuit accuses company of LGBT...

Tesla has just been hit with its second discrimination lawsuit in as many days. Just yesterday, the company was sued for racial harassment in its factories. A few months back, its diversity panel uncovered a slew of sexism. Now The Guardian reports t...

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Why Does Podcasts Suddenly Have iTunes U Stuff?

It might be confusing at first, but the move actually makes a lot of sense and turns iTunes U into a more organized collection of college and university curriculum.

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Apple Music snags Major Lazer concert documentary...

In March 2016, Barack Obama became the first U.S. President to visit Cuba in 88 years, marking an easing of political tension between the world power and the small island republic. That same month, electronic music group Major Lazer self funded the first major Cuban-American concert in Havana, an event that drew nearly half a million attendees.

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Review: Kingson DataTraveler Bolt Duo Flash Drive...

Kingston's DataTraveler Bolt Duo is the latest external storage adapter for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users, allowing photos and videos to be offloaded onto double-ended Lightning and USB 3.0 flash drive. Although we saw a handful of flash drives appear when iOS first added support for directly attached external flash drives a couple of years ago, the market quieted down a bit after that. However, despite the availability of higher-capacity iPhones and cloud-based storage, veteran flash memory maker Kingston clearly feels there's still a need to be filled here. Bolt Duo is available in 32 GB ($60), 64 GB ($90), and 128 GB ($120) storage capacities. {/exp:char_limit}

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Tim Cook: Mac mini will be ‘important part’ of...

Tim Cook:

“Wile it’s not time to share any details, we do plan for Mac mini to be an important part of our product line going forward.”

Well, good.

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Wirecutter's best deals: Bose SoundLink Mini II...

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read their continuously updated list...

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Volkswagen is building an electric supercar to...

Last month, Volkswagen laid out a roadmap for its EV rollout, promising 300 zero-emissions vehicles by 2030. While it's certainly good PR to move the company beyond its lingering diesel scandal, it also follows other automakers that recently committe...

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'The Daily Show' library of Trump’s tweets...

Back in June, we covered The Daily Show's presidential Twitter library in New York. After all, the frequency at which our Commander in Chief takes to Twitter is surely to become a part of his legacy. The library is now moving to Chicago, and you can...

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Getting an iPhone X? These Nomad cases are amazing...

One thing that’s been different about the early announcement of the iPhone X almost two months before it actually arrives is that we’ve been able to review some cases well in advance of actually having the phone. Today we’re looking at the Nomad Leather Folio for iPhone X ($49.95), Clear Case for iPhone X ($39.95), Clear Folio for iPhone X($49.95) and Rugged Case for iPhone X ($44.95). 

I’ve used a Rugged Case for iPhone 7 Plus for a while, and it’s really impressive. Nomad uses Horween leather on all of its cases, which is probably some of the best leather made in the world. Even the Clear Case uses a Horween leather accent, giving it a very classy look. The leather tends to age and gain a...

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Intel and Amazon partner on voice recognition tech

Intel and Amazon are partnering to combine the former's silicon and smarts with the latter's Alexa voice platform. The chipmaker has introduced the Intel Speech Enabling Developer Kit to provide a "complete audio front-end solution for far-field voic...

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PSA: Donate to Wikipedia today

As a writer, I always need access to current information on a variety of topics. That information comes from a variety of sources, but often I rely on the “mother lode” of info — Wikipedia. Wikipedia is an independent non-profit organization and it doesn’t accept advertising. However, it needs money to survive (don’t we all?) and the parent Wikimedia Foundation is currently running its annual fundraiser to stay independent

Every year I give the Wikimedia Foundation $25 to keep running, and I get a tremendous amount of benefit from that small donation. If you use Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons (freely usable photos and videos), Wiktionary, or any of the other data sources run under the Wikimedia banner, please consider...

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CEO of Canada's Rogers sees 'anemic'...

The CEO of Canadian communications giant Rogers said that the company is so far seeing "anemic" demand for Apple's iPhone 8, potentially adding to the evidence that global sales are soft.

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Macworld’s November digital magazine: iOS 11 and...

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld magazine.

In the November issue

We have the lowdown on Apple’s two big software releases with reviews of iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra.  Find out everything you need to know about Face ID on the soon-to-be-realeased iPhone X. We spotlight 10 older (but awesome) iOS games that you can still play on iOS 11. Also, learn how to stop spam emails from reaching your inbox.

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: Everything you need to know about AppleCare+

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Marvel and Netflix's 'The Punisher'...

Marvel and its distinguished competitor will go head-to-head this fall. But rather than the brawl playing out at comic book shops, the venues will be your living room and local multiplex. Netflix has revealed that its latest Marvel superhero antihero...

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Apple Opens ‘New Generation’ Apple Store in Chicago...

The stunning location features 32-foot glass panels, a carbon-fiber roof, and a series of events developed specifically for Chicago.

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Facebook not launching media and news subscription...

Facebook is on the verge of launching a way to allow companies to sell subscriptions through the social media venue -- but a dispute over Apple's mandated 30 percent of revenue derived through apps distributed on its store appears to have scuttled the launch on the iPhone.

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Google considers 'fixing' the Pixel 2 XL...

While Google's Pixel 2 XL has generally been well-received, there have been some complaints about its LG-made P-OLED screen. It's supposed to reflect "natural" colors, but many see it as downright dull after years of seeing extra-punchy OLED displays...

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Ulysses and Chrome updated with Drag and Drop, other...

A month after the public release of iOS 11, apps continue to be updated with support for the new features in Apple’s latest operating system. Today, popular writing app Ulysses and Google Chrome were both updated with support for new iOS 11 functionality…


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Aevena Aire Cancelled: No Flying Robot for You

If you were excited about the prospect of having your own personal robot flying around your house you’ll have to keep dreaming because the Aevena Aire Kickstarter project has officially shut down.

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Tim Cook email claims Mac mini 'important part...

In response to an email concerned about the future of the Mac mini, Apple CEO Tim Cook responded that the Mac mini will continue -- but didn't share any specifics about the product's future.

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51 percent of tech experts say fake news can't...

With content peddlers Facebook and Google still struggling to combat fake news, especially during crises like the Las Vegas shooting, the proliferation of such false content might seem like an unstoppable flow. If that's your opinion, you're in the (...

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Ulysses gets an update to Version 12, adds iOS 11...

Ulysses has been a popular cross-platform text editing app for years, and today the developers announced Ulysses 12, with a majority of new features pointed toward the iOS version of the app.

For all platforms -- Mac, iPhone and iPad -- Ulysses 12 has a new image preview capability. This has been a long-desired feature for Ulysses, and they've added it with some restrictions. First, images that reside in their own paragraph are rendered as black and white thumbnails while those included in text passages show up as the "IMG-bubble" familiar to Ulysses users. 

Image thumbnails. Image via Ulysses

The developers say that they found that the monochrome thumbnails weren't as jarring as color ones, and since the main concept behind Ulysses is to keep you in the text and writing, they decided to avoid clashing with themes and distracting writers. Good enough. 

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Halcyon 6 is a well-loved indie RPG with stellar tactical combat and some pretty good writing, too. It's now landed on the App Store, so mobile fans, if you're itching for a good intergalactic adventure, here's your game. Being a strategy RPG, the... | Read more »
Game of Thrones: Conquest guide - how to...
Fans of base building games might be excited to know that yet another entry in the genre has materialized - Game of Thrones: Conquest. Yes, you can now join the many kingdoms of the famed book series, or create your own, as you try to conquer... | Read more »
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Legacy of Discord celebrates its 1 year...
It’s been a thrilling first year for fans of Legacy of Discord, the stunning PvP dungeon-crawling ARPG from YOOZOO Games, and now it’s time to celebrate the game’s first anniversary. The developers are amping up the festivities with some exciting... | Read more »
3 reasons to play Thunder Armada - the n...
The bygone days of the Battleship board game might have past, but naval combat simulators still find an audience on mobile. Thunder Armada is Chinese developer Chyogames latest entry into the genre, drawing inspiration from the explosive exchanges... | Read more »
Experience a full 3D fantasy MMORPG, as...
Those hoping to sink their teeth into a meaty hack and slash RPG that encourages you to fight with others might want to check out EZFun’s new Eternity Guardians. Available to download for iOS and Android, Eternity Guardians is an MMORPG that lets... | Read more »
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4 of the best Halloween updates for mobi...
Halloween is certainly one of our favorite times for mobile game updates. Many popular titles celebrate this spooky season with fun festivities that can stretch from one week to even the whole month. As we draw closer and closer to Halloween, we'... | Read more »
Fire Rides guide - how to swing to succe...
It's another day, which means another Voodoo game has come to glue our hands to our mobile phones. Yes, it's been an especially prolific month for this particular mobile publisher, but we're certainly not complaining. Fire Rides is yet another... | Read more »

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