In an update to its website on Monday, Apple revealed its newest retail location in Australia, at Rundle Place Centre in Adelaide, will open its doors on Saturday at 10 a.m. local time.
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Looking for some new games to play this weekend? You’re in luck. Developer Gameloft is offering two of its premium titles, N.O.V.A. 3 and Gangstar Rio, for free this weekend in the App Store. Picking up both titles would normally set you back US$ 12 so jump on this deal quickly.
Gangster Rio is a 3D sandbox game in the spirit of Grand Theft Auto, complete with vehicles, combat, and all the moral ambiguity you’d expect from a crime simulator. With over 60 missions, locations based on Rio de Janeiro, and even an exploding football that as a weapon, Gangster Rio has a lot to offer for exploration.
First person shooter fans should give N.O.V.A. 3 a spin for both single and multiplayer modes. The main storyline takes place over 10 levels of sci-fi combat, while the multiplayer is rounded out by 7 different play modes and support for up to 12 players. Most impressively the game has in-game chat for talking to your friends while you play.
Each game has micro-transaction options for beefing up your bankroll and ammo, so maybe this weekend you will pass some of your savings from the free download into buying new weapons and vehicles. Or just revel in the knowledge that you got two free games. Either way act quickly, as this deal will be over soon.
Pick up Gangster Rio: City of Saints here at iTunes.
Pick up N.O.V.A. 3 here at iTunes.
Download N.O.V.A. 3 and Gangstar Rio for iOS free this weekend originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 17 May 2013 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
BlackBerry has announced that it will bring its BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) platform to iOS this summer. BBM was one of the first proprietary mobile messaging services — not unlike Apple’s iMessage service — and remains hugely popular.
The company reports that BBM has 60 million monthly active users and that BBM users send 10 billion messages per day. In January, Apple claimed iMessage users were sending 2 billion messages per day.
Moreover, there are a number of popular so-called ‘over-the-top’ messaging services including WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger — both of which move billions of messages a day.
BBM set the standard for mobile instant messaging with fast and reliable service and an added layer of engagement with delivered and read statuses. You’ve shared with us your stories about how BBM has kept you connected when it mattered most to you. Upon release of the multi-platform BBM service, you can broaden that real-time connection to friends and colleagues on other supported mobile platforms.
In the first version of multi-platform BBM, iOS and Android users are expected to be able to experience the following BBM features:
– The immediacy of BBM chats
– Multi-person chats
– Voice note sharing
– BlackBerry Groups, where BBM users are able to set up groups of up to 30 people and share calendar, photos, files and more
The team here at BlackBerry has definitely been working hard to bring the much-adored BBM experience to a wider group of mobile users.
It was rumored back in 2011 that BlackBerry was planning to port BBM to iOS.
BlackBerry Messenger for iOS and Android is expected to be released this summer.
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Miracles do happen. BlackBerry today announced that BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) will be available on iOS and Android this summer as a free download.
On the BlackBerry blog, BlackBerry employee Donny Halliwell stated that availability is dependent on approval by the Apple App Store and Google Play. BBM for iOS is huge, considering the number of people that use the system: over 51 million daily active users who use BBM an average of 1.5 hours per day, sending over 10 billion messages per day.
Rumors about an iOS version of BBM first started floating around in earnest in March of 2011, but this is the first word from BlackBerry that the app will actually appear.
BBM for iOS should feature the ability to do multi-person chats, allow the sharing of voice notes, and create BlackBerry Groups for sharing calendars, photos, files and more with groups up to 30 people.
BlackBerry bringing BBM to iOS and Android this summer originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 14 May 2013 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
A major software update for Philips’ Hue app brings an enhanced user experience to the multi-colored connected LED lighting system, granting owners location-based control of bulb settings, support for the “If This Then That” Internet automation service, and recurring “calendarized” scheduling.
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Ahead of ABC’s spring upfront this coming Tuesday, May 14 (“upfronts” are the glitzy network presentations to get advertisers revved up about the coming season’s programming), the New York Times’ Brian Stelter found a scoop that has more to do with how we watch TV than which programs we watch.
Disney’s ABC network plans to revise its iPad/iPhone app lineup by Tuesday to include free live streaming of ABC channels for viewers in two Northeast cities. The live streaming feature, which will appear as a “live” button in a new Watch ABC app (akin to ABC-owned ESPN’s Watch ESPN app) set to replace the the existing ABC Player app, will be available to customers in New York and Philadelphia who can verify that they have access to ABC via a cable or satellite subscription.
Stelter notes that ABC’s programming currently appearing on ABC.com and Hulu Plus may be curtailed in the future, with longer delays before free-to-stream episodes appear; the most current content would be reserved for pay TV subscribers. This would undoubtedly drive cord-cutters somewhat batty.
The streaming feature will be iOS-only for now, and limited to those two markets (where the affiliate stations are owned by the parent company) while the network negotiates with affiliates in other cities. The first affiliate deal, with Hearst Television, will soon add live streaming to 13 additional cities like Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Kansas City and Honolulu. Having NYC be one of the first launch markets means that ABC must be rooting for the New York Knicks (currently down 2-1 in a playoff series with Indiana) to go deep into the NBA playoffs, which the network is carrying this year.
This isn’t the first device-centric live television play, by any means. Most US cable, satellite and fiber providers offer some flavor of live channel streaming, with varying marquee features and limitations. Some, like Time Warner Cable and Xfinity, restrict all-you-can-stream access to the subscriber’s home WiFi network and offer a more limited channel lineup on the move. Verizon’s FiOS app streams plenty of popular pay-TV channels but no network content. In the case of ABC’s live channel stream, the branding for the network can move completely out from under the program provider’s umbrella; that way, there are fewer distractions to lure eyeballs away from ABC’s live and library content.
Customers with Dish Anywhere and the sleek Dish Explorer programming discovery app from the satellite TV provider may have the most flexibility: the company’s Sling technology actually restreams anything the Dish receiver can show, including live TV on any channel or recorded DVR programming. (Most DVR recordings can even be transferred from the Dish Hopper receiver onto the iPad for later viewing, which would require an EyeTV or other approach with most providers.) But this approach does require plenty of home bandwidth, and can tie up your receiver; ABC’s stream doesn’t have those drawbacks.
If over the air TV is your thing, there are several iPad options out there. EyeTV’s EyeTV Mobile adapter, for $ 99, adds an antenna to your tablet and delivers programming via the Dyle digital broadcast system. The MCV consortium behind Dyle includes NBC, Fox and Telemundo (but not ABC), so those networks are generally represented and available on the system. The legally challenged but still eagerly expanding startup Aereo doesn’t share those channel limits; anything an antenna can see in the NYC metro area, Aereo will gladly deliver to your iPad or desktop browser for a monthly $ 8 fee. Aereo’s one-antenna-per-user model is being contested by the networks, but so far they’ve not been able to put together a compelling legal case to stop the company from providing its service; in fact, it’s expanding to Boston this month.
In many ways, ABC’s move (which the network says was shifted up from a planned 2014 rollout; “We watch how people are behaving with their devices, and we really felt that we needed to move faster,” said Disney/ABC Television Group co-chair Anne Sweeney) is of a piece with these other new-world-order programming options. Consumers are getting their television content via all sorts of pathways, and fewer and fewer of them are tied to a traditional primetime lineup at the network’s convenience. Even this circumscribed step away from the default delivery of TV, with its leash of a pay subscription, says a lot about ABC’s willingness to ride the wave forward rather than fighting to keep a hold on the status quo.
[Although the Steven P. Jobs Trust, led by the Apple co-founder's widow Laurene Powell Jobs, owns some 7.7 percent of Disney/ABC's outstanding shares, regulatory filings noted by Bloomberg suggest that the trust has no intention to influence Disney/ABC operations. -Ed.]
ABC to add live streaming to iPad app this week, for a few and with a catch originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Sun, 12 May 2013 21:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Big changes coming to AppleCare this fall: warranty subscriptions, in-store iOS device repairs, more [u]
In a town hall session held on Thursday, Apple informed tech staff that major changes to the AppleCare and AppleCare+ service programs will be enacted starting this fall, with a broadening of current policies likely to cut costs and make the service more attractive to consumers.
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There are quite a few “sandbox” games available on iOS, including the uber-popular Minecraft, and Majic Jungle’s great Blockheads. But my favorite so far is Junk Jack, a 2D sandbox title put together by Pixbits. It’s excellent — its little square tiles are perfect for the iPhone’s interface, and almost everything you can craft in the game is useful and interesting. There has been murmuring that Pixbits was going to create a “Junk Jack 2″ release soon, but instead, the company has announced a game called Junk Jack X, a brand-new installment of the series with multiplayer, character customization, worlds support, a deeper crafting system and of course upgraded graphics.
You can see what the game looks like in the announcement post, and it’s definitely very impressive. Liquids will now flow through the game realistically, you can equip and upgrade various items in a few different slots and the game will also have other planets (!) and themes to explore. Junk Jack is a great game, and Junk Jack X looks like it improves on almost every feature. Pixbits says work is going well, but given the vast scope of the title, we probably won’t see it on the App Store until Q3 or Q4 of this year. We’ll be waiting.
Pixbits announces Junk Jack X, coming later this year originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 10 May 2013 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Pegatron, a contract manufacturer for Apple that makes the iPad mini and the iPhone 4S, among other products, said today that its second quarter consumer electronics revenue will drop 25 to 30 percent from the previous quarter, reports Bloomberg.
The company says there is a decline in revenue from iPad mini production is “more on demand, while price has been stable”, but CEO Jason Cheng also noted that “almost every item is moving in a negative direction” for the quarter. “Not just tablets, also e-books and games consoles”.
The iPad Mini accounts for more than half of Pegatron’s consumer-electronics revenue, and the iPhone 4S contributes a majority of sales in the communications division, Cheng said.
“This is a bigger drop than we’d expected,” said Vincent Chen, who rates the company buy at Yuanta Financial Holding Co. in Taipei. “We’re seeing strong indications from the supply chain that demand for iPad Mini will now fall 20 percent to 30 percent from the first quarter, instead of an earlier 15 percent estimate.”
In its quarterly results report in April, Apple issued guidance for expected revenue for the June quarter of $33.5-35.5 billion, a drop in revenue of some 20 percent from the prior quarter.
Reports have indicated that mass production of the display for a Retina iPad mini should begin in June or July, for a planned release well into the third calendar quarter of 2013.
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Aspiring artists may want to grab their stylus and check out Draw This App from Peter Hamilton. The app improves your drawing skills by practicing your copying technique and challenging you to do better each time you sit down and draw.
The app is basic in its scope and is designed for beginning artists looking to improve their skills or more experienced artists who want to practice their copying skills. The app offers a handful of objects that are relatively easy to draw, including 3D shapes like cubes, body parts like eyes and different types of faces. Each object is drawn step-by-step and you are prompted to draw along with the app.
You can choose to draw an ear, for example, and the app will draw the ear, one part at a time starting with the outer lobe. You must follow along with this drawing lesson, drawing the ear in increments. The app tracks your drawing technique and grades you based on how you closely you replicate the original object. Don’t fret if you are a lefty, the app lets you select your handedness and will grade accordingly.
Draw This App is a new app, and the number of lessons are limited. The grading is also easier than I expected. Every once in a while I was careless while drawing, and I still received a decent score. Maybe I am a glutton for punishment, but I expected a bigger penalty when I was sloppy with my technique. Hopefully, the developer will improve the stringency of the scoring and add to the library of drawing tutorials over time.
Draw This App is available for free from the iOS App Store. You can unlock the first group of drawing lessons via a 99-cent in-app purchase. It is compatible with iPad and requires iOS 6.1 or later.
Daily iPad App: Draw This App challenges you to refine your drawing technique originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 07 May 2013 23:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.