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Mozilla launches first public preview for Firefox on iPho...

Yesterday, 10:50 PM

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Mozilla has announced that the first public preview of its Firefox browser for iPhone and iPad is now available — so long as you call New Zealand home. Mozilla will initially collect feedback from users in New Zealand before rolling the public preview out to more countries ahead of a full launch:

Our goal is to create a great browsing experience for iOS with Firefox. With this first public preview we will be collecting feedback in one country, before we extend availability to get feedback in a few more countries prior to a full public launch. Feedback from this preview release will help us build new features and bring Firefox for iOS to the App Store in rest of the world later this year.

For right now, Mozilla is hoping to gather feedback on two main features. The first is Intelligent Search, which provides suggested search results with a tab above the keyboard allowing you to quickly change search engines. The second feature is Visual Tabs, which lets you keep track of open Firefox tabs on all of your devices.

Mozilla didn't give an indication of its expected launch date for Firefox on iOS other than sometime "later this year." However, if you're interested in knowing when the public preview hits your country, you can sign up for updates on Firefox's website.

Source: Mozilla; Via: TechCrunch





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Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus is a flexible way to add ambi...

Yesterday, 01:53 PM

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Philips has combined a flexible design with advanced lighting technology to launch the new Hue Lightstrip Plus. This new lighting fixture can be shaped, bent, even cut, and extended by up to 10 meters to introduce ambience to spaces throughout the home. If you're tired of relying on standard bulbs, and have places throughout the home where said lighting could be installed, the new Philips tech could be the ideal option for you.

The lighting itself is touted as being self-adhesive and easy to install, enabling you to place them along the bottom of a room, coving of a ceiling, or even along shelving. Since we're talking about Philips Hue here, you'll be able to configure the lighting from compatible apps and even have them change color depending on what's currently displayed on the big screen.

The only potential issue is the pricing, which may deter potential buyers. The two meter strip will set you back €79.95/$89.95, while the one meter extension strips will cost you €24.95/$29.95 each. Philips will launch the new lighting in Europe and the US come October.

Learn more about the Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus

Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus: light bright enough to paint a whole room

Enhance your home with flexible connected light that can instantly switch a relaxing environment into an energizing one

Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), the global leader in lighting, combines flexible design with cutting-edge connected lighting technology to deliver a whole new way of using light, Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus. A hidden source of light, Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus can be shaped, bent, cut and extended up to 10 meters to add atmosphere to any space in the home. With every shade of beautiful white light from cool blue white to warm yellow white as well as atmospheric colored light, Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus is a high quality, high output light that is bright enough to completely transform the character of a space. So whether it's entertaining friends or cooking a meal for the family, Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus lets you 'paint with light' to create the perfect moment.

"With Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus we're encouraging people to get creative with light and really interact with it," explains Leonardo Avezzano, Product Marketing Director of Philips Hue. "Its extendible design along with its connectivity and high lumen output, means that it's even easier for people to use light to create the experience they want across their home."

As an indirect source of light, Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus can be placed anywhere in the home to complement and enrich existing Philips Hue lights, delivering a uniformed color. Self-adhesive and easy to install, place along the bottom of a hallway choosing a beautiful shade of white light to create a sense of spaciousness; run along coving high up the walls of a room to wash the entire space with light instantly transforming its look and feel; or line along shelves and cabinets to add a stylish touch of ambience to match a mood or moment.

Taking flexible connected lighting to a whole new level, Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus is a part of the Philips Hue ecosystem, so it benefits from all the unique features of Philips Hue including interaction with more than 300 third-party apps. Check out apps that sync Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus to the TV and enjoy a completely new viewing experience where the lights change the atmosphere to enhance what's on screen. With Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus you can instantly change the ambience of any space in your home at the swipe of a finger, giving you unlimited flexibility and freedom to experience light as you want it.

Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus two meter strip including the power adaptor is €79.95/ $89.95; one meter extension strips are €24.95 / $29.95 each. Available in Europe and North America from October 2015.





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What's new on the App Store: Big Duolingo update, new...

Yesterday, 08:12 PM

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<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href='http://www.imore.com...vity-discounts'title="What's new on the App Store: Big Duolingo update, new indie games, productivity discounts"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/styles/large_wm_brw/public/field/image/2015/09/app-store-9-3.jpg?itok=eb46bcUB' /></a></p> <p class="intro">Each week, the <a href="http://www.imore.com/app-store">App Store</a> highlights some of the best new and updated apps. This week, there's a big update to Duolingo, new indie games, and get discounts on productivity apps.</p> <!--break--> <p>This week in the App Store, we start off with a major update to language education app Duolingo, which has added 30 colorful characters to make learning more visual. PatPat is a new app focusing on deals on items for mothers and babies.<!--break--> There's also Next Keyboard, which offers several themes and ways to customize your typing experience. Finally, there's Clashem, which lets you participate in five-second video battles with your friends.</p> <ul rel="nofollow"><li>Duolingo - Free - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/duolingo-learn-languages-for/id570060128?mt=8&amp;at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im">Download Now</a></li> <li>PatPat - Free - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/patpat-daily-deals-for-moms/id966740633?mt=8&amp;at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download Now</a></li> <li>Next Keyboard - $3.99 - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/next-keyboard-beautiful-themes/id920592486?mt=8&amp;at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download Now</a></li> <li>Clashem - Free - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vegourmet-vegan-gourmet-recipes/id972027005?mt=8&amp;at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download Now</a></li> </ul><p>This week in games we have a number of compelling new titles, starting with tactical combat game Dungeon Boss. There are also several new interesting indie games, starting with I Am Bread, which puts you in the role of, yes, a piece of bread, wandering around a kitchen. The Deer God is a pixel art survival game in which you play as a hunter transformed into a deer. Take on a quest for deep sea survival in Seashine. Finally, there's Breakneck, a new, futuristic racing game that challenges you to evade alien pursuers to complete your mission.</p> <ul rel="nofollow"><li>Dungeon Boss - Free - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dungeon-boss/id776132132?mt=8&amp;at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im">Download Now</a></li> <li>I Am Bread - $4.99 - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/i-am-bread/id946903436?at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im">Download Now</a></li> <li>The Deer God - $6.99 - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-deer-god/id1014505645?at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download Now</a></li> <li>Seashine - Free - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/id897544254?at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download Now</a></li> </ul><p>To help you work smarter, the App Store is offering discounts on several productivity apps. Some, like Fantastical and Workflow, have received straightforward discounts, while others, like Evernote and 1Password, currently have their in-app purchases on sale. 1Password's Pro features, for instance, are available for 50% off at $4.99.</p> <ul rel="nofollow"><li>Fantastical - $2.99 - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fantastical-2-for-iphone-calendar/id718043190?mt=8&amp;at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im">Download Now</a></li> <li>Workflow - $2.99 - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/workflow-powerful-automation/id915249334?mt=8&amp;at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download Now</a></li> <li>PDF Expert 5 - Free - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pdf-expert-5-fill-forms-annotate/id743974925?mt=8&amp;at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download Now</a></li> <li>1Password - Free - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/1password-password-manager/id568903335?mt=8&amp;at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download Now</a></li> <li>Evernote - Free - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/evernote/id281796108?mt=8&amp;at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download Now</a></li> </ul><p>Check back next week for more new apps and games from the App Store, and remember to check out this week's <a href="http://www.imore.com/free-app-week-test-your-skills-pitch-flick-kick-football">Free App of the Week</a>.</p> </div></div></div><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385157974/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/498d6385/sc/28/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385157974/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/498d6385/sc/28/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385157974/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/498d6385/sc/28/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385157974/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/498d6385/sc/28/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385157974/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/498d6385/sc/28/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385157974/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/498d6385/sc/28/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/238385157974/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/498d6385/sc/28/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/238385157974/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/498d6385/sc/28/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/238385157974/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/498d6385/sc/28/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://tipb.com.feedsportal.com/c/33998/f/616881/s/498d6385/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheIphoneBlog/~4/U8Qaobb8P4s" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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'Steve Jobs' biopic to premiere at Telluride Film...

Yesterday, 06:48 PM

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The upcoming and highly anticipated Steve Jobs biopic will be shown for the first time to the public as part of the 42nd annual Telluride Film Festival. The movie, which centers on Apple's late co-founder, played by Michael Fassbender, will be shown at the festival in Telluride, Colorado on Saturday, September 5, with an encore on Sunday, September 6.

If you are wondering why you are just hearing about this event two days before it happens, it's because the organizers of the Telluride Film Festival always reveal its schedule at the last minute. The show will also host a special tribute to the director of "Steve Jobs", Danny Boyle, just before the movie's premiere.

The movie was written by Aaron Sorkin, and is based on the biography of Apple's co-founder by Walter Isaacson. Along with Fassbender, "Steve Jobs" also features Seth Rogen as Apple's other co-founder Steve Wozniak, along with Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman and Jeff Daniels as John Sculley. The Universal movie will open in theaters nationwide on October 9.

Source: Telluride Film Festival





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4K iMac reportedly on track for October launch

Yesterday, 06:11 PM

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Apple is reportedly preparing to introduce a new high-resolution iMac into its lineup. The company is said to readying a new model of its 21.5-inch all-in-one desktop with a 4K display. The new model could arrive by the end of October, coinciding with the release of OS X El Capitan.

From 9to5Mac:

Apple is indeed planning to release a new version of its 21.5-inch iMac with a 4K display this fall, according to reliable sources. The current plan is to announce the refreshed version of the smaller iMac by the end of October alongside OS X El Capitan and begin shipping the product by the beginning of November.

To see a 4K version of Apple's smaller iMac seems like a natural step from last year's introduction of the 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display. Additionally, if last year is any indication, expect the non-Retina versions of the 21.5-inch iMac to stick around at their lower price point, as a 4K version would likely have a noticeably higher starting price.

Source: 9to5Mac





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Intel's grand Skylake unveiling promises faster, more...

Yesterday, 05:04 PM

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A gradual rollout means you shouldn't hold your breath for new Mac hardware, though.

Intel used this week IFA event in Berlin to unveiled its full line of Skylake processors. They're the sixth generation of Intel's Core processor technology, which powers the Mac and countless PC compatible computers. Hallmarks of the new Skylake processors include improved battery efficiency for laptops and performance improvements to computing and graphics processing. Now Mac users are waiting for the other shoe to drop: When will Skylake processors appear in the Mac?

Evolution of Core technology

First, a look at Skylake: Intel made famous a "tick-tock" approach towards semiconductor manufacturing and design, alternating architectural improvements with die shrinks. The new processors are the second generation to sport a 14 nanometer (nm) transistor size - the "tock" to the "tick" introduced with the release of Intel's fifth-generation "Broadwell" processors.

Broadwell was famously delayed, as Intel hit unanticipated manufacturing delays with the 14 nm process. As a result, Macs sporting Broadwell processors didn't hit their stride until this year, when Apple refreshed the MacBook Air and 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro with the new chips. A Broadwell-based Intel Core M processor graces the 12-inch MacBook, too.

Other Macs, including the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, also refreshed this year, as well as the iMac and Mac mini, continue to use "Haswell" (fourth-generation Intel Core) processors. The Mac Pro uses a workstation-level Intel "Xeon" chip of even older design, built to more exacting tolerances than the processors found in Apple's other Macs.

Intel's marketing material for the Skylake processor touts remarkable performance claims. "30x better graphics, 3x battery life" litter the page. But that's comparing Skylake's performance to the processors found in five-year-old PCs.

Intel is hoping to strike a chord with PC users who are interested in upgrading to Windows 10 and are looking for better-performing systems. Intel seems anxious to strike the beleaguered Broadwell product release from the world's collective memory altogether. But that same five-year-old apples to new apples comparison scales to the Mac: We can't all buy a new Mac model every time Apple announces one. Many of us are working with systems that we bought during the first Obama administration (or earlier). Skylake's release does promise some good performance and efficiency boosts there.

Refresh cycles


If you pay heed to Apple's refresh cycle and are familiar with current-generation Mac performance, expect more modest gains. On average, Intel says that Skylake will sport 10 percent overall better CPU performance, a robust 30 percent improvement in graphics performance, better memory performance and an additional hour of battery life compared to their Broadwell forebears. Broadwell represents the current state of the art on the Mac.

Expect to see USB 3.1 on more Macs, thanks to Skylake, along with Thunderbolt 3 where Intel's Alpine Ridge controller is present. Thunderbolt 3 doubles Thunderbolt 2's bandwidth to 40 GB per second. That's enough to drive a 5K display externally at 60 Hz, giving rise to hope that Apple will finally refresh its Thunderbolt display with something to match the detail present in the 5K iMac.

I've already mentioned Intel's introduction of Skylake-based Xeon chips for mobile. The idea of a Mac Pro-level MacBook Pro is certainly appealing to a certain segment of Mac users who depend on serious number-crunching abilities for graphics rendering and compute power. Lenovo was first out of the gate with a Xeon laptop announcement.

A gradual rollout


Intel isn't releasing Skylake processors all at once. They'll be released gradually over the coming months. In total, Intel now has plans for more than four dozen different Skylake processor variants. Only a fraction of these will be suitable for Apple's use.

Intel's staggered Skylake rollout started with desktop chips in early August. The first laptops with Skylake will start to appear in the next month or so, and Intel expects that consumers will see plenty of Skylake-equipped computers on store shelves in time for the holiday buying season.

As a result, I don't anticipate a sudden glut of Skylake-equipped Macs hitting the shelves all at once.

The iMac seems ripe for the Skylake treatment, as it hasn't been significantly updated in nearly a year. Apple did come out with a lower-priced 5K iMac with detuned specs earlier this year, but that's it. Even though the iMac is desktop model, its thin size means Apple relies on lower-powered, cooler mobile components, so the desktop Skylake chips we've already seen are unlikely candidates.

Most of Apple's laptop models are still early or mid-way through their release cycle, which makes them unlikely candidates for new processors in the short term. One thing I'm particularly excited about, though: Intel is also touting significant improvements to the Core M architecture this time around.

Boon for MacBook

Intel claims the Skylake Core M variants have 40 percent better graphics performance and more effective performance scaling under load. If you're interested in the extraordinarily portability and light weight of the MacBook but have been unimpressed with its forgettable performance, the promise of a Skylake-equipped MacBook should get your mouth watering. I wouldn't hold my breath on that one before 2016, though.

I'd be happy to be wrong on all this, of course: Only Apple knows for sure what its Mac release schedule is going to be.

One thing for sure: If you're working with a four or five year old Mac, the coming months are going to be a great opportunity for you to refresh your hardware with something new that's going to be faster, more efficient and better than what you can get today.

Source: Intel





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Logitech launches affordable Bluetooth mouse and keyboard...

Yesterday, 08:17 PM

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<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href='http://www.imore.com...keyboard-combo'title="Logitech launches affordable Bluetooth mouse and keyboard combo"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/wpcentral.com/files/styles/large/public/field/image/2015/09/logitech-bluetooth-keyboard-mouse.jpg?itok=qr6NZBHD' /></a></p> <p>Logitech has launched a new Bluetooth mouse and keyboard for those who require wireless peripherals for mobile use. Ideal solutions for hardware without a physical mouse/trackpad and keyboard, the new Logitech K380 keyboard and M535 mouse bring some interesting features to the table, as well as being affordable.</p> <!--break--> <div class="video"><div class="video_iframe"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/8SYkWw2V4YA?rel=0&amp;autoplay=0&amp;wmode=opaque&amp;controls=2&amp;autohide=1&amp;showinfo=0" width="627" height="353" class="video-filter video-youtube vf-8sykww2v4ya" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div></div> <!--/video--> <p>The K380 wireless keyboard is a thin and stylish package available in black and blue. Support is included for Mac, Windows 10, Android, and more. Since the keyboard can be paired with multiple devices, it's possible to quickly switch between paired hosts by hitting a single button.</p> <p>The keyboard will remember mapped keys for different devices to provide a familiar experience with known shortcuts loaded (cut, copy, and paste for example). Logitech states that the K380 can power through up to two years of use from two AAA batteries.</p> <div class="video"><div class="video_iframe"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/vwyMNy1gQ9w?rel=0&amp;autoplay=0&amp;wmode=opaque&amp;controls=2&amp;autohide=1&amp;showinfo=0" width="627" height="353" class="video-filter video-youtube vf-vwymny1gq9w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div></div> <!--/video--> <p>Alongside the Bluetooth keyboard is the M535 wireless mouse, which also shares the same feature to connect to multiple Bluetooth devices. The mouse has a programmable navigation button located just below the scroll wheel, which will enable owners to switch through apps, change desktops, carry out functions, and more. It's also stated the M535 works on most surfaces.</p> <ul><li><p><a href="http://www.imore.com/ext?link=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jdoqocy.com%2Fclick-7293438-10721707-1422644547000%3Fsid%3Dd_im%26url%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.logitech.com%252Fen-us%252Fproduct%252Fmulti-device-keyboard-k380" title="" rel="nofollow">Buy the Logitech K380 Bluetooth Keyboard for $39.99</a> (£34.99)</p></li> <li><p><a href="http://www.imore.com/ext?link=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jdoqocy.com%2Fclick-7293438-10721707-1422644547000%3Fsid%3Dd_im%26url%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.logitech.com%252Fen-us%252Fproduct%252Fbluetooth-mouse-m535" title="" rel="nofollow">Buy the Logitech M535 Bluetooth Mouse for $39.99</a> (£34.99)</p></li> </ul><p>Via: <a href="http://www.neowin.net/news/logitech-launches-k380-bluetooth-keyboard-and-m535-mouse">Neowin</a></p> </div></div></div><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385157975/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/498d6384/sc/28/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385157975/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/498d6384/sc/28/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385157975/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/498d6384/sc/28/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385157975/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/498d6384/sc/28/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385157975/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/498d6384/sc/28/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385157975/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/498d6384/sc/28/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/238385157975/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/498d6384/sc/28/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/238385157975/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/498d6384/sc/28/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/238385157975/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/498d6384/sc/28/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://tipb.com.feedsportal.com/c/33998/f/616881/s/498d6384/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheIphoneBlog/~4/8LcIn6XZww8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Free App of the Week: Test your skills on the pitch with...

Yesterday, 08:06 PM

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The end of the week is upon us, which means it's time for another free app of the week on the App Store. This week you can sit back and practice your soccer skills with Flick Kick Football.
Flick Kick Football is a relatively simple game that tasks you with taking on a wall of defenders as you try to net a soccer ball as many times as you can. The game features multiple modes, along with a simple "flick" mechanic for kicking the ball into the net. You'll also be able to customize your team, the ball, and much more. Here's a breakdown of Flick Kick Football's main features:

  • Intuitive Flick Kicking – Sweep your finger across the ball to drive, curve and power the ball past walls of defenders
  • Unique 'Golden Era' of Football Presentation – Immerse yourself in graphics that will bring the nostalgia of the era back
  • GameCenter Leaderboards and Achievements - so the world can see how much of a better player you are than your friend
  • Online Multiplayer and classic pass and play!
  • Practice Mode, to get your game up to par
  • Bullseye Mode, can you smash the targets?
  • Arcade Mode, to show what you can do when it really counts
  • Time Attack for those that like to race the clock, or with limited time for greatness

Flick Kick Football will be free on the App Store through September 10, so hit up the link below to flick and kick your way to glory.





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Game Insight will reinvent city building games with My Co...

Yesterday, 07:57 PM

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<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href='http://www.imore.com...-my-country-3d'title="Game Insight will reinvent city building games with My Country 3D on iOS"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/wpcentral.com/files/styles/large/public/field/image/2015/09/My-Country-3D-professionals-lead.jpg?itok=Au535Yo9' /></a></p> <p>While licensed city builders like The Simpsons Tapped Out do big business, original titles like Game Insight's <a href="http://www.imore.com/tag/my-country">My Country series</a> have their own loyal audience as well. <a href="http://www.imore.com/tag/2020-my-country">2020: My Country</a> is still going strong with fresh updates two years after release, in fact. Today <a href="http://www.imore.com/tag/game-insight">Game Insight</a> announced the next step for the My Country series: My Country 3D!</p> <p>The new game will allow players to grow and manage a thriving city from a bird's eye view all the way down to street level, interacting with individual citizens and looking after their needs. With a versatile new graphic engine and a host of new features and improvements, My Country 3D aims to please both existing fans as well as players who crave true simulation games. We've played an early build and come away impressed. Read on for our detailed preview with exclusive screenshots!</p> <!--break--> <p><a href='http://www.imore.com/game-insight-will-reinvent-city-building-games-my-country-3d' title="Game Insight will reinvent city building games with My Country 3D on iOS"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/wpcentral.com/files/styles/large/public/field/image/2015/09/My-Country-3D-screens-08.jpg?itok=U_TAbb38' /></a></p> <p><em>Left to right: Eli Hodapp from Touch Arcade, Natalie Edgar from Complex, Paul Acevedo from Mobile Nations, Harry Slater from Pocket Gamer, Jim Squires from Gamezebo, Adam Hammer from Complex, and Anatoly Ropotov of Game Insight in front</em></p> <h2>Previewing My Country 3D</h2> <p>Game Insight recently invited a selection of mobile gaming journalists to its Innowate studio in Riga, Latvia to check out the publisher's upcoming lineup of titles. These included turn-based strategy game X-Mercs (which I look forward to telling you about very soon), the latest update to cross-platform raiding game <a href="http://www.imore.com/exclusive-look-next-big-update-cross-platform-strategy-game-cloud-raiders">Cloud Raiders</a>, an unannounced strategy game, and Game Insight's new flagship title My Country 3D.</p> <p>My Country 3D's big innovation is what Game Insight calls "genre-defining skyline-to-street level gameplay." Players can still utilize the traditional zoomed-out isometric view to get a good look at their personal metropolises. Even at a distance, My Country 3D improves the experience by offering full control of camera angles. Tilt the camera down and you'll get a great view of your buildings and skyscrapers. Use the built-in photo mode to capture dramatic vistas and more.</p> <p>The real fun comes from zooming in to street level. Suddenly you can watch adorably rendered citizens going about their daily lives: driving cars, visiting parks, buying food, going to work, and more. These individuals all have moods and needs. If you see an unhappy pedestrian, tap and drag her to a location that will cheer her up. Or just pick up and drop people in silly places, because why not?</p> <p><a href='http://www.imore.com/game-insight-will-reinvent-city-building-games-my-country-3d' title="Game Insight will reinvent city building games with My Country 3D on iOS"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/wpcentral.com/files/styles/large/public/field/image/2015/09/My-Country-3D-screens-07.jpg?itok=aKu-er6m' /></a></p> <h2>Bringing the city to life</h2> <p>My Country 3D begins with players meeting two important characters: the mayor and city manager. They'll guide you through the basics of constructing buildings, caring for your citizens, and completing quests. One quest involves restoring an abandoned town on the outskirts of your city and absorbing it into the metropolis. As you complete these quests, you'll level up – accompanied by a festively animated celebration at city hall (building pictured above).</p> <p>As with previous My Country games, new buildings still require money, energy, and materials to build. Players will earn these materials by interacting with various businesses and buildings throughout the city. This process is much more interesting to watch than in previous games, however…</p> <p><a href='http://www.imore.com/game-insight-will-reinvent-city-building-games-my-country-3d' title="Game Insight will reinvent city building games with My Country 3D on iOS"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/wpcentral.com/files/styles/large/public/field/image/2015/09/My-Country-3D-screens-01.jpg?itok=IJEnwAY5' /></a></p> <p>We selected a pizza restaurant while zoomed in and were greeted with a cute animation in which a customer orders a pizza. After the customer gets his pizza, the cashier tosses whatever items the player earned to the customer. And when you spend those items to create a new building, you'll toss them to the city manager who begins construction. Finally, a ribbon cutting ceremony signifies the building's completion.</p> <p>New animations and close up views make My Country 3D feel more vibrant and alive, while a variety of simulation elements add realism to the experience. The day and night cycle does more than just change the lighting effects. It also affects populations, businesses, and quests.</p> <p>Some shops open only at night or close when the sun goes down, and you might even catch thieves prowling during late hours. The game will also have seasons (inspired by Animal Crossing), though I'm not sure whether they're tied to the real-world calendar or an in-game cycle.</p> <p><a href='http://www.imore.com/game-insight-will-reinvent-city-building-games-my-country-3d' title="Game Insight will reinvent city building games with My Country 3D on iOS"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/wpcentral.com/files/styles/large/public/field/image/2015/09/My-Country-3D-screens-06.jpg?itok=-l9bvtEF' /></a></p> <p><em>I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay!</em></p> <h2>Will My Country 3D be the ultimate city builder?</h2> <p>Like most city building games, My Country 3D will be free to play. How Game Insight balances free to play elements with the new game's expanded scope and simulation and sandbox aspects will likely determine whether My Country 3D can capture fans of games like Cities: Skylines or not. We do know that players will have a limited number of builders, with the option of purchasing more in order to build more things simultaneously.</p> <p>My other wish for the game is greater racial diversity in the city's population. While the developer is located in an area made up almost entirely of white people, the racial mix is much different in the US and other countries. My Country 3D is still a few months away from release, so hopefully Game Insight will work in some diversity before launch.</p> <p><a href='http://www.imore.com/game-insight-will-reinvent-city-building-games-my-country-3d' title="Game Insight will reinvent city building games with My Country 3D on iOS"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/wpcentral.com/files/styles/large/public/field/image/2015/09/My-Country-3D-screens-04.jpg?itok=Aeu8965b' /></a></p> <p><em>Paul Acevedo visits a cell phone store</em></p> <p>My Country 3D will launch on iOS, where it takes advantage of the graphical capabilities of the Metal Framework. But the game is built on the multiplatform Unity engine, so don't be surprised if it ends up on Windows 10 and Android someday. Game Insight plans to release My Country 3D by the end of the year.</p> </div></div></div><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385221780/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/498cfcc5/sc/28/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385221780/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/498cfcc5/sc/28/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385221780/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/498cfcc5/sc/28/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385221780/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/498cfcc5/sc/28/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385221780/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/498cfcc5/sc/28/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385221780/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/498cfcc5/sc/28/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/238385221780/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/498cfcc5/sc/28/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/238385221780/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/498cfcc5/sc/28/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/238385221780/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/498cfcc5/sc/28/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://tipb.com.feedsportal.com/c/33998/f/616881/s/498cfcc5/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheIphoneBlog/~4/gTjO8085PLQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Apple's head of iTunes International, Oliver Schusser, gave an interview recently in which he spoke about Apple's continual efforts to improve its Apple Music streaming service. The company is constantly gathering feedback from users around the world, and planning improvements to the overall product. Right now, the company is focused on playlists and editorial content, but Schusser also noted that there is work to do with the Connect social platform, though he noted that it is growing in popularity.
From The Guardian :

"Apple Music Connect is growing big-time with more and more artists connecting to their fans, but we still have a bit of homework to be done for the rest of the year."

Apple Music initially launched back in late June, and is currently available in 110 countries. In early August, Apple noted that 11 million people had signed up for the three-month free trial, and later that month noted that 79% of those who signed up for a trial had stuck with the service. With the first trials ending on September 30, Apple is hoping that they can offer a compelling enough product to turn people into subscribers to the tune of $9.99 per month.
Source: The Guardian

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