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iOS apps can make calls without asking you first

iOS apps can make calls without asking you first

Users are known to ignore a few warnings, skip a few steps, and other sometimes cringe-worthy actions for the sake of convenience. However, that isn't an excuse for app developers to ignore common sense (which, apparently, isn't really that common) just to provide users that convenience. Unfortunately, that might be the case on iOS, where several popular apps have allegedly skimmed over Apple's developer documentation, leaving users vulnerable to, in the worst case scenario, making an automatic phone call to a premium-rate phone number.

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Dreamcast game development tools return with ESTk

Dreamcast game development tools return with ESTk

There’s little doubt now that there’s at least a tiny bit of interest left in the world of Dreamcast gaming. That Sega-made platform still exists in the wild - in the "Used" section of gaming stores, mostly, but in the households and attics of massive amounts of fans across the planet. With the release of ESTk, development of games for the platform can continue.

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ID@Xbox rundown: more high-end “indy” games head to Xbox One

ID@Xbox rundown: more high-end “indy” games head to Xbox One

This morning Xbox One was put in the spotlight with not only a collection of fantastic AAA games and exclusives, but with a set of "indy" games as well. I suggest we put quotation marks around the word "indy" at this point not because of the size of the production studios behind the games, but because of their high quality. These are the AAA indy games, that is to say.

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Valve Source 2 engine soft-launched, rumors run wild

Valve Source 2 engine soft-launched, rumors run wild

This week Valve has soft-launched Source 2, also known as Source Engine 2, or the next generation of their engine for video games. This software is the base for the next generation of Valve games, very possibly ready for titles like Left 4 Dead 3, Team Fortress 3, and - though it may seem like a long-lost dream, Half-Life 3.

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iOS 8 Beta 5 arrives with slew of bug fixes

iOS 8 Beta 5 arrives with slew of bug fixes

As expected, Apple has released the next iOS 8 beta update, bringing a roster of changes to developers who are using the newest software. The update -- build number 12A4345d -- mostly revolves around fixing a bunch of bugs (though, of course, not all of them).

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Homefront switches hands again: Deep Silver now central developer

Homefront switches hands again: Deep Silver now central developer

The folks at Crytek UK have sold the rights to the gaming franchise Homefront to Deep Silver. This means big things for the series, but suggests the current title "Homefront: The Revolution" may be in flux. We recently saw some (rather impressive looking) trailer work earlier this year on the game - it’d be a darn shame if it never got made.

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Should developers care about app revenue?

Should developers care about app revenue?

Why do you think a developer should create an app? Earlier this week I made a rather hardline stance on the current state of the app development universe for smart devices, suggesting that because Android-based revenue from app-buyers was lower than iOS, that developers should abandon Google’s mobile operating system. Now I’m not quite so sure.

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Unreal Tournament 2014 Alpha first look explored

Unreal Tournament 2014 Alpha first look explored

Before we get too extremely far into freakout mode with this reveal, let’s just be clear - you’re not going to see any gameplay. We are still in early Alpha mode with Unreal Tournament with Unreal Engine 4, and this will just be a glimpse of what one environment might look like. That said - it looks fantastic already.

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Project Ara hardware now available to lucky Devs

Project Ara hardware now available to lucky Devs

Project Ara was always thought of as a product we’d not see for many years. to their credit, Google has scaled it quickly, even having a (sort of) working model at Google I/O. Now, those interested in making modules for Ara can sign up for the development board.

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Sony simplifies Bootloader unlocking for Xperia devices

Sony simplifies Bootloader unlocking for Xperia devices

Sony made an announcement that should get developers and modders hearts a-thumping. Not only has it given its Unlock Boot Loader service web page a much needed facelift, making it easer for even beginners to go through the process, it has also finally added its latest Xperia devices to the roster of supported devices.

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Samsung Z Russian launch delay spells trouble for Tizen

Samsung Z Russian launch delay spells trouble for Tizen

Just days before the Tizen-powered Samsung Z was supposed to launch in Russia, Samsung apparently got cold feet and cancelled. With nary an explanation nor a new target date for the launch of what would be the only commercial Tizen smartphone so far, former backers of the nascent mobile platform are starting to dwindle as their patience and tolerance start to get exhausted as well.

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Xbox One developer kit plans in question

Xbox One developer kit plans in question

Remember the time when Microsoft said they had plans to allow the Xbox One retail console double as a developer kit? Yeah that’s not a thing anymore. During Develop 2014 this week, Xbox Advanced Technology Group’s Martin Fuller answered some questions which made the truth plain.

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