The Total Recall Game just launched on Android and iOS to mark the upcoming feature film based on a remake of the 1990 movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger. The new movie is expected to have a different plot compared to the original, and the first-person shooter game will follow the same storyline as the remake.
This week Apple is letting loose not only details of this most recent financial quarter, but their expectations for the future as well. The crew speaking with investors on their Q3 financial call spoke on iCloud, noting that users of the service now number close to 150 million in all. Speaking on how they're extremely excited about iOS 6, the company's next mobile operating system release, they spoke up on how the current generation of the software has yielded fabulous results for developers, with $5.5 billion dollars paid to App Store developers this past quarter along.
It appears that there's some miscommunication going on in the world of iOS developers as Zanther, Inc, is reporting that Apple has forced them to keep iPad 1 compatibility on their app even though it's more advanced than the single-core processor should be able to handle. If you see this app on the app store now you'll find the message "this update not recommended for iPad 1 users" while the developers have released a message to the press requesting that something be done about their situation.
This week the Russian fellow known for his hacking of the in-app purchase function for Apple's mobile operating system has declared that "it's all over." He added "...for now" to his chat on the subject, saying that he'll still be keeping his exploit up for download even though it no longer works in the current version of Apple's iOS. Alexey Borodin, as he's known, will be working to keep security strong in the system - such is his ultimate goal, or so he says.
Users won’t have to plug in a password anymore for downloading free apps once iOS 6 hits. Developers working with the latest beta have reported that Apple no longer prompts users to enter their password before a free app can be downloaded, according to Cult of Mac. It applies to both new ones and programs that are being re-downloaded.
Following the big international roll out of iTunes movies in the Cloud, it looks like Apple and Twentieth Century Fox have finally made films available for U.S. users via iTunes in the Cloud after months of waiting around for it. iTunes movies in the Cloud was initially launched back in March, but Fox and Universal had agreements in place with HBO that restricted films from being included. It had been said that the studios were in negotiations to work something out.
iTunes movies are sold in multiple countries across the world, but the iTunes in the Cloud feature for movies was previously restricted to the United States. Apple has now rolled out the feature to 37 new countries, including the UK, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. Not everything that users have purchased will be available due to licensing agreements, but it’s good to see the feature expanding to additional territories.
Last week there was a bit of break in Apple's in-app purchasing rules with a Russian developer pushing a mechanism that bypassed in-place locks: this weekend, Apple fixed it up real nice. It appears that the developer, Alexey V Borodin, has had the server for his app blocked by Apple, while Apple also followed up with a takedown request on the original server, took down third-party authentication of it, and issued a copyright claim with the YouTube video used to document the method used to break the system. At the moment, the method itself is being reported as still working - just not through anything Borodin has made.
Today Google has been so kind as bump up their official Google+ app for iPhone (and iPad) that'll allow people around the world to explore the social network with great ease. This version of Google+ is made for iPhone, but is perfectly suited for the iPad's larger display as well. Graphics come through sharp and well-tuned for the most part, with only a few bits and pieces left for a future version to clean up - gray borders around small images, and other such small matters.
This week there was a bit of chatter on the fact that a "small number of users" as Apple put it were affected by an issue in the iTunes app store - today Apple has a fix. This issue included several apps crashing intermittently after they'd been updated, but today's update straight from Apple's iTunes representatives notes that all is well once more and that every app that's been crashing should simply be able to be updated or re-downloaded from iTunes for a fully operational version, no worries included.