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Epic Announces Closure of Impossible Studios, ‘Infinity Blade: Dungeons’ Put on Hold

Epic Games’ Infinity Blade: Dungeons was first announced in March of 2012, as a demo game on the third generation iPad. The game was designed by Epic but handed over to Impossible Studios, a new division housing ex-employees of Big Huge Games.

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Hints of trouble first appeared in October of last year, when the game was delayed until 2013. As of today, Infinity Blade: Dungeons has been put on hold indefinitely, as Epic Games has decided to shut down Impossible Studios. Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney announced the news this afternoon:

    We’re closing Impossible Studios.

    When former members of Big Huge Games approached Epic last year, we saw the opportunity to help a great group of people while putting them to work on a project that needed a team. It was a bold initiative and the Impossible folks made a gallant effort, but ultimately it wasn’t working out for Epic.

    This means that Infinity Blade: Dungeons is now on hold as we figure out the future of the project.

Epic Games is planning to give each Impossible Studios employee three months of severance pay and is offering the option to form a new company with the Impossible Studios name. by macrumors

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Adobe Releases Flash Player Update to Patch Security Holes as Apple Blocks Earlier Versions

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As noted by Ars Technica, Adobe late yesterday issued a security bulletin announcing that it was releasing updates to Flash Player in order to address a pair of security vulnerabilities targeting Mac and Windows users.

    Adobe is also aware of reports that CVE-2013-0634 is being exploited in the wild in attacks delivered via malicious Flash (SWF) content hosted on websites that target Flash Player in Firefox or Safari on the Macintosh platform, as well as attacks designed to trick Windows users into opening a Microsoft Word document delivered as an email attachment which contains malicious Flash (SWF) content.

Users can manually download the new 11.5.502.149 version of Flash Player from Adobe’s site, or those who have specified that Adobe may update Flash Player automatically may simply allow it to do so.

In response to the issue, Apple has updated its Xprotect anti-malware system to enforce new minimum version requirements blocking all previous versions of Flash Player. Apple has used the system several times over the past month to block vulnerable versions of Java.

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Apple has also posted a new support document addressing the issue and explaining to users how to update Flash Player when they discover that the plug-in has been blocked.  by macrumors

 
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Former Apple Human Interface Developer Speculates on Future ‘iWatch’

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Former Apple employee and human interface developer Bruze Tognazzini published a blog post earlier this week listing his thoughts on the iWatch, a potential Apple product that made headlines late in 2012.

Tognazzini’s post encompasses a wide range of ideas on the design and functionality of the iWatch. He believes that an Apple-branded smart watch would have few standalone operations, instead being used to extend the usefulness of existing Apple devices by enhancing apps and other functions.

One of his more compelling ideas includes the elimination of passcodes. With a passcode, he speculates, the smart watch, which would incorporate a sleek, button-free design, could be used to unlock iPhones and Macs via proximity.

    The watch can and should, for most of us, eliminate passcodes altogether on iPhones, and Macs and, if Apple’s smart, PCs: As long as my watch is in range, let me in! That, to me, would be the single-most compelling feature a smartwatch could offer: If the watch did nothing but release me from having to enter my passcode/password 10 to 20 times a day, I would buy it.

    As with passcodes, the watch could be used in conjunction with Find My iPhone, sounding an alert when a user moves out of range of the device.

Along with facilitating phone calls and incorporating sensors, Tognazzini believes that an Apple iWatch might also include NFC capabilities for making payments and temperature controls, similar to the Nest.

    The NFC chip belongs in the iWatch, not in the iPhone! That way we’ll know exactly where it is at all times, strapped to the end of an appendage expressly designed to be waved around at things. How handy! Reach. Touch. Done.

    Meanwhile, our iPhone, handling any necessary communication, will stay hidden safely away, and, if someone does manage to get ahold of our watch, it will require reauthorization, having been removed from our arm. Net value to the thief: Zilch. Net loss to us: A whole lot less than an iPhone, with word on the street quickly making it clear there’s no point in stealing an iWatch.

    Of course, not every merchant will accept NFC right away, so the watch, linked to Passport, will also display QR codes, etc.

An iWatch could even potentially serve as a fix for Apple Maps, utilizing pressure data from watches to build an altitude map of the world, which would improve the functionality of Apple’s 3D mapping.

    Using pressure data from millions of watches, Apple could build a precision altitude map of the world. This map would indicate true altitudes everywhere that iWatch wearers travel. The granularity would be several orders of magnitude greater than ever before attempted for a wide-area map at a cost several orders of magnitude less than Flyover.

Tognazzini believes that via apps and design, Apple would revolutionize the smart watch industry, with its curved glass designs created by Jony Ive, Siri integration, and wireless charging.

Though Tognazzini admits to having no insider information, he points out that his ideas come from a “solid understanding of Apple, its products, the problem, and the opportunity.”

His full rundown on the potential Apple iWatch is worth a read, and it can be found on his blog, AskTog.  y macrumors

 
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iH8Sn0w Releases Sn0wBreeze 2.9.9 Update

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iH8Sn0w has released an update to the Sn0wBreeze jailbreak utility for Windows.

What is New?
● Fixed issue with device not showing up in iTunes / xcode.
● Fixed bug when building iPhone3, 2 (iPhone 4 GSM Rev2) IPSW.
● Apple TV 2 bug fixes.
● Now adds evasi0n untether directly to Cydia (for future updates).

You can find instructions on how to jailbreak your Apple TV 2 using Sn0wBreeze here. by iclarified

 
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Home Depot to Drop BlackBerry for iPhone

Home Depot will drop BlackBerry and switch about 10,000 store managers and corporate employees to the iPhone, reports AppleInsider.

“We are replacing our current base of BlackBerry technology with iPhones,” the representative said, clarifying that the move applies only to store managers, district managers, other corporate-level staffers, and field ops.

At this point the initiative will not affect the approximately 60,000 rugged Motorola smartphones used by in-store employees.

AllThingsD reached BlackBerry who declined to comment on the matter but said there has been significant enterprise interest in BB10.

“We are in the process of launching BlackBerry 10 globally in key markets, and we are seeing positive demand for the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone in countries where it is already available,” spokeswoman Amy McDowell told AllThingsD. “And, for enterprises, we have over 2,700 unique businesses in North America already registered for our BlackBerry 10 Ready Program. We are confident that BlackBerry is, and will continue to be, the best solution for corporations managing large smartphone deployments. In fact, a recent study by Strategy Analytics shows that BlackBerry is more cost-effective and more secure than our competitors.” by iclarified

 
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Apple to Fight DOJ Alone as Macmillan Agrees to Settle E-Books Suit

Apple has been left to fight the Department of Justice alone as Macmillan has agreed to settlement over alleged e-Book price fixing. The DOJ has already settled with the other four publishers: Penguin, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster and Hachette.

Under the proposed settlement agreement, Macmillan will immediately lift restrictions it has imposed on discounting and other promotions by e-book retailers and will be prohibited until December 2014 from entering into new agreements with similar restrictions. The proposed settlement agreement also will impose a strong antitrust compliance program on Macmillan, including requirements that it provide advance notification to the department of any e-book ventures it plans to undertake jointly with other publishers and regularly report to the department on any communications it has with other publishers. Also for five years, Macmillan will be forbidden from agreeing to any kind of most favored nation (MFN) provision that could undermine the effectiveness of the settlement.

Apple has been very vocal in opposing the Department of Justice’s actions calling them “fundamentally unfair, unlawful, and unprecedented.”

“The DOJ’s accusation of collusion against Apple is simply not true,” an Apple spokesman previously told AllThingsD. “The launch of the iBookstore in 2010 fostered innovation and competition, breaking Amazon’s monopolistic grip on the publishing industry. Since then customers have benefited from eBooks that are more interactive and engaging. Just as we’ve allowed developers to set prices on the App Store, publishers set prices on the iBookstore.” by iclarified

 
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AOL Disables Meeting Management for All Its Mobile Devices Due to iOS 6.1 Bug

AOL has identified a bug with iOS 6.1 that’s forced them to disable meeting management for all mobile devices, according to a letter sent to their corporate employees.

Here’s the letter which was obtained by 9to5Mac:

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AOLers,

The Enterprise Messaging Operations team has been monitoring unusually high traffic on the enterprise mail environment originating from iOS devices running the new iOS 6.1 update. We have researched and identified a bug that causes the “iDevice” to continuously loop while synchronizing a recurring meeting invite. Some of you may notice additional side effects including poor battery life and overall degraded device performance.

The team continues to work with Apple and Microsoft to resolve the issue. However, until resolved, we’re forced to temporarily disable the ability to accept or manage meetings using any mobile device. Users will still be able to view their calendars and sendreceive email on their mobile devices during this time. Users will also continue to have the ability to manage their calendars using their normal mail clients and using Outlook Web access.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause – our goal is to minimize impact and disruption to the overall enterprise mail service. Please feel free to contact the Enterprise Messaging Operations team at emo@teamaol.com with questions.

Best regards,

Michael J. Freker

SVP, CIO
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Notably, Vodafone today is also reporting that there is a bug with iOS 6.1 that affects 3G performance with the iPhone 4S. by iclarified

 
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