Thatgamecompany’s Sky is out now for iOS


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Sky: Children of the Light, the new title from Journey and Flower developer Thatgamecompany, is now available worldwide for iOS devices. The game was initially revealed onstage in 2017 as an Apple TV 4K showcase, but for now will only run on iPhones, iPads, and the iPod touch. According to the Sky website, it’s “coming soon” to Android, Mac, Apple TV, PC, and consoles.

Sky was meant to release on July 11th but suffered a last-minute delay. The app is free to download, but does have a selection of in-app purchases ranging from $0.99 for “bundle 1” or $9.99 for a season pass all the way up to $49.99 for “bundle 50” — we’ll have to see for ourselves how important they are to the game.

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Thatgamecompany’s Sky is out now for iOS


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Sky: Children of the Light, the new title from Journey and Flower developer Thatgamecompany, is now available worldwide for iOS devices. The game was initially revealed onstage in 2017 as an Apple TV 4K showcase, but for now will only run on iPhones, iPads, and the iPod touch. According to the Sky website, it’s “coming soon” to Android, Mac, Apple TV, PC, and consoles.

Sky was meant to release on July 11th but suffered a last-minute delay. The app is free to download, but does have a selection of in-app purchases ranging from $0.99 for “bundle 1” or $9.99 for a season pass all the way up to $49.99 for “bundle 50” — we’ll have to see for ourselves how important they are to the game.

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Google bans another Chinese app developer for bad ad practices


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Google is banning a Chinese developer from the Play store for violating its advertising policies. CooTek, which is listed on the NYSE and is probably best known in the West for its TouchPal keyboard replacement, no longer has access to Google’s ad platforms and has had dozens of apps removed altogether.

The news was reported by BuzzFeed following an investigation from Lookout that showed hundreds of CooTek apps using an invasive adware plugin called BeiTaAd. This plugin reportedly sent aggressive ads to users even when the phone or the app wasn’t in use, which Lookout researcher Kristina Balaam said could “render the phones nearly unusable.”

CooTek said it would remove BeiTaAd, but BuzzFeed and Lookout subsequently discovered that many…

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Apple Watch eavesdropping vulnerability forces Apple to disable Walkie-Talkie


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The Apple Watch Walkie-Talkie app has been disabled after Apple found a vulnerability that could let people listen in on other iPhones, the company tells TechCrunch. Apple isn’t aware of the vulnerability having been used, and hasn’t provided any details of how it works beyond saying that “specific conditions and sequences of events are required to exploit it.”

Here’s Apple’s statement to TechCrunch:

We were just made aware of a vulnerability related to the Walkie-Talkie app on the Apple Watch and have disabled the function as we quickly fix the issue. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and will restore the functionality as soon as possible. Although we are not aware of any use of the vulnerability against a customer and…

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Apple will finally release the HomePod in Japan this summer


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The HomePod doesn’t appear to have been a sales smash hit anywhere, but it doesn’t help that you can only actually buy it in a handful of countries. Apple is still rolling it out, though, and just announced its imminent arrival in one of the company’s biggest markets: Japan.

As spotted by MacRumors, the HomePod page on Apple’s website now says it’ll come to Japan “this summer.” The store page is also live, listing the smart speaker at 32,800 yen ($301), putting it in line with Apple’s recent price cut elsewhere.

The HomePod initially launched in February 2018 in just three countries: Australia, the UK, and the US. Canada, France, and Germany got the speaker a few months later, followed by Mexico and Spain, and the most recent…

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Nintendo Switch NES games are getting a rewind feature


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In a move possibly designed to allow more than 17 people in the world to finish Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, Nintendo is adding a rewind feature to NES games on the Switch. As you can see from the video above, you can hold down ZL and ZR to access a row of snapshots in time that you can resume from. The feature is coming on July 17th.

NES games are part of the Nintendo Switch Online service; members have access to a collection that currently stands at 44 titles, including most of the system’s biggest first-party hits. The latest releases, Donkey Kong 3 and Wrecking Crew, will also be added to the service on July 17th.

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VAIO proves tiny laptops don’t need dongles


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VAIO has announced the SX12, a laptop with a 12.5-inch screen and more I/O options than many far heftier machines. It’s the follow-up to the S11, and features much more efficient use of space with a larger screen and keycaps in about the same size body.

Just look at everything you can plug in! That’s three USB-A ports, one USB-C for charging, HDMI, a full-size SD card slot, a headphone/mic port, an Ethernet port, and even VGA. The keys now stretch to the edge of the laptop, and the bezels have been slimmed down. The SX12 uses Intel 8th Gen quad-core Core i5 or i7 processors and have an optional LTE module. It weighs 888 grams, or a little under two pounds.

The Verge recently reviewed VAIO’s SX14, which this is basically a…

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Canon’s G7 X III supports YouTube live streaming and portrait video


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Canon’s PowerShot G7 X line has now officially gone full vlogger with the third entry in the series. The new G7 X III looks similar to its predecessor and still pairs a 24-100mm-equivalent f/1.8-2.8 lens to a 20-megapixel 1-inch sensor (now using stacked technology), but now has a few features that explicitly target YouTubers.

First of all, the camera now supports uncropped 4K video recording at 30 frames a second, something Canon keeps failing to implement on many of its high-end cameras. More unusually, the G7 X III can stream video directly to YouTube over Wi-Fi, and it has options for recording mobile-friendly portrait video. There’s also an external mic input and a USB-C port for charging.

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A story about phones that look like onions and garlic


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The Onion version of the Realme X Master Edition.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been getting pretty bored by phone colors of late. Everyone is offering the same silver and gold finishes, of course, while China’s initially laudable effort to develop every single blue gradient pattern imaginable seems to be running out of steam.

Former Oppo sub-brand Realme thinks it has the answer, and that answer is — what else? — “hire the most famous Japanese industrial designer alive to make phones inspired by vegetables.”

Yes, vegetables. Naoto Fukasawa, who you may know from his iconic work with Muji and the Infobar range of phones, has turned to the kitchen for inspiration with the new “Master Editions” of the Realme X flagship phone. Two versions are available: Onion and Garlic.

And, well,…

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Samsung’s earnings were likely hit by Huawei but boosted by Apple


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Samsung Electronics expects its second-quarter operating profit to have more than halved from a year previously, falling about 56 percent to 6.5 trillion won ($5.56 billion), according to earnings guidance released by the company today. Revenue is projected to slide about 4 percent to 56 trillion won ($47.89 billion).

This would be Samsung’s lowest profit since Q3 2016, when the company was hit by the Galaxy Note 7 debacle. Samsung doesn’t provide full explanations along with its earnings guidance, but analysts suggest the Huawei crackdown could have had a significant impact on Samsung’s critical chip business. On the other hand, it’s also likely to help Samsung’s smartphone sales in certain markets.

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Samsung charged with misleading Galaxy phone owners over water resistance


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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is taking Samsung to court over allegations it misled customers over the nature of various phones’ water resistance. Samsung has been depicting phones in or near to unsuitable environments such as swimming pools and oceans since 2016, the ACCC alleges, when it didn’t have a basis to make this representation.

“The ACCC alleges Samsung’s advertisements falsely and misleadingly represented Galaxy phones would be suitable for use in, or for exposure to, all types of water, including in ocean water and swimming pools, and would not be affected by such exposure to water for the life of the phone, when this was not the case,” ACCC Chair Rod Sims said in a statement. The lawsuit is based…

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Samsung has reportedly fixed the Galaxy Fold


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Samsung has redesigned the Galaxy Fold to address the screen durability issues that torpedoed its launch, Bloomberg reports, with the folding phone soon to begin commercial production. The company still isn’t able to confirm a release date, however, and one person told Bloomberg that the phone is unlikely to resurface at next month’s Galaxy Note 10 event.

Samsung is said to have made the screen’s protective film “flow into the bezels so it would be impossible to peel off by hand.” Previous review units shipped with a film that looked like a removable screen protector, even though removing it would actually destroy the screen — as some reviewers found out.

The Verge’s unit had a different problem, however, developing a strange bulge that…

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Bloodstained is the Castlevania game you’ve been waiting for


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At the risk of being reductive, there’s very little to say about Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night other than this: it is good. From the day this game hit Kickstarter more than four years ago, it’s always been clear what it was intended to achieve. If it managed that, it would be good. If not, it would be a failure.

So yes, Ritual of the Night is good, and that’s because its developers pulled off their one job: revive the “Igavania,” a specific style of Castlevania game that producer Koji Igarashi worked on at Konami for a little over a decade. Beginning with 1997’s Symphony of the Night, Igarashi transformed the action-focused Castlevania series into a mixture of Metroid-style exploration with heavy role-playing elements. Two trilogies…

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Line introduces opt-in social credit scores for its 80 million Japanese users


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Today, I spent my afternoon in an amphitheater next to Tokyo Disneyland to watch Line’s annual conference. Line is one of the most prominent tech companies in Japan, with a chat app that virtually everyone here uses and which offers various adjacent services, from gaming to ride-hailing to personal finance.

Line’s international push didn’t really work out beyond high-profile stores selling merchandise of its cute mascot characters — another one just opened on Hollywood Blvd — and now the company is focusing on its core markets of Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan, and Thailand. As you’ll see from today’s announcements, the advantage of that approach is that the services can be far more meaningful in their potential for actual real-world usage,…

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Vivo announces its first AR glasses


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Vivo has announced its first AR glasses at MWC Shanghai. The prototype product is simply called the Vivo AR Glass and is a relatively lightweight headset with two transparent displays and 6DoF tracking. It connects with a cable to Vivo’s as-yet unnamed 5G smartphone, which is also being demonstrated this week.

Vivo says the AR Glass has five use cases right now: gaming, office work, “5G theatre,” facial recognition, and object recognition. A promotional video posted by the company shows users playing games at the dinner table, getting told an acquaintance’s name, and sitting on their sofa surrounded by virtual jellyfish.

The Vivo AR Glass doesn’t have any pricing or release information yet, but the 5G phone is set for…

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Oppo’s MeshTalk lets you call and chat without Wi-Fi or cellular networks


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Oppo has announced a new proprietary communications technology designed to let people call or chat across medium distances without using cellular networks, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth. The protocol is called MeshTalk and is a decentralized, end-to-end system that Oppo says can cover up to 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) outdoors — or even further in more crowded environments when signal relay between devices can be used.

Basically, Oppo devices will be able to create ad hoc local area networks across a wide area and communicate directly to each other without the need for base stations. The company claims that MeshTalk doesn’t have a significant effect on battery life, and indeed plans for it to work with a 72-hour standby mode so that phones can…

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Oppo unveils the world’s first under-screen selfie camera


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The past couple of years of smartphone design have been dominated by debate over how best to increase the screen-to-body ratio, and where to put critical components on devices that are dominated by their screens. The holy grail is, of course, the ability to integrate them directly into the display, as we’ve already seen with fingerprint sensors — and selfie cameras are next.

Oppo, a company that’s done its share of anti-bezel experimentation with display notches and pop-up selfie cameras, is the first to demonstrate an under-screen camera to the public at MWC Shanghai this week, after a tease earlier in the month. Alongside the showing, Oppo has revealed more information about how the technology actually works.

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Here’s how mouse support could change the way you use your iPad


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When Apple announced iPadOS earlier this month, no-one from the company made mention of a major new feature: mouse support. Apple no doubt has good reasons for wanting to keep people focused on the touch interface, but the ability to use a mouse has the potential to completely change how people get things done on the iPad Pro. Here’s how it works, and here’s how to get started.

First of all, you’ll need to be running the iPadOS 13 public beta, which is now available for anyone to install. (This also technically works on iOS 13, in case you really want to use a mouse on your iPhone.) The usual caveats about beta software apply: it’s super buggy right now, so don’t try this out on a primary machine unless you have a good reason to, and…

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