Capcom Just Updated ‘Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective’ Adding iPhone X and iOS 11 Support

Capcom’s Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective [Free] is still considered one of the better Nintendo DS games. It released pretty late in the life cycle of the console but had great reviews across the board. It even won some awards at the time. I was pretty glad to see it release on iOS a year later. The sad thing is, the game never got the sales it deserved. Ghost Trick on the App Store has had quite the rocky history with OS updates. As with many Japanese ports, iOS updates sometimes break things and in a lot of cases, games remain broken for too long. Last year saw a double whammy in updates with iOS 11 dropping support for 32-bit apps with the Appocalypse and the iPhone X releasing introducing another aspect ratio to design for. Watch the Ghost Trick trailer below:

Ghost Trick got updated for iOS 10 support a while back and today it receives an iOS 11 and iPhone X support update. I tried Ghost Trick on my iPhone 7 running iOS 11.2.5 and could play it without issues before updating. I saw no change post updating either as expected. The screenshots on the App Store are now iPhone X ones and you can tell the “iPhone X” support just adds more artwork in the non game portion of the screen on both sides. A lot of old ports saw black bars added on the left and right when iOS moved to 16:9 aspect ratios and Ghost Trick for iPhone X has extended the artwork on the sides (not the game visuals) a bit more to fill up the screen.

I’m still impressed that Capcom has updated this given it is obviously not super successful. On the other hand Bioshock is still nowhere to be seen. If you haven’t played Ghost Trick yet, now is a great time to check it out. You can play the first two chapters for free as well. Read our review of it here.

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YouTube TV reportedly adding new channels and markets, but also raising its price

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It sounds like some big changes are coming to YouTube TV, and while some are good, others are not so great.

YouTube TV will gain several new channels tomorrow, February 14, according to a BuzzFeed post that has since been deleted. These new channels will include CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, TBS, TNT, truth, and Turner Classic Movies.

Also coming to YouTube TV are nationally televised NBA games, the NBA All-Star Weekend, NBA Playoffs, the NBA TV channel, MLB postseason games, and MLB Network. UEFA soccer and PGA Championship golf are coming, too, and NBA League Pass and MLB.TV will be available for an extra fee.

Other good news for YouTube TV is that the service is expanding to 18 new markets. These are said to be Lexington, Dayton, Honolulu, El Paso, Burlington, Plattsburgh, Richmond, Petersburg, Mobile, Syracuse, Champaign, Springfield, Columbia, Charleston, Harlingen, Wichita, Wilkes-Barre, and Scranton.

And then there’s the not so great news. YouTube TV will reportedly increase its monthly price on March 13 from $ 35 to $ 40. This pricing will only apply to new subscribers, though, so you should be able to sign up before then and keep your lower price.

YouTube TV is still a growing service in a market with lots of competition, so these new channels and new markets are good to see and are important if YouTube TV wants to compete against the likes of Sling and PlayStation Vue. As for the price increase, no one likes to see the price of a service go up, but at least YouTube TV is adding several new channels and keeping features like six user accounts and unlimited DVR while bumping up its price.

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Adding additive manufacturing to the smart factory set-up

Adding additive manufacturing to the smart factory set-up

In addition to prototyping, manufacturing companies are increasingly looking to additive manufacturing on 3D printers as a way to build production components, too.

With manufacturing of production tools reduced from six weeks to just two days and tool production costs slashed by 40 percent, additive manufacturing is really paying off for French aircraft design and manufacturing group Latécoère.

So much so, in fact, that engineers at the company, which works with aerospace giants including Airbus, Bombardier and Dassault, are starting to explore the idea of using 3D printing in the creation of production parts.

Earlier this month, Latécoère announced that it was using 3D printer technology from Stratasys for both rapid prototyping and production tooling. Using 3D printers as production tools is often referred to as ‘additive manufacturing’, because these machines lay down layer after layer of a given material to create a ready-made object, as opposed to the ‘subtractive’ business of cutting, drilling and hammering material away.

Either way, the adoption of this technology has been “transformational”, according to Simon Rieu, composite and additive manufacturing manager at Latécoère’s R&D and innovation center. “Additive manufacturing has integrate seamlessly into our design and production process and has seen us enjoy improved lead times, reduced costs and enhanced efficiency,” he says.

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Additive manufacturing begins to take off

In future, the company plans to 3D print final production parts for planes from Airbus, Boeing and other leading aircraft manufacturers, such as air duct housing components, for example. When 3D printed, these components could be produced more quickly than using traditional production methods – plus they’d be lighter, too, which is significant because an aircraft that weighs less also uses less fuel on flights.

Currently, only 29 percent of manufacturers are using 3D printing for production parts, according to a recent survey sponsored by manufacturing technology company, Jabil. But as 3D printing becomes more efficient and can be carried out using a wider variety of materials, the company expects this figure to climb. In fact, nine out of ten of the manufacturers surveyed said that they expect to grow their use of 3D printing for production parts in the next three to five years.

For now, the use of 3D printing is limited for most manufacturing companies – and, more specifically, limited to the prototyping process. In other words, it’s used to make mock-ups and test versions of components so that designs can be tweaked before final versions are produced. In Jabil’s survey, seven out of ten respondents say they use 3D printing for prototyping.

But either way, manufacturers are hardly sitting on the sidelines, watching the evolution of 3D printing. They are already using the technology – more than eight out of ten use 3D printing in some way today. “This is encouraging as it means that manufacturing companies are already looking for opportunities to integrate additive manufacturing within their established processes,” says Jabil. The aerospace and medical device industries, incidentally, are leading the way here.

Over time, this suggests that 3D printers will become integral parts of the smart factory set-up – just another form of connected device, capable of receiving instruction and reporting on their status, activity and performance over the Internet and boosting manufacturing productivity and efficiency in the process.


Additive manufacturing is bound to come up as a topic at our Internet of Manufacturing event, taking place in Munich on 6-8 February 2018. Attendees will get the chance to learn more about how connected technologies open up new paths to increased productivity and profitability for industrial companies. 

 

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Google Maps v9.70 beta enables adding and removing visited places, prepares to display showtimes and sell tickets, continues work on shortcuts, and much more [APK Teardown]

Google Maps has a new beta peeking out on devices. After a great deal of poking around, the list of changes for the interface is pretty sparse, but as always, there’s a ton to discuss from the teardown. There’s more from the home screen shortcuts, showtimes with ticket sales, detail fields for food photos, and way more.

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Unofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found)

  • Add / Remove places visited

Manually add or remove visited places

If you’re looking back through places you’ve been, the most convenient route is through the ‘Your places’ screen with the ‘Visited’ tab.

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