Tim Cook will attend deposition as part of Apple’s ongoing battle with Qualcomm

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Tim Cook will attend a deposition on June 27 as part of Apple’s continuing legal battle with Qualcomm. Qualcomm’s lawsuit accuses Apple of lying to regulators in order to spur investigations into Qualcomm’s business. Apple previously filed a complaint over chip royalties. Qualcomm is currently being accused of using anticompetitive practices and abusing its position […]

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[Hands-on] Disney Heroes: Battle Mode, a boring auto-brawler with a kid-friendly theme

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PerBlue Entertainment’s Disney Heroes: Battle Mode is an upcoming free-to-play hero collection auto-brawler that takes advantage of both Disney and Pixar licenses for its theme. I have been able to get my hands on a working pre-release version, so I figured why not give some insight on what this game has to offer before it officially releases so that our readers will have a good idea what to expect. So without further ado, here are my thoughts on the beta of Disney Heroes: Battle Mode.

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‘Disney Heroes: Battle Mode’ is a Free to Play ARPG Featuring The Incredibles, Wreck-It Ralph, and More, Pre-Registration Now Live

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It seems like all of the most popular movie characters all have their very own free to play mobile game, and now Disney and its subsidiary Pixar are making sure that their characters can get in on the fun too. Disney Heroes: Battle Mode is a forthcoming free to play action RPG starring characters from both Disney and Pixar movies like The Incredibles, Wreck-It Ralph, and Pirates of the Caribbean. If you’ve played any number of similar free to play ARPGs over the years, you probably already know what to expect. More than 30 playable characters to unlock and transform by way of upgrading, as well as all the necessary gear and abilities (also upgradeable, natch) to equip them for success. We all kind of know the drill here, but if you enjoy these games and you’re a big fan of Disney and Pixar movies, then Disney Heroes does look quite promising.

You may recall that Disney partnered up with four established mobile development studios back in January of this year, and as Disney Heroes is developed by one of those partners in PerBlue, this will be the first fruit of that new initiative. If you’re interested in everything you’re seeing so far, you can actually head over to the official website for Disney Heroes and sign up for a pre-registration mailing list for either iOS or Android, which will net you one free hero when the game officially launches. Furthermore, the Android version is up for pre-registration right on the Google Play Store so you can opt to go that route if you wish. No specific release date has been announced but you can expect Disney Heroes: Battle Mode to launch on iOS and Android later this year.

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‘Fortnite Battle Royale’ for iOS now available to all, no invite required

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Epic Games is opening up ‘Fortnite Battle Royale’ to all iOS device users with compatible hardware, allowing anyone with a supported iPhone or iPad to download the popular free-to-play title without needing to acquire an invitation beforehand.
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The battle of the basic wearables

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As long as I’ve been covering wearable tech, the category has always been on the cusp of something. But it’s also been hampered by a series of ifs that still make wearables impractical for a lot of people: if battery life was better; if it was smarter; if it was more accurate; if it looked nicer; if it offered enough value to wear it on my wrist / body / face all the time.

However, the upside of anything that feels not fully realized is that there’s always room for improvement, which means the companies that make wearable tech keep on trying. Like Fitbit: it starting selling wireless health trackers in 2009 (in the early days, they were basically techie pedometers), and more recently, it jumped on the smartwatch bandwagon. First, there…

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Get ready for battle, ‘MARVEL Strike Force’ is officially available on the Play Store

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Two weeks ago I wrote up a piece about a few games that were at that time listed on the Play Store for pre-registration. Well, it would appear that one of those listings has been officially released. That title is MARVEL Strike Force, and you can install it right now for free.

If you are unfamiliar with MARVEL Strike Force allow me to fill you in. This is a free-to-play strategic combat game that is very similar to Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes and DC Legends: Battle for Justice.

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A Battle for Affordable Housing Is Being Waged Next to Apple Park

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Cupertino, California is in the midst of a housing crisis. And one of the battles for affordable housing is taking place less than a mile from Apple Park. Local developer Sand Hill Property Co. has tried for years to build housing at the site of the largely abandoned Vallco Shopping Mall. But the developer has […]
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Foxconn buys Linksys owner Belkin to join the smart home battle

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While we've focused on efforts of giants like Google, Apple and Amazon to dominate "smart home" devices, manufacturing giant Foxconn is making its entry by acquiring Belkin International to create a "global consumer electronics leader." Besides the a…
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Fortnite vs PUBG: Which 100-player battle is the best mobile gaming experience?

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The Fortnite vs PUBG debate has been around for a long time, but now the competition has moved to mobile — who comes out on top?

With the launch of Fortnite and PUBG Mobile on iOS, the ongoing debate on which one is better has made its way to the mobile gaming world. Both games have attempted to do something awesome — bring an AAA console experience to the mobile gamer, but which one has done a better job?

Rather than try to answer which game is the better game, I’m far more interested in what game gives you the better mobile experience. Here are my thoughts on how Fortnite and PUBG Mobile stack up on delivering a solid mobile experience.

Controls

Verdict: Tied

As both Fortnite and PUBG Mobile were announced, one of my very first thoughts was how great it would be to play a console game on my iPhone with my MFi gamepad. Unfortunately, as of right now, both Fortnite and PUBG Mobile aren’t compatible with MFi controllers, and you’re stuck using the on-screen controls provided for both games.

The good news is the on-screen controls are excellent in both games. The dual-stick controls are responsive, feel natural, and are simple enough to give you the ability to do everything you could want to do comfortably. While a gamepad would offer you the ability to be more precise, I have been super impressed with how both games have implemented a control-scheme that works so beautifully.

Mobile-friendly additions

Fortnite

Even though both games are easy to control, I think Fornite does a better job at adding gameplay details that make the game mobile-friendly.

It’s not that PUBG Mobile didn’t add things to the make the game run a little smoother on a smaller screen. Some of the additions PUBG put in are fantastic. The mobile version made it way easier to pick up items, manage your inventory, and use healing items (which is huge), but in the end, Fortnite added the sound indicators, and that’s why I think it wins this category.

How often do you play mobile games with the sound off? In games like Fortnite and PUBG Mobile, where hearing player footsteps and gunshot echoes give you a considerable advantage, playing without sound could be a miserable experience. Epic Games came up with an incredibly clever way to mitigate this issue in Fortnite— sound indicators.

You’ll see sound indicators pop up on the screen whenever someone shoots a weapon or moves around. These indicators can help you figure out which way the sound is coming from as well as indicate how close those noises are to your present location. It’s a smart way to make the game playable without sound if you want or need to, embracing the heart of what mobile gaming is all about: taking your games with you wherever you roam.

Playing with friends

Verdict: PUBG Mobile

When it comes to picking up a game to play with friends, I believe PUBG Mobile does it better for two main reasons; availability and voice chat.

PUBG Mobile is available worldwide, which means if you can your friends want to play PUBG Mobile together, all you have to do is download the game. On top of its more widespread availability, it also launched with voice chat enabled so you can talk with your squad members and plan what you’re going to do. Communication in Squad and Duo modes is paramount to success, and PUBG Mobile gives you the ability to be successful every match.

There’s no doubt that the cross-platform multiplayer capabilities of Fortnite are impressive, but without being able to talk to your teammates, Squad mode is more frustrating than fun.

Gameplay on-the-go

Verdict: Fortnite

Over the past week I have played both Fortnite and PUBG Mobile in multiple locations that have offered different signal strengths for LTE and various speeds of Wi-Fi, and by a hair, Fortnite has performed better than PUBG in spotty conditions.

Now don’t get me wrong, if you’re playing at home and connected to a good Wi-Fi network, both games run smooth as butter, and you’ll likely see no problems; however, when you take the game on the go, PUBG Mobile struggles a bit more when reception gets spotty.

It’s pretty minimal, and your mileage will vary depending on a lot of factors, but in my personal experience, Fornite ran a little smoother when it was on the go.

Which offers a better mobile experience overall?

Fortnite for solo play and PUBG Mobile multiplayer

I can already hear you screaming at your screen telling me to pick one or the other, but in reality, both games are great and currently excel at different things.

Epic Games went above and beyond porting Fornite for the mobile space and allowing you to play the game when you want and how you want. On a noisy and crowded bus without headphones? Don’t worry; the sound indicators have you covered.

Where PUBG Mobile shines is playing with your friends. The game is out worldwide, meaning you can play with iOS players all over the world, so you and your buddies can team up pretty easily. Nobody is stuck waiting for an invite code, and everyone can get in on the fun. Plus, you can use voice chat with PUBG Mobile which makes playing the Duo and Squad modes enjoyable rather than frustrating.

In the end, both games have done a fantastic job in taking a triple-A console experience and bringing it to the small screen, and it’s probably best to play both games and see what one you like the best!

What are your opinions on Fortnite and PUBG Mobile?

Let me know what you think of the games in the comments down below!

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‘Fortnite’ 3.31 Brings Heavy Shotgun to ‘Battle Royale’ to the $120 Million Game

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We have an early word on the 3.3.1 update to Fortnite [Free], and it will bring in the Heavy Shotgun. This Epic and Legendary weapon, the highest rarities in Battle Royale, adds more distance to the weapon than most shotguns, especially the Tactical Shotgun. So, if you find this weapon, you’re in a better state to deal with assault rifles if they engage with you, or you can get closer and deal the lethal blow with this weapon. One player found the weapon early in Blitz, and shared just how deadly this can be:

Expect full patch notes for 3.3.1 on Thursday, March 21st.

In other news, Superdata Research revealed its estimates for how much revenue Fortnite: Battle Royale makes, and it’s a lot: $ 121 million in February alone. That’s all off of cosmetic item purchases, too. That number is set to go up with Fortnite on iOS once it rolls out worldwide. Even with a limited audience, the game made $ 1.5 million in its first four days on the App Store.

Compare this to PUBG on PC, where the game made $ 103 million across Steam and Xbox. The lack of a PS4 release hurts, clearly. Fortnite now has more viewers on Twitch, and clearly dented PUBG‘s viewership. This is before Fortnite‘s March, which saw the game reach new heights of mainstream exposure.

However, Fortnite hasn’t left PUBG completely in the dust. And the mobile competition between Fortnite and PUBG Mobile [Free] will be interesting: between Fortnite‘s limited availability on iOS only, and PUBG Mobile rolling out worldwide on iOS and Android, and PUBG Mobile‘s more advanced state of development, the Fortnite versus PUBG story is just beginning.

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