Morbid Puzzler ‘Death Coming’ Pushed Back to March on iOS, Android Version Announced

It’s a good day for good news in the world of Android gaming, as not only is the long-awaited Android version of Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition now available but today NEXT Studio has announced that they’ll be bringing their critically acclaimed puzzler Death Coming to Android in addition to iOS. We first learned that Death Coming would be getting a mobile version in early January following its well-received launch on Steam the previous November. Originally planned for release this month on iOS only, NEXT Studio needs just a bit more time to finish up the port and so the iOS version will be pushed back to some point in March. This extra time also allows them to work on the Android port which will follow not too long after the iOS release in the second quarter of 2018.

Death Coming is a dark puzzle game that sees you starting the game with your own demise and then being given the position of Death’s assistant. This means you need to facilitate the deaths of other people to collect souls for your new boss, but you can’t just go murdering people outright. You’ll need to make it look like some sort of freak accident, which means manipulating objects in the environment to create a hazardous and deadly situation for whatever hapless folks might be milling about. It’s a pretty morbid premise and I mean that in the best way possible. I love the idea of setting up some elaborate course of events that leads to a Final Destination-style complex death scene. A more specific release date and pricing information should be coming soon but for now just keep an eye out for Death Coming on iOS sometime in March and on Android in the months that follow.


Rent the Runway, DoorDash and The Cheesecake Factory are coming to Code Commerce at Shoptalk

Jason Del Rey and Kara Swisher will be back in Las Vegas to host the March 20 evening event.

For the third year in a row, Kara Swisher and I are gathering some of the brightest e-commerce and retail minds for a night of live journalism at An Evening With Code Commerce during the Shoptalk conference in Las Vegas this March.

The three-hour event, slated for Tuesday, March 20 at The Venetian, will feature Recode’s signature brand of no-BS interviews, as well as a cocktail hour where you’ll get the chance to get to know 200 of your smartest peers.

Today, I’m thrilled to announce three of the five speakers you’ll hear from that evening:

For the last eight years, Rent the Runway co-founder and CEO Jennifer Hyman has built a business that has been trying to sell women on the idea that clothing rental can be an attractive alternative to the buy-and-ditch cycle that can result from the fast-fashion trend.

The company now sells a $ 159 monthly subscription that offers women a rotating closet of high-end workwear, as well as an $ 89 monthly subscription with some restrictions in exchange for a more accessible price point. We’ll talk with Hyman about what is and isn’t working with these new business models, and what the future holds for a company that has raised nearly $ 200 million from investors who eventually want to see a return.

We’ve also invited DoorDash co-founder and CEO Tony Xu and The Cheesecake Factory’s president David Gordon to join us for a discussion about the messy, but giant world of food delivery.

DoorDash is one of a handful of well-funded companies working to figure out how to bring food delivery to the masses profitably. It has tried to differentiate by partnering with more than half of the Top 100 U.S. restaurant chains, including The Cheesecake Factory, Wendy’s and Buffalo Wild Wings.

We’ll challenge Xu on his strategy to outlast big-name competitors like Amazon, Uber and GrubHub, and other upstarts like Postmates. We’ll also dive into the opportunities and challenges facing traditional sit-down restaurants that are trying to navigate this trend.

Look for one more Code Commerce speaker announcement next week. These events always sell out, so register today. See you in March.

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9.7-Inch iPad 2018, iPad mini 5 Likely Coming Next Month According To Eurasia Certification

According to new certification, 9.7-inch iPad 2018, iPad mini 5 likely coming next month, probably at Apple’s March event.

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Apple’s Latest ECC Certification Hints New iPads Are Coming Soon

This week, Apple received certification from the Eurasian Economic Commission (ECC) covering new products (including at least one, if not two, new iPad models) which the company could unveil as early as next month, MacRumors reports.

The filings, which were first uncovered by French publication Consomac, are legally required for any encrypted devices sold in select Eurasian countries like Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan, among others.

Two New iPads

Notably, the filings presented in this report consist of two new iPad models — A1893 and A1954 — which interestingly do not appear to correspond with any of Apple’s existing iPad, iPad mini, or even iPad Pro model numbers.

It’s unlikely that the odd numbers indicate there are new or even “drastically revamped” iPads on the horizon.

More logically, given the timing of their certification, is that Apple could be working on a refreshed variant of its $ 329 budget-centric 9.7-inch iPad, which was released in March of last year via an official press release.

Other possibilities are that Apple could be working on a new iPad mini model, though we’ve heard the company has given up on its smallest iPad form factor before — notably as the size of its iPhone screens are expected to increase substantially this fall.

As you can see in the short list provided by Consomac, above, there are additionally a number of “sample” products listed among the ECC filings, some of which have model numbers beginning with ‘AA’ and ‘CC’, which MacRumors was quick to note is “uncharacteristic” of past Apple products and therefore it’s unclear, at this time, what products they could even be.

Two possibilities include Apple’s AirPower wireless charging mat, which we haven’t heard much of lately  and its previously announced AirPods wireless charging case, but only time will tell…

A Budget, Budget iPad?

Back in December, 2017, we covered a DigiTimes supply chain report which cited that Apple could be working on an even cheaper, budget friendly iPad model which could cost just $ 259.

And while it’s not entirely clear what kind of power and capabilities we can expect of an iPad priced so affordably, we can venture to guess it will retain the 9.7-inch form factor complete with a Home Button, Touch ID, an LCD display and more than likely a reasonable performance boost thanks to the inclusion of a newer A-series chip.

The current budget iPad flaunts Apple’s A9 SoC — a Dual-core 1.84 GHz — while the new device could potentially be bumped up to an A10 Fusion of unknown specifications.

Other features of the current iPad include an 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.2-megapixel front camera, dual speakers, Touch ID, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.2.

Unlike iPad Pro, however, it does not support Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard input.

iPad Pro Refresh

Speaking of iPad Pro, meanwhile, its worth noting that Apple is believed to be preparing a major iPad Pro refresh for sometime this year.

That device will be a more premium model, however, boasting design hues similar to the iPhone X, an Octa-core CPU, Face ID and TrueDepth camera system in place of Touch ID, and advanced AR applications — although we’re probably not going to see the first signs of that model until Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, 2018, at the earliest.

Potential Release Date

While we have no indication of a firm release date at this time, MacRumors noted how Apple could announce its new iPad models via an official press release — similar to how it announced the current iPad model last March, alongside the stunning, PRODUCT (RED) variants of its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

In years past, Apple has been required to obtain similar certifications through the ECC, covering devices including its 10.5- and 12.9-inch iPad Pros, Apple Watch Series 2, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and even the MacBook Pro with OLED Touch Bar — all of which were released within just weeks of their respective certifications.

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‘Evoland 2’ Is Coming to Mobile After All, Releases February 28th for iOS

Playdigious and Shiro Games are bringing Evoland 2 to iOS and Apple TV after all. Little under two years ago, we were told the follow up to Evoland [$ 4.99] would not be making its way to iOS for a few reasons. We found it odd at the time and are glad to see the publisher and developer have both changed their mind here. Evoland 2 was built on the Haxe engine that the team found hard to work with for mobile. It also took a lot of effort to get the controls working well for touch screens. Watch the mobile announcement trailer below:

The Evoland franchise has over a million copies sold and to celebrate the upcoming release of Evoland 2, the original game is down to its lowest price ever of $ 0.99. If you’re in a region with lower regional pricing, it is even lower than the equivalent of a dollar right now. The game also just got iPhone X support if you’ve wanted to relive how RPGs changed over the years on the most powerful portable available right now.

Evoland 2 has controller support on iOS and is optimized for iPhone X from the get go. I’m glad they changed their mind and actually got Evoland 2 running on not just mobile but Apple TV as well. You can sign up to be notified for news about it here. Evoland 2 releases on the App Store on February 28th. Here’s the forum thread for the original Evoland if you want to see what people have been saying about it.