‘Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble’ Shutting Down at the End of May

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It’s been just over two years since Level-5 and co-developer NHN PlayArt launched the deceptively enjoyable matching game Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble [Free] on the App Store, and unfortunately that’s just about the end of the line for this one. Level-5 have announced that they’ll be shutting down Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble on May 31st. As our world of video games becomes more and more about “games as a service” these types of scenarios are bound to happen. For its part, the popularity of the game itself didn’t seem to be a problem, as Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble has a pretty dedicated fan base, but I think this is a case of the monetization not being aggressive enough to earn enough money to keep things going.

As you may recall, we really enjoyed Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble in our review as it used a surprisingly strategic matching mechanic and featured a couple of hundred or so characters to collect. Unfortunately, a game just being a good game isn’t quite enough sometimes. If you are a Yo-Kai Watch fan who somehow hasn’t checked out Wibble Wobble before, you can still download the game for free but all IAP has been disabled. You’ll still have a couple of months to play it before it goes bye-bye for good. If you’re a current player that’s already been enjoying the game for the past couple of years, well, my heart goes out to you. Nothing sucks worse than losing the ability to play a game you love.

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Apple Employees Receiving Nylon Watch Band and Gift Card for Winning the ‘Close Your Rings’ Challenge

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In February, Apple had an internal Close Your Rings challenge for its employees. The challenge required Apple employees to close all the three rings on their watch every single day for the whole of February. Continue reading
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Apple Watch helps solve brutal murder

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An Australian woman claims her mother-in-law was killed in their home by unknown assilants, but data from the victim’s Apple Watch contradicts that testimony. An Apple Watch tracks the wearer’s heartbeat. This means it knows exactly when that heart stops, allowing Adelaide police to know precisely when this murder had taken place. And that was […]

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Apple reportedly wants MicroLED Apple Watch screens in 2018, AR and big screens later

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A report this morning from Taiwanese supply chain publication DigiTimes suggests that Apple’s plans for producing next-generation MicroLED screens could be more ambitious than originally expected. According to the report, Apple is already working with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) on small and large screens for three separ…Read More
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Instagram Is Killing Its Apple Watch App

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Photo sharing app Instagram has become the latest company to confirm that it won’t be supporting future Apple Watch software updates. According to a report from 9to5Mac, Instagram has joined Slack, Whole Foods, eBay, Amazon and Google Maps in scrapping their apps for Apple’s smartwatch. It’s believed that this is a widespread response to a […]
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Apple and TSMC could start Apple Watch MicroLED display mass production later this year

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Apple’s work on developing MicroLED panels is slowly nearing mass production, according to the report, by partnering with TSMC to manufacture small panels for use in the Apple Watch and the rumored AR wearable device, potentially starting later this year.
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Apple Working With TSMC to Develop MicroLED Panels for Future Apple Watch and Augmented Reality Wearable Device

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Apple has plans in place to develop MicroLED panels for both small-size and large-size devices, with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) providing support for producing smaller form factor applications, which could include future Apple Watch models and AR wearables, according to DigiTimes senior analyst Luke Lin.

Apple is working with TSMC to develop micro LED panels on silicon-based backplanes for use in the Apple Watch and an augmented reality (AR) wearable device, Lin noted.

MicroLED panels use different light-emitting compounds than the current OLED displays and should help to make future devices slimmer, brighter, and less power-hungry. Citing sources in the upstream supply chain, Lin claims Apple is preparing two sizes of MicroLED panel for small devices. They are said to include a 1.3 to 1.4-inch panel for future Apple Watch iterations and a 0.7 to 0.8-inch panel for an AR wearable device, potentially AR glasses.

Lin also believes Apple is working on developing large-size MicroLED panels on TFT-based backplates for use in products much larger than those in its current MacBook lineup, although he offered no specifics on what they might be.

Based on Lin’s sources, the MicroLED panel destined for a future Apple Watch may enter mass production in the second half on 2018 or in 2019, which would suggest its use in Series 4 or 5 models. The large-size panel could see production in 2019 or later, while the panel for the AR device is yet to have a production schedule, according to the analyst.

The cost of the new MicroLED panels are said to be 400-600 percent higher than OLED panels used in the current Apple Watch. As such, Lin believes Apple will initially only use the MicroLED panel in future “top-of-the-line” versions of Apple Watch, although whether that refers specifically to iterations of the Apple Watch Edition remains unclear.

Apple is understood to own a manufacturing facility in Santa Clara, California, where it is designing and producing test samples of its own MicroLED displays, with a view to eventually replacing largely Samsung-made OLED displays currently used across its product range.

Apple’s interest in the technology was revealed in its acquisition of MicroLED firm LuxVue back in 2014 and previous reports have also claimed Apple will introduce MicroLED technology in the Apple Watch first, with some rumors pointing to that happening as soon as this year.

However, Bloomberg believes that it will likely be a few years before Apple’s MicroLED displays will appear in shipping products – perhaps two years for the Apple Watch and three to five years for the iPhone.

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tvOS 11.4 Beta 1 And watchOS 4.3.1 Beta 1 Released For Apple TV And Apple Watch

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You can now download tvOS 11.4 beta 1 for Apple TV and watchOS 4.3.1 beta 1 for Apple Watch. Here are the details.

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Instagram Eliminates Apple Watch App

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Instagram today became the latest company to ditch the Apple Watch, eliminating its Apple Watch app in an update that was released this morning.

In a statement given to French site iPhoneAddict, Instagram said the Instagram Apple Watch app was built using the watchOS 1 SDK, which was obsoleted by Apple on April 1. Rather than putting effort into rebuilding the app, Instagram has decided to end support for the wrist-worn device.

“The Instagram app for Apple Watch will no longer be available as a stand-alone experience once users upgrade to Instagram version 39 on iOS, released April 2, 2018. We are committed to providing users with the best experience with their Apple products and we will continue to explore ways to achieve this on all platforms. Users with an Apple Watch will continue to enjoy a great Instagram experience through various rich and varied notifications. “

Apple last year began notifying developers that Apple Watch apps need to be native apps built with the watchOS 2 SDK or later as of April 1, 2018. Apple first began requiring new apps to use the watchOS 2 SDK in June of 2016, and watchOS apps that continue to use the watchOS 1 SDK can no longer be updated. Apple now requires all new watchOS apps to be built using the watchOS 4 SDK.

Instagram has had a watchOS app available since 2015, and it was one of the first companies to support the Apple Watch when it first launched. The app was designed to let you view and like photos from the social network on your wrist. Instagram features will continue to be available on Apple Watch, but through notifications sent to a linked iPhone.

Instagram joins several other major companies that have abandoned development for the Apple Watch and eliminated their watchOS apps, including Twitter, Google Maps, Amazon, and eBay.

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Instagram Has Eliminated Its Apple Watch App

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Instagram, one of the largest social networks out there, has decided to call it quits on its official Apple Watch app. Continue reading
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