Taylor Swift has forced Apple to change its policy on how it will pay artists for its upcoming music streaming service by penning a Tumblr post titled, "To Apple, Love Taylor." In the letter Swift explains why she withheld her album, 1989, from Apple Music. Swift said she found it "shocking," "disappointing," and completely unlike Apple not to pay writers, producers and artists for songs played during a user's free 90-day-trial of Apple Music.
There were a lot of big announcements at E3 2015 this year, especially when it comes to console gaming. Some of the biggest announcements included Fallout 4, Kingdom Hearts 3, a bunch of new Nintendo titles like Star Fox Zero and The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, and much, much more.
On the mobile side of things Square-Enix unveiled Hitman: Sniper and announced that Kingdom Hearts Unchained Key will be coming to the U.S. App Store. Capcom quietly announced that an iOS version of the PSP title Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is coming "soon," but didn't reveal many details about the port except that it would include new features. Other mobile previewed at E3 include: World of Tanks Blitz, The Witcher Adventure Game, Godfire: Rise of Prometheus, Minions Paradise and Siegefall. You can check out some E3 trailers and gameplay videos at the bottom of this post.
We briefly touched on Bethesda's Fallout Shelter during the Fallout 4 frenzy at E3, but it deserves a much closer look than we orginally gave it. I'm not sure why Bethesda teamed up with Behaviour Interactive to release a mobile game based on the popular post-apocalyptic franchise. Is it just a gift to hold fans over until November 10, when Fallout 4 hits shelves? Maybe it's an introduction to the Fallout franchise for new fans? Whatever Bethesda's end game is, Fallout Shelter is a resource management title that is both fun for new and old fans.
As it is a perennial concern of consumers, smartphone manufacturers are always looking to improve the battery life of their devices. During the keynote address at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced that, through simple system tweaks, iOS 9 has added an extra hour of battery life to the iPhone. Additionally, a new Low Power setting will supposedly extend battery life by up to three hours.
According to Apple's iOS 9 page:
Disney has released another Star Wars mobile game for iOS devices. Star Wars - Heroes Path is a stealth/puzzle title that is being compared to Hitman Go. The game takes place during A New Hope and allows players to play as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and Obi-Wan Kenobi. The basic idea of the game is to sneak your character past Stormtroopers without being seen.
Square Enix today announced three new mobile titles at its E3 2015 press conference: Kingdom Hearts Unchained Key, Lara Croft Go and Final Fantasy VII. Here's what we know about all three games:
Kingdom Hearts Unchained Key, which was originally announced for Japan, will also be released in the US for both iOS and Android. This is the first Kingdom Hearts game specifically designed for mobile devices, but it's story will link to Kingdom Hearts 3. The game will include numerous Disney characters and feature a 2D art style. Kingdom Hearts Unchained Key will launch in Japan in 2015. No North American release date has been announced.
After sending the internet into a tizzy with a Fallout 4 countdown video, Bethesda Softworks last night held its own E3 press event where they announced a mobile game called Fallout Shelter, and a Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition. The $120 special edition comes with all the typical limited edition goodies, plus a Pip-Boy replica that is designed to fit on your wrist. The Pip-Boy also includes foam inserts so users can fit their smartphone inside, and use the companion app to manipulate their in-game inventory from their wrist.
Most of the Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) news from last week revolved around the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which kicked off with a keynote address on Monday and seemingly did not inspire investors, as share prices slid $1.10 on that day. The stock had a slight mid-week rebound, reaching a high of $130.18 during Thursday's session, but closed Friday at $127.17 for a loss of $1.73 (about 1.3%) on the week.
Most of last week's news came out of Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which kicked off on Monday at San Francisco's Moscone Center. During the keynote, various Apple execs unveiled iOS 9, OS X El Capitan, Apple Music and WatchOS 2.
Apple went kit crazy this week at WWDC 2015. The company previewed several new SDKs for app developers, and announced upgrades for Metal and other new tools for game developers. One of the tools called ReplayKit, will allow developers to add the ability for users to record, save and share gameplay video in iOS 9.
E3 kicks off next week on June 16 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Mobile gaming won't have a huge presence at the event, but a few big names like Gameloft will be demoing mobile titles. You can check out the full E3 schedule at e3expo.com.