Turbine, the developer behind popular MMO titles such as The Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online, has announced it is developing a new game called Batman: Arkham Underworld for iOS devices. The official website describes the game as a "build your own base" title, which means it could be another freemium Clash of Clans clone. In the game, players will be able to recruit and train an army of henchmen from the pages of DC Comics to eventually take down Batman.
The game will be a sort of mobile tie-in to the highly anticipated Batman: Arkham Knight title coming to the PS4, Xbox One and PC in June. Besides being able to "command iconic super-villains from the Batman: Arkham universe," and defending your base from raids, little else is known about the game. No release date has been announced, but Batman: Arkham Knight officially launches on June 2, 2015. You can sign up for the game's beta on the official website.
Wireless carrier Sprint Corporation launched the new Best Buy One Plan nationwide on March 1. The program is described as an "industry-first, all inclusive plan" that offers unlimited voice calling, messaging, data, and a "whole new way to get a wireless phone". Not surprisingly, Sprint's Best Buy One is exclusively available at Best Buy retail outlets.
Customers can get the unlimited data plan along with top smartphones for no money down and no sales tax at the time of purchase. The program works by leasing the hardware for a fixed monthly price, which is rolled into the total plan cost. This means with a two-year contract Sprint subscribers can lease the 16GB iPhone 6 along with unlimited data, voice calling and messaging for a total of $65 per month plus taxes and fees.
For the first time in several weeks, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) did not close the week at a record high. Share prices did close at a record $133.00 on Monday, but gradually slid for the rest of the week to close Friday at $128.46. Monday's 2.2% surge brought Apple's market capitalization to over $765 billion, more than twice that of Exxon's $374 billion cap. The last time the largest cap doubled the second largest was 30 years ago, when IBM took the top spot over Exxon. Apple is now a 30% jump away from becoming the world's first trillion dollar company.
Despite Apple's immense success, Germany's Berenberg Bank, a respected financial institution, lowered its target price to a shocking $60. Analyst Adnaan Ahmad believes that Apple is too reliant on the iPhone, which accounts for 70% of the company's revenues and 85% of its profit. Once the iPhone 6 market quiets down, he believes Apple will experience negative growth. He doesn't expect much from the Apple Watch either, but he does see potential for Apple
The most notable news item from Apple last week was the company's announcement of its Spring Forward event. Invitations for the media event were sent out on Thursday. It will be held at 9 AM PT on Monday, March 9, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. It is widely expected that Apple will unveil new details about the Apple Watch such as cost, battery life and whether or not it is waterproof; and announce an official launch date for the highly anticipated wearable.
Though it wasn't directly Apple related, another big story from last week that affects everybody (more so in the U.S.), was the FCC's Thursday vote to enforce net neutrality. Service providers will be regulated as "common carriers" under the Communications Act, which means that they will not be allowed to speed up
Apple has officially opened the iWork suite of productivity software to anyone with an updated web browser. Ownership of a Mac or iOS device is not required to create an iCloud account. Once the user has an Apple ID, the web-based versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote are free along with 1GB of iCloud storage to save related files.
iWork for iCloud was first launched in 2013 for beta testing, and later extended to all users with an Apple ID. Creating an Apple ID at www.icloud.com is as simple as clicking the text "Create one now" at the bottom of the sign in page. Users will need to enter a name, email address, date of birth and security questions for password protection.
Android Wear devices such as the Moto 360 aren't known for their compatibility with the iPhone. This could all change in the future, thanks in no small part to developer @MohammadAG. In a proof of concept, he was able to successfully display notifications on the Moto 360 directly from an iPhone.
What's more, the iPhone does not have to be jailbroken to make this work. The process utilizes Apple Notification Center Service (ANCS), which makes iOS notifications accessible to third-party accessories via Bluetooth. One example of a smartwatch that already uses this method to display iPhone notifications is the Pebble Watch.
Dropbox for iOS has recently received useful new features in version 3.7 on the iTunes Store. The ubiquitous cloud storage solution provides access to photos and documents from any compatible iOS device. Now the Dropbox app includes an Action Extension for iOS 8, which allows the user to save files directly to Dropbox from a standard app share sheet.
In order to use the Dropbox extension, toggle the Dropbox extension by navigating to the More menu from a share sheet. Once enabled, the Save to Dropbox button will appear automatically. Tapping this button will open the Dropbox dialog, which makes it possible to name the file and save to a location in your Dropbox folder. Files will upload to the cloud after tapping Save.
Here are this week's most noteworthy games, apps and jailbreak tweaks released to the App Store and Cydia through 02/22/15 to 02/28/15. Apple's Free App of the Week is Printer Pro. The app will be free on the Apple App Store until 02/05/15. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep updated on all the latest iPhone and iPad news.
iOS device owners continue to install iOS 8, with the adoption rate inching up every two weeks. The recent total stood at 73 percent according to the Apple Developer Support page. While this is a one point bump from the stat measured two weeks prior, the number still lags behind iOS 7 adoption. Mid-February numbers for iOS 7 indicated that 80 percent of compatible iOS devices were running the latest firmware last year.
In any case, Apple is set to launch several iOS updates over the coming months. iOS 8.2 will be released in early March, and will primarily focus on the Apple Watch management app and WatchKit for developers. A March 9 Apple media event is expected to highlight the Apple Watch and announce ship dates for the wearable device. Shortly after the event, Apple is expected to launch the first-ever iOS public beta program with iOS 8.3.
Apple will soon cease support for signing into the iTunes Store with AOL screen names. Those wishing to continue using iTunes or access previous purchases must convert their AOL sign in information into an Apple ID. The change will take effect on March 30, after which Apple will not provide support for AOL Username accounts.
iTunes users needing to convert to an Apple ID can sign in normally with their AOL screen name, and Apple will automatically ask to make the conversion. Once the process is complete, the Apple ID will retain access to all previous content purchased with the AOL Username in the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store. No other AOL services connected to the AOL screen name will be affected.