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Fortnite maker’s gamble could see mobile players shut out of the game

“It will cause large issues. The only way to currently access the game [if you don’t have it on your device] is third party websites, which can open up your device to malware,” he said. Fortnite streamer AussieAntics. “Fortnite on mobile is incredibly popular, especially with the addition of a …

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Apple removes Fortnite from iPhone store over game payments tussle

“Epic enabled a feature in its app which was not reviewed or approved by Apple, and they did so with the express intent of violating the App Store guidelines regarding in-app payments.” Epic has responded by suing Apple in California, citing anti-competitive behaviour in a legal complaint that reads like …

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Apple set to offer subscription bundles to win loyalty

The initiative is a major bid by Apple to achieve the same loyalty that Amazon.com has won with its Prime program, which combines free shipping with video streaming and many other services for an annual or monthly fee. This bundle is the bedrock of Amazon’s success and has been mimicked …

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Why Apple is about to turn the iPhone app industry upside down

“It is a big deal and will dramatically change the mobile advertising ecosystem,” says Yory Wurmser, a principal analyst at the research firm eMarketer. He expects Apple’s crackdown to slash user targeting by between 50 per cent and 90 per cent, forcing a mass shift in business strategy which will …

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After 10 years of angst, NBN’s big milestone has come in the nick of time

The value and resilience of the network could not have been stress-tested more vigorously than it has in recent months as the coronavirus forced dramatic changes in the way Australians live and work. It’s held up remarkably well, given the abruptness and unforeseeable nature of the big surges in demand …

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Pastel party take on Fortnite is an online winner for all ages

The genius in the design here is that it feels great to pass each challenge, or even come close to passing, and the game reinforces this with an experience system that will always give you points after a round for a steady dopamine hit of new outfit options. There are …

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Silicon Valley should fear Trump’s tech aggression

WeChat, which is the subject of a similar order, has even less of an escape route. Its owner, China-based Tencent, has seemingly no option of selling the app, which is largely used by the Chinese diaspora in America and elsewhere. So a complete ban seems likely. Loading Trump’s two orders …

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Samsung’s latest phones go big, again

Cameras, of course, are the heroes of smartphones now, and while the Note’s cameras aren’t up to the same standard as the S series’ array (as usual), the gap is smaller than last year. Both phones can record video in 8K, and come with a trio of shooters for wide, …

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You might want to wait on new HDMI cables for your new TV

Displaying UHD images at 120fps could also benefit some movie and TV content — think action films, nature documentaries and sports — to which higher frame rates can lend a clearer image in fast-moving scenes. Meanwhile HDMI 2.1 also enables eARC, so you can finally pipe the best possible sound …

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Keep the peace with a second screen

It’s obviously no match for the 65-inch 4K LG OLED and surround sound in the lounge room, but mummy cinema is a great compromise when we want to spread out for a while. It’s also handy when friends with younger kids visit, as the big kids can have the lounge …

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