Peter Molyneux’s ‘Godus’ to Be Released on Mac September 13th [Mac Blog]

August 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

A beta version of Godus, an upcoming game for the Mac and PC by accomplished video game designer Peter Molyneux, is set to be released September 13th through Steam Early Access. The game, which is similar to Molyneux’s early titles like Populous and Black and White, previously raised over £526,563 as a Kickstarter project late last year, well over its intended goal of £450,000.


GODUS empowers you in the role of a god, allowing you to sculpt every inch of a beautiful world that you look down upon, on which a population of followers settle and multiply. As you mould every aspect of your unique utopia, a civilization will blossom across your land and offer you their belief. The more followers that believe in you, the more powerful you will become.

The game also intertwines with Peter Molyneux’s popular iOS title Curiosity, a social experiment that asked players to chip away at a giant cube to reveal the secret hidden inside. The person who removed the final cube won a “life changing” prize, which ended up being a grant of special powers within Godus for one year upon its release. Bryan Henderson of Edinburgh, who won, will be the game’s sole digital god, earning a portion of all the game’s incoming revenue.

22Cans is also planning to release an iOS version of Godus following its Mac and PC release.

    



from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/08/31/peter-molyneuxs-godus-to-be-released-on-mac-september-13th/

Three to Launch UK 4G Service in December [iOS Blog]

August 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

3Vector P-BFollowing the launches of O2, Vodafone, and EE‘s 4G LTE networks in the UK, mobile service provider Three has announced that it is launching its 4G network within the region by December. Existing customers on Three’s network will get 4G service at no extra charge upon launch, with plans for new customers being priced competitively against other carriers.

Three’s LTE service is notable for being compatible with the iPhone 5’s network bands, and will also allow consumers to select devices that are compatible with the new service. The company also announced earlier this week that it would abolish roaming charges for service in seven countries.

I’m really pleased to announce, that in December, London, Birmingham and Manchester will see the start of our 4G roll out. That’s not a bad early Christmas present is it? Even better than that, we’ll be busy rolling out in a further 50 cities by the end of 2014. And by the end of 2015? Well we aim to have covered a massive 98% of the population by then.

The carrier also plans to include its “All You Can Eat” data plans in its new 4G service at no extra cost. Three’s service in the UK was originally launched in 2003, and had a total of 8.8 million subscribers as of 2012.

    



from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/08/31/three-to-launch-uk-4g-service-in-december/

Revised Plans for Flagship Apple Store in Brisbane, Australia Surface [Mac Blog]

August 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

A revised construction plan for Apple’s flagship retail store in Brisbane, Australia has surfaced nearly two years after the store was originally announced to be built, reports ifoAppleStore (via AppleInsider). Plans for the Australian store were thought to have been abandoned after a bankruptcy filing from a major contractor in 2012 as well as reported problems with the modification of the historic building which the store is to be built in.

The store will be located in the MacArthur Chambers building, a 10-story high-rise that was originally constructed in 1934. Apple plans to make few structural changes to the interior, with the plans showing minor changes to a mezzanine wall, some windows, and a stairway.

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According to the revised landscape plan, Apple is planning to remove a number of structures on the sidewalk in front of the store, like a large pedestrian bench, as well as relocate a tree to create symmetry with the store’s front entrance.

The updated filing for the store did not indicate a timeframe for when it would open; however rumors suggest that the location could open in October of this year at the earliest.

    



from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/08/31/revised-plans-for-flagship-apple-store-in-brisbane-australia-surface/

‘Plants vs. Zombies 2’ Nears 25 Million Downloads, PopCap Teases ‘Crop Circle’ Video [iOS Blog]

August 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

EA today announced that Plants vs. Zombies 2, the sequel to its popular lane defense game Plants vs. Zombies, has been downloaded nearly 25 million times since being released on August 15.

To accompany the announcement, EA has released a new infographic that shares some fun information about the game, including the fact that Plants vs. Zombies 2 downloads have already exceeded the total lifetime downloads for Plants vs. Zombies.

While the first expansion for the Plants vs. Zombies 2, “Far Future,” has already been announced, our sister site TouchArcade has a new video that hints at another upcoming update involving aliens.


PopCap blasted us a mysterious pseudo-trailer for what we’re thinking might be the first clue for the next Plants vs. Zombies 2 update. It’s little more than a zombie standing in a field, the camera pans out… And it’s a huge crop circle corn maze sort of thing.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 is a universal app that can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

    



from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/08/30/plants-vs-zombies-2-nears-25-million-downloads-popcap-teases-crop-circle-video/

MacRumors Roundups: What We Expect for the iPhone 5S, 5C and iWatch

August 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

Last fall, we launched a series of roundups to help visitors more easily stay on top of the latest rumors for several of Apple’s product lines, condensing months’ worth of news and rumors into a single frequently-updated page for each product. For various reasons, those roundups fell out of date.

After taking some time to completely rework both the look and functionality, we are relaunching our Roundups feature today with coverage of the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, and iWatch. More roundups are coming soon to expand our coverage of Apple’s products as the company heads into to a busy season of iPhone, iPad, Mac, and software updates.

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The goal of each roundup is to simply answer the question of “What are you expecting” for any given product. That opinion is certain to change over time as new rumors are revealed, and the roundups will be updated regularly to reflect that.

Our roundup index page includes a full list of our available roundups ordered by most recently updated. Roundups are also accessible directly through the “Roundups” tab in the navigation bar on all MacRumors page.

iPhone 5S
iPhone 5C
iWatch

    



from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/08/30/macrumors-roundups-what-we-expect-for-the-iphone-5s-5c-and-iwatch/

Apple Restricting Vacation Time for AppleCare Employees From September 15 to 28

August 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

Apple appears to be cutting down on available vacation time for its AppleCare employees between September 15 and 28, a two week period encompassing the prospective September 20 release date for the iPhone 5S and 5C that was first leaked earlier this month. iOS 7 is also expected to be released that week.

An internal document shared by AppleInsider reportedly shows the amount of time off available for AppleCare employees during the month of September, which appears to drop beginning on September 15.

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An internal company document shared with AppleInsider purportedly shows time off available for AppleCare employees for the latter half of September. As can be seen in the calendar, available time off drops off significantly starting Sunday, Sept. 15, and continues through Saturday, Sept. 28.

The image provided shows the calendar being accessed via virtual private network from an internal Apple employee domain. Potentially identifying portions of the picture have been cropped out.

Multiple carriers have also initiated similar vacation blackout dates on some of the same days, with T-Mobile employees reporting a September 20 to 22 blackout and Verizon employees reporting September 18 to September 22 blackout dates.

Apple likely has a longer blackout period for its AppleCare employees in order to offer extended support to both iOS 7 users and new iPhone owners. AppleCare employees began training on support issues related to iOS 7 yesterday and that training is likely to continue up until the OS is distributed to the public.

    



from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/08/30/apple-restricting-vacation-time-for-applecare-employees-from-september-15-to-28/

Endless Runner ‘Time Surfer’ Free for a Limited Time [iOS Blog]

August 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

Time Surfer, an endless running game that debuted in January of this year, is available for free for the first time since it launched.

In Time Surfer, players take control of a surfer who races across the galaxy to escape from a destructive force, dodging spikes, pits, and other obstacles along the way. The game offers a number of costumes and power ups, along with pixel art and chiptunes.


In addition to going free, the game has also received a significant content update, adding new black hole-filled gaming mode called “The Kepler Run” and passive costume perks that provide character enhancements.

Warning – intergalactic update incoming!!!

– Say hello to… “The Kepler Run”, a brand new mode! It’s a surreal flight through a galaxy swamped with black holes: it’s a taller zone and the ground slowly disappears over the course of your flight. Use those black holes to slingshot yourself but don’t get caught in the middle of them!

– Costumes now have passive “perks”. Every costume has a different effect, like improvements to speed, magnet or time bonuses, improved base speed, faster curve diving or constant time regeneration!

– Some pets and costumes can be combo’d for super ultimate power! Example: Bean + Axolotl = Ultra Speed Boost!

– New costumes! Meet Neon Surfer, Pirate Surfer and the formidable “Snailien”.

– A new summary screen keeps you on up to date with your high score progress and rewards you with bonus cakes for collecting time gems. Delicious.

Our sister site TouchArcade reviewed the game when it was released, calling it “a glorious mess of bright colors, pixel art, and the most upbeat of chiptunes.”

Take the calm simplicity of Tiny Wings, crank up the speed, stick it in space and add a dozen good ways to die.

Time Surfer is a universal app that can be downloaded from the App Store for free for a limited time. [Direct Link]

    



from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/08/30/endless-runner-time-surfer-free-for-a-limited-time/

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