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Apple’s battle with Epic Games could lead to big changes in iPhone apps

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Apple’s smackdown with Epic is just getting started.


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Apple’s iPhone is already one of the world’s most litigated devices. Apple fought its No. 1 rival,  Samsung, and others over the iPhone’s design. It’s fought phone giant Nokia and chipmaker Qualcomm over patent royalties. Before the smartphone first went on sale in 2007, Apple even fought networking giant Cisco over the iPhone name.

On Monday, Apple meets a new combatant in court. This time, it’s fighting Epic Games, maker of the online gaming phenomenon Fortnite, which has  more than 350 million players. Epic sued on Aug. 13, alleging that the iPhone maker’s rules for how big a cut of app sales developers need to pay Apple, and how they can even make money on the popular App Store, are anticompetitive. The suit effectively forces Apple to defend the way it operates its App Store, the only gateway for developers

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Apple Group and Epic Games: How Will Battle Affect App Store Prices in America?

The legal fight between Apple Inc. and Epic Games Inc. kicks into full gear on Monday with decisions that will influence the future of app stores in the U.S. and how the world’s largest technology platforms make money from developers.

U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers will decide whether to force Apple to let battle royale video game Fortnite back into the App Store with Epic’s in-house payment option. She will also rule if Apple can block third-party apps using Epic’s Unreal Engine development software.

Most legal experts expect the judge to extend her temporary injunction for Unreal Engine, but not reinstate Fortnite in the Apple App Store.

“Epic faces an uphill battle,” said Mark Lemley, a professor at Stanford Law School. “Apple’s pricing policies are problematic, and antitrust law should probably do something about it. But courts are very reluctant to dictate who a company, even a monopolist, has

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From Tesla’s smashed Cybertruck to Michael Bay’s Samsung walkout: The most epic tech demo fails

The global coronavirus pandemic has changed much of our way of life in 2020, and that includes tech events. We’ve seen Apple and Samsung take their product launches online, along with the entire IFA tech conference. What used to be live, potentially unpredictable events have given way to glossy prerecorded infomercials with almost no chance of disaster. What’s the fun in that?

To fill that gap, I’ve collected footage from some of the best tech demo fails throughout history. From Microsoft’s blue screen of death to Michael Bay walking out on a Samsung conference, I’ll be going through my timeline to look at some of these truly awkward moments in tech.

With no real sign of the COVID-19 crisis abating, Silicon Valley may prefer the greater control that comes with a prerecorded event, but all this comes at a cost: Tech companies can take themselves too seriously at times

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A minuscule spacecraft joins a pilot’s epic journey to fly from pole to pole

A minuscule spacecraft from UC Santa Barbara joins a pilot’s epic journey to fly from pole to pole
The wafer-scale spacecraft rode shotgun during Robert DeLaurentis’s pole-to-pole journey, collecting data all along the way. Credit: Nic Rupert

On November 16, 2019, pilot and author Robert DeLaurentis took off on an ambitious adventure. Setting out from San Diego county’s Gillespie Field, he banked toward Grand Prairie, Texas on the first leg of a pole to pole expedition. At each stop along the way he planned to talk about STEM education, aviation safety and technology, all with the intention of encouraging and inspiring the next generation.


Most of the cargo space in his modified 1983 twin-engine aircraft, dubbed “Citizen of the World,” had been outfitted with extra fuel tanks for the long voyage, but he did have room for a small device courtesy of researchers at UC Santa Barbara: a wafer-scale spacecraft (WSS).

The miniature satellite is the work of physics professor Philip Lubin, development technician Nic Rupert, postdoctoral researcher

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Apple is the target of a new coalition created by Epic, Spotify, Match and others

The suggested principles aim to make fundamental changes to how the iPhone’s iOS software works, including breaking Apple’s strict control of how mobile apps are installed on most iPhones, through the Apple App Store. If Apple were to change course and follow the principles — an unlikely scenario without a court order or new laws — it would fundamentally alter the multibillion-dollar industry built around iOS applications and potentially give Apple less control over how customers use the thousand-dollar computers in their pockets.

A website launched Thursday by the coalition framed it as a battle between right and wrong. “Every app developer, regardless of size or the nature of the developer’s business, is entitled to fair treatment by these app stores and the platform owners who operate them,” the site reads, in a plea to regulators and lawmakers. “Together we will fight back against the monopolist control of the app

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Epic, Spotify, Match, And More Team Up to Fight Apple

A coalition of popular app makers, including Spotify, Match Group, and Epic Games, are targeting Apple’s App Store to hold it accountable for fair competition. 

Called the Coalition for App Fairness (CAF), the new nonprofit organization wants to change the rules set by the App Store, specifically focusing on 10 different principles.

“After nearly a decade with no oversight, regulation, or fair competition, it’s time for Apple to be held accountable,” the CAF said. “The Coalition for App Fairness was created to create a level playing field for app businesses and give people freedom of choice on their devices. Our members want every app developer to have an equal opportunity to innovate and engage in commerce, free from draconian policies, unfair taxes, or monopolistic control.”

The CAF is pushing for new guidelines that are more developer-friendly, such as not using developers’ data against them, forcing them into app store exclusivity,

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Spotify, Epic, Tile, Match, and more are rallying developers against Apple’s App Store policies

Several of Apple’s biggest critics — including Epic Games, Spotify, Basecamp, Match Group, Tile, Blix, and Deezer — have banded together to create the Coalition for App Fairness, a new group aiming to “create a level playing field for app businesses and give people freedom of choice on their devices.”

While most of the founding members have individually fought or are fighting with Apple over its App Store policies, the Coalition for App Fairness marks a more coordinated effort for developers to formally protest Apple’s rules. The goal is to also provide a central organization for developers to join, especially those who may not have the clout or the resources to take on Apple alone.

The Coalition says that it welcomes “companies of any size, in any industry who are committed to protecting consumer choice, fostering competition, and creating a level playing field for all app and game developers globally.”

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Epic Games invests $15 million in DIY game startup Manticore Games

Manticore Games has raised $15 million in a round of funding led by Epic Games as the two companies further pursue their mission of creating an endless gaming multiverse, or metaverse.

The metaverse is the universe of virtual worlds that are all interconnected, like in novels such as Snow Crash and Ready Player One. Manticore’s Core platform is a do-it-yourself game-making system that seeks to enable anyone to make games. By connecting these games within a single world, Manticore hopes to jumpstart its bid to create something out of science fiction.

Closer to today’s reality, Manticore’s mission is to unleash creativity in games by lowering the barriers to game making and publishing the same way that YouTube revolutionized video creation.

The deal shows that Epic’s antitrust lawsuit against Apple hasn’t slowed Epic down. Adam Sussman, president of Epic Games, believes that Core’s mission is similar to Epic’s, as the

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Epic Flight Academy Takes Delivery of Frasca 172 AATD w/Advanced Motion System

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Will Be Utilizing Frasca’s Motion Cueing System For Fixed Wing Aircraft

Epic Flight Academy, of New Smyrna Beach, FL has taken delivery of a Frasca 172 Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) with Frasca’s Motion Cueing System for fixed wing devices (FMCS-FX).

They are the first flight school to own and operate a general aviation device with this level of high fidelty motion.

The AATD is the first of it’s kind to include a six-axis motion base and high definition three channel wrap around visual systems, features typically not available on this level of device. The device was delivered to the school in early September.

Frasca worked closely with Epic to develop a device for their training aircraft that would not only simulate the aircraft instruments and controls, but would add enhanced training value of motion utilizing Frasca’s Motion Cueing System for Fixed Wing Aircraft (MCS-FW). The

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Epic Games files more court documents

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Fortnite creator Epic Games has taken another step in its ongoing battle with Apple.

On Friday, Epic Games doubled down on its request for a preliminary injunction that would require Apple to put its beloved video game back in the App Store. In a California court filing, the gaming company refuted a number of claims made by Apple, including one that suggested gamer interest in Fortnite was fleeting. 

Apple removed the Fortnite app in August after the gaming company violated Apple’s rules by introducing a direct payment option into the game without Apple’s approval. That payment system would have competed with Apple’s in-app purchase system, which the iPhone giant requires all apps to use.  

Typically, when players on iOS devices make in-app purchases, Apple gets a 30% cut of those sales. Fortnite’s direct payment functionality undermined that structure. 

Tenecent: U.S. government reportedly looking into ‘League of Legends’ owner 

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