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Apple’s new rules about cloud gaming what does it actually mean?

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Apple’s new rules about cloud gaming what does it actually mean?

Yes! Apple has changed the rules.

Few weeks after suggesting its iOS App Store guidelines would prevent cloud gaming services like Google Stadia and Microsoft xCloud from appearing on an iPhone or iPad, the company has turned the rules around, telling journalists last Friday that Google and Microsoft’s streaming games are actually welcome after all.

However, looking at how cloud game services operate, and then the at Apple’s actual written rules, you’ll see that’s only technically true. Being presice, the reality is one of two things:

Either 1) Apple is requesting Microsoft, Google and others to turn their streaming game services into an entirely new category of standalone app which guarantees Apple a profit — a kind of app rarely existing on iOS before, and one that Apple itself called “not appropriate” just last year.

Or 2) Apple’s new guidelines are all attempts to confuse it partners— a way to get the world to think Apple’s not actually rejecting the future of gaming, while simultaneously erecting so many roadblocks that companies like Google and Microsoft would never dream of taking Apple up on the offer.

THE RULE THAT DIDN’T EXIST

On August 6th, Apple told Business Insider and The Verge something it also suggested to Bloomberg months before: the primary reason why it wouldn’t allow Stadia, xCloud, and Nvidia’s GeForce Now into the App Store. That reason: Apple claimed its App Store rules require developers to submit each and every game individually so they can be reviewed and listed as apps in Apple’s App Store. Since Stadia and xCloud weren’t exactly planning to do that, they were out.

There were two gaping holes in that logic, though:

Apple permits top subscription services chock-full of content onto the iPhone that don’t have to be individually submitted. Ever heard of Netflix? YouTube? Spotify? Twitch?

Apple’s App Store Guidelines doesn’t include an explicit rule that required submitting each game as its own app.

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Arguing over whether Apple’s guidelines did or didn’t include a thing doesn’t make an sense, though, because Apple has full authority. The company can interpret the guidelines which ever way it pleases. Enforce them when it wants, and change them at will — as we saw last week.

Last Friday, Apple included the rule that earlier didn’t exist. It’s right here:

4.9.1: Each streaming game must be submitted to the App Store as an individual app so that it has an App Store product page, appears in charts and search, has user ratings and review, can be managed with ScreenTime and other parental control apps, appears on the user’s device, etc.

“What’s so wrong with listing cloud games on the App Store,” you might wonder? Well, it’s an awful lot of work with little benefit for Microsoft and Google, to start. They have to individually submit every single game, create App Store pages for each one, and hand the customer relationship to Apple — instead of just beaming their ready-made platform into the iPhone the same way they beam it into an Android phone right now.

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Galaxy Note20 Camera Review and Analysis

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A Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra is the newest smartphone to be tested by the team in DxOMark and has earned a 121 ranking. This positions it in the 10th position behind the Galaxy S20 Ultra in a global Smartphone Photography List.

While it can be used with a compact camera configuration, there are several noticeable drawbacks, including erratic zooming, low-light noise and autofocus hiccups.

On the Note20 Ultra, the hardware is very familiar with a 108 MP-resolution main 1/1.33 “sensor which releases 12MP, much like the Galaxy S20 Ultra. It is combined with a 12MP telephoto device with a full range of 120 mm and 12MPs.

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With its good replication, precision exposed and fast autofocusation, the Dxome Mark team noted excellent large and ultra-wide performance.

Even high-end portrait photography, the performance from the S20 Ultra almost matched. With a noticeable lack of clarity at the 4x-zoom point, the effect of the telephoto lens did not excit. The night shots were strong and held decently in colour, and detail.

Video capture is best in a resolution of 4 K and 30 FPS, although the performances of Galaxy Note 20 marginally behind other flagships such as the Galaxy S20 Ultra, Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

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US Judge prevents TikTok ban, demands a defence of decisions from US

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US Judge prevents TikTok ban, demands a defence of decisions from US

The Commerce Department of the United States issued an executive order to Apple and Google to ban WeChat and TikTok from their app stores, but now US District Judge Carl Nichols prevents the decision.

According to the judge the government ”must file a response to a request by TikTok for a preliminary injunction or delay the order by 2:30 pm EDT Friday.”

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The same issues is occurring in California, with a federal judge issuing a preliminary injunction blocking the ban of WeChat – another platform, owned by a Chinese conglomerate Tencent. According to TikTok, the restrictions “are not motivated by a genuine national security concern” but are rather being used as a bargaining chip in the upcoming general elections.

Last Saturday several sort of delay to the ban came up after “positive developments” – Walmart and Oracle reportedly will join hands in purchasing a minor stake in TikTok Global – a new subsidiary by ByteDance that is supposedly going to make TikTok a platform for influencers and brands to promote products while doing their silly dances.

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Twitter will be bringing its ‘read before you retweet’ pop up to all users

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Twitter will be bringing its ‘read before you retweet’ pop up to all users

Twitter has announced it will be bringing it’s “read the article before you retweet it” prompt to all users “soon.” The company began testing the prompt in June, which shows up when people go to retweet a story they haven’t clicked through to actually read.

According to twitter the idea is to “help promote informed discussion.” Headlines often don’t tell the whole story and can even be actively misleading. Encouraging people to at least read the article they’re sharing seems like a smart way to promote media literacy and stop some of the knee-jerk reactions that can make misinformation viral.

The company shared a few results from its initial test of the feature, which was limited to Twitter users on Android. It says people shown the prompt opened articles 40 percent more often and that the overall proportion of people opening articles before retweeting increased by 33 percent. The company also said that “some people” (a statistically meaningless phrase!) didn’t retweet the article after opening it up.

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It added that it is “working on bringing these prompts to everyone globally soon” and that in the future, the prompt will be smaller once it’s been shown to users once (“because we get that you get it”). The new features isn’t only feature Twitter’s been testing to improve life on its platform. Others include a feature that warns users before they send offensive replies and the option to limit who replies to tweets (which has now been rolled out globally).

We hope the experimentation is just a warm-up for the next logical step: a warning showed to all users before they tweet anything at all.

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