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Top Stories: Epic Games vs. Apple, Hidden AirTag Mode, Apple Music Hi-Fi, Colorful MacBook Air?

While we wait for the newly introduced iMac, iPad Pro, and Apple TV models to launch later this month, this week saw the kickoff of the big Epic Games v. Apple trial, with lots of juicy tidbits coming out as the two sides make their arguments. This week also saw some rumors about a Hi-Fi tier for Apple Music, more biometric sensing capabilities for Apple Watch, and timing for the next-generation iPad mini launch. We also saw people digging into Apple's new AirTags, including the discovery of ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Cook, Featured, California, Samsung, Top Stories, Epic, Tim Cook, Apple Watch, MacBook Air, Lg, App Store, Epic Games, Eddy Cue, Ming Chi Kuo


Apple and Epic Games are revealing a ton of industry secrets in court filings - from untold billions in 'Fortnite' profits to private email exchanges, these are the 5 juiciest bits

Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, and Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, right. Apple/Rachel Luna/Stringer "Fortnite" maker Epic Games is suing Apple, and the bench trial started this week in California. Epic says Apple's App Store is a monopoly. Apple says Epic broke its developer contract. Through court filings, major secrets from Apple, Epic, Microsoft, and more have been revealed. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Apple and the maker of "Fortnite" are currently at war in a C...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Google, Android, Ipad, Microsoft, California, Washington, Xbox One, Trends, Playstation, Epic, Tim Cook, Sony, Xbox


Whicker: Saunders tries to get inside Canelo’s head – can he protect his own?

Billy Joe Saunders has mocked and tweaked Canelo Alvarez in the papers, at press conferences and on DAZN, the streaming service that is paying the champ $365 million for 11 fights. He zinged Alvarez with a sexual slur, then asked him if he still liked “juicy beef” three years after Canelo came up positive for clenbuterol. At Friday’s weigh-in, he mocked Canelo’s “No Boxing, No Life” branding by wearing a “No God, No Life” T-shirt. Eventually, such trollery is called into account, and on Saturday...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Boxing, Ufc, Muhammad Ali, Floyd Mayweather, Tyson Fury, Great Britain, Wba, Tom, WBC, ARLINGTON Texas, Arlington, Wilder, Billy Joe


Fortnite season 6, week 8 challenges and how to complete them

In this guide, we break down all of the new Fortnite challenges for season 6, week 8. Here is the new set of challenges and how to complete the trickier ones.
Tags: Gaming, Trends, How-to, Epic Games, Fortnite, Fortnite Guides, Battle roayle


Fortnite challenge guide: Use launcher from Guardian Towers

Having trouble using launchers from Guardian Towers in Fortnite? In this guide, we'll show you where to locate them and how to complete the new challenge.
Tags: Gaming, Trends, How-to, Epic Games, Battle Royale, Fortnite, Fortnite Guides


Fortnite challenge guide: Collect research books from Holly Hedges and Pleasant Park

One of the new challenges during Fortnite season 6, week 8 requires you to find research books across Holly Hedges and Pleasant Park. Here are their locations.
Tags: Gaming, Trends, How-to, Epic Games, Battle Royale, Fortnite, Pleasant Park, Fortnite Guides, Holly Hedges


Xbox consoles have never been profitable on their own, Microsoft admits in court

The current generation of Xbox consoles: the Xbox Series X, left, and Xbox Series S, right. Microsoft Despite selling Xbox consoles for nearly two decades, Microsoft loses money on every console sold. Microsoft VP of Xbox business development Lori Wright said as much in an Oakland court on Wednesday. Instead, Microsoft turns a profit on games and services sold alongside the console. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. After nearly two decades of sales, Xbox consoles hav...
Tags: Apple, Gaming, Facebook, Microsoft, Video Games, Entertainment, Washington, Xbox One, Court, Trends, Xbox 360, Epic, Xbox, Trial, Oakland, Wright


Havaianas: Havaianas Featuring Fortnite - Havaianas Summer Island

Havaianas has announced a licensing agreement with Epic Games, operator of the Fortnite game, to launch an exclusive collection of slippers after a negotiation conducted by IMG. To launch the new line of colourful Havaianas x Fortnite edition slippers available from April 29, Cheil Brazil has created a ‘Slipper’ shaped Summer Island inside Fortnite. The foo...
Tags: Advertising, Garcia, IMG, Mateus, Fortnite, Havaianas, Cheil Brazil, Summer Island, Battle Bus Fortnite, Havaianas Summer Island, Alan ` Shinohara


Superhero Bits: ‘Invincible’ Season 2 Villain Confirmed, ‘Blade’ Reboot Won’t Shoot Until Summer 2022 & More

Want to get the Batman suit in Fortnite from the video game crossover comic? Who has added fuel to the rumors of a Marvel fighting video game? Who will the villain be on the second season of Invincible? Which cast members of The Flash are leaving at the end of the seventh season? When is the Blade reboot going to begin production? Who wants to play Hal Jordan, aka Green Lantern, in the DCEU? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Take a peek at what’s coming up in upcoming ep...
Tags: Movies, Agents Of Shield, Brazil, Batman, X-men, Supergirl, Loki, Barry Allen, Robert Kirkman, Comic Book/Superhero, The-Flash, Superhero Bits, Captain-America, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Tom Cavanagh, Carlos Valdes


Apple battles with Epic Games as Twitter advises on privacy rules: Wednesday Wake-Up Call

Welcome to Ad Age’s Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital news. If you're reading this online or in a forwarded email, here's the link to sign up for our Wake-Up Call newsletters.    Battle royale commences Apple’s court fight with Epic Games, maker of Fortnite, began yesterday in California, kicking off a battle royale that could decide the future of the App Store and the $100 billion app economy...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, California, Advertising, Epic, New York Times, Joe Jonas, Jonas, Expedia, Caitlyn Jenner, Golden State, Tim Sweeney, Danny Trejo, Yahoo Answers


Fortnite Rumors Suggest Upcoming Naruto & Metroid Skins

Wildly popular battle royale title Fortnite might soon release some unexpected new skins as a leaked presentation has suggested legendary ninja Naruto and space bounty hunter Samus Aran will grace the game, which certainly might have detractors losing further faith in humanity. The court case between Apple and Epic Games that recently took place apparently […]
Tags: Apple, Games, Marketing, FPS, Leak, Rumors, Anime, Epic Games, Naruto, Battle Royale, Metroid, Samus Aran, Fortnite, Metroid Skins


Walmart’s Unannounced Game Streaming Service Leaked Via Epic Trial

An unannounced plan for a cloud streaming service from retail giant Walmart leaked out today from the ongoing court battle between Fortnite maker Epic Games and Apple. The service, dubbed Project Storm, would have worked in a similar fashion to Nvidia’s GeForce Now service, allowing users to hook into cloud computers and run games at higher fidelity than what their home machines can allow. Walmart has been working on an unannounced game streaming service, codenamed Project Storm According to V...
Tags: Apple, Games, Movies, Walmart, Epic, Nvidia, Streaming, Epic Games, ComingSoon, Video Game News, Fortnite


Epic CEO Tim Sweeney Admits App Store's 30% Cut Is Similar to Consoles, Would Have Accepted Special Deal With Apple

Apple's legal battle with Epic Games is continuing on, and during the second day of the trial, ‌Epic Games‌' CEO Tim Sweeney continued his testimony against Apple. Sweeney was grilled by Apple's lawyers, and made several points seemingly favorable to Apple. In addition to mentioning how he prefers Apple's iPhone and values Apple's privacy policies that he's aiming to dismantle, Sweeney confirmed that Apple's 30 percent cut is also the "most prevalent rate" that other platforms charge. Micros...
Tags: Apple, Cook, Epic, Tim Cook, Sony, Nintendo, App Store, Epic Games, Phil Schiller, Sweeney, Tim Sweeney, Microsoft Sony, App Store Apple, Fortnite, Epic Games vs. Apple, Apple Sweeney


#FreeFortnite Hecklers Add a Shout-Out To Epic-Apple Trial

Fans of Fortnite aren't happy that Apple pulled the game app off the iPhone last year -- and some aren't shy about appealing to the federal judge who has the power to make things right. From a report: "Can we please have Fortnite mobile back?" a voice was heard saying Tuesday as a clerk was testing dial-in access for the public to monitor Epic Games' trial against Apple in federal court in Oakland, California. Yesterday, as the three-week trial opened, there were enough hecklers who'd figured ou...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Epic Games, Oakland California, Fortnite


Apple vs. Epic: Every key revelation from the ongoing trial

As the Epic Games-versus-Apple trial unfolds, we dive into its main gaming-related talking points. Here's everything you need to know about the trial.
Tags: Apple, Gaming, Trends, Epic, Fortnite


Turn Your Amazon Echo Dot Into an Aging Baby Yoda With Male Pattern Baldness

A few months after OtterBox gave the Echo Dot a Baby Yoda facelift last year, Amazon revealed a complete redesign of the smart speaker, making it rounder to squeeze better speakers inside. So OtterBox is back with another Grogu-themed stand for the fourth-generation Echo Dot, but this time around, the Child isn’t…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Fiction, Amazon Echo, Yoda, Jedi, Otterbox, Fortnite, Sith, Fictional Characters, Smart Speakers, Baby Yoda, Grogu


Apple Says Epic Games 'Wants Us to Be Android, But We Don't Want to Be'

The highly-anticipated Epic Games vs. Apple trial kicked off today in a federal court in Oakland, California, with lawyers for both companies delivering opening remarks before District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers. Lawyers for Epic Games attempted to paint the App Store as anti-competitive and monopolistic, noting that developers are forced to use Apple's in-app purchase system, and thus pay Apple a 30% commission on sales. (The rate drops to 15% for subscriptions after the first year and for...
Tags: Apple, Google, Featured, Epic, Tim Cook, App Store, Epic Games, Oakland California, Tim Sweeney, Scott Forstall, Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, Fortnite, Karen Dunn, Small Business Program, Epic Games vs. Apple, Steve Jobs Phil Schiller Craig Federighi Eddy Cue


Sony Really Hated PS4 Crossplay, Confidential Documents Reveal

It's no secret that Sony held back PS4 cross-platform play for years, but new confidential documents and emails reveal just how much Sony was against letting people play the same games with their friends on other platforms. From a report: Sony initially blocked cross-platform play for both Rocket League and Minecraft, despite Nintendo and Microsoft both enabling players to play across Xbox and Switch. The issue really blew up when Sony blocked Fortnite crossplay in 2018, and players were angry. ...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Tech, Epic, Sony, Nintendo, Epic Games, Corsi, Rocket League, Sony Epic, Fortnite, Joe Kreiner Epic, Kreiner, Kreiner Sony, Gio Corsi Sony


The Epic vs. Apple Hearing Is Already a Disaster

The Epic v. Apple trial kicked off on Monday morning, and it’s already devolved into a giant, internet-fueled mess. Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Software, Itunes, Epic, Computing, Reddit, App Store, Apple Inc, Epic Games, Tim Sweeney, Windows Games, Fortnite, Video Gaming, Sweeny, Technology Internet


Epic Games vs. Apple Trial Begins With Opening Remarks Underway

The first day of the bench trial between Fortnite creator Epic Games and Apple is officially underway, with the companies delivering opening remarks before District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in a Northern California courtroom. The saga dates back to August 2020, when Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store after Epic Games introduced a direct payment option in the app for its in-game currency V-Bucks, in defiance of the App Store rules. In what appears to have been an orchestrated move, ...
Tags: Apple, Steve Jobs, Epic, App Store, Epic Games, Northern California, Sweeney, Tim Sweeney, App Store Apple, Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, Tim Cook Phil Schiller Eddy Cue, Fortnite, Epic Games vs. Apple


Apple and the maker of 'Fortnite' are facing off in an epic legal battle. Here's what the companies are fighting about and what to expect in the courtroom.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, and Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, right. Apple/Rachel Luna/Stringer "Fortnite" maker Epic Games is suing Apple, and the court proceedings start this week in California. Epic says Apple's App Store is a monopoly. Apple says Epic broke its developer contract. As a result of the legal spat, "Fortnite" was kicked off Apple's iPhone and iPad last year. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Apple and the maker of "Fortnite" are going to battle in...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Gaming, Facebook, Spotify, Microsoft, Video Games, Entertainment, Law, California, Trends, Smartphones, Epic, Tim Cook


Read the 2 a.m. declaration of war Apple CEO Tim Cook got from the billionaire CEO behind 'Fortnite' before the companies head to court this week

Apple CEO Tim Cook in Austin, Texas, on November 20, 2019. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images The upcoming legal battle between Apple and the maker of "Fortnite" was sparked by a 2 a.m. email. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney sent a 2 a.m. email on August 13 to Apple CEO Tim Cook and other execs. "Epic will no longer adhere to Apple's payment processing restrictions," Sweeney said. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Apple and "Fortnite" maker Epic Games are going to court...
Tags: Apple, Google, Gaming, Cook, Video Games, Entertainment, Law, Trends, Epic, Tim Cook, Lawsuits, App Store, Epic Games, Apple App Store, Unreal Engine, Sweeney


Fortnite takes on Apple over App Store charges

Epic’s antitrust lawsuit against the tech giant could decide the future of Apple's App Store.
Tags: Apple, News, Fortnite


Apple’s app store goes on trial Monday in suit brought by maker of Fortnite

On Monday, Apple faces one of its most serious legal threats in recent years: A trial that threatens to upend its iron control over its app store, which brings in billions of dollars each year while feeding more than 1.6 billion iPhones, iPads, and other devices.
Tags: Apple, Fortnite


Apple's battle with Fortnite could change the iPhone as we know it

Epic Games changed the video game world with Fortnite. Now it wants to upend Apple's iPhone too.
Tags: Apple, Fortnite


Apple's battle with Fortnite could change the iPhone as we know it

Epic Games changed the video game world with Fortnite. Now it wants to upend Apple's iPhone too.
Tags: Apple, Fortnite


Is battle royale dead? The circle shrinks on gaming’s biggest phenomenon

Battle royale games have been dominant for four years, but a shake-up may be imminent.
Tags: Gaming, Trends, Fortnite, Apex Legends


PortalOne raises $15M from Atari and more for a new hybrid gaming/TV show app

Gaming and streamed video have been two of the biggest pastime winners during the last year+ of pandemic living. Today a startup that has created an app that brings those two entertainment formats together is announcing a notable seed round of funding as it prepares to come out of closed beta. PortalOne, a hybrid gaming startup, is announcing a $15 million seed round of funding as it prepares to come out of closed beta with an app that lets people play on-demand games and also watch live shows i...
Tags: Gaming, Europe, Hollywood, Taylor Swift, Funding, US, Tech, Justin Bieber, Miami, Norway, Atari, Hulu, Voice, Warner Brothers, Cto, Oslo


Fortnite season 6, week 7 challenges and how to complete them

Fortnite's season 6, week 7 is underway, with a new batch of challenges! Here, we'll detail all the new quests and show you how to complete the hard ones.
Tags: Gaming, Trends, How-to, Epic Games, Battle Royale, Fortnite, Fortnite Guides