Alongside new iOS 11.3, macOS 10.13.4, and tvOS 11.3 betas, Apple today released a major update for Swift Playgrounds, the iPad app that’s designed to teach students how to code.
Swift Playgrounds 2.0 introduces a new feature that lets users subscribe to playgrounds from third-party creators, browse and download their content, and get alerts when new playgrounds are made available from content creators.
The update also includes support for new robots like IBM’s TJBot and the Mekamon, accessible via the Add Subscriptions button, and a new gallery view will show all playgrounds including third-party subscriptions in one easy-to-see single view.
Pokémon GO creators Niantic are looking at ways to incorporate audio into future AR game experiences, according to the company’s chief technology officer.
Speaking on a panel discussing augmented reality at TechCrunch’s Disrupt event, Niantic CTO Phil Keslin said that audio cues would mean players wouldn’t have to awkwardly hold their phone up while interacting with games like GO.
„I can tell you from experience that people don’t do this,“ he said, mimicking how people playing an AR game would hold their phones. „It’s very unnatural. It makes them look like a total doofus if they’re doing it for an [...]
Apple updated its App Store Review Guidelines this week to indicate that developers may now sell virtual currencies in the form of in-app purchases to enable customers to „tip“ content creators within apps.
Like all other in-app purchases, Apple will now receive a 30 percent cut from the virtual currencies used for tipping.
Tipping within apps is popular in China, where live-streaming apps like Yinke and Yizhibo have long allowed viewers to tip or give virtual gifts to the stars they watch as a token of gratitude, according to TechCrunch.
Last month, however, Apple reportedly told WeChat and several other Chinese social networking apps to [...]
Mobile game developer Jam City and creator Matt Groening have announced an all-new Futurama game is coming to iOS and Android early this summer, called Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow. The game is being developed with the show’s original writers, animators, and cast members, and the new teaser trailer represents the first fully-animated Futurama content since it went off the air in 2013.
Jam City said that the game will include multiple gameplay devices, including simulation, combat, galactic exploration, and even choose-your-own adventure mechanics. The game has two main settings, including New New York and Space Adventures. In New New York players will focus on the [...]