Apple Says Developers Earned Over $70 Billion Since App Store's Launch

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Apple made the announcement on Thursday
  • Photo and Video category is fastest growing category on App Store
  • Apple’s WWDC 2017 kicks off next week

Apple on Thursday, few days ahead of its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) kickoff, announced that its global developer community has earned over $70 billion through the App Store since its launch in 2008. The Cupertino-based giant further added that last 12 months have seen massive growth, and the App Store has seen over 70 percent growth in downloads.

Talking about its App Store, Apple said that iOS developers around the world have been catering to 155 countries, and few segments have lately seen massive growth. Apple says that the Photo and Video category is among the “fastest-growing” as it registered nearly 90 percent growth. Other segments like Lifestyle apps, Health and Fitness have seen over 70 percent growth in the past year. Gaming and Entertainment are top-grossing categories, adds Apple in a statement.

Apple also adds that the subscription model introduction has bumped the paid subscriptions as it saw 58 percent more paid subscriptions compared to over a year ago. The company notes that subscription model has been doing well in a wide variety of services including Netflix and Hulu. While newcomers like Tastemade, the mobile-first cooking network, and photo editing apps like Over and Enlight, have also done well.Apple Says Developers Earned Over $70 Billion Since App Store's Launch

Announcing the news, Philip Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing said, “People everywhere love apps and our customers are downloading them in record numbers. Seventy billion dollars earned by developers is simply mind-blowing. We are amazed at all of the great new apps our developers create and can’t wait to see them again next week at our Worldwide Developers Conference.”

Apple’s annual developer conference WWDC is no doubt one of the biggest events for the technology lovers and it will take place from June 5 to June 9. The 28th annual Worldwide Developers Conference will be returning to McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, which will host the event after 15 years. For those unaware, San Jose was the original venue of WWDC, and it hosted Apple’s annual event from 1988 to 2002.

WWE & Puma Launch $500 Limited Edition Money In The Bank Shoes

Are you a pro wrestling fan with way too much disposable income and way too little taste? If so, then we’ve got the story for you!

WWE and Puma have partnered up to produce a limited edition line of WWE sneakers commemorating this Sunday’s Money in the Bank PPV. The gold shoes are adorned with dollar signs and a Million Dollar Championship lace decoration and hundred dollar bill insoles, and appear to come in a replica Money in the Bank briefcase instead of a shoe box.

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The shoes will retail for $500, and are available only in select Foot Locker stores on Saturday, so you’ll have to use Foot Locker’s product launch locator to find a pair of Money in the Bank PUMA x Clydes. Then, you just camp out outside your local Foot Locker (or one 500 miles away, depending on where you live), purchase the sneakers, and you’ll be stylin’ and profilin’. Right, guys?

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Well, who cares what they think?! Sure, walking around in shoes this ugly might get you Roman Reigns levels of heat, but nobody will be laughing when you cash in your opportunity for a WWE Championship title match!

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Wait, what? The shoes don’t come with one of those? And they still cost five hundred bucks?!

 

NASA Postpones Sounding Rocket Launch Until June 11

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rocket’s scheduled launch for Sunday from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility
  • The rocket will eject 10 canisters about the size of a soft drink
  • The June 4 attempt was the fourth for this mission

NASA has postponed until June 11 the launch of a sounding rocket which will release blue-green and red artificial clouds.

The rocket’s scheduled launch for Sunday from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility was scrubbed due to clouds impacting the ability to test the new ampoule ejection system designed to support studies of the ionosphere and aurora.

“While the launch window runs through June 6, forecast weather is not conducive for supporting the test mission through the remainder of the window. The launch is now scheduled for not earlier than June 11, pending range availability,” NASA said in a statement.

NASA Postpones Sounding Rocket Launch Until June 11

The rocket will eject 10 canisters about the size of a soft drink can between 10 to 20km from the rocket’s main payload, and these containers will release the vapour between 4 and 5.5 minutes after launch.

 

These clouds or vapour tracers allow scientists on the ground to visually track particle motions in space.

The development of the multi-canister or ampule ejection system will allow scientists to gather information over a much larger area than previously allowed when deploying the vapour just from the main payload.

Ground cameras will be stationed at Wallops and in Duck, North Carolina, to view the vapour tracers. Clear skies are required at one of the two ground stations for this test.

The June 4 attempt was the fourth for this mission. The first two attempts were scrubbed due to winds and clouds. The third attempt was scrubbed due to boats in the launch hazard area.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 With Dual Rear Cameras Tipped to Launch Mid-August

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Galaxy Note 7 was also launched mid-August last year
  • Samsung is reportedly working on three different camera modules
  • The smartphone is expected to feature Infinity display

The successful launch and sales of Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones seems to have boosted Samsung’s confidence as the company has now been tipped to launch its Galaxy Note 8 smartphone around mid-August. Separately, the details about the dual rear camera setup on the smartphone have also been leaked.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 With Dual Rear Cameras Tipped to Launch Mid-August

First talking about the tipped launch timeline, as per a report by South Korean publication The Bell, the South Korean conglomerate is said to be launching the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 flagship ahead of IFA event in September, which was earlier the launching ground for Note series smartphones until last year’s Galaxy Note 7. Notably, the company was earlier expected to delay the launch of its upcoming Note flagship as rushing the launch of Galaxy Note 7 last year resulted in faulty batteries that caused explosion cases associated with the smartphone. The company has reportedly kept the same timeline for launch as last year to get a headstart ahead of iPhone 8 launch. As Apple might have a few tricks up its sleeves at the launch event this year, this cannot be termed as a bad move.

Moving to the leak about Galaxy Note 8’s dual camera setup, a Weibo tipster has suggested that the smartphone will feature two 13-megapixel sensors at the back, as pointed out in a report by Phones Daily. Further, the tipster has mentioned that the company is working on three different dual camera modules. While Samsung Galaxy C10 has already been spotted featuring dual camera setup in different renders, we might have to wait to figure out the reference of the third dual camera setup.

 

To recall, well-known KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously suggested that Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will feature a dual camera setup with a 12-megapixel sensor and a 13-megapixel sensor.

Recently, reports suggested that Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be the first smartphone to feature Snapdragon 836 processor. Earlier leaks have suggested that the smartphone will come with a 6.3-inch Infinity display and run Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is also said to pack 6GB of RAM, and offer up to 256GB of storage.

While earlier there were rumours of an integrated fingerprint scanner under the display, Samsung reportedly ditched the plans due to concerns regarding security of this feature.

OnePlus 5 Registrations Open Ahead of Official Launch, Already Attracting Huge Numbers

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The smartphone will be launched on June 20
  • OnePlus 5 features dual camera setup
  • The flagship phone shares design elements with iPhone 7 Plus

OnePlus knows how to grab public attention and the Chinese company seems to have done it yet again. Even though OnePlus 5 will be globally unveiled next week, the registrations for the smartphone have already opened are attracting great interest in China. At the time of writing this report, around 1.10 lakh people have already registered for the upcoming flagship from OnePlus. Chinese website JD.com has opened registrations for OnePlus 5 ahead of its official launch on June 20 and if registration numbers are anything to go by, the smartphone is going to be a smash hit in the country.OnePlus 5 Registrations Open Ahead of Official Launch, Already Attracting Huge Numbers

We would like to clarify over here that registrations are not the same thing as pre-orders and customers are not required to pay any money while registering themselves for the device. However, registrations do reflect the general interest in the smartphone and as of now, the interest for OnePlus seems to be at its peak.

OnePlus 5 specifications

Talking about the specifications of the OnePlus 5, the company has confirmed that smartphone features a dual camera setup, which was developed by company in partnership with DxO. The company has also confirmed that the smartphone packs a Snapdragon 835 processor.

Moving to the leaked specifications, the OnePlus 5 has been tipped to run OxygenOS based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and feature a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. The smartphone is expected to be offered in two RAM variants, i.e. 6GB and 8GB. In terms of storage, the phone has been tipped to come with either 64GB or 128GB.

In terms of optics, OnePlus 5 is expected to sport a dual camera setup at the back that has one 20-megapixel sensor and another 16-megapixel sensor. At front, the smartphone has been tipped to come with a 16-megapixel sensor. OnePlus 5 has been tipped to house a 3300mAh battery and come with NFC and Bluetooth 5.0 support as well.

OnePlus 5 price

The price for OnePlus 5 has been tipped to start at $479 (roughly Rs. 30,800). In India, the pricing for the smartphone was suggested to start from Rs. 32,999, with the 8GB RAM/128GB storage variant expected to cost Rs. 37,999.

Recent render leaks as well as the company’s official teaser image has all but confirmed that the OnePlus 5 will feature a design quite similar to Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus.

OnePlus 5

OnePlus 5

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

5.50-inch

Processor

2.35GHz octa-core

Front Camera

16-megapixel

Resolution

1440×2560 pixels

RAM

8GB

OS

Android 7.1

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

23-megapixel

Battery Capacity

4000mAh

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    Rs. 29,999

Moto Z2 Play Launch Teased, OnePlus 3T to Get Android O, Yu Yureka Black to Launch Soon, and More: Your 360 Daily

HIGHLIGHTS

  • iPhone 8 dimensions tipped at 143.59×70.94×7.57mm
  • Oppo F3 Black Edition will be auctioned on June 3
  • The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro runs Windows 10

Moto’s new ‘bold phone’ announcement on Thursday will most likely be the Moto Z2 Play, a phone that’s been extensively leaked in the past. The most recent leaks tip the smartphone looks very similar to its predecessor and will continue to support Moto Mods.

For specifications, the Moto Z2 Play is said to come with a 5.5-inch full-HD display and be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor coupled with 4GB RAM. The phone is said to pack 64GB storage and come with expandable storage support via microSD card.

OnePlus 3, 3T will receive Android O update

Here’s some reassuring news for current OnePlus 3 and 3T owners. The company’s CEO has announced that above mentioned smartphones will receive an update to Android O, however we don’t have a timeline as to when this will actually happen. OnePlus seems committed to its flagship offerings as this will be the second major update for the phones, following Android Nougat.

Yu Yureka Black launch set for Thursday
Yu Televentures appears to be gearing up for a new launch this Thursday and the phone in question is the Yu Yureka Black. The company has been creating a lot of hype around this and has now confirmed that the phone will be exclusive to Flipkart. We don’t know many details about the phone yet as not much has been teased nor leaked so we guess we’ll just have to wait to find out.

Moto Z2 Play Launch Teased, OnePlus 3T to Get Android O, Yu Yureka Black to Launch Soon, and More: Your 360 Daily

Panasonic Eluga I3 Mega launched in India
Panasonic has taken the wraps of its brand new smartphone called Eluga I3 Mega, priced at Rs. 11,490. The phone features a 4000mAh battery, 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MTK6735. It will run Android 6.0 Marshmallow and sport a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera.

Apple MacBook lineup refresh expected at WWDC 2017
Looking to buy a new MacBook? It would be wise to hold off on your purchase for now as according some recent information, Apple might just refresh the entire lineup next week, at WWDC 2017. The indication comes from Apple’s own online store as delivery times of the 15-inch MacBook Pro have now been delayed to June 5-June 6 which is one day after company’s WWDC keynote. This is a departure from the usual delivery period of either the same day or in 3-5 business days.

iPhone 8 dimensions and renders leaked
In more Apple news, we have have the purported dimensions of the upcoming iPhone 8.Renders have also been leaked alongside, and the iPhone 8 is seen being compared to the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S8, and Samsung Galaxy S8+. As for the display on the new phone, LG is reportedly eyeing OLED display orders from Apple next year and is already setting up the necessary infrastructure for mass production.

Freedom 251 maker Ringing Bells MD Mohit Goel granted bail
The man behind the infamous ‘cheapest smartphone in the world’ has been granted bail by the Allahabad High Court. Mohit Goel, Managing Director of Noida-based Ringing Bells which ‘made’ the Freedom 251 smartphone was arrested in February after Ghaziabad-based Ayam Enterprises alleged that Goel ‘defrauded’ the company of Rs. 16 lakh.

Oppo F3 Black limited edition smartphone launched
Oppo launched its F3 smartphone earlier this month and now, the company has announced a limited edition version that’s available in Black. Oppo, being the official sponsor for the Indian Cricket team is launching the Black Edition to commemorate the commencement of the ICC Champions Trophy. This new edition will be auctioned one day before the India vs. Pakistan match this Sunday.

Essential Phone to begin shipping next month
Hailed as the ‘father of Android’, Andy Rubin’s new smartphone called Essential Phone will start shipping next month. This was revealed during an interview with Walt Mossberg. The phone is said to ship with an AI assistant and a new OS called Ambient OS. It will also have today’s flagship specification onboard and is available for pre-order in the US starting at $699.

New product launches from Computex 2017
At the annual technology trade show in Taipei, Taiwan, companies from all around the globe gather under one roof to show off their latest products. Microsoft shed more light on its upcoming Mixed Reality (MR) headsets from partner brands like HP, Acer, Dell, Asus, and Lenovo.

Asus announced a slew of products including the ROG Zephyrus, which is being touted as the ‘world’s slimmest gaming laptop with a GeForce GTX 1080’ inside. After looking at it, we have to say that the design looks very similar to Acer’s Predator Triton 700, which was unveiled only last month. The company also announced new tablets like the ZenPad 3S 8.0 and the new ZenPad 10.

Samsung announced a new Windows 10 laptop called the Notebook 9 Pro with support for its S Pen stylus. The laptop will be available in multiple configurations ans is said to be made available later this year.

YouTube for Android gets redesigned
After being tested for about a year, YouTube’s new redesigned layout is finally official. The new design repositions the navigation bar, earlier placed at the top of the screen, to the bottom half just like on the iOS counterpart of the app. The redesign is claimed to allow for easier navigation within the app.

AMD details Ryzen Mobile, Threadripper, Radeon Vega, and Epyc at Computex
At the ongoing Computex trade show, AMD made several announcements including Ryzen desktop and mobile CPUs, Threadripper enthusiast CPUs, and Radeon Vega graphics processors and its new Epyc platform for servers. All desktop Ryzen processors, including the upcoming budget-oriented Ryzen 3 lineup, have been certified as Oculus VR ready.

Twitter now filters Direct Messages from people you don’t follow
Popular social networking app, Twitter, has added a new feature Direct Messages (DMs) that will now filter DMs from people not followed by users. DM’s from such people will be stored in a “Requests” section, in the new Messages tab inbox in the iOS and Android app.

Microsoft, Qualcomm partner to bring Windows 10 to Snapdragon-powered laptops
At Computex 2017, Qualcomm and Microsoft announced the new Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC Platform, capable of running Windows 10. No specific time models, prices or time frames have been disclosed, but the companies have previously stated that they will ship products later this year. Prices for such products is expected to be around the $700-800 mark.