Fortnite creator Epic Games found support from its legions of gamers, Tinder-owner Match Group and Spotify for suing Apple and Google after the tech giants dropped the popular video game from their app stores for violating payment guidelines. Epic Games started a social media campaign against the iPhone maker by releasing a parody of Apple's iconic "1984" commercial in its video game, and soon the hashtag "freefortnite" was trending on Twitter. Gamers with hundreds of thousands of YouTube followers took to the video-streaming platform and other social media platforms to share their thoughts on the situation and show their support. "This is insane, we are watching actual history take place because we just don't see this anymore," a YouTuber with the handle "thatdenverguy", who has more than a million subscribers, said. "Tim Sweeney and everybody at Epic, we stand with you and thank you for standing up for something bigger than Fortnite here that helps us out." In a statement, … [Read more...] about Epic Games wins support from Fortnite gamers, firms on Apple standoff
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India’s pandemic-battered commercial property leasing market is being propped up by deals in and around Bengaluru and Hyderabad, even as other big cities such as Mumbai and NCR see transactions limping back to normalcy. Apple is negotiating with builders for a 350,000 sq ft office space in Bengaluru which will serve its global markets, and plans to open a large retail centre in the city, people in the know told ET. There’s another big deal in the works — US-based financial services firm Wells Fargo is in talks for 1.4 million sq ft of office space in Hyderabad to expand operations. “Both the deals are expected to be signed in the next few days and in both cases the companies are expanding their footprint in India,” the people cited earlier said. “These facilities will be up by 2021.” Apple’s new Bengaluru office is expected to come up at Prestige Mink Square. The company is also looking to step up manufacturing in the country. Last … [Read more...] about Apple in talks for 3.5-lakh sq ft Bengaluru office for retail centre
Hot takes Here are tech media's hot takes on Surface Duo Reactions to the Surface Duo after its launch earlier this week ranged from disappointed to elated. Among the media, in particular, there was a surprising amount of enthusiasm for Microsoft's dual-screen device. Here's a look at some of the chatter from around the web. … [Read more...] about AC Podcast 487: Surface Duo; Microsoft loves Samsung; Project xCloud
Yesterday, Epic orchestrated a calculated public performance designed to highlight what it claims are Apple’s alleged monopolistic practices. Epic takes issue with Apple’s operation of the App Store and the rules that bar developers from using third-party payment systems that bypass the marketplace’s standard 30 percent cut, as well as restrictions banning developers from distributing software directly to consumers. … [Read more...] about Epic CEO Tim Sweeney says Apple fight is about ‘basic freedoms of all consumers and developers’
If you owned the predecessor or had been eyeing it at some point, you'll likely notice the Galaxy Watch 3 has a sleek new design. You'll also have your choice of either a 41mm or a 45mm model. As usual, the smaller model is marginally less expensive, but it's certainly not cheap. The larger model is available in stainless steel or titanium while the smaller version lacks a titanium option. The color choices include Mystic Black, Mystic Silver, and Mystic Bronze. … [Read more...] about Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 vs. Fossil Gen 5: Which should you buy?