Perhaps the biggest bit of mobile gaming news to drop yesterday was Japanese newspaper Nikkei's report that Nintendo would soon offer an iOS app to market games for its WiiU and 3DS systems. Not only would the app feature information about upcoming games, but in some cases, it'd even offer demos. Alas, according to Engadget, that's all hogwash.
Just last month, we reported that iOS 7's adoption rate stood at an impressive 74 percent just three months after its release, and now, a month later, it stands at 80 percent. Not bad, considering the near-constant litany of vocal dissatisfaction with Jony Ive's "flatter" design. As MacRumors notes, you can find the information on the App Store support page for developers.
You know it's a strange world when Apple can break its own records and still disappoint analysts. That's the news from Apple's latest quarterly earnings report, which covers the first fiscal quarter of 2014. During that time, Apple generated a staggering $57.6 billion in revenue with a profit of $13.1 billion. The disappointment? As Fortune notes, Apple "only" sold 51 million iPhones out instead of the 56 million some analysts were projecting.
So just how safe is your Apple.com account from intruders? Pretty darn safe, according to Dashlane (via Ars Technica), at least if you're talking about password protection. Dashlane studied the password protection policies of over 100 companies ranging from Microsoft to Dick's Sporting Goods and found that only Apple deserved a perfect score of 100.
The news over the last year has been stuffed with tales of stolen iDevices and the measures used to present those thefts, but it's been woefully silent on whether such techniques actually work. But they do, as Stuff.co.nz reports (via Cult of Mac), and they do it well. Using Apple's Find My iPad feature, father and son duo Chris and Markham Phillips of New Zealand were able to hunt down the thief who took their iPad and even retrieve it.
One of today's big surprises is the sudden appearance of what appears to be leaked screenshots from the long-anticipated "iOS in the Car" taken by app developer Steven Troughton-Smith. As MacRumors reports, it's possible that Troughton-Smith managed to find them lurking in the new beta build for iOS 7.1 that was released today, but if he did, he's not saying how.
So here's an odd one for you. Should you wish, you'll soon have the option to control your Mac "Chromotely" through your iDevice--at least, if a leaked document from Google turns out to be legit. Google announced that it was working on its own remote desktop service for Android last year, but according to the documentation for developers on Chromium (via Cult of Mac), we may get to see the app for iOS as well.
Adobe's had a hard time convincing customers to use its could-based Creative Suite with subscriptions, but it shows no signs to doing away with that approach. The latest salvo comes from its apparent efforts to get its Lightroom photo editing program on the iPad, and if the accidentally posted listing uncovered by 9to5Mac is correct, it'll come with a $99 subscription fee.
Looks like the age of the iBeacon may finally be upon us, or so Shopkick hopes, anyway. After an apparently successful trial with stores like Macy's, other retailers such as Safeway and Giant Eagle grocery stores plan to use the technology at around 200 locations, and today American Eagle Outfitters announced that it'd try it out at 100 stores throughout the country.