Epic Games will strive anew Monday to convince a judge that its hit title Fortnite should be restored to Apple’s App Store, despite sidestepping the tech titan’s standard commission on transactions.
Apple does not allow users of its popular devices to download apps from anywhere but its App Store, and Epic is challenging its practice of taking a 30 percent cut of money spent on the apps by users.
The clash comes as Apple puts priority on selling digital content and subscription services to the one billion-plus people around the world using devices powered by its iOS mobile operating software.
The commission dispute has also become a rallying cry for app makers who believe Apple’s App Store policies are monopolistic.
Major app developers including Epic and streaming music giant Spotify recently formed a coalition to press for new terms with the major online marketplaces operated by Apple and Google.
Google runs a Play Store for apps tailored for devices powered by its Android software and also takes a commission, but people are free to get apps from other online venues.
The new Coalition for App Fairness advocacy group said it will seek legal and regulatory changes for the app stores which serve as gatekeepers for much of the mobile software distributed to smartphone users.
The move comes amid rising criticism of the fees and terms imposed by the app stores, and legal challenges by both Epic and Spotify to Apple’s commission for online subscriptions.
A hearing slated for Monday before a federal judge in California will focus on whether Apple should be compelled to put Fortnite back in the App Store while an overarching lawsuit plays out.
Apple pulled Fortnite from its online mobile apps marketplace on August 13 after Epic released an update that dodges revenue sharing with the iPhone maker.
The judge in the case previously rejected an emergency injunction request by Epic, saying Fortnite’s eviction by Apple was a “self-inflicted wound.”
But Epic did not back down from its fight against Apple, accusing the tech giant of being “a monopolist.”
Due to the legal row, Fortnite fans using iPhones or other Apple devices no longer have access to the latest game updates, including the new season released at the end of August.
© 2020 AFP
Costco Black Friday 2020 — Costco Black Friday Ads And Deals – Delish.com
If you have a Costco membership, it’s probably your go-to place for groceries—and free samples (which are back, yay!). However, if you only get your groceries from Costco, you’re missing out on some pretty incredible perks that come with your membership card. In addition to food and produce, Costco sells incredible kitchen appliances, home essentials and tech must-haves, like laptops and computers. And during Black Friday and the holiday season, they also offer insane deals on already low prices. Ready to shop?
What are Costco’s Black Friday Sales This Year?
Starting November 5th, Costco is dropping weekly deals (both in store and online!) for all of your holiday deals. You can expect the really killer sales to start the day after Thanksgiving. Here’s a little sale breakdown so you plan your shopping trip.
- October 28th through November 22nd: The warehouse is having a “Member-Only Savings” event with sales on everything from groceries to tech—with free shipping. However, there’s a limit on three sale items per purchase, so choose wisely.
- November 26 through November 30: Costco’s official Black Friday Sale starts online on Thanksgiving and continues into Cyber Monday. One caveat: Costco’s stores will close their doors on Thanksgiving Day, November 26—though their discounts and deals will still be raging online. However, as of now, Costco stores will be open IRL the following day for Black Friday.
Shop Costco’s Black Friday Sales
So, here’s the thing: Costco hasn’t announced their Black Friday deals yet. But as soon we know, we’ll let you know. Bookmark this page and come back closer to the date to find the best sales.
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Back when Apple added a fingerprint reader to the iPhone 5s, it made it impossible to replace by anyone other than an authorized technician. That makes some sense – a bogus reader may circumvent security. But over the years more and more components have become difficult to replace.
During its teardown and testing of the iPhone 12, iFixit found that taking the camera out and replacing it with an identical module from another phone causes issues. And not just the error report you get when you swap screens (“Unable to verify that this iPhone has a genuine Apple display”).
No, this looks more like a bug. The camera works, but develops constant issues – it hangs occasionally, some camera modes stop working and the ultrawide camera refuses to turn on in photo mode. Strangely, it works just fine for videos.
Here’s a demonstration:
Even more strange is that doing the same procedure with an iPhone 12 Pro goes without a hitch – the new module works just fine, wide, ultrawide, tele camera, all of them, all camera modes too.
iFixit explains that Apple has changed its training manuals. Starting with the iPhone 12 series, changing the display and camera requires the use of the System Configuration tool, which will connect to Apple’s servers before reprogramming the new component to work properly.
Previously (starting with the XR/XS generation), this was only required when changing batteries. Changing security components – Touch ID or Face ID (which is embedded into the display and can’t be changed separately) – is a whole different can of beans and requires reprogramming the Security Enclave.
Hugh Jeffreys, who runs one of the largest tech repair channels on YouTube, encountered the same issues as you can see in the video below. The bit about the camera starts at 8:50, but you can watch the whole video, which is an in-depth assessment of the iPhone 12 repairability (or lack thereof).
Black Friday Spotlight: Best Buy Kicks Off a Month of Apple Deals and More – MacRumors
We’ve begun tracking early Black Friday deals in our dedicated Black Friday Roundup, and in an effort to prepare our readers for the big shopping event we’re highlighting sales store-by-store in the lead-up to November 27.
Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Best Buy. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.
This year we’re starting with Best Buy, which announced its Black Friday sales earlier in the week while simultaneously kicking off a notable early sale on a huge variety of products, including Apple devices.
Every Best Buy location in the United States will be closed on Thanksgiving in 2020, so the focus on November 26 will be online deals. Best Buy’s full schedule for the week of Black Friday can be seen below, and you can check out the Best Buy Black Friday newspaper ad right here.
- Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 26) – Closed
- Black Friday (Nov. 27) – 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time
- Saturday, Nov. 28 – 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time
- Sunday, Nov. 29 – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time
Of course, these dates won’t be the only times to snag deals at Best Buy in November, with a total of four extra discount events planned by the retailer next month. We don’t know specifics of the early November sales yet, but the important sale here is on November 16, when My Best Buy Members will be able to shop thousands of deals from the Black Friday ad one week early.
- Nov. 5 to 8 – The Wish List Sale
- Nov. 11 – The Treat Yourself Sale
- Nov. 12 to 15 – Our Coolest Deals Sale
- Nov. 16 to 17 – My Best Buy Member Early Access Sale
- Nov. 22 – Black Friday Starts Now! Sale
Covid-19 Safety Efforts: Best Buy is requiring all employees and customers to wear face coverings if they plan to shop in stores on Black Friday (and in general). There will be a limit to the number of people within each location, and social distancing efforts will be in effect.
For anyone who doesn’t want to shop inside a Best Buy store during the holidays, contactless curbside pickup is available at all Best Buy stores. Orders are ready within an hour, and an employee can safely bring it out and place it inside your car. Next-day and same-day delivery options are also expanding to include more items on Best Buy’s website.
Of course, there’s also the Early Black Friday event running right now, which you can read about in more detail in the next section.
Early Black Friday – Oct. 28 through Nov. 1
There are quite a few categories covered in the early Black Friday sale, including video games, TVs, Apple products, headphones, small kitchen appliances, printers, vacuums, and much more. Head to Best Buy’s landing page for the sale to shop the entire sale.
Below we’ve gathered some of the more notable items being marked down in Best Buy’s early Black Friday sale. In regards to Apple, this mainly includes deals on Apple Watch SE and Series 6.
- Apple Watch SE, 40mm GPS – $259.00, down from $279.00
- Apple Watch SE, 44mm GPS – $289.00, down from $309.00
- Apple Watch SE, 40mm Cellular – $309.00, down from $329.00
- Apple Watch SE, 44mm Cellular – $339.00, down from $359.00
- Apple Watch Series 6, 40mm GPS – $379.00, down from $399.00
- Apple Watch Series 6, 44mm GPS – $409.00, down from $429.00
- Apple Watch Series 6, 40mm Cellular – $479.00, down from $499.00
- Apple Watch Series 6, 44mm Cellular – $509.00, down from $529.00
Best Buy Black Friday – Weeklong Savings Begin Nov. 22
Like most retailers, Best Buy’s Black Friday is really a week-long event that starts the Sunday before Thanksgiving: November 22. This will stretch through to Thanksgiving day with an online-only set of deals, and then end on Black Friday, November 27, with the expected selection of doorbusters.
Similar to years past, you’ll find a lot of markdowns on quality TV sets, Blu-Rays, smartphones, Dyson vacuums, smart speakers, video games, and much more. Many of the sales listed below are available thanks to Best Buy’s early Black Friday event that runs through November 1, but after that ends you won’t be able to get the discounts again until November 22 (or November 16 if you’re a My Best Buy member).
This year will see the launch of a new generation of video game consoles. While the PS5 and Xbox Series X won’t have any deals, you’ll definitely be able to save with solid markdowns on previous generation consoles and a wide assortment of video game software.
We don’t know much about hardware deals yet, but Best Buy is showcasing a deal on the Nintendo Switch bundle with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and three months of Nintendo Switch Online for $299.99.
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