Also, Samsung pulls out of Europe, Microsoft goes bug hunting, Google warns users over in-app purchases, the campaign to stop texting while driving, and the cat who loves Windows Phone.
Beware The Bendy iPhone 6
Anyone who has bought an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus should be wary of keeping it in their pocket, as it’s liable to bend. There have been numerous reports of bent iPhones, with the combination of size and material meaning they’re getting bent out of shape from the most innocuous of activities.
Reports of the iPhone 6 bending in people’s pockets first showed up on the MacRumors forum. Since then, there have been a barrage of tweets showing the damage, as well as the video above showing how easy it is damage an iPhone 6 Plus by intentionally applying pressure.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have received lots of positive reviews, but creating such an aesthetically pleasing product has clearly had an impact on strength and durability. Apple has so far declined to comment, but John Gruber used this design flaw to take a pop at Apple’s competitors, saying, “Maybe this is why Samsung makes their big-ass phones out of plastic.”
WoW: Blizzard Cancels Titan MMO
Blizzard has cancelled its next-generation MMORPG Titan, a game that’s been gestating for seven years. Titan was never officially announced, but Blizzard has made numerous mentions of the game during that time. However, in a recent interview with Polygon, Blizzard co-founder and CEO Mike Morhaime confirmed that Titan is no more.
He stated, “We set out to make the most ambitious thing that you could possibly imagine. And it didn’t come together. We didn’t find the fun. We didn’t find the passion.” And it seems Blizzard is keen to move on from the genre that made it famous, with Morhaime admitting, “I wouldn’t say no to ever doing an MMO again. But I can say that right now, that’s not where we want to be spending our time.”
Details about Titan are thin on the ground, but it was clearly seen as the spiritual successor to World of Warcraft. Now, it’s WoW all the way, with Chris Metzen, Blizzard’s senior vice president of story and franchise development, saying, “My hope personally is that we’ll support it [World of Warcraft] forever.”
Samsung Pulls Out Of Europe
Samsung is leaving the PC market (yes, including Chromebooks) in Europe http://t.co/8jyfzsZrM2
— Lance McCarthy (@lancewmccarthy) September 23, 2014
Samsung is pulling out of the European laptop market, which means the company will not be releasing any new Windows devices or Chromebooks across the continent for the foreseeable future. This follows on from Sony selling its Vaio brand, which shows how much the PC market is currently declining. Because smartphones.
A Samsung spokesperson told PC Advisor, “This is specific to the region – and is not necessarily reflective of conditions in other markets.” They added, “We will continue to thoroughly evaluate market conditions and will make further adjustments to maintain our competitiveness in emerging PC categories.” Isn’t Chromebook an emerging PC category?
Microsoft Launches New Bug Bounty Program
— Ioannis Stavrinides (@indigocy) September 24, 2014
Microsoft has launched a new hunt for bugs, with the Microsoft Online Services Bug Bounty Program offering rewards to those finding vulnerabilities in the company’s online products and services. Payments start at $500, with a lot more offered for the most serious bugs. A full list of qualifying domains can be viewed on TechNet.
Google Gets Tough On In-App Purchases
America is like a free app in which you have to buy all the in-app purchases to do anything with it.
— Joseph Robinow (@Joerobinow) September 16, 2014
Google is ramping up its efforts to educate people about in-app purchases. From Sept. 30, the price range for all in-app purchases will be displayed on the Google Play listing for each app. This should help people determine whether to even bother downloading an app in the first place. Because while it’s all very well downloading a free app, if you then get sucked in enough to make in-app purchases “free” soon becomes “expensive.”
Use #X To Stop Texting While Driving
Thanks to an AT&T campaign discouraging people from texting while driving, you can now use the #X hashtag to quickly notify someone you’re breaking off the conversation. The idea, born out of the It Can Wait campaign, is to have a universal way of telling people you’re setting off driving and can therefore no longer text them. According to CNET, the It Can Wait campaign has already had 5 million pledges to stop texting while driving. Which should lower the chances of car accidents occurring.
This Cat Uses Windows Phone Like A Pro
And finally, Mia Mullarkey may have hit on the way Microsoft can sell Windows Phone to the masses. The video above is her entry into a Social Media Week contest run in partnership with Microsoft. It shows some cute cats using Windows Phone in the same way as humans. Except they’re cats, so it’s adorable.
We’re easing back on our coverage of Windows Phone here at MakeUseOf, a decision which has prompted strong reactions. Perhaps Microsoft should have enlisted the help of these cats sooner.
Your Views On Today’s Tech News
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