Night Sky 4 Is Apple’s Free iOS App Of The Week, Download Now [$1 Value]

What’s better than a paid iOS app going absolutely free? A beautiful stargazing app being offered free of cost, one which usually retails for $1 on the App Store, and has even touched $4 at one point. This one is a definitely a keeper for anyone, and we show you why.

If you’re familiar with the concept of Google Sky, forget it, Night Sky 4 should be the pick of any avid stargazer who happens to use an iPhone or iPad. Packed with a plethora of functions to become your go-to app for locating stars, planets, constellations, comets, satellites etc., sure you’ll be overwhelmed, but it’s how beautifully the app is designed that really brings out that awe.

For the uninitiated, Night Sky 4 lets you point your iPhone or iPad up into the sky telling you exactly what it is that you’re seeing up there at that particular time in the void of space. Of course most of what you’ll be shown is invisible to the naked eye, but if you have a real passion for the cosmos, it really is cool to know where to stand under the sky.

But that’s not all what Night Sky 4 is on the lookout for. Sure knowing where a planet or a star is, is quite fascinating, but any casual stargazer would get a real kick out of an animated object in the sky. Yes, satellites orbiting the earth, so if you want to know when you can expect the International Space Station to pass across the sky above you, you can track it in real time using Night Sky 4.

Quickly identify Stars, Planets, Constellations and Satellites above by simply holding your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch to the Night Sky! This is all done magically. Whether you are looking for a constellation or the International Space Station, let Night Sky 4 direct you to it.


Pretty cool no? Well, if you have an Apple Watch, you’re about to have a pretty insane experience as well thanks to Night Sky 4’s support for Apple’s wearable running watchOS 3.


Simply raise your wrist to the sky to quickly identify stars, planets and constellations! As you lower your wrist you are presented with a Celestial Compass which gives you an overview of all the Stars and Planets currently visible around you. Use the Digital Crown to Space Travel forwards or backwards in time in Sky View and on the Celestial Compass.

Night Sky 4 is available to download for free from the App Store till Thursday. Grab it now for free from the App Store.

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uBreakiFix will offer Google Pixel repairs in the US and Canada

If you pre-ordered a Pixel or Pixel XL, chances are you’ve spent the better part of the week getting better acquainted with your new purchase. Although Google does offer a manufacturer warranty and the option of purchasing an accidental damage plan, the company has partnered with a network of repair shops to provide owners the option of same-day repairs.

uBreakiFix is a third-party repair shop that has offered its services since 2009. Over the past few years, the operation has grown and is now available in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. Under the new partnership, uBreakiFix will now offer repairs on Pixels at its 250 retail locations for those in the US and Canada.

For what will probably be one of the more common repairs, uBreakiFix will be charging $129 for a screen repair on the Pixel and $149 for a Pixel XL. If you have an issue with your charging port or battery, there will be a flat rate of $79 to replace either part.

Source: 9to5Google | Teardown image via iFixit

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Team Liquid Signs The First Pro Civilization VI Player

Stephen ‘MrGameTheory’ Takowsky will be Civilization VI’s first professional player. That’s according to an announcement Team Liquid made yesterday stating it has signed MrGameTheory to head up their new Civilization team and was embarking on “an initiative to launch Civilization VI into the world of competitive esports.”

MrGameTheory, who previously competed in Clash Royale, had this to say about his new role,

“It is an honor to be chosen to lead Team Liquid’s Civilization team. Participating in the competitive Civilization community with Steve Arhancet has been one of the great joys of my life. After we won our first Civilization Championship Cup back in 2007, with a team so small that we could barely participate in two-thirds of the events, I learned that a dedicated group of friends can accomplish the seemingly impossible. Civilization remains the most complicated game in the world, and I am thankful to be part of an organization capable of taking on the challenge. I look forward to continue my contribution to one of the greatest gaming franchises and I wish our opponents the best of luck.”

As PVPLive noted, MrGameTheory is already a well known and highly regarded player in the world of Civilization, currently holding the record for most 1v2, 1v3, 1v4 and 1v5 ladder victories in Civilization IV, as well as being at the top of the leaderboard for the Civilization V International League.

For his part, Steve “LiQquiD112″ Arhancet said the series is uniquely situated to showcase high level strategic and analytic play,

“The strategic depth required in Civilization is beyond compare. Many feel the game is simply too complicated to break into esports. However, as the gaming community evolves, we are witnessing the rise of elite gamers yearning to display the true level of their skill. Civilization provides the perfect platform for players to showcase their gaming intellect and we feel that Firaxis is on the cusp of bringing the franchise to a competitive esports level. It is inevitable that Civilization will take its place alongside the top esports in the world.”

Team Liquid has teams that represent it in a number of different competitive gaming scenes, ranging from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive to Rocket League, but Civilization VI is perhaps its strangest new expansion to-date. At the same time, civilizations have been competing with and destroying one another for millennia, so making the epic struggle between societies into an esport seems like a natural next frontier for competitive gaming.  

According to Team Liquid, the organization will start hosting Civilization VI tournaments as early as next month. You can read Luke Plunkett’s reaction to the game’s opening here, with a full review to follow soon.

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Report: New MacBook Pro, 13-Inch MacBook Coming Next Week, iMac And Display Delayed Till 2017

As Apple’s October 27th media event draws nearer, rumors are starting to solidify and we are beginning to get a more clear picture of what Apple will announce at the event.

We’ve heard murmurings of new MacBooks, new MacBook Airs, new MacBook Pros, updated iMacs and even new Cinema Displays of late, and prolific analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI has now weighed in on the matter, apparently confirming that most of those claims are accurate.

Accoding to Kuo, who has been very accurate in such matters over the last few years, Apple will announce a new 13-inch MacBook alongside new 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pros at the event. Unfortunately those looking for updated iMacs and Cinema Displays are going to have to wait until next year, and anyone looking forward to a new Mac Pro has things even worse – no mention of the Mac Pro was made by Kuo at all during the report.

Kicking things off with the 13-inch MacBook, Kuo has not confirmed whether the device will be a direct replacement for the existing 12-inch model of the MacBook or a complimentary option, but we are struggling to understand what Apple would gain from having two notebooks in the same line available with such similar screen sizes.

It’s however possible that the increased size would allow for more powerful innards, but that’s something we may have to wait until next week to confirm one way or another.

The MacBook Pro makes much more sense however. New 13 and 15-inch notebooks are needed given the time since a MacBook Pro refresh took place, and with rumors of a special OLED touch panel (dubbed Magic Toolbar) for context sensitive buttons sounding more and more likely to be accurate, a refresh for the entire line makes plenty of sense. Kuo did mention that there will be ‘many’ changes to the MacBook Pro this year, although there were no specifics given in his report. Previous rumors have suggested USB-C, Thunderbolt 3 support, Touch ID integrated into the power button, new keyboard mechanism, redesigned and slimmer chassis, multiple color options, latest processors, and more.


With the 27th now a few days away, we won’t have to wait too much longer before all our questions are answered. The likely fact that no Mac Pro, iMac or Cinema Display releases are on the cards is one obvious disappointment here, but we can only hope that at least a couple of those are just around the corner.


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AT&T to acquire Time Warner for $85.4 billion

AT&T has officially announced that it has reached an agreement to purchase entertainment conglomerate, Time Warner. The deal is worth $85.4 billion with AT&T paying Time Warner shareholders $107.50 a share, which will be a combination of cash and AT&T stock.

AT&T’s press release states:

The deal combines Time Warner’s vast library of content and ability to create new premium content that connects with audiences around the world, with AT&T’s extensive customer relationships, world’s largest pay TV subscriber base and leading scale in TV, mobile and broadband distribution.

While this is a monumental move by AT&T, it isn’t the first time the company has made a large purchase to expand its services and customer base. In 2014, AT&T went public with its plan to acquire DirecTV, which cost a reported $48.5 billion. If the Time Warner purchase is approved by regulators, AT&T will gain multiple companies like HBO and Warner Bros. Entertainment, which offer sought after properties like Game of Thrones and the Harry Potter series.

Source: AT&T / Wall Street Journal

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Google Pixel Vs iPhone 7 Plus Real-World Speed Test [Video]

Here’s a detailed Google Pixel Vs iPhone 7 Plus real-world speed test comparison. As to why is this test between Pixel Vs iPhone 7 Plus and not Pixel XL Vs iPhone 7 Plus or Pixel Vs iPhone 7? Well, that’s because Pixel and iPhone 7 Plus both have same screen resolution, that is 1920x1080p.

The big news of the last day or two has been the release of the Google Pixel smartphone. Taking the place of the Nexus brand, Pixel is now the best of Android without any of the cruft that third-parties like carriers and phone makers add into the mix, and that makes Pixel the perfect competition for Apple’s iPhone. Or, at least, it makes it the perfect comparison smartphone when going up against Apple’s latest and greatest devices.

So, with the Pixel now a couple of days old, it should perhaps not be surprising at all to learn that one YouTuber has already taken the time to pick up a Google Pixel and then run a suite of apps by way of a comparison in performance across the two devices.

The video runs for about eight minutes, so if you really want to dive deep into which of the two perform better during the test, then you can do just that by watching the video embedded below. Based on our own run-through of the video, though, we have to admit that the Pixel exhibits impressive performance when compared to an iPhone 7 Plus that is no slouch at all.

The test consists of loading apps, one by one and in order, until the YouTuber declares a winner. Plenty of smartphones have been tested in this way over the years, and while far from scientific, having a suite of apps that can be launched so as to force Android or iOS to reload them rather than loading from memory isn’t the worst idea in the world.

So, from this video, the Google Pixel sure knows how to stand its ground against the iPhone. It does get blown away when it comes to gaming and pure benchmarks, and overall too iPhone 7 Plus generally seems to be more faster than Pixel, but it does show that Google can now go toe-to-toe with Apple’s iPhone team, and that’s not been a given before now.

(Source: SuperSaf TV [YouTube])

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Earn by Microsoft to be culled in March 2017

Having quietly entered beta testing in May last year, Earn by Microsoft allowed its members to earn credits on selected purchases made at participating restaurants and retailers. These credits could then be put towards purchases made at the Microsoft Store.

Now, that is all set to end as Microsoft will be saying goodbye to Earn next year, according to the Earn website, along with FAQs in which the company said that:

“Although the program was well received by our customers, we decided to focus on other reward and loyalty programs with the potential to provide even greater benefits for our customers in the future.”

While Microsoft did not specifically mention other programs it will instead focus upon, its recently renamed and revamped Microsoft Rewards program could be a possible candidate.

In terms of timeframes, Microsoft has already stopped accepting new Earn, allowing existing members to receive Earn credits through November 15. Credits will be redeemable in the Microsoft Store, for both online and in-store purchases, up until the program’s termination on March 5, 2017.

Source: Microsoft via Windows Central

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The PlayStation VR Outsold The PS4 In Japan 

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During its first week on sale in Japan, the PlayStation VR sold 51,644 units. In comparison, the biggest selling hardware that week, the PlayStation 4, sold 30,154 units.

Via 4Gamer, here are the hardware sales for the week of October 10 to October 16. Note that the PSVR went on sale October 13.

PS VR: 51,644 units

PS4: 30,154

New 3DS XL: 15,905

Vita: 8,772

2DS: 8,203

New 3DS: 2,983

Wii U: 2,430

PS3: 814

3DS: 346

Xbox One: 323

3DS XL: 71

Those long launch day lines did translate into big PSVR sales.

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