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Apple is going into the car business. According to BusinessInsider, an Apple employee wrote to say that his group was working on something that will, "give Tesla a run for its money." Bryan Chaffin says his own sources back this up.
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AnkiDRIVE announced OVERDRIVE on Monday, the next version of the company's artificial intelligence-driven race car toys. AnkiDRIVE cars drive themselves around a track, and users control throttle, weapons, and defenses through their iPhone. It's a whole big thing that earned the company some time during Apple's 2013 WWDC keynote presentation. OVERDRIVE moves the system away from the flat oval track of the first system by giving users track sections they can construct in any way they want. It's going to be released in September of this year, and it's expected to retail for US$150. Check out the promo video below.
It makes sense. Apple just turned in its best quarter ever, so the folks who don't get Apple feel compelled to double down on their predictions of the company's inevitable fall. It would seem that Apple Is Doomed is becoming its own religion—it certainly requires faith in the face of facts. And that brings us to our 66th entry in the Apple Death Knell Counter.
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There's a quiet, yet potentially game changing tempest brewing in the background in the world of search. This might be surprising, considering everyone knows Google won the search wars, but what is even more interesting is that the key player is Apple. Or rather, the desktop and mobile empire united by Apple's Safari Web browser.
Mammoth Interactive has a course on Apple's WatchKit that walks you through creating six sample apps for Apple Watch. It covers an inspirational quote app, betting game, productivity timer, maps, geolocation, and Twitter. It also teaches you how to transport iPhone data (for instance, HealthKit data) to Apple Watch, and it teaches you Apple's human interface guidelines for the device. There are five hours training in the course, and it's yours for $29.99 through our deal.
Alex Seropian is a legend in Mac gaming lore. The cofounder of Bungie made games like Marathon, Myth, and Halo—the later of which was turned into the Xbox's flagship title when Microsoft bought the company. Mr. Seropian has a new studio called Industrial Toys, and the company released its first title Thursday, Midnight Star. Available for iPhone and iPad, the company is billing it as, "the sci-fi shooter re-imagined for touch." Midnight Star is a freemium game, meaning it's free to download and play, but some content and various boosts are available through in-app purchases. The game is making quite a splash, and you can get a look at the gameplay in the trailer below.
Steve Jobs and Barack Obama both knew a winner, it would seem: according to an upcoming book by former Obama-advisor David Axelrod, then-Apple CEO Steve Jobs gave then-Senator Barack Obama a sneak peek of the iPhone in 2007 before it was released. According to Mr. Axelrod, Senator Obama knew the device would be a hit.
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