Tencent’s mobile gaming growth continues

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Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. posted double-digit revenue and profit increases as it continued to grow its mobile-gaming, social-media and advertising businesses in the second quarter.

Tencent, one of China’s largest publicly traded companies and the world’s biggest videogame publisher by revenue, also operates the popular social-media app WeChat.

Mobile-game revenue grew 54% and exceeded computer games revenue for the first time. Computer-game revenue grew 29%, but the company warned that future PC revenue growth rates would decline. The company posted 14.8 billion yuan ($2.21 billion) in mobile revenue and 13.6 billion yuan in computer revenue.

Its share price has rose 70% so far this year.

The company said its WeChat app, known in China as Weixin, saw 963 million monthly average users in the quarter, growing 19.5% from a year earlier.

Another of the company’s social-media networks, QQ, saw a 5.4% decline in monthly active users to 850 million. Still, Tencent said the decrease was due to fewer casual users while engagement with core users increased. QQ also saw smart-device growth among younger users.

Online advertising revenue grew 55% to 10.15 billion yuan, driven by increased mobile video views as TV dramas and variety shows attracted users.

In all, profit grew 70% to 18.23 billion yuan, or 1.9 yuan a share, compared with 10.74 billion yuan, or 1.13 yuan a share, a year prior. Revenue grew 59% to 56.6 billion yuan. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters had expected 53.03 billion yuan in revenue and profit of 1.52 yuan a share.

Chester Yung contributed to this article.


Abrams Artists Agency Forms Gaming Division To Rep Jovenshire, Jesse Cox, More (Exclusive)


The division will live within Abrams’ larger digital department, and has already signed 15 top-tier gaming influencers from both YouTube and Twitch at launch — all of whom were signed under the direction of the agency’s senior vice president, Alec Shankman. Abrams agent Miles Lozano, who also oversaw the signings, will helm the new gaming vertical, which will handle content monetization, channel growth, and branding and marketing deals.

“We have been growing exponentially in various digital verticals with marquee talent,” said CEO Harry Abrams, who founded the agency 40 years ago. “Miles has brought significant signings to the table, and we are confident he will help these clients expand their businesses in the ever-growing gaming and esports verticals.”

Jesse Cox
Jesse Cox

A selection from the new roster, courtesy of Abrams, includes:

  • Jesse Cox: Cox has been in the online gaming world for nearly a decade, and most recently served as the executive producer of the YouTube Red esports comedy series Good Game. He counts 936,000 YouTube subscribers and more than 650,000 followers across other social platforms.
  • Brooke ‘Dodger’ Thorne: As one of the top female broadcasters on Twitch, Thorne — who counts 256,000 followers on Twitch and more than 1 million subscribers on YouTube across both her gaming and vlog channels — is also the host of a popular weekly gaming talk show called Saturday Morning Dooger.
  • Sam ‘Strippin’ Thorne: Thorne, a former model, initially rose to fame in the gaming community as part of the popular Yogscast YouTube franchise. Today, he counts over 230,000 Twitter followers and nearly half a million YouTube subscribers. He is also one of the top 100 Twitch channels, in terms of in-stream audience size, in the world.
  • Dave ‘Lasercorn’ Moss: One of the founding members and hosts of Smosh Games, Moss also operates an independent channel with over 700,000 subscribers. In addition to his digital following, he has appeared on a handful of linear television shows, including Nickelodeon’s Game Shakers and American Ninja Warrior (where he failed horribly).
Brooke ‘Dodger’ Thorne and Dave ‘Lasercorn’ Moss.
Brooke ‘Dodger’ Thorne and Dave ‘Lasercorn’ Moss.
  • Matt Sohinki: Sohinki, another founding member of Smosh Games, counts 400,000 subscribers on his own YouTube channel, as well as 900,000 followers, collectively, between Instagram and Twitter. He regularly hosts esports tournaments, and has created sponsored content alongside top industry brands like EAUbisoft, and ESL.
  • Joshua Ovenshire: The Streamy winner and Smosh Games founding member — best known to fans as Jovenshire — has appeared on TBS’s King Of The Nerds and Disney XD’s Gamer’s Guide To Pretty Much Everything. His YouTube channel, TheJovenshire, focuses on all things geek culture, and he also works as a voice actor.
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Apple is bringing a billion dollar checkbook to Hollywood and wants to buy 10 TV shows

Apple is officially open for business in Hollywood.

The company is telling content makers it wants to spend $1 billion on its own stuff over the next year. That’s music to studios’ ears, and a tune they have been expecting for some time — especially after Apple hired two top Sony TV executives in June.

We still don’t know what Apple wants to do with that content: The Wall Street Journal says Apple wants to make up to 10 “Game of Thrones”- or “House of Cards”-scale shows, but that’s not enough to launch a full-scale subscription service.

For context: HBO spent about $2 billion on content last year, and Netflix is spending $6 billion. While Apple is now formally competing with those guys for content, it certainly doesn’t want to beat them. It wants them streaming their shows on Apple devices, and selling their services via Apple’s iTunes store, where Apple can take a cut of the monthly fee.

But Apple’s all-but-official announcement is a sign that it’s done with its first, halting effort to make its own programming, which it used to augment its Apple Music service. You don’t hire those guys, and spend that kind of money, as a marketing exercise.

Reminder: The list of guys writing checks in Hollywood now includes Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Facebook and Google; Verizon and AT&T are coming, too. You should stop reading this and start writing your spec script.


Apple Inc. (AAPL) iPhone 8 Rumors: What’s Next for the iPhone 8?

While Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 8 rumors have been accelerating in the last few weeks, pundits still are going back and forth over whether “iPhone 8” will even be the name of the forthcoming flagship. “iPhone X” could get the nod instead, and some have even suggested that AAPL will release three iPhone 7S models in 2017 instead.

Apple Inc. (AAPL) iPhone 8 Rumors: What's Next for the iPhone 8?

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However, notorious Apple blogger John Gruber asserted in his personal blog that iPhone 8 remains the most likely name for the device.

In his Daring Fireball blog, Gruber suggested that if the handset features a new design that it is also likely to attract unique branding. “There’s no way Apple is going to call these devices “7S.” The S models have had minor cosmetic differences from the preceding year’s non-S iPhones, but these phones are sporting entire new designs.”

Gruber instead suggests that either iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8 Pro, or iPhone, iPhone Plus, iPhone Pro are likely naming schemes.

“Either of these naming schemes would make all three new iPhones sound new,” the analyst asserted.

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Gesture System

Apple iPhone 8 rumors over the last week have also focused on a new gesture system. This will enable Apple fans to silence notifications for the smartphone by merely glancing at the device. Leaks of the iOS 11 code have revealed that this will be a major new function of facial recognition technology in the smartphone, as AAPL looks to ramp up the capabilities of its next generation handset.

It will also be possible to suppress sounds or ringtones by simply glancing at the phone in a certain way, according to development documents. Other titbits revealed by the code for the mobile operating system indicated it would be possible to capture ultra slow-motion video, while the Home button will feature customization options.

This later suggestion implies that Apple will not integrate the Home button within the display of the iPhone 8, as has been suggested in some quarters.

Wraparound Display

Developers have also found some interesting features hidden in the HomePod smart speaker’s code. Crucially, these include a design for the wraparound display that has been strongly linked with the iPhone 8, while facial recognition software is also included. These revelations have come from a firmware release from Apple, which was apparently published by mistake, judging by the rapidity with which it was taken down by the California corporation.

But such fast action is not enough to prevent the Internet generation from learning a great deal, and thus a raft of new Apple iPhone 8 rumors have emerged. Of course, it is important to note that the capability indicated by the leak may not necessarily come to fruition in the forthcoming generation of Apple smartphones. But it is nonetheless a distinct possibility.

Display Confirmation

While previous Apple iPhone 8 rumors have suggested that the smartphone may feature a significantly extended display in comparison to previous generations, it now seems that this has been finally confirmed. The same HomePod beta code indicates that the next generation smartphone will benefit from a 5.8-inch display, confirming the suspicions of many analysts.

Developer Steve Troughton-Smith has been credited with discovering this information, and has already tweeted on the subject. “These are the metrics used by the status bar on the edge-to-edge iPhone, including notch height and ear width,” the analyst asserts. This means the iPhone will feature the largest screen that Apple has ever included in a smartphone, with the 5.5-inch screen of the iPhone Plus range being the previous recipient of this statistic.


Apple iPhone 8 colour variants show up in a hands-on video

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NEW DELHI: Apple iPhone 8 has been creating a buzz since last year. We have seen countless leaks and rumours for the upcoming smartphone — it has been seen in renders and has been talked about by tipsters and analysts. Now, someone has done a full-blown hands-on video (scroll below) of the smartphone mock ups, which are being said to be the closest versions of the official handset. The 2 minute, 40 second video is uploaded on YouTube by Danny Winget, a tech reviewer, and shows all the three colour variants of the upcoming iPhone 8 in the most clearest way possible.

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7 ‘confirmed’ features of Apple iPhone 8

7 'confirmed' features of Apple iPhone 8
Augmented Reality
Dual-rear cameras
Homepod integration
Wireless charging
Water resistant, glass back panel
Siri may do a lot more

7 ‘confirmed’ features of Apple iPhone 8

Apple will be launching its tenth anniversary iPhone this year. The speculations about the likely features and specifications of the upcoming smartphones have kept the tech grapevine churning for months now. Recently, Apple unveiled the latest version of its mobile operating system iOS 11. The software update coming to iPhones and iPads also gives some clues about iPhone 8’s features. Other than these, CEO of Wistron, a contract manufacturer of Apple devices, too inadvertently revealed some details about the upcoming iPhones. Based on these, here are 7 ‘confirmed’ features of Apple iPhone 8.

Augmented Reality

Augmented reality (AR) will play a big role in the upcoming Apple iPhone 8. Apple made some big announcements related to AR for the upcoming iOS 11 at the recent WWDC conference. The company announced its own AR development platform (ARKit), which means that developers can create AR apps well in time for iPhone 8. It is likely that by the time the smartphone launches in September, Apple developers will be ready with several AR-based apps.

Dual-rear cameras

Although Apple has revealed nothing about the dual-rear camera setup, guessing it’s inclusion with the upcoming iPhone 8 is easy. This is as Apple has already brought such camera technology with the iPhone 7 Plus last year. AR apps will also be able to make good use of the dual-rear cameras.

Homepod integration

Apple recently unveiled HomePod, its answer to Amazon’s Echo and Google Home. Shipping later this year, the pill-shaped speaker will very likely have support for Apple iPhone 8. Though the company didn’t go much into the details, iPhone 8-HomePod integration appears integral part of Apple’s home computing ambitions.

Wireless charging

Yes, iPhone 8 will feature wireless charging. This has reportedly been revealed by Robert Hwang, CEO of Taiwan-based iPhone assembler Wistron. “Assembly process for the previous generations of (iPhones) have not changed much, though new features like waterproof and wireless charging now require some different testing, and waterproof function will alter the assembly process a bit,” Hwang reportedly told reporters during a shareholders’ meeting. Wistron is said to have recently started assembling iPhone SE units at its plant in Karnataka, India.

Water resistant, glass back panel

Besides confirming the wireless charging feature, Wistron CEO also revealed that the upcoming smartphones will have water-resistant design. Since the smartphone will come with wireless charging, analysts believe that it is likely to sport a glass or a plastic back panel for hinder-free connection.


With iPhone 8, Apple is quite likely to take its NFC support beyond Apple Pay. The company’s all-new iOS 11 Beta adds support for Core NFC, which as per release notes is described as “a new framework for reading Near Field Communications (NFC) tags and data in NFC Data Exchange Format.” This means new NFC chip may read more tags than just Apple Pay tags. Users may be able to pair the Apple Watch with the iPhone using NFC. It could also be used for online payments at stores.

Siri may do a lot more

Apple didn’t reveal much about the new features coming to Siri during its WWDC conference. This has led to the speculation that users may have lot more to do on Siri in iPhone 8. The glimpse of the improved AI seen at WWDC 2017 conference during the iOS 11 launch too hints at the same. Siri will able to translate languages in real time and will will be fluent in carrying out other commands as well.
7 'confirmed' features of Apple iPhone 8
Augmented Reality
Dual-rear cameras
Homepod integration
Wireless charging
Water resistant, glass back panel
Siri may do a lot more

The video suggests the iPhone 8 to come in ‘Copper Gold’ along with Silver and Black colour variants. If you have been following the leaks and rumours surrounding the iPhone 8, you won’t be surprised looking at the design. The handset, as mentioned before, is seen sporting a full-screen front with a sleek bezel on top including the speaker grille, dual cameras and the sensors.

At the back there’s a vertical dual camera setup with a LED flash placed in between them. The Apple logo and the ‘iPhone’ moniker is seen as well. On the right there’s a SIM card slot and what is said to be a power button, while on the left you get a the usual volume buttons and the alert slider. At the bottom the iPhone 8 is seen sporting a lightning port along with two speaker grilles on either side. The antenna lines too are hidden now, giving it a cleaner overall look.

According to recent survey made by Barclays, the rumoured $1000 price tag for the iPhone 8 is much to ask for. According to a report by CNBC, Barclays conducted a survey in which only 11 per cent respondents said they would pay $1000 for the iPhone. We are yet to see how much Apple plan to charge for its upcoming device, which is rumoured to launch in September


Apple’s Accidental Leak ‘Confirms’ iPhone 8 Design

Apple AAPL +1.42%’s HomePod accident delivered a mother lode of iPhone 8 information. The company’s own code verified two exclusives (1, 2) I published last month and now in conjunction with this I can confirm the iPhone 8’s production-ready final design…

Following on from my renders last month, I have been able to obtain a prototype of Apple’s finalised iPhone 8 design. Unlike a number of dummy units which have surfaced in recent months, this is not a crude slab but a highly detailed model constructed with premium materials and operational power, volume and mute buttons.

This is the iPhone design Apple is currently putting into mass production.

Gordon Kelly

iPhone 8 prototype (left) beside iPhone 7 (right)

So what do we learn from my prototype? In short: the leaked schematics were spot on. The iPhone 8 is indeed slightly larger than the iPhone 7, but noticeably smaller than the iPhone 7 Plus and it feels great in hand. It is similar to the Galaxy S8 in look and feel (which is a good thing) and it should be relatively easy for most owners to use one handed.

Gordon Kelly

iPhone 8’s cut-out ‘notch’ can clearly be seen in the top bezel

The massive 5.8-inch edge-to-edge is also going to look stunning in the final release, though how the ‘cut-out’ notch in the top bezel – housing the front facing camera and sensors – will be designed around in software is open to dispute. I have some tip-offs here, but nothing rock solid. That said I do believe the notch will ‘square off’ (be blacked out) when viewing video to create a straight vertical image along the top bezel.

Gordon Kelly

iPhone 8 vertical dual camera will protrude significantly

And speaking of vertical, yes the rear dual cameras are vertically aligned as widely tipped. This is partially to aid augmented reality (which it is frequently viewed in landscape mode) and partially as I believe the circuitry of the iPhone 8 left Apple with little choice, though expect it to be marketed as the former.

Gordon Kelly

iPhone 8 (top) has a much larger power button than the iPhone 7 (bottom), but why remains a mystery

In February I also exclusively revealed fast charging is coming to the iPhone 8. That remains correct and it will be joined by wireless charging (though the wireless charger will be an – expensive – optional extra) and the headphone jack will not be returning – something I saw coming in 2014.

Gordon Kelly

iPhone 8 (left) switches to a glass back for wireless charging

For the record I also understand almost every point of the Bloomberg/Kuo iPhone 8 25 feature leak is indeed correct. These two sources have been on fire.

Adding to my confidence are my good contacts at MobileFun which have supplied me with Olixar’s commercially ready iPhone 8 cases. These are the real deal. I tried its Crystal Clear, Wallet and FlexiShield cases and each fits perfectly around my prototype unit. I’ve taken several images to demonstrate the precision of these finishes above and below – Apple’s partners are all on the same page.

Gordon Kelly

iPhone 8 prototype inside an Olixar wallet production case

As for my iPhone 8 concerns, these are less to do with the hardware and more to do with the supply chain itself. The same leaky supply chain which has provided me with so much information throughout the year is also consistently reporting drastic stock shortages at launch and a major price increase.


Australian Public Service Commission’s new social media guidelines go too far

Ulrich Ruegg Ellis was a pioneering member of the Canberra Press Gallery and a government stirrer who stretched the limits of public servants’ freedom to criticise ministers and their government.

His case came to mind as I considered the latest Australian Public Service Commission guide “Making Public Comment on Social Media”.

In April 1945 Ellis, who by then was working as deputy-director of public relations in the Department of Post-war Reconstruction, wrote an acerbic letter to the Canberra Times.

It began: “Sir,—When a Minister of the Crown issues decisions with the carefree abandon of a child of three and laughs with contempt in the face of the common principles of administrative justice, it is time not only to protest but to remove him from an office which he is no longer fit to hold.”

He concluded: “As the Minister has proved himself unfit to administer his Department, the time has come for the establishment of a publicly conducted Housing Priority Committee so that the work of allocating houses can be carried out in the broad light of day.”

He signed it Ulrich Ellis, Hotel Kingston, Canberra.

Given his unusual name there was no hiding his government employment.

Housing was extremely scarce in Canberra at the time and Ellis explained that upon his transfer to the ACT in the previous year he had sought to exchange his Melbourne home with a person who had been transferred from Canberra to Melbourne.



EXO Sehun King of Social Media 2017

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After receiving 60% of more than a whopping 255,000 votes, EXO star Sehun took home the crown, beating his fellow band member Chanyeol, who received 100,251 votes from EXO-L.

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Social Media Helps Perth Woman Build Her Home

Perth based social media marketing expert Sasha Ioppolo was frustrated by the lack of local products and services she could find when it came to building her dream home. So she started searching Instagram and Pinterest for help.

Ioppolo told HuffPost Australia social media empowered her because it meant she didn’t need to rely solely on an architect.

“Social media gave me thousands of ideas to choose from. In the past I’d be restricted to a few magazines. It also allowed me to communicate those ideas clearly to my architect,” Ioppolo said.

“Also there’s a similarity about homes in Perth. Social media allowed me to try something different. I’d see amazing design and beautiful products online, available in Europe or the US but no one was doing that here. So I thought I’d use them myself.”

A Palm Springs-inspired roof garden.

Ioppolo spent around a year collecting ideas online before taking them to her architect. Some of the most innovative touches in the home include a a Palm Springs-inspired roof garden by landscape designer Mon Palmer, and an electronic doggie door.

There’s also an art lift to hide the TV and an above-ground pool that means there’s no need for a fence.

The house, known as the Triple Deck House, now has a life of it’s own with it’s own social media accounts. According to Ioppolo, there have been a countless stream of motorists slowing down or parking out the front for a closer look.

“A few rubber-necking motorists have crashed into the median strip road sign outside the house!” Ioppolo said.


Sasha Ioppolo’s Tips For Building Your Dream Home Via Social Media

  • Pinterest: Create story boards for different rooms in the house such as the kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, as well as key aspects like a staircase or swimming pool. Save images from designs you find online
  • Instagram: Used to source images of designs. Search for designers and start following their posts and their work.
  • Source other services: Watch who and what your favourite designers recommend in their social media. This can help you track down elusive products and services not found locally.


Chinese Developers File Antitrust Complaint Against Apple

A group of Chinese app developers has filed a complaint against Apple, alleging that the company had violated antitrust regulations in its App Store. And the complaint is only the latest sign of Apple’s increasing trouble in the country.

The complaint, which was filed with Chinese regulators, accuses Apple of anticompetitive and monopolistic behavior. The group of developers allege that Apple charges excessive fees for in-app purchases, doesn’t give explanations or details for arbitrary app removal, and doesn’t respond to queries in Chinese — putting local developers are a disadvantage — according to The Wall Street Journal.

The case was filed by Beijing-based law firm Dare & Sure, and sent to two separate Chinese regulatory entities: the National Development and Reform Commission and the State Administration for Industry & Commerce. “Steve Jobs represented the American dream. But Apple’s unequal treatment of China’s young developers stops them from realizing their China dream,” Dare & Sure’s Lin Wei said in a statement.

Apple began cracking down on illegitimate apps earlier this year, which resulted in the removal of over 58,000 Chinese apps. According to the developer’s complaint, Chinese app makers never received sufficient explanations for their apps being removed — and were often left waiting months before they were able to get their legitimate apps back onto the marketplace. Additionally, the developers allege that Apple takes too high of a cut for in-app purchases — around 30 percent. In China, in-app purchases on mobile platforms like Weibo are widely used for everyday transactions — from buying public transit tickets to ordering food.

China is an extremely important market for Apple, and specifically, its App Store. Apple made more money in China via its digital marketplace than any other country, according to research firm IDC. Apple’s iOS also has an edge over Android — its largest competitor — as Google Play is blocked within China.

An even bigger issue, Lin contends, is that Apple’s App Store doesn’t appear to have legal registration in China, making it technically illegal for the company to provide internet content within the country, according to The Financial Times. Apple, for its part, says that it does comply with all “local laws and regulations.” Despite that, analysts and tech executives are predicting that “Apple’s troubles [in China] have just started.” Specifically, as the company shifts from being, primarily, a hardware manufacturer to more of a content provider. The Chinese government notoriously restricts the flow of information and content, which could bring Apple’s Services business into further conflict with local regulatory bodies.

The Cupertino-based tech giant has already compromised on several issues in China. Last month, Apple removed all major VPN apps in the country in accordance with new Chinese regulations that required the anonymity platforms to be explicitly approved and licensed by the government. The company also recently opened its first data center in China, allowing it to store user information locally.