iPad Pro may boast superior display, USB 3.0 ports, and more

Are you ready for the giant-sized iPad Pro? We are. Photo: CURVED

Are you ready for the giant-sized iPad Pro? We are. Photo: CURVED

Two bits of news have emerged for anyone excited about Apple’s upcoming 12-inch+ iPad Pro. Sources from the Chinese supply chain suggest that the tablet will come equipped with Oxide LCD display technology, while a separate report from the Wall Street Journal (paywall) claims that Apple is considering adding USB 3.0 ports (among others) to the devices.

What is unanimously agreed upon is that we are unlikely to see the plus-sized iPad until the second half of the year, with a Digitimes report suggesting it may not even go into mass production until the third quarter of the year.

If the rumors are anything to go by, it’ll be worth waiting for, though.

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How Crossy Road developers made $10 million in 90 days

Who (and what) will make it across Crossy Road? Photo: Hipster Whale

Who (and what) will make it across Crossy Road? Photo: Hipster Whale

SAN FRANCISCO — Crossy Road developers Andy Sum and Matt Hall never set out to rake in a pile of cash. They did, however, want to create a popular game.

“We wanted to make the next Flappy Bird,” said Sum at the duo’s Game Developers Conference session here Tuesday.

“But our goal wasn’t to make money,” added Hall.

And yet make money they did. While Crossy Road hasn’t hit Flappy Bird levels of success (or notoriety), it pulled in 50 million downloads — on iOS, Android and Amazon — during the game’s first 90 days. It also generated $10 million for Hipster Whale, Sum and Hall’s development company.

Not bad for a game that was originally named Roadkill Simulator 2014.

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Production of Apple’s giant iPad has been delayed until September

The iPad Pro screen could be nearly as big as your MacBook's Photo: CURVED

An iPad Pro concept. MacBook for scale. Photo: CURVED

Apple really is making a giant iPad Pro, according to a new report from Bloomberg, but the Cupertino-based company is running into production issues that have delayed the long-rumored tablet’s release.

According to Bloomberg’s sources, production of the 12.9-inch iPad is now scheduled to start around September, after delays involving the supply of display panels pushed the project back.

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iOS 8.3 reveals emoji combos with a simple backspace

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Emoji combos can be revealed on iOS 8.3 with backspace. Photo: Buster Hein/Cult of Mac

Apple snuck a major new emoji feature into its first iOS 8.3 beta, and we’re not talking about the racially diverse kind. Along with the new skin-tones for emoji added last week, Apple has included a potentially big feature with the new emoji keyboard that lets users deconstruct some emoji to discover their emoji combos.

By tapping backspace on emoji like KISS (man, man), users can reveal the combination of two or three emoji that represent the original emoji selected. The feature only works on some of the kissing and couple emoji, but it could be expanded to include more in the future.

Here are the different combos you can unlock:

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Apple is in talks to launch HBO streaming service next month

Photo: Cult of Mac

Photo: Cult of Mac

HBO is finally going to let people pay to access its content without a cable subscription, and according to a new report, Apple TV could be the company’s first major partner.

The International Business Times reports that HBO is in talks with Apple to make Apple TV one of the launch partners for its highly anticipated streaming service that is expected to debut next month alongside Game of Thrones Season 5.

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Next-gen MacBook Air specs leak in alleged screenshots

Apple might surprise us with new MacBooks. Photo: Apple

Apple might surprise us with new MacBooks. Photo: Apple

Screenshots of what appears to be the spec sheet of a next-generation 13-inch MacBook Air were allegedly posted on the Chinese forum site Feng.com today, claiming to reveal new info about Apple’s new notebook lineup.

The MacBook Air hasn’t received an update since April 2014, but according to the screenshots, a hardware update could be imminent. The pictures suggest that the update won’t include a Retina display, but new processors and upgraded RAM are supposedly on the way.

Take a peek at the screenshots below:

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Get a glimpse of The Vision in new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer

Ultron is up to no good in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Photo: Marvel Studios

Ultron is up to no good in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Photo: Marvel Studios

There’s plenty of carnage and goofy talk about artificial intelligence in the new for Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer. But, just like any Marvel Studios movie, you’ll want to stay till the end: That’s when you’ll get your first peek at The Vision, the android that eventually becomes an Avenger.

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Apple logo takes shape ahead of ‘Spring Forward’ event

Apple is taking over the Yerba Buena Center. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple is taking over the Yerba Buena Center. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac


We’re five days away from finding out all the juicy details of the Apple Watch, but preparations are already underway at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

Apple’s crew began working on the event decorations this morning by adding a giant Apple logo graphic to front of Yerba Buena. It’s still a work in progress, but it looks like Apple is using the same graphic from the event invites that went out last week. Along with the Apple signage, a giant white tent has also been constructed nearby, presumably as a press hands-on area for after the event.

Construction on the Apple signage is still underway, but we’ll update you with more pictures throughout the day as it gets closer to completion.

Meet the delicious future of emoji: ligatures

Ligatures. Photo: Alexa Grafera

Ligatures are the tastiest emojis yet. Photo: Alexa Grafera

Apple is making revolutionary breakthroughs in emoji technology with racially diverse emoji in iOS 8.3. For their next innovative addition, wouldn’t it be great if multiple emoji could be joined together as a single icon?

Designers Alexa Grafera and Louie Mantia teamed up to create a delicious new style of emoji called ligatures. The duo made a special set of ice cream fixins emoji that can be strung together to make the tasty-looking desserts found in Alexa’s ice cream emoji GIF above.

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Potty humor adds levity to historic solar-powered flight

The Solar Impulse 2 will attempt an around-the-world flight powered by the sun. Photo: Solar Impulse

The Solar Impulse 2 will attempt an around-the-world flight powered by the sun. Photo: Solar Impulse

Sometime this month, a plane will lift off from an airstrip in the United Arab Emirates and attempt to fly around the world fueled only by rays of the sun.

How technology will keep the plane airborne, or how two pilots — taking turns during five- and six-day flights — will endure a tiny cockpit, extreme temperatures and very little sleep, have kept the company Solar Impulse busy for 12 years. Aviation history could soon be made.

Yet all anyone wants to know is how the pilots will go to the bathroom.

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