It's no secret that some games are designed to riff on others' ideas, but Ubisoft believes one title is far too similar to let it go unchecked. Bloomberg reports that the publisher has sued Apple and Google for selling Area F2, a game it claims is a "near carbon copy" of Rainbow Six: Siege meant to "piggyback" on Ubisoft's success. The mobile title from Alibaba's Ejoy and Qookka Games allegedly borrows "virtually every aspect" of Ubisoft's character-driven team shooter, right down to the interface layout. Drones, destructible walls and rappelling down walls are also staples of both games. Ubisoft said it had alerted Apple and Google to the reported copyright violations, but that both had so far declined to pull Area F2 from their respective app stores.
Apple has restored Google's access to its internal iOS apps, including pre-release beta versions of Maps, Hangouts and Gmail, as well as employee-only apps for the company's cafes and buses. Apple temporarily banned Google from running the apps on Thursday. It emerged this week Google used enterprise certificates (which developers are only supposed to use to allow employees to install apps) to distribute a data-tracking app outside of the App Store. Google allowed users as young as 13 to earn gift cards for using the Screenwise Meter app, which it disabled on iOS following the reports -- the app is still available on Android. After Apple temporarily blocked Facebook from running internal iOS apps over a similar situation, it doled out the same punishment to Google before removing the ban around a day later.
While Google manufactures some Chromebooks, the devices aimed at the education market are supplied by partners such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Acer Inc. The operating system is free for educators and hardware manufacturers, and Google sells schools an education package including device management and support for a $30 fee.
Italy has released its official COVID-19 contact-tracing app, which is built on the framework developed by Apple and Google to track infections. Four regions -- Liguria, Abruzzo, Marche and Puglia -- will start piloting Immuni (Italian for "immune") on June 8th, according to Reuters. The app will later be made available in the rest of the country. Immuni is one of the first few apps to take advantage of Apple and Google's contact-tracing API, and follows one Switzerland started piloting last week. The pandemic has hit Italy harder than most countries, as it has claimed at least 33,500 lives there. The country started easing lockdown restrictions in early May, but there are still fears that the infection rate may soar once more unless people adhere to social distancing guidelines.