Amazon announces Luna; EC challenges Apple verdict; iOS gets Xbox remote play

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Amazon announces Luna, a new cloud gaming platform

Amazon has announced the launch of Luna, its own cloud gaming platform to compete with Google Stadia.

Thanks to a newly-announced partnership with Ubisoft, Luna will give users access to the company’s titles in up to 4K resolution. This will include blockbuster games such as Assassins Creed Valhalla and Far Cry 6, among others.

In addition, Luna users will have more than 100 games available to stream from launch, including Resident evil 7, A Plague Tale, Panzer Dragoon and others.

Supported by Amazon Web Services, Luna users do not need to download any software to stream the games.

Luna will also feature Twitch integration.

An official release date is yet to be announced.

European Commission challenges verdict on Apple tax

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The European Commission intends to appeal against a ruling that Apple does not need to pay 13 billion Euros (approximately 23 billion NZ dollars) in back taxes to Ireland.

A ruling by EU’s General Court in July stated it found no evidence that Apple had broken any rules by not paying the money.

However, the European Commission believes the arrangement allows Apple to avoid taxes on EU revenues.

Back in 2016, a court ruled Apple was given illegal tax breaks by Dublin. However, the ruling was overturned this year.

Ireland maintains the company’s tax bill in the country is in line with regulations.

A new appeal will go to the European Court of Justice.

New app lets users stream Xbox games on iOS

Microsoft’s latest Xbox app update will reportedly give iOS users the ability to stream Xbox One games on their iPhones.

The remote play feature will be different to the existing xCloud service, in that it won’t go through that server, but stream directly from the console to the iOS device.

The update will also allow users to control their Xbox even if they are not home.

The Verge reports that the new Xbox app will also be a lot faster than its previous version for iOS.

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