Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Double Fine succeeds in raising funds for Psychonauts 2, the founder of Oculus apologizes for miscommunications on the Rift's price, and Sony advises there to be at least 100 games heading to the PlayStation VR headset.
According to documents filed with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission, Apple CEO Tim Cook earned $10.3 million, which was actually less than most of the other members of Apple's executive team. Cook received his $2 million annual salary, performance bonuses totaling $8 million, and "other"compensation of around $280,000, which may be related to travel and security expenses. The total is approximately $1 million more than he was compensated in 2014, but revenue for the company grew its revenue by $50 billion and net income by $15 billion over the course of fiscal 2015.
BlackBerry is not going to be releasing a smartphone using its own operating system this year, according to comments made by CEO John Chen. In an interview at CES, Chen advised that the mobile phone manufacturer will be releasing at least one new product this year, with the potential for another smartphone, but instead of running BlackBerry 10, new launches will instead be using Android as the operating system, potentially indicating a major change of strategy at the troubled device producer.
Due 2.2 is not the reminders app to beat all reminders apps: it's the one to join them. Whatever To Do app you're currently using, Due can work alongside it in your life -- and we're still surprised at that. Uncomfortably surprised: it cannot be a good idea to have some of your tasks in one app and the rest in another, it just cannot. Yet it is. We've been using Due alongside Wunderlist and OmniFocus, and in both cases it's proved just too handy to leave.
A new report claims that Apple has bought an artificial intelligence company called Emotient, which works on technology used to read emotion through a user's facial expressions, such as for testing reactions to advertising. Apple has not confirmed the deal, but told the Wall Street Journal that the company "buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans." The alleged acquisition comes not long after the iPhone maker bought Perceptio and Faceshift, two firms also concerned with AI and facial expression recognition.
Time Warner Cable has revealed a large number of its customers may have become victim to an attack that puts their email accounts at risk. The cable company has advised that as many as 320,000 customers have their account email addresses and passwords in the possession of an attacker, among other important details, though unlike many other security breaches, Time Warner's server security is apparently not at fault for this latest leak.
App development has taken off in the last few years, making it increasingly difficult to stay on top of all the latest versions. To help all of you out, we here at MacNN are dedicated to sorting through new update releases, and highlighting some of the important ones, as well as showcasing apps that we find to be interesting. Today, we bring you a great deal on an app that can help you get things done, Focus, as well as highlight recent updates to file sharing software Cloud, screen mirroring utility Reflector, icon generator IconFly, geotagger Photo Geotag, audio converter TunesKit, and office suite NeoOffice.
Following an announcement at CES in Las Vegas by aftermarket infotainment system maker Pioneer, rival Kenwood has announced a revamping of its double-DIN multimedia receiver line. The firm revealed 15 new models, 12 of which replace a previous model in its Kenwood or eXcelon model lines. The big change that prompted the whole-line revamp was a processor upgrade, said the company, which improved stability and faster startup, along with a new native user interface, new shortcuts, and new solid-state memory that helps to double data-transfer speeds.
Who's got time to plow through all those deal sites to find just the perfect tech item to scratch that itch. We do! Need a router? We've found a deal. Will a SSD give you just the right kick for your computer? We've seen some cheap! Join the MacNN crew for today's crop of deals, which include a Netgear N900 wireless dual-band gigabit router for $30, a Slingbox 500 for $112, and a ton of discounts on Apple products at Best Buy.
Sony has introduced two new video cameras with 4K video recording capabilities at CES, with both aimed at the consumer market. The FDR-AX53 is an upgrade from last year's AX33 HandyCam, while the HDR-AS50 is an action camera that not only offers the high-resolution recording functionality, but also introduces a new redesigned body that makes it easier for owners to get started filming with the imaging device.
Hot on the heels of Saturday's opening of a 29th store in Shenyang, the company has now announced that it will open a 30th store on January 14. The new store, the first in the coastal city of Xiamen, will have normal operating hours of 10AM to 10PM local time, seven days a week. It will be located in the SM Lifestyle Center mall.
We were asked this question by @MattHelmGuitar over on Twitter: "Do you know a good iPad calendar app that syncs with Google Calendar? The built-in one is unreliable at synchronizing. Thanks." It proved to be one of those questions like when do you stop calling something bread and start calling it toast? Leaving alone that issue that you can only know if something is reliable if you really hammer it for years, there was also that word "good." We're going to say that the answer is Sunrise 4.21, but actually we're going to say it loudly enough that you don't hear us wondering what we'd find if we kept looking. Nor that we expect to change our mind during the year.
Samsung is going to be adding support for iOS devices to its Gear S2 smartwatch in the future, the South Korean electronics giant confirmed at CES. The smartwatch, launched last August, is currently only able to work with Android smartphones, both Samsung's own and those from other manufacturers, with VP Alanna Cotton advising on stage during a keynote that iOS support for the smartwatch will be arriving sometime later this year.
It's barely a week into the new year, and many of those agreeing to get fit or lose weight in their resolutions are probably getting a bit bored doing their workouts or runs. Enter the giveaway on MacNN Deals, and you could keep yourself entertained as you feel the burn by listening to a free year of Apple Music, with the Beats Pill+ portable speaker and Beats Solo 2 headphones thrown in as part of the prize package, though you had better be quick and enter as the giveaway will end in seven days.
Kodak has created a follow-up to the PixPro SP360 action camera, one which could be attractive to those producing VR-friendly spherical videos. The PixPro SP360 4K is similar in construction to its predecessor, resembling a cube with a domed camera lens on the top for a 360-degree video, but aside from the higher resolution, it can also be combined with a second unit to create a complete spherical video, compatible with Facebook and YouTube's 360 video services.
Canon has launched a collection of new cameras at CES, with five more imaging devices entering the PowerShot range. A pair of super-zoom PowerShot SX cameras, the 20.3-megapixel SX540HS and the 20-megapixel SX420 IS, are joined by a trio of compact snappers in the PowerShot ELPH product line: the 20.2-megapixel PowerShot ELPH 360 HS, the 20-megapixel ELPH 190 IS, and the 20-megapixel ELPH 180.
We're all familiar with voxel style design, right? Minecraft is one of the bigger names, but other games boast the blocky, minimalist sort of feel that seems to be so popular these days. If you've ever had the desire to try designing your own voxel art or game, we've got the program for you: MagicaVoxel.
For the first One More Thing podcast of the year, we look forward a bit but unexpectedly look back an awful lot more. This week is 39 years Apple was incorporated and the philosophy it still sticks to was laid out in a memo. Also news has just come out of floppy disks from the 1980s being found in the archives of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and all these things occupy William Gallagher and Mike Wuerthele much more than the news that Samsung is going to make slightly less money this year.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE