Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, a team laid off in the Lionhead closure launches a Fable card game Kickstarter, Superhot VR will be heading onto the Oculus Rift later this year, and Microsoft cuts the cost of the Xbox One by $50 ahead of E3.
Jawbone has hit back against a rumor that it was exiting the fitness wearable industry, one claiming it had ended production of its Up fitness trackers and passing remaining stock of the devices to a reseller. A statement from the manufacturer about the report advises "Speculation that Jawbone is exiting the wearables business or going out of business altogether is false," and that it is still working on wearable devices.
Every so often, people browse the Internet and the Mac App Store to try and find useful things to add to their app arsenal, but sometimes it's hard to find discounted apps that you really want to get. For App Deals for OS X, the MacNN staff has compiled a list of apps for your Mac that are either a great bargain, or even free for a short while.
The App Store is a constantly-changing place, with new apps joining the catalog, while others adjust their prices to encourage some new sales. App Deals for iOS aims to point you in the direction of apps for your iPhone or iPad that have been reduced in price, making them an essential purchase, or in some cases, even free.
Recently, chipmaker Intel came out and admitted it could no longer keep up with Moore's Law anymore, and would move to what it called a "tick-tock-tock" cycle, in which a new chip family will now receive a third full generation of development and refinement before being replaced. Likewise, the rumor mill -- led by Ming-Chi Quo -- believe Apple will do the same thing, creating what amounts to a third iPhone 6, because Intel ... wait, Intel has very little to do with the iPhone. So the rationale makes no sense ... but when has that ever stopped a rumor?
Samsung Electronics announced today that it has begun mass producing the industry's first NVMe PCI-e solid state drive (SSD) in a single ball grid array (BGA) package, for use in next-generation PCs and ultra-slim notebook PCs. The new BGA NVMe SSD, named PM971-NVMe, features a compact package that contains all essential SSD components including NAND flash memory, DRAM and controller.
We've tested our fair share of outdoor speakers here, ranging from small shower-friendly models to more robust, outdoors-proof models. Today we're going to check out another one, one that is designed to be your camping companion, your poolside pal, or just a bedside listening station: the Braven Balance. Check out our full review to see what we think about it.
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the writing team of MacNN scours online retailers to find promotions, bargains, offers, and discounts for our readers to enjoy. Most of the deals that were on the list before the Memorial Day weekend have been removed, while the new collection includes a 4TB SSHD from Seagate for $115, the OtterBox Defender Series case for iPhone 6 at $22, and the James Bond Collection on Blu-ray for $88.
Accessory manufacturer Mophie has expanded its collection of battery cases for mobile devices with models for iPhones including wireless charging. The Juice Pack Wireless for the iPhone 6, 6s, and Plus versions of both can provide power to the smartphones and take on power itself via a wireless charging point, with the company also unveiling two Charge Force mounts to provide power to the battery cases.
When this app first came out, we got it, and completely understood why it was useful, and why people would like it -- we just didn't really adopt it for ourselves. Then it was updated, and suddenly we "got it" in another sense: we really grasped how useful it is. The improvements in the second version made us use the app a few times a week. Now with Workflow 1.5, we're typically using it daily.
Every week, we're tracing the history of Apple in celebration of the company's 40th anniversary. Only, as long as four decades is to live through, it's no time at all for historical research, and especially so now that everything we all do is always documented. Yet, each week in our slice-by-slice account, we are finding hugely-significant or just highly-entertaining moments that we can prove happened, yet nobody can pin down closer than a month.
Alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Since summer is on the way, today's items are all things that can help you when you're on a vacation, including a plug for charging your MacBook and other devices from the majority of outlets, and a handy backpack to carry your precious cargo.
The Apple TV's increase in sales is not limited to the United States, according to the findings of analysts at IHS, with the Apple-produced set-top box also gaining popularity in other markets. According to findings in its latest report for set-top boxes, the firm claims the Apple TV's sales boost has helped push the device to third place in global set-top box revenue for 2015, up from ninth place in the previous year.
Apple may still have a lifeline in its request for exemption from the Indian government's rule that 30 percent of the goods sold in single-brand stores must be locally sourced, reports Reuters. After a preliminary ruling from the Commerce and Industry ministry had delivered a recommendation in favor of the exemption, an Indian Finance ministry source indicated that Apple's request was in line to be blocked. Now, it appears, the two senior ministers concerned will be meeting to discuss their respective positions, offering Apple some hope that it will still receive the waiver.
Back before we were all so hip and called everything an app, there were software applications, and there were utilities. An application was serious stuff that did serious work, and a utility was something that did just the one little-but-useful function. You could guess what happened next: the applications took on these functions, and utilities added the ability to do more serious work. This is where we are with GraphicConverter 10, which is the little utility that could -- and did.
Every so often, MacNN finds a deal that is too big or important to go into our usual deals lists, and is major enough to be highlighted in its own Big Deals post. This time, it's an offer from MacNN Deals that provides you with a collection of eight Mac apps to help your productivity, creativity, and even keep your Mac in top working order, in the World Class Mac Bundle
Shortly before the Memorial Day weekend, MySpace became aware that stolen Myspace user login data was being made available in an online hacker forum. The data stolen included user login data from a portion of accounts that were created prior to June 11, 2013 on the old Myspace platform. Over 427 million passwords were offered for sale by the perpetrator.
When you bought your Apple Watch, did you have a hard time picking which color you wanted to sport on your arm? We thought our choice was fairly obvious, but sometimes we still wistfully wonder what could have been if we'd picked space gray, gold, or even simple silver. Now, thanks to Griffin, you can change up your style for far less than the cost of a new Apple Watch with their Ultra Thin Case.
Intel's seventh-generation Core processors will be launching later this year, the chip producer confirmed at Taipei's Computex. Retaining the codename Kaby Lake, the processors will begin production later this quarter, with the first systems expected to use it shipping later this year, though at the same time, with Intel also advising on Apollo Lake and unveiling a Broadwell-E processor packing ten cores.
A data gathering firm is claiming that developers are losing interest in the Apple Watch. Instead, the data collation company has gleaned that developers are much more interested in developing apps for just the iOS, followed by tvOS, with developer interest in Apple Watch apps trailing. The firm's claim is based on its own metrics drawn from 100,000 developers that use its database technology within their mobile apps.
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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