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Game Replay: Batman issues, Scrolls shutting down next year

07/01, 10:54pm

Welcome to the Game Replay, the twice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN and Electronista. In today's edition, a report claims the problems of the PC edition of Batman: Arkham Knight were known about for months, Mojang is shutting down the Scrolls servers next year, and a developer explains delays in Star Citizen's FPS component.

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Editorial: Pardon? You don't like Apple Music?

07/01, 5:52pm

It's not compulsory to like anything, and the world would be a dull place if everybody thought the same way. Plus, there are criticisms you can make of Apple Music's launch, its various limitations, and how iTunes 12 is still complex, some of which we delved into earlier today. Only Apple Music is getting a bad press primarily for being good, and for doing what you'd expect a streaming music service to do. It has honestly been criticized for being fun. Damn those Apple people, how dare they make something fun? Don't they know music is serious?

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Exclusive: Apple App Store's Chris Bledsoe talks failure

07/01, 5:21pm

Chris Bledsoe was on the team at Apple that launched the App Store. On The Successful Failure podcast, the Apple executive has given a rare interview about failure, success, and what you can learn from each. While little actual concrete data was given about Apple's internal makeup, Bledsoe discusses the general culture around the launch, as well as provides some insights on the pressures that new product launches are under.

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Hands On: Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition (OS X, Windows)

07/01, 4:24pm

There are moments in the past each one of us wishes could go differently. From an embarrassing scene we can't live down to the regret piled on from a missed opportunity, we're reminded how fleeting time can be in hindsight. For some of us, these moments repeat in our minds as we attempt to find a scenario in which all the right things are said and done to alleviate the pain they cause. Bracket Games dives into this character flaw in Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition, a piece of interactive fiction centered on a family in the midst of a turning point. But is it worth reliving harsh times in order to grow, or is Bracket Games setting players all up for a lifetime of hurt?

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Hands On: iTunes 12.2.0 (OS X)

07/01, 4:07pm

It's been called over-complicated, it's been called confusing, but it's also been called the place where you keep all your music by nearly everyone in the civilized world. That last has now changed: it's the place you get to almost all the music ever created in the history of the world, and then some. Okay, maybe no,t but we had -- hang on, let's check -- 9,692 songs yesterday and today we have (counts on fingers) 30,000,000, give or take the Beatles. The new iTunes 12.2 for Mac brings some minor changes, and one massive one with the introduction of Apple Music to OS X.

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Pointers: Summer Project: E-publishing, part six

07/01, 2:49pm

You're at the stage now where you know you will never have to write another word of your book ever again. Meanwhile, we're at the stage of wondering how to break it to you that you still have some writing to do. However, we've decided to build up to that after taking you through the next stage of the e-publishing process. In this part of the Pointers Summer Project, we'll actually, genuinely, thoroughly produce an e-book. We'll also prepare the paperback, and you'll see why that takes a step more.

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Daily Deals: Mariner Software sale, Starbucks brewer, Wi-Fi extender

07/01, 2:35pm

Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we scour online retailers for discounts, offers, bundles, and sales on hardware, software, and games for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. We've checked all of yesterday's deals, ruthlessly purged the dead ones, and have added a bunch more, including a sale on Mariner Software titles, an effectively-free Wi-Fi range extender, and a Starbucks brewer for $60.

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Cisco launches bid to buy OpenDNS for $635 million

07/01, 2:04pm

Today, Cisco announced its intent to acquire OpenDNS, a privately held security company based in San Francisco. OpenDNS provides advanced threat protection through domain name system extension, adding phishing protection and content filtering to the vital service. The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016, subject to customary closing conditions.

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Hands On: The Firm 1.1.1 (iOS, Android, Windows Phone)

07/01, 2:00pm

The Firm by Sunnyside Games is an arcade-style game, where the user is settling in for their first day on the job as a stock trader. The poor guy doesn't even have time to put his plant on his desk before stocks start piling up in front of him. He needs to make choices, quickly; so he can make a lot of money for himself and his company, quickly. If he's not fast enough, he'll be fired. The gameplay is super simple, but imparts a sense of urgency that draws the player in and remains even once the round is over, compelling them to play "just one more round."

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App Update: CopyQueue, ClamXav, Bloom, more

07/01, 1:47pm

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 here, in the relaunch of our App Update column. Today, we look at revisions to CopyQueue, ClamXav, Bloom, LibreOffice, Microsoft OneNote, and Posternio.

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Sony rolls out trio of high-end flagship wireless streaming speakers

07/01, 1:43pm

Sony Electronics announced today three new premium wireless speakers, the SRS-X77, SRS-X88 and SRS-X99. Like the HT-ST9 and HT-NT3 sound bars and STR-DN1060 and STR-DN860 A/V receivers, all three wireless speakers have Google Cast, AirPlay, and Spotify Connect, as well as multi-room capability through the Song Pal app. The SRS-X88 and SRS-X99 speakers also boast Hi-Res audio capability.

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Ricoh unveils small-format 11x17 black and white LED printer

07/01, 1:23pm

Ricoh today introduced a new compact black-and-white LED printer that brings paper handling up to 11x17 inches to small businesses and enterprise. The new Ricoh SP 6430DN printer produces up to 38 pages per minute using Ricoh's new LED imaging technology, which delivers 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution.

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Leak in iTunes 12.2 shows Apple will update iPod lineup

07/01, 12:56pm

An image buried inside the resources of iTunes 12.2 offers a surprising revelation to iPod fans: Apple's iPod lineup, which has seen diminishing sales for years, will get another -- though possibly final -- hurrah, with new color options and likely upgraded processors and storage. All three of the company's current iPod models -- the wearable Shuffle, the diminutive Nano, and the full-sized "iPhone with no phone," the iPod touch -- will see new colors, including strong shades of blue and pink, as well as the now-expected gold option.

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MacNN Deals: Three highly-portable Bluetooth speakers

07/01, 12:09pm

Every Day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the sales available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today, we have a collection of three Bluetooth-equipped speakers, and while two are fairly normal examples from the portable audio market, one is visually completely different from the others.

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Hands On: Localscope 4.3 (iPhone)

07/01, 10:20am

We may have been looking at this the wrong way: previously, we've described this app -- now updated to Localscope 4.3 -- as a competitor to Where To?, and we've said that its rival wins. For apps you use to find a place and then get to it, Where To is better -- but maybe we were wrong to regard them as direct competitors.

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