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Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look back at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Activision Blizzard reports a strong quarter and responds to player criticism over a trailer, EA unveils the next Battlefield game, and the Overwatch open beta has been extended for one more day.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Activision lays off some employees behind development of the Guitar Hero reboot, shipment delays of the Oculus Rift VR headset are explained by the company founder, Sega completes the purchase of Atlus, and Valve prepares to sell tickets for The Invitational Dota 2 tournament.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look back at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Activision Blizzard completes its $5.9 billion acquisition of mobile developer King, an update to Star Wars Battlefront adds in a new map and new modes, and a game based on characters created by Kevin Smith seeks funding on Fig.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Activision endures poor sales of its rebooted Guitar Hero franchise, Scott Cawthorn rereleases the latest Five Nights at Freddie's game for free, and the ESA remembers the late Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia.
Welcome to the Game Replay, a thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, the US Supreme Court looks into a lawsuit over Xbox 360 game disc scratches, Activision is sued over a military figure's depiction in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, a developer confirms an Amiibo can be used while kept within its packaging, and Mojang reveals a release date for Cobalt.
Activision Blizzard has unexpectedly announced it has purchased the studio behind major mobile titles, including the Candy Crush franchise and Bubble Witch Saga. The purchase of the British-based King Digital Entertainment will cost Activision $5.9 billion, the $18 per share purchase price representing a 20-percent premium over the developer's closing share price on October 30, but will ultimately help boost its mobile gaming efforts.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Twisted Pixel is spun off from Microsoft Studios, Activision admits there are issues with Tony Hawk 5, Nintendo breaks 1 million sales of Super Mario Maker, and the Humble Bundle starts offering games via subscription.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Activision removes Call of Duty: Black Ops 3's single player for older consoles, Prison Architect will soon gain an escape mode, Twitch streaming apps for PlayStation consoles are said to be on the way, and a hack for the PlayStation TV allows it to play more PS Vita games.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Destiny: The Taken King breaks download records on PlayStation, a developer accidentally reveals there is a sequel to The Last of Us on the way, Microsoft releases an update to the Xbox 360 firmware, and EA removes female players from FIFA 16 following NCAA involvement.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Activision solves a storage problem for Destiny players, CD Projekt Red denies a rumor of an acquisition by EA, Sony rebrands Project Morpheus, and the BBC launches a Doctor Who game maker.
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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