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Editor's note: As we are winding down site operations, the staff of MacNN is rerunning some personal favorite stories, both those that are important, and those that are favorite memorable moments in the world of technology news. I'm staff writer Malcolm Owen, and while this isn't exactly a story relating to Apple directly, it does show the effects of when another store tries to do the same thing, specifically concerning musical guests.
We're halfway through our year-long history celebrating Apple's 40th anniversary, and we've reached a milestone for the entire computer industry. These days, that really means a milestone for the world -- and yet, it's one that is barely remembered, hardly celebrated, and when you know what it is, our perspective from all these years later actually makes it hard to really comprehend how monumental it is.
Microsoft has released an app for Mac that aims to help teachers work more efficiently with OneNote in a classroom environment. The Class Notebook Tools add-on allows teachers to make changes to their Class Notebooks on Mac, granting more abilities to teachers that makes it easier to manage the contents and to distribute lessons to the class, as well as to monitor the progress of students working on set tasks.
Welcome to the Game Replay, usually the thrice-weekly look back at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. Due to E3 taking place this week, there are going to be a higher number of Game Replay posts than usual, covering the major announcements to come out of the major games industry event. Today's post will cover announcements coming out of press conferences from Bethesda and Microsoft.
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, Bungie reveals what's coming to Destiny in the Rise of Iron expansion, CD Projekt may be working on a card game based on its Witcher franchise, and Microsoft advises it will not be adding DVR functionality to the Xbox One this year.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, XCOM 2 is announced for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One months after it shipped on the PC and Mac, Psychonauts for the PlayStation 4 ships 11 years after arriving on the PlayStation 2, a fan project to recreate an unreleased Star Wars game gets support from Valve, and Microsoft creates a global championship for Forza Motorsport 6 with 'real-world prizes' for winners.
Microsoft wants more iOS developers to use its services, and hopes to do so by hosting an "afterparty" after the end of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference's first day. The event, which will start "immediately after" the WWDCState of the Union address on June 13, is being opened up to anyone who identifies as an iOS or OS X developer, with Microsoft also opening it up to developers not attending WWDC itself.
Microsoft has introduced a new tool to its Office suite of apps, which it will be providing to its Office 365 subscribers in the near future. As the name suggests, Microsoft Planner is an app dedicated to planning projects, with users able to structure the work into tasks, allocate them to members of the project team, and to visualize both how far the project has progressed and what needs to be done in order to complete all of the work.
Microsoft will be trying to take on Apple's Siri and other similar voice-based systems in the living room, by bringing Cortana to the Xbox One this summer. The digital personal assistant is being rolled out to Microsoft's game console in a number of countries under an opt-in preview program, with players able to use Cortana to power verbal commands of the console instead of the existing and long-running voice recognition system.
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, catch up on gaming you may have missed out on in the last few years, with an Xbox One 1TB bundle with five games and an extra controller from the Microsoft Store.
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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