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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 new Borderlands title is confirmed by Gearbox, a spin-off to Five Nights at Freddy's is teased, and a Blizzard developer reveals the stress a team feels after the major project it was tasked to work on "failed horrifically"
Time Magazine has again named Apple CEO Tim Cook to its list of the 100 most influential people, in the business-oriented category of "Titans." The short induction article is written by Apple Board of Directors member and Chairman/CEO of Walt Disney, Robert Iger, who said Cook is "committed to doing the right thing, in the right way, at the right time and for the right reasons," and "a leader of great courage and character who demands excellence, upholds the highest ethical standards and routinely challenges the status quo."
While lower-level swaps of employees between Tesla and Apple are not uncommon, it is rare that a senior executive from the popular electric automaker jumps ship to join Apple. In the wake of reports that the alleged former head of the mysterious Apple automobile project, Steve Zadesky, left Apple earlier this year, the iPhone maker may have recently lined up his replacement for what is sometimes referred to as "Project Titan:" former Tesla Vice President of Vehicle Engineering (and also form Aston Martin chief engineer) Chris Porritt, who appears to have joined Apple to work on "special projects."
Apple is expanding its operations in Sunnyvale, California yet again, with the rental of a former Pepsi bottling plant. A report claims the company signed a lease for the 96,000 square foot industrial facility on Kifer Road last November, recently discovered via a loan document filed with the county clerk's office on February 22, with initial rumors about the potential purpose behind the rented property suggesting it has something to do with Apple's automotive efforts.
Turcom has unveiled a pair of Bluetooth speakers that are said to be durable enough to withstand the elements without compromising on sound quality. The Titan is a lightweight IPX5 water and shock resistant speaker housed in a compact aluminum shell, while the AcoustoShock is a larger speaker in a rubberized casing designed to protect the device from impacts and drops, as well as water, sand, and dust.
Nvidia has revealed more details for two high-end graphics cards at the GPU Technology Conference earlier today. The GeForce GTX Titan X, initially unveiled as the company's new flagship card for PC gaming at the Game Developers Conference earlier this month, was joined by a new professional card in the Quadro range called the Quadro M6000.
Nvidia is still producing new products in its Titan high-specification graphics cards range, with the company making an unexpected announcement during the Game Developers Conference. CEO Jen-Hsun Huang handed Epic Games CEO and founder Tim Sweeney the first GeForce GTX Titan X, declared by Huang to be the "most advanced GPU the world has ever seen."
At BlizzCon 2014, Blizzard Entertainment shocked fans by unveiling Overwatch, a team-based shooter game that is coming to beta in 2015. Overwatch marks the first new intellectual property for Blizzard in 17 years, with the company jumping back into the shooter genre for the first time since it toyed with Starcraft: Ghost in 2002. The title features a wide array of heroes with a loose storyline, giving players a number of options to enjoy.
A marketing firm has littered New York City with marketing beacons, a report has discovered. Hidden within phone booths in Manhattan, approximately 500 of the Bluetooth beacons have been installed, with the devices able to help retailers and advertisers track the movements of smartphones owned by passers by, as well as potentially pushing marketing messages to devices.
Blizzard fans waiting for details on the massively multiplayer online (MMO) game codenamed Titan to be officially revealed from the developer should be set for disappointment, as the company announced it has cancelled development. While the game was never officially announced by Blizzard, it has been teased for several years as the next-generation MMO to follow the company's successful World of Warcraft.
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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