Apple plans ‘Time Bandits’ remake as a new TV show

We still don’t know what to make of Apple’s original content TV plans, but Deadline reports that the latest series in development is an adaptation of the 1981 Terry Gilliam film Time Bandits. While the movie is already a cult classic, the potential of a trip through history with six dwarves on the run from the Supreme Being seems like an idea that you can stretch to a full season or three. Gilliam will reportedly be a “non-writing executive partner,” so we’ll see if the new creative team can live up to our nostalgia.

Source: Deadline

The best free and inexpensive mobile games

If you’re a gamer on a budget, you don’t have to drop hundreds of dollars on a console or $60 a pop on the latest triple-A titles. Chances are you already have a fantastic gaming machine in your pocket: your smartphone. While you won’t get the graphics of a high-end PC or the community of PSN, your phone can scratch that gaming itch for a fraction of the price.

Mobile-gaming titans keep ripping off indies

The word “casual” has long been flung out as an insult on video-game forums and social media. It’s deployed to belittle the interests of people who enjoy more relaxing experiences than gritty shooters, strategy-rich online games or time-sucking RPGs. Unsurprisingly, it’s most often hurled at anyone who says they like mobile games.

For Voodoo, “casual” isn’t an insult. It’s a cash cow.

Rash of Fortnite cheaters infected by malware that breaks HTTPS encryption

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Tens of thousands of Fortnite players have been infected by malware that hijacks encrypted Web sessions so it can inject fraudulent ads into every website a user visits, an executive with a game-streaming service said Monday.

Rainway CEO Andrew Sampson said in a blog post that company engineers first detected the mass infections last week when server logs reported hundreds of thousands of errors. The engineers soon discovered that the errors were the result of ads that somehow were injected into user traffic. Rainway uses a technique known as whitelisting that permits customers to connect only to approved URLs. The addresses hosting the fraudulent addresses—hosted on the adtelligent.com and springserve.com domains—along with unauthorized JavaScript that accompanied them made it clear the traffic was generated by malware infecting a large number of game players using the Rainway service.

“As the errors kept flowing in, we

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Dealmaster: The NES Classic comes back tonight—here’s where to get one [Updated]

Jeff Dunn

Update: Contrary to an initial statement we received from a GameStop representative, GameStop made the NES Classic Edition available online, both individually and through bundles, at 12am ET. As of 2am ET, however, individual consoles are no longer up for purchase on the site.

Best Buy, meanwhile, has the system available online as of 1:20am ET. We’ll continue to update this post as the device becomes available elsewhere.

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Valve removes game purchases from Steam Link’s iOS beta

Apple and Valve have been at an impasse for weeks over the release of Steam Link for iOS, but it looks like they might be closer to an arrangement… if not necessarily the one you’d hope for. TouchArcade has discovered that the latest beta test for Steam Link’s iOS edition removes purchasing from within the app. If you visit a game’s product page, the usual buying options are replaced with a notice that the content is “available for purchase from your PC.” You can use any existing funds in your wallet when you’re in the Steam Marketplace, but you can’t add funds.

Via: MacRumors

Source: TouchArcade

The new Mac App Store is inspired by iOS

Apple has revealed a redesigned Mac App Store at WWDC 2018, which takes clear design cues from the iOS version of the shop. You’ll notice right away that it now looks a lot like the one on your iPhone and iPad, featuring a “Discover” tab that will highlight a wide range of curated content, anything from “best apps” lists to tutorials and behind-the-scenes stories from developers. Ratings and reviews of applications are now front and center, too, while video previews are making its debut on the Mac App Store for the first time — that’s a feature that launched on iOS in 2014.

Lego is basically building AR ‘Sims’ for its playsets

Lego is infusing its bricks with digital magic in a series of new augmented reality experiences using Apple’s updated ARKit 2. The Lego AR experiences, due out later this year, combine real-world Lego buildings with digital landscapes. Build a physical Lego structure, such as the Assembly Square building that appeared on-stage at Apple’s WWDC 2018 conference, and hold up a tablet or phone running the AR app to see the entire thing come to life. Streets appear at its base, alongside trees, grass, digital buildings, little Lego people and cars.

Apple’s augmented reality is shared and persistent

Apple has been flirting with augmented reality for a bit. Now, the company is ready to take it to the next level. ARKit 2.0 is just that. Apple even tapped Pixar for a special file format, USDZ. Cupertino’s plans for AR go beyond just file formats, though. Using the new Measure app, you can take full measurements of an object using nothing but your iPhone’s camera. Lowe’s and Mercedes are probably frothing at the mouth for this update. Senior Vice President Craig Federighi used it to measure his college suitcase and a photo of him as a baby.

Op-ed: Game companies need to cut the crap—loot boxes are obviously gambling

Enlarge / Roulette is a particularly silly form of gambling. (credit: Yuki Shimazu / Flickr)

Game companies now lean heavily on loot boxes to monetize their products. Legislators around the world are threatening to impose regulations on the boxes, claiming that they’re gambling. Industry groups, however, insist that the boxes are not.

I play games that are funded with loot boxes. My favorite game of all time, Dota 2, is funded almost exclusively through loot boxes. Regulations that tightly restrict or absolutely prohibit loot boxes will definitely hurt the gaming industry and will hurt, perhaps even fatally, games I love. There will definitely be economic harm, and games companies will have to figure something out to fill the monetary gap. It’s no surprise that game companies are defending the practice.

But here’s the thing: loot boxes are gambling. The essential features of the transaction match those of gambling,

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Apple leaves door open for Steam Link’s release on iOS

Just because Apple rejected Steam Link for iOS doesn’t mean your dreams of PC-to-iPhone game streaming are finished. Apple senior VP Phil Schiller has been emailing Steam users with word that it will “continue to work with” Valve on developing a Steam Link version that follows the App Store’s rules. That’s not a guarantee that you’ll be streaming games in the near future, but it does leave a door open.

Via: 9to5Mac

Source: Reddit

Mac Gamer HQ’s 25 Best Mac Games of 2018 (So Far … and What’s Ahead)

There are thousands of reasons to love Macs. They’re powerful and reliable, and macOS provides an unrivaled experience. However, when it comes to gaming, the Mac lacks the complete library of games that Windows boasts.

But that’s not to say that there aren’t great games available right now for macOS. Rocket Yard contributor Ric Molina at Mac Gamer HQ has once again proven this with his recent list of the Top 25 Best Mac Games of 2018.

The list is worth a look for Mac gaming enthusiasts, those new to Mac gaming, and new Mac owners alike. To make it simple, Mac Gamer HQ even breaks down the general system requirements for each game on the list.

Be sure to check out the list to find something new (or classic) to play and remember, Macs can be great for gaming too!

Related: See Frames-Per-Second in Real Time with ‘Count

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AirFly connects your AirPods to anything with a headphone jack

Apple’s AirPods are apparently a hit, but they’re not perfect. One of the major drawbacks of iPhone’s wireless headphones is the fact that they’re, well, wireless, and aren’t compatible with anything lacking Bluetooth. Twelve South, which has a reputation for making attractive, smart Apple peripherals, thinks it’s solved the issue with AirFly, which is priced at $40 (£40 in the UK and €45 in Europe).

The dongle (more dongles, yes I know) ensures that your AirPods are now compatible with pretty much anything with a 3.5mm headphone jack. As you might expect, given its name, the AirFly was made for in-flight entertainment.

Source: Twelve South

Cryptocurrency has been great for GPU makers—that might change soon

Enlarge / Mostly bare shelves in the graphics card case at a Washington, DC, Best Buy in January. (credit: Timothy B. Lee)

Nvidia announced its financial results on Thursday, and they were spectacular. For the company’s first fiscal quarter—which runs from late January through late April—the company had revenues of $3.2 billion. That’s up 10 percent from the previous quarter and up 66 percent over the last year. Profits were even more impressive, rising 11 percent from the previous quarter and 145 percent from a year earlier.

A big reason for this: the soaring value of ether and other cryptocurrencies in recent months created a ton of demand for graphics cards to mine them. That surging demand caused the street price of some high-end graphics cards to more than double between mid-2017 and February 2018.

It’s a sensitive subject for major graphics-card makers because their most important market in

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Despite backlash, loot boxes could be essential to gaming’s future

Enlarge / Some might object to using a slot machine to illustrate a piece on loot boxes, but Juniper directly calls them “a form of in-game gambling” so… (credit: Wikimedia Commons)

With all the controversyscrutiny, and international regulation randomized video game loot boxes are facing these days, you might think the practice of charging players for a chance at unknown in-game items might be set for a precipitous decline. On the contrary, though, one analyst sees spending on loot boxes increasing by over 62 percent in the next four years to become a $47 billion piece of the industry. By then, loot boxes will represent over 29 percent of all spending on digital games, the analyst said, up from just under 25 percent currently.

In a newly published forecast of the global game market, Juniper Research concedes that developers are “effectively encouraging a form of

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Mightier is helping calm kids down through mobile games

Learning how to regulate your emotions is a fundamental skill, but it can be tough for kids, especially those with challenging behaviors, oppositional disorder, ADHD and autism. Mightier, by Neuromotion Labs, is a gaming platform that teaches kids a valuable set of emotion management skills using just a phone, an app and a heart rate monitor.