Apple and Microsoft made a new iCloud for Windows app


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Apple and Microsoft teamed up to create an iCloud Drive experience that will hopefully resolve some compatibility issues. A brand new iCloud for Windows app is available today in the Microsoft Store for Windows 10 users. The iCloud app will use the same technology as Microsoft’s OneDrive’s On-Demand feature — a very rare collaboration from tech’s two biggest rivals. Users can now easily access photos, videos, mail, calendars, files and other information from their iCloud accounts from their PC or smartphone.

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Ubisoft teases an Apple TV+ series called ‘Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet’


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Ubisoft is working on a live-action series called Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet, the company has announced at E3 2019. The new show, which stars Rob McElhenney (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Danny Pudi (Community), is said to be coming to Apple TV+, the streaming service that’s expected to launch later this fall. There aren’t many details about the series right now, but we do know it was produced and created by McElhenney along with two other It’s Always Sunny veterans, Charlie Day and Megan Ganz.

‘Journey’ creator’s Apple-exclusive ‘Sky’ officially launches July 11th


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Thatgamecompany’s Sky: Children of the Light has technically been available in beta for a long time, but now it’s really, truly ready for launch… well, almost. The Journey creator’s social exploration game is now slated to reach iOS and Apple TV users on July 11th, with the App Store offering pre-orders (it’s listed as free) as we write this. If you’ll recall, this is an Apple device exclusive — don’t expect an Android counterpart to arrive any time soon.

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‘Journey’ creator’s Apple-exclusive ‘Sky’ officially launches July 11th


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Thatgamecompany’s Sky: Children of the Light has technically been available in beta for a long time, but now it’s really, truly ready for launch… well, almost. The Journey creator’s social exploration game is now slated to reach iOS and Apple TV users on July 11th, with the App Store offering pre-orders (it’s listed as free) as we write this. If you’ll recall, this is an Apple device exclusive — don’t expect an Android counterpart to arrive any time soon.

Via: Sky (Twitter), App Store (Twitter)

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Xbox and PlayStation gamepad support extends across iOS 13


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During Apple’s WWDC 2019 keynote the company showed off so many things even our cut-down version of the event lasts nearly half an hour. One of the reveals was that tvOS 13 will be compatible with PlayStation 4 and Bluetooth-equipped Xbox One controllers — convenient for both Apple’s own Arcade gaming plans and any others with cloud aspirations — but in case it’s unclear, it also extends to iPad and iPhone.

Once iOS 13 rolls out, you’ll be able to use these console controllers easily with your device, no workarounds needed. With Apple reportedly spending “hundreds of millions” to get games to be a part of its subscription package, it’s good to know that controllers we already generally like and probably have laying around will be able to keep doing their job.

Apple expands tvOS gaming with PS4, Xbox One S controller support


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At the 2019 WWDC keynote today, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the company is expanding Apple TV controller support to include “two of the best and most popular game controllers available, Xbox One S and PlayStation DualShock 4” with the next tvOS update. Note that this expansion does not include original Xbox One control pads that shipped with the 2013 version of the system—only the Bluetooth-equipped controller update that premiered alongside Microsoft’s One S update in 2016 will work with Apple TV.

The announcement, which drew large and sustained applause in the presentation hall, comes nearly four years after Apple’s second-generation Apple TV became the company’s first foray into TV-based gaming since the ill-fated Pippin. At launch, Apple TV games were required to support the hardware’s touchpad-focused, tilt-sensitive remote, and those games could optionally support any number of MFi controllers

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Xbox Game Pass is coming to Windows 10, but many questions remain


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Well, there you have it.

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In one of the less-detailed announcements of the pre-E3 season, Microsoft this morning officially confirmed it is bringing its “all-you-can-play” Game Pass subscription service to the PC. The new expansion of the Xbox Game Pass (which launched just over two years ago) “will give players unlimited access to a curated library of over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10, from well-known PC game developers and publishers such as Bethesda, Deep Silver, Devolver Digital, Paradox Interactive, SEGA and more,” according to an announcement from Microsoft.

Games from Microsoft’s own studios, including recent acquisitions Obsidian and inXile, will be available on Xbox Game Pass for PC on the day they’re released, just as they are on Xbox One. Game Pass members will also receive discounts of up to 20% on Windows Store games and up to 10% off of DLC and add-on

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Apple’s new TV app is a work in progress


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Apple’s approach to digital video can best be described as slow and steady. While iTunes and the iPod effortlessly transformed the way we purchased and listened to music, it took the company years to figure out how to position the Apple TV. For the most part, films and TV were just additional categories in iTunes, which, as its name implies, was primarily focused on music. But now that Apple finally has a solid 4K set-top box, the next issue is helping people organize everything they have to watch.

Valve releases Steam Link app for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV


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PC gaming is ready to meet iOS, now that Valve’s Steam Link app is available for Apple’s devices. You can evne play them on your TV easily via the Apple TV, streamed right from your PC. Apple had blocked its release last year, but evidently that has been worked out — likely because you can’t purchase games with it anymore — and you can grab it from the App Store now.

Valve has also renamed “In-Home Streaming” as simply Remote Play in the latest beta Steam release, so that it’s the same whether you’re using it at home or beta testing it from further away. As long as the connection is good enough, it will work. When Steam Link launched you needed another PC or dedicated hardware, but apps for iOS, Android and even Raspberry Pi are making it much more widely available. It’s not quite cloud-streamed gaming, Continue reading “Valve releases Steam Link app for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV”

Apple’s first iPhone game in over a decade stars Warren Buffett


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Apple doesn’t do gags by half-measures, apparently. Tim Cook made an appearance at Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting where he jokingly suggested in a short film that Warren Buffett could have a newspaper-tossing iPhone game, but it turns out that this wasn’t just empty banter — the game is real. Apple has released a Warren Buffett’s Paper Wizard title for iPhones that has you tossing papers (much like Buffett did as a child) to earn “Warren Bucks” based on your delivery skills. Think of it as a first-person, touchscreen Paperboy for would-be billlionaires.

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Pokémon characters have their own pea-sized region in brain, study finds


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The first Pokémon game was released in 1996 for the Nintendo Game Boy.

Detective Pikachu, the first live-action film inspired by the classic Nintendo game Pokémon, hits theaters on May 10. So it’s timely that a new paper has just appeared in Nature Human Behavior, concluding that people who avidly played the game as children have developed a unique cluster of brain cells devoted to recognizing the hundreds of different Pokémon species.

It’s well known that human beings are remarkably adept at visually recognizing faces, words, numbers, places, colors, and so forth thanks to a constellation of regions—small clusters of neurons about the size of a pea—in the temporal lobe, located just behind the ears. Those regions show up in the same place in most people, despite differences in age, sex, or race. There’s even a so-called “Jennifer Aniston neuron,” (aka the “grandmother cell“) discovered

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Google Stadia will support “a variety of business models”


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Last month, when Google revealed its upcoming Stadia streaming gaming platform, it left open the major question of precisely how Google and game developers would make money from these games running on remote servers. In an on-stage discussion at LA’s GamesBeat Summit this week, though, Google’s Phil Harrison mentioned that “our platform at a fundamental level has been architected to support a very wide variety of what people call ‘monetization options.’ Everything from purchase to transaction to subscription.”

That’s not quite a direct confirmation that all those different options will be available to developers on Stadia. All Harrison would reveal is that “there is no technical limitation on how we have architected the platform to support a variety of business models.” (Emphasis ours.). But that architecture would be a very odd

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Apple is making it easier to recycle iPhones in the US


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With Earth Day just around the corner, Apple announced it’s quadrupling the number of locations US customers can send their iPhones for recycling. The company’s recycling robot, Daisy, will now disassemble select iPhones returned to Best Buy stores in the US, KPN retailers in the Netherlands, as well as those recycled at any Apple Store or online through the Apple Trade In program.

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Ubisoft is donating $564,000 to help rebuild Notre-Dame


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Following the fire that devastated Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris this week, Ubisoft has pledged €500,000 ($564,000) to help restore the iconic church. The studio, which faithfully recreated Notre-Dame in Assassin’s Creed Unity, is also offering that game for free until April 25th on PC to honor the landmark. “We want to give everyone the chance to experience the majesty and beauty of Notre-Dame the best way we know how,” Ubisoft, which is headquartered in France and has studios in Paris, said.

Via: The Guardian

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Apple may be spending ‘hundreds of millions’ to land games for Arcade


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You know by now that Apple is pushing for as many high-profile games as it can get for its upcoming Arcade service, but how far is it willing to go? Quite far, apparently. Financial Times sources claim Apple is spending “hundreds of millions” of dollars, “likely” over $500 million in total, to secure games for the subscription offering. It’s reportedly spending “several” million dollars per game, and is offering perks if developers grant temporary exclusives that keep titles off Android or even console subscriptions like the Xbox Game Pass.

Source: Financial Times

All the important stuff from Apple’s services event (+)


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Apple just wrapped up its services event, giving us nearly two hours of news — well, more like an hour-plus of news and 45 minutes of details on its forthcoming original programming. Still, there’s a ton to unpack, even though the vast majority of Apple’s announcements won’t be useful for you, dear reader, until later this year. We’ll run all the major details down here, as well as when you can give these new subscription services and apps a shot.

‘Beneath a Steel Sky’ finally has a sequel and it’s coming to Apple Arcade


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One of the most iconic cyberpunk games of the ’90s and early-2000s, a point-and-click adventure called Beneath a Steel Sky, is finally getting a follow-up. Beyond a Steel Sky will hit Apple Arcade later this year, coming directly from original creators Charles Cecil and Dave Gibbons. Gibbons is a legendary graphic-novel artist best known for collaborating with Alan Moore on Watchmen, while Cecil is a co-founder of Broken Sword and Beneath a Steel Sky studio, Revolution Software.

Apple unveils Apple Arcade subscription service for iOS, Mac, Apple TV games


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CUPERTINO, Calif.—Apple today announced a new subscription service called Apple Arcade for games on its platforms, including iPad, iPhone, Mac, and Apple TV. The service will debut “this fall.” Its exact price has not yet been confirmed.

The paid-subscription service will include games “unavailable on any other mobile service,” Apple confirmed, and it will launch with “over 100 new and exclusive games.” A sizzle reel of flashy games appeared at today’s Apple event, and it largely focused on indie games that haven’t yet launched on either traditional or mobile platforms yet. One notable exception: there was a brief shot of an apparently unannounced Sonic the Hedgehog game.

By paying the subscription fee, players will have access to all games for as long as they want with no limits or microtransactions attached. Family-shared accounts will have access to the titles and parental controls for no

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Apple Arcade is a game subscription service for iOS, Mac and Apple TV


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As part of its big push into subscription services today, Apple announced Apple Arcade. From the sound of things, it’s going to be a “Netflix for games” that lets users pay a monthly rate to play as many different participating games as they want. And from the sound of things, it’ll work on the iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV. For starters, more than 100 new and exclusive games will be included. It’ll live inside the App Store as its own dedicated tab, rather than launching as its own app.

Source: Apple

Apple’s rumored game service wouldn’t include ‘freemium’ titles


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It’s now a little clearer how Apple’s rumored game subscription service might work — including what you wouldn’t get. Bloomberg sources claim the service will bundle paid games (most likely the more popular ones) for a flat monthly rate, and would likely exclude “freemium” games where you need to make an in-app purchase to unlock everything. Don’t expect to get a Fortnite Battle Pass or Super Mario Run, then.

Source: Bloomberg