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Atari Brings the New Atari VCS Video Computer System to Life

Jun 11, 2019 - 6:57 PM - by Reverend
Preorders began in the United States Tuesday for the Atari VCS, a retro-looking video game console loaded with modern technology. It's available to order on Atari's website, Walmart and GameStop. The consoles will start shipping in March, 2020.

The announcement was made at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles.

The base model, called the Atari VCS 400 Onyx, costs $249.99. A more expensive model with more memory, dubbed the Atari VCS 800, costs $279.99. Atari is also selling a bundle for $389.99, which includes a joystick and a controller.

The classic joystick and a modern controller can also be bought separately for $49.99 and $59.99, respectively.

"Atari made a commitment to its fans to make the new VCS the best and most versatile game and home entertainment platform it can be, with a wide array of options," said Atari CEO Frédéric Chesnais in a release.

The Atari VCS originally started as an Indiegogo campaign in 2018. The idea was to modernize the iconic Atari 2600, which was originally released in 1977. In total, it grossed more than $3 million in funding from nearly 12,000 backers.

The Atari VCS features a powerful AMD Ryzen chip that can stream 4K HDR video. The console also has a newly refreshed user interface and can be connected to the internet.

Details about new games and entertainment options will be announced later this year.

The re-introduction of the Atari comes at a time when customers are craving retro video game consoles with a modern spin. Last year, Sony released the PlayStation Classic, a revamped model of the iconic gaming console.

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Jun 07, 2019 - 12:23 PM - by Reverend
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Google's gaming system Stadia is coming in November

Jun 07, 2019 - 12:13 PM - by Reverend
Google's video-game streaming service, Stadia, will start rolling out in November, the company announced Thursday on a YouTube livestream.

The system, which was originally announced in March, will act like a Netflix for video games. Google says it will eventually allow people to play games directly over WiFi from any TV with Chromecast, computer with a Chrome browser, and Google Pixel phones. There are no downloads as the games themselves exist on Google cloud servers. That means Stadia can also sync game progress across devices.

Google is only releasing a limited version of the system in November, however. Stadia will work on TVs with a Chromecast dongle or Chromecast support at launch. Those on computers or mobile devices are out of luck until 2020.

People will have to buy a special subscription bundle if they want to play this year: The $129.99 Founder's Edition will include a Stadia controller, a Chromecast dongle, three months of a Stadia streaming subscription, and a free pass so a friend can also play for three months. The company is taking pre-orders for the Founder's Edition now.

Stadia will launch in 14 countries in November, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, France, and Italy. Google plans to expand it to more countries next year.

Next year, Google will release a regular streaming subscription called Stadia Pro, which will cost $9.99 a month and include access to 31 games and counting, including Destiny 2, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Borderlands 3, and Rage 2.

It will also offer a free-to-play version of Stadia, with a lower resolution. People have to pay for the titles they want.

Chrome browser and Pixel 3 and 3a support is also rolling out next year.

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Facebook is stopping Huawei from pre-installing its apps

Jun 07, 2019 - 12:07 PM - by Reverend
Facebook won’t allow Huawei to pre-install its apps on smartphones anymore, Reuters is reporting. It’s the latest example of Western tech companies cutting ties with the beleaguered Chinese telecom giant after President Trump issued an effective trade ban against it.

Huawei phone owners will still be able to download and use apps like WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook’s main app itself, and they’ll continue to receive updates through the Play store. Huawei just won’t be able to include them out of the box, which it typically does alongside various other pre-loaded services like Twitter.

Facebook has apparently landed on a different calculus to deal with the trade ban than Google. Google has secured a temporary license to continue to send security updates to existing Huawei phones. Huawei phones currently in stores or “those which have not yet shipped or even been built” will still have the Google services pre-installed. Facebook, Reuters says, is denying pre-installs on “any phone which has not yet left the factory.”

The implications aren’t necessarily as worrying for Huawei as other prior decisions from Google and ARM, which respectively restrict its ability to use core Android services and develop its own chips. But Facebook’s move closes another potential avenue for Huawei to deliver crucial third-party apps to customers, underlining the fact that it’ll have to go it alone with its own app store — no small task.

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RIP iTunes as we know it. Apple breaks up iconic music platform

Jun 04, 2019 - 7:05 AM - by Reverend
The music industry has changed dramatically since Apple disrupted the way people buy songs and albums nearly two decades ago. So Apple is phasing out iTunes in favor of three more modern apps.

Apple announced Monday that iTunes will be replaced by a trio of desktop apps called Music, TV and Podcasts -- similar to how these services are already divided on iPhones and iPads. It will still exist as a standalone iOS app and on Windows PCs.

Previous purchases and libraries will be maintained in each new app on Mac computers, a spokesperson told CNN Business.

At its Worldwide Developer Conference in San Jose, Apple showed off its next-generation mobile software iOS 13, which got a dark mode, improved Siri capabilites and an undo gesture, as well as a new Mac Pro that looks like a cheese grater.

But the move to phase out iTunes didn't come as a total surprise as the company has been pushing users toward its Apple Music subscription service. After all, Apple can charge a monthly fee to boost revenue rather than wait for a customer to buy a few songs.

The Apple Music app is focused on music and personalized recommendations, the Podcasts app lets you search with the help of machine learning and the TV app will blend content from networks such as HBO and Showtime, along with original programming from Apple.

The company said users will still be able to purchase and download songs through iTunes' Music store within the Music app, and can buy movies and TV shows in the Apple TV app. iTunes gift cards will stay active, a spokesperson told CNN Business.

For people who used iTunes to sync up their devices, Apple said a tool will now be located via the sidebar in Finder on their Macs.

MacOS features unveiled at WWDC typically launch in the fall.

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Apple announces its first new iPod in four years

May 28, 2019 - 9:30 PM - by Reverend
Apple hasn't forgotten iPod touch lovers: On Tuesday it released the first new iPod since 2015.

Although the iPod may seem outdated to some, its smaller size and cheaper price help Apple attract a different market segment than customers who buy its premium iPhones. Apple's iPhones are mired in a sales slump, and CEO Tim Cook has said price increases had played a role in slowing growth.

At the iPod's peak in 2008, Apple sold more than 55 million units. Apple stopped releasing its iPod sales figures in 2013, after it sold fewer than 20 million of the music players. They're no longer prominently listed on the company's website or showcased in Apple Stores. But they still attract a niche audience.

The new iPod touch is getting a slight hardware upgrade. It will run on the A10 Fusion chip, which is a little older than chips found in the latest iPhones. The iPhone 7 also runs on the A10, so it's about three years old. But the A10 is faster than the A8 chip that the 2015 version ran on.

The upgraded chip means the iPod touch is "twice as fast as before," Greg Joswiak, Apple's product marketing vice president, said in a statement.

It also means the new iPod touch can support Group FaceTime calls and augmented reality apps. Apple is also using the product launch to promote its upcoming gaming subscription, called Apple Arcade, which it announced back in March.

The iPod touch is also getting a new 256 GB storage option to address those customers who have a few extra music files they need to save. That's by far the biggest storage capacity Apple has ever put in an iPod. The discontinued iPod Classic (that's the iPod with the click wheel) came with a maximum of 160 GB of storage.

The new iPod touch looks similar to the older ones with a physical home button, a small four-inch display, and a lower price than most modern iPhones.

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