iTunes’ greatest hits: the app’s greatest successes (and failures)

Apple’s worldwide developer conference (WWDC 2019) was unusually busy this year, with an impressive array of new products and technologies on show. However, one truly landmark announcement was the news that Apple’s veteran iTunes app had finally reached the end of the road.  In truth, this decision was probably long overdue. Long criticized for ‘feature …

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‘Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition’ arrives this fall

Microsoft revealed at its E3 event that Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition will arrive this fall. As with the updated Age of Empires, this version of the classic RTS includes 4K support and remastered audio, as well as a brand-new campaign called The Last Khans. Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition will be available on Xbox Game Pass for PC, while signups for the beta are now open.

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Physicists See a Quantum Leap, Halt It, and Reverse It

When quantum mechanics was first developed a century ago as a theory for understanding the atomic-scale world, one of its key concepts was so radical, bold and counter-intuitive that it passed into popular language: the “quantum leap.” Purists might object that the common habit of applying this term to a big change misses the point that jumps between two quantum states are typically tiny, which is precisely why they weren’t noticed sooner. But the real point is that they’re sudden. So sudden, in fact, that many of the pioneers of quantum mechanics assumed they were instantaneous.

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A new experiment shows that they aren’t. By making a kind of high-speed movie of a quantum leap, the work reveals that the process is as gradual as the melting of a snowman in the sun. “If we can measure a quantum jump fast and efficiently enough,” said  [...]  read more

Microsoft acquires Psychonauts-maker Double Fine Productions

As it did last year, Microsoft used its Xbox E3 keynote to announce its moves in bulking up its in-house gaming content.

At its press conference, the company’s Xbox Game Studios head announced that Microsoft had acquired SF-based Double Fine Productions, a game creator that’s been around since 2000 and was founded by LucasArts’s Tim Schafer. As is the case with past acquisitions, it sounds like Double Fine Productions will continue to operate largely externally, now beneath the Xbox Game Studios entity.

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There may be more studio acquisition announcements on the way, we’ll keep this post updated if so…

Double Fine Productions notably raised around $3 million in a Kickstarter campaign to create a title, later called Broken Age. The idea of crowdfunding a game was pretty novel at the time when they did it 2012. It is of course, more commonplace now.

The company’s first title Psychonauts was released in 2005. Following the acquisition announcement, [...]  read more

Xbox Game Pass for PC is now available as a beta

Update: At E3 2019, Microsoft announced that the Xbox Game Pass for PC – its subscription gaming service – is available to try right now as a beta, with the full release coming later this year. Players can access the Xbox Game Pass through the new Xbox app in Windows 10, and it will cost $5/£4 (around AU$8) a month.

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Phil Spencer, executive vice-president of Gaming at Microsoft has admitted that the company has let down PC gamers in the past – and has explained how it’s working to right those wrongs.

According to Spencer, “We’ve not always lived up to our aspiration of keeping gamers at the center of everything we do when it comes to the experience they’ve had on Windows.” 

To rectify that, Microsoft is bringing its Xbox Game Pass subscription service to PC – and it’s revealed that it has built the service from the ground up for PC gamers.

Xbox Game Pass for PC will bring over 100 games to Windows 10, which players can [...]  read more

Milano, svastiche e scritte neonaziste sui muri del liceo Parini

La festa di fine della scuola ha avuto un brutto epilogo: sono stati imbrattati con svastiche e scritte naziste i muri del liceo Parini, uno degli storici licei classici del centro di Milano. «White Aryan Resistance» e altre scritte insultanti contro i «compagni» sono state tracciate nella notte. Anche il graffito «Pariniantifascista», che si trova sull’asfalto davanti alla scuola, è stato imbrattato con una svastica e una X tracciata sulle lettere «anti».

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Scritte neofasciste sul liceo Parini
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