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[In-Car Tech] Buick, GMC getting some Apple CarPlay, Android Auto action

2014 Buick LaCrosse interior is a really nice place to be.

You can now drop the IntelliLink icons and substitute your familiar Apple icons on the Buick’s screen thanks to Apple CarPlay coming to some 2016 Buick models. (Photo courtesy General Motors)

Now that Chevy has announced Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities to certain models, we figured the General would not be too far behind with other vehicle brands underneath its vast umbrella. Cadillac has signed on and will have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto added onto the Bosch-designed CUE system. Meanwhile, at the Connected Car Conference in NYC, GMC and Buick announced they are entering the arena with their IntelliLink systems.

GMC is going to feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

[AppleTell] iRig Mic Studio now available from IK Multimedia

Last week, IK Multimedia released Mic Room, a microphone modeling app with the ability to make your

[GamerTell] GameStop's Retro Classics shop is surprisingly fair

GameStop NESGameStop has finally opened the doors to its Retro Classics storefront, a new addition dedicated to such fossils as the Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega Genesis. The shop was first revealed in April 2015 (just after GameStop began offering $25 for used PS2s) and will be primarily online, at least for now. Brick-and-mortar testing will be conducted in select markets, and if all goes well, GameStop will expand the service and, presumably, begin adding more games.

But even now, the online retro archive is a sizeable one. GameStop currently supports the NES, Sega Genesis, SNES, N64, PlayStation and Sega Dreamcast, which have just over 400 games between them. Naturally, all retro products are refurbished, and the systems themselves are only available in select stores. More importantly, the vast majority of games are available for bargain prices. How this is reflected in trade-ins remains to be seen.

[AppleTell] Guardians of the Galaxy coming to Marvel: Future Fight

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Netmarble Games has announced the

[GamerTell] Ubisoft's Zombi listed for Xbox One by Australian ratings board

zombiu wii uUbisoft is working on a new Xbox One game titled Zombi, according to the Australian Classification ratings board. The game’s file first appeared June 17, 2015 but has only recently been made public. Filed under “computer games,” Zombi is set to be developed and published by Ubisoft’s French studio if the file’s country of origin is any indication.

Naturally, the question on everyone’s tongue is whether the game is connected to Ubisoft’s 2012 Wii U exclusive, ZombiU . Unfortunately, aside from the obvious similarities in name and Australia’s stringent rating guidelines, which peg the game

[EntertainmentTell] Marvel finds its "Spider-Man" actor and director

Tom HollandReady for one more Spider-Man reboot? Now that the House of Ideas has its most popular character back in the fold, it needed to recast and find a new director. Today it announced both of those steps are complete. Tom Holland, previously seen in “The Impossible” and “Wolf Hall” will be the new Peter Parker.

After two Spideys in their 20s playing teenagers, the casting call here was for an actor between the ages of 14-18. Holland’s 19, so the studio figured close enough. According to Marvel’s release, Holland blew them away with his screen tests, emerging from a field that reportedly contained the likes of Asa Butterfield, Nat Wolff, Timothee Chalomet and Liam James. The character is slated to debut with a brief cameo in “Captain America: Civil War” before his own movie appears July 28, 2017.

Jon Watts earned the right to sit in the director’s chair. His “Cop Car” starring Kevin Bacon earned rave reviews at Sundance. Marvel’s movie chief Kevin Feige said

[GamerTell] Holy Steam Refunds, Batman: Arkham Knight is broken on PC

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Arkham-KnightThe PC port for one of 2015’s biggest titles is a buggy mess that has Steam’s new refund policy working in overdrive. Among the problems are the Batmobile causing the frame rate to drop, constant stuttering and worst of all, the game getting deleted when attempting to verify the game cache. Any one of those things is bad, them all happening in the same title is disastrous.

Reviews on Steam are mostly negative, and of course plenty of users are taking advantage of the recent changes to refund policy. You can submit a refund request for any game you have played for less than two hours for two weeks after purchasing it.

Rocksteady’s community manager has released a statement on its forums saying it’s working with its PC support partner on the problem. The Arkham Knight credits list Iron Galaxy as the provider of PC support. This is the second horrible port of a major title this year for Warner, as

[EntertainmentTell] This week in nonsensical titles: “Independence Day Resurgence”

Image Courtesy of the Guardian UK

Image Courtesy of the Guardian UK

Well, at least they spelled “Resurgence” right…

Next year’s 20-years-later, generally un-asked-for sequel to “Independence Day” will be called “Independence Day Resurgence,” the filmmakers announced Tuesday. It’s not clear what exactly the resurgence is, but I’d imagine it involves aliens who, unlike their 1996 predecessors, are able to outsmart a mid-‘90s-era Mac Powerbook.

Will Smith won’t be back, but Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Brent Spiner and Judd Hirsch will be, along with new star Liam Hemsworth. Original director Roland Emmerich is back, too.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, here’s the director’s description:

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[GamerTell] E3 2015: Hands-on demos at Nintendo's Best Buy Access event

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Ever since it was announced at last year’s E3 Digital Direct, I’ve only really kept Super Mario Maker (formerly Mario Maker) in the back of my mind. As novel as it seemed, the idea of making my own Mario levels never really grabbed me, probably because I never played any of the New Super Mario Bros. series that took advantage of their hardware to usher in new gameplay ideas. That changed yesterday, when I got my hands on the Super Mario Maker demo at Best Buy’s Nintendo Access event.

I witnessed a lot of diversity in Super Mario Maker‘s myriad of pre-made levels. The stage I saw the most was themed around being a Legend of Zelda dungeon, using Bob-ombs to destroy blocks and taking a Goomba’s shoe to defend against obstacles while descending into a pit. The only stage I personally played was a level featuring Monty Moles and Bob-ombs. The pace of the level changed from slow while waiting for Koopa shells and Bob-ombs to destroy walls, to fast when Bob-ombs threatened to destroy the ground I needed to jump on. The whole level seemed designed around throwing me for a loop by changing the pace on a dime. It was neat to see such a big shift in design dictated by the enemy choice. super-mario-maker-zelda

If the Access Event is made to get people hyped for new games then it worked: I’m pretty darn excited for Super Mario Maker now. I originally decided I’d pick up a Wii U when I heard that Fatal Frame 5 was going to get localized, but Super Mario Maker is definitely a game I’ll want to check out now. I’m not completely sold on changing into other Nintendo characters, perhaps because I didn’t see enough of them to see how they affect gameplay.

The other game on display at the Access event was the recently announced The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes. This three-player game was demoed with a trio of New 3DS XL consoles conveniently provided at the Access event. I love cooperative gameplay, especially when it’s not solely based around combat and Zelda turned out to be no exception. Most of the gameplay is recycled from Four Swords, but the addition of a totem stance to reach faraway or high up switches was interesting, especially combined with using items to perform complex functions like extinguishing fires.

The totem stance presents some problems though, as I ended up being paired with strangers from the line for Super Mario Maker. I have nothing against strangers I meet in lines, but if you pick me up and don’t let me down in a game that revolves around cooperative puzzling, I’m probably not going to have a whole lot of fun. Additionally, it seems like the only way to put some items down is to straight-up throw them, meaning some puzzles end up becoming fiddly as all get out, resulting in losing hearts to avoid wasting excess time. This compounds negatively on the design choice of characters sharing a health bar, an otherwise fine choice which encourages teamwork in order to solve puzzles efficiently.

Triforce-Heroes-Emotes The emotes get an A+ though.

Even if Nintendo’s E3 2015 direct didn’t get me super hyped, I really enjoyed the games provided at the Access Event. Nintendo always creates fun experiences, evidence by my surprise enjoyment of these unusual entries into the Mario and Zelda series. As much as I would have loved to see a bit more from the Nintendo Direct (So many rad titles were left out!), at least I’m satisfied with the vision of the near future. If you missed out on the Wednesday event, Best Buy will be holding another one on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at noon.

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[EntertainmentTell] A presidential WTF moment: Obama to appear on Maron podcast

ObamaSome news I wasn’t expecting this morning: President Obama will soon appear on the “WTF” podcast with Marc Maron.

Maron announced the news on the episode of the show that went online Thursday (as reported by Entertainment Weekly):

“Brace yourselves. Are you sitting down? Okay. Take a breath. All right. If everything goes as planned, on Monday, I will post a WTF – an episode of this show that you’re listening to now – featuring myself in conversation, talking to at my home in my garage … me, talking to the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama,” Maron said at the start of his 612th episode, with guest Judd Apatow. “If everything goes well [Friday]. I’m talking to him [Friday]. If everything goes as planned.”

Not only that, but Obama will visit the “garage” at Maron’s house, with the Secret Service in tow.

If the history of Maron’s show is any indication, Obama will open up like never before about his childhood, personal life, and possibly even past drug use.

Believe it or not, it’s not the president’s first-ever appearance on a podcast. He appeared on Bill Simmons’ B.S. Report- in an interview taped at the White House- in May 2012.

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