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[AppleTell] E3 2015 game profile: Ace of Arenas for iOS and Android

Now that we’re a week behind the opening of E3 2015, it’s time to take a dedicated look at some of the more impressive titles we demoed on the show floor, starting with Ace of Arenas.

[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

[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

by on June 23, 2015 at 3:00 pm

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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:

Emmerich

[EntertainmentTell] Eli Roth might make a movie out of "MEG"

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I did my study-abroad program after my junior year in Florence, Italy, where I was stupid enough to have a girlfriend the entire time, as well as possess the wrong attitude about international travel; make a bee-line for the McDonalds instead of the local bistro, spend too much time in internet cafes wondering what this, “Blair Witch,” hype was all about, and read really dumb dime story novels.

Granted, I gave, “Dante’s Inferno,” a shot, but I also read this wacky Jaws-on-steroids rip-off called, “MEG.” Authored by Steve Alten, it was a quick and entertaining read, but the only thing I could think of upon finishing it was, “If they ever make a movie out of this, it’ll cost a mint, and it will be the dumbest movie. Ever. Battlefield Earth bad.”

Sure enough, it has languished in “development hell” since its initial publication in 1997, with directors such as Guillermo Del Toro and

[AppleTell] PKparis stuffs 128GB into the world's smallest USB key

Man, I come from the days of 5-1/4″ floppy disks