Valve removes game purchases from Steam Link’s iOS beta

Apple and Valve have been at an impasse for weeks over the release of Steam Link for iOS, but it looks like they might be closer to an arrangement... if not necessarily the one you'd hope for. TouchArcade has discovered that the latest beta test for Steam Link's iOS edition removes purchasing from within the app. If you visit a game's product page, the usual buying options are replaced with a notice that the content is "available for purchase from your PC." You can use any existing funds in your wallet when you're in the Steam Marketplace, but you can't add funds.

Via: MacRumors

Source: TouchArcade

Apple leaves door open for Steam Link’s release on iOS

Just because Apple rejected Steam Link for iOS doesn't mean your dreams of PC-to-iPhone game streaming are finished. Apple senior VP Phil Schiller has been emailing Steam users with word that it will "continue to work with" Valve on developing a Steam Link version that follows the App Store's rules. That's not a guarantee that you'll be streaming games in the near future, but it does leave a door open.

Via: 9to5Mac

Source: Reddit

‘Star Wars’ holochess is now something you can play on an iPhone

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The game is technically called "Dejarik," but no one on the internet outside of Star Wars nerd-dom actually knows that. So you get a "holochess" headline.

The Dejarik game from Star Wars: Jedi Challenges is now available to play for free in the iOS App Store, compliments of ARKitJedi Challenges was released in late 2017 as a $200 standalone product with an included AR headset and an assortment of Star Wars minigames.

Now, a new update for the app untethers the Dejarik portion of the experience, allowing anyone with an iPhone or iPad and iOS 11 to get in on the fun (h/t 9to5Mac). The other games — a lightsaber battle and a tactical combat simulator — still require the official hardware, however. Read more...

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What educators think about Apple’s new iPad

Yesterday's Apple event showed that the company wants to make a serious push back into the education sector. This isn't anything new, though, according to CEO Tim Cook; it's just the company going back to its roots. The centerpiece here is a "new" iPad, a 9.7-inch tablet with Apple Pencil support that aims to woo teachers everywhere. There's also a redesigned iWork suite that lets students doodle and create digital books within Pages; the Schoolwork app, for tracking, well, schoolwork; and a kid-friendly tool for coding AR. Apple is hoping that will be enough to win over schools.

Mobile gaming is having a moment, and Apple has the reins

It’s moved beyond tradition and into the realm of meme that Apple manages to dominate the news cycle around major industry events, all while not actually participating in said events. CES rolls around and every story is about HomeKit or its competitors; another tech giant has a conference and the news is that Apple updated some random subsystem of its ever-larger ecosystem of devices and software .

This is, undoubtedly, planned by Apple in many instances. And why not? Why shouldn’t it own the cycle when it can — it’s only strategically sound.

This week, the 2018 Game Developers Conference is going on and there’s a bunch of news coverage about various aspects of the show. There are all of the pre-written embargo bits about big titles and high-profile indies, there are the trend pieces and, of course, there’s the traditional ennui-laden “who is this event even for” post that accompanies

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‘Alto’s Odyssey’ reaches your phone on February 22nd

Built by Snowman's Alto's Odyssey has been public knowledge for more than a year (and was subject to a last-minute delay in late summer), but it's finally here... almost. The Alto's Adventure sequel is now slated to launch on iOS and Apple TV devices February 22nd with a not-too-unreasonable $5 price tag. As before, Odyssey takes the endless boarding concept to a desert landscape that throws fresh challenges into the mix. You'll have to contend with natural hazards (including lemurs) and take advantage of hot air balloons, shifting grind rails and wall rides in order to keep moving.

Via: Federico Viticci (Twitter)

Source: App Store, Built by Snowman

Today’s best tech deals include Echo Shows, Eufy robot vacuums, iPads, and Fire HD tablets

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Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and if you don't have a gift for your boo yet, you better get on that. Don't worry, though — we've got you covered with some serious deals on smart products, with almost all eligible for free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime.

Smart home the crap out of bae's life by giving the gift of Alexa. Save up to $50 on the Amazon Echo Show and Echo Spot and make rushed mornings and stressful nights a ton easier with hands-free smart lights, Netflix binging, food ordering, and more. Give the gift of coming home to clean floors with a Eufy RoboVac robotic vacuum, which also happens to be an Amazon's Choice product. If Continue reading "Today’s best tech deals include Echo Shows, Eufy robot vacuums, iPads, and Fire HD tablets"

Xbox party chat arrives on iOS in beta

You no longer need an Android phone if you want to join in Xbox party chats when you're away from your console -- Microsoft has introduced party chat to the beta Xbox app for iOS. If you've been accepted into the program (you have to sign up first), you can keep up with your teammates' voice conversations from your iPhone or iPad while you're racing home to join them in a multiplayer match.

Via: OnMSFT, Windows Central

Source: Xbox App Beta signup

Empire-builder ‘Civilization VI’ comes to the iPad for $30

Usually, playing Civilization on the go means playing one of the cut-down Revolution games. They're fine, but they're not the same thing. You won't have to make that compromise from now on, however. Aspyr Media has released Civilization VI for the iPad -- yes, the whole thing. If you can't stand the thought of waiting to get home before advancing science or invading an empire, you just have to tuck an Apple tablet in your bag. That's no mean feat given how visually and computationally intensive the turn-based strategy game can be.

Via: TechCrunch

Source: App Store

Civilization VI lands on iPad

In case you wanted something engrossing to keep you distracted from family squabbles this holiday, a special gift just arrived: Civilization VI, which is now available as a $30 purchase for iPad via the App Store. The world building simulation game is possibly the most ambitious and expansive ever to hit the iPad, and it […]

Civilization VI lands on iPad

 In case you wanted something engrossing to keep you distracted from family squabbles this holiday, a special gift just arrived: Civilization VI, which is now available as a $30 purchase for iPad via the App Store. The world building simulation game is possibly the most ambitious and expansive ever to hit the iPad, and it has hefty spec requirements to match – you’ll need at least… Read More

‘Civ VI’ arrives on iPad today with quite the discount

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The extremely addictive real-time strategy game Civilization VI is now available on iPad, and it's free to download with a reduced price to fully unlock.

The iPad release of Civ VI allows players to try out the game for 60 turns (which is quite a lot and could probably last a few hours), with the option to unlock the full game for $29.99 — 50% off its normal price. The sale lasts until Jan. 4. Read more...

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‘Civ VI’ arrives on iPad today with quite the discount

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The extremely addictive real-time strategy game Civilization VI is now available on iPad, and it's free to download with a reduced price to fully unlock.

The iPad release of Civ VI allows players to try out the game for 60 turns (which is quite a lot and could probably last a few hours), with the option to unlock the full game for $29.99 — 50% off its normal price. The sale lasts until Jan. 4. Read more...

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There’s a fake version of ‘Cuphead’ on the App Store (updated)

Xbox's retro-inspired Cuphead is on the App Store. There's just one problem: it's a fake. While the iTunes preview page looks legit, the game isn't actually an official project from designer Studio MDHR. A quick whois search reveals that the phoney website is hosted in Hungary and that registered owner, Sheridens LTD. has done this sort of thing before with an unofficial mobile port of melee brawler Gang Beasts. In fact, the fake Studio MDHR website was set up less than two months ago.

Source: iTunes, Whois

‘Life is Strange’ comes to iPhone and iPad December 14th

If you haven't had the chance to play 2014's Life is Strange or its recent sequel Before the Storm, now's your chance. The brilliant episodic narrative game revolves around teenaged Max and her ability to rewind time, returning to her hometown only to find it and her previous best friend Chloe in very different straits. Beginning December 14th, a whole new audience will be able to experience their story on iPhone and iPad.

Source: DONTNOD Entertainment

‘Dance with flARmingos’ in a mixed reality mating ritual

Flamingos rule everything around her. Her clothes are covered in them. Her workspace is littered with representations of their spindly legs and hot-pink plumes. She's spent hours studying their migratory patterns, mating rituals and native environments. She's traveled the world speaking to conservationists and ornithologists to better understand them. She even adopted 20 of the winged icons to aid in her research and their preservation.

PlayStation’s redesigned phone app focuses on socializing

If you've ever used the PlayStation App on your phone, you know how dodgy it has been since launch. Never mind the dated looks -- its interface was a hodgepodge that was never particularly helpful in any one area. At last, though, it's getting a makeover. Sony has released an overhauled PlayStation App for Android and iOS that not only drags the look into the modern era, but borrows more than a few cues from social networking apps. It's dominated by a Facebook-style "what's new" feed that puts your friends' PS4 activity front and center, and clearly does much more to encourage comments and sharing. Even profiles have a more social look, and you get quicker access to your friends list and notifications.

Source: PlayStation Blog

Of course there’s retro-inspired ‘Stranger Things’ mobile game

Netflix has flirted with simple games starring its most popular original series, but its latest stab at interactive promo goes a little deeper. The streaming juggernaut tapped developer BonusXP to make a full-on mobile game for Stranger Things. And as you might expect, it's is about as retro as possible, aping classics of yore like River City Ransom and the NES' Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for inspiration. All that to say, it's a bit more complicated than Netflix Infinite Runner from January. You can do sweet jumps on your bicycle as one of the kids and explore the Upside Down as Hawkins police chief Jim Hopper, for example.

Source: iTunes, Google Play

‘Flower’ brings its zen gameplay to iPhone and iPad

Earlier this month, Apple announced that it had snagged exclusive rights to the next game from indie studio Thatgamecompany. Sky (described as a "romantic social adventure game") will be an Apple TV exclusive. But, there's more to the relationship between the two firms. On Thursday, the developer revealed its given its indie classic Flower the iOS treatment. The game is now available on the App Store for iPhone and iPad, priced at $4.99.

Source: Thatgamecompany