Siri won't answer some questions if you're not subscribed to Apple Music

If you want Siri to answer your questions about the top songs on the charts, you’ll need to sign up for Apple Music first. Users online, including Pandora co-creator and angel investor Tom Conrad, have noticed that searching for chart toppers in Siri is impossible, since that data is apparently locked into Apple’s new music service:

I guess Siri won’t talk to you about music unless you pay her boss? pic.twitter.com/b6Xwcf3EYR

— Tom Conrad (@tconrad) October 26, 2015

The Verge‘s Ben Popper also found that searches for hit music of the past is also impossible.

It’s worth noting that Siri being able to handle questions about the music charts has been linked to Apple Music since the service debuted last summer….

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Destiny's Halloween Event Lets You Collect Candy, Adds New Emotes

Bungie today kicked off Destiny‘s in-game Halloween event, Festival of the Lost.

There are several components to this, including new things to buy at the Eververse Trading Company, the recently added in-game store. There are three new emotes–Boo (300 Silver), Monster Dance (500 Silver), and Zombie Dance (700 Silver, available only on Xbox One/PS4)–and the option to buy a mystery bag called the Treasures of the Lost.

You’ll receive one of these mystery bags upon embarking on the new Halloween questline at the Tower. The bag is guaranteed to include a random legendary mask, as well as a chance for various consumable items that have different effects, such as providing extra Glimmer or speeding up weapon upgrades.

The questline consists of several parts. Initially, you’ll be tasked with collecting candy from various NPCs around the Tower (except for Eris, who has a rather Eris-like item for you instead). After doing this, you’ll receive a few more quests, tasking you with doing things while wearing one of the new masks. This includes taking part in public events, collecting engrams, and killing other players in Crucible.

There’s other stuff to check out as well, including the redecorated Tower (accompanied by new sound effects, like screams and wolf howls). Also be sure to take a look at the mask Cayde is wearing (or see it in the gallery above), and check with the Postmaster for a consumable item that changes your respawn animation.

The event is live now and runs until November 9, and parts of it are available even if you haven’t upgraded to The Taken King. According to an FAQ on Bungie’s website, “Festival-themed activities and most non-Legendary quality items will no longer be available once the event is over.” A specific list of which items will be going away is available here.

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Jay Z gets a ‘Tidal Theater’ in Brooklyn

Jay Z is the owner of Tidal (when he remembers) who, until 2013, owned stake in the massive Brooklyn concert venue and sports arena Barclays Center. Now Jay has inked a sponsorship deal with Barclays to rename a theater within the venue after his streaming service, Billboard reports. The theater, formerly known as Cushman & Wakefield Theater, will officially be called the Tidal Theater, beginning today.

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Where to Watch Sony's Press Conference at Paris Games Week

Sony’s Paris Games Week press conference is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, October 27. You’ll be able to watch it here through the video embed below.

The show kicks off at 5 PM GMT / 6 PM CET, which translates to 10 AM PDT / 1 PM EDT.

Sony hasn’t shared exactly what it will announce or show during the media briefing. Presumably it will have a fair amount of reveals during the event, as the company decided to skip a Gamescom press conference in order to hold off on making announcements until later in the year. In addition to its Paris Games Week showing, Sony also has PlayStation Experience coming up in December.

We’ll have full coverage of both the Sony briefing and everything else from Paris Games Week, so stay tuned to GameSpot for the latest from the show.

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Microsoft finally confirms the Surface Mini tablet existed

Microsoft’s Panos Panay is pumped about a lot of things, but the one gadget that got him out of bed in the middle of the night is the much-rumored, now-confirmed, Surface Mini tablet. In an interview with Wired out today, the company’s corporate vice president in charge of devices said he used to keep an unreleased version of the 7-inch tablet near his bed so he could jot down notes and draft emails during sudden surges of inspiration.

“It was like a Moleskine,” Panay says of a point two years ago when Microsoft began working on what would become the Surface Book laptop. “It was awesome.” The use of past tense here suggests two things: Panay no longer uses the Surface Mini, and the product is not likely a future consideration.

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Here's Street Fighter 5's First PS4/PS3 FightStick From Mad Catz

Serious fighting game fans will likely want to play the upcoming Street Fighter V with something other than a standard controller. For those in the market for a new arcade stick, Mad Catz has revealed the first of its SFV-branded controllers.

Preorders are now open for the Tournament Edition 2 FightStick. The first version of this to see release features Chun-Li, which the company says is an homage to its Chun-Li Street Fighter IV FightStick. It’s compatible with both PS3 and PS4.

The limited-edition controller uses Sanwa parts for its joystick and buttons, which are the same as you’d find in a proper Japanese arcade cabinet. It also provides easy access to the internal components for modding purposes, and provides a space for storing tools. There’s even a way to switch out the artwork without disassembling the buttons or any wires.

Also of note is a lock button that can be used to disable things you might not want to press, such as the PlayStation button or the Start/Select and Options/Share buttons.

Mad Catz claims the FightStick works with “all major fighting games,” including Street Fighter V, Mortal Kombat X, and Ultra Street Fighter IV. A more comprehensive list is available here.

The FightStick comes equipped with a 9.8-foot cable and a shoulder strap. Preorders are live in the US on the Mad Catz website for $230, with a ship date of holiday 2015, ahead of Street Fighter V’s release early next year. Details on European preorders will be coming soon.

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Even the IRS has Stingray phone surveillance tools

The IRS is the latest federal agency to have been found with Stingray surveillance technology. The Guardian has reported on documents that show the IRS had access to the devices, though the scope of their use remains unknown. A heavily redacted invoice, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, shows that the IRS paid communications and defense contractor Harris Corporation around $65,000 to upgrade a Stingray in 2012, plus around $6,000 for training. It made other purchases between 2009 and 2012, but the details remain unknown.

As The Guardian notes, the IRS has around 2,500 special agents who handle criminal tax violations, and it’s possible that they used Stingrays while investigating drug-related money laundering…

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Gaming Deals: Halo 5 Offers, Halloween PC Sale, $350 XB1 + Controller + Game

Walmart has the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Xbox One bundle with an extra controller and your choice of select game for $349. Game choices include Forza 6, Destiny: The Taken King – Legendary Edition, and Madden 16. Adding an extra $50 lets you instead get the 1 TB system with Madden 16.

Best Buy is throwing in a free copy of Destiny: The Taken King – Legendary Edition with the purchase of a PS4.

Amazon is selling the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Xbox One bundle with a free copy of Destiny: The Taken King – Legendary Edition for $349.

You can get a new Xbox One Kinect for $100 at Amazon or Best Buy. Both come with a key to download Dance Central Spotlight.

Green Man Gaming has launched its Halloween sale on PC games. You can get Left 4 Dead 2 for $4, Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Edition for $25, Resident Evil: Revelations 2 for $17.49, Resident Evil 4: HD Edition for $10, and more.

Best Buy has an exclusive Fallout 4 bundle that includes a copy of the game, the season pass (normally $30), and Vault Boy socks for $85 (PS4/Xbox One).

Target is offering a free six-inch wrestling figure with the purchase of WWE 2K16 in-store.

Below you’ll find the rest of today’s best deals divided by platform.

PlayStation 4

Target Cartwheel has an offer to take 10 percent off the price of any PS4, letting you get the $350 system for $315.

PSN’s Sale of the Dead promotion is still going on, with Plus members getting the largest discounts, like Grim Fandango Remastered for $6, Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles for $2.25, Organ Trail for $6, and more.

Spend $100 or more on PSN between now and November 3, and you’ll get a $15 PSN credit.

Check out all of this week’s deals on the PlayStation Store here, and all of the PlayStation Plus member-only deals here.

Other PS4 game deals:

  • Fallout 4 — $50 (Amazon – Prime only)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain — $53.40 (Amazon) / $51.48 (Walmart)
  • Madden NFL 16 — $50 (Best Buy)
  • FIFA 16 — $50 (Amazon) / $50 (Best Buy)
  • Destiny: The Taken King – Legendary Edition — $50 (Amazon) / $50 (GameStop)
  • Bloodborne — $35 (Amazon)
  • Resident Evil Revelations 2 — $20 (GameStop)
  • Until Dawn — $40 (Amazon) / $40 (Walmart)
  • Knack — $18 (Amazon) / (Best Buy)
  • Sniper Elite III: Ultimate Edition — $23 (Walmart)
  • God of War III Remastered — $29 (Amazon)
  • MLB 15: The Show — $29 (Amazon)
  • Tearaway: Unfolded — $29.48 (Amazon)
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 — $48 (Amazon) / $50 (Best Buy) / $50 (GameStop)
  • Toy Soldiers: War Chest – Hall of Fame Edition — $20 (Amazon)
  • Mad Max — $49 (Amazon)
  • J-Stars Victory VS+ — $44.50 (Amazon – Prime only)
  • NHL 16 — $50 (Amazon) / $50 (Best Buy)
  • The Crew — $25 (Amazon)
  • Lego Jurassic World — $40 (Amazon) / $40 (GameStop)
  • Mortal Kombat X — $49 (Walmart)
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection — $36.47 (Walmart)
  • Guilty Gear Xrd Sign — $30.40 (Amazon)
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited — $44 (Amazon)
  • Evolve — $20 (Best Buy)
  • WWE 2K15 — $20 (Amazon)
  • The Order: 1886 — $20 (Amazon)
  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD — $25 (Amazon)
  • Final Fantasy XIV — $22.55 (Amazon)
  • Grand Theft Auto V — $50 (Amazon)
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare — $28 (Amazon) / $34 (Walmart)
  • Alien: Isolation — $18 (Amazon)
  • Infamous: Second Son — $20 (GameStop) / $20 (Walmart)
  • The Last of Us Remastered — $19 (Amazon)

The free PlayStation Plus games for October are now available and include Super Meat Boy and Broken Age.

Xbox One

There are a number of way to get cheap or discounted Req packs for Halo 5 at Best Buy. You can get a $25 Req bundle for $20 with the purchase of the game itself, or get a free pack with the purchase of a 16-ounce Monster energy drink or the Halo 5-branded Astro A40 headset.

Buying Halo 5 in-store at Target gets you a free Halo 5 collectible figure that comes with a Req pack.

Walmart has an offer where you can get that same Gears of War system bundle with your choice of select games for $349. You don’t get the free controller mentioned in the deal above, but you have more game options, such as Batman: Arkham Knight, The Witcher 3, Metal Gear Solid V, Destiny: The Taken King Legendary Edition, and more.

Amazon is doing something similar, letting you get a free select game with an Xbox One.

Buy any Xbox One at Best Buy and get the Halo 5 Spartan Locke controller for $35.

The Microsoft Store is throwing in a year of EA Access and free copies of Assassin’s Creed Unity and Project Spark with the $399 Madden 16 Xbox One bundle. It’s unclear what value (if any) the copy of Project Spark has at this point now that the game has gone completely free.

EBay has a one-year subscription to Xbox Live Gold for $34.50.

Last week’s Deals With Gold are still available and include sales on Saints Row games, The Swapper, and RBI Baseball 15.

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October’s free Games With Gold games are still available, including Valiant Hearts and The Walking Dead.

PC

Green Man Gaming has a sale on Devolver Digital’s games, bringing Hotline Miami 2 down to $11.24, OlliOlli 2 to $10, Hatoful Boyfriend to $5, and more.

Green Man Gaming has the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V on sale for $40, and you can bring that down to $31.35 using promo code WINTER-ISCMNG-22PERC.

There’s one day left for the Humble Bundle comprised entirely of Capcom games, letting you get a handful of them for any price you choose. You can get more if you beat the average, or everything included if you spend $15 or more. A portion of the proceeds go to charity, and more games (including Resident Evil 4) were recently added.

Humble’s latest weekly bundle is themed around Games Workshop games, including Dawn of War II: Retribution, Space Hulk, and Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team.

Humble Bundle recently announced its new Humble Monthly Bundle, a LootCrate-style subscription service that delivers mystery games on the first Friday of the month for $12. If you subscribe before the first one launches in November, you’ll get a free copy of Legend of Grimrock II right away.

Preordering a Steam Machine, Steam Controller, or Steam Link right now will get you free copies of Rocket League and Portal 2.

If you have a free Green Man Gaming account, you can access the VIP area, where you’ll find deals like Rocket League for $15, Zombi for $10, and FIFA 16 for $38.

You can save 22 percent at Green Man Gaming using the voucher WINTER-ISCMNG-22PERC.

Regular Green Man Gaming customers should be aware the site is changing its loyalty program, which will result in the expiration of any existing credit on November 24. You should use any you have by then.

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 is Origin’s next free On the House game.

Other PC game deals:

  • Tales From the Borderlands — $19 (Steam)
  • Dark Souls II — $10 (GameStop)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — $40 (Amazon)
  • Diablo III: Reaper of Souls — $24 (Amazon) / $18 (Walmart)
  • Civilization: Beyond Earth — $18 (Best Buy)
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited — $45 (Amazon) / $38 (Walmart)
  • The Evil Within — $19 (Amazon)
  • Batman: Arkham Origins — $10 (Amazon)
  • SimCity — $7 (Best Buy)
  • StarCraft II: Battle Chest — $21 (Amazon)
  • Evolve — $20 (Amazon) / $20 (Best Buy)
  • Watch Dogs — $10 (Amazon) / $10 (Best Buy)
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition — $20 (Amazon)

Wii U

If you don’t mind buying a refurbished system, Nintendo’s online store has a Wii U bundle with Nintendo Land for $200, Nintendo Land and Super Mario 3D World for $225, or The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD and Nintendo Land for $235.

Get two Amiibo figures for $22 at Toys R Us.

  • Splatoon — $45 (Walmart)
  • Mario Party 10 — $44 (Amazon)
  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U — $45 (Amazon)
  • Hyrule Warriors — $48 (Walmart)
  • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse — $33 (Amazon)
  • Just Dance 2015 — $26.48 (Amazon)
  • Yoshi’s Woolly World — $43 (Amazon – Prime only)
  • Lego Jurassic World — $30 (Amazon) / $30 (GameStop)
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge — $10 (Amazon)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD — $39 (Walmart)
  • Wii Fit U + Fit Meter + Balance Board — $25 (Nintendo Store)
  • The Wonderful 101 — $30 (Nintendo Store)
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate — $18 (Amazon)
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut — $14.50 (Amazon)
  • Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two — $11 (Amazon)
  • Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition — $14.68 (Amazon)
  • Watch Dogs — $19 (Amazon)
  • Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed — $24 (Amazon)
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited — $15 (Amazon)
  • Transformers Prime: The Game — $15 (Amazon)

3DS

Get two Amiibo figures for $22 at Toys R Us.

Nintendo has announced a new bundle that includes both 2DS and a copy of Yo-Kai Watch. It’s due out on November 6 for $100.

Nintendo’s online store is offering refurbished 2DSes for $60.

  • Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash with Amiibo — $30 (Toys R Us)
  • Lego Jurassic World — $20 (GameStop)
  • Mario Party: Island Tour — $20 (Amazon) / $20 (Walmart)
  • Super Smash Bros. for 3DS — $33 (Amazon)
  • Code Name: Steam — $19.48 (Amazon)
  • Fire Emblem: Awakening — $34 (Amazon) / $34 (Walmart)
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf — $29 (Walmart)
  • Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth — $30 (Amazon)
  • Angry Birds Star Wars — $5 (Best Buy)
  • Etrian Mystery Dungeon — $26 (Amazon)
  • Disney Infinity Starter Pack — $16.49 (Amazon)
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 – Record Breaker — $37 (Amazon)
  • Steel Diver — $5 (Best Buy)
  • Tetris Ultimate — $12 (Amazon)
  • Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate — $11 (Walmart)
  • Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion — $12 (Amazon) / $5.36 (Walmart)
  • Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed — $19 (Amazon)

PlayStation Vita

  • Lego Jurassic World — $20 (GameStop)
  • Metal Gear Solid HD Collection — $20.35 (Amazon)
  • LittleBigPlanet — $15 (Amazon)
  • Persona 4: Golden — $20 (Amazon)
  • Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz — $13.46 (Amazon)
  • PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale — $12 (Amazon)
  • Gravity Rush — $25 (Amazon)
  • The Wolf Among Us — $11 (Amazon)
  • Mind Zero — $26 (Amazon)
  • Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed — $18 (Amazon)
  • Arcana Heart 3: Love Max — $16.62 (Amazon)

The free PlayStation Plus games for October are now available and include Super Meat Boy and Broken Age.

Hardware

  • DualShock 4 PS4 Controller 20th Anniversary Edition — $53 (Amazon)
  • Xbox One Limited Edition Halo 5 Spartan Locke Controller — $60 (Amazon – Prime only)
  • PlayStation 4 Camera — $45 (Walmart)
  • Wireless Xbox 360 Controller for Windows — $40 (Amazon)
  • Wired Xbox 360 Controller for Windows — $31 (Amazon)
  • DualShock 4 PS4 Controller — $50 (Amazon) / $45 (Amazon – Prime only) / $50 (Best Buy)
  • Xbox One Controller + Play & Charge Kit — $58 (Amazon – Prime only)
  • PlayStation Silver Wired Stereo Headset — $23.49 (Amazon)
  • 16 GB Vita Memory Card — $33 (Amazon)
  • 32 GB Vita Memory Card — $68 (Amazon)

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