Rdio turns the snark up to '80s by reusing Apple's classic IBM 'Welcome' ad

As Apple unveiled its new music streaming service at WWDC yesterday, competitor Rdio responded by tweeting a welcome note — or rather, a “Welcome, Apple. Seriously.” note. Some Twitter users thought it showed “the upmost respect in welcoming competition,” but others recognized it as the backhanded compliment it was.

As press statements go it seems pretty friendly, but it’s actually a re-run of a famous ad Apple ran in The Wall Street Journal in 1981. The iPhone-maker’s original “Welcome, IBM. Seriously.” note ostensibly congratulated IBM on unveiling its first ever personal computer, but also took a moment to remind readers that “[Apple] invented the personal computer” as well as dropping some projected industry-wide sales figures into…

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iOS 9 has a hidden iCloud Drive app

Apple’s vision for file management on iOS has always been to let things happen behind the scenes with minimal user input, but with iOS 9 the company appears to be making at least a small concession to those who feel more comfortable delving into folders and files themselves. 9to5Mac and MacRumors report that iOS 9 has an optional iCloud Drive app that lets users manage their iCloud files, much like they can on the web or with the Finder on Mac computers.

The app is apparently optional and needs to be switched on in Settings before it appears on the home screen, so Apple likely doesn’t plan to make it a core part of the iOS experience. But the app could make iCloud Drive a more usable alternative to competing cloud services like Dropbox,…

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Destiny Expansion "The Taken King" Launching in September for $40 – Report

As rumored, the next major Destiny expansion is called The Taken King and will launch on September 15. That’s according to Kotaku, which obtained marketing material for the expansion and also corroborated the details with other, unnamed sources. The expansion will reportedly cost $40, which is twice the cost of Destiny’s two previous expansions, The Dark Below and House of Wolves.

Among other things, The Taken King is said to offer a new subclass for Destiny’s three classes. A new elemental super ability is also supposedly on the way.

Per Kotaku: “An electrical storm for Warlocks (arc); a gravity bow for Hunters (void); and a flaming hammer for Titans (solar). Hardcore Destiny players will notice that each of these abilities revolves around the element each respective class lacks today.”

The Taken King will also have a new raid in which players fight against Oryx, the father of Crota, according to the leak. The expansion is also expected to include new multiplayer maps, more Strikes, and more.

Publisher Activision previously referred to a new Destiny expansion coming this fall as the game’s biggest ever. The Taken King would be the first Destiny expansion offered outside of the game’s DLC pass.

The name “The Taken King” was first spotted earlier this year through trademark filings. Just last week, it popped up again through Red Bull.

Bungie did not comment on this report when approached by Kotaku.

For its part, however, Bungie has said it will have some Destiny news to announce at E3 next week. The developer also recently trademarked something called “Eververse.”

Head to Kotaku for the full story on The Taken King.

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Author: Eddie Makuch

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Bayonetta Dev to Reveal Brand New Game at E3

Bayonetta, Wonderful 101, and Metal Gear Rising developer Platinum Games will reveal an unannounced new title at E3.

According to IGN, the title is not Xbox One exclusive Scalebound, and is instead something the studio has never shown before.

Scalebound was announced during Microsoft’s press conference at E3 2014. Project director Hideki Kamiya said it is unlike anything the studio has made before and aims to “create new gameplay,” among other things.

“The one thing that I will say is that up until this point in my career, and up until this point in Platinum Games’ history, we’ve never made a game like Scalebound,” Kamiya said. “What I’m trying to do with Scalebound is create a very different kind of game than what I’ve created up until this point. We’re trying to create new gameplay, and that is a challenge for me personally.”

Kamiya said the Xbox One should help Platinum in its effort to make Scalebound a visually impressive experience.

“We’ve never tried to do something photo-real or something more realistic with that touch,” he said. “But it’s always been something I’ve wanted to try. Now having that opportunity has been both difficult but interesting. And the power of the machine is helping there. It’s definitely something Platinum Games has wanted to try, and now we’re getting our chance to do it, which is cool.”

Platinum’s creative producer, JP Kellams, added that it was an “important step” in Platinum’s legacy to work with a Western publisher such as Microsoft. He went on to say that Microsoft believes in Platinum’s vision for Scalebound, and that the companies have a “really open relationship.”

Scalebound is expected to make an appearance at Microsoft’s E3 press conference on June 15.

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Author: Tamoor Hussain

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For the streaming music competition, threat of Apple Music turns to a sigh of relief

There are very few areas where music and streaming executives agree. Apple Music, seemingly, is one of them.

“I think I’ve never been more confident,” an executive at a streaming music company told The Verge following the Apple Music announcement. “We were all bracing ourselves, but we feel really good about it right now.”

Streaming music providers, so far, are breathing a sigh of relief after learning what Apple Music is — and isn’t. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek made his thoughts known. Multiple executives throughout the music and streaming industry have made it clear to The Verge that while it would be a success, they don’t believe that Apple Music will have the same industry-altering effect as its predecessor, iTunes, once had.

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Drake's WWDC Instagrams are really good

See, Drake was at WWDC today. He came on stage to talk about Apple Music wearing a vintage Apple varsity jacket, and was actually a little nervous, stumbling over his words on stage while talking about how he made it as an unsigned artist from Toronto. It was endearing, and real, and even a little bit humble. Like all artists launching a streaming service, Drake called Apple Music “a movement,” which is strange, but c’mon, look at this Instagram. #trussmidaddy

Other Drake Instagrams offer coded messages. Is “our time…

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Confirmed Games at E3 2015

Every year, dozens of games show up at E3. It’s always exciting, but sometimes it’s a little daunting to know which games to look out for during the coverage of the conference. That’s why we’ve put together a list of all of the games confirmed to appear.

Of course, every E3 has its surprises, so come back to GameSpot next week to find out all of the big announcements and reveals.

Confirmed to be at E3 2015:

Title Developer/Publisher Platforms
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Ubisoft Quebec/Ubisoft PS4, Xbox One, PC
Batman: Arkham Knight Rocksteady/Warner Bros. Interactive PS4, Xbox One, PC
Battleborn Gearbox/2K Games PS4, Xbox One, PC
Battlefleet Gothic Armada Tindalos Interactive/Focus Home Interactive PC
Blood Bowl 2 Focus Home Interactive PS4, Xbox One, PC
Brave Tank Hero Natsume 3DS, Wii U
Crossing Souls Fourattic/Devolver PS4, Vita, PC
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Treyarch/Activision PS4, Xbox One, PC
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Eidos Montreal/Square Enix PS4, Xbox One, PC
Destiny Bungie/Activision PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360
Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition Capcom PS4, Xbox One, PC
Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Disney Interactive Studios PS4, Xbox One, PC, Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360
The Division Massive/Ubisoft PS4, Xbox One, PC
Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition Larian Studios/Focus PS4, Xbox One, PC
Doom id Software/Bethesda PS4, Xbox One, PC
Fable Legends Lionhead Studios/Microsoft Xbox One
Fallout 4 Bethesda Softworks PS4, Xbox One, PC
Farming Simulator 2015 Giants Software/Focus Home Interactive PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Vita
Forza 6 Turn 10/Microsoft Xbox One
New Gears of War Title The Coalition/Microsoft Xbox One
Gotcha Racing Natsume 3DS
Guitar Hero Live Activision PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, Xbox 360, PS3
Halo 5: Guardians 343Industries/Microsoft Xbox One
Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories Natsume PC, Wii U, mobile
Hollowpoint Ruffian Games PS4, PC
Lego Dimensions Warner Bros. PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360
Mad Max Avalanche Studios/Warner Bros. PS4, Xbox One, PC
Mario Maker Nintendo Wii U
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Konami PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Mega Man Legacy Collection Capcom PS4, Xbox One, PC, 3DS
Mordheim: City of the Damned Focus Home Interactive PS4, Xbox One, PC
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Bandai Namco PS4, Xbox One, PC
Need For Speed Ghost Games/EA PS4, Xbox One, PC
Ninja Strike Natsume Wii U
Overkill’s The Walking Dead 505 Games PS4, Xbox One, PC
Persona 4: Dancing All Night Atlus Vita
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 Popcap/EA TBA
Resident Evil 0 HD Capcom PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Rise of the Tomb Raider Crystal Dynamics/Microsoft Xbox One, Xbox 360 (timed exclusives)
Rock Band 4 Harmonix Xbox One, PS4
Star Fox Wii U Nintendo Wii U
Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson XSeed 3DS
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 CI Games PS4, Xbox One, PC
Space Hulk Deathwing Focus Home Interactive PS4, Xbox One, PC
Star Wars Battlefront DICE/EA PS4, Xbox One, PC
Skylanders Superchargers

Vicarious Visions/Activision

PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, iPad
Street Fighter V Capcom PS4, PC
The Technomancer Spiders/Focus Home Interactive PS4, Xbox One, PC
The Walking Dead Telltale Games TBA
Rainbow Six Siege Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft Xbox One, PS4, PC
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Naughty Dog/Sony PS4
Vampyr DontNod/Focus TBA
WWE 2K16 2K Sports/2K Games TBA
XCOM 2 Firaxis/2K Games PC

Did we forget any games that are confirmed to be at E3? Let us know in the comments!

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