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The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for May 16, 2014

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the player at the top of...

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Apple, EA test free in-app purchases and more news for May 16, 2014

Don't start your weekend without a dose of Apple news. Today we've got free in-app purchases, CarPlay and a lot of retail revenue for Apple. Apple and EA are trying out free in-app purchases. Apple and game maker EA are trying out something new. EA is issuing promo codes that give players 10...

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Does your iPhone crash less often now? This and other news from March 19, 2014

While some users are reporting a plethora of issues with iOS 7.1, Crittercism has found that app crash rates have gone down with the update. The number of app crashes, the site states, is lower for iOS 7.1 than it is on Apple devices running iOS 6 and 6.1. Do you find this is true for you? Let us...

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EA says it took six months to make 'impossible' offline play possible in Sim City

Yesterday EA announced the latest incarnation of Sim City would be patched to finally bring offline play to the controversial title. An online-only play requirement caused the game to be crippled from launch for many players, and left offline players locked out of the title completely. At the time...

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SimCity to receive 'impossible' offline update, gamers roll their eyes

Remember back in March of last year when SimCity launched and, because of its online play requirement, did a faceplant? And do you also remember when the game finally found its way to OS X in August and the exact same thing happened? Of course you do, because they were both huge stories. At the...

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EA discounts its premium games for the holidays

Every year, Electronic Arts slashes the price on its mobile games to celebrate the holiday season. This year's sale is not as robust as previous years as EA has moved a lot of its games to the freemium model. Nonetheless, there are still quite a few premium games that are worth picking up for...

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SimCity might get an offline option after all

After two fumbled launches -- one for Windows users and one for Mac -- that frustrated gamers with networking issues, SimCity might finally be getting an offline mode. A general manager for developer Maxis confirmed in a blog post that the company is indeed exploring whether an offline mode would...

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FIFA 14 arrives on iOS, goes freemium

Soccer (or football) fans rejoice. EA Sports has released FIFA 14 for iOS. The app features 33 leagues from the English Premier League to the German Bundesliga battling it out in 34 licensed stadiums, with over 600 licensed teams, and more than a whopping 16,000 players. There are some great...

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EA reports SimCity Mac installation issues have been resolved

Yesterday was a rough day for a certain segment of Mac gamers looking to download and play SimCity on their rigs for the first time. Almost immediately after the game went live, the official SimCity forums were flooded with reports from customers unable to install the game on their systems....

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SimCity on Mac is 'totally unplayable' (Updated)

Update #2: EA has further commented on the launch day woes, insisting that the installation issues have been ironed out. Update #1: A Maxis spokesperson had this to say in regards to the launch day woes: There are a small number of players who have encountered issues with SimCity for Mac....

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SimCity finally coming to Mac on Aug 29

SimCity fans with Macs rejoice! You're finally going to have a version of SimCity that will run natively on your favorite computer. Electronic Arts has announced that the classic sim game will finally make it to OS X on August 29, 2013. The game was originally supposed to arrive on June 11, but...

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EA's biggest retail partner last quarter was Apple

Apple has historically never been a company terribly concerned with gaming. That all changed, however, when the App Store was launched and iOS, in the blink of an eye, became one of the more popular gaming platforms in the world. Highlighting the increasing importance of the iOS platform to...

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EA/Chillingo's E3 2013 offerings: Plants vs Zombies 2, Fightback and more

Chillingo, unfortunately, wasn't mentioned at all during EA's press conference last week. I thought the big publisher would at least give a little nod to its extremely successful mobile publishing arm, but no such luck. I did, however, go and see the team gathered in their annual suite near the...

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SimCity for Mac delayed until August

Mac SimCity fans hoping to grab a copy of the popular lifestyle game next week are going to be disappointed with EA today. The gaming company confirmed that it is delaying the launch of SimCity for the Mac from the original June 11th date to sometime in August. A post on the SimCity blog claims...

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Plants vs Zombies 2 exclusively on iOS at launch

Ever since Plants vs. Zombies 2 was first announced, I've been crossing my fingers that we wouldn't have to wait long for an iOS release. The original game was hugely successful on Apple's touchscreen devices, but of course it was first seen on PC, and then eventually made its way out to every...

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