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Tales from the Borderlands is a brand-new episodic adventure game set within the Borderlands universe. A collaboration between Telltale Games and Gearbox Software, Tales is the most story-driven Borderlands game yet. Players can grab the episodes individually as they are released, or opt for a season pass to get all five episodes for a little cheaper. The first episode is already available on Xbox One, Playstation 3 and 4, and PC and Mac, with the Xbox 360 version following on December 3rd and Android and iOS versions sometime thereafter.

To celebrate the launch of Tales from the Borderlands, Telltale Games recently held a premiere event at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Richardson (Dallas), TX. This marks the first time a game has debuted at the renowned movie theater chain, and we were lucky enough to attend. Read on for my impressions of Tales from the Borderlands Episode 1: Zero Sum and our video interview with Job Stauffer (Director of Public Relations) from Telltale and Matthew Armstrong (Borderlands Franchise Director) from Gearbox Software!

A different kind of premiere

For those who are not lucky enough to live near an Alamo Drafthouse, the theater is unique in that it combines movies, food, and alcoholic beverages in one awesome location. Walk into the lobby and you’ll see a bar at one side, with the lobby and hallways filled with movie memorabilia and interesting décor. The theater that Telltale had reserved was filled with aisles of seats spaced graciously apart, a long table in front of each aisle for viewers’ food and drinks.

Tickets to the premiere were free with a $ 4 food voucher purchase. They sold out within three hours, so the event was packed on event night. The aforementioned voucher could be put to use on several special Borderlands-themed drinks in addition to the Alamo’s regular selection. I ordered the Tiny Tina’s Sexopants GO! Cocktail, which consisted of Gin, Lime, Strega, and Ginger Beer.

Cosplayers: Gaige and Psycho from Borderlands

Looking around at the audience, you’d see a great many members dressed in Borderlands t-shirts or even cosplay. A total of ten people dressed as Borderlands characters. One lady even cosplayed as Fiona, the all-new female lead in Tales from the Borderlands. Telltale and Gearbox were so impressed, they treated her like a member of the family throughout the event.

Also in attendance were a who’s-who of Borderlands and Telltale bigwigs. We caught sight of Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford in the front row, along with Anthony Burch (Borderlands writer), Matthew Armstrong (Borderlands franchise director, interviewed in video), Mark Darin (Creative Director at Telltale), and many more.

Randy kicked things off with a magic trick in which a girl from the audience chose between five cards at random. Whatever the card said on the other side, Randy had to do. She pulled a “Hug” card, so that’s what she got. As she returned to her seat, Randy revealed that the other cards all said “kill.” Guess she lucked out!

Meet Rhys and his crew

After the opening concluded, a member of the Telltale staff began to play the game on the theater’s 60-foot screen. It started out with a traditional animated Borderlands intro narrated by the accented arms dealer Marcus Kincaid. The Tales story follows the death of the notorious dictator Handsome Jack, the primary antagonist of Borderlands 2.

To start with, we see the game’s all-new male protagonist Rhys wandering around a desolate location named Prosperity Junction. He calls for Fiona, but quickly gets knocked out by a masked marauder. The assailant demands that Rhys tell him about “the Gortys Project,” which he begins to do. Thus begins a lengthy flashback that reveals how Rhys came to Pandora, the dangerous world where the Borderlands games take place.

Randy Pitchford, Mark Darin, and Job Stauffer

Rhys is an up-and-comer at the Hyperion Corporation, an arms manufacturer and one of the many factions engaged in the exploitation of Pandora and its citizens. Along with his friends Vaughn from Accounting and Yvette, Rhys wants nothing more than to move up in the company and the universe at large.

Unfortunately for the blue collar trio, Rhys’ boss Henderson has just been replaced by the ruthless Hugo Vasquez (voiced by Patrick Warburton). Vasquez wasted no time in demoting poor Rhys. But before that happens, our protagonist overhears a phone call between Vasquez and someone on Pandora. The bad boss man wants to buy a Vault Key (an artifact that can open a cache of alien riches) from the Pandoran dealer, but he’ll need time to gather the money first.

Fiona and friends welcome Rhys to Pandora

Soon we descend to the planet and witness Rhys and Vaughn attempting to purchase the Vault Key with stolen Hyperion funds. If they can get it back to the company before Vasquez, they’ll be heroes. But even reaching the meeting proves exceedingly difficult, as the town of Prosperity Junction is teaming with bandits and ne’er-do-wells.

Once Rhys and pal meet with August and his lady friend to broker the deal, things seem to be going smoothly enough. But we return to the present and discover that both Rhys and Fiona are being held captive by the same masked man. Each of our protagonists blames the other for the failure of the Vault Key deal as well as their inadvertent involvement with the mysterious Gortys Project.

Cosplayers: Fiona and Lilith from Borderlands

Fiona starts telling her side of the story, and we flash back into the past again. Now we meet Fiona’s sister Sasha, who looks very familiar. Both Fiona and Sasha have been raised into a life of crime by Felix, an elderly con artist.

Soon Fiona’s story revisits the Vault Key deal, only from her perspective. Things do indeed go sour, with the locked briefcase full of money stolen by a team of psycho bandits. Fiona, Sasha, Rhys, and Vaughn will have to team up and rip off the psychos if they ever want to get their money back. Lots of fighting, double-crossing, and even a little bonding takes place throughout the remainder of the episode.

The game itself

Tales from the Borderlands is another in a long-line of adventure games from Telltale, makers of The Walking Dead and Wolf Among Us. This new game has a markedly lighter tone than either of those titles. It basically plays out like a caper movie, with equal parts comedy and intrigue throughout the narrative.

While the story and setting will immediately appeal to Borderlands players, the actual gameplay differs greatly from Gearbox’s Borderlands titles. Telltale games are about 80 percent story, twenty percent interaction, after all. Players will navigate 3D environments from a third-person perspective, looking for objects to scan (which always reveals a humorous description) and things to interact with.

The combat and action sequences don’t play much like Borderlands either. Rhys and Fiona will get into lots of trouble with bandits and other enemies, but the sequences play out via quicktime events (QTEs) instead of first-person shooting. Players will need to swipe in various directions or tap the correct button or icon in order to attack foes and avoid all manner of exaggerated peril. The action is very exciting, and you don’t even need to be a hardcore gamer to survive.

Telltale Games are famous for allowing players to have a say in the outcome of character interactions and the overall story. Throughout the first episode of Tales, our presenter frequently had to stop and choose between dialogue responses and actions for the characters to take. These parts were a blast during the premiere, as the audience shouted and cheered their preferred responses.

Paul Acevedo, Fiona cosplayer, Job Stauffer, and Matthew Armstrong

Tales from the Borderlands Episode 1: Zero Sum is filled with fun references to the Borderlands games and universe. You’ll meet a certain Vault Hunter, choose authentic Borderlands equipment for a talking mech, and get a tease of another fan favorite character that will show up in future episodes.

Even after seeing the complete episode play out on the big screen, I couldn’t wait for the game to launch so I could play it for myself and make different choices. Whether you’re a Borderlands or a Telltale fan, Tales from the Borderlands is a must-play adventure game.

‘Zero Sum’ is available now on Xbox One, Playstation 3 and 4 in the US, Steam, and Mac OS X. The Xbox 360 and European Playstation versions launch next week. iOS and Android versions will follow, but don’t have specific release dates yet.









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How to de-authorize devices linked to your iTunes account

Posted by BMetts On November - 27 - 2014
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Authorizing an iPhone, iPod, iPad, Mac, or PC on your iTunes account means you can uses it buy new apps, music, movies, TV Shows, and iBooks, re-download previous purchases, access iTunes Match and more. Because of licensing agreements, you can only have 10 devices total, and a maximum of 5 computers total, authorized on your iTunes account at any one time. Once you hit 10, you’ll have to remove an old device to add a new one. If you give away, sell, or lose a device, you might want to remove it as well. Luckily the process it fairly straightforward and can be done right from iTunes on any Mac or PC.

  1. Launch iTunes on your Mac or PC.
  2. Click on your name in the upper right hand corner of iTunes. In the menu, click on Account Info.
  3. Type in your iTunes password when prompted in order to continue.
  4. When your account loads, click on Manage Devices under the iTunes in the Cloud section.
  5. Click on Remove next to the devices you want to remove.









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How to de-authorize devices linked to your iTunes account

Posted by BMetts On November - 27 - 2014
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Authorizing an iPhone, iPod, iPad, Mac, or PC on your iTunes account means you can uses it buy new apps, music, movies, TV Shows, and iBooks, re-download previous purchases, access iTunes Match and more. Because of licensing agreements, you can only have 10 devices total, and a maximum of 5 computers total, authorized on your iTunes account at any one time. Once you hit 10, you’ll have to remove an old device to add a new one. If you give away, sell, or lose a device, you might want to remove it as well. Luckily the process it fairly straightforward and can be done right from iTunes on any Mac or PC.

  1. Launch iTunes on your Mac or PC.
  2. Click on your name in the upper right hand corner of iTunes. In the menu, click on Account Info.
  3. Type in your iTunes password when prompted in order to continue.
  4. When your account loads, click on Manage Devices under the iTunes in the Cloud section.
  5. Click on Remove next to the devices you want to remove.









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It appears that fans of Star Wars won’t have to make the trek to local theaters to see the trailer for the newest franchise installment. On a post on Twitter, the Disney-owned Lucasfilm production announced that the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will also be available on Black Friday, November 28, on Apple’s iTunes.


Disney did not specify at what time the trailer will go live on iTunes.

Source: Star Wars









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Weekly Photo Contest: Thankful

Posted by On November - 26 - 2014
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(Photo submission by Gfmiller13)

It’s Thanksgiving in the US this week, so what better time to share with your iMore family the things most important to you? This week your assignment is to post a picture of what you’re thankful for in your life. Feel free to get creative, however if your photo doesn’t fit the subject in an obvious way it could get looked over, so make sure you leave a back story or explanation with it.

The contest begins now and is open until further notice. Good luck!

It’s also time to announce the winner of our last photo contest! The winner is…

Here’s a game you don’t see everyday. Flinch! iPhone 6+ and Snapseed.

Congrats to forum member flashtilley for bringing home a win in our Games contest. Great job! We’ll be contacting you shortly about your prize!

Now on to the details of this week’s photo contest…

The prize: Glif tripod mount and stand!

The winners of this week’s photo contest will snag a Glif tripod mount and stand for their iPhone. The Glif can be mounted to any tripod, small or large so you can grab great shots and videos with no motion blur.

The rules

Submitted photos must have been taken with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

We’ll check the EXIF data of the original file to verify and any edits must have been done with an iPhone or iPad app. No Photoshop, Lightroom, or other external editing programs! If you have external lens accessories such as an Olloclip or other snap-on lens, you are more than welcome to use them.

You can submit as many photos as you’d like, but remember, this is a contest, so make sure you submit your best work!

Resources

Now, before you run off to take your photo, remember that it’s not technical skill alone that will claim this prize. Even if you’re not the best photographer (yet!), a great eye and a great subject can still get you the win.

However, a little help can never hurt, so make sure you check out our iPhone photography series for some tips.

How to submit

Submitting your photos is easy. just head over to the iMore Photography Forum and post your photos to the official contest thread. Don’t forget to state what device you have and which apps, if any, you used to edit your photo!

That’s it! Now go out and shoot!

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Top iPhone, iPad, and Mac deals for November 25

Posted by BMetts On November - 25 - 2014
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We’ve gathered together some great discounts on iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps, accessories, and devices for you today.

We’ll keep showing sales that are ongoing after double-checking that they’re still active and the price is the same, as well as updating the list with anything new that we find. Of course, if you spot any great deals, don’t be shy – drop a tip in the comments!


Today’s top iOS app deals

Today’s top Mac deals

Today’s top iPhone deals

Today’s top iPad deals

Today’s top Apple accessory deals

Today’s top iPhone service deals









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iCloud Photo Sharing lets you easily share photos with other iPhone and iPad owners in what’s called a shared Photo Stream. Once you create the stream and they join it, they can view, comment, and like any photos you add. And, if you like, you can even let other people add photos to your shared Photo Stream. It’s great for family and friends, for vacations, and for sharing pictures of the kids.


How to allow other people to add photos to your shared Photo Streams

  1. Launch the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the Shared tab in the bottom navigation.
  3. Tap on the Sharing button in the top left to navigate back to the main list of shared Photo Streams. By default the Photos app loads the activity stream.
  4. Tap on the album you’d like to allow others to add to. Remember that it has to be a stream you own, not a stream that was shared with you.
  5. Tap on People at the bottom of the screen.
  6. Turn On the option for Subscribers Can Post.









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Best iPhone and iPad apps for holiday travelers

Posted by BMetts On November - 24 - 2014
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Looking for the best iPhone apps and best iPad apps to take with you on your travels this holiday season? From booking a place to stay to renting cars, from passing the time on the trip to getting directions once you arrive, there are a lot of great choices on the App Store. Here are the ones you shouldn’t leave home without!


Best hotel and home rental apps for iPhone

While some people opt to stay with family in order to keep costs down during the holiday season, we know that isn’t always realistic or feasible for everyone. Luckily, there are lots of hotel and home rental apps that can not only help you find somewhere to stay, but can do it for extremely reasonable costs, depending on what you’re looking for of course.

From traditional hotel rooms to flat and apartment rentals, we’ve hand picked the best in each category for you.

Best car rental apps for iPhone

If you’re flying somewhere this holiday season, you’re most likely going to need a car to get you around when you get to your destination. Nothing’s worse than feeling like you’re stuck in one place for your holiday vacation. Taxi rental apps are all the rage nowadays and provide rides in just a few minutes. If that isn’t enough, rental car services now have apps that make booking your next car painless.

Whether you just need rides here and there or want a car at your disposal for your entire trip, we have the apps to get you exactly what you need.

Best airport companion apps for iPhone

If you’re flying somewhere this holiday season, or have relatives flying in from other areas, tracking flights and navigating busy airports doesn’t have to be a huge headache. From apps to help you track flights to apps that can help you find an airline lounge to put your feet up, there are definitely apps for that.

No matter what your needs are, these are the iPhone apps you definitely shouldn’t head to the airport without.

Best streaming music apps for iPhone

If you have a long drive or plane ride ahead of you, music is a must for most of us. While you can of course buy all your music from iTunes, streaming services have become quite popular and let you load up on a lot of music for a set price. Depending on how you’re traveling, one may be better suited for you than another. That’s why we’ve taken the time to point out the differences and give recommendations based on what services are best for different kinds of uses.

For endless music while in a car, waiting in an airport, or on a long flight, check out our collection of streaming services to see which one is right for you.

Best iPhone and iPad apps for traveling with kids

Traveling with kids can go many ways. It can either be easy or it can be a traumatizing experience for all involved. If you want to make sure you don’t have the latter happen, there are lots of apps you can stock up on beforehand in order to keep younger kids entertained. The best part is that some of them don’t require an internet connection so you can rest assured they’ll function properly on a plane as well.

No matter how you’re traveling this holiday season, we have a few recommendations that can provide hours of educational entertainment on the go.

Best turn-by-turn navigation apps for iPhone

If you have to drive this holiday season, you’ll want to make sure you have navigation apps that cover the areas you’ll be driving through. A lot of navigation apps can not only provide turn by turn navigation, but can also provide transit and walking directions too. However, depending on where you’re traveling, some navigation apps may be better suited than others.

No matter what your directional needs are, we can help you find the perfect navigation app before you leave.

What apps are you taking with you this holiday season?

If you typically travel for the holidays, what iPhone and iPad apps have you found to make your trip as close to hassle free as possible?









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Best iPhone and iPad apps for holiday travelers

Posted by On November - 24 - 2014
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Looking for the best iPhone apps and best iPad apps to take with you on your travels this holiday season? From booking a place to stay to renting cars, from passing the time on the trip to getting directions once you arrive, there are a lot of great choices on the App Store. Here are the ones you shouldn’t leave home without!


Best hotel and home rental apps for iPhone

While some people opt to stay with family in order to keep costs down during the holiday season, we know that isn’t always realistic or feasible for everyone. Luckily, there are lots of hotel and home rental apps that can not only help you find somewhere to stay, but can do it for extremely reasonable costs, depending on what you’re looking for of course.

From traditional hotel rooms to flat and apartment rentals, we’ve hand picked the best in each category for you.

Best car rental apps for iPhone

If you’re flying somewhere this holiday season, you’re most likely going to need a car to get you around when you get to your destination. Nothing’s worse than feeling like you’re stuck in one place for your holiday vacation. Taxi rental apps are all the rage nowadays and provide rides in just a few minutes. If that isn’t enough, rental car services now have apps that make booking your next car painless.

Whether you just need rides here and there or want a car at your disposal for your entire trip, we have the apps to get you exactly what you need.

Best airport companion apps for iPhone

If you’re flying somewhere this holiday season, or have relatives flying in from other areas, tracking flights and navigating busy airports doesn’t have to be a huge headache. From apps to help you track flights to apps that can help you find an airline lounge to put your feet up, there are definitely apps for that.

No matter what your needs are, these are the iPhone apps you definitely shouldn’t head to the airport without.

Best streaming music apps for iPhone

If you have a long drive or plane ride ahead of you, music is a must for most of us. While you can of course buy all your music from iTunes, streaming services have become quite popular and let you load up on a lot of music for a set price. Depending on how you’re traveling, one may be better suited for you than another. That’s why we’ve taken the time to point out the differences and give recommendations based on what services are best for different kinds of uses.

For endless music while in a car, waiting in an airport, or on a long flight, check out our collection of streaming services to see which one is right for you.

Best iPhone and iPad apps for traveling with kids

Traveling with kids can go many ways. It can either be easy or it can be a traumatizing experience for all involved. If you want to make sure you don’t have the latter happen, there are lots of apps you can stock up on beforehand in order to keep younger kids entertained. The best part is that some of them don’t require an internet connection so you can rest assured they’ll function properly on a plane as well.

No matter how you’re traveling this holiday season, we have a few recommendations that can provide hours of educational entertainment on the go.

Best turn-by-turn navigation apps for iPhone

If you have to drive this holiday season, you’ll want to make sure you have navigation apps that cover the areas you’ll be driving through. A lot of navigation apps can not only provide turn by turn navigation, but can also provide transit and walking directions too. However, depending on where you’re traveling, some navigation apps may be better suited than others.

No matter what your directional needs are, we can help you find the perfect navigation app before you leave.

What apps are you taking with you this holiday season?

If you typically travel for the holidays, what iPhone and iPad apps have you found to make your trip as close to hassle free as possible?









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The Handbrake video encoding software has received an update, jumping to version 0.10. With the new software version, the makers of Handbrake are bringing a few notable new features as well as some under the hood improvements, such as new encoders, filters, and scalers along with bug fixes:

Here are some of the new encoders that are introduced:

  • Intel QuickSync Video is a hardware based H.264 encoder that is available on Intel CPUs. Currently, QSV is only supported on Windows but we hope to bring this to Linux users in the future. Thanks to the good people at Intel for making this possible!

  • H.265 is now available through x265 1.4. While this encoder is still fairly new, we have seen some promising results come out of it. It’s still under heavy active development and is only going to improve over time!

  • VP8 using the libvpx encoder. We have now deprecated Theora (VP3) in favour of VP8 which is a more modern encoder offering better quality encodes at lower file sizes.

  • LibFaac: Has now officially been removed due to GPL compatibility issues, and replaced with the libav AAC encoder as the new default for Windows and Linux. In addition, we have added the FDK AAC encoder for Windows and Linux as a optional compile-time option. The Mac release will continue to use CoreAudio as the default.

  • As usual, we’ve updated a number of the core libraries including x264 and libav

There are some new filters and scalers added as well. Of note, though, is that OpenCL scaling has been introduced, but according to @donmelton on Twitter, you may not want to use that feature:


  • Denoise: The new NLMeans filter offers much higher quality denoising. Our previous filter, hqdn3d, now accepts individual settings for each of the chroma channels (Cb, Cr).

  • OpenCL Scaling: In addition to the default Lanczos scaling algorithm, HandBrake now offers BiCubic scaling on Windows via OpenCL. If the results prove positive, we may roll it out to other platforms in a future release. Thanks to the guys at AMD for building our OpenCL framework!

The developers have also made some changes to the GUI as well:

  • Feature Parity: A lot of work has been done to bring the user interfaces closer in terms of feature parity. We are now much closer than in any previous release.

  • Audio and Subtitle Defaults: The audio and subtitle controls have been overhauled to support default behaviours which can be stored in presets. This simplifies the workflow for many batch encoding scenarios.

There are also a number of other changes as well in the release notes.

Source: Handbrake









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