Spotify iOS App Updated With Browsing on iPad, Following Friends and Artists, and More

On Friday, the Spotify music-streaming application for iOS has received an update adding in a number of new features and improvements to the application. Friday’s update brings the application up to version 0.9.1.

One of the notable new features will come useful to those using various models of Apple’s iPad. Spotify now lets iPad users take advantage of the browse feature, which the company notes is replacing the “What’s New” feature in the application. The browse feature has been available for iPhone and iPod touch users already.

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IGN UK Podcast #208: It Was All A Dream

Join Chris, Stu, Alex and Krupa for a bumper edition of the IGN UK Podcast.

Next-gen is here, so now we can all move on with our lives and talk about the things that really matter. So that’s… terrible cricket games, dreams involving Luke, and whether we’ve lost our edges.

Well, listen and you tell us if we have.

We also talk about our lovely PlayStation 4 app. And if you don’t know what we’re on about, watch this video to find out what you’re missing:

 IGN UK Podcast #208: It Was All A Dream 

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Apple Offering Gift Cards With Major Purchases for Black Friday in U.S. and Canada

On Black Friday, Apple will be offering gift cards of varying amounts to those that purchase major products in the U.S. and Canada. As predicted just days ago, the free gift cards with major purchases are Apple’s alternative to discounts this holiday season, and could be considered a gimmick to get you to buy even more.

Apple updated its U.S. and Canada Apple Store Web sites Friday morning with more details on the gift cards. Depending

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Rune Factory Developer Goes Bust

Neverland, the developer behind the successful Harvest Moon spin-off Rune Factory, has ceased operations this week, as reported by Siliconera.

The Rune Factory games are Japanese RPGs that invite you to fish, farm and socialise as well as make weapons, fight monsters and dive into dungeons. Fans would tell you that it’s taken the Harvest Moon concept in more interesting directions than the core series in recent years.

The official website states that it will be ceasing operations immediately, citing changing economic conditions as the main factor in its demise. The developer has been unable to find funding to keep afloat. Bankruptcy proceedings will be started soon.

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How Virtual Reality Will Change Gaming

When I was little, I never wanted a jetpack. I still don’t. My Lego men had jetpacks, and even five-year-old me could see that if you bent their stubby little legs back, the twin jets of flame coming out the back of the engines would melt their plastic feet. Rubbish. When I was little, I wanted virtual reality, like in Tron. And now it’s basically here. It even plays Hawken – which basically makes it a jetpack anyway.

Joyless cynics might argue it’s not quite Tron yet. VR is still in its teething stage, still an experiment; a bunch of different companies and entrepreneurs flinging ideas and cash at the same problem from different directions, trying to get us closer to our holodeck future. But why now? Why, after years of resignation to arcades and horrors like the Virtual Boy are these start-ups able to challenge billion-dollar companies for control of gamers’ living rooms?

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PC is “Far Superior” For Gaming, Says Nvidia

In an interview with MCV, Nvidia’s Matt Wright has posited that there’s a third option for a new gaming machine, and that it’s the far superior choice: the PC.

In the midst of the PS4 and Xbox One frenzy this month, Nvidia has released some smaller, more living-room friendly PCs for the Christmas period. “We are proposing small form-factor PCs to be a viable alternative to the next-gen consoles,” said Wright. “Enthusiast players want the ultimate games system and that is the PC.”

The message from the firm is that the choice this year shouldn’t just be between PS4 and Xbox One. “The PC platform is far superior to any console when it comes to gaming, plus you get all the extra functionality that a computer brings,” he says. “Steam now has more users than Xbox Live… There’s a huge community who love playing their games on PC.”

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