Microsoft said to be announcing Lumia 650 on February 1; reported to be the ‘last Lumia’

After numerous rumours and leaks in the past few months, a new report has indicated the phone will finally be announced on February 1, adding that sources have claimed it will be ‘the last Lumia’. Read more…

Sony announces new (old) PS2 games coming to PlayStation 4

Sony has announced that they will begin the sale of eight PS2 games on the PlayStation Store starting December 5th. The announcement suggests, if we read between the lines, that more games are coming. Read more…

Konami bars Hideo Kojima from accepting award for ‘Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain’

Hideo Kojima was invited to receive an award at The Game Awards for his latest work, ‘Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain’. However, Konami barred him from attending and accepting the award. Read more…

This Chinese smartphone was dropped from 20 feet and lived to tell the tale

The Chinese Bluboo Xtouch smartphone was dropped from 20 feet – or about 6 meters – and managed to not only keep working but the screen hadn’t even slightly shattered either. Read more…

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Pad & Quill Apple Watch Band or iPhone Case

For this week’s giveaway, we’ve partnered again with Pad & Quill, the maker of premium MacBook, iPhone, and iPad cases and other accessories. Pad & Quill is kindly offering prizes from its lines of leather watch bands and iPhone cases to the lucky winners.

Pad & Quill’s Lowry line of leather watch bands come in a cuff style and a standard band style. The Lowry Cuff is sized specifically for 42mm Apple Watch models while the Lowry Band is available for both 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch models. They’re all made of full-grain vegetable tanned leather and feature nickel-finished hardware and 25-year leather warranties. The Cuff retails for $129.95 and the Band is $109.95.

The company’s Classic Band, which Contributing Editor Mitchel Broussard found to be durable and professional-looking, is available for both 38mm and 42mm watch models in several colors with the choice between stainless steel and polished black for the metal hardware. The Classic Band retails for $99.95.

Pad & Quill makes several iPhone cases in various styles, including the wood-framed leather portfolio style Luxury Book for iPhone 6 Plus and 6s Plus, which costs $109.95, and the leather Bella Vida wallet case, which costs $74.95.

Four winners will be chosen. The first two winners can choose one Lowry Cuff or Band or Classic Band in the size and color of their choice. The second two winners can choose any one iPhone case from Pad & Quill’s entire case line-up.

To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter your email address. Your email address will not be given to any third party and will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to enter.

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This contest will run from today (November 20) at 12:00 pm Pacific time through 12:00 pm Pacific time on November 27. The winners will be chosen randomly on November 30 and will be contacted by email. The winners have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address. The prizes will be shipped to the winners for free.

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iPad Pro is big and beautiful: Unboxing and first impressions

I ordered the iPad Pro online at first light this morning and picked it up at the Apple Store in Stonestown, San Francisco, just as the store opened. Aside from the sticker shock — more than $1,326.49 for the iPad, Pencil and Smart Keyboard — I was surprised at how readily it is available. Seems […]

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Microsoft announces first set of games supported by Xbox One backwards compatibility

Microsoft has released a list detailing titles that will be supported by the Xbox One’s upcoming backwards compatibility feature, prior to the New Xbox One Experience update arriving later this week. Read more…

Blizzard’s Upcoming Game ‘Overwatch’ Won’t Be Coming to OS X

While game developer Blizzard has a long-standing history of bringing its games to OS X in addition to Windows, the developer today confirmed at its BlizzCon fan convention that it will not be bringing its new game, Overwatch, to OS X, according to Polygon.

Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan confirmed the news, acknowledging that the company has longstanding support for Apple’s computers. However, Kaplan says the company focused its efforts on Windows due to the „technology behind Macs.“

„Currently with the technology behind Macs and the way Overwatch runs it’s just too challenging for us at this point to support it,“ Kaplan said. „Our focus right now is entirely on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.“

Kaplan didn’t specify what Mac technology was making it challenging for Blizzard to make the game for OS X, but Apple’s support for graphics technologies such as Metal and OpenGL may be part of the reason. Some of the early developers who committed to Metal, such as Adobe, have backpedaled a bit as they work with the new technology. Apple has also been criticized for not adopting the most recent versions of OpenGL, which is also heavily relied upon in modern game development

Most recently, Blizzard launched free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game Heroes of the Storm for Mac OS X on June 2, 2015.

(Thanks, Teyla!)

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Giant discounts on a pair of Monster portable storage drives [Deals]

It’s Halloween season, but prices of these two Monsters are anything but scary. With cavernous storage and solid state storage, these are two devices you can take with you free of the worry of a dying motor or a scratched disc. And at more than half off, they’re going for a price that can’t be […]

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Hideo Kojima has officially parted ways with Konami after nearly three decades

In a new report, Hideo Kojima has officially parted ways with Konami. After nearly three decades, Kojima will lay dormant until December of 2015. Read more…