Peaceful farming sim Stardew Valley is coming to the iPhone

Stardew Valley is coming to the small screen. Today, Eric Barone, the farming game’s developer, revealed a surprise mobile port that’s launching later this month.

Currently Stardew Valley only has a release date on iOS — Barone says that he expects to have details about an Android release “soon” — but it does come with a number of welcome features. Notably, the game will be $7.99 and include no additional in-app purchases, and those who played the game on PC will even be able to transfer their progress to mobile. “It’s the full game, not a cut-down version, and plays almost identically to all other versions,” Barone says. “The main difference is that it has been rebuilt for touchscreen gameplay on iOS.”

Stardew Valley first launched way…

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Tesla sued by Nevada for failure to pay $650,000 in taxes

Tesla was sued by the state of Nevada earlier this week for its failure to pay nearly $655,000 to the state’s Unemployment Compensation Fund, according to Bloomberg.

According to the liability statement, Tesla is indebted to the Employment Security Division of the state of Nevada. The carmaker didn’t pay enough for the first and second quarters of 2018 when Tesla had $68 million and $55 million in taxable wages, respectively.

Tesla’s giant Gigafactory is located outside of Las Vegas, where it makes battery packs and other parts for its Model 3 electric vehicle. A spokesperson for the company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Here’s how indie artists will make money with SoundCloud Premier

Today, SoundCloud announced that it is opening up its direct monetization program to the public, finally giving most artists the ability to make money off of the platform. The program, called SoundCloud Premier, was created four years ago but has been limited to an invite-only beta until now. SoundCloud’s self-monetization move follows Spotify’s recent announcement that it would begin letting indie artists make money off of songs that are self-uploaded to its platform.

In order to qualify for Premier, you must be an independent creator with a Pro or Pro Unlimited account and have at least 5,000 plays in the past month from SoundCloud-monetized countries (which, for now, is limited to the US, UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany,…

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James Gunn is now writing Suicide Squad 2

James Gunn — the director of the first two Guardians of the Galaxy movies — is moving across the comic store aisle to Marvel’s biggest cinematic superhero rival, DC, to write the script for “the next installment in the Suicide Squad franchise,” according to a report from Polygon.

The news comes after Disney fired Gunn ahead of the production launch for his planned movie, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, in a controversial series of events that saw a number of offensive jokes that Gunn had made on Twitter in 2009 and 2010 resurfaced by right-wing “Pizzagate” conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich. Despite considerable backlash from fans and almost the entire Guardians cast asking that Gunn be reinstated to the project, Disney refused to change…

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Google+ is dead, but its legacy lives on

Following the revelation of a security vulnerability that exposed the private data of up to 500,000 Google+ users, Google is finally ready to pull the plug on the consumer version of its troubled social network. Simply put, the company said on Monday…

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Sonos updates its desktop app and adds maximum volume limiter

Sonos has finally updated its desktop controller app to make the look and feel of it in line with its mobile software, the company announced in its app release notes published today. The desktop controller is now a lot easier to use and understand, and it looks quite similar to what you’ll find on Sonos’ iOS and Android apps.

As part of the update, which is version number 9.2, users are also getting the ability to set maximum volume limits for certain Sonos devices and the rooms in which those devices are located. That way, you can ensure that guests don’t accidentally exceed a threshold of noise or that you don’t inadvertently blast too-loud music in, say, your child’s bedroom. The update also adds support for the upcoming Sonos Amp…

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Google has appealed a $5 billion Android complaint from the EU

On Tuesday, Google filed an appeal of the European Commission’s nearly $5 billion fine after a regulatory body decided that the Alphabet Inc. company was knowingly violating antitrust laws, the company confirmed to The Verge.

In its initial suit, the European Commission alleged that Google was abusing its market dominance over its Android operating system by bundling together products like Google search and Chrome apps, and paying other mobile manufacturers to include Google search as a default.

Following the decision in July, Google said that it would file an appeal, but according to The Wall Street Journal, it wasn’t filed until today. The initial decision gave Google 90 days to end the anti-competitive behaviors in order to continue…

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