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New Singers Join Arizona Opera’s Arion Roose Pullin Young Artist Program.

On October 5, 2020, I listened to Arizona Opera’s Studio Spotlight Series online concert held in the newly named the Shoshana B. and Robert S. Tancer Plaza adjoining the company’s building on Central Avenue in Phoenix. General Director Joseph Spector greeted the tiny audience of donors and the much larger online assemblage with remembrances of the company’s former general director, Joel Revzen, and a video about the late chair of the Arizona Opera Board of Directors, Robert Tancer. Only the speaker was unmasked.

Red and white flowers on either side of a light bar marked the stage area as soprano Caitlin Gotimer, in an afternoon-length dark dress, strode in front of the audience to sing the “Jewel Song” from Gounod’s Faust with pianist Robert Bosworth. Gotimer would have spent this past summer singing at the Glimmerglass Festival in northern New York had it not been for the pandemic. She showed her character’s surprise at seeing the casket of jewels and as she sang “ce nest plus toi” “that is no longer you” her expression showed distinct pleasure in seeing a bracelet grace her arm. She sang with clear coloratura that included a fine trill at the beginning.

Wearing pants to indicate she was singing a masculine part. Mezzo-soprano Michaela Wolz sang “Parto, parto, ma tu ben mio” (“I leave, but you my love”) from Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito (“The Clemency of Titus”). In this difficult aria, Wolz brought out her character’s emotional state and finished her presentation with fast flourishes of coloratura. Baritone Rob McGinness offered the aria “Vi tak Pechalny” (“You are so sad”) from Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades, and his resonant voice glinted with golden tones.

Caitlin Gotimer returned with “Tu che di gel sei

PS5 3D Audio, Surprise Game Collections, & A Blizzard Studio Shutdown | Save State

In this video, Persia talks about the PS5’s new 3D audio feature and how it will work for your headset but not for your TV speakers at launch. Sony also showed of its Pulse 3D wireless headset, which it says will be the best way to experience the PS5’s 3D audio capabilities. A few confirmed games to support this feature are Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Demon’s Souls, and Resident Evil Village.

Persia also talks about the surprise announcement and release of two collections from Bethesda. The first collection includes four Wolfenstein games in all: The New Order, The Old Blood, The New Colossus, and Youngblood. The second is The Arkane Collection and includes Prey, Dishonored, and Dishonored 2, along with the standalone Dishonored 2 expansion Death of the Outsider. Bethesda also confirmed to GameSpot that both collections will be playable on next-gen consoles through backwards compatibility.

Lastly, Persia talks about Bloomberg reporting that Blizzard will be closing its offices in Versailles, France. The Versailles office was responsible for marketing, providing customer support, and localizing Blizzard games across Europe.

This is your Save State for Monday, October 6th.

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Apple Stops Selling Headphones and Speakers From Third-Party Companies Ahead of Rumored Smaller HomePod and AirPods Studio Launch

Apple is no longer selling headphones and wireless speakers from companies like Sonos, Bose, and Logitech, as it prepares to launch a new, lower-cost HomePod and AirPods Studio headphones.


According to checks performed by Bloomberg, Apple removed headphones and speakers from Bose, speakers from Logitech’s Ultimate Ears brand, and Sonos speakers from its online Apple Store at the end of September. Searching for these products, which were previously sold online and in retail stores, brings up no results.

Employees at Apple retail locations have also allegedly been asked to pull third-party audio products from shelves over the course of the last few days. Retail stores and the online store continue to offer Beats-branded headphones and speakers alongside Apple’s AirPods and ‌HomePod‌.

Apple has made similar moves in the past, eliminating stock of fitness trackers ahead of the launch Apple Watch. Apple told Bloomberg that it regularly makes changes to the products that it offers as new third-party accessories are released and the needs of customers change.

Rumors indicate Apple is working on several new audio products, including a smaller, lower-cost HomePod and high-end over-ear Apple-branded headphones that could be called “‌AirPods Studio‌,” to be sold alongside the ‌AirPods‌ and AirPods Pro.

Both of these new products are expected to launch before the end of the year, and the removal of the third-party audio products from the online store suggests we could be seeing Apple’s new audio devices soon, perhaps as soon as the iPhone-centric October event that’s rumored to be in the works.

Current rumors indicate that Apple has an event planned for October 13, and if that’s the case, we could see an Apple announcement as soon as tomorrow.

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New HomeKit gear, testing SwitchBot with Shortcuts, plus updates on Andrew’s studio on HomeKit Insider

On this week’s episode of HomeKit Insider, Yale launches their HomeKit Smart Delivery Box, small but useful changes come to iOS 14.2, Stephen details his SwitchBot experience, Andrew has the new Hue gradient lightstrip, plus we get an update on the AppleInsider studio and we answer listener questions.

Yale has now made its Yale Smart Delivery Box and its Yale Smart Cabinet Lock available to order, both of which are of course HomeKit-enabled. Both are for securely holding deliveries, but which one is right for you depends on whether you’re in a house or an apartment — and what other valuables you might want to store.

Then Stephen dives into his experience with the SwitchBot, which makes electrical devices smart by pressing their on button. As Stephen discovers, SwitchBot supports Siri Shortcuts — but only when used with its corresponding hub. Stephen picks up a SwitchBot hub to see how it integrates with Shortcuts as well as HomeKit accessories.

Then Andrew gives us the latest ongoing update on his major new video and audio studio. This time, he’s concentrating on the specifics of how he’s setting up his various HomeKit accessories.

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How ‘Halo’ Veteran Harold Ryan Plans To Revolutionize Game Studio Culture

Given the imminent arrival of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, the recent releases of games like like Crash Bandicoot 4 and Star Wars: Squadrons, and with countless blockbusters on the horizon, you’d be forgiven for losing track of every major gaming development–even if they had the potential to fundamentally transform the way the industry operates. This month, ProbablyMonsters took another step towards shaping how games could be made, and it’s one you shouldn’t overlook.

The company, which exists to “unite, guide, and empower talented teams to create exceptional interactive experiences”, announced the creation of its third, yet-unnamed studio, led by creatives from the critically acclaimed Borderlands and Torchlight franchises. The chief architect behind this, ex-Bungie CEO Harold Ryan, is no stranger to success–and he doesn’t plan on breaking old habits.

Ryan, whose 25-year career in the Pacific Northwest has seen him generate over $5 billion of revenue through iconic franchises such as Halo, Destiny, and Age of Empires, established ProbablyMonsters after leaving his role as CEO, president, and chairman of the board at Bungie in 2016. 

Now headquartered in scenic Bellevue, Ryan has a pioneering vision for game studios–one he modestly discussed exclusively with Forbes.com. “With ProbablyMonsters, I’ve been given the opportunity to create something unique–the first of its kind,” he says. “We’re a new category of game company.”

ProbablyMonsters’ MO is simple: to build a family of developers with “strong and compatible cultural bonds that transcend from studio culture” and to the games they develop. With it, the organization will bring some better news to an industry that’s plagued by countless, disheartening headlines