Last.fm has suffered severe downtime since the weekend.

Users have been unable to access most areas of the website since Sunday (June 8), with technicians currently working to bring it back online.

Access to the main website, as well as its web API, and services including scrobble submissions and music stations have been largely unavailable.

It has yet to be revealed why the site has gone offline for such a long period of time.

On Monday (June 9), a post on the site's status page read: "We are once again experiencing technical difficulties and as such you may experience intermittent access to the Last.fm website, API, and services including scrobbling and starting stations.

"We sincerely apologise for the disruption, and thank you for your patience while our engineers work to resolve this issue."

The latest update this afternoon (June 10) stated that engineers were "making steady progress to address the technical difficulties".

Earlier this year, Last.fm shut down its subscription radio streaming service.


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Skype 5.0, a revamped version of the communication service, has been announced for Apple iPhone handsets.

The latest iteration of the chat software will launch with a raft of new features, including the ability to start group chats from the home screen and instant notification syncing between devices.

A streamlined user interface will ensure that navigation is smoother, and the application is said to perform five times faster with the update installed.

"Just like the redesigned Skype for Android app, we took the opportunity to rewrite this new version from the ground up and customise it to fit iOS best," said the Skype team in a blog post.

"The new Skype for iPhone is redesigned to put your conversation at the centre of a faster, smoother and far more integrated experience."

Skype 5.0 is expected to be released for iPhone within the coming week.


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Mario Maker has been officially announced by Nintendo.

Releasing on Wii U, the game lets players create their own 2D Mario levels.

It features both retro and modern editing tools, giving fans the option to create 8-bit Super Mario levels and stages based on New Super Mario Bros U.

The previously rumoured release will be available in 2015.

The announcement was part of Nintendo Direct at E3 2014.

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Nintendo has unveiled its new range of interactive toys.

Dubbed Amiibo, each figure contains a special chip that can be used in conjunction with the gamepad.

Using the controller's NFC capabilities, character data can be downloaded into games and back again.

Super Smash Bros and Mario Kart 8 will be among the first games to utilise the technology.

The Amiibo toy platform will launch this winter.

The announcement was part of Nintendo Direct at E3 2014.


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Sony's PlayStation Now streaming service will enter open beta in July.

The PlayStation Now open beta will launch in North America and Canada on PS4 from July 31.

The service will launch with more than 100 PS3 games from the likes of Sony, 2K, Capcom and more.

It will be rolled out on PS3 consoles and Sony smart TVs from September, before hitting PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV.

A European launch is expected in 2015, although exact dates are yet to be confirmed.

The announcement was part of Sony's press conference at E3 2014.

Sony also said that it was experimenting with a variety of different rental prices and options.


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FIFA 15 on PC will be the same as PS4 and Xbox One, EA has revealed.

As part of the game's announcement at E3 2014, EA has confirmed that the PC version of the game will offer the same features as the next-gen console editions.

Producer Sebastian Enrique explained that while it might support higher resolutions, it'll otherwise offer the same experience.

"You might have a better resolution at 1080p, but what I'm saying is, we want to build an experience as good on any of the three platforms," he told Digital Spy.

"Generally, we don't favour [any platform]. With the Gen 4 [PS4, Xbox One, PC] experience being the three platforms, it's not worth saying, 'Okay, we're doing something that is super awesome and cool on PC that you can never get on a PS4 or Xbox One'.

"The same applies [with console] – we're not going to do something that's super cool – anything game changing – on PS4 compared to the other two.

"I want an experience that is the exactly the same on all three."

While you won't need a "super powerful" PC to run the game - a DirectX 11 card will be required - EA doesn't want to sacrifice quality to run on slower machines.

"If you look at other Gen 4 platforms that are out there and are also on PC, you will see it's more or less aligned with those," Enrique said.

"Don't look at ones that is the same game on Gen 3 and Gen 4 and PC – it's not that they are not real Gen 4, but it's a completely different kind of texture size, and so on.

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Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris has been announced for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

The sequel to Tomb Raider offshoot Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light was unveiled with a new trailer yesterday (June 9).

Developed by Crystal Dynamics, Temple of Osiris will again put an emphasis on co-operative gameplay, with up to four players working together to fight off enemies, solve puzzles and avoid traps.

Taking place in Egypt, heroine Lara Croft teams up with rival archaeologist Carter Bell and imprisoned gods Horus and Isis to overpower the evil god Set.

No release date has been announced yet for the platform-action title.

A sequel to the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot was also confirmed at E3 2014. Titled Rise of the Tomb Raider, a teaser trailer debuted at Microsoft's press conference. Watch below:


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Rainbow Six: Patriots has been officially cancelled by Ubisoft.

Deciding that it would launch too late in the console cycle, the firm decided to refocus its efforts on a next-gen release instead.

"The main decision was some months after Patriots was announced in 2011 that was the first moment we knew the first generation of new consoles were coming.

"So obviously at that moment and for a franchise such as Rainbow we needed to decide if we could make something for next-gen and we were already pretty advanced in the development of Patriots."

Admitting that upscaling the game to next-gen consoles would require a lot of work, Remy described it as "a strategic decision" to cancel the game.

"The main decision was some months after Patriots was announced in 2011 that was the first moment we knew the first generation of new consoles were coming.

"So obviously at that moment and for a franchise such as Rainbow we needed to decide if we could make something for next-gen and we were already pretty advanced in the development of Patriots."

Admitting that upscaling the game to next-gen consoles would require a lot of work, Remy described it as "a strategic decision" to cancel the game.

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Ubisoft is holding back a Wii U game until the console shifts more units.

Speaking at a roundtable event during this year's E3 gaming expo (via MCV), Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said that the game in question has been ready for six months.

"We have a game that has been done for six months; it is on our shelf waiting until more families have the machine," Guillemot explained.

"Nintendo is really coming with fantastic games, so they could – with the right price and very good games – get the machine to start. If Wii U's sales continue to multiply, it will quickly come to a mass market.

"We need the sales to increase so it becomes more mass market, and then we will have the volume we need to justify big marketing campaigns and TV marketing.

"This game could never come out and could instead come out on another format that offers the same sort of experience," Guillemot continued.

"We will know this year how the machine goes. We have to wait for Smash Bros to come. Smash Bros has always been a big, big property for Nintendo and for gamers.

Guillemot said that the company has adapted the number of products in development for Wii U, but insists that it will still release games on the console.

"We will have Just Dance 2015 on Wii U, which is suited to the machine, we will have Watch Dogs. We have another couple of products that we are waiting for launch."

During Ubisoft's E3 press conference, the firm announced the Assassin's Creed Unity release date, Rainbow Six: Siege and new fitness game Shape Up.


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YouTube is coming to PlayStation 4, Sony has confirmed.

PS4 users will be able to share their gameplay videos via YouTube by pressing the DualShock 4 controller's Share button.

The announcement was part of Sony's press conference at E3 2014.

During the presentation, Sony also unveiled the white PS4 model and confirmed PlayStation TV for a Western release.


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