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Explore ancient ruins and solve clever puzzles in After the End: Forsaken Destiny

Sat, 2017-06-24 08:00

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

I wasn’t even looking for new games on the App Store when the trailer for After the End: Forsaken Destiny caught my eye. Despite its clunky, somewhat cliché title, the game immediately piqued my interest with its smooth, perspective-based puzzles, constantly-evolving landscapes, and low-poly artistic style that’s reminiscent of an all-time favorite, Monument Valley.

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The iPhone hair shirt: The weirdest of takes

Sat, 2017-06-24 07:00

The Macalope has seen a lot of iPhone takes over the last 10 years so it’s rare that he’s surprised by anything. But this one goes from standard to bizarre in 3.2 paragraphs.

Writing for the LA Times, Virginia Heffernan presents a hairy argument.

“Happy birthday, iPhone: Ten years later, Steve Jobs' creation owns us.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @designheretic

Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone in January, 2007, before an adoring congregation, in his signature “Sermon on the Mount” style.

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This Week in iOS Apps: Backtrack Golf helps improve your game

Fri, 2017-06-23 16:45
Good for your game

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup includes a new app that improves your golf game, and also includes apps to help you manage tasks, track weather, and even call a locksmith. Read on!

Backtrack Golf

Image by Backtrack Golf

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The 10 best Mac game deals in the Steam Summer Sale 2017

Fri, 2017-06-23 12:50
Get 'em cheap

Image by Campo Santo

What’s even better than playing a great video game on your Mac? Playing a great game on your Mac that cost only a fraction of its usual asking price, of course. And now is the right time to make that happen, as the annual Steam Summer Sale is underway.

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iPad Pro vs. iPad mini 4 vs. iPad: Which one should you buy?

Fri, 2017-06-23 10:39

So you’re in the market for a new iPad. Excellent choice—I couldn’t live without mine. It’s my companion when I’m catching up on news and email in the morning over tea, reading a comic book in the evening to unwind, or watching a movie while traveling on a plane. Update 6-22-2017: This article has been updated to include information about the new 2017 iPad, as well as the upgrades to the iPad Pro line.

But these days, picking an iPad can be tricky. Apple currently sells four different models of iPad, with prices ranging from $329 to $1229. There are size, storage, color, and connectivity options to consider. All in all, there are 60 different variations of iPad from which to choose. So which iPad is right for you? Read on.

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iCloud Photo Library’s sync need fixing

Fri, 2017-06-23 07:00

I love iCloud Photo Library. It’s brain-dead simple to use (unlike iCloud Music Library), and it ensures that all my photos are in sync on all my devices. Lately, having bought a new camera, I’ve been taking a lot of pictures, and I’ve been wanting to view them and edit them on my iPad, with Enlight or Affinity Photo, a powerful photo editing app that was highlighted in Apple’s recent WWDC keynote. But syncing from my iMac, where I import photos, to my other devices can take a long time.

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How Apple’s wearable tech could and should help your health

Fri, 2017-06-23 06:30

Apple talked about many things at its Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month, but one that got relatively short shrift was the Apple Watch. Now more than two years in, the Watch has undergone a major transition from the product that was first announced, focusing in on specific uses like notifications, health, and fitness.

But some, myself included, had expected to see a bigger push on the health front in watchOS 4. A new marquee feature like sleep tracking, perhaps. Or a glucose monitor. (Apple mentioned that watchOS 4 will now work with external glucose monitors, but if it’s working on such tech itself, it’s not ready for prime time yet.)

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Tivoli Audio Model One Digital review: Big sound from a small footprint

Fri, 2017-06-23 06:00
Many won’t miss the extra features this tabletop radio is missing.

Virgin Mobile has a $120 discount on an instantly unlockable 32GB and 128GB iPhone SE

Thu, 2017-06-22 13:14

Virgin Mobile is becoming America’s first iPhone-only carrier, and to celebrate its collaboration with Apple, it’s launched heavy deals on a year’s worth of cell service and the purchase price of a new iPhone SE.

For existing customers and new customers who port-in a number, Virgin Mobile will give them a year’s worth of unlimited talk, text, and data service for $1 when they purchase a new iPhone and sign up for Auto Pay. To help sweeten that deal even further, the virtual network carrier is offering $120 off an unlockable 32GB and 128GB iPhone SE.

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The Week in iOS Accessories: More cases for the new iPad Pro

Thu, 2017-06-22 10:00
Taking care of your tablet

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup contains new cases for the iPad Pro, plus headphones, Bluetooth speakers, and more. Read on!


Image by LifeProof

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Amazon Prime Gets You 50% off Razer Wildcat Controller for Xbox One, Windows 10 PC - Deal Alert

Thu, 2017-06-22 09:20

The Razer Wildcat controller is compatible with both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. An elite level controller developed for tournament play with feedback from the best eSports athletes, it features four additional fully-programmable buttons for a personalized layout, a well thought out ergonomic shape and weight, reduced trigger travel distance for rapid fire, and much more. If you're an Amazon Prime member, the typical list price has been reduced generously to just $74.99. If you're not a Prime member but still want this deal, Amazon's 30 day Prime free trial (signup page here) is quick to activate and gets you all of the same benefits with no financial commitment required (unless you decide to keep it). See this deal now on Amazon.

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Lightworks 14 review: Free video editing software lacks proper Mac decorum

Thu, 2017-06-22 09:00

Lightworks may not be a household name, but has established a proven reputation with Hollywood filmmakers over nearly three decades as the software of choice for editing award-winning feature films like Pulp Fiction, L.A. Confidential, and Moulin Rouge.

Originally tied to expensive, proprietary console hardware, Lightworks has adapted to the economic realities of modern editors, so much so that the core application can now be downloaded for free. While the gratis edition natively imports the same wide range of formats as the paid edition—ProRes, RED, and AVCHD to name just a few—exports are limited to web-compatible MPEG or H.264 files up to 720p resolution, with the option to upload directly to YouTube accounts.

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All specced up and no place to go: Misunderstanding the iPhone

Thu, 2017-06-22 08:00

It is time again to play the very popular game the Macalope just invented! You know it, you love it, please give a warm round of applause for…

What! Is! He! Talking! About?!

CNBC brings us the hottest of Wall Street analyst takes on the iPhone, delivered to your doorstep as stone cold as the contents of a Blue Apron box.

“The iPhone hasn't been the best in 5 years, but who cares, says Apple analyst.” (Tip o’ the antlers to That Mac Nerd.)

Apple hasn't had the best smartphone on the market for five or six years, Bernstein senior research analyst Toni Sacconaghi told CNBC…

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How to unlock your iPhone on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Virgin Mobile

Thu, 2017-06-22 07:00

The days of being tied to a single carrier with a locked phone for months on end are all but over. Where we once were forced into 24-month contracts with devices that were useless on any other network, nowadays your wireless carrier must unlock your phone if you request it.

Seriously, they do. It’s actually a law. The Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act makes it so any phone purchased after 2015 will work with any carrier, so your provider can’t keep your phone tied to their network because they feel like it. However, there are some terms and conditions that you’ll need to follow before you can pop another SIM into your phone, and of course they vary by carrier.

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MacBook 2017 review: The bang for your buck gets better

Thu, 2017-06-22 06:30

It’s now year three of the MacBook as we know it, and it seems that after initially being a laptop without an ecosystem, and then a laptop that we’re still getting used to, the MacBook has settled into its groove. It’s established its place in Apple’s laptop line, and it’s finally gain acceptance by the consumer.

But maybe you’re still a holdout. You’re out there, I know, still not convinced that the MacBook is a good buy. Well, I have some good news: The newest MacBook is a better buy than it has been, thanks to performance improvements by its processor and graphics upgrade. What Apple has in the MacBook is a small and light laptop that packs a nice speed punch.

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Over-the-air DVR: Do you really need it?

Thu, 2017-06-22 06:00
Who needs an over-the-air DVR? Here's our guide to deciding.

Why the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is a typing champ

Thu, 2017-06-22 06:00

If there’s a defining quality to the iPad Pro, it’s that the device seeks to go beyond the traditional touch interface of iOS to seek out additional ways of getting work done. For people who are comfortable with pencil, pen, and paper, the Apple Pencil brings a new dimension to using an iPad. And for those of us who are most comfortable with a keyboard beneath our fingers, the iPad Pro—with its Smart Keyboard, the first Apple keyboard designed for iOS—was a sign that Apple realizes that sometimes, even an iPad needs to behave a bit more like a laptop.

There are probably innumerable reasons why Apple decided to expand the size of the second-generation iPad Pro, replacing the old 9.7-inch model with a new 10.5 one. But one benefit of the slight expansion—the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is 10.6 millimeters wider than the old model—is more room for typing, whether it’s physical keys on the Smart Keyboard or the virtual keys of the built-in software keyboard.

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Save 60% On Drive Genius 5 for Mac ($39) - Deal Alert

Wed, 2017-06-21 16:37

Macs, like all computers, require diligent maintenance to continue running at optimal levels. Drive Genius 5 makes this upkeep easier by silently monitoring, cleaning, and securing your hard drive throughout the day. It's Apple's most popular defrag tool, and it's on sale for 60 percent off.

New and improved, the latest version of Drive Genius 5 includes 19 different utilities, and they're all automated to negate slowdowns during a scan. Using the new Drive Pulse feature, this tool automatically scans your system and identifies malware in idle mode, thus protecting your computer without getting in the way. Plus, with its BootWell feature, Drive Genius 5 can create a bootable secondary drive to easily repair your main drive.

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Podcast 564: Take a trip to Kaby Lake

Wed, 2017-06-21 15:00

A potpourri of news this week, from Tim Cook urging that schools teach coding to every student, Scott Forstall’s interview about the creation of the iPhone, and new iOS 11 features, including object recognition and augmented reality (AR), that will bump up camera and other third-party apps’ capabilities. Roman also critiques the new MacBook Pro models, which have a lot to offer.

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Amazon has a tiny 64GB SanDisk Ultra thumb drive on sale for $19

Wed, 2017-06-21 14:28

Today's the day for a good price on a 64GB low-profile thumb drive: Amazon is selling the SanDisk Ultra Fit 64GB USB 3.0 flash drive for $19. That's about half the price of other online retailers. Just make sure you keep an eye on this thing, as it is tiny. It measures 0.75-by-0.63-by-0.34 inches and snuggles right up to the side of your USB port.

The thumb drive offers 150MB/s read speed, which isn't blazing fast but adequate enough. However, we don't expect it to bear out SanDisk's claim of transferring a full-length movie (about 1.2GB in size) in under 30 second over USB 3.0. Since this drive is so small, its limited ability to dissipate heat will slow its transfer rates. If you don't work with large files, though, it should perform fine.

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