Don't look at us like that. Planning is exciting -- or at least, it is essential. If you're a writer, then the thing you want to do is write; and if you're a publisher, then the thing you want is for that writer to have written, please, so that you can get on with your work. Our job in this Summer Project is to create a real book -- paperback and ebook -- and do so in front of you with only one massive cheat. As explained in last week's introduction, the cheat is that this isn't just playing around with the tools, and this book wasn't conjured up for the series.
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37 minutes ago | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps
Reflex-driven games require a special sort of gamer. You have to like stress. Not just like it, but relish it. Hair-trigger reflexes and the ability to make a split-second decision are two important qualities to posses when playing these type of games. If that sounds like the type of gamer you are, then we'd suggest you check out Colour Madness.
55 minutes ago | Posted in: Apple
As I write this, it is one month to the day since my Apple Watch arrived -- and I only know that because I looked it up. It simultaneously feels like I have always had one and that it is still a new toy. Those two things can't both be true, but they are and really it just means I am firmly in that time when I just don't appreciate that I'm actually a lucky git for having one.
6 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, Apple
Following a series of short but widespread iCloud and online storefront-related outages, Apple's Game Center has been down since early Tuesday afternoon (Pacific TIme), and as of late Tuesday has still not yet been resolved. According to the company's system status page, every area of Apple's online services saw some level of outage on Tuesday, with a morning disruption of Siri, Apple Pay, storefront, and iCloud services followed by a second disruption of the online stores in the early evening.
15 hours ago | Posted in: computers, troubleshooting, software, upgrades/storage, Apple
Late last week in the MacNN forums, Fresh-Faced Recruit "JB1000" had some questions about the sharing preferences in Mavericks, but has yet to find a solution. Today "andi*pandi" has been trying to figure out how to synch sms messages across iPhone and iPad, assuming that they would synch automatically after upgrading to 8.3.
This week at Apple's online store, save on a selection of refurbished items from iPods to iMacs. A $30 price cut is offered on the refurbished 5th generation 16GB iPod touch, which has been reduced to $149 from $179. The 32GB 5th generation touch has been cut to $199, while the 64GB configuration has seen a $60 drop to $239.
17 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps
[Update: Heroes of the Storm is out for OS X] On Tuesdays and Fridays, MacNN takes a few minutes to round up important goings-on in the Mac and iOS gaming world. In today's entry we look at the announcement of XCOM 2, a tweak to the way Apple displays content in the App Store, and the coming release of Raceline CC and Radical Rappelling.
Apple on Tuesday re-activated its Apple Events channel for Apple TV owners ahead of the just-confirmed live stream of the Worldwide Developer Conference keynote, scheduled for 10AM PT on Monday, June 8. In addition, the company added a new channels from National Geographic, combining content from both the NatGeo channel as well as the NatGeo Wild channel that includes full shows, documentaries, and more.
17 hours ago | Posted in: computers, upgrades/storage
Sonnet Technologies today announced the Allegro Pro USB 3.0 PCIe, a four-port, four-controller SuperSpeed USB 3.0 PCI Express 2.0 adapter card with charging capabilities. The Allegro card provides users a simple way to add four USB 3.0 ports, each providing full 5Gbps bandwidth, to Mac Pro and Windows computers with PCIe slots, and to Thunderbolt-to-PCI Express card expansion chassis.
18 hours ago | Posted in: computers, gaming, peripherals, gadgets, upgrades/storage, accessories, networking, audio
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista scour online retailers for discounts, bundles, offers, and sales on hardware and software for you, the discerning reader. Just a new collection of deals today, plus still active ones from yesterday, with the new additions including surprisingly cheap Lego playsets with additional app-related play, a Lightning-equipped speaker dock, and a 4K-ready AV receiver from Pioneer.
19 hours ago | Posted in: industry
Netflix will not be bringing third-party advertising to its video-streaming service, the company has advised. Recent reports suggested that Netflix was testing putting in trailers for Netflix programming before and after shows being watched on the service, though the company has since spoken out denying it is considering bringing any revenue-generating advertising anytime soon, and it is just promoting its self-generated shows.
19 hours ago | Posted in: industry, gadgets, accessories, networking, iPhone apps, Apple
First announced roughly a year ago, the first products taking advantage of Apple's HomeKit home-automation technology are, as expected, now hitting the market. Among the offerings soon to appear at retail are a "smartplug" electrical outlet adapter from iHome, air quality and energy-use sensors from Elgato, and a range of lighting kits to add HomeKit functionality from Lutron. Insteon, Ecobee, and General Electric have also made announcements.
20 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, developer, Apple
[Updated with new information] Although the system status page for Apple's services continues to report no issues, some users are experiencing issues with iCloud.com, the App Store and other aspects of the service. General syncing seems to be working, but developers are also reporting issues with CloudKit Dashboard. Some users, including MacNN staffers, have reported problems with app updates and iCloud mail accounts as well.
SourceForge is changing its practices regarding adding third-party offers to the installer of seemingly-unmaintained software projects, following complaints from users and recent reports. The company is no longer adding the extra offers, which includes antivirus software and back-up services which generate SourceForge revenue, and will instead only add the extra items to projects that have chosen to include them in the installer.
Centuries ago, picking up a special trinket or a necessary item wasn't as simple as driving down to the local big box store. Villages and towns in the Middle Ages often went without specialty goods, often settling for what was available in the local area if other items weren't readily available. However, traveling merchants filled a vital role in delivering products from far and wide, from the everyday to the extraordinary. While many of these road-worthy individuals likely enjoyed their treks across the land, the appeal to a life of wheeling and dealing was in the money to be made. For those curious about what the life of a carriage-bound trader might have been like so long ago, Forever Entertainment SA's Merchants of Kaidan offers a taste without an exorbitant investment.
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the sales available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today, we're featuring two software bundles for your Mac that can help you keep it running in top condition and to convert files to different formats, as well as a cut-price fitness tracker.
23 hours ago | Posted in: industry
As expected, the next generation of Thunderbolt has been announced. The new third iteration of the technology doubles the speed of the previous version to 40Gb/s. Interestingly, the protocol uses the same physical port as USB-C, and USB-C devices can be plugged directly into the same port with no adapters necessary.
23 hours ago | Posted in: computers
Intel has increased the range of its fifth-generation "Broadwell" family of processors, announcing a new set of ten processors at Computex, alongside new Xeon processors. The new chips are divided equally between desktop and mobile versions, with the processor producer incorporating Iris Pro graphics into its LGA desktop processors for the first time, giving a boost to systems that rely on integrated graphics instead of a separate graphics card.
Tue June 2, 2015 | Posted in: education, iPhone apps, iPad apps
We've been covering a fair amount of artist-centric apps lately, most of which are designed for professional artists, hobbyists, or at the very least, adults. We're about to change that, however, by showcasing an app that is designed for elementary-age artists everywhere, called Drawing with Carl.
Tue June 2, 2015 | Posted in: industry, digital imaging, developer, Graphics/Web Design, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps
It's been a big week here at MacNN, covering all the announcements from Google's I/O conference. You might think this wouldn't have much of interest to Apple users, but luckily, episode 17 of the MacNN Podcast is here to sort it all out. Google brought many of its announcements to platforms other than its own, capped off with a new web- and iOS-based Photos program to rival the recently-released one for Mac and iOS from Apple itself, which we talk about and compare.
Tue June 2, 2015 | Posted in: security
Google is making it easier to manage the security and privacy of a user's account, by bringing everything within the same page. The new My Account site allows users to manage their Google account's privacy settings, device activity and notifications, and other settings that apply across all Google services. Privacy Checkup and Security Checkup tools also aim to simplify the process, taking users gradually through the account settings. A second site, privacy.google.com, has been created to explain what Google does with user data, how it is secured, and other similar queries.
Mon June 1, 2015 | Posted in: computers, troubleshooting, Apple
While details are sparse, five people were injured in a chlorine leak that occurred at the Apple data center in Maiden, North Carolina on Monday, according to local news reports. The leak was reported about 2:30PM ET, and may have been connected to a water purification system. The 183-acre facility, which Apple has run since 2010, is one of the largest data centers -- and renewable energy farms -- in the United States.
Mon June 1, 2015 | Posted in: security, troubleshooting, hacks, Apple
A new vulnerability -- albeit one that is extremely unlikely to happen "in the wild" -- has been discovered by security researcher Pedro Vilaca, where a flaw in pre-2014 Macs could conceivably allow an attacker access to a portion of OS X that has access to the Mac's Open Firmware and EFI (what PC users might call the BIOS of the machine) and possibly exploit other vulnerabilities to perhaps overwrite it with malicious firmware.
Mon June 1, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps
One of our favorite things about gaming on iOS devices is the sheer amount of games that you can play. You like first-person shooters? There are a plethora of reflex-testing shooters for the iPad. Platformers? No sweat, there's some really great ones out there for your favorite iOS device. We especially appreciate it, however, when the games ourselves give us options -- which is why we checked out a multi-game title called Ready Steady Play.
Mon June 1, 2015 | Posted in: computers, gaming, peripherals, gadgets, upgrades/storage, accessories, Apple, iPad
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista scour online retailers for discounts, bundles, offers, and sales on hardware and software for you, the discerning reader. Just a new collection of deals today, as the slate has been cleaned of last week's offers, with the new batch including Beats urBears earphones, an iPad mini 2, and a Cube 3D printer.
Mon June 1, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets, accessories, hacks, networking, Apple
Though in-store sales of Apple Watch models are expected to begin soon, it is currently near-impossible to get one's hands on an Apple Watch without either ordering it online from Apple or visiting one of a handful of high-end fashion boutiques around Europe. Bands for the Watch, however, continue to become more available -- with a spot check of stores in the US showing that sport bands and Leather Loop models are now very widely available.
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