We also return to normal and rant about Star Trek among other things
The MacNN Podcast road trip continues, with host and Editor Charles Martin bringing the discussion to you live from Pine Mountain, Georgia. Joining him is Malcolm Owen in Wales and William Gallagher in Birmingham (but on his way to Paris), so the gallivanting continues unabated (but this week with much better sound). On the 40th episode, we talk about changes -- from El Capitan to Star Trek -- and some of the Mac apps we can't live without, as well as a discussion on how to determine if its time to replace -- or just repair -- your older Mac. All this plus "App of the Week" in just a hair over 60 minutes.
New series follows decades of Trek boosting new services
It is a decade since Star Trek was last on TV, but it's now coming back with a brand-new series which will air starting in January of 2017. What's caused debate, and even consternation, about the news is that after its pilot episode, the show will be made available exclusively on CBS All Access. That's broadcaster CBS's digital subscription service, and the announcement surprised many. However, it shouldn't have been such a shock -- because almost every Star Trek has boldly gone where no show has gone before in terms of using new ways to reach audiences.
Star Trek Online game now live for Mac gamers
Perfect World Entertainment, Cryptic Studios and TransGaming have announced that Star Trek Online is now available for Mac users. Players can play as Federation, Klingon or Romulan factions, and explore the galaxy, captain a starship, and engage in space and ground battles, including iconic locations as seen in the franchise's movies and TV episodes. The MMORPG has been available for PC users since 2010, and is free to play. Its Mac client can be downloaded through Star Trek Online's site.
Second hinge allows for display to hover above keyboard
Acer is using its tie-in with the movie Star Trek: Into Darkness to tease a notebook with a sliding-hinge screen. The clip, which intersperses clips from the film with that of the notebook sliding down a textured wall, calls it "A Unique Notebook" that will be revealed on May 3rd, ahead of the movie's own release on May 17th.
Actor and Director from iconic series to speak about storytelling
Two Star Trek icons and an animator will be talking during the Lunchtime Sessions at WWDC this week. LeVar Burton, J.J. Abrams, and William Joyce will be speaking at the conference, with subjects centering on how technology is impacting storytelling and views on changing the content creation process, along with demonstrations on how these are happening.
Star Trek PADD gets official iPad app
Star Trek fans saw a slice of the sci-fi become real on Monday after CBS put out an official PADD app ($5, App Store). The app recreates the device's LCARS interface from TNG-era shows and is treated as a database for the universe with characters, ships, species, and TV episodes. It carries 'authentic' sound effects and has diagnostic demos around the NCC1701-D version of the Enterprise.
Game features online multiplay, four game modes
Paramount and TransGaming have announced a December release for a Mac version of Star Trek: D-A-C. The new game is a top-down space shooter game pitting Starfleet against the Romulan Empire, supporting online multiplayer for up to 12 players, online co-op and single-player gameplay. Gameplay options include survival, team deathwatch, conquest and assault. Defeated ships offer new abilities and score pick-ups in survival mode, while conquest and assault gameplay involve attacking or defending sectors of space.