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Microsoft has ended support for a number of prominent products earlier this week, as the software giant tries to push its users towards newer and more secure versions of the same items. On Tuesday, Microsoft culled mainstream support for Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, and Internet Explorer 10, just as it warned in 2014, with some support for the aging Windows 8 operating system also dropped by Microsoft at the same time.
On the heels of another year of declines in PC buying, a new graph from Asymco analyst Horace Dediu has revealed that in 2015, the number of iOS devices shipped surpassed the total number of Windows PCs shipped by a comfortable margin for the first time. Shipments of iOS devices and Windows PCs had reached parity last summer, so the result isn't shocking, but does give some indication of how popular mobile devices have become compared to traditional PCs.
We're all familiar with voxel style design, right? Minecraft is one of the bigger names, but other games boast the blocky, minimalist sort of feel that seems to be so popular these days. If you've ever had the desire to try designing your own voxel art or game, we've got the program for you: MagicaVoxel.
Charles said that he didn't have the time, nor the inclination, to game on OS X. The same is not true for all of us here, manning the MacNN ramparts. Maybe it's because I don't work in the bit-mines for Mike full-time, but I've got the opportunity to spend some time hammering away at the keys, blasting bad guys from time to time. This year was a pretty good one for new experiences: here are four of my favorites, and they all can be found on digital game service Steam, and run on OS X in addition to Windows.
Whether you've been given a new Mac for the first time, or you've bought it yourself, somewhere along the line you've been told "it just works." The good news is that this is pretty much true, although it'll take you a little while to find your way around -- especially if you're used to Windows. Whether you're on an iMac or MacBook, you'll see how it's the ease of use that makes people so passionate about Apple. MacNN.com has covered that passion for 20 years now, and it isn't slowing down. Let us help you with your new, or new-to-you computer that you just unwrapped.
Yesterday, we covered five reasons why you should switch to Windows, and frankly it didn't take forensic science to see that we were biased toward the Mac. Give us points for finding real reasons, though, and arguing why they are important to some people, but take many of those points away for how we shook our heads a lot. Only, in looking at exactly how biased we were and are, we rather ignored the simple fact that we are biased. Something got us to this position.
There will always be people who have to switch between Macs and PCs, there will will always be people who are tempted by the other side. Tomorrow in a totally unbiased way we'll cover the thousands and thousands of reasons you should move to a Mac but for today here's a grudging five reasons to switch to PCs and Windows. Five good grudging reasons, though, and followed by a single reason why we're staying where we are.
Earlier today, Apple released the latest iteration of its iCloud for Windows functionality. Now on version 5, the utility allows users of Windows 7 and newer access to and allows modification of photos, videos, mail, calendar, files, and other data stored in Apple's cloud storage service.
Microsoft is attempting to coax customers to switch over to Windows 10, as part of a Trade Up promotion, with Mac users being offered the bigger rewards. The scheme's site claims customers buying a Windows 10 from a Microsoft Store in the United States between October 14 and October 20 will be able to trade in a notebook for up to $200, while Macs being traded in will provide a rebate of up to $300.
So, with OS X El Capitan, you can now have half of your screen devoted to one app and the other half to another. It has been unexpectedly excellent for our productivity: somehow even more than just dragging two windows next to each other like we used to. However, if you don't know how to do it, it isn't obvious.. Plus, some of the things it does really aren't obvious either. Although some apps play nice with it and some don't even let you try, there is a surprising third class of apps that say they work Split Screen yet you'd never know because they need careful handling.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE