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Lava Lamp Love, Eclipse Disaster Preparedness, and the Bitcoin Fork – ACM 423

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 00:19:44 +0000

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Lava Lamps are the bee’s knees. It is known. And in this episode, Bryan and Jeff discuss how they make the perfect random number generator. They also look at how eclipse watching is an excellent window into what would happen in a disaster, and discuss the Bitcoin fork that resulted in Bitcoin Cash being created.

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Apple’s Perilous and Stumbling Project to Build an Autonomous Car

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 22:20:55 +0000

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Once upon a time, Apple thought it could go from zero to 100 in the car business with no prior experience. We’re now seeing how hard it turned out to be.

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Archive, Compress, and Password-Protect Your Files With Automator

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 21:13:35 +0000

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There’s a right way and a wrong way to password-protect your files, so let’s focus on the right, stronger way to get the job done.

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Here’s What Stops Working when CrashPlan for Home Shuts Down

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:26:29 +0000

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CrashPlan for Home is shutting down in October 2018 so you need to know which features you’ll lose if you’re using the free or paid tiers.

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Apple Tests Web Payment Requests in Safari Technology Preview 38

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:24:28 +0000

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This release tests out Payment Requests for Web Payments, and adds support for phonetic names in Apple Pay.

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Internet problems: Is it my Wi-Fi or my ISP?

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:12:12 +0000

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If you have internet problems, perform these quick-and-simple tests before you drop a few hundred bucks replacing your router, just to confirm that’s the issue.

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Losing CrashPlan for Home? Here’s What TMO Staff Uses for Online Backups

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:32:13 +0000

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At The Mac Observer, we’re getting lots of questions from readers wondering which service they should use to replace CrashPlan for Home—here’s what we use.

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CrashPlan for Home goes EOL, Luna Display First Look – TMO Daily Observations 2017-08-23

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:07:04 +0000

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Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the pending demise of CrashPlan for Home and options for people who have been relying on the backup service, plus they take a first look at Astro HQ’s Luna Display.

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A New Apple Data Center Could be Built in Waukee, Iowa

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:59:14 +0000

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The Des Moines Register says that tech companies “love” building data centers in Iowa because of available crop land, access to high-speed fiber optics, and a low risk for natural disasters.

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Mac Keyboard Shortcuts Speed Up Almost Everything

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:05:23 +0000

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If these Mac keyboard shortcuts aren’t etched in your muscle memory, they should be.

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Nisus Writer Pro: $39

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:55:05 +0000

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We have a deal on Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.5, a writing app for Mac. It features customizable tool pallets, assignable keyboard shortcuts, the ability to open and save in Word file format, and more. It’s $39 through us.

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Don’t Throw Out Your Solar Eclipse Glasses Because They Don’t Have a Shelf Life

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:08:07 +0000

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There’s a solar eclipse that’ll cut a path across Mexico and the eastern United States coming on April 8th, 2024 and there’s a good chance the glasses you bought for this year’s eclipse will still work even if they have an expiration date.

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Report Pegs Sept 12 for iPhone 8 Launch Event

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:34:28 +0000

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Apple is reportedly planning to host its iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus, and iPhone 8 launch event on Tuesday, September 12th.

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Astro HQ’s Luna Display Blows Past Kickstarter Goal in Hours

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:46:40 +0000

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AstroPad Studio maker Astro HQ launched a Kickstarter for their new Luna Display on Tuesday and within hours it blew past its funding goal several times over.

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Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac Features Touch Bar Support and P.I.P.

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 22:20:22 +0000

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On August 22, Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac was released with support for macOS High Sierra and easy Windows 10 purchase and installation.

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Code42 Shutting Down CrashPlan for Home Backup Service

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 22:06:46 +0000

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Code42’s popular CrashPlan remote backup service for consumers, CrashPlan for Home, just got the ax.

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Miss the Eclipse? Three Apps for Tracking Future Eclipses

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 21:57:09 +0000

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In App Store, you’ll find a Crap Tonne™ of apps dedicated to the August 21st event that already took place, but these will help you find the next one.

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Hidden iOS 11 Video Shows New App Switching Gesture

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:32:37 +0000

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Apple may have been hiding how we’ll handle features like app switching on the iPhone 8 in iOS 11 beta releases.

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Juniper Thinks Apple Pay Could Increase to 34% By 2022 Because Chip-and-PIN Sucks

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 19:25:34 +0000

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While US card issuers haven’t yet made contactless a priority, the extremely positive response across Europe, both from merchants and consumers, suggests the US would see very rapid migration at POS if and when contactless cards become mainstream.

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iPhone 8 Facial Recognition and Home Button Replacement Gestures – TMO Daily Observations 2017-08-22

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:32:48 +0000

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Dave Hamilton and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to discuss a report claiming the iPhone 8 will have facial recognition that’s nearly instantaneous, plus they share their thoughts on videos in iOS 11 showing gestures that replace some Home button functionality.

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Apple Moves Some Safari Extensions to Mac App Store

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:17:20 +0000

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Apple launched a new Safari Extensions section on the Mac App Store this week. Currently there are 27 Safari Extensions on the MAS, a mix of free and for-fee Extensions. The original Safari Extensions Gallery website is still available, too, though, where you can find every Extension available. There wasn’t a lot of information released with the Mac App Store addition, and we don’t yet know if Apple plans to move all of them. Safari Extensions add hooks into apps, services, and other features into Apple’s Safari browser. Many are free—especially app companions—while others come with a (small) price tag.

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Tim Cook Offers Thoughts for Sailors Lost on USS John S. McCain, and Those Who Serve

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:05:11 +0000

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While the search continues, the remains of some of those sailors were reported found Tuesday morning.

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Prizmo 3 Scanning for Mac: $29.99

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:00:42 +0000

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We have a deal for you on Prizmo 3 Scanning for Mac. It will scan, allow you to edit, and built-in optical character recognition (OCR). You can use your smartphone as your scanner, too. It’s $29.99 through us.

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iOS 10: Using 3D Touch in Spotlight

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:00:59 +0000

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3D Touch on the iPhone has all kinds of helpful uses, and in today’s Quick Tip, we’re going to cover a handy way to use it with Spotlight to make even an unfamiliar device do your bidding! We’re all about not paging through tons of folders to find what we’re looking for, folks.

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Apple Seeds watchOS 4 Developer Beta 7 (15R5365a) to Developers

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 06:57:06 +0000

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Apple didn’t include patch notes for the release, but as with other operating systems in Apple’s developer beta program, each seed is a mix of bug fixes, tweaks, and various stages of feature rollouts.

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A Wealth of Open-Source Software Is Homebrewed

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:05:52 +0000

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When it comes to installing awesome software for free, this utility, paradoxically both little-known and popular, makes it quick and easy.

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Apple And Studios Might End-Run the Theaters for Early Releases

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:23:09 +0000

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Bloomberg reports that Apple and Comcast have been negotiating with two movie studios for a very early rental of theatrical releases — 17 days later on Apple TV for $50. The theater owners don’t like it.

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Apple is Accepting SPLC Donations in iTunes Now

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:22:53 +0000

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Apple won’t share user information with the SPLC, and donations won’t qualify as a charitable donation.

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TMO Background Mode Interview with Bloomberg Consumer Tech Reporter Mark Gurman

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:52:44 +0000

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Mark Gurman is the Consumer Technology Reporter for Bloomberg. As Mark recalls, there was never a time in his youth when he wasn’t interested in technology. He told me that it was the iPod mini for his 10th birthday that wowed him. His love for the company that created the iPod made it feel very natural to get into reporting on Apple. In the second segment, we chatted about his seminal article in December 2016 on the state of the Mac, thoughts on the next Mac Pro, competition from Microsoft in the form of the Surface Laptop, how the Apple watch Series 3 may have LTE, how devious Apple has become in hiding its pre-release trademarks, prospects for an Apple robot and Apple’s HomePod. Mark provided, as always, fascinating and insightful comments about Apple.

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Making the Most of Your iPhone Storage Space

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:25:11 +0000

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Just because Apple is making iPhone and iPad models with beefier storage options doesn’t mean iOS isn’t evolving to help you manage the space better.

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In The Next iTunes Update, iTunes U Collections Will Move to Podcasts

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:11:32 +0000

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If you are an iTunes U content creator, you won’t have to do much since Apple will be doing the transition. However, Apple recommends that institutions review current iTunes U Collections and remove outdated or unneeded content before the transition happens.

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More Details on iPhone 8 Facial Recognition Emerge

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:37:30 +0000

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We already suspect the iPhone 8 facial recognition system will use infrared, but now we have reason to believe it’ll be lightning fast, too.

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Apple Releases iOS 11 Developer Beta 7 (15A5362a)

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:04:09 +0000

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The update is available for developers with compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models.

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Apple Seeds macOS High Sierra Developer Beta 7 Build (17A352a)

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:03:43 +0000

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Monday’s release continues an accelerated release cycle, as the last round of developer betas hit just one week ago.

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Apple Seeds tvOS 11 Developer Beta 7 (15J5369a)

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:02:06 +0000

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Along with iOS 11 beta 7, macOS High Sierra beta 7, and watchOS 4 beta 7, Apple released tvOS 11 developer beta 7 (XX) on Monday.

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Apple’s Potential Movie Deal and Ways to Avoid Scam Calls – TMO Daily Observations 2017-08-21

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:53:27 +0000

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Jeff Butts and John Martellaro join Dave Hamilton to talk about Apple’s potential deal for first-run movies in-the-home, as well as ways to avoid getting scammed by fake calls from Apple support.

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Last Minute Tips for Taking Eclipse Photos With Your iPhone

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:34:27 +0000

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Once the moon is completely between the earth and sun, you’ll only have about 2.5 minutes or less to take a photograph. If you have a tripod, go ahead and use it.

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Apple I Originally Gifted by the Two Steves Going Up for Auction

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:39:09 +0000

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Another Apple I computer is going up for auction, according to BusinessInsider (via 9to5Mac). This one was gifted to its original owner—Adam Schoolsky—by his friends Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. It also includes an Apple I cassette interface card, a drawing from Apple cofounder Ron Wayne, and a prank flier made by Messrs. Schoolsky and Wozniak for the 1977 West Coast Computer Faire. All of those things makes this auction a little special from other Apple I auctions, but it will also be a charity auction by CharityBuzz, the folks who auction off those coffee dates with Apple execs. Proceeds benefit FAIRS, a nonprofit that develops amateur and emergency radio services in developing countries. CharityBuzz hasn’t listed the auction yet.

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How to save both Optimized and Original iCloud Photos on the Same Mac

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:17:47 +0000

Listener Dan has wants to store optimized version of his iCloud Photos on his MacBook Pro’s internal drive, and full-sized originals on his external drive. An interesting dilemma, for sure! In this week’s Mac Geek Gab Highlight, Dave and John talk through the solution for this one. Listen, learn, and enjoy!

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PSA: Scam Phone Call Claims to Be from ‘Apple Support’

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:50:50 +0000

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People are being telephoned by scammers claiming to be from “Apple Support,” “Apple Inc.,” or a local Apple Store.

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That Time Apple Hid This Job Posting Deep in Its Website

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:51:56 +0000

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If you wanted the job, your interview began before you ever applied.

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1Voice Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones: $22.99

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:00:31 +0000

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We have a deal for you on a pair of 1Voice Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones. They have up to 5 hours of playtime, and they’re $22.99 through us.

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Apple Leaks Go Back Almost 30 Years (Video)

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:00:02 +0000

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Generally speaking, the only secrets Apple can keep any more are products developed and manufactured internally. Put another way, some software and the Mac Pro. But Apple has always leaked like a sieve. Enter this video from 1988 found and digitized by Fast Company. It’s a news broadcast from a local San Francisco television station interviewing David Bunnell, editor for a now-defunct publication called Macintosh Today. He went on to found PC Magazine, PC World, and Macworld, but back at Macintosh Today, he had just scooped Apple with a story about the not-yet announced Mac Portable (or Luggable, as it was nicknamed). His story was based on a 160-page document his magazine got its hands on. 160 pages! I suppose this is proof that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

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Cool Stuff Found, NAS Advice, and Geek Challenges – Mac Geek Gab 671

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 15:56:49 +0000

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It’s time to dig back into NAS drives by answering Steve’s question: Which Synology DiskStation is right for me? There are a few more things to explore on that topic, too, and your two favorite geeks do it justice. Separate from that are a few questions about a variety of topics, some of which are Geek Challenges where you get to provide some answers! A hardware-focused Cool Stuff Found rounds out the topic list for the week. Press play and enjoy learning!

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Comcast Launches Xfinity Mobile Wireless Service Nationwide

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:21:19 +0000

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Just in case you were thinking to yourself, “Hey, Comcast doesn’t have a big enough footprint in my life,” I’ve got good news for you. The media behemoth announced Friday that Xfinity Mobile is launching nationwide in the U.S. Comcast commercials ask, “It makes you wonder: shouldn’t we get our phones and internet from the same company?” Quick response: no it doesn’t and how on earth does that make sense? Anyhoo…it’s $45 per line per month for unlimited data or $12 per month per GB of data.

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10% of the Internet Is Encrypted with Lava Lamps

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:20:50 +0000

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Bryan Chaffin loves Lava Lamps and used to own a half dozen of them, but who knew they could be one of the keys to encryption?

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Apple’s Siri Provides Clues About Whether Robots Will Put Us All Out of Work

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:12:23 +0000

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Siri is our first exposure to artificial intelligence and may tell us something about whether AIs and robots will put us all out of work.

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Using the iOS 11 iPad Dock to Work Smarter

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:41:33 +0000

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Jeff Butts loves the expandability and utility of the Dock in iOS 11, and is sure that you will, too.

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Formula One 2017 for Mac with Same Day Release as Windows on August 25th

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:07:42 +0000

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Feral Interactive announced Friday that Formula One 2017 will be released on August 25th, with a same-day release for Mac and PC. The game, created by Codemasters, offers a stunning Formula One racing experience. In addition to the trailer below, Codemasters released a 26 minute, unedited gameplay video that is just unbelievable. The game features a Research 7 Development tree, the ability to tune the cars, a career mode, and off-track activities. The game will be available through Feral and Steam for US$59.95, with a Mac App Store version coming later for $49.99. System requirements haven’t published, but are likely to be steep. If you’re a racing game enthusiast, it’ll be worth it.

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Apple Wants to Make Sure You Know iOS 11 Brings Change to iPad

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:26:25 +0000

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This is the first time we can remember Apple being aggressively proactive about preparing customers for that change.

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