Rocket Yard Guide: The Best Communities for Mac Gamers

The Mac gaming space is bigger than you might have thought. So today, the Rocket Yard is bringing you a guide to the best places to buy Mac games and to find like-minded gamers for community discussion and interaction.

Of course, if it’s hardware that you’re looking for, you can find what you need at MacSales.com and upgrade your computer’s gaming performance

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Steam: Steam is the current king of the digital market. We’ve covered Steam previously, but it remains one of the easiest places to buy Mac games. A giant list of features, sales and community reviews can help you make the purchasing choices you want. A refund option within 2 hours/2 weeks can also help prevent buyer’s remorse.

Keep in mind that the way Steam works for Mac game developers is they only get their money on a Steamplay title if you have installed the

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OWC’s Aura SSD, USB-C Dock Nab ‘Stevie’ Awards at ABA

ABA16_Gold_VOWC has received coveted Stevie Awards from the American Business Awards (ABA) for its Aura SSD for Mid-2013 and Later Mac Laptops and USB-C Dock. Submitting only two of their devices into the competitive New Product category, OWC earned top recognition for both of these outstanding and sought-after products during the two-month-long voting process from an elite panel of 250-plus judges including many of the world’s most respected executives, entrepreneurs, innovators and business educators.

With more than 3,400 nominations from organizations of all sizes in virtually every industry for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Startup of the Year, Executive of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Marketing Campaign of the Year, and Live Event of the Year, OWC emerged as a Gold Stevie Winner and Silver Stevie Winner for the 14th Annual ABAs, reflecting their 25+ years of continuous excellence in manufacturing and upgrade services.

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Prosecutors Ask Judge to Review Pro-Apple Ruling in New York Case

iPhone-PasscodeThe U.S. Justice Department yesterday appealed a New York federal judge’s refusal to force Apple to help investigators unlock the iPhone of a suspected Brooklyn drug dealer.

Last week, magistrate Judge James Orenstein ruled that the FBI lacked the legal authority to force Apple to bypass the iPhone’s passcode, and that the prosecution’s use of the 1789 All Writs Act was an unconstitutional overreach.

On Monday, Reuters reported that prosecutors are now hoping to overturn the ruling and yesterday’s filing to the court of U.S. District Judge Margo Brodie is the official first step in such an appeal.

“In light of the debate that has recently come to surround this issue, it is worth briefly noting what this case is not about,” the Justice Department’s court filing said. “Apple is not being asked to do anything it does not currently have the capability to do.”

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Tim Cook, Tech CEOs and Top Republicans Attend Secretive Meeting About Donald Trump

Tim Cook attended American Enterprise Institute’s annual World Forum this past weekend in Georgia alongside Google CEO Larry Page, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, and other tech leaders, according to a new report from The Huffington Post. Top Republican officials, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConell, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton also attended, with the main topic of conversation revolving around Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump.

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Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard and political commentator, wrote in an emailed report that much of the conference was haunted by “the specter of Donald Trump,” with many attendees unhappy about his emergence and discussing how he gained his support.

“The key task now, to once again paraphrase Karl Marx, is less to understand Trump than to stop him,” Kristol wrote. “In general, there’s a little too much hand-wringing, brow-furrowing, and fatalism out there and not quite

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Apple Approves ‘FlexBright’ iOS App That Adjusts Display Temperature

FlexBright, an app that allows the user to manually adjust the display temperature of an iOS device, was recently approved by Apple, marking one of the first third-party apps that’s able to function in a manner similar to the company’s own Night Shift mode, set to be released in iOS 9.3. The only catch is it must be triggered somewhat manually in response to a notification, rather than continuously, like Night Shift or f.lux.

Currently available for download in the App Store, FlexBright was created by Intelligent Apps, who worked with Apple to find a way to implement blue light reduction capabilities. The app includes controls that allow it to both dim an iPhone or iPad’s display and adjust the display temperature to cut down on blue light exposure.

FlexBright runs in the background on an iPhone or iPad, sending notifications to prompt users to change the

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Transmission Malware Transmitted Through Server Hack, Downloaded 6,500 Times

Over the weekend, the first instance of Mac ransomware was found in a malicious update to the Transmission BitTorrent client. Version 2.90 of Transmission downloaded from the Transmission website was infected with “KeRanger” ransomware.

“Ransomware” is a class of malware that encrypts a user’s hard drive and files, demanding money to decrypt it. In this case, KeRanger would have required Mac users to shell out a bitcoin for decryption, equivalent to approximately $400.

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The developers behind Transmission have shared some additional details on the attack with Reuters, giving us some insight into how it occurred. The server that delivers the Transmission software to customers was breached in a cyber attack, allowing the KeRanger malware to be added to the disk-image of its software.

Transmission representative John Clay told Reuters via email that the ransomware was added to disk-image of its software after the project’s server was compromised in

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Apple Campus 2 ‘Theatre’ Features Largest Freestanding Carbon-Fiber Roof Ever Made

Apple’s progress on its second campus has been tracked by drone videos and ongoing construction updates, but the company recently gave Mashable details on the new location, sharing impressive photos and inside information on the main ring-shaped structure and surrounding buildings like the auditorium.

As we know, Apple’s new campus features massive curved glass windows to give the building an open feel. Outfitting the campus in curved glass requires 3,000 panels, each of which is 46 feet long and 10.5 feet wide, and getting those panels into place required Apple to build custom machines it calls “Manipulators.”

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Mashable got a first look at the “Theatre,” the 120,000 square-foot underground auditorium where Apple will host future events. Designed to seat 1,000 people, the Theatre lobby is made of glass that offers 360-degree views of the campus with stairs down to the event area. According to

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Apple Seeds Sixth OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan Beta to Developers and Public Beta Testers

Apple today seeded the sixth beta of an upcoming OS X 10.11.4 update to developers and public beta testers for testing purposes, less than a week after seeding the fifth OS X 10.11.4 beta and more than a month after releasing OS X 10.11.3. OS X 10.11.4 has been in testing since January 11.

The sixth OS X 10.11.4 beta, build 15E61b, can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or via the Software Update Mechanism in the Mac App Store.

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OS X 10.11.4 offers a couple of new features, such as Live Photos support in Messages, the ability to password protect notes in the Notes app, and an option to import notes from Evernote, but like the recent OS X 10.11.3 update, it appears to focus primarily on under-the-hood bug fixes and performance improvements. Almost

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Apple Seeds Sixth Beta of iOS 9.3 to Developers and Public Beta Testers

ios93Apple today seeded the sixth beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3 update to developers and public beta testers for testing purposes, less than a week after seeding the fifth iOS 9.3 beta and three months after the public release of iOS 9.2, the last major update to iOS 9. iOS 9.3 has been in testing since January 11.

The sixth iOS 9.3 beta, build 13E5231a, is available as an over-the-air update and through the iOS section of the Apple Developer Center.

As a major update to the iOS 9 operating system, iOS 9.3 introduces several new features. There’s a Night Shift mode to reduce the amount of blue light iOS users are exposed to in the evening by shifting the iPad or iPhone display to a warmer (yellower) color spectrum, and there are several features designed to improve the iPad for Education program

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Apple’s Proposed Dual Camera Interface Brought to Life in Video Demo

Amid rumors a dual-lens camera will be introduced in the iPhone 7, Apple recently submitted a patent application published in January which gives us rare insight into what Apple thinks a dual-lens camera interface could look like on future iOS devices.

The patent outlines a dual-camera system that consists of one standard wide-angle lens similar to what’s in the iPhone today and a second telephoto lens capable of capturing zoomed-in video and photos.

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Both lenses can be used simultaneously to take separate photos or videos, with Apple’s software able to merge the images together in unique ways. As described by Apple, images from both lenses can be displayed on the same screen in the Camera app through a split-screen view that shows a standard wide-angle image on one side and the zoomed image on the other side.

When capturing a video or a photo, users are able to transition

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Quicken to Double Mac Engineering Team to Finally Improve OS X Version

Intuit announced last week that it has sold Quicken to private equity firm H.I.G. Capital, which plans to double the personal finance tool’s Mac engineering team in an effort to improve the 33-year-old software. The investment group aims to bring Quicken for Mac closer in line with the Windows version.

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“On the Mac team, we’re bringing in a new product manager starting this coming Monday,” said Quicken head Eric Dunn. “We have plans within the calendar year to double the engineering team, so we can do the work we need to do to bring Mac closer to the feature set of Windows over the next quarters and years.”



Quicken is the most popular personal finance software in the United States, but the Mac version has historically been lacking compared to its Windows counterpart. Dunn is confident that the software “will thrive with increased investment” and “become great

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EU Competition Chief on Apple Tax Probe: ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath’

euflag.pngA decision in the European Commission’s probe of Apple’s tax affairs in Ireland may not be reached soon, according to EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager (via Bloomberg).

“Don’t hold your breath,” she told reporters in Brussels on Monday about the timing of decisions targeting Apple and online shopping giant Amazon.com Inc, whose tax affairs in Luxembourg are also under intense scrutiny. “I’m just warning you.”

Apple is one of several multinational corporations, alongside Amazon, McDonald’s, Starbucks, and others, that have been targeted for possible corporate tax avoidance in Europe. Brussels launched the probe in June 2014, and it formally accused the iPhone maker of receiving illegal state aid from Ireland three months later.

If Apple’s $64.1 billion in profits generated from 2004 to 2012 are subjected to a 12.5% tax rate, compared to its current foreign tax rate of about 1.8%, the company could

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Apple VP: FBI Wants to ‘Turn Back Clock to Less-Secure Time’

federighiApple VP Craig Federighi has published an op-ed in The Washington Post in which he criticizes the idea of a government backdoor into the company’s software and accuses the FBI of wanting to “turn back the clock to a less-secure time”.

In the op-ed, published yesterday, Apple’s Vice President of Software Engineering writes that Apple must “work tirelessly” to stay one step ahead of criminal attackers who “seek to pry into personal information and even co-opt devices to commit broader assaults that endanger us all”.

Federighi notes that in just the past 18 months, hackers have stolen millions of people’s credit card information, social security numbers and fingerprint records from retail chains, banks and even the federal government. However, Federighi calls these digital defense breaches “the tip of the iceberg”.

Your phone is more than a personal device. In today’s mobile, networked world, it’s part of the security perimeter that

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First Mac Ransomware Found in Transmission BitTorrent Client

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This weekend, a notice appeared on Transmissionbt.com warning users that version 2.90 of the popular Mac BitTorrent client downloaded from their site may have been infected with malware. The warning reads:

Everyone running 2.90 on OS X should immediately upgrade to 2.91 or delete their copy of 2.90, as they may have downloaded a malware-infected file.

Using “Activity Monitor” preinstalled in OS X, check whether any process named “kernel_service” is running. If so, double check the process, choose the “Open Files and Ports” and check whether there is a file name like “/Users//Library/kernel_service”. If so, the process is KeRanger’s main process. We suggest terminating it with “Quit -> Force Quit”

Reuters reports that the infected download contained the first “Ransomware” found on the Mac platform. Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts a user’s hard drive and demands payment in order to unencrypt it.

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Apple Support Has Responded to Nearly 100 Tweets Per Hour So Far

Apple’s new support account on Twitter has quickly gained momentum after launching on Thursday morning, surpassing 125,000 followers in just over 24 hours. The account has over 2,750 tweets as of writing, meaning that Apple’s support team has responded to nearly 100 customer tweets per hour so far.

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Keyhole, a real-time social media analytics website, provides a closer look at the Apple Support account. The data shows that the account, and related tweets, have already generated over 124 million impressions, with 44.6% of users viewing the tweets from an iPhone. 77% of the account’s followers are male.

Apple joins a growing number of companies, ranging from retailers to banks, that provide customer service on Twitter in 140 characters or less. A customer can send a tweet to @AppleSupport, and an Apple Advisor will typically reply with a generic message that requests the user send more details via Direct

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Intel to Produce ‘Significant Portion’ of LTE Modem Chips for iPhone 7

intel-logoCLSA Securities analyst Srini Pajjuri has corroborated multiple reports claiming that Intel will supply LTE modems for the iPhone 7, according to a research note obtained by NDTV.

Pajjuri said that Intel has secured a “significant portion” of the LTE chips, likely in the range of 30 to 40 percent of production. Qualcomm will likely be tasked with the remaining orders.

While Apple is looking to cut some reliance on Qualcomm, the company doesn’t plan to completely turn away from the chipmaker. On the contrary, the analyst believes that the company will “share shift back” to Qualcomm in 2017.

Intel reportedly has 1,000 or more employees working on preparing the Intel 7360 LTE modem for the iPhone 7 lineup. The 7360 LTE modem chip [PDF] from Intel features faster theoretical downlink speeds up to 450 Mbps, uplink speeds up to 100 Mbps, and support for LTE category

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Apple Won’t Bid on Streaming Rights to NFL’s ‘Thursday Night Football’

Apple has decided it won’t bid on the digital rights to stream the NFL’s “Thursday Night Football” package next season, according to Re/code.

The streaming rights to the NFL’s Thursday evening games could have helped set the Apple TV apart from competing streaming boxes, but Apple reportedly felt the package “isn’t enough to pull that off.”

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Amazon, Facebook, Verizon, and Yahoo remain candidates in the bidding war to stream the Thursday evening games online, the report claims.

Yahoo could be a frontrunner to secure the digital rights, after paying an estimated $15 million to exclusively live stream a 2015 regular season game between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars at London’s Wembley Stadium.

The NFL currently offers a live streaming service called Game Pass, but the app does not include “Thursday Night Football,” and its selection of games is limited compared to rival platforms MLB At Bat, NBA

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Apple Won’t Bid on Streaming Rights to NFL’s ‘Thursday Night Football’

Apple has decided it won’t bid on the digital rights to stream the NFL’s “Thursday Night Football” package next season, according to Re/code.

The streaming rights to the NFL’s Thursday evening games could have helped set the Apple TV apart from competing streaming boxes, but Apple reportedly felt the package “isn’t enough to pull that off.”

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Amazon, Facebook, Verizon, and Yahoo remain candidates in the bidding war to stream the Thursday evening games online, the report claims.

Yahoo could be a frontrunner to secure the digital rights, after paying an estimated $15 million to exclusively live stream a 2015 regular season game between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars at London’s Wembley Stadium.

The NFL currently offers a live streaming service called Game Pass, but the app does not include “Thursday Night Football,” and its selection of games is limited compared to rival platforms MLB At Bat, NBA

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Apple Won’t Bid on Streaming Rights to NFL’s ‘Thursday Night Football’

Apple has decided it won’t bid on the digital rights to stream the NFL’s “Thursday Night Football” package next season, according to Re/code.

The streaming rights to the NFL’s Thursday evening games could have helped set the Apple TV apart from competing streaming boxes, but Apple reportedly felt the package “isn’t enough to pull that off.”

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Amazon, Facebook, Verizon, and Yahoo remain candidates in the bidding war to stream the Thursday evening games online, the report claims.

Yahoo could be a frontrunner to secure the digital rights, after paying an estimated $15 million to exclusively live stream a 2015 regular season game between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars at London’s Wembley Stadium.

The NFL currently offers a live streaming service called Game Pass, but the app does not include “Thursday Night Football,” and its selection of games is limited compared to rival platforms MLB At Bat, NBA

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Apple Won’t Bid on Streaming Rights to NFL’s ‘Thursday Night Football’

Apple has decided it won’t bid on the digital rights to stream the NFL’s “Thursday Night Football” package next season, according to Re/code.

The streaming rights to the NFL’s Thursday evening games could have helped set the Apple TV apart from competing streaming boxes, but Apple reportedly felt the package “isn’t enough to pull that off.”

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Amazon, Facebook, Verizon, and Yahoo remain candidates in the bidding war to stream the Thursday evening games online, the report claims.

Yahoo could be a frontrunner to secure the digital rights, after paying an estimated $15 million to exclusively live stream a 2015 regular season game between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars at London’s Wembley Stadium.

The NFL currently offers a live streaming service called Game Pass, but the app does not include “Thursday Night Football,” and its selection of games is limited compared to rival platforms MLB At Bat, NBA

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