Sitrep: The Air Force’s senior-citizen chopper may have to hold off retirement

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The US Air Force has some of the most high-tech aircraft in the world flying missions at the spear’s tip. But a remarkably large number of its systems are what would gently be referred to as “vintage”—and those systems are performing some of the Air Force’s most important missions. One of those senior-citizen systems earned its wings during the war in Vietnam—the 48-year-old UH-1 Iroquois, also known as the “Huey”.

We’ve reported frequently on the role that the A-10 Thunderbolt II fills for the Air Force. The 1970s-era turbofan-powered tank-killer turned close-air-support-provider-extraordinaire is constantly called upon in Afghanistan and Syria to provide firepower to protect US and allied forces. The B-52, the strategic bomber that entered service in the 1950s, has years of service still ahead of it—flying long-duration missions ranging from strategic deterrence to close air support in uncontested skies. And the land leg of the

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Apple Music documentary chronicles the making of Kesha’s ‘Rainbow’

Next month will mark the one-year anniversary of the release of Kesha’s Rainbow, an album that confronts deep pain, features “spine-shivering feats” as Billboard noted and includes what Rolling Stone called the “best music of her career.” On August 10th, Apple Music will celebrate the album and the woman behind it with a documentary about Kesha and the making of Rainbow. Rainbow – The Film includes never-before-seen footage of Kesha performances, the writing and recording of Rainbow and “psychedelic vignettes” that depict the artist’s struggles and inner demons.

Leaked Apple repair videos offer a peek behind the curtain

Apple products aren’t necessarily made for you to repair them at home; you generally need to take your ailing iPhone or Macbook Pro into an Apple retail store for any significant fixes or part replacement. Now, however, a YouTube account has apparently leaked eleven official-looking internal training videos that show how repairs are made on iPhone X, iMac Pro and MacBook Pro.

Via: Motherboard

Source: Arman Haji/YouTube

MacBook Pro review (2018): Apple plays catch-up

With the new MacBook Pro, Apple is just trying to keep pace with the rest of the computing industry. The biggest upgrade is Intel’s latest CPUs, which have been popping up in PCs since last fall. And there are some other slight hardware tweaks, too. Basically, it’s a classic Apple refresh: Not much has changed. Put the MacBook Pro side by side with last year’s model and it’s impossible to tell the difference. Still, if you’re a committed Mac user, they’re exactly what you’ve been waiting for. Everyone else should take a long, hard look at the competition.

A Guide to Quick Actions in macOS Mojave

In about two months, we expect the next version of macOS — macOS 10.14 Mojave — to become available. To get you excited about Mojave’s features and capabilities, the Rocket Yard has been offering sneak peeks at some of the features we’re most interested in. Today, we’re highlighting Finder Quick Actions, a new way to quickly edit files without the need to launch the apps associated with them.

Enabling Quick Actions
With a powerful new feature like Quick Actions, it wouldn’t be “Mac-like” if Apple made it hard to use. All you’ll need to do is open a Finder window, then select View > Show Preview (keyboard shortcut: Shift-Command-P). In earlier versions of macOS, Preview displays a sidebar with a small preview of a file along with its size, creation, modification, and last opened dates, and the ability to add tags.

In macOS Mojave, Quick Actions are added below the preview

Quick Actions listed below the Preview at right in this screenshot
The Markup tools available from the Quick Actions for images
The Quick Look window with trimming tools for video
Quick Action is a new Automator workflow type
The settings for this image resizing Quick Action
The Create PDF button changes to "More...", displaying Create PDF and our custom Quick Action

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Apple’s MacBook Pro refresh appeals to power users

Good news, Mac fans: If you were waiting for Apple to refresh the MacBook Pro, today is your lucky day. Both the 13- and 15-inch models have received some under-the-hood upgrades, along with a quieter keyboard. (Be warned: It’s maybe not the overhaul some of you were hoping for.) These new models are are available today starting at the same prices as before: $1,299 and up for the 13-inch model and $2,399-plus for the 15-incher. I had a chance to see them in use this week, and will also be receiving a review unit any day now, at which point we’ll be doing some performance and battery life testing (and, yes, checking to see if the keyboard tweaks make a difference). For now, here’s a rundown of what you can expect across the line.

Apple rumor points to a TV, music and news subscription bundle

Just three months ago, Apple purchased a company described as the “Netflix of magazine plans” and now The Information reports that it may have bigger ambitions. A plan it’s considering, according to sources, is to integrate Texture’s digital magazine plan with its own Apple News app, and then in the future offer a bundle that includes news, video content (like the kind it will get from Oprah) and Apple Music. While all of the items would still be available separately, it would offer an interesting package to cord-cutters willing to get their media from the same company that makes their phones, laptops, speakers and streaming boxes.

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Video: Looking behind the scenes of League of Legends with its lead designer

Video shot and edited by Justin Wolfson. Click here for transcript.

We’ve tackled Hearthstone and Warframe, and now our peek behind the curtains at the unsolved mysteries of gaming continues with what could still justifiably be called the world’s most popular game: the MOBA mega-hit League of Legends.

These are turbulent times for the monster e-sports giant, with world-class players like Faker playing Taric mid, and AD carries resorting bruisers in the bot lane (I don’t know what any of that means, but Ars Senior Space Editor Eric Berger is an avid LoL player and assures me that the above is not gibberish). As the Summer Split gets going, we wanted to go straight to the source for league gameplay to understand where the company has come from and where it’s going. In this interview with Greg Street, LoL lead designer at Riot Games, we delved into some of

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Apple iOS 12 preview: It’s all about the polish

It’s been three weeks since Apple officially revealed iOS 12, and since then developers have been putting that new software update through the wringer. Now it’s your turn: The company just dropped its first public iOS 12 beta build, and if you’re feeling particularly brave, you can enroll in the beta program here. I’ve been playing with the public beta for a few days now, and needless to say, I’ve spent more time than I care to admit making sure our Memojis look just right. (I’ll leave whether I was actually successful up to you.)

To be clear, though, there’s a lot going on in iOS 12 — it took up about half of Apple’s WWDC keynote this year for a reason. We’ll have a full, more nuanced review when the software actually ships this fall, but here are a few things you can expect once you take Continue reading “Apple iOS 12 preview: It’s all about the polish”

Instagram Launches IGTV Video App Featuring Longer-Form Video

Instagram announced a video service today that is available as a standalone app called IGTV. The new service will be available soon from a button in the top right-hand corner of the Instagram app’s main screen too.

IGTV features vertical video that is longer than is available in Instagram’s Stories feature. Currently, channels created by new accounts and ones with fewer followers are limited to uploading videos that are 15 seconds to 10 minutes long, but TechCrunch reports that eventually all accounts will be able to upload videos up to one hour long.

When you first open the app, it opens to a ‘For You’ section of videos from people you follow on Instagram along with a selection of popular content. The currently-selected video dominates the top two-thirds of the screen. The bottom third of the screen is a horizontally-scrolling, tabbed thumbnail interface for picking other videos. The included tabs

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Apple Announces Video Deal with Oprah Winfrey

In a brief press release today, Apple announced a multi-year deal with Oprah Winfrey to produce original video content. From the press release:

Together, Winfrey and Apple will create original programs that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world.

The project joins more than a dozen others that have been signed by Apple for video content in the past year or so. There is no word yet on when the programming might be released, but CNN Money reports that Oprah is expected to have an onscreen role as a host and interviewer.

Competition among Apple, Netflix, and Amazon for original video content continues to heat up. Against the backdrop of consolidation among traditional media companies and telecommunications companies like the recently-closed AT&T/Time Warner merger, the stage seems set for major shifts in the video entertainment industry.


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Video: Solving the unsolved mysteries of Warframe with the game’s designers

Video shot and edited by Justin Wolfson. Click here for transcript.

Following in the footsteps of our last “Unsolved Mysteries of Gaming” video with (now former) Hearthstone Game Director Ben Brode, we’ve switched our focus to an entirely different game from an entirely different studio: Digital Extremes’ popular third-person shooter Warframe.

We packed our gear and caught a flight to London—that’s London, Ontario—and spent an afternoon slinging questions at Community Producer Rebecca Ford and Game Director Steve Sinclair. The focus was on breaking open some of the deeper lore and plot mysteries of the game, which turned five years old this past March (the PC version, at least). Warframe consistently ranks as one of the most-played titles on Steam, in no small part because of Digital Extremes’ ongoing commitment to keeping the game under active development.

Over the course of a few hours—lovingly distilled down to a

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The secret lives of Apple developers

Apple used its strongest Attenborough voice to poke a little fun at its 2018 WWDC attendees on Monday. The keynote’s opening video called back to last year’s mega-hit BBC documentary series Planet Earth II and provides the viewing public, for perhaps the first time, a look into the migratory and social habits of the elusive Developer tritorapsis. Nature is a cruel and unforgiving mistress, to be sure, but not nearly as cruel as Apple’s PR department is in this promotional video.

Video: Forcing more children to figure out more ’80s technology

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It has been a few weeks since we last checked in with the cadre of kids we threw into our dungeon of ’80s tech delights. Previously, the youngsters successfully figured out Nintendos, Power Gloves, and Polaroids—but that was only the beginning.

It’s fascinating watching the kids confront tech that was commonplace when I was their age. Actually, by the time I turned ten, it was 1988 and CDs were reasonably common, but asking a 10-year old in 2018 to load up a CD player would be too easy. The thing that really made me shake my head this time around was the kids’ comments about the original Game Boy—tech that my generation would try to sneak anywhere and everywhere. Being able to whip out a Game Boy on the bus to school and nonchalantly stack some lines in Tetris

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9to5Mac Goes Hands-On with OWC Envoy Pro EX

The OWC Envoy Pro EX pushes the envelope on what you can expect in terms of performance, portability, and price from an external Thunderbolt 3 SSD. Recently, leading Mac site 9to5Mac.com took the Envoy Pro EX for a test drive and came away impressed.

Check out the video above for the complete hands-on review. And for more information on how the OWC Envoy Pro EX can change your workflow, visit: eshop.macsales.com/shop/owc-envoy-pro-ex-thunderbolt-3

Highlights from 9to5Mac review of Envoy Pro EX
“The all-aluminum enclosure is fairly rugged … so it should be able to stand up to the perils of travel relatively well. The enclosure is basically one giant heat sink, which means it doesn’t need any sort of fan mechanism to keep it cool. In other words, there are no moving parts, which means dead silent operation.” 

“Blackmagic Disk Speed Tests consistently earned ratings that could

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Apple’s influential, iconic iMac turns 20

There are few individual computer models that have left a lasting mark on the industry, but you can definitely put the iMac on that list. Apple introduced its signature all-in-one desktop at a special event on May 6th, 1998, and it’s safe to say the system has had a lasting impact on technology at large. At the same time, the iMac has also been a symbol of the cultural zeitgeist, including for Apple itself — it shows how the company evolved from an underdog in a Windows world to a behemoth focused more on phones than PCs. The iMac has had a long journey, but it’s worth following to see just how much the industry has changed in the past 20 years.

OWC Expands Mercury Elite Pro mini Storage Solution Offerings

OWC’s Mercury Elite Pro mini is known as a high-performance, bus-powered, multi-interface storage solution, and the product line has recently been expanded to include 3.0TB and 4.0TB capacities.

Available now on MacSales.com and at retailers everywhere, the Mercury Elite Pro mini is a solution for Mac and PC, offering 5400 RPM HDD, with the latest chipset and USB 3.0/eSATA interfaces, delivering transfer speeds up to 600MB/s. 

This high-quality drive mechanism is built into a brushed aluminum, impact resistant enclosure with incredibly quiet operation, making it ideal for A/V, professional photographers and musicians, graphic artists, and data backup. 

The OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini comes with the 3 Year OWC Solution Limited Warranty.

Verizon adds location tracking to its parental control app

Verizon announced today that it’s revamping its parental controls, introducing more capabilities and giving the app a new look. What was known as FamilyBase will now be called Verizon Smart Family and it lets parents set content filters, manage screen time, pause internet access, check the battery status of their kids’ phones and get a summary of their children’s call and text history. Among the new tools are the ability to block certain apps and location tracking, which can provide alerts when a child enters a predetermined area, like when they come home or get to school, for example.

Via: The Verge

Source: Verizon