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The modern version of SimCity just can't seem to enjoy a smooth launch. When it was released to Windows PCs back in March, users complained about the lack of offline play and problems connecting to overburdened servers. Now several months later, SimCity launches to the Mac platform, and once again, gamers are having trouble. Several posts on EA's forums detail issues gamers are having getting the game to run properly. The complaints aren't limited to a single system, either, but a range of Macs, including brand new Retina MacBook models. One user complained of having to reinstall Origin five times... Read more...
Some people are just gluttons for punishment. A pair of self-professed online distraction addicts, Robert R. Morris and Dan McDuff, have created a tool called “Pavlov Poke” that will zap them if they spend too much time on Facebook and not enough time working on their dissertations. The Pavlov Poke works by using a UI Inspector (the duo used their Mac’s UI Inspector), a bit of code to produce an onscreen alert when a site is visited too frequently, a USB-connected Arduino to send the shock circuit, and electrodes connected to metal strips on a keyboard rest. Admittedly, the Pavlov... Read more...
With all due respect to anyone enjoying their summer break, school is almost once again in session. Yes, it's only mid-July, but before you know it, August will be wrapping up and that annoying alarm clock will be buzzing way too early as you stumble out of bed and head to class. On the bright side, you're investing in your future, so your suffering won't be in vain. Also on the bright side is the opportunity to score some deals courtesy of various back-to-school promotions. As it were, Apple's back-to-school campaign is in full session. The Cupertino company hopes to pack your bag with a laptop,... Read more...
Leap Motion has making a bit of noise in the computer industry, snagging a partnership with ASUS to bundle its controller with PCs, getting it onto Best Buy shelves, and embedding its technology into some HP PCs, but the company is still building up to its July 22nd release, when it will bring a polished version of the controller to consumers. A host of compatible apps will accompany the release, it seems. Developers in the Leap Motion Controller beta program will be able to get busy working with the device for the next month or so. Leap Motion says that the number of developers is in the thousands,... Read more...
Would-be mayors gaming on an Apple Mac were promised a version of SimCity for their platform of choice on June 11, though as it goes with politics (and game release dates), you can't always believe what you hear. If you had hopes of spending your summer vacation playing SimCity on your Mac, you'll have to resort to plan B, if you have one, because Maxis made the decision to move the release date to August. Apparently it wasn't an easy one to make. "We have made this tough decision because we do not believe it is ready for prime time yet," Maxis stated in a blog post. "We want to ensure the Mac... Read more...
It wasn't too long ago that rumblings had Twitter pining for more users to simply use the Web instead of those third-party tools. Tweetbot, TweetDeck, etc. -- those aren't exactly Twitter's favorite things, strangely. Now, the social network has made it super difficult for new third-party clients to operate, thereby forcing users to either rely on a native tool (like the official Twitter iOS app), or the website. Oddly, one official tool (the Twitter app for Mac) was left out in the cold after Apple began to refresh its MacBook displays with Retina capabilities. There were even rumors that the... Read more...
Five years ago, gaming on a Mac was practically a joke. Very few titles were ever ported over prior to Apple's move to Intel chips, but it's clear that things have changed dramatically since Intel came into the picture. This week, Logitech announced that its new range of "G" accessories will support OS X. The new lineup, which includes six redesigned mice and keyboard favorites and two new headsets, will be available for you to own later this month. Now, Logitech Gaming Software (LGS) has been updated to support OS X. Now Mac gamers can enjoy the same great personalization and customized control... Read more...
Well here's an interesting development. Apple is said to have stopped placing component orders for its Mac series of products, leaving upstream suppliers in limbo as to when the Cupertino company will decide to let them resume operations. If true, it raises a number of questions, the biggest one having to do with why the sudden shift in orders. According to news and rumor site Digitimes and its un-named sources, Apple reduced its Mac orders to virtually nothing after the Lunar New Year holidays. It's been speculated that Apple overestimated the demand for Mac systems and was a little too aggressive... Read more...
SimCity is headed to the big Apple, not to be confused with the Big Apple (New York City). We're talking about the Mac platform, with availability scheduled for June 11, 2013, Electronic Arts (EA) announced in a forum post today. For those who already own the PC version of SimCity, they'll receive the Mac version at no additional cost, and vice versa. Why won't the Mac version be available sooner? EA says Maxis is creating a native version optimized for Mac OS X as opposed to a simple port, hence the June launch. There will be standard and Digital Deluxe versions, both of which will be available... Read more...
While Adobe is busily showing off its latest and greatest wares at NAB 2013 this week, AMD is banging the drum for the major upgrades that it helped bake into the next version of Adobe Premiere Pro software. While Mac users have of late enjoyed the graphical power of OpenCL with either NVIDIA or AMD graphics cards, Windows users were forced to use NVIDIA’s CUDA only. Now, however, AMD and Adobe have enabled OpenCL support on Windows systems with AMD APUs and GPUs. “Our customers require powerful systems that enable them to work quickly and efficiently. While we already support OpenCL... Read more...
Time and time again, we're reminded that Windows isn't the only operating system that malware writers target. It's the most popular platform for malware, sure, but it's not the only one. If you're a Mac user, don't let your guard down, and be especially leery of browsers plug-ins you run into, especially those that claim they're required to view a video. Install the wrong one and you'll end up infected with an adware Trojan. Security researchers at Doctor Web recently discovered Trojan.Yontoo.1, which masquerades as a critical browser plug-in on malicious movie trailer pages. Users are prompted... Read more...
Sapphire announced a new HD 7950 Mac Edition graphics card based on AMD's latest Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture. According to Sapphire, it's the only company carrying a Radeon HD 7950 part that's compatible with Apple's Mac Pro series of desktop computers, giving Mac gamers a potent upgrade path. How potent? According to Sapphire, the HD 7950 Mac Edition card increases gaming frame rates by over 200 percent, general performance by around 30 percent, and graphics intensive benchmarks by a whopping 300 percent "compared with the NV 8800GT commonly used in these machines." The HD 7950 Mac Edition... Read more...
A lot of things happen at the start of each month, and one of those that I look most forward to is being able to check out the updated hardware survey at Steam. It's especially interesting right now, because Windows 8 is only four months old, and the platform became official for Linux only a couple of weeks ago. Given it happened so recently, I think most might agree that the Linux aspect is a bit more interesting than the Windows 8 aspect at the moment. In last month's survey (for January, 2013), Linux as a whole accounted for 1.27% of the total. This included both x86 and x86_64 versions.... Read more...
It's a tossup between Linux and Mac as to which is the red-headed stepchild of computer gaming, though things are improving on both platforms. As it pertains to the latter, Electronic Arts announced the official launch of its Origin game distribution service to Mac, giving Apple users access to many of the same features found on Origin for Windows, including cloud storage to save/continue games and social connectivity via a friends list. "One new feature will be of particular interest for gamers who play on both PC and Mac machines: dual-platform play. For select EA games (that are available on... Read more...
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