Explore ancient ruins and solve clever puzzles in After the End: Forsaken Destiny

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These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

I wasn’t even looking for new games on the App Store when the trailer for After the End: Forsaken Destiny caught my eye. Despite its clunky, somewhat cliché title, the game immediately piqued my interest with its smooth, perspective-based puzzles, constantly-evolving landscapes, and low-poly artistic style that’s reminiscent of an all-time favorite, Monument Valley.

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The iPhone hair shirt: The weirdest of takes

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The Macalope has seen a lot of iPhone takes over the last 10 years so it’s rare that he’s surprised by anything. But this one goes from standard to bizarre in 3.2 paragraphs.

Writing for the LA Times, Virginia Heffernan presents a hairy argument.

“Happy birthday, iPhone: Ten years later, Steve Jobs' creation owns us.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @designheretic

Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone in January, 2007, before an adoring congregation, in his signature “Sermon on the Mount” style.

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This Week in iOS Apps: Backtrack Golf helps improve your game

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The 10 best Mac game deals in the Steam Summer Sale 2017

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iPad Pro vs. iPad mini 4 vs. iPad: Which one should you buy?

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Update 6-22-2017: This article has been updated to include information about the new 2017 iPad, as well as the upgrades to the iPad Pro line.

So you’re in the market for a new iPad. Excellent choice—I couldn’t live without mine. It’s my companion when I’m catching up on news and email in the morning over tea, reading a comic book in the evening to unwind, or watching a movie while traveling on a plane.

But these days, picking an iPad can be tricky. Apple currently sells four different models of iPad, with prices ranging from $329 to $1229. There are size, storage, color, and connectivity options to consider. All in all, there are 60 different variations of iPad from which to choose. So which iPad is right for you? Read on.

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Echo Show Ships on Wednesday, Buy 2 and Get a $100 Discount Right Now - Deal Alert

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The newly-announced Echo Show is available for pre-order in black or white and the shipping date is finally right around the corner: Wednesday, June 28. If you're interested, there are two things you need to know. Right now if you buy two of them and enter the code SHOW2PACK at checkout, you'll activate a $100 discount. So you'll get two new Echo Shows for the price of two standard Echos. Go in on this deal with a friend, or buy a few for yourself (they work very well in multiple rooms). The other thing you should know is that by selecting Prime 2-day shipping, Amazon will actually have the Echo Show on your doorstep the very day it's released. Echo Show brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things. Amazon has announced an integration with some of the big names in wireless security cams, so you can simply say "Alexa, show me the front door camera". Echo Show should make a good kitchen assistant as well -- just ask for a recipe. You can watch news briefings, YouTube videos, ask for a weather forecast, video chat with family and friends (if they have Echos as well), see music lyrics, photos, to-do and shopping lists, and more.  All hands-free—just ask. New skills and features are added all the time.  See this deal now on Amazon.

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iCloud Photo Library’s sync need fixing

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I love iCloud Photo Library. It’s brain-dead simple to use (unlike iCloud Music Library), and it ensures that all my photos are in sync on all my devices. Lately, having bought a new camera, I’ve been taking a lot of pictures, and I’ve been wanting to view them and edit them on my iPad, with Enlight or Affinity Photo, a powerful photo editing app that was highlighted in Apple’s recent WWDC keynote. But syncing from my iMac, where I import photos, to my other devices can take a long time.

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How Apple’s wearable tech could and should help your health

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Apple talked about many things at its Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month, but one that got relatively short shrift was the Apple Watch. Now more than two years in, the Watch has undergone a major transition from the product that was first announced, focusing in on specific uses like notifications, health, and fitness.

But some, myself included, had expected to see a bigger push on the health front in watchOS 4. A new marquee feature like sleep tracking, perhaps. Or a glucose monitor. (Apple mentioned that watchOS 4 will now work with external glucose monitors, but if it’s working on such tech itself, it’s not ready for prime time yet.)

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Tivoli Audio Model One Digital review: Big sound from a small footprint

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Many won’t miss the extra features this tabletop radio is missing.

Virgin Mobile has a $120 discount on an instantly unlockable 32GB and 128GB iPhone SE

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Virgin Mobile is becoming America’s first iPhone-only carrier, and to celebrate its collaboration with Apple, it’s launched heavy deals on a year’s worth of cell service and the purchase price of a new iPhone SE.

For existing customers and new customers who port-in a number, Virgin Mobile will give them a year’s worth of unlimited talk, text, and data service for $1 when they purchase a new iPhone and sign up for Auto Pay. To help sweeten that deal even further, the virtual network carrier is offering $120 off an unlockable 32GB and 128GB iPhone SE.

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The Week in iOS Accessories: More cases for the new iPad Pro

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Amazon Prime Gets You 50% off Razer Wildcat Controller for Xbox One, Windows 10 PC - Deal Alert

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The Razer Wildcat controller is compatible with both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. An elite level controller developed for tournament play with feedback from the best eSports athletes, it features four additional fully-programmable buttons for a personalized layout, a well thought out ergonomic shape and weight, reduced trigger travel distance for rapid fire, and much more. If you're an Amazon Prime member, the typical list price has been reduced generously to just $74.99. If you're not a Prime member but still want this deal, Amazon's 30 day Prime free trial (signup page here) is quick to activate and gets you all of the same benefits with no financial commitment required (unless you decide to keep it). See this deal now on Amazon.

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Lightworks 14 review: Free video editing software lacks proper Mac decorum

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Lightworks may not be a household name, but has established a proven reputation with Hollywood filmmakers over nearly three decades as the software of choice for editing award-winning feature films like Pulp Fiction, L.A. Confidential, and Moulin Rouge.

Originally tied to expensive, proprietary console hardware, Lightworks has adapted to the economic realities of modern editors, so much so that the core application can now be downloaded for free. While the gratis edition natively imports the same wide range of formats as the paid edition—ProRes, RED, and AVCHD to name just a few—exports are limited to web-compatible MPEG or H.264 files up to 720p resolution, with the option to upload directly to YouTube accounts.

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All specced up and no place to go: Misunderstanding the iPhone

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It is time again to play the very popular game the Macalope just invented! You know it, you love it, please give a warm round of applause for…

What! Is! He! Talking! About?!

CNBC brings us the hottest of Wall Street analyst takes on the iPhone, delivered to your doorstep as stone cold as the contents of a Blue Apron box.

“The iPhone hasn't been the best in 5 years, but who cares, says Apple analyst.” (Tip o’ the antlers to That Mac Nerd.)

Apple hasn't had the best smartphone on the market for five or six years, Bernstein senior research analyst Toni Sacconaghi told CNBC…

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How to unlock your iPhone on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Virgin Mobile

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The days of being tied to a single carrier with a locked phone for months on end are all but over. Where we once were forced into 24-month contracts with devices that were useless on any other network, nowadays your wireless carrier must unlock your phone if you request it.

Seriously, they do. It’s actually a law. The Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act makes it so any phone purchased after 2015 will work with any carrier, so your provider can’t keep your phone tied to their network because they feel like it. However, there are some terms and conditions that you’ll need to follow before you can pop another SIM into your phone, and of course they vary by carrier.

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MacBook 2017 review: The bang for your buck gets better

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It’s now year three of the MacBook as we know it, and it seems that after initially being a laptop without an ecosystem, and then a laptop that we’re still getting used to, the MacBook has settled into its groove. It’s established its place in Apple’s laptop line, and it’s finally gain acceptance by the consumer.

But maybe you’re still a holdout. You’re out there, I know, still not convinced that the MacBook is a good buy. Well, I have some good news: The newest MacBook is a better buy than it has been, thanks to performance improvements by its processor and graphics upgrade. What Apple has in the MacBook is a small and light laptop that packs a nice speed punch.

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Over-the-air DVR: Do you really need it?

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Who needs an over-the-air DVR? Here's our guide to deciding.

Why the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is a typing champ

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If there’s a defining quality to the iPad Pro, it’s that the device seeks to go beyond the traditional touch interface of iOS to seek out additional ways of getting work done. For people who are comfortable with pencil, pen, and paper, the Apple Pencil brings a new dimension to using an iPad. And for those of us who are most comfortable with a keyboard beneath our fingers, the iPad Pro—with its Smart Keyboard, the first Apple keyboard designed for iOS—was a sign that Apple realizes that sometimes, even an iPad needs to behave a bit more like a laptop.

There are probably innumerable reasons why Apple decided to expand the size of the second-generation iPad Pro, replacing the old 9.7-inch model with a new 10.5 one. But one benefit of the slight expansion—the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is 10.6 millimeters wider than the old model—is more room for typing, whether it’s physical keys on the Smart Keyboard or the virtual keys of the built-in software keyboard.

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iPad Pro: We reviewed the 10.5-inch iPad Pro compared to previous models

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New size, faster chips, and more storage—that’s just a little of what you can expect from Apple’s new iPad Pro lineup, unveiled during the Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday. Update 6-21-2017: This article has been updated to include more information from our review of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, as well as a video review.

In addition to upgrading its 12.9-inch iPad Pro (which originally launched in 2015), Apple released a new 10.5-inch model that replaces the 9.7-inch iPad Pro (which launched in 2016). Here’s what you need to know about the refreshed models, including all the new features, upgrades, and specs.

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Save 60% On Drive Genius 5 for Mac ($39) - Deal Alert

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Macs, like all computers, require diligent maintenance to continue running at optimal levels. Drive Genius 5 makes this upkeep easier by silently monitoring, cleaning, and securing your hard drive throughout the day. It's Apple's most popular defrag tool, and it's on sale for 60 percent off.

New and improved, the latest version of Drive Genius 5 includes 19 different utilities, and they're all automated to negate slowdowns during a scan. Using the new Drive Pulse feature, this tool automatically scans your system and identifies malware in idle mode, thus protecting your computer without getting in the way. Plus, with its BootWell feature, Drive Genius 5 can create a bootable secondary drive to easily repair your main drive.

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Podcast 564: Take a trip to Kaby Lake

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A potpourri of news this week, from Tim Cook urging that schools teach coding to every student, Scott Forstall’s interview about the creation of the iPhone, and new iOS 11 features, including object recognition and augmented reality (AR), that will bump up camera and other third-party apps’ capabilities. Roman also critiques the new MacBook Pro models, which have a lot to offer.

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Amazon has a tiny 64GB SanDisk Ultra thumb drive on sale for $19

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Today's the day for a good price on a 64GB low-profile thumb drive: Amazon is selling the SanDisk Ultra Fit 64GB USB 3.0 flash drive for $19. That's about half the price of other online retailers. Just make sure you keep an eye on this thing, as it is tiny. It measures 0.75-by-0.63-by-0.34 inches and snuggles right up to the side of your USB port.

The thumb drive offers 150MB/s read speed, which isn't blazing fast but adequate enough. However, we don't expect it to bear out SanDisk's claim of transferring a full-length movie (about 1.2GB in size) in under 30 second over USB 3.0. Since this drive is so small, its limited ability to dissipate heat will slow its transfer rates. If you don't work with large files, though, it should perform fine.

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Ring Video Doorbell 2 updates Ring's original smart, wireless doorbell

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For $199, Ring Video Doorbell 2 upgrades video quality to 1080P, improves night vision, and includes a removable battery and faceplate options.

Best Bluetooth speakers

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There was a time when Bluetooth speakers were like jelly beans: They were cheap, they all looked the same, and they were invariably of dubious quality. Times have changed. Every major audio manufacturer has at least one model on the market today, and most have several. If you haven’t listened to a Bluetooth speaker lately, you’re in for a very pleasant surprise. Effective June 21, 2017 we've added a Best Outdoor Bluetooth speaker category, with the Soundcast VG7 taking that honor initially.

But the industry’s progress doesn’t mean that every Bluetooth speaker justifies its price tag, no matter how inexpensive it might be. There’s still plenty of dreck floating around. Don’t worry, we’re here to help you steer clear of the junk and point you to the best speakers at the price range that fits your budget. To that end, we’ve picked the best Bluetooth speakers in four broad price ranges: budget, mid-range, high-end, and—yes, there are ultra-high-end Bluetooth speakers—price is no object.

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60% off iClever Travel Power Strip with Surge Protector and 4 USB Ports - Deal Alert

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iClever's BoostStrip IC-BS01 travel power strip turns one solitary outlet in the airport, hotel, train or plane into 2 surge protected AC outlets and 4 USB ports. Equipped with iClever’s SmartID technology, this power strip offers a max 24W/4.8A USB output while it recognizes your device and safely optimizes max output. The typical list price of the BoostStrip is $49.99, but right now it's currently discounted 60% to just $19.99 on Amazon, where it's averaging 4.5 stars from over 100 reviewers. See this deal on Amazon

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23% off Panasonic ErgoFit In-Ear Comfort Fit Earbuds - Deal Alert

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If you believe the reviewers on Amazon, you may not find a better sounding pair of earbuds at this price point, which at the current 23% discount is just $7.68. The ErgoFit earbuds from Panasonic are designed to fit comfortably and securely in your ear, isolating outside noise while delivering great sound with a wider frequency range than most comparable buds. The earbuds come in various colors and features a generous 3.6 ft. cord that easily fits through or around your clothes, coats and bags. The ErgoFit earbuds average 4.5 stars from over 48,000 people on Amazon (read reviews) which lends some credibility to Panasonic's claim that the earbuds deliver dynamic, crystal clear sound while successfully blocking ambient noise. Its typical list price has been reduced 23% to just $7.68.

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iPad Pro Smart Keyboard vs. Logitech Slim Combo: Which iPad Pro keyboard should you buy?

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If you’re buying the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, you’re probably going to want a keyboard to go with it. But right now, you’ve only got two options that use the iPad’s Smart Connector.

In one corner is Apple’s own $159 Smart Keyboard, a lightweight typing accessory that doubles as a screen cover. In the other is Logitech’s $130 Slim Combo keyboard, whose kickstand-equipped case and detachable keyboard practically turn the iPad into a Microsoft Surface.

These two iPad keyboards take vastly different approaches toward design and features, with Apple favoring elegance and Logitech aiming for utilitarianism. And together they make for a case study in how adding more features brings more trade-offs.

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Focal Spark Wireless in-ear headphone review: Audiophile sound at a budget price

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The French manufacturer's in-ear-headphones will bathe you in intoxicating audiophile sound and a smart set of accessories without breaking your budget. And they won't fall off while you run.

Focal Spark in-ear-headphones review: Refined audio and French style on a budget

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These modestly priced headphones sound leaps and bounds beyond their price tag.

How to upload multiple Photos libraries to a single iCloud Photo Library

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How to upload multiple Photos libraries to a single iCloud Photo Library

Rob Rosenbaum has a slightly terrifying question. He’s been syncing photos from a single iPhone to two different Macs via USB—just importing them on each Mac. He is about to turn on iCloud Photo Library, but he wonders.

Once I turn this on for the first time, will iCloud import everything from all three? Even if it’s the same photo? Will anything be erased?

Before you change any settings, I recommend making a full local backup of all your libraries, just in case. Photos and iCloud Photo Library is much better and more stable than in its earlier releases, but you never know what might happen.

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