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(Podcast) Clockwise 410: My Italian Shout

The return of our pandemic tech setups, our thoughts on Citizen’s premium Protect offering, whether we’ve replaced complicated tech with something less complicated, and how we do — or don’t — stream audio throughout our homes.Go to the podcast page.

Apple keeping its Mac Pro promise in the waning days of the Intel era (Member Post)

And I thought they looked good on the outside!Earlier this week, Apple announced a range of new GPU options for the Mac Pro, adding support for AMD’s RDNA2 architecture via its own MPX module format. All three of the new options are overkill for my uses, so I’ll be sticking with my Radeon Pro W5700X, which was the first additional GPU offered by Apple...

Center Stage is the iPad Pro feature the Mac needs (Macworld/Jason Snell)

The iPad Pro has frequently been an incubator for technology that Apple ultimately plans on rolling out to the rest of its product line. Last year, the iPad Pro got a LiDAR scanner months before it appeared in the iPhone 12. This year’s 12.9-inch model introduced the mini-LED screen technology that will probably be showing up very soon in a new line...

(Podcast) The Rebound 352: Fellow Kids Energy

Another week, another special guest. James Thomson has a shocking confession that will leave you reeling.Go to the podcast page.

Mac Pro gets a graphics update ↦

It’s not dead yet! On Tuesday, Apple rolled out three new graphics card modules for the Intel-based Mac Pro, all based on AMD’s Radeon Pro W6000 series GPU. (Apple posted a Mac Pro performance white paper to celebrate.) The new modules (in Apple’s MPX format) come in three variants, with a Radeon Pro W6800X, two W6800X GPUs, and the W6900X. Each module...

Magic Keyboards with Touch ID now available for standalone purchase ↦

For those who want the benefits of biometric authentication for their existing Mac, good news: the Magic Keyboard with Touch ID, recently introduced alongside the M1 iMac, is now available for individual purchase. The standard model will run $149; the version with a numeric keypad (and, more importantly, an inverted-T arrow key configuration), $179....

New York Times Crossword to third-party apps: Drop dead ↦

Everdeen Mason of the New York Times, with an abrupt announcement: Starting Aug. 10, we will no longer support crossword play on Across Lite. This means we won’t provide downloadable .puz files for use on that platform. You can play the NYT crossword on our Crossword App and on desktop and mobile web. This decision will limit crossword players...

Google debuts its own chip on the Pixel 6 ↦

Google SVP Rick Osterloh unveils the new Tensor System-on-a-Chip designed by Google to power the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phones: Tensor was built for how people use their phones today and how people will use them in the future. As more and more features are powered by AI and ML it’s not simply about adding more computing resources, it’s about...

(Podcast) Upgrade 364: Content Arms Dealer

Myke’s headed off on vacation, but before he goes, he’s made time to discuss last week’s Apple financial results. Then Jason welcomes special guest Julia Alexander for a mega-Upstream about ScarJo v. Disney, the future of the movies, and the current state of affairs for streaming services.Go to the podcast page.

Quick Tip: Delete that pesky un-deletable folder

You put something in the trash in macOS, you empty the trash, it’s gone. That’s how it’s supposed to work. Sometimes, though, you run into an odd hiccup. Upon my recent updates to macOS Big Sur 11.5 and 11.5.1, I ended up with a folder called “Previously Relocated Items” on my Desktop. In it was another folder…inside that, another folder…and so on...

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