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May 18, 2015

Today’s Play: Thoughts on Dark Souls, D4, Never Alone, Deus Ex; This Week’s Schedule

I think I’m actually enjoying this.

In case you missed last week’s post, I’ve committed to trying out a lot of new games — around four or five a week — so that I can experience more than the one game that’s hooked me (hint: starts with “D”, ends with “estiny”). I played four games in the past seven days that I’d never touched before, and aside from one, I thought they were all good, fun games that I plan on coming back to.

The one that isn’t making the cut for me (and the one that will make the “hardcore” crowd [...]

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May 18, 2015

How To Disable Menu Bar Transparency in OS X Yosemite

In OS X it used to be that you could turn off the transparency effect on the OS X menu bar via the Desktop and Screen Saver section in System Preferences. That isn’t the case anymore in OS X Yosemite as Apple has removed that option (sort of — I’ll explain below). Here is how to disable the transparency effect for the menu bar in OS X Yosemite.

In System Preferences > Accessibility > Display, enable the “Reduce transparency” option.

Note: This setting disables transparency across [...]

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May 15, 2015

Destiny Diary, Issue 14 for 5/15-5/17: Patch 1.2.0, Xur’s Goods, and Weekly Strikes

If you’ve tried to jump on Destiny today, you were likely greeted by a large update file. Indeed, Destiny is asking users to download and install a patch, 1.2.0, but this is probably one of the cooler patches you’ll ever have to download for a video game. I don’t want to get into the nitty gritty about specific fixes, but read on for the highlights of what else the patch brought us.

Patch 1.2.0 Faction reward packages won’t turn into shards anymore The Speaker now plays a bigger part — he can exchange [...]
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May 15, 2015

First Apple HomeKit Devices to Debut Next Month

Apple says that the first batch of smart home devices running its HomeKit software will start shipping in June—despite a recent Fortune report to the contrary. According to the Wall Street Journal, an Apple spokesperson says that we’ll get our first taste of Apple-crafted home automation within a few short weeks.

Apple competitor Samsung has already jumped into the Internet-of-Things game with its purchase of SmartThings last year.

Said Apple’s Trudy Muller:

“HomeKit [hardware certification] [...]

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May 15, 2015

Adorable Google Car to Drive on Real Roads

Google has taken another step forward in its mission to make an autonomous car a reality. Its super-cute Self-Driving Car prototype, which looks like it just drove out of a Pixar movie, will soon be put through its paces on real roads throughout Mountain View, California.

According to a post by the project director Chris Urmson, the cars will run the same software that was installed on the company’s Lexus RX450h SUV fleet of self-driving cars, which had “logged nearly a million autonomous miles on the roads since we started the [...]

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May 14, 2015

This Is the Coolest Drone In the World and You Can Own It for $499

If you ever wished a theme song played as you walked down the street, this new product I’m about to share will be right up your alley. No, it’s not a flying speaker that follows you around, though I have a feeling that’s certainly possible now with this invention. It’s a flying camera that follows you around and shoots 1080p 60fps video. It can also shoot in slo-mo at 120fps in 720p. What is this new magical device? It’s called the Lily and it looks insanely awesome.

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May 14, 2015

Verizon Announces LG Lancet Windows Phone

It’s here, and it’s cheap: Verizon has officially announced the long-rumored LG Windows Phone called the Lancet. Despite the fact that the images of the phone on Verizon’s website seem limited to renders, we now know the device’s specs and pricing. While there’s nothing too particularly exciting under the hood, the phone is a relative bargain at a full price of $120.

Will the Lancet be capable of running Windows 10 Mobile? We’ll know later this year…

The device runs Windows Phone 8.1 [...]

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May 14, 2015

Problem: Apple Watch Has Huge Security Flaw

While the iPhone has been protected by an automatically activated security measure, the Activation Lock, that feature doesn’t seem to exist on the Apple Watch. A post on iDownloadBlog on Wednesday details an easily exploited security hole in the high profile (and expensive) wearable that could allow thieves who steal an Apple Watch to reset it for later use or resale. That’s a big deal.

Activation Lock is an iOS feature that requires a user to enter an Apple ID and Password to turn off Find My iPhone, which essentially makes any [...]

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