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Comic: Getting to know your 12-inch Retina MacBook

Ed: Welcome to this week's edition of The Pixel Project: a weekly comic from Diesel Sweeties' Rich Stevens on Apple, technology, and everything in-between. Today: Getting to Know Your 12" Retina Macbook

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Mac revenue exceeds iPad revenue for the first time since 2011

So much for the "post-PC era:" Apple generated more revenue from Macs this quarter than iPads. A number of factors seem to be aiding the growth.

Despite a contracting worldwide PC market, Apple managed to buck the trend — once again — by selling more Macs than it ever has during its second quarter: More than 4.5 million Macs in total. What's more, Macs beat iPads in terms of revenue. What's going on?

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Apple begins shipping out custom 1.3GHz MacBooks to some customers

Apple has begun shipping out custom orders of its new, ultra-portable MacBooks with 1.3GHz Intel Core M processors.

The 1.3GHz option on the new MacBook is available for both the 256GB and 512GB version of the notebook. Initially given a 3-4 week shipping time, some users who ordered MacBooks with the 1.3GHz Intel Core M processors are now seeing shipping dates almost two weeks ahead of projections.

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Total War: Warhammer will bring the fantasy board game to Mac owners

Sega has announced Total War: Warhammer, the first game in the long-running real-time strategy series with a fantasy theme, is coming to the Mac and other platforms.

The game, from developer The Creative Assembly, is based on the popular Warhammer tabletop wargame from Games Workshop.

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Apple posts workaround for Macs that stop responding during setup

If you're having problems with the setup process hanging on your new MacBook, Apple has posted a support article today outlining a remedy.

The support article addresses a fairly widespread problem where setup stops responding and displays the dreaded "beach ball" after one creates a user account. If you're experiencing the problem, Apple recommends you either wait about 30 minutes for setup to resume, or complete Setup Assistant without connecting to the internet.

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How to set up and use Force Click on the Mac

Apple's new Force Touch Trackpad for the Mac comes with a new way to interact with OS X — Force Click.

Force Click lets you not only click like you would on a traditional, mechanical trackpad, but press harder to engage a second click, or a range of additional click levels, that enable additional actions. For example, click on an icon and then Force Click to get a QuickLook, or click on a word and then Force Click to get a dictionary definition. All of this comes enabled by default on the new MacBook and on the 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro, but there are several options you can toggle and a range of features you can explore.

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Secret Force Click shortcuts: Thirteen Taptic tricks for your new MacBook!

Apple's new Force Touch Trackpad comes with Force Click.

Force Click is a convenient way to invoke secondary actions with what is, in essence, a secondary, "deeper" press into the trackpad. Apple currently ties Force Click into the Quick Look, Look Up, data detector, and detail view functions, as well as a few extras. That means you can generally go deeper just by — wait for it — going deeper. Here are all the basics!

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Blizzard to officially launch Heroes of the Storm for the Mac on June 2

Blizzard will officially launch the company's long-awaited Massive Online Battle Arena game Heroes of the Storm on the Mac on June 2, preceded by an open beta on May 19.

The free-to-play game, which began development as a mod for StarCraft II, will offer players a way to have characters from Blizzard's franchises like StarCraft, Warcraft and Diablo fight one another in an action-strategy setting.

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Comic: Jed1 Usernam3s and Pa$$words

Happy Saturday, iMore! Because Rich is awesome, he's letting us run some of his Mac-themed comics from the Diesel Sweeties archive on weekends. Bonus comics, woo! We hope you enjoy.

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Switch to Mac: Virtual pilots and their HOTAS

Fun for PC switchers in this week's Switch to Mac: How well do PC joysticks work on the Mac?

Flight simulation has been a fascination of computer programmers since the earliest days of graphical user interfaces. Those invested in the hobby get expensive joysticks and throttle rigs — accessories that work just fine on the Mac.

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