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3 min ago

How to create text shortcuts in OS X Yosemite

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How to create text shortcuts in OS X Yosemite

Save some mileage on your fingers — and your keyboard — with this quick trick.

If you frequently type the same things over and over again, the Mac can save you the time and trouble of having to type it out in full each time. It involves something called text shortcuts and once you learn how to use them, you'll never want to be without them.

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28 min ago

First major update for SimCity BuildIt brings Tokyo-themed residential area

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First major update for SimCity BuildIt brings Tokyo-themed residential area

EA has released the first major update for SimCity BuildIt. The release, now available for iOS and Android, adds Tokyo Town residential areas and the international airport. The new buildings with various upgrade levels (from classic Japanese homes to neon drenched post-modern high rises) bring a new look and feel that refreshes the game experience.

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3 hours ago

Apple reportedly set to include USB 3.0 ports on iPad Pro, higher-res 12-inch MacBook Air in the works

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Apple reportedly set to include USB 3.0 ports on iPad Pro, higher-res 12-inch MacBook Air in the works

Apple is rumored to be working on a larger iPad Pro with a 12.9-inch display, with production set to commence from September. According to the Wall Street Journal, the tablet will feature USB 3.0 ports to allow faster data transfer with external hard drives. The tablet is also said to feature ports to connect to external keyboards and mice. The publication has also revealed that the hardware giant is working on a 12-inch version of the MacBook Air, which is said to boast a "higher resolution display."

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6 hours ago

Smart Kapp: Hands-on with the reinvented dry-erase board

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Smart Kapp: Hands-on with the reinvented dry-erase board

If your office or school frequently uses dry-erase boards, then you need to check out Smart kapp. All your ideas and notes can be saved directly to your device. Just scan the QR code or tap the NFC sign at the bottom of the board to connect your phone. You can also share your notes in real time by sharing a link to other users.

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8 hours ago

Udacity opens enrollment for first iOS developer Nanodegree, focusing on Swift

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Udacity opens enrollment for first iOS developer Nanodegree, focusing on Swift

Udacity, the online "university by industry" born out of a Stanford project, has rolled out their first "Nanodegree" program for learning iOS development — and it's focused on Swift. Why Swift?

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10 hours ago

Judge tentatively approves settlement in anti-poaching suit against Apple, others

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Judge tentatively approves settlement in anti-poaching suit against Apple, others

The judge presiding over a class action suit levied against Apple and other tech giants over their anti-poaching agreements has tentatively approved a $415 million settlement that was proposed last month.

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10 hours ago

How to search the App Store, iTunes Store, and iBooks Store faster with Siri

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How to search the App Store, iTunes Store, and iBooks Store faster with Siri

While it's fun to browse the App Store, iTunes Store, and iBooks Store, sometimes you just want to find what you're looking for.

For those occasions, for when you know exactly what you're looking for and you don't want to so much as tap or type, there's Siri. Simply hold down the Home button, call up Apple's personal digital assistant, and have Siri do the searching for you. Here's how!

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11 hours ago

GDC 2015: MicRogue is a fast and brutal dungeon-crawler game

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GDC 2015: MicRogue is a fast and brutal dungeon-crawler game

We've got yet another great little RPG coming out of GDC 2015 called MicRogue. As the name suggests, it works fine on smaller screens, and offers classic, brutal roguelike gameplay with chunky 8-bit graphical charm.

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12 hours ago

GDC 2015: Knights of Pen and Paper 2 bringing back a classic RPG

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GDC 2015: Knights of Pen and Paper 2 bringing back a classic RPG

At GDC 2015, we had a chance to check out the recently-announced Knights of Pen and Paper 2. Though it's being worked on by a new developer, they've managed to maintain the self-referential tongue-in-cheek humor that made the original such a roaring success (at least among diehard Dungeons & Dragons nerds like me).

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12 hours ago

iPad Pro production rumored to start in September

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iPad Pro production rumored to start in September

The iPad Pro is rumored to be a 12.9-inch iPad that would appeal to professional, productivity users, similar to the iPhone 6 Plus in the phone lineup.

While early rumors pegged the iPad Pro's release for early 2015, production is now being rumored to start this fall, in the September time frame. No word on an Apple Pen this time around, though.

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14 hours ago

Should you try out the Photos for Mac public beta?

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Should you try out the Photos for Mac public beta?

Is Photos for Mac ready for its public closeup? Pretty close — but don't go in without a backup.

Apple released its first public beta of OS X 10.10.3 on Monday, and with it also comes the first public crack at Photos for Mac. The temptation to upgrade for people enrolled in Apple's public beta program is great, especially for those using iCloud Photo Library on your iOS device, but should you?

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14 hours ago

EA shuts down SimCity maker's home office

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EA shuts down SimCity maker's home office

EA has shut down the offices responsible for making one of computing's most prolific and beloved game franchises.

Sad news in the game world today: EA has announced the closure of Maxis' Emeryville offices, the home of the legendary city building game SimCity, according to Kotaku.

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14 hours ago

Apple, HBO reportedly in talks to partner for launch of stand-alone streaming service

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Apple, HBO reportedly in talks to partner for launch of stand-alone streaming service

Apple and HBO are reportedly in talks over HBO's upcoming stand-alone streaming service. Rumored to be called HBO Now, the Apple TV would be one of the launch partner devices for the service.

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17 hours ago

GDC 2015: Paper Monsters Recut offers kid-friendly platforming fun

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GDC 2015: Paper Monsters Recut offers kid-friendly platforming fun

At GDC, we got a sneak peek at Paper Monsters Recut. This is a remastered and expanded version of a kid-friendly platform title that came out a few years ago. It tacks on new stages and improved graphics thanks to Metal support.

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18 hours ago

Stories of App Store success...and failure

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Stories of App Store success...and failure

GDC is giving developers on both sides of the App Store success story a chance to share their tales of triumph and woe.

Success in life isn't guaranteed, and that's especially true on the App Store, where fortunes can be made by developers that hit it big. But most developers aren't that lucky. This week's Game Developer Conference (GDC) is giving devs a chance to tell both sides of the App Store story: Unimaginable riches, and unimaginable heartache.

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