Mac|Life - All Articles en Deals: Bring Your Mac Back Up to Speed with Drive Genius 4 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u323895/drivegenius4.jpg" width="630" height="473" /></p><p><strong>[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.]</strong></p><p>Few sensations are better than the speed and smoothness you experience when you fire up a Mac for the first time. However, excessive usage leads to slowed performance over time, but with the right tools you can get it back up to speed. What’s where Drive Genius 4 comes in. Get it on sale now from our Deals tab at 49% off.</p><p>Drive Genius 4 is an award-winning, comprehensive tool designed for drive maintenance and optimization utilized by Apple Store Geniuses. 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That means your total is just $49.99—much less than the cost of replacing your hard drive and all that is lost with it.&nbsp;</p><div style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u323895/buynow-maclife.png" width="123" height="38" /></div> Deals Deals sponsored Stack Social Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:00:00 +0000 MacLife Staff 21995 at Apple Daily: Motion Sensing Apple TV; Apple and Pentagon; 16GB iPhones Here to Stay <!--paging_filter--><p>The next Apple TV is set to be revealed at Apple's next big media event on September 9, if you believe the rumors, and the latest batch claims that it'll feature some spiffy motion-sensing technology that could make it a big hit with casual gamers. Meanwhile, Apple and other companies are joining up with the Pentagon to create "flexible hybrid electronics," and it looks like we're stuck with 16GB baseline iPhones for another year.</p><h3>Next Apple TV Said to Have Motion-Sensitive Remote</h3><p>Rumors that the next big Apple TV will support motion-sensing technology have been around since <a href=",4" target="_blank">2010</a>, but they resurfaced again in a report from <a href="" target="_blank">TechCrunch</a>&nbsp;detailing new aspects about the feature mere weeks ahead of the device's expected reveal. The motion control itself will center on a redesigned remote with the touchpad and Siri support we've all heard so much about it, but the report notes that insider sources claim that it'll have "several axis’ worth of sensors that put its control on par with a Nintendo Wii remote."</p><p>The report suggests that Apple likely aims to use the features to attract "the broad casual gaming market" but notes that it also allows the possibility of innovative gameplay. The design would also fare well for multiplayer gaming, as the players involved could use the built-in voice support, and the Apple TV would provide a better home for party games that are a tad too awkward to use on the iPad on the iPhone.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/08/appletv_0.jpg" width="620" height="425" /></p><p>While the motion capabilities of the device are the highlight of the article, the report also cites anonymous sources who note that the combination of the device's "polish, polish, polish," its own App Store, and other factors will "blow away the types of junky smart TV interfaces we’ve had to deal with so far." The changes are so extensive, apparently, that they end Apple TV's long designation as a "hobby" and elevate it into "the first real Apple TV product."</p><p>If that's all true, the debut of the new Apple TV would have been even more impressive with the inclusion of Apple's long-rumored streaming TV service, but multiple reports claim that it's being held up by negotiations. The latest report in that regard comes from The Information's Jessica Lessin (via <a href="" target="_blank">AppleInsider</a>), who said in a letter to subscribers this morning that Apple's rumored $40 monthly fee for the service is the main sticking point. It's apparently simply too low for the content makers to want to bite, and thus it might be a bit higher when (and if) the service ever sees the light of day.</p><p>"There's still a big gap between the price media companies want for their TV channels and the roughly $40 a month Apple wants to charge consumers," Lessin wrote in her letter. "Something has to give."</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Apple Teaming Up with Pentagon to Make Military Wearable Tech</h3><p>The Apple Watch, it seems, was only the beginning: The Cupertino company's wearable technology might soon be coming to a soldier near you. According to a new report from <a href="" target="_blank">Reuters</a>, Apple is one of 162 tech companies teaming up with the Pentagon in order to make high-tech, stretchable and wearable electronics for soldiers in order to keep track of their vitals. In the future, the Pentagon expects warplanes and warships will use the same technology in their hulls order to monitor their structural integrity in real time.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/08/ames.jpg" /></p><p><strong>Above: Silicon Valley's Ames Research Center (via <a href="" target="_blank">Wikipedia</a>)</strong></p><p>The San Jose-based group goes by the name of the FlexTech Alliance, and it includes several other powerhouse companies and organizations such as Boeing and Harvard. The project will reportedly receive around $171 million in funding over the next five years to further develop "flexible hybrid electronics," with $90 million of that coming from Apple and its partner companies and $75 million coming from the federal government. The remainder will come from local governments.</p><p>"I’ve been pushing the Pentagon to think outside our five-sided box and invest in innovation here in Silicon Valley and in tech communities across the country," U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said at NASA's Ames Research Center as he awarded the project the government's share of the funding.</p><p>Interestingly enough, the news comes on the same day that <a href="" target="_blank">Politico</a>&nbsp;ran an article on how current Apple CEO Tim Cook has embraced Washington politics. Steve Jobs famously shunned it.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>'Leaked' Photo Suggests 16GB Baseline Units for iPhone 6s, 6s Plus</h3><p>Many commentators had hoped that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus would be the last iPhones to start out with 16GB of storage, but in line with earlier rumors, a newly "leaked" photo of an information sheet for the upcoming devices suggests that might not be the case (via <a href="" target="_blank">Steve Hemmerstoffer</a>). Even in this digital storage hungry world, it appears that the base models for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will feature 16GB of storage.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/08/iphone.jpg" width="620" height="414" /></p><p>There's always a chance, of course, that some bored guy faked the photo or that it merely represents an earlier stage of Apple's production process that has since been abandoned. It's possible, yes, but at this stage it seems like wishful thinking.</p><p>Apple is widely expected to reveal the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus at the media event on September 9 Apple announced yesterday. While the devices likely won't look terribly different from their current counterparts on the surface, they're expected to sport much better cameras, Force Touch technology, improved cellular connectivity, and stronger aluminum for the exteriors. The devices are also expected to come in a new "<a href="" target="_blank">rose gold</a>" color and to support animated lock screen <a href="" target="_blank">wallpapers</a>&nbsp;in the style of the "Motion" watch faces for the Apple Watch.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News 16 GB Apple TV games iphone Pentagon Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:25:07 +0000 Leif Johnson 21991 at Kerbal Space Program Review <!--paging_filter--><p>After years of being available on the developer’s website and Steam Early Access, Kerbal Space Program is finally available as a full release on Mac. Part space sim, part sandbox management, Kerbal Space Program is extremely ambitious. It’s not jaw-dropping to look at, but that’s easy to forget when you see the wide-eyed awe on the faces of your pilots as you launch.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/08/ksp-620.jpg" width="620" height="388" /></p><p>Kerbal Space Program takes place on a planet similar to Earth, except its inhabitants are little green aliens sharing the last name “Kerbin.” It’s your job to build up the game’s meager space program: managing employees, taking contracts, researching technology, and building aircraft and spacecraft, among other things. It’s an overwhelming number of things to manage, so KSP offers three modes: Sandbox, which has no restrictions on inventory; Science, in which data is gathered and funds aren’t an issue; and Career. Career Mode is the heart of KSP, starting you with very little money and not much inventory to build ships from. As you collect data, research new things, and conquer goals, you’ll gain access to better parts, smarter crew members, and upgraded buildings.</p><p>Once you successfully build a craft and make it out of orbit into space (no small feat in itself) the space sim portion kicks in. It’s up to you to control your ship, aiming for regions unknown, new planets, or getting into orbit. There are tutorials outside of the core game, but once you’re in Career Mode there are no training wheels, and a more organic training process would have been helpful. There’s a lot of patience required, and trial and error involved in just figuring out how not to blow up your ship and kill your pilot a few hundred meters in the air.</p><p>Even after years in development, Kerbal Space Program has its fair share of technical difficulties. Multiple freezes and crashes to desktop make it hard to progress, and less serious glitches are distracting. Despite these issues, there’s definitely something engaging about it. You might find yourself building better spacecraft in your head when you’re not playing, or saying “Just one more launch” over and over again.</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> A great blend of micromanagement and spaceflight, but it’s marred by tech issues.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-the-bottom-line"><legend>Review Synopsis</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-product"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Product:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Kerbal Space Program</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-company"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Company:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Squad </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Contact:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> $39.99 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-requirements"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Requirements:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Mac running OS X 10.6 or later, Intel processor, 3GB memory, 512MB graphics, 1GB HDD</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-positives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Positives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Incredibly deep interaction. Effortlessly combines management and simulation aspects.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-negatives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Negatives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Freezes and crashes aren’t ideal. Training is dull but necessary.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Reviews Kerbal Space Program OS X Mac Games Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:41:32 +0000 Sarah LeBoeuf 21994 at Ask: How to Change Autofill on Mac <!--paging_filter--> Ask autofill Columns OS X Safari Tips tricks Mac How-Tos Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:04:10 +0000 Cory Bohon 21993 at Deals: Pay What You Want for this Incredible Collection of UX and UI Design Assets <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u323895/pwywuiuxbundle.jpg" width="630" height="473" /></p><p><strong>[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.]</strong></p><p>A designer is only as good as the tools they have to work with. 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Apple sent out invitations this morning stating that, yes, the next Apple media event will be held at 10AM PDT on Wednesday, September 9 at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, where Steve Jobs unveiled the Apple II in 1977. The invitation's message is both simple and vague: "Hey Siri, give us a hint."</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/08/invitation.jpg" /></p><p>In addition, Windows users will be able to join in on the festivities live for the first time ever this year, as the Cupertino company's <a href="" target="_blank">page for the event</a> notes that you can stream it on September 9 "on a PC with Edge on Windows 10." As usual, of course, you can also watch the event on Apple TV or through the Safari browser on a Mac or iOS device.</p><p>There's always a chance Apple could surprise us, but there have been plenty of trustworthy "hints" from the rumor mill that suggest that Apple will at last unveil the so-called iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus at the event. Both devices are expected to be be made from stronger aluminum than their immediate predecessors, and they're expected to feature Force Touch, an improved camera, 2GB of RAM, and an A9 processor.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/08/fullsizerender.jpg" /></p><p>Apple is also expected to use the event to unveil the next generation of the Apple TV, which is expected to have Siri support (which likely explains the invitation's tagline), its own App Store, a touch-based remote control, and an A8 processor. Apple isn't expected to announce its long-awaited subscription-based streaming TV service at the event, though, as negotiations are supposedly still bogged down.</p><p>For a bit of fun, saying "Hey Siri, give me a hint" to Siri does, in fact, reveal a set of customized responses. Unfortunately, the hints are no more helpful than "Well, I hear there's something big happening on September 9" and our personal favorite: "Why don't you check a rumors blog? That's what I do."</p><p>Ouch, Siri.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>iPhone 6s and 6s Plus May Have Apple Watch-Like Animated Wallpapers</h3><p>Fittingly enough, the pace of rumors hasn't slowed down even with the next Apple media event on the near horizon. The latest rumor passed along from insider sources to <a href="" target="_blank">9to5Mac </a>claims that the so-called iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will feature new animated wallpapers in the style of the "Motion" watch faces for the Apple Watch. Each time a user wakes up his or her phone, they'll be treated to watching the wallpaper dynamically change based on their interactions.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/08/iphone6scarp.jpg" /></p><p><strong>Source:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">cnBeta</a></strong></p><p>Some of the wallpapers seem based off the static backgrounds that showed up in the beta for iOS 9 earlier in the month, such as smoky clouds with different colors and a school of koi. The koi, in fact, seems to lend some credence to a "leaked" photo of the box for the iPhone 6s Plus that appeared on the Chinese site <a href="" target="_blank">cnBeta </a>this morning. Some inconsistencies with Apple's earlier iPhone packaging led some commentators to doubt its authenticity, but as the box depicts a koi fish on the front, it could be a way to tie-in the packaging with this new feature.</p><p>Dynamic wallpapers already exist to a degree on the current iPhones, but their complexity doesn't come close to matching that of the motion watch faces for the Apple Watch. At the moment, there's no word as to whether we'll get to put the snazzy new wallpapers on older iPhones, but it seems unlikely in light of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus's allegedly better processor and extra RAM. In fact, the static images we saw in the iOS 9 beta might be as close as we get.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News animated wallpaper Apple TV backgrounds iphone iPhone 6s iPHone 6s Plus koi Siri wallpaper Thu, 27 Aug 2015 23:54:43 +0000 Leif Johnson 21988 at The Best New iOS Games: Lara Croft GO, Calvino Noir, Breakneck, and More! <!--paging_filter--> Gallery App App Store AppLife Apps Beat da Beat Breakneck Calvino Noir Columns Fallen Forest Spirit Gallery iOS iPad iPod Lara Croft Go new releases Sage Solitaire Ski Safari 2 Tiny Empire Whispering Willows iPad iPhone iPod Games Thu, 27 Aug 2015 23:53:14 +0000 Giancarlo Saldana 21989 at Deals: Cut the Cords that Get in the Way of Your Music with these Bluetooth Headphones <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u323895/bluetoothstereoheadphones.jpg" width="630" height="473" /></p><p><strong>[This is an advertorial. 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