Tabletop-gaming classic Shadowrun was released to a subdued audience of pen-and-paper die-hards in 1989, and quickly carved out a niche for itself by fusing fantasy with cyberpunk in a dystopian vision of the future that was all its own. More than 20 years later, Shadowrun Returns (developed by a team led by Shadowrun creator Jordan Weisman) borrows the 2D isometric view from an early '90s Super Nintendo adaptation, but it most embodies the open-ended heart of tabletop gaming. It's really about the democracy of storytelling.
Remember when Apple's Mac OS was largely a niche system and the cyber thugs of the world largely left us alone? There were some good aspects about those days, as Malwarebytes reminds us with a report of some nasty "ransomware" currently circulating through Macs that masquerades as an official FBI notice demanding $300. Trojans like these are old news for most Windows users, but they're unfamiliar enough on Macs that they might catch some users unaware. Worse yet, they also feed on contemporary fears about the monitoring of electronic devices by the NSA.
For the past 12 years, we've been dreaming about OS XI. Based on Apple's relatively unconventional roadmap--point releases are tied to major changes, a break from the classic system of whole numbers--conventional wisdom assumed that Mac OS X 10.10 just wouldn't fly, and Apple would be forced to overhaul the whole system and rebrand things accordingly.
The upcoming release of iOS 7 seems to lend even more credence to that theory. Presumably, Jony Ive just didn’t have the time to apply his pixel hammer to OS X, and the next 12 months will be spent flattening icons and adding translucency until our Macs mirror our iPads and iPhones as much as possible.
For the past six years, Jony Ive and his team of designers have churned out gorgeous design after gorgeous design--tablets and handsets that people need to touch and want to hold. Every line and curve has been impeccably crafted down to the finest detail, and the results have been nothing less than staggering: metal-and-glass works of art that fit as comfortably in our hands as they do in our pockets.
Every Monday, we'll show you how to do something new and simple with Apple's built-in command line application. You don't need any fancy software, or a knowledge of coding to do any of these. All you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!
We’ve covered using aliases in the command line in the past. In a nutshell, it’s the Terminal equivalent of creating an alias directory, except with a command. You can easily replace built-in commands, like “ls,” with the alias “ls -l” to list additional information when performing the “ls” command. With aliases that replace a built-in command, there’s an easy way to ensure you’re running the un-aliased version of the command. Continue reading and we’ll show you how.
Most of the focus at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo was on the new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles, but E3's a big show, and games for other platforms — including iOS and (to a lesser extent) Mac — played a big role as well. In fact, more iOS games than usual joined the mix this year, with major publishers like Konami, Ubisoft, and Square Enix getting in on the action. It was a lot to take in, but here's the best of what we saw.
Among all those other changes that we've heard about under Jony Ive's direction, looks like Apple's getting rid of the cat names for new iterations of Mac OS X. After an initial joke that the new version of Mac OS X would be called "Sea Lion," Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, announced that the new Mac release would be called "OS X Mavericks" in a nod to Apple's California heritage. Federighi announced three new features, finder tabs, tagging, and multiple displays.
The days leading up to Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference are always a frenzied affair, a bundled mass of nerves and anticipation filled with rumors, spy shots and black-draped banners. It's only natural to expect big things from this year's keynote, but like any Apple event, people are sure to be disappointed. So before the big day arrives, I thought I'd help temper expectations a bit by breaking down the odds — with an emphasis on design, of course.