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MacLife July 2016

Mac|Life is the leading independent magazine devoted to all things Apple. For over five years, Mac|Life has helped both new and veteran users get more out of their iPhones, iPads, Macs, and more, with coverage that cuts through today's glut of apps and accessories to find what matters most. With a bright, clean design and casual tone, Mac|Life offers an easy and enjoyable way to keep up with the latest Apple trends and topics.

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visit techradar.com

The march of technology never stops, so neither do we. Mac|Life’s website is now part of the new and improved TechRadar, so you can grab your fix of Mac and iOS news over at www.techradar.com. You’ll get all the latest news and tutorials for Mac, iPhone and iPad, as well as other trusted reviews, news, and how-tos that have made TechRadar one of the world’s top tech sites. We’ll see you there! Read more news, reviews, and tutorials at techradar.com GET SOCIAL FACE BOOK:facebook.com/maclife TWITTER:twitter.com/maclife OUR APP MAC |LIFE DIGITAL EDITION FOR IPAD Apple Newsstand…

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the cloud connection

WE’RE IN A period of change for the world of technology. Smartphones have already begun to revolutionize computing, moving a lot of the smaller tasks away from the desktop and into our pockets, but we all know they’re not suitable for every task. So if you’re a company that makes smartphone, tablet, and desktop computers, what’s the best experience for people who flit between those devices? Should they all look and work roughly the same? Or should they all work however is best for the form factor, and make the experience seamless when it comes to your information, not its appearance? Apple’s approach is the latter, and it’s worked well. Each device gets to play to its strengths: the iPhone stays simple, given its size; the iPad is picking up new…

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apple unveils new vision for apple stores

APPLE HAS REVEALED its new ideal for what Apple Stores should be, starting with the opening of a new store in Union Square, San Francisco, not far from Apple’s Cupertino HQ. It still looks a lot like the stores of the past, full of long wooden tables showing off Apple’s products, with accessories lining the walls, and a large glass front keeping everything light and airy – but it’s focusing even more on openness. The store’s front is constructed of 42-feet-tall glass walls, and the central two panels can split apart, opening a huge walkway into the ground floor. At the back of the store is a rejuvenated outdoor area known as “The Plaza,” a public area open 24 hours a day, that provides free Wi-Fi and seating for anyone…

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wi-fi is about to get both fast and slow

TWO NEW WI-FI standards are coming soon, but they do different jobs. 802.11ad is also known as Wireless Gigabit (or WiGig), and is extremely fast – perhaps up to 7Gbps. 802.11ah is also known as Wi-Fi HaLow, and is very slow, but is capable of covering a huge area from a single router. The normal 802.11ac technology being used now will also continue to evolve and improve, so why are future technologies going in different directions? The answer, as with all complex things, is physics. A simple tenet of Wi-Fi technology is that you can increase data transfer speeds considerably by increasing the frequency of the signal, but as you do so, you decrease its range. If you have a dual-band router, using both the 2.4GHz band and 5GHz band, you might…

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why apple has invested in the “chinese uber”

APPLE RECENTLY announced that it has invested $1 billion in Didi Chuxing, a Chinese ride-sharing service that is comparable to Uber in the United States. It’s an interesting move for Apple, which usually shies away from making large public announcements unless it’s a big acquisition – such as Beats – or a new product. The company does of course make investments, but generally on a much smaller scale. The motivations behind the deal, which came together in a period of just a few weeks, are mostly unclear. Apple CEO Tim Cook told Reuters that the company is “making the investment for a number of strategic reasons” including a fresh look at China, which is one of Apple’s key markets, but saw a decline in iPhone sales last quarter of 20% –…

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early access

PARKITECT $17.99 This game of building a theme park gets back to the sim genre’s roots. You start with an empty plot of land and build elaborate rollercoasters of your own design, other simple rides, and give the whole thing a theme. The game’s basics are here, but it lacks a campaign mode so far, so is a little aimless (but still fun). VERSION TESTED: ALPHA 2A EVENT HORIZON $5.99 Head out into the galaxy in a space ship you create yourself and explore! Well, kind of. You can build ships, customizing their engines, power plants, weapons, and armor, but it’s lacking any storyline, so you can pretty much just fight and trade - and they’re not especially fun. Keep an eye on this, but don’t buy it yet. VERSION TESTED: 0.11…