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Macworld July 2017

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4 min.
today at apple could make apple’s growth troubles a thing of the past

The Apple Store has always been more than a place to buy stuff. From the moment the first location opened its doors at Tyson’s Corner in Virginia, its main purpose was to create an environment where people could gather to talk, test, and learn about all things Apple. There were no pushy salespeople urging you to take advantage of the latest limited-time offer or time limits imposed on trying the products on display. Apple encouraged people to linger at the counters and spend a little more time at the stores, and that philosophy influenced the evolution of the store design, as software aisles gave way to casual seating and checkout lines were replaced with roving scanners. In many ways, Today at Apple, which launched this past weekend at all of Apple’s 495…

6 min.
apple park: the last great product by steve jobs

One of the words I use a lot when reviewing Apple products is opinionated. I firmly believe that great art or design can’t happen without a point of view—and the more you depart from a focused point of view, the more likely a creation will be compromised, workmanlike…good, maybe, but not great. When it’s at its best, Apple strives for greatness. It doesn’t always get there— and every now and then you get the sense it’s not actually trying to get there—but when things are hitting on all cylinders, Apple releases products that are backed by a strong point of view about what will delight and serve its customers. The MacBook, for example, is a product based on a focused vision: That a single port and a slower class of processor are…

2 min.
apple’s new swift playgrounds 1.5 includes controls for robots

When Apple released Swift Playgrounds in 2016, it opened the world of coding to kids (and adults) who thought just the idea of creating an app was intimidating. Swift Playgrounds makes coding approachable and fun to learn, combining tutorials, a touch interface, and “challenges” on an iPad that anyone can use for free. While Swift Playgrounds can be a very satisfying experience that results in your very own app, technology moves forward—we’re now in a world where drones and robots are prevalent. With that in mind, Apple recently announced Swift Playgrounds version 1.5, which includes tools that teach students how to control drones and robots over Bluetooth using an iPad. The new program gives teachers access to Swift Playgrounds curriculum that works with a number of robots and drones, including products from…

5 min.
gaems m155 performance monitor: portable display shows its promise—and faults

Having a TV at home to watch movies or play some console games on a rainy day is a huge win, especially if you have kids to entertain. And while rocking an ultraportable device like an 9.7-inch iPad Pro or a 12-inch MacBook might make your load lighter for business travel, the small dimensions of their displays make them less than ideal for multitasking when the time comes to get some serious work done. A great solution to both of these scenarios is to invest in a portable monitor that offers a high-enough resolution to allow it to be used for watching movies and gaming, yet is still compact and light enough to be packed up and tossed in a carry-on bag. Sound good? Then you might like the Gaems M155 Performance…

3 min.
reolink keen: battery-powered camera offers wireless security for cheap

I’ve reviewed several home security cameras over the years, and always grapple with where to mount them close to a required electrical outlet. After all, wires can be severed or simply unplugged, disabling a camera before it ever has a chance to catch a glimpse of potential intruders. Although Wi-Fi allows cameras to have one less tether, manufacturers mostly disregard the real elephant in the room— until now. The folks at Reolink have introduced the world’s first battery-powered security camera, offering the freedom to move it anywhere around the home. CUT THE CORD Reolink Keen ($130) is a security camera powered entirely by four included CR123A batteries, powerful 3.0-volt cells typically reserved for photo accessories. There’s no AC power option, so you’ll want to keep a backup supply of these less common batteries…

4 min.
torment: tides of numenera: one of the best books you’ll ever play

Torment: Tides of Numenera ($45 on the App Store) is the spiritual, but not direct, sequel to Black Isle’s critically-acclaimed CRPG legend Planescape: Torment, which, as geeks of a certain age will tell you (pushes up glasses), was based on a campaign setting for the pencil and paper iteration of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. A text-driven masterpiece, Planescape: Torment shunned the combat-heavy gameplay that most folks associate with mainstream video games. Instead, players talked their party of digital adventurers out of trouble and down new avenues of the game’s complex story. The decisions you made in Planescape: Torment, mattered. Torment: Tides of Numenera? It’s got all of this going on too. WHAT’S IT ABOUT? In the game, players take on the role of The Last Castoff, the discarded avatar of an immortal scientist-cum-wizard…