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Aug 2 2015 5:00PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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Aug 2 2015 12:00PM EST | Source: CNET Android Atlas
Google's new Your Timeline feature shows all the places you've visited, using your smartphone's GPS. Learn how to use to your advantage.









Aug 2 2015 4:49AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
VIENNA (Reuters) - The chief executive of BMW hinted in a German paper that there was potential for another of its "i" electric car models.

Aug 2 2015 2:41AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc and the unions representing its wireline unit employees on the U.S. East Coast said work will go on and talks continue after their current contract expired.

Aug 1 2015 5:00PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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Jul 31 2015 11:45PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
TOKYO (Reuters) - The Japanese affiliate of Ernst & Young LLC has launched an in-house investigation into its audit of Toshiba Corp in the wake of the electronics maker's $1.2 billion accounting scandal, a person with knowledge of the matter said.

Jul 31 2015 11:45PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

In today's Apple Daily, IBM hints in an employee video that the majority of its worksforce could end up using Macs. In other news, the Force Touch components for the next iPhones are apparently already in mass production, and BMW reportedly ends its talks with Apple.

IBM May Buy Up to 200,000 Macs from Apple Per Year

The times, they really are a changin'. Today, IBM chief information officer Jeff Smith said in a video to employees that he believes IBM might end up buying as many as 150,000 to 200,000 Macs from Apple per year (via MacRumors). That marks a far cry from the days when IBM and Apple were rivals with one another, and it's yet another sign that Apple and IBM's surprise partnership for enterprise customers continues to pay off.

The move could change the image of IBM as we know it. Later in the video, Smith recalls a discussion between Apple CEO Tim Cook and IBM vice president Fletcher Previn in which Previn suggests that the deal could lead to as much as 50 to 75 percent of IBM's workforce switching to Macs instead of the Lenovo Thinkpads the company normally uses.

The video suggests that it was only Smith's claim of buying around 150,000 to 200,000 Macs per year that attracted Apple's chief information officer Niall O'Connor to the offer, as he previously was evasive when Smith asked about a way to make "the overall cost [of MacBooks] the same or lower than PCs" under the deal. But O'Connor was instantly more receptive when Smith uttered the new number, as O'Connor reportedly mentioned that the Cupertino company's largest corporate customer only orders around 25,000 Macs per year.

The news comes a few months after the revelation that IBM was planning on buying around 50,000 MacBooks from Apple throughout 2015, and that Apple and IBM had worked together on a series of enterprise-focused apps for iOS devices.

 

Force Touch Modules for iPhone 6s Said to Enter Mass Production

Newly discovered hints along the Chinese supply lines seem to prove that the next iPhone will support Apple's new Force Touch technology. According to a new report from the sometimes reliable DigiTimes, manufacturer TPK is starting mass production of pressure-sensitive display modules just a month after it sent off a small selection of samples. The report is hazy on the details, but it seems likely that the modules are being created by our favorite Cupertino company.

Other hints seem to confirm this. For one, TPK estimates that its third fiscal quarter will see a revenue boost of around 50 percent, which rougly corresponds to the period when Apple's next-generation handsets should start heading out into the wild. Apple typically announces new iPhones in September or October, so the timing matches up with the expected anouncements of the so-called "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" around the same time.

 

Talks with BMW About Electric Car Reportedly End

Last week we reported that Apple CEO Tim Cook and other executives had met with the top brass at BMW to discuss partnering up to make an electric Apple car, but according to Reuters, those talks have fallen through. Or, at least, they've been put on the backburner, as the report claims that talks "may be revived at a later stage."

Above: BMW's I3 Semi-Electric Car

The talks seem to have ended for two reasons. For one, Apple is apparently interested in designing an electric car entirely on its own, although the Cupertino company's executives were reportedly impressed with the approach BMW took in creating its i3 electric car. For another, BMW is afraid of becoming a mere "supplier to a software or internet giant."

The original report from Germany's Manager Magazine stated that Apple is most interested in the body for the i3, a car that gets approximately 80 miles on a full charge, but which can switch over to traditional fuel if the driver needs to go a few more miles in an emergency.

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Jul 31 2015 10:40PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
TOKYO (Reuters) - Mark Karpeles, the former head of defunct bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, was arrested on Saturday in connection with the disappearance of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of the virtual currency, Japanese media reports said.

Jul 31 2015 9:13PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Pillars of Eternity is a game for heroes whose glory days were sometime around 1998 — those who fought the battles of Baldur’s Gate. If you aren’t one of these role-playing veterans, it’s happy to let you join the quest. Be warned though, it will expect you to know what you’re doing — wasting little time on niceties like explaining how to play, and being quick to insist you take control of whole parties in combat while still working out what each character does.

Provided you can conquer the difficulty curve, though, it’s an amazing game — very Dungeons & Dragons in style but in a whole new world. Indeed at times it does feel as much like an introduction to the world as a game set in it, but written by masters of the craft and with some well-executed twists.

Whereas normally wizards are squishy cannons and fighters just heavy lumps of meat, for instance, Pillars of Eternity gives each class extra benefits for venturing outside their comfort zone. If you want an armored wizard or a smartypants fighter, both are perfectly doable, although those decisions come with their own trade-offs.

It’s a massive game — at least 40-50 hours if you rush — and with lots to discover off the beaten path through three towns, sprawling wilderness, and your own castle Stronghold, which you slowly upgrade from a ghost-infested ruin into a fortress anyone would be proud to call their own. As with the best RPGs at the moment, decisions have major implications, and it’s often possible to talk your way out of a fight — though by no means all of them.

The more you dig into the world, the more there is to enjoy, the mood spoiled only by characters and jokes created by backers of the game’s Kickstarter campaign, which at best contribute little and at worst are deeply obnoxious. They’re easily spotted from a distance, though, and just as easily skipped.

This isn’t simply a roleplaying game from the old-school, but a great reminder of why fans have longed so hard for a return to it. Expect a nasty shock if you’re not used to the difficulty level, but get past that and the adventure waiting is never anything but richly rewarding.

The bottom line. A fantastic modern RPG in classic style, learning from both the past and what followed.

Review Synopsis

Product: 

Pillars of Eternity

Company: 

Obsidian Entertainment

Contact: 

Price: 

$44.99

Requirements: 

Mac running OS X 10.5 or later, Intel Core i3, 4GB RAM, ATI 4850 or Nvidia 9600 GT

Positives: 

Return of classic style. Huge, sprawling world. Amazing player choice.

Negatives: 

Brutally unforgiving.

Jul 31 2015 6:51PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. federal agencies have increased cybersecurity measures since the hacking at the Office of Personnel Management, but more work is necessary to help prevent further attacks, the results of a 30-day effort to raise standards showed on Friday.

Jul 31 2015 6:35PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Who says you can't get something for nothing? Right now, for example, you can get a recent  tip-filled digital issue of MacLife magazine for free on your iOS device. And if you want to sign up for a digital MacLife subscription, you can get even more free stuff. Read on for the details!

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With enhanced hardware and an improved display, the iPad Air 2 is a best-in-breed device, which can also be pretty confusing if you’re new to tablets or Apple devices. iPad Air Made Simple has been designed to help unravel the mysteries of the hardware, operating system, and apps — taking you through every main feature and function. With this as your guide, you’ll soon be the master of your iPad Air.

Jul 31 2015 6:26PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Yahoo Inc said on Friday it agreed to buy fashion start-up Polyvore to help drive traffic and strengthen its mobile and social offerings.

Jul 31 2015 6:11PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The cybersecurity issues that led Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV to recall 1.4 million vehicles this month could pose a problem for cars and trucks from other automakers, the top U.S. auto safety regulator said on Friday.

Jul 31 2015 5:51PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday advised hospitals not to use Hospira Inc's Symbiq infusion system, saying a security vulnerability could allow cyber attackers to take remote control of the system.

Jul 31 2015 5:27PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc has closed a new round of funding that values the online taxi-hailing company at nearly $51 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Jul 31 2015 5:17PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Folks, there is a big LEGO sale going on right now and you can snag yourselves loads of great games for only a buck apiece. Sure, there are other apps and games we've got for you this week, but if you're down for some serious mobile brick-gaming, this is your week.

Jul 31 2015 5:00PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

 

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Jul 31 2015 4:53PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - The social security numbers and credit card details of up to 6,000 University of Connecticut students, faculty and others may have been stolen by cyberhackers from China, the university said on Friday.

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