Google’s mind-bending quantum computer actually works

A major breakthrough from Google’s quantum-computing team could eventually lead to artificial-intelligence systems complex enough to make sci-fi nerds lose sleep in fear of the robot apocalypse. The breakthrough sounds simple, but it has massive implications: The quantum computer the team co-operates with NASA actually works. And not only does it work, but it can […]

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Periscope Named Apple’s App of the Year in Best of 2015 Charts

Apple has published its annual Best of 2015 charts for the App Store, iTunes and iBooks Store, naming live video platform Periscope its App of the Year and Tomb Raider puzzler spinoff Lara Croft GO its Game of the Year.

Enlight and Robinhood were selected as runner-ups for App of the Year, while strategy game Fallout Shelter and one-touch platformer Mr Jump finished second and third place respectively in the Game of the Year standings.

Popular automation app Workflow was deemed the „most innovative“ app in 2015, while Dark Echo was awarded the same title in the gaming category. Instagram earned „Best App on iPhone 6s“ and Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade won „Best Game on iPhone 6s.“

Apple’s Top 25 Apps of 2015

1. Periscope

2. Enlight

3. Robinhood

4. Workflow

5. Instagram

6. HBO NOW

7. Hopper

8. Darkroom

9. Lark

10. The Everything Machine

11. Pacemaker

12. Tandem

13. Jet

14. Timeline

15. Vee for Video

16. Fit Men Cook

17. Spark

18. RefME

19. Wildcard

20. Paper by FiftyThree

21. GIPHY CAM

22. PRY

23. Reuters TV

24. Zova

25. Blue Apron

Apple’s Top 25 Games of 2015

1. Lara Croft GO

2. Fallout Shelter

3. Mr Jump

4. Dark Echo

5. Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade

6. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

7. Vainglory

8. Dungeon Boss

9. Puzzle Craft 2

10. PAC-MAN 256

11. You Must Build A Boat

12. AG Drive

13. MARVEL Contest of Champions

14. Horizon Chase – World Tour

15. Shadowmatic

16. Wonky Ship

17. Super Sharp

18. Last Voyage

19. Ski Safari 2

20. Downwell

21. Rayman Adventures

22. Afterpulse

23. Psych! Outwit Your Friends

24. HoPiKo

25. Blades of Brim

The top five paid iOS apps in 2015 were Heads Up! Games, Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Trivia Crack (Ad Free), Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 and Facetune, while the top five free titles were Trivia Crack, Facebook Messenger, Dubsmash, Instagram and Snapchat.

Clash of Clans was the top grossing app in 2015, followed by Game of War – Fire Age, Candy Crush Saga, Pandora and Candy Crush Soda Saga. The full top charts are available on the App Store on iOS and iTunes on Mac.

Apple also named Max Max: Fury Road, Amy, Inside Out and Dope among its Best of 2015 movies, while Mr. Robot, Fargo, UnREAL and Inside Amy Schumer won Best of 2015 awards for TV shows. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara was Apple’s favorite fiction book on the year.

All selections were made by Apple’s editorial curation team.

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Browse the old web on a vintage Mac with this online emulator

Does your browser feel slow? Hate modern web design? Boy, have you got it lucky. Web browsers used to be infinitely worse. And so did web pages. Don’t believe me? Here’s an emulator that allows you to surf websites from up to a couple decades ago, using old browsers like Safari 3.2.3 on Windows, IE […]

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Apple working on new MacBook Airs to debut at WWDC

Apple is reported to be working on new MacBook Air models to launch at the 2016 WWDC event, most likely to be held in June. Citing sources in the supply chain, the report claims that Apple may ditch the smaller size 11-inch MacBook Air, but add a 15-inch model, much as it currently offers with […]

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How to expand your Macbook storage without taking up any extra space [Deals]

Having a backup drive is key to anyone with a laptop, but lugging around an extra hard drive can take the convenience out of portable computing. Plugging into the computer adds steps to the process of getting started with work, but one Macbook slot in particular — the SD card port — can be used […]

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Possible Upcoming Mac Pro Reference Discovered in OS X El Capitan

It’s been two years since Apple launched its radically redesigned Mac Pro, but the professional-level workstation has not seen any updates since that time despite the availability of upgraded versions of many of the components used in the machine. We may be getting closer to an update, however, as Pike’s Universum has discovered a reference to a new Mac code name of „AAPLJ951“ within OS X El Capitan.

The identity of the Mac corresponding to that code name is not explicitly revealed in OS X, but Pike points to the similar AAPLJ90 code name for the current Mac Pro as a reason to believe this new machine is a Mac Pro.

The data is identical to that of the late 2015 (iMac17,1 in the same file) so it may as well be a remnant of the new iMac, but the strange thing is that the XHCI data for the late 2015 iMac is also there, which is why I believe that this is not/was not added for the/a new iMac but another Mac.

And like I said earlier in the comments, there are too many USB 3 ports defined to fit on a MacBook (Pro) and Mac Mini. This and the fact that there is already support for newer graphics chips [baked] into El Capitan… is why I think that it was added for a new Mac Pro. I personally sure hope so.

Looking toward possible specs for the next Mac Pro, it seems likely it will run on Xeon-branded Broadwell EP chips and include significantly faster graphics based on AMD’s Fury platform, along with faster memory and storage and perhaps Thunderbolt 3 connectivity involving a partial shift to USB-C connectivity.

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