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The long-awaited Apple TV refresh originally planned for June is coming this September, according to Buzzfeed, where John Paczkowski is now the managing editor of the site's San Francisco bureau. This time, "it's for real." The device's release is intended to prepare the way for another long-rumored product, an Apple streaming TV service, even though Apple is not yet ready to announce that service. The implication is that the new Apple TV will support it when it does get launched. The device will supposedly be slimmer, have a new touch-pad remote, a faster processor, more internal storage, and an Apple TV App Store. Let's hope this one's true! Check out Buzzfeed for more details.
Feral Interactive announced that Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor has been released for Mac and Linux on the Steam platform. It's coming to the Mac App Store in early August, as well. The action adventure game is set in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth just as Sauron returns to Mordor, decades before The Lord of the Rings. It pits a slain-yet-resurrected Ranger named Talion against Sauron as Talion seeks vengeance. It's priced at US$49.99 and £29.99, and is available on Steam now. Check out the trailer.
Using Safari on a MacBook will give you longer battery life, according to tests run by the BatteryBox Blog. The company tested Apple's Safari, Google's Chrome, and Firefox on video sites, music streaming sites, webmail sites, news sites, and more, and found that Safari used less power than the other browsers, giving users 52 more minutes of battery life.
Drive Genius 4 is a must-have for many Mac users, and we have a deal on it today. It can create a bootable partition for you to use to repair your startup disk, it will find and delete large and duplicate files, it will fix problems with your file system, repair folder corruption and much more. It retails for $99, but through our deal it's $49.99.
If you've been following the development of Apple Campus 2—the so-called Spaceship HQ—you may have been wondering if you'd get to see it yourself. Turns out you will, because Apple is building a full blown visitor center, complete with an Apple Store, a cafe, and an observation deck overlooking the main building.
I love iFixit's tool sets, so I'm pleased as punch to tell you we have a deal on one a bundle of iFixit tools for you. The first part of the bundle is the iFixit Pro Tech Screwdriver set. It has 15 fixed-bladed screwdrivers with those specialty heads for getting into your electronics (note that opening many Apple devices will void your warranty). It comes with a tool roll that lets you fold them up into a compact bundle. The second part is the iFixit Jimmy, a device with an ultra-thin blade for prying open cases and breaking seals (note my caution above). Retail on these two products is $100, but through our deal you can get it for $59.95. Check it out.
T-Mobile ratcheted up its pressure on the carrier business in the U.S. by announcing that JUMP! On Demand customers who buy an iPhone 6 this summer can swap it out for whatever Apple announces this fall. For free. The company is also exempting Apple Music from data limits for its customers.
Old timers might remember Mac vs. PC flame wars, but in my experience they paled in ferocity to discussions between Amiga fans and Mac fans. But lo! There will be peace in our time, or at least a little hardware-based emulation. Reddit and imgur user wowbobwow got Mac OS 6.0.1 running on an Amiga 500. He did it using a product called A-Max that allowed the user to frankenstein Mac ROM chips and hook them up directly to the Amiga. That bit of geekerism then allowed the Amiga to execute Mac code directly on the Motorola 68000 (68K) processor in the Amiga—the same CPU in Macs of that day. Check out the photos on imgur—it's super cool.
Remember that super awesome image we thought was a pano shot while rolling down a hill? Turns out it was taken by Randy Scott Slavin, a New York City-based director and photographer. The original image was stitched together from many images, and is part of a series called Alternate Perspectives 1 and Alternate Perspectives 2. Mr. Slavin also created what he calls the Surreal Selfie Stick, a 360 degree array of GoPro cameras for making videos, and it is just as cool as his photography. He's using the device for a project, but posted a demonstration to YouTube that you should check out. Note that you can't see the Surreal Selfie Stick in the video, but you can sometimes see its shadow.