How to Change DNS Entries on the Mac

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iMac with macOS Network Settings

If you aren’t happy using the default DNS servers your ISP or local coffee shop provides with your Mac, you can change them. It’s pretty easy to do. Follow along to learn how.

Add Cool Text Styles to Your Tweets with Textlicious for the iPhone and iPad

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I love cool type tools, so I have to assume Will Shipley created Textlicious specifically for me. Textlicious is an iOS extension that lets you use styled text in iPhone and iPad apps that typically don’t easily support anything other than plain text. Apps like Twitter, Facebook, and Messages, for example. It includes several styles such as italics, bold, script, and more. Textlicious is US$1.99 on Apple’s App Store, and there’s a Mac version available, too.

Add Cool Text Styles to Your Tweets with Textlicious for the iPhone and iPad

Civilization VI: Rise & Fall Expansion Adds Golden Ages, Dark Ages, Loyalty, More

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Aspyr has released the Rise & Fall expansion for Civilization VI on Mac and Linux. It’s a substantial expansion and refinement of the game including Golden Ages (along with Dark Ages), city Loyalty, Emergency Situations, and a lot more. There are also Historic Moments (a sort of visual history of your Civilization that ties into Golden and Dark Ages), as well as new leaders and civilizations. I’ve been playing Poundmaker of the Cree, a First Nations tribe in what is now Canada. Plus, new Wonders, including new units you only get a Wonder, and plenty of interface enhancements. For instance, there is now an animated element showing Religious pressure, and for the new Loyalty system. In the image below, two NPC declared an Emergency Situation against me after I took a capital. Against capable opponents it adds a time-pressure element to the game. There’s definitely a lot going on in this update. Civilization VI: Rise & Fall is $29.99 through Steam and as an in-app purchase in the Mac App Store. You’ll have to update Civ VI from the Mac App Store to see the in-app purchase.

Civilization VI: Rise & Fall Expansion Adds Golden Ages, Dark Ages, Loyalty, More

Azio Mechanical Keyboard Marries Retro Looks and Backlit Keys [Update on Mac Support]

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I spotted the Azio mechanical keyboard as a sponsored post in my Instagram feed last night, and I thought it was super cool. Originally funded on Indiegogo for more than $388,000, the Azio keyboard is shipping now. The one shown in the image below is the Azio Retro Classic BT (for Bluetooth), with a USB version available, too. It’s not quite steampunk, but it’s close, and there are several other styles, too. There are also also different color options for each model.  There are also models with modern key shapes, and some much cheaper entry-level models, but I love this typewriter feel on the Retro Classic. It’s priced at $189 for USB and $219 for Bluetooth. The video is from the original Indiegogo campaign. [2nd Update: Azio told me that the Bluetooth version supports the Mac and comes with replaceable keys. The USB version is Windows only. – Bryan] [3rd Update: I’ve now published an Azio Retro Classic BT Mac review].

Azio Mechanical Keyboard Marries Retro Looks and Backlit Keys [Update on Mac Support]

Earth 3D for Mac on Sale for $1

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Earth 3D for Mac is on sale for a buck (thanks to John Kheit for the heads up). It’s a gorgeous app—if you have a solid video card—that shows you our planet. It includes thousands of geographic features, more than 500 wonders, a day/night view, a screensaver mode, support for multi-monitors, and it’s just amazing. As I mentioned, you need a good video card for it to work, but at a $1, it’s worth the risk if you aren’t sure (or are getting a new Mac!). It has a 4.5 Star rating on the App Store.

Earth 3D for Mac on Sale for $1