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IP Vanish is now offering New Atlas readers 20% off all plans

IPVanish recently took first place in the New Atlas comparison review of the best VPNs, and is now offering New Atlas readers 20% off all plans – which works out to just US$5.19/month on the yearly plan.

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Hands-On With Apple’s New ‘Clips’ Video App

Apple today released “Clips,” a new app that’s designed to make it easy to create short videos that can be easily shared via Messages and social networking apps like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Clips, as the name suggests, lets you combine several video clips, images, and photos with voice-based titles, music, filters, and graphics to create enhanced videos that are up to an hour in length.

Clips isn’t hard to use, but the interface does take a bit of time to get used to, so we went hands-on with the app to show MacRumors readers just how it works.



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Biofuel-friendly sugarcane has all the sugar and more oil

Sugarcane could soon be an even more valuable source of biofuel

Amongst the arguments against growing crops for use as biofuel feedstock is the fact that they displace food crops. However, what if they could be grown on marginal land that wouldn’t be suitable for food crops anyway? Well, that’s the case with sugarcane. Now, genetically-engineered types of sugarcane may make it a more valuable source of biofuel than ever before.

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Comparing the four iPads you can buy today

New Atlas compares the features and specs of the four iPads you can buy today

While Apple has yet to deliver a new high-end iPad this year, the company did add a new budget-friendly tablet to its line. With this latest member of the family (and the retirement of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 2), it’s a good time to compare the features and specs of the four iPads Apple sells today.

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MGL 28 – Celebrate Scorpio day with us with a LIVE Halo Wars 2 Giveaway

Join us for Microsoft, Gaming and Libations LIVE on Beam, and you could win Halo Wars 2, Xbox Live gift cards, and more!

“Microsoft, Gaming and Libations” is a live show hosted on Microsoft’s streaming network, Beam.pro, featuring Jez Corden, Zac Bowden, and Daniel Rubino from Windows Central.

During this week’s Halo Wars 2 live stream, we’ll give away a copy of the game, Xbox Live gift cards, and others during the chat!

‘Constant Negativity’ From Pro Users Led Apple to Develop Modular Mac Pro, Which May Not Ship Until 2019

Apple executives this week made an unusual and surprising announcement, detailing the company’s work on an entirely revamped high-end modular Mac Pro that’s set to be released sometime after 2017.



No specific information on a potential release date was shared, but OSnews‘ Thom Holwerda has shared some tidbits heard from “people and sources who know their stuff,” giving a little insight into just when we might see the revamped Mac Pro and why Apple decided to renew its focus on professional users.



Ahead of Apple’s announcement, Holwerda says the Mac Pro was in limbo, and Apple wasn’t sure what was going to happen to the machine.



Apparently, the negative response to the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, which many complained was not oriented towards pro users, was a major factor. Apple saw a surge of orders for older MacBook Pros instead of the new model, and that, combined with the reaction to the LG 5K display and the “constant negativity” from professional users, led Apple to “double down on professional users.”



The decision to move ahead with a modular Mac Pro replacement was made “in recent months” with development starting “only a few weeks ago,” suggesting it’s going to be a long wait.



Given a rough estimate of the length of time it normally takes to develop a project, it could be late 2018 or even 2019 before we see the machine.

The decision to go ahead and develop a modular Mac Pro replacement seems to have been made only in recent months, with development starting only a few weeks ago, which makes it clear why Apple said it won’t ship this year. I have no idea how long it takes to develop a new computer like a Mac Pro, but I think we can expect the new Mac Pro late 2018 at the earliest, but most likely it won’t be until early 2019 before it ships.

Aside from the Mac Pro, Holwerda also believes Apple is working on additional MacBook Pro models sans Touch Bar, and developing other features aimed at professionals, such as pairing the iPad Pro with a Mac so that it can be used as a Cintiq-style drawing tablet.



Apple hasn’t shared a lot of detail on the new Mac Pro, but the promised modular design will allow professional users to keep it up to date with new hardware on a regular basis. Apple executives have said the machine will also be able to handle virtual reality software and high-end cinema editing, pointing towards support for higher-end single GPUs, and Apple also plans to ship the machine with an Apple-branded professional display.

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Adobe is developing AI that turns selfies into self-portraits

Adobe is working on AI tools to transform typical selfies into more professional-looking portraits

We all know the trademarks of a bad selfie: Unflattering angles, front-camera distortion, distracting backgrounds. Adobe is testing artificial intelligence tools to automatically correct these common issues and infuse selfies with more pleasing portraiture effects.

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Apple May Be Working on 8K Display and New High-End Mac Mini

Apple recently said it is working on a “completely rethought” Mac Pro with a modular design that will be accompanied by an Apple-branded pro display.






Apple did not share any specific details about the external display, but if the blog Pike’s Universum is to be believed, it could feature an impressive 8K resolution. The report did not offer any additional details about the display, including a potential release date, but Apple said it won’t be ready this year.



8K displays are just starting to reach the market now, led by Dell’s new 32-inch UltraSharp 8K display, which retails for $5,000 in the United States. Apple has yet to launch a display with greater than 5K resolution, as found on the iMac with Retina 5K Display and the UltraFine 5K Display it partnered with LG on.



Apple confirmed that it had exited the standalone display market after discontinuing the Thunderbolt Display in June 2016, but it has evidently reversed course. It’s a smart move, given concerns that Apple was no longer focused on pros, and considering that LG’s UltraFine 5K Display had a hardware flaw.



On the Mac mini front, the blog said that the next high-end model “won’t be so mini anymore,” suggesting the most expensive configuration might have a larger or taller design to accommodate for upgraded tech specs. Apple last updated the Mac mini in October 2014, a span of 903 days, per the MacRumors Buyer’s Guide.






Apple recently said the Mac mini is “important” within its product lineup, but it remained tight-lipped about the prospects of future updates.



The current Mac mini models, which are designed to be connected to a display, keyboard, and mouse purchased separately, range in price from $499 to $999. The base model is equipped with a 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, and integrated Intel HD Graphics 5000.



Intel has released faster Kaby Lake processors appropriate for the Mac mini, but no other rumors have surfaced about the entry-level computer as of yet. At least one other plausible addition is Thunderbolt 3, which is already included on the MacBook Pro and rumored to be added to the next iMac models as well.



Pike’s Universum is best known for spotting references to unreleased Macs or upcoming software versions hidden within Apple’s operating systems. The blog does not have an established track record of reporting on Apple’s plans based on its own inside sources, so this rumor should be treated with caution for now.

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