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‘Butter Royale’ impressions: ‘Fortnite’ as a food fight

6 hours 44 minutes ago

People often tell me that too much cholesterol will kill me, but I never imagined that specific death would come in the form of a wall of butter smothering the landscape. And that’s not all I have to worry about. I’ve also got 31 other people intent on slaying me with sweets. Fortunately, I raided the fridge and found a Gatling gun that spits out hot dogs.

You, too, can get a taste of such delicious adventures in Butter Royale, Apple Arcade’s latest release. As you might have guessed from the name, it’s a battle royale shooter in the vein of Fortnite, but it simplifies the gameplay down to twin-stick shooting that works fine with either a touchscreen or a gamepad like the PlayStation DualShock 4. However, I balked a bit: Another battle royale game? Aren’t these things supposed to be on the way out?

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Leif Johnson

‘Today at Apple’ sessions to celebrate Black History Month

7 hours 13 minutes ago
In celebration of Black History Month, Apple will offer “Today at Apple” sessions in which participants can "learn from dynamic creators who are changing cultural narratives through visual arts, photography, poetry, dance, film, and more.” You can join creative sessions Feb. 1–29.
Dennis Sellers

Moleskine Journey is an iOS Planner, Journal, and More

8 hours 41 minutes ago

The most recent app from Moleskine is called Moleskine Journey. It’s a multi-purpose app that serves as an iOS planner, journal, project manager, habit tracker, note-taker, photo diary, and food diary. Or whatever else you want to use it for because it seems flexible.

Designed for creatives minds, independent workers, audacious backpackers, and free spirits, Moleskine Journey is the first app that blends productivity tools with wellness tracking features to help you get stuff done and find inner balance every day. This minimal and intuitive app gathers together the many aspects of your life.

App Store: Free ((Offers In-App Purchases)


Andrew Orr

The Complete iOS 13 and SwiftUI Developer Bundle: $19

9 hours 57 minutes ago

We have a deal on the Complete iOS 13 and SwiftUI Developer Bundle, a package of tutorials and training material for developers. It includes the Complete iOS 13 Developer Course & SwiftUI, SwiftUI: Build Beautiful, Robust Apps, Swift 5 Programming for Beginners, and SwiftUI: Build Amazing Apps, Fast & Easy, with hundreds of lectures and 49 hours of content. This bundle is just $19 through our deal.


Bryan Chaffin

16-Inch MacBook Pro Takes on Lenovo X1 Extreme Gen 2

10 hours 7 minutes ago

The new 16-inch MacBook Pro was well-received by Apple fans. But how does it compare to a Windows equivalent? AppleInsider tested it against the Lenovo X1 Extreme Gen 2 to find out.

When it comes to the actual machines themselves, it comes down to —as it often does —a Windows PC versus a Mac. The MacBook Pro won out by a hair in terms of raw performance and won handily in video encoding. It has more Thunderbolt 3 ports, a higher resolution vibrant display, and the superb hardware and software integration Apple is known for. The last one is a huge factor in why users are drawn to Apple in the first place.


Charlotte Henry

SoundSource 4.2

11 hours 26 minutes ago
Adds several new features to the sound control utility, including per application amplification and menu bar icon adjustments. ($29 new, free update, 13.9 MB)

Agen Schmitz

Here are all the Apple Arcade games that support controllers

11 hours 34 minutes ago

Apple Arcade is here, and you can play some of the subscription service’s many games with select models of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controllers as well as Mfi (Made for iOS) controllers!

During Apple Arcade’s announcement, though, Apple gave the impression that all Apple Arcade games would work with gamepads (in part because the service will eventually also come to macOS and tvOS), but it turns out that’s not entirely true. Some games have interfaces solely designed for touchscreens—at least on iPhone and iPad. 

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Leif Johnson