Unsplash, tech’s favorite stock image site, now has an iOS app

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Unsplash, the apparent stock image database of choice for Silicon Valley companies, is launching an iOS app for creators and hobbyists to browse through catalogs of high quality photos to use in a creative project or any other personal use. Today’s launch is Unsplash’s third foray into apps — it launched a macOS app last year solely designed for rotating wallpapers on a Mac computer, and a similar app for the Apple TV in 2016.

The new mobile app is optimized to be best used with an iPad — users can drag photos they like to the lower left corner to download the image, or use multi-screen mode to drop the picture into a project file they’re working on. Unsplash fills its database with stock images from a community of photographers willing…

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‘Retro Highway’ is Like Your Favorite ’80s Motorcycle Racer Cranked Up to 11

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I LOVE retro-styled racing games, and there have been a ton of great ones over the years. Games like Final Freeway [$ 0.99 / Free] and Final Freeway 2R [$ 0.99 / Free], Highway Runners [$ 0.99], and the incredible Horizon Chase [Free] all captured the essence of classic arcade car racers like OutRun, but what about the motorcycle lovers? Games like Road Rash and Hang-On are classics too, where’s their homages on mobile? Welp developer Dumb Luck Games wants to make that happen with their upcoming game Retro Highway, check out this awesome trailer.

As you can see, Retro Highway is a decidedly over-the-top take on a motorcycle racer. Here’s how it works: “You score points and coins while trying to complete challenges the game throws at you until crashing into something. Inbetween races, you unlock new bikes and upgrade powerups. Once you complete enough challenges, you open the next stage. The first area is meant to acquaint players with the controls and mechanics, things get a lot more difficult and hectic after that.” It’s a more modern-style type of progression that’s a nice fit for a mobile game, especially with a roster of 10+ unlockable bikes and upgradeable power-ups acting as carrots on a stick. And the sense of speed is really impressive, too. If you’re liking the look of Retro Highway as much as I am, then you’ll be happy to know that it’s coming quite soon, and will be hitting both iOS and Android in just a couple of weeks on April 14th.

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How to Add a Recent or Favorite Items Stack to Your Mac’s Dock

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Continuing our recent how-to focus on customizing the macOS Dock, in this article we’re going to share with you a method for adding a recent or favorite items stack to the right of the Dock divider.


Most users are aware that you can drag any folder into the right-hand side of the Dock to turn it into a stack, but the following lesser-known trick creates a unique stack type containing your most recently opened applications, documents, or servers.

Alternatively, you can also set this unique type of stack to show the Favorite folder locations and Device links that appear in your Finder’s sidebar.


Unfortunately, you can’t use stacks if you have the Dock set up to show only actively running apps. With that caveat in mind, simply follow the steps below to create the stack type that best suits your workflow. Just bear in mind that Terminal is a powerful app, so make sure you enter the commands properly, especially if you’re not familiar with it.

How to Create a Recent or Favorite Items Stack

  1. Launch the Terminal app found in Applications/Utilities. (To quickly open the Utilities folder in Finder, select Go -> Utilities from the menu bar, or use the key shortcut Shift-Command-U.)
  2. Copy the following command text and paste it into Terminal at the prompt, then press Enter: defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-others -array-add ‘{“tile-data” = {“list-type” = 1;}; “tile-type” = “recents-tile”;}’; killall Dock

  3. Repeat the command (hit the up arrow and press Enter) to create additional recent or favorite stacks in the Dock as required.
  4. To choose whether a new stack contains certain types of favorite items or recent items, right-click (or Ctrl-click) the stack and select one of the options in the pop-up menu.

  5. To change the default Grid view, right-click (or Ctrl-click) the stack and select one of the other options under View content as in the pop-up menu.

Note that you can change the number of items shown in a recent items stack in the following way: Click the Apple () logo in the menu bar, select System Preferences…, open the General preference pane, and choose another number from the Recent items dropdown menu.


To remove a Recent or Favorite Items stack from your Dock, simply right-click (or Ctrl-click) it and select Remove from Dock. Alternatively, click and drag the stack out of the Dock then let go of the mouse button to delete it.

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Our 8 favorite startups from Y Combinator W’18 Demo Day 2

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Microbiome pills, gambling for one-on-one video games, and potential cancer cures were the highlights from legendary startup accelerator Y Combinator’s Winter 2018 Demo Day 2. You can read about all 64 startups that launched on Day 1 in verticals like biotech and robotics, our picks for the top 7 companies from Day 1, and our full coverage of another 64 startups from Day 2. TechCrunch’s writers huddled and took feedback from investors to create this list, so click (web) or scroll (mobile) to see our 8 picks for the top startups from Day 2.

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Review: Eve Button Offers Quick Physical Controls for Activating Your Favorite HomeKit Scenes

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Elgato has been making HomeKit-enabled “Eve” Bluetooth accessories for several years now, and the company now boasts an impressive lineup that includes a range of sensors, switches and smart plugs, and motion detectors.

Eve Button, Elgato’s newest product, is a simple little three-gesture switch that’s designed to control all of your other HomeKit products, activating scenes, turning lights on and off, and more.

Design

The Eve Button has a simple, clean design with a silver aluminum shell and a black plastic front plate with a smooth, circular button outline that doesn’t protrude at all.

It’s using the same design introduced in the Eve Degree, so if you already have an Eve Degree, the Eve Button will complement it nicely.


While there is no visible button protrusion, if you press on the button outline in the middle of the accessory, it will depress and activate the Eve Button’s gestures. Pressing at the sides does not cause the front plate to depress, so the pressing motion is limited to the center, which is a clever design.

The back of the Eve Button is where the battery compartment is located, which can be opened with a coin. The Eve Button uses a CR2032 replaceable watch battery that can be purchased from a local store or Amazon.com for just a couple of dollars. You can check battery level in the Home app.


Elgato included four little rubber feet for the Eve Button so you can set it flat on a surface and it won’t slip around, but curiously, there’s no included adhesive strip or mounting option. The Eve Button is the kind of accessory I’d like to be able to attach to the wall near my light switch, but that’s not an option.

With other switches and buttons, like the Hue Tap, there’s an included mounting solution so it can go on the wall or be used anywhere, so this is a bit of a disappointing oversight with the Eve Button. Portability is, of course, the preferred functionality because not everyone is going to use this as a light switch, but it would be nice if mounting was an option. It’s certainly light enough that I could pick up a 3M Command Strip on my own to stick it to the wall.


In addition to the four little feet, Elgato also included a whole slew of HomeKit stickers you can place on the Eve to remind you which gesture does what, which is a nice addition. Hue Tap and other competing button-like devices don’t have that option, and it can be difficult to remember what’s what, especially when there are multiple family members using the device.

Functionality

There are three gestures available on the Eve Button, which can be tied to three of your HomeKit scenes: a single press, a double press, and a long press.

All of these gestures are simple to execute, and the Eve Button does a good job telling them apart. I didn’t have much trouble with it mistaking one gesture for another, and it takes just a few seconds (sometimes even less) from when I press the button to when the scene assigned to the button activates. You might think Bluetooth is slow, but it’s not, even when I’m in a different room.


I have noticed once or twice that the Eve Button refuses to respond to a gesture, causing me to repeat it, but it hasn’t happened often in the two weeks I’ve been testing it. For the record, I sometimes have the same issue with other accessories of this type. It’s irritating, but not a dealbreaker.

It can get a little confused if you’re pressing the button to activate different scenes that control the same accessory in rapid succession, but that’s not a normal use case and something I did just for testing.

Scenes are the only thing that can be associated with the Eve Button, but Scenes can incorporate as many HomeKit devices as you’d like. You can, for example, set something like a “Goodnight” scene that locks the doors, turns off the lights, turns down the thermostat, and turns on a night light, depending on which HomeKit products you own.


A “Wake Up” scene could do things like turn on the lights, start the coffee pot, warm up the house, and open the blinds. You can also use simpler scenes if you want the Eve Button to control a single device, like a light. Each gesture can also be tied to multiple scenes, which is handy if you want to keep your scenes separate for voice commands but combine them for the Eve Button.

I have the Eve Button set to turn the bedroom lights on with a single press, off with a double press, and then I have a long press set to activate a scene with my Nanoleaf Aurora for a kind of relaxing lighting scene that incorporates many of my Hue lights.

You’ll note that I am using two of the three button presses for an on/off state, because devices like these don’t naturally have on/off functionality. There is a way around this, though, as HomeKit scenes can be set to “Turn Off” after a set period of time in the Home app. So you could potentially set the Eve Button to turn the lights on in a room like a bathroom, and then set a timer to have them turn off again after 10 minutes without the need to use up a second button slot.


You can also add Conditions to Scenes that are tied to the Eve Button, such as allowing a Scene to be activated by the button only after 6pm or when the temperature is below a certain threshold, but I don’t think these are going to be commonly used with the accessory.

You can, of course, activate scenes without the Eve Button at all through the Home app, another HomeKit app, or through Siri voice commands, but sometimes it’s just easier to press a button. It’s hard to transition entirely away from light switches, especially when there are multiple people in the house, and these kinds of HomeKit buttons and switches are useful replacements, I’ve found.

Setting up the Eve Button, is, of course, as simple as any other HomeKit product and it takes just a few seconds. Open up the box, fire up the Home app or the Eve app, add an accessory, scan the code, assign scenes, and that’s it.

Bottom Line

Elgato’s HomeKit products are some of my favorite. When HomeKit was new, Bluetooth HomeKit devices didn’t work well, but with the myriad HomeKit improvements introduced over the years, Bluetooth HomeKit accessories like the Eve Button work flawlessly.

I am happy with all of the Elgato HomeKit devices that I use, and Elgato has one of the best product-based HomeKit apps out there. I often use the Elgato app to tweak my scenes and my non-Elgato HomeKit devices. I’m also a fan of the design of the Eve Button (and the Eve Degree), and I’m glad to see Elgato appears to be adopting it across the HomeKit lineup. It’s a big improvement over previous Eve accessories that were a plain white plastic.


If you’re new to HomeKit, you might think that it’s silly to go to the trouble of automating your smart home devices and then adding in a physical switch, but accessories like the Eve Button are useful and eliminate annoyances that come with not having an immediately accessible physical control for your devices. I’ve had a Hue Tap for quite some time and it’s one of my most used accessories just because it’s sometimes easier to tap a button than it is to ask my phone to do something for me.

Button accessories also come in handy in multi-person households and when you have guests who might need to control devices like lights.

I do wish the Eve Button had a few more gestures available because $50 is quite a bit to pay for just three, but you can tie each one to your most used scenes to get a lot of value it. I also wish Elgato had included a mounting solution, but you can fix that with a cheap adhesive strip if you really want it on the wall.

How to Buy

Eve Button can be purchased from the Elgato website or from Amazon.com for $49.95.

Note: Elgato provided MacRumors with an Eve Button for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

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Android P: Our 5 least favorite changes so far

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Ten days have passed since we started digging into the Android P developer preview release, and while we’ve enjoyed many of the new changes and shared with you our five favorites, there are other modifications that left us scratching our heads a little. This is a developer preview, so things are expected to be buggy, some features could be experimental and could change with the next releases, but there are others that might be here to stay.

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‘Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places’ is a 3-part documentary series that’s available free for a limited time

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The loss of Stephen Hawking stings. But if there’s a silver lining it’s that his life was rich and purposeful, the proof of which still remains in his work, and the projects he took part in. As Hawking said, “I’ve been lucky. I’ve lived an extraordinary life, exploring the Universe and attending the odd party or two.” One of these works is no available for free, online at Curiosity Stream. Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places is a three part documentary series exploring both both theoretical and practical science. The series follows Hawking as he races through the cosmos on his space ship,…

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Apple hired new events director from Eddy Cue’s favorite NBA team

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WWDC will have an extra set of helping hands this year, thanks to Apple’s hiring of a brand new events director. New recruit Gail Hunter previously served as president of public affairs and event management for the Golden State Warriors, a.k.a. Eddy Cue’s favorite NBA basketball team. She will officially leave her current job this […]

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Android P: Our 5 favorite new features so far

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Today marks the 7th day that Android P’s first developer preview has been available. In the time since, we’ve spent countless hours digging through P on our phones, decorticating every feature, and checking every tip about small and large changes alike. Our full list of P features has now surpassed 50 items and we’ve rounded them up with a quick description in case you don’t want to spend hours reading each one (though we encourage you to).

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Weekend poll: What are your favorite new features so far in Android P?

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Google just released its developer previews for Android P, the upcoming and as-yet-unnamed version of Android. Since this is DP1, it’s too early to tell which changes will stick: some missing features are likely to return, and some new changes could still be reverted. But, we’ve had four days to play around with the new images and develop our own opinions. What’s yours?

In case you haven’t been following things, you can catch up at any time with all the new features in Android P, or examine our full series for more detailed coverage.

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