Valve has gone ahead and quietly hidden a link to its Steam Machines webpage from the Steam store itself, a move indicative of the ill-fated project to push a console-like transition for gaming PCs in the living room. The move, noticed by PC Gamer today, doesn’t mean Steam Machines can no longer be purchased. You can still find the live link here, and you can even purchase the recommended Alienware Alpha Steam Machine from Dell if so choose, as well as the Valve-designed SteamOS controller over on Amazon. But the “hardware” tab on Steam now only shows the Steam Controller, the HTC Vive headset, and Valve’s game streaming service Steam Link.
It’s clear Steam Machines are no longer a priority for Valve, which couldn’t overcome the product…
The iPhone X lacks a Home Button, so Apple created the Home Bar to take its place. Swiping up on the Home Bar lets users unlock their device, return home from apps, and access the App Switcher, but the Home Bar itself isn’t very aesthetically-pleasing in the long run.
Given the circumstances, a new free jailbreak tweak called ByeHomeBottomBarX by iOS developer CydiaGeek has been released in Cydia this week. As the name suggests, this tweak efficiently hides the Home Bar from view…. Read the rest of this post here
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Love it or hate it, the iPhone X has a non-removable sensor notch. But while Apple has embraced the notch, you don’t necessarily have to.
Over the weekend, Apple approved a new app by Axiem Systems succinctly titled Notch Remover. Of course, the app doesn’t actually remove the notch (which is physically impossible), it helps to mask it.
Basically, Notch Remover is a tool to add a black bar across the top of images, which can then be made a wallpaper for either the Lock or Home screen in Settings.
The result is a clean black bar across the top of the iPhone X, which removes the ears on either side of the top of the display.
The various status indicators on the left and right sides of the notch will still be there, they’ll just be incorporated into the “new,” solid black sensor bar.
But, as stated above, because the notch is a physical design feature, the app can’t actually remove it. The sensor notch will still be present in apps — both of the native and third-party variety — and when watching video.
Still, it’s interesting that Apple even approved the app in the first place. The company has urged app developers not to mask or hide the sensor notch in its Human Interface Guidelines for the iPhone X. In fact, those guidelines specifically state that developers shouldn’t “attempt to hide the device’s round corners, sensor housing, or indicator for accessing the home screen by placing black bars at the top or bottom of the screen. Don’t use visual adornments like brackets, bezels, shapes or instructional text to call special attention to these areas, either.”
On the other hand, the app doesn’t necessarily add any UI/UI elements per se. It’s essentially a simple image editor that finds a clever way to mask the notch. Apple’s guidelines apply to the UI elements of third-party apps: the loophole here being that Notch Remover doesn’t break Apple’s rules with its own interface.
Nevertheless, for those who don’t like the sensor notch, the app is a $ 1 investment that can help users desperate to see slightly less of it in their day-to-day activity. It’s currently available in the App Store for 99 cents.
As the ongoing construction and landscaping at Apple Park nears its completion, a new video released by the notorious drone captain, Duncan Sinfield, appears to show an Apple Park that’s just about finished, while offering us a rare first glimpse at the fully-completed Steve Jobs Theater — Apple’s new underground auditorium, where company executives will unveil a host of new gadgets next Tuesday morning.
Sinfield’s new video, which can be viewed below, shows a myriad of advancements that have been made to Apple Park’s landscaping — both inside and outside of the ring, aka ‘the Spaceship’ — such as the installation of several large sheets of faux grass, hundreds of additional trees, and an influx of peripheral shrubbery. In the video, Sinfield also pays special attention to the completed Steve Jobs theater, where members of the press will gather on Tuesday at 10:00 am PST to feast their eyes on Cupertino’s latest and greatest products.
The theater, itself, which overlooks the main campus building, is now surrounded by greenery and pavement on all sides, and features a structural design that stretches the bounds of modern building. Members of the press will enter the theater through a 20-foot tall glass cylinder, which is topped with what’s alleged to be the “world’s largest, freestanding, carbon-fiber roof,” according to Apple.
Meanwhile, in a separate report this morning, Bloomberg revealed that visitors of Steve Jobs Theater will have quite the experience in store for them when Apple hosts its big event next week. Specifically, the media will be treated to “elaborate features,” according to the report, such as a “pair of custom, rotating elevators” that will usher people up and down the 4-story, underground structure, as well as an innovative “retracting wall” that will reportedly retract once the unveiling is over, revealing a “demonstration area” where members of the press will be able to get some hands on time with all the new products.
Check out the underground layout of Steve Jobs Theater above, and be sure to check back in with us on Tuesday, September 12th, for all the latest updates and revelations from Apple’s fall 2017 event.
Android Oreo displays a persistent notification for each app running in the background, to give the user a better idea of what is happening on their device. But for power users that frequently run apps like Tasker and LastPass, the notification can be plain annoying. Thankfully, there’s now an easy way to hide it forever – an app by developer ‘iboalali.’
From left to right: The app’s main screen, PIA VPN without the app, PIA VPN with the app
The app, simply called “Hide ‘running in the background’ Notification,” does exactly what the name implies.
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