Game-Streaming Platform Twitch Launches First Desktop App for Mac

Popular game-streaming platform Twitch officially launched its first desktop app on Thursday, allowing Mac users to enjoy all the features of the existing web-based platform within a standalone native application.

Based on the CurseForge platform acquired last year, the Twitch Desktop App lets users watch live streams, clips, and video on demand, all while chatting with fellow gamers. Plus there’s a new Friend Sync feature that promises to help users find friends “across the creator-verse”.



In addition to private messaging, Twitch on Mac supports voice and video calls, indicating a clear bid to compete with rival platform Discord, which began testing a new video chat feature yesterday. The app also supports thousands of game add-ons made by the modding community, as well as in-game overlays so users can manage calls without needing to switch between windows.

The desktop app also includes the Dark Mode recently introduced in the mobile version, making watching streams in low light environments easier on the eyes. Amazon-owned Twitch is also promising a cloud storage feature in the near future that will allow users to access their data remotely.

In addition to established features, the Twitch desktop app introduces Servers, a new virtual home for gaming communities where users can watch video, play, and chat together even when a game stream is offline.

The Twitch desktop app for macOS is available now and can be downloaded for free directly from the Twitch website.
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Apple iPad sales grow year-over-year for the first time since 2013

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Red’s $15,000 ‘Red Raven’ Camera Kit Available Exclusively at Apple Stores

High-end camera company Red today announced that its Red Raven camera kit, priced at $14,995.95, is being sold exclusively through Apple.com and demoed at select Apple retail stores around the world.



Red describes the Raven camera kit as a “complete camera package” that features a “diverse” set of accessories that have been sourced from brands like Sigma, G-Tech, Nanuk, and of course, Apple, with the company contributing Final Cut Pro X. The full kit components are listed below:

  • RED RAVEN 4.5K camera BRAIN
  • RED DSMC2 Touch LCD 4.7″ Monitor
  • RED DSMC2 Outrigger Handle
  • RED V-Lock I/O Expander
  • RED 120 GB RED MINI-MAG
  • Two IDX DUO-C98 batteries with VL-2X charger
  • G-Technology ev Series RED MINI-MAG Reader
  • Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art
  • Nanuk heavy-duty camera case
  • Final Cut Pro X
  • foolcontrol for RAVEN Camera Kit

The Red Raven 4.5K camera, which can capture up to 120 frames per second, is designed to produce cinema-quality imagery while also remaining small and compact for portability. It weighs 3.5 pounds and can be used with drones, gimbals, and handheld configurations. As with all Red cameras, the Raven has a modular design that allows it to pair with both Red accessories and accessories from third-party brands.



The Red Raven Camera Kit with Final Cut Pro X is available for purchase from Apple.com starting today, with next-day delivery available.
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What we’re using: The Razer Blade and switching back to Windows

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Apple Outlines Products Qualifying For State Sales Tax Holidays Later This Week

Six U.S. states, including Florida, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, South Carolina, and Virginia, will offer sales tax holidays from Friday, August 4 through Sunday, August 6, providing Apple customers with a brief opportunity to purchase a Mac, iPad, or select other products with no or reduced sales tax.



Apple’s website outlines the terms and conditions for each state, including which products are eligible, spending limits, and other information. MacRumors has summarized the details for each state below:

  • Florida: Computers and related accessories with a sales price of $750 or less qualify, including all eligible Mac and iPad models, Apple TV, iPod touch, Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse, Apple Pencil, AirPort base stations, cables, speakers, RAM upgrades, microphones, printers, docking stations, hard drives, flash drives, and headphones. Software priced up to $750 also qualifies.
  • Louisiana: All products are eligible. The tax holiday reduces the 5 percent state sales tax to 3 percent. Local taxes will apply. All tangible items with a sales price of $2,500 or less qualify. Any amount above $2,500 is subject to the full tax rate.
  • Missouri: Computers and related accessories with a sales price of $1,500 or less qualify, including all eligible Mac and iPad models, Apple TV, iPod touch, Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse, Apple Pencil, AirPort base stations, displays, speakers, RAM upgrades, microphones, printers, hard drives, and flash drives. Software priced up to $350 also qualifies. Local taxes may apply.
  • New Mexico: Computers with a sales price of $1,000 or less qualify, including all eligible Mac and iPad models, and the iPod touch. Related accessories with a sale price of $500 or less also qualify, including the Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse, Apple Pencil, AirPort base stations, cables, speakers, microphones, RAM upgrades, hard drives, flash drives, and printer supplies.
  • South Carolina: No spending limits. Computers qualify, including all eligible Mac and iPad models, and the iPod touch. Printers, printer supplies, software, and books also qualify. When purchased with a CPU, AppleCare, Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse, Apple Pencil, and displays also qualify. Accessories not sold with a CPU will remain taxable during the holiday period.
  • Virginia: The tax exemption applies to products with a sales price of $20 or less, and cell phone chargers and batteries with a sales price of $60 or less.

Apple should automatically adjust sales tax amounts at checkout. Contact Apple Support if you experience difficulties.

Live in another state? Apple authorized reseller B&H Photo Video doesn’t charge sales tax on Apple products purchased on its website in 48 states, with the lone exceptions being New Jersey and New York.
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Chrome plays nicely with your MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar

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Apple Appoints Deirdre O’Brien to New ‘Vice President of People’ Role

Apple today announced that it is promoting Deirdre O’Brien to a new head HR role, “vice president of People.” O’Brien, who previously served as vice president of Worldwide Sales and Operations, has been at Apple for nearly 30 years.

According to the news release, O’Brien will lead all HR functions, like talent development, recruiting, benefits, compensation, and business support, plus she’ll oversee Apple University, where employees are trained. She will be reporting directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

“As long as I’ve been at Apple, Deirdre has been the glue that bonds our operations, sales, marketing and finance teams to deliver products to our customers,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Deirdre deeply understands Apple’s unique culture and that people join Apple to do the best work of their lives. She is a superb leader and I’m thrilled she will be bringing her experience and talent to this critical role.”

O’Brien first joined Apple in 1988 and has had a “key role” in each Apple hardware product launch over the past 20 years. She will start her new position as vice president of People in the fall.

“I love Apple and, like so many of my colleagues, I’m honored to have made it my life’s work,” said Deirdre. “I’m excited to begin this new chapter, supporting 120,000 incredibly talented people around the world who are motivated to do amazing things every day. It is a privilege to work among such a diverse and talented team, and to help them thrive here at Apple.”

Apple has recently taken to announcing high profile hires and promotions on its news site, most recently sharing the hiring of Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, two former Sony Pictures executives who will lead Apple’s original programming efforts, and the promotion of Isabel Ge Mahe to Managing Director of Greater China.
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Bear Notes 1.2.2 Update Brings Text Highlighting, Multiple Windows, and More

Popular note-taking platform Bear received an update on Wednesday across Mac and iOS that adds a number of community-requested features to the Apple Notes rival.

Top of the feature list in version 1.2.2 is the ability to highlight parts of notes in a neon color to indicate importance, by bracketing text in “::” tags.

Over on the Mac, it’s now possible to break out Bear notes into separate windows for easy reference between multiple entries, simply by double-clicking them in the notes list.

To simplify organization, Bear 1.2.2 also has a new option to edit note tags right from the sidebar and notes list. To do this on Mac, click a tag in the sidebar to view all notes with that tag, and then right-click any note and select “Remove tag (X)”. The same option can be accessed on iPhone and iPad by tapping a tag in the sidebar, swiping left on a note, and tapping More.

In addition, the app has gained some new advanced search options or “Special Search” triggers. It’s now possible to add “@today” or “@yesterday” to searches to find notes with those creation dates. The new functions join existing triggers such as “@untagged” to find all untagged notes, “@tasks” for all notes that contain tasks, and “@files” for notes that have attachments.

Elsewhere, there’s new shortcuts for quickly inputting the current date/time in various formats, a new Print Note option and note counter at the top of the notes list, while an AirDrop option has been added over on iOS Share Sheets. It’s also now possible to share notes as rich text.

Bear is available to download on the App Store for iPad and iPhone [Direct Link], as well as on the Mac App Store [Direct Link].
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