The Light-Shedding Edition Monday, August 31, 2020

How Apple Arcade Snagged The Follow-ups To No Man’s Sky And Oxenfree, by David Lumb, TechRadar

The three new games released over the last few weeks come from well-known developers and publishers. The first to arrive on the service is even based on a very popular IP – Game of Thrones: Tale of Crows, an idle narrative game from Devolver Digital. The other two come from studios with similar pedigrees: Next Stop Nowhere was made by Night School Studio (Oxenfree), while The Last Campfire comes from Hello Games (No Man’s Sky).

TechRadar briefly sat down with teams from all three games to chat and discuss how they fit what Apple was looking for in Arcade titles - and shed light on why other games don’t.

Apple Is Leading The Charge To Overhaul Taiwan’s Renewable Energy Market, by Tim McDonnell, Quartz

In July, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company inked the largest-ever corporate renewable energy deal, when the microchip producer agreed to a 20-year contract to buy all the power from a new wind farm being built off Taiwan’s coast by the Danish firm Orsted.

The deal wasn’t a fluke. It was the outcome of a key change in the Taiwanese energy market that is making it much easier for big industrial facilities to invest in renewables—a change that happened primarily to meet the increasingly ambitious climate goals of US tech companies like Apple and Google.

What Apple’s Latest Acquisitions Can Tell Us About Its Product Pipeline, by Dan Moren, Macworld

While you can’t always draw a straight line from the firms that Apple decides to buy to actual shipping products, I do believe that there’s information to glean from what technology catches the company’s eye in terms of what it’s interested in and where it’s putting its energy. With that in mind, let’s take a look at those recent three purchases and see what there is to see.


Beats Studio 3 Wireless Review: Who Let The Bass Drop?, by Simon Cohen, Digital Trends

With excellent design, great controls, and terrific non-ANC battery life, the Studio 3 Wireless are still a great choice for those who don’t place a high priority on big bass, whisper-quiet ANC, or wireless calling. But for $350, you really need to value what they have to choose them over the competition.

5 Best Finder Alternatives For Mac, by Samir Makwana, Guiding Tech

Of course, you can't remove Finder. So these apps will help you extend the functionalities.

Some 2020 iMac Users Experiencing Display Glitch Likely Caused By AMD Radeon Pro 5700 XT GPU, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

The latest 27-inch iMac can be outfitted with the Radeon Pro 5700 XT with 16GB of GDDR6 memory. It’s the highest-end configuration offered by Apple, but it appears to be causing display issues for users.

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Once upon a time, when I was still using MS-DOS and messing around with config.sys and autoexec.bat, I really liked Norton Commander.

I never did use Norton Commander in Windows though. File Explorer was good enough for me.


On the Mac, Finder has always been good enough for me. And I do hope someone may port the Finder over to Windows, with all its quirks. I will use that.


Thanks for reading.