Mac Update Disables Ethernet

In this day and age, most laptops and devices come with a wireless adapter built-in, even the latest Raspberry Pi includes wireless. This is lucky for when you can’t get to the router in your house, or the cable just won’t reach your favourite seat, or when your ethernet connection is disabled by an update.

Some people found this out the hard way this morning when Apple published an update over the weekend which disabled the ethernet port in the El Capitan distribution of their operating system. The reason for the disabled port? An update for the System integrity protection system, a system designed to keep your computer secure by disabling malicious kernel extensions (kext) (the equivalent of drivers for Windows or Linux users). Sadly a small update blacklisted the ethernet ports kext.

While an update was quickly released to fix the issue, some people still had the issue of it disabling their system before they were able to update to the latest version. The idea is that it’s all done behind the scenes, without you having to select the update or even know about it, kexts are updated silently. These updates run even if you have disabled the standard automatic update.

Do you use cabled connections or are you constantly on the wi-fi? Could you live with the other? What would you do if someone accidentally disabled the wireless in your computer, laptop or even your phone?

Redditer Discovered Hidden Feature in iOS 9 and Mac OS X El Capitan

We got a lot of information out of what to expect from iOS 9 and El Capitan this fall at Apple’s WWDC in June. Even so, developers are said to be good at discovering Apple’s ‘hidden’ new features, but this time around, it seems that one of them, who I think is actually useful, was actually discovered by someone else.

A redditer going by the name of homeboi808 seems to have stumbled upon a feature who went on unnoticed so far. On both iOS 9 and El Capitan, if you tap on a flight number in either the Mail, Messages or Notes app, the OS’ will work the flight out and give you a flight path overview, along with all information about that flight. This includes arrival, departure times, possible delays and even airport terminal details.

It seems that Apple has added a built-in feature that detects and reacts to gestures when it finds a flight number. However, that needs to adhere to the actual flight number style, so don’t expect it to do the same with just anything you type in. Even so, the flight number needs to be valid in order to get information about it.

Even so, the feature is really helpful when you’re expecting to pick someone up from the airport or are planning a journey. Getting up-to-date information about your flights is a must from my point of view. What do you think?

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NVIDIA Plans on Upgrading Its Cross-Platform Tech With Latest Acquisition

NVIDIA plans on bringing your favourite games to all major platforms through its GameWorks project. Whether you want to play on your PC, NVIDIA Shield handheld console, Android gaming tablet or Android TV console, NVIDIA plans on delivering the same quality on whatever you choose. The latest deal shows that the company is also dedicated in bringing the cross-platform compatibility to a whole new level.

TransGaming is the company that developed the GameTree TV platform and an on-demand cloud gaming service, so it’s pretty clear they are all for cross-platform. Their achievements in the technology were noticed by NVIDIA, who offered them a $3.75 million deal for their tech. And guess what? Their tech is now being included in the GameWorks project.

What this means is that the GameWorks team, made out of over 300 specialists in maths and physics, now have a chance to make their code work with one of the best cross-platform tech on the market. Cross-platform compatibility is not really impossible, but it does need a lot of knowledge in different operating systems and a lot of optimization on the software side. The news comes right after Apple announced that it will make its Metal API available on Mac too, so we might see NVIDIA releasing something for the new Mac OS 10.11 El Capitan soon too.

However, let’s just stick to what NVIDIA has to offer first. The latest hardware, namely the NVIDIA 4K TV console announced earlier this year, got a lot of attention. And how could it not? I mean when you get a TV/console with NVIDIA’s Tegra X1 strapped to it, it’s hard not to notice it.

But until we get to see actual cross-platform gaming, the team needs to work out how the tech works and how to properly integrate it. This is why NVIDIA is planning on opening a new GameWorks studio in Toronto, the same city TransGaming had its headquarters in. This leads to the conclusion that NVIDIA plans on keeping the old TransGaming staff and have them work with the GameWorks team. So are you excited about what NVIDIA has in plan for the future of gaming? Let us know!

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Apple Moves Closer to the Gaming Market

We know that Apple’s hardware, especially its OS X operating system, was not designed with gaming in mind. This is why gamers and developers alike chose Windows and its DirectX when it comes to graphics, but Apple seems to want a piece of the gaming market too and this was clearly shown today at their Worldwide Developer Conference.

If you are familiar with last year’s WWDC, then you know all about the company’s Metal API. If you don’t, then you should know that the latter is Apple’s gaming platform previously announced for their iOS devices. However, this year the company wants to integrate it into their latest OS X too.

Dubbed El Capitan, Apple’s latest OS X 10.11 seems to move closer than ever to the gaming market, bringing 10x rendering performance compared to their previous OS X. To demonstrate El Capitan’s potential, they brought Epic Games to show everyone how gaming can be made possible on low-level graphics performance.

Also, Epic Games is not the only company to back Apple’s decision. Metal seems to be endorsed by other big name gaming companies such as 2K Games, Blizzard, and Unity. The companies have announced that they will be integrating Apple’s Metal API into their engines, which means we can look forward to more titles coming to Apple’s OS next year.

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