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Serious about streaming? This could be the best home media server you could ever build

Serious about streaming? This could be the best home media server you could ever build

The folks at Backblaze have released a system they call Storage Pod 6.0, and they've open-sourced the whole works. Their aim is to drive down the cost of creating a data storage server (your own personal cloud) while they improve the reliability and durability of said servers each time they release a new version. Their first model was Storage Pod 1.0, which was launched all the way back in 2009. Back then their costs were $0.11/GB for 67.5TB of storage in a 4U box. Fast forward to 2016 and they've reduced that cost again, significantly.

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LOUD on Planet X Review : Castle Defense in the Music Arena

LOUD on Planet X Review : Castle Defense in the Music Arena

The folks responsible for LOUD on Planet X have given the music-friendly gaming scene a real kick in the pants. In this game - for multiple platforms - is a new generation of gameplay, taking the best bits of both Plants VS Zombies and Rock Band - or Dance Dance Revolution, if you prefer - combining them into a game that's neigh on impossible to resist once you've played. Even better - some of the most awesome "Indy" bands are here to play along.

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PlayStation 4 update brings remote play to PCs and Macs starting tomorrow

PlayStation 4 update brings remote play to PCs and Macs starting tomorrow

Sony has been beta testing their latest PS4 update since the beginning of last month. The update, version 3.50, codenamed MUSASHI includes a lot of interesting features, but the big one wasn't included in the beta. It's the ability to stream your PlayStation 4 games to a Mac or PC.

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Intel’s latest partnership could pave the way for Siri on Macs

Intel’s latest partnership could pave the way for Siri on Macs

Siri has always been a great help on iPhones and iPads, so naturally Apple fans want her to be everywhere. So far, however, the company has not budged to make Siri available on the desktop. Perhaps it's just waiting for the proper hardware pieces to fall in place. If so, then maybe Intel's new partner could very well make those wishes finally come true. With Sensory's TrulyHandsfree speech recognition, any Intel current and future Intel system-on-chip could, in theory, have always-on speech recognition.

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Does your MacBook Pro need more storage?

Does your MacBook Pro need more storage?

Kits created by OWC for expanding storage on a litany of legacy MacBook Pro and MacBook Air notebooks have been revealed this week. These pieces of hardware allow most any MacBook Pro or Air unit released in the past several years (back to mid-2013) to upgrade their internal storage with relative ease. OWC brings this Aura SSD to the masses not just for the newest in new - no! They've made way for generations of Apple notebooks to take part.

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First Mac ransomware: Am I infected?

First Mac ransomware: Am I infected?

If you want to see your files again, cough up one Bitcoin. That's the message some unwitting Mac owners faced after accidentally installing malware on their computers, with the so-called ransomware encrypting their personal data and then charging them the equivalent of around $400 to retrieve it. Dubbed KeRanger, the malware - identified this weekend - is believed to be the first of its kind spotted in the wild.

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OS X update leave your Mac’s ethernet port broken? Here’s the fix

OS X update leave your Mac’s ethernet port broken? Here’s the fix

Last week Apple released a minor patch for OS X in the form of a kernel extension update. Labeled "031-51913 Incompatible Kernel Extension Configuration Data 3.28.1," the update turned out to be bugged, leaving many Mac users without a working ethernet port. Well, at least those with Macs that still have ethernet ports. It took a little time, but Apple has acknowledged the bug offered a solution for those affected.

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Apple Photos app to see editing tools return in next iOS, OS X versions

Apple Photos app to see editing tools return in next iOS, OS X versions

Apple's annual WWDC event in June is expected to see the announcement of both iOS 10 and OS X 10.12 this year, and just like with the last few versions of the operating systems, new software and features are a sure thing. One app that is reported to be getting a modest refresh is the mobile and desktop versions of Photos, which made its debut last year as the replacement for the long-standing iPhoto software.

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Apple OS X 10.12 said to feature Siri’s Mac debut

Apple OS X 10.12 said to feature Siri’s Mac debut

It's 2016, and that means Apple is gearing up to announce this year's update to its OS X operating system for the Mac. With the last two years seeing a lot connecting and cross-over features between OS X and iOS in the form of Continuity, how could Apple build on that for another year? It seems that virtual assistant Siri is the next logical step, especially after the fact that Microsoft's Cortana has migrated to the desktop with last year's release of Windows 10.

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Adobe patches Creative Cloud bug that was deleting Mac data

Adobe patches Creative Cloud bug that was deleting Mac data

Over the weekend, a very nasty bug hit the Mac version of the Adobe Creative Cloud suite. Bugs that cause constant app crashes are annoying, and can drive a person mad after a while. However, when your software starts deleting files that you've spent minutes or even hours crafting, it's a serious issue. And that's exactly what started happening to users.

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StarTech Thunderbolt 2 docking station supports dual monitors

StarTech Thunderbolt 2 docking station supports dual monitors

The thinner laptops get the fewer ports and connectivity options they tend to have, thankfully there are docking stations out there that bring some of the connectivity many users want and need back to the party. StarTech has a new docking station that it aimed directly at laptop users with machines that have Thunderbolt 2 ports, meaning Macs. The new dock can connect to up to 12 different devices.

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Adobe Creative Cloud users on Mac beware, bug deletes user data

Adobe Creative Cloud users on Mac beware, bug deletes user data

A recent update for the Mac version of Adobe's Creative Cloud software suite has been discovered to contain a bug that results in user files being deleted without permission or warning. The problem is that after users install the 3.5.0.206 update and then log into Creative Cloud, the contents from the first alphabetically listed folder in the root directory are deleted. Users that haven't yet downloaded this update from Adobe can breathe a sigh of relief, as the company has acknowledged the issue and stopped releasing the update.

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