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The second season of Apple TV+ comedy ‘Mythic Quest’ may adopt ‘Titan’s Rift’ for the new title

Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet turned out to be a pretty solid comedy series for Apple TV+. But the production may be looking to change its full title for the second season.

In today’s Publication Weekly (via Apple Insider), which keeps tabs on upcoming production runs for TV and film, there’s an indication the full title of Mythic Quest will be changing for the second season. Instead of Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet, the new season is reportedly going to be called Mythic Quest: Titan’s Rift.

The change in title makes sense, because the first season did focus on the expansion “Raven’s Banquet” for the in-universe game Mythic Quest. The show itself is a mockumentary, designed to shine a light –with some comedic flair– on the process of developing a hugely popular video game. The potential title change could suggest that the characters in the series will be working on a new expansion for the second season.

Of course, this could also be a working title, nothing more than a placeholder in early stages of production. If that is the case, Mythic Quest would likely retain the same title it had for the first season.

With production for the second season of Mythic Quest underway, we’ll see it premiere in 2021. As long as there aren’t any delays, of course.

Did you check out the first season of the comedy series? If so, what did you think of it? Looking forward to the second season?

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Apple TV+ will explore the origins of “Tetris,” the iconic tile-matching video game

Deadline reports that Apple TV+ has slotted into “Tetris,” an upcoming film that explores the unique story behind the groundbreaking video game. Starring British actor Taron Egerton with Jon S. Baird directing, principal photography for “Tetris” will start next month in Scotland.

From the article:

Egerton is playing Henk Rogers, a Dutch video game designer who first secured the rights to distribute ‘Tetris’ on consoles, where it found popularity. He was heavily involved in a dispute that arose over the franchise’s copyright in the 1980s. Noah Pink penned the screenplay.

“Tetris” is produced by Matthew Vaughn’s Marv Films. A release date has yet to be determined.

Producers still have to cast the project’s other roles. For instance, it’s currently unknown which actor is going to portray Russian software engineer Alexey Pajitnov, who created the original “Tetris” video game back in 1984, and the businessmen Robert and Kevin Maxwell.

If you’d like to learn more about this legendary tile-matching video game, be surety check out the history of “Tetris” by The Gaming Historian on YouTube or watch the video above.

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You can now play GeForce NOW games through the Safari browser, Fortnite coming soon

Graphics giant Nvidia today launched Safari integration in its GeForce NOW game-streaming service, allowing iPhone and iPad customers to play titles like upcoming Fortnite and other resource-intensive PC games on the iOS platform without requiring an entire game install.

Currently available in beta, GeForce NOW for iOS requires a compatible gamepad. Nvidia maintains a list of recommended routers and gamepads on its website.

The iOS service supports 750+ PC games. Titles that require a keyboard and mouse are not available on iOS. Games are streamed in 1080p resolution at up to sixty frames per second, depending on network conditions, server load, your own computer and other factors.

Access GeForce NOW on iOS by visiting play.geforcenow.com in Safari on your iPhone or iPad.

GeForce NOW for iOS runs as a web app within the confines of the mobile Safari browser. Games are not installed locally at all, saving storage space. Nvidia basically takes advantage of its remote computer servers to process the players’ commands and to generate graphics.

However, streaming the relevant data back and forth does introduce a very short delay, which can be the deciding factor in fast-paced games such as Fortnite. I’m definitely eager to see for myself how performant a web-based version of Fortnite running in the Safari browser will be.

If it runs more or less smoothly, that could be an encouraging sign that might give us web-based versions of Google’s Stadia and Microsoft’s xCloud game-streaming services. And when Fortnite does release on GeForce NOW, you’ll be able to play the game via the service’s free tier, but gameplay will be limited to one-hour sessions. All limitations are dropped if the player is using a paid GeForce NOW tier (a 6-month subscription costs $25).

GeForce NOW for iOS also allows developers like Epic Games to bypass Apple’s payment infrastructure and App Store fees. According to BBC, “Apple will not get a cut of virtual items sold within the battle royale fighting title when played this way.”

Nvidia brought its cloud gaming service GeForce NOW to the Mac back in February, but it couldn’t initially implement support for the iOS platform due to Apple’s rules prohibiting any gaming services that rely on streaming from the cloud. This is in stark contrast to local game streaming from a Windows PC, which is supported by the current App Store rules.

In November, however, Nvidia promised to release a web-based version of GeForce for iOS before year-end, with Fortnite as one of the launch titles, and now they’ve delivered.

GeForce NOW is available on the iOS, Mac, Windows, Android and Chromebook systems.

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CrossOver software can already run Windows games and apps on the new Apple Silicon Macs

While key virtualization software companies like Parallels, WMware and Docker are developing solutions that will permit users to run Windows software on Apple Silicon Macs, developer CodeWeavers has said that its CrossOver software is already capable of running Windows apps and games on the new M1-powered MacBook Air, Mac mini and 13-inch MacBook Pro.

According to CodeWeavers developer Brendan Shanks, their CrossOver and Wine solution can now run 32-bit and 64-bit Windows apps and games on the new Apple Silicon Macs. That’s right, they were able to make Win32/64 on WINE run on top of Apple’s Rosetta technology. Unlike other virtualization solutions that require a full Windows install, CrossOver does not require an entire Windows install to run Windows apps and games.

Apple’s official logo for its Rosetta 2 technology in macOS Big Sur

CodeWeaver’s Jeremy White explained in a blog post that they were able to fire up CrossOver and install and run a wide range of Windows applications after installing the beta version of Big Sur 11.1. They’re currently putting together a list of Windows apps that work.

Here’s Among Us running on CrossOver.

“I can’t tell you how cool that is,” White write on the blog post. “There is so much emulation going on under the covers. Imagine — a 32-bit Windows Intel binary, running in a 32-to-64 bridge in Wine/CrossOver on top of macOS, on an ARM CPU that is emulating x86 — and it works!” Here’s a quick video of Team Fortress 2 running on Crossover on an M1 MacBook Air with 8GB of RAM and 256GB flash storage.

Although “it isn’t perfect” and FPS is all over the place, White notes, it does run. Incredibly, it’s stable considering this is basically Intel X86 code being run by Wine through Rosetta 2. “I think we’ve got some work to do on that front,” he said of the lag due to Rosetta overhead.

As mentioned, other virtualization companies are working on Windows solutions for M1 Macs.

Parallels said it’d made “tremendous progress” in bringing the ability to run Windows on M1-powered Macs alongside macOS to its Parallels Desktop software. VMWare also confirmed that it’s working on an M1-enhanced version of its virtual machine. Neither company would say when its respective solution for M1 Macs might be ready for prime time, however.

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TSMC may build A15 chips for 2021 iPhones, Macs using its next-gen 5nm+ and 4nm process

Apple is reportedly planning to manufacture next year’s iPhone, iPad and Mac chips on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company’s (TSMC) 5nm+ and 4nm process technologies. By comparison, the current A14 chips in the latest iPhones and the M1 chips in the new MacBook Air, Mac mini and 13-inch MacBook Pro are being fabbed on TSMC’s five-nanometer process.

According to a new report today by Taiwanese research firm TrendForce, TSMC’s 5nm+ process technology (also know as N5P) is basically a “performance-enhanced version” of its current 5nm node. Chips that will be manufactured using that technology will deliver additional power savings and performance improvements.

As for TSMC’s 4nm process (even smaller transistors leading to higher speed and lower power consumption), it should be utilized to manufacture Apple’s tentatively named “A16” chip that’s expected to power the iPhone models that are coming in 2022. Assuming the TrendForce report is correct, Apple fans should expect products that perform even faster and have longer battery life. This is going to be key for Apple’s desktop chips, as the inaugural M1 chip has already shocked the industry with unheard-of speed gains and power efficiency.

Apple is working on three Mac chips, Bloomberg reported.

We have now seen what Apple’s first Mac chip, the M1, is capable of in the new MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro and Mac mini. Other Mac computers are expected to utilize new desktop chips from Apple that are yet to be officially announced, including a new version of the 16-inch MacBook Pro, a redesigned all-in-one iMac desktop and a souped-up Mac Pro workstation.

The Cupertino technology giant remains the sole client utilizing TSMC’s 5nm process, which is the most sophisticated semiconductor node at the moment.

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6 handy tips for using Apple Maps on Apple Watch

Maps on Apple Watch is probably one of those apps you only open when you really need it. Maybe you need directions or want to look up a recent spot. But you can explore Maps on Apple Watch just like you would on your iPhone or Mac.

Of course you can do things like see your spot on a map if you’re traveling and in an unfamiliar location. But you can also get the hours or phone number for a nearby business or check out one of the curated city guides introduced with iOS 14.

Make the most of the Maps app on your Apple Watch with these helpful tips.

Maps on Apple Watch

Here’s what we’ll cover in this article…
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1. Quickly find a nearby business

2. See location details

3. Search your favorite way

4. View your surroundings

5. Browse city guides

6. Get in touch with a contact

Take control of Maps on Apple Watch

1. Quickly find a nearby business

One of the best features of any map app is seeing popular or common businesses near your current location. You don’t have to spend time searching for a coffee shop or gas station. These types of places are only a tap away with Maps on Apple Watch.

Open Maps on your Watch and tap Search. Right below your search options you’ll see a section for Nearby that offers locations like restaurants, pharmacies, hotels, and more.

Tap the type of spot you want, select one from the results, and then get details or directions.

2. See location details

It’s not always about how to get somewhere, but when you can go, how long it will take, and if it’s worth the trip.

Tap any location to get details that include hours, directions and travel time with various transportation types, the phone number, address, and of course, its spot on the map. Also powered by Yelp and TripAdvisor, you can see the star rating for the location and tap to see reviews. (Note: You may have to open your iPhone to read the Yelp reviews.)

3. Search your favorite way

If you don’t see the type of nearby location you need or have an exact address, you can perform a search. And you can use the Maps search feature in a few ways, so use the one that’s most convenient for you.

Tap Search and then pick the Microphone icon to dictate or the Scribble icon to jot it down with your finger. But don’t forget about your handy virtual assistant! Yes, you can use Siri on Apple Watch to search for a location. Access Siri on your wrist as you normally would and make your request.

4. View your surroundings

If you’re traveling and want to view your current area, this is also easy in Maps on your Watch. Tap Location, to the right of Search. Your current spot will pop up on the map and from there, you can do the following.

  • Use the Digital Crown to zoom out and back in.
  • Double-tap to zoom in.
  • Drag with your finger to move about the map.
  • Tap and hold to add a pin.
  • Tap a pin to view the location details.
  • Tap the three dots in the bottom right corner to search within your area or get a transit map.

5. Browse city guides

With iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, Apple brought a nice feature to maps for curated city guides. These guides help you find great places to visit in major cities around the world. Any guides that you find and save on your iPhone or iPad are also available on your Apple Watch.

Open Maps on your Watch and scroll down below Favorites to see your Guides. This section includes both guides you’ve saved from before and after upgrading to iOS 14. So if you saved other places, those will be in the list with the city guides too.

6. Get in touch with a contact

The Maps app has a connection to your Contacts app. So if you want to see a friend’s address, or even give them a call, you can also do this in Maps.

In Maps on your Watch, tap Search. Then tap the Contacts icon and select someone. You can call them, message them, or send an email. And if you scroll below those options, you’ll see their address. Note: You’ll need their address stored in your Contacts app.

If you want to see a contact’s current location, you’ll use the Find My app. Check out our tutorial for using Find My on Apple Watch for your friends and family.

Take control of Maps on Apple Watch

Whether you want to do more with Apple Maps on your Watch, or even less, here are some helpful articles to help you control how Maps works on Apple Watch.

  • How to stop seeing Maps when using Apple Watch stepping directions
  • How to customize Maps navigation alerts on Apple Watch
  • How to stop receiving turn-by-turn directions on Apple Watch when using Maps
  • How to send your current location on Apple Watch in Messages
  • How to call your destination when using the Maps app on Apple Watch

Wrapping it up

Obviously, you can see your Favorites in Maps on Apple Watch and get directions quickly. But Maps offers up a lot more on the Watch than you might expect. So the next time you’re in a hurry for a quick bite to eat or simply want to browse your city guides, don’t forget about Maps on Apple Watch!

What are your favorite features of Apple Maps on your Watch? Are there any features you think are missing and hope to see in the future? Share your thoughts below or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook!

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Here are the winners of the second annual Apple Music Awards

Apple is holding its second annual Apple Music Awards, the company announced Thursday.

Oliver Schusser, Vice President of Apple Music and Beats:

This is our opportunity to recognize and honor the incredible artists who we feel have deeply impacted and inspired the world and our customers and helped us feel connected through music this year. We have an exciting week of music planned in December and are very much looking forward to celebrating together with these artists and their fans.

The Apple Music Awards honor achievements in music across five distinct categories, and here are the winners. Starting with the Top Album of the Year, “Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial” by Roddy Ricch, which has accumulated more than 460 million Apple Music streams worldwide. The rapper’s debut album, “Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial,” has run up more than 1.5 billion Apple Music streams worldwide since its release.

Ricch commented:

My first phone was the iPhone. It’s crazy making music could get me to the point where a platform like Apple could honor me or put me on a pedestal. I just appreciate Apple Music to the farthest extent. Winning this award motivates me to work even harder. This is confirmation that I am on the right track and doing what I gotta do to be the greatest in my own right.

Taylor Swift won Songwriter of the Year for her work on the album “folklore” which topped the Apple Music albums chart and set the record for the most-streamed pop album on release day.

→ How to get a playlist with your top Apple Music songs of the year

Megan Thee Stallion won Breakthrough Artist of the Year with two #1 singles and her debut album on the way. Her collaborations with Cardi B on “WAP” and with Beyoncé on the “Savage” remix have collectively been played on Apple Music more than 300 million times globally.

Lil Baby, pictured above, won Artist of the Year with billions of global streams and multiple tracks from “My Turn” topping the Apple Music charts. Similar to the very first Apple Music Awards, each award this time around also features Apple’s custom silicon wafer suspended between a polished sheet of glass and a machined and anodized aluminum body.

“The result of this multi-month process, before it’s sliced into hundreds of individual chips, is stunning and distinctive,” Apple said. “In a symbolic gesture, the same chips which power the devices that put the world’s music at your fingertips sit at the very heart of the Apple Music Awards.” The inaugural Apple Music Awards, held in December 2019, recognized artists such as Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Lil Nas X and others.

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macOS Big Sur: How to create and edit Memojis in Messages

If you’ve been enjoying sending your Memoji stickers on iPhone and using the Memoji app added to watchOS 7, then good news! You can manage Memojis in Messages on Mac running Big Sur or later.

Using a bigger screen, you can do things like make a new Memoji with a face covering, change an existing one for your new hair style, or just give yourself a fresh look. Whatever your pleasure, here’s how to create and edit Memojis on Mac.

Memojis in Messages on Mac

Your Memoji management takes place in the Messages app. So pop open Messages, select any conversation, and then follow these steps to make or change a Memoji.

1) In any conversation in Messages, click the A button to the left of the text message box at the bottom.

2) Select Memoji Stickers.

3) Click the More option (three dots) on the top left of the Memoji window.

4) Choose Edit to change an existing Memoji or New Memoji to make a new one.

5) Click through each feature on the left for Skin, Hairstyle, Brows, Eyes, Head, and so on and use the space to the right to select your colors, shapes, styles, and other items.

6) When you’re happy with your Memoji, click Done.

Your Memoji is saved for you to use in Messages on your Mac or other synced devices.

To add a Memoji to a text in Messages, follow Steps 1 and 2 above, and choose a sticker. The Memoji will pop into your message, ready for you to send. You can also drag a Memoji sticker to a spot in an existing conversation.

More with Memojis

In case you missed them, here are a few additional how-tos for using Memojis on your Apple devices.

  • How to create, edit & use Memoji and put a smile on someone’s face
  • How to customize the Memoji Watch face on Apple Watch
  • How to remove Memoji stickers from your iPhone’s Emoji keyboard
  • How to customize group chats with photos, Memoji and more

Wrapping it up

So, let us know your thoughts on the updated way to create and edit Memojis! Do you love using them and are thrilled to be able to manage them on Mac? Or maybe you’re not a big fan of Memojis but are now going to give them a try?

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Upgrade your jailbroken iPhone’s notification system with SmartNotifications 2

The notification system that comes pre-installed on the iOS platform is easy to use and certainly gets the job done. A short alert tone here or a subtle vibration there, and you’ll almost never miss a notification as it gets pushed to your handset. But some would argue that iOS’ notification system is perhaps a little bit too simple…

While it’s tough for Apple to appease everyone with an all-encompassing solution, the good news is that jailbreakers possess the means to tweak their notification system behavior almost any way they wish, and a newly released jailbreak tweak dubbed SmartNotifications 2 by iOS developer Elias Sfeir can go a long way to assist in that process.

As you might’ve discerned from the tweak’s rather conspicuous name, this is the second iteration of the popular SmartNotifications tweak. The original was released back in September, and while a lot of what users came to know and love are still present in this latest release, the second iteration brings substantial re-writes, support for iOS 13 & 14, and new features.

Here’s a demonstration video of SmartNotifications 2 at work, provided by the developer:

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Right out of the box, SmartNotifications 2 provides avid jailbreakers with all the tools they could ever need to customize their incoming notification experience. Things you can do with this tweak include:

  • Custom notification sounds for each and every one of your installed applications; several sounds are provided by default, and users can add their own to /Library/Application Support/SmartNotifications.
  • Custom timeframe settings to filter out work, school, or other unwanted notification types when you’re only in the mood to relax.
  • Ability to allow certain high-priority notifications to bypass your handset’s existing mute setting
  • Smart Do Not Disturb mode that only takes effect when you have certain applications open and in use.
  • Set a custom volume level for certain application notifications to ensure that you don’t miss those that matter most to you.
  • Tighter configuration for LED flash alerts, such as limiting to specific apps or choosing the flash pattern.

After you install SmartNotifications 2, you will find a dedicated preference pane in the Settings app where you can configure the tweak to your liking:

Options here include:

  • Customizing per-app notification settings
  • Configuring global notification settings
  • Configuring fake notification settings
  • Configuring blocked words
  • Configuring blocked contacts
  • And more…

As always, we’ll dive deeper to show you what’s possible in each of the aforementioned sections. Follow along below:

Customize Apps

Here, you can tap on any app installed on your handset to configure notification settings for that particular app.

Upon tapping on an app, such as Messages in this case, you will be presented with the following options:

  • Enable a custom notification sound that plays when you receive notifications from the selected app
  • Choose the custom notification sound that you’d like to use:
    • Apex
    • Bark
    • Boin
    • Stargaze
    • Strum
    • Summit
    • Timba
    • Alert
    • Got it done
    • Hasty
    • Percussion
    • And more…
  • Enable a custom timeframe during which you will not receive notifications from the selected app
  • Independently set a start and end time for the aforementioned notification timeframe
  • Choose whether notifications from the selected app will bypass the mute switch
  • Toggle Do Not Disturb mode to prevent notifications from appearing when the selected app is open
  • Adjust the volume of notification sounds that play when the selected app is open
  • Enable or disable LED flash for notifications from the selected app
  • Choose whether the aforementioned LED flash illuminates once, twice, or three times

Global Settings

Here, users will be able to configure global notification settings, including:

  • Automatically clear notifications by swiping on them
  • Remove the Manage option when swiping on a notification
  • Hide the sender from the notification
  • Allow an unlimited number of text lines to appear in a notification preview
  • Add a snooze button to notifications so that you can be re-notified a while later

Fake Notifications

Here, users can tinker with fake notifications for their enjoyment:

  • Trigger a fake notification at any time by swiping right on the Status Bar
  • Enable or disable the invocation of fake notifications
  • Choose the app that you will receive a fake notification from
  • Choose the contact name for your fake notification
  • Choose the message context for your fake notification

Blocked Words & Blocked Contacts

In these sections, you can configure specific words or contacts, and if an incoming notification contains either one of your blocked words or the name of one of your blocked contacts, then the notification won’t appear for you.

As you can see for yourself, SmartNotifications 2 provides a number of options that supercharge your iPhone or iPad’s notification experience. More importantly, it provides ways to silence unwanted notifications in ways that Do Not Disturb does not.

Those interested in trying SmartNotifications 2 may purchase the tweak for $1.99 from the Packix repository via their favorite package manager. If you already own the original SmartNotifications tweak, then the second iteration is available for 50% off. SmartNotifications 2 supports jailbroken iOS 12, 13, and 14 devices.

Do you plan to give SmartNotifications 2 a try on your jailbroken handset? Tell us why or why not in the comments section down below.

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Hate Twitter’s new Fleets feature? This new tweak hides it from your app

Fleets are a type of disappearing Tweet that Twitter integrated into its social media platform just this week. Fleets are visible to the user’s audience for a period lasting up to 24 hours, and if you haven’t already noticed, they appear at the top of your Twitter app user interface in the form of round circles with the user’s profile picture inside of them.

While Fleets are obviously Twitter attempting to stay relevant with addicting services like Snapchat, some users (myself included) don’t really care for the feature in the slightest. If you feel the same way and have a jailbroken handset at your disposal, then we think you might take a liking to a newly released and free jailbreak tweak dubbed FleetingChances by iOS developer Ian Welker.

As Welker explains in the FleetingChances package manager depiction, the tweak essentially hides the Fleets interface from the latest version of the Twitter app. In other words, FleetingChances makes it so that you won’t have to see Fleets anymore when you use the Twitter app.

If you don’t have any intention of viewing or using Fleets, then FleetingChances is perhaps the best way to rid yourself of them in one fell swoop without hindering any other functional component of your Twitter app. The tweak doesn’t come with any options to configure and automatically gets to work once installed, however you may have to force close the Twitter app and restart it again after installation to ensure that it takes effect.

Those interested in giving FleetingChances a try can download it for free from the Twickd repository via their favorite package manager. FleetingChances supports jailbroken iOS 13 and 14 devices and only works with the official Twitter app (version 8.44 at the time of this writing).

Additionally, FleetingChances is open source on the developer’s GitHub page for anyone interested in learning more about how it works.

Do you love or hate Twitter’s new Fleets feature? Let us know down in the comments section below and tell us whether you’ll be using this tweak to hide them or not.