Hands-On By Daniel Eran Dilger Monday, June 24, 2019, 10:06 am PT (01:06 pm ET) Apple's macOS Catalina is another ambitious refinement of the Mac featuring a fundamental rethinking of iTunes and an infusion of fresh ideas from iOS: from Sidecar to Continuity Sketch to Screen Time, a whole new world of Catalyst apps from iPad, and many more features under the hood. But note: Catalina is still in beta! macOS Catalina inception: Mac apps on an iPad Pro via Sidecar, with Touch Bar, and Apple Pencil Just over two weeks after first showing off the new macOS Catalina 10.14 at its Worldwide Developer Conference in the first week of June, Apple has released its first Public Beta for intrepid explorers. If you're taking notes, that's a couple of days earlier than last year's debut of the Mojave public beta. A Catalina blast from the macOS past Apple's platform development speed continues to gain momentum. The pace and direction of the Mac has come a long way since the "Big Cat" OS X era of … [Read more...] about Hands on with Apple’s first public beta of macOS 10.15 Catalina
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"If we can get a man to the moon, why can't we…" is a common phrase to compare a monumental achievement with a much hoped-for one that seems simple but remains out of our grasp.It's a testament to NASA's success with the Apollo moon landing program that it's still the bar by which other human feats are judged. NASA had more than a quarter million Americans working on the project, developing not just spacecraft and space suits but also working out the math necessary to land a spacecraft 240,000 miles away on the moon and safely return it and its crew to Earth. But as we approach the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's historic landing, some still wonder if it was worth the cost, whether we demonstrated anything more than hubris, writes Charles Fishman in One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission that Flew Us to the Moon. Fishman's book, out Tuesday, isn't as much a typical historical recounting of the program as it is an in-depth examination of key moments and people in the lead-up to … [Read more...] about NASA’s Apollo moon missions were a giant leap for all of us
Every device needs some form of storage. But while most new storage is now sold state, that wasn't always the case and, of course, the most iconic storage formats are physical media. And we'll be showcasing some more memorable of them here - as well as some lost in history. One of the earliest formats of data storage was punched tape, which was first used in 1725 by Basile Bouchon to control looms at his textile factory in Lyon, France.The earliest medium for recording and reproducing sound? Wax cylinders, invented by Thomas Edison in 1877. The cylinders eventually became what we now know as records, which were originally played on a phonograph system before moving to the turntable.Skip forward to the modern day, and we have multiple forms of analogue and digital storage, 35mm film to flash memory and solid-state storage as we mentioned.While we're focusing on a small selection of unsuccessful formats here, you can find a list of nearly 500 at Obsolete Media.So join us on a … [Read more...] about 33 ancient storage formats: How many do you remember?