Civ Beyond Earth, Yosemite warnings and quirks, Macworld/iWorld, Photoshop Elements, Apple Maps


The Steam version will add more features
The Steam version will add more features

Civilization: Beyond Earth coming to Mac, Linux ‘this holiday season’— PC users get to play Beyond Earth starting October 24, a blog post from 2K and partner Aspyr Media promises Mac (and Linux) versions for “this holiday season.”
Upon launch the game will be available for Mac and Linux through Steam, as well as through the Mac App Store. The Mac App Store version is oddly hamstrung, though, lacking access to both the online multiplayer mode and the free Exoplanets DLC.

Don’t Upgrade to Yosemite or iOS 8.1 Before You Read This Column — Bob LeVitus writes “This has been a big week for Apple operating system upgrades: Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite arrived last Thursday and iOS 8.1 came out yesterday. But as eager as you may be to sample their improvements, don’t install either until you read what I have to say.”

How to fix the four most annoying quirks of Yosemite — OS X 10.10 Yosemite is out, and, while there aren’t many surprises in the interface — which Apple has been showing off since June — users are getting their first tastes of the new look and new features. Here are top four Yosemite annoyances and how to fix them.

A Macworld/iWorld Lament — Steven Sande can’t say he was surprised when IDG World Expo’s Paul Kent broke the news to TUAW that Macworld/iWorld 2015 was cancelled and that the longtime Mac lovefest was on hiatus, but he laments its passing.

Photoshop Elements 13 review: it gets Photomerge and content-aware fill — Elements 13 is a great way to step up from iPhoto, but it can’t do a lot you couldn’t do with version 12’s Expert Mode and a little skill. It’s now Retina display-happy and it’s got some timely new stuff for beginners: creating a personalised Facebook Cover image, crop suggestions, variations on Quick mode’s effects, a new selection refinement tool, three Guided Edits for converting photos to black and white, plus tutorials that are more easily discoverable.

Apple launches Maps Connect, allows users to update info — Apple rolled out a new way for businesses to add or maintain information used in Apple Maps on Tuesday. Called Maps Connect, logging in with an Apple ID (or creating one if needed) will allow small business owners to add or maintain details of their establishment, including hours and links to social media accounts. So far it’s US only.