Game of Thrones exclusive, new MacBook Pro rumour, Chinese R&D, Optimised Storage


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Apple-exclusive enhanced ‘Game of Thrones’ ebook arrives on iBooks store — Random House has debuted the first volume in a series of enhanced editions of George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels, exclusively on Apple’s iBooks marketplace. Each of the five titles in the series has a new watercolor cover, and includes more illustrations embedded in the text. Interactive character-specific maps start each chapter, detailing the surroundings of that section of the book.
A Game of Thrones: Enhanced Edition is now available on iBooks for NZ$13.99/US$8.99, and occupies 789MB of storage regardless of platform. Enhanced editions of the other four books, and presumably the sixth as well, will become available in the coming months.

New Retina MacBook Pro models expected in October — That new MacBook Pro you’ve been holding out for may finally be only a few weeks away. A new report [rumour, really] claims Apple plans to release updated models in the second half of October.
The refreshed Retina MacBook Pro line is may replace the keyboard’s function key row with a touch sensitive OLED strip that shows app-specific controls. The new models will also likely ditch the current USB ports for USB-C with Thunderbolt 3 support, and gain Touch ID support, trim a little thickness off the body, and higher end models may switch to AMD’s Polaris graphics processor. [There’s nothing actually new in this rumour, and it’s far from an Apple announcement, plus fits all previous speculations. But it probably means it’s still imminent, anyway.]

Apple’s first R&D Centre in China to open this year — Apple is setting up its first R&D center in China in Beijing’s Zhongguancun Science Park, according to a statement issued by the Zhongguancun Park Management Committee — and as noted by DigiTimes. The R&D center has a registered capital of approximately US$14.994 million and will hire a total of 500 employees.

How to use Optimized Storage in macOS Sierra — macOS Sierra has a new feature called Optimized Storage. It helps you save space by storing your content in the cloud. It also sports tools to help you find and remove large or unneeded files.

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