How to watch Apple’s big ‘Gather Round’ keynote live on Sept. 12

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Are you ready for Apple's September 12 event?
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Apple’s biggest event of 2018 is just a day away. We’re expecting a long list of exciting announcements, including a new iPhone lineup, upgrades for the iPad Pro, and an Apple Watch Series 4. Apple could have other surprises up its sleeve, too.

If you’re an Apple fan, you certainly won’t want to miss it. And you don’t have to! Apple is streaming the entire keynote live from 10 a.m. PT on September 12, so you can watch it unfold from the comfort of your couch.

Here’s how to tune in on whatever device you’re using.

Blade Shadow puts a Windows 10 PC on your iPhone or iPad

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A powerful PC without the PC.
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Shadow, the service that puts streams a powerful Windows 10 PC to your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, is expanding across the U.S.

You can use it to play games, run desktop applications, and lots more — without forking out for a powerful desktop of your own. All you need is a monthly subscription and an internet connection.

Steam fights Discord with new Chat service, coming soon to iOS

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Steam just made it a lot easier to talk to your teammates.
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Steam is taking the fight to Discord with a new Chat service that makes it easier to communicate with teammates.

Chat can be used for voice and text, negating the need for third-party services, and it’s (obviously) designed with gamers in mind. It’s also headed to iOS soon.

PC shipments are finally back on the rise

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Worldwide personal computer shipments are finally making a comeback after a six-year slump in sales.

The latest report from Gartner estimates that during the second quarter of 2018 PC shipments finally grew year-over-year for the first time since the first quarter of 2012. With 1.4% overall growth for the market, PC makers have a lot to be happy about, and Apple’s shipment numbers were some of the best in the bunch.

Sony may change its stupid stance on Fortnite cross-play for PS4

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Yes, you'll need a Samsung to play Fortnite for Android.
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You might soon be able to team up with friends on PlayStation 4 when playing Fortnite on rival consoles.

Sony has finally said that it is exploring the possibilities of a cross-play “solution” that it hopes will make everyone happy. Microsoft and Nintendo are already allowing gamers to play together, regardless of the device they’re using.

One of Mac’s best Finder features is now on Windows PC

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Preview files before you open them with QuickLook for Windows 10.
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It’s okay to use a PC alongside your Mac, but you’ll find that some of the best macOS features aren’t available in Windows. One of those is Finder’s awesome preview function, but you don’t have to live without it.

QuickLook is a free app that brings the same preview feature to Windows 10’s File Explorer.

macOS Mojave changes spell doom for indie Mac games

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Apple is making life a lot harder for smaller game studios.
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A big change Apple is making with macOS Mojave could make it more difficult for indie developers to build cross-platform games.

Apple is pushing game creators to drop OpenGL in favor of its own Metal API, which isn’t supported by third-party platforms. It may mean smaller game development teams are forced to choose between releasing on macOS or other operating systems.

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