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Speed Up Your Mac With These Tips

Posted on February 17, 2021 by Broken Joysticks

What Are Some Ways to Improve Your Mac’s Speed?

If your Macbook is not performing the way you want, finishing work or enjoying entertainment can be too difficult.

Some people go as far as thinking that they need a replacement. More often than not, the reality is quite different, and you can salvage the current Macbook model of yours without spending money on a new computer.

Are you interested in finding out how to improve the Macbook’s performance speed? If so, read the rest of this article and take advantage of its information.

Way #1 – Quit Redundant Applications

Quitting background applications should be one of the first things you need to do. Macbooks are like other computers in the sense that they have a finite amount of resources. If redundant background apps consume a part of system resources, one should not expect to have an optimally performing Mac.

You can see active apps in the Activity Monitor tool. It also allows you to sort processes by memory and GPU usage to provide a better understanding of which apps are consuming the most resources.

Besides apps, you should also pay attention to visual effects. Gimmicks like a backlit keyboard are a good example. Ask yourself whether you really need to enable these effects when they offer no real value.

Way #2 – Create Enough Free Disk Space

Do not end up in a situation when there are only a few gigabytes of free storage on the Macbook’s drive. Solid-state drives are one of the most important computer hardware pieces, and cluttering it with junk will spell performance troubles.

Aim to have at least 10 to 15 percent of total Mac drive storage free. In case you are struggling to reach these numbers, check the computer files thoroughly and figure out what you can delete or transfer to external storage.

Way #3 – Buy a Cooling Pad

A cooling pad is a good investment, particularly if you need to use the Macbook in a poorly ventilated room. Overheating is more or less inevitable, and laptops do not have the best hardware to sustain resource-heavy applications, particularly something like video games.

Using a cooling pad means that there is an additional source of cool air. The accessory is relatively cheap and should come in handy. Also, if you want to reduce the Macbook’s overheating and loud internal fan noise even more, get in the habit of cleaning the filth that accumulates inside the computer. 

Way #4 – Check for Potential Malware

Do not believe articles that claim how Macbooks are not prone to cybersecurity threats. Sure, on average, macOS may be safer than other operating systems, but there is still plenty of malware and viruses that may attack your computer.

Besides having reliable antivirus software that scans and eliminates computer threats, you should also enable the firewall and use virtual private networks. The latter, in particular, is great when you have to join public Wi-Fi that lacks the necessary security protocols. VPNs provide you with a different IP address and encrypt data, making it harder for potential attackers to track you.

Way #5 – Prioritize macOS Updates

Some people are reluctant to prioritize macOS updates because it takes too long to download and install these updates. However, it may be that missing the most recent macOS version is one of the main reasons why your Macbook has been underperforming.

System updates introduce the latest features, security patches, and performance improvements. An update might take a while to finish downloading and installing, but you should still get them for your Mac at your earliest convenience. 

Way #6 – Upgrade Hardware

Upgrading hardware can be a bit expensive, but if you are not in a hurry, you could wait for an upcoming holiday season when computer accessories and hardware go on sale. That should help you save at least some money. 

Now, as for what you should consider upgrading or buying, there are a few options worth mentioning. First of all, if your Mac model is compatible, replace the hard drive with a solid-state drive. SSDs may have less storage available, but they are a much better option in terms of performance speed.

Adding extra memory is also quite common, especially given how cheap RAM is. Finally, and this one may be a bit of a stretch in some cases, consider an external graphics processing unit. 

Way #7 – Declutter Startup Item List

Restarting the Macbook is one of the fastest ways to improve its performance. However, you may not be that keen to restart it regularly if there are too many applications in the startup item list.

You can disable startup applications in the System Preferences. If you do not need an app to start when you boot the computer, uncheck the app’s box. Once you restart the Macbook, you will notice how faster it loads without startup applications getting in the computer’s way. 


Command and Conquer Returns As a Mobile Mini-RTS

Posted on June 9, 2018 by Rae Michelle Richards

During the EA Play Pre-E3 press conference a former RTS mainstay made its return in the form of Command & Conquer: Rivals – A presumably Free to Play title similar to Clash of Clans and other action hybrid titles. 

Longtime staples of the genre like resource collection and unit production are still present in this scaled down, e-sports focus take on Real time Strategy. Two players square off against each other on a small map to claim a central point and launch a pair of nukes at their opponents to claim victory. Several iconic units from C&C history did make an appearance in Rivals brief appearance on EA’s stage – groups of marines, the mammoth tank, tiberium harvesters and flamethrower units were all accounted for. 

No word on how Command & Conquer: Rivals will be monetized and the game is still in pre-alpha. North American Google Android users can head on over to the Play Store and pre-register for access to the pre-alpha release. An iOS release is set to follow sometime later this summer. 

EA’s last attempt at reviving the long dormant Command & Conquer franchise happened half a decade ago, all the way back in 2013. Originally announced as “C&C: Generals 2”, 2013’s cancelled entry was focused entirely on multiplayer and was cancelled soon after a closed alpha test concluded.  


Pokemon Go Players Have Walked Billions of Kilometers

Posted on December 20, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Pokemon GO is one of the few unique mainstream games that rewards players for going out into the real world and exploring. Whether they’re walking down the block or across their entire city to hatch eggs, Pokemon Trainers the world over have racked up quite the tally – over 9 billion KM have been tallied by trainers the Pokemon Company since its July launch.

If you need a comparison to help you comprehend just how massive 9 billion KM is, here is what the Pokemon GO blog said:

“We are pleased to share that—as of December 7—the Pokémon GO community has collectively walked more than 8.7 billion kilometers. That’s more than 200,000 trips around Earth! Fun fact: A commercial jetliner would take more than 1,000 years to cover the same distance. While covering this distance, Trainers also caught more than 88 billion Pokémon along the way. That’s roughly 533 million Pokémon a day!”

Even with all of this walking, Pokemon GO Players haven’t crossed the entire solar system yet – who knows if Nintendo will make an interstellar announcement once players cross the 287 billion KM mark (the diameter of our solar system).

Alongside their blog post Niantic also included the following animated info-graphic:


Super Mario Dashing His Way Onto iPad/iPhone Feels Like A Natural Fit

Posted on September 7, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Mario’s portly plumber will be making his way onto both iPad & iPhone with the release of Super Mario Run this December. Mario creator & development treasure Shigeru Miyamoto took the stage during Apple’s fall hardware event to unveil the title. This game is Nintendo’s third mobile on Apple’s hardware after their attempt at social media with Miitomo and the smash hit of the summer Pokemon Go.

In part Miyamoto-san said at the event:

“Super Mario has evolved whenever he has encountered a new platform, and for the first time ever, players will be able to enjoy a full-fledged Super Mario game with just one hand, giving them the freedom to play while riding the subway or my favorite, eating a hamburger.”

Super Mario Run will be a full featured Mario adventure designed with a mobile first approach. The game will not feature micro-transaction or charge players for lives, instead players will be able to play an introductory portion of the game for free with later sections of the game being locked behind as yet to be revealed payment system. For those worrying that they’d have to put in 0.99$ every time Mario & friends die, fear not!

Like similar “endless runner” titles on the platform Mario will run unassisted and the user inputs the timing of his jumps by tapping on the screen, as Miyamoto was quoted above this is a game that can be played with one hand but without sacrificing the Mario spirit. One of the revealed modes has players guiding Mario through pre-designed courses with the goal of collecting coins and beating the ghosts of their friends.

Personally I feel like Super Mario Run will fit nicely on mobile platforms. For a little while it worked perfectly for Nintendo’s 90s rival with Sonic Runners – until SEGA fucked up the entire game with a free-to-play scheme that bleed users dry and launched crossover events for titles we’ll never see in the west. Eventually SEGA’s whole monetization scheme collapsed in on itself forcing the publisher to shutter Sonic Runners. Here’s hoping that Nintendo’s one time payments to unlock portions of Super Mario Runners can live up to the late Iwata’s vision of “Free to Start Games”.


Nintendo’s Super Mario Run Brings Mario to iOS

Posted on September 7, 2016 by Ellen McGrody

Nintendo's Super Mario Run

At today’s Apple media event, Shigeru Miyamoto made a big splash when he appeared on-stage to announce Super Mario Run. Speaking alongside Apple CEO Tim Cook through translator Bill Trinen, Miyamoto detailed Nintendo’s first-ever iOS game. The game features traditional Mario platforming reworked for mobile devices. Super Mario Run launches first on iPhone and iPad this December.

Nintendo and mobile partner DeNA have built Super Mario Run with one-handed play in mind. The game will offer two modes focused on jumping, as Mario runs through the Mushroom Kingdom automatically to the right.

Nintendo will release a set of Mario-themed stickers for use in iMessage in the coming week. Users can subscribe to launch notifications through the App Store on their iPad or iPhone.



Pokemon Go Plus Possibly Delayed In Canada

Posted on July 13, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Some bad news for Canadian Pokémon fans who might be looking to get the complete experience once the mobile app launches above the 49th parallel -it looks like the optional Pokémon Go Plus bracelet that can be paired with the game may have been delayed.

In an email I received from Amazon.ca about my pre-order for the Pokémon Go Plus, I was notified me that the item had been delayed. Originally I pre-ordered at the end of June and Amazon had expected the bracelet to be available by the end of this month. Their updated Pokémon Go Plus page now lists the item for a September 2016 release. That is a full two-month delay for the peripheral.

In part the email from Amazon.ca said:

“Hello from Amazon.ca.

We wanted to let you know there’s a delay with one or more items in the order you placed on June 29, 2016

“Nintendo Pokemon Go Plus – Not Machine Specific  – Nintendo 3DS Standard Edition”
Estimated ship date: September 06, 2016″


Of course, it doesn’t matter if the Go Plus is available here or not while Pokémon GO is still unavailable in the Canadian Google Play or Apple App Store. This hasn’t stopped thousands of people in Canada from side-loading the game via an SD card on Android or changing the region of the IPhone in order to play the game.  According to some unofficial statistics, Pokémon Go might be installed in as many as 6% of Canadian Android devices.

Nintendo has yet to provide a release date for Pokémon Go in Canada, but if you are playing the game in another country or through side-loading then you might find our Beginner’s Guide for New Trainers interesting.




Mobile Matters: Why Broken Joysticks Will Soon Review Free-To-Play Games

Posted on May 20, 2013 by Rae Michelle Richards

Things have been a little quiet here at Broken Joysticks, and my level of activity has decreased significantly the last few weeks, at least publicly. We’re working on some really exciting stuff, which we’ll be announcing to readers soon, and one of these initiatives is the forthcoming category of Free to Play games here at Broken Joysticks. Before you run to grab your pitchforks and torches to brand Broken Joysticks as a casual site, hear me out.Read More


Apple Announces new 128GB iPad

Posted on January 29, 2013 by Jason Nason

Apple announced today what everyone had been buzzing about yesterday … a new iPad. But wait, before you jump up and down with excitement there is one thing you should know. This isn’t a new iPad. It’s the same iPad you (may already) have. It’s just has more storage space.

The most recent iPads, including the iPad Mini, has a maximum storage capacity of 64GB, so this newly announced model has twice the storage space. This is great if you are running out of space on your current iPad and have about $1000 to drop on a shiny new one.Read More


Dota 2 On Your ipad? It Could Happen Says Valve Boss

Posted on December 10, 2012 by Rae Michelle Richards

Dota 2, Valve’s upcoming free to play MOBA game has been in closed beta for a while. According to Kotaku we could be enjoying the game on the next generation of tablets if a quote from Gabe Newell is spot on.

Valve tried to get the game running on some current tablets but they weren’t up to the job. Mr.Newell speculates that tablets of the not so distant future will have the horsepower to make Dota 2 run smoothly in the palms of your hands.

“We were working on getting Dota 2 running on some tablets .. That ended up being kind of a disappointment. But the good news is that tablets are getting faster very quickly, so I think we’ll get the kind of performance we want and other game developers want in the near future.”

I wonder what kind of hardware they are testing it on. Perhaps they are using the ipad 4, that is certainly one of the more powerful tablets out there. Then again there is always the quadcore Asus Transformer as well if they are playing with android. We’ll just have to wait and see if this project comes to fruition. Valve is known for playing with various ideas, even if they never pan into commercial products.



Try 5th Cell’s Run Roo Run For Free On iOS

Posted on September 14, 2012 by Seung Lee

As the game’s title hints at, Run Roo Run has you playing as a hat wearing kangaroo. There are various stages to complete, and you need to jump over every obstacle that they throw out. Even if you don’t sound particularly interested, you should still try the game out, because it’ll be free for the next week on Apple’s App Store, as part of Apple’s Free App of the Week program.

Run Roo Run will work on iPhones and iPads. Check out the game’s site here. You can also watch a short gameplay video by reading more.

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Apple Introduces New Retina Display Macbooks

Posted on June 11, 2012 by Rae Michelle Richards

At the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco Apple announced the latest version of their Macbook Air and Macbook Pro notebooks. Along with new hardware under the hood Apple also includes their impressive Retina displays in some of their new models.

The brand new Macbook Air will come in 11 inch and 13 inch flavors featuring Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors running as fast as 2.0GHZ with USB 3.0 and up to 512GB of flash storage. If you’re looking into one of these be prepared for your wallet to get a lot lighter as they start at $1100 and go up from there.

Apple discontinued the 17inch Macbook Pro and will be instead offering the13 and 15 inch variants. The most impressive feature for the new Macbook Pro is the Retina Display capable of displaying resolutions up to 3 times as clear as the previous models. As with the Macbook Air the new Pro’s do not come cheap, starting at $2100.

Source: IGN


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