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Version Control on a Budget

Volume Number: 22 (2006)
Issue Number: 10
Column Tag: CVS

Version Control on a Budget

A Non-Developers Introduction to CVS

by Jose R.C. Cruz

Introduction

When working on a computer-based project, you often rely on some form of version control system to keep track of all work and changes made to your project files. Such a system allows you to create official archives of your project and provide you with an isolated local copy that you can work on. It also allows you and other participants to coordinate your contributions to the project.

This article will introduce you to the basic concept of version control using the open-source tool, CVS. This tool is preinstalled in all versions of MacOS X, and is accessed via the Terminal application located in the /Applications/Utilities directory.

The Concurrent Versioning System

What is CVS?

The Concurrent Versions System (CVS) is an open-source software tool that provides centralized version control on POSIX-compatible systems. It is originally developed from an earlier versioning system call the Revision Control System (RCS), which can manage changes, made to individual files, but not to whole projects.

The source code to CVS was released for public distribution in June 1986. An improved version of the tool was released on April 1989 under the GNU Public License. The version of CVS that comes installed in MacOS X is version 1.10 (for OS X 10.3.9), and version 1.11.18 (for OS X 10.4).

Advantages and disadvantages of CVS

One notable advantage of CVS is that it is available for a wide variety of operating systems. It is also one of the few version control systems that behave consistently across platforms. For example, CVS can store and maintain its project archives on a Linux server, while providing local copies of its archives for MacOS X and Windows XP users.

Another advantage of CVS is that it works independently of your project environment. For instance, you can use CVS to maintain archives of your XCode project as well as your Adobe GoLive web pages. Some might find this lack of tight integration to be a hindrance however. But, if your project environment is scriptable, you can always use your favorite scripting tool to integrate CVS with your environment.

Finally, CVS is much more forgiving than most commercial packages. In fact, these commercial packages use concepts and procedures similar to that of CVS. Once you have mastered using CVS, your learning curve would be less steep, when you upgrade to a commercial and more sophisticated system.

The biggest disadvantage of CVS is that it is originally designed to manage text files. Its support for binary file formats is rudimentary at best. Files such as spreadsheets, JPEGs, etc., are often stored in their entirety, causing the project archive to slowly grow to unmanageable sizes. However, this limitation is not unique to CVS. Many commercial packages provide limited support, if any at all, for binary files.

Another disadvantage is that CVS is designed to handle ASCII text files. It has problems dealing with Unicode and non-ASCII files. However, this limitation is being addressed in the open-source tool, Subversion, which is being developed as a potential successor to CVS.

Yet another (though minor) disadvantage of CVS is that it is still primarily a command-line tool. If you are more comfortable working with a point-and-click system, there are a number of free and open-source solutions that provides a graphical user interface to CVS. A notable example is the MacCVSClient X application, which is written by J. Bullmann, and available at the URL:

<http://www.heilancoo.net/MacCVSClient>

Preparing the Repository

The CVSROOT environment variable

Before using CVS, you first have to set the CVSROOT environment variable. This is used to store the default location of the CVS repository. This article assumes that you are using bash as your shell environment. You can find out which shell you are using by launching the Terminal application and typing printenv SHELL at the command prompt. If you are not using bash, type man "shell_name" at the command prompt for instructions on how to configure your own shell environment.

First you need to create the shell startup file, .bash_profile in the root of your home directory. Use your favorite text editor to create this hidden file. Some recommended editors are BBEdit, Smultron, emacs, and the venerable vi. Insert the following script at the beginning of the file and then restart the Terminal application.

# Start of CVS configuration
CVSROOT = /Users/Shared/Projects
export CVSROOT
#..end of CVS configuration

This script tells CVS to store its repository in /Users/Shared/Projects. Every CVS command thereafter will affect the project archives stored at this location.

You can always assign your own directory path for your CVS repository. Alternatively, you can override the default location by using the -d global option whenever you type a CVS command.

Creating and configuring the repository

After setting the CVSROOT variable, type cvs -init to initialize the repository. Once successful, CVS will create a directory named CVSROOT at the location specified by its environment variable. It will also populate the directory with a number of files (Table 1Table 1Table 1) that are used to configure the repository.



Table 1. List of common CVSROOT files.

Amongst these files, the cvswrappers file is the one that tells CVS how to store each project file. By default, CVS will convert the line ending characters found in each file to a form appropriate for the host system. It will also attempt to expand any keywords that it finds in each file. However, these behaviors can corrupt a purely binary file. . As created, cvswrappers contains only comments. . Take a look at the all-text cvswrappers to customize it for your needs. You need to update the cvswrapper file if you plan to store binary files in your project archive. If, for example, you want to include JPEG and GIF files to your archive, add the following lines to the file.

   *.jpg -k 'b' -m 'COPY'
   *.gif -k 'b' -m 'COPY'

These will tell CVS to store these binary files in their entirety.

Adding a project

You should now have a working CVS repository. To add your project to the repository, navigate to the location of your project directory by typing cd "project_directory_location" at the Terminal prompt. Then use the import command to add your website project to the repository.

cvs import -m ""short description of your project""- 
   "archive_name" "user_name" "release_tag"

Note: tThat entire command line is typed as a single line. The - character is there only to indicate the continuation of the line.

For example, if your website project directory is in

   /Volumes/Users/myHome/SitesmySit, te

type cd /Volumes/Users/myHome/Sites at the Terminal prompt. Then use the import command to add your website project to the repository.

cvs import -m ""short description of your project""- 
   "archive_name" "user_name" "release_tag"

Note that entire command line is typed as a single line. The - character is there only to indicate the continuation of the line.

So using the above example, you would Then, archive your website project by typing

cvs import -m "My website project"-
   " mySite Sites myName version_1_0

at the prompt.

CVS will then generate a series of messages as it parses each and every file and subdirectory in your project directory, as while creating it creates the project archive. When successful, your project will be stored in the same directory as CVSROOT under "archive_name" (Figure 1Figure 1Figure 1). However, iIf you decided not to continue with this archive, use the Finder to navigate to the directory where CVSROOT is stored. Then delete the "archive_name" directory by dragging it to the Trash and choosing Empty Trash from the Finder menu.



Figure 1. Structure of a CVS repository.

Working with the CVS Project

The CVS version number

CVS uses an internal version number system to keep track of which project file has been modified or branched. In its basic form, a CVS version number consists of at least two fields of the non-zero positive number, with each field delimited by a period (ASCII 0x2e). The format assumed by the version number is

   "project_number"."revision_number"[."branch_number"]

CVS increments the "revision_number" field each time you checked in a modified file back into the archive. However, when you create a branch off a specific file, CVS adds a "branch_number" for that branch. It then updates the field each time you checked in a modified version of that branched file. Additional "branch_number" fields are also added whenever you append new branches to that same file.

The "project_number" field remains mostly unchanged throughout the project. In fact, you must avoid interfering with the internal version system to prevent any orphan files or branches. If you want to assign your own version number to the project archive, use the cvs tag command, which will be covered later on.

Checking out a project or file

Now that you have a project archive in the CVS repository, you first have to check outretrieve a copy of that archive for you to work on. You do this by typing cvs checkout "project_name" at the Terminal prompt. Alternatively, if you want to check out a specific project file, type cvs checkout "project_file_path", where "project_file_path" is the directory path of the file with respect to the main project directory.

CVS will then create a local copy of the project or file on your present working directory. Each directory in this copy will be accompanied by a CVS subdirectory, which is used to store information about your local copy (Figure 3Figure 2Figure 2).



Figure 2. Structure of a checkout CVS project.

Once you have checked out your local copy, your username is automatically added to the CVS log. Other people working on the same project archive as you are, will be aware of your presence. So, if you are done with your local copy, type cvs release "project_name" at the Terminal prompt. CVS will first check and prompt you, if you have any modified files in your copy. Once you answered YES to the prompt, it will no longer keep track of your copy. It will also remove you from its user log.

So, using the website example, you would type cvs checkout Sites, to retrieve a copy of your website project from the repository. The project directory, Sites, will then be created in your present working directory, and it will contain at least one CVS subdirectory. Once you are done making changes to your website, type cvs release Sites to inform CVS to cease keeping track of your local copy.

Adding a new file or directory

Suppose you have created a new file or directory in your local copy, and you want to add it to the project archive. To do so, type cvs add "new_directory_path" at the Terminal prompt. Now unlike most commands, CVS does not automatically execute the add command. Instead, it queues the request into its command buffer. This ensures the integrity of your project archive by giving you a chance to cancel the request.

If you have decided to cancel the request to add the new file or directory, first move or delete the file or directory from your project directory. simply Then, type cvs remove "new_directory_path" at the Terminal prompt. This will tell CVS to remove the add request for that file or directory from its command buffer.

So, let us assume that you have added the file, hello.html, to your Sites project directory. To add that file to the project archive, type cvs add Sites/hello.html. To cancel the add request, remove the hello.html file from the Sites directory. Then type cvs remove Sites/hello.html to remove the request from the command buffer.

Updating your copy

As you work on your local copy, you may want to check your copy against the project archive periodically. Since CVS is designed from the start to support multiple users, others may have made changes that could impact your own. As you work on your local copy, you may want to check your copy against the project archive periodically. Naturally, this does not apply if you are the only one working on the project.

To check your copy against the archive, type cvs update at the Terminal prompt. You can also type cvs update --d, to include subdirectories that are present in the archive, but not in your local copy.

CVS will then scan every file in your local copy and compare their contents with those in the archive. If it comes across an unmodified local file older than the one in the archive, CVS will attempt to replace that file with the latter. If, however, it comes across one that is modified, CVS will attempt to merge the local file with the one in the archive. It will then inform you of any conflicting changes, should the merge process fail s. It will also inform you of any files or directories on your local copy that are newer or non-existent in the project archive.

Reverting to a previous version

What if you have made a mistake when editing one of your local files? What if you decided to completely discard your changes for whatever reason? You can revert to the previous version of a project file by using the cvs update command.

First you need to know which previous revision of the file you want to revert (see the cvs log command later in this article). Once you have that established, type

cvs update -j "new-revision-number" -
 -j "old-revision-number" "filename"

at the Terminal prompt to start the reversion process.

CVS will first retrieve both revisions and then perform a join operation between the two files. The joined result then replaces your local copy. At this point, you can decide if you want to commit your reverted copy back into the project archive.

Committing your changes

You have made changes to some files on your local project. You have also added new files and/or subdirectories to your project as well. After considerable testing and review on your part, you are now ready to submit your changes to the project archive.

To do so, type cvs commit -m "reason for committal" at the Terminal prompt. CVS will then scan your local project, and update any files in the archive with your changes. It will also execute any addition or removal requests that are queued in the command buffer. However, if you only want to update a single file or subdirectory in the project archive, type cvs commit -m "reason for committal" "file_or_directory_name" at the prompt.

Again, let us assume that you have changed the title of your hello.html file, and then saved your changes. To commit that modified file to the archive, type

cvs commit -m -
"Changed the title of the hello.html file" Sites/hello.html 

at the prompt.

Always make sure to provide a brief and concise reason whenever each time you use the cvs commit command. Not providing a reason for the committal action is generally frowned upon in normal practice. It compromises the change history log of your project archive as well makes it difficult for you to revert to a previous version.

Also, always pay attention to the status messages (Listing 1Listing 1Listing 1) displayed by CVS during the committal process. If CVS encountered any errors, it will immediately stop the committal process after the last successful file or directory update. To preserve archival integrity, avoid attempting further committals until you (or your project manager) has isolated and resolved the error.

You also may want to avoid executing a committal request when the project archive is being backed up or undergoing maintenance. Consult your colleagues for internal rules governing the committal process.

Listing 1. Sample output of the cvs commit command.

Checking in Sites/hellohome.html;
/Users/Shared/Projects/Sites/helloome.html,v  <--  home.htmhello.html
new revision: 1.4; previous revision: 1.3
done

Reverting to a previous version

What if you have made a mistake when editing one of your local files? What if you decided to completely discard your changes for whatever reason? You can use the cvs update command to revert to the previous version of your files.

First, you need to know which previous revision of the file you want to revert to (see the cvs log command later in this article). Once you have that established, remove the file that you want to revert from, and type cvs update -r "revision_number" "filename" at the Terminal prompt. CVS will first warn you that you are missing a file, and then promptly update your local copy with the correct file.

On the other hand, if you have already committed your changes to the archive, type

cvs update -j "new_revision_number" -
 -j "old_revision_number" "filename" 

at the prompt to start the reversion process. CVS will first retrieve both revisions and then perform a join operation between the two files. The joined result then replaces your local copy. At this point, you can decide if you want to commit your reverted copy back into the project archive.

Using the website example, if your hello.html file is at version 1.4 in the archive, but you want to revert to version 1.3, type cvs update -j 1.3 -j 1.3 Sites/hello.html to revert to the desired version.

Exporting the project

Once you (and your colleagues) have finished submitting all your changes to the project archive, you should now you are now ready to export a copy of the archive for public distribution. This could mean preparing a software project for final compilation, an XML document for printing, or web pages a website for uploading.

First you prepare the project archive for exporting, by assigning it with a release tag. First, navigate to the project directory and tType cvs tag "release_tag" at the Terminal prompt, where "release_tag" would be your project's official version number. Make absolutely sure that no one is allowed to perform any committals while you are assigning the release tag. Otherwise, the wrong files may get tagged in the process.

Once you have assigned the tag, type

   cvs export --r "release_tag" -
      "export_destination" "project_archive"

at the Terminal prompt to export the project to the "export_destination" directory..

For example, if you want to export the website project, first navigate to the Sites directory by typing cd ~/Sites at the Terminal prompt. Then type cvs tag 1_0GM to assign the website with a release tag of 1.0GM.. Finally, type

cvs export -r v1_0GM /Volumes/Users/Public Sites

to export the entire website project to the directory /Volumes/Users/Public.

Make sure that your release tag contains only alphanumeric characters and/or an underscore. Also, make absolutely sure that no one is allowed to perform any committals while you are assigning the release tag. Otherwise, the wrong files may get tagged in the process.

Unlike Unlike a checked out project, an exported project does not contain the CVS subdirectories used to keep track of project changes. Any changes made to an exported project will not be committed back into the project archive. .

Furthermore, you cannot update an exported project with the latest changes from the archive. If you want to get the latest changes made to the archive, you will have to repeat the entire export procedure.

Streamlining the CVS process

Since CVS is a command-line tool, you may have noticed that using it involves a considerable amount of typing. You can reduce the amount of typing involved by using the appropriate command synonym. For example, instead of cvs checkout to check out a copy of the archive, use cvs get or cvs co. Also, instead of cvs update to run an update check, use cvs upd or cvs up.

You can get a list of other CVS command synonyms by typing cvs --help-synonym at the Terminal prompt.

You can also reduce the amount of typing by using the .cvsrc startup file (Listing 3Listing 2Listing 2) to assign the default options for each CVS command. You can use your favorite text editor to create and edit this hidden file in your home directory. Make sure to restart the Terminal application in order for the changes to take effect.

A typical CVS command line follows the format of

cvs "global_options" "cvs_command" "command_options". 

So each line in the .cvsrc file would be written down as "cvs_command" "command_options". Note that, if you have an entry of cvs "global_options" in the file, those options apply to all command sessions. You can always override these default options by adding a -f option to your CVS command.

For additional information about CVS command options, type man cvs at the Terminal prompt.

Listing 2. Sample contents of the .cvsrc startup file.

cvs --q --d "/Users/Library/Shared/Project/"
checkout --d "~/MyProject" --P
commit --l
export --f --P

Monitoring a CVS project

Tracking with sticky tags

As mentioned earlier, CVS uses an internal version number system to keep track of the files contained in your project archive. You can then specify which revision of the file you want to be updated to by using the -r command option. For example, typing

   cvs update -r 1.1 Sites/homehello.html

updates your local copy of home.html against version 1.1 of that same file in the archive.

A more flexible approach of keeping track of the archived files is through the use of sticky tags. Sticky tags enables you to tell CVS which branch or revision of the project archive you want to work on. You can use sticky tags to protect parts of your local copy from changes submitted to the archive. For example, you can tell CVS that your local copy uses version 1.2 of a specific file even though a new version of that file is available.

To set a sticky tag, type cvs checkout -r "revision_number" "project_name" when checking out a copy of the project archive. Alternatively, you can type cvs update -r "revision_number" "project_file_path" if you want to perform an update check at the specified revision.

You can also use dates as your sticky tag by using the -D command option. The format used by CVS for dates is "dd mmm yyyy" where mmm is the three-letter month abbreviation. For example, typing

   cvs update -D "15 Mar 2006" Sites/styles/defaulthello.html.css

updates your local copy of default.csshello.html to the one dated March 15, 2006 in the archive.

In either case, sticky tags permanently link your local copy to that version of the archive. Changes submitted to the archive will not appear on your local copy whenever you perform an update check. Also, for integrity reasons, you cannot commit any changes you have made until you clear all sticky tags. To do so, type cvs update -A at the Terminal prompt. Make sure to test your changes for errors and possible conflicts before submitting them to the archive, using the cvs commit command.

Tracking the differences

As you work on your local copy, you may want to check it against the project archive periodically for any potential conflicts. To display the differences between your local copy and the archive, type cvs diff "project_name" at the Terminal prompt. Alternatively, if you want to display only the differences in a specific file, type cvs diff "project_filename" instead.

In either case, CVS will parse your local copy and compare its contents against the archive. It will then display a report (Listing 5Listing 3Listing 3) showing what has changed between the two. By examining this report, you can identify any potential conflicts between your local copy and the archive.

Listing 3. Sample output of the cvs diff command.

Index: Sites/styles/default.csshello.html
===========================================================
RCS file: /Users/Shared/Projects/Sites/styles/default.csshello.html,v
retrieving revision 1.2
diff -r1.2 default.csshello.html
3c3
<       "contents of the archived revision"
---
>       "contents of the local revision"

You can also just type cvs update at the prompt to tell CVS to go ahead and update your local copy with the archive. If the archive contains changes that conflicts with your copy, CVS will mark those changes using the format shown in Listing 7Listing 4Listing 4. You then resolve the conflict by manually merging the two changes. Make sure to consult your colleagues for standard procedures on conflict resolution.

Listing 4. Format used by CVS to mark conflicting changes.

<<<<<<< "filename with conflicting changes"
   "changes in the local revision"
=======
   "changes in the archival revision"
>>>>>>> "archival_revision_number"

Tracking with logs

You can use CVS to keep track of the revision state and history of your project. The one you probably use most often is the cvs status command.

The cvs status command displays the current state of your local copy compared to the archive. It also displays the version number of your local files as well as any sticky tags you have assigned to those files. This command is normally used prior to cvs update, to give you an idea of how the update process might affect your local copy.

To display the current state of your local copy, type cvs status at the Terminal prompt. If you want to view the status of a particular file, type cvs status "project_file_path" at the prompt. In either case, CVS will generate a status log similar to the one shown in Listing 9Listing 5Listing 5. This log shows the current state of each file in your local copy, its sticky tags, and its CVS version number.

Listing 5. Sample output of the cvs status command.

===========================================================
File: news2002.htmhello.html        Status: Up-to-date
   Working revision:    1.1.1.1 Wed Mar  1 18:53:53 2006
   Repository revision: 1.1.1.1 /Users/Shared/Projects/Sites/pages/archives/news2006.htmhello.html,v
   Sticky Tag:          MkI (revision: 1.1.1.1)
   Sticky Date:         (none)
   Sticky Options:      (none)
===========================================================
File: lgp150.padfooter.html        Status: Up-to-date
   Working revision:    1.1.1.1 Wed Mar  1 18:53:53 2006
   Repository revision: 1.1.1.1 /Users/Shared/Projects/Sites/pages/mpad/lgp150.padfooter.html,v
   Sticky Tag:          MkI (revision: 1.1.1.1)
   Sticky Date:         (none)
   Sticky Options:      (none)
cvs status: Examining Sites/styles
===========================================================
File: default.css       Status: Up-to-date
   Working revision:    1.1.1.1 Wed Mar  1 18:53:53 2006
   Repository revision: 1.1.1.1 /Users/Shared/Projects/Sites/styles/default.css,v
   Sticky Tag:          (none)
   Sticky Date:         2006.03.15.08.00.00
   Sticky Options:      (none)

Another command that you can use is the cvs log command. This command allows you to display a revision history log of each file in your local copy. The log shows the location of the archived file, its current and previous version numbers, and its assigned tags. Also, for each revision, the log reveals the name of the user who worked on the file, the number of lines added or removed, and a description of what has been changed in that file. Note that, you can only use the cvs log command if you have checked out the project from the archive.

To display the revision history of a file in your local copy, type cvs log "project_file_path" at the Terminal prompt. If you want to display the revision history of the entire project, type cvs log "project_name" at the prompt. CVS will then generate a revision history log similar to the one shown in Listing 11Listing 6Listing 6.

Listing 6. Sample output of the cvs log command.

RCS file: /Users/Shared/Projects/Sites/hello.html,v
Working file: Sites/hello.html
head: 1.4
branch:
locks: strict
access list:
symbolic names:
        v1_0GM: 1.3
keyword substitution: kv
total revisions: 4;     selected revisions: 4
description:
----------------------------
revision 1.4
date: 2006/04/05 17:55:34;  author: kuronke;  state: Exp;  lines: +1 -1
Updated the body of hello.html
----------------------------
revision 1.3
date: 2006/04/04 19:18:45;  author: kuronke;  state: Exp;  lines: +1 -1
Added an entry to the body
----------------------------
revision 1.2
date: 2006/04/04 19:17:54;  author: kuronke;  state: Exp;  lines: +1 -1
Added an exclamation point to the title.
----------------------------
revision 1.1
date: 2006/04/04 19:03:54;  author: kuronke;  state: Exp;
Added the hello.html file
===========================================================
 RCS file: /Users/Shared/Projects/Sites/pages/booksale.htm,v
Working file: Sites/pages/booksale.htm
head: 1.5
branch:
locks: strict
access list:
symbolic names:
   MkIa: 1.5
   MkI: 1.1.1.1
   anarakis: 1.1.1
keyword substitution: kv
total revisions: 6;   selected revisions: 6
description:
----------------------------
revision 1.3
date: 2006/03/03 19:34:47;  author: user1;  state: Exp;  lines: +1 -1
Removed the conflict data
----------------------------
revision 1.2
date: 2006/03/03 19:10:13;  author: user1;  state: Exp;  lines: +1 -1
Removed irrelevant information from the booksale page
----------------------------
revision 1.1
date: 2006/03/01 18:53:53;  author: user2;  state: Exp;
branches:  1.1.1;
Initial revision
----------------------------
revision 1.1.1.1
date: 2006/03/01 18:53:53;  author: user1;  state: Exp;  lines: +0 -0
Original website project
===========================================================

Concluding remarks

The Concurrent Version System is a simple and cost-effective version control system that is bundled in every MacOS X release. It enables you and your colleagues to coordinate your contributions to the project while providing you the option to revert to a previous unaltered version of that same project. It also provides a number of features that allows you to keep track of various states of your project.

This article has only shown you the fundamental capabilities of CVS. If you are interested in learning more about the tool, especially its administrative and network features, you can consult any one of the online references listed at the end of this article.

Bibliography and References

Cederqvist, Per. Version Management with CVS. (c) 2003 Free Software Foundation. Online: <http://ximbiot.com/cvs/manual>.

Dreilinger, Sean, Moshe Bar. CVS Version Control for Website Projects. (c) 1998. Inter@active Consulting Group. Online: <http://durak.org/cvswebsites>.

Fogel, Karl. Open Source Development with CVS. (c) 1999, 2000 Karl Fogel. Online: <http://cvsbook.red-bean.com>.

Wikipedia. Concurrent Versions System. In Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Wikipedia Community, Feb 2006. Online: <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concurrent_Versions_System>.


JC is a freelance engineering consultant currently residing in North Vancouver, BC. He divides his time between writing technical articles, and teaching origami to children at the local district public libraries.

 

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Best iPhone Game Updates: ‘Horizon Chase...
Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It’s time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. Some big names in this week’s round-up, with a general theme that I would characterize as nostalgic. Not every game... | Read more »
‘Fantasy Life Online’ from Level-5 Is Ge...
Back in 2018, Level-5 released Fantasy Life Online for iOS and Android in Japan. Fantasy Life Online is a follow-up to the amazing Nintendo 3DS game Fantasy Life. Fantasy Life is one of my favourite and most-played games on that platform, so I was... | Read more »
This Podcast Must Stay Above 55mph – The...
In this week’s episode of The TouchArcade Show, we have to keep the podcast above 55mph or else it will explode! Like the movie Speed! Eli and I spend just about the whole episode talking about Apple’s Unleashed event from this past Monday where,... | Read more »
TouchArcade Game of the Week: ‘Pinstripe...
I know what you’re thinking: “Boy that Townscaper thing sure is neat!" Yes, it is, I love it too and we loved it in our review. BUT! As tempting as it is to gush about it some more here, I actually want to draw your attention to another excellent... | Read more »
The 10 Best Horror Games on Nintendo Swi...
2021 has been a packed year for games on all platforms across different genres. If you’ve noticed, a lot of games are getting into the spooky season with in-game events and the like, but nothing beats a horror game during this season. For this... | Read more »
SwitchArcade Round-Up: ‘Dying Light’ Rev...
Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for October 22nd, 2021. In today’s article, we have a rare Friday review from our pal Mikhail. He worked tirelessly through the night to bring us his thoughts on Dying Light: Platinum... | Read more »
Steam Link Spotlight - If On a Winter...
Steam Link Spotlight is a feature where we look at PC games that play exceptionally well using the Steam Link app. Our last entry looked at Ambition - A Minuet in Power. Read about how it plays using Steam Link over here. | Read more »
Adventure Puzzler ‘Rob Riches’ Gets a Ne...
Last month we wrote about a new game coming from developer Megapop called Rob Riches, a love letter to classic puzzle adventure games. In Rob Riches you’ll play as the titular man himself as you explore a temple collecting every coin you can find in... | Read more »
‘Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Def...
After Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition was officially announced recently following a rumour from a little while ago, a | Read more »
Apple Arcade October 22nd Update Roundup...
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Apple restocks Apple Watch SE 40mm GPS + Cell...
Apple has restocked Certified Refurbished Apple Watch SE models (40mm GPS + Cellular, Aluminum Case/Black Sport Band) in their online store for $50 off MSRP, only $279. Each Watch includes Apple’s... Read more
Apple continues to offer 13″ M1 MacBook Pros,...
Apple has a full line of 2020 13″ M1 MacBook Pros available Certified Refurbished, starting at only $1099 and up to $230 off original MSRP. These are the cheapest M1 MacBook Pros for sale today at... Read more
256GB 8.3″ iPad mini on sale for $599, take $...
Amazon has the new 8.3″ 256GB WiFi iPad mini on sale today for $599 including free shipping. Delivery is expect around November 9th. Amazon’s price is $50 off Apple’s MSRP, and it’s the lowest price... Read more
A Look Back At ‘The gadget of the century,’ A...
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Amazon has Apple’s new 2021 AirPods Pro with MagSafe Case in stock and on sale for $219 shipped. Their price is $30 off Apple’s MSRP, and it’s the first discount we’ve seen on 2021 AirPods Pro. For... Read more
First discounts appear at Amazon with new 14″...
Amazon is offering $50 discounts on a couple of new 14″ M1 MacBook Pros and 16″ M1 MacBook Pros. Preorder today, and Amazon will ship once they receive stock. We expect Amazon’s $50 discount to... Read more
Expercom has the new 9th generation 10″ iPad...
Apple reseller Expercom has Apple’s new 2021 9th generation iPad and 8.3″ iPad mini on sale for up to $40 off MSRP. They are the first reseller to offer such discounts. Due to supply constraints,... Read more
Save $250 on the 12″ 2TB M1 iPad Pro, only $1...
Amazon has the new 12″ 2TB WiFi M1-powered iPad Pro, Space Gray, in stock and on sale today for $1949 shipped. Their price is $250 off Apple’s MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for a 2TB iPad... Read more
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Apple reseller Expercom is offering sale prices on Apple AppleCare+ plans ranging up to $94 off MSRP, depending on the product. Plans can be purchased individually and will extend your technical and... Read more
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