Apple value, Swift, data, wifi diagnostics, Railroads, iCloud Photos issues, Bluetooth to improve


Build your own railway with Sid Meier's 'Railways!' (NZ$30)
Build your own railway with Sid Meier’s ‘Railroads!’ (NZ$30)

Apple is (still) the world’s most valuable brand, but Disney is the most powerful — Apple remains the world’s most valuable brand, up 14% to $145.9 billion, according to the latest Brand Finance rankings. However, the brand valuation and strategy consultancy says Disney is the “most powerful,” thanks to the record-breaking success of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens.
Brands are evaluated to determine which are the most powerful (based on factors such familiarity, loyalty, promotion, marketing investment, staff satisfaction and corporate reputation) and which are most valuable and ranked in the Brand Finance Global 500.

Apple’s Swift language project gains continuous integration — Apple on Monday officially launched continuous integration for Swift, enabling checks on the project’s health, and integrated testing within pull requests before any commits are made.

Analyst: Apple may decrease its use of Amazon cloud computing services — In a note to clients  Morgan Stanley analyst Brain Nowak says Apple may decrease its use of Amazon’s AWS cloud computing services. Morgan Stanley’s Katy Hubert thinks Apple spent a billion dollars on data centers last year, including money paid to Amazon, so moving away from AWS could save the company big bucks.

How to use Wireless Diagnostics to help you resolve Mac Wi-Fi issues — If you’re facing Wi-Fi issues with your Mac, you can use Apple’s Wireless Diagnostic Tool to (hopefully) help you resolve the problem. You can open Wi-Fi Diagnostics from the Wi-Fi menu in the OS X tool bar. Try to connect to your Wi-Fi network, then quit any other apps that are open. While pressing the Option key, click the Wi-Fi menu.

Sid Meier’s Railroads! is fun, but may disappoint longtime Railroad Tycoon fans — Sid Meier’s Railroads! (published by Feral Interactive and developed by Firaxis games) it’s a “re-imagining” of Railroad Tycoon on the Mac. If you haven’t followed the Railroad series, you’ll enjoy the game, though longtime Railroad Tycoon fans may be disappointed. It costs NZ$29.99 in the Mac App Store. (And here’s Macworld’s 10 Mac games from January 2016.)

Two issues with iCloud Photo Sharing — Where do comments go when you remove items from shared albums? And downloading photos added by shared users.

Bluetooth wireless range, speed to continue improving — With the improvements, devices will be able to communicate directly over a longer range and at faster speeds than with current technology.

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