Apple passes Alphabet/Google, Mac Pro repairs, Final Cut update, Contacts, Abyss


Apple Overtakes Google/Alphabet as Most Valuable Company — Apple retook the title of world’s most valuable company, a title briefly lost to Alphabet—the holding company that owns Google—earlier in the week. At the market’s close on Thursday, Apple’s market cap stood at $534.4 billion, while Alphabet’s rose to $503.3 billion.

Apple offers free repairs for 2013 Mac Pros with defective video cards — Apple has launched a free repair program for 2013 Mac Pros dealing with faulty video cards, in some cases believed to be responsible for problems like distorted or non-existent graphics, as well as freezing, reboots, sudden shutdowns, or even a system failing to start.

Apple updates Final Cut Pro X, Compressor, Motion — Final Cut Pro X, video editing software, has been upgraded to version 10.2.3. In addition to bug fixes, its customisable Default Effect lets you choose both a video and audio effect that’s assigned to a keyboard shortcut. There’s now a 4K export preset to create video files for Apple devices. Speed has been improved when opening libraries on a SAN. And there’s now the ability the share video to multiple YouTube accounts.

How to back up your contacts on your Mac (and iPhone) — When it comes to backing up your address book data, you have a few options.

Abyss: the Wraiths of Eden is swimmingly good fun for OS X, iOS devices — So says Dennis Sellers: Abyss: the Wraiths of Eden is a fun puzzle-solving/adventure/hidden object game that’s available for Mac OS X (which is the version I’m reviewing) and iOS. It’s available at the Mac App Store for US$6.99, and for the iPad and iPhone (free, but with in-app purchases) at the Apple App Store.