Bloated iTunes, USB-C Charge Cable Replacement program, Kanex keyboard, Apple sure loves Dre, Adobe bug, sorting Safari bookmarks, leaving the Mac App store


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Apple’s Cue, Federighi comment on Apple Music’s growth, ‘bloated’ iTunes — In an interview with John Gruber on the Daring Fireball Talk Show, Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, and Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, commented on Walt Mossberg’s ‘Apple’s Apps Need Work,’ a re/code column that called iTunes “bloated, complex, and sluggish.” Cue said Apple is continually re-evaluating iTunes, and there are plans to release a refreshed version alongside OS X 10.11.4 next month.

Apple announces USB-C Charge Cable Replacement Program — Apple has announced USB-C Charge Cable Replacement Program. The company says a limited number of charge cables that were included with MacBooks through June 2015 may fail due to a design issue. Apple will provide a new, redesigned USB-C charge cable, free of charge, to all eligible customers (those whose MacBooks may not charge or only charge intermittently when it’s connected to a power adapter with an affected cable). This program also covers Apple USB-C charge cables that were sold as a standalone accessory. This only affects the MacBook, not the MacBook air or Pro. Affected cables have “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China.” stamped on them.
New, redesigned cables include a serial number after that text. See images above.

Kanex announces new Aluminum MultiSync Bluetooth Keyboard for Apple devices — Kanex has announced a new family of wireless Bluetooth keyboards for Apple devices, including its flagship model, the MultiSync Aluminum Mac Keyboard. The wireless keyboard features a sleek design with a Mac layout and can connect up to four Mac and iOS devices at once.

Straight Outta Apple: Dr. Dre to star in Apple original show — Apple is staying close to home for actors in its first original TV content, with an upcoming show called “Vital Signs” that will most likely be available to subscribers to Apple Music.

Bug in Adobe Creative Cloud updater erases root level Mac data — Adobe has pulled a recent Creative Cloud update after the version was found to contain an errant script that automatically deletes locally stored Mac user data without warning. (A new update fixed the problem – Version 3.5.1.209 was released 2/14/2016.)

Safari doesn’t feature a way to alphabetise bookmarks — Since there is nowno built-in way to sort bookmarks (or URLs) alphabetically in Safari, and dragging the folders into the Finder then back into Safari no longer works,  a free and up-to-date donationware app called SafariSort might be the answer. (It’s an unsigned app, requiring that you bypass Gatekeeper, but it’s been in development for years. Make your own decisions about whether to run it or not, but there are no red flags – change this in System Preferences>Security & Privacy>General: Allow apps downloaded from … quit Safari to run SafariSort, once it’s in your Applications folder. )

Rogue Amoeba’s Piezo is leaving the Mac App Store — Another app is leaving the Mac App Store. Rogue Amoeba says that Piezo, an app that lets you capture audio from already-running applications, as well as from several hard-to-capture applications like the Safari and Chrome web browsers, FaceTime, and more, will only be available at the product website.

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