macOS, Apple energy, hard disk manager, Tim Cook approval, UK rail in Maps


More evidence of ‘macOS’ rebranding surfaces on Apple website — In another subtle hint that Apple plans to rebrand its desktop operating system from ‘Mac OS X’ to ‘macOS,’ the company on Wednesday published a support document containing reference to the new naming convention alongside software pillars iOS, tvOS and watchOS … macNZ, anyone?

Apple creates an ‘Apple Energy’ energy subsidiary — Apple has created an energy subsidiary, Apple Energy LLC, that’s registered in Delaware but run from its Cupertino, California headquarters. The company was apparently formed to allow the company to sell excess electricity generated by its solar farms in Cupertino and Nevada, with plans to sell electricity across the whole of the US, the article adds. Apple seemingly could sell directly to end-users at market rates and get paid retail prices for its excess power. At the moment, 87% of Apple’s global operations run on renewable energy.

Hard Disk Manager comes to the Mac — Paragon Software Group (PSG) has released Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac, a tool to protect, maintain, and manage your OS X system. It’s designed to cover all aspects of a Mac’s life cycle, from drive partitioning and regular backup to system migration, disaster recovery options, and wiping of recycled storage.
Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac OS X (10.7 and higher) is available for immediate download as a free 30-day trial or can be purchased directly for US$39.95 (about NZ$56) at the product website.

CEO Tim Cook has a 96% approval rating — An anonymous poll of Apple employees earns CEO Tim Cook a 96% approval rating, earning him the No 8 ranking among US companies surveyed for Glassdoor’s annual Employees’ Choice Awards. (Glassdoor is a jobs and recruiting site.)

Apple Maps transit directions come to UK’s National Rail (and  Atlanta and Miami) — Apple has expanded the availability of Maps transit directions to National Rail lines in the United Kingdom. National Rail support is particularly important for residents of the UK, since it incorporates a number of different rail systems spanning the countryside and various cities. The addition should enable cross-country trips, though some cities have their own separate public transportation systems. Also, transit info has been added for the US cities of Atlanta and Miami.