Apple reclaims its title as the ‘world’s favourite company’— Last year Apple lost the top position of the “world’s favourite company” to Google, but has now reclaimed the top spot this year. Also, in the top 10 were Microsoft, Samsung, Walt Disney, Abbie (a health care company), Facebook, Toyota, Amazon, Celgene Corp. (a health care company), and Gilead Sciences (a health care company).
Apple to Announce Earnings July 26th — Apple announced Friday that it will hold its quarterly call with analysts on [US] Tuesday, July 26th. Investors will be keenly watching results and guidance looking for signs in renewed growth for Apple. In the March quarter, Apple reported year-over-year declines in revenue and iPhone sales.
Avira launches Mac Antivirus Pro, which is optimized for channel resellers — Avira, a security software company, has launched Mac Antivirus Pro, a channel-optimised version of its AV security software for OS X devices. It’s available through Avira’s partner network and on Avira.com for US$44.99(about NZ$72) for a one-year license.
Intel’s 7th-gen ‘Kaby Lake’ processors delivered to manufacturers — Intel’s seventh-generation Core processor was recently delivered to unspecified companies in sufficient quantities for manufacturing, although Apple Insider thinks the first run of chips is not likely destined for Apple’s MacBook Pro. [Gah!]
The Kaby Lake processor has integrated support for the 40 Gbps Thunderbolt 3, which uses the same connector as USB 3.1 type C, as well as the ability to use ‘passive’ cabling for 10Gbps speeds. Thunderbolt 3 has sufficient bandwidth to drive a pair of 4K displays at 60Hz, and contains HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2. Also expected are integrated graphics speed improvements.
iStumbler on Sale for US$10 — iStumbler is a great WiFi network monitoring and troubleshooting utility for the Mac. You can use it to see what networks are nearby, track which channels and frequencies each network uses, view encryption status, and even get the coordinates for nearby base stations. As if that’s not enough, it also tracks Bonjour and Bluetooth devices. iStumbler is a handy tool that usually costs US$25, but right now it’s on sale for $10 (about NZ$14.22) – that’s over 50% off. You can pick up a copy at the iStumbler website. [I use this.]
All about Sierra — The Macworld Digital Edition comes in two forms: Enhanced and PDF replica. The Enhanced Edition has all the news, analysis, product reviews, and how-to’s, along with interactive features, and videos customised for consumption on iPad. The PDF replica Edition is designed for your mobile device’s touchscreen to allow pinch and zoom.
Hacker who targeted celebrity Apple and Google accounts sentenced six months in prison — An Oregon man who earlier this year pleaded guilty to hacking into Apple and Google email accounts, including a number owned by unnamed celebrities, was sentenced to six months in prison this week. Andrew Helton pleaded guilty to stealing some 161 personal photos from 13 people after waging a two-year phishing campaign for user credentials. Victims received account verification emails they believed were from Apple and Google. [I’ll say it again: if you get a ‘Please verify your –– account’ and the From email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, IT’S NOT APPLE.]
Typinator still makes life easier for Mac users — Last year Ergonis Software celebrated the 10th anniversary of Typinator, the Mac text expander. Though the tool for auto-typing text and auto-correcting typos systemwide across all Mac OS X application has been around awhile, it’s as vital as ever.