Apple eyed McLaren, Apple Music and Neil Young, mystery iTunes, Logic Touch Bar, adapter and monitor price cuts, Scanning Slideshow


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McLaren’s Technology Centre caught Apple’s eye — The McLaren Technology Center in Woking, Surrey England which opened in 2004, named after New Zealand’s racing legend and his supercars. The reflecting pool warms the building in the winter and cools it in the summer. Apple’s car project has been rumoured have been in talks with McLaren. The building alone (above) is enough to catch attention, let alone the car research that goes on inside.

Apple Music back on track? key advantage Apple has over rivals is that it can offer original content from major artists in a way that competitors cannot. In part this is because of the annual music festivals it runs. These help build relations with artists and provide content. This means that in addition to exclusive tracks and concert clips, Apple Music can also offer original video content such as the new 21 minute video by rap artist Drake. And hey, Neil Young’s back.

Apple follows mystery iTunes 12.5.3 Update with bonus mystery iTunes 12.5.3 Update — You remember that iTunes 12.5.3 update Apple released a couple of days ago? The one where the patch notes were the same as the patch notes from iTunes 12.5.2? Well good news. There’s another iTunes 12.5.3 update waiting for you in the Mac App Store. It’s a new build of the same update. And oh yeah, the patch notes explain nothing.

Logic getting Touch Bar support next year — People wanting to use the new MacBook Pro Touch Bar with Logic Pro X will have to wait for an update coming by “early next year,” according to an Apple marketing director, Xander Soren.

Apple slices prices on adapters and displays for the MacBook Pro with Touch Display — Apple has cut the prices on various accessories and adapters that work with the new MacBook Pro with Touch Display. In a statement Apple said, “We recognize that many users, especially pros, rely on legacy connectors to get work done today and they face a transition. We want to help them move to the latest technology and peripherals, as well as accelerate the growth of this new ecosystem.” (Alternative dongles are already available from Moshi, Elgato, ADATA and others.)
The company has also dramatically cut prices on the LG displays designed specifically to work with the new Mac laptops. Apple has sliced the prices of the 4K and 5K LG UltraFine Displays unveiled at the October 27 ‘hello, again’ event. The LG UltraFine 5K Display is now priced at US$974, a $325 price cut from its original price of $1299.95. The LG UltraFine 4K Display is now priced at $524, a $175 price cut from its original price of $699.95.

Scanning Slideshow — Few slideshow options update the folder of images as it runs. Even the Mac’s built-in system screen saver won’t continually update the folder contents. But Scanning Slideshow users can set the length of image display, and choose from several image transition types as well as transition directions. Image file types can be filtered, so only images of a certain kind (ie JPG, TIFF) are displayed but others are ignored (for example, when a photographer shoots RAW JPG, only the JPG version would be displayed on screen).
The slideshow can be shown in a floating window or in full screen mode. The full screen display can be any display the Mac will display. Scanning Slideshow is available on the Mac App Store for NZ$14.99/US$9.99. It requires macOS 10.7 or later.

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