Trump and Apple, Cook reacts, iCloud Music to Mac, Pushbullet, Luminar or Aurora, USBee tester


How Donald Trump’s election as US President could affect Apple — Anticipating the full impact of the election of Donald Trump is difficult because his campaign offered little in terms of real policy proposals, instead favouring high energy crowd rallies and the drawing of media attention through the use of incredible and often shocking comments. But there are some clues as to what he might make priorities in his administration however. [And lots of it is predictably scary.]

Apple CEO Tim Cook urges employees to ‘move forward together’ in memo on 2016 presidential election — Following one of the most bitterly contested – both by candidates and their respective constituencies – presidential elections in modern American history, Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday sent out a company-wide memo addressing employee concerns about what comes next.
Cook encouraged staff to reach out to colleagues “if they are feeling anxious” about the recent election. [I can be a little clearer than Cook – I refuse to picture that arsehole on my site.]

How to download your music to your Mac from iCloud — Dennis Sellers doesn’t trust all his digital data to reside solely in “the cloud” (iCloud, in this case). That’s why he uses iTunes Match and iCloud, yet also has his music library on an external hard drive connected to his iMac.

Pushbullet makes cross-platform link and file sharing easier — One of the regular problems of a multi-platform universe is that sometimes, you’ll stumble across a link or file that’s better simply viewed on another device. Pushbullet’s self-titled app can be a good solution, especially if you live at least partly outside of the Apple ecosystem.

Why Luminar when you already have Aurora? MacPhun has posted a blog explaining why.


TechTool Pro USB tester — USBee is the handy new device by Micromat that can be used to find out if a USB port is providing sufficient power or if a connected device is taking too much. It can also be used to test the efficiency of a charging port. The convenient pocket-sized device will display the amount of voltage at the USB port, and the amperage being delivered to the connected device, such as a hard drive, phone, or lifestyle device. It costs US$29.99, so about NZ$42.


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