Mac is the future, switch from Windows, Pro Mac apps, tech coalition vs Trump, free speech award, Room Lighting Calc


Perhaps the Mac is the real ‘future of personal computing’ — Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that the iPad is the “clearest expression of our vision of the future of personal computing.” However, Dennis sellers thinks the Mac may fill that role with the iPad thriving as a complementary device.
Tuesday lat week, Apple reported its Mac line generated record single-quarter revenue of $7.2 billion, beating the previous mark set three years earlier by $300 million. The Mac not only returned to growth, but generated its highest quarterly revenue ever. And it you believe that, here’s the easy guide to switching from Windows to Mac.

Get Pro Mac apps from Apple with an Education Discount — Apple is offering a brand new educational bundle for students and teachers. The apps, worth US$430 (NZ$588) separately, are bundled for US$199 (about NZ$282) and include Logic Pro X, Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4 and Main Stage 3. Verification requires an account on UNiDAYS, a savings program for college kids.

Apple, Google, other techs build coalition to oppose Trump’s Muslim Ban — Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook are building a coalition of corporate giants to oppose President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban. According to Re/code, the tech giants are reaching out to other tech companies, including Uber and Stripe, as well as companies outside of the tech space.

Tim Cook wins the Newseum 2017 Free Expression Award in the Free Speech category — The Newseum has announced that Apple CEO Tim Cook will receive the Newseum’s 2017 Free Expression Award in the Free Speech category. Cook, who has led Apple since August 2011, will be recognized “for his leadership in creating technology that has had a profound impact on how we communicate.” [Is there an Evading Tax award?]

Room Lighting Calc simplifies the generation of morphologically defined parametric objects — If you need to generate morphologically defined parametric objects (vaults, quadric, domes, etc..) or generate primitive objects, (cubes, spheres, cones, etc.), you may find Brotens’ Room Lighting Calc for macOS handy.
The light sources, calculated as volumetric sources, are managed entirely by Room Lighting Calc, which allows you to import, display, edit and format: IESNA LM-63 (ASCII text files normally used by manufacturers of lighting fixtures in North America); EULUMDAT (formed by European standards); and DXF drawings and data files.
It requires macOS 10.10 or higher, costs NZ$36.99/US$24.99, and is available at the Mac App Store.