It’s time for Apple to show iBooks some love — Bryan Chaffin writes that Daniel Steinberg has a great piece on iBooks at his Dim Sum Thinking blog titled ‘I Wish Apple Loved Books.’ He makes the case that Apple doesn’t love iBooks, and that it shows in the way the company has largely let its ebook store languish. He hit the nail on the head – what we’ve seen (not) happen to iBooks is what we’ve seen every time an Apple product stopped being the focus of top executives.
[Like me], Bryan Chaffin loves iBooks, and thinks it offers a better reading experience on his iPad than Kindle. By a lot. It’s not even close. But Apple hasn’t been giving iBooks the love it needs to thrive. And the truth is, this started with the DOJ’s successful antitrust suit against Apple. [Couldn’t agree more.]
Kanex has released a new range of keyboards — These suit Mac and iOS and come in several configurations, including a foldable, travel version.
Star Wars Empire on special — Aspyr’s Star Wars space opera game for Mac is currently on sale in the Mac App store for NZ$14.99/US$9.99. The deal is worldwide, so if you’re somewhere else, click this link.
Safari histories are stored in iCloud for more than a year — According to the CEO of Russian hacking tool creator Elcomsoft, Apple is storing Safari histories in the iCloud going back more than a year, possibly much longer, even where the user has asked for them to be wiped from memory.
It would appear to be a design issue rather than anything suspicious, and is likely to do with the syncing mechanism between iOS, Mac OS X and Apple servers. [So what are you going to do, Russian hacker, sell the details to Trump?]
Sonnet announces Mac-compatible Dual-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) Thunderbolt 3 adapters — Sonnet Technologies has announced Mac compatible Twin 10G Thunderbolt 3 Edition Thunderbolt 3 to Dual-Port 10GBASE-T 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) adapter, and the Twin 10G SFP+ Thunderbolt 3 Edition Thunderbolt 3 to Dual-Port SFP+ 10GbE adapter. These will be available in New Zealand through MacSense.
Mac malware discovered in Microsoft Word document with auto-running macro — A second example of malware targeting macOS users has surfaced this week, with the discovery of a Word document that attempts to use an automatically-running macro, one that tries to download a hazardous payload to infect the target Mac. [Years ago, Microsoft simply deleted macros abilities in Word for Mac because of this problem.]
You can only get this infection by downloading a specific Word document called “U.S. Allies and Rivals Digest Trump’s Victory – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace” and the payload it led to has since been disabled.