Five Tip Friday ~ Restore a copy, powerful Photos search, recording FaceTime calls, accented letters

MagBytes 85 came out yesterday (click on MagByes Newsletter over there -> on the right to download the last few copies) with the last month of Five Tip Fridays and lots ore info, all for free, but here are five more.

1/ Using macOS: Using Restore a Copy — Pages, Numbers, and Preview and some other apps are actually tracing your steps as you work. Every time you choose File>Save or press Command-S when you’re working on a document, the app saves a version of your file, which you can then revert to if you find you don’t like the changes you’ve made. But by default, reverting replaces the file you’re working on, which isn’t always the best thing.
Once you have saved a document several times, you can go back to the different save points by using the menu option File > Revert To.
Now you can either choose the last opened version to restore if that choice is available, or select Browse All Versions which will take you to a Time Machine–like interface and show you every available file version (below).

When you find what you want, clicking Restore overwrites the existing file you’ve got open, as I mentioned, and it won’t warn you before that happens. But it’s good to know you can visit this restore mode again if you accidentally lose your existing file.

2/ If you need to do is bring back a version without replacing your current one — Hold down the Option key within this view, and Restore switches to Restore a Copy.
Pick that instead, and a new file will open, which you can then save if you want. Neat. [This is another great tip from Melissa Holt.)

3/ Apple added powerful machine learning to Photos in macOS Sierra — To start searching in the Photos app, just click in the search bar in the top right corner of the app and start typing. If you want to find pictures of your dog, for example, type ‘dog’. The app is now able to identify any photos with dogs in them. Photos will search file names for the word ‘dog’, but will also try and find images of dogs that don’t have the word ‘dog’ appended to them!
You can also search for particular faces, places and other things. You can use quite a few different search terms, but items, descriptions, objects, places and people are the best terms to use. The app is much smarter than you might think, so play around with it and see what you can find. (Note that Photos only searches within your photo library; it won’t find images that are saved elsewhere on your Mac. This also won’t work in a Spotlight search; the feature is limited to use within the Photos app itself.)

4/ Record a FaceTime call on macOS Sierra — It’s not that easy to record a Skype call (and recording any call requires permission of the other party in New Zealand law, please note, unless you represent the law anyway), but you can record FaceTime calls relatively easily with this workaround.
Open QuickTime on your Mac (it’s in the Applications folder if it’s not in your Dock – Finder>Go menu>Applications) or use the macOS LaunchPad (whatever method is fine).
Click File in the Menu bar.
Click New Screen Recording.
Click the arrow next to the record button in the QuickTime window.
Choose Internal Microphone from the list of available microphones.
Open FaceTime. Its icon should be in the Dock. If not, it’s in the Applications folder. Or you can use the macOS LaunchPad. Or tell Siri to “Open FaceTime.”
Click the record button in QuickTime.
Click the screen to record your whole screen, or click and drag over the FaceTime window to only record FaceTime.
Begin your FaceTime call.
When the call is over, click the Stop Recording button in QuickTime.
Click File in the Menu bar.
Select Save.
Name your recording, and select where you wish to store it.
Click Save. [I haven’t tried this with Skype but it might work too.]

5/ Accented letters — If you want to type ‘ō,’ hold down the letter ‘o’ on your keyboard for a couple of seconds. A menu pops out above your cursor with the available options for that character. Choose the right one with your mouse/trackpad, or simply press the grey number listed under the correct accented letter (above). This works for any letter, btw, (u, e etc) that can be accented.
This is the easiest way, but there are other ways, too

New iPads arriving, iPad teardown, new Samsung shrugged off

iFixit has already torn a new iPad down and noted some key differences

New iPad deliveries arriving, Personal Pickup at retail now an option for purchasers — Apple’s new iPad has starting hitting purchasers’ homes with deliveries originating in China, and those seeking an iPad today have the option of selecting Personal Pickup in the US and Canada or trying their luck buying at the store without a pre-purchase.

Teardown finds Apple’s new iPad largely similar to first-gen iPad Air — Apple’s new 9.7-inch budget iPad is in many respects the original iPad Air with a few key upgrades to keep it relevant in 2017, according to a teardown published yesterday. The new iPad has the same 32.9 watt-hour battery as the Air 1, beating out the 27.6 watt-hour unit in the Air 2 and the 27.9 watt-hour supply in the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. The key difference with the old tablet is an A9 processor paired with 2 gigabytes of DDR4 RAM, versus the Air’s A7 chip and 1 gigabyte of DDR3. Apple has also boosted base storage to 32 gigabytes and added a Touch ID sensor.

Apple investors shrug off Samsung Galaxy S8 event, send stock upward — The launch of Samsung’s 2017 flagship Galaxy S8 isn’t causing any apparent concern among Apple’s investors, who collectively pushed the company’s stock even further upward today despite the announcements–and the continuous run up in Apple stock that has occurred since the iPhone maker last released earnings in January.

macOS 10.12.3, Apple sticking with climate change, most intimate, USB-C discounts finishing, intelligent photo styles

Adobe research has created an AI tool for transferring image styles between photographs

macOS 10.12.4 Recovery mode now able to install latest compatible version — As of macOS 10.12.4, released on Monday, a new keystroke combination at launch allows Macs to netboot and to download the latest OS compatible to a computer when performing a recovery, potentially saving time and bandwidth. Users holding Command-Option-R at startup will force a netboot, and will install the latest version of the operating system, up to date with all patches.
Meanwhile, some macOS 10.12.4 users have been complaining of stuttering or distorted audio with USB headsets.

Apple sticking with climate change fight despite Trump administration regulation loosening — Apple, Google, and Microsoft have banded together with a number of major corporations in the United States keeping to their pledges to combat climate change, despite actions by President Donald Trump to try and free companies from constraints in environmental policies put in place by the Obama administration. [The Trumpians seem more intent on simply repealing anything Obama touched than doing any actual governance,] In January this year, Apple was named the most environmentally-friendly technology platform company for the third consecutive year.

MBLM names Apple the ‘most intimate brand’ for 2017 — Apple has been named “the most intimate brand” according to the 2017 Brand Intimacy Survey by MBLM, a consulting, branding, experience and technology company. The rest of the top 10 were Disney, Amazon, Harley Davidson, Netflix, Nintendo, Samsung, Whole Foods, BMW and Toyota. [One might wonder if a new line of Apple-branded intimate products may follow.]

Apple’s USB-C Adapter discounts about to end — If you’ve been procrastinating on buying those USB-C adapters for your new Touch Bar MacBook Pro it’s time to get motivated because Apple’s discounts are about to end. The discounts are available through March 31st, which means you need to buy yours now before the prices go up.

Adobe research creates AI tool for transferring image styles between photographs — Users of Adobe’s image editing software may see a new creative option added to the tools in the future, thanks to artificial intelligence research conducted by Adobe and Cornell University that can make changes to a photograph by transferring the style and other elements from another source.

iOS 10.3 saves space, iTunes U annotations, Chump iPhone, Facebook Location, find your AirPods

Apple’s iOS 10.3 update can reclaim as much as 7.8GB of available storage — While the feature enhancements of new OS updates generally take up more of your available storage, Apple’s latest iOS 10.3 update has freed up gigabytes of available storage for many users making the upgrade.

Apple updates iTunes U for iOS with photo annotations, video messages — Apple on Tuesday updated iTunes U with a handful of new features, including improved annotation options and ways of sharing and accessing media.

Despite his prior calls for an Apple boycott, Trump is still using a new iPhone to tweet — President Donald Trump is the proud owner of a new iPhone. America’s commander-in-chief is now confirmed to be tweeting from a device he called on supporters to boycott during last year’s campaign, citing the tech giant’s refusal to cooperate with authorities investigating the San Bernardino shootings.
White House director of social media, and senior advisor to Trump, Dan Scavino Jr took to Twitter Tuesday night to reveal the president’s smartphone buy.

How to use Facebook Messenger’s new Live Location feature on iPhone — Facebook this week introduced Live Location to its Messenger app for iOS, letting people temporarily track each other when trying to rendezvous. Here’s how to make use of the feature on your iPhone.

Using Find My AirPods in iOS 10.3 — iOS 10.3 includes the new Find My AirPods feature, and here’s how you’ll use this fine new ability.

Highest stock, energy efficiency, iCloud analytics, Jumsoft Money, Night Shift

Apple has added a way to opt out of iCloud analytics in macOS Sierra

Apple’s stock price hits new record ($143.80) — Apple’s stock price hit a new record of $143.80 today, topping the US$1000 per share pre-split benchmark. If it keeps pace for the remainder of the week it will beat the company’s old market capitalisation record.

Apple triples supplier sites working in energy efficiency program — Apple tripled the number of its supplier sites in its Energy Efficiency Program, according to the newly released 2017 Progress Report on Supplier Responsibility. That report also included highlights on its goal of UL Zero Waste to Landfill, and responsibly sourcing minerals. We’ve gathered the highlights below.

You can opt out of sharing iCloud Analytics in macOS Sierra 10.12.4 — Apple quietly added a new privacy control tool in macOS Sierra 10.12.4 that allows you to opt out of sharing iCloud Analytics data. While I’m OK with the way Apple collects such data, this is how to control what you send so you can decide.

Jumsoft money for Mac (and iOS) — Money is an easy tool to keep track of your financial life on all your macOS and iOS devices: everything from daily transactions to long-term investments. The new version, Money 5, is available with a 50% early-bird discount for a limited time.

How to use Night Shift in macOS Sierra — macOS Sierra 10.12.4, introduced this week, added Night Shift, a feature brought over from iOS. It helps you reduce the amount of blue light you’re exposed to during the evening by shifting the display of a Mac to a more yellow tone, which is supposed to help you sleep.


iOS 10.3 saves space, more Wifi calling, find those 32-bit apps

(Image from Apple NZ’s iOS 10.3 page)

iOS 10.3 can save you some serious storage space — One of the main features of iOS 10.3 is the new Apple File System. Apple needed a new more modern file system and Apple File System should suffice for years to come and brings a common file system to all Apple products from the Mac to the Apple Watch. (The Mac will receive this updated file system later this year.)
Before iOS 10.3 Marty Edwards had 210.26 GB free on his iPhone. A few hours later Marty had gained about 5GB and by the next morning available space was up to 222.1 GB.

Apple extends VoLTE & Wi-Fi iPhone calling to more carriers in UK, Russia & other countries — With the release of iOS 10.3 on Monday, Apple has also extended Wi-Fi and VoLTE (voice-over-LTE) calling to more carriers worldwide, most notably enabling both options for the U.K. branch of O2.
Wi-Fi calling, enabled through the Phone menu in the iOS Settings app, may be particularly important to some iPhone owners. On its own it can improve call quality, but in some cases calls can also be redirected to Macs, iPads, iPods, and Apple Watches associated with the same Apple ID, even if the iPhone itself isn’t nearby.

How to identify all the 32-bit apps installed on your iPhone running iOS 10.3 — The day is rapidly approaching where Apple will just disallow 32-bit apps from running on iOS, maybe as soon as iOS 11. AppleInsider shows you how to identify which apps installed on your iPhone are 32-bit – and points out some problems that Apple needs to rectify before that day comes.

Password protection for Apple apps, Enterprise features in macOS, app-specific iCloud passwords, video apps

Two video editors were released today

Password protection comes to Pages, Numbers, Keynotes on Mac-iOS-iCloud — Apple has updated its suite of iWork apps across macOS, iOS and iCloud web apps. The feature that stands out the most is the ability to add password protection to your documents using Touch ID. Until now, Notes was the only document-related app in the Default Apps ecosystem that enabled secure notes. The macOS updates can be downloaded through the Mac App Store, while iOS updates are on the App Store. The iCloud versions were also updated, on Apple’s end.
Mac Observer tells you how to use this feature.

macOS 10.12.3 added enterprise features — New enterprise features include the tethered-caching command, which optimises certain downloads for iOS devices tethered via USB.
macOS 10.12.3 updates the security command to include the delete-identity option, which deletes both a certificate and its private key from a keychain; updates the profiles command to include the -N flag, which displays a device-enrollment notification that prompts the user to complete Mobile Device Management (MDM) enrollment; fixes an issue that causes notebook computers connected to certain docking stations to display a blank screen instead of the macOS login window on the built-in display; fixes an issue that causes a newly changed user-account password to be rejected at the macOS login window, if FileVault is turned on and adds the ability to automatically renew certain certificates delivered via a configuration profile.
It also includes numerous Xsan fixes. But hey, it also added Siri support for cricket sports scores and statistics for Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council.

Creating an App-Specific Password for iCloud in macOS — With the threat from a group of hackers to wipe out thousands of iCloud accounts, securing those accounts has become even more important. Users have been urged to change their iCloud passwords. Once you enable two-factor authentication, though, you might notice certain third-party apps asking for an App-Specific Password. Here’s the process of setting one.

MacVideo Promo launches free video editor for macOS — MacVideo Promo, a promotion company that offers exclusive deals on tools for Mac video editors, is giving away Media 100 Suite 2.1.8, the latest version of its video editing software for macOS.
It provides output for tape and file-based workflows. Editors can edit in Media 100 and export their Media 100 timeline to Adobe After Effects for finishing. In addition, Boris RED is included for integrated transitions and titling on the Media 100 timeline. This video introduces the software, although in this it says the video is only free for 15 days.

Corduroy Code debuts new video player/editor for the Mac — Corduroy Code has debuted Videoloupe, a video player and editor for macOS. It’s designed to bridge the gap between basic video players and professional editing suites.
Videoloupe provides a mix of playback controls, editing tools and export options. Features like track removal, lossless trimming and watermarking can be performed without the need of a complicated timeline editor or the hassle of dealing with projects, according to Kenny Carruthers, founder of Corduroy Code and developer of Videoloupe.
Videoloupe requires macOS 10.12 or newer. It normally costs US$29.99 (about NZ$43). However, in celebration of its release, Corduroy Code is offering users 25% off the normal retail price (down to NZ$33). Enter the coupon code VL25LAUNCH at the time of purchase to receive the discount. This is a limited time offer that expires on April 9.

iOS 10.3 with new file structure, new watchOS, tvOS, Britain and encryption, iOS courses

(Image from Apple NZ)

Apple Ships iOS 10.3 with Find My AirPods, More Siri, Apple File System, more — Apple has shipped iOS 10.3, a significant update to the company’s mobile operating system. Major features include the ability to find your AirPods under Find My iPhone; new Siri integration with third party apps; new CarPlay features, including daily curated playlists from Apple Music; and perhaps most importantly, the official rollout of Apple File System (APFS).
iOS 10.3 is a 613.7MB download as an over-the-air update on iPhone 7 [which means you need to stay in a secure wifi zone while you do so and can’t leave till it’s finished, for best results], or a 2.39GB download through iTunes for an iPhone 7 [in other words, you run the update via a Mac or PC plugged in directly via an iPhone USB Charge Cable – a faster and preferable way to update iDevices, in my opinion]. 
iOS 10.3 introduces new features including the ability to locate AirPods using Find My iPhone and more ways to use Siri with payment, ride booking and carmaker apps.
Find My iPhone
• View the current or last known location of your AirPods
• Play a sound on one or both AirPods to help you find them
• Support for paying and checking status of bills with payment apps
• Support for scheduling with ride booking apps
• Support for checking car fuel level, lock status, turning on lights and activating horn with carmaker apps
• Cricket scores and statistics for Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council
• Shortcuts in the status bar for easy access to last used apps
• Apple Music Now Playing screen gives access to Up Next and the currently playing song’s album
• Daily curated playlists and new music categories in Apple Music
Other improvements and fixes
• Rent once and watch your iTunes films across your devices
• New Settings unified view for your Apple ID account information, settings and devices
• Hourly weather in Maps using 3D Touch on the displayed current temperature
• Support for searching “parked car” in Maps
• Calendar adds the ability to delete an unwanted invite and report it as junk
• Home app support to trigger scenes using accessories with switches and buttons
• Home app support for accessory battery level status
• Podcasts support for 3D Touch and Today widget to access recently updated shows
• Podcast shows or episodes are shareable to Messages with full playback support
• Fixes an issue that could prevent Maps from displaying your current location after resetting Location & Privacy
• VoiceOver stability improvements for Phone, Safari and Mail
For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website.

watchOS 3.2 adds Theater Mode and SiriKit — The former lets Apple Watch owners disable the “rise to wake” function on the watch, but still notify them with haptic feedback of notifications without illuminating the watch display.
SiriKit enables apps to work with Siri, Apple’s “personal digital assistant,” so users can get things done with content and services using just their voice. In addition to extending Siri’s support for messaging, photo search and phone calls to more apps, SiriKit also adds support for new services, including ride booking and personal payments.
You can upgrade to watchOS 3.2 via the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

tvOS 10.2 — This update provides an accelerated scrolling feature to the Siri remote so you can scroll through lists of content faster. The OS update also adds the TV app, which is designed to offer a unified experience for discovering and accessing TV shows and movies from multiple apps on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. It provides one place to access TV shows and movies, as well as a place to discover new content to watch.

To upgrade your Apple TV (and you’ll need the fourth-generation of the set-top box), go to the Settings menu, selecting System, Software Updates, then Update Software.

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd sayssmartphone apps can’t offer unbreakable encryption — Following last week’s terrorist attack in London, British Home Secretary Amber Rudd has told the BBC that Apple can’t allow apps on its online stores that offer unbreakable encryption.
It was revealed that Khalid Masood accessed WhatsApp two minutes before running into a crowd pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in a rented car, killing three of them, then fatally stabbing a police officer guarding the Houses of Parliament.

Lifetime all-access pass to iOS Online Courses for US$69 — One of the more popular providers of iOS game and app development online training is iOS Online Courses, and we’ve teamed with them to bring you one heck of a deal. For just $69 (about NZ$98), you’ll get lifetime access to the iOS Online Courses library of tutorials, which is continually growing and upgrading.

WWDC Lottery open, macOS 10.12.4, digital rights, Live Home 3D Pro, Cook Trumps, SSD Health Check

Design your house in 3D on your Mac at 64% discount

Apple opens developer lottery registration for WWDC 2017 tickets — Starting immediately and extending through Friday morning, developers can now sign up for the ticket lottery for Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose.
Developers can now register for the WWDC 2017 lottery for the chance to attend this year’s show. Winners will be randomly selected and will have the opportunity to buy tickets to the conference, which will be held June 5 through 9 at the McEnery Convention Center.

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 — Apple has released macOS Sierra 10.12.4 after weeks of public and developer beta testing. macOS 10.12.4 brings iOS’s Night Shift mode to the Mac, allowing users to cut down on blue light exposure. It also includes Shanghainese dictation support, cricket scores for Siri, and PDFKit improvements.
The update can be downloaded using the Software Update function in the Mac App Store, and requires a full restart.
The best way to do this is: first, make sure you have a recent backup – preferably Time Machine – then run the update, restart (the system will do this automatically), open the Utilities folder in the Applications folder, open Disk Utility (this is Apple software), select your hard drive on the left, click the First Aid tab, run First Aid, and when it’s finished (this could take 20 minutes) restart again.
This is the most reliable way to update macOS system software.

Apple ranks seventh in annual Ranking Digital Rights survey — The annual Ranking Digital Rights survey is funded by the Open Technology Institute, a think tank focused on online and technological issues. The latest has found companies like Apple, Google and Facebook still score much better on privacy and free expression issues than, for instance, China’s Baidu and Russia’s Yandex. South Korean companies also scored much higher than those in China and Russia, where strict laws heavily monitor and censor Internet use. Apple ranked seventh among the 12 Internet and mobile ecosystem companies evaluated with a score of 35 (out o 100).

Live Home 3D Pro for Mac at US$24.99 — Check out Live Home 3D Pro for Mac, which helps you build from the ground up something as simple as a shed or living room or a complete sky scraper. You can design 2D floor plans, too – check out the deal listing for all the features. It’s US$24.99 (about NZ$35.50) through the Mac Observer’s deal: 64% off retail.

CEO Tim Cook to help advise new Office of American Innovation — President Trump will unveil a new White House office, the Office of American Innovation, today with “sweeping authority to overhaul the federal bureaucracy and fulfill key campaign promises, such as reforming care for veterans and fighting opioid addiction, by harvesting ideas from the business world and, potentially, privatizing some government functions,” reports the Washington Post. And Apple CEO Tim Cook will be involved. [I feel sick.]

Apple releases Supplier Responsibility report, showing solid progress — Apple today released its annual Supplier Responsibility report, publishing insights into how well its manufacturing partners treat workers and the environment. For 2016, the report shows that compliance with the 60-hour maximum work week for employees is up to 98% – the highest level ever. [Until the news above, anyway. Hey, soon slave labour will be legal.]

B-Eng launches SSD Health Check for NVMe for MacBook Pro — B-Eng has announced SSD Health Check for NVMe, a hard drive utility for macOS. It delivers data and insights for NVMe Solid State Drives that are built in the newest generation of Apple’s MacBook Pro.
This utility can alert you when your solid state disk is in a critical state or reaches other critical limits, such as operating temperature, unexpected power losses, power cycles and more. According to Christian Schaffner, general manager of B-Eng, SSD Health Check for NVMe is able to deliver statistics that no other app is able to provide.
The app requires macOS 10.12 or later. SSD Health Check for NVMe is US$4.99 and can be purchased from B-Eng online. [Of course, you need a Mac with SSD, not one with a traditional hard drive.]

(Product)Red iPhone available, Beijing overturns iPhone 6 ruling

(Image from Apple Inc)

Apple begins sales of (Product)Red iPhone 7, $329 iPad, 32 & 128GB iPhone SE — After a brief outage, the Apple online store is back online, and is now selling the (Product)Red iPhone 7 [the 128GB is NZ$200 more than a 128GB iPhone 7: that’s NZ$1399 instead of $1199!], iPad, 32 & 128GB iPhone SE, all of which were announced last week.
The RED colour, available for the phone for the first time, is available in capacities of 128 and 256 gigabytes. While the back of the handset is red, the Apple logo on the back remains silver, and the front bezel is white.

Beijing court overturns ruling against Apple’s iPhone 6 — A Beijing court has overturned a 2016 ruling that Apple’s iPhone 6 violated a Chinese manufacturer’s patent, according to the South China Morning Post (as noted by MacRumors). The court ruled that the features of the iPhone 6 “completely change[d] the effect of the entire product” and made both phones “easily distinguishable in the eyes of consumers.”


Apple respond to WikiLeaks, security and more security, Word malware back, Star Wars Rogue One, GameMaker for Mac

GameMaker Studio for Mac will soon be available, and suits beginners and experts

Apple has responded to the latest WikiLeaks CIA document dump, saying the iPhone and Mac exploits have been fixed — Apple issued a statement in response to Thursday’s WikiLeaks release of CIA-gathered iPhone and Mac exploits, saying a preliminary assessment reveals the vulnerabilities to be years old and long since patched.
Apple says an iPhone exploit detailed in the purported CIA documents impacts iPhone 3G, a device released in 2008. Apple fixed the security hole that same year. Mac vulnerabilities appear to be more recent, dating back to 2013, but have also been fixed. The full statement is at TechCrunch.

Feel more secure — Not convinced? GeekLab on the MacObserver has a podcast you can listen to at this link which will make you more secure about your security. Further, the Turkish Crime Family’s list of iCloud logins looks to be at least two years old, so if you haven’t changed your password more recently than that, it’s time to do so right now. This is your Apple ID password, please note, so it effects your transactions with Apple via iTunes, iBooks, the App stores (Mac and iOS) and also houses your Contacts list and other precious data, and any documents in iCloud Drive. Someone having your iCloud login would also be able to locate all your devices on a map.
This article tells you how to change your Apple ID/iCloud password. And while we’re at it, Microsoft Word macro malware has reared its ugly head yet again, and this time automatically adapts attack techniques for macOS or Windows.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is now available on iTunes — From March 24th, and that means you can finally buy Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on Apple’s iTunes Store. (So we New Zealanders actually had this from two days ago) Rogue One details the events leading up to the original Star Wars movie and follows the Rebels tasked with stealing the Death Star plans from the Empire. The movie is available in HD and SD, and includes plenty of extras. You can get your copy for US/NZ$19.99. [Or you could be like me, a sci-fi heretic fan who thinks the entire SW franchise is crap, while Alien, Serenity, Blade Runner and The Fifth Element take the cake.]

GameMaker Studio 2 for Mac in Closed Beta — GameMaker Studio 2 from YoYo Games has entered into a closed beta for macOS. It lets developers easily create video games for mobile, console and desktop. It also features a Drag and Drop system (DnD) that lets people with limited coding skills use it too. Available already for Windows, GameMaker Studio 2 for Mac will bring these tools to Mac developers, too.

The Apocalypticon ~ AI no threat, FBI and Russia, GIF assault, tech Phishing scams, US Army laser, post-apocalyptic meds

AI no job threat — The president’s top economic advisor just said he had no worries about robots putting people out of work. “In terms of artificial intelligence taking over the jobs, I think we’re so far away from that that it’s not even on my radar screen,” Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told an audience in Washington. “I think it’s 50 or 100 more years.”
~ Did he also say “I are an idiot”? Good to see the President is surrounding himself which such stellar brains, right? 

The FBI has been investigating Trump’s Russian ties since July — Nine months since the earliest of those hacker intrusions into the Democrat National Committee came to light, the FBI has confirmed it’s been investigating possible connections between Trump’s campaign and the Russian government. Since July 2016.
~ No rush, then. 

Tweeted GIF ‘assault with a deadly weapon’ — A Texas grand jury charged a Maryland man with “aggravated assault with a deadly weapon” after authorities say he tweeted an animated flashing GIF designed to trigger Newsweek journalist Kurt Eichenwald’s epilepsy last year, “immediately” causing him to have a seizure.


Even tech nerds click on Phishing scams sometimes — The FBI suspects a phishing email is how the Russian hackers who were indicted this week got into Yahoo. Ditto for the breach of the Democratic National Committee, and the Sony Pictures hack. In fact, there’s currently a Gmail phishing scam going around that even super savvy techies are falling for.
You can increase your chances of avoiding phishing scams if you follow these three steps and, above all, remember that when it comes to your email you can’t really trust anything.

Only ending global warming will save the Great Barrier Reef — Research authored by 46 scientists and published in Nature raises serious questions about Australia’s long-term conservation plan for its famous reef, which invests heavily in lifting water quality but is silent on climate-change action.
“With rising temperatures due to global warming, it’s only a matter of time before we see more of these events. ”

US Army finally gets a laser — Lockheed is now preparing to ship a well-tested laser weapon system to the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command in Huntsville, Alabama. Lockheed’s powerful directed energy laser is now sufficiently light-weight, low volume and reliable enough to be deployed on tactical vehicles for defensive applications on land, at sea and in the air…
~ Makes us all feel safe, right? 

Post apocalyptic antimicrobial resistance — When the bacteria found on the walls of Lechuguilla were analyzed, many of the microbes were determined not only to have resistance to natural antibiotics like penicillin, but also to synthetic antibiotics that did not exist on earth until the second half of the twentieth century. As infectious disease specialist Brad Spellberg put it in the New England Journal of Medicine, “These results underscore a critical reality: antibiotic resistance already exists, widely disseminated in nature, to drugs we have not yet invented.”
~ So that’s good news, for a change.