Mac Pro upgrade, UltraFine, Microsoft alternatives, Keychain in Safari, Time Capsule upgrade, Smartflash verdict, Transgender support, Ar, tax software

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MCE ships 1TB PCIe-based SSD upgrade for the Mac Pro — MCE Technologies (MCE) is shipping what it says is the world’s fastest 1TB Internal PCIe-based SSD Upgrade for the Mac Pro (late 2013). Based on 4-Lane PCIe bandwidth, the MCE 1TB SSD Upgrade features read speeds of up to 1400MB/sec and write speeds of up to 1150MB/s. All necessary tools to perform the installation, an illustrated installation guide, and drive cloning software are included. The MCE 1TB Internal SSD upgrade costs US$699 (about NZ$990) and is available for immediate shipment. [The company has a range of upgrades for different Macs.]

Apple fulfilling LG UltraFine 5K display orders quicker than expected, some arrive today — A multitude of reports claim that a LG UltraFine 5K order placed as recently as a week ago will be shipped much earlier than expected, with some people expecting the order as soon as this afternoon.

Ditch Redmond with ehese Microsoft Office alternatives for Mac — When I made the move from Windows to OS X (now macOS) back in 2007, I wanted to leave Microsoft behind entirely. It’s easy to leave Windows behind, once you get used to the Mac way. Microsoft Office is a different beast altogether, since it’s so engrained in our connected society. I quickly learned, and you will too, that there are several great Microsoft Office alternatives for Mac users.

How to use Keychain in macOS Sierra’s Safari — iCloud Keychain keeps the website login information and credit card information you use with AutoFill in Safari on macOS Sierra (and iOS). The Wi-Fi network information up to date across all your Macs running macOS 0.9 or later) and iOS devices running iOS 7.0.3 or later.

Apple Time Capsule lives on with third-party antenna, 5TB hard drive update — Upgrade vendor Quickertek has upgraded stock Apple 802.11ac 2-terabyte Time Capsules with larger hard drives and a high-gain external antenna in a bid to keep the hardware relevant —but the enhancements come at a price.
The base upgrade replaces the stock hard drive in the Time Capsule with a 5TB hard drive. An upgraded unit retails for US$499 through the QuickerTek website.

Court tosses out jury verdict against Apple and for Smartflash — A federal appeals court has tossed a jury verdict that had required Apple to pay $533 million to Smartflash, a patent holding company (which some might calla a “patent troll”), which claims that claimed the Cupertino, California-based company’s iTunes software infringed its data storage patents, reports Reuters.

Apple among corporations supporting transgender student in Supreme Court case — Apple and 52 other major US corporations have signed a legal brief in support of Gavin Grimm, a transgender student whose case involving public bathroom usage rights is being heard by the Supreme Court.

As Apple invests heavily in AR, Microsoft plans ‘mixed reality’ support for Xbox, Windows — Microsoft apparently sees the same market potential for augmented and virtual reality as Apple CEO Tim Cook, and will include support for “mixed reality” in future Windows and Xbox updates in conjunction with future headsets heralded by the new Mixed Reality Development Edition headset.
Recent rumours claim Apple is working with optics manufacturer Carl Zeiss on a specialized AR headset that could debut at some point in 2017. Other rumors suggest that that Apple will first integrate AR hardware and software into a future iPhone model before introducing a wearable display.

Survivor’s guide to taxes: the best tax software for Macs — Tax Day 2017 falls on Tuesday, April 18 this year, and although taxpayers get a few extra days to file, you’ll need the right tools to get the job done. AppleInsider is rounding up the best tax prep software and filing tools to not only meet, but beat the deadline.