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.]