iCloud.com goes dynamic, Mac Pro rumour, Foxconn, Interact Scratchpad, Dok malware, Apple Car

iCloud.com gets dynamic wallpaper — OK, not exactly big news, but iCloud.com, which has displayed a static, blue-to-yellow gradient background for the past three years, now has a dynamic wallpaper on both the login (above) and home screens.
Check it out: go to http://www.icloud.com (if you want to log in, use your email associate with your Apple ID, and your Apple ID password – this is where you can carry out lots of iCloud tasks online, using any browser and device, so remember to log out afterwards if you’re not using your own gear).

Apple Mac Pro From fad to a monster graphics platform — In 2008, the venerable cheese grater Mac Pro was designed for Apple customers who needed high-end performance and expandability. In 2013, Apple shifted gears and saw the Mac Pro as an iconic desktop system with great performance if one shared the company’s vision for both industrial design and OpenCL.
“Now, it appears that Apple sees the Mac Pro as a platform that will support its future initiatives. Can Apple hold to that pattern? That abiding faith in high end computation and visualization? A new trademark filing suggests Apple now sees the light.”
[This is definitely a rumour, not a fact, and also sounds like wishful thinking.]

Trump to meet with Foxconn chairman Terry Gou, report says — Terry Gou, chairman of Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn, will reportedly meet with President Donald Trump in Washington, DC, on Thursday, where the pair are likely to discuss US job creation and a pending bid for Toshiba’s chip business. [I predict they will get on well – they’re not that dissimilar, unfortunately.]

Interact Scratchpad 1.0.2 brings refined contact data mining to macOS — Interact Scratchpad does one thing, but it does it really well. Interact Scratchpad lets you paste or write every detail you can think of for a contact and pops it all into the right places. So forget clicking in the Job Title section of Contacts and writing CEO, Interact Scratchpad recognises what’s a job, what’s a company, who’s a person.
Interact Scratchpad 1.0.2 for the Mac requires OS X 10.11 or higher and costs NZ$7.49/US$4.99 on the Mac App Store.

New ‘Dok’ malware targets Macs using signed Apple developer certificate — A new strain of malware targeting Mac users is attempting to slip past defenses through a phishing scheme and a signed Apple developer certificate — though in practice, it may still not pose much of a threat even though it’s the first “major scale” malware directed at Mac owners through a “coordinated email phishing campaign”.

Apple’s self-driving testbed spotted in Silicon Valley — Apple’s self-driving technology testbed, an optimized Lexus RX450h SUV bristling with an array of advanced sensors, was spotted driving on Silicon Valley roads on Thursday, offering the first real-world look at the company’s highly secretive autonomous vehicle project.


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