Past 800 billion, MacStadium, sleep tracker, hiding apps, Microsoft Visual Studio, Mafia 3, keyboard shortcuts

The game Mafia 3 will be available from tomorrow, but needs a pretty high-end Mac

Apple becomes first US firm to cross $800B market cap threshold — After achieving a market capitalisation above $800 billion in after-hours trading on Monday, Apple on Tuesday became the first US company in history to cross that market value border on a closing basis.

MacStadium, a Mac hosting company, announces growth capital investment — MacStadium, a Mac hosting authority and only provider of Mac Pro private cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (“IaaS”), has received a growth equity investment led by Summit Partners, with participation from Noro-Moseley Partners. With operations in Atlanta, Georgia, Las Vegas, Nevada and Dublin, Ireland, the company has deployed more than 10,000 Mac minis and Mac Pros and serves more than 2500 customers.

Apple just bought a sleep tracking company — Apple is, at last, getting into the sleep tracking business. 9to5Mac reported that Apple purchased Beddit, a firm that makes sleep-tracking hardware and apps for Apple’s iPhone and Apple Watch.
Sleep tracking is one area of health data that Apple has heretofore shied away from. Apple Watch, for instance, doesn’t track your sleep out of the box, in keeping with Apple’s position that Apple Watch is designed to be charged at night.

Working smarter with Mac windows by playing Hide and Show —  Many work with a dozen or more apps running at any time, and most of them have more than one open window or tab. So, at any moment there are at least a dozen windows. So managing windows efficiently makes it a lot easier, and the easiest way to eliminate everything except what you’re working on is to hide everything except what you’re working on.
There are a couple of ways you can do it: the Hide and Hide Others commands in the Application menu (the one bearing the app’s name).

Microsoft launches Visual Studio 2017 for macOS — Microsoft has released Visual Studio 2017 for Mac. It’s a new member of the Visual Studio family, enabling developers on macOS (10.11 and higher) to build apps for mobile, web, and cloud with Xamarin and .NET Core, as well as games with Unity.

Mafia 3 blasts onto the Mac tomorrow — Aspyr has confirmed the final release date for Mafia 3’s Mac version. It’s coming tomorrow, )northern May 11th), and will support Apple’s Metal API (application programming interface).
Metal is a core graphics technology that gives apps near-direct access to the GPU [graphics processing unit]. This means faster and more efficient rendering performance across the system. Metal bypasses the OpenGL framework — which on macOS is slooow, dragging high-end Mac apps and games down in comparison to their Windows counterparts. Apple must ensure that Metal doesn’t lose its momentum.

Keyboard shortcuts are faster than reaching for the mouse — This is another skill recommended in the first chapter of Dr Macintosh (1989) and still he still recommends it to this day [as do I]. That skill is reducing your dependence on the mouse/trackpad.