Inside High Sierra: HEVC promises to keep quality high, file sizes low for videos, photos — Support for HEVC, also known as H.265, was announced at the WWDC Keynote by Apple Senior Vice President Craig Federighi. AppleInsider examines the technology from a user’s standpoint, said to be needed to keep 4K videos down to a manageable size. It’s not available yet, except to developers as a Beta, but High Sierra leaves Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 behind and the 2016 edition needs updating.
Microsoft strongly recommends that users back up existing data before trying the software. [This should be solved fairly quickly after High Sierra’s official release – Microsoft’s good at this stuff.]
Apple issues new US$1B bond to finance ‘green’ energy projects — Apple on Tuesday issued its second-ever “green” bond sale, valued at $1 billion, intended to fund the company’s renewable energy builds as well as other environmental efforts, like improved energy efficiency.
Tim Cook confirms Apple is working on self-driving car tech — Apple CEO Tim Cook has confirmed to Bloomberg that the company is developing self-driving car technology, which he calls a ‘core’ [lols] technology. The comments mark the first time Cook has discussed the long-rumoured “Apple Car” project publicly, though he was vague about any manufacturing plans. This involves a huge dollop of machine learning.
[I still think it could be something like an Apple TV: a hardware box that takes over an existing product. For example, Apple TV takes over any TV it can connect to, and cars increasingly have this kind of connectivity. Why make a car when so many companies already do?]
How to prepare your Mac for selling it — With all the newly announced Mac hardware, you may be considering selling your current hardware and splurging on some of the new stuff. If you’re getting ready to sell your Mac, you should make sure all your data is off of it before turning it over to another person. To do this, make sure that all of your data is backed up, then sign out of everything.
Someone is selling Mac malware on the Dark Web — Mac users beware: two pieces of dark web malware have been spotted on the dark web that target Macs. Their names are MacSpy and MacRansom. These two pieces of software were made by an unknown person who is marketing them as services. This means that the malware can be sold and then continuously supported and updated.
“So should you worry? Not really. Both malware products can be easily identified by most antivirus programs.”