Last Jedi on an Apple IIc, good place to work, NVIDIA Vega, Windows users eye Mac, Madrid on Maps, school struggles with Apple prices


The Last Jedi trailer recreated on an Apple IIc — Professional illustrator Wahyu Ichwandardi has to be about the coolest Star Wars fan around [not exactly a challenge!] right now because he painstakingly recreated the Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer on an Apple IIc. He used the ancient Apple computer, Dazzle Draw, and a KoalaPad – state of the art for graphic design in 1984.

Apple is number six on third dream job lists — Google is the number one dream employer for high-achieving teenagers in the first generation of digital natives, according to the National Society of High School Scholars’ (NSHSS) 2017 career interest survey. Apple places sixth on the list.
And Universum Global, an employer branding company, has announced their 9th annual World’s Most Attractive Employers (WMAE) results from over 290,000 business and engineering/IT students from the world’s 12 largest economies. Apple ranks third on this list (in two categories). Last year it ranked second.

Actual testing on AMD Vega GPU destined for iMac Pro shows significant speed gains over Nvidia Titan Xp — Hands on testing performed by a PC enthusiast site shows Vega 64 GPUs like those found in a build-to-order configuration of forthcoming iMac Pro beat the Nvidia Titan Xp card in actual workflows similar to those expected to be handled by the pro-level Mac — and the Vega 56 should also slightly edge the Nvidia card.

Verto Analytics: lots of Windows users plan to go Mac — Verto Analytics just released the findings of a new study about who is most likely to switch from a Windows laptop/desktop to a Mac.
The analytics firm conducted a poll of current Windows owners (among US adults, aged 18 and above) and asked them if they planned to buy a Mac as their next computer (either laptop or desktop) in the next 6-24 months. Verto also asked current Mac owners about their intentions to switch to a Windows machine within the next 6-24 months.
Nearly all (98% or more) current Mac owners intend to stay with Macs as their next computer. However, nearly 21% of current Windows laptop owners and 25% of current Windows desktop owners responded that they intend to switch to a Mac within the next six months.
[This kind of ransomeware thing probably helps – thank goodness Auckland’s port canes are run by macOS!

Apple enables Maps Transit directions in Madrid — Apple this week activated Transit directions in Madrid, Spain, offering users in the area access to local bus, train and metro travel data.

A Maine school district struggles with Apple’s notebook pricing — Recently the Mac Observer got an email from Peter KE Robinson, Technology Director, Auburn School Department in Auburn Maine. He had been listening with interest to the TMO Daily Observations Podcast and the associated, written articles. In his experience, iPads don’t fully fit the requirements and the notebooks are simply too dear.

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