Mac fidget spinners, net neutrality, China data, 1Password irks, Purley Xeon, Quark, repair your own HD, new Safari Tech Preview


Imaginative Mac consultant repurposes old Apple gear as spinners, lamps, and more — Gary Katz is the proprietor of MacM.D., Inc. and an Apple consultant out of Overland Park, KS. When he’s not helping clients set up or fix Macs and iOS devices or playing in his band Conviction, he’s taking bits and pieces from old Apple gear and turning them into amazing furniture and toys.

Amazon, Google, Microsoft & Spotify among companies pushing Day of Action for net neutrality — A group of 40 technology companies has launched a Day of Action designed to encourage feedback to the US Federal Communications Commission in support of net neutrality regulations – which are opposed by Trump-appointed chairman Ajit Pai, as well as internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon.

Apple opens first China data centre to comply with country’s cybersecurity rules — Apple on Wednesday announced the activation of its first data centre in China, which is being operated in cooperation with a local internet firm to ensure compliance with the country’s strict cybersecurity laws.

1Password irks security experts in push toward cloud-based vaults — Over the weekend, a number of security researchers recently took to Twitter to voice their displeasure at AgileBits’ decision to push its popular password management service 1Password away from local credential storage to a cloud-based option.

Intel announces ‘Purley’ Xeon processors, possibly destined for Apple’s iMac Pro — Intel has taken the wraps off of its Purley series of Xeon processors, and it appears that there are a few candidates for possible processors that could be included in Apple’s iMac Pro, slated to launch this December.

Quark acquired by Parallax Capital Partners — The new owners intend to help Quark accelerate the adoption of its transformational content automation solutions through investment in organic growth and acquisitions, the companies said in a joint statement. [Er, what?] Details of the acquisition haven’t been released. Quark was founded in Denver, Colorado in 1981 and is best known to Mac users as the company behind the Quark XPress desktop publishing software which competed mostly with PageMaker and, in its early days, InDesign before lapsing into obscurity.

How to repair a disk using macOS Sierra’s Disk Utility — You can use the Apple Disk Utility app in macOS Sierra [and in previous versions of macOS] to repair a variety of problems. Here’s how to repair the disk that started up your Mac.

Apple releases Safari Technology Preview 35 with speed improvements and more — Apple just released Safari Technology Preview 35, a developer-oriented release that is also open to the public. This release includes performance improvements, as well as a host of bug fixes, tweaks, and other changes.
Safari Technology Preview 35 is available for download [free, for everybody, but do note this is a Beta so still in development – but it does not replace your existing Safari] in both macOS Sierra and for those beta release users of macOS High Sierra. Users who have already installed it will find this and future updates in Software Update on the Mac App Store.

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