Isabel Ge Mahe for China, macOS iTunes & Logic updates, dual-screen wallpapers, machine learning, dev tools, ChapterWork, Transmit 5, MacStock

Apple appoints Isabel Ge Mahe as managing director of Greater China  — Apple has named vice president of wireless technologies Isabel Ge Mahe as managing director of Greater China, where she will report to CEO Tim Cook and COO Jeff Williams. Under the newly created role, Apple said in a prepared statement that Mahe will lead and coordinate Apple’s team in China.
Mahe was born in Shenyang, Liaoning, and is fluent in Mandarin. She earned both Bachelor and Master of Electrical Engineering degrees from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia and holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, where she also serves as an industry advisor to the school’s EE/CS department.

Apple Releases Security Updates for OS X Yosemite and El Capitan — Apple has released security updates for OS X Yosemite and OS X El Capitan. Apple’s patch notes for both updates specify only that, “Security Update 2017-003 is recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X.”

Logic Pro X gets more Drummer options, Alchemy enhancements — Apple has updated Logic Pro X, its digital audio workstation, with a group of new features as well as various bugfixes. The upgraded software includes extra “Pop,” “Songwriter,” and “Latin” Drummers, according to Apple. New Drummer loops can be added to a song and tweaked using performance controls. The free update is available via the Mac App Store.

Apple Releases iTunes 12.6.2 for Mac as a maintenance release — Apple has released iTunes 12.6.2. It’s a maintenance release, with Apple’s patch notes saying only, “This update includes minor app and performance improvements.”

Twelve South providing free Charleston-themed dual-screen Mac wallpapers — Charleston, SC is not only the home of Apple accessory design shop Twelve South, but a city that’s often listed in compilations of the most beautiful cities of the world. Twelve South is giving all of us who aren’t privileged to live in Charleston to share in its beauty through the release of three dual-screen Mac wallpaper sets.

Apple allows publicity, transparency for in-house researchers with new Machine Learning Journal — Apple has launched a new machine learning sub-site written by Apple engineers discussing techniques in use for better results and to assist burgeoning developers in the field.

Apple rolls out new developer tools to aid in subscription retention — Apple has announced the launch of server notifications and enhanced receipts for subscriptions, including auto-renewable subscriptions, tools that provide actionable information for retaining paying users.

ChapterWork for macOS simplifies work on chapter tracks, markers in digital movies — einstein’s legacy’s ChapterWork is a macOS utility for working with chapter tracks and markers in digital movies. It provides a simple, but effective, graphic interface for creating, updating and internationalizing chapter tracks in your visual masterpieces. [I believe einstein’s legacy’s name, at least, is under-capitalised.] ChapterWork requires macOS 10.9 or higher and is available for NZ$29.99/US$19.99 from the Mac App Store.

Panic Releases Transmit 5 File Transfer Utility for Mac, Supports Panic Sync and Cloud Services — Panic announced the release of Transmit 5, seven years after the release of version 4 of its popular file transfer app. New features include support for Panic Sync and 10 cloud services.

New Mac conference — Newcomer Macstock Conference and Expo aims to have something for everyone. The Mac Observer‘s staff ventured this past weekend to Crystal Lake, Illinois for Macstock 2017. Good times were had by all.