Third macOS Beta, Flash finally dead? More money, OmmWriter, Handy Note, country music, Adobe Nimbus leak, free apps


Apple deploys third public beta releases of macOS 10.13 High Sierra (and iOS 11 and tvOS 11) — Registered members of Apple’s public beta testing program now have a third pre-release build of iOS 11 and macOS 10.13 High Sierra available to download, arriving just a day after the fourth developer beta. macOS High Sierra includes improvements to Mail and Safari, more efficient file transfer performance, improved security, augmented and virtual reality support, new Siri voices, HEVC video support, and more.

Adobe announces end-of-life plans, will stop distribution in 2020 — Citing pressure from HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly, Adobe has announced that it will end development and distribution of Flash Player at the end of 2020, and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to open formats. [Apple has long been leery of Flash as buggy and a vector for malware.]

Credit Suisse: Apple will double its services revenue by 2020 — In a note to clients. Credit Suisse said Apple investors can expect the company to double revenue from its services segment by 2020.

Mac word processor gets you in The Zone — OmmWriter is a tool which makes it easier for you to concentrate. Based on a natural setting, it effectively insulates your mind from distractions and sets up a direct line between your thoughts and your words. Today sees the release of the new OmmWriter Gaia for Mac (a PC version is not yet available).

Virtual Stickies on your Mac — Handy Note is a finely crafted sticky note app that allows you to quickly jot down important information and keep it easily visible on your screen. It costs US$7.99.

Latest Apple Music ad uses motorcycles, patriotism & country star Brantley Gilbert — Apple’s latest promotional video for Apple Music, now online, takes a different tack from some other recent spots by featuring country singer Brantley Gilbert. [It looks and sounds like a cynical appeal to Trump supporters.]

Adobe accidentally leaks cloud-based ‘Nimbus’ photo editing tool for Mac — Adobe has accidentally let an early version of Project Nimbus, a primarily cloud-based photo editor, slip out to some Creative Cloud subscribers.

Another bundle, this time free  … Eight Mac apps comprises the MacLovin’ Freebie Bundle, and all you have to do is be signed up for the Apple World Today deals newsletter. [Photo Lemur is pretty amazing.]

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