Best loyalty, patent payment, TSA rules, Chrome update, 3 US plants, serious Siri, Safari Tech Preview, 1Password’s secret log, Verbose Mode, new USB spec


Apple ranks among ‘Best-in-Class’ brands for loyalty in new marketing study — Among major corporate brands, Apple has some of the highest loyalty and satisfaction rates with the US public, according to the results of a recent survey. Apple achieved a 91% loyalty score, and slightly lower satisfaction of 85%, said marketing firm Fluent.

Wisconsin court orders Apple pay $506M for infringing on WARF patent — A US district court judge on Monday ruled Apple must pay $506 million in damages for infringing on a microprocessor technology IP owned by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s patent licensing body, adding $272 million to an initial $234 decision reached almost two years ago.

New TSA rules will require airline travellers to remove Apple MacBooks and iPads from bags — In the coming weeks and months, travellers will no longer be able to keep small MacBook models or iPads in their bag when passing through security screenings, and will instead have to place them in a separate bin to be X-rayed, the US Transportation Security Administration announced on Wednesday.

Google Chrome browser update delivers support for MacBook Pro Touch Bar — Google on Tuesday released a new version of its Chrome web browser for Mac with support for Apple’s latest MacBook Pro with Touch Bar hardware, bringing a few crucial control options to the laptop’s OLED strip.

Apple will bring 3 manufacturing plants to US, President Trump reveals — Apple is apparently planning to build three manufacturing facilities in the US, President Donald Trump has announced, though such facilities are most likely to be through a partnership with Foxconn or some other assembly company.

Are you taking Siri-on-your-Mac Siri-ously? Robert LeVitus was surprised to discover many Mac users have no idea that Siri, Apple’s intelligent personal assistant, has been available on their Macs since the release of macOS Sierra nearly a year ago. “If you’re among them, may I suggest it’s about time you acquaint yourself with the joys of using Siri-on-your-Mac?”

Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 36 with 27 bug fixes and improvements — Apple released Safari Technology Preview 36 (Safari TP36) on Wednesday. Safari’s tech preview releases are aimed at developers, and are similar to the developer betas for macOS and iOS. This release includes some 27 different bug fixes and other improvements. [The previous version did not work on the Hight Sierra Public Beta.]

Find 1Password’s hidden log of past generated passwords — Did you know 1Password keeps a hidden log of every password it has generated?

How to start up in single-user mode or verbose mode in macOS Sierra — If you’re an advanced user who’s comfortable with UNIX, you can use single-user mode or verbose mode to help isolate issues related to startup.

USB 3.0 Promoter Group touts new USB 3.2 spec — USB just keeps getting faster and faster, with the USB 3.0 Promoter Group (of which Apple is a member) announcing the upcoming release of the USB 3.2 specification yesterday. It’s considered an “incremental update” to USB 3.1, but it’s an important one since it defines multi-lane operation for USB 3.2 hosts and devices, meaning that devices can allow for two lanes of 5 Gbps (gigabit per second) data transfer or two lanes of 10 Gbps transfer. Connecting a USB 3.2 host to a USB 3.2 device would now provide transfer speeds of over 2 GB/sec (gigabytes per second) over existing USB Type-C cables certified for SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps using existing USB-C cables if they’re certified for SuperSpeed USB.

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