Apple releases macOS 10.13 High Sierra with APFS, Metal 2, new Safari, Photos improvements — High Sierra has arrived for all users [actually, not yet for New Zealand Mac users when I checked at 7am today), and brings the Apple File System to the Mac for the first time , while introducing support for a variety of other standards such as HEVC video, HEIF image encoding, and Apple’s Metal 2 graphics platform supporting technology like external GPUs. Just look in the Mac App store under Updates.
Regarding hardware, Apple has not put any more limits on High Sierra than already existed on Sierra. However, High Sierra is the last version of macOS to support 32-bit apps “without compromises.”
Another new features is a new routine in High Sierra runs automatically weekly and checks the firmware of the Mac that is installed on to check for modifications that may jeopardize the security of the machine.
Apple tops Interbrands again — For five consecutive years, Apple and Google hold the top positions. Apple’s brand value grew by 3% to $184,154 million, as Google’s brand value grew by 6% to $141,703 million. Microsoft jumps into #3, as one of sixteen brands with double-digit percent growth. Following Coca-Cola at #4, sits Amazon, Samsung, Toyota, and Facebook, which breaks into the Top 10 for the first-time at #8. Mercedes-Benz, and IBM round out the Top 10.
Rogue Amoeba celebrating 15th anniversary, having a huge sale — Rogue Amoeba is a company with an odd name and a wonderful purpose — providing award-winning audio tools. The company turns 15 on September 15th, and it’s celebrating with a big sale on everything in the product line.
To start off with, Rogue Amoeba is taking 15% off of every app. Then they’re adding a “savings boost” that can vary from 1.33X to 4X, basically meaning that you’ll actually get to save 20 to 60% on the products.
To get started you just need to point your browser at the sale page [until September 30 only], where you can “scratch off” a virtual ticket for your savings boost percentage (unsurprisingly, mine came in at 1.33X — which is still worth US$9.80 off on Audio Hijack or a whopping US$19.80 off of Loopback.
Stargate Command offers 354 episodes of Stargate Streaming plus Stargate Origins prequel — MGM has launched Stargate Command, an online repository for all things Stargate. With some content is available for free, Stargate Command is primarily a paid streaming service for Stargate Origins and the vast back catalog of Stargate TV shows and movies. The Verge noted there were some 354 episodes and three films available, as well as all manner of behind-the-scenes and other superfan content. Stargate Origins is a ten episode streaming prequel that revisits the discovery of the first Stargate in Egypt in 1928. Access to the paid content at Stargate Command is a one-time fee of US$20, but as of this writing that will take you only to May of 2018. It’s yet another silofication of streaming content, but at least it’s a semi-one-time fee.
iStat Menus 6 Adds Notification Center, Notifications and more — Bjango has announced iStat Menu 6. The new macOS High Sierra-friendly version adds several new features. Notifications are based on CPU, network use, disk, battery, weather and other events. There’s also a new Notification Center widget that gives you a great snapshot view of your Mac’s goings on. There are new colour and theme options, and you can rearrange the order in dropdown menus, too. It’s a solid upgrade. Speaking of which, upgrades from previous versions are US$9.99, while new licenses are US$18. There are family packs available, too.