Observer available, Green Power, lobbying bill

Content in this product may not be appropriate for all ages, or may not be appropriate for viewing at work … What would you do if your fears were hacked? Observer, the sci-fi horror game, is now available  for Mac (and Linux) on Steam for 15% off.

Apple ranks number six on the Green Power Partnership Top 100 list — Apple places number six on the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership Top 100 list, which represents the largest green power users within the Green Power Partnership. Usage figures are based on annualized Partner contract amounts (kilowatt-hours), not calendar year totals. Apple has already achieved 100% renewable for all its US operations (including all of its data centers) and is up to 93% for worldwide operations.

Apple spent $1.86 million in lobbying expenditures in quarter three — Apple spent $1.86 million in lobbying expenditures in the third quarter of 2017, a 74% increase from $1.07 million from the same period in 2016, according to a new report from Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit organisation dedicated “to providing an effective voice for taxpayers and consumers in an era when special interests dominate public discourse, government and politics.”

iPhone 8 sales like ‘s’, iPhone 8 Plus camera, Google Pixel burn-in

With iPhone X imminent, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus selling close to what an ‘iPhone 7s’ would — New data collated from the retail chain suggests that the iPhone 8 Plus outsold the iPhone 8 in September, with the pair grabbing 10% and 8% of total US iPhone sales across the entirety of the third calendar quarter, with the pair only available for eight days of the measurement period.
In a report seen by AppleInsider, Consumer Intelligence Research Partners has examined the retail chain in the United States, and are seeing expectedly soft sales of the iPhone 8, likely in anticipation of the iPhone X. The company notes that the share of total sales make the iPhone 8 family release look more like an ‘s’ model — but this also appears to be by Apple’s design.

iPhone 8 Plus vs LG G6: which has the best camera in a smartphone? Last year, Apple failed to take the top spot in Tech Connect’s four-way smartphone camera shootout between the iPhone 7 Plus, LG V20, Google Pixel XL, and Samsung Galaxy S7. But this year’s iPhone 8 Plus includes some major improvements over the iPhone 7 Plus, and looks perfectly positioned to take on the LG G6, TC’s current pick for best smartphone camera. [Conclusion is the iPhone 8+ is the clear winner, but there’s a lot of detail and lots of gratuitous shots of a young woman before you get to that conclusion.]

Google Pixel 2 XL reviewers reporting screen burn-in problems — Some reviewers of Google’s new Pixel 2 XL have reported problems with screen burn-in. Multiple people have reported it, including AndroidCentral and The Verge, and it could indicate a significant problem for Google.

Despacito YouTube hit on Final Cut, video cards for Pro, Quicken goes subscription

YouTube smash Despacito shot in one day, edited on Final Cut Pro X — Despacito, the most viewed video on YouTube, has garnered over 4 billion views —and was edited and produced using Final Cut Pro X.
The most viewed video in history was entirely shot in one long day in La Perla, according to an interview by After the rapid shoot starring former Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera, it was edited with Final Cut Pro X at Elastic People, a studio in Miami.

Apple suppliers now prepping AMD Vega video cards for upcoming iMac Pro — Signalling that the iMac Pro will likely meet its December ship date, Apple suppliers are reportedly preparing the AMD Radeon Pro Vega cards that will power the computer’s graphics.
Apple orders have been picking up since September, according to sources for Taiwan’s DigiTimes, which noted that local firm SPIL is packaging the GPUs, with testing helping from King Yuan Electronics. The firms will are expected to be busy “through the end of 2017” in tandem with the iMac Pro’s rollout.

Quicken 2018 for Mac debuts, switches to subscription-only model — Quicken has released the 2018 Mac edition of its personal finance software, making upgrades in areas like bill payments and investments, but primarily transitioning to a subscription-only model with Starter, Deluxe, and Premier packages.

iPhone X, iPhone 8 vs Google Pixel, Delta dropping Microsoft, Cortana revamp, Apple helping with Loon balloons, China and VPNs, Logitech Circle 2 best,

New video catches Apple’s iPhone X ahead of November 3 release date — A video uploaded on Saturday appears to show yet another iPhone X in the wild, despite even preorders having to wait until next Friday. In the 10-second clip, found on Reddit, a person shows off the back of a silver phone, unlocks it with a vertical swipe, then opens Instagram. While the hardware’s authenticity can’t be guaranteed and its provenance is unknown, it carries all of the design traits of the real iPhone X such as a glass back, a vertically-aligned rear camera, and a sensor notch interrupting an edge-to-edge display.

Apple CEO to meet with Hon Hai CEO to discuss iPhone X manufacturing issues — Nikkei Asian Review sources say Apple Chief Operating Office Jeff Williams will meet with Hon Hai CEO Terry Gou in Taiwan later this month. Hon Hai, also known as Foxconn, is the only assembler of the iPhone X and its Sharp subsidiary shares 3D sensor module creation duty with LG Innotek.

Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs Google Pixel 2 XL: camera is only part of the package — A new review looking at camera images captured by Apple’s iPhone 8 and Google’s HTC-built Pixel 2 declared iPhone the overall winner in a series of shots where both phones actually performed well. But despite Google’s framing of ‘camera score’ as the only criteria for modern smartphones, there’s a lot more of interest to buyers than just a phone’s still camera. [It’s quite an interesting story – iPhone 8 not only offers more than the Pixel in other areas too, it’s cheaper. My partner just got an iPhone 8 – not even an 8 Plus – and the camera is amazing.]

Delta Air Lines drops Microsoft mobile devices, picks up iPads and iPhone — Delta Air Lines is joining the ranks of other top US airlines like American and United in using iPads and iPhones for pilots and in-flight service personnel. The company currently uses Microsoft Surface tablets and Lumia 1520 smartphones, but will switch to Apple 10.5-inch iPad Pros and the iPhone 7 Plus in early 2018.

Microsoft revamps Cortana app for iOS with new look, streamlined UI — Microsoft on Thursday updated its Cortana virtual assistant app for iOS, delivering a redesigned user interface that streamlines access to key features like reminders and daily calendars.

Project Loon balloons bring LTE service to Puerto Rico with help from Apple — Google parent company Alphabet on Friday said it is collaborating with AT&T, Apple and various government agencies to deliver limited wireless internet access to Puerto Rico via the company’s Project Loon balloons. [This may be a dumb question, but if hurricanes wrecked Puerto Rico’s infrastructure, what are hurricanes going to do to balloons?]

Senators ask: did Apple push back hard enough against China in the removal of VPN apps? CNBC reports that US Senators Ted Cruz and Patrick Leahy wrote to CEO Tim Cook about the removal of virtual private network (VPN) apps from the China App Store. The senators want to know if Apple pushed back hard enough against the Chinese government or if the company helped the government with its internet crackdown.

Logitech’s Circle 2 Wired is the best camera with Apple’s HomeKit – for now — Logitech’s Circle 2 has been available for a little while, but only recently did the company add HomeKit support to the Wired model —making it just one of two security cameras in the entire smarthome market with that integration. The results are reasonably good, but some missing features prevent a whole-hearted recommendation.

Ulysses gets an update to Version 12, adds iOS 11 drag and drop, image previews and more — Ulysses has been a popular cross-platform text editing app for years, and today the developers announced Ulysses 12, with a majority of new features pointed toward the iOS version of the app.
For all platforms – Mac, iPhone and iPad – Ulysses 12 has a new image preview capability. This has been a long-desired feature for Ulysses, and they’ve added it with some restrictions. First, images that reside in their own paragraph are rendered as black and white thumbnails while those included in text passages show up as the “IMG-bubble” familiar to Ulysses users.

Mac Mini news, Observer, unsupported Thunderbolt, Elmedia infection, Sonnet video adapter, Apple Music Lazer, Panorama X

Tim Cook email claims Mac mini ‘important part’ of Apple’s product matrix — In response to an email concerned about the future of the Mac mini, Apple CEO Tim Cook responded that the Mac mini will continue – but didn’t share any specifics about the product’s future. “I’m glad you love your mini – we love it too …”
There have been no credible rumours about the Mac mini in some time. The 2014 Mac mini was generally regarded as a down-grade from the 2012 model, with the entry-level model seeing a slower processor than the predecessor but granted a price cut, plus it had quad-core i7 processors completely stricken from the line.

Observer, a cyberpunk horror game, coming to the Mac on October 24 — Observer, the cyberpunk horror game developed by Bloober Team, the creators of Layers of Fears, is officially coming to Mac on October 24, according to Mac Gamer HQ. Both Mac and Linux versions will be available on Steam.

How to use ‘unsupported’ Thunderbolt 3 docks and enclosures on Sierra and High Sierra — Even using the “universal” USB-C connector for Thunderbolt 3, there are still some drive enclosures, eGPU cases, and docks that won’t connect to a Mac running Sierra or High Sierra. Here’s how to get them to talk to your MacBook Pro or iMac. [I don’t recommend this.]

Elmedia Player and Folx installers infected by OSX/Proton credential-stealing malware on October 19 — Popular media consumption application Elmedia Player and downloading tool Folx were both briefly infected with the Proton malware strain, with most installers of the software on Oct. 19 now infected.

Sonnet Thunderbolt 3 to Dual HDMI 2.0 Adapter offers two extra 4K 60 Hz display connections — I reviewed this last week, now other reviews are appearing: Thunderbolt 3 GPU enclosure producer Sonnet has unveiled a new display-oriented accessory, with the Thunderbolt 3 to Dual HDMI 2.0 Adapter able to add two 4K-capable video outputs to a MacBook Pro or iMac while using up only one Thunderbolt 3 port.

Apple Music snags Major Lazer concert documentary “Give Me Future” — In March 2016, Barack Obama became the first US President to visit Cuba in 88 years, marking an easing of political tension between the world power and the small island republic. That same month, electronic music group Major Lazer self funded the first major Cuban-American concert in Havana, an event that drew nearly half a million attendees.
Major Lazer’s historic experience, from planning to performance, was captured on film in the documentary Give Me Future. The film, which debuted to praise at the Sundance Film Festival, will be available to stream on Apple Music on November 17.

ProVUE Development releases Panorama X database for macOS — ProVUE Development has released Panorama X, a general purpose database system for Macs. It sports a 64-bit RAM based database engine and universal multi-level Undo.

The Apocalypticon ~ Facebook anti-likes, Russian Troll Factory, racial recognition, falling satellites, nature’s armageddons, Pruitt wants more rads, Fahrenheit 451,

US Department of Justice dropped request for names of people who Facebook-liked and anti-Trump page — In a court hearing on October 14th, the US Department of Justice dropped its request for the names of an estimated 6000 people who ‘liked’ a Facebook page about an Inauguration Day protest. The search was considered ‘over-broad‘… [like].

A new story of Russian meddling one comes from a respected Russian news source, for a change, the RBC. From the report: “Russian trolls posing as Americans made payments to genuine activists in the US to help fund protest movements on socially divisive issues. RBC said it had identified 118 accounts or groups in Facebook, Instagram and Twitter that were linked to the troll factory, all of which had been blocked in August and September this year as part of the US investigation into Russian electoral meddling.

Apple avoided FaceID being ‘racist’ — Earlier facial recognition systems from HP and Google failed to recognise people with dark skin. In 2009, a HP webcam failed to register black people. And in 2015, Google Photos’ facial recognition categorized black people as gorillas. If Face ID made similar mistakes, it could be a sign that Apple didn’t train Face ID to recognise a diverse set of faces. Apple worked with participants from around the world to include a representative group of people accounting for gender, age, ethnicity, and other factors.

How scientists predict if a satellite is going to fall on your head — Here we introduce you to the supremely fascinating world of object reentry risk analysis: the science of predicting which of the tens of thousands of derelict spacecraft, spent launch vehicles and various other hunks of technology orbiting our planet will survive their inevitable plunge through the atmosphere and pose a threat to people here on Earth.
Because you know, an 8.5-ton Chinese space station is coming down, down …

But where have all the flying insects gone? The abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study that has shocked scientists. Insects are an integral part of life on Earth as both pollinators and prey for other wildlife and it was known that some species such as butterflies were declining. But the newly revealed scale of the losses to all insects has prompted warnings that the world is “on course for ecological Armageddon.” [Right – maybe we should be eating crickets after all, then?]

Why stop there? The Great Barrier Reef now looks like a graveyardDr Charlie Veron, the world’s leading expert on coral reefs, said this while speaking to a Nordic investment bank on the future of the Great Barrier Reef,.

Scott Pruitt reckons humans might be able to handle ‘more’ radiation — Donald Trump’s appointment of former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as chief of the Environmental Protection Agency this year drew eyebrows, because Pruitt had made his career as a longstanding legal opponent of the EPA and a prominent climate change sceptic. Since he’s been put in charge of the agency, Pruitt has allegedly made plans to water down federal scientific research on the climate, deflected from the issue during natural disasters, and cut loose hundreds of employees in a deregulation push.
Now some are worried he’s trying to lower the bar for deadly radiation.
[Hey, maybe he’s right. I vote he tries it first.]

Fahrenheit 451 hot to read — Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 tells the story of a dystopian future where books have been outlawed and are destroyed by firemen who set them ablaze. But in an ironic twist, French publisher Super Terrain has created a new edition of Bradbury’s classic that actually requires extreme heat in order to be read.

Want some good news? Well, kinda: here’s how to spot fake photos on the web.

Cosmic lenses, Kilanova, robo-love, electric truck, fibre earthquakes, dolphin brains, Australian army VR

Ultra-powerful radio bursts may be getting a cosmic boost — The Very Large Array spotted a repeating radio burst that continues to puzzle astronomers. So-called fast radio bursts are enigmatic, ultra-brief, ultra-powerful bursts of energy coming from distant galaxies. They last for only a fraction of a second, but in that time they emit the energy of perhaps 500 million suns. Their power and brevity have created an astrophysical puzzle: What could possibly be making such blasts?
James Cordes, an astronomer at Cornell University, thinks he can help explain not only the power of these repeating bursts, but also the seeming irregularity of their eruptions: clouds of charged gas, or plasma, in an FRB’s host galaxy could magnify the burst by as much as a factor of 100.
~ I see a great future for these plasma lenses. 

The ‘Kilanova’ — On August 17, 2017, over 70 observatories around and above the world, including ones like LIGO and the Hubble Space Telescope, all spotted a flash of energy. This light came in many different flavours, and was consistent with a pair of dense neutron stars colliding in a cataclysmic ‘kilonova’ explosion.
So what did we learn from it?
~ Ah those binary star mergers! It will be a monopoly. 

First mass-produced electric truck — Japan’s Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus has unveiled what it says is the world’s first mass-produced electric truck, as automakers around the world go all out to develop cars that run on battery power. The vehicle can carry about 3 tons of cargo and travel about 100 kilometres on a single charge. The truck, unveiled on Thursday, will be used by Japan’s largest convenience store chain, Seven-Eleven.
~ Just chuck some spare batteries in the glovebox for emergencies. 

For the love of robots — In summer 2002, mid-morning in a university research lab on the edge of Osaka, Japan, two girls were dressed in pale yellow, with child-puffy cheeks, black shoulder-length hair, and bangs. They stood opposite each other under fluorescent lights.
More precisely: one was a girl, 5 years old; the other was her copy, her android replica. Things have come a long way since then…
~ I’d prefer an iOS replica, obviously. 

Optical fibre network could be a giant earthquake sensor — Researchers at Stanford have demonstrated they can use ordinary, underground fiber optic cables to monitor for earthquakes, by using innate impurities in the fiber as virtual sensors. They plan a larger test installation in 2018. Their biggest challenge, they say, will not be perfecting the algorithms but convincing telcos to allow their sensor technology to piggyback on existing telecommunications lines.
~ Er, your voice is shaky …

Whales and dolphins grew big brains coz peer pressure — The human brain has evolved and expanded over millennia to accommodate our ever-more-complex needs and those of our societies. This process has given us the big brain we need to communicate, cooperate, reach consensus, empathize, and socialize. The same is true for cetaceans, like whales and dolphins, it seems. These sea creatures also grew big brains in order to better live in societies, according to a study published on Oct. 16 in Nature Ecology & Evolution.
~ Unfortunately, we live tenuously these days by the grace of those with small brains. 

Australian army turns to VR for resilience training — In an effort to help troops with the psychological stress of deployment, University of Newcastle will lead a $2.2 million project to explore what uses virtual reality can have in resilience training.
Christopher Pine, Minister for Defence Industry, has announced $2.2 million of funding by the Defence Science Technology Group and the Australian Army to explore how stress changes the way the brain works.
~ I’m not sure if being virtually resilient will translate to being actually resilient.

Five Tip Friday ~ New capabilities in iOS 11

1/ iOS 11 lets you turn off iPhone or iPad without the power button — This is  handy in the case of random hardware failures and other glitches. A long press and hold on the Home button is normally used to bring up the power off screen, though other methods can be used in emergency situations and simultaneously pressing and holding the sleep/wake and home button on iPhone models without force sensitive home buttons will reset the device.
On iPhone 7, Apple introduced a static, non-moving home button that use force-sensing components to work, similar in function to 3D Touch displays. Without a mechanical home button, Apple changed the reset procedure to incorporate the volume down button, meaning users simply had to squeeze both sides of their handset to force restart.
iOS 11 brings a new software option: Navigate to the Settings app and tap on General, then scroll down to the bottom of the menu.
Tap on the Shut Down option highlighted in blue font. The usual iOS shutdown screen will immediately appear.
Slide the large power button to the right along the slide to power off track to shut down your device. Alternatively, you can cancel the action by pressing the X button at the bottom of the screen.

2/ Make new Notes from an iPad Pro Lock Screen — If you have an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil and want to quickly jot a note you don’t need to unlock your tablet first. You can make new notes from the lock screen without a passcode. Read on to learn how.
First you’ll need a 12.9-inch or 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and an Apple Pencil that’s already paired. Now tap on your iPad’s lock screen with the Apple Pencil to launch the Notes app.
Tap your iPad Pro lock screen with your Apple Pencil to start a new note
You’ll see a locked down version of the Notes app, which makes sense because you don’t want just anyone looking through your notes. Anything you write or draw, however, will be added to your Notes library. To disable the feature, launch Settings, tap Notes, tap Access Notes from Lock Screen and choose Off. That stops your Apple Pencil from showing the Notes app from the lock screen.

3/ Turn on iOS Automatic Reader Mode in Safari — In macOS High Sierra, there are Safari website controls that let you automatically turn on Reader mode for individual websites. But you can do the same thing on iOS.
iOS Automatic Reader Modeis one of the long-press Safari shortcuts. (To learn more about these, check out the Mac Observer’s iOS: Long Press Icons For Safari Shortcuts.)
To enable iOS automatic Reader mode, navigate to a website for which you want to turn automatic Reader mode on. In the address bar you’ll see the Reader icon on the left – it consists of four horizontal lines. Tap it to turn Reader mode on or off. To get Reader mode to automatically activate, long-press the icon. A dialog box appears, asking if you want to use it on that website, or all websites.
This handy feature lets you hide ads on a website without using an ad blocker, too.

(Image from the Mac Observer source article)

4/ See your Purchased Apps List in the App Store — The App Store got a major redesign in iOS 11, and one of the things that changed is the purchased apps list. It’s in a slightly new location, and it may not be intuitive for everyone since it’s different than iOS 10.
In iOS 10, you could find the list by tapping the Updates icon at the bottom, then the Purchased tab at the top. In iOS 11, there are different tabs at the bottom, and the list is hidden.
In the upper right corner, you should see your profile picture. Your photo shows up no matter which tab you tap (except search).
In the profile section, you’ll see a tab to view your Apple ID, the Purchased tab, and ways to redeem a gift card or code.
Once you tap on the Purchased tab, you’ll see a list of all of the apps you’ve purchased, and ones that aren’t on your phone at the moment. If you have Family Sharing enabled, you can also see the apps your family members purchased. In your purchased apps list, you can swipe right on each app to hide it from the list. You can tap on the cloud icon to re-download them too.
To find an app you’ve bought in the past, there is a handy search bar.

5/ Draw in Mail messages and send ’em— To add a quick sketch to an email message you’re crafting on your iPhone or iPad you don’t need to make a trip over to the Notes app first. iOS 11 lets you draw right in the Mail app, but it takes a few taps to make it happen.
Launch Mail and start a new message
Tap-and-hold in the message body area to show the ‘Select’ pop-up, then tap the pop-up’s right arrow until you see Insert Drawing.
Tap Insert Drawing
Use the markup tools to create a sketch, then tap Done to add your sketch to your Mail message
Tap Insert Drawing. Your drawing will appear in your Mail message. There are, however, a couple limitations: you’re limited to the same markup tools you see in the Notes app, and you can’t crop your drawing to get rid of extra white space.
Limitations aside, it’s an easy way to quickly include a sketch to your email messages without needing to use another app and then tack the drawing on as an attachment.

Apple shares and iPhone 8, blocking annoying requests, Pay for Poland and Holland, iPhone FM, managing email

(Image from Apple NZ)

Apple shares fall due to worries on iPhone 8 sales — Apple’s shares fell 1.5% in premarket trading on Thursday as brokers and traders speculated over poor demand and cuts in production of iPhone 8, ahead of the launch of the iPhone X, reports Reuters.
The article says indications from supply channels, phone operators and analysts who track the sector have fueled talk of poor sales for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Rosenblatt Securities analyst Jun Zhang said he believed Apple could cut iPhone 8 production and shift capacity toward iPhone X as the premium phone is expected to sell out quickly. [We just bought one for my partner, but honestly, I think it’s too expensive – and wait till X arrives!]

How to block in-app Ratings and Reviews requests in iOS — In-app review reminders are important for developers because they get more users to enter App Store reviews, which are critical for boosting visibility and helping other users decide if an app is right for them. If you have, say, a jillion apps on your iPhone, however, those review pop-ups can get a little overwhelming – or at least annoying. Luckily, there’s a way to turn them off for all apps in iOS 11with just a couple taps.

Apple Pay may be coming to Poland and the Netherlands later this year — Apple may be preparing a large European expansion for Apple Pay later this year, as new rumours point to Poland and the Netherlands joining a list of rollouts.

NAB calls for activation of iPhone FM radio feature Apple says does not exist — Less than a month after U.S. Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai called on Apple to activate FM radio functionality in its iPhone devices, the National Association of Broadcasters on Wednesday issued a similar call to action, saying the company could easily integrate such features if it so desired.
But Apple has gone on record as saying iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 do not include FM radio chips or antennas designed to support FM signals.

Manage email and internet accounts in iOS 11 — You’ve gotten your feet wet with iOS 11, but one nagging problem is still eating at you: how do you manage your email and Internet accounts? You used to see all of your Mail accounts in a specific place within the Settings app, but that option just isn’t there anymore. Not to worry. You still have an easy and quick way to configure new and existing email accounts, once you know where to look.

Macs bought from Apple, Lyft investment, Chicago Store, LandingZone Dock, archiving Mail messages

(Image from the NZ online Apple Store)

CIRP: four in 10 Macs are purchased directly from Apple — New data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners  shows that four in 10 Macs are purchased directly from Apple at either the company’s online store or one of its many brick-and-mortar retail outlets.
“The entire retail experience and operation was originally designed to educate customers about Mac computers at a time when they needed to compete with Wintel PCs,” says CIRP. “That experience and operation has of course evolved, and yet Apple stores and has persisted as the leading seller of Mac computers.”
[I buy all my Macs this way, as I can configure each order – even a 27-inch iMac arrived fine all the way direct from Shanghai.]

Echoing Apple’s $1B investment in Didi Chuxing, Alphabet sinks $1B into Lyft — In a deal that values Lyft at $11 billion, Google’s parent company Alphabet has invested $1 billion into the ride sharing service, more than a year after Apple placed its own $1 billion bet on Chinese taxi provider Didi Chuxing.

Apple Michigan Avenue opens Friday on Chicago’s riverfront — Apple has previewed Apple Michigan Avenue, its newest retail store, creating a new connection between North Michigan Avenue, Pioneer Court and the Chicago River. Intended as a gathering place for the local community, the store will host year-round Today at Apple programming, building on Chicago’s city-wide initiative to enliven the Riverwalk. To celebrate the opening, Apple Michigan Avenue will host The Chicago Series, a month-long set of events that will provide attendees with the tools to pursue their passions, from photography and music to coding and app design.

Hands-on: LandingZone’s Docking Station grants plethora of USB ports to MacBook Pro with Touch Bar — LandingZone’s new USB 3.1 type-C Docking Station for the 13- or 15-inch 2016 or 2017 MacBook Pro doesn’t cut corners and gives multiple USB ports and a SD card reader back to the user. To attach, you line up a Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro with the two USB-C ports on the left and one on the right, and push a lever on the back of the Docking Station to completely make the connection.

Archiving Messages from Apple Mail  in macOS — Melissa Holt wrote a tip about how to archive your messages out of Apple Mail using the Export Mailbox option in 2014.
That still works (as long as you’re aware of the caveat at the end of this article), so if you’re looking to clean up your Mail program, go check it out. However, there’s one piece of it that needs an update. As it turns out, Apple has now hidden the Export all subfolders checkbox under a button, and if you aren’t paying attention, you could end up deleting critical info! Here’s how it works now.


Apple and GE partner, iPad Drag and Drop, Apple IS phishing scam, sync Watch music, unlock Macs

(Image from Tech Crunch)

Apple and GE partner to bring Predix industrial apps to iPhone and iPad — Apple and GE today announced a partnership to deliver powerful industrial apps designed to bring predictive data and analytics from Predix, GE’s industrial Internet of Things (IoT) platform, to iPhone and iPad.
The two companies have unveiled a new Predix software development kit (SDK) for iOS, which gives developers the tools to make their own powerful industrial IoT apps.
The new Predix SDK for iOS will be available to download on Thursday, 26 October. The SDK gives developers the ability to make powerful, native apps that take full advantage of the industrial analytics from Predix and tap into the power and ease of use of iOS.
As a result of the partnership, GE will standardise on iPhone and iPad for mobile devices and promote Mac as a choice for its global workforce of more than 330,000 employees.
Apple in return will promote GE’s Predix as the industrial IoT analytics platform of choice to its customers and developers.

Top iPad apps adding Drag and Drop support within the first month of iOS 11 — This summer, Apple unveiled a series of new iOS 11 features specific to iPad, including new Dock navigation and support for Drag and Drop, enabling sophisticated new ways to work with documents between apps. Within its first month of availability, scores of third party developers have already added support to their iPad apps.

An Apple ID Phishing Scam is going around — Some users on Reddit are receiving a phishing scam aimed at Apple customers. It’s a text message saying your Apple ID is expiring, requiring you to click on a link. This scam isn’t new, and has made its way around before. Here’s what you can do.
For a start, Apple IDs don’t expire. Even if you forgot your username and password, your Apple ID is still floating around in the ether. Apple doesn’t shut down IDs after a certain period of inactivity.

How to sync music and playlists to Apple Watch with watchOS 4 — If you exercise with an Apple Watch, you’ll want to load some music onto it. Thankfully with watchOS 4, Apple now lets you load multiple playlists and albums onto the wrist-worn device. AppleInsider explains how to do it.

How to unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch — Starting with macOS Sierra and above, Apple implemented the ability to unlock your Mac when you are in proximity, and wearing your Apple Watch. Sounds simple enough – but there are a few prerequisites to fulfill before it works reliably. AppleInsider spells it all out.

Project Titan, Lightroom splits, machine learning paper, Dropshare, O’Hare on Maps, CardHop

New video purports to show close-up of Apple’s updated ‘Project Titan’ testbed — A short video clip is said to show updated test hardware for Apple’s self-driving car platform, suggesting Apple is making some progress.
The new system includes an assortment of cameras and radar units, as well as six Velodyne LIDAR sensors, all housed in white plastic. The 10-second video was shot by MacCallister Higgins, the co-founder of a self-driving startup called Voyage. Another Twitter poster said he snapped a photo of the same hardware “a few weeks ago” when a car pulled up to an Apple shuttle stop, waited, then continued on.

Adobe splits Lightroom photo workflow software into cloud-based & ‘Classic’ versions — Adobe on Wednesday revealed major changes to Lightroom CC, its professional workflow tool for photographers, spinning it off into separate cloud-based and Classic versions.

Latest Apple machine learning research paper discusses how the ‘Hey Siri’ invocation works — Apple’s latest contribution to its machine learning blog is a dive into how the software behind the Hey Siri command works, and how the company uses a neural network to convert the acoustic pattern of a voice to filter it out from the background.

Get Dropshare for Mac 4: 48% off — File sharing with others can be a real pain if you’re using a cloud service that doesn’t treat sharing as a priority. That’s not the case with Dropshare, which allows you to upload screenshots, screen recordings, files, folders, you name itto the provider of your choice. A link to the file is copied to your clipboard for sharing and you’re done! Dropshare’s usually US$25, but we’re selling it in the Deals Shop for US$12.99.
Check out the list of what this software can do.

O’Hare on Maps — Apple has added the interiors of several major U.S. airports to Apple Maps, among them O’Hare International and Midway International in Chicago.

Cardhop is a new interactive contacts app for macOS — Flexibits has announced Cardhop, an interactive contacts app for the Mac. Its parsing engine lets users search, add, edit, and interact with their contacts in one place.
Cardhop automatically uses the built-in contacts on your Mac, so there’s zero configuration. Just type in “John G” and John’s card will instantly appear. Or enter “Sarah Smith” and Cardhop will add a new contact to Sarah’s card. Or type in “call Michael S” and Cardhop will instantly start a phone call with Michael on your Mac, or even directly on your iPhone using Bluetooth.
Cardhop for Mac is available now for US$19.99 from the Mac App Store (NZ$22, currently) or directly from the Flexibits store, but to celebrate the launch, Cardhop is on sale for a limited-time for US$14.99. The app requires macOS 10.11 or later.

Universal texts, Bear notes, Sylvania smart bulbs, Apple TV Universal Search expanded

Make iPhone texts and iMessages appear across all your Apple devices — One of the advantages of Apple’s iMessage system is the ability to see and respond to iPhone texts across multiple Apple devices. AppleInsider shows you how to set up the feature and get messaging on your iPad, Mac and more [except this feature was not available on my New Zealand Vodafone iPhone 6].

Bear enables text editing, notes on any device from Apple Watch to Mac — The note-taking app Bear is free to try, but to enable such important features as iCloud syncing, themes, and exporting files in certain formats there is a monthly (US$1.49) or annual (US$14.99) subscription fee paid through an in-app purchase. The monthly subscription includes a free one-week trial, while the annual subscription gives you a month to try out the features of Bear.
[Er, the completely free Notes app on Apple devices and Macs already syncs without having to pay a subscription …]

Sylvania intros Apple HomeKit-compatible Soft White bulb & Full Colour Indoor Flex Strip — LEDVANCE’s Sylvania brand has announced two new Smart+ lights supporting HomeKit: the Soft White A19 bulb, and the Full Colour Indoor Flex Strip.

Apple TV gets new universal search options in US, Canada, many other countries — Apple has significantly expanded the universal search options present on the Apple TV and Apple TV 4K, improving coverage in the US, Canada, Australia, and elsewhere.
Apple has also expanded the number of countries with Apple Music search beyond the US, covering Australia [but not NZ?], Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.