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More comments on the changes at Mac NZ


Oh Mark: I will miss you!!! I read every post—not always with comprehension—but I read them. Of course I understand the overload—your productivity is prodigious. You could write a history of technology development from your posts.
I’m guessing the Museum of Transport and Technology is taking all your time. And I have learned so much from reading what you write! Thank you for it all. And for your individual help to me.
And good good wishes for what you are turning towards. Best, …

Congratulations! On your achievements over the years, on your even handed reviews and comments on Apple related happenings, on beautifully composed MagBytes.
Boy, I’m going to miss my daily fix! I reckon my wife will be happy I won’t spend quite so long at the computer.
Have also appreciated the times when your responses to my queries have been so promptly dealt with.
So from this almost 80 year old, a great big thank you!

Thanks Mark for all your effort. Really appreciate all the tips and tricks you have shared over the years. Made my working life way more efficient. Good luck with your next venture and work at MOTAT.

Hey Mark, I couldn’t let this sad day pass without sending a message of gratitude. Knowing how time and energy-consuming this must have been for you, I totally understand your decision.
We are all richer, wiser and certainly more Mac-knowledgeable due to your efforts and contributions.
All the very best and if I ever meet you, I owe you a drink!
Kindest regards, …

I too enjoyed reading your site and learned some Apple tips via your Five Tip Friday posts. So thanks for all that you work you put in.
Glad to know that you are now employed by MOTAT, which is one of my favourite places to visit in Auckland. I have been there a few times and would love to re-visit.
Shame on Apple for doing what it did for you. But I really appreciate the work you did and I am grateful for that.

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No more MagBytes, no more Apple news


Hi there and goodbye-ish — as I explained in MagBytes 93 that I released yesterday, I have no more time for monthly MagBytes (at least 8 hours work) and for daily Apple news updates and for weekly Friday tips. My working life has taken over, and since Apple no longer shows me products, I no longer feel qualified to talk about them.

It’s been a fun and rewarding pastime; thank you for your attention and support over the last ten years.

Here are some of the reactions (senders’ names withheld):

Like a lot of people I for one am very sorry to see it go. I totally understand your decision and I bet it took a lot of thought before you came to this end.
Always looked forward to all your communications, even had an alert in my calendar to remind me to check if needed. I could never understand how in the world you kept it all up, as some of your replies came very late at night. So although I am sorry to not get Magbytes any more, I say go for it.
One door closes, another one opens is a saying that does seem to happen.
I hope we can stay friends and when I have said thank you in the past, I really meant it, for  I felt you must have been up against it sometimes.
All the best.

The whole world is ‘changing’ it seems… so you are no exception to the avant-garde.  
Thank you for the excellent information received over the years since we met. I have all your Magbytes on file for easy access to the Apple world when, like you, time permits, for my limited knowledge to decipher.
Just a thought.. for the moments of your creative imagination… many of us in the Apple world need someone like you to set up an Apple training school on line. ‘We’… the Apple lovers of the older generation… have the toys, but do not have the school or the skill of the teenagers. But we’ll pay to learn. Could you put your Apple training school online… you’d only need to update when something really new comes out. So please consider…PLEASE!
Wishing you all the best at MOTAT… Christmas… 2018… and…the new online adventure!

Hi Mark,
As one of the many people who have benefited from your expertise over the years I’d like to thank you.
Every time I’ve asked you for advice or information I’ve had a quick and useful reply.
Not being that tech savvy, but having owned a Mac since about 1992, in the past few years I’ve come to rely on MagBytes to keep me up to date with current advice and information.
It seems to me a real shame you cannot continue use your talents as a Mac ambassador.
My retirement field is photography and we visit MOTAT as a source of interesting subjects. Hopefully next time I can say hello.
Once again thanks for making such a valuable contribution to my technical life and good luck for the future.
If you ever start up again please let me know.
Best wishes.

Hi Mark,
Well a sad day today with the news you are stopping your daily Mac info etc.
I for one have appreciated all the work you  have done here and for the advice you have given me in times of trouble or needed some help.
I do see why you are doing this and I wish you all the very best in your job, which I must say I would also fined very interesting.
I think I can say that there will be  a lot of sad people who use Macs out there with this news.
As far as my keyboard is concerned my space bar is intermittent and can drive you up the wall if you do not keep an eye on the spaces between words.
I followed advice found by searching, it’s a common problem too, but if the bluetooth is connected and battery levels are good then Apple say that’s it, a new keyboard in required. (Wireless 2015 or later here).
At the moment it is working but if it fails again I am off the the store.
Thank you for all you have done and I imagine it is sad for you too. You are right in that there is very little Mac support available here where one can get some answers to problems etc without taking it to places like the iStore.
Good luck.

Thanks, Mark, for everything you have done for fellow Apple users over many years – always interesting and informative.
Your daily news and MagBytes will be very much missed here.
All the best.

Thanks Mark. That has been a long involvement. I was a subscriber to MacGuide and have really appreciated all your advice, reviews and everything over the years on paper and online. Have a restful Xmas and New Year. Kind regards.

So sorry to see this. I have enjoyed this news very much but understand that life can take over sometimes! Cheers.

Thank you and all the best for the future.

And thank you to all for these kind words! M

MagBytes 93 is here … and it’s the last one.


Here is MagBytes 93, the final issue. I am sorry everyone who enjoys this effort of mine, but I no longer have time to do this, and I will also be cutting my Apple news updates dramatically, and no more Friday tips, as I explain in MagBytes 93 on Page 9. I thank you for your support over the last ten years but I simply cannot sustain this any longer.

I will continue to write commentary on Apple when it’s relevant and I have the time on Mac NZ, I will continue to write reviews. I will continue with Futurology and The Apocalypticon (on weekends) as they support my other interests.

Please download MagBytes 93 from this link —>> Issue93November17

Root vulnerability, Pixelmator Pro, Photoshop tease, Similar Pic Finder, iTunes Connect downtime, Docking Station


Pixelmator Pro for Mac is now available

Apple issues macOS High Sierra update to fix password-less root vulnerability — Apple has released a special security update for macOS High Sierra, solving a recently uncovered flaw which would let people gain root access without entering a password.
The patch, Security Update 2017-001, should be available through the Updates tab in the Mac App Store. After installation, the build number of High Sierra will be 17B1002.
Apple notes that if people require a root user account on their Mac, they can create one and assign a password through System Preferences.
Apple also issued a statement to The Loop on the misstep.

Pixelmator Pro debuts with powerful image editing tools, machine learning tech — The developers behind popular image editing app Pixelmator on Tuesday released Pixelmator Pro for Mac, a new title that takes advantage of Apple APIs like Metal 2 and Core Image to deliver GPU-powered tools, machine learning features and more.
Codenamed ‘Whirlwind,’ Pixelmator Pro was first announced in September as a next-generation Mac image editor with hooks into Apple’s latest graphics platforms, as well as advanced in-house technology designed to turbocharge editing workflows.
Pixelmator Pro version 1.0 requires macOS High Sierra and a Metal-compatible graphics card. The app is available now from the Mac App Store for NZ$89.99/US$59.99 (the consumer version of Pixelmator is NZ$21.99). [Since it has Layer support, I can buy this and drop my damn Adobe subscription …]

Adobe demonstrates future Photoshop tool that uses machine learning to select image subjects — Adobe has teased one of the AI-based features coming to Photoshop in the future, with the ‘Select Subject’ function simplifying the selection of an object, person, or animal in a scene, using machine learning to determine what is likely to be the main focus of an image. [See above … Pixelmator Pro already has Machine Learning, and doesn’t need a subscription. Note that I wouldn’t be so down on Adobe if it didn’t put it’s bloody subscription prices up every six months.]

B-Eng debuts Similar Pic Finder 1.0 for macOS — B-Eng has introduced Similar Pic Finder 1.0, a duplicate image discovery utility for macOS. It tracks down duplicates and copies of pictures. Similar Pic Finder requires macOS 10.10 or later. It costs NZ$2.99/US$1.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.

Apple schedules downtime for iTunes Connect — Apple has scheduled downtime for iTunes Connect from December 23rd-27th, so its employees can celebrate the holidays. iTunes Connect is a suite of web-based tools for managing content sold on iTunes, the iBooks Store, and the various app stores.

IOGEAR Compact USB-C Docking Station with PD Pass-Thru a great accessory — If you have a 12-inch MacBook and find it frustrating that it only packs one USB-C port, consider the US$99.95 IOGEAR Compact USB-C Docking Station with PD Pass-Thru [currently that’s about NZ$145, but check if the power supply works in NZ].
It’s also useful for expanding the connectivity options on the latest MacBook Pros as well. Through a single USB-C connection, it lets you connect monitors, a full-sized keyboard and mouse, external hard drives, printers, webcams and more. Easy to set up, the all-in-one dock serves up a total of 10 ports. The docking station is equipped with memory card readers for SD/MicroSD memory cards for quick access to your data. With two USB 3.0 (Type-A) ports, you can connect an array of USB Type-A peripherals.

Apple’s media plans, Safari mutes, sales continue


(Image from The Outline)

Analyst reckons Apple will spend $4.2 billion annually on original video content by 2022 — Apple will spend $4.2 billion per year on original video content by 2022, according to a report by Loup Ventures analyst Gene Munster [in whom I have title confidence, please note]. If he’s right, that will be a major increase on the $1 billion that the tech giant will purportedly spend in 2018, although the amount is still smaller than Netflix and Amazon’s video budgets.

How to mute and unmute audio in Safari tabs in macOS High Sierra — macOS High Sierra’s Safari lets you mute audio in any open tabs. You can do this right from the Smart Search field, so there’s no need to click through all your tabs to locate the one you want to silence. If you’re viewing a tab that’s not playing audio, the Audio button in the Smart Search field is white with a blue outline. If the tab is playing audio, the Audio button is solid blue.

Sales continue all week at OWC — One of the worlds premium brands for Mac equipment, Other World Computing, is continuing its MacSales.com Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales all week. OWC ships to New Zealand.

New Store for Brooklyn — Apple has announced it will open a new retail store in Downtown Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Apple Store will be located in the 300 Ashland building in the Fort Greene neighbourhood. This is Apple’s second retail store in Brooklyn, the first one being in Williamsburg that opened in July 2016. [A sure sign of gentrification.]

Mac games uptick, Scrivener 3, Photos Tagger, Cyber Monday


Mac games rise and you can find bargains — Have you noticed that more and more Mac gaming torrent sites are popping up? Clearly, the demand for Mac games is growing. However, piracy is wrong. Plus, torrent sites are dangerous for you and your Mac, especially when there are better alternatives out there. So forget about Mac games torrents, and check out this advice instead.

Hands On: Scrivener 3.0 further refines the writing, research process on the Mac — AppleInsider gets a published author to take a look at the Scrivener update, with new highlights including a much called-for rewrite of the app’s Compile feature, and an interface modernisation.

Brattoo Propaganda Software debuts Photos Tagger for macOS — Brattoo Propaganda Software has introduced Photos Tagger, a new addition to their applications suite.
Photos Tagger extracts the meta data from the Photos software database, and applies it to your photos as keywords. The app is designed to make it easier to find and organize your pictures.
Photos Tagger requires macOS 10.9 or later and Photos 2.x or higher. It costs US$7.95. A demo is available for download.

Cyber Monday deals — Being New Zealand, these have come through on our Tuesday. TechTool Pro is on special, MacProVideo has deals on subscriptions (US$75 a year) and instructional downloads, and Italian V-Moda headphones have 40% off the Crossfade Wireless version.

Apple’s iMac Pro – what to expect


Everything you need to know about Apple’s iMac Pro in under 6 minutes — AppleInsider goes through every new detail, feature and rumoured specification related to Apple’s upcoming iMac Pro in a video.
Apple has already confirmed a major refresh of the Mac Pro coming in 2018, but little is known about the next-generation desktop, which will likely require users to buy a display separately. If you want one as good as the recent 5K iMacs, it’s going to cost upwards of $1,300 just for the screen alone.
Now comes Apple’s brand new iMac Pro, due to release in December.

[It’s pretty quiet in Apple news today as it has been Thanksgiving weekend in the US.]

Five Tip Friday ~ Reminders, settings and Time Machine on macOS


1/ Reminders on Macs, iPhones, and iPads help you remember anything — Easy to manage, use, and share; always available, and (best of all), there’s nothing new to buy or learn. You can use your Apple devices to remember everything using just some of the apps and services already installed on your Mac and iDevices: the Calendar and Reminders apps, plus Siri. When you need to remember something, ask Siri (on your Mac, iPhone, or Apple Watch) to remind you of that thing at a specific time and date. The item is then recorded on the Inbox list in Reminders . Then, you’ll be reminded (with an onscreen alert and sound) at the appropriate date and time. Brilliant!

2/ Location-based reminders — Siri knows where you live, so say, “Hey Siri. Remind me to charge the eBike when I get home.” Then, when you arrive at your house, you’ll get an alert on your phone or watch saying ‘Upload your column’ (or whatever). [These two tips came from the Mac Observer.]
But does Siri know where you live? Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
Scroll down and tap Siri. Tap My Info and select your own contact card.

3/ Enable apps at log-in on macOS High Sierra — If there are certain apps you’ll always use the moment you start up your Mac, you can set them up to automatically log-in via System Preferences in macOS High Sierra (and it’s the same for previous versions of macOS, for that matter).
Go to Users, make sure your own user account is highlighted on the left, then click Login Items. Click the + and you can choose an app, file server or pretty much anything else that should open when you log into, or start up, your Mac. Once you’ve added something, you can use the checkboxes to opt to hide it, though it will still be running in the background, thus instantly available.

4/ Add other notes to the Notes app —You can take the notes that you’ve created in other apps, and import them into the Notes app in macOS Sierra. When you import notes, you can add them to your iCloud notes account or your On My Mac account. If you store them in iCloud, you can automatically see all of your notes on any device where you’re signed in with your Apple ID:
Open your Notes app.
Choose to store your notes in iCloud or On My Mac. Click a folder in the account that you want to use.
In the menu bar, click File > Import.
Select the file or folder that you want to import. If the notes that you’re importing are organized in folders, click Options in the lower-left corner to keep them organized.
Click Import. When you see a confirmation message, click Import again.
After your notes import, you’ll see a new folder in the Notes app called Imported Notes. Then you can organise them into any Notes folder that you want.

5/ Remove a Time Machine backup disk — If you back your computer up to multiple drives using Time Machine, you may be familiar with the notification that tells you that you haven’t been backed up in [insert long amount of time here]. You see, if you’ve configured more than one Time Machine disk, your Mac will take turns backing up to each of them when they’re plugged in or connected over your network; you’ll get the warning when one of your disks hasn’t been used for a while, even if the other backups are working fine.
The solution to that is of course to plug in the missing backup and let it run, but what if you no longer own the drive in question? Or if it failed or got run over by a giant chicken or something? To stop Time Machine from warning you about the lost backup drive, you’ll need to remove it from the preferences on your Mac, which is luckily darned easy. To get going with this and stop those pop-ups, start by clicking Time Machine’s circle-clock icon in your menu bar and picking “Open Time Machine Preferences.”
If you don’t see the circle-clock near the top-right of your screen, you can instead use the Apple Menu to open System Preferences then click Time Machine. Whichever way you get there, though, the Time Machine preference pane has the option to remove a disk under the “Select Disk” button.
Within that section, you’ll find your list of backup disks at the top. Click the one you want to get rid of, and then choose Remove Disk.

Black Friday Apple, more deals, tax crackdown, self-driver paper


Apple offers gift cards with iPhone, Mac purchases in New Zealand (and Australia) for Black Friday — Apple has commenced its Black Friday shopping deals in New Zealand and Australia, providing customers with gift cards if they purchase Apple products through the online and retail Apple Stores during November 24, with similar deals likely to be offered in a number of other regions when each country reaches midnight.
Described on the Australian and New Zealand Apple websites as a ‘One-day shopping event‘, visitors are advised they can receive a gift card worth up to NZ$210 ($144) or A$210 ($160) with the purchase of “selected Apple gifts” (some iPhones, iPads and Apple Watch series 1, plus five models of Mac). Customers are limited to a maximum of two gift cards under the promotion, making the maximum combined value of gift cards attainable in the offer NZ$420 ($289) or A$420 ($320) for each respective region.

Here are some more deals for you — It’s Friday here already, so … MacPhun’s Aurora photo software is normally NZ$138; it’s on sale for NZ$122, and comes with 40 HDR presets, a Trey Ratcliffe video and an imagery eBook. Apple Insider has a key to getting the best deals, although many will not be relevant to Antipodeans, and there are early Black Friday deals from Smile (30% off on both PDFpen and TextExpander), and from Pad & Quill cases (15% off) plus MacPhun’s Luminar 2018 is just US$69, and this price includes US$130 worth of bonuses for free. There are also some good deals on HomeSpot USB-C hubs, but you’ll have to factor in shipping.

UK government to initiate tax crackdown on tech firms holding earnings offshore — The UK Treasury has said it will begin cracking down on large corporations that shift British earnings overseas in a bid to avoid the country’s high taxes, a move that follows a wider European Union strategy seeking much the same. Along with big-name corporations like McDonalds, the initiative targets tech companies like Apple and Google, which use complex accounting strategies to skirt high taxes.

Apple posts research paper about self-driving cars — Apple has posted research on how self-driving cars can better spot objects while using fewer sensors. It appears to be the company’s first publicly disclosed paper on autonomous vehicles.

Net Neutrality, website tracking worse, Black Friday sales!


It’s Black Friday sales time!

Text of FCC ‘Proposal to Restore Internet Freedom’ released, eradicates net neutrality rules — As promised, the US Federal Communcations Commission has released the full text of the Proposal to Restore Internet Freedom which completely removes restrictions on throttling or prioritising content, and explicitly allows paid prioritization of content.

Website tracking to be worse than thought, study shows — New research from Princeton University reveals that website tracking is more prevalent than most people think. In the first release of a series called No Boundaries, the researchers explain how third-party scripts that run on many websites track your keystrokes and send it to third parties.

Tomorrow is Black Friday and the sales have already started — MacPaw has 30% off its of apps including Gemini, CleanMyMac and even bundles, Readdle has PDF Expert for US$45.99 instead of US$59.99, PhotoLemur, the remarkable software that anyone can use to dramatically enhance photos very easily, is 60% off, but only till 6pm NZ time (ten-hour run), you can get 249 coding lessons in Swift and for iOS development for only US$10 today, and my own publishing company CreativeTech has its iBooks titles dramatically reduced until 30th November – just type CreativeTech into the iBooks Store.
These are Until the World Returns by Jan Naeije – the inside story of a Dutch Resistance fighter in World War Two normally NZ$11.99, now NZ$6.99
US$2.99 / UK£2.49 / A$3.99 and €2.99; Friendship, Foes and Feathers book 1: June, Anne and the Great War for just NZ$4.99 / US$2.99 / UK£2.49 / A$3.99 and €2.99 ; Parcels From Home: Jack’s War, a Graphic Historic Interpretation fully written and illustrated by the Listener’s Steve Bolton based on the research for Parcels From Home (below) is currently just NZ$6.99/US3.99, a huge savings on a very rich and rewarding book normally NZ$17.99 (pictured above) with sound, bibliography, informational pop-outs, and German to English translations.
Parcels From Home: The Prisoner of War Parcel Scheme and the New Zealand Red Cross in World War Two is currently just NZ$4.99 or US$3.99 / UK£3.49 / A$3.99 and €4.49; and the longer version with an extra chapter on New Zealand in the Pacific War and more audio-visual content (the ‘Trainspotter Edition’ of this same book) is normally NZ$18.99, now NZ$6.99 (extra chapter, more audio-visual content) or US$3.99 not 11.99, UK£3.49 not £9.49, A$5.99 not A$17.99 and €4.49 not €13.99.
Ranger: The Making of a New Zealand Yachting Legend by Sandra Gorter is normally NZ$11.99, now it’s NZ$6.99 /US$3.99/UK£3.49/A$5.99 and €4.49 – this is the iBooks version of this New Zealand best seller.
Remember: you can get a free sample of any of these iBooks any time, to try before you buy; clicking the above links does not commit you to buy; these only work on iBooks on Apple devices, but buy one and it installs on all the Apple devices signed into that iCloud account; and if you finish on a  page on your iPad then open it on your Mac or iPhone, it opens on the same page and any notes or highlights you have added appear in all device versions you read, which makes them wonderful study aids.

iMac Pro A10, Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Puck, 100% recycled, Reflector 3


Apple’s Lisa Jackson has reiterated Apple’s strive towards 100% recycled materials

Hey Siri might come to the iMac Pro thanks to an A10 Fusion coprocessor — Developers Guilherme Rambo and Stephen Troughton-Smith have found ‘Hey Siri’ functionality in the macOS code base with support for multiple user accounts all driven by what appears to be the A10 Fusion processor, according to the pair. AppleInsider talks about why Apple might do that, and what it would mean for the iMac Pro.

Hands On with the Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Puck with Radeon RX 560 — External GPU enclosures can be pretty massive. Sonnet has a solution to the problem with the portable eGFX Breakaway Puck — and AppleInsider has one to test.

Lisa Jackson doubles-down on 100% recycled material use goal, lauds Apple’s environmental efforts — Apple’s Senior Vice President for Vice President Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson granted an interview to an Australian publication, and continued to drive home Apple’s goal towards using 100 percent recycled materials across all of its products, Apple’s “right to repair” philosophy, and Apple’s point of view on the taxes it pays.

Reflector 3 highlights new UI, better performance — The latest version of Reflector is out. The utility turns a Mac or Windows PC into an AirPlay receiver. Reflector 3 will be priced at US$14.99, but the company will have a US$11.99 introductory price in play for a while as well as discounts for existing users of Reflector 2.

Open Day for Apple Park, billions, Berners-Lee help, Apple’s VC of diversity stepping down


Apple Park Visitor Center opened on Friday — Bryan Chaffin stopped by, took some pics, bought a shirt, and talked to folks. Here are some of those photos and his thoughts “on this delightful place“. when the Apple Park Visitor Center opened, Apple hosted a gathering of Cupertino neighbours.

Apple paid $3.3 billion in Q4 dividends as its market valuation grew $162B larger than Google — Last Thursday, Apple paid its shareholders a record (as of November 13th) a quarterly dividend of $0.63 per share, totaling $3 billion in dividends on its outstanding shares for the quarter, on stock that has appreciated 46.5 percent so far in 2017.

Tim Berners-Lee wants help in protecting net neutrality from Ajit Pai’s FCC — Under Chairman Ajit Pai, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is coming for Net Neutrality, facts and public sentiment be damned. Internet-inventor Tim Berners-Lee wrote an editorial for USA Today asking Americans to help save the Internet from an irresponsible vote on Net Neutrality expected from the FCC.

Denise Young Smith stepping down as Apple’s VP of diversity and inclusion — TechCrunch has reported that Denise Young Smith, Apple’s vice president of diversity and inclusion, will leave at the end of 2017. No reason was given for her departure; evidently, it’s a career choice change she’s made.

Best laptop, conflict minerals leader, Dirt Rally, Pages’ links, browser shootout


RESCUE.COM reckons MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is the best laptop out there — If you want to buy the best laptop that is out there, go for Apple’s MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, says RESCUECOM President David Milman, whose company repairs tens of thousands of computers annually.
The Touch Bar, available exclusively on the MacBook Pro, offers a revolutionary way to use your laptop, he adds. The MacBook Pro is thinner and lighter as well as faster and more powerful than previous versions.

Apple is the clear leader in the 2017 Conflict Minerals Company Rankings — Apple emerged as the clear leader, scoring 114 out of a possible 120 points, plus an additional eight points in extra credit in the 2017 Conflict Minerals Company Rankings by the Enough Project.
The tech giant’s consistent fulfillment of the rankings criteria indicates the company has committed substantial resources to developing processes for sourcing minerals from mines that benefit Congolese communities. The Enough Project’s 2017 conflict minerals company rankings examine 20 of the largest companies, as defined by market capitalisation.

Racing game Dirt Rally powerslides onto macOS, coming soon to Mac App Store — Feral Interactive has shipped its port of the Codemasters off-road racing game Dirt Rally to macOS, bringing the simulation of driving at high speed through forests to the Mac two years after the game was originally released on other platforms.
Feral advises the minimum system requirements include a Mac with an Intel Core i3 processor clocked at 1.8GHz, 8 gigabytes of RAM, 48 gigabytes of storage, macOS 10.13, and either Nvidia GeForce 650 1GB, AMD Radeon R9 290M 2GB, or Intel HD4000 graphics. While it can be played with a keyboard, it is recommended that players use a gamepad or a driving wheel accessory. Feral has made “Dirt Rally” for macOS available in the Feral Store and Steam, priced at US$59.99, with a Mac App Store release expected in the near future for US$44.99.

Pages has new options for formatting links — A few years ago, Melissa Holt wrote about dealing with the way Pages formats URLs in your text, but in newer versions of the application, your options are a bit different. As always, when you type “www.macobserver.com” or now even something like “apple.com” into a Pages document, the program will automatically create a clickable link and add an underline to it.

Video shows speed and resource testing in Safari, Firefox, and Chrome on the Mac — Mozilla just released their new Firefox Quantum browser with new features including built-in screenshots, a save-for-later feature named Pocket, and a Library that holds all of your pocket saves, bookmarks, browsing history, screenshots and downloads in one spot. AppleInsider compares the new release with Safari, and Google’s Chrome.