Category Archives: Mac News

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


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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 Apple.com 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.

 

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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 sarah@cardhopapp.com” 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.

Greener Apple, High Sierra speeds older Macs, more on KRACK, iMessage delay, Microsoft claims faster, new SSDs, backlit keyboard, Flashphoner


Greenpeace lauds Apple renewable energy efforts, decries ‘right to repair’ stance — Greenpeace has released its latest Guide to Greener Electronics report for 2017, analysing what steps, if any, 17 of the world’s top consumer electronics companies are taking to reduce their impact on the environment.
This year, Greenpeace awarded Apple a B- grade, touting renewable energy and climate change initiatives, while at the same time lambasting the company over its opposition to “right to repair” legislation.

Yes, High Sierra really does boost performance on older Macs — People have been saying that installing macOS High Sierra on older Macs provides better performance, so Jeff Butts decided to test that theory with a mid–2010 Mac mini. From his testing, he confirms High Sierra provides a modest improvement in performance.

Apple confirms KRACK Wi-Fi WPA-2 attack vector patched in iOS, tvOS, watchOS, macOS betas — AppleInsider has learned that Apple has rectified the ‘KRACK Attack’ Wi-Fi WPA-2 exploit in ‘recent’ macOS, iOS, tvOS, and watchOS betas – but was unable to confirm that a patch is coming for the AirPort series of routers.
But here’s an updated list of WPA-2 KRACK Patches in consumer )ie non-Apple) routers: The newly-reported WPA-2 Wi-Fi vulnerability known commonly as KRACK (Key Reinstallation AttaCK) diminishes the potential security of almost all password-protected Wi-Fi connections in use today. More formally known as CVE-2017-13077, CVE-2017-13078, CVE-2017-13079, CVE-2017-13080, CVE-2017-13081, CVE-2017-13082, CVE-2017-13084, CVE-2017-13086, CVE-2017-13087, CVE-2017-13088, there are already many router vendors issuing firmware patches to fix this (my Vodafone Gigabit modem does not have a fix yet, but I don’t use its WiFi feature).

Pesky iMessage delay bug persists for some in Apple’s macOS High Sierra — A bug affecting a number of macOS High Sierra users can result in significant delays for receipt of iMessages and text messages, as well as a lack of notifications from an iPhone or Apple Watch for the same messages. At the moment, the only fixes appear to be disabling messages, or rolling back to macOS Sierra.

Microsoft reveals Surface Book 2 hybrid tablets, claims they’re twice as powerful as Apple’s MacBook Pro — Microsoft is continuing its attempts to compete against Apple’s MacBook Pro and iPad Pro lines with an updated version of its tablet-notebook hybrid, with the Surface Book 2 boasting a new larger model and a USB-C port, alongside expected performance improvements. [Yeah, right.]

OWC releases Aura Pro X line of SSD flash storage for 2013 (and later) Macs — Other World Computing (OWC) has announced new Aura Pro X SSDs, integrating the latest NVME, 3D MLC, and SLC NAND for data performance of up to 1600MB/s with exceptional power efficiencies. They work with most 2013 and later Macs.

Kanex’s MultiSync Premium Slim is like a Magic Keyboard, but with backlighting — Dennis Sellers is waiting for a Magic Keyboard with backlighting and a Touch Bar for use with his iMac. While waiting, the Kanex MultiSync Premium Slim Keyboard for Mac & iOS will do, at least for the backlighting part.

Flashphoner announces support for Safari browsers with WebRTC tech — Flashphoner, a developer of streaming video systems, has released an update of its Web Call Server 5 media server to work with Safari 11 on iOS and macOS High Sierra.
WebRTC is a technology that provides this capability, allowing users to make phone calls directly from a browser, share documents and data securely, and even do screen sharing easily. Well, Apple has agreed to put WebRTC into WebKit, which is the engine that powers Safari. The Web Call Server update allows developers to create streaming broadcasting apps, video chats, video calls and other web applications that work directly in Safari 11 browsers from Apple on iPhone and iPad.

A crack at KRACK


The WPA2 encryption your Wi-Fi basestation uses isn’t as secure as you thought. Security researcher Mathy Vanhoef revealed a flaw that makes any WPA2 encrypted data on a WiFi network hackable, regardless of what operating system you use.
KRACK flaw makes WPA2 hackable on any WiFi network. The flaw, called Key Reinstallation attack (KRACK) takes advantage of a flaw in the WPA2 standard that lets an attacker decrypt the data flowing through the wireless network.

Here’s my advice: OK, so Apple is the least vulnerable here, but still – it depends what serves your WiFi, an Apple AirPort or something else, do you know? If it has been updated recently, it should be OK, but if you installed it a couple of years back and have never looked at it since, maybe not.
If it’s an Apple AirPort, the updates should appear and be installable should you launch the AirPort Utility in the Utilities folder in your Applications folder (or Finder, Go menu>Utilities).
Either way, if any new security updates come for whatever devices you use to create your WiFi zone, you should update them immediately. 
On the upside, it’s extremely unlikely you are a target considering whoever tries to hack into your zone needs to be within 50 metres of your WiFi server (modem, AirPort, whatever) and have the know-how to do it.
This would be much, much more likely if:
1/ You are known or suspected to have something people would really want to steal, and
2/ You were in a highly built-up area, say in an urban apartment complex. 
Another vulnerability is WiFi-ready environments including cafes, libraries and airports. Who knows how good they are at updating their stuff, and who else is sharing that network?
Your home network is probably pretty much off the radar – of course, if you’re a well-known currency trader working from home, with easy access to someone sitting in a car with a laptop or iPad within 50 metres, that might be a different story.

For now: I would be more inclined to make sure the Firewall is on (System Preferences>Security and Privacy, Firewall tab) and keep monitoring the Apple news. I mean, it’s easy to imagine swarms of hackers out there converging on your house, butit’s SO unlikely in real life, Busy internet cafes, sure.
Also, using a VPN neatly sidesteps the issue completely, although it slows things down to a quarter speed.
For example, this deal at Apple World Today couldn’t be more timely.

Apple Park gardens, FaceTime hook, VPN deal, Photos editing


Photos has new editing tools in macOS High Sierra

Landscaping, complete visitor’s center highlight latest drone footage of Apple Park — The latest round of drone footage shot in October of Apple Park demonstrates a fully complete visitor’s centre, plus the massive effort it has taken to bring the landscaping up to where it stands currently.

Apple on the hook for $439.7 million to VirnetX over FaceTime should appeals, patent invalidation fail — A series of motions by Apple in court challenging the validity of a ruling in favor of patent aggregator VirnetX have been denied, with Apple facing a US$439.7 million dollar penalty —but there are still appeals of judgements to be made, as well as the conclusion of a patent invalidation process which may wipe the slate clean.

A lifetime of VPN One Click for US$29.99 — Apple World Today has a VPN deal. VPNs encrypt all of your communications on the internet, can hide your IP address, and even make it appear as if you’re on the ‘net in another country. Today’s deal is for a lifetime subscription to VPN One Click for Mac for $29.99 — that’s 88% off the usual price of $250.

How to use the new editing tools in macOS High Sierra — Photos in macOS High Sierra helps you keep your growing library organised, accessible, and good looking. New intuitive editing tools help you polish your images. Click the triangle next to a tool to fine-tune a photo and you’ll be given several options (and there’s a lot more at this link).

GeForce Now Btea, Calfornian wild fires, macOS home server, diversity apology, macOS Live Photos


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Nvidia GeForce Now beta goes live, delivers high-end gaming to Mac— Announced at CES in January, Nvidia’s GeForce Now cloud-based gaming service went live in beta form on Friday, promising users the ability to play graphically intensive games on their Macs including PC-only titles.
Nvidia’s service, currently available for testing in the US and Canada, relies on the power of GeForce GTX GPUs in the cloud to deliver a virtual PC experience to Mac owners.
The clever system performs all the heavy lifting in the cloud, then pipes down a processed stream to a user’s Mac, allowing owners of older Apple hardware play games that they might not otherwise have access to. In addition, since the service is basically a virtual PC, users can sample a host of PC-only titles.

Apple to donate $1 million plus matched employee contributions for California wildfire relief — Apple is donating $1 million outright and matching worker donations two-to-one to support relief efforts for the wildfires scorching northern Califoria.

Why you want a macOS home server, and how to get one going — Sure, you can get a network attached storage device, or rely on somebody’s cloud – but Mike Wuerthele has run a Mac-based home server for a very long time. Why has he kept one running, and why should you start one?

Apple diversity chief apologizes to staff for statements made at summit — Apple VP of Inclusion and Diversity Denise Young Smith on Friday issued an internal memo to clarify and apologise for comments made during a business summit last week, reiterating that Apple is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse workplace.

How to add effects to Live Photos in macOS High Sierra — With macOS High Sierra, you can turn your Live Photos into fun videos you can share. You can click Loop for continuous action, or jump backwards and forwards with Bounce.

Around the world, Photos, Movies Anywhere, Oculus cheaper, different take on a dock


Tim Cook continues European tour, stops by Apple office and sustainable packaging partner — Apple CEO Tim Cook continues his tour of Europe, making a brief stop at Apple’s offices in Sweden, and continuing to discuss the importance of ARKit to Apple with a local publication.
Apple’s $1 billion Athenry, Ireland data centre has been approved after legal challenges squashed, and Apple, Google and others say Chinese investment regulations infringe on intellectual property rights.

macOS High Sierra: The Good Things in Life Are Free — Robert LeVitus takes a peek at some new features macOS High Sierra has that are interesting and cool, and he doesn’t believe any app has more interesting new features than the overhauled Photos app. Another post tells how to view Live Photos on Hight Sierra.

Revamped ‘Movies Anywhere’ service adds four studios, makes cross-platform viewing easy — Disney on Wednesday launched Movies Anywhere, an all-in-one movie viewing service that lets users watch purchased content from five major Hollywood studios on a variety of platforms, from iTunes to Google Play.
Movies Anywhere acts as a multi-platform content locker for movies from Disney, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Entertainment.

Oculus reveals US$199 standalone ‘Go’ VR headset, drops Rift price to US$399 — Presenting at an event in San Jose on Wednesday, Facebook’s Oculus introduced the Go, a new headset capable of operating without a connected phone, Mac, or Windows PC.

GN28K Aluminum UBS-C Hub adds expandability options for new MacBook Pros — China-based QacQoc’s newest product, the GN28K Aluminum UBS-C Hub, is designed for 2016 and 2017MacBook Pros running macOS Sierra and High Sierra. It can simultaneously transfer data and charge devices — to a point. It works with devices based on USB Power Delivery Specification (USB PD protocol), but it’s incompatible with devices based on the QC (Quick Charge 2.0/3.0) charging protocol. also, it covers two USB-C ports, although it offers more, of course.
But the GN28K is reasonably priced (just US$89.99 + shipping), and it comes with a 12-month warranty.

Mac sales decline, gay protections, best monitors, Indian music labs, Spielberg series, organising photos


(Image from Apple NZ’s Compare Mac Models page)

Mac sales continue decline in Q3, Apple drops to 5th place worldwide — Apple’s Mac sales continued to atrophy in the third calendar quarter of 2017 to put the company at fifth place among fellow vendors, according to fresh estimates from research firm Gartner. [What this really means is that Apple has finally joined the general drift downwards in computer sales, after years of bucking the trend.]

Apple among 76 companies asking Supreme Court to clarify protections for gay employees — A collection of 76 businesses including Apple, Google, and Microsoft has asked the US Supreme Court to take up a case that should clarify whether a law against workplace sex discrimination also covers a worker’s sexual orientation. There is an absence of a federal law explicitly preventing discrimination based on orientation, and it’s hampering recruitment in the 27 remaining states that haven’t adopted their own protections.

The best bargains on external displays for your Mac — This is for the US, but some of the brands and models are also available in NZ: whether you have a Mac mini or are looking to add a second, larger display to your MacBook Pro setup, having a high resolution monitor on your desk can be an asset. Apple Insider has the top bargains on monitors in a variety of sizes, all under US$570.

Apple opens two Indian ‘Mac Labs’ teaching music production with Logic Pro X — Apple’s head of internet software and services, Eddy Cue, appeared in Mumbai, India today to announce the launch of two ‘Mac Labs”‘ for KM Music Conservatories, an institution founded by musician AR Rahman.

Apple may reboot Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories Apple is eyeing a reboot of Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories as one of its first series in its foray into original programming under Jamie Erlicht & Zack Van Amburg, heads of the newly formed worldwide video programming division, reports Deadline.

How to organise photos in macOS High Sierra — It’s easy to organise your photos in macOS High Sierra. Start by, of course, launching the Photos app.
Use the pop-up menu at the top right to find just the photos you want, then drag the photos to an album to quickly organize your shots. You can also select the photos you’d like to put in your album. Hold down the Command key on your Mac’s keyboard to select multiple photos at once. Apple World Today has more.

Apple use, screen recordings, using Universal Clipboard


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The average US household owns more than two Apple products — The CNBC All-America Economic Survey finds that 64% of Americans now own an Apple product, up from 50% when the question was last asked five years ago. The average American household reports owning 2.6 Apple products, up by a full Apple product from the 2012 survey. The only demographic groups polled that fell below 50% ownership is those with a household income of less than US$30,000, retirees, and women over age 50.
[Gosh, we have ten, if you include AirPorts and Time Machine.]

How to record your whole macOS screen, or a portion of it, with QuickTime Player — Apple has included an incredibly easy-to-use screen recorder with macOS High Sierra, contained inside the QuickTime Player utility. AppleInsider shows you how to use it.

How to set up Universal Clipboard on macOS High Sierra and iOS 11 — The Universal Clipboard feature in macOS High Sierra and iOS 11 allows you to copy content, including text, images, photos and video from one Apple device and paste it in another. For example, you can browse a recipe on your Mac and paste the ingredients right to the grocery list on your iPhone. Here’s how to set up and use it.

Normandy visit, Macron, odd iTunes version, pay what you want bundle


Apple’s Cook visits Normandy war cemetery, iPhone X supplier ahead of meeting Macron — Apple head Tim Cook on Monday shared publicity photos from a pair of stops on his tour of France, including a visit with iPhone X supplier Eldim, and a trip to the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, where over 9300 U.S. soldiers who fought in World War II are buried.
Cook described Eldim as “a team of talented engineers and craftspeople helping make iPhone possible.”
Cook talked with French President Macron [who we could express as President ~] on October 9th, according to an official agenda item, marking just his second official visit to France as CEO. [He should be wel received. Cooks are always popular in France.]

iTunes for ‘certain business partners’ adds features back — Apple has released iTunes 12.6.3, which reintroduces the ability to download App Store apps and ringtones from within the iTunes desktop software. However, this update isn’t targeted to the general end user: Apple offers Volume Purchase Programs and Apple Configurator on Mac to help enterprise environments manage and mass-deploy apps on iOS devices, but Apple says that “certain business partners might still need to use iTunes to install apps,” which is why this ‘unsupported’ iTunes 12.6.3 is available. The Mac Observer has a How To about this.
If you’ve already installed a newer version of iTunes, you can download this version of iTunes on your Mac, PC 32-bit or PC 64-bit and run the installer. After installation is complete, you can continue to deploy apps with iTunes. You won’t be prompted to download new versions of iTunes after you install this version.
The latest iTunes can be confusing, but TuneInstructor just makes it worse, finds Apple Insider.

Pay What You Want for the Fab 5 Mac Bundle Featuring TechTool Pro 9.5 — No matter what you pay, you’re still going to get something, in this case MacCleanse 6, a utility that normally costs US$29.95. Pay more than the average of all people participating in the Pay What You Want deal and you get five Mac apps.

Supplemental security, Pixelmator 3.7, Parallels 13, Ohio state ed initiative


Pixelmator 3.7 has High Efficiency Image File (HEIF) support allowing images using the image format to be imported into the editing tool

Apple Supplemental Update for macOS High Sierra fixed Disk — Apple has released more details about its macOS High Sierra 10.13 Supplemental Update which came out last week, advising it fixed two security issues relating to APFS volume encryption and a potential hack that could allow an attacker to extract a user’s keychain passwords.

Pixelmator 3.7 for macOS fully compatible with High Sierra, launchable from Photos app — Image editing app Pixelmator has been updated with full compatibility for macOS High Sierra, with version 3.7 ‘Mount Whitney’ of the app also adding support for HEIF files and more integration with the Photos app, along with a number of other performance improvements and bug fixes.

Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac gains APFS, HEVC, VR support in update — Virtualisation solution Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac was updated last week to take full advantage of hardware and software technologies supported by macOS 10.13 High Sierra, including the Apple File System and HEVC codec.
Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac sells for US$79.99 from the Parallels online store, while existing users can upgrade for US$49.99. Alternatively, Parallels Desktop Pro Edition is sold on a US$99.99 annual subscription, discounted to US$49.99 to existing Parallels 12 or 13 users.

Apple Creates Education Initiative With Ohio State University
Andrew Orr — Apple is teaming up with Ohio State University for a college program called The Digital Flagship University. It focuses on teaching, learning, research, and creativity. Starting in 2018, students will receive an iPad Pro with apps and tools like an Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard.

Jobs remembers, supplemental update, Init.ai, iCloud content caching, Safari Technology Preview 41


Tim Cook tweets remembrance of Steve Jobs — October 5, 2011 was a sad day for those of us who follow the world of Apple. On that day, Apple co-founder and icon Steve Jobs passed away after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer.
Apple CEO Tim Cook remembered that with a heartfelt tweet complete with a photo of a much younger Jobs. [A ‘heartfelt tweet’ … remember erudite eulogies?]

Apple releases macOS High Sierra 10.13 Supplemental Update with bug fixes for Adobe InDesign, Mail — Apple has issued a supplemental update for its macOS High Sierra operating system, squashing a password hint bug in Disk Utility, a few more minor bugs and improving the update’s installer. The changes were so minor, it didn’t even warrant a point-zero-one distinction.

Apple acquisition of Init.ai bolsters Siri team — Apple has acquired a six-person startup called Init.ai that is known for “…a smart assistant for customer representatives to parse and get better insights from their interactions with users, as well as automate some of the interactions.” The main reason for Apple’s acquisition seems to be  to get the Init.ai team to work on Siri.

macOS High Sierra: how and why to set up iCloud Content Caching — If you have a lot of Apple devices in your household, consider using iCloud content caching, a new feature in macOS High Sierra. A lot people are experiencing bugs with iOS 11, so Apple is rapidly releasing software updates. Content caching reduces your Wi-Fi bandwidth usage and speeds up software updates on Macs, iPhones and iPads, and Apple TV.

Apple tests files and directory entries api and new encryption in Safari Technology Preview 41 — Apple released Safari Technology Preview 41 (Safari TP41) this week. This release tests out the Files and Directory Entries API, as well as a new encryption scheme called Elliptic Curve P-521.

 

High Sierra, 60 tips, Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2018, iStat Menus, stock hauls, Celtic Maps, Microsoft VR moves, Pointillist


Convert your images into Pointillist paintings with AKVIS Points

High Sierra is an upgrade that’s hard to notice — Aside from the new desktop picture, almost every pixel looks exactly the same as in macOS Sierra.
Other than the desktop pictures, you’ll have to look closely to find differences. Many of the biggest changes are under the hood and almost completely hidden from users most of the time.
All of the application and document icons, menu bar icons, and System Preference pane icons look the same as before. You’ll notice very few changes unless you look very closely. It looks, feels, and works pretty much the same as Sierra – here’s a faq about the new file system.

60 Mac Tips Volume 2 — David Sparks and Brett Terpstra have launched 60 Mac Tips, Volume 2. Part of the MacSparky Field Guide series, the new project offers more tips built on the release of Volume 1. They’ve released the book on iBooks for US$20 (NZ$32 – as with most iBooks, hit the Free Sample button to get a free chapter), with 60 screencasts and two hours of video, or you can get a video-only version on Vimeo. The video at the Mac Observer includes an introduction and some free tip excerpts from the book. Subjects include: Siri for the Mac, using the keyboard, Spotlight, Automator, Safari, Mail, Apple Notes, Apple Photos, Terminal Tips, and third-party apps. As with all iBooks, if the book is updated (Volume 1 has been) and you already own it, it will update automatically within the iBooks app.

Adobe debuts Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2018 with focus on computer vision — Adobe has issued the latest versions of its consumer level photo and video editing software, Photoshop Elements 2018 and Premiere Elements 2018, with a slew of fresh features, many of which are powered by all-new content intelligence capabilities.

iStat Menus has weather updates — Weather is a new feature in iStat Menus 6. There’s a pulldown menu, too, among all the other Mac features. iStat Menus costs US$20.70 (about NZ$29), upgrades for existing usersUS$11.49 (about NZ$16).

Apple execs reap more than $19M each in vested stock bonus — Apple’s executive team, including head of retail Angela Ahrendts and SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, on Sunday saw batches of performance based restricted stock unit awards, netting each common shares worth more than US$19 million.

Yahoo says all 3B accounts impacted by 2013 data breach — Yahoo in a statement on Tuesday said further investigation into a massive 2013 data breach suggests all 3 billion its user accounts were impacted from the incident, tripling the internet firm’s initial estimates. [That’s all of you, previous Spark account holders.]

Apple Maps vehicles to start touring Scotland & Wales later this month — Apple Maps vehicles will begin collecting street-level data in Scotland and Wales for the first time later in October, according to an updated schedule.

Microsoft partners including Samsung, Dell, Lenovo to launch slew of Windows VR headsets in coming weeks — In its push into the virtual and augmented reality market, which the company has branded as “mixed reality,” Microsoft is leveraging its army of hardware partners, many of whom are releasing new virtual reality headsets over the next few weeks.

AKVIS Points for the Mac lets you turn images into pointillism paintings — AKVIS Points for macOS lets you easily convert images into pointillism paintings. This painting technique is characterized by applying of separate brush strokes in the form of dots or spots. AKVIS Points runs on macOS 10.7 and higher. It’s available as a standalone program and as a plugin filter for Adobe Photoshop, Corel PaintShop Pro, and other image editors. The Home license sells for US$49; a demo is available for download.