Breaking news: Sush Mobile & Finzsoft

Today Sush Mobile (Sush Global Solutions Ltd)  has announced a new agreement with one of Asia Pacific’s most renowned financial technology companies, Finzsoft Solutions Limited (NZX:FIN), establishing Sush Mobile as an independently operating subsidiary under the Finzsoft umbrella.

Sush Mobile has Auckland and Wellington offices and a team of 30. The company has developed over 100 extraordinary mobile solutions for a diverse range of clients across New Zealand, Australia.  Sush Mobile’s experience is in delivering bespoke mobile apps and solutions over many different industries.

Andrew Hale, Auckland photographer, on why he prefers PCs

Recently I showed off an i5 iMac to a group of AIPA (Advertising and Illustrative Photographers’ Association) members while Andrew put that and a custom-built i7 PC through its paces. Needless to say, I don’t agree with everything he says, as I wrote about on my last Apple Watch on the NZ Herald, but I thought it would be interested to post his comments in full (reader’s comments are also welcome – and yes, I get to vet them, so keep ’em seemly):

Andrew Hales, professional photographer and AIPA member, wrote “Photography has always been a two part process; there is the medium used to capture the image, and there is the process of taking the photo.

“In the world of negative based film photography this meant processing the film in a dark room and turning the negatives into prints.

“Digital photography is no different, a process has to occur that turns the RAW data from the sensor into a viewable image. In your phone, or point and shoot camera, this is done by software you have little, to no control over.

“A professional photographer however often uses specialist software to take control of this process. It’s the difference between dropping a roll of film of at the chemist for automatic processing, and doing it yourself in the darkroom.

“Just like having a properly equipped darkroom is important for processing film, having a proper computer is important for processing digital photos.

“Being creative types, a lot of photographers took a lead from designers and printers and bought into the Apple system. This worked well when the Mac Pro was a well built stand alone computer and Adobe wrote software that performed better on Apples processors. But the world of Mac computers has changed, the iMac has become more consumer focused, while the new Mac Pro is aimed at high end video editing and needs attached high end storage solutions to be usable. Apple now use the same intel processors as everyone else, along with monitors based on LG panels, the same as the best from Dell or HP, or even Eizo, and of course Adobe now writes it’s code to favour Windows based systems.

“It means there is now a very strong argument for choosing a windows based workstation that you have built for you, instead of a Mac.

“It can be cheaper, you can get better performance, and the machine can be set up to suit your style of workflow and meet your needs. It also gives access to wide gamut screens and 10bit image display, something you can not do with an iMac.

“And of course it becomes progressively upgradeable, and is it worth mentioning the 3-5yr Warranties you get with the components?

“To put things to a test at a recent AIPA meeting I asked Mark to bring along a Mac, and Billy from Computer Lounge to bring a PC.

“I sent both a spec list before hand, based around my current work station, an i7, 16GB RAM, 2 x 256GB SSDs, 8TB of internal storage and 3 monitors, 2 of which are wide gamut running off an Nvidia 670GTX. Including my Wacom tablet, high precision mouse and keyboard and a few other bits, total replacement cost would be around $6500.

“Computer Lounge’s Billy brought along a 6 core i7 based computer with 32GB of ram, 2 x 256GB SSD’s and 8TB of storage. They added in 2 27in sRGB monitors with 2560×1440 resolution, a Wacom tablet, high end keyboard and even a mid range graphics card, all for just under $5,500.

“To give you an idea of how flexible things can be, I am going to build a system for a friend that uses an i7, 256gb SSD, 16GB ram, 2TB hard drive and a 24in Monitor for only $2,000. A similar spec and performance iMac costs $3,999.

“While Mark and Billy stated their case for Mac or PC, I used both to do some work in Lightroom.

“Since the Mac was only an i5 I found the results quite interesting.

“First of all, my own work station was a lot faster than the Mac at rendering and exporting photographs. The Computer Lounge system was even faster again, considerably so.  I’ve since worked out I can upgrade my computer to match for about $600.

“What was interesting was working on individual files, there was very little, if any real difference. For those on a tight budget, or working at a more enthusiast level an Intel i5 based computer could be a good choice.

“Where the Mac was really let down however was being able to choose your storage options. The Fusion drive is fantastic, but you never know if the data you want to work with is on the fast SSD, or the slower spinning disk. With the PC I was able to chose where to put it, and affect performance accordingly.

“I was impressed by how quiet the iMac remained, previous generation iMac’s I’ve used have gotten very loud when pushed hard. This one made about as much noise as the PC did, that is none.

“A base model Mac Pro would have performed as well as the offering from Computer Lounge, and one of the dual CPU hexa cores would have been even faster. But if that is what you need, Computer Lounge can just as easily build the same thing, or faster. PCI based storage is readily available for any computer now, the only limit to performance is how much you want to spend.

“We then had an interesting debate with photographers from the audience, and it is clear there is lots of brand loyalty out there, along with some still mis-informed opinions about Macs and PCs.

“The only real conclusion we came to was Apple gives you a limited number of options, while having a system built for you gives you total freedom. “

HealthKit for Major Medical Centres, iPhones secure, Robin Williams in iPad Air ad, Detroit Slow Roll

The Detroit Slow Roll
The Detroit Slow Roll

Apple is pushing HealthKit as the standard at major medical centres — Apple wants HealthKit to be more than another gimmick, so the company has been been meeting with major clinics and health centers to push for widespread adoption once the feature is available this fall. What Apple really wants is for HealthKit to become the standard for health and fitness data collection and sharing for every clinic and medical centre. [Most medical staff are Apple already anyway.]

Surveillance leak shows spyware loves Android, but can’t infect Apple’s iPhones without jailbreak — Secret documents that anonymously leaked from global surveillance firm Gamma Group detail broad powers to spy on Android users via its FinSpy tool sold to law enforcement, but note that the tools lack the ability to infect iPhones unless they have been jailbroken.

Don’t worry, Apple has App Store curation under control — Jean-Louis Gasseé’s suggestion that Apple should abandon its App Store algorithms and rely instead on human curation entirely is well-intentioned, but flawed. It also ignores the tremendous amount of curation that already exists on the App Store today.

One of Robin Williams’ final productions was an Apple Your Verse ad — People were shocked last night at the news of the passing of actor/comedian Robin Williams. Apple CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter to express his sadness. One of his last projects was to provide the voiceover for Apple’s Your Verse ad for the iPad Air. In the ad, Williams read his monologue from the 1989 film Dead Poets Society.

New Apple ad features Detroit ‘Slow Roll’ — Apple has a new commercial out called Jason’s Verse. It features Jason Hall, the cofounder of Slow Roll in Detroit. Slow Roll is a leisurely bicycle ride through the streets of Detroit where up to 3000 people witness the revitalisation of Detroit from two wheels. The commercial follows Hall as goes through the day with his iPad planning a Slow Roll, (pictured above) which begins and ends at a local bar or restaurant.
USA Today has a story about the man featured in the commercial.

US Constitution on every Mac already, Jackson approves Apple diversity report, Newegg for NZ

The US Constitution is on every Mac
The US Constitution is on every Mac

US Constitution is already installed — To see this information from The New Oxford American Dictionary, just launch the Dictionary app from your Applications folder. Once it’s up and running, go up to the menu bar and select Go > Front/Back Matter. There you’ll not only find such exciting information as who was on the editorial staff and advisory board for the Dictionary, but also a bunch of useful references.

Reverend Jesse Jackson & Rainbow PUSH Coalition praise Apple for releasing detailed workforce diversity data — Following Apple’s publication of workforce diversity data, as well as comments from the company admitting that improvements are needed, the iPhone maker received praise from activist the Reverend Jesse Jackson and his nonprofit Rainbow PUSH Coalition, which advocates on behalf of minorities.
[But the data reveals Apple is primarily white men, as expected.]

Online sales service Newegg now available to New Zealanders — Starting today, customers in New Zealand can visit and purchase a wide selection of products. As with Newegg’s recent expansion into the United Kingdom and Australia, this new international store will have a limited selection of products to start, but availability will continue to grow and improve in the coming months. Customers are encouraged to shop and provide feedback, which will help shape the continued improvement of Newegg’s global presence.

2 new iPad ads, optimising broadband while travelling, Monument Valley

Chinese electropop group Yaoband in new Your Verse iPad ad
Chinese electropop group Yaoband in new Your Verse iPad ad

Apple’s new ‘Your Verse’ iPad ads focus on music, community engagement — Apple on Monday unveiled two new additions to its well-received Your Verse advertising campaign for the iPad, this time focusing attention on Chinese electropop group Yaoband (above) and Detroit community activist Jason Hall.

How to optimise broadband while on vacation — Broadband speeds tend to be better for home and condo rentals than some motels and hotels because they’re plumbed with connections typical of the surrounding neighbourhood rather than offering a shared, bulk connection. Hotels often use such a shared connection for dozens-to-hundreds of rooms with the result being slow going. Christopher Breen tells you how to get the most out of connections while travelling.

Monument Valley recovered development investment in one week — Monument Valley is one of the best games on iOS device, (it won an Apple Design Award this year) but it didn’t conform to the free-to-play trend and that meant it wasn’t a guaranteed success. It’s absurd, but the game’s NZ$4.99 price tag is considered ‘premium pricing’ these days. Thanks to the game’s huge word of mouth appeal, it managed to make back its development investment after just one week on the market.
Speaking at GDC Europe, Lead Designer Ken Wong explained that the game has found a way to appeal to non-gamers despite being a paid download. “For many of them, this is the first game they’ve ever finished,” he said.

Apple University, Satellite taken over with MacBook, Intel M, Mac keyboards

There's more to a Mac keyboard
There’s more to a Mac keyboard

New York Times profiles Apple University, Apple’s secretive internal training program — The New York Times has a moderately informative profile on Apple University, the internal program set up by Steve Jobs with the express aim of teaching executives and employees the dynamics that make the Inc Apple.

Enthusiasts take control of abandoned NASA satellite using MacBook, McDonald’s and spare radio parts — A crew of space enthusiasts, including a former NASA employee, used their knowledge of satellite technology along with some spare parts to control an abandoned NASA satellite, reports Betabeat.
It’s the perfect maker project with Kickstarter money providing the funding, eBay as the source of parts, an old MacBook as the console and a control center located in an abandoned McDonald’s in Mountain View, California.

Intel’s ‘Core M’ chip announcement suggests Broadwell-based MacBook Pros won’t arrive until 2015 — Intel on Monday announced its first low-power Broadwell chips will hit the market in limited quantities before the end of the year, and that those processors will be intended for premium tablet- and hybrid-style devices, strongly implying that next-generation chips bound for Apple’s popular MacBook Pro lineup won’t be available until 2015 at the earliest.

Beyond the basics: advanced Mac keyboard tricks — If you’re like most Mac users, you probably don’t give your keyboard much thought: You press a key, it relays that key-press to your system, and that’s all there is to it. But there can, in fact, be much more to it, if you take advantage of OS X’s support for multiple keyboard layouts.

Productivity apps, Family Sharing, Microsoft celeb tracker, Shogun, 1Password

Apple is showing off productivity apps in a sale
Apple is showing off productivity apps in a sale

Apple highlights 20 ‘amazing’ productivity apps with App Store sale — Apple recently kicked off a new limited-time sale on the top 20 productivity apps in a section of the App Store aptly titled “Amazing Productivity Apps.” The promotion highlights popular titles such as Scanner Pro by Readdle, Scanbot and Tydlig Calculator. Some discounts are as high as 50%.

Apple adds Family Sharing support information to iOS, Mac App Store listings — Apple on Friday activated a new iOS and Mac App Store asset that notifies customers of compatibility with the company’s upcoming Family Sharing program, which will allow family members to share purchased content.

Microsoft releases celebrity tracking app for iPhone — Microsoft has [somewhat bizarrely] launched a free new iOS app called Snipp3t (pronounced “snippet”) that lets you subscribe to your favourite celebrity, thereafter providing a personalised stream of headlines and social media feeds about them. You can also offer your own thoughts about these famous people and see what other fans have to say. [Stalk away.]

Total War Battles: Shogun — The Total War series is an exceptionally popular strategy series that combines real-time tactics with turn-based strategy. Eschewing cartoonish violence and gimmicks for complex strategy and patient gameplay, the Total War series is revered as much as it is many ways the opposite of what you’d expect from an iOS game. While most iOS games favour quick play sessions and dumbed-down gameplay, Total War Battles: Shogun, developed by Sega and the Creative Assembly, requires patience, a mature understanding of tactics, and a deft hand.

1Password for iOS/Mac gets temporary price cut, upcoming iOS 8 version to be free update — Popular iOS and Mac password management app 1Password is on sale for a limited time, and that a future built-for-iOS 8 version with Touch ID support will be available as a free update for existing users.

Formula Force Racing — There are a few other downsides to the game. There are no in-race sound options. Instead, you have to exit to the main menu to change the volume. Also, unlocking modes and cars is not clear. There is an option to pay to unlock all of the championships and car classes, but it greatly lowers replay ability but the art is beautiful in even the simplest tracks and even more amazing in other complex ones. For NZ $1.29, it is worth the download, reckons TUAW.

Money for China quake, App count, Reno data, Pages layers, Facebook, podcasts


How many apps do you have on your Mac?
How many apps do you have on your Mac?

Apple contributes $1.6 million to Chinese earthquake relief — Apple and China have had a somewhat shaky relationship as of late, with state-run news decrying the iPhone as a threat and rumors of government bans on Apple products (though there seems to be some conflicting reports on this point), but in the wake of China’s 6.5 magnitude quake that hit the country over the weekend, the company is doing its best to help out. As reported by CRIENGLISH, Apple is donating 10 million yuan, or about US$1.6 million, to the relief efforts.

How many apps you have on your Mac — Out of the almost 1100 responses, a majority of readers (38%) said that they had over 500 apps on their iPhones! Comments ranged from “I have 16 apps and I rarely use those” to “I have over a thousand”.
So how many apps you have on your Mac? Although it’s not exactly precise, if we all use the methodology of going into our Applications folder (Finder, Go > Applications, then use the number of items listed as your count) we’ll get a pretty decent idea of just how many (or few) apps the average TUAW reader has installed on his or her Mac. Take TUAW’s poll. [If you can’t see how many at a glance, choose Show Status Bar from the View menu in the finder to turn on the file count along the bottom of the window, pictured above. I have 73, but I had 144 and it was out of control, so last week I erased my Mac, reinstalled the OS and carefully put apps back on that I knew I’d use.]

Apple’s Reno data centre prepares for update — Apple’s data centre near Reno, Nevada is getting an update according to the Reno Gazette-Journal. The paper is reporting that Apple has applied for new building permits for its Reno Technology Park campus.

How to rearrange layered objects in Pages — This comes in handy when you’d like to move text in front of a graphical element, say, or when you’ve got a few objects together and you want to overlap them in a specific order. Check out Melissa Holt’s layered shapes tutorial.

Direct access to Facebook on your Mac desktop — Sometimes, the best utilities aren’t something you necessarily can’t live without, but a little tool that makes your overall computing experience better. Head for Facebook is a tiny little circle that lives on a corner of your screen and, when clicked, reveals the website in a Web view (mobile or desktop), blurring out the rest of your desktop. Another click, and the website disappears. [Or you could choose to get work done.]

Apple fixes podcast downloading, browsing bugs with latest iTunes update — Late last week Apple rolled out the latest version of iTunes with bug fixes in place for updating of subscribed podcasts and episode browsing.
iTunes 11.3.1 addresses two separate podcast handling problems that caused the app to unexpectedly stop downloading new episodes of subscribed podcasts and freeze the program when browsing through podcast episodes in a list.

Futurology 03 ~ North Korea’s futures buildings, advances, new data

North Korea's view of the future
North Korea’s view of the future

North Korea’s view of the architectural future — North Korea’s architecture is truly fascinating, influenced by the need to rebuild Pyongyang in the wake of the Korean War and the nation’s relative isolation. What happens when an architect who has never been outside North Korea designs futuristic buildings to accommodate tourists visiting their country? This (and above).
~ Kinda cutesy though. 

The experimental ebola serum is being grown inside tobacco plants — For years, scientists have been looking for cheaper and faster ways to make vaccines, including tinkering with what sounds like an unlikely source: tobacco plants. In fact, the highly experimental serum given to the two American Ebola patients was created using this novel technique. Here’s how it works.
~ ‘Smoking drugs’! Finally a good use for tobacco.

Simply layering solar cells could make them as cheap as natural gas — Usually the focus is exotic solutions to making solar power more efficient: new materials, complex tracking systems or unusual physical phenomena. But what about just stacking them on top of each other? A startup called Semprius is doing just that, figuring it could make solar as cost-effective as natural gas.
~ Experimental units are already nearly twice as efficient. 

IBM’s new brain-like chip squeezes one million neurons onto a stamp —Big Blue has married neuroscience and supercomputing to create a new computer chip that’s the size of a postage stamp but boasts one million neurons and uses as little electricity as a hearing aid (about 70 milliwatts). It’s called TrueNorth.
~ SuperClever.

A second Caribbean to Pacific canal — A Chinese telecom billionaire has joined forces with Nicaragua’s famously anti-American president to construct a waterway between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean to rival the Panama Canal. The massive engineering undertaking would literally slice through Nicaragua and be large enough to accommodate the supertankers that are the hallmark of fleets around the world today.
~ But what will the hat look like?

Software adds 3D to 2D photos — A group of students from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of California, Berkeley have developed free software which uses regular 2D images and combines them with free 3D models of objects to create unbelievable video results. The group of four students created the software (currently for Mac OS X only, and freely downloadable) that allows users to perform 3D manipulations, such as rotations, translations, scaling, deformation, and 3D copy-paste, to objects in photographs.
~ Pretty cool. 

3D printed falcons protect airports — A Dutch company has created 3D-printed robot birds of prey that can soar and swoop like the real thing, scaring away pesky real birds away from airports and fields.
~ And who wouldn’t want one?

Our ancestors may have left Africa even earlier than previously believed — The prevailing view maintains modern humans left the continent 60,000 years ago, but fossils recovered in Asia have given rise to the theory that a human exodus may have reached China as early as 100,000 years ago.
~ Genetics suggests earlier migrations.

Five Tip Friday 8th August — iOS and the Home button, and handy hidden level


iPhones and iPads have a Quit function accessed by double-clicking the Home button
iPhones and iPads have a Quit function accessed by double-clicking the Home button

1/ Double-clicking the Home button — You need to double-click the Home button (that dished button on the from of every iPad, iPhone and iPod touch) to quit apps. Double-clicking it launches the running apps into smaller windows in the middle of your iPhone/iPad that you whizz up with your finger to actually ‘quit’ them, meaning they no longer use battery power, system resources and online data, so this is something you should be doing every day or two if you want longer battery life and more efficient data use.
So we need to be clear abut this: if you are playing a game, say, or looking at Maps, and you press the Home button to go back to the icon screen, you are NOT quitting the app. It’s still running, still using processor cycles, still using battery, and may still be push-pulling out into the online world (in other words, using data). Double-click the Home button and swipe to the left and you may be shocked to discover you have dozens, perhaps even hundreds of apps running, and yes, this is one reason your battery is not lasting as long as it used to.

2/ Hard to double-click the Home button? No worries, as you can actually slow down the speed you need to double-click (or triple-click, as the case may be) the Home key. Tap Settings, General, Accessibility, then scroll all the way down and tap “Home-click Speed” (it’s under the “Physical & Motor” setting).
Now, pick a new double-click speed from Slow or Slowest.When you tap a new option, your iPhone will buzz three times to give you an idea of how quickly (or slowly) you need to double-click.

3/ The iPad four-finger salute — There are three iPad-specific multitasking gestures that require at least four fingers. You toggle the iPad’s extra gestures on and off from the Settings screen.
The three gestures are optional, and you can toggle them on and off by tapping Settings, General, and then flipping the switch next to Multitasking Gestures, but they take advantage of the iPad’s larger screen real estate compared to iPhone.
To switch between iPad apps without double-clicking the Home button, as above under 1/, swipe up with four or five fingers to view the iPad’s multitasking display.
Now you can swipe left and right to view all the apps you have open, and tap the one you want to use or swipe (drag) it upwards to quit it.

4/ Swap from one app to another on the go, on iPad — Do the claw thing again with your fingers, then swipe from left to right or right to left with four or five fingertips.
The current app slides off the screen, to be smoothly replaced by the next one in line. You can also pinch to return to the iPad’s home screen as if you’d pressed the Home button. Put your finger tips on the iPad screen slightly spread apart, and then pinch them in. Have a try, you’ll get the hang of it.


Every iPhone has the Compass app – so it also has a level
Every iPhone has the Compass app – so it also has a level

5/ Use your iPhone as a level to hang pictures straight — Launch the Apple Compass app (or tell Siri to ‘Launch Compass’ if you don’t remember where you hid it), calibrate it by rolling the little red ball around by tilting the iPhone in all sorts of directions, then look down at the bottom of the display underneath where your latitude and longitude are.
You should notice two little white dots – these indicate there’s another screen you’re not seeing in the Compass app. Swipe the compass to the left, and a handy level appears.
If your iPhone is in a flat orientation, it acts as a 3D bubble level for determining if a table or other surface is precisely level. Hold the iPhone up in either a portrait or landscape orientation, and it’s a 2D bubble level.
Put the iPhone on top of a picture frame, and you can quickly adjust a photo or painting until your obsessive-compulsive need to have it exactly straight is fulfilled.
When the level is perfectly flat or exactly level, it will turn green — a quick visual validation that you’ve tweaked the painting just enough to get it straight. If it’s even just the slightest amount off, the level will be black and will display the exact angle at which the picture is skewed.

Scottish Find my iPhone ends in death, Godus free, Photo Pills for location photographers

Godus for iOS is free in the app Store
Godus for iOS is free in the app Store

Find my iPhone story from Scotland ends in iPhone thief’s death — The typical Find my iPhone story tends to have a heartwarming aspect to it. This is not one of those stories.
Originally reported on the UK-based Daily Record, a Scottish man in Glasgow named Derek Grant used the Find my iPhone app to track down the person who stole his son’s iPhone at knifepoint. Upon tracking down the thief, Grant stabbed him repeatedly. The iPhone thief, Patrick Bradley, died of cardiac arrest soon after.

Playing God on the go — If you want to act like an omnipotent creator, you’re in luck. Godus, Peter Molyneux’s newest God game, is now available for iOS, letting you amass followers and rule them with an iron fist or caress them with kindness.
The game is currently also available on Steam, via early access, for desktops but that version costs US$19.95. The App Store edition is entirely free to play, and it’s Universal (the same app works for iPhone and iPad, pictured at top).

PhotoPills is just what the doctor ordered for pro and serious amateur photographers — Outdoor photographers are going to love PhotoPills. This NZ$12.99 app is a treasure trove of information for photographers who do most of their work outside.
The app allows you to plan your photography for any location on earth by letting you know where the sun and moon will be, provides depth of field calculations for any of hundreds of DSLR cameras, can help you determine the number of exposures needed for time lapse videos, and even calculate how much space images will consume in your camera storage.

Apple Stock, Beats gets its own section on Apple Store, women at Apple, Spaceship, Gatekeeper

Apple shares rose on buyback
Apple shares rose on buyback

Apple’s stock buybacks spurred massive share price increase — With Apple making more money than it knows what to do with, the company in March of 2012 announced a capital return program consisting of stock buybacks and dividends. The initial program was designed to return $45 billion in value to shareholders, but as the money continued to roll in, Apple earlier this year upped the program to $130 billion.
With the majority of Apple’s $130 billion capital return program centring on stock buybacks, Apple’s share price has been on quite a roll of late.

Beats by Dr Dré now has its own section on the Apple Store online
Beats by Dr Dré now has its own section on the Apple Store online

Beats by Dr Dre gets its own section on Apple’s online store — Apple on Thursday updated its online storefront to give newly-official subsidiary Beats by Dr Dre its own section under the store’s Accessories category, days after shuttering Beats’s own internet shop. The new section offers Beats’s entire hardware product line, including headphones and portable speakers. Also up for grabs are accessories like protective sleeves and the “Pill Dude” personified speaker stands for the Beats Pill. (Yes, it’s in the NZ Store too, pictured above.)

Integrating women into the Apple community — Brianna Wu writes “No one else in the industry seems to include women in its messaging like it [Apple] does. The company doesn’t market its products with testosterone-soaked machismo. It doesn’t send embarrassing tweets about booth babes …
“But it’s very hard for me to reconcile this consumer-facing Apple with the development company that put no women on stage this year for either the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference keynote or the more-technical State of the Union. It’s difficult to connect this Apple I know and trust with the endless sea of white, male faces I saw at Yerba Buena Gardens during this year’s WWDC Bash. Women buy Apple products. We develop on Apple hardware. But we’re still not yet well-represented in Apple’s developer community.” [This is a very good read, and something we should all be thinking about.]

Apple Campus 2 Update: on track for 2016 move in, new pics — Demolition and construction is well underway for Apple’s new “space ship” campus, and new information from the city of Cupertino says the project should be finished by the end of 2016. The city also released new photos showing the construction so fay along with how the campus fits in with the surrounding area.

How to secure your Mac with OS X Gatekeeper — OS X Mountain Lion was the first version to introduce the Gatekeeper security mechanism. (It was also retrofitted into Lion 10.7.5.) This how-to article, with an FAQ slant, explains how to use it to make your Mac more secure from malware.

Find my hiker, schools on iPad, ABC news on Apple TV


Schools lament shortcomings of Apple’s iPad as some opt instead for Chromebooks — Even as Apple’s education sales boom, some schools have begun to transition students and classrooms away from the iPad in favour of laptops, including Google’s cheap cloud-based Chromebooks,  as weaknesses have begun to emerge with the tablet form factor. [Whereas over here, the iPad has proved way more successful than troublesome netbooks at one Auckland school.]

How Find My iPhone saved an injured hiker’s life  You often hear how Find My iPhone helps locate a stolen to lost handset, but a recent story from Washington’s KIRO 7 TV reveals how the service can save someone’s life. In this case, the app was the key factor that helped locate of a lost and injured hiker at the popular Alpental summit.

ABC News on Apple TV proves more popular than desktop & mobile in first month — Apple TV users in the US have flocked to ABC News’s recently-unveiled live video offerings, the network said on Wednesday, with Apple TV viewers consuming 50% more live ABC News programming than viewers on desktops and mobile devices combined.

Learning songs on iPad — Supermegaultragroovy’s Capo is a great tool to help guitarists learn new songs. With versions available for both Mac and iOS, Capo allows users to easily learn songs by altering a song’s speed without changing its pitch, generating chords for the song, and more. The recently released Capo touch 2.0 brings the Mac app’s innovative chord recognition features to iOS for the first time. Macworld checks out how it works on iPad.

Office for iPad’s PDF export feature has a big problem. Here’s how fix it with IFTTT — Microsoft’s Office for iPad update added PDF export to Word—barely. The option is hidden in a menu you’d never expect. This release allows you to export PDFs only as email attachments. This isn’t enough for iOS users be truly productive. [It’s Microsoft though, right?]

Apple Mac, iPhone & iPad news for New Zealanders

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