Apple environment chief Lisa Jackson speaks at Apple Distinguished Educator conference — Apple Vice President of Environmental Initiatives Lisa Jackson spoke to educators about the importance of the environment and Apple’s related work. During her talk, Jackson shared Apple’s work to trying to reach 100% renewable energy across its operations and she said that Apple is “not going to stop until we get to 101%…”
Apple’s deal with IBM is a strategic strike in a larger war — TUAW’s takes is that Enterprise sales aren’t terribly exciting to most. So while there are folks out there underwhelmed by the deal, that’s not to say the deal itself lacks significance. Apple has historically lacked an enterprise focus, though this has changed considerably in recent years. The deal with IBM therefore represents just the latest step Apple is making towards getting iOS devices out and into as many hands as possible.
Getting the most from external hard drives — Not long ago, Macworld put the new Mac Pro to the test on the front of connectivity and external drive performance. At one point the test involved 36 devices connected via Thunderbolt, USB 3, and even FireWire 800 (via Thunderbolt docks), including an extensive list of external hard drives plus an Apple Thunderbolt display, two Apple Cinema Displays, and a 27-inch HP LED display (pictured, above). The results shed very interesting light on some of the capabilities — and possible limitations — of Thunderbolt daisy chains. [Basically, it comes down to where you place what in the chain for max throughput.]
A lickety-split Mac app for stop-motion video creation — Briefly (Mac App Store link) is a one-trick pony with a limited use case, but the trick it performs is pretty slick and if it suits your needs there may be nothing else you need. Simply put, Briefly (NZ$18.99) takes a set of photographs and sews them into a single stop-motion video.
Microsoft to cut workforce by 18,000 — Current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has a reputation as someone who cuts middle management.
Microsoft is going through some major turbulence. Today it has announced major layoffs, beginning with 13,000 positions to go immediately, with a total of 18,000 expecting to find themselves out of a job sometime during 2014.
Atmospheric space roguelike Out There gets a huge update, is coming to Mac — France’s Mi Clos Studio once released a charming little game called Out There that scratched a lot of the same itches. Like a randomised choose-your-own-adventure novel with resource management, Out There allowed you to explore alien universes, learn extraterrestrial languages, fight an evil alien civilisation, and more. Now Out There isn’t just getting a sizeable update … it’s also coming to the Mac.
Epic Games releases Unreal Engine 4.3 with Metal API support on iOS and much more — Epic Games has announced Unreal Engine 4.3, the latest version of their gaming engine technology, which includes over 500 updates. Included in the latest version of Unreal Engine is support for Apple’s new Metal API for game developers, first introduced last month at WWDC, for code compiled with the Xcode 6 beta. Unreal Engine launched version 4.0 earlier this year introducing its current subscription model for developers as well as Mac support.