Apple CEO Tim Cook says tech, business has ‘moral responsibility’ to contribute to society — During his trip to Austin, Tex., to announce a planned expansion to Apple’s Swift curriculum, company CEO Tim Cook sat down with The New York Times to discuss how he, and other American business leaders, have been prompted to take positions on contentious social issues in light of a “less functional” government [my italics].
In his short interview, Cook alluded to a vacuum left by political discord at the highest levels of government.
New 18-core Intel Xeon W processors likely to be used in Apple’s iMac Pro — Intel has revealed its new collection of Xeon processors aimed at workstations, with the Xeon W range boasting 48 PCIe 3.0 lanes and up to 18 cores on a single chip, making the new processor line prime candidates for use in the upcoming iMac Pro due in December.
Cloud startup founded by former Apple executives acquired by Western Digital — Western Digital on Monday announced the acquisition of Upthere, an app-based cloud services startup founded by a three-man team including former Apple SVP of Mac Software Engineering Bertrand Serlet.
The asset acquisition follows a successful $77 million venture capital funding round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers last year. Western Digital declined to disclose the purchase price in an announcement on Monday.
Designed as a platform agnostic cloud storage solution, Upthere provides users direct access to their files, videos, documents and other media without moving relying on locally stored assets. While the system looks and acts like products marketed by competitors Dropbox and Box, all file actions are accomplished in the cloud.
Wallpaper Wizard 2 makes it easy to use HD wallpapers on your Mac — MacPaw recently acquired Wallpaper Wiza and has released an updated version of the app. It’s developed to give your Mac’s display changing, fresh looks from a curated collection of hand-picked HD photos.
Wallpaper Wizard 2 makes it easy to find good-looking screen images from a huge (25,000) collection of handpicked wallpapers and backgrounds. Categories include animals, nature, textures, architecture, places, people, objects, food, city, vehicles, sports, monochrome, flowers, and art. You can spend hours playing around with the various backgrounds.
Wallpaper Wizard is available at the Mac App Store for NZ$14.99/US$9.99 with an additional US$4.99 in-app purchase of multi-display support. Wallpaper Wizard 2 is also available via Setapp, the US$9.99 Mac app monthly subscription service.