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Apple Park, High Sierra Beta 4, Graphic Converter, GTD task management

Latest Apple Park flyover highlights landscaping push, campus-wide construction — New drone footage of Apple Park reveals major landscaping work underway within the main courtyard, and that while diminished in places, campus building construction is still very much active. [Do you reckon there’s a bunker under it?]
The courtyard is now home to a grove of trees and tall mounds of dirt, a video by pilot Duncan Sinfield shows. Apple Park is eventually expected to host about 9000 trees —some of them fruit-bearing, in an homage to the region’s old orchards. [The first Apple computer was built in an apple box, apparently, and they used to be widely grown in the area.]

macOS High Sierra Developer Beta 4 Rolls Out — Apple releases macOS High Sierra developer beta 4, including improvements to Mail and Safari, more efficient file transfer performance, improved security, augmented and virtual reality support, new Siri voices, HEVC video support, and more. Downloading and installing the developer beta requires and Apple Developer account and a compatible Mac. Since High Sierra is still very much a beta product, don’t install it on mission-critical machines.

GraphicConverter, guess what? It convert between graphics formats — If you need to convert from one graphics format to another, you need the aptly named GraphicConventer from Lemke Software. It’s recently been revved to version 10.4.2, and supports image conversion from over 200 graphic file formats into almost 80 different file formats.
GraphicConverter 10.4.2 requires macOS 10.9 or higher. It’s available from Lemke Software online and at the Mac App Store for US$39.95 for a single user version and US$59.95 for a family license.

Firetask Pro is new GTD task management tool for macOS (and iOS and watchOS) — Elemental Tools has released Firetask Pro, the next generation of Firetask, the project-oriented GTD(R) task management app for Mac, iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch devices. The app provides features such as project portfolios, actions for subdividing tasks, iCloud syncing, a new iOS Today widget, Apple Watch support, and various workflows. The Today workflow focusses on tasks marked as starred, or that are due today (or already overdue).
Firetask Pro is available at Apple’s various app stores; the Mac version costs NZ$59.99/US$39.99. A demo version of the Mac version of Firetasks Pro is available at the Firetask website.


Mac-using astrophysicist, security tightened, Apple Park, beyond WWDC, Touch Bar award, Folx downloader and torrent manager giveaway

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Interview with Astrophysicist Dr. Kelly Holley-Bockelmann on the Mac Observer — Dr Kelly Holley-Bockelmann is an Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Vanderbilt University. Her research specialty is black holes and gravitational waves and she uses a Mac and supercomputers to study how black holes generate ripples in the fabric of spacetime and deepen our astronomical understanding and perspective. Kelly, her students and associates are also devoted Mac users, and she tells John Martellero why.

Apple squashed 30 security holes in macOS Sierra with the release of macOS 10.12.5 — The company’s security notes indicate the update addressed a wide variety of issues in its Mac operating system, many of which are serious. Flaws would have allowed the bad guys to capture network credentials, gain root control of your Mac or read data stored in memory that is supposed to be protected.

Apple Park toured, execs reminisce about Steve Jobs’s devotion to and vision of the project — During a tour given to a Wired journalist in May called One More Thing: Inside Apple’s Insanely Great (Or Just Insane) New Mothership, Apple’s Design head Jony Ive and the architects responsible for the project spoke about the philosophy of Apple Park’s design, Steve Jobs’ influence on the project down to minute details, and the massive engineering effort needed to complete the project.

Apple goes ‘Beyond WWDC’ with Third Party Events — Apple has posted some of the third party events (which it has not done before) that take place during its own World Wide Developer Conference. The Apple Developer Connection has a new Beyond WWDC list that includes events like AltConf 2017, The Talk Show with John Gruber Live, CocoaConf Next Door, Layers, the App Camp for Girls benefit with James Dempsey and the Breakpoints. and Jim Dalrymple’s Beard Bash.

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar wins a Display Industry Award — It may be controversial, but the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has won a Display Industry Award from the Society for Information Display (SID), a professional organisation focused on the display industry. The awards are granted to “display products that incorporate the most significant technological advances and/or outstanding features.”

Speedifier lets you control video speed in Safari — Speedifier is a Mac app that lets you control video speed in Safari for HTML5 videos. You can use the extension on any website. Speedifier was developed by Arno Appenzeller, a part-time Mac and iOS indie developer from Germany.

Folx 5 PRO download and torrent manager for Mac (10 copies to win) — If you do you do a lot of downloading of files or get content from torrents, you probably know how crazy things can get, just about everything shows up in your Downloads folder, whether it is video, music, photo or app content, and if it’s a fast torrent, you may not have much control over your download and upload speeds. Apple World Today has Folx 5 PRO (US$19.95), a powerful download and torrent manager from Eltima Software. Check out the review, then enter to win one of ten licenses for Folx 5 PRO.

Patent differences, Apple Park, 4K webcam, revamped UltraFines, Apple ID email address, Alfred birthday,no Gmail encryption, password protections

Periscopic believes it has spotted a clear narrative in the infographics of the respective companies’ patents

Patent differences between Apple and Google — Steve Jobs was granted 347 patents over the past decade, many awarded posthumously. By contrast, Google’s Sergey Brin and Larry Page only have a combined 27 over the same period. Apple is driven largely by a centralised development structure, stemming from its fabled design studio, whereas Google has a more distributed, open-source approach to new products.

Nine new facts about the new circular Apple Park complex — Courtesy of The San Jose Mercury News, Cupertino public works director Timm Borden and senior civil engineer David Stillman offered up nine new things about Apple Park, formerly known as Apple Campus 2.0. For example, When HP owned this property, 30% of it was landscaping (i.e. plants and such), while 70% was parking and buildings (i.e. ground coverage). Apple has flipped those numbers with 70% landscaping and 30% ground coverage.

Logitech BRIO, a 4K Webcam for Mac — Logitech announced BRIO earlier this month. Brio is a 4K webcam aimed specifically at YouTubers and other vloggers, with support for multiple resolutions: 4K (Ultra HD) at 30 fps, 1080p (Full HD) at 30 or 60 fps, and 720p (HD) at 30 or 60 fps. BRIO also features a 5X digital zoom and a lightning feature Logitech calls RightLight 3 with HD.

Revamped UltraFine 5K displays should start shipping March 8-16 — LG appears to have revised UltraFine 5K displays (presumably with proper shielding) since Apple is currently promising deliveries as soon as March 8 through March 16 for new orders. Apple Store Pickup still isn’t available, but that will likely change once inventory reaches retail locations, the article adds.

How to change the email address linked to your Apple ID account — Apple ID is the gateway to Apple’s online services:App Store, iCloud, iTunes and more. It’s a crucial part of your digital identity. AppleInsider shows you how to change the email address that serves as your Apple ID login credential in a few easy steps.

Alfred birthday — Alfred 3, the award-winning Mac jack of all trades utility, has a birthday. It’s free but you can buy add-ons.

Google still doesn’t have end-to-end Gmail encryption — Google insists its encryption plugin isn’t vapourware, yet the company’s latest move has left critics with the distinct impression that Gmail’s encrypted future looks cloudy at best, if not altogether evaporated. [Apple Mail has end to end encryption on iCloud email. Since Google makes millions from selling your data, they don’t really have much interest in this, surely? And yet another reason to use a free iCloud account instead of the accursed, problematic Gmail.]

Password protect yourMac Pages, Numbers and Keynote documents, and Safari passwords — It’s easy to protect your iWork docs, and here’s how to manage passwords in Safari.

Apple Park, Logic Pro 10.3.1, mic discounts, faster typing, Remote Desktop, LG UltraFine


Apple Campus to open in April — [But first of all, sorry there was no news yesterday, I had to get up at 5am and fly to Featherston to record some interviews with a historical TV series.] Apple Park, the official name for Apple’s new spaceship campus, is set to open for employees in April. The campus will hold 12,000 employees, and the on-location theater has been named the Steve Jobs Theater.
It’ll take about six months to move in the facility’s 12,000 employees and construction will continue on campus buildings and landscaping during the transition. The buildings and surrounding land covers 175 acres in down town San Jose, California.

Logic Pro X update — Apple has released Logic Pro X 10.3.1. The update includes a security fix for maliciously crafted GarageBand files. It also improves the way regions perform, edits, and the ability to share 44.1kHz projects to GarageBand for iOS.

Discount on microphones — EditorsKeys has a £10 discount running on all its top-quality mics for newsletter subscribers.

Free site speeds up your typing — One productivity enhancement nobody can argue with.

 Apple updated Apple Remote Desktop to version 3.9 — The update adds support for the Mac Book Pro’s Touch Bar and features the ability to export computer lists, while improving security.

What’s the status on LG’s UltraFine 5K monitor? After receiving reports of connectivity issues related to LG’s new UltraFine 5K monitor, and confirming those problems with LG, Apple temporarily suspended sales of the display earlier this February. With ship times slow to improve, AppleInsider explains what’s going on in a video.