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World Emoji Day, BatchPhoto, TechTool Pro, Linux Netinstall Server, battery health

Apple celebrates World Emoji Day with tease of new options in iOS 11, High Sierra — To commemorate World Emoji Day, Apple has shared some new emoji included in the next versions of its operating systems, and is promoting some movies with titles made of the graphics.
The App Store will be highlighting apps to create or do fun things with emoji, and iTunes Movies is also featuring the graphics in place of select movie titles.

BatchPhoto is a versatile photo manipulation app for the Mac — Bits&Coffee’ BatchPhoto is a handy, all-in-one photo manipulation program for Mac (and PC) that lets photographers, web designers, business people, and families enhance photos. To use it, you select a group of photographs, and, with a single operation edit, resize, convert, watermark, and rename every image in the group.
BatchPhoto comes in three editions: Home, Pro, and Enterprise priced at US$29.95, US$49.95, and US$129.95, respectively. A free demo version is available for download.

TechTool Pro on special again — Mac consultants and IT pros know that there’s one go-to app for troubleshooting and fixing Mac issues: TechTool Pro. It’s been a staple in the toolkit of Mac pros for years, and now Apple World Today is making it affordable. For just US$39.95 (60% off the usual US$99.95 price tag), you can get TechTool Pro 9.5 for Mac, but the deal won’t last long. [This is like the free Apple Disk Utility already on every Mac in the Utilities folder, but with way more routines and options]. 

Setting up your Mac to be a Linux Netinstall Server — [This is really one for true nerds] If installing Linux from a CD or DVD didn’t work out for you. I guess it’s time to learn how to turn your Mac into a Linux netinstall server. Grab a couple of Mountain Dews, fill up on Cheetos, and let’s get cracking. There’s a fair bit of work to be done.

Supercharged Battery Monitor — Battery Health is a professional battery monitoring utility for viewing vital statistics about your MacBook’s and iOS device’s battery [when connected to your Mac], such as power level, heath, capacity, temperature, charge cycles and more. FipLab has this available for US$9.99 or update from BH2 US$5.


Apple vs Trump and Rifle emoji, Mac be Mac, battery health, Life is Strange

Life is Strange (Episode 1) is now available in the Mac App Store
Life is Strange (Episode 1) is now available in the Mac App Store

Apple refuses to back GOP convention because of Trump politics — Despite having provided aid in the past, Apple is withholding financial and technological support from this year’s Republican presidential convention – owing to controversial positions by candidate Donald Trump, a report claimed on Saturday. The company privately told Republicans it won’t offer support because of Trump’s comments on minorities, women, and immigrants, according to two Politico sources. The website didn’t say whether the topic of Trump’s direct criticisms of Apple came up in discussions. [Google and Microsoft continue to support the GOP.]

Apple led effort to remove rifle emoji from Unicode 9.0, report says — A proposed rifle emoji initially set for release as part of Unicode 9.0 was removed from consideration after Unicode Consortium delegates representing Apple and Microsoft expressed disapproval of its inclusion, a report said Friday.

With Sierra, Apple lets the Mac be the Mac — While big updates like iOS 10 and massive rethinks like watchOS 3 might have commanded the lion’s share of attention during Apple’s WWDC keynote and the ensuing aftermath of discussion and Zapruder-level dissection, it’s worthwhile to pause for a moment and consider the state of Apple’s most venerable platform, the Mac, writes Dan Moren.

Battery Health 2 — The free app With Battery Health 2 lets you easily see all the important information about your MacBook’s battery, such as current charge level, battery capacity, power usage, number of times it has been charged and much more.

Life is Strange now out on the Mac App Store — Life is Strange is now available on the Mac App Store. It requires macOS 10.11 or higher and costs NZ$7.49/US$4.99. That gets you the initial episode; the additional episodes are in-app purchases.
Life is Strange is a five-part adventure that explores complex issues withstory-based choice and consequences. It explores real world issues with a different take on story-based choice and consequences.

Car domains, Cook and terrorists, battery health, USB-C, Mexican Apple Store, iTunes and Safari anniversaries, facial expressions


Apple registers apple.car, apple.auto and apple.cars domain names — Whether related to CarPlay or the heavily rumoured Apple Car, Apple this week registered a trio of automotive-focused domain names, in a move that will surely fuel further speculation about ‘Project Titan.’

Cook, tech execs to meet with White House on terrorists’ use of social media — Apple CEO Tim Cook and a host of tech industry executives meet with White House officials to explore ways in which terrorist activity on social media and other online arenas can be hindered or countered.

Checking your Mac’s battery health — Recent versions of the Mac’s operating system will let you see how your laptop battery is doing. To check yours out, hold down Option and click on the battery icon in your menu bar.

9 new, cool USB-C Devices shown at CES — Accessory makers have kept their USB-C powder dry until CES and have announced a flurry of new devices. Here’s a visual roundup of many of the notable USB-C devices seen this week. The spectrum ranges from simple cable adapters to hubs, displays and storage.

Apple confirms first Mexican Apple Store, opens job applications — Confirming a recent AppleInsider report, Apple on Friday announced its first Mexican Apple Store will be an in-mall outlet in Mexico City for which the company is now accepting online job applications.

15 years of iTunes: a look at Apple’s media app and its influence on an industry — In January 2001, Steve Jobs introduced iTunes and forever changed the way we buy and consume media. It’s the most important app that Apple has ever created. And we’ve had 13 years of Safari, too.

Apple buys company whose technology analyzes facial expressions — According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple has acquired Emotient Inc., a startup that uses artificial-intelligence technology to read people’s emotions by analyzing facial expressions. The article doesn’t say how much was paid for the buy-out, but it would mark Apple’s first (known) acquisition of 2016.