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Mac sales decline, gay protections, best monitors, Indian music labs, Spielberg series, organising photos


(Image from Apple NZ’s Compare Mac Models page)

Mac sales continue decline in Q3, Apple drops to 5th place worldwide — Apple’s Mac sales continued to atrophy in the third calendar quarter of 2017 to put the company at fifth place among fellow vendors, according to fresh estimates from research firm Gartner. [What this really means is that Apple has finally joined the general drift downwards in computer sales, after years of bucking the trend.]

Apple among 76 companies asking Supreme Court to clarify protections for gay employees — A collection of 76 businesses including Apple, Google, and Microsoft has asked the US Supreme Court to take up a case that should clarify whether a law against workplace sex discrimination also covers a worker’s sexual orientation. There is an absence of a federal law explicitly preventing discrimination based on orientation, and it’s hampering recruitment in the 27 remaining states that haven’t adopted their own protections.

The best bargains on external displays for your Mac — This is for the US, but some of the brands and models are also available in NZ: whether you have a Mac mini or are looking to add a second, larger display to your MacBook Pro setup, having a high resolution monitor on your desk can be an asset. Apple Insider has the top bargains on monitors in a variety of sizes, all under US$570.

Apple opens two Indian ‘Mac Labs’ teaching music production with Logic Pro X — Apple’s head of internet software and services, Eddy Cue, appeared in Mumbai, India today to announce the launch of two ‘Mac Labs”‘ for KM Music Conservatories, an institution founded by musician AR Rahman.

Apple may reboot Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories Apple is eyeing a reboot of Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories as one of its first series in its foray into original programming under Jamie Erlicht & Zack Van Amburg, heads of the newly formed worldwide video programming division, reports Deadline.

How to organise photos in macOS High Sierra — It’s easy to organise your photos in macOS High Sierra. Start by, of course, launching the Photos app.
Use the pop-up menu at the top right to find just the photos you want, then drag the photos to an album to quickly organize your shots. You can also select the photos you’d like to put in your album. Hold down the Command key on your Mac’s keyboard to select multiple photos at once. Apple World Today has more.

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Smart people vs Trump, WWDC tomorrow, pre-news, best monitors, OneLogin breach


America’s smartest business leaders think Trump Is wrong on Paris Accord — America’s business leaders think President Donald Trump is wrong on climate, and wrong to pull out of the Paris Accord. More importantly, they’re speaking out. Apple CEO Tim Cook, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Disney’s Bob Iger, are just three top executives who have condemned the decision. The leaders of many of America’s biggest businesses have done the same.
According to Tim Cook’s letter to Apple employees, Cook discussed the matter with Trump on Tuesday, two days prior to the White House decision. The email confirms reports that Cook personally reached out to Trump in an attempt to sell him on the deal’s benefits, not only for the US but for the world.

Apple has decked out the McEnry Convention Center in San Jose for WWDC 2017 — Apple is hard at work taking care of the final details before tomorrow’s Worldwide Developer Conference, and that includes signage outside the McEnery Convention Center (shown above). Banners and street post signs are going up on and around the convention center in San Jose.
So rumours continue to percolate, and apparently this is important, although I choose not to spread the majority of them. You can follow the announcements of new hardware and software (and various sales brags) live at Apple Insider should you wish, and WWDC should kick off 10am  Monday San José time – this is Tuesday 5am NZ time or 3am Australia.
I will of course be up and blogging, as Apple sends me through NZ price and availability as it comes to hand. This will begin about 7am NZ time, so check this site tomorrow for all the latest.

Apple pre-released some developer-specific news — Probably because of a tight timetable tomorrow – which is exciting in itself – Apple has pre-issued two developer-specific press releases covering news that has normally formed part of the WWDC keynotes. These were about developer payouts and Swift Playgrounds.

Monitor Roundup: the best external displays to use with your Mac — Mac users looking for an external display have a variety of options ranging from budget-friendly TN panels to high-end HDR displays. We’re rounding up a list of the top monitors – some with USB-C support and some without – to use with your Mac.

OneLogin customer data exposed in ridiculously bad security breach — Password manager and single sign on company OneLogin is warning users of a security breach that could expose potentially anything encrypted through their services. Hackers managed to steal a set of Amazon Web Service keys and use those to decrypt all kinds of customer data. [People ask me why I don’t trust these one-password companies. Here’s why: someone gets that one password to the service and they get all your other passwords.]

This is late — Yes, sorry. It’s a public holiday here and I uncharacteristically slept in.