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WWDC Keynote, 10 Mac games, bundle, tiny SSD, streaming movies, colour help, two bond offerings,

Samsung has unveiled a teeny-tiny high capacity Flash drive
Samsung has unveiled a teeny-tiny high capacity Flash drive


Get ready for Apple’s WWDC keynote on June 13 at 10am Pacific Time — The time is as per usual, but only Tim Cook and co. know exactly what the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote has in store. People are expecting the latest versions of iOS and OS X to take the spotlight at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, and hopefully some news about the Apple Watch (watchOS 3 or new hardware, perhaps). Since WWDC is primarily a developers conference, Apple’s emphasis is usually on software, but it’s also the launchpad for new products.

10 Mac games — From a deep space exploration and strategy game (Stellaris) to a bonkers indie game about driving a school bus in wondrously wild situations (OmniBus) in this Macworld slideshow.

Yet another Mac bundle — 10 together for 92% off, at US$29.99 instead of $400.96. [Do people use these? I’ll buy one for one or two of the titles and end up uninstalling all the others.]

Samsung unveils 512GB postage stamp-size NVMe SSD, could see use in MacBook — Samsung has just announced production has started for its new PM971-NVMe, a solid state drive that crams non-volatile memory express technology, onboard NAND flash memory, DRAM and an SSD controller into a package slightly larger than a postage stamp.

Can I Stream It — Let’s say that you want to stream a movie on your Mac, iOS device, or Apple TV, but you don’t know if it’s available for streaming. What do you do? Well, you can go to iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, and a dozen other sites and search them individually. Or you can do it the easy way and go to Can I Stream It.


Chroma generates colour palettes — Softpress has introduced Chroma for Mac. The US$10 (for a limited time) app generates “well-balanced and complementary colour palettes” from images. Designed exclusively for OS X Yosemite and El Capitan, it emulates the way the human eye perceives colour to create natural looking palettes. Individual colors from palettes can be copied or dragged in various formats, or entire palettes can be exported and integrated with most major design applications and the built-in system colour picker. [I bought it – I’m useless at colour.]

Apple working on first Taiwanese bond sale, new Australian bond offering — Apple is exploring a new bond sale in Australia in light of a successful offering last year, and is also looking at launching its first-ever Taiwanese bonds, a report said on Wednesday.

WWDC Keynote, new chips, connectors, iCloud outage, LiquidMetal manufacturing, bundle

Thunderbolt 3 will be a "superset" for USB 3.1, which runs at 10Gbps. Using a standard USB-C cable, Thunderbolt 3 will offer transfer speeds of twice that, at 20Gbps
Thunderbolt 3 is compliant with the USB-C standard and USB 3.1 specification, the cabling will also simultaneously support DisplayPort 1.2, third-generation PCI Express, and power supply for recharging notebooks at up to 100 watts

Apple to stream WWDC keynote — Apple has announced it will stream the 2015 WWDC keynote on Monday, June 8th [June 9th, NZ time]. You can watch on the web or via the Events channel on your Apple TV.

Intel announces quad-core mobile Broadwell chips, but Apple likely to stay away — Chip giant Intel on Tuesday finally unveiled its new quad-core mobile processors based on its Broadwell architecture six months after the first Broadwell chips rolled out. But it may be too late to snag Apple’s recently updated MacBook Pro.

Expect your future MacBook to have USB-C, Thunderbolt 3 — When the 12-inch MacBook with its single USB-C port was announced, a lot of pundits wondered what the future of multiple port MacBooks would be like. Today at Computex 2015, Intel announced the latest version of Thunderbolt (3) and it uses the same USB Type-C connector found on the MacBook. It can transfer data as fast as 40Gbps. Meanwhile, FireWire is on the way out.

iCloud, iTunes again hit with global outages impacting important services — A Tuesday [US time] iCloud outage has prevented some people from accessing services like calendars or mail, or even logging into iCloud in the first place, according to numerous complaints on Twitter and received by AppleInsider.

Liquidmetal concept could enable Apple to manufacture devices layer by layer — Making use of its ties with Liquidmetal Technologies, Apple on Tuesday won a US patent on a way of manufacturing products layer-by-layer using bulk-solidifying amorphous alloys, also known as bulk metallic glasses.

Rose 2.0 and Satori 2.0 Screensavers (from After Dark) Released as Freeware for OS X — After Dark was the bee’s knees back in the day, a collection of screen savers for your Mac that were fun. Now Stick Software has released Rose 2.0 and Satori 2.0, two abstract screensaver. Both work with OS X 10.9 Mavericks and OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Better yet, they’re freeware.

Mac App bundle for only US $20 — The Summer Mac Essentials Bundle represents 90% off.

How to share a printer with AirPort — That’s the How To from Macworld.

Cars, mystery van, stocks, Photoshop 25, Hangzhou and apps

Apple's latest Store in China structure is cantilevered and appears to be floating in mid-air
Apple’s latest Store in China structure has a cantilevered internal floor that appears to be floating in mid-air.

Apple’s auto-industry hires suggest an interest in more than software — Power train engineers, former Tesla employees, and an expert on new battery technology are among the people now working at Apple, amid rumours that the company is building an electric car. In fact, Apple is even being sued for poaching car battery engineers.

High-res photos reveal mysterious Apple van’s equipment package — A pair of high-resolution photographs acquired by AppleInsider on Wednesday show close-up views of a van thought to be part of a secret Apple initiative, including a highly detailed look at what are believed to be GPS, camera and other roof-mounted instrumentation.

Apple could receive up to 20 years in tax breaks for solar-powered Arizona data centre — Apple’s forthcoming “global command center” for its online operations in Mesa, Arizona, could be the beneficiary of up to 20 years’ worth of tax breaks, thanks to new rules proposed by the state legislature. [And you thought it was for the planet …]

RBC says Apple could fund $65B+ annual capital return program, raises target to $140 — Apple is set to announce an update to its capital return program in April, and investment firm RBC Capital Markets believes the company could return some $65 billion to investors annually, creating yet another reason to buy into the company’s stock.

Adobe Photoshop: 25 years of image editing video — Photoshop, the defacto standard image editor, is 25 years old and Adobe is celebrating with a video highlighting works from artists around the world. The short video includes what adobe calls “their most amazing dreams,” and the works in the video are pretty impressive, all set to Aerosmith’s “Dream On.” It’s a great example of what Photoshop is capable of in the hands of experts.

Apple’s new West Lake store in Hangzhou, China is an instant classic — China is Apple’s fastest growing market, and the company has been busy building new Apple Stores in order to meet demand for its products. The latest store, designed in part by Apple’s favoured architectural company Foster + Partners, is located in Hangzhou, China’s West Lake shopping center and is absolutely stunning.

Dr Mac’s 3 Must-Have Utilities For Mac OS X — Bob LeVitus’ must-have applications for Mac OS X Yosemite.

Mac software bundle for US$50 — That’s for eight apps for Mac, only two of which cost under US$50 by themselves, and one is Sid Meier’s Civilisation: Beyond Earth.

Ron Wayne selling early Apple docs, MagBytes, cheap app bundle, Steampunk USB, Valve games sale

The cover of MagBytes has a picture of Rands 1954 vision of the Home Computer for 2004.
The cover of MagBytes 59 has a picture of ‘Rand Corps’ 1954 vision of the Home Computer for 2004′. Actually, the picture is an entry submitted to a Fark.com image modification competition, taken from an original photo of a submarine manoeuvring room console found on the US Navy web site, converted to grayscale and modified to replace a modern display panel and TV screen with pictures of a decades-old teletype/printer and television (as well as to add the grey-suited man to the left-hand side of the photo. (With thanks to reader Kathryn Adams)

Original Apple co-founder Ronald Wayne auctioning off early Apple documents — The story of Ronald Wayne almost sounds like the plot of a screwball comedy. One of the three original co-founders of Apple, Wayne sold his 10 percent stake in the company for $800 early in the company’s life, and then forfeited any future claims towards profits for $1500 later on. Despite these missteps, Wayne is incredibly important in Apple’s early history, writing the manual for the Apple I and drawing the company’s first logo.

MagBytes came out last light — It has tips and tricks for Mac and iOS, three pages of new products for Apple users and all the latest news and updates in the latest MagBytes PDF newsletter. Sign up to be notified of availability (free, private list, no obligation, opt out any time) by clicking ‘MagByes Newsletter’ in the toolbar above.
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Name your own price Mac app bundles — That’s happening right now (for Black Friday) at Mac Observer Deals.

Games sale — Valve’s lovely game distribution service is serving up some fantastic seasonal deals starting today, with new sale prices coming each day and lasting either 24 or 48 hours.

For the person who has everything! Waterproof Steampunk USB drive with motorised gears.
For the person who has everything! Waterproof Steampunk USB drive with motorised gears.

Steampunk USB Flash Drives with motorised gears — Derrick Culligan has a shop on Etsy called steamworkshop where he sells amazing steampunk-style USB flash drives (for about NZ$380 but they’re really awesome), modified Zippos and more. Each piece is unique, so items get added to his shop as he makes them and pulled off once they sell.