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New MacBook fittings, Cook, new Flash, better Solar, Safari users can sue Google


First Solar is constructing a 280-megawatt solar farm, from which Apple is officially slated to have 130 megawatts for 25 years. PG&E will get the other 150 megawatts.
First Solar is constructing a 280-megawatt solar farm, from which Apple is officially slated to have 130 megawatts for 25 years. PG&E will get the other 150 megawatts.

Apple’s new MacBook employs unorthodox keyboard design to achieve maximum thinness — To pursue its continuing obsession with thinness, Apple has gone to extraordinary lengths with the keyboard on the new 12-inch MacBook, redesigning it in a way that is thoroughly distinct from its Macbook Air and MacBook Pro stablemates. It uses a new ‘butterfly mechanism’.

USB Type-C peripherals are on the way, and storage devices are first up — With Apple’s latest MacBook and Google’s newest Chromebook just out and featuring the new USB Type-C connector, we’re on the lookout for peripherals that use the interface, and storage devices appear to be first out of the gate.

Apple’s Tim Cook plans to give away all his money — Apple chief executive Tim Cook has revealed plans to donate the vast majority of his wealth to charity before he dies, saying that he wants to develop a “systematic approach” to philanthropy. [Is that ‘make it harshly, give it away softly’?]
Fortune magazine named Apple CEO Tim Cook the world’s greatest leader on Thursday. Meanwhile, he’s ‘deeply disappointed‘ by new Indiana anti-gay law.

Intel & Micron’s new 3D flash memory could mean cheaper, larger storage for Apple’s Macs, iOS devices — Intel and Micron have announced the launch of a new 3D NAND flash technology, one which could substantially improve the amount of data storage possible in Macs, iPhones, iPads, and numerous other devices.

Apple’s $848M solar power deal better on back end, says environmental VP Lisa Jackson — The $848 million solar power deal Apple signed with First Solar last month is a better value than some have suggested, according to Apple’s vice president of Environmental Initiatives Lisa Jackson, who on Thursday pointed to a surge in the amount of power Apple will receive towards the end of the contract.

Safari users in the UK can sue Google over alleged privacy violations — The UK Court of Appeal won’t block a privacy lawsuit that alleges Google tracked Safari users without authorisation, so the three plaintiffs can continue their legal fight against the search company.

 

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Final Cut, Cook, Spotify, new Skype, Chinese government drops Apple, databases love gone


Final Cut was used extensively in the forthcoming movie Focus.
Final Cut was used extensively in the forthcoming movie Focus.

Apple highlights Final Cut Pro and its role in Warner Brothers movie ‘Focus’ — Ahead of the February 27th release of romantic comedy Focus, Apple has provided a detailed look at the role Final Cut Pro X played in the production and development of the motion picture. 

Tim Cook to deliver May commencement address at George Washington University — Apple CEO Tim Cook will deliver the keynote address to graduates at George Washington University, reports GW Today. Cook, along with Anthony S Fauci and Carole Watson, will receive an honorary doctorate of public service. Cook was nominated by GWU students and accepted the invitation for the May 17th event.

Spotify adds song lyrics, gets more social on PCs — The popular music streaming service is tweaking its desktop app to display song lyrics as you listen. Spotify’s new music lyrics feature is powered by Musixmatch, one of the most popular apps in Spotify’s catalog.

Apple dropped as supplier by Chinese government — Apple is among the companies China has officially dropped from its state-approved technology buying list—a move that was unofficially revealed several months ago. The change means Chinese government agencies can’t purchase iPhones, iPads, or Macs.

Skype 7.5 for Mac now available — Skype 7.5 for Mac is now available from Microsoft, and the app is adding localisation for a number of new languages as well as tackling some performance issues. Skype is a free download in the first place. To get it, open Skype, choose ‘Check for updates’ from the Skype menu.

Love with databases over for Mac users — A few years ago, you could select from a fairly wide range of database programs (many on the PC including the still formidable MS Access, a few on the Mac) that allowed us to keep track of our CDs, records, books, wine bottles and whatever we were collecting. Not any more.

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Typo has announced the Typo 2 for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 5/5s adds a little physical, Blackberry-like keyboard
Typo has announced the Typo 2 for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 5/5s adds a little physical, Blackberry-like keyboard

Kow-towing … Chinese internet regulator gets private look at Apple Watch — Want a private, behind-closed-doors glimpse at Apple’s new smartwatch, complete with a guided tour by Tim Cook himself?
You just have to be China’s Cyberspace Administration minister. That’s the treatment Lu Wei, China’s Internet Minister, received during his recent visit to California.

Leading Android fansite recommends … Apple Inc iPad Air 2 as best tablet in holiday gift guide — Android Police named Apple’s iPad Air 2 as its top tablet pick among “Android devices” for the 2014 holiday season, calling it “reliable, predictable, and very fast.” [How ‘leading’ is an Android fan site that refers to an iPad an Android device?]

Typo avoids BlackBerry lawsuit by releasing a new iPhone 6 keyboard — The original Typo keyboard case was a dream come true for many BlackBerry users who had converted to iPhone: a case which brought the tactile keyboard of your beloved old device to the best cell phone on the market. Then BlackBerry sued, and the Typo had to sit on the shelf… until now. (The new case is pictured above.)

Transmit for iOS restricted from using iCloud Drive, forced to delete all share sheet options — In its latest puzzling App Store policy assertion, Apple has reportedly blocked Panic from adding the standard iOS Share Sheet to its Transmit file transfer app due to an unwritten policy that “forbids apps from uploading content to iCloud Drive unless the content was created in the app itself.”

Fit Brains Trainer keeps your grey matter in shape — While a lot of us are at least making the attempt to keep our bodies in shape, not so many people think about keeping their brains fit. That’s the idea behind a recent app from Rosetta Stone Canada called Fit Brains Trainer (free, with in-app purchases).

Cook on privacy and security, Mavericks and Safari updates, printer drivers solved


Tim Cook has restated Apple's attitude to your data – it's super secure and nobody gets to look at it.
Tim Cook has restated Apple’s attitude to your data – it’s super secure and nobody gets to look at it.

Tim Cook touts new Apple privacy policies in open letter to customers — Apple on Wednesday [in the US] updated its customer privacy webpage to reflect new security initiatives, highlighting a letter written by CEO Tim Cook, who restated the company’s business is in selling products, not harvesting data.

Apple releases OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks with reliability enhancements, includes Safari 7.0.6 — Apple has released the latest OS X 10.9 Mavericks maintenance update, which includes Safari version 7.0.6, with fixes for VPN reliability and file access from SMB servers. Mac users can download OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks via Software Update or the Mac App Store. 10.9.5 also has improvements to VPN and SMB Servers.

The trick to finding the right printer driver for your Mac — Ted Landau at Macworld tells you more, and it makes interesting reading.