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Mac Security Update, Lurssen gets Digital Delivery, Apple Keynotes, Mac Os dipped, Sonnet 10 Gigabit


Apple issues Mac security Update — Security Update 2016-001 El Capitan and Security Update 2016-005 Yosemite OS X Yosemite v10.10.5 and OS X El Capitan v10.11.6 1 Sept 2016. Open the Mac App Store, click Updates and apply.

Lurssen Mastering Console for Mac/PC and iOS adds Digital Delivery Mastering feature in latest update — Lurssen Mastering Console for Mac/PC and iOS now lets musicians create Mastered for iTunes specification-compliant audio masters for digital distribution services like iTunes, Spotify, Pandora and more.
The update is complimentary for current owners of Lurssen Mastering Console for Mac/PC, and is an included feature in the HD engine in-app purchase in the iOS release. Five new style presets for Hard Rock/Heavy Metal music are also included in this update.
Lurssen Mastering Console for Mac/PC – is available from the IK Multimedia web site and select retailers worldwide for $/€199.99 (excluding taxes). Users can download and test-drive Lurssen Mastering Console’s full features at no cost for a period of 10 days. The update is free for current registered users.
For more information, please visit IK Multimedia.

Every Apple Keynote since 1997 at a glance — NotesKey has every Apple keynote event since 1997 laid out in an easy-to-grasp table. Each year is laid out by month, and each keynote event is represented with an icon that immediately conjures up memories of that event. The earlier ones use images from moments in the keynote, while recent years use the images Apple sent out in media invitations (via Mac Observer).

NetMarketShare: Mac OS X and iOS were both down in August — According to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare, the market share for Mac OS X dipped again in August, while iOS rose a bit. Mac OS X had 7.37% of the global market share in August, down from 7.87% percent in July (that’s global market share; in the US it’s over 13%). April 2016’s 9.2% was an all-time high, according to NetMarketShare’s measurements. Windows remains dominant with 90.52% as of August.

Sonnet announces Dual-Port SFP+ 10 Gigabit Ethernet Thunderbolt 2 Adapter — Sonnet Technologies has announced the Twin 10G SFP+ Thunderbolt 2 to Dual-Port SFP+ 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) adapter, solution for adding 10GbE network connectivity to any Mac with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports.

iCloud gets 2TB option, Dropbox hacked, Irish tax, Geekbench 4, camera blocker


Apple’s iCloud gets 2TB storage tier ahead of iPhone 7 launch — Apple quietly added a 2TB storage option for iCloud subscribers, doubling the previous high end tier. The company added the new level this week, leading to speculation that the company’s September 7th media really will include a new iPhone with 256GB internal storage. [To buy extra (you have 5GB free) storage on your Mac, open System Preferences, click iCloud, click the Manage button, then Buy More Storage and you’ll see the new 2TB storage plan for NZ$29.99 a month/US$$19.99 a month.]

Dropbox hack released details of more than 68M accounts, report says — Dropbox recently notified users of a potential forced password reset after its security team discovered a batch of account credentials believed to have been obtained from a known 2012 data breach. While the initial announcement failed to specify the exact number of impacted users, a report on Tuesday puts the number at well over 68 million.

Irish cabinet may get more time to decide on Apple’s tax appeal — Ireland’s cabinet may be given more time to decide on whether to back the finance minister’s recommendation that Dublin appeal the European Commission’s ruling against its tax dealings with Apple, reports Reuters. The EU-imposed Apple Irish tax bill could exceed $21.2B if appeal process fails.

Geekbench 4 Released for Mac, iOS, and Other OSes — Primate Labs has released Geekbench 4 for OS X (and for iOS, Windows, Linux, and Android) this week. Geekbench is a benchmarking app that will test your device and show how it compares to other devices. The new version includes a new interface, a new structure that allows more features on mobile devices, and new workloads (ie tests for CPU). [Geekbench is one of the few tools that leta you see how Apple device compare in computing power to non-Apple devices.]

Camera Guard for Mac OS X blocks webcam and microphone access — ProtectStar has introduced Camera Guard Professional 2016, a safety software solution for Mac OS X. It’s designed to make sure that no hacker, spy or malware can observe you or listen in on you. It normally costs €$29.90, but is being offered for €$19.90 in the first week of launch. There’s also a free version of Camera Guard available that offers protection of the webcam and safety information over access. [Scroll down on this page to find both version.)


Five Tip Friday ~ Safari on Mac


The next OS for Mac (macOS 10.12 Sierra) is in development and some public and developer testers already have it  – but it won’t officially ship till (probably) September, so there’s still lots to learn about OS 10.11. Here are some tips for Safari.
I’ve said this many times, but unless you’re using tabbed browsing for your searches and other tasks in Safari, you’re not getting the best from your online experience. I’m not going to go through that again here, but here’s a nice easy How To to get you up and running if you’re not using this yet.

1/ Close other tabs — When you’ve got multiple tabs open, click on the File menu and find Close Tab – now hold down the Option key on your keyboard: Close Tab switches to Close Other Tabs. If you’ve opened up lots of links in tabs and just want to get rid of everything except the tab you’re currently viewing, this does it in one go. (The keyboard shortcut for this action is Option-Command-W– Command W being the standard and ubiquitous Close Window command).
You can also hold down the Option on your keyboard and click on the ‘x that appears on your tab (the little Close button each tab has) when you hover over it. A little tooltip will show up when you do so, warning you of what’s about to happen.

2/ Undo the closing action — If you’re playing around and accidentally close a tab, remember you can press Command-Z (Edit > Undo Close Tab – actually, XCommand Z is the universal and ubiquitous – and lifesaving, sometimes – Undo Last Action command and well worth learning anyway, as it works almost everywhere) to bring it back.

PinnedTab3/ Pinning sites — There are several ways to save sites you use a lot: add to favourites, bookmarking … but El Capitan’s Safari added ‘site pinning’. Pinning a site is easy – choose Pin Tab from the Window menu to move it’s button, while resizing it smaller, to the left side of your Favourites bar, or click on a tab’s title and just drag it all the way to the left of the tab. You can also hold down the Control key ion your keyboard (it may be labelled ‘Ctrl’) and click a tab, then choose Pin Tab from the pop-out menu.
The tab will become a small square on the left side of the tab bar, as in the thumbnail on the left here: it just shows a site icon. Pinned tabs remain open when you close and reopen Safari, and the sites in them run in the background, so you’ll hear sounds such as message alerts or videos running if they’re on that site.

4/ Safari keyboard shortcuts — Some of Safari’s keyboard shortcuts changed for El Capitan. Previously, [Command]+1, [Command]+2 and so on opened bookmarks from corresponding positions in the Favorites Bar; now these shortcuts switch between tabs you have open, including the pinned ones.
These shortcut actions can be reversed by turning off ‘Use [Command]-1 through [Command]-9 to switch tabs’ in Safari>Preferences>Tabs.

5/ Shutting things up — Some sites (bloody Macworld!) have videos that auto launch and noisily run even when they are in tabs that aren’t expanded (the ones you’re viewing the contents of). Now, Safari displays a speaker icon in the browser bar to mute any audio, as well as in the affected tab, letting you pick which tab to silence. Just click it.

Five Tip Friday ~ Contacts in El Capitan


1/ Mail now adds info to Contacts — Mail can now auto-detect additional information it finds in emails (extra email addresses, phone numbers and so on) and add them to your contacts in the Contacts app. But you can modify this behaviour, since some people resent the additional information arbitrarily being added to the address details they may carefully manage. Open Contacts’ Preferences, and under General you can turn off ‘Show contacts found in Mail’ (above).  Your Mac will warn you that it’s about to remove data.

2/ Duplicated data in Contacts — Contacts has a few ways to address duplicated data; for example, you can click on the Card menu and choose Look for Duplicates to automatically do some cleanup, or you can select a couple of cards and combine them using Card>Merge Selected Cards.

3/ Dealing with extraneous accounts — Open Contacts, and make sure the Sidebar is turned on (press Command-1 or choose View> Show Groups). For most, having just one list syncing consistently across devices is ideal and leads to the least amount of confusion. Some people missing certain contacts on iPhone that they know are on their Macs have found their Mac syncing by default to a Google account that wasn’t configured on their iPhones. (I really am no fan of Google and Gmail – I never understand why people choose Gmail accounts when they can have much better, more secure and better-synching – and also free – iCloud accounts.)

4/ Which accounts are you syncing? Open System Preferences and under Internet Accounts, in that pane’s left-hand list, you can again tell which accounts have contact syncing turned on. Make a backup of your contacts (File>Export>Contacts Archive) then drag any contacts from accounts you don’t sync to the one you do.
Turning off syncing for a particular account doesn’t delete those contacts from where they live on the server, so you can always toggle the syncing back on if you find you’re missing something later.

5/ On iOS — After your Mac is cleaned up, check your iOS devices, too. Similarly, you can see which accounts are being allowed to sync contacts within Settings>Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
If you toggle off contacts syncing for all except that one default account you chose on your Mac, everything will be all nice and neat.

iBooks updates, Dragon 5.1, Adobe and Metal, El Capitan, iClipboard, Microsoft jab


Apple updates iBooks app and iBooks Author — Apple has updated iBooks for Mac OS X (and for iOS) and iBooks Author for Mac OS X. iBooks is an ebook app that allows you to read publications purchased at the iBookstore. iBooks Author lets you create iBooks textbooks (as well as other types of books) for the iPad and Mac. With iBooks on iOS and Mac OSX, readers can now choose a new reading mode in iBooks called Gray which offers white text on a dark grey background. You can now read a book and browse the web in Safari side-by-side.

Dragon 5.0.1 review: speech recognition for the Mac gets improved accuracy, better interface — The only major player for OS X is Nuance’s Dragon (formerly known as Dragon Dictate). Now at version 5, Dragon offers some of the biggest changes since this software was first introduced, both under the hood and on the screen.

Adobe now says Metal support in After Effects ‘one possibility’ — Despite promises at this June’s Worldwide Developers Conference hosted by Apple, Adobe is now adopting an ambiguous stance on whether After Effects will support Apple’s Metal graphics technology. Metal is a developer API intended to allow better access to graphics processing hardware. Originally it debuted in iOS 8, but the technology is now on Mac as part of OS X El Capitan.

How to use Split Screen view in Mac OS X El Capitan — Mac OS X El Capitan has a new Split View that automatically positions two app windows side-by-side in full screen so you can work with both apps without distraction. It uses every pixel of your Mac display, so you may wish to give it a try. Also, Secure Empty Trash is gone.

iClipboard — Chronos’ iClipboard version 5.0 is one of those Mac utilities that offers a function Apple should have built into Mac OS X a long time ago (or so thinks Dennis Sellers)  the ability to cut, paste and manage multiple clippings. With it, you’re not limited to pasting only the last thing copied to the clipboard.

Microsoft exec jabs at Apple, tweets drawing of ‘converged’ toaster and refrigerator — Just before his company’s Surface Pro 4 event, the head of Microsoft’s Windows division took a shot at Apple, recalling disparaging comments its CEO Tim Cook made about “converged” devices like the Surface tablet a few years ago. [Sigh – is it back to the bad old days already?]

Five Tip Friday ~ Finding those hidden characters and new Safari speaker button

1/ Quick special characters — If you dabble in graphic design or publishing or you just like writing café properly (instead of cafe) you’ll eventually need hidden typographic characters such as ®, ©, ™, ° and maybe even € and £. The following keyboard shortcuts might be worth memorizing:
© Option-G
® Option-R
™ Option–2
• Option–8
° Shift-Option–8
€ Shift-Option–2
¢ Option–4
… Option-;
“ Option-[
” Shift-Option-[
‘ Option-]
’ Shift-Option-]
These keyboard shortcuts work in any application and in any field into which you can enter text.


2/ Using the Keyboard Viewer — OS X has Keyboard and Character Viewers. The Keyboard Viewer displays an onscreen representation of your Mac’s keyboard, and lets you insert a character into your text just by clicking its key on a virtual keyboard. Choose Show Keyboard Viewer from the Input menu at top-right of your Mac’s menu bar. (If this isn’t visible, open System Preferences in El Capitan, choose Language & Region, click Keyboard Preferences and turn on Show input menu in menu bar. In Yosemite or earlier, it’s in System Preferences>Keyboard, and tick “Show Keyboard & Character Viewers in menu bar’.)
You get a small window with the Command key symbol on it or, if you’ve enabled multiple languages for your keyboard, it looks like a flag instead.
When you first open the Keyboard Viewer, it matches the characters you see on your keyboard, which isn’t very exciting. To view more characters, press and hold modifier keys on your keyboard. For example, if you press and hold the Shift key, the top row of keys changes to a tilde, exclamation point, ampersand, and so on. If you press and hold the Option key, you see even more characters, as shown below.

3/ See special characters as you type — Recent versions of OS X provide an additional way to access the accented or alternate versions of a character while typing. Just as in iOS, hold down the letter’s key for a second and you’ll see a list of alternates appear in a popup menu. To use one of the alternates, either type the number that appears beneath it, or physically click the one you want. To dismiss the menu, either type a different character or press the Escape key. If no additional characters are available for the key you’re holding, the menu won’t appear.

4/ The Character Viewer — The super handy Character Viewer (called ‘Show Emoji & Symbols’ in El Capitan) conveniently clusters the characters in all your active fonts into logical groups. For example, the elusive Ⓟ character lives in the Letterlike Symbols group. Click once to see variations of that character in other fonts, and double-click to insert it into your text. The Character Viewer even remembers the characters you use the most — click ‘Frequently Used’ to see them. You can also add a character to your list of Favorites [sic] by clicking the ‘Add to Favorites’ button beneath its preview on the right.
These Character tips came from Macworld – this post has one more about them.


5/ Quick El Capitan (and Safari 9 for Yosemite) sound tip — You know those annoying sites that immediately start talking or playing music as soon as they load? Now you can turn them off in the Tab bar. Just click the little speaker button. Phew! (This assumes you use Tabbed Browsing, which you can turn on in Safari>Preferences>Tabs … and if you’re not using Tabbed Browsing, you’re not living, believe me.]

All you need to know about El Capitan, new Eurobond, Chinese taxes paid


El Capitan FAQ: everything you need to know about OS X 10.11 — Soon Apple will release OS X El Capitan, which is version 10.11 of the Mac operating system. In this FAQ, Macworld answers some of the more general questions about El Capitan to help you decide about installing it on your Mac.

Apple issues new euro bond worth more than $2.25B — In a US Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Thursday, Apple announced a new two-billion euro debt offering (about NZ$3.59 billion) as it continues to take advantage of historically low interest rates.

Apple pays China $71M in back taxes, $10M fine after misinterpreting law — The Chinese Ministry of Finance announced this week that Apple paid out 452 million yuan ($71 million) in back taxes and was slapped with a 65 million yuan fine for understating sales in 2013. [May this continue.]

El Capitan’s Disk Utility, science projects, where Photos’ photos are


OS X: El Capitan’s deletion of ‘Repair Disk Permissions’ could impact you — Apple’s next version of OS X El Capitan uses something called “System Integrity Protection” to prevent the alteration of critical system files. As a result, scripted installers and even privileged admin users can no longer change those UNIX file permissions and then modify them. This should make El Capitan more stable and secure. So, while “Repair Disk Permissions” is gone, that also creates an important issue for users: software upgrades.

Dozens of projects that let you do real science on your Mac — Computers can be powerful tools when their collective computing capacity is aggregated on a network. If you’re interested in exploring how you can contribute to important causes with that Mac sitting on your desk, here are dozens of science projects that could benefit from the gigaflops of computational power you’re currently using for kitten videos.

How to find Photos’ image files in the Finder— While Photos stores original images just as iPhoto did, as well as modified versions and thumbnails, it’s more cautious about letting you get to them. If you import images into Photos (Preferences>General, and Copy Items to the Photos Library is checked next to the Importing label), then you can’t easily get to the original file in the Finder, but it is still possible.

Apple’s new website, Mandarin Swift, App Camp for Girls, pixel quality, 10 apps, El Capitan,

RedesignedHow to buy stuff on Apple’s redesigned website — Apple gave its website a major overhaul that does away with the distinct online store we’ve known for years. That means you can’t use the store.apple.com subdomain and browse products; instead, you now find buy buttons scattered around the Apple site that let you add products to your shopping bag. Read on to see how Apple’s new shopping experience works.

Apple’s Swift programming language translated to Mandarin Chinese thanks to open source project — Coding for Apple devices just got a little easier for thousands of developers in China, as a group of more than 100 programmers recently wrapped up an open source Mandarin Chinese translation of Apple’s Swift programming language.

Swift’s profound effect on App Camp for Girls — Apple’s Swift programming language has earned praise from developers the world over, but the power and simplicity of this new programming language was brought home by the profound impact it had on July’s App Camp for Girls. We finished the apps in this year’s App Camp so fast, it was as if we got an extra day with our young developers.

It’s time for Apple to consider pixel quality as well as pixel quantity — The TV/computer screen buzz lately is about Ultra High Def/4K displays. However, when considering new monitors (and, hey Apple, where’s our 5K Thunderbolt Display?) and upcoming iMacs, perhaps Apple should think about pixel quality as well as pixel quantity.

10 interesting Mac apps — That’s a slideshow at Macworld.

4 top El Capitan features — The Mac Observer for that one.

Apple Campus to get café and visitor centre, 3rd Public Beta of El Capitan


Apple Campus 2 Will Have Full Blown Visitor Center with Store, Cafe, Observation Deck — If you’ve been following the development of Apple Campus 2 — the so-called Spaceship HQ — you may have been wondering if you’d get to see it yourself. Turns out you will, because Apple is building a full-blown visitor centre, complete with an Apple Store, a cafe, and an observation deck overlooking the main building.
Silicon Valley Business Journal (SVBJ) uncovered plans for the visitor center buried in documents filed with the City of Cupertino in April. Those plans describe a building with glass walls and a carbon fiber roof with large skylights.

Apple provides public beta testers with third build of OS X 10.11 El Capitan — Members of Apple’s OS X public beta program can now download the third pre-release build of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, the company’s forthcoming Mac operating system update. The latest build is said to have known issues with Photos, Apple ID and Language localization and formatting. Many problems can be traced back to iCloud syncing, likely due to incomplete or incompatible backend assets also in testing.

Earnings, El Capitan, troubleshooting Photos, 10nm chips, Pages sections, IIgs update

An update just arrived for the IIgs after 22 years!
An update just arrived for the IIgs after 22 years!

Apple Conference Call July 21st while $AAPL ratchets higher — Apple on Friday officially scheduled its quarterly conference call with analysts for Tuesday, July 21st, at 5PM EDT/2PM PDT. The company will be taking questions about its June quarter performance, and Wall Street appears optimistic at what the company will announce.

OS X El Capitan is not just a tune-up — OS X Yosemite has been a bit of a problem for some users, especially with networking, and so the WWDC announcement of El Capitan was broadly greeted with enthusiasm. Apple’s stated focus in the keynote was on the experience and performance, but we’ve learned that important changes under the hood will also contribute to security and better networking. Here’s a look at how El Capitan is going to affect you for the better.

Troubleshooting Photos: Syncing, deleting, organizing albums, and more — With the release of El Capitan’s public beta, those with the desire to engage in a bit of risk have gotten a glimpse of Photos 1.1, a release that isn’t just an extension of the original version: it also seems to fix bugs. Macworld tells you how to cope in the meantime.

Apple partner TSMC to mass produce 10nm chips by early 2017, on pace to beat Intel — The race to make smaller and more efficient mobile processors continues, with iPhone chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company revealing it remains on track to mass-produce its first 10-nanometer FinFET processors by early 2017 — a timeframe that would put it ahead of rival Intel.

OS X Pages: Using Sections to Delete Document Pages — One of the questions I get asked most about the Pages application is how to delete specific document pages. The problem is that when you start with the blank template, for example, the program will flow your content into one long section, meaning you won’t be able to delete just one page. You can see how this works by choosing View>Show Page Thumbnails, which’ll slide out a bar along the left side of your window. [The trick is to break the sections first.]

Apple IIgs System 6.0.2 Update rolls out after 22 years, no kidding —  Only 22 years after its last update Apple IIgs System 6.0.1 is getting a new update. The version 6.0.2 update added support for Apple’s Ethernet for Appletalk card, fixed an HFS bug that could lead to file corruption, fixed PASCL.FST and DOS33.FST bugs, addressed bugs in TextEdit, Font Manager, and Window Manager, and the list goes on! It’s a free download at the A.P.P.L.E. website.

Diversity, El Capitan’s Integrity Protection, more on Flash, Japanese R&D

Apple's Yokohama R&D centre.
Apple’s Yokohama R&D centre.

Apple says recruitment of women & minorities improving, company will be more transparent — Efforts by Apple to improve recruitment of women and minorities in its workforce are slowly paying off, the company has revealed, as it hopes other corporations will follow its lead in diversity and transparency.

El Capitan’s System Integrity Protection will shift utilities’ functions — iOS is so locked down that disabling protections in order to install your own modifications is called “jailbreaking.” But OS X has remained free and easy — until now: El Capitan adds some security improvements that should make OS X more resistent to exploitation by malware, but it will also mean a change or end to some software utilities on which you may rely. (And if you’re over the El Capitan public beta, here’s how to revert your Mac back to Yosemite.)

You don’t have to be a villain to say Flash must die — Glenn Fleishman notes that Flash’s time has been over for years, but inertia has kept flawed technology alive and exploitable. It’s time to kill it off. Flash is a constantly exploited, superannuated bit of technology that useful in the early days of multimedia in web browsers, and now deserves to die, and here’s how to survive without it.

Apple’s Japanese R&D center to tap into local materials, vehicle and health talent — Alongside an expanding retail presence, Apple is building out research and development operations around the globe, including a facility in Yokohama, Japan that will reportedly focus on materials, vehicle and health segments.