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iCloud.com goes dynamic, Mac Pro rumour, Foxconn, Interact Scratchpad, Dok malware, Apple Car

iCloud.com gets dynamic wallpaper — OK, not exactly big news, but iCloud.com, which has displayed a static, blue-to-yellow gradient background for the past three years, now has a dynamic wallpaper on both the login (above) and home screens.
Check it out: go to http://www.icloud.com (if you want to log in, use your email associate with your Apple ID, and your Apple ID password – this is where you can carry out lots of iCloud tasks online, using any browser and device, so remember to log out afterwards if you’re not using your own gear).

Apple Mac Pro From fad to a monster graphics platform — In 2008, the venerable cheese grater Mac Pro was designed for Apple customers who needed high-end performance and expandability. In 2013, Apple shifted gears and saw the Mac Pro as an iconic desktop system with great performance if one shared the company’s vision for both industrial design and OpenCL.
“Now, it appears that Apple sees the Mac Pro as a platform that will support its future initiatives. Can Apple hold to that pattern? That abiding faith in high end computation and visualization? A new trademark filing suggests Apple now sees the light.”
[This is definitely a rumour, not a fact, and also sounds like wishful thinking.]

Trump to meet with Foxconn chairman Terry Gou, report says — Terry Gou, chairman of Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn, will reportedly meet with President Donald Trump in Washington, DC, on Thursday, where the pair are likely to discuss US job creation and a pending bid for Toshiba’s chip business. [I predict they will get on well – they’re not that dissimilar, unfortunately.]

Interact Scratchpad 1.0.2 brings refined contact data mining to macOS — Interact Scratchpad does one thing, but it does it really well. Interact Scratchpad lets you paste or write every detail you can think of for a contact and pops it all into the right places. So forget clicking in the Job Title section of Contacts and writing CEO, Interact Scratchpad recognises what’s a job, what’s a company, who’s a person.
Interact Scratchpad 1.0.2 for the Mac requires OS X 10.11 or higher and costs NZ$7.49/US$4.99 on the Mac App Store.

New ‘Dok’ malware targets Macs using signed Apple developer certificate — A new strain of malware targeting Mac users is attempting to slip past defenses through a phishing scheme and a signed Apple developer certificate — though in practice, it may still not pose much of a threat even though it’s the first “major scale” malware directed at Mac owners through a “coordinated email phishing campaign”.

Apple’s self-driving testbed spotted in Silicon Valley — Apple’s self-driving technology testbed, an optimized Lexus RX450h SUV bristling with an array of advanced sensors, was spotted driving on Silicon Valley roads on Thursday, offering the first real-world look at the company’s highly secretive autonomous vehicle project.

Apple WWDC TV, presidential Watch, HomeKit June, Maps, Foxconn, Bentley ad, Sunrise Calendar, 2 beautiful games

WWDC (8th June) has a logo that appears to depict an Apple TV
WWDC (8th June) has a logo that appears to depict an Apple TV


The final frontier: how Apple TV could connect all the dots — Ever since Steve Jobs gave us a sneak peak at Apple’s internal iTV project at 2006’s “Showtime” event, we’ve been waiting for Apple’s pioneering set-top box to mature. And now the WWDC logo appears to depict one

Apple Watch enters presidential politics — Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (Republican) pointed to the Apple Watch as the solution to Obamacare, the bugaboo of Right Wing partisans in the US. Speaking of his desire to repeal and replace Obamacare, the governor said Apple Watch and other devices will put health care into the hands of the people, thus eliminating the need for government involvement in that industry. [Someone should call time on this twit.]

Apple says HomeKit accessories coming in June — Apple said on Thursday to expect the first HomeKit automation accessories in June. Responding to a Fortune report that HomeKit was delayed as Apple worked on stabilising the platform, Apple said in a statement that the first HomeKit products will be released “next month.”

Apple overhauling data services ‘front-to-back’ for future version of Maps, job listing reveals — Apple is planning major changes to Maps that will involve radically overhauling the data services behind the platform, according to a job listing posted on Thursday discovered by AppleInsider. Apple has also acquired high-accuracy GPS technology firm Coherent Navigation.

Foxconn posts record first-quarter profits on strong sales of Apple’s iPhone 6 — Asian manufacturer Hon Hai, better known as Foxconn, on Friday reported its highest first-quarter profit growth in a decade with a 56 percent jump year-over-year, driven at least in part by strong sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Bentley again chooses iPhone to shoot new ‘Intelligent Details’ short film — Almost one year to the day after Bentley aired its first promotional ‘documentary’ shot and edited on iOS devices, the luxury car brand repeated the effort to commemorate the Savile Row Bespoke exhibition in Washington, DC.

Sunrise Calendar builds Meet into iOS 8 keyboard, HBO Go adopts modernized UI — Microsoft has updated Sunrise Calendar for iOS with a new scheduling tool called Meet, while HBO brought the iOS edition of HBO Go up to par with a redesigned interface.

Two games: Does Not Commute and  Implosion — There’s an undercurrent of weirdness in Does Not Commute (universal, free with in-app purchase) that Fox Mulder would love. The beautiful and challenging strategy game from Mediocre Games has you driving various vehicles, from sedans to speed boats to ice cream trucks, through several neighbourhoods, being careful to beat the clock and avoid the other drivers.
Implosion’s hack-n-slash mechanics and stellar graphics make one outstanding game too, writes Sarah Jacobsson Purewal. It’s a rather pricey top-down hack-n-slash customisable build game in which you fight mutant aliens. “But even if you’re not into slicing up mutants, Implosion is still worth a look for its super pretty graphics and unparalleled gameplay mechanics.”