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Swift Benchmark, iCloud Photos, Firewatch, beware fake Flash update, hacker bribes, Russian czar, Notes Evernote


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Apple makes its Swift benchmark suite open source — In a post on its Swift blog Apple says Swift’s benchmark suite is now open source. The suite contains source code for benchmarks, libraries, and utilities designed to help track Swift performance and catch performance regressions before they are committed.

iCloud Photo Library requires copying images to the Photos for OS X app — Photos lets you reference images as well as duplicating them into its library, but it won’t upload them to iCloud.

Firewatch Release on February 9th for Mac, Windows, Linux, PlayStation 4 — Firewatch comes to Mac, Windows, Linux, and PlayStation 4 on Tuesday. The Mac version is via Steam, where it’s available for a preorder discount of US$17.99 (regularly $19.99) now. According to the developers, “Firewatch is a mystery set in the Wyoming wilderness, where your only emotional lifeline is the person on the other end of a handheld radio.” It’s set in 1989, meaning no smartphones or even cellphones.

Intego warns of fake Flash Update that installs shareware — Security software company Intego is warning of a malware disguised as a (fake) Flash installer that actually installs scareware and other malware on your Mac. The malware isn’t exploiting any security holes in OS X, but instead does a semi-credible job of looking like an Adobe Flash update to socially engineer users into permitting the installation. [I just try and avoid Flash as much as possible.]

Hackers trying to bribe Apple workers into handing over login information, report says — Hackers are trying to bribe workers at Apple’s Irish offices with thousands of euros, hoping to gain access to sensitive company login information, according to several people within the company.

Russia’s new Internet czar vows to make Apple & Google pay more taxes — In an effort to bolster local competitors, Russia’s new Internet adviser to president Vladimir Putin plans to raise taxes on American companies, singling out Apple, Google and Microsoft as targets.

Apple’s Notes for Mac to support Evernote file imports in OS X 10.11.4 — Apple’s Notes app, included as part of the upcoming OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan software update, has been confirmed to support Evernote .enex file format imports in what could be a move to convert users to the iCloud native format.

Singapore solar, English tales, iCloud Photos, MacBook iPad convergence


(Image from the Straits Times)
(Image from The Straits Times)

Apple will be the first company in Singapore to run exclusively on renewable energy — Apple has announced it has struck a deal to power all of its Singapore operations with renewable energy, reports Reuters. It will be the first company in the city to run exclusively on renewable energy. Singapore’s largest clean energy provider, Sunseap Group, who will provide power to Apple’s 2500-person corporate campus and retail store. Energy will be obtained from solar panels laid on the rooftops of 800 buildings. Currently, Apple has no Store in Singapore (it uses Resellers like New Zealand) but an Apple Store is on its way.

Apple is still UK’s top storytelling brand — Apple has retained its position as the UK’s top storytelling brand, according to new research by brand storytelling agency AESOP in association with 3Gem Research.3Gem Research.

Problems with iCloud Photos Library — Glenn Fleishman explains that while Apple offers Family Sharing in iCloud, this is mostly about sharing purchases, location, and a group photo album, rather than syncing or sharing data to a common location.

Apple will not ‘converge’ iPad and MacBook lines, says Tim Cook — It has long been speculated that Apple’s iPad and MacBook would one day come together in a hybrid device, but Apple CEO Tim Cook put those rumours to bed on Sunday, saying converged machines come with inherent compromises.

4k video, iPhone 6, iCloud photos, new games, horror, HDR time lapse


Actual sizes of Apple Watch in a PDF
Actual sizes of Apple Watch in a PDF

Exclusive: The iPhone 6’s A8 chip can play 4K video — The iPhone 6 is an incredible device capable of wonderful feats, like shooting 4K video as long as you have the right app. Sadly, you can’t watch 4K video on the iPhone 6, right? Actually, you potentially can. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus can play 4K video right out of the box thanks to its A8 chip. The discovery was made by the developers of WALTR, a great Mac app that allows users to quickly upload video files to their iPhone which aren’t supported by iTunes, such as FLAC and MKV files. While testing the app developers found it is possible to playback 4K videos on the iPhone 6. Even if Apple hasn’t announced it, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are ready to play 4K videos.

Manual iCloud.com photo uploads now available to all Apple users — After spending a few weeks in developer-only beta testing, the new iCloud.com photo uploading feature is now available on the Web to all Apple users with iCloud accounts.

iPhone 6, 6 Plus shipment times drop to 7 to 10 days, 6 Plus at 1 to 2 weeks — Apple is slowly catching up with demand for its popular iPhone 6 two months after the handset launched, with the company’s online storefront now showing shipping times pegged at 7 to 10 days for most models, including the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus.

New games — There’s Monster Strike, Ironkill, Kingdom Rush Origins’ Tower Defender, and three new Final Fantasy games are coming.

iDevice horror — Last year Hooked Digital Media released Haunting Melissa, a serialized horror movie that was exclusive to iOS. Earlier this week the group released the sequel, Dark Hearts, which picks up where its predecessor left off. There’s more creepy goodness here, released one chapter at a time.

Apple has made ‘Things for iPad’ free for a week — Apple made Things for iPad from Culture Code free for a week starting now. Things is a task manager/todo organizer, and it’s become quite popular. Things for iPad 2.5 was recently released and brought a ton of new features. Apple liked it enough to make it the free app of the week, so grab it while you can. It’s normally priced at $19.99.

Use a PDF to see how big Apple Watches really are — Developer Craig Hockenberry, of Iconfactory, has written up his thoughts on his first day with WatchKit, which was released with much fanfare earlier this week. There’s a lot of discussion of the programming elements, but I thought one of the more interesting bits was a PDF created by Thibaut Sailly of the actual physical sizes of the watch itself (pictured above).

A new app takes Time Lapse photos in HDR — Time Lapse with HDR app (NZ$2.59) from Lucky Clan adds an additional feature for the company’s Time Lapse app. The app adds a simple HDR button on screen, but it can only be enabled under iOS 8 and it’s going to work best on the new faster iPhone 6 and 6 Plus phones, although the app is universal. The Time Lapse feature without HDR needs only iOS 7 or above.

UK centre, iTunes 12, Mac phone calls, iCloud photos, web bot


Add widgets to Notifications
Add widgets to Notifications

Apple to reportedly open new corporate office and R&D center in Cambridge — (It was reported earlier this week that Apple is planning to open a new office in the city of Cambridge – in the UK, before NZ Hamiltonians get excited. This ‘intellectual hotspot’ already plays host to bases of operation for a number of large tech companies.

The state of iTunes 12 says something important about Apple’s future, reckons John Martellaro — “There is a fundamental tension between writing great software and picking your fights. Recently, that tension has bubbled to the surface with the release of iTunes 12. When times change and customer trends become noticeable, Apple software has to change as well. But throwing in the towel on the monolithic iTunes app isn’t the way to do it.”

OS X Yosemite: let’s make some phone calls! Melissa Holt explains how.

Roundup: the best Notification Center widgets for Apple’s OS X Yosemite — Apple’s newly released OS X Yosemite allows third-party apps to include interactive Notification Center widgets, and AppleInsider offers a look at some of the best and most useful widgets you can install on your Mac right now.

Apple activates iCloud Photos image uploads for iCloud.com beta users — As part of Apple’s continued effort to roll out next-generation cloud services, the company on Thursday updated the iCloud.com beta website with support for browser-based image uploads to iCloud Photos.

Evidence shows Apple operating a mysterious Web crawling bot — A developer has discovered that Apple appears to be crawling HTML websites with its own automated bot, but the exact purpose of the mysterious homegrown software remains unknown.