Tag Archives: iMac

Mexican donations, inside the Theater, Imagination Technologies sale, movies rental extension

One of Apple’s images of its new theatre

Apple donates $1 million to earthquake recovery efforts in Mexico — In a Twitter post, Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company is donating US$1 million toward earthquake recovery efforts in Mexico. The company has also donated to hurricane recovery efforts in Texas and Florida.

The intriguing design of The Steve Jobs Theater explained — Author Cybart had a close-up look at the Steve Jobs Theater when he attended Apple’s September 12 event. His very detailed and revealing article includes photos from Apple and himself as well as a side-view schematic of the underground layout.

Imagination Technologies sells to China-backed equity firm for 550 million pounds — Canyon Bridge, an equity firm backed by Chinese fund Yitai Capital, on Friday announced an agreement to acquire British chipmaker, and soon-to-be-former Apple partner, Imagination Technologies. The sales is contingent on the completion of a separate sale involving MIPS, Imagination’s US unit.

Apple extends iTunes movie rental viewing window to 48 hours — To coincide with the launch of Apple TV 4K and iPhone 8 series, Apple on Friday updated its website with new information regarding movie rentals, saying viewers now have up to 48 hours to complete their rented titles after first pressing play.


Another dock, Freeter Pro, Office Time

OWC unveils new USB-C Travel Dock — OWC has announced the OWC USB-C Travel Dock, which lets you connect its integrated USB-C cable to a Mac or PC laptop or other computer to utilise its five ports of mobile connectivity from a dock small enough to fit in a pocket.
The included USB-C cable provides connectivity to the dock’s five ports (2xUSB 3, 1xUSB-C, HDMI, SD card)  for USB devices users need when travelling. It provides connectivity to USB devices through two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports to connect and power two USB devices, so users can have a full tablet and/or phone charge at all times. An HDMI port connects one 4K display, and an SD card slot allows users to access and store photos with one connection. [This has, in other words, a similar form factor to the Moshi symbus, without Ethernet but with the addition of an SD card reader.] It costs US$50, comes in four colours and is standalone (no additional power supply).

Freeter Pro: $9.99 — It doesn’t matter if you’re a designer, coder, blogger, or someone who has a lot of projects to manage, you need a way to stay on task. Freeter Pro is a Mac app that helps keep everything at your fingertips from task management to files and code snippets, websites, and more. Freeter Pro costs US$29, but it’s only US$9.99 with TMO’s special deal. [TMO also has a deal on Nisus Writer Pro at half price today.]

Office Time for macOS — Office Time for the Mac (as well as iOS and watchOS devices) makes sure none of those valuable dollars and cents slip through your fingers, and more importantly helps you bill that to a third party. It starts off as a general time tracking program. Office Time costs US$47 (about NZ$65).

Cook on DACA, Jackson on Trump, iWork updates, Safari

The iWork suite of Pages, Numbers and Keynote for Mac has been updated to be more compatible with new iOS 11 features

Tim Cook issues strongest language yet regarding DACA, supporting DREAMers — Apple CEO Tim Cook reiterated his stance against DACA’s elimination in what is possibly his most candid and firmest statement on the matter since he first spoke on the matter.
This is unacceptable, this is not who we are as a country,” Cook said at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum on Wednesday morning regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order’s pending elimination. “I am personally shocked that there’s even a discussion on this. It’s not a political thing, at least I don’t see it that way at all. It’s about basic human decency and respect.”

Apple’s Lisa Jackson criticises Trump EPA for lack of transparency — Apple VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson in an interview on Tuesday said the Environmental Protection Agency, which she led from 2009 to 2013, is under threat from President Donald Trump’s administration for a seeming lack of transparency.

Apple updates Pages, Numbers, Keynote with iOS 11 features — Following Tuesday’s release of iOS 11, Apple has updated its iWork suite of productivity apps to better take advantage of the new operating system’s features, with iPad-centric support for drag and drop, multitasking and more. Pages has a redesigned document manager for streamlined access to files stores in iCloud Drive and third-party cloud service providers. The word processor is also compatible with the new Files app, a central hub for local and cloud-based documents, images and more.
Apple’s Numbers receives many of the same iOS 11 changes with support for drag and drop, multitasking and the new Files app. Numbers also benefits from unspecified performance and stability improvements.
Apple’s Keynote update focuses on basic iOS 11 compatibility, with release notes for the software mentioning the redesigned document manager, drag and drop, multitasking and support for the Files app. Like its iWork stablemates, Keynote touts new shape and object commands, as well as performance and stability improvements.

Apple issues Safari 11 update for macOS Sierra & OS X El Capitan — Though it’s included by default with the upcoming macOS High Sierra, Apple on Tuesday released Safari 11 for macOS Sierra and OS X El Capitan, giving people early access to the finished browser’s features.
The update – available through the Mac App Store – prevents audio from auto-playing on “most” websites, according to Apple. Users can also configure things like auto-play, content blockers, and Reader on a per-site basis, or make settings universal.
The browser also includes performance boosts, new controls for HTML audio and video, and better AutoFill accuracy when pulling data from Contacts.

Mac games coming, Basketball apps

The future Mac games that have Ric Molina excited — Sometimes, there are simply too many Mac games to cover! Believing that nothing is going on with Mac gaming because no one mentions anything would be a shame. To remedy that, here’s an overview of the most exciting Mac games he’s discovered recently: SteamWorld Dig 2 (coming September 22nd), for example, is a platform mining adventure about digging deep, gaining riches, and exploring an underworld filled with dangers. [Yay, let’s warm someone else’s planet!] And there are more: Tropico 6, Tannenberg, Pillars of Eternity II and Sociable Soccer.

LineUp, LineUp Pro are new basketball stat apps for macOS — StatGeek has announced Lineup and Lineup Plus for the Mac. They allow users to produce advanced basketball statistics along with statistics on 5-man groups, 2-man groups and 3-man groups in seconds.

SpeedScriber transcription, KeepIt 1, Synology racks, Enigma encryption

SpeedScriber is a new automated transcription tool for the Mac — Digital Heaven has launched SpeedScriber, an automated transcription tool for Mac. A 60-minute file can be transcribed in less than 10 minutes.  Transcripts can be reviewed and edited in the app then printed or exported to multiple formats, including integration with professional video editing apps. Since only the audio from the file is required for the transcription process, all imported media files are converted to a mono audio-only file for upload.
SpeedScriber is available as a free download from the Mac App Store for macOS 10.11.5 or later. A SpeedScriber account is required; it can be created in the app and 15 minutes of free transcribing time is added to new accounts. Additional minutes can be purchased starting at US$.50 per minute, and the duration of each imported file is rounded up to the next whole minute then deducted from the account balance when submitted for transcription.

Keep It 1.0 for the Mac combines notebook and organiser features — Reinvented Software has debuted Keep It 1.0 for the Mac. It combines notebook and organizer features. With Keep It, you can take notes for that idea you need to save, or list you need to make, save web pages as links, and PDFs for offline viewing. The app can be used to edit its own notes, along with rich and plain text files, and can store any kind of file. Keep It will also show summaries, thumbnails and previews for most file formats.
Keep It for Mac 1.0 requires macOS 10.12 Sierra or later, and is available as a 15-day demo that can be unlocked upon purchase. A license costs US$49.99 (about NZ$69). iOS versions are available at the Apple App Store.

Synology launches collection of new products — Synology has launched a new product lineup featuring the DS3018xs, the company’s first 6-bay tower NAS with optional 10GbE and NVMe SATA SSD supports; plus-series DS918+, DS718+, and DS218+ and the value-series DS418.
To allow for high performance using SSD cache without occupying internal drive bays, DS3018xs features a PCIe slot, which can be installed with a dual M.2 SATA SSD adapter card (M2D17). DS918+ comes with dedicated dual M.2 NVMe slots at the bottom where you can directly install M.2 NVMe SSDs. DS418 features 10-bit H.265 4K video transcoding, and while supporting the next-generation Btrfs file system in DSM 6.2 official, expected to release in the first quarter of 2018.

B-Eng introduces Enigma encrypting tool for macOS — B-Eng has introduced Enigma 1.0, a utility to encrypt files on any Mac. According to Christian Schaffner, general manager of B-Eng., it uses military standard and government standard encryption algorithms.
Once a password is set in Eniga, encryption and decryption can tech be done with a single mouse click. It require macOS 10.6 or higher. Enigma 1.0 costs $US2.99/NZ$4.49. It’s available worldwide exclusively at the Mac App Store.

Preparing for High Sierra, Safari tracking complaint, Mellel 4 gets a hands on

Preparing for macOS High Sierra — We know that macOS 10.13 High Sierra is in Golden Master status right now, and the official release date for the next version of the Mac operating system is September 25. In this post, Here are some ways you can prepare for a trouble-free upgrade to High Sierra. also, here’s what you need to know about APFS and macOS High Sierra compatibility.

Apple addresses ad industry complaints over Safari tracking prevention feature — In response to advertising industry objections to Safari’s new Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature, Apple on Friday explained how the service is a boon for both consumers and ad services who use it responsibly. Also, though, Apple’s ‘differential privacy’ still collects too much specific data, one study says.

Mellel 4 targets Mac and iPad Microsoft Word users with indexing and outlining — The popular but niche word processor chiefly used by academics and technical authors has been updated with 95 new features.

Golden Master of High Sierra, the Steve Jobs Theater

The macOS High Sierra GM can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or over-the-air — Apple has released a golden master (GM) candidate of macOS High Sierra to developers and public beta testers, A golden master is a final version of software ready for release to manufacturing.
It’s available via the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store for those in Apple’s Public Beta Testing Program [although not when I checked at 7am in NZ this morning]. The finished version of the operating system update is due Tuesday, September 20th. macOS High Sierra will run on all machines compatible with macOS Sierra.

Photograph shows why Apple built the Steve Jobs Theater — Apple’s new Steve Jobs Theater, unveiled along with iPhone 8, X etc,  made everything all just so significantly better than any other keynote. It was all so… Apple. Yeah, that’s it! Apple’s new Steve Jobs Theater is so Apple. Tim Cook addressed some of this directly when he said, “It’s the most state of the art, purpose-built theater ever, built for events just like this one.”
That’s a broad statement, to be sure, one that isn’t just limited to keynotes. Steve Jobs Theater will likely be used for media events, company presentations, shareholder meetings, Valleywood movie and TV screenings, company concerts and parties, and who knows what else. [Check out Highlights from Apple’s keynote event to see what Bryan Chaffin is talking about.]

High Sierra on 25th, Travel Dock, iTunes gets sleeker, Mellel 4 word processor

Apple Will Ship macOS High Sierra on September 25th — macOS High Sierra will ship on September 25th, according to information added to the High Sierra website. The date went unmentioned during Apple’s media event, and falls one week after iOS 11 ships.
High Sierra includes Apple File System, support for the HEVC 4K video codex (aka. H.265), Metal 2 for graphics processing, the ability to create virtual reality content, improvements to Photos and other Apple apps, Intelligent Tracking Prevention in Safari, the ability to control autoplay videos, improvements to Siri and Spotlight, and a whole lot more.

OWC USB-C Travel Dock — The USB-C Travel Dock brings portable connectivity to USB-C equipped notebooks, no matter where you are. The OWC USB-C Travel Dock, available in silver, space grey, gold and rose gold,  delivers incredible versatility providing five ports of connectivity and power in a little package. This has 2xUSB3.1, 1xHDMI, USB-C-in and an SD car reader for just US$49.99 (about NZ$70 plus shipping). [The most direct competitor to this ‘little’ Dock is Moshi’s symbus, which is available in New Zealand; OWC is mail order only from the US. Differences are that the symbus has Ethernet; OWC doesn’t, and like the symbus, the OWC Travel Dock can charge a MacBook air and 13-inch MacBook Pro but not a 15-inch MacBook Pro. However the symbus costs NZ$269.99/US$124.95]

Apple is de-bloating iTunes with latest 12.7 release, removes App Store — Apple has updated iTunes for Mac and PC, with the latest release marking major changes in both content presentation, supported devices, feature additions – and deletions – and more. Apple is seemingly cutting bloat from iTunes, moving the software away from its previous status of centralized content management hub with the most serious deletion being the ability to buy iOS apps via iTunes [which most people don’t use anyway, preferring to buy them directly on their iDevices].

Mellel word processor for macOS boasts over 200 new, improved features — Mellel has released Mellel 4.0, an upgrade of its word processor for Mac. The new version includes over 200 new and improved features, is built from the ground up and designed “to save writers both time and frustration associated with traditional word processors.”
Mellel says version 4.0 aims to replace Microsoft Word as the preferred word processor of writers who use Macs. [Good luck with trying to shake me from the fast and wonderful US$79 Nisus Writer Pro, with it’s NZ English dictionary!]
A 30-day demo of Mellel 4.0 is available for download. Registration is US$59 [xNZ$82] or US$49 [cNZ$58] for an educational license. Upgrading from previous versions costs US$29 [cNZ$40].

Hurricane relief, Logitechs keyboard with dial, changing iCloud info, iLocker, Civ packs

(Image from New Scientist)

Apple contributes $5M to ‘Hand in Hand’ hurricane relief effort, to open donations this weekend — Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief on Friday announced a $5 million donation from Apple, which will be put toward ongoing Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas, as well as programs benefitting what is expected to be massive damage from the incoming Irma. [Can’t Trump dip into his climate change budget for this, since he has saved so much money by scrapping so many initiatives that are trying to deal with this sort of thing?]

First look at Logitech’s Craft keyboard with Creative Input dial for macOS — After a week with Logitech’s new Craft advanced keyboard, AppleInsider discusses first impressions of the company’s new premium – and most expensive – keyboard. The keyboard feels solid, and the typing experience is excellent, reminiscent of Apple’s Retina MacBook Pro, writes Apple Insider.

How to change iCloud account info in macOS Sierra — You can change your iCloud name and photo, and your iCloud contact, security, devices, and payment information in iCloud preferences in macOS Sierra.

iLocker is a new password-controlled file and security app for macOS — ProtectStar has announced iLocker for Mac 1.0. It’s a password-protected app and file security utility. iLocker allows users of shared Macs to password protect any app, file, or folder on a hard drive. For example, parents can drag and drop apps or files into the iLocker window, set a password, and their selections are protected from unauthorized access by their offspring. The app also supports the MacBook Pro’s Touch ID sensor. iLocker for Mac 1.0 costs US$19.90 and requires macOS 10.11 or higher. It’s available exclusively at the ProtectStar website.

Civilization VI adds Nubia Civilization and Scenario Pack — Aspyr has announced an update to Civilization VI for Mac that includes the Nubia Civilization and Scenario Pack. The update also includes some bug fixes, improvements to the game AI, improvements for other civilizations, and adjustments to game balance.

OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock, memory deal still being negotiated, Apple hires more TV execs, portal glitch

OWC Thunderbolt 3 dock is the only game in town for FireWire 800 — Vendor OWC has been supplying Mac users with upgrades for more than two decades, and the company continues that commitment with its own Thunderbolt 3 dock – AppleInsider examines this Dock again now that it’s shipping to consumers.
The Thunderbolt 3 Dock connects to a host Mac through a too-short but included 0.5-meter Thunderbolt cable. A major selling point of the dock, like most, is that it can support two 4K displays at 60Hz with one connected to the Mini DisplayPort and one through the pass-through Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port, a Gigabit Ethernet connection, and up to six USB devices. [I still await seeing the Belkin and Kensinglon offerings will the Mochi symbols is still hard to find – NB, I have contacted OWC and New Zealand buyers get a NZ power supply with this unit.]

Proposed deal would give Foxconn 25%, Apple 20% of Toshiba’s chip division — Foxconn is pressing hard for a deal that would give it 25% of Toshiba’s chip manufacturing business, an arrangement that would end up with Apple controlling 20% of the equity as well.

Apple recruits four TV executives to growing video team, offers hints at future programming — Apple recently hired four veteran television executives to join its quickly growing video content team, with the new recruits tasked to head up original programming initiatives including documentary series.

Apple developer portal undergoes maintenance after system ‘glitch’ — Apple has removed a number of online developer tools from circulation, saying the assets are down for maintenance, but some members are reporting troubling changes to account details that hint at a potential security breach. Apple, however, has reported it’s bugs, not security, it’s fixing.

Jobs Park for Sept. 12th announcement, new Logitech trackball, five things before next OS, Dock station, SaneBox

Apple Park’s Steve Jobs Theater includes rotating elevators, retracting demo room wall — When Apple hosts its ‘iPhone 8’ event on September 12th (13th n New Zealand), the media will be treated to elaborate features in the completed Steve Jobs Theater, such as a pair of custom rotating elevators and a clever way of ushering people into the product demonstration area. The elevators spin as they rise or lower, meaning that people will always enter or exit them through the same door. Most buildings would use a less complex double-door system. [It doesn’t look very big though, so I guess it won’t be used for big events like WWDC – the Moscone Center could fit thousands.]

Logitech’s MX Ergo trackball provides ergonomics, multiple device control to Mac users — Logitech is revisiting ergonomics on the Mac, with the new MX Ergo wireless trackball, allowing users to customise angle for maximum comfort. The MX Ergo is Logitech’s first new trackball in nine years. Users can increase the angle on the MX Ergo up to 20 degrees from default to improve wrist posture. A sculpted shape of the device gives the user full palm and finger support [for right-handers], and a soft rubber helps with grip.
The Logitech MX Ergo is priced at US$99.99 and expected to be available at Logitech.com and select retail stores throughout the US in September. An MX Ergo Plus is expected at Best Buy, but no information regarding differences is available at this time.

Five things to do before upgrading to macOS High Sierra — Soon, hopefully next week, Apple will release new versions of all of its operating systems including macOS. High Sierra Public Beta runs on the 2017 MacBook Pro … but not without some issues along the way. Here are five tips that should help you prevent some of the issues that Steven Sande ran into.

LandingZone debuts a new docking station for the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar — LandingZone has announced its latest docking station for the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. It’s equipped with 16 ports and costs US$299 (about NZ$415).
Available for the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, the LandingZone Docking Station’s compact size brings the functionality of a full desktop computer, with the ability to stay at a desk or be brought on-the-go during travel, says LandingZone CEO Steven Yang. The additional ports, such as USB 3.1 Type-C, USB 3.1 Type-A, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort and Ethernet, facilitate the connection of a large range of devices to the Apple laptop. The Kensington Security Slot built into the dock allows both the docking station and the MacBook Pro to be secured to a desk or table. [Not sure if it would ship with an NZ power supply.]

SaneBox: Creating order from inbox chaos — It makes no difference if you have just one email address or many, and whether you’re a business executive or a retiree – email can quickly get out of hand. This week’s Apple World Today sponsor, SaneBox, is in the business of helping people take control of email overload and then maintaining order. With this week’s sponsorship, you can take advantage of an exclusive US$25 credit for AWT readers by simply signing up through this link.

Pixelmator Pro, Watercolor Studio, London fest finished

Pixelmator Pro image tool with CoreML, Metal 2 enhancements soon to macOS — The Pixelmator developers have turned to Apple’s CoreML machine learning toolset, and are releasing Pixelmator Pro soon to directly combat Photoshop’s market dominance.
A series of new tools will allow users to design layouts, and create vector graphics like Adobe Illustrator as well. Retouching images and digital painting remain at the core of the app, but have been improved with the new version. Pixelmator Pro will retain nondestructive image editing like its predecessor. A new Recipes feature allows users to save developed effects, use them in other images, and share them with other users. There will be a version for iOS, too. [If it supports layers and pen-selection, and you can buy it with no subscription like Adobe’s which it cranks up in price every few months, I’m in!]

Watercolor Studio is a new photo-to-watercolor artistic app for macOS — JixiPix Software has introduced Watercolor Studio, an automatic photo-to-watercolor artistic app. It renders any ordinary photo into a watercolour-like painting. Watercolor Studio requires macOS 10.7 or higher. It costs NZ$74.99/US$49.99 and is available at the JixiPix website or the Mac App Store.

Apple discontinues annual London music festival — Apple’s annual UK music festival, most recently rebranded as the Apple Music Festival, is no more. According to a report on Monday, the company said it will no longer host the event that over the past decade has drawn big-name acts in promotion of Apple’s digital music services.

Cooks tweet-supports DACA, Lucidchart, Prison architect, War of the Chosen, Filmora video editing

Lucidchart goes head to head with Omnigraffle

Tim Cook tweets support for Apple’s 250 ‘Dreamers’ — Apple CEO Tim Cook has taken to Twitter to continue spreading his message of support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, posting he stands with the 250 ‘Dreamers‘ employed by the company who are able to work for Apple via the immigration initiative.
Cook’s tweet refers to the DACA program, which ensures children illegally brought into America are safeguarded against deportation. Dreamers”are used to refer to children, young adults, and working adults who benefit from DACA, though the term stems from the separate Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act of 2001 that failed to pass as legislation.

Hands On: Lucidchart online service for macOS and iOS reminiscent of MacDraw II — Lucidchart brings rapid diagrams and flowcharts to Mac and iOS, in an interface that should feel very comfortable to old-time Mac users familiar with the classic MacDraw II or Microsoft Vizio. [Also Omnigraffle, which I have used a lot – Lucidchart has published a comparo.]

Introversion’s Prison Architect lands on the Mac App Store, Feral ships XCOM 2: War of the Chosen expansion on macOS — More new games: the incarceration sandbox game Prison Architect has tunneled itself into the Mac App Store [Build your own Panopticon], while the previously-mentioned War of the Chosen expansion for XCOM 2 for macOS his available from Feral Interactive. Available through the Feral Store and Steam, the XCOM 2: War of the Chosen expansion is priced at US$39.99, but requires the base game to play (another US$49.99).

Filmora video editing software and assets for Mac: Lifetime license just US$49 — iMovie is a fairly ho-hum video editor [but it’s free, creates very slick, professional-looking results  and it’s already on every Mac] and Final Cut Pro X has more features than most people need. Filmora, a C|NET top-rated video editing package, is gaining popularity with Mac users. Apple World Today has a deal on Filmora and a pack of 60 educational assets right now; US$49 for a lifetime license to Filmora.