Tag Archives: Ireland

Kill Switches, Ireland, Japanese AI, streamer


Apple removed security tethers from demo products in Apple Stores — [Note that New Zealand has no Apple Stores, just resellers with licenses to sell Apple products. But if you go to Australia, the US, Canada, Germany, Holland …]. Apple’s retail group knows that the best way to get someone to buy a product is to give them unfettered access to a device. Up until recently, that wasn’t possible as each and every device was tethered to a table with a security cable. Customers can’t set passcodes on iOS devices and lock them, and rebooting a Mac returns it to its original state. The current systems installed on demo devices have software ‘kill switches‘ that disable the devices when they’re out of range of the store Wi-Fi network. Run away with something and it becomes dead and useless.

Apple moves $9B worth of iTunes intellectual property to Ireland — Apple continues to expand its operations in Ireland, despite ongoing criticism of its presence there for tax purposes, with the company’s international iTunes business now setting up shop in the town of Holyhill.

Apple’s upcoming Japan R&D center will work on AI and related products — Apple CEO Tim Cook told the Nikkei Asian Review that the company’s upcoming research and development base in Yokohama, Japan will develop artificial intelligence (AI) and other technologies. Cook described it as a center for “deep engineering.” He said it will be “very different” from the R&D base Apple plans to build in China.

To easily stream your media from macOS to iOS locally, try StreamToMe — Apple’s Home Sharing is great if you’ve got just a few files you want to stream from a computer to iOS. For larger libraries, a third party application suite called StreamToMe is a great choice, and easy to set up for even novice users. StreamToMe (by developer zqueue) is a two-part application, needing both an iOS client (NZ$5/US$3), and a macOS or Windows computer to execute the server-side ServeToMe. The Mac part is free,

Apple Back to School, Netherlands, Russia, Ireland, Mossberg criticism, security efforts, Elmedia Player

Apple's Back to School promotion is on again in New Zealand
Apple’s Back to School promotion is on again in New Zealand

Apple Back to School promo returns to Australia & New Zealand, offers Beats or iPad discounts — Apple has launched the Australian and New Zealand editions of its annual Back to School sale, offering either Beats headphones or iPad discounts to qualifying shoppers buying a new Mac.
From today through March 21, university students, their parents, and/or educational staff buying a Mac will receive instant credit towards a free pair of Beats Solo2 headphones, or else a discount when buying an iPad. People can also choose to upgrade to Solo2 Wireless headphones, but will have to pay the remaining price gap, which is NZ$180.

Prime Minister of the Netherlands meets with Apple, other tech execs — Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands and Neelie Kroes, special envoy for Startup Delta, are in San Francisco and have met with a number of California companies with operations in the Netherlands, including Apple, Facebook, Tesla, Cisco, Uber and Planet Labs. (Startup Delta is an organisation that collaborates with more than 10 Dutch tech hubs to make the Netherlands the largest startup ecosystem in Europe.)

Apple, other companies to be taxed on digital sales in Russia starting in 2017 — Taxes on digital sales by Apple, Google Play and Netflix has been approved by the Russian government and is expected to be implemented as of 2017.

Environmental concerns slow progress on Apple’s new Irish data centre — Progress on Apple’s new €850 million data center in Ireland is reportedly at a standstill as the Irish government continues to sort out complaints about the project’s potential to harm local wildlife.

Walt Mossberg notes quality decline in Apple’s core apps; can Phil Schiller turn things around? Veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg, now an executive editor at The Verge and editor-at-large of Re/code, says that in the last couple of years, he’s noticed a “gradual degradation in the quality and reliability of Apple’s core apps, on both the mobile iOS operating system and its Mac OS X platform.” Many think he’s right, but Apple seems to be addressing the issue. [Criticism of Apple from Mossberg? Whatever next?!]

Apple hires firmware security experts who worked on Thunderstrike 2 exploit — Apple recently added a pair of firmware security experts to its ranks when it hired the team behind “deep system security” startup LegbaCore in November, an apparent effort to bolster platforms like iOS and OS X.

Elmedia Player Pro review: Better, stronger, faster than QuickTime Player— Elmedia Player is available in two flavours: a free version supporting nearly every media format under the sun, along with an entirely optional paid upgrade that adds the ability to download YouTube content, control audio playback settings, or grab still images from video files. I tested the paid version, although they otherwise look and perform the same; with the free version, you’ll see PRO next to locked features.

EU, Ireland and Apple tax; Pixelmator 3.3.2; Microsoft coding; App Camp for Girls

Pixelmator now supports Force Touch and has a revamped Repair tool
Pixelmator now supports Force Touch and has a revamped Repair tool

EU scrutiny of Irish tax deals could have ‘material’ impact on Apple, company says — Apple has begun to prepare investors for the possibility that the European Commission’s ongoing investigation into Ireland’s corporate tax arrangements, which the commission argues amount to illegal state aid, could force the company to suffer a significant financial loss. [Gosh, how would Apple ‘afford’ to pay the tax it has supposed to have been paying all along? Sorry, no sympathy here.]

New Pixelmator supports Force Touch — Pixelmator 3.3.2 has been released with support for Apple’s new Force Touch trackpad on the MacBook, as well as an improved repair tool. Based on the demo video, the repair tool looks extremely impressive. The folks at Pixelmator note they spent two years on getting this feature to where it is now. [If you already have it, the update appears free in the Mac App Store.]

Microsoft brings Visual Studio Code, .NET Core preview to Mac — Presenting at its Build developer conference on Wednesday, Microsoft announced the first version of Visual Studio compatible with Mac and Linux, Visual Studio Code. The newly released software lets users develop code in .NET, JavaScript, and a number of other frameworks and languages.

App Camp for Girls releases camper-driven app — App Camp for Girls (AGC) a great project that fosters an interest in coding and apps among young women and girls, has released its first app for iOS, the student-driven App Camp Quiz Compendium ($1.29).