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High Sierra, 60 tips, Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2018, iStat Menus, stock hauls, Celtic Maps, Microsoft VR moves, Pointillist


Convert your images into Pointillist paintings with AKVIS Points

High Sierra is an upgrade that’s hard to notice — Aside from the new desktop picture, almost every pixel looks exactly the same as in macOS Sierra.
Other than the desktop pictures, you’ll have to look closely to find differences. Many of the biggest changes are under the hood and almost completely hidden from users most of the time.
All of the application and document icons, menu bar icons, and System Preference pane icons look the same as before. You’ll notice very few changes unless you look very closely. It looks, feels, and works pretty much the same as Sierra – here’s a faq about the new file system.

60 Mac Tips Volume 2 — David Sparks and Brett Terpstra have launched 60 Mac Tips, Volume 2. Part of the MacSparky Field Guide series, the new project offers more tips built on the release of Volume 1. They’ve released the book on iBooks for US$20 (NZ$32 – as with most iBooks, hit the Free Sample button to get a free chapter), with 60 screencasts and two hours of video, or you can get a video-only version on Vimeo. The video at the Mac Observer includes an introduction and some free tip excerpts from the book. Subjects include: Siri for the Mac, using the keyboard, Spotlight, Automator, Safari, Mail, Apple Notes, Apple Photos, Terminal Tips, and third-party apps. As with all iBooks, if the book is updated (Volume 1 has been) and you already own it, it will update automatically within the iBooks app.

Adobe debuts Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2018 with focus on computer vision — Adobe has issued the latest versions of its consumer level photo and video editing software, Photoshop Elements 2018 and Premiere Elements 2018, with a slew of fresh features, many of which are powered by all-new content intelligence capabilities.

iStat Menus has weather updates — Weather is a new feature in iStat Menus 6. There’s a pulldown menu, too, among all the other Mac features. iStat Menus costs US$20.70 (about NZ$29), upgrades for existing usersUS$11.49 (about NZ$16).

Apple execs reap more than $19M each in vested stock bonus — Apple’s executive team, including head of retail Angela Ahrendts and SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, on Sunday saw batches of performance based restricted stock unit awards, netting each common shares worth more than US$19 million.

Yahoo says all 3B accounts impacted by 2013 data breach — Yahoo in a statement on Tuesday said further investigation into a massive 2013 data breach suggests all 3 billion its user accounts were impacted from the incident, tripling the internet firm’s initial estimates. [That’s all of you, previous Spark account holders.]

Apple Maps vehicles to start touring Scotland & Wales later this month — Apple Maps vehicles will begin collecting street-level data in Scotland and Wales for the first time later in October, according to an updated schedule.

Microsoft partners including Samsung, Dell, Lenovo to launch slew of Windows VR headsets in coming weeks — In its push into the virtual and augmented reality market, which the company has branded as “mixed reality,” Microsoft is leveraging its army of hardware partners, many of whom are releasing new virtual reality headsets over the next few weeks.

AKVIS Points for the Mac lets you turn images into pointillism paintings — AKVIS Points for macOS lets you easily convert images into pointillism paintings. This painting technique is characterized by applying of separate brush strokes in the form of dots or spots. AKVIS Points runs on macOS 10.7 and higher. It’s available as a standalone program and as a plugin filter for Adobe Photoshop, Corel PaintShop Pro, and other image editors. The Home license sells for US$49; a demo is available for download.

New Intel CPUs, Sonnet eGFX tested, humanistic Siri, 1988 leak, iTunes donations, ‘hacked iCloud’ scam, Pizmo scanner, iStat Menus, Sudden Strike


Intel details 8th-generation Core i7, i5 processors suitable for MacBook, dual-core MacBook Pro refresh — Intel launched its 8th-generation processors on Monday, starting with the with the new ‘U-series’ chips for notebooks boasting a 40% performance boost compared to the previous generation, though while this series is suitable for use in MacBooks and the dual-core MacBook Pro, it won’t help provide users with a 32GB memory option.

Apple eGPU developer kit tested with a 15-inch Thunderbolt 3 MacBook Pro video — AppleInsider takes a look at Apple’s eGPU developer kit, including the Radeon RX 580 video card, and the Sonnet eGFX enclosure.

Apple AI expert Tom Gruber’s TED Talk video about Siri’s ‘humanistic AI’ viewable on YouTube — A talk from a TED conference in April by Apple AI expert and Siri co-founder Tom Gruber is now available to watch on YouTube, with Gruber sharing how Apple’s digital assistant Siri and ‘humanistic AI’ can be used to help humans become smarter.

Interview from 1988 about the Macintosh Portable leak shows how far Apple leaks have evolved — A clip from a local news program discussing the then-unreleased Macintosh Portable has been unearthed and uploaded to YouTube, with the news item from 29 years ago serving as a reminder that Apple leaks are certainly not a new phenomenon, and are largely easier to spread now than ever before.

Apple opens promised iTunes donations to Southern Poverty Law Center — Apple has opened up iTunes donations to the Southern Poverty Law Center, part of a broader reaction to the violence at this month’s far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Apple is enabling donations in increments of US$5, $10, $25, $50, $100, or $200, and promising to transfer the whole amount to the SPLC. [This is not available in New Zealand.]

Don’t fall for this ‘hacked iCloud’ scam — Don’t fall for this scam: con artists are calling people across the U.S. and Canada and claiming that their iCloud accounts have been hacked. As noted by the Herald-Dispatch, BBB Scam Tracker has received numerous reports of this scam in the past few weeks, and some targets say they’ve gotten 10 or more calls a day.

Pizmo scanner/OCR at 40% off — Scanning software is great, but it’s worthless if you can’t actually search or edit the text that’s on a scanned document. That’s where optical character recognition (OCR) comes in, and for years one of the best solutions out there for Mac has been Prizmo from Creaceed. This week in the Apple World Today Deals Shop is Prizmo 3 on sale at 40% off: just US$29.99 for the Standard package and US$39.99 (actually 46% off list price) for the Pro version.

iStat Menus serves up all the stats you could want (and more) about your Mac — If you need to keep in-depth stats on your Mac’s system operation, iStat Menus for Mac is arguably the best app for the job. The latest version (5) boasted a new design, more statistics, and more languages.
The handy tool monitors everything from your Mac’s CPU activity to its internal fan speed. Once you’ve downloaded iStat Menus, you need to open and configure it. After that, you’ll mainly interact with it via the menu-bar icons, whose content and visuals can be customized to your liking.

Sudden Strike 4 game blasts onto the Mac — Kalypso Media has released Sudden Strike 4, a World War II strategy title for macOS. It sends you off on three extensive campaigns set amongst the battlefields of the second World War. You’re tasked to prove your tactical expertise in over 20 single player scenarios, the challenge-focused skirmish mode, and the competitive multiplayer mode. A reward system awards the player for clever play with skill points and bonus unlockable content. Here’s a teaser trailer.
Sudden Strike 4 is available now worldwide for Mac on the Mac App Store. It requires macOS 10.6.6 or higher and costs NZ$66.99/US$44.95.