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Cooks calls on Trump, Laurene Jobs, LG Ultrafine, Thunderbolt 3-to-PCI Express, dev payouts, flowchart app, Safari Tech Preview

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Apple’s Tim Cook asks President Trump to keep US in Paris climate accord — Apple CEO Tim Cook is reportedly among a number of corporate and political leaders trying to persuade US President Donald Trump not to pull out of the Paris climate change agreement, which he has often vowed to do. [Cook sway over Trump: nil.]

Laurene Powell Jobs discusses immigration, education in interview — Lauren Powell Jobs, widow of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, sat down for a rare interview at the Code Conference on Wednesday to discuss philanthropic initiatives tied to her foundation, the Emerson Collective, immigration, education, the intersection of media and tech and more.

Video review of LG’s UltraFine 5K Thunderbolt 3 display, 6 months later — Six months after it launched, how does LG’s UltraFine 5K Thunderbolt 3 display hold up? AppleInsider revisits the premium monitor intended for Apple’s USB-C MacBook Pros in this video review.

Sonnet launches new Thunderbolt 3-to-PCI Express (PCIe) expansion chassis — Sonnet Technologies has announced the eGFX Breakaway Box, a Thunderbolt 3-to-PCI Express (PCIe) expansion chassis with a single slot for connecting any size Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card, including high-performance graphics (GPU) cards to a Thunderbolt 3-equipped computer.

Apple’s developer payouts top US$70 billion — Developers selling apps through Apple’s App Store have been paid over US$70 billion since it first launched in 2008. Apple shared that detail only a couple days ahead of its annual Worldwide Developer Conference, which kicks off on Monday, June 5th.

Pagico Interactive Flowchart App for Mac: US$19.99 — Mac Observer has a deal Pagico 8.7 for Mac, software that helps turn tasks, notes, and projects into interactive flowcharts. Version 8.7 added 14 new features to the software. You can get it through for US$19.99, less than half retail.

Safari Technology Preview 31 released for macOS Sierra — Safari Technology Preview 31 has been released to macOS Sierra. Safari Technology Preview is an experimental version of Safari wherein Apple tests Webkit features and improvements before pushing them to the public Safari browser. Think of it as beta testing, similar to how Apple has beta releases of iOS and macOS before releasing them to the public.
The full release notes can be found at WebKit.org. You can freely download the latest release of Safari Technology Preview. If you already have it installed, you can update it from the Mac App Store’s Updates tab.

Apple Park, Logic Pro 10.3.1, mic discounts, faster typing, Remote Desktop, LG UltraFine


Apple Campus to open in April — [But first of all, sorry there was no news yesterday, I had to get up at 5am and fly to Featherston to record some interviews with a historical TV series.] Apple Park, the official name for Apple’s new spaceship campus, is set to open for employees in April. The campus will hold 12,000 employees, and the on-location theater has been named the Steve Jobs Theater.
It’ll take about six months to move in the facility’s 12,000 employees and construction will continue on campus buildings and landscaping during the transition. The buildings and surrounding land covers 175 acres in down town San Jose, California.

Logic Pro X update — Apple has released Logic Pro X 10.3.1. The update includes a security fix for maliciously crafted GarageBand files. It also improves the way regions perform, edits, and the ability to share 44.1kHz projects to GarageBand for iOS.

Discount on microphones — EditorsKeys has a £10 discount running on all its top-quality mics for newsletter subscribers.

Free site speeds up your typing — One productivity enhancement nobody can argue with.

 Apple updated Apple Remote Desktop to version 3.9 — The update adds support for the Mac Book Pro’s Touch Bar and features the ability to export computer lists, while improving security.

What’s the status on LG’s UltraFine 5K monitor? After receiving reports of connectivity issues related to LG’s new UltraFine 5K monitor, and confirming those problems with LG, Apple temporarily suspended sales of the display earlier this February. With ship times slow to improve, AppleInsider explains what’s going on in a video.

LG UltraFine, Luminar, secure VPN, leaving Apple, VPN deal, Adobe flaws


LG UltraFine 5K Thunderbolt 3 display ship times drop to one week, in-store pickup [in the US] on January. 23 — Shipping times for the LG UltraFine 5K Display have dropped precipitously in the US, with outstanding orders being updated, and new order shipping estimates falling from 2-4 weeks, to just one week.
The New Zealand prices are $823.95 and $1528.95, but no shipping times are stated.

Dr Mac loves Luminar — When Bob LeVitus first saw the web page for Macphun’s new Luminar photo editor, he was skeptical of its claims. “But, having used Luminar for several months now, I’m no longer skeptical. Luminar does indeed make image editing easier and more enjoyable; its interface does indeed adapt easily to different styles and skill levels; and, while this part is strictly subjective, I find it both responsive and beautiful.”

Get a VPNSecure Lifetime Subscription for just US$39 — If  you spend a lot of time on public Wi-Fi networks? Perhaps you do a lot of traveling and want to have access to streaming services at home that are blocked from the country you’re visiting.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) provides an encrypted secure tunnel that keeps your data safe, and through a network of VPN servers around the world, your streaming requests can look like they’re coming from a local address. Apple world Today has a great deal on VPNSecure, with a lifetime subscription for $39 (about NZ$55) – this is normally US$450, about NZ$640.

More important people leaving Apple — Apple employee Chris Lattner, the senior director of Apple’s Developer Tools Department and the the leading figure behind Swift, has shared that he’s leaving the company after more than a decade. And Matt Casebolt, a “high profile” Senior Director of Design for Apple’s Mac lineup left the company in December for a role at Tesla as Senior Director Engineering, Closures & Mechanisms.

Effect Stack is an effective, non-destructive image editor for macOS — Sinisa Drpa’s Effect Stack is a useful non-destructive image editor for macOS 10.9 or higher. With it you can easily chain multiple image filters. Effect Stack costs US$9.99 (NZ$14.99) and is available at the Mac App Store.

Adobe patches critical flaws in Flash Player, Reader, and Acrobat — Adobe Systems released security updates for its Flash Player, Adobe Reader, and Acrobat products fixing critical vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to install malware on computers.

MacBook Pro saves man, Witcher, Cook’s cut, more docks, new Wacoms, Seoul Store, LG UltraFine, Chinese New Year wallpapers

Now you can play PC games online, on Macs
Now you can play PC games online, on Macs

Apple MacBook Pro saves man from bullet in Florida airport shooting — Steve Frappier, a witness to Friday’s deadly shooting at a Fort Lauderdale airport, revealed in an interview with CNN that an Apple MacBook Pro in his backpack took a stray bullet during the harrowing scene, likely saving his life. The assailant killed five people and wounded eight.

Blasphemy! Playing Witcher 3 on a MacBook Air thanks to Nvidia’s GeForce Now — Brad Chacos played Witcher 3 – a game that’s never been released on Macs – on a GeForce GTX 1080, a graphics card never found in Macs, all thanks to Nvidia’s new GeForce Now streaming service for PCs and Macs. It’s like Netflix for PC games that also happens to work on Macs.
Witcher 3 running on a MacBook Air over GeForce Now.
The PC and Mac version of GeForce Now is a completely different beast from the subscription service of the same name available for Nvidia’s swanky Shield TV. The Shield version grants you access to a number of PC games with your subscription, with the ability to buy others if you’d like, but you’ll need to actually own the games you want to play with the PC and Mac version of GeForce Now.

CEO Tim Cook’s compensation cut by $1.5M following Apple’s 2016 decline in sales — Apple on Friday revealed that its executive team, including Chief Executive Tim Cook, received a pay cut for their performance in 2016, reflecting the company’s first decline in revenue in 15 years. Here are the income stats for other Apple execs.  [Hard times indeed –, back to the packed lunches, Tim.]

More docks — CalDigit joins the Thunderbolt 3 dock parade with two of its own. CalDigit’s new Thunderbolt Station 3 offers eSATA connectivity for the MacBook Pro, in addition to other ports, although I’ve never seen this brand in New Zealand, nor Henge Docks which has unveiled a trio of Thunderbolt 3 docking stations for Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pros.

Wacom grows macOS tablets with Intuos Pro, Intuos Pro Paper Edition; Bamboo Folio smartpad — Introduced last Thursday at the Consumer Electronics Show, Wacom’s Intuos Pro and Intuos Pro Paper Edition tablets are upgraded from previous models, and now equipped with the highly-sensitive Pro Pen 2. Launched at the same time, the Bamboo Folio is a compact smartpad for quickly noting down ideas while on the move.

Apple confirms plans for first South Korean retail store in Seoul — Following rumours that Apple was scouting locations for its first flagship store in South Korea, the company on Thursday posted retail hiring notices and confirmed Apple indeed plans to open a brick-and-mortar outlet in SK.

LG UltraFine 5K Display with Thunderbolt 3 for Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro — Apple may have abandoned the monitor market, but LG has taken the torch for a high-performing display specifically for Apple users. Despite eschewing some of Apple’s design principles, the LG UltraFine 5K Display monitor brings almost everything to the desktop that Mac users have been clamoring for, including a convenient, versatile Thunderbolt 3 connection.
Apple Insider also has a Quick Take on it, finding the monitor’s colour accuracy, brightness, contrast and sharpness make it a worthy successor to Apple’s defunct Thunderbolt Display. (And here’s how to connect Your 2016 MacBook Pro to a mini DisplayPort Monitor.)

Apple celebrates Chinese New Year with original Nianhua folk art wallpapers made on Mac and iPad — Continuing its celebration of the 2017 Chinese New Year, Apple has published to its website a series of high-resolution Nianhua folk art wallpapers created using its ecosystem of devices, from Mac to iPad and Apple Pencil. Posted to select Apple regional websites, the boldly colored digital artwork of “Made in CNY” depicts traditional Chinese New Year scenes, but with a modern flair. Each work is available as a free wallpaper download for Mac, iPhone and iPad.

Mac predictions, LG UltraFine


Dennis Sellers’ Mac and macOS predictions for 2017 — The Mac line-up was sorely neglected this year, but Tim Cook has been promising that won’t last.
The iMac will be revved with faster Kaby processors and get updated graphics. For the latter, I expect the AMD’s Zen processor in most models, and AMD Polaris Graphics set in a high-end model. The new iMacs will also implement a True Tone display, which uses new four-channel sensors to dynamically adjust the white balance of the display to match the light around you for a more natural and accurate, paper-white viewing experience …”
Here are some interesting requests for accessible features, too.

Unboxing and first look at the LC UltraFine Display —  Apple this week started deliveries of LG’s hotly anticipated UltraFine 5K Display, a monitor developed to complement Apple’s new all-Thunderbolt 3 MacBook Pro lineup. AppleInsider goes hands-on with the device in this first look video. Here’s the unboxing, then Apple Insider delivers a video of the UltraFine running.

MacBook Pro shipments, top management, Apple and Black Friday, Flexihub sharing, LG UltraFine, book video, try first, big fast RAID


New MacBook Pros spur notebook shipment growth for Apple — Apple’s new MacBook Pros have received some negative feedback but the hardware upgrades and new Touch Bar are expected to make them hot sellers. In fact, with the shipment growth, Apple is expected to return as the fourth largest vendor worldwide in the fourth quarter, according to the DigiTimes Research Group.

Apple’s top management largely white and male, but overall workforce trending toward diversity — Apple on Monday quietly released employment diversity statistics current as of July 2016, revealing high level executive and management positions are overwhelmingly filled by white males. It appears progress is being made below the company’s upper echelons, however.

Apple plans Black Friday ‘shopping event’ — Apple has posted a Holiday Gifts webpage that advertises a ‘shopping event’ scheduled for Friday, November 25. Known as Black Friday and the start of the holiday season, the date traditionally sees retailers slash prices. [This is usually worldwide but the last few years has just been a little iTunes gift card with various purchases rather than direct product discounts.]

FlexiHub now allows you to invite other FlexiHub users to access and work with the devices you shared — Distance and location won’t matter! The new version also boasts with improved interface and features optimised network communication for less data traffic usage.

Quick take video review: LG’s UltraFine 4K Display — Apple alongside the release of its new MacBook Pro lineup partnered with display maker LG to develop a pair of complementary UltraFine Displays with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity and high-resolution IPS panels. Today, AppleInsider takes a look at the 21.5-inch 4K version.

Designed By Apple in California book in video — Apple’s new coffee table book showing the history of its products in photographs is a beautiful representation of the company’s designs. Most of those products, it turns out, are in  from 512 Pixels’ Stephen Hackett’s personal collections, so he put together a video showing his collection along side Apple’s photos. It’s cool to see the original iPod and iPhone, G4 Cube, iBook, next to their photos. It’s also proof Apple sold at least one set of iPod socks.

What to do when your Mac starts acting up — MacObserver has a handy reminder page of what to try first. Also, here are 11 security basics to remember (slideshow) and 10 sneaky Phishing scams to watch out for.

Apple to open third Paris retail store — Apple will open a new Parisian store on December 3, the third in the heart of the city, reports AppleInsider. It will be located at Marché Saint-Germain, deep into downtown Paris and not far from major landmarks like the Pantheon and Notre-Dame Cathedral, the article adds.

ThunderBay 4 mini now available with massive 10, 20, 30 40TB capacities — OWC has introduced 10, 20, 30, and 40TB SSD models of its ThunderBay 4 mini RAID. The new high-capacity SSD configurations are powered by a SoftRAID engine, which delivers disk-health monitoring, RAID rebuilds, and transfer speeds up to 1,314MB/s via a Thunderbolt 2 connection.