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Amtrak Maps, Cook on encryption, London reopening, Denmark university, Mac games, VirnetX payout


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Apple Maps gains support for expanded Amtrak routes across US & Canada — Apple is now offering iOS and macOS Maps users the ability to navigate via Amtrak’s full American rail system, plus limited stops in Canada.

Apple CEO Tim Cook touts encryption, AR at Utah Tech Tour — At Sen. Orrin Hatch’s Utah Tech Tour on Friday, Apple CEO Tim Cook hit the usual talking points recited at other recent interviews, reaffirming Apple’s commitment to encryption, augmented reality and making the best products possible.

Regent Street Apple store in London to make long-awaited reopening on October 15 — Having been under renovations for over a year, Apple’s flagship UK store in London will finally reopen on October 15th at 10am, Apple has announced.

Apple’s enters into an ‘ambitious agreement’ with the University of Aarhus in Denmark — Apple has followed up on its promise last year to build a data center in Denmark with an “ambitious agreement” with the University of Aarhus on a new biogas research and development partnership, according to CPH Post Online. Foulum is a small town outside of Viborg where Aarhus University’s agricultural research facilities are located.

The 10 Mac games you need to play — This is a Macworld slideshow.

Patent trollin’: Apple ordered to pay VirnetX $302 million — A jury in Tyler, Texas ruled Friday that Apple infringed on two of VirnetX’s patents related to its FaceTime calling feature, ordering Apple to pay US$302.4 million. [Thank goodness Granny Smith isn’t litigious.]

Tuesday Talk ~ is it ‘game off’ for the Mac?


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Once upon a time, although it seems hard to imagine, Mac games were well developed, even groundbreaking. Many long-timeMac users still fondly remember Marathon, by Bungie Software, for example. This was a great example of a graphically rich sci-fi platform which had some genuinely terrifying moments. Unfortunately, Microsoft bought Bungie and stopped all Mac development, but for a while there, things were looking really promising. I will still play all the way through a game, just to see what it can do and for the sheer pleasure of it, but I haven’t seriously played a game on Mac in nearly two years. Sigh.

Mac gaming’s history almost seems like a secret. Sure, there are games – just look in the Mac App store. Most of them are relatively simple: side-scrollers or find the secret, some puzzlers etc. Sure, some look good. And there are still a few well-developed, rich game environments like Bioshock, Borderlands, Batman: Arkham City, Deus Ex, Metro and even the Walking Dead series, although I haven’t found those very satisfying (the choices don’t lead to much plot differentiation). And Call of Duty still makes it to the Mac … eventually, long after the PC and console versions have been out. But it feels like the gaming world turned its back on the Mac around the time the brilliant Fallout franchise did.

A lot of people don’t care, of course. And that’s probably the reason Apple doesn’t care. And sure, I shouldn’t be playing games at my age and besides, I’m too busy to justify it, but I fondly remember some deeply entertaining experiences in the past, especially when Call of Duty was set in the World War Two era and we had a Mac gaming clan called Mad Macs. Ah, those were the days …

But should we care? Actually, yes. Gaming drives video card development, and the need for ever better video and system specs, which in turn keeps the pro users happy. And I fear this is a sector in decline for Apple, despite its supposedly ‘Pro’ iPads.

There is some light. Ric Molina at Mac Gamer HQ keeps the beacon blazing, and Richard Moss is writing The Secret History of Mac Gaming, which could do with a bit of help. As Richard puts it, “The Macintosh changed videogames. It seldom gets credit for this, but it did. It — and its tight-­knit community — challenged games to be more than child’s play and quick reflexes. It showed how to make human ­computer interaction friendly, inviting, and intuitive.” Hear, hear. And Steam lets us play many games.

There are still a few great games on Mac. Check out this Digital Trends post, for example. But the glory days are gone. As in many areas, this would benefit from Apple actually spending some time on it, like the brilliant and very sadly under-used iBooks platform.

But that’s another story.

(Product)Red logos, Adobe Photoshop, Fuse, MyApple magazine, Black Friday, Photo 10, Mac games, Apple Music and Sonos


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Apple Store logos turn red to mark World AIDS Day, (Product)Red donations top $100M — Maintaining a four-year-old tradition, Apple has changed the logos outside of a number of its retail stores from white to red in order to signal World AIDS Day, simultaneously announcing its (Product)Red donations have topped $100 million.

Adobe releases big updates to Photoshop and a new 3D character app, Fuse — Interface tweaks and new features come to Photoshop, along with a new integrated app for creating 3D models to pose or animate.
All updates all the time is Adobe’s mission for its Creative Cloud subscription plan. Delivering perpetual updates to the suite’s desktop lineup, without adhering to a designated upgrade schedule, frees both company and users from the long, cold wait for new and enhanced features. On Monday, Adobe announced a huge update to Photoshop CC 2015, its flagship image editor, which now hooks into its new 3D character creation app called Fuse CC (English language only, so far).

MyApple Magazine Issue No. 2 is now available for free — It’s the beginning of December, and Issue #2 of MyApple Magazine is now available for your reading pleasure (free)

Analyst thinks Apple’s Black Friday was its best ever — Apple apparently registered the strongest Friday sales in its entire history this Black Friday just gone (Nov. 27), says Global Equities’ Trip Chowdhry. He attributes this to the company’s “strategic shift in selling.”

On1 Photo 10 review: From suite to sweet: photo editing app does it all — For about a decade, On1’s photo editing tools have been marketed and used primarily as plug-ins for Adobe Lightroom, Apple Aperture, or Adobe Photoshop. Each tool was an independent, one-trick pony and appropriately named: Perfect Black and White, for example, or Perfect Portrait. A couple of versions back, On1 began rolling these mini-apps into a Perfect Photo Suite that allowed users to access all the tools from a central dashboard independent of Lightroom or Aperture. The latest version — renamed On1 Photo 10 — takes this plan to the next level. Photo 10 is no longer a suite in name or design: it’s now a pretty well integrated app.

Mac games — It’s the season of giving — but if you love gaming on your Mac, why not treat yourself to a little something? November saw the release of dozens of new Mac games, and Macworld picked out the best and most intriguing of the bunch. Half of these are $20 or less apiece, so even if you’re tight on cash amidst ample holiday shopping, you can still grab something new to play.

Apple Music will play nice with Sonos beginning Dec. 15 — Streaming music and Sonos speakers go together like peanut butter and jelly, which is why Apple Music’s absence from Sonos’s list of supported streaming services was perplexing. But Apple Music is joining the roster of supported music services on Dec. 15, so Sonos speaker owners will have another option for streaming songs throughout their homes.

El Capitan Clean Install, gestures and security, digital legacy, NSA backdoors, Sunnyvale campus, backing up multiple Macs, Office crashes, iCloud management, Mac games, Apple Music


AppleSecThe Complete Guide to an OS X Clean Install of El Capitan — Apple has designed OS X so that one can just upgrade to the next version, “over the top,” seamlessly. With this kind of upgrade, all user data, settings and accounts remain as before, and that works for most users most times. However, there are occasions when a user needs to do what’s called a Clean Install, which is like setting up a Mac as if it first came out of the box and then personal data is restored. This article lists the steps needed for that Clean Install.

How to use gestures in OS X El Capitan Mail — Mail in Mac OS X El Capitan supports more gesture controls than its predecessor. Add your accounts to Mail and you’ll be able to access all your email from one place, then use swipe gestures to delete messages (just as you can in iOS 9) or mark them as unread.

OS X security is a lot better than you thought — Just about every week we see articles rolled out about how a security researcher has found a scary security flaw in OS X. It makes for great headlines, but how are the every day Mac users actually affected by these headlines, and how should they react?

We should be able to leave our digital goodies to our children — When you “buy” digital content such as books, music and movies from Apple and Amazon, you’re not actually buying them but renting them. As more people realise this, it’s unlikely they’ll reconsider making physical purchases instead of digital ones. But this needs to change.

Tim Cook: the NSA won’t be asking for backdoors (anymore) — Apple CEO Tim Cook said he doesn’t think we will hear the US National Security Agency asking for a back door into our iPhones, at least not any more. In an interview on NPR’s All Things Considered on Thursday, Cook implied that even the FBI is coming around on the need for end-user encryption.

Apple reportedly closes deal on huge Sunnyvale campus — Apple has reportedly signed a lease for a 770,000-square-foot campus to be built in Sunnyvale, California, a stone’s throw away from its Campus 2 ‘spaceship’ currently under construction in Cupertino, expanding the company’s already substantial presence in the area. Apple is also massively expanding its Oregon data centres.

Get Backup Pro makes life easier for owners of multiple Macs — Get Backup lets you use Mac OS X 10.6 or higher to clone a hard drive or solid state drive, making a backup disc that be booted up just in case there’s a problem like a system crash that could result in the loss of valuable data. (This can take several hours depending on the size of your Mac’s drive.) However, what really sets Get Backup Pro apart from its competitors is its ability to keep files in-sync and up-to-date on two computers.

Microsoft acknowledges Office 2016-OS X El Capitan crashes but lacks ETA for fix — ‘We are working closely with Apple to resolve this issue,’ says company manager.

Here’s how to manage your iCloud storage — You have two choices when you reach or exceed your storage limit. You can upgrade your iCloud storage plan or reduce the amount of storage you’re using. Also, what happens when you delete an iCloud photo library.

Ten Mac games — A Macworld slideshow.

Apple Music — worth keeping? 

Safari battery, 1000s of IBM Macs, Wondershare, Mac games, Dive Genius, El Capitan Mail, Capture One Pro


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Safari offers longer battery life than Chrome or Firefox — Using Safari on a MacBook will give you longer battery life, according to tests run by the BatteryBox Blog. The company tested Apple’s Safari, Google’s Chrome, and Firefox on video sites, music streaming sites, webmail sites, news sites, and more, and found that Safari used less power than the other browsers, giving users 52 more minutes of battery life.

IBM reportedly plans to purchase up to 200K MacBooks for employees — It was learned in May that IBM plans to deploy some 50,000 MacBooks to employees by the end of 2015, but a newly leaked video suggests the company could see adoption numbers between 150,000 to 200,000 units.

Wondershare PDFelement for Mac & OCR Plug-In — Kiss PDF restrictions goodbye and streamline your workflow with this premium PDF editor. Wondershare’s software [US$39.99, currently discounted from US$100] is completely beginner friendly, but packs advanced tools to quickly make complicated changes to any document. It works both ways: change any file type to PDF and change any PDF to any file type—so nothing can stop you from creating professional-quality documents.

There has been a flurry of Mac game releases — Ten games are covered on Macworld, and you can read about Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor on the Mac Observer.

Drive Genius 4 — Like any working machine, your Mac requires maintenance to keep it running smoothly. Drive Genius is the clear choice by Mac users in the know (including the Apple Genius Bar), and silently works to speed up, clean up, protect, and can even bring a Mac back from the dead. Keep up-to-date on potential hard drive issues with Drive Genius’ alert system — and see the epic list of features included.

Apple seeds second OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite beta to developers with minor changes — Apple on Thursday released a second beta build of its upcoming OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite update to developers for testing, including what appears to be only minor tweaks and bug fixes.

Hands-on with Mail 9 in El Capitan — Improved full-screen support, swipe gestures and more.

Capture One Pro 8.3 review: Aperture replacement light on library features, strong on editing tools — Capture One Pro’s editing features are good enough to make up for the limited organizational features. When Apple discontinued Aperture in favor of Photos for OS X—sacrificing most of the features that appealed to Aperture users—the presumed replacement was Adobe’s Lightroom CC. But not all photographers are drawn to Lightroom. Phase One’s Capture One Pro offers many of the features that Aperture users expect. [My experience of this has been that it really feels like a port form PC and is unintuitive for Mac users – perhaps they’ve changed this?]