Tag Archives: Mac mini

Mac Mini news, Observer, unsupported Thunderbolt, Elmedia infection, Sonnet video adapter, Apple Music Lazer, Panorama X

Tim Cook email claims Mac mini ‘important part’ of Apple’s product matrix — In response to an email concerned about the future of the Mac mini, Apple CEO Tim Cook responded that the Mac mini will continue – but didn’t share any specifics about the product’s future. “I’m glad you love your mini – we love it too …”
There have been no credible rumours about the Mac mini in some time. The 2014 Mac mini was generally regarded as a down-grade from the 2012 model, with the entry-level model seeing a slower processor than the predecessor but granted a price cut, plus it had quad-core i7 processors completely stricken from the line.

Observer, a cyberpunk horror game, coming to the Mac on October 24 — Observer, the cyberpunk horror game developed by Bloober Team, the creators of Layers of Fears, is officially coming to Mac on October 24, according to Mac Gamer HQ. Both Mac and Linux versions will be available on Steam.

How to use ‘unsupported’ Thunderbolt 3 docks and enclosures on Sierra and High Sierra — Even using the “universal” USB-C connector for Thunderbolt 3, there are still some drive enclosures, eGPU cases, and docks that won’t connect to a Mac running Sierra or High Sierra. Here’s how to get them to talk to your MacBook Pro or iMac. [I don’t recommend this.]

Elmedia Player and Folx installers infected by OSX/Proton credential-stealing malware on October 19 — Popular media consumption application Elmedia Player and downloading tool Folx were both briefly infected with the Proton malware strain, with most installers of the software on Oct. 19 now infected.

Sonnet Thunderbolt 3 to Dual HDMI 2.0 Adapter offers two extra 4K 60 Hz display connections — I reviewed this last week, now other reviews are appearing: Thunderbolt 3 GPU enclosure producer Sonnet has unveiled a new display-oriented accessory, with the Thunderbolt 3 to Dual HDMI 2.0 Adapter able to add two 4K-capable video outputs to a MacBook Pro or iMac while using up only one Thunderbolt 3 port.

Apple Music snags Major Lazer concert documentary “Give Me Future” — In March 2016, Barack Obama became the first US President to visit Cuba in 88 years, marking an easing of political tension between the world power and the small island republic. That same month, electronic music group Major Lazer self funded the first major Cuban-American concert in Havana, an event that drew nearly half a million attendees.
Major Lazer’s historic experience, from planning to performance, was captured on film in the documentary Give Me Future. The film, which debuted to praise at the Sundance Film Festival, will be available to stream on Apple Music on November 17.

ProVUE Development releases Panorama X database for macOS — ProVUE Development has released Panorama X, a general purpose database system for Macs. It sports a 64-bit RAM based database engine and universal multi-level Undo.

Older versions of Office, accurate battle, Manhattan Store, ConnectEd

You can enter the Beta program for the Totally Accurate Battle Simulator
You can enter the Beta program for the Totally Accurate Battle Simulator

Installing the Older Version of Microsoft Office — On September 22, Microsoft will stop offering the 2011 version of its Office software to Office 365 customers. If you have any reason that you might need that older version of the suite, now’s the time to snap it up! Here’s how.

The Totally Accurate Battle Simulator — The Totally Accurate Battle Simulator, or TABS, is just starting alpha development. You set up units (the red and blue rag dolls in the video), arm them with weapons, and let TABS show you what would happen.
Being developed by Landfall, the game has been greenlit by Steam, according to The Next Web. Landfall is accepting signups for the alpha for Mac, Windows, Linux, Xbox, and PS4, though the company is specific about not promising which platforms will be supported on release. If it does hit Steam, there’s a good chance it will have Mac support.

New Manhattan Apple Store at World Trade Center to open — Apple has announced an August 16th grand opening date for its new retail store located within the World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan.

Apple’s ConnectED efforts reach more than 32,000 students — As the 2016-2017 school year kicks off, there are now 32,145 students at underserved public schools across the country who are learning, creating and exploring on iPad through Apple’s ConnectED commitment, the company says.

mini has soldered RAM, Retina iMac teardown, widgets, bootable Yosemite, Ive

The new Mac mini is available now, starting at NZ$749.
The new Mac mini is available now, starting at NZ$749.

New 2014 Mac mini models ship with soldered, non-user upgradeable RAM — According to Macminicolo’s Brian Stucki, the new Mac mini (above) is a “nice upgrade” over previous models, but there are a few drawbacks potential buyers should know about before hitting the “purchase” button. [Price-wise, in my opinion, by the time you add i7, you may as well be getting an iMac with the screen and all.]

iFixit teardown of iMac with 5K Retina display reveals hardware similar to 2013 iMac — The repair and teardown experts at iFixit recently cracked open Apple’s new 27-inch Retina iMac with Retina 5K display. The 2014 iMac model earned an iFixit Repairability Score of 5 out of 10, with 10 being the easiest to repair.
Though it earned a mediocre Repairability Score, iFIxit notes that most components are modular and relatively easy to replace or repair. Owners can upgrade the RAM via a rear access panel and replace the hard drive and CPU with adhesive removal.

Using widgets in OS X Yosemite’s new Notification Centre — With the introduction of OS X Yosemite, Notification Center moves beyond notifications aggregation to include a completely new interactive Today view borrowed from iOS, widgets and a refreshed user interface. Here’s how to use them.

How to make a bootable OS X 10.10 Yosemite install drive — Dan Frakes tells you how.

Video of Jony Ive’s full interview with Vanity Fair now available online — The full video of Jony Ive’s recent 25-minute interview at Vanity Fair’s New establishment Summit in San Francisco is now available online. The full video touches on a wide range of topics.


Shellshock Bash Bug, Apple’s snafus, Mac mini, Ello

Most Macs won't even remotely be touched by the Shellshocked 'bash bug', particularly if their Firewalls are on.
Most Macs won’t even remotely be touched by the Shellshocked ‘bash bug’, particularly if their Firewalls are on.

Apple says most Mac users are safe from the ‘Shellshock’ Bash bug, but promises quick fix — Recent versions of Mac OS X are vulnerable to the critical Shellshock Bash bug revealed earlier this week, including OS X Mavericks — but don’t sweat it unless you’re doing ninja-level Unix tricks with shell commands already.
Apple provided iMore with the following comment on the Shellshock bug:
“The vast majority of OS X users are not at risk to recently reported bash vulnerabilities… With OS X, systems are safe by default and not exposed to remote exploits of bash unless users configure advanced UNIX services. We are working to quickly provide a software update for our advanced UNIX users.”
Macworld has a ‘How to protect your Mac from shellshock‘.

Grading Apple’s Snafus: which ones are major, which minor? By some standards, Apple has had a rough two weeks. The media has pointed to these problems for several classic reasons: attention and money. But how bad is it really? Which problems are real and which ones will blow over?

Apple rumored to debut new Mac mini in October alongside iPad refresh — A report last Thursday cited inside sources saying Apple is preparing to launch a new Mac mini in the near future [but this is a rumour], possibly as soon as October to coincide with the usual iPad refresh cycle. [iPad is almost bound to get a refresh up to the new chip that’s in the new iPhone 6s.]

Hello Ello — This is a new ad-free social network that’s proudly pro-privacy (but with caveats). A new social network is generating buzz for its hard stance against paid advertising and data collection. But how the site really works, when it comes to privacy, is a little more nuanced.