Tag Archives: Mac

2017 27″ 5K iMac, games sale, Rest Time, 2-factor macOS authentication, Air 2 for education, Music cut, Taiwan Apple Store


Apple’s 2017 27″ 5K iMac impresses with truly powerful desktop-class graphics — Daniel Eran Dilger writes that Apple has radically overhauled its iMac lineup for 2017, giving its 27-inch Retina 5K models dedicated graphics driven by AMD Radeon Pro 570, 575, and 580 GPUs; a brighter display with enhanced P3 wide color; more powerful Intel Kaby Lake CPUs; upgradable RAM sockets and modern, ultrafast USB C and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.

Steam Summer Sale now on — In welcome news for a wet NZ winter, the 2017 Steam Summer Sale has just kicked off. While known for PC games, Steam sells a growing number of Mac games, so there should be some great deals to be had over the next few days. The sale is on now until July 5th with discounts up to 85% on hundreds of games.

Rest Time 1.0 is a new macOS break reminder — Publicspace has launched Rest Time for macOS. It’s a break reminder written completely in Swift and uses Apple’s latest platform technologies.

How to implement Apple’s two-factor authentication in macOS Sierra — Two-factor authentication is an extra layer of security for your Apple ID designed to ensure that you’re the only person who can access your account, even if someone knows your password. Here are the steps to take to enable it on macOS Sierra.

A bold move for Apple would be a ‘MacBook Air 2 for Education’ — There is no doubt that Apple’s arsenal when it comes to education is not yet fully formed. Back when the MacBook Air was a Thing, too expensive for secondary education, Apple got the idea that the less expensive iPad, the computer of the future, should be up to bat. It didn’t really pan out, so John Martellaro thinks it would be a brilliant move if Apple did something dramatic in education and launched a MacBook Air 2.

Apple wants record companies to accept a smaller Apple Music cut — Apple wants record companies to accept a smaller cut from Apple Music streaming revenues, according to a Bloomberg report.

First Taiwan Apple store to open on July 1 — Apple on Wednesday officially announced a grand opening date for its first retail outlet in Taiwan, noting the Apple Taipei 101 outlet will open its doors to customers on Saturday, July 1.

No to memory business, Hitman, Cook up and down, leaks, new features for Outlook, low auction, iBooks


Apple has been ignoring iBooks …

Toshiba selects winning bidder for chip business, rules out Apple/Dell/Foxconn consortium — Toshiba has chosen a consortium formed by Bain Capital, Mitsubishi, and Japanese government investors as the preferred bidder for its memory chip business, effectively locking out a Foxconn-led consortium including the likes of Apple and Dell.

Hitman arrives on Apple’s macOS, first episode free to download — Feral Interactive has shipped Hitman for macOS, complete with all installments of the episodic assassination-based game playable on Mac for the first time. The launch is accompanied by the release of a demo from developer IO Interactive, providing access to one episode from the series for free. [Expect your brain to be challenged, as it’s a stealth game.]

Apple CEO Tim Cook drops from 8th to 53rd in Glassdoor rankings — Apple’s Tim Cook has slipped from 8th to 53rd place in Glassdoor’s annual CEO rankings for large US businesses, based on anonymous reviews left by the company’s workers. This still gives him a 93% approval rating in the poll, Glassdoor said. In 2016 Cook managed 96%, helping to elevate him from 10th place in 2015, and 18th in 2013 and 2014. It’s not clear what led to Cook’s fall, although simply being in the top 100 puts him well above the 67% average CEO rating for companies on Glassdoor.

Why Apple employees leak company secrets — “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power,” said Abraham Lincoln
Percolating throughout the internet is a very interesting article at The Outline on how Apple hunts down employees who leak corporate secrets Leaked recording: inside Apple’s global war on leakers. It’s all to easy to point out how ironic this leaked recording is, but John Martellero thinks it’s actually a good thing that the leak occurred and the article was written.

Kensington has entered the burgeoning Thunderbolt 3 dock market — It has security options and a mounting kit setting it apart from the others. The Kensington SD5000T has a front-mounted USB 3.0 type-A port, and a USB 3.1 Gen 1 type-C port on the front. On the rear is a fairly standard array of ports with another USB type-A port, the two Thunderbolt 3 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, audio in and out, and a full-size DisplayPort. It costs $349.99 and is available from Amazon[In NZ this will cost $519.95 and should be available from the usual suppliers and apple Resellers.]

Outlook 2016 for Mac gets 4 highly requested new features — Good news for Outlook users: Microsoft this week announced that it is adding several of its customers’ “most requested features” to Outlook 2016 for Mac. The new features, which are rolling out now to various preview and release versions of the app, address four key areas.

Latest Apple-1 auction fetches surprisingly low $355,500 — At a June 15 Christie’s auction, a customised Apple-1 sold for $355,500, skewing toward the low end of house estimates, and below all other auctions for working Apple-1 computers. [This continues a trend, though.]

Let’s see some love for iBooks, iBooks Author — iBooks is a free ebook app that allows you to read publications purchased at the iBook Store. iBooks Author lets you create iBooks textbooks (as well as other types of books) for the iPad and Mac. But the app and the service have been languishing [hear hear!]

iMac ‘Touch Bar, Cook wants schools coding, Irish tax review, Kensington Dock, app bundle


How to add a Touch Bar to your iMac — Apple’s revamped iMac didn’t come with the option of a Magic Keyboard with Touch Bar as I anticipated. However, you can add one thanks to the Duet Display app.
The app is actually two apps: one for your Mac and one for your iOS device – it allows you to use your iPhone or iPad as an extra display with a ‘virtual’ Touch Bar with your iMac. [Duet is great for lots of reasons, and really useful.]

Apple’s Tim Cook asked President Trump for coding requirement at US schools — At a Monday technology summit with US ‘President’ Donald Trump, Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly suggested making programming a mandatory subject in the country’s schools.

Judicial review of Apple’s Irish data center plans could finish this Friday — The Irish High Court could make its decision on a review of Apple’s plans for an Athenry data center as soon as this Friday, according to a report.

Kensington ships SD5000T Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station — Kensington has announced the general availability of its US$349.99 SD5000T Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station for macOS. It provides a bridge allowing more mobile and thinner devices access to a suite of gadgets on the user’s desk. [The standout feature of this one is it fits to the back of VESA-compatible monitors for zero footprint. We have yet to discover it will be available in New Zealand, but the Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Dock is and I hope to review this soon – here it costs NZ$579.99.]

Another Mac App bundle — The full bundle is 15 apps, and you can get all of them if you beat the average price (US$13.01/cNZ$18 as of this writing). Pay less than the average—even a penny—and you get two of the apps. Beat the leader’s price at any point and you’ll be entered into the a giveaway. Check it out! [I’ve really gone off these – I’ve bought them before for one or two apps I want at bargain prices, which is definitely monetarily worthwhile, but eventually I end up having to delete all the other apps as they just take up space and I forget what they even do … if you have, say, a MacBook Air, do you have room for this?]

Tuesday Talk ~ What is Apple up to? A lot!


(Speculative image from TechFrag)

Apple sure has been busy lately! While everyone knew (and hoped) Apple was up to things, the gap between the 2016 and the 2017 WWDC seemed to yawn cavernously on, with any glimmers of hope generated by eager commentators and aficionados while Apple remained monolithically silent. We all hoped Apple was crazy-busy behind the scenes, but there was little evidence to support that, thanks to the usual layers of secrecy, until the very welcome blockbuster announcements.
The hardware announcements appealed to almost everybody, but of course, WWDC is a developer conference. For the San José hordes to leave smiling, they needed more than a raft of new hardware to aspire to.
But Apple’s messages have been mixed. On the one hand, Apple more than halved affiliate fees people can earn by directing their readers to Apple services, which just seems rude and uncaring considering how stinkingly-wealthy Apple is, while on the other there have been moves to both broaden and tighten the so-called ‘Apple ecosystem’. In this model, every device you have is by Apple, and Apple tech and services connects them all up. Coders code  on Apple devices and in Apple environments, and users can’t really get into the hardware and software of those devices, unlike the more accessible Microsoft and Android platforms.

Some of these moves are very welcome. For example, Apple will soon let the people who make podcasts learn what podcast listeners actually like – and what they ignore. A coming version of Apple’s Podcasts, which is by far the most popular podcast app, will provide basic analytics to podcast creators, giving them the ability to see when podcast listeners play individual episodes, and more importantly what part of individual episodes they listen to, which parts they skip over, and when they bail out of an episode.
This has been an annoyingly opaque world for far too long: launch your podcast into the ether and your only real feedback is how many people downloaded it, and the minimal user-feedback on iTunes.
iBooks is even worse – the authoring app dates back to 2012 and the awful truth only really dawns on you when you publish a book: sales are tiny because nobody really uses the iBooks platform (which is flat-out marvellous) and Apple seemingly cannot be bothered to put any effort into it or to properly promote it.
But the podcasts initiative is a sign of hope.

However, Apple is now clearly busy on several fronts. Self-driving machine learning is at the core of Apple’s car ambitions. We know this because Tim Cook said so. You know, in public. Business Chat will appear in iOS 11, which will work across Apple’ iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch, but not the Mac (at first, anyway). Apple customers will be able to start a conversation with a business from Safari, Maps, Spotlight, and Siri. Once again, inside that Apple ecosystem, all will be sweet – it’s just that some find this a constriction whereas most users find it a pure boon.
Tim Cook has also announced a wide range of software and hardware changes that will finally bring VR to macOS, and that’s pretty surprising because Tim Cook himself had been on record as giving “exactly zero damns about VR“. Which I think is a good thing because it shows he’s flexible to new realities, right?

For some, of course, it has all been too much, even from the 2016 announcements. Because when you think about it, a lot of the top announcements at the last WWDC hardly went anywhere. How many people with 3D Touch-capable devices actually use it? Not many, in my experience, which is a shame as it’s remarkably useful. The same can’t be said for Stickers in Messages. I had a look once, and can’t be bothered with it. Like most people. This was froth, unlike most of the core tech and fundamentals of this year’s initiatives. It’s hard to use, and worse, virtually pointless.
Even Siri was practically useless to me until I discovered it’s superb function as a maths problem solver. I’m so bad at maths it takes me ages even to frame the question properly in a calculator or spreadsheet. Then if I’m lucky I might get close to the answer. Being able to just ask Siri a maths problem framed as a normal question is unbelievably satisfying and efficient.

All round, I think this year’s WWDC showed a much greater commitment to the core of what makes people Apple fans. And I’m really happy about that. 

Clues in High Sierra code, Cook to meet again, European encryption, Amazon overtakes Sonos, fix Message sync


Apple widening NVMe flash storage support in High Sierra possibly good news for Mac Pro, iMac Pro — The discovery that Apple has intentionally removed restrictions on NVMe in the High Sierra beta suggests that future Macs won’t be limited in which mass-storage flash drives may be used, possibly including both the ‘modular’ Mac Pro and the iMac Pro.

AMD Vega 56 and Vega 64 GPUs destined for iMac Pro detailed in Linux driver — The GPUs that will be in the iMac Pro – the Vega 56 and Vega 64 – have been detailed by an AMD-provided driver update for Linux, with the cards able to utilise much as twice as a much data in each register as previous cards when 32 bits of precision aren’t needed.

Apple CEO Tim Cook meeting with President Trump to talk trimming government waste — More than a dozen tech CEOs, including Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook, will meet with US President Donald Trump and his staff on Monday, discussing ways that the government can trim costs and improve security with the help of American corporations.

European Union seeks to ban backdoors for encrypted communications — A European Parliament committee has published a draft report proposing that the ability for citizens to protect their data with encryption should be protected, including banning any possibility of government sanctioned backdoors to encryption protocols that could be used by law enforcement officials.

Amazon over takes Sonos in the intelligent home speaker market — Strategy Analytics latest Global Wi-Fi Speaker Forecast 2014-2022 reports that global shipments of Wi-Fi based wireless speakers grew by 62% in 2016 to 14 million units with Amazon accounting for 77% of the increase in volume demand from the previous year. The company estimates that Amazon shipped over five million Echo speakers in 2016 compared to just over four million from second placed Sonos.

How to fix things when Message won’t sync between your Mac and iPhone — If you notice  Messages won’t sync between your Mac and an iPhone:
Open “Settings” on the iPhone (or iPad) and tap “Messages.”
Scroll down and tap on “Receive At” which is usually followed by a phone number or email address.
Tap the “Use your Apple ID for iMessage” button at the top and sign in.
Exit out of Settings.
On your Mac, double-check the Apple ID used in Messages for Mac to make sure it’s the same as the Message setup on your iPhone (or iPad). (From Apple World Today.)

AirPort not hacked, iMacs compared, Microsoft exec liked WWDC, eGPU DevKit, High Sierra, Sony content hires, best Mac games, Bob Seger


Amongst the best Mac games so far for 2017 is Obduction, NZ$44.99, called a ‘worthy successor to [the legendary] Myst’ (thanks to Metal and Sierra, this is the best year for Mac games in decades)
Apple AirPort not on latest Vault 7 list of gear susceptible to factory firmware hack by CIA — The latest dump of ‘leaked’ documents from WikiLeaks reportedly from the CIA details the Cherry Blossom firmware modification program, which allowed intelligence agencies to change firmware in a networking company’s factories – but Apple AirPort hardware appears to be unaffected by the effort. [Yeah, babies! The document dump claims that devices from Asus, Belkin, Buffalo, Dell, DLink, Linksys, Motorola, Netgear, Senao, and US Robotics were susceptible to the attack vector.]

Apple’s 21.5″ iMac with Retina 4K display gets dedicated graphics, Kaby Lake — Apple has radically overhauled its iMac lineup for 2017, giving its 21.5 inch Retina 4K models dedicated graphics driven by AMD Radeon Pro 555/560 GPUs; a brighter display with enhanced P3 color; more powerful Intel Kaby Lake CPUs; upgradable RAM sockets; faster SSD drives and modern, ultrafast USB C and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. The entry level 4K iMac now provides Intel’s 7th Generation Kaby Lake quad-core Core i5 processor, which at 3.0GHz is notably more powerful than the 5th Generation Broadwell Core i5 used in the original “Late 2015” 4K iMac, despite being clocked 100MHz slower.
All of Apple’s 21.5-inch 4K iMac models now have the necessary pixel pushing power of dedicated graphics cards, thanks to the latest refresh. Take a closer look at the updated all-in-one desktop in AppleInsider’s video review. But the 2017 4K, 5K iMacs won’t support Target Display Mode, despite Thunderbolt 3.

Former Microsoft exec had amazing things to say about Apple’s WWDC Keynote — Steven Sinofsky was a Microsoft executive, president of the Windows Division, from mid 2009 to late 2012. He was known for his strong advocacy of Windows everywhere and was responsible for Windows 7 and 8. Today, he’s a board member at Andreessen Horowitz. The tone of an article he penned about WWDC couldn’t be more enthusiastic about Apple’s keynote. It also surfaced evidence of, perhaps, a submerged enthusiasm that one wouldn’t normally expect from a former Microsoft executive.

Apple’s eGPU developer’s kit is promising, but what gets delivered in the future is anybody’s guess — After hammering on Apple’s external GPU developer’s kit for a week, AppleInsider discusses the hardware, the technology, and what needs to happen in the future for adoption of the concept by Mac users.

macOS High Sierra: a video First Look — Video covers several of the marquee features of macOS 10.13 High Sierra.

Apple beefs up unique video content team with pair of Sony programming directors — Apple has hired Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, a pair of former Sony Pictures Television executives previously responsible for programming like Breaking Bad and The Goldbergs.

The best Mac games of 2017 (so far) — Ric Molina of MacGamer delivers a detailed post on the best Mac games of 2017. “Here at Mac Gamer HQ, we spend a lot of time talking about how great the gaming situation is on the Mac.” [Among them is the WWII based Day of Infamy, which is appealing to this historian! It also has relatively modest system requirements compared to some.]

Bob Seger on Apple Music — Bob Seger’s iconic music catalogue makes its streaming debut today. The debut includes 12 platinum/multi-platinum albums as well as Seger’s debut album, Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man.

15-inch MacBook Pro, free security tools, Luminar update, more games, cheaper keyboard


(Image from Apple NZ’s MacBook Pro page)

New 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is better, but still has its predecessor’s flaws — The revved 15-inch MacBook Pro goes up to 3.1GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz and now comes standard with more powerful discrete graphics with more video memory. Overall and in general terms, tests show that it’s about 20% faster than its 2016 counterpart, reckons Stephen Sandes.

Top 6 free Mac security tools — With on two pieces of Mac malware being peddled on the dark web, here is The Mac Observer’s list of the best free security tools for macOS, in no particular order, and here’s how to set up one of those, Malwarebytes.

Macphun has released an update to Luminar and introducing Accent — Accent is a new photo filter powered by the artificial intelligence technology. It allows anyone to create stunning images with a single slider instead of using dozens of adjustments and controls. It’s a perfect tool for beginner photographers who want superb quick results, and it’s a foundation for further advanced image manipulation for pro photographers.
Luminar Neptune includes many other updates including masking. The update is free to existing users and available once you launch the app.

E3 2017: ‘Hitman,’ ‘Ark: Survival Evolved,’ ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ coming soon to Mac — Three games are preparing to launch on Mac soon, with Hitman arriving on June 20, Ark: Survival Evolved leaving Early Access after two years with a full release on August 8th, and the first part of The Pillars of the Earth game adaptation shipping August 15th.

Kanex MultiSync Keyboard is a less expensive alternative to Apple’s Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad — If you don’t want to shell out US$129 for Apple’s new extended Magic Keyboard 2 wireless keyboard, the also-wireless US$59.95 Kanex MultiSync Keyboard for Mac and iOS is a viable replacement for use with the new iMacs. It’s available in New Zealand for $100.

Best iMac ever, no iMac Apple Tax, Kaby Lake MacBook, Belkin Thunderbolt Dock, iWork updates, drive utilities, new Mac games,


New iMac is the best all-in-one yet, and the best Mac ever — Dennis Sellers is very impressed: “Oh, iMac, I’ve missed you. I thought I could replace you with a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 27-inch LG Ultrafine display. Actually, I did for seven months, but the entire experience just wasn’t as smooth. Plus, the Apple all-in-one’s display is so much more elegant than LG’s monitor … “The latest incarnation of Apple’s all-in-one is, hands-down, the world’s best desktop. Its performance – up to 50% faster than its predecessor – is beefy enough for all but the most demanding “power users.”

No, the iMac Pro Apple Tax isn’t a real thing — It hasn’t taken long for the haters to hate on the iMac Pro, but is their criticism valid? When the iMac Pro was announced at WWDC, many lashed out about the pricing of the all-in-one computer, especially the projected cost of a fully maxed iMac Pro. ZDNet was probably the first out of the gate, projecting that such a configuration would cost more than US$17,000. Is this due to an abnormal Apple tax, or is it just business as usual? Let’s find out, but I’ll give you a hint: I’m not a fanboy, but I don’t believe there’s any such thing as an iMac Pro Apple tax, or any other such nonsense.

Review of Apple’s new 12″ MacBook boasts incremental speed improvements — Apple last week refreshed its MacBook lineup with processor upgrades and minor aesthetic tweaks, with the 12-inch MacBook benefiting from new Intel silicon and faster SSDs. Are the changes enough to prompt existing owners to upgrade? Find out in AppleInsider’s video review. There’s also a direct comparison between this new MacBook and the last version.

First look: Belkin’s Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock short on ports, but provides full charging power — Belkin has refreshed its line of Thunderbolt docks for the MacBook Pro’s Thunderbolt 3, and AppleInsider takes a quick look at the most recent version.

Pages, Keynote, Numbers updates add new Shape Libraries, more — Apple rolled out updates for Pages, Keynote, and Numbers on the Mac that add in more than 500 professionally drawn shapes in free updates released yesterday.
The iWork updates added support for replying to comments and joining threaded conversations, improved autocorrect and text replacement options, added print preview for collaborative spreadsheets, added linked text boxes in Pages and more.
Keynote 7.2 (macOS) also has new pan and zoom options, allows presenters to edit notes while displaying slides in Light Table view, and has improved support for Hebrew and Arabic languages.
Numbers 4.2 (macOS) adds support for print preview in collaborative spreadsheets, as well as the functions described earlier.
Pages 6.2 (macOS) adds several features that turn it into a page layout powerhouse. Linked text boxes make it easy to have text flow from one location to another, documents can be exported as fixed layout ePub books, and it’s now possible to change margins, headers, footers and paper size while collaborating on a document.

Drive Genius 5 is a disk guardian — Drive Genius’s DrivePulse real-time monitoring is its best feature (at least in Robert LeVitus’ opinion).
Drive Genius’s DrivePulse monitors the health of all connected drives and detects potential data corruption. Then, it can alert me of physical or logical issues with any of my drives before things go to hell in a hand-basket.

But OWC has announced Smart Alec utility for Mac drives — OWC, the company that makes RAM, drives and other Mac-related equipment, has announced SMART Alec. This Mac utility that constantly monitors and checks your Mac hard drives, SSDs, FireWire disks, and USB drives, warning you in advance if drives are failing or about to fail.
The utility is designed to help you avoid sensitive, irreplaceable data from databases, word processing, Excel, PowerPoint and other business files, photos and videos, music compositions, and more. SMART Alec is currently available in beta . The free final version of SMART Alec and a US$9.99 upgrade with additional features will be available in July.

New Mac games announced — This year’s E3 conference included a number of Mac-related gaming announcements, including highly anticipated titles Fortnite, Railway Empire, Tropico 6, the Viking-inspired Unto The End and Tunic. You can read about them and see trailers at Apple Insider.

Inside High Sierra, Microsoft Office, 1B green bond, self-driving, selling a Mac, dark Mac malware


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Inside High Sierra: HEVC promises to keep quality high, file sizes low for videos, photos — Support for HEVC, also known as H.265, was announced at the WWDC Keynote by Apple Senior Vice President Craig Federighi. AppleInsider examines the technology from a user’s standpoint, said to be needed to keep 4K videos down to a manageable size. It’s not available yet, except to developers as a Beta, but High Sierra leaves Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 behind and the 2016 edition needs updating.
Microsoft strongly recommends that users back up existing data before trying the software. [This should be solved fairly quickly after High Sierra’s official release – Microsoft’s good at this stuff.]

Apple issues new US$1B bond to finance ‘green’ energy projects — Apple on Tuesday issued its second-ever “green” bond sale, valued at $1 billion, intended to fund the company’s renewable energy builds as well as other environmental efforts, like improved energy efficiency.

Tim Cook confirms Apple is working on self-driving car tech — Apple CEO Tim Cook has confirmed to Bloomberg that the company is developing self-driving car technology, which he calls a ‘core’ [lols] technology. The comments mark the first time Cook has discussed the long-rumoured “Apple Car” project publicly, though he was vague about any manufacturing plans. This involves a huge dollop of machine learning
[I still think it could be something like an Apple TV: a hardware box that takes over an existing product. For example, Apple TV takes over any TV it can connect to, and cars increasingly have this kind of connectivity. Why make a car when so many companies already do?]

How to prepare your Mac for selling it — With all the newly announced Mac hardware, you may be considering selling your current hardware and splurging on some of the new stuff. If you’re getting ready to sell your Mac, you should make sure all your data is off of it before turning it over to another person. To do this, make sure that all of your data is backed up, then sign out of everything.

Someone is selling Mac malware on the Dark Web — Mac users beware: two pieces of dark web malware have been spotted on the dark web that target Macs. Their names are MacSpy and MacRansom. These two pieces of software were made by an unknown person who is marketing them as services. This means that the malware can be sold and then continuously supported and updated.
“So should you worry? Not really. Both malware products can be easily identified by most antivirus programs.”

iMac Pro speakers, installing iMac RAM, Swift coding, Apple in memory bid, Health hire, Winmail data, Taipei Store


iMac Pro promises ‘all new speakers’, not so the ‘non-pro’ models — In the webpage touting the upcoming iMac Pro, Apple says it has “all new speakers” and adds: “iMac Pro is as epic to your ears as it is to your eyes. Its enhanced stereo speakers deliver broad frequency response, rich bass, and more volume. So you’ll be able to hear that crashing cymbal, multilayered effect, or sample-based sound, all with remarkable fidelity.”

Video shows how to install RAM on a 27-inch iMac — Dennis Sellers posted a video for you, since it’s possible to get it considerably cheaper than what Apple charges.

The Complete Swift 3 Hacking Bundle: US$35 — Mac Observer has a deal on the The Complete Swift 3 Hacking Bundle, 64 hours of training videos with hundreds of lectures. It’s designed to teach you Swift 3 for iOS, macOS, and watchOS, and you can get it through MO for US$35.

Foxconn CEO says Apple is on the Toshiba Memory Business bidding team — Foxconn CEO Terry Gau says Apple is definitely part of the group bidding on Toshiba’s memory chip business, and Amazon is considering joining the coalition, too. Google, Microsoft, and Cisco are also looking at throwing their hats  – or pocketbooks – into the ring, too.

Apple hires Stanford digital health expert Dr Sumbul Desai — Desai is the latest hire for Apple’s digital health team. She’s the executive director for Stanford Medicine’s center for digital health, manages an Apple Watch-based project to promote health, and now will have a senior role on Apple’s health team.

Frustrated by winmail.dat files? Letter Opener saves the day! Anyone who has owned a Mac has run into them – those mysterious winmail.dat files. You try double-clicking on those files and nothing happens, leaving you to wonder what someone from the world of Windows was trying to send you. Fortunately, there is a solution available in the form of Letter Opener for macOS, macOS Mail and iOS (free trial for macOS and iOS with in-app premium purchases).

Apple prepares to open first Taiwan store in iconic Taipei 101 — Apple’s first store in Taiwan is coming soon to the ground floor of Taipei 101, one of the world’s tallest skyscrapers, the company announced over the weekend.