Tag Archives: MacBook

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.

Apple I, hidden recruiter, Screenflow expansion, lava lamp encryption, 2 new games


Functional Apple I computer to hit online auction block in September — A fully operational Apple I computer built by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in 1976 is going up for auction through Charitybuzz next month, with all proceeds earmarked for charity.

Apple uses hidden webpage to recruit cloud infrastructure engineer — A hidden, now-defunct page on Apple’s website was apparently being used to recruit an engineer for work on a “critical infrastructure component.” While not necessarily difficult for a veteran engineer to find, the page’s unusual placement likely ensured a base level of proficiency.

ScreenFlow 7 update turns the screen recording app into a video suite — Extensive editing, titling and annotation features recently added to ScreenFlow 7 make it a serious production tool.
ScreenFlow 7 will record your screen as it always has, but it now goes dramatically further than that, taking your Mac or iOS screen’s recording and helping you produce broadcast-quality video with it.

10% of the internet is encrypted with lava lamps — So it turns out that 10% of all the traffic on the internet is encrypted with the help of Lava Lamps. Fast Company Design did a story about how Cloudflare uses Lava Lamps as a super random number generator. Cloudflare offers content delivery network services, protections against denial of service attacks, and and anti-bot protections.

Formula One 2017 for Mac with same day release as Windows on August 25th — Feral Interactive has announced that Formula One 2017 will be released on August 25th, with a same-day release for Mac and PC. The game, created by Codemasters, offers a stunning Formula One racing experience. In addition to the trailer, Codemasters released a 26 minute, unedited gameplay video that is just unbelievable. The game features a Research 7 Development tree, the ability to tune the cars, a career mode, and off-track activities. The game will be available through Feral and Steam for US$59.95, with a Mac App Store version coming later for US$49.99. System requirements haven’t published, but are likely to be steep. If you’re a racing game enthusiast, it’ll be worth it.

Beat The Game to launch on Steam for the Mac on September 27 — Worm Animation says its debut title, point-and-click music adventure Beat the Game, will launch September 7 on Steam for Mac, PC, and Linux systems. In the game, players go on a journey with Mistik, the hero of Beat The Game, to uncover the mysterious, abstract universe he finds himself in after a motorbike crash. Mistik, though, is a music producer. With the help of his trusty recorder, Mistik must collect the samples scattered around Beat The Game’s beautiful, dream-like environments in order to create the ultimate track.

Charlottesville hate, Apple worker lawsuit, asteroid shooter, technical resources for students, Bioshock Remastered requirements


Charlottesville (screenshot from Apple Maps)

Apple CEO Tim Cook addresses Charlottesville, company to donate $2M to fight hate —  Responding to last weekend’s demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia which resulted in the death of a human rights protester, Apple CEO Tim Cook sent a letter to company staff deriding hate groups, bigotry and violence, and denouncing President Donald Trump’s speech claiming ‘equivalence’ of white nationalists and human rights advocates. Apple has also cut of Apple Pay support to any companies promoting hatred, and for websites selling white supremacist goods.

Lawsuit over Apple store workers’ unpaid time may be heading to the California Supreme Court — A class action suit over Apple store workers’ unpaid time spent in bag checks may soon be headed to the California Supreme Court, reports AppleInsider. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals the state’s Supreme Court to decide whether bag checks are “compensable as ‘hours worked’ within the meaning of California Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Order No. 7,” even when people could technically avoid the checks by leaving purses, backpacks, and other bags at home. [Well, imagine being caught with an Android phone! Sorry, I am being facetious.]

Asteroid: Space Defense space shooter blasts onto the Mac — FreneticGamez has launched Asteroid: Space Defense 1.0 for the Mac. The retro arcade space shooter in which you control your space ship to avoid asteroids and other enemies in this retro shooter.

Back to school technical resources for students who are apple customers — Here’s a selected list of links that John Martellero thinks might be helpful for technical high school and college students. It’s not exhaustive and does not cover all academic disciplines, and it’s US-centric but may be useful.

How to safely test Apple’s Public Betas — Apple is now offering Public Betas of its next generation operating systems. Anyone can install pre-release versions, known as Public Betas, of the next releases of iOS, macOS; and tvOS. That’s mostly a good thing. The more people testing an operating system before its release, the less likely there will be unforeseen issues with it when it ships. Here’s how to do it safely.

The Macs that can handle Bioshock Remastered — The Remastered version of BioShock brings the Art Deco first person shooter to 1080p, but you’re going to need a Mac from 2013 or later to run it.
Feral has now announced requirements:
all 21.5” iMacs since late 2013 (1GB Nvidia GT 750M Models are not officially supported)
All 27” iMacs since late 2013 (1GB Nvidia GT 755M Models are not officially supported)
All 13” MacBook Pros since late 2016; all 15” MacBook Pros since late 2013, and all Mac Pros since late 2013.
The company said that Late 2012 iMac models with 2GB Nvidia 680MX graphics cards are also supported. The game will play on 2012 and other 2013 Macs, as well, but aren’t officially supported.
BioShock Remastered will be priced at US$19.99 through Feral and Steam, and a Mac App Store version will appear “shortly afterwards.”

Long USB-C cables, original content, Sonnet Breakaway, Bioshock Remastered


The PSA has found that Thunderbolt 3 cables longer than 0.5m generally don’t support USB 3.1 speeds — USB-C is the future of computer connectivity, at least for Apple users, but there is a great deal of confusion over USB-C, Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1, and what any given cable with USB-C connectors is capable of. Put simply, USB-C as a term by itself means nothing about data speed or charging ability — it’s only a description of the physical connector. Thunderbolt 3 at 40Gbit per second has to be USB-C at both ends. USB 3.1 at 5Gbit per second or 10Gbit per second does not. Both share the same physical USB-C connector for the host device.
AppleInsider breaks it all down.

Apple to spend $1B on original content for up to 10 new TV shows over next year — Apple is reportedly budgeting about $1 billion to secure and produce original video over the course of the next year, a figure which may soon make it a competitive force in that arena.

Sonnet’s eGFX Breakaway Box ships — Sonnet Technologies is shipping its eGFX Breakaway Box with 350W power supply, the first in the company’s new series of Thunderbolt 3 to PCI Express (PCIe) expansion chassis for professional graphics and gaming applications.

BioShock Remastered comes to the Mac on August 22 — Feral Interactive has announced that BioShock Remastered, a version of the first-person shooter running in 1080p, will be released for macOS on August 22nd to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the game’s original release. It was originally developed by Irrational Games and published by 2K for Windows and console.

Mac laptops up, 4th in brands, Aurora HDR 2018, macOS Public Beta 5, cellphone data concerns, Canadian dollar bond, eclipse map, another Dock, Video File List


Mac laptop sales are up 17.1% quarter-over-quarter — Apple sold an estimated 3.98 million Mac laptops in the second quarter of the 2017 calendar year for a quarter-on-quarter increase of 17.1%, according to TrendForce. The tech giant now ties for fifth place among the top global notebook brands, notes the market research firm.

Apple number four on NetBase’s list of the ‘most loved global brands’ — NetBase, which specializes in enterprise social analytics, has released its “3rd Annual NetBase Brand Passion Report: Top 100 Global Brand Love List.” Apple is in the top 10 of the most loved global brands at number 4.

Macphun announces the release of Aurora HDR 2018 that arrives in September — Except for being available for Mac and Windows, the new Aurora HDR 2018 will get a completely new user interface, become significantly faster and get some new features, like Lens Correction and much more. Get the sneak peek of what’s coming below. Don’t forget to check out the additional presets, if you have Aurora, either; some are free.

Apple releases macOS High Sierra Public Beta 5 — Along with developer beta updates for iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, Apple also released macOS High Sierra public beta 5 (build 17A344b). Like the developer beta, it includes bug fixes and other improvements.

Apple, Facebook, Google & others sign brief concerned about warrantless location tracking — Several high-profile technology companies, including Apple, have submitted a amicus brief in a key case at the US Supreme Court, expressing concerns about warrantless police access to cellphone location data.

Apple to borrow again with company’s first-ever Canadian dollar bond — Apple’s international borrowing continues to expand to new countries, with the company revealing in a US Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Tuesday that it will offer its first debt offering in Canadian dollars.

Interactive map shows solar eclipse details in your browser — The 2017 solar eclipse that’ll be visible from coast to coast in the continental United States is only a week away, so you’re running out of time to get ready for the once in a lifetime event in that hemisphere, here’s a great list of tips to help you enjoy the August 21st event, but there’s always room for more — like this awesome interactive web-based map that shows the eclipse details wherever you click.

StarTech’s Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station provides full power delivery and lots of connectivity options — *StarTech’s US$405 Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station with Full Power Delivery is one of the first (perhaps the first) docking stations on the market that provides full power delivery for Thunderbolt 3 enabled Mac and Windows platforms, so it’s perfect for Thunderbolt 3-equipped MacBook Pros. The StarTech device packs a 170W power adapter for efficient powering and charging (up to 85W). Most Docks don’t, and can only charge-up MacBooks and MacBook Pro 13s – not 15s.
[*I haven’t seen this brand in new Zealand.]

Lakehorn AG introduces Video File List 1.0 for macOS — Lakehorn AG has introduced Video File List 1.0 for macOS. The app is used to find out more about any collection of movies files.

Chinese iCloud overwatch, Surface tensions, Google pays Apple billions, AR’s inexorable rise


Chinese government sets up committee to watch over Apple’s new iCloud data centre — China’s Guizhou province is setting up a working committee specifically to oversee Apple’s new data centre in the region, which was established to comply with cybersecurity laws that went into effect earlier this year. [As in you’re secure unless you criticise the regime.]

Leaked Microsoft memo points to high initial return rates for Surface Book & Surface Pro 4 — Problems with the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 may be responsible for Consumer Reports’s recent decision not to recommend the Surface line as a whole, a leaked Microsoft memo suggests.

Analyst: Google will pay Apple $3 billion this year for remain the default iOS search engine — In a note to clients , Bernstein analyst AM Sacconaghi Jr says Google will pay Apple $3 billion this year to remain the default search engine on iPhones and iPads. Google paid Apple $1B billion for the privilege in 2014.

Spending on AR, VR predicted to double (or more) every year through to 2021 — Good news for Apple and its ARKit: worldwide revenues for the augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) market are forecast to increase by 100% or more over each of the next four years, according to the latest update to the Worldwide Semiannual Augmented and Virtual Reality Spending Guide from the International Data Corporation (IDC).

13 MacBook Pro vs 15, Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Dock, Apple and Irish tax, Ulysses subscriber, Screens 4, Commander One, Atlas Recall


Video: 13″ vs. 15″ 2017 MacBook Pro: which Apple notebook is right for you? Apple’s MacBook Pro lineup was recently updated with faster processors and more affordable configurations, but choosing the best model for your needs can be a tough decision. AppleInsider brings some clarity to the situation, helping you narrow down your choices in a video. Meanwhile, Mac Observer takes issue with Business Insider’s article about Apple still selling old and expensive computers, and these are the ones you shouldn’t buy.

Review: Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD solid choice, but little sets it apart from alternatives — Belkin has refreshed its line of Thunderbolt docks for the MacBook Pro’s Thunderbolt 3, but besides full charging power for the 15-inch MacBook Pro, Apple Insider thinks the new version doesn’t do enough to distinguish it from competitors.

Apple & Ireland ‘close to deal’ to protect government from losses while holding $17.7B in escrow — Apple and the Irish government are reportedly nearing a deal that would shield the latter from losses incurred while holding up to $17.7 billion in Apple cash, including interest – money that may be due in back taxes following a 2016 European Commission ruling.

Writing tool Ulysses for macOS, iOS shifts to monthly US$4.99 subscription model — Effective immediately, writing tool Ulysses is switching to a subscription model after having been a paid app for iOS and macOS since launch.

Screen sharing tool Screens 4 for macOS and iOS gains Touch Bar support, improved file transfer — Screens 4 by Edovia lets you see and control the screen of one Mac from another. Wherever you are in the world, you can get your own files, see your own documents and even run apps you don’t have with you. Screens 4.1.1 costs US$29.99, and requires macOS 10.11 or newer. The iOS version sells for US$19.99, does not require the Mac version to work, and requires iOS 10.

Commander One is a useful Finder enhancer for ‘power users’ — Eltima’s Commander One is a handy Finder enhancer that’s great for macOS power users, plus, the latest version is 100% written in Apple’s Swift programming language.

Find anything fast on your Mac with the Atlas Recall app and service — If you wrote it, read it or saw it on your Mac, Atlas Recall can find it again swiftly and easily. Atlas Recall is a Mac app with an iPhone companion that you leave running all the time. While Spotlight indexes your hard disk, Atlas Recall instead watches all you do and takes notes. [Crikey, who wants that??]

AMD Vega, minimising trip data, Microsoft Surface problems at 25%


eGPU vendor demonstrates AMD Vega card working in High Sierra on Thunderbolt 3 MacBook Pro — External GPU enclosure developer Mantiz posted a Tweet on Thursday of the new AMD Vega PCI-E video card working in its enclosure, connected to a MacBook Pro – and that likely means that the card will work on Apple’s last PCI-E Mac Pro as well in High Sierra.

Minimising Personal Hotspot data usage with TripMode for macOS — TripMode is a gatekeeper that keeps an eye on your data usage for the apps on your Mac. When you’re on a Wi-Fi network and don’t need to worry about how much data you’re chewing up, it can be set to let every app use as much data as it needs. But when you really need to watch that data usage, for example when you’re using your iPhone’s Personal Hotspot feature or on a limited data package overseas, TripMode blocks any app you’ve pre-set from using data.
TripMode for macOS is US$7.99 or part of the Setapp subscription app bundle.

25% of Microsoft Surface owners report problems within 2 years, Consumer Reports finds — A new, large survey of Microsoft Surface owners found that a quarter of those using the hybrid devices experience problems by the second year of ownership, raising questions about the reliability of the company’s iPad and MacBook competitors.

 

Free Memory Clean, all time high, big spider, Photolemur 2, Thunderbolt 3 to Dual DisplayPort, Apple’s password power


Memory Clean 2 is free — This free app optimises your Mac’s memory (RAM, not storage) and is best used after you have finished using a memory (RAM) intensive app or game. Memory Clean 2 is the successor to Memory Clean 1 app, which achieved several million downloads. If you would like to restore the Extreme Clean feature that you purchased via Memory Clean 1 on Memory Clean 2, please do not delete Memory Clean 1 until you have opened Memory Clean 2, gone to the Preferences panel and restored the purchase via the ‘Extras’ tab. More info on https://support.fiplab.com.
Note: Memory Clean 2 works by purging the Mac’s inactive memory and is best used when you close an intensive app that you do not plan to use again quickly within a few hours. During the cleaning process, older Macs may slow down until the cleaning is complete. (And extra deep clean feature is available in-app for US$7.49.)

Shares of Apple close at all-time high of $160.08, blowing past previous record — As hype for the “iPhone 8” continues to build, investors are buying in on Apple stock, sending shares to new record highs on Tuesday. The gains held throughout the day, allowing AAPL stock to close above the $160 mark for the first time ever.

Apple spends $2.9 billion in R&D during the third fiscal quarter — Apple must be cooking up some interesting products in its secret labs. The company spending on research and development totalled $2.9 billion for the third fiscal quarter that ended on July 1, rising 15% year-over-year compared to a revenue gain of 7% for the same period, reports the Wall Street Journal. This brought the tech giant’s R&D spending to $11.2 billion for the previous 12 months — about 5% of the company’s revenue for the period.

Get 15% off on Photolemur 2.0 for Mac from Apple World Today — Photolemur 2.0 is available, both for Mac and now for Windows. You can see for yourself how easy it is to make your digital images ‘pop’ with a quick pass through Photolemur 2.0 by watching the video at this link.
Here’s deal on Photolemur 2.0: take 15% off the regular price of US$30 for a single license or US$50 for a family license (up to 5 devices). Take advantage of our coupon code APPLEWORLD15 today and get the family license for US$29.75!

Sonnet debuts Mac compatible Thunderbolt 3 to Dual DisplayPort adapter — Sonnet Technologies has announced a new addition to its expanding Thunderbolt 3 product line: the Thunderbolt 3 to Dual DisplayPort Adapter. The compact, bus-powered device enables users to connect up to two 4K ultra-high-definition (UHD) DisplayPort (DP) monitors or one 5K DP monitor to a single Thunderbolt 3 port on Mac and Windows systems.
The Sonnet Thunderbolt 3 to Dual DisplayPort Adapter is available now with an manufacturer’s suggested retail price of US$89. In New Zealand the vendor is MacSense, where it’s listed for NZ$195.

Apple scores 4/5 out of a possible 5/5 in the 2017 Password Power Rankings — Password manager Dashlane has released its 2017 Password Power Rankings, the results of a deep dive into the password practices of over 40 popular consumer and enterprise websites. Apple did well, scoring 4/5 (5/5 is a perfect score). Google got 3/5, and Dropbox was worst.

Safari Technology Preview 37 adds French Apple Pay expansion, 33 bug fixes — Apple has released Safari Technology Preview 37 (Safari TP37). This release tests Apple Pay support for Cartes Bancaires, France’s interbank network, and includes has 33 different bug fixes and other improvements. Safari’s tech preview releases are aimed at developers, and are similar to the developer betas for macOS and iOS. Bug fixes and other improvements cover Web API, JavaScript, WebAssembly, CSS, Web Inspector, WebDriver, Rendering, Accessibility, and Media.
Developers (or others wanting to living on the browser bleeding edge) can download Safari TP37from the WebKit.org website. [But hey, it doesn’t replace your normal Safari anyway.]

High sierra Beta 4, Photolemur 2.1, home automation, Euro-Beats, Maps transit, 9th Japanese Store, India regulator, FileMaker App Academy



Apple Releases macOS High Sierra Public Beta 4 — Apple has released macOS High Sierra Public Beta 4 [but it wasn’t available for NZ when I checked at 7am this morning]. The release comes the day after the company seeded Developer Beta 5, and two weeks after the release of Public Beta 3. Apple doesn’t include detailed release notes with the public beta releases, but each release includes bug fixes, tweaks, and new approaches in implementing the many new features in macOS High Sierra.

Photolemur v2.0 has just reached 2.1 — and it’s probably the world’s first fully automated photo editing tool that’s making photos perfect without effort and time spent to edit them (it works with the help of AI).  Here’s a quick video demo to spare the explanation; now it’s extra easy to use with just drag, drop & export; and it’s smart on the inside, so it does the job like a professional photographer (thanks to a number of algorithms written based on analysis of almost 1 million photos).

How to automate your home with Apple’s HomeKit, with or without an iPad or Apple TV — Apple’s HomeKit allows users to control compatible hardware with an iPhone – but expanded control from outside the home requires either an Apple TV of some flavour, or an iPad. AppleInsider explains the use cases, and what you need to get started.

Apple’s 2017 Back to School for Europe offers free wireless Beats with Macs & iPad Pros — Apple on Monday launched its 2017 Back to School promotions for a number of European countries, offering free wireless Beats headphones with the purchase of a Mac or iPad Pro on top of existing educational discounts.

Apple Maps transit coverage grows in Australia, may be coming soon to Ireland — Apple’s Australian Maps transit coverage has expanded to large sections of the states of Queensland and Western Australia, and may be poised to come to Ireland in the near future.

Apple starts hiring for ninth Japanese store, based in Kyoto — Apple is preparing to launch a new store in Kyoto, Japan, newly-published job listings reveal – just its ninth in the entire country, despite a years-long presence there.

Indian telecom regulator accuses Apple of ‘data colonisation’ — Trai, an Indian telecom regulator, is accusing Apple of engaging in “data colonisation” in India and being “anti-consumer” by not allowing customers to pass on details about pesky calls and unwanted messages to authorities as well as their mobile operators, reports the Times of India.

FileMaker Inc. debuts the Custom App Academy — FileMaker, Inc., the wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has launched its Custom App Academy and FileMaker Developer Conference videos designed to help individuals learn to build custom apps using the FileMaker Platform. It includes video tutorials with step-by-step guidance tailored to the learner’s level.

Vuo mixes sound and video, MarginNote Pro for Mac


Kosada’s Vuo lets you easily and interactively create and mix audio, video, and 2D + 3D effects — Kosada’s Vuo is designed as an alternative to Apple’s Quartz Composer (a node-based visual programming language provided as part of the Xcode development environment in macOS for processing and rendering graphical data). Aimed at media producers, VJs, interactive artists, and media-making non-programmers, Vuo enables users to interactively create and mix audio, video, and 2D + 3D effects.
Vuo requires macOS 10.8 or higher. It’s available in standard (US$49) and pro (US$149). Pro includes antialiasing and motion blur when exporting movies; Art-Net; 3D stereoscopic rendering; a fisheye camera; projection warping (PBMesh); advanced image processing: liquid image resizing, sharpness measurement; advanced 3D object processing: boolean operations, hierarchy flattening; and a dark mode.
There’s a 20% discount for college/university students, and for staff and faculty at all grade levels, plus a free trial.

MarginNote Pro for Mac — The Mac Observer has a deal on a Mac app called MarginNote Pro. It’s a “reading tool for students, teachers, researchers, lawyers, or just the naturally curious.” It allows users to take notes, make mind maps, review flashcards and more. MarginNote is a powerful reading tool for students, teachers, researchers, lawyers or just the naturally curious that helps you quickly organize, study, and manage large volumes of PDFs and EPUBs. With MarginNote you can take notes, create mind maps, review flashcards, and more all in one central interface, making it easier to fortify your learning.
Check It Out: MarginNote Pro for Mac: US$24.99.

London Apple fakes, Simon says server, Facebook language AI, Jettomero hero of the Universe


Jettomero is a game featuring a giant robot that tries to protect the universe, and will be on Mac soon

US$1.7 million worth of fake Apple goods confiscated from London warehouse — 1.3 million pounds- worth of fake Apple goods have been seized by West Sussex Trading Standards of the West Sussex County Council, reports ITV News. It’s the biggest in its history and included fake chargers, batteries, cables, headphones and adapters all seized from a warehouse in London. An investigation was launched after a charger, bought for £59 from a shop in Haywards Heath in West Sussex overheated. The customer became alarmed at how hot it became when charging her MacBook, so she contacted Trading Standards, which later found it was both fake and unsafe.

Simon is a useful, flexible server monitoring tool for macOS — It’s not for everyone, but Simon by Dejal Systems  is a useful server monitoring tool for macOS that lets you checks web pages, FTP and DNS servers, local or remote ports or volumes, and many other kinds of services for changes or failures. Dejal Simon 4.0 requires macOS 10.6 or later. It’s available for US$49.95 for a limited time (the usual price is $99). A demo is available for download. This is a paid upgrade for licensed Simon 3 users, with upgrades available for US$4.

Facebook translates using AI — The social network’s efforts with machine learning and artificial intelligence have advanced enough to the point that it can completely take over Facebook’s language translation. Text in posts and comments are now automatically translated so that people all around the world can read them. Given that Facebook now has 2 billion active users, this is an impressive feat. In order to pull this off on a social network, the machine learning needs to take into account context, slang, typos, abbreviations, and intent all at once. Previously Facebook was using phrase-based machine translation, which is a type of statistical machine translation (SMT).

Jettomero wants to be the hero of your universe — Jettomero: Hero of the Universe has you play a giant clumsy robot who wants to keep the universe safe while learning about its own mysterious past. The art has a wonderful comic book feel, the original soundtrack is great, and the game just looks like a giant bucket load of flat-out fun. Developer Gabriel Koenig has nearly finished the game and has a Kickstarter to handle the final costs of bringing it to market. It’s going to be available for Mac (and Windows, Linux, and Xbox).

Map experts wanted, Drive Genius, Final Cut Pro X effects, wireless mesh


Apple looking to hire more than 70 map tech experts — Apple wants to hire a bunch of map tech experts. More than 70 job listings went live in the past month on the company’s site relating to its maps team.
Apple is looking for folks with skills involving “geospatial information services,” “navigational aids” and “fleet management.” The map tech experts will doubtless help bring new features to the Maps app on macOS and iOS devices. [But only if they speak English.]

Drive Genius 5 for US$39 — We have a deal for you today on the venerable Mac utility Drive Genius 5. This software helps monitor and manage your storage device and its files with 19 different built-in utilities. It’s US$39 (about NZ$53 instead of c$125) through the Mac Observer, some 60% off. [I bought this. TechTool Pro is marvellous, but Drive Genius has an uninstaller, large file finder and other handy features.]

Nattress Contrast is a cool effects pack for Final Cut Pro X, Motion (and Premiere, After Effects) — Nattress Contrast is a nifty effects pack compatible with Final Cut Pro X, Motion, Premiere Pro and After Effects. It contains four filters: Bleach Bypass, Detail Preserve Contrast, Hyper Contrast and Luma & Saturation Contrast.
Because some lenses naturally produce a lower contrast image due to the way light diffuses through the lens elements, adding post-production contrast effects is a great way to increase visual impact. Nattress Contrasts costs US$49 (about NZ$66). The trial version of Nattress Contrast is available by installing FxFactory. You can learn more by clicking here.

Choosing a wireless mesh system — Installing a wifi mesh system into your home means wifi is available everywhere. The Mac Observer has trialled several systems (not all will be available in New Zealand) to tell you what’s good about different systems.