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.