Tag Archives: Macintosh

Green Apple, Safari Consumer, TextExpander Touch Bar, free internet speed test, sapphire cabs

Apple is well-rated by Greenpeace for renewable energy (image from Liberty Voice)
Apple is well-rated by Greenpeace for renewable energy (image from Liberty Voice)

Greenpeace: Apple, Google, Facebook, and Switch are leading advocates for renewable energy — A new Greenpeace report, Clicking Clean: Who Is Winning the Race to Build a Green Internet?, finds that Apple, Google, Facebook, and newcomer Switch are leading the charge [lol] to build a renewably-powered Internet.

Apple says hidden Safari setting led to flawed Consumer Reports MacBook Pro battery tests — Battery tests conducted by Consumer Reports showing inconsistent uptime with Apple’s new MacBook Pro were inaccurate, Apple said on Tuesday, explaining that the publication had enabled a hidden setting in its Safari browser. [But why is Apple telling us this and not Consumer Reports? Sometimes it’s hard to see the smoke for the mirrors.]

TextExpander adds MacBook Pro Touch Bar support — Smile’s TextExpander got a nice update on Monday, assuming you’re a Touch Bar MacBook Pro user. The 6.1.3 update adds Touch Bar support so you can add, organise or delete snippets with a tap, filter snippets, and check your snippet statistics, too. The update also includes better VoiceOver access and fixes a few bugs because everyone else deserves a little something in the download. TextExpander 6.1.3 is a free download and works with Smile’s TextExpander subscription service.

speedtCheck your Internet connection speed with the Speedtest native app for Mac — Ookla (the Speedtest folks) has created an iOS app that has been quite useful, and has today released desktop apps for Mac and Windows.
Once installed and launched from the Applications folder, Speedtest resides in the Mac menu bar so you can pull up a test at any time. If there are multiple servers in your area, a “change server” link appears so that you can see if pointing at a different server changes your results at all.
The app and service are free, and unlike the speedtest.net website, the Mac app is also ad-free.

Apple to produce data center cabinets at defunct GT Advanced sapphire plant — Apple is repurposing GT Advanced’s former sapphire plant in Mesa, Arizona, to produce cabinets for its other data centres, according to a notice published by the US government on Monday.

A for Apple, Surface Pro 4 vs Air, AuthenTec settlement and Irish tax

Microsoft has released an ad targeting the MacBook Air
Microsoft has released an ad targeting the MacBook Air

Apple gets an ‘A’ grade in the 2016 Semi-Annual Computer Reliability Report — Apple gets an “A” in the 2016 Semi-Annual Computer Reliability Report from RESCUECOM, a computer repair company. That’s up from the A- the company received in the 2015 Q3 Computer Reliability Report. The grade also places Apple at the top of all computer maker lists if you exclude tablets.
Reliability scores for other companies trailing Apple on the list are: Samsung (305), Microsoft (128), Lenovo (127), Acer (95), Asus (93), Dell (72), HP (48) and Toshiba. This results in the grades, respectively, of A, B, B, C+, C+, C-, D, and D.

Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 4 ad targets feature gaps in Apple’s MacBook Air — Microsoft has released a new ad for the Surface Pro 4, directly comparing the tablet against the MacBook Air, and painting it as more feature-complete than Apple’s similarly-priced product.

Class action lawsuit involving Apple’s acquisition of AuthenTec has been settled — A class action lawsuit concerning the 2012 acquisition of AuthenTek by Apple has been settled. The lawsuit alleges, among other things, that AuthenTec’s directors breached their fiduciary duties in connection with the sale of AuthenTec to Apple.

European Commission may rule on Apple’s Irish tax status this week — A ruling by the European Commission on Apple’s tax status in Ireland may come as early as this week. Europe’s anti-trust and consumer investigation agency has claimed that Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands have attracted investment and jobs by helping big companies avoid tax in other countries, including EU members. The commission suspects Ireland was too lenient in rulings it gave to Apple and which helped the company shield tens of billions of dollars in profit from taxation. Ireland’s rate is 12.5% compared to the US 35%, but under the Irish systems, companies don’t even pay that full 12.5%…

Stranger Things, Apple-1, Cook cash, Irish jobs, Spotify retaliates, file extractor, Recordam


Get your ’80s synth on with the Stranger Things soundtrack on Apple Music — Now that we’ve all had enough time to watch all of Stranger Things it’s safe to check out the soundtrack on Apple Music without worrying about spoilers. Stranger Things Volume 1 (also Stranger Things, Vol. 1 (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack)) includes is loaded the show’s decidedly ’80s synth tracks from Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein like the show’s theme, Eleven’s theme, and the creepy The Upside Down. The playlist has 36 tracks, and there’s a volume 2 for when you’re ready for even more Stranger Things music. [Stranger Things is a sci-fi series on Netflix almost everywhere, including New Zealand.]

Apple-1 ‘Celebration’ motherboard auction pulls in US$815K — The motherboard believed to be amongst the first hand-built prototypes for the Apple-1 fell short of million dollar estimates, but still reaped $815,000 with a portion going to charity.

Apple CEO Tim Cook sells $36M in Apple stock after receiving 5-year RSU bonus — After receiving a sizable bonus of vested restricted stock units (RSUs) for five years of success as Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook on Wednesday cashed in nearly a third of his existing stock cache for a $35.8 million payday.

Apple gets green light to add 1000 jobs at Irish headquarters — More than nine months after Apple first announced plans to expand its European headquarters in Cork, Ireland, and amid an EU probe into questionable tax practices, the company was recently granted approval to add 1000 people to its workforce over the next 18 months.

Spotify is retaliating against artists with Apple Music exclusives —
Spotify has a new strategy in its battle against Apple: punishing artists who sign on to an Apple Music exclusive.

File Extractor is a new file extraction tool for OS X — MacDaddy has introduced File Extractor 1.0, a file extraction utility for Mac OS X. It allows you to find and extract files from any selected file, folder, or browser cache.

Recordam makes it easy to create, store, share and play back audio recordings on your Mac — If you need to quickly create, store, share and playback audio recordings on your Mac, Aperio Lux’s Recordam for Mac OS X (10.11 or later) combines a high-quality audio recorder and convenient storage for recorded audio files. And it’s only NZ$5.99 (US$3.99) at the Mac App Store.

10Gbps USB 3.1 Gen 2, music fest for Music subscribers, assets generator, tax and Ireland, iTunes video


macOS Sierra beta points to future Macs equipped with 10Gbps USB 3.1 Gen 2 — Upcoming Macs may support USB 3.1 Gen 2, enabling peripheral speeds up to a maximum 10 gigabits per second, code discovered in macOS Sierra suggests. The technologies could simplify connecting devices like 4K monitors, and speed up backups and file transfers on some external drives.

Only Apple Music subscribers will get to watch Apple’s live music fest this year — Maybe it’s a good time for Elton John and Britney Spears fans to activate that three-month free trial.

New Assets Generator Plus for OS X lets you create icon asset catalogues — Accesources Pty has introduced Assets Generator Plus 1.0, an icon generation tool developed exclusively for the Mac. It allows developers to create icon asset catalogues for iOS, OS X or Android apps.

What you need to know about the US Defending Apple’s European taxes — Apple has an interesting, and powerful, ally in an ongoing feud with the European Commission (EC). The US Treasury Department published a white paper Wednesday that condemed EC investigations into Apple and other US companies’ tax practices.

Apple’s iTunes ranks fourth in JD Power satisfaction survey for paid streaming video — JD Power on Thursday published a new customer satisfaction survey for paid video streaming services, ranking Apple’s iTunes below three major competitors.

MagBytes 78 ~ more news, tips and tricks for August 2016

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Obduction succeeds Myst, 5 years for Cook as CEO

The spiritual successor to Myst has arrive
The spiritual successor to Myst is now available.

Obduction, Myst’s spiritual successor, is now available — Years in the making, today Cyan released Obduction which, as they term it, is the ‘spiritual successor’ to their once immensely popular game Myst. Like its predecessor, Oduction is built to take you on an immersive and non-linear story through worlds of wonder and mystery. You can get it from here, for US$29.99 (also via Steam).

Tim Cook’s crucial role at Apple extends well beyond his 5 years as CEO — Though Wednesday marked the five-year anniversary of Tim Cook officially taking reins at Apple, he actually oversaw the company’s day-to-day operations well before he was named CEO, and during some of its most difficult days.

Music playlists, NSA and exploits, PDF Expert 2, new macOS Betas

Apple Music is accessed under the For You tab in Music in iTunes. (Image from Apple's music site which tells you more about the service.)
Apple Music is accessed under the For You tab in Music in iTunes. (Image from Apple’s music site which tells you more about the service.)

Nine out of 10 Apple Music users have listened to or created a music-streaming-service playlist — A new study released by MusicWatch, a company providing consumer research for the music industry, profiled the usage patterns, playlist preferences, discovery habits and creation habits of music streamers. The study found that 90% of music streamers have listened to or created a playlist. Paid or “premium” subscribers were the most active, with eight in 10 listening to their service every day and half listening to a playlist every time that they use the service to stream music.

Not even NSA can keep Software Exploits secret — Twice in two weeks we’ve had solid reminders that exploits and legitimate software keys can be mishandled, even by experts. These events serve as practical certification that Apple was right in its theoretical stance to fight the FBI’s demand to create GovtOS.

Readdle releases PDF Expert 2 — When it comes to working with Portable Document Format (PDF) files, there’s been no better Mac app than Readdle’s PDF Expert. Today, the Ukraine-based developer released PDF Expert 2 to add even more capabilities (free trial, US$59.99 license).

Apple releases new developer and public betas of macOS Sierra — Apple has released the seventh beta of macOS Sierra for developers and the six beta for public beta testers. The final version is due this fall.

iWorks updates, and using Up Next


Apple has released updates to all of the iWork apps — The updates (also for iOS) primarily do two things: provide bug fixes for compatibility with Microsoft Office documents and make the apps more stable. The Mac update fixed an issue in Keynote when exporting presentations as images, and another with master slides that included links. Pages on the Mac (NZ$24.99 or free on all Macs released in the last 18 months) can now open some Microsoft Word documents that were previously impossible to open, plus it resolves an issue that prevented the use of Look Up for words in lists. Numbers can now open more Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.

How to use Up Next on iTunes — iTunes and the iOS Music app both offer Up Next, a way to queue up music you want to listen to. They work in very similar ways, allowing you to add music to the Up Next queue, change the order of tracks in the queue, and remove specific songs from Up Next. Let’s take a look at how to use Up Next in iTunes and the iOS Music app.

Yosemite Beta 6, Notability, breakthrough batteries

The latest Yosemite Beta release, 6, brings it up to par with the last Developer release
The latest Yosemite Beta release, 6, brings it up to par with the last Developer release

Apple seeds OS X Yosemite Public Beta 6 to testers — Apple has pushed an update to the public beta of its next-generation desktop operating system, granting members of the prerelease program access to a sixth revision that brings it up to speed with the version released to developers late last week. Public beta members will find the new version available via the Updates tab in the Mac App Store.

Notability for Mac brings ink to the desktop — Macworld reviews the Mac version is a no-brainer if you’re invested in Notability on iOS. But it’s $10 and there are lots of free note takers (including the Apple one every Mac already has, Text Edit).

Breakthrough batteries last 20 years, charge 70 % in two minutes — Battery tech is a limiting factor in the design of many of today’s technologies. Researchers at Nanyang Technology University say they’ve discovered a way to build a better battery, however — a battery that charges in mere minutes and lasts an amazing 20 years.