Tag Archives: macOS

Best loyalty, patent payment, TSA rules, Chrome update, 3 US plants, serious Siri, Safari Tech Preview, 1Password’s secret log, Verbose Mode, new USB spec

Apple ranks among ‘Best-in-Class’ brands for loyalty in new marketing study — Among major corporate brands, Apple has some of the highest loyalty and satisfaction rates with the US public, according to the results of a recent survey. Apple achieved a 91% loyalty score, and slightly lower satisfaction of 85%, said marketing firm Fluent.

Wisconsin court orders Apple pay $506M for infringing on WARF patent — A US district court judge on Monday ruled Apple must pay $506 million in damages for infringing on a microprocessor technology IP owned by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s patent licensing body, adding $272 million to an initial $234 decision reached almost two years ago.

New TSA rules will require airline travellers to remove Apple MacBooks and iPads from bags — In the coming weeks and months, travellers will no longer be able to keep small MacBook models or iPads in their bag when passing through security screenings, and will instead have to place them in a separate bin to be X-rayed, the US Transportation Security Administration announced on Wednesday.

Google Chrome browser update delivers support for MacBook Pro Touch Bar — Google on Tuesday released a new version of its Chrome web browser for Mac with support for Apple’s latest MacBook Pro with Touch Bar hardware, bringing a few crucial control options to the laptop’s OLED strip.

Apple will bring 3 manufacturing plants to US, President Trump reveals — Apple is apparently planning to build three manufacturing facilities in the US, President Donald Trump has announced, though such facilities are most likely to be through a partnership with Foxconn or some other assembly company.

Are you taking Siri-on-your-Mac Siri-ously? Robert LeVitus was surprised to discover many Mac users have no idea that Siri, Apple’s intelligent personal assistant, has been available on their Macs since the release of macOS Sierra nearly a year ago. “If you’re among them, may I suggest it’s about time you acquaint yourself with the joys of using Siri-on-your-Mac?”

Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 36 with 27 bug fixes and improvements — Apple released Safari Technology Preview 36 (Safari TP36) on Wednesday. Safari’s tech preview releases are aimed at developers, and are similar to the developer betas for macOS and iOS. This release includes some 27 different bug fixes and other improvements. [The previous version did not work on the Hight Sierra Public Beta.]

Find 1Password’s hidden log of past generated passwords — Did you know 1Password keeps a hidden log of every password it has generated?

How to start up in single-user mode or verbose mode in macOS Sierra — If you’re an advanced user who’s comfortable with UNIX, you can use single-user mode or verbose mode to help isolate issues related to startup.

USB 3.0 Promoter Group touts new USB 3.2 spec — USB just keeps getting faster and faster, with the USB 3.0 Promoter Group (of which Apple is a member) announcing the upcoming release of the USB 3.2 specification yesterday. It’s considered an “incremental update” to USB 3.1, but it’s an important one since it defines multi-lane operation for USB 3.2 hosts and devices, meaning that devices can allow for two lanes of 5 Gbps (gigabit per second) data transfer or two lanes of 10 Gbps transfer. Connecting a USB 3.2 host to a USB 3.2 device would now provide transfer speeds of over 2 GB/sec (gigabytes per second) over existing USB Type-C cables certified for SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps using existing USB-C cables if they’re certified for SuperSpeed USB.

Third macOS Beta, Flash finally dead? More money, OmmWriter, Handy Note, country music, Adobe Nimbus leak, free apps

Apple deploys third public beta releases of macOS 10.13 High Sierra (and iOS 11 and tvOS 11) — Registered members of Apple’s public beta testing program now have a third pre-release build of iOS 11 and macOS 10.13 High Sierra available to download, arriving just a day after the fourth developer beta. macOS High Sierra includes improvements to Mail and Safari, more efficient file transfer performance, improved security, augmented and virtual reality support, new Siri voices, HEVC video support, and more.

Adobe announces end-of-life plans, will stop distribution in 2020 — Citing pressure from HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly, Adobe has announced that it will end development and distribution of Flash Player at the end of 2020, and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to open formats. [Apple has long been leery of Flash as buggy and a vector for malware.]

Credit Suisse: Apple will double its services revenue by 2020 — In a note to clients. Credit Suisse said Apple investors can expect the company to double revenue from its services segment by 2020.

Mac word processor gets you in The Zone — OmmWriter is a tool which makes it easier for you to concentrate. Based on a natural setting, it effectively insulates your mind from distractions and sets up a direct line between your thoughts and your words. Today sees the release of the new OmmWriter Gaia for Mac (a PC version is not yet available).

Virtual Stickies on your Mac — Handy Note is a finely crafted sticky note app that allows you to quickly jot down important information and keep it easily visible on your screen. It costs US$7.99.

Latest Apple Music ad uses motorcycles, patriotism & country star Brantley Gilbert — Apple’s latest promotional video for Apple Music, now online, takes a different tack from some other recent spots by featuring country singer Brantley Gilbert. [It looks and sounds like a cynical appeal to Trump supporters.]

Adobe accidentally leaks cloud-based ‘Nimbus’ photo editing tool for Mac — Adobe has accidentally let an early version of Project Nimbus, a primarily cloud-based photo editor, slip out to some Creative Cloud subscribers.

Another bundle, this time free  … Eight Mac apps comprises the MacLovin’ Freebie Bundle, and all you have to do is be signed up for the Apple World Today deals newsletter. [Photo Lemur is pretty amazing.]

Apple Park, High Sierra Beta 4, Graphic Converter, GTD task management

Latest Apple Park flyover highlights landscaping push, campus-wide construction — New drone footage of Apple Park reveals major landscaping work underway within the main courtyard, and that while diminished in places, campus building construction is still very much active. [Do you reckon there’s a bunker under it?]
The courtyard is now home to a grove of trees and tall mounds of dirt, a video by pilot Duncan Sinfield shows. Apple Park is eventually expected to host about 9000 trees —some of them fruit-bearing, in an homage to the region’s old orchards. [The first Apple computer was built in an apple box, apparently, and they used to be widely grown in the area.]

macOS High Sierra Developer Beta 4 Rolls Out — Apple releases macOS High Sierra developer beta 4, including improvements to Mail and Safari, more efficient file transfer performance, improved security, augmented and virtual reality support, new Siri voices, HEVC video support, and more. Downloading and installing the developer beta requires and Apple Developer account and a compatible Mac. Since High Sierra is still very much a beta product, don’t install it on mission-critical machines.

GraphicConverter, guess what? It convert between graphics formats — If you need to convert from one graphics format to another, you need the aptly named GraphicConventer from Lemke Software. It’s recently been revved to version 10.4.2, and supports image conversion from over 200 graphic file formats into almost 80 different file formats.
GraphicConverter 10.4.2 requires macOS 10.9 or higher. It’s available from Lemke Software online and at the Mac App Store for US$39.95 for a single user version and US$59.95 for a family license.

Firetask Pro is new GTD task management tool for macOS (and iOS and watchOS) — Elemental Tools has released Firetask Pro, the next generation of Firetask, the project-oriented GTD(R) task management app for Mac, iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch devices. The app provides features such as project portfolios, actions for subdividing tasks, iCloud syncing, a new iOS Today widget, Apple Watch support, and various workflows. The Today workflow focusses on tasks marked as starred, or that are due today (or already overdue).
Firetask Pro is available at Apple’s various app stores; the Mac version costs NZ$59.99/US$39.99. A demo version of the Mac version of Firetasks Pro is available at the Firetask website.

New HR head, Irish tax take, Fantastical, spotting wishing emails, Shadow Warrior free

Deirdre O’Brien named as Apple’s new ‘Vice President of People’ overseeing HR — Apple has announced that Deirdre O’Brien, vice president of Worldwide Sales and Operations, has been named the head of human resources —a title the company is calling ‘Vice President of People.’ O’Brien has now worked for five Apple CEOs.

Irish government establishing a fund to manage $15.2 billion to be collected from Apple — The Irish government is establishing a fund to manage the estimated 13 billion euros (about NZ$20.38/US$15.2 billion) it will collect from Apple in back taxes, nearly a year after the European Commission ruled the country had provided a “sweetheart deal” on tax to the USfirm, according to Bloomberg.

Fantastical 2.4 for Mac adds attachments, Facebook calendar integration — Fantastical 2.4 for Mac adds key new features, and AppleInsider checks to see if the NZ$74.99/US$50 entry price is worth it. (If you’ve already a user then this update to Fantastical for the Mac is free.) Apple Insider finds that the new Fantastical 2.4 for Mac brings features that may clinch the deal for you.

Some tips for spotting Phishing email — 84% of NordVPN’s National Privacy Test respondents said they would ignore an email request from a bank asking for personal information. Yet statistics show that up to 45% of Internet users keep clicking on dangerous links or providing personal information where they shouldn’t. Here are some tips for spotting this insidious form of malware that Macs are still prone to – because they’re users are humans.

Shadow Warrior: Special Edition for macOS (and Yankai’s Triangle for iOS) temporarily free — Two games are being briefly made available to download for free on Mac, iPhone, and iPad, with the 2013 remake of Shadow Warrior for macOS offered by Humble Bundle at a low charge until July 22, while Yankai’s Triangle is the free ‘App of the Week’ in the App Store.

Apple tops profits, Jobs opera, XEffects, video organiser, biggest turbines, Shairwaves for audio

Apple ranked as most profitable US company by far on newest Fortune 500 ranking — Apple once again has claimed the top spot in global profits, according to Fortune’s annual ranking of U.S. companies shaping the world. In Fortune magazine’s 63rd composition of the list of Fortune 500 companies, Apple has seized the third spot in revenue, behind only Walmart and Berkshire Hathaway. However, ranked by profitability, the company destroys all challengers, reaping $45.7 billion in profit and handily dispatching second place JP Morgan Chase with $24.7 billion. [That’s where cutting the affiliate payouts got Apple?]

Steve Jobs opera set to premier this week after two years of preparation — Almost two years after the Santa Fe Opera commissioned The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, the narrative, music and rehearsals are complete and the production is set to open this Saturday as part of a limited six-show run. [The only rhyme that springs to mind in all this is ‘crapple’.]

XEffects 3D Video Walls plugin released for Final Cut Pro X — FxFactory has released a new Final Cut Pro X plugin called XEffects 3D Video Walls. Developed by partner Idustrial Revolution, it allows the user to add moving video or still images to video walls in 3D space. A video editor can use a single panel positioned in 3D space with reflections and depth of field or put together a tumbling panel of 15 cells in three rows. 3D Video walls is launched at a discounted price of US$49 for a month.

Videux is a new video organiser/player for macOS — Half8Fish has introduced Videux, an organiser, player, and workflow assistant for macOS. It’s designed for use with video collections. The full version of Videux Pro launches with an introductory offer of NZ$149.99/US$99.99. Its requires macOS or higher and is available at the Mac App Store. A seven-day demo is available from the Half8Fish website. (Play LT at NZ$7.49 is different in that it includes primarily only the player portion of Videux, along with the ability to pick/cull, rate and sort video.)

Apple’s Oregon wind power project to use the biggest turbines ever deployed in the area — Regulators have cleared Apple’s Oregon wind power project to use the biggest turbines ever deployed in the Pacific Northwest, reports the Portland Business Journal.

Shairwaves makes it easy for Macs to share connected audio devices — Coolatoola’s Shairwaves is an HD audio device sharing app that provides the ability for Macs to share their connected audio devices. Just as printers and screens can be shared, so now audio devices can be shared as well. Although it’s similar to Apple’s AirPlay, Shairwaves doesn’t use AirPlay’s protocols. Shairwaves supports macOS and higher. Pricing starts at US$5.

Isabel Ge Mahe for China, macOS iTunes & Logic updates, dual-screen wallpapers, machine learning, dev tools, ChapterWork, Transmit 5, MacStock

Apple appoints Isabel Ge Mahe as managing director of Greater China  — Apple has named vice president of wireless technologies Isabel Ge Mahe as managing director of Greater China, where she will report to CEO Tim Cook and COO Jeff Williams. Under the newly created role, Apple said in a prepared statement that Mahe will lead and coordinate Apple’s team in China.
Mahe was born in Shenyang, Liaoning, and is fluent in Mandarin. She earned both Bachelor and Master of Electrical Engineering degrees from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia and holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, where she also serves as an industry advisor to the school’s EE/CS department.

Apple Releases Security Updates for OS X Yosemite and El Capitan — Apple has released security updates for OS X Yosemite and OS X El Capitan. Apple’s patch notes for both updates specify only that, “Security Update 2017-003 is recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X.”

Logic Pro X gets more Drummer options, Alchemy enhancements — Apple has updated Logic Pro X, its digital audio workstation, with a group of new features as well as various bugfixes. The upgraded software includes extra “Pop,” “Songwriter,” and “Latin” Drummers, according to Apple. New Drummer loops can be added to a song and tweaked using performance controls. The free update is available via the Mac App Store.

Apple Releases iTunes 12.6.2 for Mac as a maintenance release — Apple has released iTunes 12.6.2. It’s a maintenance release, with Apple’s patch notes saying only, “This update includes minor app and performance improvements.”

Twelve South providing free Charleston-themed dual-screen Mac wallpapers — Charleston, SC is not only the home of Apple accessory design shop Twelve South, but a city that’s often listed in compilations of the most beautiful cities of the world. Twelve South is giving all of us who aren’t privileged to live in Charleston to share in its beauty through the release of three dual-screen Mac wallpaper sets.

Apple allows publicity, transparency for in-house researchers with new Machine Learning Journal — Apple has launched a new machine learning sub-site written by Apple engineers discussing techniques in use for better results and to assist burgeoning developers in the field.

Apple rolls out new developer tools to aid in subscription retention — Apple has announced the launch of server notifications and enhanced receipts for subscriptions, including auto-renewable subscriptions, tools that provide actionable information for retaining paying users.

ChapterWork for macOS simplifies work on chapter tracks, markers in digital movies — einstein’s legacy’s ChapterWork is a macOS utility for working with chapter tracks and markers in digital movies. It provides a simple, but effective, graphic interface for creating, updating and internationalizing chapter tracks in your visual masterpieces. [I believe einstein’s legacy’s name, at least, is under-capitalised.] ChapterWork requires macOS 10.9 or higher and is available for NZ$29.99/US$19.99 from the Mac App Store.

Panic Releases Transmit 5 File Transfer Utility for Mac, Supports Panic Sync and Cloud Services — Panic announced the release of Transmit 5, seven years after the release of version 4 of its popular file transfer app. New features include support for Panic Sync and 10 cloud services.

New Mac conference — Newcomer Macstock Conference and Expo aims to have something for everyone. The Mac Observer‘s staff ventured this past weekend to Crystal Lake, Illinois for Macstock 2017. Good times were had by all.

Macs unbroken, wipe before selling, iTunes Connect change, free iDevice backup, Editors Keys site

iMazing Mini is a free Mac app that lets you back up your iPhones and iPads over WiFi networks

macOS, Mac apps only account for 0.3% of common computer repair issues in 2017 — Here’s another good reason to keep using Mac, or switch if you’re not currently a Mac user: macOS and macOS apps only account for 0.3% of computer repair issues in 2017, as compiled by the RESCUECOM computer repair company.
“Windows apps are the biggest problem this year due to buggy Windows 10 updates,” says RESCUECOM. “While Microsoft fixes the errors, they still cause problems and frustration.”

How to backup, wipe and restore your Mac before selling it — Planning to sell your Mac? AppleInsider covers the step-by-step process of backing up your files, wiping the hard drive and restoring everything on a new machine in this video. [This is important as tech to get ‘deleted’ files from Macs is widely available.]

Apple announces new customer support role in iTunes Connect — Apple has announced, via its Developer web portal, a new iTunes Connect feature that allows developer customer support teams to respond to submitted App Store reviews. iTunes Connect is a suite of web-based tools for managing content sold on iTunes, the iBooks Store, and the various app stores.

iMazing Mini for macOS lets you backup iOS devices over a Wi-Fi network — DigiDNA has introduced iMazing Mini, a free macOS utility designed to automatically backup iOS devices over any local Wi-Fi network.
The app provides the ability to backup your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch whenever the device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Mac. Backups can be encrypted for security, and the incremental nature of the backups allows restoring a specific version of the backup.
iMazing Mini requires macOS 10.8 or higher and is available exclusively through the iMazing website. (A Windows version is in the works.) [Via Apple World Today.]

Editors Keys gets new site — The English company selling keyboard overlays and recording equipment has had a major site makeover.

World Emoji Day, BatchPhoto, TechTool Pro, Linux Netinstall Server, battery health

Apple celebrates World Emoji Day with tease of new options in iOS 11, High Sierra — To commemorate World Emoji Day, Apple has shared some new emoji included in the next versions of its operating systems, and is promoting some movies with titles made of the graphics.
The App Store will be highlighting apps to create or do fun things with emoji, and iTunes Movies is also featuring the graphics in place of select movie titles.

BatchPhoto is a versatile photo manipulation app for the Mac — Bits&Coffee’ BatchPhoto is a handy, all-in-one photo manipulation program for Mac (and PC) that lets photographers, web designers, business people, and families enhance photos. To use it, you select a group of photographs, and, with a single operation edit, resize, convert, watermark, and rename every image in the group.
BatchPhoto comes in three editions: Home, Pro, and Enterprise priced at US$29.95, US$49.95, and US$129.95, respectively. A free demo version is available for download.

TechTool Pro on special again — Mac consultants and IT pros know that there’s one go-to app for troubleshooting and fixing Mac issues: TechTool Pro. It’s been a staple in the toolkit of Mac pros for years, and now Apple World Today is making it affordable. For just US$39.95 (60% off the usual US$99.95 price tag), you can get TechTool Pro 9.5 for Mac, but the deal won’t last long. [This is like the free Apple Disk Utility already on every Mac in the Utilities folder, but with way more routines and options]. 

Setting up your Mac to be a Linux Netinstall Server — [This is really one for true nerds] If installing Linux from a CD or DVD didn’t work out for you. I guess it’s time to learn how to turn your Mac into a Linux netinstall server. Grab a couple of Mountain Dews, fill up on Cheetos, and let’s get cracking. There’s a fair bit of work to be done.

Supercharged Battery Monitor — Battery Health is a professional battery monitoring utility for viewing vital statistics about your MacBook’s and iOS device’s battery [when connected to your Mac], such as power level, heath, capacity, temperature, charge cycles and more. FipLab has this available for US$9.99 or update from BH2 US$5.

5K desktops, internet over TV, USB-C to HDMI, File Manager, Giant Panda-shaped solar

Where to get every default macOS Desktop wallpaper in 5K — The default Desktop image, or wallpaper, has changed with every macOS major update. Mac OS X 10, as it was known back in the day, included a blue Desktop background with sweeping arcs. in 10.5 that became an aurora space cloud sort of thing, and in macOS 10.10 we started seeing mountains. z
Those images are cool, and now you can use them as your desktop wallpaper in 5K resolution thanks to Stephen Hackett at 512 Pixels. He has all of Apple’s default Mac desktop pictures at high resolution ready to download and they all look great. [If your monitor is not a Retina display, seriously, don’t do this!] 

Over half US broadband households watch Internet video on a TV — Parks Associates has announced new connected entertainment research deliverables showing that over 50% of US broadband households now watch Internet video on a television screen. Weekly on-demand audio streaming surpassed seven billion in March.

Belkin USB-C to HDMI Adapter brings cheaper 4K video output to MacBooks — The downside of Apple’s recent love affair with Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports on the MacBook and MacBook Pro is that users need to buy adapters and cables to interface with just about anything they already own, or want. For those who wish to connect a MacBook Pro to a HD or UHD (4K) TV, that usually means spending NZ$119/US$69 on Apple’s USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter. Fortunately, Belkin is now offering a USB-C to HDMI Adapter priced at US$49.99 so you can save a bit of money on your dongle expenditures without sacrificing quality. [But this seems to be out of stock in New Zealand, and I can’t find a local price.]

B-Eng releases File Manager for macOS — Offered as a replacement for the Finder app, it sports a double window layout. The main features of File Manager app are its ability to synchronise directories with a single click, compress/un-compress files, advanced search and sorting options, as well as interactive disk space managing tools and more. It also offers interactive disk space managing tools.
File Manager Pro is available now from B-Eng online at US$19.99 (about NZ$27). It requires macOS 10.11 or later.

This solar power plant in China is shaped like a Giant Panda — Solar power farms come in all sizes and shapes – the one in Datong, China owned by the China Merchants New Energy Group designed it in the form of a giant panda bear covering 248 acres. It’s operational and already producing 50 megawatts of electrical power.

Baby Driver, storyboarding plugin, mini 1000, Mac sales, 100 Mac games, Google backup app

Baby Driver cut in real time with Avid on Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro — Hit film Baby Driver was cut essentially in real time on set on a MacBook Pro, cutting way back on the need for expensive post-primary photography re-shoots.
In an account published by The Beat, film editor Paul Machliss called heist film Baby Driver the “most difficult edit” and “the hardest job” that he’d ever worked on. Machliss set up a 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro from before the 2016 relaunch to do the job actively on the set, to help assist with the tight choreography needed to sync the action with the heavily music-oriented action-filled script.

Toolfarm free storyboarding plug-in (for a limited time) — Toolfarm.com is offering a limited number of free one-year subscriptions to Martini, PowerProduction Software’s storyboarding plug-in for Apple’s Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, and Magix VEGAS Pro. The regular price is US$49.95.

Mac mini is 1000 days old — The last time the Mac Mini was updated was October 16, 2014. On June 12, 2017 meant exactly 1000 days since the last Mac Mini update. This isn’t nearly as bad as the Mac Pro update debacle, but it’s still worth noting.

Apple Mac sales slip in Q2 despite new hardware launches — Despite the debut of a slew of new Mac products in June, Apple’s PC sales dipped in the second quarter of 2017, though greater losses from competitors helped buoy the tech giant’s overall market share, according to estimates from ‘market research firm’ Gartner. Apple’s Mac has 6.9% (or maybe 7.2%) of the global personal computer market.

MacGamer HQ announces ‘The 100 Best Mac Games Today’ list — MacGamer HQ has released its list of The 100 Best Mac Games, providing a summary of the games, system requirements, pricing and more. Nowadays, seven out of the 10 most-played games on Steam have a Mac version and all the best indies support it too.

New Google Sync App can backup your Mac — If you’re a Mac user but prefer Google’s services over Apple’s offerings [gah, seriously?!?], there’s good news. Google’s new app Backup and Sync combines Google Drive and Google Photos. It does the same thing as when Apple moved Desktop & Documents to iCloud. The Google sync app could even potentially replace Time Machine for you.

Mac fidget spinners, net neutrality, China data, 1Password irks, Purley Xeon, Quark, repair your own HD, new Safari Tech Preview

Imaginative Mac consultant repurposes old Apple gear as spinners, lamps, and more — Gary Katz is the proprietor of MacM.D., Inc. and an Apple consultant out of Overland Park, KS. When he’s not helping clients set up or fix Macs and iOS devices or playing in his band Conviction, he’s taking bits and pieces from old Apple gear and turning them into amazing furniture and toys.

Amazon, Google, Microsoft & Spotify among companies pushing Day of Action for net neutrality — A group of 40 technology companies has launched a Day of Action designed to encourage feedback to the US Federal Communications Commission in support of net neutrality regulations – which are opposed by Trump-appointed chairman Ajit Pai, as well as internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon.

Apple opens first China data centre to comply with country’s cybersecurity rules — Apple on Wednesday announced the activation of its first data centre in China, which is being operated in cooperation with a local internet firm to ensure compliance with the country’s strict cybersecurity laws.

1Password irks security experts in push toward cloud-based vaults — Over the weekend, a number of security researchers recently took to Twitter to voice their displeasure at AgileBits’ decision to push its popular password management service 1Password away from local credential storage to a cloud-based option.

Intel announces ‘Purley’ Xeon processors, possibly destined for Apple’s iMac Pro — Intel has taken the wraps off of its Purley series of Xeon processors, and it appears that there are a few candidates for possible processors that could be included in Apple’s iMac Pro, slated to launch this December.

Quark acquired by Parallax Capital Partners — The new owners intend to help Quark accelerate the adoption of its transformational content automation solutions through investment in organic growth and acquisitions, the companies said in a joint statement. [Er, what?] Details of the acquisition haven’t been released. Quark was founded in Denver, Colorado in 1981 and is best known to Mac users as the company behind the Quark XPress desktop publishing software which competed mostly with PageMaker and, in its early days, InDesign before lapsing into obscurity.

How to repair a disk using macOS Sierra’s Disk Utility — You can use the Apple Disk Utility app in macOS Sierra [and in previous versions of macOS] to repair a variety of problems. Here’s how to repair the disk that started up your Mac.

Apple releases Safari Technology Preview 35 with speed improvements and more — Apple just released Safari Technology Preview 35, a developer-oriented release that is also open to the public. This release includes performance improvements, as well as a host of bug fixes, tweaks, and other changes.
Safari Technology Preview 35 is available for download [free, for everybody, but do note this is a Beta so still in development – but it does not replace your existing Safari] in both macOS Sierra and for those beta release users of macOS High Sierra. Users who have already installed it will find this and future updates in Software Update on the Mac App Store.

MagSafe replacement, Filemaker Cloud, speeding your Mac, making a partition, Desktop Repainter

MagSafe replacement comes to Apple’s 15″ MacBook Pro thanks to the Vinpok Bolt-S USB-C adapter — A new USB-C adapter and cable from Vinpok will soon return MagSafe-like functionality to the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, complete with 87 watts of charging power. [Someone please bring these to New Zealand! As mail ordering will get you a US power supply.]
The Bolt-S cable has a USB-C detachable end that inserts into the computer, with the cable itself held in place by a magnetic ring. Vinpok claims it is the first and only magnetic power cable solution able to provide full charging power to the 2016 and 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro With Touch Bar.

FileMaker Cloud comes to Japan and Australia — FileMaker, Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has announced that FileMaker Cloud is now available in Japan and Australia.
Bill Epling, chief administrative officer and president, FileMaker Japan, says FileMaker Cloud provides the simplicity, performance and reliability of the FileMaker Platform without having to spend time and resources deploying and maintaining a server. The expanded international availability of FileMaker Cloud comes with support for three additional Amazon Web Services (AWS) regional data centers in Tokyo, Sydney and Canada. [FileMaker Cloud may be for NZers too, since I got an email about it and since FileMaker in NZ is handled from Sydney – anyone managing to use it here?] 

Why your Mac isn’t working as fast and how to fix it — Macworld has some advice that might apply to you if you are experiencing slowdowns. Generally, though, get files and images off your desktop and file them where the belong (files to the Documents folder, images to Pictures and so on), pen Disk tilt from the Go menu (>Utilities), click the First Aid tab, select your Mac HS on the left, click run, what 20 minutes and restart and some of you will be amazed at the difference.

How to partition a physical disk using Disk Utility in macOS Sierra — You can use macOS Sierra Disk Utility tool to partition a physical disk, though you should be careful when you do this, as any drive that already has data on it is not a good candidate. Partitioning a storage device divides it into individual partitions, which are listed as separate volumes under the Devices section in the Finder sidebar.

Desktop Repainter 1.0 for macOS is frilly, but fun — Park Bench Software’s Desktop Repainter is a frilly-but-fun app that lets you change your macOS desktop/background with customisable settings for variably changing colours.
The colours can stand alone, or transparently overlay any other background picture you choose. Black and white drawings and photos work particularly well, and are nicely augmented with a splash of colour. Desktop Painter requires macOS 10.6.6 or higher.
It costs NZ$1.49/US99¢ on the Mac App Store.