Tag Archives: macOS

Best laptop, conflict minerals leader, Dirt Rally, Pages’ links, browser shootout


RESCUE.COM reckons MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is the best laptop out there — If you want to buy the best laptop that is out there, go for Apple’s MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, says RESCUECOM President David Milman, whose company repairs tens of thousands of computers annually.
The Touch Bar, available exclusively on the MacBook Pro, offers a revolutionary way to use your laptop, he adds. The MacBook Pro is thinner and lighter as well as faster and more powerful than previous versions.

Apple is the clear leader in the 2017 Conflict Minerals Company Rankings — Apple emerged as the clear leader, scoring 114 out of a possible 120 points, plus an additional eight points in extra credit in the 2017 Conflict Minerals Company Rankings by the Enough Project.
The tech giant’s consistent fulfillment of the rankings criteria indicates the company has committed substantial resources to developing processes for sourcing minerals from mines that benefit Congolese communities. The Enough Project’s 2017 conflict minerals company rankings examine 20 of the largest companies, as defined by market capitalisation.

Racing game Dirt Rally powerslides onto macOS, coming soon to Mac App Store — Feral Interactive has shipped its port of the Codemasters off-road racing game Dirt Rally to macOS, bringing the simulation of driving at high speed through forests to the Mac two years after the game was originally released on other platforms.
Feral advises the minimum system requirements include a Mac with an Intel Core i3 processor clocked at 1.8GHz, 8 gigabytes of RAM, 48 gigabytes of storage, macOS 10.13, and either Nvidia GeForce 650 1GB, AMD Radeon R9 290M 2GB, or Intel HD4000 graphics. While it can be played with a keyboard, it is recommended that players use a gamepad or a driving wheel accessory. Feral has made “Dirt Rally” for macOS available in the Feral Store and Steam, priced at US$59.99, with a Mac App Store release expected in the near future for US$44.99.

Pages has new options for formatting links — A few years ago, Melissa Holt wrote about dealing with the way Pages formats URLs in your text, but in newer versions of the application, your options are a bit different. As always, when you type “www.macobserver.com” or now even something like “apple.com” into a Pages document, the program will automatically create a clickable link and add an underline to it.

Video shows speed and resource testing in Safari, Firefox, and Chrome on the Mac — Mozilla just released their new Firefox Quantum browser with new features including built-in screenshots, a save-for-later feature named Pocket, and a Library that holds all of your pocket saves, bookmarks, browsing history, screenshots and downloads in one spot. AppleInsider compares the new release with Safari, and Google’s Chrome.

 

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MacBook drives sales, Jackson and sustainability, POS printer, Firefox Quantum


MacBook refreshes push Apple to 4th in global notebook shipments — Apple considerably improved its MacBook shipments in Q3 2017 compared to the previous quarter, market research firm TrendForce claims, with Apple said to have overtaken Asus in the global notebook shipment rankings for this quarter and achieving fourth place amongst other notebook brands.
Apple is said to have increased its shipments by 11.3% quarter on quarter, according to TrendForce, with third quarter shipments MacBook shipments reported at 4.43 million in the period. The increased sales also helped Apple’s market share, boosting its standing from a reported 10% in the second quarter to 10.4% in the third.

Apple’s Lisa Jackson joins execs from JetBlue and others to discuss sustainability  — The Washington Post is organising a forum called A World in Balance for business execs, policy makers, and experts to discuss sustainability. Lisa Jackson, Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives at Apple, will participate.
Speakers will debate the tradeoffs involved in conserving Earth’s natural resources, discuss new models for sustainable business practices and examine the relationship between democracy and sustainable development.

Star Micronics announces first AirPrint-certified point-of-sale receipt printer — The Star TSP654II AirPrint is the first 58mm and 80mm receipt and ticket printer to get AirPrint certification —and it will see release very soon.
The Star TSP654II AirPrint prints at 300 millimeters per second, at 203 dots per inch. The unit can be used in vertical or horizontal mode, and includes a wall mount brakcet in the box. [The brand is available in New Zealand, but boy, alk about ‘slow to market’ with this one!]

Firefox 57 ‘Quantum’ for macOS released, iOS version user interface refresh coming — Mozilla has wrapped up its biggest update of code in over ten years with the release of Firefox 57, once called Quantum, for macOS, and other platforms.
Mozilla claims the new Firefox runs faster mostly because of the overhaul of the code base, and resultant performance improvements. The organization claims the browser is twice as fast and uses 30% less memory than Chrome. [If you have it on Mac, launch it and it will signal an update is available. Personally, I have no problem whatsoever with Safari and it’s capabilities and privacy features, but occasionally a website doesn’t work properly so I have Firefox too – it’s free, after all. But Chrome? No way!]

DriveDX, Parallels Desktop 13, Thunderbolt 3 eGFX has beefier power, Mailspring


Mailspring is a free Mac mail client that handles iCloud and Gmail

Help keep your Mac’s drives healthy with DriveDx — BinaryFruit’s DriveDx is a useful Mac solution for SSD and HDD health diagnostics and monitoring. It measures the overall health of both SSD and HDD drives. This allows users to take action to avert the failure, and save themselves from resulting data loss and downtime.
Unlike some drive health diagnostics utilities that simply check built-in S.M.A.R.T. status, DriveDx performs overall drive health diagnostics using drive health indicators (like SSD wear out/endurance, reallocated bad sectors, offline bad sectors, pending sectors, I/O errors, and more) that most closely correlate with drive failures according to the statistics reported in the latest researches focused on identifying drive failure trends.
The software requires macOS 10.6 or newer. It costs US$19.99 for a personal license and US$39.99 fo ra family license (for up to six computers.) DriveDx can be purchased from the BinaryFruit website. A demo is available for download.

Review of Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac — Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac was released a few months ago, and since then Steven Sander has been using it to run Windows, Linux, Mac and even Android virtual machines on a 27-inch iMac. Parallels has been making great strides in providing a top virtualization tool since the first days of Intel Macs, and this 13th iteration adds a few features and hones performance.

Sonnet ships Thunderbolt 3 eGFX Breakaway Box 550 with sufficient power for Vega 56 PCI-E card — Sonnet has added to its line of external GPU enclosures with the new 550W version of the eGFX Breakaway Box, with the heftier power supply able to handle a wider array of PCI-E video cards.
The eGFX Breakaway Box 550 provides a single PCI-E slot for connecting nearly any size Thunderbolt-compatible GPU card, and has enough room for high-performance water cooler cards. The unit is equipped with a single 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 port that enables data transfers up to 2750MB per second.

Mailspring is a new mail client for macOS High Sierra — Foundry376 has launched Mailspring, a desktop email client designed for macOS High Sierra.
It sports features such as an unified inbox, snoozing, reminders, templates, offline search, and support for Gmail labels. It comes with six built-in themes. The app offers mail rules and customizable keyboard shortcuts.
Mailspring is free and supports all IMAP providers, including iCloud, Gmail and Office 365. You can swipe to triage mail, see Quicklook thumbnails for attachments, and reply to emails directly from the Notification Center. Mailspring’s email sync has been built from the ground up to use macOS features like App Nap, ensuring it keeps your mailbox up to date without draining your battery, according to the folks at Foundry376.
 

Smash and grab, Audio Recorder, iNotepad


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Smash and grab in the UK — Ten robbers on five mopeds broke into Apple’s Regent Street store in London early Monday morning, using one of the scooters to smash through the store’s glass facade.
A pair of security guards tried to stop them, but were threatened with hammers, according to the London Evening Standard. With lookouts stationed outside, the robbers were in the store for less than three minutes and took iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches.

Free Audio Recorder lives in the Mac menubar — This makes it easy to start recording audio at a click of a button.
You can use it to record voice notes, lectures, meetings, interviews and much more, and it supports high quality audio recording.

iNotepad for the Mac simplifies managing multiple texts in a single document — Apimac’s iNotepad is an app for macOS that lets you write and manage hundreds (or even thousands) of texts in one single document. With it, you have everything in one place.
Every document in iNotepad may contain hundreds or thousands of texts, for example all the reviews that you wrote for your blog or all the research papers that you wrote for college in the last few years. iNotepad is available at the Apimac website for US$24.99. It requires macOS 10.9 or later.

Pages Keynote and Numbers updates, Jennifer Anniston, Movavi Screen Capture Pro


Jennifer Anniston and Reese Witherspoon have signed a TV series deal with Apple

Apple updates Pages, Keynote, and Numbers for macOS — Apple has updated Pages, Keynote, and Numbers for macOS to, respectively versions 6.3.1, 7.3.1, and 4.3.1. All offer stability and performance improvements.
Pages is the word processing app for macOS (and iOS). Keynote (also for iOS) lets you create presentations and slides. Numbers is a spreadsheet app, and, yep, it also has an iOS version. All three open and save the equivalent Microsoft Office versions (Word, Powerpoint and Excel). The upgrades are available free through the Mac App Store.

Jennifer Anniston returns to TV with Reese Witherspoon in original Apple Series — Jennifer Anniston is returning to TV in an original show signed by Apple. Anniston, who rose to fame in NBC’s Friends, will both costar in and co-executive produce the show with Reese Witherspoon. The show has been ordered in a straight-to-series deal for two seasons, according to The LA Times, bypassing the pilot stage entirely.

Movavi Screen Capture Pro for Mac for US$16.15 — The Mac Observer has a deal on Movavi Screen Capture Pro for Mac. This software allows you to capture stills or video recordings of your Mac, make tutorials, record games, etc. It’s US$19 through Mac Observer but the Coupon code “GIFTSHOP15” will get you another 15% off, for a final price of US$16.15, about NZ$24.

Five Tip Friday ~ macOS views and Safari tracking and URLs


1/ Use a keyboard shortcut for display mirroring in Mac OS High Sierra — Display mirroring is when your external monitor and laptop display show the same screen, instead of dividing the view between. The shortcut to the System Preferences > Displays > Arrangement > Mirror Displays command is Command-F1, which turns display mirroring on and off in macOS High Sierra.

2/ Use Night Shift in macOS High Sierra — macOS High Sierra has Night Shift, a feature brought over from iOS. It helps you reduce the amount of blue light you’re exposed to during the evening by shifting the display of a Mac to a more yellow tone, which is supposed to assist you later, together to sleep.  The proliferation of electronics with screens, as well as energy-efficient lighting, is increasing our exposure to blue wavelengths, especially after sundown, and this may affect sleeping patterns.
Open the System Preferences app.
Click Displays.
Select Night Shift.
You can turn Night Shift on or off. Set it to come on from sunset to sunrise — or you can use the Customize options to implement it for the hours of your choosing.
You can also adjust the colour temperature via a slider, but warmer settings may affect the appearance of some onscreen motion.

3/ Disable Split View in Mail — For those who use Mail in full-screen mode, you may have noticed that High Sierra now defaults to a split-screen view when you’re composing a message or when you’ve double-clicked on an email to open it in its own window. If you’re not a fan of this, it’s really easy to disable. Choose Preferences from the Mail menu at the top of your screen, then click on the General tab. ‘Prefer opening messages in split view when in full screen’ is the checked box, so uncheck that box. When you do so, Mail’s full-screen mode reverts to its previous behaviour.

4/ Block Cross-site tracking in Safari — Apple promised a way to block websites from cross-site tracking in Safari in macOS High Sierra and iOS 11. The idea is that you won’t see ads for a product you just looked up when you on, say, a news site. If you’re still seeing ads like that after upgrading to Apple’s new operating systems it’s easy to see if preventing cross-site tracking is really enabled.
Launch Safari on your Mac
Go to Safari > Preferences from the menu bar
Click the Privacy tab
Check ‘Prevent cross-site tracking’
(This is also where to  find the ‘Ask websites not to track me’ setting.)
You can do this on iOS, too. Prevent Cross-Site Tracking in iOS 11 involves a trip to the Settings app, under Safari.

5/ Show full website addresses in Safari — Starting around OS X Yosemite, Apple has chosen to have Safari hide full website addresses by default. Instead, it only shows a basic name domain in the field at the top of browsers.
Go into Safari preferences by pressing Command (⌘) + Comma, or from the Safari menu, choose Preferences. Click on the Advanced tab at the far right.
The first menu item you’ll see is the Smart Search Field. Check or uncheck the box to turn the feature on or off: checking the box will show the full URL.
This lets you quickly see which part of a website you’re in.

Everyone Can Code, 900 billion, Park to open November 17th


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Apple brings Everyone Can Code program to over 20 schools outside US — Apple has announced that its Everyone Can Code initiative is expanding to more than 20 colleges and universities beyond US borders, allowing students to pursue the company’s App Development With Swift curriculum in a full-year course.
The material was designed by Apple engineers in tandem with educators, and is presumably meant to entrench Swift as a platform. Though it can be used on Linux, Swift is mostly Apple-centric, meant to build apps for macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.
The list includes Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand, RMITm in Australia, Mercantec in Denmark, Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen in the Netherlands and Plymouth University in the UK.

Apple’s market cap hits $900 billion — Apple is the first publicly traded US company to reach a $900 billion market capitalisation. The tech giant passed the mark for the first time in intraday trade Wednesday.

Apple Park Visitor Center to see November 17 grand opening — The recently-completed Visitor Center for Apple Park will open to the public on November 17, signage and internal emails revealed on Wednesday.

 

Pucks holds video cards, iMac Pro speculation, EU presses Apple, Mac sales, tiny WiFi projector, recording FaceTime, Tweets doubled


Sonnet crams Thunderbolt 3 eGPU into original Mac mini-sized enclosure with eGFX Breakaway Puck — Mac upgrade company Sonnet has released the eGFX Breakaway Puck, enabling multi-display capabilities in a portable enclosure for Thunderbolt 3 computers.
The eGFX Breakaway Puck comes in two models, one with a Radeon RX 560 similar to that in the high-end 15-inch 2017 MacBook Pro, and a second with the Radeon RX 570 as found in the high-end 20.5-inch 2017 4K iMac and one model of the 5K iMac. The enclosure provides three DisplayPort 1.4 ports, and one HDMI 2.0b port, all capable of 4K resolution at 60Hz.
The eGFX Breakaway Puck Radeon RX 560 has a retail price of US$449. The higher-end eGFX Breakaway Puck Radeon RX 570 retails for US$599 [NZ prices TBA]. The optional PuckCuff VESA Mounting Bracket Kit sells for US$59. All models are immediately available.

Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad order delays fuel speculation about new model for iMac Pro — Mac users looking to buy the Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad face a long wait before getting their hands on the peripheral if they order it through Apple’s online store, with the long backorder time potentially suggesting a change to the hardware is on the way.
It is unknown why the Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad has such long shipping estimates across the board, and just for this version. Apple does sometimes hold a product from dispatch if a refresh is incoming, but as Apple introduced the keypad-equipped model during WWDC 2017 in June, it seems to be too early in a typical product cycle for major changes to be made to the hardware, fuelling speculation a new model is imminent to match the iMac Pro.

EU presses Apple for details on latest tax arrangements in wake of Paradise Papers — The European Union’s competition commissioner has asked Apple to update details on its tax situation, following allegations that the company relocated some operations from Ireland to Jersey to avoid higher rates.

Analyst reckons the Mac’s building momentum is now translating into sales — Apple’s Macs have been building momentum, and that’s finally started to translate into sales, IDC Research Director Linn Huang told Computerworld.
Apple recorded revenue of $25.8 billion from Mac sales in its fiscal 2017, which ended September 30.
Mac unit sales of nearly 5.4 million bested both industry and financial analysts’ expectations. Before Apple released its data, research firm IDC had pegged Apple’s number at 4.9 million, while rival Gartner offered a lower estimate of 4.6 million.

Apple Releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 Public Beta 2 — Apple has released macOS High Sierra 10.3.2 Public Beta 2, one day after the release of Developer Beta 2. No new features have as yet surfaced on the 10.3.2 release cycle, suggesting it’s a bug fix and performance-centric update.

Adventures With the macOS High Sierra Install — Back in September, John Martellero wrote about how to get ready for this upgrade in Preparation Guide For macOS High Sierra Installation. However, despite his eagerness, he was waiting for one mission critical app to get updated. More on that below. Finally, he decided to forge ahead when both a quiet Saturday and macOS version 10.13.1 arrived at the same time.

Prototype Review of the XGIMI CC Aurora Wireless Projector — Projectors for watching movies or making presentations have always had two problems — they’re relatively expensive and can be bulky. The XGIMI CC Aurora is an Apple AirPlay-compatible portable wireless projector that is about to change all of that. Steven Sande had a chance to review a prototype of the XGIMI CC Aurora, and if you have any interest in a tiny projector with a big picture and great sound, Steven encourages you to check out the Indiegogo campaign and pre-order one at US$399.

How to record a FaceTime call on macOS High Sierra — If you wish you can record a FaceTime call with macOS High Sierra. Here’s how: open QuickTime on your Mac from your dock. It’s in the Applications folder. Or you can use the macOS LaunchPad. You can even just tell Siri to Open QuickTime.

Twitter makes 280-character tweets official, begins global rollout — Twitter has brought a doubled 280-character limit on tweets out of limited testing, making the change official across most countries where the social network operates. [Or hey, use email – as many characters as you like!]

Taxing news, Pixelmator Pro, Plutonium browser, HITMAN – Game of the Year Edition


Hitman-Game of the Year Edition is on Mac

Paradise Papers suggest Apple shifted holding firm to Jersey to protect $252B from taxation — After a 2013 investigation into its Irish tax affairs, Apple continued to avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes by changing its structure, moving the holding firm for over $250 billion in cash reserves to the Channel Islands, this week’s Paradise Papers leak revealed.
Apple has taken the uncommon step of refuting a series of the claims made here as “inaccuracies,” while providing more information on its operations in Cork, Ireland and its overseas profit holdings, calling itself the ‘largest taxpayer in the world’. [So here’s the thing: Apple is very large, and pays taxes, albeit a seemingly tiny proportion. In which case it can still technically call itself ‘largest taxpayer in the world.’. It doesn’t mean the tax is large, but that it’s a large entity that does pay taxes.]

Pixelmator Pro coming on November 29 for introductory $59, new Vectormator app teased — The Pixelmator developers have turned to Apple’s CoreML machine learning toolset, and are releasing image editing suite Pixelmator Pro on November 29 for an introductory price on macOS of $59, with an iPad version coming soon.

Photonium is a new, minimalist web browser for macOS — Minder Softworks has announced Photonium, a minimalist web browser for macOS (10.11 and higher). It offers the unique ability to view photos stored in Apple’s Photos app in a separate pane. This ability allows users to drag and drop photos to upload to Craigslist, eBay, Amazon Prints, WordPress sites and more.
Photonium’s simplified web browser has tabbed browsing, bookmarks, bookmark groups, global and per-tab history, download manager, pop-up blocking, private browing, and more. Photonium is immediately available on the Mac App Store for NZ$5.99/US$3.99.

HITMAN Game of the Year Edition arrives on the Mac — Developed by Io-Interactive for Windows and consoles, it’s brought to macOS and Linux by Feral Interactive.
As master assassin Agent 47, players will carry out contract hits on powerful, high-profile targets in exotic locations around the world. Each mission is set in a detailed and heavily-populated sandbox level that challenges players to complete it in the most creative way possible. HITMAN – Game of the Year Edition includes the complete first season; the Patient Zero mission arc and three new Escalation mission packs.
Players can buy HITMAN – Game of the Year Edition from the Feral Store for US$61.51. If they already own some HITMAN content, they can complete their Game of the Year bundle on Steam.
HITMAN — Game of the Year Edition is supported on: all 27-inch iMacs released since Late 2014; all 15-inch MacBook Pros released since 2016; and all Mac Pros released since Late 2013. All 15-inch MacBook Pros with an AMD graphics card released in 2015 can run the game, but don’t necessarily see the standards for official support.

 

 

Thunderbolt 3 docks, Duplicate, AmpliFi Teleport, why Macs slow down


The best Thunderbolt 3 docks for Apple’s MacBook Pro and 2017 iMac — The inclusion of Thunderbolt 3 on the MacBook Pro and iMac has created an entire industry of docks and other accessories that take advantage of Thunderbolt 3’s high bandwidth and power delivery capabilities, by providing more ports that can expand a Mac’s connectivity. AppleInsider compares some of the best options on the market.

Duplicate enhances the Mac Finder’s standard copy/paste functionality — MacDaddy’s Duplicate is a macOS hat enhances the Finder’s standard copy and paste functionality by making them more efficient, as well as performing approximately 10% faster than stock copy and paste methods.
Duplicate can also copy large folders with no issues involving file permissions, as well as the ability to copy entire volumes, creating an exact duplicate bootable copy of the original volume. It installs itself as an option into the contextual menu that appears when you Control-Click or right-click a file, folder, or drive.
Duplicate requires macOS 10.10 or later. It’s free and is available worldwide exclusively as a direct download from the MacDaddy website.

AmpliFi Teleport is an upcoming ‘home Wi-Fi that covers the world’ device — AmpliFi is expanding its line with a new product called AmpliFi Teleport, a “home Wi-Fi that covers the world.” The product will be announced through a Kickstarter campaign today, and will be available at launch for a limited time early bird pricing of US$199.
AmpliFi Teleport provides a way to access resources at home – even when you’re not. Utilising any Wi-Fi hotspot, Teleport is able to create an encrypted connection between you and your devices, expanding your home Wi-Fi coverage wherever you go by allowing you to securely access your home network anywhere in the world.

Why do Macs slow down over time? What do Macs and cars have in common? They require upkeep to stay in perfect condition.
When the miles per gallon on a car go down or the car begins going through oil at an alarming rate, then something has to be done. Macs are no different. The first sign that your Mac may need some TLC is if it begins to slow down.

Mac sales record, Final Cut and Swift jobs, cash hoard, Overwatch hint


Blizzard’s Overwatch s not available for Mac, but there’s a tantalising hint in its installer code

Macs sales set an all-time quarterly record with 5.4 million units sold — Mac sales were up 25% year-over-year by unit number in Apple’s fiscal 2017 fourth quarter that ended Sept. 30. Apple desktop/laptop numbers were 5.4 million for the quarter compared to the 4.9 million Macs sold in the same period of 2016.
The quarter was an all-time sales high for Macs in Greater China.
Worldwide Mac and iPad sales set all-time highs in global education markets. Apple CEO Tim Cook said the fiscal 2017 fourth quarter saw the highest annual Mac revenue in Apple’s history thanks to notebook refresh and back-to-school sales. Apple credits Mac sales growth to new models.

Final Cut Pro X, Swift skills rank high among hottest skills in US freelance market — Upwork, a freelancing website, has released its newest quarterly index of the hottest skills in the US freelance job market. Final Cut Pro X specialists rank 10th on the psi and Swift developers come in at 11th place.
The Upwork Skills Index ranks the site’s 20 fastest-growing skills and is part of a quarterly series that sheds light on new and emerging skills freelancers are providing. This comes on the heels of the “Freelancing in America: 2017” study, the most comprehensive measure of the US independent workforce, which found that 57.3 million Americans (36% of the US workforce) freelanced in the past year and also predicts that the majority of the US workforce will freelance within a decade.

As Apple’s cash hoard grows to $268 billion, Republican tax plan would make it cheaper to return funds to US — Apple has revealed that its cash position has grown to $268 billion, with the vast majority of it held overseas to avoid paying domestic taxes. But the prospect of bringing that money stateside could become more appealing if the proposed US tax overhaul comes to pass.
[Oh, for God’s sake bale this struggling company out with tax breaks! (Nb that’s irony.)]

Blizzard ‘Overwatch’ installer may herald macOS version coming soon — An executable which appears destined for a macOS version of shooter Overwatch has been discovered – but after completing an install process, the binary delivered appears to be for Windows.
Blizzard has not announced Overwatch for macOS. Vice President Jeff Kaplan said in May that the company is “open-minded” about delivering the game to the Mac, but there were no plans at the time to do so. Overwatch can, however, be played in Parallels Desktop 12, and received some optimizations in 2016 for the title.

 

Sonnet GPU drives, macOS dip, Eltima fixes software, cartography software


Sonnet launches portable, external GPU devices — Sonnet Technologies has introduced a new paradigm in Thunderbolt-connected external GPU (eGPU) devices with the eGFX Breakaway Puck, a portable, high-performance, all-in-one eGPU for Thunderbolt 3 computers that delivers accelerated graphics, and provides multi-display connectivity leveraging AMD’s Eyefinity technology. You can use it with a Mac, kinda.
macOS High Sierra currently offers only beta support for connection of external GPUs, and not all Thunderbolt Macs are currently supported with AMD beta GPU Thunderbolt drivers. For information regarding enabling the use of the eGFX Breakaway Puck with macOS, click here.

macOS share down (slightly) in October — According to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare, the market share for both macOS and iOS dipped (slightly)  last month.
According to the report, among desktop operating systems, macOS had 6.25% of the global market share in October, down from 6.35% in September (that’s global market share; in the U.S. it’s over 13%). April 2016’s 9.2% was an all-time high, according to NetMarketShare’s measurements. Windows remains dominant with 90.77%.

Elmedia fixes Folz and Elmedia Player — Elmedia’s servers were hacked and the apps Folx and Elmedia Player were distributing malware for several hours (between 8 a.m and 3:15 p.m EDT) on October 9th. Hackers exploited a security breach in the tiny_mce JavaScript library which was patched immediately after the hack was discovered with the help of Eset.
Elmedia’s cybersecurity team, in coordination with Apple representatives, successfully neutralised this hole within a few hours.  Additionally, Elmedia has implemented the following countermeasures:
– Blocked all FTP and SSH accounts
– Disabled access to the web-server from suspicious IP addresses
– Limited web server’s file system access rights
– Updated all related scripts to the latest stable versions
– Removed tiny_mce libraries where possible and updated remaining tiny_mce libraries to the latest version
– Scanned all the scripts for viruses and cleaned them up
– Asked Apple to invalidate the Developer ID used to sign the malicious application
– Revamped server’s overall security conditions
Elmedia now officially announces it is absolutely safe to download Elmedia Player, Folx, and other Eltima Software applications from its websites. [Laudable efforts and transparency!]

Cartographer for the Mac makes it easy to add annotations to maps — False Victories’ Cartographer is a maps app for the Mac that allows developers to add annotations to maps without the need to enter coordinates by hand. The app has been designed to work with Apple’s MapKit framework on both macOS and iOS.
Annotations and shapes can be coloured and titled. Once a map has been annotated, the details can be stored as a custom file format, or in the standard GeoJSON format. This exported file can then be used in a developer’s own MapKit application saving the time of having to enter all the data manually.
Cartographer has a range of potential applications and was initially written to aid in the development of an iOS application for a music festival. This allowed numerous different locations within the festival including points of interest to be added and edited quickly, decreasing the App development time considerably and allowing last minute changes.
The Cartographer file format supports all the features of Cartographer. Developers can use the free CocoaPod CartographerKit to integrate it into their own applications.
Cartographer requires macOS 10.9 or later. It costs NZ$20.99/US$13.99 on the Mac App Store.

macOS defeats KRACK, >observer_ discount


macOS Sierra, El Capitan security updates patch KRACK Wi-Fi exploit — On the same day Apple patched it’s front-line operating systems for the KRACK Wi-Fi attack vector, the company has also reached back a bit, and issued security updates for Sierra and El Capitan to fix the problem.
Security updates 2017-001 and 2017-004 for Sierra and El Capitan respectively contain just fixes for the KRACK wi-fi exploit that still plagues Android and router manufacturers since its debut earlier in October. Both updates are available through the Mac App Store.

Cyberpunk Horror Game ‘>observer_’ for Mac — The Mac Observer has a discount on >observer_, the popular cyberpunk horror game Aspyr brought to the Mac. The discount is for the Steam version of the game, where you can get it for US$24.99 (about NZ$36) – the regular price is US$29.99.