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Mother’s Day, head-to-head, market cap, city block, smart speaker, April Mac games


Mother’s Day 2017 Gift Guide: The best tech gifts your mom will love — With Mother’s Day less than a week away, we’re rounding up the best gifts for the Apple-loving mom, including smart kitchen gadgets, iOS devices, W1 headphones and more. [Not all these things will be available in, or ship to, New Zealand but you might get some ideas.]

Surface Laptop vs. MacBook Air vs. Dell XPS 13 vs. HP Spectre x360 13t: A specs comparison — It’s a thin-and-light spec fight! Here’s how the Surface Laptop compares to the competition, at least on paper. TechConnect’s Gordan Mac Ung decided to see just what you get out of the Surface Laptop and comparable Apple, Dell and HP laptops at the four popular price points of US$1000, $1300, $1500 and $2000. [The MacBook Air is bound to be slow by comparison – its anaemic chip is already two generations old. Apple REALLY needs to sort this out. Need a loan, Apple, to tide you over?]

Apple’s market cap soars past $800 billion as shares march higher on ‘iPhone 8’ hype — Investors have largely moved past Apple’s latest results and are focused on an anticipated iPhone redesign, as the company’s stock continues to achieve new milestones, crossing the $800 billion market capitalisation threshold on Monday.

Apple may buy half a city block in Reno, Nevada — Apple could purchase half of a city block in downtown Reno, Nevada for a 30,000 square-foot facility, according to MyNews 4. The Reno City Council has listed an agenda item for its Wednesday meeting to allow Apple to buy property at 6th Street and Evans Avenue.

Smart speaker market to boom, so bring on that Siri-based speaker system — The rumour mill says Apple is working on a Siri-based competitor to the Amazon Echo “smart speaker,” which could debut at next month’s Worldwide Developer Conference. If so, the company could have perfect timing: according to Parks Associates, the market for smart speakers with voice assistants will grow 60% from 2016 to 2017. The research firm also estimates that in 2020, annual sales in this product category will exceed 50 million units.

April was a good month for Mac games — Nothing comes close to this past April in terms of quality Mac games released. In fact, April 2017 may have been the most exciting month for Mac gaming ever.
There were three highly anticipated AAA games, two remasters of beloved classics and a few indies that first killed it on Kickstarter and now are killing with great reviews.

Trillion Market Cap, Yosemite update, Pager, Wirelurker, ClarisWorks, antivirus


Top hedge funds predict Apple could achieve trillion-dollar market cap — As shares of Apple repeatedly reach new all-time highs, major investors believe the trend could continue, propelling the iPhone maker to a massive market capitalisation level of $1 trillion as soon as next year.

Has 10.10.1 fixed your wifi issues?
Has Yosemite OS 10.10.1 fixed your wifi issues?

Some users still having Wi-Fi issues after OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite update — Yesterday’s Mac OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite update brought relief to a number of users who were having Wi-Fi issues, but MacNN reports the Apple support threads are still buzzing with discussions of continued disconnects and slow connection speeds. MacNN notes that an informal poll showed that only four out of 15 users (about 27%) with Wi-Fi issues before the patch are still experiencing problems. [I had no issues, but now I can use iOS to Mac OS AirDrop properly and before I couldn’t.]

Apple loses MTel Pager Patent Case, ordered to pay US$23.6M — Apple has been ordered to pay Mobile Telecommunications Technologies LLC US$23.6 million for infringing on six patents related to 1990s-era pager technology. MTel claimed the messaging and WiFi technology used in the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch infringe on patents it owns, and a federal jury in Marshall, Texas, agreed.

Chinese sites hosting ‘Wirelurker’ Mac-to-iOS malware taken down, suspects arrested — A Beijing government agency on Monday announced the arrest of three suspects thought to be behind the so-called WireLurker trojan targeting Mac and iOS devices, saying websites hosting the malware have been shut down.

How to open your ClarisWorks files — This article takes a while to get to the point, but it does get to the point.

New Intego antivirus for Mac — Intego has introduced a newly updated App Store application for stopping viruses and malware on iOS devices, VirusBarrier for iOS 8. VirusBarrier for iOS 8 stops Mac, Windows and Unix viruses and malware from using iOS devices as a gateway to infecting a computer.

Apple stock high, deadlines, pro-level updates, Parallels adds Yosemite support, Ballmer, student data


Parallels Desktop 10 brings Yosemite support, better Windows-Mac integration
Parallels Desktop 10 brings Yosemite support, better Windows-Mac integration

Apple’s stock sets record closing high, market cap record still waits — Shares of Apple Inc. set an all-time closing high on Tuesday, ending the day at $100.53 per share, a gain of $1.37 (+1.38%), on heavy volume of 69.4 million shares trading hands. The previous closing record was $100.30 per share, set on September 19th, 2012.

Apple has no shame in pushing back product deadlines — Former Apple User Experience designer and evangelist Mark Kawano recently penned an interesting piece detailing some of the lessons he learned during his 6+ year stint at Apple, namely that Apple does set internal product deadlines but has no hesitation in moving one back if there are problems.

Apple updates pro-level video suite with fixes for Final Cut Pro X, Compressor and Motion — Apple has just rolled out a point update for its Final Cut Pro for Mac professional level video editing software including a bug fix for Blu-ray handling, which was also applied to new versions of Compressor and Motion.
Final Cut Pro version 10.1.3 also brings a few minor changes in clip and data handling, XML imports and automatic library backups, among other enhancements. The full list is in the App Store app under Updates.
As for file output and encoding app Compressor and special effects tool Motion, Apple brings both up to speed with today’s FCP Blu-ray enhancements.

Parallels Desktop 10 brings Yosemite support, better Windows-Mac integration — The latest version of Parallels Desktop, which lets you tun Windows apps on Macs (pictured above), was announced on Wednesday. It brings a host of new features, including increased performance, better integration between guest and host OSes, and support for the forthcoming release of OS X Yosemite.

Five ways to keep your student’s digital life safe — Students these days have technology with them, putting them at the risk of losing or damaging it. Take Macworld’s five tips to heart, however, and the loss of a device or data need not be catastrophic.

Steve Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to concentrate on other responsibilities — Nearly six months after Steve Ballmer handed over the reins at Microsoft, the former CEO on Tuesday announced he is also resigning from the company’s board, citing outside responsibilities (like a new role as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers which he bought after its racists owner got outed by his girlfriend).

iBetterCharge review: Track your iOS device’s battery life while using your Mac — iBetterCharge uses iTunes Wi-Fi syncing to keep its finger on the pulse of your iOS device’s battery. You have four options for setting notification thresholds for the app. When your battery reaches 50, 20, 10, or 5 percent of its capacity you’ll receive a notification on your Mac reminding you to plug your device into the charger. (There’s a Windows version too.) It’s free.