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The game Mafia 3 will be available from tomorrow, but needs a pretty high-end Mac

Apple becomes first US firm to cross $800B market cap threshold — After achieving a market capitalisation above $800 billion in after-hours trading on Monday, Apple on Tuesday became the first US company in history to cross that market value border on a closing basis.

MacStadium, a Mac hosting company, announces growth capital investment — MacStadium, a Mac hosting authority and only provider of Mac Pro private cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (“IaaS”), has received a growth equity investment led by Summit Partners, with participation from Noro-Moseley Partners. With operations in Atlanta, Georgia, Las Vegas, Nevada and Dublin, Ireland, the company has deployed more than 10,000 Mac minis and Mac Pros and serves more than 2500 customers.

Apple just bought a sleep tracking company — Apple is, at last, getting into the sleep tracking business. 9to5Mac reported that Apple purchased Beddit, a firm that makes sleep-tracking hardware and apps for Apple’s iPhone and Apple Watch.
Sleep tracking is one area of health data that Apple has heretofore shied away from. Apple Watch, for instance, doesn’t track your sleep out of the box, in keeping with Apple’s position that Apple Watch is designed to be charged at night.

Working smarter with Mac windows by playing Hide and Show —  Many work with a dozen or more apps running at any time, and most of them have more than one open window or tab. So, at any moment there are at least a dozen windows. So managing windows efficiently makes it a lot easier, and the easiest way to eliminate everything except what you’re working on is to hide everything except what you’re working on.
There are a couple of ways you can do it: the Hide and Hide Others commands in the Application menu (the one bearing the app’s name).

Microsoft launches Visual Studio 2017 for macOS — Microsoft has released Visual Studio 2017 for Mac. It’s a new member of the Visual Studio family, enabling developers on macOS (10.11 and higher) to build apps for mobile, web, and cloud with Xamarin and .NET Core, as well as games with Unity.

Mafia 3 blasts onto the Mac tomorrow — Aspyr has confirmed the final release date for Mafia 3’s Mac version. It’s coming tomorrow, )northern May 11th), and will support Apple’s Metal API (application programming interface).
Metal is a core graphics technology that gives apps near-direct access to the GPU [graphics processing unit]. This means faster and more efficient rendering performance across the system. Metal bypasses the OpenGL framework — which on macOS is slooow, dragging high-end Mac apps and games down in comparison to their Windows counterparts. Apple must ensure that Metal doesn’t lose its momentum.

Keyboard shortcuts are faster than reaching for the mouse — This is another skill recommended in the first chapter of Dr Macintosh (1989) and still he still recommends it to this day [as do I]. That skill is reducing your dependence on the mouse/trackpad.


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Pointless speaker grilles — If you have a new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, don’t think putting your ears closer to the speaker grilles will make it sound louder, as the grilles are just for show: they don’t  align with the internal speakers, and the Touch Bar is too difficult to remove.

Screenshots of the Touch Bar on Apple’s new MacBook Pro — The Touch Bar input strip on new MacBook Pro models is itself a Retina Display, but it doesn’t show up as a display in System Report. That’s prompted Apple to create specialised support in its Grab app to enable capture of screenshots of the Touch Bar’s current status.

Luminar is now shipping — Macphun has also launched a comprehensive comparison chart between Luminar, Lightroom, and Aperture.

Apple announces free Hour of Code workshops between Dec. 5 & 11 — Apple on Thursday opened up registrations for its free 2016 Hour of Code workshops, which will take place between December 5 and 11 at Apple Stores worldwide. [New Zealand doesn’t have any Apple-owned Stores, but if you’re elsewhere …]

Microsoft releases preview edition of Visual Studio for Mac — Microsoft has released the anticipated Visual Studio for Mac, bringing over one of its signature Windows development tools.

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Apple crowned the world’s most innovative company — Apple tops the 2016 Global Innovation 1000 Study by Price Waterhouse (PwC). The Cupertino, California-based company has held the top spot for six years running.

Chinese state-run media promises consequences for Apple, others if Trump starts trade war — China has threatened that a trade war against the country will result in more harm to the US, with a state-run paper threatening that the government will take “countermeasures” against Apple’s iPhone and the automotive industry if an economic conflict comes to pass.

Apple’s late-2016 15″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar — Apple’s new Late 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro is the lightest and thinnest MacBook Pro ever, but unlike the company’s earlier ultralight MacBook Air, it packs a fast, quad-core Intel CPU and a dedicated AMD Radeon Pro GPU along with 16GB of high speed RAM and other ‘pro’ level niceties. After spending some time with the new flagship, AppleInsider came away impressed at what Apple was able to achieve. Here’s a Quick Tour video, and Apple SVP Phil Schiller addresses Touch Bar and other MacBook Pro concerns.

How to reset the NVRAM on your Mac — Is your Mac running slowly or erratically? One thing you can try is resetting the NVRAM (or “non-volatile random access memory.” It’s a tiny bit of your Mac’s memory that stores certain settings in a location that macOS can access quickly. [Make sure you have a backup before you try anything like this.]

Microsoft to bring Visual Studio to Mac later this week — Microsoft is bringing its Visual Studio development tool to the Mac, launching it during this week’s Connect() conference starting on Wednesday, according to a quickly deleted announcement.

Calico is a new game-matching service for games purchased through Apple’s Mac App Store — Feral Interactive has launched Calico, an online game-matching service for games purchased through Apple’s Mac App Store. It was developed for the half of Mac gamers who get their games through the Mac App Store, and who have until now often been unable to enjoy the multiplayer features of the games they buy, says David Stephen, managing director at Feral Interactive.