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Green Indian energy, Irish urge shortage, SensoMotoric, Tuniversity, Boom 3D discount


Apple has bought German company SensoMotoric Instruments which has developed eye-tracking tech.Have fun with that one, Jony Ive!

Apple’s Tim Cook says Indian operations to use all-green energy within 6 months — More details have emerged from Sunday’s encounter between Apple CEO Tim Cook and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during which Cook reportedly revealed he expects Apple’s Indian operations to run entirely off renewable energy by the end of 2017.

Judge shortage in Ireland delays ruling on Athenry Apple data center location controversy — Once thought to reach a conclusion on June 23, the appeal hearing opposing Apple’s Athenry, Ireland efforts has been delayed because of a lack of judges able to hear the case.

Apple buys German eye tracking firm SensoMotoric Instruments — Apple has entered into an agreement to purchase German company SensoMotoric Instruments, a company noted for hardware and software for eye tracking sensors, useful for augmented reality. The company’s hardware is currently used for augmented reality applications, early autism detection in children, brain mapping and neurology, vision science, psychology, physical training and more.

Apple unveils Tuniversity music ed initiative — Apple has unveiled Tuniversity, a new music education initiative that centres around books created with iBooks Author. The first book involves the song Happy by Pharrell William. The US$4.99/NZ$7.99 book, available only via the iBookStore, allows students to discover how the song came to be, from first inspiration through recording without learning music theory. You can sign up to be notified of more titles in this series.

Boom 3D sound enhancer — Today’s TMO deal is Boom 3D for Mac. It’s an app that enhances the audio from your Mac’s built-in speakers through a system-wide volume booster and equalizer. The app helps your Mac speakers simulate 3D sound, improves overall audio levels, includes several equalizer presets for different listening scenarios. Boom 3D for the Mac is regularly priced at US$16.99, but with our deal you get 41% off so it’s only $9.99.

 

Stev Jobs Theater, wired numeric keyboard gone, MacFamilyTree ‘even better’, Indian leader, Intego net safety deal, CopyClip 2


First shots of the Steve Jobs Theater headline latest Apple Park drone footage — The latest footage of the construction of Apple’s new Apple Park campus is up. In addition to some breathtaking views of the building’s architecture and surroundings, we get our first look at the top level of the Steve Jobs Theater, a 1000-seat auditorium named in honour of the company’s visionary co-founder where Apple will hold future meetings and product events. Also keep an eye out for all of those solar panels that, when complete, will comprise one of the largest on-site solar power installations in the world.

Apple Discontinues Wired Keyboard with Numeric Keypad — One of Apple’s quiet updates during WWDC earlier this month was the long-awaited introductionof a wireless keyboard with a numeric keypad. The Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad includes the same popular features of the existing Magic Keyboard 2: scissor key switches, Lightning cable charging and connectivity, macOS and iOS media keys, long battery life, etc – while adding in the handy numeric keypad for those who need it [this echoes the layout of the Apple Calculator app].
Beyond the situations where a wired keyboard is ideal, the biggest negative for consumers regarding this change is that the price of the only Apple-made keyboard with a numeric keypad just went up 163%, from the old wired keyboard’s US$49/NZ$85 price to the US$129/NZ$219 [!] price of the new wireless model. [iStore in Takapuna still has a few – I bought one yesterday as I love these keyboards; Logitech makes cheaper wired and wireless versions.]

MacFamilyTree gets even better with version 8.2 — The software lets you explore your personal family history and discover your origins, your ancestors and how your family has evolved over the course of time. Version 8.2 features new, improved, and configurable charts and diagrams as well as improved FamilySearch integration and better CloudTree performance. In version 8.2, almost every aspect of a chart can be configured. Many presets can now be further refined to your taste. You can adjust colouring, shadows, line styles, information to display, and fonts for all charts. [I use this: it’s marvellous.]

Apple’s Tim Cook, other CEOs meet with India’s Prime Minister in Washington — Apple CEO Tim Cook was reportedly one of 21 US corporate leaders who attended a roundtable with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Washington, DC on Sunday.

Internet Safety Month nets Intego Deal — This week only, you can get a special discount with the purchase of Mac Premium Bundle X9. Get 50% off MSRP* today by using this coupon code at checkout: SAFERINTERNET04 (the discount applies to households, limit 10 Macs per customer. Regular renewal rates apply. This exclusive deal expires Sunday, July 2 at 11:59PM US PST).

CopyClip 2 is a lightning fast clipboard manager for Mac — Running discreetly from your menu bar, the app stores all you have copied or cut in the past, allowing you to easily find that snippet of text you need. You can get a free trial; it costs US$6.99.

New MacBook Pro review, Grenfell fundraiser, MaBook Store, threats rise, Secure Enclave, consumer trust, SnipNotes


Review: 2017 MacBook Pro fulfills the promise of the line’s redesign — At the WWDC, Apple took the opportunity to toss the new Kaby Lake i7 processor into the the redesigned 2016 MacBook Pro chassis. If you liked the 2016 but didn’t jump, you’ll be even happier with the 2017, says Apple Insider.

Apple webpage supports victims of the deadly Grenfell Tower fire — Apple has set up a webpage urging visitors to contribute a fundraiser for victims of last week’s deadly Grenfell Tower fire in London. The number of people dead or presumed dead remains at 79, but the true number could be higher. [The webpage is here.]
Speculation has focused on the role that cladding apparently used in a recent refurbishment of the tower may have played in the fire, which appeared to spread quickly up the exterior of the tower in the early hours of June 14. With the inquiry now in its second week, police have started taking witness statements from those who were in the tower.

Chicago’s new Apple Store lets you get your MacBook fixed inside a massive MacBook — If there’s one thing about Apple Stores that everyone can agree on, it’s that they certainly stand out, and it looks like Apple isn’t aiming to change that reputation any time soon. The company’s upcoming flagship store in Chicago is being constructed with glass walls all around and a carbon fiber roof. But this week, the construction crew deviated from the original design plans and added a white Apple Logo to the center of the roof, making the store look like a giant MacBook.

2017 McAfee Threat Report shows spike in Mac malware — Malware targeting Mac users has been on the rise over the past year, and the McAfee June 2017 Threat Report [PDF] indicates that the trend in Mac malware isn’t slowing down. There were nearly 250,000 new instances of macOS malware in the first quarter of 2017, bringing the total for the quarter to just over 700,000.

High Sierra firmware suggests Secure Enclave, Intel ‘Purley’ chips coming to iMac Pro — A report on Thursday suggests Apple’s forthcoming iMac Pro all-in-one will run Intel’s server-class “Purley” Xeon platform, as well as a Secure Enclave Processor similar in function to the ARM-based chip embedded in the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

Consumers trust Amazon more than Apple — Okay, it’s a survey. Surveys must be very well constructed. They must be repeated. They must be analyzed for the soundness of their methodology. The sampling is crucial. They must be put in perspective. That said, this survey by Morining Consult, published by Business Insider, shows that 69% of those surveyed trust Amazon to keep their data secure. Apple’s number was 60%.

SnipNotes is a new note-taking app for the Mac — Felix Lisczyk has introduced SnipNotes for macOS, which extends the existing iOS app. It combines a configurable clipboard manager with an intelligent note-taking app.

2017 27″ 5K iMac, games sale, Rest Time, 2-factor macOS authentication, Air 2 for education, Music cut, Taiwan Apple Store


Apple’s 2017 27″ 5K iMac impresses with truly powerful desktop-class graphics — Daniel Eran Dilger writes that Apple has radically overhauled its iMac lineup for 2017, giving its 27-inch Retina 5K models dedicated graphics driven by AMD Radeon Pro 570, 575, and 580 GPUs; a brighter display with enhanced P3 wide color; more powerful Intel Kaby Lake CPUs; upgradable RAM sockets and modern, ultrafast USB C and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.

Steam Summer Sale now on — In welcome news for a wet NZ winter, the 2017 Steam Summer Sale has just kicked off. While known for PC games, Steam sells a growing number of Mac games, so there should be some great deals to be had over the next few days. The sale is on now until July 5th with discounts up to 85% on hundreds of games.

Rest Time 1.0 is a new macOS break reminder — Publicspace has launched Rest Time for macOS. It’s a break reminder written completely in Swift and uses Apple’s latest platform technologies.

How to implement Apple’s two-factor authentication in macOS Sierra — Two-factor authentication is an extra layer of security for your Apple ID designed to ensure that you’re the only person who can access your account, even if someone knows your password. Here are the steps to take to enable it on macOS Sierra.

A bold move for Apple would be a ‘MacBook Air 2 for Education’ — There is no doubt that Apple’s arsenal when it comes to education is not yet fully formed. Back when the MacBook Air was a Thing, too expensive for secondary education, Apple got the idea that the less expensive iPad, the computer of the future, should be up to bat. It didn’t really pan out, so John Martellaro thinks it would be a brilliant move if Apple did something dramatic in education and launched a MacBook Air 2.

Apple wants record companies to accept a smaller Apple Music cut — Apple wants record companies to accept a smaller cut from Apple Music streaming revenues, according to a Bloomberg report.

First Taiwan Apple store to open on July 1 — Apple on Wednesday officially announced a grand opening date for its first retail outlet in Taiwan, noting the Apple Taipei 101 outlet will open its doors to customers on Saturday, July 1.

No to memory business, Hitman, Cook up and down, leaks, new features for Outlook, low auction, iBooks


Apple has been ignoring iBooks …

Toshiba selects winning bidder for chip business, rules out Apple/Dell/Foxconn consortium — Toshiba has chosen a consortium formed by Bain Capital, Mitsubishi, and Japanese government investors as the preferred bidder for its memory chip business, effectively locking out a Foxconn-led consortium including the likes of Apple and Dell.

Hitman arrives on Apple’s macOS, first episode free to download — Feral Interactive has shipped Hitman for macOS, complete with all installments of the episodic assassination-based game playable on Mac for the first time. The launch is accompanied by the release of a demo from developer IO Interactive, providing access to one episode from the series for free. [Expect your brain to be challenged, as it’s a stealth game.]

Apple CEO Tim Cook drops from 8th to 53rd in Glassdoor rankings — Apple’s Tim Cook has slipped from 8th to 53rd place in Glassdoor’s annual CEO rankings for large US businesses, based on anonymous reviews left by the company’s workers. This still gives him a 93% approval rating in the poll, Glassdoor said. In 2016 Cook managed 96%, helping to elevate him from 10th place in 2015, and 18th in 2013 and 2014. It’s not clear what led to Cook’s fall, although simply being in the top 100 puts him well above the 67% average CEO rating for companies on Glassdoor.

Why Apple employees leak company secrets — “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power,” said Abraham Lincoln
Percolating throughout the internet is a very interesting article at The Outline on how Apple hunts down employees who leak corporate secrets Leaked recording: inside Apple’s global war on leakers. It’s all to easy to point out how ironic this leaked recording is, but John Martellero thinks it’s actually a good thing that the leak occurred and the article was written.

Kensington has entered the burgeoning Thunderbolt 3 dock market — It has security options and a mounting kit setting it apart from the others. The Kensington SD5000T has a front-mounted USB 3.0 type-A port, and a USB 3.1 Gen 1 type-C port on the front. On the rear is a fairly standard array of ports with another USB type-A port, the two Thunderbolt 3 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, audio in and out, and a full-size DisplayPort. It costs $349.99 and is available from Amazon[In NZ this will cost $519.95 and should be available from the usual suppliers and apple Resellers.]

Outlook 2016 for Mac gets 4 highly requested new features — Good news for Outlook users: Microsoft this week announced that it is adding several of its customers’ “most requested features” to Outlook 2016 for Mac. The new features, which are rolling out now to various preview and release versions of the app, address four key areas.

Latest Apple-1 auction fetches surprisingly low $355,500 — At a June 15 Christie’s auction, a customised Apple-1 sold for $355,500, skewing toward the low end of house estimates, and below all other auctions for working Apple-1 computers. [This continues a trend, though.]

Let’s see some love for iBooks, iBooks Author — iBooks is a free ebook app that allows you to read publications purchased at the iBook Store. iBooks Author lets you create iBooks textbooks (as well as other types of books) for the iPad and Mac. But the app and the service have been languishing [hear hear!]

iMac ‘Touch Bar, Cook wants schools coding, Irish tax review, Kensington Dock, app bundle


How to add a Touch Bar to your iMac — Apple’s revamped iMac didn’t come with the option of a Magic Keyboard with Touch Bar as I anticipated. However, you can add one thanks to the Duet Display app.
The app is actually two apps: one for your Mac and one for your iOS device – it allows you to use your iPhone or iPad as an extra display with a ‘virtual’ Touch Bar with your iMac. [Duet is great for lots of reasons, and really useful.]

Apple’s Tim Cook asked President Trump for coding requirement at US schools — At a Monday technology summit with US ‘President’ Donald Trump, Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly suggested making programming a mandatory subject in the country’s schools.

Judicial review of Apple’s Irish data center plans could finish this Friday — The Irish High Court could make its decision on a review of Apple’s plans for an Athenry data center as soon as this Friday, according to a report.

Kensington ships SD5000T Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station — Kensington has announced the general availability of its US$349.99 SD5000T Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station for macOS. It provides a bridge allowing more mobile and thinner devices access to a suite of gadgets on the user’s desk. [The standout feature of this one is it fits to the back of VESA-compatible monitors for zero footprint. We have yet to discover it will be available in New Zealand, but the Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Dock is and I hope to review this soon – here it costs NZ$579.99.]

Another Mac App bundle — The full bundle is 15 apps, and you can get all of them if you beat the average price (US$13.01/cNZ$18 as of this writing). Pay less than the average—even a penny—and you get two of the apps. Beat the leader’s price at any point and you’ll be entered into the a giveaway. Check it out! [I’ve really gone off these – I’ve bought them before for one or two apps I want at bargain prices, which is definitely monetarily worthwhile, but eventually I end up having to delete all the other apps as they just take up space and I forget what they even do … if you have, say, a MacBook Air, do you have room for this?]

Clues in High Sierra code, Cook to meet again, European encryption, Amazon overtakes Sonos, fix Message sync


Apple widening NVMe flash storage support in High Sierra possibly good news for Mac Pro, iMac Pro — The discovery that Apple has intentionally removed restrictions on NVMe in the High Sierra beta suggests that future Macs won’t be limited in which mass-storage flash drives may be used, possibly including both the ‘modular’ Mac Pro and the iMac Pro.

AMD Vega 56 and Vega 64 GPUs destined for iMac Pro detailed in Linux driver — The GPUs that will be in the iMac Pro – the Vega 56 and Vega 64 – have been detailed by an AMD-provided driver update for Linux, with the cards able to utilise much as twice as a much data in each register as previous cards when 32 bits of precision aren’t needed.

Apple CEO Tim Cook meeting with President Trump to talk trimming government waste — More than a dozen tech CEOs, including Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook, will meet with US President Donald Trump and his staff on Monday, discussing ways that the government can trim costs and improve security with the help of American corporations.

European Union seeks to ban backdoors for encrypted communications — A European Parliament committee has published a draft report proposing that the ability for citizens to protect their data with encryption should be protected, including banning any possibility of government sanctioned backdoors to encryption protocols that could be used by law enforcement officials.

Amazon over takes Sonos in the intelligent home speaker market — Strategy Analytics latest Global Wi-Fi Speaker Forecast 2014-2022 reports that global shipments of Wi-Fi based wireless speakers grew by 62% in 2016 to 14 million units with Amazon accounting for 77% of the increase in volume demand from the previous year. The company estimates that Amazon shipped over five million Echo speakers in 2016 compared to just over four million from second placed Sonos.

How to fix things when Message won’t sync between your Mac and iPhone — If you notice  Messages won’t sync between your Mac and an iPhone:
Open “Settings” on the iPhone (or iPad) and tap “Messages.”
Scroll down and tap on “Receive At” which is usually followed by a phone number or email address.
Tap the “Use your Apple ID for iMessage” button at the top and sign in.
Exit out of Settings.
On your Mac, double-check the Apple ID used in Messages for Mac to make sure it’s the same as the Message setup on your iPhone (or iPad). (From Apple World Today.)

AirPort not hacked, iMacs compared, Microsoft exec liked WWDC, eGPU DevKit, High Sierra, Sony content hires, best Mac games, Bob Seger


Amongst the best Mac games so far for 2017 is Obduction, NZ$44.99, called a ‘worthy successor to [the legendary] Myst’ (thanks to Metal and Sierra, this is the best year for Mac games in decades)
Apple AirPort not on latest Vault 7 list of gear susceptible to factory firmware hack by CIA — The latest dump of ‘leaked’ documents from WikiLeaks reportedly from the CIA details the Cherry Blossom firmware modification program, which allowed intelligence agencies to change firmware in a networking company’s factories – but Apple AirPort hardware appears to be unaffected by the effort. [Yeah, babies! The document dump claims that devices from Asus, Belkin, Buffalo, Dell, DLink, Linksys, Motorola, Netgear, Senao, and US Robotics were susceptible to the attack vector.]

Apple’s 21.5″ iMac with Retina 4K display gets dedicated graphics, Kaby Lake — Apple has radically overhauled its iMac lineup for 2017, giving its 21.5 inch Retina 4K models dedicated graphics driven by AMD Radeon Pro 555/560 GPUs; a brighter display with enhanced P3 color; more powerful Intel Kaby Lake CPUs; upgradable RAM sockets; faster SSD drives and modern, ultrafast USB C and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. The entry level 4K iMac now provides Intel’s 7th Generation Kaby Lake quad-core Core i5 processor, which at 3.0GHz is notably more powerful than the 5th Generation Broadwell Core i5 used in the original “Late 2015” 4K iMac, despite being clocked 100MHz slower.
All of Apple’s 21.5-inch 4K iMac models now have the necessary pixel pushing power of dedicated graphics cards, thanks to the latest refresh. Take a closer look at the updated all-in-one desktop in AppleInsider’s video review. But the 2017 4K, 5K iMacs won’t support Target Display Mode, despite Thunderbolt 3.

Former Microsoft exec had amazing things to say about Apple’s WWDC Keynote — Steven Sinofsky was a Microsoft executive, president of the Windows Division, from mid 2009 to late 2012. He was known for his strong advocacy of Windows everywhere and was responsible for Windows 7 and 8. Today, he’s a board member at Andreessen Horowitz. The tone of an article he penned about WWDC couldn’t be more enthusiastic about Apple’s keynote. It also surfaced evidence of, perhaps, a submerged enthusiasm that one wouldn’t normally expect from a former Microsoft executive.

Apple’s eGPU developer’s kit is promising, but what gets delivered in the future is anybody’s guess — After hammering on Apple’s external GPU developer’s kit for a week, AppleInsider discusses the hardware, the technology, and what needs to happen in the future for adoption of the concept by Mac users.

macOS High Sierra: a video First Look — Video covers several of the marquee features of macOS 10.13 High Sierra.

Apple beefs up unique video content team with pair of Sony programming directors — Apple has hired Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, a pair of former Sony Pictures Television executives previously responsible for programming like Breaking Bad and The Goldbergs.

The best Mac games of 2017 (so far) — Ric Molina of MacGamer delivers a detailed post on the best Mac games of 2017. “Here at Mac Gamer HQ, we spend a lot of time talking about how great the gaming situation is on the Mac.” [Among them is the WWII based Day of Infamy, which is appealing to this historian! It also has relatively modest system requirements compared to some.]

Bob Seger on Apple Music — Bob Seger’s iconic music catalogue makes its streaming debut today. The debut includes 12 platinum/multi-platinum albums as well as Seger’s debut album, Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man.

15-inch MacBook Pro, free security tools, Luminar update, more games, cheaper keyboard


(Image from Apple NZ’s MacBook Pro page)

New 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is better, but still has its predecessor’s flaws — The revved 15-inch MacBook Pro goes up to 3.1GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz and now comes standard with more powerful discrete graphics with more video memory. Overall and in general terms, tests show that it’s about 20% faster than its 2016 counterpart, reckons Stephen Sandes.

Top 6 free Mac security tools — With on two pieces of Mac malware being peddled on the dark web, here is The Mac Observer’s list of the best free security tools for macOS, in no particular order, and here’s how to set up one of those, Malwarebytes.

Macphun has released an update to Luminar and introducing Accent — Accent is a new photo filter powered by the artificial intelligence technology. It allows anyone to create stunning images with a single slider instead of using dozens of adjustments and controls. It’s a perfect tool for beginner photographers who want superb quick results, and it’s a foundation for further advanced image manipulation for pro photographers.
Luminar Neptune includes many other updates including masking. The update is free to existing users and available once you launch the app.

E3 2017: ‘Hitman,’ ‘Ark: Survival Evolved,’ ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ coming soon to Mac — Three games are preparing to launch on Mac soon, with Hitman arriving on June 20, Ark: Survival Evolved leaving Early Access after two years with a full release on August 8th, and the first part of The Pillars of the Earth game adaptation shipping August 15th.

Kanex MultiSync Keyboard is a less expensive alternative to Apple’s Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad — If you don’t want to shell out US$129 for Apple’s new extended Magic Keyboard 2 wireless keyboard, the also-wireless US$59.95 Kanex MultiSync Keyboard for Mac and iOS is a viable replacement for use with the new iMacs. It’s available in New Zealand for $100.

Best iMac ever, no iMac Apple Tax, Kaby Lake MacBook, Belkin Thunderbolt Dock, iWork updates, drive utilities, new Mac games,


New iMac is the best all-in-one yet, and the best Mac ever — Dennis Sellers is very impressed: “Oh, iMac, I’ve missed you. I thought I could replace you with a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 27-inch LG Ultrafine display. Actually, I did for seven months, but the entire experience just wasn’t as smooth. Plus, the Apple all-in-one’s display is so much more elegant than LG’s monitor … “The latest incarnation of Apple’s all-in-one is, hands-down, the world’s best desktop. Its performance – up to 50% faster than its predecessor – is beefy enough for all but the most demanding “power users.”

No, the iMac Pro Apple Tax isn’t a real thing — It hasn’t taken long for the haters to hate on the iMac Pro, but is their criticism valid? When the iMac Pro was announced at WWDC, many lashed out about the pricing of the all-in-one computer, especially the projected cost of a fully maxed iMac Pro. ZDNet was probably the first out of the gate, projecting that such a configuration would cost more than US$17,000. Is this due to an abnormal Apple tax, or is it just business as usual? Let’s find out, but I’ll give you a hint: I’m not a fanboy, but I don’t believe there’s any such thing as an iMac Pro Apple tax, or any other such nonsense.

Review of Apple’s new 12″ MacBook boasts incremental speed improvements — Apple last week refreshed its MacBook lineup with processor upgrades and minor aesthetic tweaks, with the 12-inch MacBook benefiting from new Intel silicon and faster SSDs. Are the changes enough to prompt existing owners to upgrade? Find out in AppleInsider’s video review. There’s also a direct comparison between this new MacBook and the last version.

First look: Belkin’s Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock short on ports, but provides full charging power — Belkin has refreshed its line of Thunderbolt docks for the MacBook Pro’s Thunderbolt 3, and AppleInsider takes a quick look at the most recent version.

Pages, Keynote, Numbers updates add new Shape Libraries, more — Apple rolled out updates for Pages, Keynote, and Numbers on the Mac that add in more than 500 professionally drawn shapes in free updates released yesterday.
The iWork updates added support for replying to comments and joining threaded conversations, improved autocorrect and text replacement options, added print preview for collaborative spreadsheets, added linked text boxes in Pages and more.
Keynote 7.2 (macOS) also has new pan and zoom options, allows presenters to edit notes while displaying slides in Light Table view, and has improved support for Hebrew and Arabic languages.
Numbers 4.2 (macOS) adds support for print preview in collaborative spreadsheets, as well as the functions described earlier.
Pages 6.2 (macOS) adds several features that turn it into a page layout powerhouse. Linked text boxes make it easy to have text flow from one location to another, documents can be exported as fixed layout ePub books, and it’s now possible to change margins, headers, footers and paper size while collaborating on a document.

Drive Genius 5 is a disk guardian — Drive Genius’s DrivePulse real-time monitoring is its best feature (at least in Robert LeVitus’ opinion).
Drive Genius’s DrivePulse monitors the health of all connected drives and detects potential data corruption. Then, it can alert me of physical or logical issues with any of my drives before things go to hell in a hand-basket.

But OWC has announced Smart Alec utility for Mac drives — OWC, the company that makes RAM, drives and other Mac-related equipment, has announced SMART Alec. This Mac utility that constantly monitors and checks your Mac hard drives, SSDs, FireWire disks, and USB drives, warning you in advance if drives are failing or about to fail.
The utility is designed to help you avoid sensitive, irreplaceable data from databases, word processing, Excel, PowerPoint and other business files, photos and videos, music compositions, and more. SMART Alec is currently available in beta . The free final version of SMART Alec and a US$9.99 upgrade with additional features will be available in July.

New Mac games announced — This year’s E3 conference included a number of Mac-related gaming announcements, including highly anticipated titles Fortnite, Railway Empire, Tropico 6, the Viking-inspired Unto The End and Tunic. You can read about them and see trailers at Apple Insider.