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Patent differences, Apple Park, 4K webcam, revamped UltraFines, Apple ID email address, Alfred birthday,no Gmail encryption, password protections


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Periscopic believes it has spotted a clear narrative in the infographics of the respective companies’ patents

Patent differences between Apple and Google — Steve Jobs was granted 347 patents over the past decade, many awarded posthumously. By contrast, Google’s Sergey Brin and Larry Page only have a combined 27 over the same period. Apple is driven largely by a centralised development structure, stemming from its fabled design studio, whereas Google has a more distributed, open-source approach to new products.

Nine new facts about the new circular Apple Park complex — Courtesy of The San Jose Mercury News, Cupertino public works director Timm Borden and senior civil engineer David Stillman offered up nine new things about Apple Park, formerly known as Apple Campus 2.0. For example, When HP owned this property, 30% of it was landscaping (i.e. plants and such), while 70% was parking and buildings (i.e. ground coverage). Apple has flipped those numbers with 70% landscaping and 30% ground coverage.

Logitech BRIO, a 4K Webcam for Mac — Logitech announced BRIO earlier this month. Brio is a 4K webcam aimed specifically at YouTubers and other vloggers, with support for multiple resolutions: 4K (Ultra HD) at 30 fps, 1080p (Full HD) at 30 or 60 fps, and 720p (HD) at 30 or 60 fps. BRIO also features a 5X digital zoom and a lightning feature Logitech calls RightLight 3 with HD.

Revamped UltraFine 5K displays should start shipping March 8-16 — LG appears to have revised UltraFine 5K displays (presumably with proper shielding) since Apple is currently promising deliveries as soon as March 8 through March 16 for new orders. Apple Store Pickup still isn’t available, but that will likely change once inventory reaches retail locations, the article adds.

How to change the email address linked to your Apple ID account — Apple ID is the gateway to Apple’s online services:App Store, iCloud, iTunes and more. It’s a crucial part of your digital identity. AppleInsider shows you how to change the email address that serves as your Apple ID login credential in a few easy steps.

Alfred birthday — Alfred 3, the award-winning Mac jack of all trades utility, has a birthday. It’s free but you can buy add-ons.

Google still doesn’t have end-to-end Gmail encryption — Google insists its encryption plugin isn’t vapourware, yet the company’s latest move has left critics with the distinct impression that Gmail’s encrypted future looks cloudy at best, if not altogether evaporated. [Apple Mail has end to end encryption on iCloud email. Since Google makes millions from selling your data, they don’t really have much interest in this, surely? And yet another reason to use a free iCloud account instead of the accursed, problematic Gmail.]

Password protect yourMac Pages, Numbers and Keynote documents, and Safari passwords — It’s easy to protect your iWork docs, and here’s how to manage passwords in Safari.

British Number 2, MailConverter, VPN, managing downloads


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Apple is number two on the Top 20 [British] Business Superbrands for 2017 — Apple came in ninth on the Top 20 Business Superbrands for 2017 list, a survey of marketing experts and thousands of British business professionals. British Airways claimed the top spot. BA outperformed nearly 1500 others in the sixteenth annual poll, with Apple retaining second spot. Rounding out the top 10 are PayPal, Google, Microsoft, Visa, Virgin Atlantic, MasterCard, and BP.

Mail Converter is a useful email migration tool for macOS — Switching from one Mac email app to another: Stellar Data Recovery’s Mail Converter is an all-in-one email migration utility for macOS (10.7 and higher) that lets you migrate your emails from one platform to another.
Stellar Mail Converter is available as try-before-you-buy software from Stellar Data Recovery online. This version will show you the preview of converted mails. To access all features, you pay for the full version atUS$49.99 (about NZ$70).

Last chance to get an AWT deal on a VPNSecure lifetime subscription — One of the most popular deals over the past several months has been for a lifetime subscription to VPNSecure for just US$39. All good things must come to an end, and that’s the sad situation we have here today. Don’t miss a chance to get this killer deal (US$450 value) for less than a tenth of its regular price.

How to manage downloads in macOS Sierra’s Safari — In macOS Sierra’s Safari web browser, you can choose where downloaded files are deposited. By default they’re located in your Downloads folder.

Condemning Trump, Jobs’ anniversary, Patcher ransomeware, free password manager


Steve Jobs was born 24th February 1955 (image from KRW).
Steve Jobs was born 24th February 1955 (image from KRW).

Apple condemns Trump withdrawal of transgender bathroom use protections — Apple on Wednesday issued a statement in response to President Donald Trump’s recent withdrawal of federal protections for transgender students, condemning the action as an effort that sets back human rights initiatives.
“Apple believes everyone deserves a chance to thrive in an environment free from stigma and discrimination,” Apple said. “We support efforts toward greater acceptance, not less, and we strongly believe that transgender students should be treated as equals. We disagree with any effort to limit or rescind their rights and protections.”

Steve Jobs was born this day in 1955 — That’s 24th February (I’m in New Zealand, so we’re a day ahead of most places).

New ransomware program for macOS dubbed ‘Patcher’ discovered — A new file-encrypting ransomware program for macOS is being distributed through BitTorrent websites, and users who fall victim to it won’t be able to recover their files, even if they pay, reports Macworld. ‘Patcher’ is actually OSX/Filecoder.E and masquerades as a cracking tool for commercial software like Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Microsoft Office for Mac and is being distributed as a BitTorrent download. [In other words, it’s downloaded by those who want to ‘crack’ commercial software so they can use it without paying.]

B-Eng giving away a free Password Manager tool for macOS — B-Eng has introduced Password Manager, a free new password managing tool for macOS. It lets your organize passwords in groups with individual lists for each group, the creation of templates for both groups and entries and protection with either a master password or fingerprint for Macs that support Touch ID.

Apple Park, Logic Pro 10.3.1, mic discounts, faster typing, Remote Desktop, LG UltraFine


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Apple Campus to open in April — [But first of all, sorry there was no news yesterday, I had to get up at 5am and fly to Featherston to record some interviews with a historical TV series.] Apple Park, the official name for Apple’s new spaceship campus, is set to open for employees in April. The campus will hold 12,000 employees, and the on-location theater has been named the Steve Jobs Theater.
It’ll take about six months to move in the facility’s 12,000 employees and construction will continue on campus buildings and landscaping during the transition. The buildings and surrounding land covers 175 acres in down town San Jose, California.

Logic Pro X update — Apple has released Logic Pro X 10.3.1. The update includes a security fix for maliciously crafted GarageBand files. It also improves the way regions perform, edits, and the ability to share 44.1kHz projects to GarageBand for iOS.

Discount on microphones — EditorsKeys has a £10 discount running on all its top-quality mics for newsletter subscribers.

Free site speeds up your typing — One productivity enhancement nobody can argue with.

 Apple updated Apple Remote Desktop to version 3.9 — The update adds support for the Mac Book Pro’s Touch Bar and features the ability to export computer lists, while improving security.

What’s the status on LG’s UltraFine 5K monitor? After receiving reports of connectivity issues related to LG’s new UltraFine 5K monitor, and confirming those problems with LG, Apple temporarily suspended sales of the display earlier this February. With ship times slow to improve, AppleInsider explains what’s going on in a video.

Apple 5th most trusted, thermal printer driver, ad policy


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(Image from DesignArch)

Apple places 5th on corporate reputation poll, Samsung drops 42 spots — Apple is the fifth most reputable company in the United States, with the results of an annual poll into the public perception of a company putting the iPhone producer ahead of Disney, Google, Tesla, and Netflix in the rankings. Microsoft is at 20 while Amazon came in first. Last year Samsung was 7th, but the Galaxy Note fires and the scandal that has seen the CEO arrested haven’t even helpful.

Peninsula Group launches thermal printer label drivers for macOS — The Peninsula Group has released a series of free macOS-compatible drivers that support thermal printer manufacturers including Zebra, Datamax, Honeywell and Brady with the goal of making it easier to print labels.
Using web based shipping services form companies like UPS, FedEx and DHL is now possible; even Amazon FBA is supported. You can print readable barcodes, text and images from any website or application.

Apple’s marketing efforts to focus more on digital, regional campaigns — According to Adweek, Apple has restructured its relationship with its ad agency, TBWA\Media Arts Lab, to focus more on creating digital and regional campaigns and less on translating, or ‘localizing’, big brand campaigns for global markets.

Touch Bar support for Office for Mac, Sydney bomb threat, Wireless Power Consortium, SoundSource 3


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Microsoft rolls out MacBook Pro Touch Bar support to all Office for Mac suite users — Following after a brief beta preview, Microsoft is rolling out support for the MacBook Pro Touch Bar to all users of Office for Mac, with the update providing quick access to functions from the new dynamic display panel.
For Microsoft Word, MacBook Pro users will gain a “Word Focus” mode, which hides all onscreen ribbons and commands on the main display, to help users focus on their work. Formatting tools are instead displayed on the Touch Bar, keeping them available to use, but not distracting the user.

Bomb threat forces evacuation of Apple’s flagship Australian store — Apple’s flagship Australian store was briefly evacuated mid-day on Friday, in what appears to have been a response to a bomb threat, according to local media reports.
The three-floor Sydney outlet, located on George Street, was cleared out just prior to 1 p.m. local time “as a precaution” during a “police operation,” a spokesperson for the police informed Business Insider.

Some implications of Apple joining the Wireless Power Consortium — While the news of Apple joining the Wireless Power Consortium doesn’t offer absolute clarity of Apple’s future plans (besides hinting that the next iPhone will support wireless charging), it does reveal some things to the wireless power industry as a whole.

Revamped SoundSource 3.0.0 brings quick audio source & output switching back to Mac after 5-year hiatus — A pair of old OS X audio routing applications have regenerated, and have merged to form the new SoundSource 3.0.0 by Rogue Amoeba —and AppleInsider takes a look at the offering.

WWDC to San Jose, Fortune’s Most Admired, Setapp, Apple Music lyrics, Luminar deal ends soon


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Apple has announced its 28th annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), and it has moved to San Jose — McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, to be exact. The conference, kicking off 5 June, will inspire developers from all walks of life to turn their passions into the next great innovations and apps that customers use every day across iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and Mac.
Since 2003 it has been held at Moscone West in San Francisco.
To get tickets you need to be a registered Apple Developer Program and Apple Developer Enterprise Program member as of February 16, 2017, by 5:30 AM pacific time. That means if you aren’t already in Apple’s developer programs, you don’t qualify for a conference pass.
The artwork Apple is using for its 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference (above) is based on a poster for a Spanish film festival from 2010; both were created by the same artist.

Apple is Fortune’s 2017 World’s Most Admired company — Every year, Fortune puts together a survey of corporate reputations called The World’s Most Admired Companies. This year, Apple leads the list.

Setapp is like Netflix for apps — The software subscription model is here to stay. Microsoft and Adobe have already embraced it with Office 365 and Creative Cloud respectively. Even apps from smaller independent developers like 1Password and TextExpander are now offered as monthly subscriptions.
Setapp is a new subscription service from MacPaw which provides access to more than 60 Mac apps for US$9.99 (about NZ$14) a month. It’s an ambitious undertaking by MacPaw, best known for popular Mac utilities like CleanMyMac and Gemini, and the company has done a masterful job.

How to view Apple Music lyrics on a Mac (and iDevice and Apple TV) — When lyrics are available (and they’re not for all songs), you can read them in in iTunes on your Mac or PC; in the Music app on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch; or in the Music app on your Apple TV.

Luminar deals ends soon — You can still by Luminar for US90 instead of US$161 but the deal is ending soon. Luminar gives you awesome control in enhancing images and it’s really easy to use.

Mac security under threat, Russian hackers, Apple Music Video, SoundSource for Mac


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GarageBand update to 10.1.6 patches potentially malicious exploit — Hidden in the Mac App Store updates tab the past day or two has been an update for GarageBand to version 10.1.6. While the update notes state that the new code is to fix “Performance and security issues”, it appears that the primary reason was to shut the door on a vulnerability in GarageBand.
Opening a “maliciously crafted” GarageBand project file could cause “arbitrary code execution”.  {So take note: you have to open a GarageBand file someone sends you to be vulnerable, but still, it shows Apple’s profile is so big now, the malware makers and hackers are finally looking seriously at exploiting us – and read on.]

‘Xagent’ malware arrives on Mac, steals passwords, screenshots, iPhone backups — A Russian hacking group accused of interfering with last year’s US presidential election has evolved its Xagent malware package, known for its ability to infiltrate Windows, iOS, Android and Linux devices, to target Macs, according to a report on Tuesday. The Mac strain of Xagent is similar to its predecessors in that it acts as a modular backdoor for intruders, reports Ars Technica.
Circumstantial evidence suggests APT28, also known as Sofacy, Sednit, Fancy Bear and Pawn Storm, has deep ties with the Russian government. The shift in hacker attention from Windows to Apple products is likely due to the success of iOS, an operating system used by a huge percentage of smartphone users worldwide. [So meantime, be careful downloading any software unless it’s from the Mac App Store or trusted developers like RogueAmoeba.]

Eddy Cue says video is a big part of Apple Music’s future — The future of streaming music is streaming media, according to Apple’s Eddy Cue, which is why the company is behind shows like Carpool Karaoke and Planet of the Apps. The “Apple Music is more than just music” message is one he’s already expressed, and it’s a sign Apple’s competition in the streaming music market is growing beyond Spotify and Tidal to more inclusive services like Amazon Prime.

Rogue Amoeba unveils SoundSource for macOS — Rogue Amoeba has unveiled SoundSource, a macOS tool that provides access to critical audio settings. With it, users can instantly change the audio devices used for input, output, and sound effects, adjust the volume levels of those devices, and more.
SoundSource runs on macOS 0.10 and higher. A free fully-functional trial available for download. While in trial mode, SoundSource’s features will disable after 10 minutes of use. The unrestricted full version can be purchased for US$10. Owners of any current Rogue Amoeba application for Mac are eligible for a complimentary SoundSource license. To do that, you enter your email address, name and license code for another Rogue Amoeba product (in my case, Audio Hijack)  on this page and they send you a Sound Source license.

Cindori VR Desktop, Genius Bar revives 30yo Mac SE


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Cindori’s VR Desktop lets you use a Mac with some VR headsets — Cindori has introduced VR Desktop, a US$19.99 app that lets you use macOS together with Virtual Reality (VR) headsets. It requires macOS 10.11 or later and Oculus Rift DK2.
According to the folks at Cindori, VR Desktop allows you to:
• Create a giant virtual multi-monitor workspace that works seamlessly with macOS and third party applications;
• Play games and watch movies in custom virtual environments;
• Enhance your macOS experience by loading custom virtual environments with a multiple screen setup.
For now VR Desktop only works with the the Oculus Rift dev kit (DK2). However, Cindori plans to support other VR headsets.

Genius Bar Revives 30 Year Old Mac SE — British Tech Network host Ewen Rankin took his 30 year old Mac SE prototype to a Genius Bar at an Apple Store. With the help of friends he got ahold of Mac OS System 3.3 on floppy disks – the operating system the SE originally shipped with – and then made his way to the Apple Store.
The geniuses were more than happy to help out even though the Mac was older than some of them, and in the end they got it up and running.