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

(Image from New Smartphone)

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.

iTunes 12.7.1, LucidTime

iTunes 12.7.1 for macOS rolls out with performance improvements — Apple says the upgrade includes minor app and performance improvements. iTunes for macOS now focuses on music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and audiobooks. Apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch are now exclusively available in the Apple App Store.

LucidTime is a new customisable desktop clock system for macOS — It offers Mac users a collection of faceless clocks that sit quietly in the background on their Desktops. LucidTime offers three highly customisable clocks, each offering their own individually method of presenting the time of day.
Users can adjust the colour of each clock component (hour, minutes, and second hands; major and minor tick marks; and more), the display size of each clock, and the transparency level of each clock and each clock element. Clocks can be positioned anywhere on the screen via select-and-drag. You can show or hide the seconds display for any clock, as wells show or hide various other clock elements for each clock.
LucidTime 1.0 requires macOS 10.12.6 or higher. It costs NZ$4.49/US$2.99 and is available worldwide exclusively at the Mac App Store.

iMac Pro appearance, Moneyspire, best horror games, Park visitor centre complete

iMac Pro used for demo station, photographed at Final Cut Pro X Creative Summit — Apple’s iMac Pro made an appearance at the Final Cut Pro Creative Summit, with users at the gathering using it for rendering and demonstrations of the newly-announced update to the video composition suite. Twitter user Chris Fenwick took a shot of the device, calling it “beautiful” and capable of playing un-rendered 8K footage in a Timeline in the updated Final Cut Pro X.
It’s is the only Mac all-in-one available in space grey, though some hope that changes next year.
The upcoming iMac Pro has a 27-inch Retina 5K display, next generation Intel Xeon processors up to 18 cores, up to 22 Teraflops of graphics computation, up to 16GB of VRAM, up to 128GB of memory, built-in Ethernet, and support for one billion colors — is the most powerful Mac ever made. Unfortunately, since pricing starts at US$4999.

Moneyspire 2018 released for macOS and iOS — Moneyspire Inc. has announced Moneyspire 2018, the company’s personal finance software for Mac, Windows and iOS. It allows you to organize your transactions and see where your money is going.
With Moneyspire, you can keep track of your bank accounts, credit cards and more. You can also set bill reminders and see all your upcoming payments. A demo is available for download. Pricing is US$59.90 (about NZ$87).

The 10 best horror games for the Mac — Halloween is tomorrow. While I was looking for killer horror games myself, Ric Molina realised the best horror games support macOS.
Which means you won’t have a problem finding something right up your alley. Do you prefer first-person, top-down, story driven or action-packed games? No problem, these 10 games cover most genres and play styles.

Apple Park visitors center complete, slated to open before end of 2017 — The visitor’s centre on the new Apple Park is complete, with a travel-oriented publication detailing the facility scheduled to open before the end of the year.

Final Cut Pro 10.4, LGBT cake case, Chicago store dims lights for birds, deleting iTunes apps

Apple announces Final Cut Pro 10.4 with support for VR, HDR, HEVC, more — Apple at the Final Cut Pro X Creative Summit on Friday debuted Final Cut Pro 10.4, a hotly anticipated update to the flagship professional video editing suite that includes support for VR, HDR footage, direct integration for iOS video and more.
The 10.4 update is bristling with new features that Apple showed off using as yet unreleased iMac Pro workstations.

Apple, other tech companies back LGBT cause in Supreme Court case involving wedding cake baker — Apple and a handful of high-profile technology firms this week signed an amicus brief supporting LGBT rights in a Supreme Court case over a baker who declined to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

Chicago flagship Apple store dimming lights at night to prevent further migratory bird deaths — After a watchdog agency devoted to tracking bird impacts on Chicago buildings alerted Apple to a possible problem, the new North Michigan Avenue flagship store will dim the lights nightly until the fall migration season ends.

How to delete the apps left over after an iTunes 12.7 install to regain storage on macOS or Windows — Apple’s decision to remove the iOS App Store from iTunes as part of the version 12.7 update controversially took away the ability to download apps to a Mac or PC, but all of the locally-stored apps were kept in place. Apple Insider shows you how to delete these files and free up some storage in the process.


Craft Advanced Keyboard, Auto Pro SSDs, PixPlant, Sensel Morph

Review: Logitech’s Craft Advanced Keyboard increases productivity, but app support is limited — Priced at US$200, Logitech’s new Craft Advanced Keyboard with Creative Input Dial [which will soon be available in New Zealand] is a definitively premium keyboard, justifying its price with a touch-sensitive dial that can be set to control multiple functions within Mac apps. AppleInsider gives you the full rundown.
By default, the Craft’s input dial supports Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, and InDesign across both macOS and Windows. It also offers support for Microsoft’s Office suite – including Word, Powerpoint and Excel – but so far only on Windows.

OWC ships Aura Pro X PCIe SSD flash storage upgrades for 2013 and later Macs — Mac upgrade supplier OWC has released its newest SSDs, the Aura Pro X, with the flash-based PCIe storage said to be the fastest the firm has ever produced, claimed to offer up to 2.3 times better performance compared to the stock storage used by Apple.

PixPlant is a simple, but powerful, pro texturing tool for macOS — FaronStudio’s PixPlant is a professional texturing tool for macOS and Windows. The app offers an integrated environment for the creation of 3D maps from plain photos.
The purpose of PixPlant is to offer a simple way to transform realistic images into useful seamless textures and 3D maps, preserving the beauty and drama of everyday life. It’s a tool that allows you to quickly add realism, variety and value to your 3D projects. The app is used by those in the architectural visualization, interior design, 3D virtual prototyping, visual FX and game development industries. PixPlant is available for purchase and download at the product website. On the Mac platform it requires macOS 10.7 or higher. A demo is available. Registration is US$175; volume pricing is available.

Sensel Morph is any artist’s dream tool — There’s a really cool, cutting-edge input device that looks like a must-have for musicians, artists, hobbyists, and professionals alike. Called the Sensel Morph, early adopters call its user experience seamless, even though it’s capable of filling many roles.
There are 10 unique overlays available for the Morph. These allow the touch-sensitive accessory to act as many devices. There is an overlay to turn the Morph into a keyboard, piano, drum pad, gaming pad, and much more. [I WANT ONE! Just watch the video.]

Apple offers Walmart ‘everyday low cost’ in IT savings. IBM estimates a deployment of 100,000 Macs — As the world’s largest retailer, Walmart is known for its Everyday Low Prices slogan. It’s now in the planning stages of implementing ’employee choice’ computing options for its associates in an effort to reap long term cost savings while enhancing the productivity of its employees.
IBM noted that PC users drive twice the number of support calls compared to Mac users, and that PC support tickets require desk side support by IT personnel five times as often. The company’s own analysis showed that each Mac deployed saves the company $270 in support costs compared to a Windows PC.


Design templates, BBC hire, MacPhun to Skylum, Jamf accelerates Mac growth, bypassing APFS, find that email

Graphic Node introduces DesiGN Market – Templates for macOS — Graphic Node has introduced DesiGN Market – Templates, a macOS utility that offers templates packed with productivity and graphics designed for a variety of productivity suites and image editing applications.
DesiGN Market – Templates 1.0 is a free-download on the Mac App Store; you can try out any five items free. After that, unlimited access to the app’s regularly updated content is unlocked via a subscription plan — either US$4.99 per month, or US$29.99 annually. [Don’t you just hate subscription plans? I feel like I may as well just hand over my banking details and let them take what they want. That’s one of the reasons I am excited MacPhun/Skylar – see below – is serious about becoming and Adobe competitor. It’s also why I never signed up to Apple Music.]

Apple hires former BBC and Channel 4 exec, Jay Hunt — Apple has brought on board BBC and Channel 4 executive Jay Hunt, the company’s first high-profile broadcasting executive hire outside of the US, the Financial Times reports. She will start at Apple in January 2018 and be part of the team with a $1 billion budget for original content creation, the article adds.

MacPhun is becoming Skylum — In its first three years, MacPhun released close to 60 different applications. Most of these apps were far from photography, but the biggest successes came from MacPhun’s photography applications. There were over 20,000,000 downloads of FX Photo Studio, Silent Film Director and Perfect photo. In 2012, MacPhun received its first recognition from Apple when Snapheal was named among the Best Apps on the App Store.
This year, after success with Aurora and Luminar [these are great apps], MacPhun made Windows versions available for the first time, and since it’s no longer a Mac-only developer, the Skylum name will take over from early next year.

Jamf accelerates Mac growth in the enterprise with Microsoft EMS partnership — At this week’s Jamf Nation User Conference, Brad Anderson, corporate vice president at Microsoft, demonstrated Jamf’s integrated solution with Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS), which provides automated compliance management for Mac devices accessing applications set up with Azure AD authentication.

How to bypass macOS High Sierra’s APFS Conversion — Do you want to how to upgrade to macOS High Sierra without converting to the new APFS filesystem? This makes a certain amount of sense, in certain applications anyway, since Apple File System is still fresh and new. The file system also has limitations that might be a deal-breaker for some, like its incompatibility with hard links to directories. Apple has quietly included a way to bypass the APFS conversion [if you’re a general user, I wouldn’t even consider this!].

How to find the email you need in macOS High Sierra — It’s easy to find the email you need in macOS High Sierra. When you use the Mail in full screen , new messages automatically open in split view, so it’s easy to refer to other messages in your inbox as you write.

Observer available, Green Power, lobbying bill

Content in this product may not be appropriate for all ages, or may not be appropriate for viewing at work … What would you do if your fears were hacked? Observer, the sci-fi horror game, is now available  for Mac (and Linux) on Steam for 15% off.

Apple ranks number six on the Green Power Partnership Top 100 list — Apple places number six on the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership Top 100 list, which represents the largest green power users within the Green Power Partnership. Usage figures are based on annualized Partner contract amounts (kilowatt-hours), not calendar year totals. Apple has already achieved 100% renewable for all its US operations (including all of its data centers) and is up to 93% for worldwide operations.

Apple spent $1.86 million in lobbying expenditures in quarter three — Apple spent $1.86 million in lobbying expenditures in the third quarter of 2017, a 74% increase from $1.07 million from the same period in 2016, according to a new report from Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit organisation dedicated “to providing an effective voice for taxpayers and consumers in an era when special interests dominate public discourse, government and politics.”