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Store tweaks, 10th Apple Music Festival, Crossover, solving Googles, Gliimpse


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Apple tweaks its retail stores job titles and layouts — Apple met with retail employees over the weekend to introduce “major new changes, including new and renamed positions, a new credo, and new store layouts,” reports MacRumors, quoting unnamed “multiple retail sources.” Apple has 488 retail stores in 21 countries and an online store available in 39 countries [including in New Zealand, http://www.apple.com/nz/%5D.

10th anniversary Apple Music Festival to start September 18 in London — Apple has just announced the 10th anniversary Apple Music Festival, which will run from September 18th through 30th at London’s Roundhouse.

CrossOver 15 lets you run Windows apps on your Mac without the cost — If you just need to run one specific Windows app and you don’t want the expense of the VM software and a Windows license, that’s where CrossOver 15 comes in, and here it is on sale for just US$19.99.

Get rid of Google Earth Update Helper pop-ups by uninstalling Google’s hidden software updater — Large numbers of Mac users report receiving unexpected installation dialogs for Google Earth. Here’s how to solve that problem, and Google is continuing a migration away from Chrome apps, and has revealed a plan to cut packaged and hosted apps from its standalone Web browser in the next two years. [Good old Google and its InvaderWare …]

Apple scoops up Gliimpse, a personal health data company — Apple has bought Gliimpse, a personal health data startup, according to Fast Company. The acquisition apparently took place earlier this year. The company helps users collect their medical data from web portals, then help organize it into a shared and understood health story.

Wozniak on Cook, new MacBook Pro, Apple 1, Typoman, Evernote Importer for OneNote, visual album,


The 'Celebration' Apple-1 board previewed in July comes with the most complete documentation yet seen for the board
The ‘Celebration’ Apple-1 board previewed in July comes with the most complete documentation yet seen for the board

Steve Wozniak: Tim Cook’s doing a good job at Apple — “I am very happy with the way Apple is going,” he said at a media roundtable Wednesday in Singapore as part of Paypal FinTech Xchange 2016. “When Steve Jobs died there was a tendency for a lot of people to say, ‘Oh no, Apple has lost a key force and will be in decline and won’t be innovative.’ I said wait for a couple of years, don’t be judgmental.”

Analyst: upcoming MacBook Pro will reignite Mac sales — With a MacBook Pro expected in the next couple of months, RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani believes a trend of year-over-year Mac revenue declines in three consecutive quarters is set to reverse.

Apple-1 ‘celebration’ auction bids hit $270K — A motherboard that appears to be one of the first ever produced for the Apple-1 is up for auction on CharityBuzz, and has been valued at nearly $1 million. The ‘Celebration’ Apple-1 board previewed in July comes with the most complete documentation yet seen for the board, marketing materials, a period-correct power supply, an original cassette interface board, and early Apple Basic cassettes signed by early Apple employee and coder Daniel Kottke. It the only known unit still in existence to feature a pre-production circuit board.

Typoman: Revised is now out on Steam for Mac OS X — Brainseed Factory has announced that Typoman: Revised is now live on Steam for Macs and PCs. A free demo version is now available. The game is priced at US$14.99 with a 20% off it’s first week of launch.

Microsoft releases OneNote Evernote Importer for Mac — When Evernote changed its free service this month to support only two devices, Microsoft OneNote suddenly looked like a great alternative. The problem was getting all of your Evernote content moved into OneNote, at least for Mac users. Microsoft fixed that problem with its new Evernote to OneNote importer for OS X, which is free, just like OneNote.

Frank Ocean releases a ‘visual album’ on Apple Music — Frank Ocean has released a 45-minute long ‘visual album’ titled Endless exclusively on Apple Music. A representative from Apple’s streaming music service told Pitchfork to “keep an eye out this weekend for more from Frank.”

Apple Stores no more, Sierra and photos, early posters, Parallels Desktop 12, Tesla hire


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Apple Stores now just called Apple — Although the public might continue to use the old phrasing, Apple has officially dropped the term Store from its worldwide retail locations, visitors to the company’s website have noticed. The individual webpages for each shop now simply mention the company and the outlet’s official name. Apple Store The Domain, for example, is now Apple The Domain. and the global flagship in New York City has been renamed Apple Fifth Avenue.

9 things every photographer should know about the new Mac OS Sierra — Mac OS Sierra, due soon, offers more to photographers, MacPhun explains.

Early Macs, ‘Think Different’ posters headline auction by shuttered Apple vendor Tekserve — After Monday’s closure of the New York City Tekserve retail and service location, nearly the entire array of Apple collectibles accumulated over two decades by the company will be sold in a live auction, with online bidding underway.

Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac released with macOS Sierra support, Toolbox app — Virtualisation software Parallels has issued its latest release, Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac, with a host of new features including support for Apple’s upcoming macOS Sierra, a standalone Toolbox app and performance improvements. Gamers get support for the Windows 10 Xbox app for streaming and playing Xbox games, and they can even play Blizzard’s hit game Overwatch.

Microsoft PowerShell goes open source, lands on Linux and Mac —
The folks in Redmond really do love the open source operating system. Microsoft announced Thursday that its automation and scripting system is breaking out of the confines of Windows and going open source.

Tesla lures away Apple’s director of Reliability Engineering — Electric car company Tesla has hired David Erhart, Apple’s (former) director of Reliability Engineering, to lead its own liability team. His new title? Senior director of Reliability and Test at Tesla.

Jerry Seinfeld’s Mac, Apple and China’s environment, Mac rumours, Apple at Black Hat, Time Machine appeal won


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Jerry Seinfeld’s Mac in your browser — The Mac on Jerry’s desk in the iconic sitcom Seinfeld was little more than a set dressing, which meant viewers were on their own to imagine what was on that computer – until now. The clever crew at extremelygoodshit.com made a virtual version of Jerry’s Mac you can explore in your favourite web browser, complete with important documents, Jerry’s Web history (toothbrush STDs, anyone?), and more. If you check out Jerry’s Mac at work be sure to use your headphones because a Seinfeld-ish theme plays when the page first loads.

Apple steps up environmental efforts in China — The company’s assembly sites are keeping waste out of landfills, and its suppliers are moving toward renewable energies Apple steps up its environmental efforts in China.

Upcoming Macs could ditch the audio jack for Lightning and/or USB-C headphones and earbuds — At the company’s IDF Developer Conference in San Francisco, Intel pushed for mobile devices to ditch analogue audio and embrace digital headsets using USB-C. Yep. USB-C, not Lightning. And so it’s possible Macs will go the same route with all desktops and laptops adding Lightning ports, or perhaps Apple will promote USB-C headphones for its desktop and laptop line-up. We might see an ‘iMac Pro’ with an AMD Zen processor and True Tone display, and another rumour reckons on a Final Cut Pro X update and a revamped Mac Pro coming in October. [Yeah, whatever.]

Video of Apple’s Black Hat 2016 presentation now available — The full video of Apple’s presentation at this year’s Black Hat security conference has been posted to YouTube on Tuesday, offering viewers a deep dive into iOS security mechanisms, from backbone synchronization service iCloud to new systems like HomeKit.

Apple wins appeal in Time Machine tech patent infringement suit — Apple has emerged victorious in a court struggle that targeted Time Machine for Mac, successfully arguing to the court that its technology did not infringe on the work of longstanding PC backup service provider Farstone.

Top 30 green, Cook in China, on Jobs, password manager, school gadgets, Dragon Dictate, Ultra-D TV


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Apple is among the Top 30 Tech and Telecom list of green power companies — Apple is among the Top 30 Tech & Telecom list as compiled by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The list represents the largest green power users among technology and telecommunications partners within the Green Power Partnership. The combined green power use of these organizations amounts to nearly 10.6 billion kilowatt-hours annually, which is equivalent to the electricity use of nearly 968,000 average American homes annually.

Apple CEO Tim Cook touring China, pledges Asia-Pacific R&D centre, and talks Jobs — In the midst of a visit to China, Apple CEO Tim Cook has promised to open up an Asia-Pacific research and development center in the country by the end of 2016. Cook made the comment confirming the research center in a meeting with Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli.
Apple CEO Tim Cook had to step into some enormous shoes taking over from Steve Jobs. Much has been written and said on the topic, but Tim Cook hasn’t often spoken publicly about it himself. But in his new interview with The Washington Post, Cook did talk about Steve Jobs, and the newspaper posted a video snippet on the topic.

KeyShade is a new password manager for Mac OS X and iOS — Rayner Software has introduced KeyShade 1.0, a new password and information manager for Mac OS X (10.8 or higher) and iOS (8.3 or later). KeyShade is a free app, with optional KeyShade Sync service for US$19 (about NZ$26) per year.

US back to school gadgets for students — A Macworld slideshow.

A new Dragon Dictate — Nuance Communications has announced its new suite of Dragon professional productivity solutions for Mac OS X and Windows that leverage Nuance Deep Learning technology to deliver upwards of 24% greater accuracy.

Possibility of Ultra-D on iMac and Thunderbolt Display replacement — Dennis Sellers writes ‘Now here’s a technology that sounds like a fun addition to an iMac and a replacement for the Thunderbolt Display (and on an Apple-branded HDTV, should the company reconsider plans for such a device): Ultra-D. It’s 3D without the glasses.’

Apple into AR, US tax, Power Manager for Mac


(Image from Deep Knowhow)
(Image from Deep Knowhow)

Apple is seriously into Augmented Reality, reckons Cook — Apparently it’s big news that Apple is working on augmented reality projects—or more accurately, Apple CEO Tim Cook stripped away enough of his code-speak and made it very clear his company is seriously pursuing AR technology. To be clear, Mr Cook said Apple is working on AR-related projects and he sees that as a big business opportunity. It’s also something Mr. Cook has said before, although this time it’s more succinct. [Personally, I am working on Pokemon No.]

Tim Cook: Apple will bring overseas money back to the US when there’s a ‘fair’ tax rate — Apple CEO Tim Cook has struck back at critics of the company’s strategy to avoid paying US taxes, saying he would not bring that money back from abroad unless there was a “fair rate.” [This from the company that thinks no tax is ‘fair’ while everyone else pays their taxes, fair or not. You’ve really lost me on this one, Tim.]

Power Manager for Mac OS X — The more technology you use, the more energy you consume. So, up goes your carbon footprint. Power Manager reduces the running costs of your Mac. And we do not limit that claim to just electricity costs; with this software installed you will be able to do more, automate more, and make your Macs a breeze to manage.

Music no 1s, India and Ireland, Microsoft demonstrates backdoor failure


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Forbes reckons Apple Music has sent three albums to number one already — This year Apple Music secured the exclusive rights for the first week of availability for three albums that all ended up debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums ranking, despite the fact that they were only accessible via one platform, reports Forbes. Future’s EVOL, Drake’s Views, and DJ Khaled’s first chart-topper, Major Key have all kicked off in the top spot. Apple has been the only competitor that has been able to send a record to the top spot on the charts, notes Forbes.

Apple celebrates India’s Independence Day with special App Store section — Apple continues to court favor with India. With the country’s Independence Day around the corner, Apple is celebrating the occasion by having a special featured section highlighting apps from Indian developers on the App Store, reports Business Insider.

Apple gets the green light for its data center in Ireland — An Bord Pleanala, an independent appeals review board, has granted approval for Apple’s 850 million euro Apple data center and a related electrical substation in Athenry, Ireland, reports 9to5Mac. Apple planned to start building the data center on a 500-acre site before the end of 2015. However, it was delayed when unhappy Irish citizens lodged formal complaints with the Irish government.

Microsoft expertly demonstrates why encryption backdoors are terrible ideas — Microsoft did long term privacy advocates a huge favor, even while it screwed over untold millions of customers. The company expertly demonstrated the foolhardy nature of backdoors even existing by accidentally leaking a so-called “golden key.” That key will allow anyone to bypass Microsoft’s Secure Boot protections, rendering them moot.

Cupertino burglary, significant MacBook Pro overhaul, shipments rise, failure and victories, Flash killing, ArtRage


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Police hunting for suspects in burglary at  Cupertino Apple office — Sheriff’s deputies are still scouring San Jose for two suspects thought to have burglarised [Lol, do they mean ‘burgled?!] an Apple office in Cupertino, having already chased down and arrested a third suspect near a Starbucks, according to ongoing reports. Police spotted the trio trying to break into an Apple building at the corner of Bubb Road and Results Way in Cupertino, said ABC7 News. (IE not the company’s main headquarters are located elsewhere, namely 1 Infinite Loop.)

Apple is preparing the ‘first significant overhaul’ of the MacBook Pro in four years — Apple is preparing “the first significant overhaul” of its MacBook Pro laptop line in over four years, reports Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter.” However, another rumour says it won’t debut at the iPhone 7 event which  is suspected to take place September 7th.

Meanwhile, MacBook shipments are up — Apple’s MacBook shipments in the second quarter were up 30.3% versus the first quarter, placing the brand on the fifth spot of the half-year ranking, according to global research firm TrendForce. This shipment surge was generated by the release of an upgraded 12-inch model of the latest MacBook.

Apple’s Eddy Cue, Craig Federighi discuss failures and resultant victories — Extending an interview series about the past, present and future of Apple, senior vice presidents Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi talk about the company’s initial failures, a harsh media spotlight, and how it shapes what consumers end up with.

Google Chrome’s plan to kill Flash kicks into high gear — Google’s long-running strategy to kill Flash usage is nearing its endgame this December.

ArtRage painting program for Mac — Indebted to an intuitive interface, ArtRage for Mac OS X for US$49.90 allows you to begin painting without having to learn complex digital tools. Your kit behaves like your real world equivalents. Because of this, you can use techniques that you have already developed in your years of painting. Frank Petrie writes “If you’re a longtime painter, I think that the price is more than fair for an app that provides you with such an unbelievable amount of customization and control.”

iTunes Connect, Irish data, Corel Painter 17


Corel Painter has just come out with new features in the 2017 version
Corel Painter has just come out with new features in the 2017 version

Apple unveils streamlined iTunes Connect screenshot upload process — Making good on a promise from this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June, Apple on Monday rolled out a new iTunes Connect feature that streamlines screenshot and app preview uploading for developers marketing software across multiple device types.

Decision on Apple’s proposed data center in Ireland expected soon — An Bord Pleanala, an independent appeals review board, has begun its final deliberations on the proposed 850 million euro Apple data centre in Athenry, reports Ireland’s Galway Bay FM. An oral hearing on the development took place in the city in May.

Corel Painter 2017 adds new brushes, gradient tools, and texture painting — Corel Painter has a long history of serving fine artists, illustrators, comic and manga mavens, and photographers, and every year the company conjures up new features and enhancements to dazzle the faithful. Corel Painter 17, released yesterday, comes across with some innovative brush actions and new gradient tools and advanced interfaces. It costs NZ$539 and there are free trials of Corel software here.

A8X iPad Air 2 smokes opposition, Mini, GTA, Apple Pay, convert, AppleInsider, Vine


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Three cores make good in the new iPad Air – the top-most bar in the graph.

Apple’s new A8X powered iPad Air 2 smokes new Android tablets, including Nvidia’s Tegra K1 Shield Tablet [u] — New Geekbench processor benchmarks show Apple’s triple core, 64-bit A8X Application Processor is dramatically faster than the latest Android tablets, despite their additional cores and faster clock rates.

What’s Apple doing with the iPad Mini 3? To say that Apple glossed over the iPad Mini 3 last week would be putting it mildly. Apple spent just 35 seconds discussing the device because the iPad Mini 3 is essentially the same device as the iPad Mini 2, apart from Touch ID and new colour options.

Apple and GT Advanced agree to part ways — Apple and sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies have reached an agreement that severs the ties between the two companies. GT Advanced’s lawyer Luc Despins told a bankruptcy court that the two companies have agreed to an “amicable parting of the ways.”

The first Apple Pay ad (from MasterCard) aired during yesterday’s World Series game — The first nation-wide advertisement (or perhaps mention is more appropriate) for Apple Pay hit the airwaves yesterday during game one of the World Series. The ad was a MasterCard production, with a narrator stating that Apple Pay users are eligible for MasterCard’s ongoing ‘Priceless Surprises’ sweepstakes. You can see it here.

Apple Pay works in overseas (if you pretend you’re in America) — Apple Pay does indeed work in Australia, but only if he tells his phone he’s in America.

Potent converter — Calvertr (NZ$3.79) is a clever evolution of the standard calculator and conversions app. A basic calculator, it really shines is in conversion. It supports 157 different monetary systems around the world to convert, plus categories are searchable, conversion data can be shared with friends, and the app lets you share a note along with results. There are  astronomical, calendar days between dates, radioactivity, ROI, fuel consumption and many more conversions from the mundane to the arcane including viscosity and torque.

AppleInsider 2.0 for iPhone and iPad free from Apple’s App Store — AppleInsider has announced the release of a major update to its universal iOS application on the App Store, delivering a fresh new look, unified subscription features across the iPhone and iPad, favorites, advance font preferences, offline reading, Instapaper support and more.

Vine iOS 8 update — Vine’s last major iOS update finally let you upload clips from your Camera Roll, which was a major functional improvement. The video-sharing app, which lets you shoot six-second loops, dropped version 3.0 on our Wednesday: an iOS 8 update that takes full advantage of Apple’s new tools.

iMac Retina, mini, lots of Yosemite links, iWork and iLife updates, iCloud security, iTunes, Lightroom


The Retina iMac (image from Apple Inc).
The Retina iMac (image from Apple Inc).

Apple’s new 27-inch Retina iMac — Apple certainly has a talent for making people lust after products they previously didn’t know they wanted; such is the case with Apple’s new 27-inch Retina 5K iMac. TUAW has a roundup of early reviews. A teardown of the new 27″ Retina iMac reveals identical parts, construction as the last-gen model– apart from that utterly gorgeous 5K screen, of course.

Apple’s new Mac mini lacks user-replaceable memory — An early assessment of Apple’s late-2014 Mac mini found that the headless desktop does not come with user-replaceable RAM, but does include user-serviceable hard drives. [Well, it is essentially a MacBook inside.]

Yosemite! What you need to know — TUAW has posted ‘the only Yosemite review you need to read‘ and Macworld has ‘The Complete Guide‘; the Mac Observer has ‘Cool stuff found in Yosemite Notes‘ (it’s a podcast); new OS feature  iCloud Drive allows OS X Yosemite users to store any type of file in the cloud; and how to get phone calls on your Mac in Yosemite. Handoff in OS X Yosemite makes it easy to transition between your Mac, iPhone & iPadHow to use Mail Drop and Markup to send large emails in OS X Yosemite; and How to place and answer iPhone calls on your Mac with OS X Yosemite, plus ‘OK, Mac’: Using Automator’s Dictation Commands, new in Yosemite.
Apple has posted the full October Media Event video.
Take Control has you covered too, with Take Control of Upgrading to YosemiteYosemite: A Take Control Crash Course, and Digital Sharing for Apple Users: A Take Control Crash Course.

Apple patches OS X to protect against POODLE — Apple yesterday issued a security update for OS X Mavericks and Mountain Lion meant to protect Macs against possible POODLE attacks.

Macworld runs down everything you need to know about iCloud security — The key takeaways here are that yes, you should absolutely be using Apple’s two-factor authentication – here’s how to set it up, by the way – especially now that it offers extended protection to iCloud and your backups.

iWork Updates for OS X, iOS Add iCloud Drive Support, more — Thursday’s release of OS X Yosemite brought along big updates for Pages, Numbers and Keynote for both the Mac and iOS devices. The updates for Apple’s iWork suite included iCloud Drive and Handoff support. The iLife suite for Mac has app redesigns, OS X Yosemite support.

Adobe Lightroom plug-in eases transition from Aperture, streamlines photo library imports — Seemingly timed to coincide with the launch of OS X Yosemite, Adobe on Thursday announced availability of a Lightroom plug-in that streamlines the process of importing Aperture photo libraries.

Where is my sidebar in iTunes 12? — Apple support boards are chattering today about the graphical changes in iTunes 12. The beloved, or in some cases tolerated sidebar is pretty much gone. Your music, movies and devices are now a row of icons at the top left of the iTunes window. All is not lost, however: your playlists can still appear in a left-side column as usual, making them quite easy to manage.