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CloudMounter master password, AR/VR, NASA car engineers


(Image from FXFactory)

Update to CloudMounter adds encryption locked by a master password — Many Mac users find that storing part or all of our data on cloud services is a great way to extend the capabilities of our computers, but sometimes it’s a bit difficult to get data in and out of services like Google Drive, Box, Amazon S3, Microsoft OneDrive and even FTP or WebDAV servers.
Eltima Software’s CloudMounter for macOS (US$29.99) takes care of adding all of these services as mountable ‘drives’ in the macOS Finder, and today the app was updated to provide data encryption as well as a way to ensure that only your instance of CloudMounter can access your data.

Apple hire of plug-in developer shows AR/VR and Pro commitment — Amidst persistent stories about Apple developing an augmented reality headset of some sort and recent moves to shore up the company’s standing with creative professionals, the company has recently hired a developer well-known for writing Final Cut Pro plug-ins. Tim Dashwood has joined Apple – he’s best known for his 360VR Toolbox plugin.

Four ex-NASA engineers on Apple’s list of autonomous car software testers — Among Apple employees involved in testing of Apple’s self-driving car software consist of an ex-NASA researcher who was once tasked to develop an autonomous vehicle to explore one of Jupiter’s moons, and three others who worked for JPL.

Earth power, Chinese censorship, private Epic Browser, iCloud cancellation bug, Music Up Next


Apple is powering 96% of its operations with renewable energy — Apple has announced that it’s now powering 96% of its operations with renewable energy in the company’s offices, retail stores, and product distribution centers. The company says it’s now 100% renewable in 24 countries, including all of its data centres. Apple’s upcoming Danish data centre will help warm area homes, and Apple uploaded four videos to its YouTube channel ahead of Earth Day (April 22) featuring Apple employees and executives explaining the company’s environmental initiatives.

Apple runs up against state censorship in China, again — Apple is once again running into issues with state censorship in China, according to Xinhua. Two different agencies will call Apple into their offices to demand tighter controls over streaming apps in the App Store.

For the most private browsing experience, think Epic Browser — In the browser war, most of the emphasis is placed on the Big Three: Safari, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox are the most well known, and each offers ways to protect your privacy and security. None of them are perfect, unfortunately, as we saw last week with the Punycode phishing attack. One lesser-known browser is better at privacy and security, though – Epic Privacy Browser, built on Chromium, the open-source project forming the basis for the Google Chrome browser.
Epic Privacy Browser is available for Mac (and Windows) and costs nothing. On top of browser choice, you should also think carefully about doing a security checkup on your Mac.

Apple apologises to users for mistakenly saying their paid iCloud subscription was cancelled — Days after an error led to false iCloud cancellation emails sent to subscribers, Apple has followed up with another note apologising for the bug, and reassuring them that their plan remains in good standing.

Apple Music launches ‘Up Next’ monthly feature with Zane Lowe to highlight new artists — Apple announced last week Thursday that new feature Up Next has been added to Apple Music, a new video documentary series that promises to feature a new artist every month.

Xeon iMacs, 100% green, Earth Day, Chinese porn concerns, Setapp search


Why Apple will be using Xeon CPUs in this fall’s ‘pro’ iMac — Recently, we learned that Apple may be seriously considering the use of a Xeon CPU in its so-called ‘server-grade’ iMac planned for later this year. There are good technical reasons why the use of the Xeon has entered the discussion in what has traditionally been considered a consumer iMac, in contrast to the Mac Pro which has had Xeons all along.

Apple promises future products to be made from 100% recycled materials — Apple is on the cusp of launching a new initiative, pledging to use 100% recycled materials in a closed supply loop for fabrication of its devices, but how Apple intends to do so isn’t clear: “We’re actually doing something we rarely do, which is announce a goal before we’ve completely figured out how to do it,” Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson, told VICE News in an interview.

Apple publishes new Earth Day videos explaining company’s environmental efforts — Apple has published a set of new videos commemorating Earth Day that explain clean energy technologies, Apple’s own environmental protection efforts, and feature Apple employees and executives narrating and explaining the concepts behind the programs. Apple has also installed special signage into Stores.

Apple meets with Chinese government over App Store oversight because of porn streamers — More information has emerged about the Chinese government demand that Apple crack down on streaming apps, with a new report circulating claiming that porn streamers are the government’s major concern.

Macpaw’s Setapp adds an inbuilt app search and discovery tool — Setapp, Macpaw’s app subscription service, has launched a user interface enhancement: an inbuilt app search and discovery tool. In response to the top requested feature by current customers, it offers quick access to the collection of all the apps in a single window by introducing an in-built App Discovery tool.

Best photo monitor, Free Expression, LaCie USB-C, new Prince song, Sonnet with Thunderbolt 3, Alien news, PhotoSweeper


LG UltraFine 5k named ‘Best Photo Monitor’ in 2017 TIPA Awards — The 27-inch LG UltraFineTM 5K display from LG Electronics has had its problems, but it’s been named this year’s Best Photo Monitor by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA).

Tim Cook accepts Newseum 2017 Free Expression Award, says companies should have values [so taxpaying appears not to be a ‘value’] — Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage at the Newseum in Washington, DC on Tuesday to accept the institute’s 2017 Free Expression Award, for which the tech mogul was honored in the Free Speech category. AppleInsider was there live, and offers highlights from the event.

LaCie announces 2big Thunderbolt 3 RAID dock, compatible with Apple’s MacBook Pro with Touch Bar — Available this summer in capacities of 12, 16 or 20 terabytes, LaCie’s forthcoming 2big professional 2-bay RAID storage solution features high-speed Thunderbolt 3 connectivity is set to take advantage of Apple’s latest MacBook Pros. Thanks to Thunderbolt 3, the external storage will boast transfer rates of 440MB/s, allowing users to transfer one hour of 4K footage in just one minute. Apple’s late 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models feature USB-C connectors compatible with Thunderbolt 3 accessories.

New Prince song ‘Deliverance’ arrives on Apple Music & iTunes, full album release in jeopardy — Apple Music may be about to see the release of a posthumous album from Prince, with the first track now available to Apple Music subscribers – but a lawsuit filed by the estate against the sound engineer responsible for the album challenges control of the tracks.

Sonnet’s Echo Express III-D, Echo Express III-R are now available with Thunderbolt 3 — Sonnet Technologies has announced its US$899 Echo Express III-D (desktop) and $999 Echo Express III-R (rackmount) Thunderbolt-to-PCI Express (PCIe) three-slot expansion chassis are now shipping with full support for Thunderbolt 3.

Alien News is a new Reddit news reader for macOS — Mach Software Design has introduced Alien News 1.0 for macOS, a news reader app. Built from the ground up for tab and Touch Bar support, Alien News provides unlimited windows and Reddit accounts.
Users can search with a single click, leave comments, view their private messages, view saved articles, even view recent user activity and more. If you have a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, top news stories will automatically scroll across the Touch Bar, mimicking the scrolling headlines on television news programs. Alien News requires macOS 10.12 or higher and a Reddit account. It’s free and available worldwide at the Mac App Store.

PhotoSweeper is a fine companion to the Mac’s Photos app — PhotoSweeper, an NZ$14.99/US$9.99 photo finder for macOS 10.10 and higher. It works with Photos and Adobe Lightroom and helps you find and eliminate duplicate or similar images. Photos are compared regardless of their sizes or formats and are grouped by similarity. PhotoSweeper works quickly and efficiently, and is a great tool for taming your photo library and retrieving always-valuable disk space.

iMac rumours, Mac camera security, Trash IT!


(Images from Apple’s iMac page)

Rumour reckons new iMacs will include a server-grade version, due in the second half of 2017 — Apple is expected [it’s a rumour, so that’s too strong a word, and what’s the point of a great screen on a server?] to begin production of two new iMacs in May for an official launch in the second half of the year, according to DigiTimes, quoting unnamed “sources from Taiwan-based supply chain makers,” who add that a server-grade iMac for the high-end sector is also in the works.

How to turn your Mac’s built-in webcam off — This is a bit complicated and requires Terminal, or you could just stick a plaster over it like Mark Zuckerberg does, or use OverSight which alerts you if someone is trying to take over your camera, or even buy a utility like ProtectStar, but before splashing out US$30, are you convinced anything can take over your built-in camera? And if so, that they want to watch you?

Trash IT! is a handy utility for forcing the macOS Trash to empty — Trash It! is a little app for macOS 10.7 or later that force-empties your Trash. It supports drag and drop. It’s useful if you have files or folders in the Trash with permissions set incorrectly, locked Trash items, want to delete a stuck item, or to trash items from other partitions. If you drop files or folders onto the Trash It! icon, it will delete them. If you double-click on it, it cleans out your Trash.

1080t drivers, PhotoStory, MacOS 7.0.1 emulator, Gore and Jackson on climate


System 7 (codenamed “Big Bang” and sometimes retrospectively called Mac OS 7) is a single-user graphical user interface-based operating system for Macintosh computers and was part of the classic Mac OS line of operating systems.Now you can run it as an emulator in Safari.

Nvidia 1080ti with new drivers in external enclosure quadruples MacBook Pro native performance — Enthusiasts have wasted no time in testing the new Nvidia Pascal video card drivers, and have found external GPU performance nearly four times that of the Radeon Pro 450 in the 15-inch MacBook Pro. The cards are hamstrung slightly by the Thunderbolt 3 interface not being as fast as a 16x PCI-E slot, the results are nonetheless impressive.

PhotoStory is a new image-to-video transformation app for macOS — Einstein’s Legacy has introduced PhotoStory 1.0.1, an image-to-video transformation app for Mac. It turns a collection of images into a digital movie for use in promotion, storytelling or for creating time-lapsed applications.
PhotoStory features modern codecs, variable speed playback and a WYSIWYG [what you see is what you get] user interface. You can share the output movie using Vimeo, Facebook and other Internet services. The app requires macOS 10.11 or higher. It’s available for US$9.99 at the Mac App Store (NZ$14.99).

MacOS 7.0.1 emulator available at the Internet Archive — Feeling nostalgic? A pair of compilation hard drives contains a full copy of MacOS 7.0.1, along with a range of games, applications, utilities and toys to demonstrate the experience of using an early Mac has appeared on the Internet Archive. The entire bundle can be run inside Safari.

Al Gore & Apple’s Lisa Jackson to talk ‘climate optimism’ at San Francisco Store — On Wednesday, former US Vice President Al Gore will sit down with Apple’s VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson for a special event, hosted at the company’s Union Square store in downtown San Francisco.

Final Cut 10.3.3, Photolemur 2, car rumours again, Alexa leaks, Strombo concerts, Windows ‘bomb’


Photolemur 2 learns on the job to improve your images (picture from Apple World Today)

Apple updates iMovie and Final Cut Pro X for macOS — Final Cut Pro X (US$299.99) has been revved to version 10.3.3. It adds the ability to expand the width of the Inspector to view and adjust effect parameters; faster redraw of audio waveforms when using clips that are being imported while recorded to disk; a Diamond icon in the Timeline Index to show when the user has modified display of roles in the timeline; more color options in the Role Editor; and several bug fixes and performance tweaks.
The iMovie upgrade (version 10.1.5) is mainly a maintenance upgrade that fixes an issue which could add a red tint to video imported from some camcorders. It also addresses an issue which prevented some videos shot on iPhone from appearing in the import window and improves performance and stability. iMovie is Apple’s US$14.99 (free on all new Macs) videography tool for consumers.

Photolemur 2, 18th April — Photolemur is powered by a self-learning AI image processing technology and instantly enhances photos based on its previous ‘experience’. Photolemur does almost everything by itself, the users only needs to load the photos and save the best images afterwards. Now, the app has been optimised and runs faster than before, the image enhancements are better, and even the user interface has been streamlined. Apple World Today takes a look at what’s new in Photolemur 2.

Apple Car rumours revive as Apple applies to test self-driving cars in California — Apple Car rumours rise again. Apple has received a permit to test autonomous cars in California, “the first official confirmation that the maker of the iPhone sees the century-old automobile as a product that’s ripe for reinvention and a reflection of its need to tap new markets to sustain its growth,” according to Business Insider.

Amazon allowing Alexa software, far-field microphone technology use by other companies — Amazon’s core hardware and software technologies that it uses in its Alexa voice recognition products are available for use for free by hardware manufacturers – but not to everyone: Apple is unlikely to be invited to use the technology, given that the offer appears intended to combat Google’s similar approach to the home assistant market.

‘House of Strombo’ concerts coming to Apple Music as 10-part video series — Canadian TV host George Stroumboulopoulos has forged a deal which will see his House of Strombo concerts come to Apple Music, broadcast in a 10-part series.

Hackers dump cache of NSA tools putting millions of Windows users in danger — Hacker group Shadow Brokers dumped a new cache of NSA tools on Friday, and some are calling it, “the worst thing since Snowden.” Shadow Brokers has released other NSA tools, including a cache of old Linux hacking tools last Sunday. But Motherboard reported that the Windows tools released in the newest cache are the hacking equivalent of a bomb.

Going greener, pinging Pros, modular Pro concept, best RPGs, Podcasts rebrand, Outlook preview


Here’s a nice concept video of a Mac Pro possibility

Apple pushes supply chain to adopt renewable energy, gets 3 more suppliers to go all-green — In its ongoing renewable energy initiative, Apple is pushing its supply chain go green, announcing on Thursday that three more component makers are using solely renewable energy to build parts for its products.

Some MacBook Pro with Touch Bar owners report pinging, popping case noise during heavy use — A small proportion of users with the 2016 MacBook Pro are reporting hearing a pinging, or popping noise, described as similar to that of crushing a plastic bottle, seemingly related to thermal conditions in the laptop.\

A very nice concept video for Apple’s next Mac Pro — There will be many challenges for Apple as it designs the next generation Mac Pro. It will have to present with Apple’s unique design language, but the form will also have to follow the function as a modular device. For the practical minded user. The low end will have to be affordable, but it will also have to support the very best CPU/GPU/ and bus architecture.
Here’s a concept video [not by Apple!] that pays homage to the (2008-2012) Mac Pro, has a modest desktop footprint, and still looks like it would be big enough to contain kind of power we drool for. [Love it!]

Best Mac RPGs — Of all game genres, Mac RPG games arguably provide the greatest embarrassment of riches, so much so that picking a top 10 is sure to leave some great games out in the cold. That said, MacGamer HQ has given it a shot (with a little cheating).

Apple rebrands iTunes Podcasts as ‘Apple Podcasts’ ahead of planned changes — Apple on Thursday rechristened iTunes Podcasts under a new label, ‘Apple Podcasts,’ likely setting the stage for planned evolutions of the company’s podcasting support.

Microsoft offers free Outlook for Mac Preview to test Google Calendar & Contacts features — Microsoft on Wednesday released a standalone Outlook for Mac Preview version for free, as part of an attempt to gain more feedback on Google account upgrades including Calendar and Contacts integration.

Macs up, Taipei Store, Notability, NVIDIA Pascal Drivers for macOS, Warhammer, AirDrop


Warhammer for Mac: April 18th

Macs gain in worldwide market share — Apple’s Mac saw its worldwide market share increase in the first quarter of 2017, according to reports from the Gartner and IDCresearch groups.
According to Gartner, Apple sold approximately 4.2 million Macs in the quarter, compared to about four million in the year ago period for 6.8% market share. Ahead of Apple in worldwide market share are Lenovo (19.9% market share), HP (19.5% market share), Dell (15% market share), and Asus (7.3% market share).
In the US, Gartner says Apple is in fourth place with 12% market share on first quarter sales of almost 1.5 million (down 0.9% year-over-year). Ahead of the company in the US are HP (29.1% market share), Dell (26.4% market share) and Lenovo (14% market share).

Apple said to open first Taiwan retail store in Taipei 101 mall — More details about Apple’s plan to open its first store in Taiwan have seemingly surfaced, with a report alleging the retail outlet will be located across two floors of the Taipei 101 mall, though an opening date for the store remains unknown.

NVIDIA Pascal drivers for macOS now available, but still inBeta — NVIDIA made Mac users happy on Tuesday when it released a macOS-compatible version of its Pascal graphics processors. The company promised they were coming, and while still in beta, they let Mac owners get a taste of the company’s more powerful GPU offering.

Total War: WARHAMMER coming to the Mac on April 18 — Feral Interactive says Total War: WARHAMMER for macOS, powered by Metal, Apple’s new graphics API (application programming interface) will be released on Tuesday, April 18. The game was developed for Windows PC by Creative Assembly in partnership with Games Workshop, and published by SEGA. System requirements haven’t been announced, but a  minisite dedicated to the game is available.

How to share files using AirDrop in macOS Sierra — Apple’s AirDrop feature is a great way to share files with macOS Sierra and iOS. It lets you send documents, photos, webpages, map locations, and more to anyone near you, wirelessly. You can send and receive items between Mac s and iOS devices that are on the same network.
AirDrop uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to transfer items between these devices. You’ll need to have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled on your Mac to use AirDrop [you can also send files to and from iDevices].

Music ‘near flawless’, Jay Z, DE:Flicker, CopyClip 2, WD USB-C drive


WD has introduced a new USB-C drive in its G-Technology series

Apple Music execution has been near flawless — Apple’s streaming music execution has been nearly flawless. From all but abandoning the world’s largest and most profitable online music store, to launching a “radio station,” to attracting tens of millions of monthly subscribers, Apple Music has been a huge hit, writes Bryan Chaffin.

Most Jay Z albums now back on Apple Music, still withheld from Spotify — Following their sudden removal from Apple Music and Spotify last Friday, most of Jay Z’s albums are now back on Apple’s service, but still missing from Spotify — and all for reasons unknown.

DE:Flicker is a fine accessory app for Final Cut Pro X — RE:Vision Effects’ DE:Flicker for Apple’s Final Cut Pro X and Motion is designed to smooth out flicker and artifacts when shooting high frame rate or timelapse video.
It not only fixes flicker from artificial light sources but also fixes flicker on multiple objects, even when those objects flicker at different rates. DE:Flicker also minimizes problems when shooting directly at light sources, causing them to ‘breathe’ and change size when shot at higher frame rates. DE:Flicker for Final Cut Pro X (10.1.4 and up) and Motion (5.1.2 and up) costs US$249.95. A demo is available.

CopyClip 2 – Clipboard Manager — CopyClip 2 is a slick 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 quickly find that snippet of text you’ve been looking for.It costs NZ$7.49/US$4.99.

Western Digital launches G-DRIVE USB-C device — Western Digital Corporation has expanded its G-Technology brand G-DRIVE storage portfolio with the G-DRIVE USB-C device. The new drive provides USB-C connectivity for next-generation Mac and PC computers while simultaneously charging compatible USB-C devices like the latest MacBook and MacBook Pro computers. The product offers a three-year limited warranty and will be available to purchase in the US this quarter, in 10TB, 8TB and 4TB capacities, with a manufacturers suggested retail price of US$449.95, $349.95, and $199.95 respectively.