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Black Friday Apple sale, Retina iMac, Obama net neutrality, Yosemite security, apps bundle

An interesting Apps deal
An interesting Apps deal

Apple ramps up for Black Friday Sale — Apple’s Black Friday sale promotion will be back again this year with special discounts and early store openings, but not quite as early as some previous events. This year Apple will open its retail stores at 8AM local time instead of painfully early, like 4AM, or last year’s 6AM start.
[Since New Zealand doesn’t have any Apple stores – just licensed Resellers – what we’ll get instead is specials in the Apple Online Store. Typically, Apple NZ issues coupons for App Store purchases.]

Another Apple 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display review — After years of waiting, Mac faithful can finally purchase an ultra high-resolution display made by Apple that not only mates quality with a competitive price tag, but comes with a capable built-in computer to boot.

President Obama pushes FCC to classify Internet as public utility, protect net neutrality — In a move likely to see support from Internet-based content providers such as Apple, Netflix, and others, President Barack Obama on Monday publicly called on the Federal Communications Commission to take the strongest measures possible in protecting net neutrality.

3 key things to know about Yosemite and security — Like its US National Park namesake, Apple’s newest operating system can be imposing, perhaps even a little daunting to newcomers. And although you won’t find any bears in the digital version of Yosemite, that doesn’t mean it’s danger free. After all, online security is rarely a walk in the park — and these three features of Yosemite could potentially impact your security.

The AppsGoneMad bundle offers 6 solid Mac apps for under US$10— With app bundles there is often one thing you really want, but the rest of the bundle is forgettable. This latest bundle (pictured above) from AppsGoneMad, which can be purchased between now and November 24, actually has several apps for Mac OS X that should have wide appeal. At retail, the apps would total US$220 (about NZ$284), but the whole bundle is only $9.99 (about NZ$12.88).

Retina iMac, Apple R&D, display suit, MS Office, iTunes 12, Cook’s Alabama, OS 7

The Albums dropdown menu lets you switch to the song list view
The Albums dropdown menu lets you switch to the song list view

The Retina iMac 5k maxed out with 32GB of RAM is incredible — Apple’s new Retina iMac 5K is a stunning computer for graphic design and video editors looking for the best possible screen to get their work done. Still, considering it’s price tag, you’d think Apple could throw in more than 8 GB RAM. Maxing it out to 32 GB in Apple store will cost you an extra NZ$960, but if you do it yourself you’ll be paying half that much. After you see this video you’ll understand why you’ll want to.

Apple last year spent a record $6 billion on Research and Development costs — Apple this week filed its 2014 10-K annual report with the SEC, offering investors a comprehensive look into the company’s operations over the last 12 months. The $6 billion figure is the highest amount Apple has ever spent on R&D (Apple spent $4.5 billion and $3.38 billion on R&D costs in 2013 and 2013). In just two years, Apple’s R&D budget increased by an astounding 78%.

Apple hit with class-action lawsuit over 2011 MacBook Pro graphics failures — A long-running issue with owners of Apple’s 2011 series of MacBook Pros has resulted in a class-action lawsuit, seeking compensation for apparent graphics card failures experienced by customers.

Rumour: Microsoft Office for Mac to get Retina redesign, feature parity with Windows in Q1 2015 — Microsoft is set to release an all-new version of Office for Mac in the first quarter of 2015, documents revealed on Tuesday suggest, modernising the Mac version of the popular software suite and bringing it to feature parity with its Windows counterpart.

iTunes 12: bringing back the Library and Playlist sidebar — Apple seems hell-bent on making iTunes as painful to use as it can, and iTunes 12 really drives that point home by killing the Library and playlists sidebar. There is a way to bring the sidebar back to life and take away some of the sting that’s the iTunes 12 interface.

Cook criticises Alabama’s rights — Cook pointed out Alabama’s slow acceptance of civil rights for African-American citizens, and begged them not to follow the same path with regards to civil rights for the LGBT community.

Make Yosemite look like OS 7 — OS X Yosemite is modern, and a far cry from what Apple desktops ran 20+ years ago. When Macs ran on CPUs with speeds of 33MHz (or even less), OS 7 aka System 7  was the best looking operating system most users had ever seen. Today, not so much, but if you long for the look of yesteryear anyway, here’s how to tweak Yosemite and make it look it was released over two decades ago.

mini has soldered RAM, Retina iMac teardown, widgets, bootable Yosemite, Ive

The new Mac mini is available now, starting at NZ$749.
The new Mac mini is available now, starting at NZ$749.

New 2014 Mac mini models ship with soldered, non-user upgradeable RAM — According to Macminicolo’s Brian Stucki, the new Mac mini (above) is a “nice upgrade” over previous models, but there are a few drawbacks potential buyers should know about before hitting the “purchase” button. [Price-wise, in my opinion, by the time you add i7, you may as well be getting an iMac with the screen and all.]

iFixit teardown of iMac with 5K Retina display reveals hardware similar to 2013 iMac — The repair and teardown experts at iFixit recently cracked open Apple’s new 27-inch Retina iMac with Retina 5K display. The 2014 iMac model earned an iFixit Repairability Score of 5 out of 10, with 10 being the easiest to repair.
Though it earned a mediocre Repairability Score, iFIxit notes that most components are modular and relatively easy to replace or repair. Owners can upgrade the RAM via a rear access panel and replace the hard drive and CPU with adhesive removal.

Using widgets in OS X Yosemite’s new Notification Centre — With the introduction of OS X Yosemite, Notification Center moves beyond notifications aggregation to include a completely new interactive Today view borrowed from iOS, widgets and a refreshed user interface. Here’s how to use them.

How to make a bootable OS X 10.10 Yosemite install drive — Dan Frakes tells you how.

Video of Jony Ive’s full interview with Vanity Fair now available online — The full video of Jony Ive’s recent 25-minute interview at Vanity Fair’s New establishment Summit in San Francisco is now available online. The full video touches on a wide range of topics.


OS 9, Manhattan Apple Store, Shellshocked, iMac Retina rumour

How would you like to go back 12 years in Mac OS?
How would you like to go back 12 years in Mac OS?

Andrew Cunningham uses OS 9 for a couple of days — So here I am on a battered PowerBook that will barely hold a charge, playing with classic Mac OS (version 9.2.2) and trying to appreciate the work of those who developed the software in the mid-to-late ’90s (and to amuse my co-workers). [It’s a long, three-page article.]

The pre-history of Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue Apple Store cube — Probably the most iconic Apple Store is the one in the plaza of the GM Building on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The store’s signature architectural feature, a 32-foot glass cube emblazoned with a glowing Apple logo, is immediately recognizable . NY Magazine’s Vicky Ward provided the back story to the origins of the cube in an article published yesterday.

Two scenarios that can make OS X vulnerable to the Shellshock Bash bug — Apple’s OS X is vulnerable to the Shellshock bug, but it’s not easy for attackers to take advantage of it, according to Intego, which specialises in security software for the operating system.

Apple rumoured to launch 27″ iMac with 5K Retina display at October media event — Apple’s big-screen iMac will get a doubled-resolution Retina display with a forthcoming update expected to be unveiled at the company’s anticipated October media event, a new report claims.