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On-demand streaming, moving to a smaller Mac, ripping DVDs, TextEdit’s superpowers, Indian Apple Stores

TextEdit can open Word files (the older .doc and newer-but-now-quite-old .docx formats), Open Document .odt files (from OpenOffice and other programs), RTF, and plain text files. It also handles HTML
TextEdit can open Word files (the older .doc and newer-but-now-quite-old .docx formats), Open Document .odt files (from OpenOffice and other programs), RTF, and plain text files. It also handles HTML

On-demand streaming services grew to 317 billion streams in 2015 — In 2015, on-demand music streaming services (Spotify, Apple Music, Rhapsody, Pandora, Cricket, Google Play, Medianet, Slacker, Xbox Music, YouTube, and VEVO) grew to 317 billion streams, doubling from 2014, which saw 164.5 billion songs streamed, according to Nielsen’s year-end music report, as noted by TechCrunch.
Album sales were down by 6% in 2015, but that’s better than 2014, when they dropped by 11%. What’s more, sales of vinyl grew in 2015. Sales were up 30%, and accounted for almost 9 % of physical album sales.

How to manage media when migrating to a Mac with a smaller drive — Their new computer has a 128GB drive while the old one was 512GB. They have a Time Capsule backup and wonder if they can make choices while restoring the backup.
This is not uncommon; Glenn Fleishman does his best to explain how.

Easiest DVD ripper — When you need to rip movies to your Mac’s hard drive, the US$24.95 RipIt from Little App Factory does it well and does it quickly. While it’s a no-frills app, no other software may meet your needs better.

Reasons to love TextEdit, your secret powerhouse of rich text — 
A utility that dates back before OS X to Next operating systems still delivers a punch for handling text formats and converting one to another. [And it’s already on every Mac, in the Applications folder. I use it constantly.]

Indian government ready to push through approval of local Apple Stores — The Indian government is said to be preparing to fast-track approval of the country’s first Apple Stores, detouring normal rules about foreign ownership.


Mystery minvan, Apple Store redesign, Artista Impresso, ripping DVDs with subtitles

Mystery car gets rumours going
Mystery minivan sightings gets rumours going

As mysterious minivan sightings proliferate, rumored ‘Apple Car’ seen as $50B US opportunity — With the total US car market valued at over $500 billion per year, taking just a 10% share would represent a new $50 billion revenue opportunity for Apple, according to one analyst. A car could be the final piece of Apple’s puzzle, reckons Michael Simon.
[Or you could posit it’s as nonsensical as Apple working on a television.]

Jony Ive & his design team esteemed as Apple’s heart & soul in sweeping profile — Apple design chief Jony Ive’s transformation into the new face of the company continued this week with a flattering, far-reaching profile that considers him “one of the two most powerful people” at Apple and a reluctant standard bearer for Steve Jobs’s legacy. And he’s collaborating with Angela Ahrendts on an Apple Store redesign to better showcase Apple Watch.
[It’s kind of ridiculous, isn’t it, designing a whole store for a watch? Most people would put in a display cabinet. To me this makes Apple look out-of-touch and ridiculous, like a spoilt satrapy – a result of Apple’s staggering profits.]

 Turn photos into impressionist works on Mac — Artista Impresso comes with two impressionism paint styles, Alla Prima and En Plein Air. This version features an exclusive ellipse detail tool to render small brush strokes on a face, or resize it to include the body or focal point in a landscape, and both versions support layers and a customisable palettes. The ‘normal’ version is NZ$21, the Pro version, which includes a plugin, NZ$35.02.

Everything you need to know about ripping DVDs with subtitles — If you like watching foreign movies, you may find that, when seeking out new films, you can only get the movie you want in a version without subtitles. This is great if you’re bi- or multi-lingual, but if not, you really need to know what the actors are saying. Here’s how.