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Apple ranks among ‘Best-in-Class’ brands for loyalty in new marketing study — Among major corporate brands, Apple has some of the highest loyalty and satisfaction rates with the US public, according to the results of a recent survey. Apple achieved a 91% loyalty score, and slightly lower satisfaction of 85%, said marketing firm Fluent.

Wisconsin court orders Apple pay $506M for infringing on WARF patent — A US district court judge on Monday ruled Apple must pay $506 million in damages for infringing on a microprocessor technology IP owned by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s patent licensing body, adding $272 million to an initial $234 decision reached almost two years ago.

New TSA rules will require airline travellers to remove Apple MacBooks and iPads from bags — In the coming weeks and months, travellers will no longer be able to keep small MacBook models or iPads in their bag when passing through security screenings, and will instead have to place them in a separate bin to be X-rayed, the US Transportation Security Administration announced on Wednesday.

Google Chrome browser update delivers support for MacBook Pro Touch Bar — Google on Tuesday released a new version of its Chrome web browser for Mac with support for Apple’s latest MacBook Pro with Touch Bar hardware, bringing a few crucial control options to the laptop’s OLED strip.

Apple will bring 3 manufacturing plants to US, President Trump reveals — Apple is apparently planning to build three manufacturing facilities in the US, President Donald Trump has announced, though such facilities are most likely to be through a partnership with Foxconn or some other assembly company.

Are you taking Siri-on-your-Mac Siri-ously? Robert LeVitus was surprised to discover many Mac users have no idea that Siri, Apple’s intelligent personal assistant, has been available on their Macs since the release of macOS Sierra nearly a year ago. “If you’re among them, may I suggest it’s about time you acquaint yourself with the joys of using Siri-on-your-Mac?”

Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 36 with 27 bug fixes and improvements — Apple released Safari Technology Preview 36 (Safari TP36) on Wednesday. Safari’s tech preview releases are aimed at developers, and are similar to the developer betas for macOS and iOS. This release includes some 27 different bug fixes and other improvements. [The previous version did not work on the Hight Sierra Public Beta.]

Find 1Password’s hidden log of past generated passwords — Did you know 1Password keeps a hidden log of every password it has generated?

How to start up in single-user mode or verbose mode in macOS Sierra — If you’re an advanced user who’s comfortable with UNIX, you can use single-user mode or verbose mode to help isolate issues related to startup.

USB 3.0 Promoter Group touts new USB 3.2 spec — USB just keeps getting faster and faster, with the USB 3.0 Promoter Group (of which Apple is a member) announcing the upcoming release of the USB 3.2 specification yesterday. It’s considered an “incremental update” to USB 3.1, but it’s an important one since it defines multi-lane operation for USB 3.2 hosts and devices, meaning that devices can allow for two lanes of 5 Gbps (gigabit per second) data transfer or two lanes of 10 Gbps transfer. Connecting a USB 3.2 host to a USB 3.2 device would now provide transfer speeds of over 2 GB/sec (gigabytes per second) over existing USB Type-C cables certified for SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps using existing USB-C cables if they’re certified for SuperSpeed USB.

Cooks calls on Trump, Laurene Jobs, LG Ultrafine, Thunderbolt 3-to-PCI Express, dev payouts, flowchart app, Safari Tech Preview


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Apple’s Tim Cook asks President Trump to keep US in Paris climate accord — Apple CEO Tim Cook is reportedly among a number of corporate and political leaders trying to persuade US President Donald Trump not to pull out of the Paris climate change agreement, which he has often vowed to do. [Cook sway over Trump: nil.]

Laurene Powell Jobs discusses immigration, education in interview — Lauren Powell Jobs, widow of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, sat down for a rare interview at the Code Conference on Wednesday to discuss philanthropic initiatives tied to her foundation, the Emerson Collective, immigration, education, the intersection of media and tech and more.

Video review of LG’s UltraFine 5K Thunderbolt 3 display, 6 months later — Six months after it launched, how does LG’s UltraFine 5K Thunderbolt 3 display hold up? AppleInsider revisits the premium monitor intended for Apple’s USB-C MacBook Pros in this video review.

Sonnet launches new Thunderbolt 3-to-PCI Express (PCIe) expansion chassis — Sonnet Technologies has announced the eGFX Breakaway Box, a Thunderbolt 3-to-PCI Express (PCIe) expansion chassis with a single slot for connecting any size Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card, including high-performance graphics (GPU) cards to a Thunderbolt 3-equipped computer.

Apple’s developer payouts top US$70 billion — Developers selling apps through Apple’s App Store have been paid over US$70 billion since it first launched in 2008. Apple shared that detail only a couple days ahead of its annual Worldwide Developer Conference, which kicks off on Monday, June 5th.

Pagico Interactive Flowchart App for Mac: US$19.99 — Mac Observer has a deal Pagico 8.7 for Mac, software that helps turn tasks, notes, and projects into interactive flowcharts. Version 8.7 added 14 new features to the software. You can get it through for US$19.99, less than half retail.

Safari Technology Preview 31 released for macOS Sierra — Safari Technology Preview 31 has been released to macOS Sierra. Safari Technology Preview is an experimental version of Safari wherein Apple tests Webkit features and improvements before pushing them to the public Safari browser. Think of it as beta testing, similar to how Apple has beta releases of iOS and macOS before releasing them to the public.
The full release notes can be found at WebKit.org. You can freely download the latest release of Safari Technology Preview. If you already have it installed, you can update it from the Mac App Store’s Updates tab.

Night Shift mode, Safari Tech Preview, iVisor Pro, Facebook security key, Windows on Mac


iVisor Pro is a glass screen protector for MacBook Pro, from Moshi
iVisor Pro is a glass screen protector for MacBook Pro, from Moshi

Night Shift mode comes to Mac in latest macOS Sierra beta — As rumored, Apple included a new Night Shift mode, borrowed from iOS, in the recently released macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta, promising a low blue light viewing experience for night time computer work. Check out what the feature looks like and how to activate it in AppleInsider’s latest video instalment.

Apple updates Safari Technology Preview with minor improvements — Apple’s experimental web browser, Safari Technology Preview, has been updated with a variety of bug fixes and performance improvements impacting CSS, JavaScript, Web Inspector and more. Developers can download Safari Technology Preview release 22 through Apple’s developer portal or, for existing users, the Mac App Store’s update feature.

iVisor Pro is a fine accessory for protecting your new MacBook Pro’s screen — Moshi has released a new version (Pro 15) of its iVisor screen protector for the 2016 MacBook Pro. If you’ve shelled out for the pricey laptop, this US$38.95 accessory can help protect — and enhance — its display.
The iVisor Pro 15 is a washable, reusable matte screen protector that reduces glare while delivering clarity with bubble-free installation.

Facebook adds macOS-compatible USB security keys for cryptographic account security — As part of a security and privacy revamp, Facebook is offering users worried about their privacy and potential account compromises a new authentication procedure. This relies upon a physical security key to perform extra authentication before an account can be accessed.
The social network will support security keys, USB thumb drives that plug into a Mac or PC and use the FIDO Alliance’s open Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) standard to provide cryptographic proof of identity. The keys, such as those sold by Yubico, can be registered to an account through the two factor authentication settings in the security menu.

Wine reaches milestone version 2.0 release, with 64-bit support and Retina compatibility for macOS — The team behind Wine, a tool that allows Windows programs to run on macOS and other operating systems, has released version 2.0 of the open source software, with 64-bit support for macOS included as part of 6600 changes.