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WWDC to San Jose, Fortune’s Most Admired, Setapp, Apple Music lyrics, Luminar deal ends soon


Apple has announced its 28th annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), and it has moved to San Jose — McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, to be exact. The conference, kicking off 5 June, will inspire developers from all walks of life to turn their passions into the next great innovations and apps that customers use every day across iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and Mac.
Since 2003 it has been held at Moscone West in San Francisco.
To get tickets you need to be a registered Apple Developer Program and Apple Developer Enterprise Program member as of February 16, 2017, by 5:30 AM pacific time. That means if you aren’t already in Apple’s developer programs, you don’t qualify for a conference pass.
The artwork Apple is using for its 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference (above) is based on a poster for a Spanish film festival from 2010; both were created by the same artist.

Apple is Fortune’s 2017 World’s Most Admired company — Every year, Fortune puts together a survey of corporate reputations called The World’s Most Admired Companies. This year, Apple leads the list.

Setapp is like Netflix for apps — The software subscription model is here to stay. Microsoft and Adobe have already embraced it with Office 365 and Creative Cloud respectively. Even apps from smaller independent developers like 1Password and TextExpander are now offered as monthly subscriptions.
Setapp is a new subscription service from MacPaw which provides access to more than 60 Mac apps for US$9.99 (about NZ$14) a month. It’s an ambitious undertaking by MacPaw, best known for popular Mac utilities like CleanMyMac and Gemini, and the company has done a masterful job.

How to view Apple Music lyrics on a Mac (and iDevice and Apple TV) — When lyrics are available (and they’re not for all songs), you can read them in in iTunes on your Mac or PC; in the Music app on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch; or in the Music app on your Apple TV.

Luminar deals ends soon — You can still by Luminar for US90 instead of US$161 but the deal is ending soon. Luminar gives you awesome control in enhancing images and it’s really easy to use.

To San Francisco, Apple shipments, Setapp, OneDrive Mac client, more defections, ‘right to repair’

San Francisco typeface
San Francisco, a typeface developed by Apple, at top, and the outgoing Myriad, bottom

Apple.com switches web font from Myriad to San Francisco — Apple made a minor change to its website on Tuesday, integrating its in-house-developed San Francisco typeface, first introduced with Apple Watch, into most consumer-facing pages.

Mac vs PC shipments in 2016 — Both Gartner and IDC reports are out for 2016 Mac and PC shipments. They are in good agreement. But the reports on the reports as well as the reports themselves are often challenging to digest. There are worldwide vs US shipments, and that’s not the same as sales for PCs. There’s year-over-year for the total year and for the 4th quarter shipments. There’s Apple’s ranking, and there’s also the issue of whether Apple lost ground against PCs. Apple has been neck-and-neck with Asus for 4th spot overall, but has fallen back into 5th after a nearly 10% decline.

Subscription apps — MacPaw wants to make subscription-based Mac software popular by offering a bundled suite of apps for US$9.99 per month. Setapp, its new subscription service, has just launched. For the flat monthly fee, subscribers get access to 61 apps at launch, including Cloud Outliner, Focused, Blogo, Pagico, RapidWeaver, Ulysses, Screens, CleanMyMac, and more. MacPaw will add more apps to the service over time, and they’ll all be available ad-free with no in-app purchases or upgrade fees.

Microsoft Mac client for OneDrive — Microsoft gave users and administrators of OneDrive for Business some new features on Tuesday that they’ve requested for a while, including a new Mac client for its business-focused cloud storage service that can be deployed outside the confines of the Mac App Store. Users will also be able to sync files from SharePoint sites and OneDrive for Business shared folders to their desktops, like they have been able to for files that they own.

More Apple defections — Ford has become the latest car manufacturer to draw high-level employees away from Apple, with marketing executive Musa Tariq appointed as a vice president and chief brand officer of the major automobile producer. He’ll go to work there on Jan. 30. In this new role, Tariq is responsible for further building and differentiating the company’s Ford brand.

Five states are considering ‘Right to Repair’ bills that would affect Apple — Lawmakers in Nebraska, Minnesota, New York, Massachusetts, and Kansas have introduced legislation that would enshrine the “Right to Repair” for electronics, which means manufacturers such as Apple will have to sell replacement parts to independent repair shops and consumers and will also have to make their diagnostic and service manuals public, reports MotherBoard.

Get a Mac, subscriber apps, Apple and VR, new Bluetooth standard, Goldwind, mineral database, Cook at MIT, AppYogi, free alert sounds, film studios


Oral History of ‘Get a Mac’ with Justin Long, John Hodgman, and Creative Team — Campaign US has put together a wonderful oral history of Apple’s Get a Mac ad campaign.
Justin Long (Mac) and John Hodgman (PC) talk about their roles, and the creative team from TBWA\Chiat\Day talk about putting it together.

Setapp Brings Netflix-style Downloads to Mac Apps — Paying a monthly subscription to watch as many TV shows and movies as you want is a pretty good business model for Netflix, and MacPaw thinks it’ll work for software, too. The company’s trying that out with its new Setapp service where subscribers pay a monthly fee to get access to a growing list of apps from several developers.

Apple and VR — Apple has been attacked throughout the year for failing to jump on the Virtual Reality headset bandwagon following Facebook, Samsung, Google, HTC, Microsoft, Sony and others. Yet after a year of hype, VR headsets remain a niche that’s failing to live up to even conservative expectations. Meanwhile an invite-only meeting details state of AI, machine learning research inside Apple’s halls.

Bluetooth 5 officially adopted; look for products in 2-6 months — The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) officially adopted Bluetooth 5 as the latest version of the Bluetooth core specification this week. Key updates to Bluetooth 5 include longer range, faster speed, and larger broadcast message capacity, as well as improved interoperability and coexistence with other wireless technologies.

Apple signs deal with wind turbine maker Goldwind to bring clean power to suppliers — Apple has entered into a joint venture with wind turbine maker Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology — better known as Goldwind — that should help bring more clean energy to its Chinese suppliers.

Mineral Database for macOS is a useful reference tool — Mineral Database is a Mac app from Tasa Graphics Arts that provides a useful reference for students, educators, professionals, or anyone interested in minerals. Mineral Database requires macOS 10.8 or higher and costs NZ$14.99/US$9.99 and it’s available worldwide through the Mac App Store.

Apple CEO Tim Cook delivering MIT commencement speech in June — Apple CEO Tim Cook has agreed to deliver the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s 2017 commencement address to graduates of the class of 2017 on Friday, June 9.

AppYogi launches Wifi Signal Strength Status for the Mac — AppYogi Software has introduced Wifi Signal Strength Status 1.0, its new utility developed exclusively for macOS. The app prominently displays the wireless signal strength with network name, ‘neat icon’ or ‘percentage’ on the menu bar. Wifi Signal Strength Status requires macOS 10.10 or later. It costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide exclusively at the Mac App Store. [Or, just hold down the Option key on your keyboard and click on the standard Wifi icon at top right of your screen …]

Alfred Sound Bank Vol.1 — Here’s a  free sound bank of bleeps, bloops and noises made entirely on the Make Noise 0-Coast.
Download the Alfred Sound Bank Vol.1
Use in the Alfred 3.2.1+ Play Sound workflow output object, or as macOS system sounds, create crazy music with!
To use these sounds in macOS, open Finder to ~/Library/Sounds/ within your home folder, and copy in all the aif files. They will then be available within macOS’s Sound preferences.

Apple is rumoured to be working with film studios on early movie rental plans — With major studios talking about the possibility of movie rentals becoming available as soon as two weeks after debuting in theaters, Bloomberg reports that Apple’s been pushing for such early access. Historically, theaters are given exclusive rights for 90 days before titles become available through DVD and online formats.