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Update fights Pegasus, Screen Tint, @Apple, Spaceship, cleaning house, new MacBook Pro speculation


OS X gets security updates to combat ‘Pegasus’ — Apple has issued security updates for OS X Yosemite, OS X El Capitan and Safari to address a vulnerability called Pegasus that potentially allows nefarious agents to take over a target device with a single click. You can download the updates via the Mac App Store — and you certainly should. [Open About This Mac from the Apple menu at top left of your screen and click the software Update button.]

Ultimate Mac Cyber Security Bundle — It’s a scary world out there, but this bundle is going to make you and your Mac feel a lot more secure. The Ultimate Mac Cyber Security Bundle provides seven apps and services that not only keep your online activities and local files safe, but can improve your home security. And the sale price puts this  at just US$49.99 instead of US$247.92. [Note that some of the features are 1-year subscriptions, so presumably you’d be up for presubscription bills for them in a year’s time.]

Colour filter, brightness control & screen dimmer — Screen Tint is a handy utility app that is designed to reduce the brightness of your Mac’s screen, proving particularly useful for users with sensitive eyes and for those that wish to use their Mac in a darker environment, but find that their screen’s brightness is too harsh. A warm tint colour is preferred for working at night and a cool tint for working in artificial light.
Requires Mac OS X 10.7+; it’s available from the Mac App Store for NZ$4.49.

Another tool for shaping the Apple narrative, @Apple, comes to life — Apple sort of activated its long-held, but dormant Twitter account @Apple. It’s yet another symbol of CEO Tim Cook’s decision to take a more active role in shaping the Apple narrative.

Newest Apple Campus 2.0 flyover shows glass panels, solar panels, more — YouTube user Matthew Rogers has posted a new drone flyover video of Apple Campus 2.0, the so-called Spaceship HQ. This update features some of the glass panels that will form the outer walls of the building, solar panels on the roof, the shrinking dirt mountain on site, many of the outer buildings, fuel cells, and more. I love seeing these updates.

Apple removing abandoned titles from App Store — Apple is about to start cleaning the App Store’s house by removing outdated and abandoned apps. The change should make it easier to find the apps you’re looking for, improve discoverability, and cut down on apps that aren’t compatible with current iOS versions. Developers trying to manipulate search results with long app names are in for a surprise, too.

 CPU choices for a 2016 MacBook Pro — While no Mac update is expected at the September 7th Apple event (September 8th in New Zealand), a long-awaited refresh of the MacBook Pro is still, hopefully, due soon after. It has two obvious main processor choices [Intel 6th generation Skylake or 7th gen Kaby Lake]— but what it has selected to use will dictate if the computer releases sooner, or later.

Apple Campus to get café and visitor centre, 3rd Public Beta of El Capitan


Apple Campus 2 Will Have Full Blown Visitor Center with Store, Cafe, Observation Deck — If you’ve been following the development of Apple Campus 2 — the so-called Spaceship HQ — you may have been wondering if you’d get to see it yourself. Turns out you will, because Apple is building a full-blown visitor centre, complete with an Apple Store, a cafe, and an observation deck overlooking the main building.
Silicon Valley Business Journal (SVBJ) uncovered plans for the visitor center buried in documents filed with the City of Cupertino in April. Those plans describe a building with glass walls and a carbon fiber roof with large skylights.

Apple provides public beta testers with third build of OS X 10.11 El Capitan — Members of Apple’s OS X public beta program can now download the third pre-release build of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, the company’s forthcoming Mac operating system update. The latest build is said to have known issues with Photos, Apple ID and Language localization and formatting. Many problems can be traced back to iCloud syncing, likely due to incomplete or incompatible backend assets also in testing.

Vintage ‘Abouts’, Hangzhou, spaceship, weird PC experience, passwords

Riccardo Mori has a collection of old Macs – and even some of their About boxes
Riccardo Mori has a collection of old Macs – and even some of their About boxes

Vintage Mac app About boxes show just how far we’ve come — Mac consultant, writer, and translator Riccardo Mori has a collection of vintage Macs, and he’s been putting them to good use creating a wonderful archive of About boxes while trying to determine what apps are on some old CD-ROMs and floppies.
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Apple celebrates new China Store with mural and video — Apple is only days away from opening its latest retail store in China, and to celebrate the event the company released a video showing artist Wang Dongling creating a mural that’s currently covering the location. The mural is a poem about West Lake in Hangzhou where the new store is located.

Apple highlights ongoing Campus 2 ‘spaceship’ progress in new aerial photos — Apple on Monday provided a fresh photo of its Campus 2 construction site in Cupertino, California, showing accelerated progress on the main ‘spaceship’ structure’s foundation, as well as work on ancillary buildings.

The opposite of Apple: A Mac user’s weird experience buying a PC laptop — John Moltz had never purchased a PC. “I’ve used a lot of them in the workplace, which is why I use Macs at home. It’s not that they don’t work, it’s just that I don’t like them.” He details his strange experience of trying to buy one.

LastPass unveils new Mac app — Web-based password manager LastPass has unveiled its first native Mac app.

Is your password on this list of 2014’s worst passwords? There are still surprising numbers of people who use passwords that are very easy to guess. For some reason, these are usually the same people who are shocked when someone breaks into their computer system and steals credit card or banking information. SplashData has published its list of the worst passwords on the internet, compiled from more than 3 million leaked passwords from 2014.

Cook top CEO, Spaceship, The Interview, patents, free wallpaper

AppleInsider drone shows the Spaceship construction progress
AppleInsider drone shows the Spaceship construction progress

Tim Cook is CNN Money’s CEO of the Year for 2014 — CNN Money has named Apple’s Tim Cook as the best CEO of 2014. Citing a rise in the value of the company’s stock by 40 percent during the year, a share price near an all-time high, and very successful launches of both the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and Apple Pay, Cook beat out BlackBerry’s John Chen, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, and GM’s Mary Barra – among others – for the prestigious spot on the list.

Amazing Apple Campus 2 aerial tour courtesy of AppleInsider — The new Apple Campus 2 AKA ‘The Spaceship’ is rapidly progressing through construction, and AppleInsider has been sending a DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus drone through the skies of Cupertino on a regular basis to provide a birds-eye view of the campus taking shape.

Sony wanted The Interview on iTunes for Christmas, but Apple rejected fast timetable — In attempt to make its controversial film The Interview available to view on Christmas Day, Sony Pictures reportedly pursued a deal with Apple that was brokered by the White House itself, but the timetable to place it on iTunes was apparently too aggressive.

Apple-backed Rockstar Consortium to shed 4,000 patents, end lawsuits in $900M deal — Rockstar Consortium, the patent holding firm created by Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony to purchase thousands of foundational telecom patents from now-defunct Nortel, looks set to wind down operations after the partners agreed to sell much of Rockstar’s patent portfolio to IP risk mitigation company RPX.

Twelve South loves you and is giving you a Christmas present — Those of you who have dual-screen setups for your Macs are going to love the nice Christmas gift that accessory manufacturer Twelve South is sending your way. The company has partnered with San Francisco photographer Scott Gordon to create sets of dual-screen backgrounds you can download and install for free.

Labour, protests, Maps, Dunedin, Spaceship, speed up AirPort, Wickr

Dunedin just got Flyover in Apple Maps
Dunedin just got Flyover in Apple Maps

Apple to face labor related class-action suit after court denies motion to dismiss — A three-judge panel in California’s Superior Court recently denied Apple’s appeal to throw out a class-action lawsuit lodged by current and former employees who claim the company’s treatment of workers violate state labor codes.

Protestors take over Fifth Ave Apple Store in ‘die-in’ demonstration — A group of protestors condemning the controversial police killings of two African Americans took part in a “die-in” at the iconic Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York City Friday night, crowding the site and bringing retail operations to a grinding halt. A protestor from Brooklyn named Zandir Santos said the 5th Ave. Apple Store, along with a nearby Macy’s location, was selected as a message to corporate America.

Apple Maps gets 9 new Flyover locations including Dunedin while Siri added international movie times — Apple on Friday pushed out an update to two first-party services, bringing Flyover to nine new locales including Dunedin, New Zealand while expanding international movie showtime support for Siri.

Apple Campus 2 to boast $161M auditorium, $74M fitness facility — Newly unearthed building permits discovered this week reveal a bit more about Apple’s plans for its Campus 2 facility, with the company earmarking $161 million for an auditorium and $74 million for an employee gym.

How to speed up your network without replacing your AirPort Extreme Base Station — Apple’s AirPort Extreme Base Stations (AEBS) have never been a bargain, but they’ve always offered good speed and range. What’s really set them apart, however, is ease of configuration and the ability to connect remotely using Back to My Mac. Here are some suggestions to speed up older Extremes.

Wickr adds a Mac client to its free ultra-secure messaging family — Mac client has just been released with all the features of the Wickr iOS app, and there now are apps for Windows and Linux as well as iOS and Android.

Apple Stock, Beats gets its own section on Apple Store, women at Apple, Spaceship, Gatekeeper

Apple shares rose on buyback
Apple shares rose on buyback

Apple’s stock buybacks spurred massive share price increase — With Apple making more money than it knows what to do with, the company in March of 2012 announced a capital return program consisting of stock buybacks and dividends. The initial program was designed to return $45 billion in value to shareholders, but as the money continued to roll in, Apple earlier this year upped the program to $130 billion.
With the majority of Apple’s $130 billion capital return program centring on stock buybacks, Apple’s share price has been on quite a roll of late.

Beats by Dr Dré now has its own section on the Apple Store online
Beats by Dr Dré now has its own section on the Apple Store online

Beats by Dr Dre gets its own section on Apple’s online store — Apple on Thursday updated its online storefront to give newly-official subsidiary Beats by Dr Dre its own section under the store’s Accessories category, days after shuttering Beats’s own internet shop. The new section offers Beats’s entire hardware product line, including headphones and portable speakers. Also up for grabs are accessories like protective sleeves and the “Pill Dude” personified speaker stands for the Beats Pill. (Yes, it’s in the NZ Store too, pictured above.)

Integrating women into the Apple community — Brianna Wu writes “No one else in the industry seems to include women in its messaging like it [Apple] does. The company doesn’t market its products with testosterone-soaked machismo. It doesn’t send embarrassing tweets about booth babes …
“But it’s very hard for me to reconcile this consumer-facing Apple with the development company that put no women on stage this year for either the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference keynote or the more-technical State of the Union. It’s difficult to connect this Apple I know and trust with the endless sea of white, male faces I saw at Yerba Buena Gardens during this year’s WWDC Bash. Women buy Apple products. We develop on Apple hardware. But we’re still not yet well-represented in Apple’s developer community.” [This is a very good read, and something we should all be thinking about.]

Apple Campus 2 Update: on track for 2016 move in, new pics — Demolition and construction is well underway for Apple’s new “space ship” campus, and new information from the city of Cupertino says the project should be finished by the end of 2016. The city also released new photos showing the construction so fay along with how the campus fits in with the surrounding area.

How to secure your Mac with OS X Gatekeeper — OS X Mountain Lion was the first version to introduce the Gatekeeper security mechanism. (It was also retrofitted into Lion 10.7.5.) This how-to article, with an FAQ slant, explains how to use it to make your Mac more secure from malware.