Apple receives a B+ in latest RESCUECOM Computer Reliability Report but still beats most other PC makers — RESCUECOM has released its 2017 back-to-school Computer Reliability Report, which compares the brand market share of computer makers with their repair share, based on the number of computer repair calls received per brand, to create an overall reliability score. The report includes desktops, laptops and tablets.
The Reliability Report only gave Apple B+ as a reliability grade. Two companies received “A+” grades: Amazon (which makes the Fire tablet) and RCA (which makes budget tablets and smartphones).
However, Apple came out ahead of Samsung (B) and all companies that also make desktops and laptops. IBM/Lenovo received a C-, Dell a D+, Microsoft and Acer a D-, Asus an F, and HP, an F.
Transcend JetDrive 820 PCI-E SSD line announced for 2013 and newer MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac Pro — Flash and memory company Transcend has announced the JetDrive 820 PCI Express PCIe Generation 3.0 solid-state drive for certain Mac models – but in some cases it will be slower than the stock drive in the machine.
Apple to host ILM artists, hold Star Wars-themed Today at Apple workshops this week — In celebration of Force Friday II, Apple this week will host a number of Star Wars-themed Today at Apple events at retail stores across the world, including special computer graphics tutorials featuring Industrial Light and Magic artists. Announced through the Today at Apple website, Apple’s Force Friday II sessions include workshops on iPad video creation, drone programming for kids, CG art and more. [Of course, there are no Apple-owned Apple Stores in New Zealand – the closest are in Australia.]
CADintosh for macOS a solid tool for technical, mechanical, and architectural drawings — Lemke Software’s CADintosh is a 2D CAD program for macOS (10.5 or later) provides a helpful selection of tools to develop technical, mechanical, and architectural drawings. Designed especially for technical draftsmen and designers, it packs extensive pen options and the ability to export the visible drawing as DXF.
Control WeMo switches from your Mac — Belkin’s WeMo switches and lights are great for turning your house or apartment into a smart home, assuming you’re cool with always using your iPhone to make the magic happen. Luckily Mac Observer found an easy way to let your Mac take control of your WeMo gear. WSwitch fits the bill nicely and was so easy to set up, it’s a surprise Belkin didn’t already make this app. It’s available on the Mac App Store and costs NZ$7.49/US$4.99. [Some WeMo devices, at least, are available in New Zealand from outlets like Harvey Norman, Noel Leeming and Bunnings.]