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MagBytes 88 is available to download

MagBytes 88 looks at Apple’s new products, has news, tips and tricks and more. It’s available to download now from the link on this page.
Here’s the link: ——>MagBytes Issue 88 June 2017

(As always, other issues of MagBytes are available from the MagByes Newsletter link over there on the right.)

GarageBand for iOS and Logic Pro X for Mac music apps get major updates


This just in from Apple: “Powerful New Features Support Music Makers from Enthusiasts to Pros”

Apple has today announced major updates to its music creation apps with exciting new features for music makers of all levels on iPhone, iPad and Mac. GarageBand for iOS 2.2 now features the powerful creative synthesiser Alchemy and a new sound browser that makes searching through instruments and patches easier than ever. Logic Pro X 10.3 becomes an even more powerful tool for pros with a modern interface, new features for professional audio production as well as support for the revolutionary Touch Bar™ on the new MacBook Pro®, putting intuitive, context-sensitive controls right at users’ fingertips.

Logic Pro X users can also remotely add new tracks to their Logic sessions from their iPhone or iPad when they’re away from their Mac. With a new share option, users can upload a special GarageBand-compatible version of a Logic project to iCloud®, which they can then open on their iOS devices and add new recordings whenever inspiration strikes. When the project is saved back to iCloud, any newly added tracks will automatically appear in the original Logic project the next time it’s opened on a Mac.

GarageBand for iOS — GarageBand for iOS brings even more sophisticated music creation options to iPhone and iPad, while still remaining fun and easy to use. It features a redesigned sound browser that makes it faster than ever to explore Touch Instruments® and quickly find the exact sounds you’re looking for.
Alchemy, one of the world’s most innovative modern synthesisers and a favourite of Logic Pro users, comes to iOS and includes a rich collection of over 150 Apple-designed patches from a wide variety of genres, including EDM, Hip Hop, Indie, Rock, Pop and more. And with Alchemy’s Transform Pad, users can morph between eight sonic snapshots in real-time, to create expressive synth performances.
Recording music in GarageBand for iOS also gets easier with Multi-Take Recording, giving users multiple passes to capture their best performance and the ability to audition and switch between their favourite takes.
The release also features a redesigned Audio Recorder that adds fun, one-tap vocal effects and provides users with even more sophisticated studio effects like pitch correction, distortion and delay. Seasoned users looking for even more control over their mixes can use a new collection of advanced audio processing tools, including an interactive graphic Visual EQ and the ability to use third-party Audio Unit plug-in effects for expandable, creative sound design.

Logic Pro X — Logic Pro X includes advanced new features that make Logic an even stronger tool for audio production, giving musicians and audio engineers even more control over editing and mixing their music. The latest release features a new modern design that improves legibility in a variety of working environments.
Logic Pro X also adds support for the revolutionary new Touch Bar on MacBook Pro, providing the ability to view and navigate your project in a timeline overview, along with convenient access to volume and Smart Controls for any selected track. New performance controls let you play and record software instruments with the Touch Bar using a piano keyboard that can also be customised to a variety of musical scales, or by tapping drum pads to create beats. Assignable key command buttons let you customise the Touch Bar controls to keep your favourite keyboard shortcuts available when you need them.
Track Alternatives let users create and switch between different playlists of regions and edits on any track. This feature makes it easier to experiment with various creative ideas or evaluate different versions of a track as it evolves. Selection-based Processing allows users to apply any combination of Logic or third-party effect plug-ins onto any selection of one or multiple audio regions. It is useful for optimising sound quality and a great tool for creative sound design.
Logic Pro X becomes more powerful for professional mixing, with a 64-bit summing engine, 192 additional busses and true stereo panning, providing discrete control of stereo signals.

Pricing and Availability — The GarageBand for iOS update, available today, is free for all existing users and with all new iOS devices. New customers with older, non-qualifying devices can purchase the app for NZ$7.49 inc. GST on the App Store. For more information about GarageBand for iOS, visit: http://www.apple.com/ios/garageband.

The Logic Pro X update, available today [but not when I checked between 7-8am, yet], is free for all existing users, and available on the Mac App Store for NZ$299.99 inc. GST for all new customers. More information about Logic Pro X is online at Apple.

Watch shipping slips, tattoos, updates, App Analytics, iMovie, Jot, Tweetbot, gardening

Apple Watch sensors can struggle with wrist tattoos (image from Macworld)
Apple Watch sensors can struggle with wrist tattoos (image from Macworld)

Shipping dates for 42MM Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport slip to July worldwide — Apple’s online stores are now showing July shipping estimates for 42-millimeter stainless steel and aluminum Watch models, checks on Friday revealed.

Apple Store app for iOS updated with Apple Watch support — Apple on Thursday rolled out an updated version of its Apple Store app for iOS with support for Apple Watch, which lets users keep track of orders, pick up purchases, check in to Genius Bar appointments and more.

Apple admits tattoos can confuse Apple Watch sensors — Apple is officially warning inked Apple Watch users that they might have trouble getting reliable heart rate readings.

Apple invites developers to App Analytics Beta — Apple began inviting developers to participate in a beta program for App Analytics, an other unannounced service that gives developers more information about how and how often their customers are engaging with their apps. The invitation was posted to Twitter by developer Ryan Hoover (via TechCrunch), and is limited on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Adonit Jot Pro and Jot Mini feel natural in your hand — Since Adonit launched its first styluses in 2011, the company has expanded its lineup. In January, it refreshed the two styluses that started it all: The Jot Pro and Jot Mini. Priced at just US$30 and US$20 respectively, the styluses are the most affordable in the company’s lineup.

Apple updates iMovie for iOS with fix for incorrectly cropped photos — Apple on Thursday issued a minor update to the iMovie video editing app for iOS, addressing an issue that sometimes caused portrait photos to be cropped incorrectly.

Tweetbot updates iOS app with new Twitter ‘Quote Tweet’ format — Popular iOS Twitter client Tweetbot received a small update last Friday with access to Twitter’s new “Quote Tweet” format, which embeds tweets in a new message instead of copying a block of text.

Apple World Today’s apps for gardening — There are a lot of apps, plus some accessories, that can help you enjoy your greenery a lot more.

Security flaw could effect Macs, iCloud, Adobe Photoshop and Premier Elements

You can check if your system is vulnerable with a Terminal command
You can check if your system is vulnerable with a Terminal command

Shellshock flaw poses big security threat for Mac, other Unix systems — This security threat has the potential to be even bigger than Heartbleed because of the way it lets attackers remotely access victims computers through the Bash command line shell for Unix and Linux – so this potentially affects Mac OS X and the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Shellshock is about a 25-year-old security flaw in the Bash shell that lets code held in certain variables to be executed immediately and without the victim’s knowledge. That code could give attackers deep level access to the system as well as to any data they want to harvest.
The flaw is a serious threat for Mac users even if they don’t typically use the Terminal app to access their computer’s Unix underpinnings because many of the apps they use may be tapping into Bash on some level.

You can check to see if your Mac is vulnerable to the threat by launching Terminal and entering this command (copy that command below, paste it into Terminal and press Enter):

env x='() { :;}; echo vulnerable’ bash -c ‘echo hello’

If you see “vulnerable” as part of the response to the command (above), your Mac is susceptible to the Shellshock threat. For Mac users who’re comfortable compiling their own code, Stack Exchange details how to apply your own Bash patch.
In the meantime, if you’re using Apple wifi routers you’re less vulnerable, and,make sure your firewalls are on (System Preferences>Security) Apple should shortly have an update out to address Shellshock.

Researcher accuses Apple of ignoring iCloud brute-force attack for 6 months — A security researcher who discovered a brute-force attack against Apple’s iCloud service in March — similar to the “iBrute” vulnerability that surfaced in conjunction with the celebrity photo hacking scandal earlier this month — says the company refused to address the flaw for months after he reported it. [Apple’s profile is now so big, it can noafford to take security threats lightly.]

Adobe updates Photoshop Elements and Premier Elements with great results — Adobe’s consumer photo and video apps, Photoshop Elements and Premier Elements., are now both at version 13 in this new release. Significant changes include Retina display support on Macs and very cool Guided Editing features.

iPhones 6 success, benchmarks, camera; Skype, Chrome updated; Family Sharing

iPhone 6 slo-mo video uncorked
iPhone 6 slo-mo video uncorked

Apple sells record-breaking 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units in first weekend of sales — Apple has announced it sold 10 million new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets in the first full weekend of sales since the device launched on September 19. This compares to five million first weekend sales of the iPhone 5 and nine million for the iPhone 5s and 5c.

[From Apple’s PR release: “iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will roll out worldwide to more than 20 additional countries on 26 September, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and United Arab Emirates. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in 115 countries by the end of the year.]

iPhone 6 tops competition in benchmarks, battery life — The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are currently being put through their paces by the benchmarking gurus at AnandTech, and preliminary results show that Apple’s newest pair of smartphones are among the best of the best on several popular graphical tests as well as web browsing battery life.

The iPhone 6 won’t beat a DSLR, but it’s still excellent — Serenity Caldwell took her 64GB iPhone 6 out and about to stress-test some of its new camera features and see if she could get some similar results to Apple’s promo photography. Here are some initial reactions. Also check out the slo-mo feature here (that’s a frame, above).

Skype for iPhone, Google Chrome updated with iOS 8 enhancements — The avalanche of app updates bringing compatibility with Apple’s latest mobile operating system continued with offerings from two of the world’s largest companies on Monday, as Microsoft brought interactive notifications to Skype for iPhone and Google added app extension support to Chrome.

How to double your free OneDrive storage to 30GB — Good news, OneDrive users: a mere three months after Microsoft doubled the free storage tier from 7GB to 15GB, the company’s ready to double your gratis storage space yet again — but only if you act quickly.

Apple surreptitiously adds HomeKit support to recent Apple TVs — In addition to a revamped user interface and a new Beats Music app, Apple is said to have given third-generation Apple TVs an intriguing under-the-hood tweak in last week’s software update: compatibility with the company’s new HomeKit home automation technology.

Get to know iOS 8 — Family Sharing sets your iTunes purchases free.

Cook on privacy and security, Mavericks and Safari updates, printer drivers solved

Tim Cook has restated Apple's attitude to your data – it's super secure and nobody gets to look at it.
Tim Cook has restated Apple’s attitude to your data – it’s super secure and nobody gets to look at it.

Tim Cook touts new Apple privacy policies in open letter to customers — Apple on Wednesday [in the US] updated its customer privacy webpage to reflect new security initiatives, highlighting a letter written by CEO Tim Cook, who restated the company’s business is in selling products, not harvesting data.

Apple releases OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks with reliability enhancements, includes Safari 7.0.6 — Apple has released the latest OS X 10.9 Mavericks maintenance update, which includes Safari version 7.0.6, with fixes for VPN reliability and file access from SMB servers. Mac users can download OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks via Software Update or the Mac App Store. 10.9.5 also has improvements to VPN and SMB Servers.

The trick to finding the right printer driver for your Mac — Ted Landau at Macworld tells you more, and it makes interesting reading.