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Traditional desktops, your new Mac, pro apps for education, NASA code for free, FineReader Pro


Traditional personal computers have stronger-than-expected showing in 2016 — Global shipments of personal computing devices (PCDs) – comprised of traditional PCs (a combination of desktop, notebook, and workstations) and tablets (slates and detachables) – are forecast to decline from a total of 435 million units in 2016 to 418.2 million units at the end of the forecast period in 2021, according to the Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker from International Data Corporation (IDC). This represents a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of -0.8%.

Your new Mac — So, you just brought home a shiny new Mac. You’ll find that your new computer is mostly ready to go out of the box. Still, there are a few things you should take care of before getting too settled in. These steps will help make sure you get the most out of your purchase, especially if you’re new to Macs. Here’s how you can enable Hey Siri, and if you just want to freshen up your older Mac, you can do that too. and just in case, here are 5 ways to avoid computer-related stress.

Apple Pro App bundle — Apple has bundled Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, and other Pro Apps for Education for NZ$329.99/US$199.99. The bundle includes all of the company’s pro software: Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, Motion, Compressor, and MainStage. Purchased individually outside of the education channel, these apps would total about NZ$900 (US$629.95).

NASA offers free code in new software catalogue — Every year since 2014, NASA has published a software catalogue, NASA has just released a software catalogue with over 1000 free code samples divided into 15 categories like robotics, aeronautics, climate simulators, biological sensors and guidance systems. Although the code is free, some restrictions may apply. For some, any US citizen can apply to use it.

FineReader Pro for Mac makes it easy to manage documents — ABBYY FineReader Pro for Mac allows you to easily edit, share, archive and search through your documents by turning them into popular electronic file formats, as well as copy and quote text from scans, PDFs and digital photos. By providing accurate text recognition, intelligent reconstruction of layout and formatting, and a straightforward interface, FineReader Pro for Mac offers a reliable alternative to manual retyping.

Your new Mac, ‘vintaged’ Macs, Safari 9 Responsive, Apple Music


10 things to do with your new Mac — Get started down the path towards being a power Mac user. Most of these will cost you absolutely nothing except a bit of time to set up. Also, here’s ‘7 Ways to Help the Elderly Learn How to Use a Mac, iPhone, or iPad‘ by
Nancy Gravley.

Apple adds 2008-2009 Macs & more to list of ‘vintage and obsolete’ products — Apple has updated its official list of “vintage and obsolete” products, used to determine whether or not the company will repair or otherwise support any hardware problems.

Safari 9: using Responsive Design Mode — If you’re a Web designer, boy, are will love this. Under the secret “Develop” menu, the new version of Safari is hiding something cool — the ability to view a site as it would appear on different devices and under different user agents, all in one place! That’s just…well, that’s awesome, is what that is.

Apple Music racked up more than 54.5M monthly users in 2015, study says — According to a year end report from consumer research firm Nielsen, Apple Music was one of the most popular smartphone apps of 2015, and with more than 54.5 million monthly users ranked among offerings from Facebook and Google.

Auto-update, your new Mac, apps, photos and more

Here it's a bright, clear day in New York, but I'm back in a few days so most Mac NZ services should return to normal
Here it’s a bright, clear day in New York, but I’m back in a few days so most Mac NZ services should return to normal

Normal transmission — Will resume(-ish) from Tuesday 30th December when I’m back in Auckland; between then and now I’m travelling but these items should help keep you entertained and informed till then.

NTP bug fix was Apple’s first ever automated security update — On Monday December 22 (US time), Apple released a new security update fixing security issues affecting NTP (network time protocol) in OS X. Updates are common occurrences for any computer user, Monday’s update was a first for Apple – it was the first time the company pushed out an automated security update to its users.

The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac — As a nearly 30-year veteran of Mac ownership, Glenn Fleishman has 10 solid suggestions to make your life better by shaving off the little irritations that remain in Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite and in Apple’s bundled software. [For the record, I don’t agree with Launchbar. New Mac owners are bewildered enough by the Dock as it is – Launchbar just adds to the confusion. But that’s just my opinion as a 26-year Mac user.]

iCloud Photo Library, Photo Stream & how to make sense of your photos — Taking the place of Photo Stream next year, Apple’s iCloud Photo Library will consist of a brand new photo app for Mac and a new way to sync photos across all your devices. [Apple actually added to the confusion on this rather than simplify.] Stephen Robles explains.

How to create artistic prints in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements — Printed images make the perfect, yet personal, last minute gift. In this column you’ll learn how to spice up your prints in Photoshop and Elements by adding a painterly edge or by creating a digital matte with text underneath it. Both techniques are fabulous for framing your own prints, too, whether they’re destined to hang on your own walls or those in a gallery.

Five great tools for supporting your family’s computers remotely — And lo, did the good people of the world return home, to celebrate Christmas and perform heroic acts of tech support. We’ve all had to do it, whether for a newly received gift or one from last Christmas that never quite got figured out. Since you (probably) won’t be moving closer any time soon, you need some good remote support tools, and we’re here to help you find them.

How to stay connected in unconnected places — Many of us whizz our way to the relatives’ for the holidays, carrying with us a plethora of electronics