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How to prepare for macOS Catalina by organizing your iTunes library

How to prepare for macOS Catalina by organizing your iTunes library

It appears that installing Catalina will remove iTunes from your system in favour of new Music, Podcast and TV apps.

You probably have a large collection of music and other media. It's probably not organised perfectly.

Now is the time to do that, in fact there are some things that you do in preparation for the migration to the new system and Music app.

Appleinsider has the details.

appleinsider.com...prepare-for-macos-catalina-by-organizing-your-itunes-library

2019 Apple Design Award winners announced

2019 Apple Design Award winners announced

Linked to the WWDC, the 2019 Apple Design Awards winners have been announced.

There are nine winners and as usual the Mac is poorly-represented with only one of the apps running on Mac as well as iOS, that being The Gardens Between, a game by The Voxel Agents, the other 8 being iOS-only.

iDownloadBlog has the details.

www.idownloadblog.com/2019/06/04/apple-design-awards-2019-winners

Three quick and easy alternatives to Back to My Mac in macOS Mojave

Three quick and easy alternatives to Back to My Mac in macOS Mojave

On July 1 Apple is killing its Back to My Mac service which allowed users to access their Mac from another Mac.

William Gallagher has three alternatives. There is a clear 'best of the bunch' but William says that "all of them are better than Back to My Mac".

appleinsider.com...alternatives-to-back-to-my-mac-in-macos-mojave

Apple Moves to Greatly Reduce Malware on Macs

Apple moves to greatly reduce malware on macs

A big change that's been happening quietly is Apple's Notarization service.

Ever since the App Store opened and was the only place to obtain software for the iPhone ('jailbreaking' excepted), I've been waiting for the sun to set on being able to download and install Mac apps from the web. Which is the core of my business. (Mac App Store sales amount to a small proportion of my income).

Notarization is a step in that direction, although it still leaves developers free to distribute outside the app store. It means that Apple examine the app for malware. At this point they can't reject your app for any reason other than the malware search. They do specify 'hardened runtime' which is a tighter security constraint but I've not found this to restrict functionality, as the Sandboxing requirement did when the App Store opened.

When the notarization service started last year, it was optional. Now Gatekeeper gives a more preferable message when an app is notarized, and it looks as if 10.15's Gatekeeper will refuse to install apps that haven't been notarized.

It genuinely seems geared towards reducing malware on the Mac. "This is a good thing" says John Martellaro in his column.

www.macobserver.com...editorial/notarization-apple-greatly-reduce-malware-on-macs

2019 iMac review: The best of a bygone era

2019 iMac review: The best of a bygone era

For sixcolours.com, Jason Snell asks what an iMac is for in this mobile-device world and reviews the current line-up; iMac 4K, iMac 5K, and iMac Pro.

sixcolors.com/post/2019/04/2019-imac-review

Happy Mac / Sad Mac

Happy Mac / Sad Mac

I couldn't resist featuring this amazing project as it crosses two great loves for me.

Fabienne Serriere's 'computational knitwear' features many mathematical or biological patterns. She crowdfunded an industrial knitting machine to help produce these scarves.

Instead of the more usual knitwear motifs, she's used the ROMs of early Macs and among the binary digit patterns you can see the familiar smiley mac faces, other icons and characters. Models she's made scarves from include Power Mac 5200, Macintosh IIsi and Power Mac 5200.

The scarves have been remarkably popular, most of these are sold out.

Via Cult of Mac

https://www.cultofmac.com/617354/mac-rom-scarves/

Apple co-founder Woz will talk tech's future at free event

Apple co-founder Woz will talk tech's future at free event

Steve Wozniak will talk about his career and the future of tech as part of Purdue University's Ideas Festival.

The event is to take place at West Lafayette, Indiana, USA on April 17. It's free but you need to book tickets.

Thanks to Cult of Mac, the important links are in their story.

www.cultofmac.com/617150/apple-co-founder-woz-will-talk-techs-future-at-free-event

MagSafe chargers can power any USB-C device

MagSafe chargers can power any USB-C device

AnyWatt MS is an adapter that turns any MagSafe or MagSafe 2 charger into a power source for any USB-C device. That includes a wide range of MacBooks as well as a variety of other manufacturer's phones and devices. It's compatible with the thunderbolt cable in Apple cinema displays, too. So your screen can be a power source for your new MacBook.

Cultofmac has the sponsored story.

www.cultofmac.com/601432/elecjet-anywatt-ms-magsafe-to-usb-c-adapter

Apple may be softening its stance on repair laws

Apple may be softening its stance on repair laws

A leaked document appears to show that Apple are relaxing their opposition to a "Right to Repair" movement.

A proposed programme called Apple Genuine Parts Repair would provide parts and diagnostic software to authorised providers, which appears to amount to compliance with right to repair legislation.

cultofmac has the story.

https://www.cultofmac.com/615558/right-to-repair-apple/

Apple apologizes for continuing problems with MacBook keyboard

Apple apologizes for continuing problems with MacBook keyboard

An article by Joanna Stern in a Wall Street Journal about ongoing problems with Macbook keys, Apple responded with an apology which also stated that the problem was constrained to a small number of users.

Those users have some options. If still under warranty, they can get the keyboard fixed or replaced. There's also a programme of free repairs for older models.

Story via cultofmac.

www.cultofmac.com/615272/apple-2018-macbook-keyboard-pro-air-problems

Mojave 10.14.4 is out with support for Apple News+ and more

Mojave 10.14.4 is out with support for Apple News+ and more

This week's announcements included a subscription video service, credit card, games service and subscriptions to news services.

The latter is now available via the News app in the Mojave 10.14.4 release (update via System Preferences).

What's not obvious from the headlines is that Apple News+ is "Available in the US and Canada". So no "Plus" for the rest of the world yet. From Apple's press release, "Apple News users in the US, Canada, UK and Australia can continue to enjoy the free news experience".

Story about the 10.14.4 update via iDownloadBlog

www.idownloadblog.com/2019/03/25/macos-mojave-10-4-4-update

New iMacs announced today

New iMacs announced today

Apple has finally announced new generation 4k and 5k iMacs.

There's a huge range of options available from 3.6GHz quad-core Core i3 to 3.6Ghz eight-core ninth-generation Core i9. (Did I really just read eight-core?)

Thanks to Jason Snell at Six Colors for the story

https://sixcolors.com/post/2019/03/new-imac-day/

How to Destroy a Hard Drive

How to Destroy a Hard Drive

I'm sure I'm not the only one with an attic stuffed full of old computers and peripherals (including old, noisy and by today's standards, very small external drives). But the time comes when you have to reluctantly part company with some of the stuff that won't ever be useful or collectible.

Do you know what information is on that drive? It's wise to securely erase it if possible, and fun (but probably not totally necessary) to destroy it.

This article on WikiHow has lots of interesting facts and many options ranging from using a hammer to using acid and electrolysis. Each suggestion has a 'fun' rating. As far as I can see, using thermite (in a large open space) has the highest fun level which goes to eleven (out of ten I presume.)

https://www.wikihow.com/Destroy-a-Hard-Drive

Microsoft Office comes to the Mac App Store

Microsoft Office comes to the Mac App Store

This is good news for Mac users who prefer to use the App Store and who prefer to use Microsoft Office rather than Apple's iWork or third-party options.

Office 365 is available through the Mac App Store with a month's free trial and then an in-app subscription or signing in with your 365 account.

SixColors and others carried the story.

sixcolors.com/link/2019/01/microsoft-office-comes-to-the-mac-app-store

5 of John Martelliaro's Favorite Mojave  Features

5 of John Martelliaro's Favorite Mojave Features

I guarantee that there will be a feature in here that you weren't aware of, or hadn't given much thought to.

For me it's Continuity Camera. Taking a photo on the phone and transferring it to the Mac has long been way more of a faff than it needs to be.

(I couldn't disagree more with John's opinion of Dark Mode. And I love the Dynamic Desktop which he doesn't mention. Diff'rent strokes and all that.)

www.macobserver.com/tips/5-favorite-features-macos-mojave

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