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Best Buy Discounts Entry-Level 15-Inch MacBook Pro to $1,499 in One-Day Sale

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:50:30 PDT

Best Buy currently has a limited-time sale hitting the 15-inch MacBook Pro from mid 2015, with a 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, and 256GB flash storage. Under the sale, those interested can get this model for $1,499.99, priced originally at $1,999.99. Students and parents of students can knock the price down an additional $50 to $1,449.99. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. Although it's three years old at this point, Apple still sells this configuration of the 15-inch MacBook Pro as an entry-level option for those customers not interested in the more recent additions to MacBook Pro models, like the Touch Bar and Touch ID. Best Buy's discount is also $200 cheaper than it's ever been before in our tracking, and the deal will last today only. Best Buy's sale on the 2017 MacBook Pro models is still going on as well, with savings of up to $200 or more. Prices start at $1,149.99 for the 13-inch MacBook Pro (2.3 GHz, 8GB RAM, 128GB HD), or as low as $1,099.99 with Student Deals. In a separate one-day-only sale, Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day for today is also focused on MacBooks from 2015. Sold by Woot, these are certified refurbished models of the original 12-inch MacBook that Apple introduced in early 2015, with prices starting at $779.99 (1.2 GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB HD) and rising to $969.99 (1.2 GHz, 8GB RAM, 512GB HD). Below is a quick rundown of other sales currently happening on Amazon: Twelve South - Get $30 off the HiRise Duet with the MacRumors exclusive promo code 30DUET (expires April 28) Twelve South - Fermata headphone charging stand for $49.99, down from $79.99 iPhone X Leather Case - As low as $34 in select colors Anker PowerCore II 20,100mAh Portable Charger - $35.99 with code ANKERPC2, down from $49.99 (exp. 4/20) Anker iPhone 8 Silicone Case - $5.99 with code ANIP8599, down from $15.99 (exp. 4/22) Anker iPhone 8 Plus Rise Case With Kickstand - $4.99 with code ANIP8499, down from $12.99 (exp. 4/22) Anker PowerLine+ II Lightning to USB 3.0 Cable (all colors) - $12.99 with code ANKER453, down from $17.99 (exp. 4/30) Anker PowerLine+ Lightning Cable (10ft, all colors) - $12.59 with code ANKER823, down from $17.99 (exp. 4/30) For more details on the latest sales -- today including Apple Watch Series 1 for as low as $150 at Walmart -- head over to our full Deals Roundup.Related Roundup: Apple DealsDiscuss this article in our forums [...]

Apple Open Sources FoundationDB

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:32:08 PDT

Apple owned-company FoundationDB today announced that the FoundationDB core has been open sourced with the goal of building an open community with all major development done in the open.

FoundationDB, a database company, was purchased by Apple back in 2015. As described in today's announcement, FoundationDB is a distributed datastore that's been designed from the ground up to be deployed on clusters of commodity hardware.

By open sourcing the project to drive development, FoundationDB is aiming to become "the foundation of the next generation of distributed databases.
The vision of FoundationDB is to start with a simple, powerful core and extend it through the addition of "layers". The key-value store, which is open sourced today, is the core, focused on incorporating only features that aren't possible to write in layers. Layers extend that core by adding features to model specific types of data and handle their access patterns.

The fundamental architecture of FoundationDB, including its use of layers, promotes the best practices of scalable and manageable systems. By running multiple layers on a single cluster (for example a document store layer and a graph layer), you can match your specific applications to the best data model. Running less infrastructure reduces your organization's operational and technical overhead.
Following the open sourcing of FoundationDB, the company believes the quantity and variety of FoundationDB layers will develop rapidly. FoundationDB has adopted a new set of project governance rules and a code of conduct for community development.

The source for FoundationDB is available on Github as of today, and those who wish to join the project are encouraged to visit the FoundationDB community forums, submit bugs, and make contributions to the core software and documentation.

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How to Apply Color Tags to Items in macOS Finder Using Custom Keyboard Shortcuts

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 02:00:30 PDT

In one of our previous macOS how-to guides, we explained how using tags can help you organize your files and folders and quickly locate them when they're needed. In this article, we're going to show you how to tag items in Finder using a simple custom keyboard shortcut, for even faster tagging. The first series of steps below shows you how to create a handy key shortcut to activate Finder's inline tagging menu. Once you've done that, we explain how you can use one or more custom shortcuts to directly apply specific color tags to selected items in a Finder window. This more powerful color tagging method requires creating a simple Automator service. If that sounds scary, don't worry – it's a simple process, and if you're a frequent user of tags then you'll find this quick recipe well worth the effort. Keep reading to learn how it's done. How to Create a Shortcut for Tagging Items in Finder Launch System Preferences from the Apple menu bar ( -> System Preferences...). Select the Keyboard preference pane. Click the Shortcuts tab. Select App Shortcuts in the left column and click the + button. Select in the Application field. Type Tags... in the Menu Title field. Click inside the Keyboard Shortcut field and press your preferred key combination for activating the service. In our example, we've used Shift-Command-T. Click Add.Now your shortcut is set up, it's time to try it out. Open a Finder window and select an item (or several) for tagging. Hit your chosen key combination and you should see a tag menu pop up beneath the selected item(s), like so. From there, just start typing the name of the tag you want to use and it should appear in the input field. Hit Enter to apply it. Alternatively, use the down arrow key to choose the tag you want from the dropdown list, and hit Enter. How to Create a Color Tagging Service in Automator Launch Automator from the Applications folder. Click New Document. Choose Service as the type of your document. Type label into the Library search field at the top of the Automator sidebar. Drag the Label Finder Items action into the empty workflow area. Click the tag color you want to use for your first keyboard shortcut. (We're going for red in our example.) Select files or folders in the Service receives selected dropdown. Select Finder in the in application dropdown. Select File -> Save from the Automator menu bar, and give your service a name. We'll be using the name "Tag Red". Click Save.How to Assign a Shortcut to Your New Tagging Service Launch System Preferences from the Apple menu bar ( -> System Preferences...). Select the Keyboard pane. Click the Shortcuts tab. Select App Shortcuts in the left column and click the + button. Select in the Application field. In the Menu Title field, type the exact name of the service you just created in Automator ("Tag Red" in our example). Click inside the Keyboard Shortcut field and press your chosen key combination for activating the service. We've used Shift-Command-R. Click Add.You should now be able to tag selected items in Finder with your chosen color using the keyboard shortcut you created. To create additional shortcuts for applying other tag colors, simply follow the Automator steps again but choose another color, and save the service under a corresponding name. Then simply assign a shortcut to the named service in the Keyboard preference pane as described above.Related Roundup: macOS High SierraDiscuss this article in our forums [...]

How to Export Your Passwords and Login Data From Google Chrome

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:13:17 PDT

In Chrome 66, rolling out now for Mac and iOS, Google has added a password export option to the web browser so that you can easily migrate your login details to another browser via a third-party password manager app. In this article, we'll show you how to export your passwords from Chrome on Mac and iOS. At the end of the process, you'll be left with a CSV file containing all your login credentials. Popular password managers like Enpass and 1Password accept CSV files for importing login data. Just be aware that the CSV file you export from Chrome is in plain text. That means your credentials could be read by anyone with access to it, so make sure you securely delete the file once you've imported the data into your password manager of choice. How to Export Passwords From Chrome on Mac Launch Chrome browser on your Mac. Select Chrome -> Preferences... from the Chrome menu bar. Click the Settings button in the upper left corner of the tabbed Settings screen. Click Advanced in the Settings side panel. Click Passwords and forms in the dropdown menu. Click Manage Passwords. Click the column of vertical dots at the top-right of your list of Save Passwords. Click Export passwords... in the pop-up. Acknowledge the pop-up warning dialog by clicking the blue Export Passwords... button. Enter your system password if requested to do so. In the Export window, choose a location on your Mac to export the CSV file to, and click Save.With the login data exported to your computer, open your password manager of choice and look for the import option, usually found in the app's menu bar under File. Once you've imported the data from the CSV file, be sure to delete it, preferably with a file shredding app like Secure Delete or Incinerator. How to Export Chrome Passwords in iOS Launch the Chrome app on your iPhone or iPad. Tap the three dots in the upper right of the browser tab. Tap Settings in the dropdown menu. Tap Passwords. Tap Export Passwords.... Acknowledge the pop-up warning dialog by tapping Export Passwords.... Using the Share Sheet, choose a secure method (i.e. not Mail) for exporting the CSV file. Tapping Save to Files lets you save it on your iOS device or in iCloud Drive, for example. Again, once you've imported the CSV file into your password manager of choice, be sure to delete the file.Related Roundup: macOS High SierraTags: Google, ChromeDiscuss this article in our forums [...]

Google Chrome 66 Browser Adds Default Mute Autoplay Feature, Password Export, and More

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 03:12:55 PDT

(image) Google is currently rolling out its Chrome 66 update to users of the web browser on Mac and iOS. The Mac version now mutes autoplaying content by default, while both desktop and mobile versions include a passwords export option, security improvements and new developer features.

Mute autoplay was originally slated for Chrome 64, which introduced autoplay settings on a per-site basis, but the function got pushed back for unspecified reasons. However, Chrome 66 now rolls out the default behavior for all users, and feeds into Google's wider intention to make the media playback experience more consistent when users navigate the web.

Going forward, web-hosted media can only automatically play if it has no audio, if the user interacted with the page during a previous browsing session, or if the user frequently plays media on the site. Similarly on mobile, media can only autoplay if the site was added to the Home Screen by the user.

The new passwords export option was previously hidden in Chrome's backend flag menus, but Chrome 66 adds the option to the user-facing settings. That said, it's still not obvious how to generate the CSV file containing your login credentials, so we've published a separate how-to article that goes through the process step by step.

As for enhancing security, Chrome 66 follows through on Google's plan to deprecate Symantec-issued certificates, after the company failed to comply with industry security standards. The decision to end its trust for Symantec certificates was made when certificates for and variations of escaped into the wild.

Additionally, Chrome 66 includes a Site Isolation feature that offers additional protection from the Spectre CPU vulnerability, by forcing websites to run as different processes, with blocks to prevent them receiving certain types of sensitive data.

Google Chrome for Mac is a free download available directly from Google's servers.

Google Chrome for iOS is a free download for iPhone and iPad available on the App Store. [Direct Link]

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Best Buy Offering Up to $350 Off MacBook Air Models

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 23:22:30 PDT

Best Buy is continuing its recent string of solid deals with a new discount offering up to $300 off select MacBook Air models, bringing the cost of the entry-level model down to just $699.99. Students and parents of students can sign up for Best Buy's Student Deals program to knock an additional $50 off on all eligible models.

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This is likely a very short-term deal, so be sure to take advantage of it quickly if you're interested in picking up a MacBook Air. It's part of Best Buy's larger Computing Savings Event(image) that runs through Saturday with a rotating selection of deals.

Best Buy's other weekly deals are still ongoing, including up to $200 off MacBook Pro models (up to $250 off with Student Deals), discounts on iPhone 7 and 6s models, and an iPad trade-in program. And as always, head over to our full Deals Roundup for even more deals.

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Best Buy's Latest Sale Offers Up to $200 Off 13-Inch MacBook Pro

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 12:25:25 PDT

Best Buy is continuing its string of sales this spring with a new offer focused on the MacBook Pro today, which will last until next weekend. The focus of the new sale is Apple's latest MacBook Pro, with discounts of up to $200 off select 13-inch models (or up to $250 off for students and parents of students).

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  • MacBook Pro(image) - Save up to $200 or more / as low as $1,149.99 ($1,099.99 with Student Deals)
Best Buy is also currently running a special iPhone 7 and iPhone 6s deal(image) that offers $150 off when purchased on an installment plan from AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint. The discounts bring the total cost down to $520 for iPhone 7 Plus, $400 for iPhone 7, $400 for iPhone 6s Plus, or $300 for iPhone 6s.

Additionally, if you're looking to trade in an old iPad for some credit, the retailer is still offering a minimum $125 Best Buy gift card(image) with the trade-in of select iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, and iPad Pro models. Best Buy debuted the in-store offer as a chance for customers to upgrade to Apple's new sixth-generation iPad at a discount.

Head over to our full Deals Roundup for more details on the latest sales happening this week.

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Best Buy 2-Day Sale: Save on 12-Inch MacBook, 5th Gen iPad, iPad Pro, and More

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 06:21:29 PDT

Best Buy today launched a new 2-day sale, offering discounts on the 12-inch MacBook, 5th generation iPad, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and iPhone X, 8, and 8 Plus. For the 2017 MacBook models on sale, Best Buy's prices this weekend are coming in around $100-$150 cheaper than B&H Photo and Adorama, while last year's 9.7-inch iPad is between $30-$50 cheaper than rival retailers in the new sale. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Best Buy. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. As with most of Best Buy's Mac sales, students and parents of students can save an extra $50 on the 12-inch MacBooks this weekend, amounting to savings of $250. If you're interested in any of the items on sale, be sure to place your order by Saturday, April 14 at 11:59 p.m. CT, when the discounts will expire. 12-inch MacBook - Save $200 1.2 GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD (Rose Gold, Gold, Space Gray, Silver) - $1,099.99, down from $1,299.99 / $1,049.99 with Student Deals 1.3 GHz, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD (Rose Gold, Gold, Space Gray, Silver) - $1,399.99, down from $1,599.99 / $1,349.99 with Student Deals 5th Generation iPad - Save $80 32GB with Wi-Fi (Gold, Space Gray, Silver) - $249.99, down from $329.99 128GB with Wi-Fi (Gold, Space Gray, Silver) - $349.99, down from $429.99 10.5-inch iPad Pro - Save $50 or $100 64GB with Wi-Fi (Rose Gold, Gold, Space Gray, Silver) - $599.99, down from $649.99 256GB with Wi-Fi (Rose Gold, Gold, Space Gray, Silver) - $749.99, down from $799.99 512GB with Wi-Fi (Rose Gold, Gold, Space Gray, Silver) - $899.99, down from $999.99 iPhone Save up to $200 when you buy and activate an iPhone X, 8, or 8 Plus on a monthly installment plan Other Sales LifeProof Cases for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus - Save up to $70 / as low as $19.99 Beats Studio2 Wireless Headphones (Titanium) - $199.99, down from an original price of $379.99 Insignia 4.8A 4-Port USB Charger Outlet - $14.99, down from $34.99 Sphero - Save 40-55 percent on select toys / as low as $79.99 for BB-9E Nanoleaf Aurora Rhythm Smarter Kit - $209.99, down from $229.99 In addition to the 2-day sale, Best Buy is still offering savings of up to $200 off the 2017 MacBook Air from earlier this week. To check out this offer and more, head over to our full Deals Roundup.Related Roundup: Apple DealsTag: Best BuyDiscuss this article in our forums [...]

Images Reveal Google's Gmail Redesign Coming to Web Browsers on Mac and PC

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 05:14:01 PDT

Google has reportedly been working on a design overhaul of its Gmail interface on the web, and today The Verge obtained a collection of images that show off this redesign. The new look of Gmail is said to currently be in testing within Google and "with trusted partners."

Images via The Verge

According to the new images, Gmail for the web will update to fall in line with Google's mobile Gmail apps, including some elements of the company's Material Design. One of the major visual differences is a new sidebar that provides multiple options for customization. Users can choose to add Google Calendar, Google Keep, or Google Tasks in the side window, or collapse it completely and focus only on their inbox.

Along with Material Design and the sidebar, The Verge noted that Google is adding three new layouts for Gmail users to pick from:
Google is providing three new layouts to choose from, including a default view that highlights attachments like documents and photos, a comfortable view that doesn’t highlight attachments, and a compact view that increases the amount of messages you can see on a single page. The compact view is the most similar to the existing Gmail design, allowing existing users to keep a similar layout.
There will also be two new additions coming to the web called smart replies and snooze, both taken from the Inbox by Gmail app. Smart replies is also on the basic iOS and Android Gmail apps, providing users with straightforward replies for quickly responding to emails. Snooze lets users temporarily remove emails and reminders from their inboxes until they want them to reappear.

The internal test of the Gmail update is believed to expand to G Suite and Gmail users "in the coming weeks."

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How to Set Up Mail VIP Contacts in macOS, iOS 11, and iCloud Mail

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 02:36:48 PDT

In Apple Mail, finding email messages from certain contacts can be made easier by giving them a "VIP" status. Short for Very Important Person, VIPs are identified in your inbox by a star next to the person's name in any messages you receive from them. Messages from the same VIP are also displayed in their own folder in a special VIP smart mailbox that sits in Apple Mail's Favorites bar. You can assign up to 100 VIPs, and if you use iCloud Contacts, your VIPs are available on any other Apple devices signed in to the same account. Moreover, you can choose to be notified of emails only when the messages are from people in your VIPs list, thanks to Apple Mail's custom alerts feature. Keep reading to learn how to set up VIPs on macOS, iOS 11 (including Apple Watch), and iCloud Mail. How to Add a Contact to Your VIP List in macOS How to Revoke a Contact's VIP Status in macOS How to Set Up VIP Alerts in macOS How to Add a Contact to Your VIP List in iOS 11 How to Revoke a Contact's VIP status in iOS 11 How to Set Up VIP Alerts in iOS 11 and Apple Watch How to Add a Contact to Your VIP List in iCloud Mail How to Revoke a Contact's VIP Status in iCloud Mail How to Add a Contact to Your VIP List in macOS Launch the stock Mail app on your Mac. Select a message in your inbox from the sender that you want to make a VIP. Move your mouse cursor next to the person's name in the message header and click the star that appears so that it turns opaque. Alternatively, click the down arrow next to the name or address and select Add to VIPs in the dropdown menu. With at least one contact in your VIPs list, a special VIP inbox will appear in the Favorites bar. If you click the VIP inbox and select a VIP, only messages from that person will be shown in the message list. How to Revoke a Contact's VIP Status in macOS In Mail, you can right-click on a person's VIP mailbox in the sidebar and select Remove from VIPs. Alternatively: Select a message in your inbox from the person whose VIP status you want to remove. Click the star next to the person's name so that the symbol is no longer opaque. You can also click the down arrow next to the name or address and select Remove from VIPs in the dropdown menu. How to Set Up VIP Alerts in macOS Launch the Mail app. Select Preferences... from the Mail menu bar. Stay in the General pane, and select VIPs from the dropdown menu next to New message notifications. How to Add a Contact to Your VIP List in iOS 11 Launch the Mail app on your iPhone or iPad. Tap Mailboxes in the upper left corner of the screen. If you've not created any VIPs before, tap the VIP inbox, which should appear below your regular mailboxes. If you're adding to an existing VIP list, tap the circled 'i' icon next to the VIP inbox. Tap Add VIP. This option will appear either at the center of the screen if you have no VIPs yet, or at the bottom of your existing VIP list. Select the person from your contacts that you'd like to add to your VIP list. (Note that the contact card needs to include their email address, otherwise you won't be able to add them as a VIP.) How to Revoke a Contact's VIP status in iOS 11 Launch the Mail app on your iPhone or iPad. Tap Mailboxes in the upper left corner of the screen. Tap the circled 'i' icon next to the VIP inbox. Swipe across the name of the person you want to remove from your VIP list, tap Delete, and you're done. Alternatively, if you want to remove several contacts, tap Edit in the upper right corner of the screen. Tap the red minus symbol next to the contacts that you wish to remove from your VIP list. Tap Delete. Tap Done in the upper right corner of the screen. How to Set Up VIP Alerts in iOS 11 and Apple Watch You can set custom notifications using the VIP alerts button on the VIP list screen. To [...]

StarTech Launches New DisplayPort and HDMI Thunderbolt 3 Mini Docking Stations

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 16:03:02 PDT

StarTech today announced the launch of a new line of bus-powered Thunderbolt 3 Mini Docking Stations designed to be used with the latest Apple Macs equipped with Thunderbolt 3 support.

StarTech is offering two TB3 dock variations -- the Mini Thunderbolt 3 Dock with Dual HDMI, priced at $183, and the Mini Thunderbolt 3 Dock with Dual DisplayPort, priced at $164.

With the dual HDMI dock, two HDMI monitors with 4K resolution can be connected to a Mac, while the dual DisplayPort dock allows two 4K DisplayPort monitors or one 5K monitor to be connected to a TB3 Mac. Each dock comes equipped with an integrated 20cm Thunderbolt 3 cable and because they're bus-powered, there's no need for a power cable.

Both of the docks are small in size making them ideal for use when traveling or in spaces where desk real estate is limited, and both come equipped with a Gigabit Ethernet port. The HDMI dock features two USB-A ports (one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0), while the DisplayPort dock features a single extra USB-A (3.0) port for plugging in peripheral devices.

StarTech says the two new docks will be available for purchase soon through,, and other retailers.
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How to Use Tags to Organize Files and Folders in macOS

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 03:21:53 PDT

In macOS, tags provide you with an alternative way to organize your files and folders, and can make items in Finder easier to locate. To tag a file in Finder, simply right-click (or Ctrl-click) it and select one of the colored tags in the dropdown menu. Alternatively, click on Tags... in the same dropdown menu, type in a custom name for a tag, press Enter, and a new tag will be created automatically, ready to be applied again from the dropdown. How to Customize Tags and Search for Tagged Items You can customize which tags appear in the dropdown menu by clicking Preferences... in the Finder menu bar, selecting the Tags tab, and dragging your favorite tags to the area at the bottom of the pane. You can also create new tags and remove unused ones using the + and - buttons, right-click tags to rename them or change their color, and tick the checkboxes next to them to select which ones appear in the Finder sidebar, because that's where tags show their true worth. For instance, click a tag in the Finder sidebar, and all the files and folders assigned with that tag will appear in the Finder window, regardless of where they're located on your Mac. You can also search for a tag by entering the tag color or name in Finder's search field, then selecting a tag from the suggestions. How to Tag Open Files You're Working On Don't forget, in many macOS applications you can tag the open file you're actively working on. Simply click the arrow next to the document name in the title bar, click in the Tags field and enter a new tag, or select one from the dropdown list. Similarly, you can also tag new files when you save them. Just select File -> Save from the application's menu bar, and in the Save dialog, click inside the Tags field and enter a new tag, or select one from the list. Finally, if you don't have a Finder window open, you might find it more convenient to consult Siri to locate all the files that you've assigned a particular tag. Click the Siri icon in your Mac's menu bar or press Command-Space, then say something like: "Find files with a purple tag." Siri should deliver your results including an option at the bottom to open the tagged files in a Finder window.Related Roundup: macOS High SierraDiscuss this article in our forums [...]

Vimeo Launches macOS App Aimed at Final Cut Pro Users

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 08:04:39 PDT

Vimeo today announced a new "Vimeo for macOS" app that brings some of the service's core functionalities to Mac computers, particularly aimed at creators using Apple's Final Cut Pro video editing software. While users could already upload to Vimeo from Final Cut Pro, the company noted that its new Mac app gives Final Cut Pro users "more control over file formats and video codecs." Specifically, Vimeo will integrate with Final Cut Pro to export ProRes videos, manage uploads, share videos for team reviews or to post on the platform. Vimeo said users will also be able to upload multiple files at once, track upload progress in the Mac status bar, and more. The company hopes that the Mac app will streamline creators' workflows by simplifying the export and upload process. - Export as ProRes and other advanced codecs from Final Cut Pro - Upload directly to your Vimeo account - Adjust the title, description, and privacy settings for your videos - Get instant access to video links, video review pages, and embed codes - Receive notifications about important video activity And you can enjoy it all without going into your internet browser. Meaning you get the features you need most, right when and where you need them. Once the new Vimeo app is installed users can connect to Final Cut Pro by restarting Apple's app and looking for Vimeo in their share destinations. The company also mentioned that it plans to provide ongoing updates to the Mac app, and is open to feedback from the creator community. Final Cut Pro updated yesterday with version 10.4.1, introducing the new ProRes RAW format. Apple said that this format combines the visual and workflow benefits of RAW video with the performance of ProRes, a lossy video compression format developed by the company for post-production. The update also added advanced closed captioning tools and enhanced export tools. Vimeo for macOS launches a few months after the company announced support for high dynamic range videos on its apps for iPhone X, 2017 iPad Pro, and Apple TV 4K. Vimeo's HDR videos support the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) format to keep file sizes at manageable levels, letting HDR video makers upload to Vimeo "in the highest color accuracy possible." Those interested can download Vimeo for macOS for free from the Mac App Store [Direct Link].Tags: Final Cut Pro X, VimeoDiscuss this article in our forums [...]

iMovie for Mac Updated With iPhone X Support for App Store Video Previews and Bug Fixes

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 08:48:23 PDT

(image) Apple today released iMovie version 10.1.9 for macOS as a free update to its consumer video editing software on the desktop. It's the first update to the app since shortly after macOS High Sierra was released.

iMovie 10.1.9 adds support for the iPhone X and additional iPad resolutions in relation to App Previews, the feature for creating short videos that appear alongside screenshots in App Store listings on iPhone and iPad.

The update also includes a range of bug fixes and stability improvements:

• Resolves an issue which could prevent logging into Facebook
• Resolves an issue in which HEVC video clips and HEIF photos could appear black in the viewer
• Resolves an issue in which the import date was used as the capture date when importing from certain SD cards or AVCHD cameras
• Resolves a playback issue with Sound Designer 2 files
• Resolves an issue in which iMovie could hang when quitting the app
• Resolves an issue in which opacity controls may disappear when using iMovie in German or Polish
• Fixes an issue that could prevent sending certain iMovie projects to Final Cut Pro
• Addresses an issue that could lead to slower media import from SD cards on iMac Pro
• Improves stability when working with Camtwist Studio

iMovie and the 10.1.9 update are available for free on the Mac App Store. The update may still be rolling out for some users.

iMovie for iOS has yet to be optimized for the iPhone X display.

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Final Cut Pro 10.4.1 and Motion and Compressor Updates Now Available on Mac App Store

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 08:02:57 PDT

Apple today released Final Cut Pro version 10.4.1, the latest update to its professional video editing software that it previewed last week. The update is available from the Mac App Store free of charge for existing users, while Final Cut Pro remains $299.99 for new users in the United States. The update may still be in the process of appearing for some users. Final Cut Pro 10.4.1 introduces a new ProRes RAW format, which combines the visual and workflow benefits of RAW video with the performance of ProRes, a lossy video compression format developed by Apple for post-production.With ProRes RAW, editors can import, edit and grade pristine footage with RAW data from the camera sensor, providing ultimate flexibility when adjusting highlights and shadows — ideal for HDR workflows. And with performance optimized for macOS, editors can play full-quality 4K ProRes RAW files on MacBook Pro and iMac systems in real time without rendering. ProRes RAW files are even smaller than ProRes 4444 files, allowing editors to make better use of storage while providing an excellent format for archiving.The update also adds advanced closed captioning tools that allow video editors to view, edit, and deliver captions from right within the app. Apple says Final Cut Pro users can import closed caption files directly into their project or create them from scratch. Captions appear in the viewer during playback and can be attached to video or audio clips in the timeline, so they automatically move with the clips to which they're connected. Final Cut Pro 10.4.1 release notes: Closed Captions • Import caption files into a Final Cut Pro project to automatically create time-synced, connected captions in the timeline • See captions directly in the Viewer • Use the Inspector to adjust text, color, onscreen location, and timing • Create captions in multiple languages and formats in the same timeline • Use the new Captions tab in the Timeline Index to search text, select captions, and quickly switch between different versions of your captions • Attach captions to audio or video clips in the timeline • Extract embedded captions from video to view and edit the captions directly in Final Cut Pro • Send your project to Compressor in a single step, making it easy to create a compliant iTunes Store package with audio and video files, captions, and subtitles • Validation indicator instantly warns about common errors including caption overlaps, incorrect characters, invalid formatting, and more • Embed captions in an exported video file or create a separate caption sidecar file • Share captioned videos directly to YouTube and Vimeo • Support for CEA-608 and iTT closed caption formats ProRes RAW • Support for ProRes RAW files lets you import, edit, and grade using pristine RAW image data from the camera sensor • RAW image data provides ultimate flexibility when adjusting highlights and shadows — ideal for HDR workflows • Enjoy smooth playback and real-time editing on laptop and desktop Mac computers • Highly efficient encoding reduces the size of ProRes RAW files, allowing you to fit more footage on camera cards and storage drives • ProRes RAW preserves more of the original image data, making it an ideal format for archiving • Work natively with ProRes RAW or ProRes RAW HQ files created by ATOMOS recorders and DJI Inspire 2 drone Enhanced export • The new Roles tab in the share pane displays title, video, and audio roles in a single, consolidated interface • Quickly view and choose roles to be included in exported video files • Roles settings and enabled/disabled states from the timeline are carr[...]

'Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration' Release Date and Mac Requirements Revealed

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 04:45:26 PDT

Back in February, Feral Interactive announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration would make its way onto macOS this spring. The title is a port of the 2016 PS4 game and the sequel to the series reboot Tomb Raider from 2013.

In a follow-up announcement today, Feral revealed an April 12 release date for the title as well as pricing and the official system requirements that Mac owners will need in order to run the game at an acceptable performance.

As well as AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards, Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration will support the following Intel integrated graphics cards: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 540, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 550, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 and Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650.

Feral says the game will be supported on the following Macs:
  • All 13-inch MacBook Pros released since 2016
  • All 15-inch MacBook Pros released since Late 2013 with a 2.3GHz processor or better
  • All 21.5-inch iMacs released since Late 2017
  • All 27-inch iMacs released since Late 2013 (models with an Nvidia GT 755M graphics card are not officially supported)*
  • All Mac Pros released since Late 2013

*Late 2012 models with a 2GB Nvidia 680MX graphics cards are also supported.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration can be pre-ordered on the Feral Store for $59.99, which includes the base game and all the DLC ever released for it. It's also worth checking your Mac's hard disk space before purchasing the game: Customers who download it from the Mac App Store will need 37GB of available storage, while purchases from Steam will come in at a less weightier 27GB.

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Best Buy Sale: MacBook Air Up to $200 Off, iPad Trade-In Deal, Beats Studio3, and More

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 07:25:33 PDT

In Best Buy's latest sale this spring, the popular retailer has marked down select models of Apple's 2017 MacBook Air by up to $200. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Best Buy. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. MacBook Air - Save up to $200 / starting at $849 with Student Deals for students and parents of students Best Buy is also still offering its in-store iPad trade-in deal that gives users a minimum $125 Best Buy gift card when trading in a working iPad mini 2 or newer, iPad Air/Air 2, iPad Pro, or fifth-generation iPad. Best Buy's outlet store for refurbished and clearance products offers up to 40 percent on a wide array of products, including some solid deals on refurbished Apple devices. AirPods are priced at $142.99 (save $17 over new), select Apple Watch Series 3 models are available for as low as $294.99 for GPS (save $34 over new) or $319.99 for Cellular (save $79 over new), AirPort Express is just $52.99 (save $47 over new), and BeatsX and Powerbeats3 headphones are 50–60 percent off compared to new. Lots of other non-Apple products are also included in the outlet, so make sure to check our the full listings. Along with the MacBook Air, iPad, and refurbished deals, there are also multiple savings on accessories launching this week. Best Buy has marked down or introduced new offers for the Beats Studio3 wireless headphones, a few JBL speakers, various smart assistant devices like Google Home Mini and Echo Show, and more. You can check out these sales in the list below: Beats Studio3 Wireless - Save $40 / on sale for $309.99 Google Home Mini - Save $20 when you buy two Echo Spot - Buy two Echo Spots and save $40 Echo Show - Buy two Echo Shows and save $150 Philips Hue - Buy a Philips Hue Color Starter Kit and get a $49 Hue Tap Remote at no cost Finally, Best Buy has launched a new discount that's offering 25 percent off three or more cell phone accessories. These products can include cases, chargers, cables, adapters, screen protectors, and more, as long as they are each priced at $9.99 and above. Visit our full Deals Roundup for more of the latest sales happening this week.Related Roundup: Apple DealsTag: Best BuyDiscuss this article in our forums [...]

Saudi Prince Meets Tim Cook at Apple Park to Discuss Education and App Development Opportunities

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 05:33:21 PDT

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Tim Cook and other top Apple executives on Saturday at the company's new Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino to discuss app development, education, and other partnership opportunities (via Saudi Press Agency). For the Saudi prince and his entourage of officials, the visit was part of a whirlwind tour that included stops to visit Virgin founder Richard Branson, Google co-founder Sergey Brin and CEO Sundar Pichai, and Magic Leap founder Rony Abovitz. According to the press release, the aim of the discussion with Apple executives was to talk about technological solutions for "enriching the Arabic educational content in the classroom" as well as the creation of an educational curriculum for Saudi schools. The meeting also covered the potential creation of job opportunities for Saudi youths who received their training at Apple's headquarters. The themes are broadly consistent with Apple's most recent focus on education at its Chicago event last month, where the company revealed its Everyone Can Create curriculum alongside its most affordable iPad with Apple Pencil support. Following the meeting, members of the official delegation received technology-led presentations on Apple's work in the areas of health and marketing, before visiting the Steve Jobs Theater to learn more about Apple's "modern voice applications", which is likely a reference to the Siri digital assistant. Apple is known to have been in discussions with Saudi Arabia to open its first retail store in the country as soon as 2019. State officials are said to be in licensing discussions with both Apple and Amazon in an effort to entice major technology companies into the country. Saudi Arabia also recently lifted a ban on FaceTime and other services that provide access to calling someone over the internet, as part of government efforts attempting to attract more business to the country. Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.Tag: Saudi ArabiaDiscuss this article in our forums [...]

The Six Oldest Products Apple Still Sells Today

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 12:30:40 PDT

Earlier this week, Apple confirmed it will release an all-new Mac Pro in 2019, as a bid of reassurance to its professional customers who have waited over four years for the company's high-end workstation to be updated. Apple still sells a handful of other major products that haven't been updated in between three and six years, however, and unlike the Mac Pro, it has remained silent about any future updates. We've outlined those products below. AirPort Extreme Days Since Last Major Release: June 10, 2013 / 1,758 days ago Apple hasn't refreshed its lineup of AirPort base stations in around five to six years. The high-end AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule, which is an Extreme coupled with up to 3TB of internal storage, were last updated at WWDC 2013. The smaller AirPort Express hasn't been updated since June 2012—it still has old 802.11n Wi-Fi. In November 2016, Bloomberg News reported that Apple ceased development of its AirPort products. In January 2018, Apple began selling the Linksys Velop mesh Wi-Fi system, but noted that "people love our AirPort products and we continue to sell them." The company hasn't commented on its AirPort products since. Mac Pro Days Since Last Major Release: December 18, 2013 / 1,569 days ago The current Mac Pro was previewed at WWDC 2013, when Apple's marketing chief Phil Schiller famously quipped "can't innovate anymore, my ass!" The professional desktop became available to order in December 2013, and hasn't been updated since, beyond receiving a price cut across the line in April 2017. Apple this week confirmed that it will release an all-new Mac Pro with a modular design in 2019. The computer will be influenced by Apple's new Pro Workflow Team, consisting of creative professionals who are experienced in areas such as visual effects, video editing, 3D animation, and music production. Mac mini Days Since Last Major Release: October 16, 2014 / 1,268 days ago It's been three-and-a-half years since the Mac mini was last updated as of next week. The portable desktop is still powered by Intel's outdated fourth-generation Core processors, despite the fact that we're on the eighth generation now. It also has Thunderbolt 2 ports, nearly three years after Intel announced Thunderbolt 3. Apple has twice said the Mac mini remains an "important" part of its product lineup, but unlike the Mac Pro, it hasn't provided a timeline for any future updates. While there has been some speculation that the Mac mini could play a role in Apple's modular Mac Pro system, the fate of the machine remains unclear. MacBook Air Days Since Last Major Release: March 9, 2015 / 1,124 days ago While the base model MacBook Air was updated with a slightly faster 1.8GHz processor in June 2017, the notebook hasn't received a significant update in over three years and counting. The latest MacBook Air is powered by Intel's fifth-generation Core processors—again, we're at eight now—and still lacks a Retina display. The prevailing assumption has long been that once Apple could manage to sell the 12-inch MacBook for $999, that it would replace the MacBook Air. That has yet to happen, however, and now there's rumors suggesting that a new and possibly even cheaper MacBook Air will be released at some point this year. iPod touch Days Since Last Major Release: July 15, 2015 / 996 days ago Once updated on an annual basis like the iPhone, the iPod touch hasn't been refreshed in nearly three years. The portable media player is powered by an Apple A8 chip, which was already around 10 m[...]

Quick Takes: Mac Mini Turning 3.5 Years Old, But Unlike Mac Pro, Apple Remains Silent About Future Updates

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 13:57:32 PDT

In addition to our standalone articles covering the latest news and rumors at MacRumors, this Quick Takes column provides a bite-sized recap of other headlines about Apple and its competitors on weekdays. Thursday, April 5Mac mini is three-and-a-half years old: Apple today confirmed that its revamped Mac Pro will be released in 2019. It's an opportune time for a reminder that the Mac mini hasn't been refreshed in three-and-a-half years as of April 16. 1,267 days ago as of today, according to our MacRumors Buyer's Guide. We asked Apple for a comment, but it's unlikely they'll break silence. Apple predicted to accelerate its capital return program due to corporate tax reform: In a research note to investors, Citigroup analyst Jim Suva estimates that Apple will expand its share repurchase authorization by an additional $100 billion on its May 1 earnings call, versus a $50 billion addition a year ago, as a result of the U.S. corporate tax rate dropping to 21 percent. FCP Exchange takes place at NAB 2018 in Las Vegas next week: The series of free Final Cut Pro workshops begin Monday, April 9 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time in room S219 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Final Cut Pro version 10.4.1, previewed by Apple today, will be released on the same day with support for a new ProRes RAW format and advanced closed captioning. Apple has published an entry titled Introducing the Payment Request API for Apple Pay on its WebKit blog. For more coverage of Apple, visit our Front Page, Mac Blog, and iOS Blog. Also head to our forums to join in the discussion.Related Roundup: Mac miniTag: Quick TakesBuyer's Guide: Mac Mini (Don't Buy)Discuss this article in our forums [...]