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  • Apple updates iWork for Mac, adding real-time collaboration beta to Pages, Numbers & Keynote

    Personally I wouldn't touch anything Google does with a ten-foot pole, and I really (really, really) hate Office. So this is just what the doctor ordered.
  • Apple's Tim Cook among tech executives meeting with Donald Trump on Wednesday - report

    Note to Tim: Remember to not trust one word of what Trump says. He will change his mind and accuse you of lying if you quote what he said just 10 minutes ago.
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  • Apple updates iWork for Mac, adding real-time collaboration beta to Pages, Numbers & Keynote

    With Google it is a privacy thing. I know that they have not been proven to do anything malicious wth the data, but on the other hand when I search for something, I want to find all the stuff related to what I search for, not just the things that the search engine thinks I want to find. I use Ghostery to list all the trackers on the web-sites I visit.
    As to Office, I just don't like it. It is filled with functionality I never use, and looks ugly. Office can do almost anything, which just masks the things I need and makes it difficult to use. Excel is extremely confusing compared to Numbers (of course it can do more, but this functionality I never use), and Powerpoint its laid out so that it is difficult to make really elegant and efficient presentations. The tools just makes it difficult to do what you want, even though everything is possible. I just like elegant tools, and Office really is not elegant. The tool just gets in the way.
    I know I went a bit overboard with my hate-comment. I don't hate any software out there - hate is such a strong word. Office just does not fit my needs, and the position it has in the marketplace makes it almost impossible for other solutions to compete. 
    I like that there are different solutions out there, so you can have real competition. If only Office survives, we are worse off than if there are alternative solutions, no matter how good Office is.
  • Apple refuses to back GOP convention because of Trump politics

    It is interesting, and a little scary, to follow this discussion. 

    How is it possible to compare this to selling computers in any country? Apple has decided not to sponsor a candidate that has openly said that he will implement policies that will most probably  influence Apple (and any American company) negatively. Where has Apple ever said that they will not sell computers to republicans? That is what you are implying. Or are you implying that they are giving computers to heads of state in Saudi-Arabia, India, China and other countries that you do not like? 

    If I could vote, I would vote for Clinton since there are only two real candidates. I'm sure there are lots of issues with her, but at least she is predictable and responsible. Trump is a loose cannon. Neither responsible nor predictable. The problem is not, for me, what he would do to USA, but what he can do to the rest of the world. USA today is a trigger-happy war-machine that influences not just itself, but also the rest of the world, and recently not in a good way.
  • Apple's GarageBand, iMovie, Keynote, Numbers, Pages now free for all iOS & macOS users

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    I have an 8 core 2.8 Ghz Xeon processor Mac Pro with 32 GB RAM, but Apple says I can't run 10.12, so I can't run any of the current versions of iWork apps.
    Apple has to draw a line in the sand somewhere...sorry! I'll be in the same boat soon I bet. I have a last gen tower Mid-2012 Mac Pro. 
    Sorry guys, but I must have missed something - you can't run Sierra on that hardware?

    I'm running 10.12.4 (and Pages/Numbers/Keynote) on a mid-2010 17 inch MacBook Pro with a two-core 2.66 i7 & 8 GB - I just loaded it up and it worked.

    Of course he can run Sierra on that hardware. He says "I'll be in the same boat soon I bet". Which means, to my maybe limited understanding of English, that in a couple of years his hardware will not be able to run the latest system. He'll be fine until 10.14 and maybe 10.15, but at some point his hardware will not be supported. My 2008 MacPro does not run Sierra. His 2012 Mac Pro will probably not be able to run 10.15 (or 10.16 or...)
  • Getting started with playing your own music in iTunes on the Mac

    My iTunes library contains 221 000 songs - mostly classical, so a movement is a song. Totally about 10000+ CDs. Around 3,5 TB. On my fairly recent iMac this is fast enough, if not exactly lightning fast.
    I treat each work as a "CD", which means that a CD with 3 string quartets on it ends up as 3 CDs. I choose column view, with columns for genre, composer, artist and work. I put extra info, f.inst. soloists in operas in the Comments field, so it is searchable.
    So if I want to see which Haydn string quartets I have by the Mosaïque quartet, I click Chamber, Haydn, Mosaïque, and there they all are.

    Or i type Haydn Mosaïque in the search field.
  • How Donald Trump's election as U.S. President could affect Apple

    There's this little thing called a democracy where the people have the power to decide who leads the country and who doesn't. And they have spoken. 

    And they voted for Hillary. She got more votes than Trump, but the archaic voting system manages to give the win to the candidate that got the least votes. 
  • Purported 'iPhone 7 Plus' packaging shows Lightning to Headphone Jack Adapter in box, 256GB storage

    OMG. more adapters. I'm drowning in a pile of them now.
    How is technology going to move forwards if you never can change anything because of old standards? The adaptors are there so you can use your old externals after alternatives are introduced. I expect that most users will use bluetooth headphones soon, so why not get rid of the old analogue plug, and include an adapter for those that insists on using their old headphones? A win-win situation in my book.