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  • Editorial: The new Mac Pro is overkill for nearly everybody, and it hit Apple's own target...

    knowitall said:
    pakitt said:
    Although based on Unix, macOs is far from being a Linux-like OS.... 
    Try spotlight, that will work.
    macOs isn't based on Unix, its Mach.
    It does have a compliant bash shell which is seen by many as Unix.
    And (to help you a bit) Linux users like bash too. 
    Not so knowitall, macOS is a fully compliant UNIX:

    UNIX 03

    Company Name: Apple Inc.

    Product Name: macOS version 10.14 Mojave 
    Environment: on Intel-based Mac computers

    Registered on: 28-Aug-2018

    https://www.opengroup.org/openbrand/register/brand3648.htm
    dysamoriagatorguywatto_cobra
  • Apple Pay Express Transit arriving in London in next few months

    cmf said:
    I'm surprised TfL hadn't done this sooner to be honest. Although Express Transit only came out with 12.3, you would think they could have done something homegrown and then done a migration when the time was right.
    The Oyster card, TfL’s NFC “contactless” transit card, has been in use since 2003.

    Comtactless bankcards have been accepted since 2014 by TfL, be they VISA, MasterCard, Maestro or Amex.

    Apple Pay is of course accepted, alongside its competitors.

    If there’s any transport system that needs to catch up with payment options, it’s New York’s.
    seanj
  • Apple Pay now accepted for some UK government services, wider rollout planned for 2019

    The unanswered question is... Will the £30.00 limit on transactions still apply?
    It's very much answered in the first sentence of the Apple Pay page on Apple's UK website:
    https://www.apple.com/uk/apple-pay/
    Apple Pay is easy and works with the Apple devices you use every day. You can make secure purchases above the £30 contactless limit in shops, apps and on the web. So it’s as simple as using your physical card, and even safer too.
    caladanianlostkiwi
  • MacBook, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro: which one is right for you?

    chia said:
    This article on which Mac portable is exactly what I needed.  I am in the market for a new Mac after long making do with a very old Aluminium Unibody MacBook.

    I'm mulling over the idea of getting a MacBook Air for the "desktop apps" and video editing in combination with an iPad Pro for the document review, creation and editing.

    I'm somewhat unsettled by the barrage of grumbling about the lack of USB-A
    Do not neglect to look at the 2017 MacBook Air -- it's a LOT cheaper (even if you upgrade to an i7), the SSD can be upgraded later, and it has (what most people believe to be) a better keyboard.

    For the iPad:  I wouldn't rush into it unless you plan to use it strictly as a handheld tablet.  I think Apple will be releasing an external keyboard with a mouse or touchpad in the near future.

    Sorry but the 2017 MacBook Air is not a contender for me: no Retina display and no Thunderbolt3; I want the flexibility of Thunderbolt3 and the 2018 offerings will take me into the future, not leave me dwelling in the past.

    I'm still using external drives with my current Mac despite having upgraded the RAM and internal drive.  I think with the speed of both the internal SSDs and Thunderbolt3/USB 3.1 I can happily continue working in this way with a new Mac.

    As for the keyboard, yes, I've tried it several times on the new machines at Apple Stores.  Yes, the lack of travel did feel odd to me but guess what, after a few minutes I found I could quite comfortably type, so no problem there.

    The tablet form by its nature is orientated towards being held in the hand; I feel if most of the use is at a desk or with a keyboard then you're probably better off with a laptop.
    I'm not particularly interested in using a mouse with a tablet:  I've experimented using one with a cheap Windows 8 tablet and I've found it to be clumsy: lots of tiny icons and right-clicking that's tricky to navigate even with a mouse; impractical/impossible to use whilst handheld.  I think this is the fundamental problem with Windows 2 in 1 devices: most software developers don't bother to make tablet-friendly versions of their apps that cater to ideal tablet usage and interface because the user can put their device into "desktop mode".
    macpluspluswatto_cobra
  • MacBook, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro: which one is right for you?

    This article on which Mac portable is exactly what I needed.  I am in the market for a new Mac after long making do with a very old Aluminium Unibody MacBook.  I'm finding it quite difficult to decide which portable to go for, I have to think in terms of workflows and it's a pretty mixed bag of document audio and video creation/editing together with some iOS development as I become more proficient.

    I am finding quite difficult to choose between the MacBook Air and the 13 inch MacBook Pro with TouchBar, which was my initial intention to purchase before seeing the new iPad Pros.  Now I'm mulling over the idea of getting a MacBook Air for the "desktop apps" and video editing in combination with an iPad Pro for the document review, creation and editing.  I'm inclined to sticking to my original choice and adding an iPad Pro but that will be really stretching my budget, more so when thinking of how much RAM and storage to get.  I've noticed the London Apple stores don't appear to keep 16GB 13 inch MacBook pros in stock.

    I'm somewhat unsettled by the barrage of grumbling about the lack of USB-A; the Thunderbolt 3 ports are far more versatile, unlike USB-A you can have any port you need, be it Power, display, USB or even a combination with a mere change of cable at worst.

    The grumbling about Thunderbolt 3 ports is an ironic mirror of people grumbling when in 1997 the first iMac only had strange new ports called USB and none of the legacy serial or SCSI ports from previous Macs.  Six to seven years later those legacy ports were forgotten as the vast majority of computers were using USB ports.
    20 years later and the availability of USB-C connectors and cables is much better now in comparison to availability of USB cables and peripherals for the first iMac:  Four/five years from now people will be scratching their heads as to why some were so desperate to hold onto USB-A ports.

    macpluspluswatto_cobra