Nuance Discontinues Dragon Professional Individual for Mac

Nuance have announced that as of 22nd October they will be discontinuing Dragon Professional Individual for Mac, their website states that “Dragon Professional Individual for Mac is being discontinued effective 10/22/2018 and will no longer be available for purchase”. This is a massive retrograde step for accessibility as there are no other options for hands free dictation apart from the basic feature built into macOS.

Apple Publicly Opposes Australia's Proposed Anti-Encryption Law

Apple have submitted a seven page document opposing the Australian government’s plan to introduce The Access and Assistance Bill which would see their iMessage service accessible by government agencies. Apple said “rather than protecting citizens from online criminal behaviour, the changes could undermine the privacy and security of smartphone users”.

Apple Donates $1m To Indonesian Earthquake & Tsunami Relief

Only weeks after their $1m donation to the Kerala flood relief fund in India and $1m donation to the Hurricane Florence Relief fund, Apple have donated $1m to the relief effort in Indonesia due to the Earthquake & Tsunami. Tim Cook said on Twitter “Our hearts go out to the people of Sulawesi and all of Indonesia after this weekend’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. Apple is donating $1 million to aid relief efforts as this beautiful country starts to rebuild.”.

iTunes with App Store Incompatible with Mojave

Many are unaware the shortly after Apple removed the App Store from iTunes it released a special version of iTunes that retained the App Store, primarily for “certain business partners”. However, if you are currently making use of this special version of iTunes you may want to hold off upgrading to Mojave as it is currently incompatible with the most recent macOS release. There is no information, at present, as to if or when this version of iTunes will be made compatible.

New MacSparky OmniFocus Field Guide

Earlier this month I posted that David Sparks (Mac Power Users) had launched a video learning website (https://learn.macsparky.com) which has loads of content to raise your game on macOS and iOS. Well he has already added a new Field Guide, the OmniFocus Field Guide will help you master one of the top task management applications around and covers the new OmniFocus releases. Get it for a limited introductory price of $24.00.

Apple Watch Series 4 - Fall Detection Off By Default

The new fall detection feature on the Apple Watch Series 4 is off by default unless the user has set their date of birth in the Health app and is over 65. After hearing from a disabled user yesterday who will be using this feature while transferring to their wheelchair I thought awareness that this feature needs to be enabled for under 65s is essential.

Apple Donate $1M To Hurricane Florence Relief

Following their recent $1M donation to the Kerala flood relief fund in India Apple have now donated $1M to the Hurricane Florence Relief fund. Hurricane Florence recently made landfall in North Caroline and has caused catastrophic damage. Tim Cook said on Twitter “The Carolinas are in our hearts. To our employees there, first responders and everyone in Hurricane Florence’s path, please stay safe.”.

Learn Online At MacSparky Field Guides

Do you want to improve how you use your Mac, iPhone or iPad? Well, head over to MacSparky Field Guides where David Sparks will help you achieve it. It’s free to sign up and there are even some free courses, such as the Workflow Field Guide, the Drafts Field Guide and the Bonus Content from the Automators podcast. There is also paid content like both volumes of 60 Mac Tips, the Siri Shortcuts Field Guide and much more.

Logitech Crayon on General Sale from 12th September

Logitech's Crayon, the slightly cheaper rival to the Apple Pencil, which has up until now only been available to educational establishments will soon be on general sale. As from 12th September 2018, the stylus will be available in Apple stores and should be on the Apple and Logitech websites sometime this month. The cost will be $69.99, only $20.00 less expensive than the Apple Pencil despite offering a reduced feature set.