Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music production this week

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. This week is headlined by a massive list of classic synths turned virtual courtesy of IK Multimedia, Roland’s Future Redefined event packed with new product announcements and so much more… more…

Tidal burns through its third CEO in two years

Yet another Tidal CEO is out. Jeff Toig, who took over the position from interim CEO Peter Tonstad in 2016, has reportedly left the company. Which means Tidal is now looking for its fourth chief executive in two years.

Source: Billboard

macOS 10.13 Wishlist: Features MacRumors Readers Hope to See in the Next Version of macOS

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is set to kick off on June 5, and along with a new version of iOS, Apple is expected to introduce the next-generation version of macOS, macOS 10.13. We’ve heard no rumors on what to expect in macOS 10.13, so whatever Apple introduces will come as a total surprise.

With iOS 11 expected to get a major design overhaul, we can perhaps count on some similar design tweaks in macOS, but beyond that, there’s no word on what’s coming. As with iOS 11, our forum members have created a couple of macOS wishlists, outlining some of the features they’re hoping to see, and while macOS isn’t quite as popular as iOS, there are still some solid ideas.



Redesigned iTunes/Apple Music – Some MacRumors readers would like to see Apple overhaul iTunes in a big way, splitting out Apple Music and turning

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Apple developing dedicated AI chip called Apple Neural Engine

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Apple is reportedly developing a dedicated chip for integration with devices like iPhone that can handle artificial intelligence tasks, such as facial and speech recognition, according to a report on Friday.

Apple developing dedicated AI chip called Apple Neural Engine

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Apple is reportedly developing a dedicated chip for integration with devices like iPhone that can handle artificial intelligence tasks, such as facial and speech recognition, according to a report on Friday.

Apple Developing ‘Apple Neural Engine’ Chip to Power AI in iOS Devices

Apple is developing a dedicated processor that will be used to handle AI-related tasks like facial and speech recognition in its products, reports Bloomberg. Citing a source with knowledge of Apple’s plans, the site says the chip is known internally as the “Apple Neural Engine.”

Apple plans to use the chip, which would work alongside the standard processor and the graphics chip, to add more advanced artificial intelligence capabilities into its devices and to offload demanding AI processing tasks that can impact battery life.

An AI-enabled processor would help Cupertino, California-based Apple integrate more advanced capabilities into devices, particularly cars that drive themselves and gadgets that run augmented reality, the technology that superimposes graphics and other information onto a person’s view of the world.

The chip could potentially handle tasks like facial recognition in the photos application, parts of speech recognition, and power the predictive keyboard in the iPhone

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Report: Apple working on dedicated ‘Apple Neural Engine’ AI processor

Ahead of next-generation iPhones expected to include augmented reality features and updates for Siri, Bloomberg is out with a new report today detailing Apple’s work on a dedicated processor that it says will be devoted entirely to artificial intelligence tech.

Dubbed “Apple Neural Engine” internally, the report says the chip will allow for much improved facial and speech recognition applications as well as improved battery life:

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Uber, Lyft returning to Austin as driver-fingerprinting dispute ends

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Uber and Lyft are returning to Austin—the capital of Texas and home to the South by Southwest festival. The move comes one year after the ride-hailing services left the area over a driver-background check dispute with city regulators and voters.

The two companies are coming back now because state lawmakers passed legislation, which Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to sign Monday, that removes a controversial requirement that prospective drivers have their fingerprints run through an FBI database that tracks people’s criminal activity over the course of their lives. Uber and Lyft claimed that the check was too onerous and should be reserved for security sensitive personnel.

The new legislation supersedes the city of Austin’s regulations, paving the way for the companies’ return to Austin possibly as early as this coming week. (The companies said they would return for business immediately following Abbott’s signature.) Austin

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Securely record and view ‘home videos’ with your partner with Rumuki app for iPhone

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If you’re looking for an ephemeral video sharing app, limiting the recipients to two people who must both consent to viewing the recorded video, iOS-exclusive app Rumuki fits the bill.

Friday 5: Screens 4 brings new features to the Mac [Video]

Although there are many solutions available to remotely connect to a Mac, Screens has long been my go to app for doing so. Edovia’s long-running app, available on both Mac and iOS, makes it extremely simple to connect back to your Mac, and forgoes the subscription business model for a one time payment model.

Screens 4, which just released for the Mac earlier this week, brings a bevy of new features to the table in an effort to make the app even easier to use. In this week’s Friday 5, we highlight a few of the new features that we especially appreciate. more…

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Copy of ‘Total War: WARHAMMER’ From Feral Interactive

For this week’s giveaway, we’ve teamed up with Feral Interactive to give MacRumors readers a chance to win a copy of real-time strategy game Total War: WARHAMMER, which became available for the Mac in April.



Total War: WARHAMMER is a turn-based strategy game that allows players to build an empire and then plan and execute real-time tactical battles against enemies. Unlike other Warhammer games, Total War: WARHAMMER takes place in a high fantasy setting, pitting greenskins (orcs and goblins), vampires, dwarves, and humans against one another.



There are four playable factions that players can control, each with unique gameplay elements, play styles, abilities, and units to send into battle. The goal is to build up a city, recruit units, make alliances with other nations, and fight to protect and expand your hold over the Old World.



Aerial units like wyverns and dragons, specially trained Legendary Lords, and other powerful

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Apple may aid investigation into deadly 2016 EgyptAir crash

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Apple on Friday said that it’s open to cooperation with French authorities, who are exploring the possibility that two of the company’s devices were linked to the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 in 2016.

Apple may aid investigation into deadly 2016 EgyptAir crash

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Apple on Friday said that it’s open to cooperation with French authorities, who are exploring the possibility that two of the company’s devices were linked to the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 in 2016.

Radio-controlled pacemakers aren’t as hard to hack as you (may) think

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Pacemakers are devices that are implanted in the chest or abdomen to control life-threatening heartbeat abnormalities. Once they’re in place, doctors use radio signals to adjust the pacemakers so that additional major surgeries aren’t required. A study recently found that pacemakers from the four major manufacturers contain security weaknesses that make it possible for the devices to be stopped or adjusted in ways that could have dire effects on patients.

Chief among the concerns: radio frequency-enabled pacemaker programmers don’t authenticate themselves to the implanted cardiac devices, making it possible for someone to remotely tamper with them.

“Any pacemaker programmer can reprogram any pacemaker from the same manufacturer,” researchers from medical device security consultancy WhiteScope wrote in a summary of their findings. “This shows one of the areas where patient care influenced cybersecurity posture.”

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Memorial Day weekend means F1, the Indy 500, NASCAR, and the Nürburgring 24

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As we prepare to head into Memorial Day weekend, there’s a bumper crop of wheel-to-wheel action on offer for the motorsports fan. Both IndyCar and Formula 1 have their biggest races of the year this Sunday, NASCAR has its 600-mile race at Charlotte, and over in Germany hundreds of thousands of fans are camping around (and possibly setting fire to) the mighty Nürburgring.

Despite not being broadcast here in the US, the last of these is probably the easiest for you to watch. That’s because the organizers have provided a free international livestream on YouTube:

The race starts at 11am ET (3pm CET) on Saturday (May 27) and runs for the next 24 hours. There’s also English language commentary from the always-excellent team at Radio Le Mans.

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The Other World – Episode 170

Be sure to check out the complete “The Other World” comic archive here!

9to5Rewards: Sphero’s Star Wars BB-8 iPhone-controlled droid [Giveaway]

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is Wellbots, a US-based online retailer that specializes in smart products like drones, robots, wearables, home automation devices, connected toys and more.

The company has the iPhone-controlled Sphero BB-8 Star Wars Droid to give away to 9to5Mac readers this week. 

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Amazon is offering two free months of Music Unlimited to new subscribers

All the various music streaming services desperately try to differentiate themselves with personalization features and the occasional exclusive. If you ask me, however, they’re all pretty much the same with similar catalogs. For those who disagree, right now is a great time to see how the other half lives. Amazon is currently offering two free months of Amazon Music Unlimited for new users.

To get this deal, you have to sign-up using Amazon’s promotional web page. Once you arrive on the page, click Enter Your Code. In the pop-up window that appears, enter the code MOREMUSIC, then click Apply.

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Mastering macOS Server, Part 5: Mail and Calendar Services

This is the fifth in the ongoing Rocket Yard series describing how to use Apple’s macOS Server to provide services to users both inside a local network and over the Internet.

Previous articles include:

Over the past four articles, we’ve discussed why you’d want to run your own server for personal reasons or for a small business, talked about setting up a used Mac mini from MacSales.com as a server, and described how to set up macOS Server to provide a group of users with file sharing and wiki services.

This week, we’ll look at two of the more important services for any workgroup that’s using the macOS Server: mail and calendar services.

Setting Up Mail Services
First, we need to make sure that

The MX record for the server (DNS provided by DreamHost)
The Mail service pane on the macOS Server dashboard
Adding users to the mail server
Setting up virus and spam filtering
Adding Mail and Notes services to an iOS device in the Settings app
The Notes service is enabled automatically when we add Mail
The Calendar Pane in macOS Server dashboard
Adding a location resource to Calendar server
Checking availability of attendees, locations, and resources

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch Series 2 $70 off, iPad mini 4 $300, Mophie Juice Pack for iPhone 7/Plus $50, more

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Best Buy Memorial Day Sale: $70 off Apple Watch Series 2, iPad mini 4 $300, more!

Mophie Juice Pack Battery for iPhone 7/Plus for $50 shipped (Reg. $99)

Apple’s Great Games for $1 Sale: BADLAND, Assassin’s Creed, many more

Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro gets $124 discount, priced from $475

Best Buy is clearing out official Apple Watch Sport Bands, starting at $34 (or less)

Apple 13-inch MacBook Air 256GB gets a $279 discount to $920 shipped

Assassin’s Creed Identity for iOS drops to just $1 (Reg. $5)