How to take control of GDPR emails in Mail

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Has your in-box become a pool of mailing lists, shops, services and brands begging you to agree to continue to receive email from them under Europe’s new GDPR legislation? I find these messages are making it hard to keep an eye on my regular email, so I thought this short report might help.

I like GDPR

There’s nothing wrong with GDPR.

I very much like it that Europe is brave enough to do what my second-rate UK government won’t do, which is give me a little power to protect my privacy.

There’s also nothing wrong with all these firms begging me to keep accepting messages from them – they want me to say yes, so they can confirm my details and then convince me to let them sell my details to someone else. With that in mind, I am being quite ruthless in using GDPR as an Continue reading “How to take control of GDPR emails in Mail”

How to use Apple’s new online privacy tools

Apple has published a deeply improved privacy site, offering in-depth information about what data it keeps about its customers and providing easy-to-use tools with which to download and verify such data. Here’s what you need to know to find out everything Apple knows about you:

Why has Apple made the site?

Apple introduced these privacy enhancements in response to new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) across the EU. The new site is available in the EU at this time, but Apple says it will make the tools and services there available internationally in future.

What can I do with Apple’s privacy tools?

  • Get a copy of your data
  • Request a correction to your data
  • Deactivate your account (though onlyin the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland).
  • Delete your account

How do I use Apple’s new data and privacy pages

You’ll be asked for your Apple ID and password when you

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How to use Apple’s new online privacy tools

Apple has published a deeply improved privacy site, offering in-depth information about what data it keeps about its customers and providing easy-to-use tools with which to download and verify such data. Here’s what you need to know to find out everything Apple knows about you:

Why has Apple made the site?

Apple introduced these privacy enhancements in response to new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) across the EU. The new site is available in the EU at this time, but Apple says it will make the tools and services there available internationally in future.

What can I do with Apple’s privacy tools?

  • Get a copy of your data
  • Request a correction to your data
  • Deactivate your account (though onlyin the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland).
  • Delete your account

How do I use Apple’s new data and privacy pages

You’ll be asked for your Apple ID and password when you

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Apple Sends Invites for WWDC 2018, Announces Keynote Time

Apple has locked down a date and time and officially sent out the invitations. The Worldwide Developers Conference will begin Monday, June 4 with the keynote set to kick things off at 10 a.m. Pacific Time.

The only question remaining is what will Apple unveil at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California? The safest bets are announcements of the new macOS, iOS, tvOS, and watchOS versions. However, Apple will occasionally use the event to roll out new hardware. But your guesses are as good as ours, so let the speculation begin!

And check back with the Rocket Yard next week for a full preview of what we expect from WWDC 2018!

The Power Mac G4 Line

The tower form factor may be a thing of the past, at least until the new Mac Pro shows up next year, but for years, if you needed the most powerful and flexible machine money could buy, the Power Mac was the only way to go.

For almost five years, the heart of the Power Mac was the PowerPC G4 chip. Starting in 1999 it clocked at just 350 MHz, but by the time the Power Mac G4 line was retired, a tower with dual 1.42 GHz CPUs could be ordered. In that time frame, things like Gigabit Ethernet, SuperDrives, and Wi-Fi became mainstream.

The Power Mac G4 came in three distinct cases over the years it was available. Each style of machine saw several revisions while in service, bringing the total number of models to 10. That’s a lot of computers to cover, so let’s get started.

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Mac tip: A foolproof way to eliminate unwanted email

Mastering Multitouch

Annoyed by regularly received email from a mailing list that won’t let you unsubscribe? Riled that Junk mail filters still let those messages through? Don’t worry, you are not alone, but here is a simple set of Mail rules that will delete those messages as you receive them.

Make a Rule

You can create Mail rules on your Mac. To do so, open Mail>Preferences and tap the Rules tab. Now select Add Rule.

What we are doing

We are going to create a rule that automatically deletes any messages you receive from a specific domain. You need to be careful that the messages you want deleted aren’t likely to be ones you want to receive, but there’s a way around that (see below).

Create the rule

Take a look at the mailing list you don’t want to hear from and get its domain, probably www,.annoyingmail.com.

Mac Gamer HQ’s 25 Best Mac Games of 2018 (So Far … and What’s Ahead)

There are thousands of reasons to love Macs. They’re powerful and reliable, and macOS provides an unrivaled experience. However, when it comes to gaming, the Mac lacks the complete library of games that Windows boasts.

But that’s not to say that there aren’t great games available right now for macOS. Rocket Yard contributor Ric Molina at Mac Gamer HQ has once again proven this with his recent list of the Top 25 Best Mac Games of 2018.

The list is worth a look for Mac gaming enthusiasts, those new to Mac gaming, and new Mac owners alike. To make it simple, Mac Gamer HQ even breaks down the general system requirements for each game on the list.

Be sure to check out the list to find something new (or classic) to play and remember, Macs can be great for gaming too!

Related: See Frames-Per-Second in Real Time with ‘Count

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How to password protect files and folders on your Mac

Apple made a big mistake

The truth is that your Mac is only as secure as the people you leave it with and the password that you use.

That’s why you should only leave your computer with people you trust, and should be certain you use a tough passcode, even if it does take you a little longer to open it up. Another thing you can do to protect yourself is to password protect items on your Mac.

What we’ll learn

I’m going to very quickly explain how to password protect things on your Mac. Specifically, we’ll look at password protection in iWork, Notes, PDF and Microsoft files, and also use of Disk Utility. There are additional ways, which I might add to this report at a later date.

Password protect iWork files

Pages, Keynote and Numbers files can easily be protected.

Open the file you want to protect and choose File>Set Password. You’ll see

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Apple updates Accessibility pages with great content and more

It’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day, so Apple has updated the accessibility pages on its website, introducing new videos, information and an improved design, declaring:

‘Technology is most powerful when it empowers everyone’

The updated pages provide in-depth information concerning the accessibility features built into every Apple product, with sections for Mac, iPad, iPhone, Watch, TV and HomePod.

The upgraded pages also include a new Stories section, in which you can watch videos and download video transcripts explaining how people use those features in numerous real-world situations.

The main title page explains the technologies Apple provides, including:

  • VoiceOver
  • Display Accommodations
  • Magnifier
  • Text controls
  • Zoom
  • Live Listen
    Closed Captioning
  • Switch Control
  • Assisitive Touch
  • Siri
  • Wheelchair and Activity
  • Speak Screen
  • Safari Reader
  • Guided Access

And many more.

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Apple Exploring North Carolina, Northern Virginia for New Campus

For the last several months, Apple has been exploring locations for a new campus focusing on technical support, and according to new reports, sites in North Carolina and Northern Virginia are under consideration.

The Washington Post says Apple has explored opening a campus for 20,000 employees in Northern Virginia, an area Amazon is also considering for its new campus.

Image of Apple Park via drone pilot Duncan Sinfield


Apple told economic development officials in Northern Virginia that it is seeking four million square feet of space to accommodate 20,000 jobs, and officials proposed several potential sites.

The sites proposed by Northam’s staff for Apple include office buildings and development sites in Crystal City, privately owned Loudoun County land near the Center for Innovative Technology and the Scotts Run development in Tysons.

Two of those locations, Crystal City and the Loudoun land, are part of sites Northam also pitched to Amazon.

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When your Mac is slowing down, try this Terminal tip

This is one of the most useful Terminal tips you’ll ever come across. It’s the go-to fist stop solution if apps like Safari start to hang, Mail starts to freeze, or applications otherwise become less responsive than normal.

What is the problem?

Macs just run and run. That’s great, and that’s why so many Mac users rarely switch their computers off. That’s fine too, as these systems can handle that, but after you’ve been using them for an indeterminatewhile you may find that they become less responsive. Usually this is because one or more of your apps has taken RAM from your system in order to run, but failed to release it back when it ceased to be the active app. The end result? After some time your Mac won’t have the memory it needs to run things efficiently.

Here’s what to do

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8 Apple Notes tips for Mac and iOS you’ll probably use

When you think about it, Notes are also code

I’ve been making lots of use of Notes on my Macs, iPad and iPhone, so I thought I’d share some of the less obvious things I do to get more out of using them, supplementing my Macand iOSguides to using Notes. I hope these come in useful.

Use Siri

I do wonder how many of us remember that we can use Siri to create a new Note? Just tell Siri “Start a new note” and then tell it what you want the note to say.

Make it easier to find Notes

Notes already lets you create a folder-based filing system, but you may still find it a little easier to find specific Notes across all your devices (Mac and iOS) if you take a moment to create a custom thumbnail for the ones you need most often.

The best

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Apple Releases Xcode 9.3.1 Update

Apple today released an updated version of Xcode, Xcode 9.3.1. The new version of Xcode comes over a month after the release of Xcode 9.3, which was launched alongside iOS 11.3 back in late March.

Xcode 9.3.1 is a minor bug fix update. According to Apple’s release notes, it addresses an issue that could cause a user to have to log in with their Apple ID repeatedly and it fixes a bug that could cause Xcode to hang when using Playgrounds.

Xcode 9.3, the previous update, introduced a new Energy organizer designed to help developers detect when an app or app extension is using too much battery life on a user’s device.

The software also brought a new 64-bit testing mode for macOS 10.13.4, which is designed to let developers test software for 64-bit compatibility as Apple prepares to start phasing

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Apple Has Applied to Participate in Pilot Program Allowing Expanded Operation of Drones

Apple has applied to participate in a new pilot program that would allow the company to operate drones in ways that are typically restricted by the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States, according to Reuters.

DJI Mavic Air


The report states that the U.S. Department of Transportation will announce 10 winning state or local government bodies for inclusion in the program today, and each has partnered with companies who will play a role in the tests. At least 200 companies are said to be vying to be part of the program.

The initiative, introduced by the U.S. government last year, will allow for a larger range of testing, including flying drones at night, over people, and beyond an operator’s line of sight, within the United States.

The list of winners, which appears to have been determined, is said to include companies that plan to test drones for

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10 Apple Music tips you’ll use a lot

Are you using Apple Music? Over 40 million of us do, but there’s a good chance some of the tips I’ve curated for you here will be new to you.

1. Find the Shuffle/Repeat buttons

If using Apple Music on an iPhone, you’ll find the shuffle and repeat buttons in Playlist or Album views, but when you open the Now Playing window for the current track you must swipe up on the screen to access them.

2. Don’t forget to say “my”

If you are not online, underground or in a car failing to get consistent mobile coverage, Siri will still help you get the tracks you need, you just need to remember to use the word “my” in your request.

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Google Assistant Gaining Support for Multiple Requests and Continued Conversations, Will Be Able to Make Phone Calls for You in the Future

Google today hosted its annual I/O conference designed for developers, where the company had several new announcements to share related to AI, Google Assistant, and machine learning.

Google announced the launch of its next-generation machine learning chip, the TPU 3.0, which is powering many AI improvements to Google products using machine learning techniques.

Gmail, for example, is gaining a new smart compose feature that will suggest full phrases for you as you type. Pressing the tab key will insert the suggested phrase, cutting down on the amount of typing that you need to do in Gmail.

In the next couple of months, Google Photos will get Suggested Actions, offering contextual functions for you to act on. For example, if you have a photo with a friend in it, Google Photos will suggest sending the photo to the friend. If a photo is underexposed, Google will suggest a fix that

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Mac and iPad users: Do you use this little-known Mail tip?

Did you know that you can create a document containing links to specific emails in Mail that will still work even if those messages get put into new folders?

Why do message URLs matter?

If the following sounds familiar, it’s possible you’ll benefit from message URLs:  You’re very busy and you’re working on projects that require you to deal with lots of fast-moving email. When it comes to finalizing your work, you suddenly can’t find those important messages you need to check before signing the project off.

A period of frantically trying to surface those messages in your Mail stack follows. “Was that message from Frank or Jane?”

If only you’d thought to create a Notes file containing the relevant message URLs of these important messages as they arrived.

How do I use message URLs?

It’s really simple to use message URLs on both Mac and iPad devices:

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Report: Butterfly MacBook Pro keyboards require more frequent, more expensive repairs

Enlarge / The keyboard on the 2016 Touch Bar MacBook Pro. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

An AppleInsider article has stoked some consumer frustration over Apple’s butterfly keyboards. In it, AppleInsider combed through a limited dataset of warranty events from participating Apple Genius Bars and third-party repair shops. The site determined that, in that data, the 2016 MacBook Pro’s keyboard accounted for twice the percentage of all warranty events in that machine’s first year on the market as its predecessors from 2014 and 2015 did.

These keyboards already have plenty of detractors. They have very short travel, which serves two functions: it frees up a tiny bit of space in the machine for other components (every nanometer counts), and it can make typing considerably faster since not as much effort is needed to register a key press. I like these keyboards, but a lot of other people feel strongly that they’re

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Everything you need to know to join the Apple family in Naples

Apple has always said it stands at the cusp of the liberal arts and technology, and its latest push sets the scene for more of the same – the company is searching for 400 of the best potential developers to join Apple Developer Academy, Naples, Italy.

What’s Apple doing in Naples?

On offer is a year’s tuition in app development, design and technology. Selected students don’t have to pay a cent – the course is totally free, and they will get support with their living expenses. The cost of living in Naples isn’t hideously expensive, either.

They also get a Mac and an iPhone they can keep. Forty-two students this year will also be provided with the chance to attend Apple’s annual WWDC developer event.

People anywhere in the world can apply to take part in the course, though they will be asked to show talent and passion for

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OWC Expands Mercury Elite Pro mini Storage Solution Offerings

OWC’s Mercury Elite Pro mini is known as a high-performance, bus-powered, multi-interface storage solution, and the product line has recently been expanded to include 3.0TB and 4.0TB capacities.

Available now on MacSales.com and at retailers everywhere, the Mercury Elite Pro mini is a solution for Mac and PC, offering 5400 RPM HDD, with the latest chipset and USB 3.0/eSATA interfaces, delivering transfer speeds up to 600MB/s. 

This high-quality drive mechanism is built into a brushed aluminum, impact resistant enclosure with incredibly quiet operation, making it ideal for A/V, professional photographers and musicians, graphic artists, and data backup. 

The OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini comes with the 3 Year OWC Solution Limited Warranty.