Applelinks Tech Web Reader - Tuesday, October 8, 2013

MacBook Shipments LIkely To Be Down For 2013
10 Reasons Why Macs Are Better Than Windows PCs
Ways To Convert Mac OS 9 AppleWorks 6 Files To OS X Pages Files
OS X 10.9 Mavericks - How To Easily Make A USB Installer
Apple Seeking Engineer To Help Improve OS X Device Battery Life
Apple iMac 27-inch 2013: An Extra Hundred £100 For What Exactly?
WorkFit - Sit-Stand Workstations for iMac And MacBooks
Remo Privacy Cleaner Free Edition For Mac OS X Released
Rainer Brockerhoff Releases Quay 1.1.5 - The OS X Dock Extender


MacBook Shipments LIkely To Be Down For 2013

Digitimes' Aaron Lee and Joseph Tsai report that Apple's overall MacBook shipments in 2013 may decrease year-over-year despite the fact that they has been increasing their orders to the upstream supply chain for new MacBook models, according to sources at ODMs who note that their shipments for new MacBook devices have been increasing since June and volumes in the third quarter grew 10-20% growth sequentially, with shipment growth expected to continue in October.

However, Apple's weak MacBook shipments and suspension of component shipments for one quarter in the first half are expected to impact its overall MacBook shipments in 2013.

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10 Reasons Why Macs Are Better Than Windows PCs

Why should you choose a Mac over a PC? Macworld UK's Martin Casserly lists and discusses ten reasons why Macs are better than Windows PCs:

1) They make people happy
2) They come packed with useful software
3) They offer good value for money
4) They aren't dependent on Windows 8
5) They do run Windows 8 - the Mac is able to run pretty much any modern operating system including Windows 8 and Linux.
6) The Apple Store
7) Accessibility
8) They don’t get viruses
9) The Trackpad -the best trackpad on any laptop by an absolute mile
10) They’re British! - well, Apple Design honcho Sir Jony Ive is, anyway, and this is Macworld UK

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Ways To Convert Mac OS 9 AppleWorks 6 Files To OS X Pages Files

Cult of Mac's Rob LeFebvre notes that if you’ve been using Macs for a while, chances are that you have older documents that you may have created in Appleworks 5 or 6, and that you’d like to open on your newer Mac running OS X Mountain Lion or above.

He suggests several things you can do to try and make this happen, noting that if it’s an AppleWorks 5 document, you’re best off trying to find a copy of AppleWorks 6 and opening it in there, then saving as an AppleWorks 6 file.

He also cites a reader's tip thatanother option to convert older AppleWorks documents on an Intel Mac is to use LibreOffice, since as of 4.1 the free productivity suite includes an AppleWorks converter for word processing documents as well as converters for Word for Mac 5.1, Write Now 4.0 and MacWrite Pro documentFor more information, visit:

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OS X 10.9 Mavericks - How To Easily Make A USB Installer

MacFixIt South Africa says:

Since 10.9 Mavericks went to Gold Master status last week, there's been a plethora of sites running instructions on how to make a bootable USB (or HD) installer. All of them have the same basic instructions. And all of them have chosen the difficult way - making all files visible, dragging items to the desktop, etc.

None of this is required. The following is the easy way of creating a bootable copy of the installer.

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Apple Seeking Engineer To Help Improve OS X Device Battery Life

AppleInsider Staff report:

Apple is actively recruiting new employees who can help to improve battery life on the company's Mac OS X platform in the years to come.

Anthony Chivetta, a member of Apple's OS X team, posted links to a pair of new job openings on his team via his Twitter account on Monday. There he revealed that Apple is looking for employees who can "help improve the performance and battery life of OS X."

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Apple iMac 27-inch 2013: An Extra Hundred £100 For What Exactly?

The Register's Stephen Dean notes that the original iMac, launched back in 1998, was a breakthrough product that rescued Apple from being sucked into the sort of death spiral that Blackberry is currently speeding down. However, in 2013, the latest version of Apple's all-in-one desktop computer appears to barely merit a press release from the mothership - slipped in almost as an afterthought between the high-profile launch of the new iPhone and the upcoming and equally brightly lit debut of a new iPad. The update also brings the latest Intel Haswell processors and Nvidia’s GeForce GT 700 series of graphics chips and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, along with a £100 price increase that Dean says sadly seems to be an annual feature of the iMac now.

He observes that other big-name AIOs are not much different. Lenovo’s 27-inch IdeaCentre A730 being £100 cheaper, but you only get 6GB of memory, a GeForce GT 745M GPU and 802.11n Wi-Fi. On the other hand, its chip is a Core-i7 (though only 2.4GHz), its 1TB HDD has an 8GB SSD attached, a digital TV tuner and a Blu-ray drive, and you can also get a PC tower and separate monitor for a lot less money still. So the desision is whether you want or need to pay extra for aesthetics and high-spec construction, both nice to have but not exactly essential.

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WorkFit - Sit-Stand Workstations for iMac And MacBooks

As more individuals and companies realize the health, comfort and productivity implications of sitting at desks during working hours, demand for standing desks has increased enormously. Now, Apple users have a sit-stand desk solution specifically designed to work with Mac computers.

Ergotron, Inc., a leader in the sit-stand movement and global provider of ergonomic work and lifestyle products, announced today the launch of its newest sit-stand solutions, the WorkFit-A and WorkFit-P workstations with aluminum construction designed specifically to complement Apple desktop and laptop products. Consumers are seeking flexible workstation options that adjust easily to fit their body type and their Apple equipment, but also to complement their personal style. Ergotron’s new height-adjustable workstations are the first sit-stand workstations to align with the sleek design Apple users have come to know and expect.

Ergotron is unveiling two WorkFit for Apple model units. Key product details include:

WorkFit-A Sit-Stand Workstation, for Apple


This unit mounts the latest iMac computer on an height-adjustable arm and clamps to the back edge of an existing desk up to 31.5 inches (800 mm) deep; a grommet hole-mount base option is also included. It has fluid, one-touch motion with patented Constant Force technology, sit-stand height adjustment and a separate keyboard tray with tilt.

WorkFit-A, Sit-Stand Workstation - for Apple iMac
MSRP: $649.00

WorkFit-P Sit-Stand Workstation, for Apple


This unit is ideal for MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. The WorkFit-P attaches to the side or rear of an existing desk to create an adjustable sit-to-stand workstation; a grommet hole-mount base option is included as well. The unit holds up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg), and has a height adjustment range of 20 inches (51 cm). The generous worksurface is ideal for use with a laptop computer or for other activities like drawing, and has fluid, one-touch motion with patented Constant Force technology.

WorkFit-P, Sit-Stand Workstation - for Apple MacBook
MSRP: $329.00

“We are thrilled to be offering new alternatives that embrace the Apple consumer to our long-standing, industry leading WorkFit product line,” says Pete Segar, group president, Display Mount Solutions (DMS) of Nortek and CEO of Ergotron. “Since one size does not fit all, these workstations give the design-minded consumer products that can be integrated both at work and in the home, offering an easy way to stand more without giving up the well-beloved aesthetics of the Apple experience.”

These new WorkFit Sit-Stand workstations are available for pre-sale now and will be released in the United States and Canada in late October 2013 through Apple Authorized resellers. To learn about these workstations and other products suitable for Apple products visit To learn more about Ergotron and its entire product line, visit:

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The Sit-Stand Movement

Ergotron has been manufacturing sit-stand computing products for more than a decade to encourage healthier movement throughout the workday. To extend the message about the importance of moving more Ergotron launched JustStand ( in 2010 and is now annually releasing the JustStand Index to measure the awareness of sitting disease and the dangers of sitting for prolonged periods of time.

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Remo Privacy Cleaner Free Edition For Mac OS X Released

Remo Software's new application, Remo Privacy Cleaner for Mac, is a smart new way to guard your privacy and erase off tracks of your internet activities, system activities and app activities on your Mac machine for Free. Remo Privacy Cleaner Free Edition is available for Mac, Windows, Android users. The iOS app is launching this week, so stay tuned.


When you browse the Internet, access specific files or folders, work on applications, search for files or apps, view pictures, or even download files, footprints of such activities get saved on your Mac machine. These footprints can be easily extracted or viewed by anyone. Even after deletion, they exist in the system and need to be erased permanently. Remo Privacy Cleaner for Mac is the ultimate application for cleaning such footprints permanently.

Remo Privacy Cleaner for Mac is an ideal free app for protecting your privacy and cleaning unwanted junk from your Mac, which in turn boosts its performance and speed. The app offers "One Click Clean" feature that helps to permanently delete junk files such as browser history, download history, cache, auto-complete forms, app junk, recent items, Trash, search history and more, all in one simple click. Additionally, the app comes with a "File Eraser" feature; effortlessly and permanently erase confidential and private files or folders, beyond recovery. For this, this solution provides 9 different erasing patterns to overwrite data multiple times and ensures complete security.

"As a software app company, we make sure that our apps are of high quality and provides best user-experience," states Omer Faiyaz, CEO at Remo Software. "This free tool not only helps you to clear junk stuff from your system, but also helps in protecting your privacy and boosts system performance, we are launching this app for Windows, Mac & Android users, iPhone and iPad users will get the app this week."

"I just love it", said Mark Hendry, one of Remo Privacy Cleaner's tester. "I have been looking for such a tool and Remo Privacy Cleaner has all that I was looking for and more. It's "One Click Clean" feature made it very easy and effortless to clear up all those junk and unwanted stuff, which have been piling up in my system from such a long time."

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Rainer Brockerhoff Releases Quay 1.1.5 - The OS X Dock Extender

Brazilan developer Rainer Brockerhoff has announced an update to Quay, a system utility for OS X. Quay extends the Dock's functionality, allowing the user to sort Stack menus in several useful ways, and see extra information for each item.


Quay works transparently with the Dock and uses very few system resources. It follows aliases and symbolic links, and shows popup menus for Smart Folders. The user can restrict it to work only with certain Stacks, or fall back to the standard Dock menu/grid by holding down the Option key. Quay items can be generated with customized icons and inserted on either the file/window or the application side of the Dock. Unlike the standard Dock, Quay always follows aliases or symbolic links, and works correctly even with folders containing tens of thousands of items. Finally, Quay shows run-time information about running applications: memory usage, process ID, current CPU percentage, and others.

New features in version 1.1.5:
(*) Now also works with OS X 10.9 (Mavericks). Please note that users must update to this version before installing Mavericks.

Quay 1.1.5 is Euro 7 shareware. It will work indefinitely, for free, for the first folder/Quay icon on each side of the Dock; process information for all running applications is a free bonus.

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