AWT News Update: November 28, 2017

AWT News Update: November 28, 2017

It's a buggy world after all! On today's Apple World Today News Update Podcast, we have news about some bugs that have worked their way into iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra:

  • Would you believe I.T.? An iOS bug is causing the word "it" to be autocorrected to "I.T."
  • A newly-discovered flaw in macOS High Sierra gives anyone the capability of signing onto a Mac using the username "root" and no password!
  • One of the Australian banks that wanted access to the NFC chips in Apple devices for its own wallet app has now embraced Apple Pay
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VMware Fusion 8.5 announced at VMworld, free upgrade from Fusion 8.0

VMware Fusion 8.5 announced at VMworld, free upgrade from Fusion 8.0

As expected, the recent announcement of Parallels Desktop 12 preceded the release of VMware Fusion 8.5 by only a little over a week. VMware's Mac virtual machine environments -- Fusion and Fusion Pro, have been updated to version 8.5, bringing support for macOS Sierra host and guest machines (with Siri integration and tabbed VM windows), Windows 10 Anniversary, and Windows Server 2016.

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MacPaw's Mac Optimizer Bundle is a Back-To-School Bargain -- 10% off!

MacPaw's Mac Optimizer Bundle is a Back-To-School Bargain -- 10% off!

Apple World Today readers love bargains, and this one is perfect for the student in your life. MacPaw has two apps -- CleanMyMac 3 and Gemini 2 -- that are great for keeping Macs at peak performance. Just in time for the start of a new school year, MacPaw is bundling the two apps together in what they call "The Mac Optimizer Bundle" for just $53.95.

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Parallels Desktop 12 launches with macOS Sierra compatibility, more speed, and the new Toolbox for Mac

Parallels Desktop 12 launches with macOS Sierra compatibility, more speed, and the new Toolbox for Mac

Every August, those of us in the tech blogging business await news from Parallels about the latest edition of the company's virtual machine application, Parallels Desktop. Today, Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac launched with a suite of new tools as well as with improved performance to make running guest operating systems from Windows 10 to Chrome OS on a Mac a breeze. 

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Daily Deal: The Mac User's Photography Bundle for Only $29.99

Daily Deal: The Mac User's Photography Bundle for Only $29.99

We're living in a great time for photography. Take a digital photograph that would have been tossed into the trash can a decade ago, and now we have amazing Mac apps with which to fix, enhance, and stylize those photos into breathtaking images. Today's Daily Deal is just what every Mac-owning photographer needs: a bundle of nine top photography apps for OS X for just $29.99

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Daily Deal: Half off PDFpen 8, the best PDF editor for Mac

Daily Deal: Half off PDFpen 8, the best PDF editor for Mac

Adobe's Portable Document Format or PDF has become the standard for electronic documents. Most Mac and iOS apps can save documents as PDFs for sharing, but what about those situations where you need to change a PDF, sign it, or block sensitive information in a document? In those cases, you need PDFpen 8 from Smile, without a doubt the best PDF editor for Mac. We're going to make PDFpen 8 affordable with today's deal, as you'll get it for $37, half off the regular price of $74.95.  

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Daily Deal: MacX MediaTrans and Video Converter Pro Bundle, 65% Off

Daily Deal: MacX MediaTrans and Video Converter Pro Bundle, 65% Off

It's pretty great when we get a deal on a single app, but even better when our readers can benefit from two related apps at a heck of a discount. Digiarty makes two of the best apps out there for converting and managing video and audio files, and with this bundle of MacX MediaTrans and MacX Video Converter Pro, you get 'em both at 65% off the usual price.  

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Carbon Copy Cloner 4: A close look at a popular Mac backup utility

Carbon Copy Cloner 4: A close look at a popular Mac backup utility

Most Mac users are happy to use the Time Machine backup utility built into OS X, but that utility has a shortcoming -- it doesn't create a bootable copy on the backup drive. That's why third-party utilities such as Bombich Software's Carbon Copy Cloner 4 (US$39.99) have remained so popular. 

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Daily Deal: Creaceed Prizmo 3 Pro Scanning for Mac, just $29.99

Daily Deal: Creaceed Prizmo 3 Pro Scanning for Mac, just $29.99

Scanning apps for iOS have become the norm, but they often do nothing more than take a photo of a document, straighten it out, and then save it to the cloud. What if you need to search a document, or if you're trying to put all of your company or personal documents online? That's where Creaceed Prizmo 3 Pro and its ability to use Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to create editable, searchable documents comes into play. Our deal today is unprecedented: get Creaceed Prizmo 3 Pro Scanning for Mac for only $29.99, a whopping 59% off the normal price of $75.

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​Contexts: The simpler, faster window switcher for Mac, and this week's Apple World Today sponsor

​Contexts: The simpler, faster window switcher for Mac, and this week's Apple World Today sponsor

Last week’s WWDC announcements pointed to some welcome changes to the upcoming macOS Sierra to improve the productivity of Mac users, but there was one part of the user experience that was seemingly ignored — window management on the Mac. Fortunately, there’s a utility that can speed up window switching, even on large-screen Macs with dozens of open apps and multiple displays — Contexts.

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