ThinkPad goes retro for 25th Anniversary

Lenovo is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the ThinkPad with the release of a limited special edition retro-designed ThinkPad aptly named ThinkPad 25

The first ThinkPad was released back in 1992 by IBM. IBM ultimately sold their personal computer division, including the ThinkPad brand, to Lenovo in 2005. ThinkPads are popular business machines and are known for their performance & durability.

ThinkPad 25

The 25th Anniversary ThinkPad 25 is a fine blend of ThinkPad retro-design with modern technology. The ThinkPad 25 is a variation of Lenovo’s current ThinkPad T470 series.

The ThinkPad 25 comes in one configuration at the base price of $1,899. The ThinkPad 25 features include:

  • A 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7500U Processor (2.70GHz 4MB)
  • Windows 10 Pro 64-bit OS
  • 14.0″ FHD PPS AntiGlare Multitouch LED (1920×1080) Display with Integrated Camera
  • 16.0GB DDR4 SODIMM (2133MHz) RAM
  • 512GB PCIe SSD
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 940MX Graphics Card with 2GB RAM
  • Bluetooth Version 4.1
  • 3 cell Li-Ion (Fixed) + 3 cell Li-Ion (Removable) Batteries
  • Fingerprint Reader
  • 7-row Classic Backlit English Keyboard with Blue Enter key
  • Intel Wireless-AC 8265 (2×2)
  • 3 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB-C with Thunderbolt 3, 1 x 3.5 mm Combo Audio Jack, 1 x HDMI, 1 x RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet, 4-in-1 Card Reader (SD, MMC, SDHC, SDXC)
  • Special Edition ThinkPad 25 logo and special ThinkPad 25 packaging

The 25th Anniversary ThinkPad 25 is on sale now. As this is a special anniversary edition ThinkPad, the ThinkPad 25 will be available for a limited time and in limited quantities. 

For more information, visit Lenovo’s website – http://www.lenovo.com.

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Apple releases macOS High Sierra Supplemental Update; patches security flaws

Apple released a macOS High Sierra Supplemental Update today which “includes improvements to the stability, reliability and security of your Mac,” according to the software update release notes.

The release notes further state that the update:

  • Improves installer robustness
  • Fixes a cursor graphic bug when using Adobe InDesign
  • Resolves an issue where e-mail messages couldn’t be deleted from Yahoo accounts in Mail

macOS High Sierra Supplemental Update

The supplemental update also patches two significant security flaws recently identified in macOS High Sierra.

macOS High Sierra 10.13 Supplemental Update

The first security flaw involves Disk Utility and APFS encrypted volumes where a password could be improperly stored as the hint if a hint was setup in Disk Utility during the creation of an APFS encrypted volume.

Apple’s article regarding the security content of macOS High Sierra Supplemental Update states “If a hint was set in Disk Utility when creating an APFS encrypted volume, the password was stored as the hint.”

The second flaw could allow hackers to use malicious third-party applications to extract keychain passwords. According to the same article “A method existed for applications to bypass the keychain access prompt with a synthetic click.”

Apple recommends all macOS High Sierra users install the macOS High Sierra Supplemental Update. Users can download and install the free update by going to the App Store, selecting “Updates” and then clicking on “Update” next to the macOS High Sierra 10.13 Supplemental Update.

Apple releases watchOS 4.0.1; addresses watchOS 4 LTE/Wi-Fi connectivity bug

Even before Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE hit the shelves, Apple acknowledged an issue with the new LTE devices.

In a statement to The Verge, Apple stated:

“We have discovered that when Apple Watch Series 3 joins unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks without connectivity, it may at times prevent the watch from using cellular. We are investigating a fix for a future software release.” 

If you are experiencing this issue with your Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE and are awaiting a fix or you decided to hold off on buying an Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE until the bug was fixed, you don’t need to wait any longer!

Apple released watchOS 4.0.1 today which addresses this bug.

For instructions on how to update your watchOS, refer to the Update your Apple Watch support article from Apple.

Apple Releases iOS 11.0.2 Update; fixes crackling noise/static on iPhone 8/8 Plus

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Apple released the iOS 11.0.2 update today. It’s the second update to iOS 11 since the release of the new version of iOS two weeks ago.

iPhone 8/8 Plus users experiencing a crackling noise or static when using the earpiece on their devices will be thrilled to get this update as this particular issue is addressed in this update.

According to the software update release notes, “iOS 11.0.2 includes bug fixes and improvements for your iPhone or iPad.” The update fixes/addresses the following issues:

  • Fixes an issue where crackling sounds may occur during calls for a small number of iPhone 8 and 8 Plus devices
  • Addresses an issue that could cause some photos to become hidden
  • Fixes an issue where attachments in S/MIME encrypted e-mails would not open

Users can update to iOS 11.0.2 wirelessly on their iOS devices by going to Settings | General | Software Update then clicking on “Download and Install” or by connecting their iOS devices to their computer and downloading and installing the update through iTunes. As a best practice, you should always perform a current backup of your devices before installing iOS updates.

Wacom Tablet Users: Hold off on upgrading to macOS High Sierra!

If you’re a Mac user and rely on your Wacom tablet, you may want to hold off on upgrading to Apple’s latest operating system – macOS High Sierra. According to Wacom, the current Wacom driver for macOS Sierra (Apple’s previous generation operating system) is not compatible with macOS High Sierra (Apple’s latest operating system). Wacom is working on a new compatible Wacom driver for macOS High Sierra and expects it to become available by late October.

Wacom posted the following statement regarding Wacom driver compatibility with macOS High Sierra:

“Apple has released 10.13 High Sierra on September 25th. Wacom is currently working on a new driver update to support the new operating system. The new Wacom driver will be ready by late October at the latest. Due to nature of the changes in High Sierra, the existing Wacom driver for 10.12 will not work. To continue to use your tablet uninterrupted, Wacom suggests not to upgrade to 10.13 until the new driver is released.”

If you’ve already upgraded to macOS High Sierra and are experiencing compatibility issues with your Wacom tablet, hang tight! Wacom is working on it!

For the latest updates on this issue, visit Wacom’s website at http://www.wacom.com.

To download the latest Wacom drivers, visit Wacom’s Driver Download page.

Create a macOS High Sierra Bootable USB Installer using Terminal

Using Apple’s “Terminal,” you can create a macOS High Sierra bootable USB installer. This installer can be used to perform a clean installation of macOS High Sierra on a compatible Mac.

macOS High Sierra is compatible with the following Macs:

  • MacBook (Late 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid 2010 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2010 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Mid 2010 or newer)
  • iMac (Late 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or newer)

For a detailed list of macOS High Sierra system requirements, visit the link below:

https://support.apple.com/kb/SP765?locale=en_US

To create the macOS High Sierra bootable USB installer:

First, download the latest version of macOS High Sierra from the App Store. When the download is complete, the macOS High Sierra Installer application will launch. You can close the Installer application. Locate the macOS High Sierra Installer in the “Applications” folder of your Mac HD. The file will be called “Install macOS High Sierra.” Leave the macOS High Sierra Installer in the default location. This is important for later on.

Next, connect a USB Flash drive to your Mac. The USB Flash drive should have a storage capacity of at least 8GB. Make sure the USB Flash drive does not contain any files or documents you wish to keep. As part of the process to create a bootable USB Flash installer for macOS High Sierra, the USB Flash drive will be formatted (all data will be erased). Once the USB Flash drive is connected and has mounted onto your desktop, change the name of the drive to “Untitled.” Again, this is important for later on.

Launch “Terminal.” You can do this by going to the Finder, select “Go” from the menu bar then “Utilities.” Within “Utilities” double-click on “Terminal.”

Copy and paste the command line below into the “Terminal” window. Be sure to copy the command line accurately and in its entirety.

sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia –volume /Volumes/Untitled –applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app

After pasting the command line, “Terminal” will prompt you for your computer’s password. Enter your password then press the return/enter key on your keyboard. You must use an account with Administrator privileges.

“Terminal” will ask you to confirm that you want to erase the USB Flash drive. Enter “Y” for Yes then press the return/enter key on your keyboard. “Terminal” will format the USB Flash drive (you will see the message “Erasing Disk: 0% . . . 10% . . .”) and then proceed with copying over the macOS High Sierra Installer files and make the USB Flash drive bootable (you will see the message “Copying installer files to disk . . .”). This process may take some time to complete so be patient. Once the process is complete, “Terminal” will display “Copy complete” followed by “Done” and take you back to a Terminal command prompt. If there are no error messages, you can close out of “Terminal.”

Your macOS High Sierra bootable USB Flash drive should now be ready. You can test the USB Flash drive by restarting the Mac and holding down the Option key during restart. On startup, you should be prompted to select the drive that you want to boot from (either the internal hard drive/SSD or the USB Flash drive). Select the USB Flash drive to make sure the drive works properly. After the USB Flash drive boots successfully into the macOS High Sierra Installer, you can exit the installer, restart the Mac and boot normally to your internal hard drive/SSD.

Additional Notes:

  • After downloading the macOS High Sierra Installer, make sure to leave the Installer file in its default location (the “Applications” folder). The Terminal command line will not work if you move the Installer file.
  • Make sure the USB Flash drive is renamed to “Untitled.” The Terminal command line will not work if the USB Flash drive is named differently.
  • If you are having problems creating a macOS High Sierra bootable USB Flash drive using the current USB Flash drive, try a different USB Flash drive. Some USB Flash drives may be problematic.

Missed the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival? Catch it on the CW!

The 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival, a two-night music festival featuring some of the biggest names in music, took place last month (Sept. 22nd & 23rd) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

This year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival featured artists including: Coldplay, The Weeknd, DJ Khaled, Miley Cyrus, Lorde, Kings of Leon, Big Sean, P!NK, Chris Stapleton, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Niall Horan, David Guetta, Thomas Rhett, Harry Styles and Kesha with featured Special Guest Collaborators: Macklemore, Khalid, Bleachers, Bebe Rexha and Louis Tomlinson.

If you missed or want to relive moments from the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival, you’ll have an opportunity to catch the television broadcast this week. The CW will air some of the biggest moments and performances from this year’s two-night festival on Wednesday, October 4th and Thursday, October 5th from 8pm to 10pm ET/PT.

To find your local CW station, visit the link below:

http://www.cwtv.com/thecw/stations