Apple CEO Tim Cook Attends State Dinner at White House

Apple CEO Tim Cook is attending the first state dinner of the Trump administration, which is honoring French president Emmanuel Macron, according to CNN. Cook is accompanied by Apple vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives Lisa Jackson.

Guests at the dinner, which is taking place in the White House State Dining Room, will dine on a goat cheese gateau with tomato jam and buttermilk biscuit crumbles, a rack of spring lamb with Carolina Gold rice jambalaya and a burnt cipollini onion soubise, and a nectarine tart with crème fraîche ice cream.

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Other state dinner attendees, aside from President Donald Trump and Melania Trump along with President Macron and his wife, include Vice President Mike Pence, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Rupert Murdoch, Olympic curler John Shuster, hockey player Meghan Duggan, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Approximately 150 guests are attending.

Cook has met with Trump several times in the past, attending a December 2016 tech summit and a meeting of the American Technology Council put together by Trump. Most recently, Cook was in Washington D.C. to meet with Senators Mark Warner (D-Virginia) and Richard Burr (R-North Carolina).

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Best Buy One-Day Sale: Save Up to $265 on MacBook Pro and Up to $100 on 2017 iPad

Best Buy today has debuted a limited one-day sale on a few of the latest models of Apple's MacBook Pro without Touch Bar and the fifth-generation iPad. The savings bring the cost of the entry-level MacBook Pro configuration down to $1,049.99, from $1,299.99. Students and parents of students can save even more and get the notebook for $999.99.

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For the iPads, savings are $80 off the 32GB models and $100 off the 128GB models, with prices either matching or beating the costs for the same iPads at retailers like Walmart, Target, and Adorama. Check out the list below for every device on sale today only:

13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar
Fifth-Generation iPad
For more information on the latest sales from Best Buy and many other retailers, be sure to head over to our full Deals Roundup.

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How to Get the Most Out of Apple's macOS Preview App

All of Apple's Macs come with Preview, a feature that's built into macOS. Preview is the default app that opens up whenever you view an image or a PDF, and it actually has quite a few useful tools built into it, which we've explored in the latest video over on our YouTube channel.

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  1. Editing a Clipboard Image - If you copy an image to your Clipboard from another app, you can quickly edit what's on your clipboard in Preview. To do so, copy an image, open the Preview app, and use the Command + N keyboard shortcut. Alternatively, choose File --> Open New From Clipboard in the menu bar.


  2. Filling Out Documents - When you open up a PDF in Preview, there's a whole toolbar of tools that you can use to fill out blank boxes. To access these tools, select the Markup icon (a pen in a circle).


  3. Signing Documents - With the Markup tools for editing PDFs, you can even virtually sign a document with your own signature. From the Markup toolbox, choose the signature icon, and select "Create New." From here, you can sign using your trackpad, or sign a white piece of paper with a pen and then hold it up to your Mac's camera. Both of these techniques work remarkably well, making it simple to get a virtual signature onto a digital document.


  4. Quickly Remove an Image Background - Preview is no match for software like photoshop, but there are some basic image editing tools included. If you want to remove the background from an image like a logo, there's a quick way to do so, with the steps outlined in detail in the video above. This feature really works best on images with a lot of contrast, such as a colorful logo with a white background.


  5. Photo Editing - In the same Markup toolbox that's been used for most of these tips, you'll find some basic photo editing tools for adjusting color, exposure, and other simple parameters. To open up these image editing tools, click on the little icon that looks like a triangle. You'll see options for exposure, contrast, saturation, temperature, tint, highlights, shadows, and sharpness, plus there's a histogram for more advanced edits.


  6. Adding and Removing PDF pages - If you open up a PDF in Preview, you can remove unnecessary pages or add additional pages. Using the Edit options in the menu bar, select Insert --> Page from File to add a new document to an existing PDF. Deleting is as simple as selecting the thumbnail view, selecting a thumbnail, and selecting delete. You can also use the sidebar to rearrange pages with simple drag and drop gestures.
If you've never really delved into the Preview app beyond viewing an image or PDF, it's well worth checking out some of the more advanced features. Have a favorite Preview feature we missed? Let us know in the comments.

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How to Enable Markup Annotation Tools in macOS

Recognizing the utility of Markup annotation tools, Apple has extended their availability in recent versions of iOS, but it's worth bearing in mind that you can access a similar and equally useful annotation toolset within several native Mac applications.

In macOS, accessing an application's Markup toolbar lets you draw on and annotate images or PDF documents within the app using arrows, shapes, and text. You can also use it to quickly sign a document with your digital signature.


We've highlighted which native apps support Markup in this article. But before you can access the toolset in desktop apps, you'll need to check that the relevant extension is enabled on your Mac. Keep reading to learn how it's done.

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Best Buy Discounts Entry-Level 15-Inch MacBook Pro to $1,499 in One-Day Sale

Best Buy currently has a limited-time sale hitting the 15-inch MacBook Pro from mid 2015, with a 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, and 256GB flash storage. Under the sale, those interested can get this model for $1,499.99, priced originally at $1,999.99. Students and parents of students can knock the price down an additional $50 to $1,449.99.

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Although it's three years old at this point, Apple still sells this configuration of the 15-inch MacBook Pro as an entry-level option for those customers not interested in the more recent additions to MacBook Pro models, like the Touch Bar and Touch ID. Best Buy's discount is also $200 cheaper than it's ever been before in our tracking, and the deal will last today only.

Best Buy's sale on the 2017 MacBook Pro models is still going on as well, with savings of up to $200 or more. Prices start at $1,149.99 for the 13-inch MacBook Pro (2.3 GHz, 8GB RAM, 128GB HD), or as low as $1,099.99 with Student Deals.

In a separate one-day-only sale, Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day for today is also focused on MacBooks from 2015. Sold by Woot, these are certified refurbished models of the original 12-inch MacBook that Apple introduced in early 2015, with prices starting at $779.99 (1.2 GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB HD) and rising to $969.99 (1.2 GHz, 8GB RAM, 512GB HD).

Below is a quick rundown of other sales currently happening on Amazon:
For more details on the latest sales -- today including Apple Watch Series 1 for as low as $150 at Walmart -- head over to our full Deals Roundup.

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Apple Open Sources FoundationDB

Apple owned-company FoundationDB today announced that the FoundationDB core has been open sourced with the goal of building an open community with all major development done in the open.

FoundationDB, a database company, was purchased by Apple back in 2015. As described in today's announcement, FoundationDB is a distributed datastore that's been designed from the ground up to be deployed on clusters of commodity hardware.


By open sourcing the project to drive development, FoundationDB is aiming to become "the foundation of the next generation of distributed databases.
The vision of FoundationDB is to start with a simple, powerful core and extend it through the addition of "layers". The key-value store, which is open sourced today, is the core, focused on incorporating only features that aren't possible to write in layers. Layers extend that core by adding features to model specific types of data and handle their access patterns.

The fundamental architecture of FoundationDB, including its use of layers, promotes the best practices of scalable and manageable systems. By running multiple layers on a single cluster (for example a document store layer and a graph layer), you can match your specific applications to the best data model. Running less infrastructure reduces your organization's operational and technical overhead.
Following the open sourcing of FoundationDB, the company believes the quantity and variety of FoundationDB layers will develop rapidly. FoundationDB has adopted a new set of project governance rules and a code of conduct for community development.

The source for FoundationDB is available on Github as of today, and those who wish to join the project are encouraged to visit the FoundationDB community forums, submit bugs, and make contributions to the core software and documentation.

How to Apply Color Tags to Items in macOS Finder Using Custom Keyboard Shortcuts

In one of our previous macOS how-to guides, we explained how using tags can help you organize your files and folders and quickly locate them when they're needed. In this article, we're going to show you how to tag items in Finder using a simple custom keyboard shortcut, for even faster tagging.

The first series of steps below shows you how to create a handy key shortcut to activate Finder's inline tagging menu. Once you've done that, we explain how you can use one or more custom shortcuts to directly apply specific color tags to selected items in a Finder window.


This more powerful color tagging method requires creating a simple Automator service. If that sounds scary, don't worry – it's a simple process, and if you're a frequent user of tags then you'll find this quick recipe well worth the effort. Keep reading to learn how it's done.

How to Create a Shortcut for Tagging Items in Finder


  1. Launch System Preferences from the Apple menu bar ( -> System Preferences...).
  2. Select the Keyboard preference pane.
  3. Click the Shortcuts tab.

  4. Select App Shortcuts in the left column and click the + button.
  5. Select Finder.app in the Application field.
  6. Type Tags... in the Menu Title field.

  7. Click inside the Keyboard Shortcut field and press your preferred key combination for activating the service. In our example, we've used Shift-Command-T.
  8. Click Add.
Now your shortcut is set up, it's time to try it out. Open a Finder window and select an item (or several) for tagging. Hit your chosen key combination and you should see a tag menu pop up beneath the selected item(s), like so.


From there, just start typing the name of the tag you want to use and it should appear in the input field. Hit Enter to apply it. Alternatively, use the down arrow key to choose the tag you want from the dropdown list, and hit Enter.

How to Create a Color Tagging Service in Automator


  1. Launch Automator from the Applications folder.

  2. Click New Document.
  3. Choose Service as the type of your document.

  4. Type label into the Library search field at the top of the Automator sidebar.
  5. Drag the Label Finder Items action into the empty workflow area.

  6. Click the tag color you want to use for your first keyboard shortcut. (We're going for red in our example.)
  7. Select files or folders in the Service receives selected dropdown.
  8. Select Finder in the in application dropdown.

  9. Select File -> Save from the Automator menu bar, and give your service a name. We'll be using the name "Tag Red".
  10. Click Save.

How to Assign a Shortcut to Your New Tagging Service


  1. Launch System Preferences from the Apple menu bar ( -> System Preferences...).
  2. Select the Keyboard pane.
  3. Click the Shortcuts tab.
  4. Select App Shortcuts in the left column and click the + button.

  5. Select Finder.app in the Application field.
  6. In the Menu Title field, type the exact name of the service you just created in Automator ("Tag Red" in our example).

  7. Click inside the Keyboard Shortcut field and press your chosen key combination for activating the service. We've used Shift-Command-R.
  8. Click Add.
You should now be able to tag selected items in Finder with your chosen color using the keyboard shortcut you created.


To create additional shortcuts for applying other tag colors, simply follow the Automator steps again but choose another color, and save the service under a corresponding name. Then simply assign a shortcut to the named service in the Keyboard preference pane as described above.

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How to Export Your Passwords and Login Data From Google Chrome

In Chrome 66, rolling out now for Mac and iOS, Google has added a password export option to the web browser so that you can easily migrate your login details to another browser via a third-party password manager app. In this article, we'll show you how to export your passwords from Chrome on Mac and iOS.

At the end of the process, you'll be left with a CSV file containing all your login credentials. Popular password managers like Enpass and 1Password accept CSV files for importing login data. Just be aware that the CSV file you export from Chrome is in plain text. That means your credentials could be read by anyone with access to it, so make sure you securely delete the file once you've imported the data into your password manager of choice.

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Google Chrome 66 Browser Adds Default Mute Autoplay Feature, Password Export, and More

Google is currently rolling out its Chrome 66 update to users of the web browser on Mac and iOS. The Mac version now mutes autoplaying content by default, while both desktop and mobile versions include a passwords export option, security improvements and new developer features.

Mute autoplay was originally slated for Chrome 64, which introduced autoplay settings on a per-site basis, but the function got pushed back for unspecified reasons. However, Chrome 66 now rolls out the default behavior for all users, and feeds into Google's wider intention to make the media playback experience more consistent when users navigate the web.

Going forward, web-hosted media can only automatically play if it has no audio, if the user interacted with the page during a previous browsing session, or if the user frequently plays media on the site. Similarly on mobile, media can only autoplay if the site was added to the Home Screen by the user.

The new passwords export option was previously hidden in Chrome's backend flag menus, but Chrome 66 adds the option to the user-facing settings. That said, it's still not obvious how to generate the CSV file containing your login credentials, so we've published a separate how-to article that goes through the process step by step.

As for enhancing security, Chrome 66 follows through on Google's plan to deprecate Symantec-issued certificates, after the company failed to comply with industry security standards. The decision to end its trust for Symantec certificates was made when certificates for example.com and variations of test.com escaped into the wild.

Additionally, Chrome 66 includes a Site Isolation feature that offers additional protection from the Spectre CPU vulnerability, by forcing websites to run as different processes, with blocks to prevent them receiving certain types of sensitive data.

Google Chrome for Mac is a free download available directly from Google's servers.

Google Chrome for iOS is a free download for iPhone and iPad available on the App Store. [Direct Link]

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Best Buy Offering Up to $350 Off MacBook Air Models

Best Buy is continuing its recent string of solid deals with a new discount offering up to $300 off select MacBook Air models, bringing the cost of the entry-level model down to just $699.99. Students and parents of students can sign up for Best Buy's Student Deals program to knock an additional $50 off on all eligible models.


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This is likely a very short-term deal, so be sure to take advantage of it quickly if you're interested in picking up a MacBook Air. It's part of Best Buy's larger Computing Savings Event that runs through Saturday with a rotating selection of deals.

Best Buy's other weekly deals are still ongoing, including up to $200 off MacBook Pro models (up to $250 off with Student Deals), discounts on iPhone 7 and 6s models, and an iPad trade-in program. And as always, head over to our full Deals Roundup for even more deals.

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Best Buy's Latest Sale Offers Up to $200 Off 13-Inch MacBook Pro

Best Buy is continuing its string of sales this spring with a new offer focused on the MacBook Pro today, which will last until next weekend. The focus of the new sale is Apple's latest MacBook Pro, with discounts of up to $200 off select 13-inch models (or up to $250 off for students and parents of students).

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  • MacBook Pro - Save up to $200 or more / as low as $1,149.99 ($1,099.99 with Student Deals)
Best Buy is also currently running a special iPhone 7 and iPhone 6s deal that offers $150 off when purchased on an installment plan from AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint. The discounts bring the total cost down to $520 for iPhone 7 Plus, $400 for iPhone 7, $400 for iPhone 6s Plus, or $300 for iPhone 6s.

Additionally, if you're looking to trade in an old iPad for some credit, the retailer is still offering a minimum $125 Best Buy gift card with the trade-in of select iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, and iPad Pro models. Best Buy debuted the in-store offer as a chance for customers to upgrade to Apple's new sixth-generation iPad at a discount.

Head over to our full Deals Roundup for more details on the latest sales happening this week.

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Best Buy 2-Day Sale: Save on 12-Inch MacBook, 5th Gen iPad, iPad Pro, and More

Best Buy today launched a new 2-day sale, offering discounts on the 12-inch MacBook, 5th generation iPad, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and iPhone X, 8, and 8 Plus. For the 2017 MacBook models on sale, Best Buy's prices this weekend are coming in around $100-$150 cheaper than B&H Photo and Adorama, while last year's 9.7-inch iPad is between $30-$50 cheaper than rival retailers in the new sale.

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As with most of Best Buy's Mac sales, students and parents of students can save an extra $50 on the 12-inch MacBooks this weekend, amounting to savings of $250. If you're interested in any of the items on sale, be sure to place your order by Saturday, April 14 at 11:59 p.m. CT, when the discounts will expire.

12-inch MacBook - Save $200
5th Generation iPad - Save $80
10.5-inch iPad Pro - Save $50 or $100
  • 64GB with Wi-Fi (Rose Gold, Gold, Space Gray, Silver) - $599.99, down from $649.99
  • 256GB with Wi-Fi (Rose Gold, Gold, Space Gray, Silver) - $749.99, down from $799.99
  • 512GB with Wi-Fi (Rose Gold, Gold, Space Gray, Silver) - $899.99, down from $999.99
iPhone
  • Save up to $200 when you buy and activate an iPhone X, 8, or 8 Plus on a monthly installment plan
Other Sales
In addition to the 2-day sale, Best Buy is still offering savings of up to $200 off the 2017 MacBook Air from earlier this week. To check out this offer and more, head over to our full Deals Roundup.

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