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Manage Color Palettes on Your Mac with Swatch

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Bit Lasso just released Swatch to make it easier to manage the color palettes on the Mac. The app lets you import colors from multiple sources, add colors with Apple’s Color Picker, and by entering color values. You can organize palettes, export colors and palettes, and more. Swatch lives in your menu bar for quick access. The app requires macOS High Sierra or Mojave and is available on Apple’s Mac App Store for US$9.99.

Manage Color Palettes on Your Mac with Swatch

Apple Hosting The Big Draw Festival Events at Flagship Stores

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Apple is hosting Today at Apple sessions throughout October with professional illustrators to highlight The Big Draw. The international event runs through October 31st to get more people interested in all forms of drawing. Apple’s sessions are happening at its flagship stores in Chicago, London, Milan, New York City, and Singapore. You can sign up for the free classes at Apple’s website.

Use MAC Addresses to Figure Out How Old Network Devices Are

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If you can get a device’s MAC address, you can figure out how old it is. MAC addresses are unique identifier numbers for the devices on a network, and it turns out you can use them to get an idea of the age of devices. That’s handy if you’re trying to gather more data about what’s on your network, and like every other tool, can be used for good or bad. The data is all in a freely accessible CSV file on Github.

Use MAC Addresses to Figure Out How Old Network Devices Are

The Guy Who Named the iMac Says iPhone Naming Sucks

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Ken Segall, the guy who came up with the iMac name, says Apple has totally blown it with the iPhone naming convention—or lack of convention. He says it’s confusing, and mixing Roman numerals with letters, and making those letters seem arbitrary at best. He says in a blog post,

Last year’s models set new standards for complexity. We had an 8, 8 Plus, X and SE. That’s two numbers, one Roman numeral, one paring of letters, plus an odd numerical gap between 8 and 10. Or, in Apple lingo, between 8 and X.

Now we have Roman numerals and letters, and odds are it’ll get worse next year with the iPhone X2. He adds, “Then, one year later, the Holy Grail of bad product naming will be within Apple’s grasp. An iPhone X2S will feature a Roman numeral, a number and a letter, all in one name.” Yep. Good luck with that one, Apple.