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Time and time again, we're reminded that Windows isn't the only operating system that malware writers target. It's the most popular platform for malware, sure, but it's not the only one. If you're a Mac user, don't let your guard down, and be especially leery of browsers plug-ins you run into, especially those that claim they're required to view a video. Install the wrong one and you'll end up infected with an adware Trojan. Security researchers at Doctor Web recently discovered Trojan.Yontoo.1, which masquerades as a critical browser plug-in on malicious movie trailer pages. Users are prompted... Read more...
Sapphire announced a new HD 7950 Mac Edition graphics card based on AMD's latest Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture. According to Sapphire, it's the only company carrying a Radeon HD 7950 part that's compatible with Apple's Mac Pro series of desktop computers, giving Mac gamers a potent upgrade path. How potent? According to Sapphire, the HD 7950 Mac Edition card increases gaming frame rates by over 200 percent, general performance by around 30 percent, and graphics intensive benchmarks by a whopping 300 percent "compared with the NV 8800GT commonly used in these machines." The HD 7950 Mac Edition... Read more...
A lot of things happen at the start of each month, and one of those that I look most forward to is being able to check out the updated hardware survey at Steam. It's especially interesting right now, because Windows 8 is only four months old, and the platform became official for Linux only a couple of weeks ago. Given it happened so recently, I think most might agree that the Linux aspect is a bit more interesting than the Windows 8 aspect at the moment. In last month's survey (for January, 2013), Linux as a whole accounted for 1.27% of the total. This included both x86 and x86_64 versions.... Read more...
It's a tossup between Linux and Mac as to which is the red-headed stepchild of computer gaming, though things are improving on both platforms. As it pertains to the latter, Electronic Arts announced the official launch of its Origin game distribution service to Mac, giving Apple users access to many of the same features found on Origin for Windows, including cloud storage to save/continue games and social connectivity via a friends list. "One new feature will be of particular interest for gamers who play on both PC and Mac machines: dual-platform play. For select EA games (that are available on... Read more...
Many have chided Apple for the lack of ports available on its high-end laptops. If you want, you can spec out a $3k+ MacBook Pro laptop... but you can't get more than two USB ports on it, no matter what sum you're ready to shell out. For hardcore power users, the limitations can become something of an annoyance, but that's where third-party accessory makers step in to fill the void. Kanex has already supplanted the outgoing AirPort Express design with the mySpot, and now the company has introduced a genius new adapter that makes up for the MBP's dearth of connectors. The new DualRole is a USB 3.0... Read more...
EA’s Origin is meant to be a one-stop shop for gaming: so long as you have a Windows PC, you can shop for games and play them via the Origin platform. (Think Steam.) Origin overcame early skepticism (and a coupon debacle in which it inadvertently gave away free games) and is now expanding to the Mac platform. Only a few thousand U.S. and U.K. users will be able to download Origin for Mac initially. For now, Mac support is in Alpha, and it’s incomplete. There is no store, for example, but the tab is there and Origin expects to make that live by the official launch. That’s true... Read more...
You’ll soon be able to buy in-game content with your Amazon account, thanks to a new Amazon service. Amazon is wooing game developers with a service for making in-app purchases on games for Mac, PC, and browser-based games. Game developers get the benefit of Amazon’s stable purchasing infrastructure, while gamers (who already have Amazon accounts) can buy content without setting up a new account or re-entering credit card info. Who says Amazon doesn't have a sense of humor? Image credit: Amazon In-App Purchasing joins a stable of Amazon services meant to help game developers while directing... Read more...
Emulation tools have been around nearly as long as modern-day operating systems and user interfaces. For years, users have been trying to figure out ways to run Program X on Operating System Y. Boot Camp, Parallels, you name it. Bluestacks has been a name thrown around all the more frequently in the emulation realm, and earlier this year, they launched a program that would let Windows users run Android apps right on their laptop or desktop. Now, however, that same luxury is being passed along to avid Mac users. While a version of the software was previously available in Alpha form, a new Beta has... Read more...
According to 9to5Mac’s sources, the version of Mac OS X due next year will likely have Siri and Apple Maps integration. Specifically, the same essential Siri voice command software found in newer iOS devices is present in these early OS builds. If Siri indeed ends up as part of Mac OS X 10.9, it’s unclear whether the functionality could come to all versions of Mountain Lion or not. 9to5Mac says that Apple began working on OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and OS X 10.9 at the same time and planned to include several features of iOS in both. Some items that didn’t make it into 10.8 were... Read more...
It's been more than seven years since Apple began putting Intel inside its systems, and that relationship might be coming to end. Rumors are running rampant on the web this morning that Apple is seriously considering embracing ARM for its Mac lineup, with a version of the chip that it's already using in its iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. Citing "three people with knowledge" of the situation, Bloomberg says Apple engineers are fairly confident the Cupertino company will port its mobile device chips over to its desktop and laptop lines, the only unknown is when it will happen. If that's indeed... Read more...
Could it be? Apple changing CPUs for the second time in the recent past? When the company kissed PowerPC goodbye and sided with Intel, it was a watershed moment. Suddenly, Macs became more powerful and more compatible, and yes, it enabled them to run Windows. But as the years have progressed, Apple has invested millions upon millions of dollars into its own design and fabrication facilities. While it still relies on many partners to build processors for the iPhone and iPad, it's quite clear that Apple is now in the silicon business. According to a new Bloomberg report, it may soon use that silicon... Read more...
Mac users need backup love too, don't you know? All kidding aside, Seagate has added a new hard drive to its collection today with the unveiling of the Backup Plus Storage for OS X. In order to cater to newer Macs with USB 3.0 built in from the factor, the new Backup Plus Portable for Mac and Backup Plus Desktop for Mac drives will support SuperSpeed transmissions while also maintained backwards compatibility with USB 2.0. Furthermore, the Seagate Dashboard software included on Backup Plus for Mac drives delivers a quick and easy path to Save and Share personal photos and videos on Facebook and... Read more...
Games don't get old, they just get nostalgic. Good Old Games, known for distributing some of the world's best games from yesteryear, has now opened up to the world of Mac. Much like Valve and plenty of others in the post-PowerPC universe, GoG is now bringing a huge catalog of classics to Mac, tarting with an impressive 50+ titles for Mac gamers to play and enjoy. GOG.com has worked for more than a year on getting these games ready for release--more than half of which are available on Mac OS for the very first time today, including greats like Syndicate, the Ultima series, or the Wing Commander... Read more...
What if there were an iPad, but it ran OS X instead of iOS? Apple hasn't made one just yet, but the third-party market is alive and well making dreams like that come true. The Modbook Pro is a highly unique machine, offering a 13.3" Mac experience inside of a pen-tablet form factor. The new model is doing away with the HDD in favor of an SSD, with the default being a 64GB unit. A 13.3" Modbook Pro offers OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) / Windows capabilities, a digitizer from Wacom and a ForceGlass pen interface. Orders are scheduled to go live next Wednesday, with the first shipments happening in November.... Read more...
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