Items tagged with macos

There are forces in the universe that are working to prevent us mere mortals from communication with one another via text messaging, or so it seems. Earlier this week it was reported that Google is working on a fix for an issue that is preventing some Pixel handset owners from receiving text messages after upgrading to Android 8.0 Oreo, but Google is not the only one with issues. Apple is contending with a bug of its own that is causing some macOS High Sierra users to see a significant delay in arrive of iMessages. There is a multi-page thread on Apple's support forum in which users are complaining... Read more...
Apple's macOS High Sierra was released to the public late last month, and very quick it was discovered that the operating system contained a very serious security exploit. In this particular case, the exploit takes advantage of the new Apple File System (APFS). A Brazilian software developer by the name of Matheus Mariano discovered that when adding a new encrypted APFS volume to a container in Disk Utility, you are asked to provide a password and a password hint (in case you manage to forget your login credentials). After going through this process, he unmounted the container, then remounted it,... Read more...
It used to be that Macs were thought to be nearly immune to malware, viruses, and serious security issues. That certainly isn't the case with modern Macs because as the user base has grown, the amount of malware and viruses targeting the platform has also grown. Back in June, we talked about malware-as-a-service attacks targeting Macs. This week Apple launched a new and free update to the macOS called High Sierra. Only a few days after the release of that software, Apple has acknowledged a security flaw in the update. Reports indicate that programs not approved by Apple might be... Read more...
Apple may be at odds with Google when it comes to iOS versus Android, but it appears that the two can still find common ground on search. Google has been a long-time fixture in iOS and macOS as the default engine for Safari searches. However, Microsoft Bing has been the default provider for Siri queries, iOS Search and Spotlight on macOS. In a bid to provide a more consistent experience across all of its platforms and areas of search, Apple is kicking Bing to the curb, and has retained Google's services for nearly all areas of search (by default), with the sole exception being image searches via... Read more...
If you are one of the many folks who have the PC or Mac Google Drive app on your desktop for easily sharing and saving files, that software is being deprecated. As of September 26 a new offering called Drive File Stream will be available for all users and will completely replace the Google Drive desktop application. Drive File Stream was launched to early adopters in March and is a new desktop app that gives users fast access to their Google Drive files on demand right from their computer. Google says that will allow you to use virtually none of your local drive space and spend less time waiting... Read more...
If you are a Google Chrome user — and according to the latest stats, that includes a majority of internet users — there is a new release that just hit the Stable Channel. Chrome 59 comes out of the gate with a pretty big update for those currently running the macOS operating system: native notifications. This latest release allows notifications that are sent via the Notifications API or Chrome’s own chrome.notifications extensions API to use the native notification system incorporated into macOS. Chrome had previously used its own system for web and app notifications, which sometimes clashed with... Read more...
  WikiLeaks dropped a huge bombshell over two weeks ago when it revealed that it gained access to a treasure trove of the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA’s) hacking tools. Documents detailed numerous tools at the agency’s disposal including viruses, trojans, zero-day exploits and other avenues to monitor or infiltrate devices ranging from iPhones to Smart TVs to computers running Windows or Mac operating systems. In the case of Apple devices, the CIA has its own dedicated team within the Mobile Device Branch (MDB) that specializes in exploiting iOS-based devices like the iPhone and the... Read more...
Mac users that prefer to browse the Internet with Google Chrome (instead of Safari) can now sleep more peacefully at night. Google’s “Safe Browsing” is working to increase its protection of computers running macOS. Google is now focusing more on macOS-specific malware and unwanted software. The most common abuses are unwanted ad injection and manipulation of Chrome user settings. macOS users will start to see more warnings when they navigate to dangerous websites or download questionable files. Developers are able to make sure their users maintain control of Chrome settings through the... Read more...
It seems as though Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro refresh just can’t catch a break these days. When the notebooks were first unveiled in October, Apple fans complained about the lack of Kaby Lake, the 16GB RAM limit, lack of legacy ports like HDMI and USB 3.0, high price tag and the reduction in battery capacity in order to satisfy a never-ending quest for thinness. It appears that the last bullet-point was the tipping point for Consumer Reports’ decision to no longer recommend the MacBook Pro. In fact, this is the first time that the organization has denied Apple’s MacBook Pro a “Recommended” rating.... Read more...
When it comes to questions swirling around Apple’s Mac division, there’s the corporate speak, and then there’s the commentary from the folks down in the trenches deep within Apple. Earlier today, we heard from Apple CEO Tim Cook that users need not be worried about the direction of the Mac. "Some folks in the media have raised the question about whether we're committed to desktops,” said Cool in a post to Apple’s employee message board. “If there's any doubt about that with our teams, let me be very clear: we have great desktops in our roadmap. Nobody should worry about that.” However, a new report... Read more...
If you’re an Apple fan running macOS on your MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac or Mac Pro, you’re probably going to want to apply the latest security update as soon as possible. Researchers have discovered a vulnerability that takes advantage of a security hole in macOS FileVault2, which makes it possible to retrieve a user’s clear text password. How in the world is this even possible, you might ask? Well, in recent versions of OS X and macOS, Mac computers provide protections against Direct Memory Access (DMA) once the system has been fully booted. However, this same DMA protection is not afforded... Read more...
We wrote just the other day about Zorin Linux, a distro that targets Windows users, or at least those who appreciate ease-of-use and a great aesthetic. Today, Windows convert hopefuls have another solution: Fedora 25. Understanding that it's not exactly easy for a life-long Windows user to make the transition to a completely new operating system, the Fedora team has made the transition to Fedora 25 a bit easier by defaulting the download for macOS and Windows users to a tool that will automatically fetch the latest version and let them flash the image to a thumb drive (or DVD). With Fedora 25 copied... Read more...
Apple has been served by the OS X name for the past 15 years, but the company is looking to change things up with a rebranding. Its desktop/notebook-centric operating system is now being called macOS, and given that Apple has recently been naming its desktop OSes after places in California, it’s called macOS Sierra. One of the biggest additions to macOS Sierra is of course Siri, which is accessible by clicking either an icon in the menu bar or down in the Dock. If you’re familiar with Siri on the iPhone, you have all of that same functionality on your desktop or desktop (grabbing sports scores,... Read more...