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As the rivalry between Apple and Epic Games continues, more effects are starting to be seen. Epic Games this week reported that they would be ending support for and refunding purchases of Fortnite: Save the World on macOS. According to Epic Games, Apple is preventing them from providing updates to games on Mac. Epic’s “upcoming v14.20 release will cause bugs for players on v13.40, resulting in a very poor experience” which led them to make the game unplayable after September 23rd. This does not come as a surprise, however, as it falls in line with iOS ban of Epic Games following the lawsuits against Apple. What does come as a surprise, though, it how Epic is handling the disabling... Read more...
Traditionally, Macs weren't often a target for malware campaigns given their relatively small share of the overall computing market. This notion has changed over the years, however, but Apple has fought back with increased security procedures like an app approval process called notarization. Unfortunately, malware has now been discovered in notarized code and is able to be executed as a normal program. First off, an important note is that Macs can get malware, but it has to be specially designed. When Apple said that Macs cannot get malware, it was only true because of the specific design caveat. “Even back in 2012, thanks to Java, cross-platform malware could be found targeting both... Read more...
Apple is well on its way to transitioning to its own custom Arm chips that will power its next generation of Macs. Apple Silicon was first announced at WWDC 2020 last month, but the building blocks for the transition were put in place behind the scenes for years. Apple has been honing its performance and integration prowess with its A-Series processor for iOS devices, and the macOS software stack has been massaged to accommodate the new hardware. Now, we're learning from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that Apple has a number of new products in the pipeline for late 2020 and early 2020 that will use these new Arm processors. The first of which will be a new 13-inch MacBook Pro, which will... Read more...
Apple has finally done it; after years of speculation and hints that this move was coming, CEO Tim Cook announced today that the company is taking the steps to distance itself from Intel processors. Apple’s partnership with Intel dates back to 2006, when the company announced that it would shift from PowerPC to x86-based Core processors. However, Apple will now plot its own course using custom Arm chips that will power a new family of Mac computers. Cook called this a “Huge leap forward for the Mac”, while adding that “Integrating hardware and software is at the heart of what we do.”  Interestingly enough, Apple still has new Intel-based hardware in... Read more...
There's a company selling a Mac clone, or "Hackintosh" as they are sometimes called, that is operating under the name OpenCore Computer. The company has no affiliation with the OpenCore Bootloader, however, if you've ever worked with that piece of software. The dual-boot rig OpenCore Computer is building is called the Velociraptor. The Velociraptor computer essentially is in violation of Apple's end-user licensing agreement for macOS, however, because it's running macOS on non-Apple hardware. There is no issue with the machine running Windows of course, because Redmond just wants to spread that love anywhere it can. The computer maker claims on its website to make Mac Pro-style workstations... Read more...
Is it finally happening? After years and year of speculation and rumors, it looks as though we'll finally hear about Apple's official plans to make the transition to Arm CPU architecture for its Mac desktops and laptops later this month at WWDC 2020. This comes after we heard earlier this year that Apple's first Arm-powered Macs would arrive in 2021. The latest news comes from reliable leaker Mark Gurman, writing for Bloomberg. If Apple is indeed going to launch its first Arm Macs next year, the company's developers need ample time to get their apps ready for the architectural shift. This major shift has only occurred twice in Apple's history, with the Motorola to PowerPC switchover... Read more...
Apple was forced to add user-facing battery health functionality in iOS 11.3 for its iPhones after it was found throttling performance on devices with "well worn" batteries. This battery management feature now allows you to see what percentage of your max capacity is available, and if your performance is currently being crippled due to an old battery (usually at 80 percent or less capacity). Apple is bringing similar functionality to Macs with a feature that will be called Battery Health Management according to The Verge, and will be found in Energy Saver Preferences within Settings. The purpose of the feature is to prevent premature aging of the batteries inside MacBooks, which... Read more...
More than a few Apple MacBook users are reporting serious issues after trying to install the macOS Catalina 10.15.4 supplemental update. One Apple user reports that when attempting to install the update, about halfway through the computer shuts down. What's worse, this user noted that they were left with a bricked 2018 13-inch MacBook. The MacBook owner says that the computer won’t power on and that there is no power, no fans, or another activity when pressing and holding the power button. This same user also says that the MacBook was plugged in and fully charged while updating. An SMC reset did not help the issue. Several other users have posted in Apple's support forum that they also... Read more...
Today is March 31st, which in the tech world means that it is World Backup Day. We always stress here at HotHardware that you should backup all of your data frequently, because you never know when disaster will strike, be it an act of god or malware attack that renders your system unusable.  Backups on Android and iOS devices In the smartphone realm, backups are pretty much taken care of for you automatically. Many Android OEMs offer automated mechanism that will backup your entire phone automatically at set interval. For iPhones, Apple allows for automated daily backups as long as your device is connected to a power outlet and Wi-Fi. These automated backups are also only possible... Read more...
Could Apple be ready to break free of Intel exclusivity for its Macs? It's certainly seems possible thanks to references that were found in Apple’s latest macOS 10.15.4 beta.  As you know, all modern Macs for well over a decade have used Intel Core processors. For example, the latest 16-inch MacBook Pros use 9th generation Coffee Lake processors. But the references found in the macOS 10.15.4 beta suggest that Apple may be at least be looking to add AMD as a second supplier of processors for its computers. In addition to familiar codenames like Navi -- the 16-inch MacBook Pro makes uses of Radeon Pro GPUs with Navi architecture -- there are also references to Picasso,... Read more...
Anyone whoever required proof that malware didn't have to be sophisticated to be prolific should look at the macOS malware known as Shlayer. The malware found its way onto the victim computers by tricking them into installing a fake Adobe Flash update. The malware lures the users to install the fake Flash Player update by promising pirated videos, which are also said to be fake. Despite the simple attack method, Shlayer continues to be so common that it's the number one threat encountered by macOS users of Kaspersky antivirus software. The malware first surfaced in February 2018. Since that debut, about 32,000 variants have been collected by researchers at Kaspersky, along with 143... Read more...
While Microsoft has closed one door (Windows 7), it has opened another one with respect to web browsers (Microsoft Edge). As promised, Microsoft has made available the public/stable release of its Chromium-based Edge web browser. Microsoft first made its intentions known that it would switch to Chromium back in December 2018, thus leaving behind the EdgeHTML engine. That move drew swift backlash from Mozilla -- the makers of Firefox -- but Microsoft continued development over the past year. After a steady stream of developer and public betas, the all-new Edge browser is ready for action. Due to the fact that Edge is based on Chromium -- the same engine that powers the world's most... Read more...
Apple may be ready to add a "free" performance boost to its MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops in a future software update according to references found in beta macOS Catalina code. The latest build of the macOS Catalina 10.15.3 beta makes reference to what Apple calls "Pro Mode", and it will apparently be user-configurable. According to 9to5 Mac, the new strings related to Pro Mode can be traced directly to macOS' power management system. With the new strings, Apple provides the following warning for those that attempt to enable Pro Mode: "Apps may run faster, but battery life may decrease and fan noise may increase." There are also options to keep the fans running at a higher RPM until the... Read more...
There have been several problems with macOS Catalina so far that have caused issues for Mac users. One of the first issues that surfaced had to do with popular DJ software that runs on Macs no longer working with Catalina. Other software and apps have been unable to operate due to Catalina being the first version of macOS that has completely dropped 32-bit support. Mac users running old plug-ins and other software that is infrequently updated may find critical software no longer operates. The Catalina update ditching support for 32-bit apps was no surprise; Apple announced that it would happen about a year and a half ago. One big issue is for people on macOS who are using older versions of Adobe... Read more...
Microsoft raised quite a few eyebrows when it announced that it would no longer develop the Edge browsing using the homegrown EdgeHTML engine, and would instead adopt Google's Chromium. Browser competitor Mozilla was quick to bash the move, saying that Microsoft was caving into Google and making it easier for the search giant to further control the web. Undeterred, Microsoft has continued to develop the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser, releasing Dev and Canary builds for Windows and macOS. Now, the company is ready to take the next step with the release of the Beta channel to the public. According to Microsoft's Joe Belfiore, the preview builds of Microsoft Edge were download... Read more...
iOS might get the bulk of the attention when it comes to Apple's operating systems (like the newly announced iOS 13), but we can't forget its big brother: macOS. Apple today announced macOS 10.15 Catalina, which is the latest refinement to an operating system that dates back to 2001's Mac OS X 10.0 Cheetah. Perhaps the biggest thing to be announced with macOS Catalina is Project Catalyst, which previously carried the codename Marzipan. In essence, it's a framework for developers to quickly and easily bring their iPad apps over to the macOS desktop platform. Apple has already been using Catalyst internally, and that's how iOS apps like Apple News and Stocks made their way over to macOS... Read more...
Have you had a chance to catch your breath from all of the announcements that came out of Computex last week? Hopefully you have, because more events are coming. Later this month, E3 will feature a Next Horizon Gaming event from AMD, and in the more immediate future—as in, later today—Apple will kick off its 2019 Wordwide Developers Conference (WWDC). How To Watch Apple's WWDC19 Event Apple is expected to announce new versions of its various operating systems, including macOS 10.15 for desktops and laptops, iOS 13 for mobile devices, watchOS 6 for smartwatches, and tvOS 13 for Apple TV devices. A little something for everyone, in other words. We also anticipate the usual round of... Read more...
Earlier this month, links to the Microsoft Edge Canary and Dev Channels for macOS leaked early. The spread of the Chromium-based Edge browser to macOS came months after the browser was first released for Windows 10. However, that early leak for macOS wasn't officially supported by Microsoft... until now. Microsoft today officially announced the public availability of Edge for macOS vis the Canary Channel. For those that are not up-to-date on Chromium channels, Canary builds are pushed daily and will likely be full of bugs. The Dev Channel is updated weekly and is generally more stable. Then there's the Beta Channel, which offers the most stable experience for early testers. "Microsoft... Read more...
Microsoft shocked pretty much the entire tech community when it officially announced that it would be abandoning its EdgeHTML-based Microsoft Edge browser in favor of an all-new version built on Google's Chromium engine. Microsoft has already issued Canary and Dev builds of the new Chromium-infused Edge, but it has until now held off on making builds available for macOS. In fact, if you head on over to the Microsoft Edge Insider website while running macOS, you'll be greeted with a message that says "Coming soon to macOS, Notify me when it's available." However, notorious Microsoft leaker WalkingCat has uncovered direct download links for the macOS version of Edge. Microsoft Edge Canary... Read more...
It seems as though Apple is about to whip out its Ginsu knife and chop iTunes into a bunch of individual bits, right as its TV Plus application heads to Mac systems. If the chatter is true, then macOS will be gaining Music, Podcasts, and maybe even Books apps, alongside the new TV app, in place of the all-encompassing iTunes program. At minimum, this is deserving of a golf clap from spectators. For those who actually use iTunes and have grown tired of it, this might be cause for breaking out in a happy dance. I am now fairly confident based on evidence I don't wish to make public at this point that Apple is planning new (likely UIKit) Music, Podcasts, perhaps even Books, apps for macOS, to join... Read more...
Although malware for macOS isn’t nearly as prevalent as it is on Windows devices, the platform is not immune to attacks. Apple has some limited built-in malware detection in macOS, but there are plenty of more robust options available for users who wanted added protection. Microsoft is the latest to announce an antivirus package for macOS, and it’s called Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP). Think of Microsoft Defender ATP as the macOS counterpart to Windows Defender for Windows 10 systems, and it will run on macOS Sierra, macOS High Sierra and macOS Mojave. Microsoft is currently offering Microsoft Defender ATP as a limited preview for select business customers who... Read more...
Early last month a security researcher announced that he had discovered a severe bug in macOS that left passwords stored in keychain vulnerable. The catch was that the researcher, Linuz Henze, refused to share the flaw with Apple because he was unable to get paid for his work. While Apple operates a bug bounty program for iOS where finding and reporting bugs gets researchers money, macOS has no similar program. Henze said at the time that to exploit the bug he had discovered, all the user of the Mac computer had to do was run a simple app. Henze's refusal to share the bug with Apple was a stand against the policy of not paying for bugs found by macOS researchers. Apple and Henze were in a standoff... Read more...
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