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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...
Through its Project Zero team, Google has appointed itself a vanguard of software security and accountability. As such, every so often Project Zero publicizes a security flaw that has gone unpatched for at least 90 days, sometimes at the contentious objection of the company it affects. This time it is Apple and its macOS software that is in Project Zero's spotlight. The security team has discovered what it deems to be a high severity bug in the operating system's kernel, XNU, which allows copy-on-write (COW) behavior in ways that it perhaps should not. "This copy-on-write behavior works not only with anonymous memory, but also with file mappings. This means that, after the destination process... Read more...
We've been hearing rumors of merger between Apple's iOS and macOS apps for a while now, but a new report suggests that that efforts to make this possible are well under way. In fact, these so-called universal apps could be made available to the public starting in 2021. This reporting comes from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, he in particular seems to have the pulse on the inner workings at Apple. The program has been underway using the codename Marzipan, and would see apps originally designed for the iPhone and iPad make their way to macOS devices. According to the report, Apple will initially only allow iPad app developers to port their apps over to Macs thanks to a new SDK. It's expected... Read more...
Linuz Henze, a well-known security researcher, has found a particularly troublesome bug in Apple's macOS. The exploit involves the operating system's Keychain, which stores passwords, private keys, and other user credentials.  Henze has demonstrated a working app that could be maliciously used to pilfer your Mac's Keychain, robbing you of stored passwords that are used to access everything from your Hulu account to your bank's website to your health insurance information. What's even more devastating is the fact that the exploit doesn't even require administrator privileges -- or any special privileges for that matter -- to take advantage of the Keychain. According to Henze, the exploit... Read more...
A good dark theme for your computer and other devices is worth its weight in gold to many users. Google is looking to add a little dark magic to Chrome, and its initial rollout will be very limited. Google Chrome users can already download third-party dark themes for the browser right now, but Chrome is getting a native dark mode with a caveat. That caveat is that the native dark mode will work on macOS only. There is speculation that the native dark mode might come to other Chrome users later, but that is unconfirmed for now. Apple will begin supporting a system-wide dark mode with macOS 10.14 Mojave, which is currently in beta and will be released this fall. Support for the dark theme... Read more...
If you’re a heavy user of the Skype messaging client, a feature that was first announced in mid-July is now finally rolling out to users: call recording. Call recording is a cloud-based feature that allows you to save precious moments with loved ones or have a recording of a conversation with coworkers during meetings for future reference.  The recording feature is not just limited to audio calls, and extends to video calls as well. And just so that no one is surprised after the fact that a call was recorded, each call participant is notified when someone starts a recording.  Initiating a recording is relatively simple from within Skype, and boils down to just a two... Read more...
Apple is currently beta testing the next major version of its desktop operating system, macOS Mojave, which is due to arrive on Mac systems this fall. In the meantime, users are discovering some interesting features. One of them is an expansive migration tool that will make switching from a Windows PC to macOS Mojave easier than in previous versions. It is not a brand new tool, but a more capable version of Apple's existing Windows Migration Assistant. Twitter user @YRH04E posted a screenshot of the expanded tool showing that it is capable of porting over more data than ever before, including user accounts, documents, email, contacts, and calendar data from third-party programs such as Microsoft... Read more...
Apple puts out one fire and then another pops up just a few feet away. That seems to be the case with its MacBook Pro family, with the latest flareup affecting both the iMac Pro and the 2018 MacBook Pros. The commonality between the two product lines (besides the operating system) is Apple's custom T2 security chip. On the 2018 MacBook Pro, the T2 chip runs the Touch Bar and includes a Secure Enclave for encrypted storage and secure boot. It also integrates the system management controller, SSD controller, and audio controller (among others) while also providing "Hey Siri" functionality. The T2 provides similar functionality on the iMac Pro with the exception of Hey Siri and the... Read more...
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