Which Macs will run Apple’s macOS Mojave?

Apple removed several years’ worth of Macs from the list of supported systems when it unveiled macOS 10.14, aka “Mojave,” earlier this month.As the Cupertino, Calif. company has done before, its two-year cycle scratched out Macs that had been able to run the immediate predecessor, macOS High Sierra. Apple’s odd-even cadence has alternately retained the prior year’s models (odd-numbered years, odd-numbered editions) and dropped models (even-numbered years, even-numbered editions).[ Further reading: 40 tips to get the most from your Mac (and macOS ‘High Sierra’) ]In 2016, for instance, macOS Sierra (10.12) struck 2007’s, 2008’s and some of 2009 Macs from support. Last year, High Sierra (10.13) stuck with the same models as Sierra.To read this article in full, please click here

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Apple’s new macOS Sierra fixes over 60 security flaws

Apple launched its newest operating system, macOS Sierra 10.12, on Tuesday and aside from new and interesting features, it has a large number of important security fixes.
The new OS patches 65 vulnerabilities in various core and third-party components. Some of these vulnerabilities are critical and can result in arbitrary code execution with kernel privileges.
Flaws that allow local applications to execute malicious code with kernel or system privileges were fixed in Apple’s HSSPI support component, AppleEFIRuntime, AppleMobileFileIntegrity, AppleUUC, the Bluetooth stack, DiskArbitration, the Intel Graphics Driver, the IOAcceleratorFamily and IOThunderboltFamily, the S2 Camera, the Security service and the kernel itself.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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BitTorrent client is found distributing Mac-based malware

A popular BitTorrent client called Transmission has again been found distributing Mac-based malware, months after it was used to spread a strand of ransomware.
Researchers at security firm ESET have been following malware called OSX/Keydnap, which can steal passwords, and noticed that it was spreading through Transmission’s official site.
Somehow, a version of the BitTorrent client containing the malware had been recently made available on the site, ESET said in a blog post on Tuesday.
Transmission has already removed the download, according to ESET. But users who downloaded the client between this past Sunday and Monday should check for signs that their Mac has been comprised.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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macOS Sierra: What’s new in System Preferences?

Every Mac user should know their way around System Preferences as it is where you will find a huge number of incredibly useful settings that should help any Mac user get more out of their machine. So, apart from a clearer and more spacious design, what is new in macOS Sierra’s System Preferences?Jonny Evans Changes and additions
Compared to the last available OS, macOS Sierra has the following changes and additions:To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Apple rebrands OS X as ‘macOS,’ taps upgrade as ‘Sierra’

Apple today recast OS X as macOS, a name that harked back two decades.”OS X has been with us for over 15 years,” said Craig Federighi, the Apple executive who leads Mac and iOS development, during Monday’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote. “But we thought there would be a name so much cleaner and so much more elegant.”The rebranding will put the Mac’s operating system more in sync with the nomenclature of Apple’s other OSes, including iOS, tvOS and watchOS.But macOS wasn’t out of the blue: Apple used a variation — Mac OS — between 1995 and 1997, when it licensed third-party OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) to build and sell Mac clones. (Co-founder Steve Jobs ended that strategy shortly after he returned to Apple in 1997.) Apple retained U.S. trademark rights to Mac OS; those rights were last renewed in 2015.To read this article in full or to leave a

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5 reasons Apple’s stealthy WebRTC adoption benefits everybody

Apple has quietly begun developing support for the Google-backed WebRTC standard inside Safari’s WebKit spec, and this is going to be a big deal for any Mac or iOS user – and everybody else, read on for why:

What is WebRTC?

WebRTC is a standard that supports browser-based real-time communication. Originally developed by Google the standard is now managed by the W3C. WebRTC enables browser-to-browser applications for voice calling, video chat, and file sharing without the need for any external plug-ins, other than a compatible browser. Another way to put it is that WebRTC will be another big nail in the coffin of that ghastly Flash “standard” that currently despoils online “experiences”. Disruptive Analysis believes WebRTC support will be built into over 6 billion devices by 2019. So what are the benefits to you?

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Adobe data hints Apple has won the PC wars

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OS X El Capitan launches Wednesday

Apple today reminded Mac owners that they can download OS X 10.11, aka El Capitan, free of charge starting tomorrow.

If the Cupertino, Calif., company follows past practice, it will add El Capitan to the Mac App Store around 10 a.m. PT.

The upgrade will run on the same Macs that now run last year’s Yosemite, 2013’s Mavericks, 2012’s Mountain Lion and 2011’s Lion, according to Apple’s system requirements. That means more than nine of out 10 Macs which were online in August should be able to install El Capitan.

This year’s version of OS X will be the third that Apple has handed out for free, a zero-dollars pricing it introduced with Mavericks. That, in turn, should trigger an immediate surge in its user share, an estimate of the percentage of all Macs running the operating system. The last two editions, Yosemite and Mavericks, accumulated user shares of 37% and 32%, respectively, by the end of their first full month of availability.

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Holy smoke! The new MacBook Pro literally is twice as fast

When Apple launched the new MacBook Pro earlier this month, the company claimed its performance would be double that of the previous model.

As it turns out, that wasn’t an exaggeration.

Benchmark tests with Blackmagic software on a new 13-in. MacBook Pro with Retina display revealed it can pin the needle at more than 1,400MBps for writes and more than 1,300MBps for reads.

Apple MacBook Pro speed tests: PCIe 2.0 x2 (two lanes) vs PCIe 3.0 x4 (four lanes) [2015]

The machine that Computerworld tested had a 512GB PCIe M.2 form-factor flash module ($1,799) and an Intel dual-core i5 2.9GHz processor, 8GB of (1866MHz LPDDR3) RAM, and was running OS X 10.10.2 (Yosemite).

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