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Topic: Mac OS X

Another Mac-specific malware pops up, but Apple's Gatekeeper still prevents infection

07/07/2016, 03:07 pm

A second piece of Mac-specific malware has been discovered this week, one that could expose the passwords stored in the macOS Keychain. But once again, Apple's Gatekeeper security -- when properly configured -- will block the attack from succeeding.


New Mac malware can remotely access FaceTime camera, but macOS Gatekeeper users are protected

07/06/2016, 10:07 am

A new piece of Mac-targeting malware is in the wild, potentially allowing hackers to remotely execute code and even control the FaceTime camera on a user's computer, but Apple's own Gatekeeper security prevents the unsigned app from being installed.


Safari 10 brings fast, native App Extensions to the macOS browser, web content

06/27/2016, 07:06 pm

Building on work completed last year to enable Web Content Blockers, Apple's new Safari 10 enables a wide range of native code App Extensions that users can automatically obtain and update through the Mac App Store, contributing to faster performance, enhanced security and better reliability.


Inside APFS: new Apple File System detailed at WWDC to replace HFS+ in 2017

06/23/2016, 07:06 pm

The new Apple File System announced at WWDC highlights how the company is planning for the future. Here's a look under the hood at what the company will use to replace HFS+ on Macs, iOS, Apple Watch and Apple TV.


Apple releases Safari 10 beta for OS X El Capitan and OS X Yosemite

06/23/2016, 05:06 pm

Apple issued beta versions of Safari 10 for OS X 10.11 El Capitan and OS X 10.10 Yosemite on Thursday, granting developers access to new features like enhanced Safari Extensions, a redesigned Bookmarks interface and more.


E3 2016: 'Block'hood' represents the Mac at console-dominated gaming show

06/17/2016, 04:06 pm

Though the annual E3 gaming expo is largely a showcase for traditional gaming consoles, AppleInsider still managed to find representation for Apple's macOS at this year's show in the form of "Block'hood," an eco-focused neighborhood-building simulator.


Inside Sierra: How Apple Watch 'Auto Unlock' will let you jump straight into macOS

06/16/2016, 01:06 pm

One of the most anticipated features of macOS Sierra may actually be one of the simplest: Auto Unlock, which stands to save some Mac and Apple Watch owners trouble if they regularly log in and out of their system.


'Universal Clipboard' for macOS Sierra & iOS 10 streamlines copy/paste between devices

06/15/2016, 12:06 pm

A useful addition to Continuity in both macOS Sierra and iOS 10 is the Universal Clipboard, making it easier to shuttle content back and forth between Macs and iOS devices without AirDrop or other workarounds.


Safari 10 will prefer HTML5, require manual activations of plugins like Flash & Java

06/14/2016, 04:06 pm

Continuing Apple's deprication of third-party plugins, Safari 10 -- bundled with macOS Sierra -- will by default require users to manually activate Flash, Java, Silverlight, or QuickTime to use one of them on a website.


Siri for Mac: How it works in Apple's macOS Sierra and what it's capable of

06/14/2016, 10:06 am

macOS Sierra, revealed during Apple's WWDC keynote on Monday, will be the first Mac operating system to include Siri. Although many people are familiar with how the virtual assistant works in iOS, there will be quite a few differences on desktops and laptops.


Apple reveals macOS Sierra hardware compatibility list

06/13/2016, 10:06 pm

Following Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on Monday, Apple posted details about the upcoming macOS Sierra release to its official webpage, noting hardware support going back to the 2009 model year.


'Apple File System' will scale from Apple Watch to Macs, replace HFS+

06/13/2016, 06:06 pm

In an under-the-radar WWDC announcement, Apple on Monday introduced the Apple File System, designed to eventually replace the HFS+ format and better exploit modern technologies.


Apple rebrands OS X as macOS, announces Sierra with Siri, plus focus on Continuity & iCloud

06/13/2016, 01:06 pm

Apple has announced it will rebrand its OS X platform as macOS with an update coming later this year, dubbed Sierra, with an emphasis on syncing data and settings through the cloud, and the debut of Siri on the Mac.


Siri query returns response about Mac OS X Finder app ahead of WWDC

06/11/2016, 01:06 pm

Just a few days before Apple is widely expected to unveil Siri for Mac, a prompt to the voice-driven personal assistant on iPhone is mentioning the OS X file management application, Finder.


Apple continues push for professional users in China with Logic Pro X update

06/09/2016, 03:06 pm

Apple's professional-grade audio editing app, Logic Pro X, was given a significant update on Thursday, adding a number of fixes and enhancements, including more than 300 new Chinese instrument Apple Loops.


More evidence of 'macOS' rebranding surfaces on Apple website

06/08/2016, 09:06 pm

In another subtle hint that Apple plans to rebrand its desktop operating system "macOS," the company on Wednesday published a support document containing reference to the new naming convention alongside software pillars iOS, tvOS and watchOS.


Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo all add bloatware with high-risk vulnerabilities to Windows 10 notebooks

06/03/2016, 05:06 pm

A study by Duo Labs looking at a series of name-brand PC makers revealed that their bundled software "is making us vulnerable and invading our privacy."


Anticipating WWDC 2016: What's in store for iCloud and CloudKit

06/03/2016, 01:06 pm

Apple is often thought of as a hardware company, but an increasingly important segment of its business now relates to online services. Here's a look at what we're likely to see about the future of iCloud and CloudKit from Apple at this year's Worldwide Developer Conference.


Anticipating WWDC 2016: What's in store for Apple's Macs and OS X

05/27/2016, 07:05 pm

Apple has sold far more iOS devices than Macs over the past several years, but as a $20 billion business, the Mac platform remains extremely important to the company. Here's a look at where Apple's conventional computing platform is headed, and what we can expect to see at this year's Worldwide Developer Conference.


Pixelmator for Mac gets new Quick and Magnetic selection tools, Retouch extension for Photos

05/26/2016, 10:05 am

Pixelmator Team on Thursday updated its namesake Mac image editor with two new selection tools, and a Retouch extension for Apple's OS X Photos app.