Ambient Noise App ‘Dark Noise’ Updated for M1 Macs

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Ambient noise app Dark Noise updated to version 2.4, and this brings support for M1 Macs with other improvements: 2.4 is a minor update with optimizations for running on the new M1 Macs; On a Mac unsupported features should no longer show up in settings; The volume slider on the player page will now work by only changing the audio of Dark Noise while running on a Mac.

Ambient Noise App ‘Dark Noise’ Updated for M1 Macs

Getting Dolphin Emulator Running on an M1 Mac

· Andrew Orr · Link

M1 chip graphic

Dolphin is an emulator for two recent Nintendo video game consoles: the GameCube and the Wii. In a blog post the team talked about getting it to run on an M1 Mac.

Using the Rosetta 2 translation layer with Dolphin’s x86-64 JIT, the M1 easily ran most games at full speed and handily outran like-class Intel Macs. The experience wasn’t entirely smooth due to jitter from Jitting a JIT, yet the processor proved itself more than capable of handling Dolphin.

Using an M1 iPad Pro for Photography

· Andrew Orr · Link

2021 iPad Pro

Photographer Austin Mann recently published a review of the M1 iPad Pro, specifically in how it can be used in photography.

As any photographer knows, one of the most time-consuming parts of the photo creation process is culling through thousands of images, making selects, and editing the images. Thanks to the M1 chip, faster internal storage, and a few other improvements, the new iPad Pro with M1 is the fastest image sorting tool I’ve ever used.

Examining the Boot Process for M1 Macs

· Andrew Orr · Link

Mac mini

Howard Oakley recently dove into the boot process for M1 Macs and how it affects booting from an external hard drive.

Unless the user has already changed its default security settings to allow it to start up from an external disk, you’ll have no joy whatsoever. Although this is secure, it’s also more than inconvenient, as the times that you most need your Mac to start up from an external disk are when it’s in trouble with its internal disk, and that’s likely to prevent you from changing its security settings, leaving your Mac dead.

VMware Fusion Won’t Run x86 VMs on M1 Macs

· Andrew Orr · Link

VMware Fusion plus Apple silicon

VMware announced on its blog Tuesday that it won’t support installing or running x86 VMs on M1 Macs.

We will be delivering a Tech Preview of VMware Fusion for macOS on Apple silicon this year. We don’t plan to support installing or running x86 VMs on Macs with Apple silicon. macOS VMs are not in scope in the short term. There are challenges there which will require Apple to work with us to resolve.

Failing, Succeeding, and Retiring SSDs — Mac Geek Gab 868

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Solid State Drives (SSD) are a wonderful thing upon which we all rely, but sometimes they get a little wonky. Listen as John and Dave discuss and answer your questions about SSDs, Clipboard Managers, Java and Spam. Add in a little Cool Stuff Found segment and you’re sure to learn at least five new things. Press play and enjoy!

How the New iPad Pro Really Got an M1 Chip

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

Apple’s ‘Spring Loaded’ event featured lots of announcements, and lots of videos. The one showing the new iPad Pro got fitted out with a new M1 chip was probably my favourite… wait for the end!

Spring Forward Breakdown – TMO Daily Observations 2021-04-20

· Kelly Guimont · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

TMO Daily Observations Podcast Logo

Bryan Chaffin joins host Kelly Guimont to break down today’s “Spring Forward” announcements including all the new things we did (and didn’t) see.

Dissecting Apple's Loaded Spring (Event) — Mac Geek Gab 867

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Minutes after Apple’s “Spring Loaded” event ended, do you know what your two favorite geeks did? They recorded this episode for you to dissect and discuss the elements that stuck out to them. Listen (or watch!) as John and Dave dig in and share. Press play…and enjoy learning at least five new things!