The Mac – or “Macintosh” if we’re going back to 1984 – is the first computer to effectively market a graphical computer to the masses, all delivered by Apple (or, at the time, Apple Computer).

The Mac has gone through several stages of evolution and iteration since 1984, including the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, iMac, iMac Pro, Mac Pro, Performa, Power Mac (including the G4 Cube!), iBook, and more. It remains one of the most popular computers you’ll see in business, schools, and homes today.

GitHub Desktop 2.9 Update Adds M1 Mac Support

· Andrew Orr · Link

GitHub desktop 2.9

GitHub Desktop was recently updated to version 2.9, and the team shared some of the new features included, such as squash and reorder commits. Users can now download a native build for their M1 Mac.

If a group of commits represents a single unit of work, or if a project requires that each pull request only has one commit, simply drag them on top of one another to squash them together and add a new commit message that captures the whole picture.

FoldersSynchronizer for Mac: Lifetime Subscription

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

FoldersSynchronizer for Mac

We have a deal on FoldersSynchronizer for Mac, a Mac utility that synchronizes and backs-up files, folders and disks. You choose one or more pairs of files, folders or disks then FS will synchronize or backup those exactly. It works on Intel and Apple M1 Macs, and a lifetime subscription is $14.99 through our deal.

How to Get Around macOS Security Using App Installers

· Andrew Orr · Link

Mac mini

Tenable Research found security issues related to macOS app installers, and they can be used to bypass default Mac security protections. So far, Apple hasn’t fixed it (emphasis mine).

Frustrated by the prevalence of these issues, we decided to write them up and make separate reports to both Apple and Microsoft. We wrote to Apple to recommend implementing a fix similar to what they did for CVE-2020–9817 and explained the additional LPE mechanism discovered.

We wrote to Microsoft to recommend a fix for the flaw in their installer. Both companies have rejected these submissions and suggestions.

The All-Star Mac Bundle Featuring Parallels Pro: $35

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The All-Star Mac Bundle Featuring Parallels Pro

We have a deal on the All-Star Mac Bundle, a collection of five Mac apps for contact Management, cyber security and VPN, PDF navigation, productivity, and it features Parallels Pro. The whole bundle is $49.99, but coupon code ALLSTARMAC at checkout brings it down to $35!

Work from Home Kit with Telescopic Phone Stand, Smart Lens, Light Set: $99.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Work from Home Kit

We have a deal on the Work from Home Kit, which includes a telescopic phone stand, the Smart Lens, and a light set. The wide-angle lens clicks onto your phone or laptop, providing a 160º angle to capture more than your face. The smart light gives you studio-quality lighting to look great and keep your colleagues focused on what you have to say. The Work from Home Kit is $99.99 through our deal.

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.

Setapp 1-Year Subscription (New Users): $69

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Setapp

We have a great deal today! It’s for Setapp, MacPaw’s app subscription service that gives you access to more than 210 solid Mac apps. I’m a Setapp subscriber, and I love it. The video below gives you a good overview of the service. The deal is for a 1-year subscription for $69, 42% off the regular price. It’s for new users only, and if you aren’t already a Setapp subscriber, you should check it out.

Scrivener 3 for Mac: $29.99 (Last Chance)

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Scrivener 3 for Mac

Our friends at Stack Commerce let us know that our deal for Scrivener 3 for Mac is coming to an end. Scrivener 3 is Latte & Literature’s excellent writing software, software I have personally used to complete a novel, write short stories, write and organize query letters, synopsis keep research notes and character details. I’ve also used it to output samples and manuscripts to ebook formats, Word docs, and a whole lot more. I love Scrivener. I mean, I totally adore this software and recommend it to anyone who is serious about writing. Scrivener 3 for Mac is just $29.99 through our deal. Snap it up while it lasts.

Bombich Software Releases Carbon Copy Cloner 6

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Bombich Software has recently released Carbon Copy Cloner 6, the latest update for its backup program. The team says: “It’s a major upgrade with a redesigned interface and dozens of new features. It’s been almost four years since our last major release and we’ve packed in a ton of new features.” CCC can now use the macOS FSEvents service for a list of folders modified on the source since the last backup rather than scanning every folder for changes. The UI has also been redesigned and includes dark mode and a more detailed progress indication when a task is running, and more.

Bombich Software Releases Carbon Copy Cloner 6

Pros and Cons of the new 2021 Apple M1 iMac

· Andrew Orr · News

2021 M1 iMac

Tom Brant wrote a review of Apple’s new M1 iMac for PCMag, sharing some important pros and cons for people looking to buy the new product.