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/">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.

The Secret Security Features in macOS Big Sur

· Andrew Orr · Link

macOS Big Sur on MacBook Pro

There are security features that Apple tells us about on stage at keynotes, and then there are hidden improvements it doesn’t mention.

macOS has gradually made the UNIX security model irrelevant. For example, even the superuser is only allowed to access the private documents of a regular user with the user’s permission—permission that is given on a per-application basis, through that protector of users and bane of developers known as the Transparency, Consent & Control (TCC) framework.

Video Editor 'DaVinci Resolve' Now 3 Times Faster on M1 Macs

· Andrew Orr · Link

davinci resolve on M1 Macs

Blackmagic Design announced on Friday that its DaVinci Resolve video editor is now up to three times faster on M1 Macs. It also gives customers up to 30% longer battery life.

DaVinci Resolve 17.3 also supports a new option on Mac computers with M1 for H.265 hardware encoding. Customers can choose to prioritize speed vs quality when rendering, further improving render times up to 65%. Plus, DaVinci Resolve will now decode AVC Intra files using the media engine built into the Apple M1 chip, making decoding and playback faster when working with these file formats.

New Game ‘Humankind’ Offers a Civilization-Like Experience

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Players of Civilization and Crusader Kings will find this new game called Humankind very similar. The tagline is: “Create your own civilization by combining 60 historical cultures from the Ancient to the Modern Age. Each culture brings its special gameplay layer, leading to near-endless outcomes. Face historical events, take impactful moral decisions, and make scientific breakthroughs. Discover the natural wonders of the world or build the remarkable creations of humankind.“ It’s available for macOS and Windows through Steam, Epic Games, Microsoft Store, and Stadia. Unfortunately, it doesn’t support the latest versions of macOS, at least through Steam.

New Game ‘Humankind’ Offers a Civilization-Like Experience

Mac Gaming, Crypto Credit Cards, iOS 15, with Jeff Butts - ACM 553

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Butts talk about the current state of Mac gaming, with Jeff focusing on improved Mac support at Steam. They also dive deeper into crypto credit cards where you can either spend your crypto and/or earn cryptocurrency rewards like Bitcoin on your purchases. And, Jeff has been deep into iOS 15 betas, and he talks about some of his favorite new features.

AMD Releases New Radeon PRO W6000X GPUs for Mac Pro

· Andrew Orr · Link

AMD Radeon PRO W6000X GPU

On Tuesday, AMD announced its line of Radeon PRO W6000X GPU series for the Mac Pro.

Built on groundbreaking AMD RDNA 2 architecture, AMD Infinity Cache and other advanced technologies, the new workstation graphics line-up includes the AMD Radeon™ PRO W6900X and AMD Radeon™ PRO W6800X GPUs. Mac Pro users also have the option of choosing the AMD Radeon PRO W6800X Duo graphics card, a dual-GPU configuration that leverages high-speed AMD Infinity Fabric interconnect technology to deliver outstanding levels of compute performance.

Total War: WARHAMMER II - The Silence & The Fury Available for Mac

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Feral Interactive has announced that The Silence & The Fury, the final Lords Pack for Total War: WARHAMMER II, is out now for macOS. The Silence & The Fury introduces new Legendary Lords for the Lizardmen and the Beastmen, each leading their own factions with new characters and units, as well as unique gameplay mechanics and narrative objectives. A feature-packed free update to Total War: WARHAMMER II for macOS is also available today, including reworks to the Beastmen and Dwarfen factions, a new Dawi Legendary Lord, and the introduction of Ogre Mercenaries for Total War Access Members. A trailer can be watched on YouTube.

Total War: WARHAMMER II – The Silence & The Fury Available for Mac

macOS: Here’s How to Reset an M1 Mac SMC

· Andrew Orr · News

The System Management Controller manages many low-level functions on your Mac. Here’s how to reset an M1 Mac SMC for troubleshooting.

How to Speed Up Everything (on Your Mac)

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Want to speed up everything you do on your Mac? Learn to type faster (says Dr. Mac), and he has some practical ways to do it.