John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss parental control apps and the (non) inevitable merge of macOS and iOS.
macOS and iOS need not merge in order to lead the way forward. Perhaps all that’s required are shifting perspectives by the primary generation of users.
Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the possiblity of Marzipan updates to iTunes, and the future of macOS.
German video editor Thomas Weinreich created a concept video that gets rid of the desktop metaphor on macOS. Replacing it is a user interface similar to what we get with the iPad. Windowed apps are replaced by full screen apps that can be displayed into multi-window Split Views. Like Ben Lovejoy said, it seems like maybe it could be similar to what Apple is thinking of. However, I personally don’t believe the rumors of a macOS/iOS hybrid. Additionally, this concept paradigm doesn’t make sense on Macs that don’t have touchscreens. The macOS desktop metaphor might be aged, but I think it makes sense for devices that use a mouse or trackpad. What do you think?
The RSA Conference is a series of computer security conferences. This year, security researcher Patrick Wardle announced a new tool for Macs called GamePlan.
…GamePlan, a tool that watches for potentially suspicious events on Macs and flags them for humans to investigate. The general concept sounds similar to other defense platforms, and it hooks into detection mechanisms—has a USB stick been inserted into a machine? has someone generated a screen capture? is a program accessing a webcam?—Apple already offers in macOS. But GamePlan, cleverly written with Apple’s GameplayKit framework, collects all of this data in a centralized stream and uses the videogame logic engine to process it.
I use a couple of Mr. Wardle’s security tools. I look forward to downloading GamePlan.
Google publicly disclosed a zero-day flaw in macOS found by two researchers after Apple failed to fix it within a 90-day deadline.
The flaw lets a hacker make changes to a file without informing the operating system.
Where is Apple going with its content drive? Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest-host Charlotte Henry to dive deep into original shows, services, publishing, news, and Apple’s other content ambitions. They also talk about the promise (and potential drawbacks) of Marzipan, and what Apple’s recent executive shuffling might portend.
An issue I see with this is pricing. People are used to cheap iOS apps, but if you applied the same pricing to macOS apps, that would be bad for developers. Would the price of universal apps fall somewhere in the middle? Or would everything be a subscription? Apple clearly wants the latter, but no one wants a bunch of subscriptions either.
By 2021, developers will be able to merge iPhone, iPad, and Mac applications into one app or what is known as a “single binary.” This means developers won’t have to submit their work to different Apple App Stores, allowing iOS apps to be downloaded directly from Mac computers — effectively combining the stores.
Security researcher Linuz Henze found a macOS Keychain bug but won’t share it with Apple out of protest.
Henze has publicly shared legitimate iOS vulnerabilities in the past, so he has a track record of credibility. However, Henze is frustrated that Apple’s bug bounty program only applies to iOS, not macOS, and has decided not to release more information about his latest Keychain invasion.
It is odd that there isn’t a macOS bug bounty but I think withholding security information isn’t the way to go.
John writes affectionately about a macOS feature he loves and couldn’t live without.
AMD Radeon Navi GPU support is coming to macOS. Code for four graphics cards is present, referring to Navi 9, Navi 10, Navi 12, and Navi 16.
The new device ID is 0x73101002. We need to keep our eyes on this kext development for more news and support as its getting close to the “Navi-dad”. we saw similar code in Sierra prior to the Vega release. Navi in 6 months?
Feliz navidad everyone!
The Touch Bar on recent Macs doesn’t seem to get a lot of love, but David Nield writes about macOS Touch Bar apps that do make use of it.
We’re only going to limit ourselves to mentioning one Apple app in the list, but dig around, and you’ll find that pretty much every native macOS program includes some Touch Bar shortcuts you might find useful.
Personally I’m of the opinion that the feature is gimmicky and doesn’t add much functionality to Macs.
Today’s Quick Tip is about Safari on the Mac and how you can use and adjust keyboard shortcuts to get to the sites you love. So if The Mac Observer is your favorite place (of course it is, right?), you can jump right here!
On December 28th, 1998, Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin relaunched “Webintosh” as The Mac Observer, and Bryan runs through some highlights from the last 20 years.
Today’s Quick Tip is about a little feature of Mojave that’ll let you change the color scheme of buttons and menus, so if you want your Mac to be pink rather than blue, you totally can do that!
This week’s Particle Debris leads with an interesting aspect of being loyal to Apple and how much that costs.
Today’s Quick Tip is an interesting one (if we do say so ourselves). Did you know you can use one Mac in your house as a Time Machine destination for another? How very very odd. We’ll go over the oddness in its entirety in this article!
macOS Mojave 10.14.2 includes support for RTT (real-time text) for Wi-Fi calling, makes it easier to move a story from the Apple News app to Safari, and fixes an AirPlay bug involving third-party speakers.