WebKit Flaw Crashes Safari, Could Lead to Further Exploits

· Andrew Orr · Link

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A WebKit flaw on iOS and macOS can cause Safari to crash and could lead to further malicious attacks.

The vulnerability stems from what security researchers call a type confusion bug in the WebKit implementation of AudioWorklet, an interface that allows developers to control, manipulate, render, and output audio and decrease latency. Exploiting the vulnerability gives an attacker the basic building blocks to remotely execute malicious code on affected devices.

Why Putting macOS on iPad is a Bad Idea

· Charlotte Henry · Link

macOS on iPad

Since the introduction of the M1 chip to various iPad models, there has been lots of talk about replacing iPadOS with macOS. One person who is not a fan of this idea is Ed Hardy. He explained why at Cult of Mac.

No matter that Macs and iPads run on the same chip. macOS isn’t designed for a touchscreen. Apple would need to redesign the operating system to run on a tablet, and devs would need to alter third-party applications, too. And that would anger people using non-touchscreen laptops and desktops. Plus, people happy with the iPad now wouldn’t like the change either.

Mac OS X at XX – TMO Daily Observations 2021-03-24

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

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Charlotte Henry and Dave Hamilton join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the twentieth anniversary of the Mac OS X official release.

UPERFECT 15.6" Portable Monitor: $204.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

UPERFECT 15.6

We have a deal on the UPERFECT 15.6″ Portable Monitor. It features an LCD HDR screen with 1920 x 1080 resolution, and it has built-in quad speakers. It also supports USB-C, Mini HD, PD, and Micro USB ports, and is compatible with macOS, iOS, Android, Windows, and Linux, as well as Xbox, PlayStation 4, and Rasberry Pi. This device is $204.99 through our deal.

Chrome OS Passes macOS to Become Second Most Popular Desktop OS

· Andrew Orr · Link

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New data shows that Chrome OS has overtaken macOS to become the second most popular desktop OS. Chrome OS rose from 6.4% in 2019 to 10.8% in 2020.

Despite the fact that macOS landed in third, viewing this as an example of Google beating out Apple directly might not be accurate. Rather, it’s likely that Chrome OS has been primarily pulling sales and market share away from Windows at the low end of the market. Mac market share actually grew from 6.7 percent in 2019 to 7.5 percent in 2020.

Big Sur Hands-On – TMO Daily Observations 2020-11-16

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

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Charlotte Henry and Dave Hamilton join host Kelly Guimont to discuss their short and less short experiences with Big Sur, and offer tips.

New Additions to Dr. Mac's Utility Chest

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

Dr. Mac loves useful Mac utilities and is always looking for the next great timesaver or simplified like the two he introduces in Rants & Raves Episode #408.

Former Apple Software Engineer David Shayer - BGM Interview

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

David Shayer on Background Mode

David Shayer worked as an Apple software engineer for 18 years. He worked on the Apple Watch, iPod, and Radar, Apple’s bug tracking system, among other projects. He was an independent Mac software developer for a decade, and clients included Apple, Microsoft, Symantec and the U.S. Navy.

David told about how he learned to program, some of which was on an Apple II and some on a Mac in the 1980s. He went on to tell me about how he was hired by Apple. Twice. The second time he worked on the iPod file system and database. In the process he learned how Apple products are designed, and that included some great stories about Steve Jobs, his design sense, and the iPod team’s interaction with Jobs. There were other fascinating Steve Jobs stories. We finished with his revealing article about how Apple OS software development works.

All the New Apple Event and Product Release Dates

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Apple event and product release dates

Lots of things we were hoping for from Apple didn’t get announced on September 15 and October 13. Now there’s been a bunch of predictions gushing forth.

macOS: How To Disable Webcam on Your Mac

· Jeff Butts · Tips

disable webcam on your Mac

Our front-facing cameras are terrific, but they are also a security risk. Jeff Butts tells you how to disable your FaceTime Camera, iSight, or other webcam on a Mac without resorting to leaving the sticky residue of tape behind.