New malware uses auto-running macros in Word documents to infect your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 9, 2017

Taking advantage of a primitive Windows technique relying on automatically-running macros embedded in Microsoft Word documents, a new type of Mac malware attack has been discovered recently. As first noted in a research compiled by Objective-See, the technique used may be crude but once an unsuspecting user opens an infected Word document and chooses to run the macros, the malware installs itself silently on the target Mac and immediately attempts to download a hazardous payload. Read More

 

Microsoft previews Touch Bar support in Office for Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 8, 2017

Microsoft was one of the companies mentioned during Apple’s “Hello again” Mac event last October as working on implementing support for Touch Bar shortcuts in their productivity apps.

Today, the Windows maker launched a preview of Touch Bar shortcuts on the new MacBook Pro available across its suite of Office apps. Beginning this week, users on Microsoft’s beta program, dubbed Office Insider, will be able to test the new Touch Bar support across Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook for Mac. Read More

 

References to next-generation MacBook Pros with Kaby Lake chips found in Sierra code

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 7, 2017

A developer-only preview of what would become the macOS Sierra 10.12.4 software update references a total of eight next-generation MacBook Pro models with the latest Kaby Lake processors from Intel. First discovered by the Apple-centric blog named Pike’s Universum, the code strings in question point to unused IDs for three motherboard identifiers. Aside from other improvements, the Kaby Lake platform enables lower power consumption while possibly bringing support for 32GB RAM. Read More

 

How to find out when macOS was last reinstalled on your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 6, 2017

Figuring out how much a Mac has been used is essential when buying a pre-owned computer, especially if the seller no longer possesses the original invoice. While macOS’s System Information application provides some insight into the state of the Mac’s battery, that’s not enough.

Thankfully, you can find out when exactly the owner has first completed the initial macOS setup and that can be quite useful in making an informed purchasing decision. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to find out when macOS was last reinstalled on any Mac using a quick Terminal command. Read More

 

How to install software update for your AirPods

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 3, 2017

Not unlike other accessories, Apple’s wireless earphones need a piece of software, called firmware, to function properly. A new AirPods firmware should install silently in the background without the user ever realizing it. Should the process fail, an update can be manually deployed on your AirPods as soon as Apple releases a new version.

In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll show you how to deploy a new firmware for your AirPods manually, as well as check the version number of the firmware that’s currently running on your AirPods. Read More

 

Apple releases $199 education bundle: FCP X, Logic Pro, Motion, Compressor & MainStage

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 3, 2017

If you’re a teacher, college student, faculty member or staff, or a K12 or higher education institution, you can now buy a bundle of Apple’s pro video and audio editing apps for Mac. As reported by The Loop, the Pro Apps Bundle for Education includes Final Cut Pro X ($300), Logic Pro X ($200), Motion 5 ($50), Compressor 4 ($50) and MainStage 3 ($30).

The bundle is priced at just $199, a $430 savings versus the apps’ combined retail price. Read More

 

How to hide the Spotlight Search icon from the menu bar

By Joaquim Barbosa on Feb 2, 2017

If you never use the Spotlight feature on your Mac, or if you only use it from the Finder rather than from the menu bar, you may have wondered how to get rid of its icon. Whilst most of the menu bar icons can be hidden with user-accessible toggles from System Preferences, Spotlight’s little magnifying glass is not so easily removed from the top right-hand corner of your screen.

After a lot of investigation I had only found methods which either disabled Spotlight entirely, removing your ability to search the file system, or else hid Spotlight temporarily, with it returning every time a change was made to the file system. However, I was eventually able to find a solution which has neither of these downsides.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to get shot of the Spotlight icon, and regain an iron-fisted control over the content of your menu bar. Read More

 

How to manage app windows on your Mac like a pro

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 1, 2017

Along with a flatter look, macOS Yosemite brought simplified functionality for the close, minimize and maximize buttons which in the case of Mac are traditionally found in the top left corner of windows. Clicking the maximize button of an app that does not support macOS’s native fullscreen mode simply enlarges the window to its maximum size.

For apps that do support fullscreen mode natively, the maximize button acts as a shortcut for taking the window fullscreen.

But did you know that you can override this behavior and maximize a window without going fullscreen? Or quickly expand only one side of a window to its screen edge? Or see a window’s maximizing and minimizing animations in slow motion?

This tutorial provides some useful tips for getting the most out of macOS’s built-in controls for resizing, minimizing and maximizing windows, and moving them around. Read More

 

Bloomberg: Apple working on ARM-based Mac chip to handle low power features

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 1, 2017

According to a new report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Ian King, Apple is developing a new ARM-based chip for Macs that would take on more of the low power mode functionality that’s currently being handled by Intel processors.

This upcoming piece of silicon may first become available in a next-generation MacBook Pro planned for later this year. Among other things, it would help improve battery life. Read More

 

Twelve South’s new accessory connects your Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 31, 2017

Premium accessory maker Twelve South has been on a roll lately. They kicked off 2017 in a style with an armband accessory for Apple Watch [review], which was quickly followed by their luxurious shell cases for iPhone 7 [review]. Today, the company launched its newest accessory, called MagicBridge. Read More

 
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