Beta 3 of iOS 10.3 and macOS Sierra 10.12.4 released for public beta testing

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 21, 2017

iOS 10.3 beta 3 with Find My AirPods and other enhancements and macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 3 with Night Shift Mode and other perks are both now available for public beta-testing, assuming you’ve enrolled in Apple’s Beta Software Program. After signing up on the web at beta.apple.com, deploy a special configuration profile on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac and you’ll be able to install the latest beta over-the-air via Apple’s standard Software Update mechanism. Read More

 

macOS 10.12.4 beta 3 seeded to developers

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 20, 2017

Aside from watchOS 3.2 beta 3, tvOS 10.2 beta 3 and iOS 10.3 beta 3 with a new name and shame list for legacy apps,  Apple today seeded a third beta of what would become the fourth major update to Sierra since its launch last fall. macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 3 (build 16E163f) with Night Shift Mode and other perks is now available to registered developers.

You can deploy the latest beta over the air on your Mac through the Mac App Store’s Updates tab. Today’s release is only for developers but a version aimed at public beta testers should drop in the next 24 hours. Read More

 

How to make your Mac’s mouse pointer bigger

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 16, 2017

If you have vision problems or simply happen to use a very high-resolution monitor, finding your Mac’s mouse pointer among the mess of windows, desktop icons and various user interface controls can be a daunting task. Thankfully, macOS provides a nifty little feature to make the pointer larger temporarily when you quickly move your finger on the trackpad or quickly move the mouse. If you’d like to permanently make the pointer larger so that it’s easier to see, you can do that, too, as explained in this quick tutorial. Read More

 

New Mac malware from Russia targets your saved passwords and iPhone backups

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 15, 2017

It used to be that Mac computers were immune from the vast majority of viruses and malware plaguing Windows and other platforms. But as Apple’s products have been growing in popularity, hackers and malware developers have been increasingly targeting macOS.

Following recent reports of Mac malware that uses a very old Windows trick which relies on Microsoft Word macros, a new strain of malware from Russian hackers has been found to steal your saved passwords and iPhone backups, security firm BitDefender said. Read More

 

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

 

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 now available to public beta testers

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 9, 2017

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 2 with Night Shift Mode and other improvements is now available to public beta testers, two days after the software was seeded to Apple’s registered developers.

Public beta testers can deploy the latest beta of Sierra over the air via the Software Update mechanism provided they have installed an appropriate configuration profile through Apple’s Beta Software Program website. 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

 

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

 
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