While many bugs are relatively benign, often getting patched before the user knows anything is wrong, the latest plague to hit Apple devices is already wreaking havoc on internet.
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Where does all the time go? When it comes to the time you spend on your phone, your computer, and the web, this doesn't have to be a vague and rhetorical question - plenty of tools out there will track and monitor your time automatically, telling you exactly which apps and sites are sucking up most of your precious minutes of existence.
Security professionals had an "oh crap" moment last week when two gaping vulnerabilities were discovered in the bulk of modern microprocessors. The first issue, dubbed Meltdown, was more or less taken care of in a previous Apple update. But now, Apple has released a fix for the second issue, Spectre.
Much as we love all the new features that roll out with a fresh macOS update every year, we're also rather partial to those long-standing tools and functions that have been around for longer - and which you might have forgotten about or never used in the first place. Here are a few of our favourites you should try on for size.
Keyboard shortcuts are your not-so-secret weapon in the quest to maximise your productivity and blitz through applications and webpages at top speed. With keyboard shortcuts you can instantly drop your favourite GIF into any chat or email, or search Wikipedia without first opening a browser. You can launch apps or instantly perform a traceroute on a website. Don't just settle for the standard list of shortcuts you get with Windows or macOS - create your own too. Here's how to do it.
Congratulations on your brand new Windows or macOS laptop - we hope you enjoy it! You'll want to dive in and start using it as soon as you can, of course, but there are just a few housekeeping chores to take care of first. Here's how to get up and running as quickly as possible while ensuring your new computer stays secure and stable.
Despite the wealth of software available for Macs, Apple's desktop app store largely feels abandoned, as many of the important apps you might actually want are more readily obtained directly from the developer. However, after years of theorizing and speculation, Apple is reportedly trying to bridge the gap between its desktop and mobile stores, by enabling developers to create a single app that would be compatible with both platforms.
Apple just released a patch that fixes a recently revealed security vulnerability in macOS High Sierra. This is the bug that let anyone gain admin access to Mac accounts without typing in a password. It's a bad one. Good news is that Apple is making it very easy to update your software and squash the bug. Just click the "Update" box when you see it!
I have not organised my contacts in the Apple Contacts app in nearly a decade. For every meticulously maintained contact (usually people I mail gifts to for the holidays) there are hundreds of other contacts polluting the field. So many it would take me a few days and a lot of wine to finally sort through them all.
Windows fans can build their own computers when they can't find one in stores to match their needs, but custom-made Macs are much harder to put together, as Apple doesn't like having its software and hardware separated. But if you've got the time, and really need your beefy computer running macOS, than you should build up your own hackintosh -- that's what people call custom build macOS machines.
Time to install those updates! Last week, we warned you that a bug in High Sierra made it possible for an attacker to extract passwords from Apple's Keychain in plaintext. The bug was discovered and reported by Synack head researcher Patrick Wardle in early September, and now Apple has issued a patch for the issue.
You probably know a bit about the laptops, smartphones, and other devices set in front of you, especially if you bought them after agonizing over the choices for weeks. Even for those devices you did carefully pick and buy yourself, as the years roll by it can be easy to forget exactly how much RAM is installed or what the make and model of the processor actually is. For devices you've been given by someone else, you might have next to no idea about what's inside.
macOS High Sierra is heading your way today, and while it's not packed with major new features to transform your Mac computing experience, there are some cool new tricks you should know about -- here are 11 of them to get familiar with before the OS arrives on your machine.
Windows or macOS running out of room and crawling to a halt as a result? Nowhere to store your latest batch of phone photos or iTunes music purchases? Dwindling computer storage space is a problem most of us have to face from time to time, and here's what you can do to ease the pressure.