Apple releases OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan update

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Date: Tuesday, July 19th, 2016, 07:33
Category: News, OS X, Software

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In what might be the final major update for OS X El Capitan, Apple yesterday officially released OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 through the Mac App Store for all users.

The update adds the following fixes and changes:
– Resolves an issue that may prevent settings from being saved in accounts with parental controls enabled.

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Apple releases macOS Sierra public beta

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Date: Friday, July 8th, 2016, 09:53
Category: Developer, macOS, News, OS X, Software

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And now, for the truly brave of heart, the macOS Sierra public beta has just become available.

Late Thursday, Apple released the public beta to macOS Sierra, the successor to OS X EL Capitan.

In order to install the beta, you’ll need to go to beta.apple.com, sign in with an Apple ID and then you’ll be able to download the installer via the Mac App Store.

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Additional malware strains for Macs surface, GateKeeper still recommended as means of protection

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Date: Thursday, July 7th, 2016, 11:43
Category: Hack, macOS, News, OS X, security, Software

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After a hiatus, a trio of three new discovered Mac malware strains have emerged.

The strains, once installed, have the potential to access Web cameras, password keychains, and pretty much every other resource on an infected machine.

The first one, as mentioned yesterday, has been dubbed “Elanor” by researchers at antivirus provider Bitdefender and is hidden inside EasyDoc Converter, a malicious app that is, or at least was, available on a software download site called MacUpdate. When double clicked, EasyDoc silently installs a backdoor that provides remote access to a Mac’s file system and webcam, making it possible for attackers to download files, install new apps, and watch users who are in front of an infected machine. Eleanor communicates with control servers over the Tor anonymity service to prevent them from being taken down or being used to identify the attackers.

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Dropbox adds built-in document scanner, other features

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Date: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016, 15:20
Category: iOS, News, OS X, Software

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This is kind of nifty, even if Evernote beat Dropbox to it.

Dropbox now features a built-in document scanner capable of capturing photos, notes, sketches and converting them into documents that can be stored in Dropbox.

Like many iOS-based scanning apps, Dropbox’s scanning tool will automatically detect the outline of the item being scanned and it offers editing tools for straightening, adjusting contrast, adding additional pages, and converting to black and white. Dropbox for Business users have additional scanning features at their disposal, including optical character recognition to convert scans into searchable text.

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Siri begins to return queries regarding Finder, speculation brews ahead of WWDC

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Date: Monday, June 13th, 2016, 08:15
Category: iOS, News, OS X, Siri, Software

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Siri is changing a bit ahead of WWDC 2016.

And it now knows what the Finder is.

As of now, when asked the specific question “Siri open settings in the window,” Siri for iOS responds with: “It doesn’t look like you have an app named ‘Finder’.”

Interestingly, omitting the word “Siri” from the query changes the response, and the assistant simply opens the iOS Settings application.

Over the years, there never has been a Finder application for iOS and the Finder was limited to OS X. The updated response has been seen as Apple’s possible integration of Siri on the Mac, a feature which is expected in OS X 10.12.

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Updated App Store guidelines hint at possible rebranding from “Mac OS X” to “macOS”

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Date: Thursday, June 9th, 2016, 11:03
Category: Developer, iOS, News, OS X, TvOS, Watch OS

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While it’s been expected that Apple will rebrand Mac OS X as “macOS” at WWDC next week, this has all but been confirmed in paperwork sent out to the developer community.

Hidden in today’s announcements regarding the App Store was yet another hint at the change. In a FAQ from on the iTunes Connect website, Apple mistakenly refers to Mac OS X as ‘macOS,’ again prematurely hinting at the change.

Back in March, Apple also named a framework file in OS X 10.11.4 that referred to the operating system as macOS. The following month, Apple launched a new environmental webpage on which it referred to the operating system as MacOS.

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Rumor: Apple to incorporate dark mode into iOS 10

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Date: Tuesday, June 7th, 2016, 08:52
Category: Developer, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Rumor

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WWDC is just around the corner and with it, some fairly intense speculation as to iOS 10’s user interface has come about.

One rumored concept that’s gotten some attention is the idea of a potential dark mode to be released with the new operating system. As such, a set of concept images has been leaked, the concept showing a system-wide dark mode is depicted in the images, offering up an example of what darker backgrounds would look like in Messages, Mail, Contacts, News, and more.

It’s been speculated that the feature could be set to automatically activate when the sun sets, darkening the entire operating system as is currently done in the Maps app.

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1Password updated to 6.3.1 for OS X, 6.4.2 for iOS

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Date: Monday, June 6th, 2016, 16:24
Category: iOS, News, OS X, security, Software

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1Password, AgileBits’ ubiquitous password manager, has been updated the version 6.3.1 for OS X and 6.4.2 for iOS.

1Password 6.3.1 for OS X offers the following fixes and changes:

Improved:
– Item sharing has returned with proper advice for sharing only over secure services.

– When first setting up 1Password the back buttons shown there now properly support VoiceOver.

– The password generator shown when first setting up 1Password now announces the number of words.

– VoiceOver no longer reads the image descriptions in sidebar categories or item list.

– We made it more clear how to sign out of an account in the “Accounts” preferences.

– Improved VoiceOver support in the 1Password Account login form so that the text fields are associated with their labels.

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Rumor: Apple working on Echo competitor, may release Siri SDK to developer community

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Date: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, 07:50
Category: Amazon, Developer, Google, Rumor, Siri, Software

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When in doubt, you can compete with Amazon by building your own device.

And you can make Siri that much better by throwing the developer community at it.

An anonymous source has stated that Apple is looking to build a device to compete with Amazon’s Echo as well as open up Siri to outside developers. Apple is said to be preparing to release a Siri software development kit that would allow developers to make their apps and their app content accessible through Siri voice commands. Apple plans to require developers to use the tool responsibly.

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Rumor: Apple looking to incorporate Touch ID support into OS X 10.12

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Date: Friday, May 20th, 2016, 08:45
Category: Apple Pay, Bluetooth, iOS, Rumor, Software, Touch ID

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Siri isn’t the only thing that could come to OS X 10.12. A new report has indicated that Apple could add Touch ID support to OS X with 10.12 as well.

The rumor has it that Apple “could” be incorporating an auto-unlock feature into OS X 10.12 that would allow an iPhone to unlock a Mac when the two are in close proximity of one another. Much like how Apple Watch can bypass its passcode when near an unlocked iPhone, the OS X and iPhone feature would also use Bluetooth LE.

In addition to an iPhone unlocking a Mac, the report claims that it’s also “possible” that when an Apple Watch is in close proximity to a Mac, it could also unlock the computer. This is similar to the functionality provided by the third-party app Knock.

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