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Reports: Mac Pro
more troubleshooting tips and experiences, notes about graphics cards, startup tricks, screen-sharing and remote login, etc.

Reports: Apple compatibility
32-bit code elimination and identification, virtualization vs. graphics support, QuickTime, HandBrake, Adobe CS6, etc.

Reports: Apple Mail
"it just stops checking"

Reports: Digital media
questions about HandBrake

Reports: Mac marginalization
Tim Cook on merging iOS with macOS

Reports: Migration
dictation problems with OS X 10.11

Reports: Printers
Windows networking vs. macOS

Reports: Spotlight
Word/docx indexing issues, details

Chromium security update
The open source web browser gets critical security patches and other changes.

Google Chrome security patches
Google's web browser gets critical security patches and other changes.

Reports: Autonomous cars
Chinese projects; car communications

Reports: High Sierra
update failures and workarounds, file-sharing

Reports: Backup
Office 365 "best deal"

Reports: Password managers
PasswordWallet and 1Password workflows

macOS Server
Apple's server add-on for High Sierra gets an update for macOS 10.13.4 (which it requires) and iOS/tvOS 11.3, while Apple plans radical deprecation of features for the near future.

Reports: App Store
SwiftKey zombie app

EtreCheck
This essential troubleshooting tool analyzes many Mac configuration details for potential issues, scans for malware, and helpfully lists 32-bit Mac apps that Apple will disable in an upcoming macOS update (including QuickTime 7 and DVD Player).

MacInTouch Project Update
Here's an update on our new platform project, related needs, and thanks!

Reports: Autonomous cars
Tesla vs. NTSB

Reports: Electric cars
Porsche 919 hybrid

Reports: Mac Pro
Dosdude patch enables macOS on old hardware

Reports: Office software
LibreOffice, "Increase Contrast"

Reports: Storage
Thunderbolt 1 performance problems, target disk mode

Reports: Web browsers
Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on

Audio Hijack
Record audio from applications, as well as external sound sources.

Loopback
Create multi-channel virtual audio devices for flexibly routing audio from apps and inputs to apps and outputs.

Lingon X
Control Apple's "launchd" program: "Lingon can start an app, a script or run a command automatically whenever you want it to. You can schedule it to run at a specific time, regularly or when something special happens."

Reports: Email
IMAP implementation issues

PasswordWallet
This cross-platform password manager is inexpensive and full of features, with great support.

ClamXAV
This popular anti-virus utility, which provides virus scanning and frequently updated malware definitions on top of a solid anti-virus engine, gets a Snow Leopard fix and updates the scanning engine.

Reports: App Store
download links, update confusion

Reports: Apple Pay
transaction history issues

Reports: Email
IMAP/POP confusions

Reports: Finder
Path Finder

Reports: HomePod
slow sales, Alexa ad trigger

Reports: iTunes
invisible upgrade mode switch, IPSW files

Reports: Mac Pro
Dosdude compatibility patch

Reports: OS X Server
tricks for saving the Server installer

Reports: Password managers
PasswordWallet kudos, 1Password clouds

Reports: Remote access
Timbuktu resurrection

Reports: Repairs
illegal warranty requirements

Reports: Tax software
TurboTax, PDFs and Preview

Reports: Quicken
file-integrity issues involving classic Mac file "resource forks" vs. cloud storage, FAT flash sticks and backup services, plus user confusion about file locations and versions and also issues with High Sierra APFS volumes

Reports: Apple video apps
updates require macOS 10.13 High Sierra

Reports: Audio
easy track-splitting in Amadeus

Reports: iTunes
download links for Version 12.6.3; caching servers

Reports: Mac Pro
displays, cards and cables

Reports: Office 2008/2011
compatibility notes

Reports: Web platforms
responsive design, customization

iMovie
You have to run macOS 10.13 High Sierra to get bug fixes for Apple's consumer video app.

Reports: Antivirus software
Malwarebytes discounts, real-time toggle

Reports: Competition
Chromebook x2

Reports: High Sierra
recovery/reinstall confusion and modes

Reports: Tax software
H&R Block disk image wrap-up

Reports: User interface
iPad/iPhone inconsistency

Adobe security flaws "critical"
This month's pile of patches from everyone's favorite subscription software company includes "critical" patches for InDesign CC, Adobe Flash (just say "uninstall"), and Cold Fusion, plus patches for security failures in "Experience Manager", "Digital Editions" and "PhoneGap Push Plugin."

MacInTouch Discussions change
Spam abuse from botnets has finally forced us to require simple email registration for posting in the MacInTouch Discussions forum, and registration brings additional benefits.

G-Speed Shuttle SSD
Well-heeled buyers with Thunderbolt 3-equipped Macs can get seriously high performance with 8 or 16TB of capacity in this portable RAID package with 8 SSD bays.

TechTool Pro
A new update to the venerable Mac testing and maintenance app brings more APFS/High Sierra fixes, iMac Pro support and other improvements.

Postbox
This email app, a viable alternative to Apple Mail and Thunderbird, gets an overhaul, based on new Mozilla code, abandoning add-ons.

MacInTouch project update
Here's an update on our MacInTouch challenges and changes.

Reports: Autonomous cars
cruise control, road markings, Tesla Autopilot failures and contradictions vs. a fatal crash, and more.

Reports: App Stores
SwiftKey half-install; iWork update/compatibility

Reports: Keyboards
Magic Keyboard crawl

Reports: High Sierra
APFS/install/migration follies

Reports: iPhones
Genius Bar, passcodes, iTunes/compatibility/updates

Reports: iTunes
backup/sync/updates, 1984 ad, content caching etc.

Reports: Printing
troubleshooting tips

Reports: Security
DNS (domain name system) privacy/security

Final Cut Pro
Apple updates its "pro" video editing software with "ProRes RAW, which combines the visual and workflow benefits of RAW video with the performance of ProRes", plus closed captioning.

HandBrake
This free, cross-platform app, which transcodes (converts) non-copy-protected video files into a wide variety of formats for different devices, gets a user interface update and a bunch of other improvements and updates.

MySQL Workbench
This free, cross-platform app lets you manage all kinds of database operations with MySQL, including remote access and backup, database design, editing and migration.

CyberDuck
Here's a full-featured, reliable, cross-platform, open-source FTP client that's been around for years.

MountainDuck
Mount all manner of remote file systems on your Mac desktop like local drives.

Reports: CarPlay
various problems

Reports: Data recovery
stiction notes

Reports: Input devices
trackpad settings, SlimBlade, round mice and more

Reports: iPhone slowdowns
battery replacement results; Genius passcodes

Reports: iTunes
special version, compatibility issues

Reports: iWork
compatibility issues

Reports: Linux
virtual machines

Reports: Adobe issues
Creative Cloud space

Reports: Apple Mail
iPhone IMAP

Reports: Artificial Intelligence (AI)
ex-Google AI exec reporting to Tim Cook

Reports: High Sierra
file-sharing glitch after update

Reports: Apple security
filetype problem, autofill issue

Reports: Audio
Myriad, ASND resources, Sound Studio, Audible files

Reports: Competition
XPS 15: Core i9, GTX 1050 Ti, 4K, 97WHr

Reports: Data recovery
freezer block trick

Reports: Email
IMAP, remote content/security issues

Reports: Finder
file-type follies

Reports: iPads
Repairability 2 out of 10

Reports: Mac marginalization
Mac/mobile merge with new Apple hardware...

Reports: Phishing scams
URL shorteners; UPS delivery email scam

Reports: Photo software
MediaPro still 32-bit

Reports: Remote access
Timbuktu trick

Reports: Security
Cloudflare 1.1.1.1 DNS

Reports: Servers
Apple abandonment/alternatives

MacInTouch status update
Here's an update on the status of MacInTouch plans and platforms.

Reports: Autonomous vehicles
fatal Tesla crash, Uber settlement in pedestrian fatality, trucking, object-recognition issues, traffic ticket for self-driving car

Reports: App Store
update/compatibility follies

Reports: High Sierra
update failures and firmware

Reports: HomePod
update fixes bug

Reports: iMacs
troubleshooting

Reports: iTunes
Configurator 2; photo sync problems

Reports: Adobe
compatibility issues

Reports: Competition
Apple and education

Reports: iPads
iTunes alternatives; battery fix

Reports: Privacy
Apple, Adobe, and Facebook

Reports: Siri
voice models and changes

Apple security patches
Apple issues critical security patches across its current mobile, Mac, web and entertainment systems.

MacInTouch changes
Here's an update on MacInTouch challenges, changes, issues, options and funding.

Reports: Help please
SMART data, boot modes, etc.

Reports: HomePod et al
constant listening, Echo experience

Reports: iCloud
notes recovery

Reports: Phishing scams
"We Transfer" malware

Reports: Time Machine
unwanted notifications and SQLite

Apple updates iOS
Apple's new iOS 11.3 release brings more iPhone X animoji and "immersive augmented reality experiences" to its 64-bit mobile platform, and... "offers customers more visibility into the battery health and performance of their iPhone." It also patches serious security holes.

Reports: Adobe issues
Flash future, Muse, AIR et al

Reports: AI (artificial intelligence)
"What's an iPhone?"; "The Peripheral"

Reports: Electric cars
battery recycling, production

Reports: Finder issues
aliases, boot modes, SMART data

Reports: Help please
disk corruption, cable corrosion, etc.

Reports: MacInTouch
challenges and changes discussion, support

Reports: Apple security
Siri leak, more High Sierra password problems

Reports: Backup
file-system monitoring, CrashPlan, Time Machine nags

Reports: iCloud
contacts confusion, disappearing Documents

Reports: Performance
MacBook Pro RAM speed testing

Reports: Privacy
Facebook follies

Reports: Security
Toast isn't code-signed

Reports: Siri
performance problems

Reports: Sleep/wake issues
problem solved

Apple announcements
Apple updated its standard iPad and iWork both for Apple Pencil support and announced a future software product for classrooms.

MacInTouch changes
The world has changed a lot, and some changes are coming to MacInTouch....

Reports: Apple Contacts
international formatting

Reports: Apple quality
iOS GPS bugs; ad bug scrub

Reports: Apple security
Grayshift iPhone unlocker

Reports: Electric cars
winter tests

Reports: iMacs
reliability problems, testing, remediation, etc.

Reports: Input devices
Logitech MX Master vs. M720 (and M705) mice

Reports: Security
dead people's fingers and faces

Reports: Scams
New Compu Pro

Reports: Web platforms
Drupal security problems

KnockKnock
This app from a Mac security expert helps keep an eye out for malware.

Checksum
Here's a new High Sierra app for verifying download checksums.

Reports: Email
Postbox issues, Emailchemy, etc.

Reports: High Sierra
serial port problems

Reports: iTunes
podcast problems, icon rearrangement

Reports: Mac Pro
sleep problems

Reports: Servers
CalDAV ports (and macOS update problem)

Reports: Apple security
Siri notifications vulnerability/bug

Reports: Help please
ghost app-launch mystery

Little Snitch
The popular firewall/security app for Macs gets a few more improvements (and fixes) after its major update.

Dashlane
This full-featured, zero-knowledge, cross-platform password manager, which can be used for free on individual devices with subscription options for automatic sync among devices, backup, sharing, etc., gets some bug and crash fixes.

Reports: Input devices
various mice, trackballs, graphic tablets, trackpads, etc.

Reports: 2016/2017 MacBook Pro
UI changes, keyboard, etc.

Reports: Adobe issues
macOS compatibility, file compatibility

Reports: iPads
VLC for video looping

Reports: Migration/updates
Migration Assistant issues, etc.

Reports: Security
Facebook harvesting and election hacking

BetterZip
This Mac app lets you decode and manage data in a huge collection of archive formats from multiple platforms with support for Windows-compatible encryption, Apple disk images, AppleScript, 7-Zip and much more. A new release brings a bunch of improvements.

Reports: Apple Contacts
macOS vs. iOS Caller ID

Reports: Apple Watch
battery problems

Reports: Electric cars
battery life and thermal management

TenFourFox
The modern web browser for PowerPC-based Macs gets a security patch.

Logitech trackballs
Logitech's MX Ergo is a wireless trackball loaded with features, including hand-tilt adjustability and dual wireless capability, while less-expensive trackballs are available with fewer features.

Mellel
This scholar-friendly word processor, with multi-lingual support and advanced features, gets Word docx import capability in a new version.

Reports: Apple support
battery/power adapter issues (and MagSafe), bad AppleCare/repair experiences, fan control software, an iPhone battery update gone wrong and more

Reports: 2016/2017 MacBook Pro
keyboard problems/cleaning

Reports: Apple quality
keyboard/software bugs

Reports: HomePod
Siri

Reports: MacBook Pro displays
repair/replacement

Reports: XProtect
Apple blacklist update problems

UXProtect
This free security app for the Mac helps make sense of Apple's invisible malware blacklist ("XProtect"), as well as checking its version and getting it updated.

Malwarebytes
The fast, lightweight, anti-malware app fixes a glitch with its real-time protection.

Firefox
Mozilla's free alternative to Google Chrome and Apple Safari gets a critical security patch, after other security and performance updates and other improvements.

USB-C Triple Display Dock
This USB-C dock from Plugable has 4K video output, plus additional HDMI and DVI/VGA outputs, multiple USB 3 ports, charging, Ethernet and audio input/output.

Reports: Apple Contacts
international phone number formatting

Reports: Backup
Arq, SpiderOak, CrashPlan, BackBlaze, Duplicati etc.

Reports: Firefox
update glitches, notification control

Reports: Web browsers
Air Canada, auto-update web page

Darktable
This powerful photo processing software runs on Macs and Linux, free of charge.

Reports: Apple management
Siri squander story, brand reputation

Reports: Apple photo apps
face export, digiKam DAM

Reports: Apple quality
team raiding

Reports: Apple security
crypto miner problems

Reports: Miscellaneous
Digg Reader demise

Reports: Tips
boot mode details

Reports: Xprotect
Apple's invisible blacklist gets updates

DetectX Swift
This unique and useful security software, which checks for malware and tracks changes to critical elements of your system, including kernel extensions, launch agents, apps and more, get an update.

digiKam
This open-source, cross-platform app is a Digital Asset Manager (DAM), raw converter, image editor and more.

Reports: Help please
web page refresh trick

Reports: Competition
ThinkPad X1 Carbon, Dell Inspiron 7577

Reports: Keyboards
Matias, Microsoft, Kinesis, Azio, legendary Apple

Reports: Spotlight/Finder
magic fix: Safe Mode boot

Reports: Web browsers
Chrome 66 dropping OS X 10.9 support

Reports: Vulnerabilities
internationalized domain names; Florida schools

Adobe Flash flaws critical
Another month, another update to Adobe's dangerously insecure Flash platform for another set of "critical" security flaws.

Office 2016 update
Microsoft updates its Office 2016 with security patches and other improvements, but Office 2011 is no longer supported.

WWDC 2018
Apple's 2018 developer conference is scheduled for June 4-8 with a lottery and list of conditions for registered developers hoping for a chance to spend $1599 on a non-transferable ticket.

Reports: 2016/2017 MacBook Pro
keyboard problem/patent

Reports: A.I.
Windows 10 machine learning platform

Reports: Apple photo software
daemons, Game Center, Little Snitch, settings, etc.

Reports: Autonomous vehicles
Google/Waymo self-driving trucks

Reports: Browser security
Spectre, Chrome, Google Safe Browsing, etc.

Reports: Networking
iPhone hotspot; Linksys Velop; macOS alert annoyance

Reports: USB-C
color-coding clips; do-it-all cables; Google engineer testing; length issues

Unlox
This software combination for High Sierra and iOS 11 lets you unlock a Mac from an iOS device (including Apple Watch), using Bluetooth LE hardware on both ends.

HoudahGeo
The Mac geocoding app gets Lightroom "Classic CC" support, EXIF/XMP updates and other improvements.

Reports: Apple Stores
spaceship visitor center store

Reports: Compatibility
Snow Leopard hardware compatibility/boot issues

Reports: iPhone X
camera review

Reports: Malware
Mac malware report and examples

FileMaker
Apple updates its database manager with a High Sierra bug fix.

APFS Retrofit Kit
Paragon Software has a Mac installer that it says will let you read APFS files (but not write them) from OS X 10.10 or 10.11. Be very wary, though, with APFS FileVault volumes, if you try it....

Reports: Archival issues
more about tape

Reports: High Sierra
APFS problems, Apple quarantine bug

Reports: Steve Jobs
'95 interview

Reports: Autonomous vehicles
self-driving trucks on Arizona highways

Reports: Help please
home loss/insurance nightmares, inventory apps

Reports: USB-C
Target Disk Mode test

ChronoSync
This full-featured backup and sync program can work remotely or locally, with cloud storage or direct connections, and with support for iPhones and iPads, too. An update brings a critical bug fix.

Reports: Apple architecture
glass brilliance

Reports: Apple TV
Amazon Prime support

Reports: Archival issues
tape, Retrospect

Reports: Competition
sub-$900 Inspiron; 2018 MacBook Air

Reports: Privacy
creepy MoviePass customer tracking

Reports: Adobe issues
update deception, IBGYBG perspective

Reports: Apple security
screen vulnerabilities, phone calls, "Apple" scam messages/emails

Reports: Apple TV
Gen 1 abandonment vs. GDPR privacy/security

Reports: Compatibility issues
32-bit elimination

Reports: Finder
file-type problems, searches

Reports: HomePod/alternatives
Sonos CR100 issue

Reports: iPhone shutdowns
bad battery effects

Reports: Old systems
Power Mac G5 problems and resuscitation

Reports: Product issues
repairs/upgrades vs. closed systems vs. security

Reports: USB-C
confusing modes, cables, power delivery, target disk support, etc.

KeePassXC
This open-source password manager gets an update.

BlockBlock
Currently in beta testing, this anti-malware software monitors "common persistence locations" on a Mac and posts alerts when something changes, as well as checking VirusTotal for known malware.

XFence
When Jonathan Zdziarski went to Apple, Little Flocker ended up at F-Secure. Currently in beta-test, it's interesting security software for the Mac.

Cookie
This Mac app helps control "HTTP cookies, Flash cookies, Silverlight, HTML5 databases, localStorage, IndexedDB as well as browser history and caches."

Script Debugger
You can do a lot with AppleScript on a Mac... especially with the help of this app.

App Tamer
This Mac utility automatically manages unruly programs (including some from Apple...) that drain battery and CPU resources while heating up your Mac.

WhatRoute
This network utility offers lots of capabilities and customization options, plus some interesting graphics.

SystemName
Here's a neater alternative to Apple's System Preferences for configuring the name(s) of your Mac.

Reports: Linux
dependencies and package managers

Affinity Photo
This appealing alternative to Adobe Photoshop (with a free trial) gets a significant update for the Mac version, hot on the heels of an update for the iPad version.

Affinity Designer
The major competitor to Adobe Illustrator (with a free trial) gets bug fixes and other improvements.

Reports: Adobe issues
update trickery, IBGYBG

Reports: Apple authentication
Apple TV prompts

Reports: High Sierra
disk/space follies, Adobe Java mess, Aura migration problems, etc.

Logic Pro X
Apple updates its pro audio app to patch yet another big pile o' bugs and performance problems.

Reports: Archival issues
history, experiences, procedures, costs, etc.

Reports: A.I. (Artificial Intelligence)
cameras with brains; malicious use

Reports: Autonomous vehicles
Ford plans, California change, 'copter crash

Reports: iCloud
confusion, Google, Circlegon, inelegance

Reports: iOS
A.I. voicemail transcription

Reports: iPhones
battery cases, replacement

Reports: MacBook Pro
graphics failure workarounds

Rebelle
"Create realistic wet and dry media artwork, complete with stunning real-world dynamic simulation of fluid flow, color blending, wet diffusion, and drying."

NeoFinder
Norbert Doerner's digital asset cataloger and browser (DAM) gets support for Luminar 2018 files, a catalogging performance boost, Lightroom fix, barcode reading for iOS and other improvements.

Reports: Help please
Daylight CRM subscription alternatives

Reports: Phone services
5G roll-out

Reports: Quicken
orphaned transactions

Reports: Storage
SATA compatibility and MacBook Pro bug

Critical Updates
This free utility, which offers a neat way to see if Apple's security components are up to date on your Mac, now shows more details about Apple's invisible malware blacklist.

Reports: Apple security
RAID changes/deprecation, iMac Pro/secure boot problems, false 911 calls, iCloud China keys, plus privacy problems involving Mac-erase procedures vs. iCloud/Apple ID connections.

Reports: Help please
Gram's Mac problem, High Sierra, and face/place recognition daemon

Reports: iTunes
user interface issues

Reports: Mac Pro
three-display success

Reports: Standing desks
pros and cons, mats, etc.

Reports: USB
20Gbps USB 3.2

Reports: User interface
iOS keyboard ideas

Akitio SK-2520 U3.1
This compact USB-C hardware RAID enclosure offers 10Gbps performance and support for dual 2.5-inch SATA devices (e.g. SSD).

Aura
This software promises to enable 5.1 surround sound on a Mac's optical audio output.

Yummy FTP Pro
This full-featured FTP/SFTP app, which supports Keychain, remote editing, AppleScript, FTP aliases, SSL/TLS and more, gets a user interface overhaul and drag-and-drop upload applets.

TG Pro
This Mac app, which gives you details about temperatures in your Mac and control over its fans, gets an update with iMac Pro support.

Undercover
This Mac software and online service is designed to help facilitate recovery if your computer is stolen.

Boxcryptor
This software adds an end-to-end encryption layer to cloud services to protect the privacy of your files.

TOR Browser
The secret browsing system gets a critical security patch from Firefox ESR 52.6.

Google Santa
Google's Mac team is experimenting with this open-source software for distinguishing good programs from malware on the Mac.

Reports: Autonomous vehicles
"best semi-autonomous system on the market"

Reports: Email
remote image load glitch; Postbox POP support

Reports: High Sierra
OWC Aura SSD, update harassment/manipulation

Reports: Internet
net neutrality repeal

Reports: Security
election hacking

Reports: Vulnerabilities
Intel microcode updates for Spectre flaw

Valentina
This database management system runs on Macs, Linux and Windows, offers a free client version, plus a server, and now adds forms support, too.

Reports: App Stores
hack to download older app versions

Reports: Archival issues
ZFS, FreeNAS systems, scratched discs, tape, procedures

Reports: iWork
sort problem

Signal
This high-security iPhone communications app, which offers encrypted voice calls, messaging, video calls and camera/video/document exchange, gets a few fixes and improvements.

Reports: Competition
Dell XPS, quality, prices; Apple keyboard problem

Reports: HomePod
various issues, iPod HiFi

Reports: Networking
hidden network questions

Reports: Security
election hacking

Reports: Storage
30TB Samsung SSD in 2.5-inch package

Reports: Calendar
hide-and-seek interface fun

Reports: iPhone X
terms and conditions hassle; drooping demand

Reports: Office 2016
Excel slowdown after update

OmniOutliner
This full-featured outliner for Macs and iOS devices comes from a company that used to develop software for Steve Jobs's NeXT platform.

Reports: Standing desk
Discussion continues, with a few detours along the way.

Reports: Apple architecture
glass walls

Reports: Apple security
increasing threats

Reports: Bluetooth
interference and shielding

Reports: iPads
swollen batteries and related questions

Reports: Mac Pro
triple-display configuration

Reports: Office 2016
page setup problem post-update, outlines

Reports: Vulnerabilities
Intel, Spectre and Meltdown

Apple crasher bug patch
Apple updates High Sierra and its latest iOS, tvOS and watchOS to stop a crasher bug.

BBedit
The professional text editor with a wealth of features for programmers, web developers and others gets a fix for a data-loss bug involving very large files, among other updates. You can evaluate the app free of charge.

BackupLoupe
This inexpensive app makes Apple's Time Machine software a whole lot more useful.

GraphicConverter
The venerable, all-purpose graphics toolkit gets a few more features, some bug fixes and other updates.

Reports: Apple quality
developer perspectives, new crash bug

Reports: Bluetooth
problems and problems

Reports: FileVault
expedient encryption, backup/restore FAQ

High Sierra data-loss bug
The latest discovery in Apple's incredible High Sierra hit parade is a bug that silently destroys files.

Carbon Copy Cloner
Mike Bombich's essential Mac backup app gets an update to avoid a data-loss bug in High Sierra.

Reports: HomePod
Apple demo music, Siri at a distance, Ars Technica's review, David Pogue's blind listening test, furniture marks and more

Reports: Competition
Asus ZenBook

Reports: Thunderbolt
Target Disk Mode vs. performance

Reports: User interface
shake mouse to enlarge cursor

Reports: Web ads
Apple vs. Google and trackers vs. ads

Apple bug
The latest Apple crasher bug is triggered by a specific character.

Reports: Apple quality
nag bundle, developer viewpoint, features vs. stability

Reports: High Sierra
backup/recovery/boot; firmware changes; Apple Mail

Reports: Phones/services
Verizon iPhone locking, modem/model differences

GPG Suite
The encryption/signing security suite gets an update for a Mail issue with High Sierra.

Reports: Apple management
delivering software at scale

Reports: Firefox
zoom issues, update, print preview problems

Reports: Processors
cryptomining, GPUs, and electricity

Reports: Storage
SoftRAID 6 roadmap

Adobe security flaws critical
Adobe posts another update to patch another bunch of critical flaws in its Acrobat apps that "allow an attacker to take control of the affected system", plus patches for its "Experience Manager."

Airfoil
Broadcast audio from your Mac to a collection of player devices, all in sync, that includes AirPlay devices, HomePod, Apple TV, iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, Macs, Google Chromecast, Bluetooth, Windows and Linux. (Or hack together two HomePods into a stereo configuration.)

AirParrot and Reflector
This pair of products lets you stream/mirror from a mobile device to a Mac or broadcast from a Mac to multiple AirPlay, Chromecast and Bluetooth devices.

Viscosity
Create, edit, control and manage OpenVPN connections with this Mac app (now with support for Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) and the obfs4 obfuscation protocol).

Sloth
This unique troubleshooting tool shows what files and network ports are currently open, and what processes are using them.

What's Keeping Me?
Show open files and network ports that may be keeping you from emptying the trash or ejecting a storage volume.

Reports: Apple security
update problems, iBoot leak story

Reports: Apple TV
new YouTube app bad

Reports: Electric cars
Porsche production

Reports: Equifax breaches
worse than first revealed

Reports: IoT (Internet of Things)
"smart" TV security holes

Reports: Servers
Wasabi cloud storage

Reports: Surveillance
Chinese face-recognition glasses

VLC Media Player
The all-purpose, cross-platform media player and transcoder gets a major update.

Acorn
The full-featured (yet inexpensive) image editor gets a few enhancements and tweaks.

TripMode
Block unwanted network connections and data usage (e.g. while you're on a mobile hotspot), track data usage and set maximum data limits.

Thunder SATAGo
It's only Thunderbolt 1, but this unique storage adapter lets you connect directly to a SATA SSD (e.g. for updating firmware) or to eSATA devices (with dual ports and port multiplier support).

Chalk
Go beyond the common Apple Calculator with this free app.

Guiffy
This Java-based, cross-platform "diff" tool promises to streamline the job of finding file and folder differences and merging changes.

Clozure Common Lisp
This open-source Lisp implementation has a long history on the Mac but runs across platforms.

LispPad
This "lightweight" development environment lets you create and run Scheme programs on a Mac.

Reports: Apple management
Bob Burrough and Steve Jobs interviews

Reports: Finder issues
icon corruption correction

Reports: Office 2016
"smart" cut and paste

Reports: Storage
Target Disk Mode benchmarks

Reports: Vulnerabilities
Intel microcode

Reports: Competition/alternatives
new corporate laptops from HP

Reports: Hackintoshes
$350 system

Reports: iPhone slowdowns
battery replacement experience

Reports: MacBook Pro
GPU failures, closed designs

Reports: Migration
SSD, RAID, upgrades

Reports: Servers
Time Machine issues

SimpleumCheck
This new Mac security app checks all kinds of settings to help you improve the security and privacy of your computer over Apple's defaults.

Reports: Apple security
firmware issues

Reports: Office 2016
various issues, Microsoft responds

Reports: Security
OAuth, Apple Mail et al

Reports: Vulnerabilities
Grammarly Chrome extension

CrossOver
The software that lets you run Windows apps on your Mac (or Linux computer) without running Windows itself gets more fixes for High Sierra, plus Office 2016, and support for Quicken 2018.

Reports: Apple Pay
Australia, New Zealand, cashiers and checkout

Reports: Autonomous cars
Continental and Nvidia team up

Reports: Equifax breaches
Mick Mulvaney, new head of CFPB…

Reports: Security
Google account authentication and hijacking

Adobe Flash flaw finally patched
Adobe has now patched its latest critical security flaw in Flash, being actively exploited in the wild (at least against Windows systems).

Reports: Email apps
PowerMail, Postbox, Eudora, Apple Mail

Reports: MacBook Pro (Touch Bar)
keyboard problems; static dangers

Reports: Malware
MacUpdate hacks, Windows ransomware

Reports: Vulnerabilities
dangerous Sony camera firmware update

iPhone 7 defect
A new Apple repair program addresses a component-failure defect in some iPhone 7 models that prevents cellular communication.

iPhone X bug
"Apple users have been reporting an issue with their $1,000 iPhone X models that is stopping them from answering calls."

LibreOffice
The full-featured, cross-platform, open-source alternative to Microsoft Office gets a major update.

coconutBattery
Get and log details about the batteries in your Macs and iOS devices (as well as other info) - now with "lifetime" analyzers.

Pixelmator Pro
This image editing app for the Mac features "machine learning", but you'll need High Sierra and a "Metal-compatible graphics card" to run it. The latest release fixes a bunch of bugs. (There's also a less-expensive regular version, plus an iOS variant.)

RAW Power
This RAW photo processor for macOS Sierra and High Sierra works as an Apple Photos plug-in or standalone app, and there's an iOS version, as well.

Luminar
The 2018 version of this full-featured, cross-platform Lightroom alternative is now available, free from any Adobe-style subscription hassles.

Practical Malware Analysis
Here's a definitive tutorial on tools and techniques of malware analysis with samples and dissections.

MacUpdate malware hack
MacUpdate.com got hacked, and downloaders got malware-infected versions of Firefox, OnyX, and Deeper.

Reports: High Sierra
use HFS+ for backups...

Reports: HomePod
Siri, Sonos, sources, RDF power...

Reports: Miscellaneous
cleaning chemicals

Reports: Storage
MacBook Air SSD upgrade needs firmware and High Sierra

Reports: USB-C/Thunderbolt 3
cable confusion

Reports: Virtualization
server vs. standard Snow Leopard; VMware and Dell

SuperDuper
The popular backup app drops support for OS X 10.9 Mavericks after converting to 64-bit code and adding High Sierra/APFS support.

RsyncOSX
This open-source app, coded in Swift, offers a graphical front-end for the powerful Unix utility, rsync, which provides file copying and synchronization locally and across networks.

Apple financials
Apple's quarterly financial report shows higher revenue and profit on higher prices for fewer iPhones and computers. Mac sales dropped 5% and now generate less than 8% of Apple's total revenue (less than Apple's revenue from "services"), while iPhones brought in 70% of Apple's $88 billion for the quarter, bolstered by giant prices for the iPhone X, as overall iPhone unit sales dropped 1%.

Reports: AppleCare
bad Mac Pro problems

Hands Off
This Mac security app, which monitors and manages access from each application to your network and storage devices, gets an update to cover Apple's macOS 10.13.3 update.


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