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MacOS security bug could allow a bogus version of Safari to steal your data

Last year, Apple expanded its security bounty program to include macOS after several years of offering the same for iPhone developers. But according to at least one researcher, the company isn’t acting quick enough on some exploits.

Developer Jeff Johnson informed Apple about an exploit that allowed an attacker to steal private data with a malicious clone of Safari over six months ago. Once a user is tricked into downloading the malicious file, the Safari clone is given undue access by macOS. Any restricted file available to Safari then becomes available to the attacker. Read More

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Engadget

Safari in macOS Big Sur will stream Netflix in 4K HDR


MacOS Big Sur may be a worthwhile upgrade if you love to marathon TV shows. As 9to5Mac reports, users have discovered that Safari in Big Sur will play Netflix videos in 4K with HDR, whether you’re using Dolby Vision or HDR10. You won’t have to switch to another browser just to see more than a plain 1080p image. The upgrade comes thanks to long-expected support for HEVC in Apple’s web browser.

You’ll have to be picky about your choice of Mac if you want the full effect, either with the Big Sur beta or the finished release this fall. HDR is currently only supported with 2018 or later MacBook Pro models, 2018 or later Mac mini systems, the iMac Pro or the Mac Pro. You’ll need an HDR-capable monitor for the Mac mini and Mac Pro, too. Read More

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Tech Radar

Apple devices will get encrypted DNS in iOS 14 and macOS 11

Apple recently announced that the next versions of iOS and macOS will include support for handling encrypted DNS communications.

In a presentation at WWDC 2020, the company said that when iOS 14 and macOS 11 release this fall, both operating systems will support DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) and DNS-over-TLS (DoT).

When a user visits a website, their browser sends domain name system (DNS) queires to DNS servers which translate domain names into IP addresses. Traditionally these queries are not encrypted and sent in clear text which has allowed third parties and even Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to snoop on the websites users visit online. Read More

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VentureBeat

Hands-on: Apple’s macOS Big Sur, iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and watchOS 7


Each year, Apple releases the first betas of its new operating systems at WWDC, and I brave the potentially bumpy install processes to let you know whether it’s safe to consider doing the same. That means I have to make the difficult decision of whether to install the earliest betas on my personal devices — I say yes to a given beta if there are new features that really interest me and I’m pretty confident that the installation won’t spend weeks wrecking my normal daily use of a given device. Read More

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ZDNet

Apple Big Sur: Here’s what makes new macOS ‘biggest update to design in over a decade’


Apple’s preview of macOS Big Sur promises Mac users an overhauled interface, newly designed app icons, and much needed improvements to the Messages app.

MacOS Big Sur is the first version of macOS to support Apple’s new Arm-based silicon processors – but it also introduces a lot of design changes that align macOS with the look and feel of the iPhone and iPad.

At WWDC yesterday Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, declared Big Sur the “biggest update to design in more than a decade”.  Read More

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The Next Web

Big Sur is macOS 11 — RIP OS X, we hardly knew thee


Pick up your favorite drink right now and pour it on the ground: OS X is dead. But macOS 11 lives, and its name is Big Sur.

Yep, so at last night’s WWDC, Apple all but confirmed the end of OS X and with it the 10.XX numbering system we’ve all been so accustomed to. In its place, we have a brand new version of an Apple desktop operating system — the first time we’ve had something like this in almost 20 years.

In this piece, we’re going to look at the evolution of OS X, its role in Apple‘s computing history, and how macOS 11 is likely to shuffle a whole lot of stuff up. Read More

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ZDNet

Will your Apple gadgets run iOS 14, iPadOS 14, macOS Big Sur, and watchOS 7? Everything you need to know


At yesterday’s WWDC 2020 keynote, Apple unveiled a whole slew of new platform updates for everything from the iPhone and Mac all the way to the Apple Watch. But while new releases are cool and exciting, there’s also a chance that this will mean the end of the road for some of your devices.

Will you be able to squeeze another year out of your devices, or will this fall be the end of the road for your shiny Apple gadgets?

It all depends on how old your devices are.

Note that while your device may still be compatible with the upcoming release, some older devices may not get all the features of the release. Read More

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Engadget

Fujifilm’s webcam software will work on macOS in July


As before, the process of using your Fujifilm as a webcam is straightforward. All you’ll need to do is download and install the new firmware, connect your camera to your Windows 10 PC using a USB cable and change the video source in the app you plan to use. The webcam feature is compatible with Zoom, Google Meet, Skype and Microsoft Teams.

In addition to the two cameras added with today’s update, Fujifilm X Webcam is compatible with six other X-series cameras: the X-H1, X-Pro2, X-Pro3, X-T2, X-T3 and X-T4. The software also works with all three of the company’s GFX medium format cameras — if you’re fancy like that. Canon and Panasonic camera owners can also upgrade their webcam setup using the app from their manufacturer. Read More

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Tech Radar

You can sign up for the iOS 14, iPadOS 14 and macOS 11 beta now – well, sort of


Apple has unveiled iOS 14, iPadOS 14 and macOS 11, showing off the various features that’ll come to iPhones, iPads, and Macs in the near future, but right now, we don’t know exactly when we’ll be able to download them – even the beta versions are only slated for a vague ‘July’ release date.

While you can’t get iOS 14, iPadOS 14 or macOS 11 on your device right now, you can actually sign up for the beta versions already. This means that, when the betas are released by Apple you’ll already be most of the way through the process of getting them, and you’ll get notified by Apple too. Read More

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The Next Web

The next macOS will be called Big Sur — and it’s ever-closer to iOS


At WWDC, Apple announced that the next macOS will be called — drumroll please — Big Sur!

This is obviously interesting news in itself, but the biggest update all revolves around the design of the new macOS.

Having watched the keynote, there’s no doubt that with Big Sur, Apple is bringing macOS ever closer to iOS and iPadOS.

One of the most obvious updates has been the redesign of many of Apple‘s famous icons, including things like Finder and Garageband. Another change is going to be the dock, which has had a subtle update. Read More