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  1. Imagine is an open source image compression utility for Windows, macOS,and Linux If you take hundreds of photos or screenshots, and save on them on your computer's hard drive, its gonna get full sooner or later. To avoid this, you can save the images to a cloud service, move it to an external storage device, or just delete the ones you don't need anymore. Sometimes you may want to keep a bunch of pictures because they are irreplaceable, but their file size could be really large, especially if they are in a very high resolution. Imagine can help you recover
  2. Hackers Exploit 0-Day Gatekeeper Flaw to Attack MacOS Computers Security is only as strong as the weakest link. As further proof of this, Apple released an update to macOS operating systems to address an actively exploited zero-day vulnerability that could circumvent all security protections, thus permitting unapproved software to run on Macs. The macOS flaw, identified as CVE-2021-30657, was discovered and reported to Apple by security engineer Cedric Owens on March 25, 2021. "An unsigned, unnotarized, script-based proof of concept application [...] c
  3. Apple will reveal the next versions of iOS, macOS at WWDC21, starting June 7 It will be entirely online again, as expected. Enlarge / Apple's splash image for WWDC 2021, which references a meme from last year. Apple Apple will host its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on schedule this year, with the event kicking off on June 7 and concluding on June 11. Like last year, it will be an online-only affair as the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. All the event's offerings will be fr
  4. Valve releases Steam Link app on Apple’s Mac App Store macOS release follows a Linux version just a few days ago. Enlarge / A screenshot from Steam Link for macOS. Valve Valve has launched a standalone app for Steam Link on Apple's macOS App Store, adding a new option for Mac users who want to play games on machines that are often labeled as poor choices for gaming. Steam Link allows users to stream games from a gaming PC to a supported device on the same local network and to play those games
  5. Microsoft Edge on macOS introduces native update experience in the Canary channel Microsoft Edge on macOS will soon get the same native update experience that Windows users have been enjoying since launch. The new update experience is already live in Edge Canary version 90.0.816.0 or newer, though it’s currently only available on Intel-based Macs and must be enabled via the edge://flags menu. On macOS, Microsoft Edge updates currently go through the same Microsoft AutoUpdate app that the company uses to update the non-Mac App Store versions of Office for Ma
  6. Microsoft releases new macOS Office Insider Build for Insiders in the Current Channel, here is what’s new Microsoft has released a new macOS Office Insider Preview Build 16.46.21020701 for insiders in the Current Channel. The latest Office build brings a new feature that allows you to create content in Word with your voice with the new dictation toolbar, voice commands, and auto punctuation support. Beyond that, the update also includes new features for PowerPoint. You can read the full official changelog below. CHANGELOG Word Dictation just got bett
  7. Swifty is an open source and offline password manager for Windows, MacOS and Linux Many people are switching from LastPass, and looking for suitable alternatives. The popular choice seems to be Bitwarden, though I prefer an offline tool like KeePass. But those aren't the only options available, there are many open source programs to choose from. Swifty is an open source and offline password manager for Windows, MacOS and Linux. The best part about offline password managers is that you can start using them right away, without registering for an account.
  8. Package Manager Sileo and Procursus Will Soon be Available for macOS Big Sur Package manager Sileo and Procursus will soon be making their way to Macs running Big Sur. It will be available for both Intel-based Macs as well as M1-based Macs. Sileo coming to the Mac will allow for third-party software and tweaks much like the tweaks that are available for a jailbroken iPhone. It is also being developed as an alternative to the popular package manager, Homebrew. One advantage Sileo has over other Mac package managers is that it has a GUI which makes it very us
  9. macOS Big Sur 11.2.2 released with fix for using MacBooks with ‘non-compliant’ USB-C hubs Apple has released macOS Big Sur 11.2.2. to the public today with a fix for MacBook Pro and MacBook Air users. Apple says the update “prevents” certain models from “incurring damage” when they are connected to third-party USB-C hubs and docks. Apple explains that the update prevents 2019 or later MacBook Pro and 2020 or later MacBook Air models from suffering damage when used with “third-party, non-compliant powered USB-C” accessories. The full release notes expla
  10. 20 Common Tools & Techniques Used by macOS Threat Actors & Malware In a recent two-part series of blog posts on Medium, Nasreddine Bencherchali took to exploring some of the common tools and techniques used by threat actors and malware targeting the Windows platform, with a particular focus on LOLBins or “Living off the Land binaries”. It’s such an excellent guide for threat hunting and compiling detection rules for Windows that we thought: “wouldn’t it be cool to have a similar guide for macOS malware?” Looking back at campaigns directly targeting
  11. Apple Offers Its Closest Look Yet at iOS and MacOS Security In its latest Platform Security Guide, Cupertino raised the curtain on the critical features that protect against hackers. Security researchers still want more info from Apple—but this is a good start.Photograph: Aaron P./Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images Apple is a notoriously tight-lipped and insular organization, a tendency that has often put it at odds with the security research community. The company
  12. Revised macOS Big Sur 11.2.1 Update Properly Checks Free Available Space to Prevent Installation Errors When upgrading to macOS Big Sur, there was an error that would cause issues if there wasn't enough storage space available. Unfortunately, the update was not checking if there was enough free space before the installation started, which could lead to data loss. The free space issue has been addressed in a revised macOS Big Sur 11.2.1 update that was released this morning. According to Mr. Macintosh, the new update checks to make sure there is enough avail
  13. Apple fixes SUDO root privilege escalation flaw in macOS Apple has fixed a sudo vulnerability in macOS Big Sur, Catalina, and Mojave, allowing any local user to gain root-level privileges. Last month, security researchers at Qualys disclosed the SUDO CVE-2021-3156 vulnerability, aka Baron Samedit, that allowed them to gain root privileges on multiple Linux distributions, including Debian, Ubuntu, and Fedora 33. The sudo contributors fixed the vulnerability before the researchers disclosed it. However, Matthew Hickey (Hacker Fantasti
  14. PSA: Upgrading a Mac to macOS Big Sur without enough space can result in data loss macOS Big Sur was officially released for all users in November last year, and since then Apple has released updates with bug fixes and overall improvements. However, as reported by Mr. Macintosh, Big Sur still has a serious issue that can result in data loss when users try to upgrade a Mac to the latest version of the operating system without enough space available. After noticing several reports from users on the web, Mr. Macintosh found out that the macOS Big Sur installer
  15. Recent root-giving Sudo bug also impacts macOS A bug in the Sudo app can let attackers with access to a local system to elevate their access to a root-level account. Image: Will Dormann A British security researcher has discovered today that a recent security flaw in the Sudo app also impacts the macOS operating system, and not just Linux and BSD, as initially believed. The vulnerability, disclosed last week as CVE-2021-3156 (aka Baron Samedit) by security researchers from Qualys, impacts Sudo, an app that allows admins to delegate limited root ac
  16. macOS Big Sur 11.3 adds fixes for iOS apps on desktop, support for PS5 and XSX pads The first beta for Apple’s next Mac OS has landed (Image credit: Apple) Just a few short hours after Apple officially released its 11.2 update for macOS Big Sur – which notably offers fixes for Bluetooth issues on new M1 MacBooks – the tech giant has already begun rolling out the first beta version of its next update, macOS 11.3. While there are a fair few features being added with the Big Sur 11.3 update,
  17. macOS Big Sur 11.2 now available with Bluetooth fixes for M1 Macs Apple has released the macOS Big Sur 11.2 update that fixes Bluetooth reliability issues on Macs with the M1 processor. Users who can update to the latest version can wait for the automatic update to begin overnight, or open the System Preferences app and select Software Update. The update arrives alongside iOS 14.4 which was focused on bug fixes and minor feature updates. The update addresses an issue reported by users whose Bluetooth devices were disconnecting fro
  18. Snes9x is an open source SNES emulator for Windows, macOS and Linux Looking for a way to play some good old SNES classics? Well, you can play them on your computer. All you need is a good emulator, like Snes9x, and a few ROMs, e.g. homebrew ROMs or ROMs of games that you own a copy of physically. It is a portable application, and comes in 32-bit and 64-bit versions. The interface is nice and simple, use the menubars to select various options. Click on File > Load game and select the game that you want to play. The emulator supports SFC files, but it can
  19. Raven Reader is a cross-platform, open source RSS feed aggregator that supports podcasts RSS Feed aggregators are a great way to stay up-do-date with the latest articles from your favorite websites. Some prefer online services, others browser add-ons while some, like me, rely on offline readers such as QuiteRSS. Raven Reader is a cross-platform, open source RSS feed aggregator that supports podcasts. The program's installer does not allow you to customize the location where you want to install the application to; in fact it is a one-click silent installatio
  20. Some Big Sur users are unable to update macOS due to an MDM bug A bug in Mobile Device Management is causing major headaches for some users. Enlarge Apple 56 with 46 posters participating, including story author Earlier this week, various macOS sysadmins began reporting that some Apple devices were failing to upgrade to Big Sur version 11.1. Affected users may briefly see the 11.1 upgrade, but then it disappears from the update UI and from the command line softwareupdate tool despite not having been installed.
  21. fre:ac is an open source audio converter for Windows, Linux and Mac Do you like listening to music? Who doesn't? I prefer quality to quantity, which is why my library consists of audio files in the FLAC format whenever possible. This comes at a cost, have a couple of dozen albums and you are looking at Gigabytes worth of music. But sometimes you may have to choose between storage space and your songs. If I had a phone or digital music player without a memory card, I would somewhat grudgingly ditch FLAC in favor of lossy MP3 tracks.
  22. wkhtmltopdf is an open source command-line tool that can save web pages as a PDF or an image SingleFile, its fork SingleFileZ and Save Page WE are excellent options to save entire webpages as a single HTML page. But sometimes, you may want the web page to be easily accessible. For example, you may want to have your study materials, research papers on your phone and computer. Converting the HTML to a PDF is a good way to ensure cross-device compatibility, Wkhtmltopdf is an open source and cross-platform tool that can convert HTML pages to PDF. T
  23. Sidekick is a Chromium-based browser for work with interesting features Sidekick is a web browser that is based on Chromium that is designed specifically for Internet workers. While it can be used by anyone, its feature-set has been designed with users in mind that spend most of the workday on the Internet and in Internet applications. There are numerous Chromium-based web browsers available currently. Some of them major, e.g. Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Vivaldi, Brave, or Opera, and a lot of them minor. New browsers need to bring something to the table that d
  24. Instances run on Mac minis will give developers a virtual environment on which to design apps for the Mac, iPhone, and other Apple devices. Developers who need to create apps on a Mac can now do so virtually courtesy of Amazon Web Services (AWS). On Monday, Amazon announced the availability of macOS instances on AWS via the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). Run on Mac minis, the new virtual environment will let AWS customers run on-demand instances to build, test, and package apps on macOS. With EC2, developers will be able to design apps for the iPhone, the
  25. Researchers link new malware attacks designed to install a backdoor onto compromised systems to Vietnamese-backed hacking operation OceanLotus. A newly discovered form of malware is targeting Apple MacOS users in a campaign which researchers say is tied to a nation-state backed hacking operation. The campaign has been detailed by cybersecurity analysts at Trend Micro who've linked it to OceanLotus – also known as APT32 – a hacking group which is thought to have links to the Vietnamese government. OceanLotus is known to targe
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