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Google Drive update for Mac, PC brings new look, features

Google Drive update for Mac, PC brings new look, features

Google Drive might be the best cloud storage solution there is. It’s available anywhere, securely tucks your files away, and is free to use. For mobile, it’s amazing. For the desktop, Drive is fairly utilitarian, but that’s about to change. Today, Google is announcing a few changes to Drive for PC and Mac, which will give users more control and a new menu. The new-look drop-down menu provides updates on uploads, and even gives you access to recently synced items.

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Apple delivers first ever automatic software update to Macs

Apple delivers first ever automatic software update to Macs

There are bug fixes and there are bug fixes. And then there are bug fixes so severe that they need to be plugged up immediately. But no matter how fast software providers try to patch up things on their end, bad users habits sometimes mean that these patches don't get downloaded or applied immediately, if at all. That is why Apple is making use of a feature it already had launched two years ago to deliver a critical bug fix to Mac users without them having to lift a finger.

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MacBook Air 2015’s killer feature may be a lack of “click”

MacBook Air 2015’s killer feature may be a lack of “click”

The MacBook Air hasn't changed in a massive way for the past several years. It hasn't really needed to. Apple's PC sales have done exceedingly well in the recent past - since the MacBook Air was launched, really. Now it might be time for a new design in the form of tiny feature changes. The first - and perhaps largest - of these is a click-less TrackPad. This wouldn't be a big deal in a PC - the "tap to click" feature has been in play for several generations - but for Apple computers, it's relatively new.

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Duet Display second screen app for iOS and OS X now available

Duet Display second screen app for iOS and OS X now available

Earlier this week we detailed Duet Display, an app that'll turn your iOS device into a second screen for your Mac, giving you an extended display in situations when you need more screen real estate but don't have a monitor around to utilize. The app wasn't available at the time, but it didn't take long for it to drop, and as of now you can grab both the iOS and the Mac varieties, breathing new life into that old iPad.

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Algoriddim DJAY Pro updated with Spotify integration

Algoriddim DJAY Pro updated with Spotify integration

This week the folks at Algoriddim have updated their DJAY Pro app for Mac to include Spotify integration. This is the first time a professional DJ application has included such a connection, this giving laptop DJs instant access to well over 20 million tunes. This system continues to work with iTunes as well, allowing Mac computers to preview, search, queue, seek history, and work with the system's own light/dark switch. The system you're looking at is DJAY Pro, working with turntables, waveforms, a sampler, and four decks.

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Duet turns iOS devices into second screens for Macs

Duet turns iOS devices into second screens for Macs

There are some studies that claim that productivity is increased manifold by a second or more monitors. Whether you buy that or not, it might be pretty handy at times to have that setup as well. But what if you don't have a spare monitor, can't afford one, or can't justify buying one? If you have an iOS device around, especially an iPad, then you're in luck. Duet is an upcoming app that will turn that those into an extended display for Macs.

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FingerKey app uses iPhone’s Touch ID to unlock your Mac

FingerKey app uses iPhone’s Touch ID to unlock your Mac

I'm calling it right now: I predict within a few years (let's say around the "iPhone 7's" release) that Apple will have a native solution for unlocking your Mac using your iPhone/iPad's Touch ID sensor. I'm basing this on Apple expanding the use of Touch ID through Apple Pay and opening it to developers, as well as the new Continuity features that OS X and iOS to work near-seamlessly together. But, until then, a non-native solution is already here in the app FingerKey for iPhone.

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Google acquires Relative Wave: visually-inclined tool-makers

Google acquires Relative Wave: visually-inclined tool-makers

The folks at Relative Wave are creators. They're making it easier for software developers to see what their apps will look and act like before they create a final design. With their tools, creators can visualize what they're making for a smartphone ON the smartphone, rather than on a PC. When you edit something in their system, "Flow", you see it change in real-time on the smartphone you're prototyping on. Google just acquired this company, and they've made their software free for download for Mac users in the process.

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Suspects behind “WireLurker” malware arrested in China

Suspects behind “WireLurker” malware arrested in China

Apple users in China can perhaps sleep a bit easier, provided that the three suspects in Beijing police custody are really the masterminds behind the WireLurker malware that has targeted Chinese users of Macs and iPhones. The malware, which harvested user data from infected computers and connected mobile devices, was branded as "unprecedented" due to its way of spreading and the amount of personal data it could gain through it. Apple has already taken steps to block infected programs but the rest of the work rests on users.

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iOS 8 Jailbreak Pangu expands to Mac

iOS 8 Jailbreak Pangu expands to Mac

This week the folks at Pangu have expanded their jailbreaking software for iOS 8 to Mac. Before now, their jailbreaking solution worked just fine - just so long as you had a Windows PC to use it. Now you'll be able to use your Apple computer which, if you're a die-hard Mac user like most iPhone owners are, you'll have been waiting for. All of this hacking action is at your own risk, of course. You'll need to use all caution and understand the risks before you do anything.

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