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XLoader spyware evolved from Formbook to infect macOS

XLoader spyware evolved from Formbook to infect macOS

Although Macs have traditionally been seen as offering better security against malware compared to Windows PCs, it isn't completely immune. The recent reports of new malware targeting macOS, especially the crippling ransomware kind, show that Apple's desktop platform is gaining popularity as a target by malware writers and hackers. In fact, a report on a new kind of malware shows just how interesting macOS is becoming to these malicious actors that have revived an almost forgotten Windows spyware in order to add support for targeting Macs.

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Mac OS X Lion and Mountain Lion made free for download

Mac OS X Lion and Mountain Lion made free for download

Apple made Mac OS X Lion and Mac OS X Mountain Lion available for download for free here in the summer of 2021. This is the first time either version of the software was available for free. All versions of the operating system released after these cat-themed releases were delivered for free to users of Apple products.

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Windows 11 on Macs with Parallels complicates the requirements story

Windows 11 on Macs with Parallels complicates the requirements story

Windows 11's minimum system requirements have become sort of a mess to the point that Microsoft pulled out its tool for checking PC compatibility. For now, Microsoft seems to be bullish on the TPM 2.0 as a requirement to keep Windows 11 users secure and safe. That said, it does seem that the company is willing to bend the rules to accommodate other markets such as China and Russia. A promise just made by Parallels to eventually bring Windows 11 to Macs could once again raise the question of how essential that TPM security requirement is anyway.

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Apple Back to School 2021 promo adds free AirPods to select iPad and Mac

Apple Back to School 2021 promo adds free AirPods to select iPad and Mac

Apple has launched its new Back to School deals, and if you've been considering a new iPad or Mac for the classroom - either remote or in-person - you could get a treat for your ears, too. The Cupertino company is adding to its usual education discount with an AirPods promo, and a discount for Apple Care+.

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Xbox Game Pass cloud streaming is coming to Safari really soon

Xbox Game Pass cloud streaming is coming to Safari really soon

Cloud-based game streaming hasn't been making headlines of late unless you count the negative press that Google Stadia has been getting. In fact, the latest game streaming news once again puts Stadia at a disadvantage, even if it isn't about Google's service at all. Microsoft let it be known almost in passing that its Xbox Game Pass cloud gaming will be rolling out to web browsers in the next few weeks. That includes Safari, which will become Xbox Cloud Gaming's gate pass into iPhones and iPads, something Stadia has yet to achieve.

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macOS Monterey on Intel Macs won’t be able to use some features

macOS Monterey on Intel Macs won’t be able to use some features

Although Apple would love to only sell Macs with its own chips, it hasn't completely dropped the ball on its Intel-based hardware, at least not immediately. That inevitable future will eventually come but most probably presumed it would be a slow journey. It is both surprising and unsurprising at the same time that Apple is getting the ball rolling as early as macOS Monterey later this year. It turns out that some of the release's big features will only be available to M1 Macs after all.

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Major Minecraft update released in Caves & Cliffs: How to get it

Major Minecraft update released in Caves & Cliffs: How to get it

Today Minecraft version 1.17.0 was released for most platforms, bringing the entire game to a new universe with a few key feature upgrades. This includes a new Axolotl creature, Glow Squid, powder snow, glow ink, amethyst geodes, tinted glass, copper, and a new lightning rod. There's also a new Spyglass item, raw ore, deepslate, "tuff", dripstone block, pointed dripstone, dripleaf, moss block, moss carpet, azalea, and more. Now - how to get it!

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More of Adobe Creative Cloud is Apple M1-native now and the speed bump is astonishing

More of Adobe Creative Cloud is Apple M1-native now and the speed bump is astonishing

Adobe has updated some of its most popular apps for native Apple Silicon support, with the newest versions of Illustrator, InDesign, and Lightroom Classic all now updated to be M1-native. The changes should mean a noticeable performance improvement, Adobe says, as the new software taps Apple's custom CPU and GPU acceleration.

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iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, tvOS, watchOS 8 Dev Beta release date today

iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, tvOS, watchOS 8 Dev Beta release date today

Each of the major operating system updates revealed today at WWDC 2021 were announced with Developer Beta release dates right out the gate. Each of them, including iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, watchOS 8, and an update for tvOS, will all be released today for developers in a Developer Beta. You will need to be a developer signed up with Apple as a developer to attain and run this software safely.

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A key 2021 MacBook Pro 16 part may just have been spotted online

A key 2021 MacBook Pro 16 part may just have been spotted online

Apple's new 16-inch MacBook Pro, expected to switch to the most potent version of Apple Silicon we've seen so far, could have been spotted cropping up in new filings for the first time. The flagship notebook would not only give Apple's homegrown chips their most pro-user focused launch so far, but is widely believed to bring a considerable change in design after years of MacBook Pro iteration.

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New Mac Mini Pro “M1X” leaked at last

New Mac Mini Pro “M1X” leaked at last

This week the newest in a line of Mac Mini devices appeared with a more high-powered processor and more ports. This new device was leaked with a potential 4x USB4 / Thunderbolt 3 ports, Ethernet, HDMI out, and 2x USB-A. The same leak source suggested that this new device will feature a magnetic power connector for the first time in the history of the Mac Mini.

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WWDC 2021 schedule revealed: Keynote, Pavilions & maybe some Apple surprises

WWDC 2021 schedule revealed: Keynote, Pavilions & maybe some Apple surprises

Apple has released the schedule for WWDC 2021, this year's big developer conference, including details on the opening keynote on June 7, 2021. There, we're expecting to hear the latest on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS, among other things, though there's always room - and appetite - for a few surprises like hardware along the way.

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