2018

At WWDC 2017, Apple told developers that macOS High Sierra will be the last macOS release to support 32-bit apps without any compromise. And now with macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta, Apple is also notifying users of the imminent change.

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2018

Playing media files out of the box on macOS is a pretty lousy experience. So, we have to rely on 3rd party software.

Most of us use VLC, and we’ve been using it for years. So maybe, we’re due for an update. Here’s IINA.

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2017

Homebrew – the missing package manager for macOS. Probably the most popular package manager for macOS, Homebrew provides an easy way to install UNIX tools and binary apps.

For the average user Homebrew will definitely make life easier when installing binary apps. For example…

Let’s say you want to install Firefox. Normally you will do a Google ( or DuckDuckGo ) search for Firefox, click on the Mozilla link, click the download button, wait for the .dmg to download, open the dmg, and drag the app to /Applications folder.

With Homebrew you can install Firefox just by typing a short command in Terminal ( e.g. brew cask install firefox ). That’s it.

Jump over the break to learn how to install and start using Homebrew…

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2017

Recording footage from computer screens has become a popular way to create video guides of apps, or even save content such as video calls, online streaming videos, live events, and so on. However as much as it has become more widely-used many still avoid it – mostly because of how complicated it seems to set up and start recording.

In many ways Movavi Screen Capture Studio turns all that on its head by providing a screen recorder that is focused on being simple and user-friendly. It does that by designing both the interface as well as features to be intuitive, so they are easy for even a first-time user to grasp.

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2017

Maybe I should start by explaining what a hosts file is. But you can read all about it here. The average user probably shouldn’t mess with the hosts file unless…

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2017

I’ll keep this short and sweet. Ubisoft is having a holiday promotion where you can get three free titles. For PC: Assassin’s Creed Black Flag, Watch Dogs, and World in Conflict.

To get the games you will need to register for a free Ubisoft account, then claim the titles and add them to your game library. To actually play the games you will need to download and install the Play client.

Once the client is installed, you will find the games in your library from where you can download and install them.

Get the bundle here.

2017

Here’s something you probably don’t think about when using your Mac: encrypting your startup disk and setting a firmware password.

Device encryption and firmware passwords will not only protect your personal data from unwanted access but it will also make it easier to recover lost or stolen devices.

Disk encryption is self explanatory, but you might be confused about that firmware password. Simply put, a firmware password prevents your Mac from starting up from any device other than your startup disk.

It can be helpful if your Mac is lost or stolen and will protect your against Direct Memory Access ( DMA ) attacks which can read your FileVault passwords and inject kernel modules.

Luckily you can easily enable both on your Mac, without 3rd party software, so let’s get started…

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2017

It’s a good idea to encrypt your digital life. Especially when you upload it to the cloud. You can already encrypt files and encrypt folders using macOS, but you might want to consider adopting a tool like VeraCrypt.

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2017

iPhone X Opens with a Glance – Face ID on iPhone X introduces the most unforgettable magical password ever created: Your face.

 

Introducing Portrait Lighting – Studio-quality portraits without the studio

 

iPhone X Adapts to Your Face – iPhone X recognizes you, even when you change.

2017

I’ll be honest with you. I don’t use Facebook much. I’ll log in once in a while to see what my 400+ “close friends” are up to, scroll twice and log out.  But usually I get on Facebook just to do a quick post on FSM’s page.

You might care more about Facebook than I do. And don’t worry… next time you log in, if you type in the wrong password, you’ll still get in.

Here’s the deal. Let’s say your FB password is “password”. You can type “1password” or “password1” ( or replace “1” with any other character ) and you’ll still be able to get in.

I’m not a security expert so I can’t explain why is this allowed. But in my book, no matter what the reason is, it’s a security flaw. I’m also a bit paranoid ( maybe too strong of a word ) and my first thought was…. OK, once people will figure it out it will be all over the news and then Facebook will prompt users to change their passwords.

Once a user changes his/her password, next step will be to “upload a clear photo of your face“. And I suppose you can figure it out why they want you to do that. To keep you safe. Wink wink.

To be clear, I’m not saying that’s the reason behind it. I’m only saying that this was my first thought. So in the meantime, you might want to turn on two-factor authentication by going to Settings > Security and Login. You might also want to use the “Recovery Codes” for 2FA, but if you want to use the SMS option, do me a favor and use a prepaid SIM not your actual number.