Categories
Tech

Apple macOS 10.13.2 High Sierra update is now available for download

Apple’s macOS 10.13.2 High Sierra is now available for download. The new macOS update comes with bug fixes and improvements.

The update 10.13.2 brings the compatibility improvements for third-party USB audio devices as well as Braille displays with Mail. Check out more features below.

Apple macOS 10.13.2 High Sierra features

  • Improves compatibility with certain third-party USB audio devices.
  • Improves VoiceOver compatibility navigation when viewing PDF documents in Preview.
  • Improves the compatibility of Braille displays with Mail.

You can read full security update here.

Recently, Apple also released the macOS High Sierra security fix that addressed the root vulnerability that shipped with macOS High Sierra 10.13 and 10.13.1.

Categories
Tech

Major vulnerability found in Wi-Fi encryption, Android worst affected

A major vulnerability has been discovered in Wi-Fi encryption that can allow attackers to read Wi-Fi traffic between devices and wireless access points. Attackers can even modify the key to inject malware into websites. Researchers have disclosed that Android and Linux-based devices are the worst affected. Researchers claim the attack works against all modern Wi-Fi networks using WPA or WPA 2 encryption, and that the weakness is in the Wi-Fi standard itself so it affects macOS, Windows, Android, and Linux devices.

The attack requires that a device be in range to a malicious device. By intercepting traffic, attackers can read information that was previously assumed to be safely encrypted, and hackers don’t need to even crack a Wi-Fi password to achieve this.

This hack can be used to steal credit card numbers, passwords, chat messages, photos, emails, and much more.

41 percent of Android devices are vulnerable to this new Wi-Fi attack. Android devices will require security patches to protect against this. Currently, the exploit doesn’t target access points. The attack exploits vulnerabilities in the 4-way handshake of the WPA2 protocol, a security handshake that ensures client and access points have the same password when joining a Wi-Fi network.

As this is a client-based attack, expect to see a number of patches for devices in the coming weeks.

Should I change my Wi-Fi password?

Changing the password of your Wi-Fi network does not prevent (or mitigate) the attack. So you do not have to update the password of your Wi-Fi network. Instead, you should make sure all your devices are updated, and you should also update the firmware of your router. After updating your router, you can optionally change the Wi-Fi password as an extra precaution.

I’m using WPA2 with only AES. That’s also vulnerable?

Yes, that network configuration is also vulnerable. The attack works against both WPA1 and WPA2, against personal and enterprise networks, and against any cipher suite being used (WPA-TKIP, AES-CCMP, and GCMP).

Is my device vulnerable?

Any device that uses Wi-Fi is likely vulnerable. Contact your vendor for more information.

Categories
APPS

macOS 10.13 High Sierra is now available for download

Apple’s macOS 10.13 High Sierra is now available for download. The new macOS comes with a new Apple File System (APFS) as well as support for the next generation of Apple’s graphics engine, called Metal 2, along with virtual reality support and more. There is alos improvements for Photos and Safari browser. Check out more features below.

Apple macOS 10.13 High Sierra features

A new file system

Last year, Apple announced a new Apple File System (APFS) for iOS with the iOS 10.3 update. Now, the new file system is also coming to the Mac with High Sierra.

The new default file system brings an advanced 64-bit architecture and a responsive design to cut down on the time it takes to do common tasks. APFS also brings some heavy-duty security, including built‑in encryption, crash‑safe protections, and simplified data backup on the go.

Better Photos

Photos app includes a better organization, looped Live Photos, and new Memories categories. It’ll also be easier to identify who’s in your photos with more accurate People identification and cross-device syncing for albums.

But the coolest feature may be a set of new built-in editing tools like a curves palette for fine-tuning color and contrast, a selective color dropper to home in a specific hue, and new filters that will make your photos fit for an art gallery.

Speedier, smarter Safari

Safari in Sierra tells you which tab is playing audio, in High Sierra, it will shut the video down before it can start. Autoplay blocking will detect which sites are delivering unwanted videos, and then press the pause button for you. See how it works.

A new system of intelligent tracking will use machine learning to identify prying advertising trackers that track your online behavior and remove the cross-site tracking data they leave behind.

Smoother video

High Sierra a High-Efficiencyciency Video Coding (H.265). The new system compresses video up to 40 percent more the H.264. Under the new codec, videos will stream smoother and take up less space, both of which will make experience much more pleasant.

Next-level Metal

Metal 2 will bring 10 times the draw call throughput that Metal delivered, enabling graphics that are far more robust while adding external GPU support for hard-core gamers.

macos sierra davinci 

But Metal 2 also brings support for virtual reality. High Sierra lets developers create interactive and immersive virtual reality experience on the Mac for the very first time that will work with the HTC Vive and Unreal Engine for VR.

Other features

  • In Notes, you can better organize your information by using a formatted table. Got note you need to access frequently and quickly? Now you can pin it.
  • Siri has a more natural voice that sounds more like a person rather than a machine.
  • Spotlight will provide flight information, and can show multiple Wikipedia results when there’s more than one answer to your question.
  • Get a sneak peek at the new emoji coming to macOS.
  • In Mail, Search will now use Spotlight to quickly identify top hits, and you’ll be able to split your inbox and your compose window when in full-screen view. Also, Mail has been optimized so it uses less space on your storage device.
  • When you’re in a FaceTime call, you’ll be able to easily turn a special moment into a Live Photo so you can remember it forever.
  • There are a bunch of improvements that IT professionals will appreciate, too.

What Macs are compatible with macOS High Sierra?

  • MacBook Pro (2010 and later)
  • MacBook (Late 2009 and later)
  • MacBook Air (2010 and later)
  • Mac Pro (2010 and later)
  • iMac (Late 2009 and later)
  • Mac mini (2010 and later)
Categories
APPS

macOS 10.13 High Sierra will roll out on September 25

It’s now official, the High Sierra will be available on September 25. If you’re currently running the beta, you’ll likely see the GM seed in about a week. The new macOS will bring the Apple File System (APFS) as well as support for the next generation of Apple’s graphics engine, called Metal 2, along with virtual reality support and more. Check out more features below.

Apple macOS 10.13 High Sierra features

A new file system

Last year, Apple announced a new Apple File System (APFS) for iOS with the iOS 10.3 update. Now, the new file system is also coming to the Mac with High Sierra.

The new default file system brings an advanced 64-bit architecture and a responsive design to cut down on the time it takes to do common tasks. APFS also brings some heavy-duty security, including built‑in encryption, crash‑safe protections, and simplified data backup on the go.

Better Photos

Photos app will include a better organization, looped Live Photos, and new Memories categories. It’ll also be easier to identify who’s in your photos with more accurate People identification and cross-device syncing for albums.

But the coolest feature may be a set of new built-in editing tools like a curves palette for fine-tuning color and contrast, a selective color dropper to home in a specific hue, and new filters that will make your photos fit for an art gallery.

Speedier, smarter Safari

Safari in Sierra tells you which tab is playing audio, in High Sierra, it will shut the video down before it can start. Autoplay blocking will detect which sites are delivering unwanted videos, and then press the pause button for you. See how it works.

A new system of intelligent tracking will use machine learning to identify prying advertising trackers that track your online behavior and remove the cross-site tracking data they leave behind.

Smoother video

High Sierra a High-Efficiencyciency Video Coding (H.265). The new system compresses video up to 40 percent more the H.264. Under the new codec, videos will stream smoother and take up less space, both of which will make experience much more pleasant.

Next-level Metal

Metal 2 will bring 10 times the draw call throughput that Metal delivered, enabling graphics that are far more robust while adding external GPU support for hard-core gamers.

macos sierra davinci 

But Metal 2 also brings support for virtual reality. High Sierra lets developers create interactive and immersive virtual reality experience on the Mac for the very first time that will work with the HTC Vive and Unreal Engine for VR.

Other features

  • In Notes, you can better organize your information by using a formatted table. Got note you need to access frequently and quickly? Now you can pin it.
  • Siri has a more natural voice that sounds more like a person rather than a machine.
  • Spotlight will provide flight information, and can show multiple Wikipedia results when there’s more than one answer to your question.
  • Get a sneak peek at the new emoji coming to macOS.
  • In Mail, Search will now use Spotlight to quickly identify top hits, and you’ll be able to split your inbox and your compose window when in full-screen view. Also, Mail has been optimized so it uses less space on your storage device.
  • When you’re in a FaceTime call, you’ll be able to easily turn a special moment into a Live Photo so you can remember it forever.
  • There are a bunch of improvements that IT professionals will appreciate, too.
macos high sierra beta installation screen

What Macs are compatible with macOS High Sierra?

  • MacBook Pro (2010 and later)
  • MacBook (Late 2009 and later)
  • MacBook Air (2010 and later)
  • Mac Pro (2010 and later)
  • iMac (Late 2009 and later)
  • Mac mini (2010 and later)
Categories
APPS

Apple macOS Sierra 10.12.6 beta 6 is now available for download

Apple macOS 10.12.6 beta 6 is now available for download. The latest update brings bug fixes and other performance improvements. However, there is no official changelog yet from the Apple. Currently, the update is available for developers only and a public beta will come out later.

iOS 10.2 beta 6, macOS 10.12.2 beta 5

macOS 10.12.6 will be the last version of macOS Sierra before Apple ships macOS High Sierra later this fall. macOS 10.13 is currently available in developer beta while a public beta is promised for a later release.

macOS High Sierra includes the Apple File System, HEVC support, Metal 2, improvements to Mail, Photos, and Safari, and more.

Developers can now download macOS 10.12.6 beta 6 update from the App Store.

Categories
APPS

Apple macOS High Sierra beta 2 now available for download

Apple is now rolling out macOS High Sierra beta 2 for Mac devices. The update comes with bug fixes and security improvements. Apple latest beta is currently available to registered developers only. There is no official changelog yet. Meanwhile, you can check out what’s new is coming with macOS High Sierra.

Apple macOS 10.13 High Sierra features

Safari

Safari is getting new features and improvements with macOS 10.13 High Sierra. Safari in macOS High Sierra includes auto-play blocking for video advertisements, as well as intelligent tracking protection to better protect user browsing and history data.

Mail

In addition to Safari improvements, macOS High Sierra also bring implements to the Apple Mail app. For instance, the app now supports Top Hits search, making it easier to find emails during search. There’s also finally support for Split View Mail Compose, meaning you can have a split window pain between the compose interface and other applications.

Photos

Federighi touts that the biggest updates with High Sierra come with Photos. This includes a persistent sidebar, as well as a new dropdown for filtering content. There are also new editing tools, including interface tweaks for more advanced editing capabilities.

Finally, Photos includes faces syncing across all Appel devices.

APFS

Apple is also bringing its Apple Filesystem to macOS. The update includes advanced capabilities for the new filesystem by instantly duplicating a file. Apple Filesystem first made an appearance earlier this year with iOS 10.3.

h.265

macOS High Sierra also migrates the operating system to h.265 from h.264. This upgrade brings 40 percent higher compression without compromising quality, which means video files will be smaller in size and easier to manage.

Developers looking to update can download the latest beta from the the Mac App Store.

Categories
APPS

Apple macOS Sierra 10.12.6 beta 4 is now available for download

Apple macOS 10.12.6 beta four is now available for download. The latest update brings bug fixes and other performance improvements. However, there is no official changelog yet from the Apple. Currently, the update is available for developers only and a public beta will come out later.

iOS 10.2 beta 6, macOS 10.12.2 beta 5

macOS 10.12.6 will likely be the last version of macOS Sierra before Apple ships macOS High Sierra later this fall. macOS 10.13 is currently available in developer beta while a public beta is promised for a later release.

macOS High Sierra includes the Apple File System, HEVC support, Metal 2, improvements to Mail, Photos, and Safari, and more.

Developers can now download macOS 10.12.6 beta 4 update from the App Store.

Categories
APPS

Google Backup and Sync will soon back up your entire computer

Google has announced that they will launch Backup and Sync app to help everyday users back up files and photos from their computers, so they’re safe and accessible from anywhere. Backup and Sync app is the latest version of Google Drive for Windows and Mac, which is now integrated with the Google Photos desktop uploader. The app will launch on On June 28th, 2017.

Google-Backup-and-sync-sihmar-com

With the Backup and Sync app, users will be able to sign into the uploader via their Google Account, and then select which specific folders on their PC or Mac they want to continuously back up to their Google Drive accounts.

Many people will likely want to select their video, audio, or photo folders for this feature. They could even select their entire PC desktop for backing up, although it’s likely that would also cause them to purchase more storage space beyond the free 15 GB that Google Drive currently offers for cloud users.

Google is planning to company launch Drive File Stream, for G Suite customers sometime later in 2017. You can also try Drive File Stream, sign up for the Early Adopter Program (EAP).

Categories
APPS

Apple macOS 10.13 High Sierra announced with new features

Today Apple has announced High Sierra as the latest version of macOS 10.13. The update will bring new features, interface tweaks, performance improvements, and more.

Apple macOS High Sierra sihmar

Apple macOS 10.13 High Sierra features

Safari

Safari is getting new features and improvements with macOS 10.13 High Sierra. Safari in macOS High Sierra includes auto-play blocking for video advertisements, as well as intelligent tracking protection to better protect user browsing and history data.

Mail

In addition to Safari improvements, macOS High Sierra also bring implements to the Apple Mail app. For instance, the app now supports Top Hits search, making it easier to find emails during search. There’s also finally support for Split View Mail Compose, meaning you can have a split window pain between the compose interface and other applications.

Photos

Federighi touts that the biggest updates with High Sierra come with Photos. This includes a persistent sidebar, as well as a new dropdown for filtering content. There are also new editing tools, including interface tweaks for more advanced editing capabilities.

Finally, Photos includes faces syncing across all Appel devices.

APFS

Apple is also bringing its Apple Filesystem to macOS. The update includes advanced capabilities for the new filesystem by instantly duplicating a file. Apple Filesystem first made an appearance earlier this year with iOS 10.3.

h.265

macOS High Sierra also migrates the operating system to h.265 from h.264. This upgrade brings 40 percent higher compression without compromising quality, which means video files will be smaller in size and easier to manage.

Metal 2+ VR

High Sierra includes the new Metal 2 graphics engine, bringing 10x improvement over Metal 1 in graphics. High Sierra also includes spherical video support, VR engines from Unreal, and Metal integration with virtual reality. More on that later….

Availability

Apple macOS High Sierra will be available to developers later today and to the public later this fall.

Categories
APPS

Apple macOS Sierra 10.12.6 beta 2 is now available for download

Apple macOS 10.12.6 beta 2 is now available for download. The latest update brings bug fixes and other performance improvements. Currently, the update is available for developers only.

There is no official changelog yet. Meanwhile, you can check out what was new in previously released macOS update.

New in Apple macOS 10.12.5 features:

  • Night Shift now available on the Mac.
  • Dictation support for Shanghainese.
  • Ask Siri about cricket scores, schedules and player rosters. Siri knows about statistics and data from the Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council.
  • Updated PDFKit APIs for better displaying of PDFs in apps that use the framework.
  • Cloud Analytics is now present as an opt-in step at setup
  • Mac App Store gains Touch Bar support, Volume slider now visually indicates levels

Developers can now download macOS 10.12.6 beta 2 update from the App Store.