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Carbon Copy Cloner 7

vrijdag 17 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Bombich Software: CCC 7 focuses on helping you build a better backup strategy. Up to now we’ve given you the tools for creating backups, and of course CCC offered some coaching suggestions in the past, but largely has left the user to deal with some…

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Git Tower 11.0 and 11.1

vrijdag 17 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Bruno Brito: In Tower, you can create a Commit Template from scratch easily by clicking the “+” button and filling out the “Template name”, “Commit Subject”, and “Detailed Description” fields. If you already have a preferred Commit Template file tha…

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BBEdit 15.1

vrijdag 17 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Bare Bones Software: “ChatGPT Worksheets” are branching out; the renamed “AI Chat Worksheet” preferences provide settings to select alternative services. Included with the application are service models for ChatGPT, Claude, and Ollama.[…]Added a “De…

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SpamSieve 3.0.4

vrijdag 17 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

SpamSieve 3.0.4 is a maintenance release for my Mac e-mail spam filter. In sending out the update notice to the SpamSieve mailing list, Amazon SES reported a huge number of bounces (almost 10x the normal percentage), primarily from EarthLink/MindSpr…

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Delta’s 10-Year Journey to the Top of the App Store

donderdag 16 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

David Pierce: On this episode of The Vergecast, Testut joins the show to tell us the full Delta story. He describes his early attempts at building emulators, the first time he almost made it onto the App Store, the process of building the alternativ…

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Emoji History: The Missing Years

donderdag 16 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Matt Sephton (tweet): During my research into vintage Japanese drawing software, I came across some devices that had built in sketch or handwritten memo functions. I bought a couple of them to see if they did anything cool or interesting. These sort…

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Web-Only Apple Music Features

donderdag 16 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Apple: Apple Music today announced the release of its 100 Best Albums of all time, a celebratory list of the greatest records ever made, crafted by Apple Music’s team of experts alongside a select group of artists, including Maren Morris, Pharrell W…

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Problems With App Store Bundles

donderdag 16 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Jeff Johnson: The first thing I tried was to create yet another new Mac App Store bundle that included Link Unshortener, StopTheMadness, and StopTheMadness Pro. It took a number of days for Apple to review and approve the bundle, just like with the …

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VMware Fusion Pro 13 Free for Personal Use

woensdag 15 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Michael Potuck: Following the acquisition, Broadcom’s VMware has announced today that Fusion Pro 13 and Workstation Pro 17 have been made free for personal use. […] For commercial use, Broadcom has simplified the VMware options to a single product, …

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Google Cloud Accidentally Deletes Customer’s Account

woensdag 15 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Richard Speed (via Hacker News): Google’s Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian has weighed in on the UniSuper fiasco and confirmed that UniSuper’s Private Cloud subscription was accidentally deleted.In a joint statement with UniSuper CEO Peter Chun, Kurian admit…

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iOS 17.5 “Fixes” client_id But Breaks App Marketplaces

woensdag 15 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Mysk: iPhone users in the EU: DO NOT delete your alternative marketplace appsiOS 17.5 breaks alternative marketplace app re-installation. MarketplaceKit now generates a different client_id every time it is called. Now there’s no way for alternative …

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Shutting Down Facebook Workplace

woensdag 15 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Ingrid Lunden: Facebook once had big ambitions to be a major player in enterprise communication and productivity, but today the social network’s parent company Meta will be closing a very significant chapter in that story. TechCrunch has learned tha…

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Revamping Siri With iOS 18

dinsdag 14 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Tripp Mickle, Brian X. Chen and Cade Metz (MacRumors, Slashdot): Apple’s top software executives decided early last year that Siri, the company’s virtual assistant, needed a brain transplant. The decision came after the executives Craig Federighi an…

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Criticism of Signal

dinsdag 14 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Justin Ling: Zimmermann was a hacker in the oldest sense of the word. In the preceding years, he had grown freaked out by a proposal, put forward by a still-not-young Joe Biden, to force internet companies to give the U.S. government access to their…

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No Bounty for Kernel Vulnerability

dinsdag 14 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Meysam: I reported CVE-2024-27804, an iOS/macOS kernel vulnerability that leads to the execution of arbitrary code with kernel privileges. It’s fixed in iOS 17.5 and macOS 14.5, but Apple says it’s not eligible for the security bounty. Via Hacker Ne…

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The State of iPadOS in 2024

dinsdag 14 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Matthew Snyder (via Steve Troughton-Smith): The iPad feels like it’s caught between being the best hardware Apple makes, alongside the most ignored software. Steve Troughton-Smith: Some of the iPad angst isn’t that we have to wait ‘till WWDC to see …

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audioOS 17.5

maandag 13 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Juli Clover (release notes): Apple does not specify what’s included in the HomePod 17.5 software, and the generic release notes only say that it brings stability and performance improvements. Previously: audioOS 17.4

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tvOS 17.5

maandag 13 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Juli Clover (release notes, security): We did not find new features during the tvOS 17.5 beta testing process. Previously: tvOS 17.4

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iOS 17.5 and iPadOS 17.5

maandag 13 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Juli Clover (release notes, security, developer): There are new features for Apple News+, such as an offline mode, and tracking notifications are now available cross-platform for alerts about Bluetooth trackers regardless of platform. Previously: iO…

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macOS 13.6.7 and macOS 12.7.5

maandag 13 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Apple (full installer): This document describes the security content of macOS Ventura 13.6.7. Apple (full installer): This document describes the security content of macOS Monterey 12.7.5. Previously: macOS 14.5 macOS 13.6.6 macOS 13.6.5 and macOS 1…

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macOS 14.5

maandag 13 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Juli Clover (release notes, security, developer, enterprise, full installer, IPSW): macOS Sonoma 14.5 adds a new word game for Apple News+ subscribers and allows for tracking stats and streaks of News+ games. It’s not clear why this update also caus…

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