Ars Technica: DuckDuckGo announces a new privacy-focused Mac web browser. “DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused search engine with the weird name, already offers web browsers for iOS and Android and browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. But on Tuesday, the company announced that it is getting into desktop browsers, too. DuckDuckGo for Mac is available starting today as an invite-only beta that ‘is designed to be used as an everyday browser that truly protects your privacy.’”
9to5 Mac: NetNewsWire for iPhone and iPad adds iCloud sync, Twitter and Reddit integration, more. “NetNewsWire is one of the most powerful RSS readers for iPhone and iPad, and it’s getting even better with a new update rolling out today. NetNewsWire 6 is now available on the App Store with new features including iCloud syncing, home screen widgets, and more.”
Cult of Mac: Here’s almost every wallpaper Apple has ever made for Mac and iOS. “Do you want a blast of Apple nostalgia which takes you back to an earlier time in macOS or iOS history, but don’t want to go as far as actually using older hardware? If so, then you’re in for a treat, thanks to a new archive of classic Apple wallpapers which just popped up online. Dating back to the classic Mac days of System 7 and the original iPhone OS (remember when it wasn’t yet called iOS?), the archive boasts full resolution copies of most of the vintage Apple background images.”
Wired: Critical Code In Millions Of Macs Isn’t Getting Apple’s Updates. “Now one new study has found that the most critical elements of millions of Macs’ firmware aren’t getting updates. And that’s not because lazy users have neglected to install them, but because Apple’s firmware updates frequently fail without any notice to the user, or simply because Apple silently stopped offering those computers firmware updates—in some cases even against known hacking techniques.”
Hey! From MacRumors: Apple Makes iMovie, GarageBand, and iWork Apps for Mac and iOS Free for All Users. “Apple today updated several of its Mac and iOS apps, making them available for all Mac and iOS users for free. iMovie, Numbers, Keynote, Pages, and GarageBand for both Mac and iOS devices have been updated and are now listed in the App Store for free.”
You may have read recently about new malware being aimed at Macs. My friend Gary Rosenzweig has created a free online course for Mac security. “The Practical Guide to Mac Security is a FREE course with 24 lessons that will enable the typical home and office Mac user to secure their Mac from dangers like malware, online account break-ins, data loss, and online scams.” Disclaimer: Gary is my friend, told me about this resource, and I thought it would benefit you so I’m mentioning it here. I did not receive considerations or compensation for this mention.
Were all you Apple fans feeling left out because Macs didn’t have ransomware? here ya go. “Palo Alto Networks claims to have discovered the first known instance of OS X-oriented ransomware in the wild, “KeRanger.” If you install software infected with the code (in this case, a version of the BitTorrent client Transmission), it’ll encrypt your files after three days and demand that you pay a digital currency ransom to regain control.”
Twitter has finally updated its Mac App. “Ahead of its own deadline of the end of 2015, Twitter has updated its OS X app. The Mac version of the social network has languished for years while mobile apps and the site have received multiple updates. The new and improved version of the app brings features like inline GIF and video support, group DMs, a dark theme, tweet quotes and an updated design.”