Things Gets Massive Update On Mac & iOS With Cloud Syncing, Retina Graphics, New Features [Update]

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But is it major enough?
But is it major enough?
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Apple’s iCloud and Gatekeeper Make Businesses Choose One Security Risk Over Another

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Mountain Lion's consumer security and cloud features conflict in schools and workplaces.
Mountain Lion's consumer security and cloud features conflict in schools and workplaces.

In putting together the various features of Mountain Lion, Apple may end up encouraging business and enterprise customers to actually make their Macs less secure instead of ratcheting up security as some key Mountain Lion capabilities are intended to do.

There are a handful of technologies involved, but they center around iCloud and Apple’s requirement that apps sold in the Mac App Store support Apple’s application sandboxing technique.

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Apple’s Sandboxing Deadline Has Arrived For Mac App Store Developers

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Apple wants apps in the Mac App Store to play inside their own sandboxes.
Apple wants apps in the Mac App Store to play inside their own sandboxes.

It’s June 1st, and that means Apple’s deadline for when Mac developers need to have their apps sandboxed has come to pass. After months and months of extending the deadline to iron out technical details, all apps submitted to the Mac App Store must now obey Apple’s sandboxing requirements. All existing Mac App Store apps cannot be updated until they meet the guidelines.

While sandboxing will mean safer and simpler Mac apps, there are some negative effects developers have to consider.

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Debunked: Hotkey Apps Will Stay In The Mac App Store… For Now

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Apple wants apps in the Mac App Store to play inside their own sandboxes.
Apple wants apps in the Mac App Store to play inside their own sandboxes.

TUAW reported earlier on Thursday that Apple was planning to start rejecting apps from the Mac App Store that used universal hotkeys to trigger functions and access features. The ban was supposedly set to go into effect on June 1st alongside Apple’s app sandboxing deadline. A new report from Macworld debunks TUAW’s claim by saying that Apple is not planning to start rejecting apps like Alfred that rely on universal keyboard shortcuts.

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Apple To Reject Hotkey Apps From Mac App Store Starting June 1st [Rumor]

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Alfred uses universal keyboard shortcuts to let you search for anything on your Mac.
Alfred uses universal keyboard shortcuts to let you search for anything on your Mac.

As OS X continues to become more of a consumer-oriented platform and less of a power user-friendly environment, Apple is reportedly set to begin enforcing new guidelines in the Mac App Store that will ban apps that use “hotkey” functionality.

Apps like Alfred are able to give the user a universal system hotkey that can be used to access the app anywhere in OS X. Starting on June 1st, Apple will be prohibiting these kinds of system-wide features from making their way into the Mac App Store.

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The OS X HackStore Aims To Bring The Cydia Experience To The Mac [Exclusive]

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Introducing the HackStore, where Cydia meets the Mac App Store
Introducing the HackStore, where Cydia meets the Mac App Store (design in progress)
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Mac Developers Now Have Until June 1 To Sandbox Their Apps

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Apple has informed Mac developers that the deadline for sandboxing apps has been extended to June 1st. The date was postponed last November and set to take place on March 1st. Apple has been working on technical specifications for third-party developers since.

For those that are unfamiliar, “sandboxing” is essentially confining an app’s system access to its specific functions or entitlements, thereby hindering the possibility of an app behaving maliciously on a system level. Developers now have more time to appropriately implement sandboxing into their apps for the Mac App Store.

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