Mac app lets you enjoy Continuity with Android devices

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KDE Connect is free to download and incredibly useful.
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Not every Mac owner uses an iPhone, and that means they often miss out on first-party features like Messages and iCloud. But there’s one feature Android users can now enjoy.

KDE Connect is a new macOS app that allows for Continuity between Mac and Android devices. You can enjoy desktop notifications, file sharing, and more — and it’s free.

Today in Apple history: Multimedia Macs take on the world

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Did you own one of the 630 series Macintoshes?
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July 18: Today in Apple history: Apple launches Quadra, Performa and LC 630 Macintoshes July 18, 1994: Apple launches the Quadra, Performa and LC 630 Macintoshes, three similar computers with slight differences tailored for the professional, home and educational markets.

Buyers can configure the new 630 series of Macs for less than $2,000. Today, the idea of getting a decent multimedia computer for $3,300 (adjusted for inflation) sounds very reasonable, but in 1994 these new Macs looked like a total steal.

The last macOS Mojave update is nearly ready for public launch

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The handful of developers still beta testing macOS Mojave instead of macOS Catalina were treated to a brand new beta build in the form of macOS 10.14.6 today.

This is the fifth beta of macOS 10.14.6 which adds a host of new bug fixes and performance improvements to the Mac before Apple goes all-in on macOS Catalina this fall.

Why it’s a great time to upgrade your aging MacBook

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Don’t let your old Mac drag you down. Cult of Mac can help you upgrade on the cheap.
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Apple might not be selling the 12-inch MacBook anymore, but it’s still a terrific ultraportable — and prices are falling fast. You can also find some stellar discounts on the MacBook Pro.

It’s a great time to upgrade, then. And Cult of Mac can help you snag your new machine for even less. Here’s how.

2019 MacBook Air vs. MacBook Pro: Which is right for you?

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Look at all those ports!
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Apple’s current laptop lineup is the simplest it’s been in a while. It consists of the 13-inch MacBook Air, and two sizes of MacBook Pro, which are almost identical apart from size.

If you want a 15-inch Apple notebook, then the choice is easy. But if you want a 13-incher, which should you pick? That’s what we’ll look at today, pitching the 13-inch MacBook Air against the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Zoom rushes to fix its webcam-accessing flaw on Macs

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Flaw allowed hackers to access other people's webcams.
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Zoom conference calls are as much of a part of modern office working life as disagreements about the air-con system.

But security researcher Jonathan Leitschuh recently stumbled upon something extremely concerning. As discovered by Leitschuh, Zoom featured a vulnerability that allowed hackers to break into a target’s Mac webcam. This happened regardless of whether the Mac user was using Safari, Chrome or Firefox.

Fortunately, Zoom has, well, zoomed to correct it.

Making music on iPad forced me back to the Mac

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Sometime the old ways are the best.
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I use my iPad for almost all my computing. I write, read, record and edit music, edit photos — you name it. I’ve used my decade-old Mac less and less in recent years, as the iPad, or rather iOS, has gotten ever more capable.

But this week I dusted off my Mac, ordered some extra RAM (yes, it’s still available!), and fired it up. Why? Because, as powerful as the iPad is, the Mac is still way, way better for some tasks. In my case, that task is recording and editing music.