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.

Apple brings True Tone to MacBook Air, faster chips to MacBook Pro

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The late-2018 MacBook Air with Retina display.
They’re now more affordable, too.
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Apple has updated the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro for the back-to-school season. And they’re now more affordable.

The newest MacBook Air now ships with a True Tone display — just like its more expensive siblings. The newest 13-inch MacBook Pro is powered by faster Intel chips, while the entry-level model now offers a Touch Bar with Touch ID.

Save $200 on Mac mini, $820 on MacBook Pro [Deals & Steals]

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Amazon makes the 2018 MacBook Pro a bargain.
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Amazon’s Deal of the Day lets you save up to 29% on the 2018 MacBook Pro for today only. Prices start at $1,879.99 (down from $2,399.99) for a 15-inch model with a six-core Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage.

And that’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. There’s also $200 off the newest Mac mini, a rare discount on the newest AirPods with a Wireless Charging Case, and up to $100 off Apple Watch Series 4.

Plus, you can now get Amazon’s newest Echo Dot for half its usual price.

Many of these discounts are good for today only, so act fast and enjoy them while you can.