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Games get to the top of App Store ranks easier than other apps

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Competition is making things harder, but game apps climb the App Store charts much more easily than non-game apps.
Competition is making things harder, but game apps climb the App Store charts much more easily than non-game apps.
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New data from a couple of analytics firms shows that it’s harder now than ever to get an app to the top of App Store rankings, thanks to stiffer competition.

But the data shows that gaming apps have an easier time of it than other types of apps.

Zoom fixes macOS bug that leaves mics active when they shouldn’t be

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Zoom fixes Mac's microphone bug
Install the latest update as soon as you can.
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Zoom issued a quick fix for its native macOS app over the weekend to address a concerning bug that left microphones active when they shouldn’t have been.

It comes after many Mac users complained the app was still listening in after calls had ended. It is the second time Zoom has attempted to eliminate this issue, so here’s to hoping this update actually does its job.

Mac users say Zoom is listening in when it’s not in use

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Zoom listening in on Mac: Is Zoom using your microphone when it shouldn't be?
Is Zoom using your microphone when it shouldn't be?
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An increasing number of Mac users say Zoom is using their machine’s microphone even when the app is not in use.

Zoom rolled out an update last December for its native Mac app that supposedly resolved “an issue regarding the microphone light indicator being triggered when not in a meeting.” But it doesn’t appear to have worked.

Microsoft Office 2021 will come to Mac … sometime

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Pay What You Want- Essential Microsoft Office 2019 Bundle
Microsoft Office 2021 for Mac will include new versions of Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint. And OneNote too.
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Microsoft on Thursday committed itself to releasing Microsoft Office 2021 for Mac and Windows. This is a one-payment version of Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and OneNote. It’s separate from the Office 365 subscription service.

And there’s good news about pricing.

This handy guide lists all the M1-compatible Mac apps [Updated]

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A new site lists Apple Silicon apps
A new site shows all the apps that ready for the new Macs running the Apple M1 processor.
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A new website could become the go-to guide to which applications are compatible with Macs running on Apple Silicon chips.

IsAppleSiliconReady.com lists apps that have been ported to run on Apple’s new M1 processor. It also tells if apps are compatible with Rosetta 2, the macOS Big Sur feature that allows the M1 Macs to run software compiled for Intel chips.

Facebook Messenger has a brand-new app for Mac

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It's finally here, almost a year after it was confirmed.
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A brand-new Facebook Messenger app has finally landed on Mac. It gives users the ability to more easily keep on top of their conversations across different devices, and it supports a whole host of useful Messenger features — including group video chat.

You might not be able to download it where you live just yet, however.