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No, Apple isn’t spying on the files in your Mac


MacBook Pro with cryptographic nonsense on the display
Is Apple spying on your private files? Betteridge’s Law prevails once again.
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Claims that Apple is phoning home to analyze every image on your Mac have been proven false. Jeffrey Paul, security researcher and consultant, claimed early last week that his Mac was sending small bits of data to Apple every time he clicked on an image on his computer.

After Paul’s claims caused a bit of a stir, researchers got to the bottom of what was actually happening. Not only did they conclude the network activity was innocent — it was caused by a bug that’s already been patched in the latest macOS update.

How to set up your new Mac like a pro


Set Up Your New Mac: Moving to a new Mac is fast — we’ll get your Mac on track in no time.
Let's get that nice new Mac set up, shall we?
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It’s a great season to buy a Mac. Every Mac for sale today is a great buy … almost. If you’re one of the lucky people to get one this year, you’ll want to rip open that box, tear off that plastic and get to the good stuff.

If this is your first Mac with Apple’s powerful new chips inside, you’re in for a real treat. It’s pretty easy to set up whether you have an old Mac to transfer data from or you’re starting from scratch. There are a few choices to make along the way, though, and some essential tricks and apps you’ll want to consider, so we’re here to take you through the process.

Here is Cult of Mac’s guide to setting up your new Mac the right way.

App Store prices now range from 29 cents to … $10,000?!?


Developers are getting a lot more options for app pricing.
Developers are getting a lot more options for app pricing.
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Apple said Tuesday the App Store is undergoing “the most comprehensive upgrade to pricing capabilities” since its launch, allowing prices to be set as low as 29 cents and as high as $10,000.

It will start offering developers 700 new price points to apply to the apps they sell, plus new tools to make international selling easier to manage.

Apple tests iPhone bug-fix system that doesn’t require full iOS updates


Apple tests iPhone bug-fix system that doesn't require iOS updates
In the future, expect Rapid Security Responses from Apple for iOS, macOS and iPadOS.
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A second round of ‘Rapid Security Response’ bug patches for the iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 betas were seeded to developers and other beta testers on Monday. At this point, Apple is testing the system for distributing these by releasing them for beta versions of the operating systems.

Once testing is over, these will allow Apple to fix security problems without releasing a full OS update.

Today in Apple history: OS X Panther claws its way onto Macs


Mac OS X Panther brings Exposé and other new features.
OS X Panther brought cool new features to Macs.
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October 25 Today in Apple history: Mac OS X Panther arrives on Macs October 25, 2003: Mac OS X Panther arrives on Macintosh computers, bringing several useful new features and making Safari Apple’s default web browser for the first time.

The new Exposé feature in OS X Panther lets Mac users instantly view all open windows at once. And the new iChat AV allows people to talk with audio and video as well as text.

How to fix corrupted videos on Mac with Wondershare Repairit


No matter why a video is corrupted, Repairit may be able to fix it.
No matter why a video is corrupted, Repairit may be able to fix it.
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This post on restoring corrupted video files is presented by Wondershare.

Finding out your videos got corrupted is a drag. It can happen for a variety of reasons, but the result is usually that you can’t enjoy the video. That is, unless you can fix it.

Wondershare Repairit is an easy-to-use app that can quickly fix damaged video files on your Mac or PC. Find out more about it, and see how to use the software to fix corrupted MP4 files, below.

Apple video explains how to use Time Machine to back up your Mac


Apple video explains how to use Time Machine to backup your Mac
A "how to" makes the process of setting up Time Machine to backup your Mac less intimidating.
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Your Mac can automatically make copies of your files with Time Machine, software built into macOS. A new video walks anyone unfamiliar with the feature through the setup process.

Using Time Machine is highly recommended. Macs don’t fail often, but when they do it can be a disaster for the user if they don’t have backups of their important files.

Apple hasn’t given up on macOS Big Sur


macOS 11.1 beta 1 was seeded to developers on November 17.
Macs with Big Sur should upgrade to macOS 11.6.7.
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If your Mac is still running macOS 11, there’s a software update you need. Apple released macOS Big Sur 11.6.7 to fix an email bug that prevents email applications from opening attachments.

The new version is available to download now.

Apple makes a play for gamers with Metal 3 and more game controller support


Apple makes a play for gamers with Metal 3 and more game controller support
Craig Federighi, Apple software chief, made a pitch for more Mac and iPad gaming at WWDC22.
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Mac is not the preferred platform for most gamers, but Metal 3 in macOS Ventura shows Apple hasn’t given up. And iPadOS 16 is getting support for a wider range of game controllers.

These are just a couple of gaming features Apple is bringing to Mac and iPad.