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The MacInTouch Home Page is the original Mac news site, providing timely, reliable news, information and analysis about Apple Macintosh, OS X, and iPhone/iOS systems, plus security issues. Our friendly community offers troubleshooting help and intelligent



Published: 09 Dec 2016 14:00:00 EST

Copyright: Copyright 2016, MacInTouch Inc.
 



Reports: Backup

09 Dec 2016 00:44:00 EST

Time Machine issues, including macOS Sierra logging problems, the Unix command-line program (tmutil), and confusing distinctions between network backups, local backups and local snapshots



Reports: AirPort

09 Dec 2016 00:44:00 EST

WiFi-WiFi configuration, Comcast issues



Reports: Apple competition

09 Dec 2016 00:44:00 EST

ARM processor support for Windows



Reports: Apple Mail

09 Dec 2016 00:44:00 EST

identity certificate errors



Reports: Adobe alternatives

09 Dec 2016 00:44:00 EST

Affinity Photo user interface; Procreate for iOS



Reports: Applications

09 Dec 2016 00:44:00 EST

Quicken, alternatives and security issues



Reports: iTunes

09 Dec 2016 00:44:00 EST

matching problem



Reports: Keyboards

09 Dec 2016 00:44:00 EST

Unicomp Spacesaver M



Reports: Networking

09 Dec 2016 00:44:00 EST

inter-building options and issues



Reports: Phishing

09 Dec 2016 00:44:00 EST

email phishing scams masquerading as Apple, Amazon, PayPal etc.



Reports: Printing

09 Dec 2016 00:44:00 EST

color laser printers, related issues and costs



Reports: Spam

09 Dec 2016 00:44:00 EST

Apple Calendar spam issues



Coda

09 Dec 2016 01:14:00 EST

The popular website editor gets Touch Bar support (among other improvements).



mSecure

09 Dec 2016 14:00:00 EST

This password manager offers a full feature set; a natural interface; cross-platform support; good sync and backup capabilities, and more.



SpamSieve

09 Dec 2016 10:30:00 EST

This effective email spam filter gets another update for another macOS Sierra update, but it works with Mac OS X 10.6 and up.



Reports: 2016 MacBook Pro

08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST

next macOS Sierra update to patch graphics and storage bugs



Reports: Safari

08 Dec 2016 08:40:00 EST

disappearing Quit menu



Reports: Storage

08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST

4TB SSD upgrade



Signal

08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST

This high-security, user-friendly iPhone communications app for voice calls and messaging gets a few refinements.



NeoFinder

08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST

The digital asset cataloger and browser gets a major update with support for Adobe XMP (IPTC) metadata, performance improvements, geotag lookups, audio previews and more



Reports: iPhones

07 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST

battery defect details and replacement hassles



Reports: Safari

07 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST

issues with versions, media support and YouTube resolution



Reports: Storage

07 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST

combining hard drive and SSD with SoftRAID



iStudio Publisher

07 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST

It's not exactly InDesign, but this page layout program is full-featured, free of subscription/activation traps, inexpensive, and compatible with old Macs as well as new ones.



iMazing

07 Dec 2016 13:40:00 EST

This alternative to iTunes for many iOS device management tasks includes backup/archiving and restoring, Mac-mobile information exchange, file transfer, browsing, cloning and more. The latest update even includes Touch Bar shortcuts.



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07 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST

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Reports: iOS 10

06 Dec 2016 03:56:00 EST

update/version confusion



Reports: Keyboards

06 Dec 2016 03:56:00 EST

Logitech K750 battery replacement



Reports: macOS Sierra

06 Dec 2016 03:56:00 EST

hang bug; battery drain/graphics issue; SSD vs. HD performance



Reports: USB

06 Dec 2016 03:56:00 EST

protocol/performance vs. port type; 10Gbps requirements



Touch Bar Piano

06 Dec 2016 04:44:00 EST

Tickle the ivories on your 2016 MacBook Pro Touch Bar.



Logitech K750

06 Dec 2016 04:22:00 EST

This wireless keyboard has good feel, a Mac layout, solar battery charging and a WiFi USB receiver (not Bluetooth).



Reports: Apple

05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST

secret car project(s); Windows switcher



Postbox Security Update

05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST

This email app, a viable alternative to Apple Mail and Thunderbird, gets a critical security patch.



LG Displays

05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST

LG has a 27-inch 4K display that connects via USB Type-C, or DisplayPort, or HDMI, and it offers USB 3 Type-A ports and a bunch of other features. There's also a 31-inch 4K display with speakers - not USB-C, but it connects via DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort and HDMI, and also functions as a USB 3 hub.



Samsung 850

05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST

Samsung's very popular SSD storage device is now available in a massive 4TB version.



Spacesaver M

05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST

Get classic IBM keyboard feel (and sound) with Mac-specific keys and layout.



Seagate Duet

05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST

Seagate teamed up with Amazon on a portable hard drive that syncs to Amazon's cloud service for backup redundancy and access via mobile app.



Reports: Displays

03 Dec 2016 12:24:00 EST

4K USB-C displays



Reports: Email

03 Dec 2016 12:24:00 EST

question about Apple Mail, message IDs and threading



Reports: iOS 10

03 Dec 2016 12:24:00 EST

screen orientation bug



Reports: Storage

03 Dec 2016 12:24:00 EST

maximum size limitations in older drive enclosures



Thunderbird Security Patch

03 Dec 2016 18:32:00 EST

Mozilla's reliable, full-featured and free email app gets a critical security fix.



Reports: Mac Marginalization

02 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST

ARM (iPhone) vs. Intel (Mac) hardware; Apple organizational issues



Reports: MacBook 12-inch

02 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST

keyboards, USB-C adapters, 4K monitors



Reports: Xprotect

02 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST

a Unix shell script for tracking Apple's invisible blacklist updates



Satechi USB-C Hub

02 Dec 2016 00:38:00 EST

Hook this hub up to your 12-inch MacBook or 2016 MacBook Pro's USB Type-C port and get two USB 3.0 Type A ports, plus SD and micro SD card slots, and a port to connect your USB-C charger.



Fan Control

02 Dec 2016 01:02:00 EST

Get control over your Mac's internal temperature and fan speeds with this open-source utility.



Reports: Displays

01 Dec 2016 10:12:00 EST

Apple Cinema Display support problems (firmware update issue)



Reports: macOS Sierra

01 Dec 2016 10:12:00 EST

protection issues with FileMaker Runtimes; sleep/wake issues; AppleScript bug fixed



Reports: Security

01 Dec 2016 10:12:00 EST

Apple ID/passwords



Firefox: Critical Security Patch

01 Dec 2016 10:48:00 EST

Mozilla's free alternative to Google Chrome and Apple Safari gets a critical security patch for a vulnerability being exploited in the wild on the Windows platform.



Reports: Apple Software

30 Nov 2016 09:54:00 EST

iTunes and quality issues



Reports: AppleScript

30 Nov 2016 09:54:00 EST

Apple communication issue; Siri for scripting



Reports: Networking

30 Nov 2016 09:54:00 EST

domain name registrars



Reports: Phones

30 Nov 2016 09:54:00 EST

phone number changes and related security issues



Reports: Security

30 Nov 2016 09:54:00 EST

botnets, IoT (Internet of Things) and software quality issues



Reports: VPN

30 Nov 2016 09:54:00 EST

Snooper's Charter; VPN clients, configuration issues, DNS leaks, etc.



Reports: Linux on Macs

29 Nov 2016 01:30:00 EST

text editors



Reports: Spam

29 Nov 2016 01:30:00 EST

removing spam inserted via iCloud into Apple Calendar and Photos



ClamXav

29 Nov 2016 10:58:00 EST

This anti-virus utility, which provides virus scanning and frequently updated malware definitions on top of a solid anti-virus engine, gets a few fixes and performance improvements.



GIMP

29 Nov 2016 11:11:00 EST

This powerful, open-source graphics editor works across platforms (including Linux).



Reports: Help Please

28 Nov 2016 05:20:00 EST

symlink problems after update to El Capitan



Reports: Migration/updates

28 Nov 2016 05:20:00 EST

Migration Assistant and Adobe Java folder hack



Affinity Designer

28 Nov 2016 05:20:00 EST

The major competitor to Adobe Illustrator gets 2016 MacBook Pro Touch Bar support (along with a Windows version).



Affinity Photo

28 Nov 2016 05:20:00 EST

The major competitor to Adobe Photoshop has a new version in beta testing with macros and batch processing, other new features, and Windows support.



WD SSDs

28 Nov 2016 05:20:00 EST

Western Digital has a new WD Blue SSD that looks competitive, plus an "ultra-low" power Green version coming a little later.



Angelbird Wings PX1

28 Nov 2016 07:07:00 EST

This PCIe card hosts high-performance M.2 SSDs and provides critical heat dissipation.



Lycom DT-120

28 Nov 2016 05:20:00 EST

This inexpensive PCIe card accomodates M.2 SSDs.



Samsung 960 EVO/Pro

28 Nov 2016 05:50:00 EST

This ultra-high-performance M.2 NVMe SSD lacks a compatible Mac host but will work with a number of computers from other companies.



Reports: Apple

25 Nov 2016 13:48:00 EST

company priorities; OS X Server and Time Machine; Windows keyboards; email sort by color



Reports: Security

25 Nov 2016 14:40:00 EST

phishing with GoDaddy



Reports: Help please

23 Nov 2016 00:06:00 EST

system freezes and SSD vs. hard drives



Reports: iOS

22 Nov 2016 10:40:00 EST

playing this video crashes iPhone



Reports: macOS Sierra

22 Nov 2016 00:50:00 EST

user interface changes and incantations



Reports: Networking

22 Nov 2016 00:50:00 EST

bandwidth monitoring options



Reports: Security

22 Nov 2016 00:50:00 EST

iOS lock-screen Siri hack



Reports: User interface

22 Nov 2016 00:50:00 EST

dim designs, selectable themes, Appearance Manager, real-world models, etc.



Firefox Focus

22 Nov 2016 00:15:00 EST

Mozilla's new iOS privacy browser also promises good performance and some help for Safari.



Apollo Personal Cloud

22 Nov 2016 00:15:00 EST

The files on this cloud service are stored on a 4TB device at your own location.



Backup Plus Hub for Mac

22 Nov 2016 00:15:00 EST

Backup and archive your Mac files on an 8TB drive, while it charges your iPhone.



LiveCode

22 Nov 2016 00:15:00 EST

Need a cross-platform, open-source, visual, rapid development system that's sort of like a modern HyperCard on steroids?



Reports: Apple

21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST

a collection of links discussing Apple software quality issues



Reports: iPhones

21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST

Verizon (Qualcomm) vs. GSM (Intel) iPhone 7 modems



Reports: XProtect

21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST

Apple's invisible blacklist sets minimum versions of Adobe Flash, Java, Silverlight etc.



iPhone 6s Defect

21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST

A battery defect in some iPhone 6s models causes unexpected shutdowns. Apple's offering a battery replacement.



Airfoil

21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST

Broadcast audio from your Mac to a collection of player devices, all in sync, that includes AirPort, Apple TV, iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, Google Chromecast, Bluetooth, Windows and Linux.



Audio Hijack

21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST

Record audio from _applications_, as well as external audio devices.



Cesium

21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST

If you hate Apple Music, too, this iOS app offers an alternative.



Innov8

21 Nov 2016 10:00:00 EST

If you need an 8TB, 3.3lb. USB-C-powered backup drive for your 2016 MacBook Pro, this might be worth a look (although it may not be the best option for the one-port MacBook 12" Retina).



LogLogger

21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST

macOS Sierra's Console app has some pretty big limitations, but this AppleScript utility might save you a trip to Unix Command-line World.



TB3 Enabler

21 Nov 2016 11:08:00 EST

"This patch modifies IOThunderboltFamily and allows "Unsupported" Thunderbolt 3 peripherals to work under macOS Sierra."



Visual Studio for Mac

21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST

Microsoft's "Visual Studio" development system for the Mac is actually a rebranded Xamarin.



Reports: 2016 MacBook Pro

19 Nov 2016 11:36:00 EST

15-inch teardown, Apple picture book, HP computers, Touch ID user switching



Reports: iPhones

19 Nov 2016 11:36:00 EST

"touch disease" repair program, lawsuit, etc.



Reports: macOS Sierra

19 Nov 2016 11:36:00 EST

lists of bugs; autoplaying videos; installation problems, etc.



Reports: iOS 10

18 Nov 2016 01:42:00 EST

Messages "AI" issues; old 10.1.1 vs. new 10.1.1 vs. Camera bug



Reports: iPhones

18 Nov 2016 01:42:00 EST

Camera bug



Reports: iTunes

18 Nov 2016 01:42:00 EST

UI changes and confusion; Music app and alternatives



Reports: Printing

18 Nov 2016 01:42:00 EST

troubleshooting help