Who doesn’t love hearing news that a new vulnerability in one of their computer’s key components—the CPU that powers the whole thing—could allow an attacker to steal critical data (like your passwords or your encryption keys) directly from your processor? It’s always a fun day when that happens. Thankfully, the fixes for Intel’s recently announced vulnerability—yes, it’s Intel again—couldn’t be easier.
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We're about a month away from Apple announcing the next version of its desktop and laptop operating system, macOS. Although there's often lots of excitement and anticipation for Apple's latest software, it's also a time of trepidation as apps and back-end services people rely on may no longer work. If you're a Mac user and like to update early, there are some things you can do now to ease the pain of transition.
Mac: We still like Clocker, the free time zone clock for your menu bar. But if you have to track a lot of time zones on your Mac, you should also look at Menu World Time, another free menu bar world clock with a slightly different interface.
Say what you will about the Touch Bar, but it’s a fixture of the MacBook Pro we’re probably going to have to deal with for some time. And honestly, it’s not bad — much like the dream-worthy “OLED keyboard” that pops up from time to time that nobody seems to purchase, it’s fun to have a separate, tiny display that you can use for all sorts of productive or silly
Google announced that the latest update for the Chrome browser, Chrome 73, has begun rolling out to Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms. While these updates normally cover security fixes, system-level changes, and new tools for developers, Chrome 73 also includes a handful of new features for general users as well — including the much-requested Dark Mode — although their availability will be different depending on the platform you’re using.
Maybe you’ve grown tired of your current laptop or desktop operating system and you just want to try something different. Or maybe you need to use multiple OSes for work. Either way, the need for a new operating system doesn’t mean you need a whole new computer. There are numerous ways to run other operating systems without going out and buying a new machine. We’ve gathered your options, with the pros and cons for each, below.
One of the new features Apple is including in all its new hardware is the T2 Security Chip. This piece of hardware protects Macs by enabling Secure Boot, so a tainted OS can't start and leave your system vulnerable to hackers. But it also handles a bunch of encryption and other security functions, offloading those tasks from the main processor. But, it turns out, that extra security can make cloning your Mac harder and, if done incorrectly, brick your Mac.
If you didn’t know that the macOS Finder has built-in tabs, prepare for your mind to be blown — at least, if you’ve previously filled your desktop with new Finder windows when managing files. Instead of relying on Command + N, switch your finger up and to the left, and Command + T will allow you to open a ton of tabs in a single finder window.
As well as offering a very different aesthetic on your devices, enabling dark mode can save you some battery life, extending the time between trips to the charger, perhaps even allowing you to leave the charger at home sometimes. But how do you enable dark mode on your gadgets? Here's how to enable it in Windows, macOS, iOS and Android.
I was recently tasked with setting up a Windows 10 system for a friend on an oldish laptop. While the machine is about five years old, it does have an SSD and ran Windows 7 and 8 pretty well. So, I needed to create installation media for the system. But, as my main system is a Mac I needed to find a way to create a bootable USB or SD Card. Here's how I did it.
No matter how careful you are, problems tend to crop up on Windows and macOS anyway — from little annoyances you can't get rid of to full-blown system-wide issues that make it hard to use your computer normally. We've got some good news for you though: You can find plenty of free apps to help at least ameliorate some of the problems, if not outright fix them.
In a recent blog post titled "Hardening macOS," Ricard Bejarano offers an extensive list of settings you can tweak to make macOS as secure as possible. It's a comprehensive list of tasks — and we love it — but it's important that you understand the "why" behind his recommendations, too. Here are a few of his top tips and explanations for why you're adjusting, installing, or modifying your Mac that way.
Dear Lifehacker, Three or four years ago, my Macbook died, and because I was an avid user of Time Machine, I was able to retrieve virtually everything I cared about from my external hard drive, except my photos. Because this tragedy happened to coincide with a software update, the updated photos couldn’t access the old photo library that was stored on the other drive.
There are plenty of reasons to run a virtual machine. The first, and most compelling, is that you want to play: Maybe there are some other operating system you want to dabble with (cough Linux cough), but you don’t want to deal with installing another hard drive, partitioning your existing drive, or setting up your system a different way.