Mac: When it comes to updating your Mac, there's never a good time. Besides the intrusive and constant annoyance that is the update reminder (which, thankfully, you can deactivate), it often feels like a slog instead of what should be a few minutes of processing and a restart. If you're sick of waiting for the App Store and its sluggish interface, here's how you can speed up the process.
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Whether you've seen it in action or received more than a few intrusive notifications from Apple, you've probably been directed to install the company's new macOS High Sierra on more than one occasion. Features such as improved photo management and the Apple File System are definitely enticing, but, as with many of the company's upgrades, the operating system isn't exactly optimised to run on the Mac you acquired back in 2012.
If you're curious about whether or not you should upgrade your Mac, here are a few factors to consider (as well as a way to make using your updated Mac a bit more appealing.)
Just when we thought life had become simple, with just one "version" of Windows to persist in perpetuity, Microsoft has announced that their half-yearly updates will be given different names depending on where you live. That's because someone in Redmond realised that the seasons are named differently in different parts of the world and that when it's Fall in the US, it's not Fall everywhere else.
With its Creators Update for Windows 10, Microsoft promised that users would have the option to postpone future updates for a limited period of time, and many rejoiced. But now that the update has started rolling out, it's become apparent that there are still some stability issues and performing a manual installation isn't recommended right now.
User interface design is hard, but we've been getting better at it over the years to the point where even a thermostat is easy to use. Automakers, however, seem to have their heads in the sand, taking their design inspiration for their infotainment consoles from old Winamp skins instead of any type of modern interface.
Mac: When Spark initially launched on Mac, it had enough features to get by, but it still needed to check off a few boxes to convince power users to give it a look. In an update today, they have added a few new tools for managing your email.
Overcast, our favourite podcast manager on iPhone, gets a few new features, including an improved interface, new lock screen widget, and more.
Windows/Mac/Linux: LibreOffice, the open source, free alternative to Microsoft Office, just got a big update that adds in a ton of new features alongside a new cloud version you can install on your own server.
iOS: Airmail is the most customisable email app on the iPhone, and today they're adding to those customisation options with new Workflow integration and custom actions.
Earlier last week, it was revealed that a number of popular Netgear routers had exploitable security holes that made it possible for someone to take control of your network. Now, that hole has been patched up, but you'll need to update your firmware.
iPhone: Camera+, our favourite camera app on iPhone, gets an update today that adds in the ability to shoot and edit in RAW alongside support for the iPhone 7 Plus dual camera.
Sierra is out today and some of the new features, like Siri, look pretty great. Of course, it seems like a small enough upgrade, but that doesn't mean things won't go bad. You've been using it, what do you think? Should I upgrade, or wait?