Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #252: Google Begs Apple to Replace iMessage with RCS

Google has launched a campaign to try to pressure Apple to adopt a messaging standard that is more amenable to Android users, but this is far more self-serving than it first appears. Also, we look at how Amazon wants to map your home with Roomba robot vacuum cleaners.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #251: Tom Cruise and the Leap Second

Tom Cruise is showing up everywhere: landing his helicopter in an English family’s garden; interrupting hikers and leaping off a cliff; and even in deepfake videos. We also look at the leap second, and how taking away one second in time could wreak havoc on computers.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #250: Is Your Car the Next Security Risk?

Cars are the next target for hackers; we look at vulnerabilities in standalone GPS devices, and we also discuss how Honda shrugged when presented with security vulnerabilities. We also go over the recent Apple operating system updates, and look at how Content Caching on a Mac may prevent security updates from being installed automatically.

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Stage Manager Offers a New Way to Work with Windows in macOS Ventura and iPadOS 16

While computers have changed a great deal since the first personal computers, one thing hasn’t: the way we work with windows. On the Mac, we went from being able to use one app at a time, to an early form of multitasking (the Multifinder, with System 5.0 in 1987), to true preemptive multitasking in 1999 with Mac OS 8.6.

Since then, the way we work with windows has not changed. You can open multiple windows, arrange them on the screen, switch from one to another easily, and even hide windows when you don’t want to see them.

Now, with macOS Ventura and iPadOS 16, Apple is introducing Stage Manager, the biggest change in the way we work with windows in decades. Here’s how Stage Manager works, and why you may want to use it.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #249: Apple’s New M2 MacBook Air

Apple’s new M2 MacBook Air is the first change in the popular laptop’s form factor since its introduction in 2008. We also look at a change in Facebook’s tracking URLs, and how running ChromeOS could bring an old Mac back to life.

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M2 MacBook Air Review – New Form Factor for Apple’s Most Popular Mac

When Apple released the first MacBook Air in 2008, it seemed like it might be a gimmick. Steve Jobs revealed the device at a Macworld Expo keynote by sliding out of a manila envelope, suggesting that it could be shipped as a letter, not a package; its light weight and extreme thinness were its defining characteristics. While the debut model was not extremely fast, even for the time, it was the first Mac available with an optional SSD, giving a glimpse of what was to come. It was hideously expensive, with the base model’s $1,799 price increasing to $3,098 with the SSD. (Though that price dropped to $2,598 six months later, due to a drop in the price of flash memory.)

Now, 14 years later, what could be seen as Apple’s flagship Mac — the best Mac for most people, and the most popular – has adopted a new form factor. Gone is the signature aerodynamic wedge shape, replaced by no-nonsense straight sides. It is thinner and lighter than Apple‘s MacBook Pros, and is closer in form factor to the 12.9″ iPad Pro than to previous MacBook Airs.

Of all the Apple laptop models I’ve had over the years, the MacBook Air has been my favorite. While I have had several MacBook Pros, the work I do on a laptop doesn’t require that extra power. This is true for most people: if you’re not a developer, or designer, or video editor, the MacBook Air is probably right for you.

Read the rest of the article on The Mac Security Blog.

Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #248: Lockdown Mode

Apple has announced a new extra-protection security feature called Lockdown Mode, which will protect those at high risk from hackers. We explain why this is a great bundle of security features that you can enable with a single click.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #245: Everything You Can Do with iCloud

We also talk about a new phishing scam, how the Strava fitness app is causing problems for the Israeli military, some new Windows feature that copy Apple, and the end of captchas. Then we take a deep dive into iCloud, looking at the many features available with your iCloud account.

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