Apple’s Intel i9 MacBook Pros and the Thermal Throttle Bash

Apple

Apple

Apple’s 2018 MacBook Pros featuring the Intel i9 processor have been taking a beating from the media this past week after several YouTubers (who shall remain nameless as to not embarrass them any more than necessary) lambasted Apple, claiming that the i9 equipped models ran slower than the older i7 based models and were not fit for use. Of course, as usual, the media (and that includes most YouTubers) love to bash Apple unnecessarily and once again have inserted their foot into their mouths, now that the whole truth has been revealed. Continue reading Apple’s Intel i9 MacBook Pros and the Thermal Throttle Bash

Handbrake Forum Moderator Secrets

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Handbrake

If you ever wondered why you can’t find the information you want, especially when ripping DVD or Blu-ray discs that you own, on the Handbrake forums then you might be surprised to find that the Handbrake Forum Moderators are intentionally and needlessly hiding that information from you and they hide any links to anyone else that could help you get that information. Continue reading Handbrake Forum Moderator Secrets

Mojave Beta flash drive installer instructions

macOS Mojave

macOS Mojave

Its time once again to test the latest version of macOS, now known as macOS Mojave 10.14. There appears to be quite a few noticeable and interesting features so I suspect that more folks will be anxious to give it a try. As always, Beta software is experimental, can be unstable, might not work for you and could result in a catastrophic data loss. If you are willing to take the risk and if data loss is not a problem for you at all then read on for instruction on how to make a bootable USB flash drive installer for macOS Mojave 10.14. Continue reading Mojave Beta flash drive installer instructions

PSA: FBI asks everyone to reboot all Routers

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FBI

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is asking absolutely everyone to reboot their router, yes this means you. Reboot your router by unplugging its power cord, wait ten seconds then plug it back it. Your router should restore your Internet service in two minutes or less. Do this right now! Continue reading PSA: FBI asks everyone to reboot all Routers

PGP GPG Email Encryption broken, take action now!

A professor of Computer Security, Sebastian Schinzel (@seecurity Twitter) has announced on Twitter that users of email programs that use the PGP/GPG plug-in to encrypt email are completely vulnerable to having the unencrypted (plaintext) version of their emails read by attackers and other hostiles due to a flaw in the implementation of the software. Tentatively identified as the EFAIL Vulnerability, users should immediately  Continue reading PGP GPG Email Encryption broken, take action now!

Change your Twitter password right now

Twitter just announced that they mishandled your and everyone else’s passwords and is now asking everyone, absolutely everyone with a Twitter account to change their password immediately. Apparently Twitter employees made one of the most fundamentally simple mistakes you can make Continue reading Change your Twitter password right now

Tech-Neck identified as painful culprit in SmartPhone users

Don't break our phones

Don’t break our phones

Tech-Neck is the latest hipster term to identify chronic pain in the neck afflicting countless SmartPhone and Tablet users around the world. The cure… Continue reading Tech-Neck identified as painful culprit in SmartPhone users

Greyshift joins Cellebrite in selling iPhone cracking service

Greyshift has been making headlines lately for selling a device to law enforcement agencies that can guess the PIN of an iPhone without getting locked out. They join Cellebrite in offering cracking services to these agencies and are upsetting user’s personal rights to privacy protections.

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The honest macOS guide to speeding up your Mac

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Apple

Online video tutorials, and most computer blogs, that claim to offer Mac Speedups to improve slow Mac performance mostly refer to completely out of date maintenance techniques that do not help any more, we have not needed to do them for several years now, yet on YouTube you can find dozens of videos with incorrect information posted by people who don’t know what they are talking about. The first group of people are folks that sweated from Windows and expect that macOS needs as much fusing and maintenance as does Windows, but no, macOS needs very little maintenance and Apple has been optimizing macOS continuously so in reality the average user does not need to perform any maintenance functions at all. Continue reading The honest macOS guide to speeding up your Mac

Macs are Safe against Meltdown and Spectre, Don’t Believe the Media Hype

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Apple Logo

Computer media outlets have nearly melted down the past few days reporting about the vulnerabilities now known as Meltdown and Spectre. There have been numerous reports and of course all the media has misquoted the original sources of this news so its time to set the story straight. These vulnerabilities exist because of the method that is used to improve CPU performance drastically, known as Speculative Execution this technique is one of our basic cornerstones and as such most if not all CPUs use the technique, which of course means that all CPUs are theoretically vulnerable to the meltdown and Spectre attacks. An attacker can take advantage of these flaws to steal privileged data which can then be used to own the system. Continue reading Macs are Safe against Meltdown and Spectre, Don’t Believe the Media Hype