The act of transferring text from one part of a computer-based document to a different location within the same or different computer-based document was a part of the earliest on-line computer editors in the mid to late 1960s, though it was all command based.Engineers at Xerox PARC later coined the names "cut" and "copy" for the first step and "paste" for the second step of the process and implemented it into several text editors, while Apple mapped the functionalities to key combinations consisting of the Command key held down while typing the letters X for Cut , C for Copy , and V for Paste , widely popularising its use through the Lisa and Macintosh operating systems in the early 1980s.Another factoid: Appropriately for this article, I copied, pasted, and edited bits and pieces from this Wikipedia page and this Quora answer to bring you that nugget of computer history.The clipboard has evolved significantly throughout the years, but for all its usefulness, operating systems like Windows and macOS seem content with offering basic functionality and letting power users with more specific needs use third party clipboard managers.While saving the contents of your clipboard to your hard drive for days, weeks, even years might be convenient it can also be a potential security risk if someone gains access to your computer.Here are our favorite options in a few distinct categories for both desktop and mobile.
If Bill Gates had a time machine, he would like to “Ctrl + Alt + Delete” the Ctrl + Alt + Delete command from existence.The famous Windows command, which activates when all three buttons are pressed at the same time, opens a task manager to interrupt a running function.The command — nicknamed the “three-fingered salute” — has been adopted in Apple’s Macintosh operating systems, but using slightly different buttons for similar functions.Despite its current ubiquity, Gates reportedly said if he could do it again, the command would just be one button.“If I could make one small edit I would make that a single-key operation,” said Gates.Get tech news in your inbox weekday mornings.
Questions for Apple’s quality control after yet another password vulnerability found in Mac OSApple security is once again in the spotlight after a researcher found another embarrassing password vulnerability in MacOS High Sierra.The researcher Eric Holtam found a vulnerable dialogue box in the System Preferences panel for the App Store settings, that lets someone bypass part of the operating system’s password protections.This is not the first time that the password security of MacOS has been found wanting, as Apple’s security credentials have been hurt by a series of damaging revelations in recent months.Eric Holtam reported the bug to the Open Radar bug tracker webpage, and it concerns MacOS High Sierra (version 10.13).When a user is logged in as a system admin, the user can get around the password requirement when making changes in the App Store settings panel.
Apple released new updates for older versions of its Mac operating system to protect against the Meltdown and Spectre attacks.The company had previously issued a patch for macOS High Sierra, the most recent version of its Mac operating system, but it put out a new update for High Sierra also.The updates shouldn't cause the rebooting problems that some PC users experienced after installing similar fixes for Meltdown and Spectre.Apple on Tuesday issued updates for macOS Sierra and OS X El Capitan, the two versions of its computer operating system that preceded macOS High Sierra, which the company released last fall.Intel on Monday warned users not to install its latest patches for Meltdown and Spectre, because those fixes can cause computers to reboot unexpectedly.However, an Apple representative said these latest updates for macOS and OS X don't include Intel's faulty code and shouldn't trigger the reboot problem.
Microsoft's text editing app, which has been shipping with Windows since version 1.0 in 1985, has finally been taught how to handle line endings in text files created on Linux, Unix, Mac OS, and macOS devices."This has been a major annoyance for developers, IT Pros, administrators, and end users throughout the community," Microsoft acknowledged in a blog post today, without touching on why the issue was allowed to fester for more than three decades.Notepad's line feed limitations may not inspire the same level of partisan bickering as the tabs vs. spaces debate or the possibility that semicolons may become mandatory in JavaScript.Nonetheless, the app is widely used and does elicit some passion.News of the change at Microsoft's Build developer conference on Tuesday prompted the loudest cheer of any of the announcements."We fixed Notepad," declared Kevin Gallo, head of Windows developer platform.
The latest version of MacOS High Sierra is out, and with it arrives support for Messages in iCloud.Apple’s update arrives just days after the release of iOS 11.4 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch that introduced the same feature.You can now essentially store all messages and related attachments in Apple’s cloud, which automatically appear on all of your Apple devices if logged into the same iMessages account.That also means if you delete a message, it’s gone for good: There’s no backup stored on your other Apple devices.According to Apple, this cloud-based feature aims to free up space on your devices.But don’t worry: Apple says your messages are encrypted from end to end.
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is almost here, and the company is expected to unveil updates for its iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS operating systems.Apple appears to have accidentally leaked one upcoming feature coming to macOS 10.14: a dark mode.Developer Steve Troughton-Smith discovered a 30-second preview video that shows the development software operating in a dark mode, and he tweeted several screenshots of the upcoming Xcode 10 showing off the setting.Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Xcode 10 on macOS 10.14.Dark Appearance, Apple News, App Store w/ video previews pic.twitter.com/rJlDy81W4W— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) June 2, 2018
Is the Mac heading to the Dark Side?Software programmer Steven Troughton-Smith took to Twitter on Saturday to say he'd come across internal Apple video that shows the company's Xcode development tool running on Mac OS 10.14.That's the upcoming version of the operating system, expected to be previewed at WWDC 2018, which starts Monday.Screenshots posted by Troughton-Smith suggest 10.14 may have a full dark mode, which would let you drape the user interface in nightlike tones.Currently in Mac OS, you can go part of the way there, by choosing System Preferences/General/"Use dark menu bar and Dock."But Troughton-Smith's screenshots suggest you may soon be able to take that color preference system wide.
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is just a couple of days away, but some of the updates appear to have been revealed early.Specifically, developer Steve Troughton-Smith tweeted some screenshots this morning of what he said was macOS 10.14.And while the screenshots focused on Xcode 10, they also revealed a couple of bigger changes to the operating system.For one thing, it looks like the new version of macOS will include a more comprehensive dark mode — one that doesn’t just darken the menu bar and the dock, but applies much more broadly, affecting apps and even the Trash can.The screenshots also include an icon for Apple News in the dock, so there’s probably a new desktop version of the app on the way.Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Xcode 10 on macOS 10.14.
Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) for 2018 is about to get underway tomorrow, and that usually means a plethora of updates on software for iPhones, Macs, Apple TVs, and all the other gear Apple makes.It looks like one new macOS feature just leaked out early.Developer Steve Troughton-Smith spotted that one of the 30-second previews prepared by Apple shows a dark mode for Xcode 10, one of the programming tools available for macOS.The darker Trash icon in the dock suggests that this could be a system-wide feature, though we're going to have to wait until tomorrow to find out for sure.macOS already features an optional dark mode, but it only applies to the dock and menu bar rather than program interfaces.If Xcode 10 has been given a new dark gray look then it's possible that other Apple applications are going to follow suit.
From the long-awaited Universal Apps for MacOS, to the release of AirPower, here’s everything you need to know about what could happen at tomorrow’s Worldwide Developers Conference.A glimpse at Apple’s iOS 12 is hoped for as standard, as it’s expected to be released to the public later this autumn and so developers will be needing early access around now.Rumours have ranged from further opening up access to the NFC chip inside iPhones to allow for features like door unlocking, to digital health improvements and expanded parental controls.In general though, iOS 12 is predicted to largely be stability updates and bug fixes.The biggest expectation for the conference lies within Universal Apps, an update to MacOS that will hopefully provide support for syncing between apps on two operating systems.If launched, users will be able to enter an app on their MacBook and pick up from where they left off in the same app on their iPhone.
Apple’s annual WWDC is almost upon us and while hardcore iPhone fans will have to wait a bit longer for their turn, there’s still more than enough good things to go around for the Apple faithful.While the crux of the event will naturally be on the software side of the ecosystem, Apple might still have one huge surprise for both developers and consumers alike.The company might have a new MacBook Pro to show off and it might be its biggest and baddest laptop so far.The MacBook Pro “14,3” listed on Geekbench has a hexa-core Intel Core i7-8750H.While the base clock speed of 2.21 GHz is slower, the boosted speed of 4.1 GHz for those six cores definitely blows its predecessors out of the water.Those cores give it a score of 4,902 and 22,316 in single- and multi-core tests, respectively.
Apple's annual developer conference, WWDC 2018, kicks off today with a keynote presentation from Tim Cook and co, and we'll be reporting live from the event at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.The WWDC 2018 keynote will start at 10am PDT, 1pm EDT, 6pm BST, or Tuesday 5 at 3am AEST if you're in Australia.You can follow all the announcements, as they happen, right here with our Apple WWDC 2018 live blog, updated constantly as we sit, watch, listen and absorb the all the latest news from the Cupertino-based firm.Apple WWDC 2018 live blogAll times in PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)02:00 - Apple has reduced the amount of new hardware it announces at WWDC, but last year we still got our first glimpse at the HomePod as well as the iPad Pro 12.9 and iPad Pro 10.5 - so we're keeping our fingers crossed for new hardware this time around as well.
For the sixth time since 2013, Apple today used its Worldwide Developers Conference to reveal the latest version of its operating system for Mac computers: macOS 10.14 Mojave.The name is a reference to the California-Nevada desert that’s the driest in North America.As was accidentally leaked in an Apple video days before the event, the new version of macOS now includes a system-wide “dark mode” that makes user interface elements black or dark gray for a sleeker look, a feature that has been rumored for years — and was said to have been inspired by the Mojave desert.It also includes a Mac version of the Apple News aggregation app that debuted on iOS two years ago.A new Mojave feature called Dynamic Desktop can subtly change the desktop throughout the day, morning, afternoon, and evening.There’s also Desktop Stacks, which can automatically clean up a messy desktop by arranging desktop contents into stacks based on content, date, or tag.
The company presented the next version of macOS at the WWDC developer conference.With macOS Mojave, Apple is leaving the mountain metaphors behind.With a single setting, you can invert the colors of everything.Even the background of the Finder, Calendar or Photos is black, not just the Dock or menubar.Apple had to redo all the buttons and color schemed across the operating system.If you find white documents too aggressive, dark mode is for you.
Today at Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference, Craig Federighi, SVP, Software Engineering, announced Apple is working to bring the best of the iPhone to the Mac.But this will not happen overnight, Federighi basically said.This is a multi-year project, he stressed, adding the first iOS apps Apple will bring to macOS will be made by Apple.“There are millions of iOS apps out there, and some of them would be great on the Mac,” Federighi said.It’s important to note that Apple is not merging the two operating systems.In fact Federighi started out this announcement by stating loud and clear that they will continue to be separate products.
Immediately following the WWDC 2018 keynote today, Apple has released the first developer betas of iOS 12, macOS Mojave, tvOS 12, and watchOS 5.All four of the betas are available for free to registered developers, along with Xcode 10, Apple’s latest software development framework.It adds support for ARKit 2.0, including multi-player augmented reality gaming with shared objects, and Siri Shortcuts.Apple also released the developer beta of tvOS 12 for the fourth-generation Apple TV and Apple TV 4K, most notably with Dolby Atmos support, zero sign-on support, and enhanced screensavers — including views from the International Space Station — as well as watchOS 5 for Apple Watch, featuring Walkie-Talkie mode, new Siri Shortcut integrations, and improved Fitness/Workout apps.While a beta program will likely expand availability to Mac, iOS, and Apple TV users in the near future, the company has not previously released public betas for the Apple Watch.1 in customer satisfaction, noting that its sales grew 60 percent in 2017 and that the device has saved lives.
MacOS falls to the dark sideTaking inspiration from the desert after which MacOS Mojave is named after, Apple Senior Vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi showed off the new Dark Mode for MacOS, which turns the operating system black, a feature that’s useful if you’re working in darker environments or want to focus on content development, like editing photos and videos or write code.While Dark Mode can be manually switched on, it can also be applied automatically through a feature called Dynamic Desktops.MacOS can now automatically apply new desktop settings and views, including Dark Mode, through the day, so you can end your day with Dark Mode.Rather than have files and folders scattered all across the desktop, you can now toggle the settings in MacOS to automatically group similar files together into Stacks.Content can be grouped according to date, content type, and categories, like photos.
Apple said Monday that it will enable external graphics processing unit (GPU) support via its Metal applications programming interface (API) across the Mac platform.The Metal API enables developers to access the hardware for performance-hungry apps such as games and visual programs, and now Metal can enable games and other apps to take full advantage of the GPUs available via external graphics cards.It can now tap as many as four now.Craig Federighi, senior vice president of software engineering, made the announcement at Apple’s keynote talk during its Worldwide Developer conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California.He said you can add up to four external GPUs on an iMac Pro and speed performance up to 6.5 times for some applications.He showed Fortnite running on a Mac.
displayed in the background during the WWDC opening keynote.Instead, Apple is bringing UIKit to MacOS so that developers can better “port” their iOS apps over to Macs with minimal code alterations.Porting an app from the iPhone and iPad over to MacOS takes additional time and money.But with support for UIKit in the next release of MacOS, Federighi says only a minimal amount of code will be needed, such as adding trackpad support, window resizing, higher resolutions, and so on.For starters, Apple began testing UIKit for MacOS by converting its in-house apps such as Home, News, Stocks, and Voice Memos.At their heart, these apps are carbon copies of their iOS counterparts, only retooled to work in a desktop environment.
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