About half of all macs are now running OS X Yosemite, making it the fastest growing OS X yet — OS X Yosemite is now installed on approximately 50 percent of Internet-connected Macs, according to data from both GoSquared and Net Applications (via Computerworld). The free operating system reached the 50% adoption mark faster than any previous version of OS X.
Apple has seeded OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 beta with focus on Wi-Fi, Mail and VoiceOver — Apple on Wednesday issued a new beta build of its upcoming OS X 10.10.2 maintenance update, once again asking developers to focus on Wi-Fi, Mail and VoiceOver alongside general system compatibility testing.
Apple’s App Store paid out more than $10 billion to developers in 2014 — Apple has released 2014 numbers for the company’s App Store, revealing that more than $10 billion in revenue was paid out to developers during the year, a record that brings the cumulative total to $25 billion since the store’s launch in 2008. Also, the company revealed that 2015 is already off to a good start, with New Year’s Day taking the single-day App Store sales record.
‘Super cookies’ can track you even in private browsing mode, researcher says — If there’s one thing websites love to do it’s track their users. Now, it looks like some browsers can even be tracked when they’re in private or incognito mode. Sam Greenhalgh of UK-based RadicalResearch recently published a blog post with a proof-of-concept called “HSTS Super Cookies.” Greenhalgh shows how a crafty website could still track users online even if they’ve enabled a privacy-cloaking setting.
Don’t Download this OS X Themed North Korean Operating System — North Korea has a custom Linux-based operating system that’s been skinned to look just like OS X, and now you can download and install it yourself. Don’t! [Surely that’s a no-brainer?]
Speed up a New Mac Pro by more than 5x with a RAM Disk — Jim Tanous has revisited the use of a RAM disk on two new Macs, a 2013 Mac Pro and a 2014 MacBook Pro. He reports “The 2013 Mac Pro features extremely fast PCIe-based flash storage, but it’s no competition for the speed of a 32GB RAM Disk. The internal flash storage hits around 1200MB/s reads and just shy of 800MB/s writes, but the RAM Disk peaks at 4800MB/s reads and 5100MB/s writes. 5.1 Gigabytes per second. Nice.” Of course, the RAM disk eats into the available RAM so it’s geared for specialized applications that can really use the boost. But it’s also volatile, so reboot or lose power and it goes poof. Even so, check out TekRevue’s tantalizing tutorial and amazing benchmark tests. [Seems so retro!]