macOS Sierra, Photos displeasure, tops, Whisply, digital heirs, Server Ranger, MacScan, Browser caches


macOS Sierra, iOS 10 public betas available today — Apple has opened the public beta program for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra today in order to get more feedback on bugs and features from a larger number of users. If you’re not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here. [I’m on the program and it hadn’t reached the NZ update circuit this morning 7am.]
Here’s what you need to know about the new Mac operating system, and how to use Picture in Picture in macOS Sierra/


Photos displeasure — Mac imaging software company MacPhun has surveyed nearly 1000 Photos users to discover a high level of use goes along with pretty general dissatisfaction.

Apple tops the PwC Global Top 100 list for the fifth time — Apple retains pole position for the 5th year in a row in PwC’s Global Top 100 ranking; however, a US$121 billion (17%) decrease in market cap sees the gap with second ranked Alphabet narrow from US$350 billion last year to just $86 billion. Alphabet, the parent company of Google, briefly dethroned Apple in February 2016.

Gamer HQ’s top Mac games — More from the game’s obsessed site. [I’m still waiting for that great WWII FPS.]

Whisply is a new Mac compatible file transfer service — Secomba, the developer of the cloud encryption solution Boxcryptor, has debuted Whisply, a web-based file transfer service that allows you to send files end-to-end-encrypted out of Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive. Also, Boxcryptor for Mac OS X and Windows has been upgraded with new features, including Whisply integration.

Your heirs may not get your digital goodies when you die — You may not know it but when you ‘buy’ digital content such as books, music and movies from Apple and Amazon, you’re not actually buying them but renting them. As more people realise this, it’s unlikely they’ll reconsider making physical purchases instead of digital ones. But this needs to change.

Server Ranger is a new website and server monitoring tool for OS X — LibertyApp has introduced Server Ranger 1.0, a website and server monitoring solution for OS X. It scales to monitor the performance and uptime of any number of servers, as well as any type of server, including web, mail, file, routers and more. The utility requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It’s available for NZ$44.99/US$29.99 at the Mac App Store. Server Ranger has no in-app purchases and requires no subscriptions or other monthly fees.

You may think you don’t need a product like MacScan 3, but you probably do — A study by the Bit9 + Carbon Black Threat Research Team says that five times more OS X malware appeared in 2015 [and two in the last week] than in the previous five years combined, so perhaps, now, precautions are needed.
SecureMac’s MacScan is one well-regarded solution. The latest version is 3, which continues to provide the functionality from earlier versions of MacScan, while addressing the need to protect against a new generation of malware. It costs US$49.99, though …

Using Selective Sync with Dropbox — Dropbox offers a very cool feature called Selective Sync. Melissa Holt tells you howe to use it on Mac.

Browser caches — And this How To tells you how to clear browser caches in various types of browsers for Mac, and why you should do it sometimes.