15-inch MacBook Pro, free security tools, Luminar update, more games, cheaper keyboard

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New 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is better, but still has its predecessor’s flaws — The revved 15-inch MacBook Pro goes up to 3.1GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz and now comes standard with more powerful discrete graphics with more video memory. Overall and in general terms, tests show that it’s about 20% faster than its 2016 counterpart, reckons Stephen Sandes.

Top 6 free Mac security tools — With on two pieces of Mac malware being peddled on the dark web, here is The Mac Observer’s list of the best free security tools for macOS, in no particular order, and here’s how to set up one of those, Malwarebytes.

Macphun has released an update to Luminar and introducing Accent — Accent is a new photo filter powered by the artificial intelligence technology. It allows anyone to create stunning images with a single slider instead of using dozens of adjustments and controls. It’s a perfect tool for beginner photographers who want superb quick results, and it’s a foundation for further advanced image manipulation for pro photographers.
Luminar Neptune includes many other updates including masking. The update is free to existing users and available once you launch the app.

E3 2017: ‘Hitman,’ ‘Ark: Survival Evolved,’ ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ coming soon to Mac — Three games are preparing to launch on Mac soon, with Hitman arriving on June 20, Ark: Survival Evolved leaving Early Access after two years with a full release on August 8th, and the first part of The Pillars of the Earth game adaptation shipping August 15th.

Kanex MultiSync Keyboard is a less expensive alternative to Apple’s Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad — If you don’t want to shell out US$129 for Apple’s new extended Magic Keyboard 2 wireless keyboard, the also-wireless US$59.95 Kanex MultiSync Keyboard for Mac and iOS is a viable replacement for use with the new iMacs. It’s available in New Zealand for $100.