Featured stories Cryptocurrency reality checks and the coming boom USB Type-C is the iPhone charging connector that Steve Jobs would have wanted I tried to write this article on an iPad Pro. It didn’t go well Thousands of Mega logins dumped online, exposing user files This question keeps dropping into the Hardware 2.0 mailbox in one form or another: "Do I need to run antivirus on my Mac?" Yes. Yes you do. Next question. Oh, you want a more in-depth answer? OK then, here goes. See also: Sophos Home - Free antivirus for Windows and Mac users I consider security to be an important part of computer ownership. Security for me means keeping my hardware safe, keeping my data secure, keeping my network safe, and keeping the people around me safe. I'm a big believer that vigilance is a vital tool in the fight against malware, and that applying security patches in a timely fashion goes a long way toward keeping a platform safe. But I'm also fully aware … [Read more...] about ‘Do I need to run antivirus on my Mac?’
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It's not exactly a revelation to say Apple executives are fond of secrets. While that sense of mystery may work marketing magic with consumers, many Mac Pro customers in the professional world would very much appreciate it if Apple would cut it out with the cloak-and-dagger stuff. At a starting price of $2,499, the Mac Pro is one of Apple's most expensive products. It's still the go-to workhorse for creative types who work in film, photography, print, and architectural jobs. But many of them are losing patience with Apple following a series of erratic product updates and poor communication about future plans, and there's only a vague indication their concerns will be addressed anytime soon. "Pro users aren't the kind of people that hang on rumors," said longtime video producer Lou Borella, the creator of a Facebook group called "We want a new Macpro," which was started last May and has since received more than 19,300 likes. "If you're not going to release on a yearly cycle, let us … [Read more...] about Why Apple’s secrecy is frustrating Mac Pro customers
The Apple Mac Pro (8-Core), priced at $3,499 direct, is an aluminum behemoth made for artists and designers who depend on being able to turn around their graphics-based projects before you can say "WYSIWIG." It looks like a typical professional Mac, but the interior is totally updated. The system is built around a pair of 45nm Intel Xeon processors, bringing a total of eight cores to work on your project. Pricey? Yah. Impressive? Definitely. Is it for you? If you're part of a select group, maybe. The Mac Pro (8-Core) comes in an aluminum chassis visually similar to the one we first saw in the Power Mac G5 in 2003. Granted, the Mac Pro has two optical drives while the Power Mac only has one, but the overall appearance is the same. It may even forestall upgrade jealousy (at least outwardly) among your fellow artists with lesser systems, since the eight-core Mac Pro under your desk looks just like their systems. The eight-core Mac Pro is eminently customizable when you order it through … [Read more...] about Apple Mac Pro (8-Core) (MB535LL)
When it came to replacing my laptop, I didn't want another Apple product, so I did the unthinkable and bought a Chromebook. It started last month during a video conference call, when the fan on my MacBook Air started to sound like an old WWII Spitfire. Then the T key fell off, and it overheated. I'd held off replacing it, even though it was a late 2010 model (1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo) with an 11-inch screen running OS X Mountain Lion, because nothing else really appealed to me. I don't play games on my laptop, so the Nvidia GeForce 320M 256MB was fine. Until it wasn't. I'd been pondering a move away from Mac since 2013, when I traveled to South Africa on a business trip. I took my MacBook Air, but so did everyone else. I joked that all the humans looked different, but the Macs were interchangeable. I vowed then that when I upgraded, I was going with something else. But what? Apple and I go back a long time. When I was a journalist at a national newspaper in … [Read more...] about Why I Ditched My Mac for a Chromebook
Windows 10 launches in mere days on July 29 (though you might get it later). If you're using Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, there's a good chance you've already reserved your spot for a free upgrade. But if not, it's not too late. Reserve now, and once it launches, you'll have a full year to upgrade to Windows 10. But while there are plenty of reasons to update to the new OS, a new question looms large. Will it run on your PC? Basic Requirementslong-dead Windows XP (it was understandable a year or two ago, but now we have some choice words for you), you'll need to first get a current operating system. Now, let's take a look at the hardware. There are five key requirements that a system will need to meet in order to support Windows 10, and those are the processor, RAM, hard disk space, graphics support, and minimum display resolution. Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2GB for 64-bit Hard disk space: 16GB for 32-bit OS or 20GB … [Read more...] about Can My PC Run Windows 10?