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Chrome for MacOS will block rogue ad injections and settings changes

Google has expanded its Safe Browsing service, allowing Google Chrome on macOS to better protect users from programs that locally inject ads into web pages or that change the browser's home page and search settings.

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New macOS ransomware spotted in the wild

A new file-encrypting ransomware program for macOS is being distributed through bittorrent websites and users who fall victim to it won’t be able to recover their files, even if they pay.

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Mac malware, possibly made in Iran, targets US defense industry

Just because you’re using a Mac doesn’t mean you’re safe from hackers. That’s what two security researchers are warning, after finding a Mac-based malware that may be an attempt by Iranian actors to target the U.S. defense industry.

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Apple's macOS file encryption easily bypassed without the latest fixes

Without the macOS update released this week, Apple's disk encryption can be easily bypassed by connecting a specially crafted device to a locked MacBook.

Mingis on Tech: The MacBook Pro show-and-tell

It's a lot easier to judge a laptop when you've got it in hand -- especially when it's Apple's new MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar.

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Best Deals of the Week, October 24th - October 28th - Deal Alert

Check out this roundup of the best deals on gadgets, gear and other cool stuff we have found this week, the week of October 24th. All items are highly rated, and dramatically discounted.

Mingis on Tech: New MacBook Pros and an angry man

What happens when Apple rolls out updated laptops with all new hardware and features? One of Apple's biggest fans blows a fuse (and the other buys one).

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Hands-on: The MacBook Pro's innovative Touch Bar will grab you

Apple's newest Mac packs a strip of iOS-style contextual controls into the Touch Bar. There's also a new keyboard and four Thunderbolt 3 ports.

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Apple’s new macOS Sierra fixes over 60 security flaws

Aside from new and interesting features, macOS Sierra 10.12 has a large number of important security fixes.

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Microsoft PowerShell goes open source, lands on Linux and Mac

Sysadmins, rejoice: PowerShell is coming to Linux. Microsoft announced Thursday that its automation and scripting system is breaking out of the confines of Windows and going open source.

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66% off CrossOver, and Run Windows Apps On Your Mac - Deal Alert

It’s no secret that Windows, Mac, and Linux are the three major operating systems dominating the market today—and that their incompatibility often creates issues for users. For the inevitable moments when you need to use a Windows app on your Linux or Mac, there’s CrossOver 15 for Mac and Linux, now only $19.99.

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Apple announces invitation-only bug bounty program at Black Hat conference

The company had lagged behind competitors in providing financial incentives to report exploits to it.

How to clean your Windows registry and speed up your PC

A cluttered registry can slow Windows to a crawl, but cleaning it effectively isn't easy. We put several registry cleaners to the test and offer tips to help you get your registry down to size and improve your PC's performance.

Mingis on Tech: All about Sierra, Siri -- and Pokemon Go

With the macOS Sierra public beta out, it's time for a closer look at Apple's newest OS. But our tech trio -- Executive News Editor Ken Mingis, Apple guru Michael deAgonia and Multimedia Editor Keith Shaw -- can't avoid the Pokemon in the room.

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New Mac backdoor program steals keychain contents

Researchers have identified a new Mac backdoor program that's designed to steal credentials stored in the OS encrypted keychain and give attackers control over the system.

New Tor-powered backdoor malware targets Macs

Security researchers have found a new backdoor program that allows attackers to hijack Mac systems and control them over the Tor network.

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Dropbox enhances its productivity tools across the board

Dropbox just dumped a ton of new productivity features on users of its file storage and collaboration service that are all aimed at making it easier for people to get work done within its applications.

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Hands-on: Adobe Photoshop updates include Content-Aware Crop and Face-Aware Liquify

Creative Cloud updates give photo editors powerful new tools without disrupting familiar workflows, and the video apps and Adobe Stock are improved too.