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Malware on Mac has grown by 1000% in a year. Windows is still far away

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In the past year, the number of malware and other malicious software on Apple Mac computers increased, however, according to this indicator, computers running the Windows operating system “lead” by a wide margin.

Security researchers at AV-TEST found 674,273 new malware samples for macOS in 2020. On the other hand, they identified a total of 56,556 samples in 2019 and 92,570 samples in 2018. Over the past year, the number of malware for this platform has increased more than tenfold. In addition, much more unique malware was detected, indicating that malware developers are paying more attention to the Mac.

It is noteworthy that in the period from 2012 to 2019, AV-TEST specialists identified only 219,257 malware samples for this platform. Despite the fact that the number of malware on Mac is growing rapidly, this platform is still very far from Windows. The same company found that 91.05 million malware samples were created for the Microsoft platform in the past year, an all-time high. The previous record was recorded a year earlier.

Based on this data, Windows malware developers created an average of 250,000 new threats every day. For the Mac, fewer than 2,000 new threats were created per day.

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Modular computer in the form of a vegetable dryer. Gigabyte showed Aorus Project Cielo

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Gigabyte has unveiled the Aorus Project Cielo concept modular PC. The name, as well as the lack of details, do not allow us to say so far that such a serial product will be released. But the opposite cannot be said either.

Project Cielo is another attempt at a modular desktop PC. So far, none of the attempts have been successful, which is understandable by the specifics of the market.

Modular computer in the form of a vegetable dryer.  Gigabyte showed Aorus Project Cielo

Modular computer in the form of a vegetable dryer.  Gigabyte showed Aorus Project Cielo

Be that as it may, in this case, we know that the upper block of this computer, which looks like a dehydrator, is a PC itself, on average there can be a battery, and the lower one is a speaker system. That being said, Gigabyte is also talking about built-in 5G antennas. That is, it is also a potentially conditionally portable PC.

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For the first time in 11 years of history: Instagram allowed publishing from computers

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The Instagram team, part of Facebook, is launching a number of long-awaited features for users. The most anticipated of these is the ability to post to Instagram from computers.

At the moment, on computers, you can view content in Instagram through a browser, but publication is not possible. However, from Thursday, October 21, users will be able to upload photos and small videos no more than a minute in length in the web interface in desktop browsers. Instagram tested the innovation in June and now the release will take place.

For the first time in 11 years of history: Instagram allowed publishing from computers

From today on Instagram, two users will be able to jointly publish content to the feed or Reels. Collabs will have shared comments, views and likes.

For the first time in 11 years of history: Instagram allowed publishing from computers

Starting tomorrow, October 20, Instagram will also begin testing a new, simplified way to raise money for nonprofits. A couple of new music features are coming to Reels on Thursday, including 3D lyrics.

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Apple announces release date for new Mac OS

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Apple today unveiled groundbreaking new MacBook Pro laptops and announced during the presentation the release date for the stable version of its new operating system for computers – macOS Monterey.

macOS Monterey was announced in June 2021. The OS is still being tested by developers and the public. As it became known now, the release will take place on Monday next week – October 25th. It will be available as a free update for all compatible computers:

  • iMac – Late 2015 and newer
  • Mac Pro – Late 2013 and newer
  • iMac Pro – 2017 and newer
  • Mac mini – Late 2014 and newer
  • MacBook Air – Early 2015 and newer
  • MacBook – Early 2016 and newer
  • MacBook Pro – Early 2015 and newer.

The new OS offers innovations such as AirPlay to Mac, a redesigned Safari browser with tabs that can be grouped and synced in iCloud between Mac, iPhone and iPad, FaceTime spatial audio, SharePlay for sharing content.

Apple announces release date for new Mac OS

An interesting innovation such as “Universal Management” at the time of the release on October 25 may be inactive. As noted by Apple, the feature will be available “later this fall,” meaning we can hope to launch it before December.

Universal Control lets you use a single keyboard, mouse, or trackpad to work on multiple devices out of the box. The user just needs to move the cursor towards the second device using the mouse or trackpad until the cursor appears on another screen.

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