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      Steam drops macOS Mojave support, effectively ending life for many 32-bit games / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 30 November - 23:10

    macOS Mojave's wallpaper.

    Enlarge / macOS Mojave's wallpaper. (credit: Apple)

    Valve Software's Steam gaming marketplace and app will drop support for macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) and 10.14 (Mojave), according to a support page post . The change will go into effect on February 15, 2024.

    What will happen exactly? Valve writes:

    After that date, existing Steam Client installations on these operating systems will no longer receive updates of any kind including security updates. Steam Support will be unable to offer users technical support for issues related to the old operating systems, and Steam will be unable to guarantee continued functionality of Steam on the unsupported operating system versions.

    macOS 10.14 (dubbed Mojave by Apple) shipped more than five years ago, and time has a way of marching on, so this might not seem that momentous at first glance. But there's a reason it's particularly noteworthy as these things go: this change means the end of support for the last versions of macOS that could run 32-bit games.

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      The Browsing Company’s unconventional browser Arc releases publicly on Mac / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 26 July, 2023 - 22:46

    On Tuesday, The Browsing Company made its unusual new web browser Arc widely available on desktop for the first time.

    Arc has been available in an invite-only preview for about a year, but yesterday was the first day it became available to download for all Mac users with no waiting list. The widespread availability coincided with Arc's graduation to version 1.0, too.

    Arc was only released on the Mac and iPhone for now, but The Browser Company says it plans to launch on Windows before the year's end.

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      The best Mac client for Gmail users is now a 1.0 release with nifty new features / ArsTechnica · Monday, 22 May, 2023 - 21:13

    Mimestream's got a lot of direct Gmail integrations, but its own Profiles separation is quite useful.

    Enlarge / Mimestream's got a lot of direct Gmail integrations, but its own Profiles separation is quite useful. (credit: Mimestream)

    When I searched for the best Mac email clients for Gmail/Google Apps users in September, I was surprised to find that there was an app built specifically for this purpose. You didn't need to customize it, change its settings, or bolt on a bunch of extensions to make it work and feel right; Mimestream was both deeply hooked into Gmail and very much a Mac app.

    Mimestream spent more than three years in a free beta period, releasing more than 220 updates for 167,000 users and adding more than 100 features. Now that a 1.0 release is out—and the company has grown from a solo developer to a five-person team—there's a price for the product .

    Mimestream is $30 per year if you buy during this launch period, then $50 per year after that (if you were a beta user, check your inbox for a bigger discount code). There's still a 14-day, no-credit-card-required trial period. Individual users can install it on up to five devices, and there's Family Sharing across iCloud accounts.

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      After two years, Autodesk Maya and AutoCAD become Apple Silicon-native / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 29 March, 2023 - 20:12

    A woman uses AutoCAD on a MacBook Pro in this promotional image from Autodesk.

    Enlarge / A woman uses AutoCAD on a MacBook Pro in this promotional image from Autodesk. (credit: Autodesk )

    It has been two years and four months since the first Apple Silicon Mac hit the market, and now Autodesk has finally updated some of its massively popular professional applications (AutoCAD and Maya) to run natively on M1 and M2 chips.

    The availability of AutoCAD for Mac 2024 was announced in a blog post on Autodesk's website on March 28. Like other major AutoCAD updates, it adds new features like expanded automation tools and easier workflows, but the announcement that "for the first time, AutoCAD for Mac 2024 and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2024 now run natively on both Intel and Apple Silicon architectures, including M1 and M2 chips in the M-series chips" is clearly the headlining feature.

    Autodesk claims that Apple Silicon support "can increase overall performance by up to two times" compared to the 2023 version of AutoCAD.

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      8BitDo makes the Mac great for retro games—iPhone? Not so much / ArsTechnica · Monday, 20 March, 2023 - 21:41

    The 8BitDo SN30 Pro is now supported on Apple platforms.

    Enlarge / The 8BitDo SN30 Pro is now supported on Apple platforms. (credit: 8BitDo )

    The 8BitDo SN30 Pro has repeatedly been called one of the best controllers for playing retro console games, particularly those originally made for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)—which makes sense, since its design is based on the SNES controller.

    Now that controller works much better on Apple platforms like the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV thanks to new firmware updates from 8BitDo. That's great news for folks who want to play 16-bit classics on their Macs, but the lack of retro console emulators on the iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV makes it a bit of a waste on those platforms.

    Granted, the firmware update applies to more than just the SN30 Pro. 8BitDo's Ultimate Controller 2.4g, Pro 2, and Lite SE also got the firmware update—as well as the SN30 Pro variants, the SN30 Pro Plus and the SN30 Pro for Android. The Ultimate Controller, Pro 2, and Lite SE aren't so much meant as retro controllers as just good all-arounders, and so that's welcome for folks who enjoy games on Apple Arcade and the like.

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      The world’s second-most popular desktop operating system isn’t macOS anymore

      Samuel Axon · / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 17 February, 2021 - 22:27

    Just a few of the Chromebooks we

    Enlarge / Just a few of the Chromebooks we've reviewed and tested in recent years. (credit: Valentina Palladino )

    For ages now, every annual report on desktop operating system market share has had the same top two contenders: Microsoft's Windows in a commanding lead at number one, and Apple's macOS in distant second place. But in 2020, Chrome OS became the second-most popular OS, and Apple fell to third.

    That's according to numbers by market data firm IDC, and a report on IDC's data by publication GeekWire. Chrome OS had passed macOS in briefly in individual quarters before, but 2020 was the first full year where Apple's OS took third place.

    Despite the fact that macOS landed in third, it might not be accurate to see this as an example of Google beating out Apple directly. Rather, it's likely that Chrome OS has been primarily pulling sales and market share away from Windows at the low end of the market. Mac market share actually grew from 6.7 percent in 2019 to 7.5 percent in 2020.

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      Mac utility Homebrew finally gets native Apple Silicon and M1 support

      Samuel Axon · / ArsTechnica · Friday, 5 February, 2021 - 21:47

    Users can install Homebrew via the Terminal in macOS.

    Enlarge / Users can install Homebrew via the Terminal in macOS. (credit: Samuel Axon)

    Popular Mac tool Homebrew has long been used by developers and others for package management on macOS, but as we lamented in our first M1 Mac review, it didn't support Apple Silicon when Apple's new Macs first launched late last year. Now, with the release of Homebrew 3.0.0, that's no longer the case: Homebrew now supports Apple Silicon natively, albeit not with every package.

    The volunteer Homebrew team made the announcement on the Homebrew blog alongside today's release. While the native support is not yet comprehensive, it bridges the gap significantly, and users can still run Terminal via Rosetta 2 to do what they can't yet while running natively on Apple Silicon. The Homebrew blog post says "we welcome your help" in providing bottles for all packages moving forward.

    Here's the full bullet point on Apple Silicon in the Homebrew 3.0.0 release notes:

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      New MacBook Air will feature MagSafe and be even thinner, report claims

      Samuel Axon · / ArsTechnica · Friday, 22 January, 2021 - 18:54

    New MacBook Air will feature MagSafe and be even thinner, report claims


    There's been on onslaught of Apple leaks out of business publication Bloomberg over the past week, and the latest goes into a little more detail about an upcoming MacBook Air redesign.

    Like the others, the report cites anonymous people familiar with Apple's plans. It claims a newly redesigned MacBook Air (presumably with either Apple's M1 chip for Macs or a successor to that chip) will "be released during the second half of this year at the earliest or in 2022."

    But buried in this MacBook Air report is perhaps equally big news for a certain set of Mac users: it claims that Apple plans to reintroduce the SD card slot in new MacBook Pros—a detail that was left out of a story on those computers earlier this week.

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      Growl, once a staple of the Mac desktop experience, has been retired

      Samuel Axon · / ArsTechnica · Monday, 30 November, 2020 - 19:35

    A Growl notification.

    A Growl notification. (credit: Aurich Lawson )

    Growl , a key part of the Mac desktop experience for 17 years, is being retired. Christopher Forsythe, who acted as the lead developer for the project for years, announced the retirement in a blog post on Friday.

    Launched in 2004, Growl provided notifications for applications on Macs (it was also offered for Windows) before Apple introduced its own Notification Center. Notification Center was added to macOS (then styled Mac OS X) in the Mountain Lion update in 2012, but it first debuted on iOS a year earlier.

    Here's a snippet of Forsythe's announcement:

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