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#1551: New Model M keyboard, Apple Platform Security Guide, final collection of CES 2021 gadgets

Want to learn how Apple thinks about security? Rich Mogull takes a deep dive into Apple’s latest Platform Security Guide to see how the company is leveraging its vertical integration to secure your data all the way from the device to the cloud. For those who like clicky keyboards, Josh Centers reviews the Unicomp New Model M, a rebirth of the classic IBM Model M keyboard made in Kentucky. Finally, gadget lovers of all sorts will enjoy Jeff Porten’s final entry in his coverage of CES 2021, which focuses on the winners of this year’s CES Innovation Awards. Notable Mac app releases this week include URL Manager Pro 5.7, Evernote 10.8.6, EagleFiler 1.9.3, OmniFocus 3.11.4, OmniOutliner Essentials and Pro 5.8.2, Microsoft Office for Mac 16.46, and Brave 1.20.108.

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Apple Platform Security Guide Reveals Focus on Vertical Integration

With the latest release of the comprehensive Apple Platform Security guide, Apple has increased the guide’s scope and technical depth while revealing just how completely security has been integrated into the Apple ecosystem. Security Editor Rich Mogull takes a closer look at what vertical integration means for the present and future of Apple security.

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URL Manager Pro 5.7 No comments

URL Manager Pro 5.7

Adds the capability to bookmark all tabs from all open windows with one click. ($35 new, free update, 13.0 MB, macOS 10.13+)

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Evernote 10.8.6

Returns "toggle view" keyboard shortcuts for quickly cycling through snippets, cards, top list, or side list. (Free, 141 MB, macOS 10.10+)

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EagleFiler 1.9.3

Improves importing of Web pages from various publications and optimizes performance when importing large numbers of small files. ($40 new, free update, 32 MB, macOS 10.12+)

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OmniFocus 3.11.4

Brings automation improvements to the Pro edition of the task management app, plus bug fixes for both Standard and Pro editions. ($39.99 new, free update, 70.7 MB, macOS 10.14+)

Microsoft Office for Mac 16.46 1 comment

Microsoft Office for Mac 16.46

Monthly maintenance update for the productivity suite enables government customers to apply sensitivity labels. ($149.99 new for one-time purchase, $99.99/$69.99 annual subscription options, free update)

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Why Facebook Blocked Australian News Sites

Mike Masnick of TechDirt explains why everyone is mad at Facebook for cutting off links to Australian news sites, even though Australian publishers accused Facebook of taking advantage of them by linking to them.

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Malwarebytes Reports on the State of Mac Malware in 2020

Malwarebytes Labs has published its annual report on the state of malware in the computer industry, with a section focusing on the Mac. The good news is that the number of malware detections is down 38% and very little detected Mac malware is dangerous; the bad news is that Apple’s security enhancements have made it harder to remove potentially unwanted programs (PUPs).