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#1579: Apple “California Streaming” event, OS security updates, Epic Games v. Apple lawsuit decided, Internet privacy limitations, combine Mac speakers

Apple’s “California Streaming” event is tomorrow! We expect a new iPhone, a redesigned Apple Watch, and release dates for iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15. Today, Apple released macOS 11.6 Big Sur, Security Update 2021-005 Catalina, iOS 14.8, iPadOS 14.8, and watchOS 7.6.2 to address two security vulnerabilities that are being actively exploited in the wild. Update as soon as possible. Last week, the ruling came down in the Epic Games antitrust lawsuit—it favors Apple but requires some App Store changes. Worried about the privacy of your Internet communications? Two recent news stories about WhatsApp and ProtonMail illustrate the limits of even privacy-focused communication services. Finally, if you have multiple sets of speakers connected to your Mac, Adam Engst explains how to use the Audio MIDI Setup app to combine them into a single audio output device. Notable Mac app releases this week include SpamSieve 2.9.45, Live Home 3D 4.1, Merlin Project 8.0, Typinator 8.9, and Parallels Desktop 17.0.1.

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SpamSieve 2.9.45 No comments

SpamSieve 2.9.45

Improves support for Mail in the forthcoming macOS 12 Monterey. ($30 new, free update, 19.2 MB, macOS 10.9+)

Live Home 3D 4.1 No comments

Live Home 3D 4.1

Maintenance release for the interior and exterior home design software adds 50 new house templates. ($29.99 new, free update, 448.1 MB, macOS 10.14+)

Merlin Project 8.0 1 comment

Merlin Project 8.0

Major upgrade to the powerful project management app. ($149 annual subscription, free update for subscribers, 39.3 MB, macOS 10.14+)

Typinator 8.9 No comments

Typinator 8.9

Adds support for macOS 12 Monterey and fixes bugs. (€24.99 new, free update, 8.9 MB, macOS 10.10+)

Parallels Desktop 17.0.1 No comments

Parallels Desktop 17.0.1

Maintenance release improves compatibility with Windows 11. ($79.99 annual subscription for standard edition or $99.99 perpetual license, 311 MB, macOS 10.13.6+)