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By Rich Woods
OneDrive support is ending for OS X 10.10 and 10.11 on February 1
by Rich Woods
In an announcement of new OneDrive features coming to the mobile clients, Microsoft said that it will be ending support for OneDrive on OS X 10.10 Yosemite and 10.11 El Capitan on February 1, 2019. The news isn't surprising, as Apple isn't even supporting the older versions of its OS anymore.
If you're still using the OneDrive sync client on Yosemite or El Capitan, don't worry, as it will continue to work. You should still think about upgrading to a newer version of macOS though, as you're pretty much running in an unsupported state. The client will no longer be tested on those OS versions, and issues won't be investigated or fixed after February 1.
Also, new installations of the sync client will be blocked on OS X 10.10 and 10.11. That means that while it will continue to run for the time being, if you uninstall OneDrive or reset your PC, you won't be able to get it back.
Microsoft is recommending that you upgrade your Mac to at least macOS 10.12 before February 1, but for the best experience, you should go for macOS 10.14 Mojave. After all, you'll need to be on the latest version of the OS to get OneDrive Files On-Demand.
Windows 10 continues dominance on Steam with 57.28% userbase
by Boyd Chan
It was only a couple of weeks ago that Valve announced that its Steam client will no longer work on Windows XP and Vista come January 1st, 2019. While Windows Vista seems well and truly consigned to the dustbin as far as Steam usage is concerned, Windows XP 32-bit continued to endure with a diminutive 0.22% in May 2018. The results for June 2018 have now been published and it's a good opportunity to look at some of the general trends across the board.
Windows 10 64-bit continued to increase its dominance at the expense of all other versions of the OS, increasing its share by 1.5% to 57.03%. The only minor exceptions to this were Windows 10 32-bit and Windows XP 32-bit, each clawing back a paltry 0.1% of the Steam userbase. Outside of the Microsoft ecosystem, macOS and Linux garnered results of 2.93% and 0.52% each, representing a loss of 0.12% and 0.29% respectively compared to May 2017. This is perhaps not the best result after Valve re-affirmed its commitment to SteamOS and Linux a few months ago after it hid Steam Machines from the Steam Store due to low traffic.
As far as CPU hardware is concerned, Windows-based quad-core systems surrendered 0.94% but remained by far the most popular configuration amongst Steam users with 59.57% while dual- and hexa-core CPUs made gains of 0.35% and 0.62% respectively. While the small gain in dual-core adoption on Windows may seem somewhat strange, it is not unprecedented over the course of the general decline seen over the last 18 months. Furthermore, it also appears that June 2018 is the first time that Windows-based 18-core CPUs beat the two decimal place round off, with its first 0.01% chalked up according to the detailed CPU stats.
Over on the GPU side of things, Nvidia was once again the most popular manufacturer with its video cards found in just shy of three-quarters (74.32%) of systems surveyed by Steam. Meanwhile, AMD lost 0.1%, falling back to 15.1% but this result is somewhat consistent with those for the two prior months for the company.
Results prior to that were skewed by a bug that Valve squashed as of the April 2018 results, but it does appear that Team Red continues to lose ground to Team Green, with none of the former's GPUs appearing in the top ten, as well as Intel's HD Graphics 4000 claiming the tenth spot.
VR headsets are also tracked as part of the Steam Hardware & Software Survey although only 0.7% of all gamers on Steam have VR hardware according to the latest stats. At present, it still remains largely a two-horse race between the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive totaling 0.33% and 0.32% respectively across their variants, comprising 93.75% of the surveyed VR userbase on Steam. Windows Mixed Reality made up the remainder of the VR userbase with its strongest result since making an appearance at all in the survey results.
Of course, it's worth a reminder that participation in the Steam Hardware and Software Survey is optional and, as such, actual results may deviate somewhat from that which has been captured.
Apple launches new Data and Privacy website ready for GDPR
by Paul Hill
Apple has launched a new Data and Privacy website in order for the company to better comply with the new GDPR rules coming into effect in the European Union on Friday. While the service is available in the EU right now, it’s expected to be released worldwide in the coming months.
Once logged into the service, you'll be able to see the data that is associated with your account, delete your data, or download it. Information that you’ll be able to find pertains to sign-in records, bookmarks, contacts, documents, photos stored in iCloud, app usage stats, App Store purchase history, and AppleCare support history.
In order to download a copy of your data, if you live in the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Norway, press the Get started link below ‘Obtain a copy of your data’ then tick the categories that you want to download. After selecting the categories you’ll be asked how large the archives should be, you can choose 1GB, 2GB, 5GB, 10GB, or 25GB - then hit complete request. You’ll be emailed once the archives are ready to download.
Aside from downloading your data, you can also request corrections to your data, deactivate your account, and permanently delete your account. The latter will see Apple wipe all the information they hold on you, great for those who no longer need an Apple account.
Source: Softpedia | Image via Apple
By Rich Woods
Apple releases Meltdown and Spectre fixes for older versions of macOS
by Rich Woods
Apple released its round of bug fix/security updates - including iOS 11.2.5, macOS 10.13.3 High Sierra, watchOS 4.2.2, and tvOS 11.2.5 - today. In doing so, it also offered some security updates for Macs running older versions of its OS, including OS X 10.11 El Capitan and macOS 10.12 Sierra.
The security updates mainly focus on the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, which were fixed for High Sierra users a couple of weeks ago. OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan got the smallest update, including fixes for IOHIDFamily, Kernel, QuartzCore, and Wi-Fi.
As for the Sierra update, it's available for machines that are running macOS 10.12.6. It includes the above fixes, but it also includes improvements for Audio, LinkPresentation, Security, and there's an additional Kernel fix.
Obviously, it's recommended that you install these updates as soon as possible. Meltdown and Spectre are significant vulnerabilities, so you're going to want to stay on top of any fixes that are made available now, as well as moving forward.
By Usama Jawad96
Windows 7 continues to stumble while Windows 10 ascends in market share
by Usama Jawad
Last month, we reported that Windows 10 grew by almost one percentage point - according to NetMarketShare's data - to claim 27.63% of the market. Although the increase isn't as major this month, it's still quite significant in terms of indicating the trend in OS market share.
According to the latest statistics provided by the aforementioned firm, Windows 10 has now grown to 27.99%, while Windows 7 has fallen to 48.43%. Although these changes may appear to be slight and within the margin of error, they do continue to follow the trend set in the past few months.
Click to enlarge | Image via NetMarketShare Similarly, Windows 8.1 usage decreased to 6.07% from the 6.48% reported last month. Windows XP also faced a slight decline and now commands the same market share as Windows 8.1. Apple's macOS grew very slightly and now sits at 3.59%. The "Others" category, which also includes Linux distros, increased to 7.84%.
Click to enlarge | Image via StatCounter A separate firm, StatCounter, indicated similar trends as well. All iterations of the Windows operating system collectively command 83.53% of the market, while Apple's macOS is now at 11.95%. The company has divided the 83.53% market share of Windows relative to individual versions of the operating systems as well, which can be seen below:
Click to enlarge | Image via StatCounter Using simple arithmetic (45.09 / 100 * 83.53), where 45.09 is the Windows 7 market share, and 83.53 is the total Windows market share, it is easy to calculate that Windows 7 has fallen to 37.66%. On the other hand, Windows 10 has shown growth and risen to 31.63%. At the same time, Windows 8 / 8.1, and Windows XP command market shares of 9.71% and 3.74% respectively.
That said, it is important to note that this data from both the firms is derived from their partner websites and tracking codes, and as such, may not entirely depict the actual situation.