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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.
Google puts Chrome out to pasture on older versions of macOS
by Boyd Chan
It was only in the last few days that it really came to light in a major way that Microsoft had effectively cut ongoing support for Windows 7 machines containing CPUs lacking SSE2, leaving users to either get a move on with a hardware upgrade or virtualize the affected systems as per Microsoft's recommendation. Now, it appears that machines running older versions of macOS have been frozen out of receiving further Chrome updates.
The latest automatic update released for Google's popular web browser has nudged up the minimum operating system requirements to "OS X Yosemite 10.10 or later" for macOS users, as per the Chrome browser system requirements page. If you happen to be running a version of the OS older than Yosemite, you'll encounter the following error when attempting to launch Chrome.
What this means is, unless the macOS is updated to at least Yosemite, then Google Chrome will no longer be able to be used. This may not be an option for all users, as older Macs may have already been upgraded to the highest available version of the operating system, OS X 10.9 Mavericks, forcing them to look at alternatives such as Apple's own Safari web browser or Firefox. Unfortunately, Opera is a non-starter as it too requires at least macOS Yosemite to run.
Of course, there are other means that would enable macOS to run the Windows version of Chrome using something like Parallels but they are far from being a lightweight solution to the problem, particularly for aging hardware.
Source: Google via The Register
By Usama Jawad96
Mavericks: Proving Grounds ups the ante with 1000-player battle royale
by Usama Jawad
Let's face it: battle royale games are quite popular. Following the massive success of Fortnite and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, many companies have started to jump on the bandwagon, including DICE with Battlefield V. Heck, we wouldn't be surprised if EA announces a battle royale mode for FIFA 19 too.
Now it appears that players have another game in the genre to look forward to. Mavericks: Proving Grounds is upping the ante with a 1000-player battle royale mode which features squads of five competing against each other. To be clear, there is a relatively smaller 400-player mode too, and it supports both solo and squad modes.
Mavericks also sports a massive 16x16km map, however, with 1000 players spread across it, players are sure to encounter each other with ease. Furthermore, it also contains destructible environments, with forests being set ablaze, as you can see for yourself in the trailer below:
Mavericks: Proving Grounds is supposed to get a free closed beta in August 2018, and the game is slated for a launch next year.
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