OneDrive support is ending for OS X 10.10 and 10.11 on February 1

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.


What method should you use to make sure your iOS photos are backed up?

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With iOS backups, it’s still a little confusing about what happens to photos taken on an iOS device. When you perform a backup (automatic or otherwise), do your photos and videos get copied too? It varies!

From answers to those questions, you can figure out whether your backup contains your images and movies, and if not, how to make settings changes to fix that.

iCloud Photos enabled: If your iOS device has this turned on, then neither iTunes nor iCloud makes backups of images or video. The photo/video backup is instead entirely handled as part of the iCloud sync. (Also note that Apple recently changed the name from iCloud Photo Library, if you’re used to seeing that anem.) iCloud Photos retains the full, high-resolution versions of all your photo and videos.

iCloud Photos disabled: In this case, iTunes will copy all photos and videos locally. You can also use the Photos (or iPhoto) app to import images into a library, and delete and manage what’s stored on your phone or tablet through those apps or Image Capture.

iCloud backup: An iCloud backup is a different matter. Apple notes on its support page only, “iCloud Backup may include photos and videos in your Photos or Camera Roll.”

That’s hardly reassuring, and I’ve never been able to get a more definitive answer from Apple nor in testing! (I don’t think it’s a plot to push people to iCloud Photos, but it could explain the circumstances better.)

If you’re using iCloud backup and not iCloud Photos, you should consider routinely downloading images to ensure you don’t lose any.

This Mac 911 article is in response to a question submitted by Macworld reader Dominic.


Outworld Battlegrounds is the last game standing at The PC Indie Pitch at G-STAR 18

Outworld Battlegrounds is the last game standing at The PC Indie Pitch at G-STAR 18

2018 has been a record breaking year for The Big Indie Pitch, one in which our sister competition The PC Indie Pitch has only gone from strength to strength too. In fact, this year we’ve taken the PC Indie Pitch to 8 different locations, and seen more than 100 developers showcase their latest games in the competition.

However, whilst the nights may already be drawing to a close, there was one last stop on the PC Indie Pitch tour of 2018, and it was a big one, as we took to the show floor of South Korea’s leading game conference G-STAR to highlight all of the amazing indie developers from the region. This well attended pitch saw a vast array of talented developers battle it out to be crowned Asia’s first ever PC Indie Pitch champion, a title that was ultimately awarded to the Outworld Battlegrounds, a battle royale title developed by Hit Lab.

For those not in the know, the PC Indie Pitch is a regular event run by the makers of It gives indie developers the chance to pitch their games to industry experts and journalists in a speed-dating-style format. Teams get the opportunity to get valuable feedback on their games, as well as win great prizes such as promotional packages and the coveted PC Indie Pitch bat.

Of course, Outworld Battlegrounds as you already know was the winner, but we always award prizes for the top three. So read on to not only find out more about Outworld Battlegrounds, but also our second and third place prize winners too.

1st Place – Outworld Battlegrounds by Hit Lab

Taking a slightly different approach to the battle royale genre, Outworld Battlegrounds is a 2D, top-down mass shooter, one built in a pixel art style and set in a sci-fi universe. The change in camera viewpoint isn’t the only twist on this incredibly popular genre though, as developer Hit Lab has also tweaked the gameplay so that there is more of a focus on quick, tense, skill-based matches, something highlighted thanks to the gameplay’s limited line of sight. Overall thanks to these unique twists, Outworld Battlegrounds looks set to offer those hungry for a more faster, refined and retro infused battle royale experience something to definitely watch out for.

2nd Place – Bayani by Ranida Games

Drawing primarily from the figures, traditions, and landmarks of Filipino culture and history as inspiration, Bayani is one on one indie fighting game that offers players a stylish and tactical take on this hugely popular genre. Each character as always will be outfitted with their own unique array of attacks, and battles will take place across a variety of different battlefields. Finally, developer Ranida Games also plans to ofer an in depth storyline that utilises these legends and traditions of the Philippines, whilst placing this within an alternate timeline where anything can happen.

3rd Place – Veterans Online by PolysmartOur third place finalist from The PC Indie Pitch at Pocket Gamer Connects Helsinki 18 returned once again, and this time also took the the third place prize once again with Veterans Online. Veterans Online is the first title from independent developer Nuke Cockroach, and is a free-to-play MOBA that uses an isometric view and focuses on online PvP battles that can be played either solo or as a team. Alongside this, Veterans Online also offers a stylish cartoon inspired look, character customisation, and multiple gameplay modes.

Want to show off your exciting new game? We host Big Indie and PC Indie Pitch events throughout the year, so be sure to keep an eye out on our events page for an event near you.


Social media

 We are in the age of social media. Like all things, it is being responsibly used and irresponsibly being misused. We also tend to see social media as something new, though it is not an entirely new thing. Before the advent of this mode of media we had it in another form. The difference is that now it has been brought on the internet. Formerly people used to, and still do, talk about current issues and matters in cafes, tea stalls, public squares, buses and trains and bazaars. Now they exchange views on social media. The former is generally known as bazaar gossip. Sometimes bazaar gossips found their way even into history books. Sometimes bazaar gossips have had significant social and political consequences.


Xiaomi Plans to Enter US Market Next Year, Says Ties Will Help Avoid Trade Tensions

Xiaomi Plans to Enter US Market Next Year, Says Ties Will Help Avoid Trade Tensions

Xiaomi is aiming to enter the US a long time after gaining success in India and China. The company also recently entered Europe and the UK. The Beijing-based smartphone maker that sells its Mi and Redmi range of handsets is reportedly in development to foray into the US market as early as next year. The latest development emerges in the midst of hindrances faced by Chinese companies, including Huaweiand ZTE, that are seeking their market expansion through the US market. Xiaomi notably launched its online store in the US to sell its accessories back in 2015, however, none of its smartphone models have so far formally been available in the country.

Senior Vice President Wang Xiang confirmed Xiaomi’s plan to Reuters. Xiang said that the US market was “very attractive” and the company is adding engineering resources to make its handsets compatible with US carriers. “Next year we hope we can do something there,” the executive told the news agency.

In December, Huawei announced the plans to expand its presence in the US and set to bring the Mate 10 as the first model on AT&T. But the deal between the Chinese company and AT&T suddenly collapsed in January and in March, Best Buy even stopped selling Huawei devices through its retail stores in the country.

Alongside Huawei, the US Department of Commerce in April banned American companies from selling components to ZTE for as many as seven years. The ban was imposed on the Chinese telecom equipment maker for allegedly violating the terms of sanctions violation case. Recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) also blocked China Mobile from offering its services to the US telecom market.

Xiaomi’s Wang believed that the trade tensions between the US and China introduced “uncertainty” but downplayed their impact on plans for the US market. Xiaomi already has relationships in the US market, such as Qualcomm and Alphabet, and these should help the consumer-facing company avoid the political resistance faced by Huawei and ZTE. He also highlighted that the company already has a large number of engineers and investors from the US.

While Xiaomi’s arrival in the US is yet to take place, the company has already expanded its presence widely in the key European markets. It kicked off its operations in Spain late last year and tied up with CK Hutchison in March this year to step into other European markets and the UK. Xiaomi Chairman Lei Jun also recently showed the interest in entering the US market after the initial success in the western world through the Europe and UK debut. “We’ve always been considering entering the US market,” Jun was quoted in a Wall Street Journal report in March. “We plan to start entering the market by end 2018, or by early 2019,” he had added.

According to a recent report by research firm Strategy Analytics, Xiaomi was the fourth largest smartphone vendor in the world with whopping 125 percent annual growth in the first quarter of 2018. The company is also the most dominating vendor in India, leading the market with 30.3 percent market share, as recently reported by IDC.



Cryptocurrency Exchange Theft Surges in First Half of 2018: CipherTrace

Theft of cryptocurrencies from exchanges soared in the first half of this year to three times the level seen for the whole of 2017, leading to a three-fold increase in associated money laundering, according to a report from US-based cyber-security firm CipherTrace released on Tuesday.

The report, which looks at the global anti-money laundering market, showed that in the first six months of the year a total of $761 million (roughly Rs. 5,200 crores) was stolen from digital currency exchanges, compared with about $266 million (roughly Rs. 1,800 crores) for the whole of 2017.

The losses could rise to 1.5 billion this year, estimated CipherTrace, which is launching a software to help exchanges and hedge funds that use or trade cryptocurrencies comply with anti-money laundering laws.

“Stolen cryptocurrencies are three times bigger this year than last year so the trend is obviously not our friend here,” Dave Jevans, chief executive officer of CipherTrace, told Reuters in an interview.

Jevans is also the chairman of the Anti-Phishing Working Group, a global organization that aims to help solve cybercrime.

He added that stolen virtual currencies end up being laundered to help criminals hide their true identities and avoid arrest, which has resulted in a three-fold rise in money laundering of cryptocurrencies.

The most recent theft from a cryptocurrency exchange was the $32 million (roughly Rs. 214 crores) in digital currencies stolen from South Korean exchange Bithumb.

The surge in cryptocurrency crime has attracted the attention of global regulators and law enforcement, Jevans said.

For instance, the report also cited concerns about rising criminal activity in the sector from the US Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), which referred to cryptocurrency-denominated ransomware payments and research showing that $1.5 billion (roughly Rs. 10,3000 crores) was stolen in hacks of exchanges over a two-year period.

Jevans said regulators around the world, global law enforcement and exchanges have been in continuous dialogue about what needs to happen in the cryptocurrency industry to prevent the surge in crime.

“Now we are seeing the big guys coming together asking for cryptocurrency anti-money laundering regulation – it is inevitable, it will be unified, and it will be global,” he added.


Love Jawa motorcycles? Anand Mahindra wants you to come to ‘Jawa Day’: Details

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Every automobile enthusiast in India is pretty excited about the comeback of the Jawa brand. The Chairman of Mahindra & Mahindra, Anand Mahindra is also excited about the re-launch of the brand and keeps tweeting about Jawa on Twitter. After commenting that the Jawa bikes will be launched later this year in the Indian market, Anand Mahindra has asked Jawa lovers to gather together on International Jawa Day.

Every year, the 8th of July is celebrated as International Jawa Day, and for the first time Anand Mahindra has tweeted about it. He has posted a picture, which has the details of all the eight locations across India where the Jawa Day will be celebrated. The picture also says that if someone is planning to celebrate the Jawa Day, they should reach out to the Mahindra team to get the details included in the picture.

Mahindra & Mahindra owns the rights to sell the Jawa motorcycles in India and other South-Asian markets. After the confirmation from Anand Mahindra, it is now clear that the bike will be launched in India within the next six months at the most. The company is expected to launch the all-new bike around the festive season, which sees a rise in the sale of automobiles.

The Jawa range of motorcycles will be the most expensive bike sold by Mahindra and will be placed above the Mojo. It is expected to get a retro body design but the engine will come from the Mojo itself. Mahindra will utilise the 292-cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, fuel-injected engine in the Jawa bikes. It produces a maximum of 27 Bhp and 30 Nm in the Mojo but Mahindra may tune it differently for the Mojo. The 5-speed transmission is also expected to be same as the one we see in the Mojo.

The Jawa range could be an alternative to the popular retro-styled Royal Enfield motorcycles that post high sales in India. The Jawa bikes are likely to be priced around Rs. 2 lakhs, but similar to the Mahindra Mojo UT, which is a lower-end variant with fewer features. We can expect a more price-effective version of the bike in the future.


Samsung launches Galaxy Jean, a rebranded Galaxy A6+ (2018)

After launching the Galaxy A6 (2018), Samsung has launched a new smartphone in its home country of South Korea. Dubbed Galaxy Jean, the handset is a re-branded version of Galaxy A6+ (2018) that was released back in May this year.

The phone’s listing on the company’s South Korean website itself confirms its A6+ – even the model number matches that of the standard A6+.

The smartphone is available through carrier KT in the country, which is selling it for KRW 440,000 (around $395 currently). Available color options include lavender and black.

The only major difference between Galaxy Jean and Galaxy A6+ is memory configuration. While the former features 3GB RAM and 32GB memory, the latter is available in 4GB/64GB configuration as well.

Rest of the specs remain same, meaning the Galaxy Jean is also powered by an octa-core, 1.8GHz processor, and features a 6-inch display. There’s a 16MP+5MP camera setup on the back and a 24MP shooter on the front. A 3,500mAh battery is there to keep the lights on.

Note that South Korea is not the only country where the Galaxy A6+ (2018) is available with a different moniker – in China, it’s on sale as the Galaxy A9 Star Lite.


BlackBerry Ghost might have a large 4,000 mAh battery

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A recently rumored BlackBerry device has been tipped by leakster Evan Blass to have a hefty 4,000 mAh battery in store. The device in question is the BlackBerry Ghost – a high-end and supposedly bezel-less BlackBerry device to be released exclusively in India. Its existence was first leaked in February and it is slated to be released sometime in the summer.

Batteries this large are almost never found in flagship-level devices – batteries this size are usually seen in mid-tier handsets. Apparently a battery this large would be among the largest in a flagship-class device – which says a lot about flagship devices and priority on battery life.

BlackBerry’s TCL-made devices of the past year and a half have been no stranger to good battery life. The KEYOne had an above average size battery, but BlackBerry’s choice to use a mid-range Snapdragon 625 the KEYOne made it a great battery endurance performer. Even the BlackBerry Motion had a huge 4,000 mAh battery.

It only makes sense for BlackBerry to continue to leverage great battery life as a major selling point of its business-oriented smartphones. We’ll be keeping an eye out for more news about the BlackBerry Ghost.


Honda Activa-based NAVi coming back, with major UPDATES: Details

The Honda Navi is a unique looking moto-scooter in the Indian market. Two years after its official launch, Honda is preparing a new version of the Navi. Even though the Navi gained a lot of traction initially in the market, the popularity came down with time. To keep the interest alive, Honda will launch a facelifted version of the scooter in the Indian market in August.

The refreshed version of the Navi will carry the same silhouette as the current model, however, there will be updated features. The scooter will get a fuel gauge, which is missing from the current version of the two-wheeler. The instrument cluster as a whole will be updated with new features. However, Honda may continue to use the analogue dials to keep the cost in check.

Overall, the Navi may get a slightly updated tail lamp and LED headlamp too, similar to the Honda Activa 5G. Other than these updates, we can see a new set of graphics to keep the interest high among the youth. Honda may also introduce a new set of accessories for the scooter. Honda showcased a wide range of accessories during its first unveiling at the 2016 Auto Expo and conversions kits, like off-roading, may come with the new version of the moto-scooter.

The upcoming Navi will be powered by the same 110cc four-stroke, single-cylinder engine that churns out a maximum of 7.7 Bhp and 9 Nm. It gets an automatic CVT transmission. The two-wheeler gets a telescopic front fork and a mono-shock at the rear. Both the wheels get drum brakes. The Navi weighs only 102 kg, which makes it quite fun to ride.

Interestingly, Honda stopped dispatching the Navi in May and then resumed in June. It could be the last few batches of the stock before Honda starts shipping out the facelifted version of the Navi in India.