Archive for January 22, 2021

Friday, January 22, 2021

Sketch Library for Big Sur

Parker Ortolani:

Nearly two months after macOS Big Sur’s public release, the Apple human interface team has finally released an updated Sketch library optimized for its top to bottom redesign. User interface designers and developers have been anxiously awaiting this new design kit for quite awhile.

Like previous Sketch libraries offered by Apple, the new macOS 11 library includes all of the core system colors, interface materials and fonts. You can also find elements such as buttons, labels, windows, menus, modals and more. The library includes all of Big Sur’s beautiful new squircle shaped icons and new full screen templates for advertising your design in a standard user environment.

Retiring Tucows Downloads

Tucows (via Andy Baio):

We have made the difficult decision to retire the Tucows Downloads site. We’re pleased to say that much of the software and other assets that made up the Tucows Downloads library have been transferred to our friends at the Internet Archive for posterity.

The shareware downloads bulletin board system (BBS) that would become Tucows Downloads was founded back in 1993 on a library computer in Flint, MI. What started as a place for people in the know to download software became the place to download software on the burgeoning Internet. Far more quickly than anyone could have imagined.

Reversing Malicious Run-Only AppleScripts

Phil Stokes (Hacker News, Patrick Wardle):

macOS.OSAMiner has evolved to use a complex architecture, embedding one run-only AppleScript within another and retrieving further stages embedded in the source code of public-facing web pages.

Combining a public AppleScript disassembler repo with our own AEVT decompiler tool allowed us to statically reverse run-only AppleScripts for the first time and reveal previously unknown details about the campaign and the malware’s architecture.

We have released our AEVT decompiler tool as open source to aid other researchers in the analysis of malicious run-only AppleScripts.

OWC Thunderbolt 4 Hub

OWC (via Dimka, MacInTouch):

For the first time ever, the OWC Thunderbolt Hub lets you consolidate and simplify the connectivity between all your devices with all the Thunderbolt ports you’ve always wanted. The OWC Thunderbolt Hub’s four Thunderbolt (USB-C) ports and one USB port massively expand your connection possibilities.

It ships in February for $149. There’s also a $249 OWC Thunderbolt Dock that has more non-Thunderbolt ports. It seems like it’s taking forever to get USB-C to where USB-A hubs are—and were 20+ years ago—in terms of price or number of ports, but this is progress.


Update (2021-02-05): Joe Rossignol (also: 9to5Mac):

CalDigit today introduced a new “Element Hub” dock, equipped with four Thunderbolt 4 ports and four USB-A ports for connecting external displays, storage drives, and other peripherals to devices like a MacBook Pro or iPad Pro.

See also: John Voorhees.

Update (2022-06-10): Patrick McCarron:

I got the new tiny @PoweredbyOWC Thunderbolt 4 hub, but has a huge flaw the front Thunderbolt cable falls out way too easily which is bad because it’s on the front of the device.

Their response: “buy something else we sell to hold it.”