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  • Apple is overhauling its Mac computers with its own Arm chips, close cousins to those it designs for its own iPhones and iPads. Moving away from the Intel processors it’s used for the last 14 years is a historic change that disrupts software makers but that could appeal to customers who need better battery life. 
  • Apple on Monday introduced the new Big Sur version of its MacOS operating system for its laptops and desktops, with a big focus on updating the Safari web browser. The announcement came during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, which for the first time took place as a virtual event due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • After it confirmed that future Macs will be powered by Apple Silicon, the company also announced that developers will soon have access to a Developer Transition Kit that will take the form of a Mac mini. The special Mac mini will help developers get their apps ready for the future.
  • Microsoft is closing its Mixer service on July 22nd and plans to move existing partners over to Facebook Gaming. The surprise announcement means Mixer partners and streamers will be transitioned to Facebook Gaming starting today, and Microsoft will no longer operate Mixer as a service in a month’s time.
  • Google Chrome users may have been impacted by a massive spying campaign, report says. Google Chrome extensions downloaded more than 32 million times were used to spy on the popular browser’s users in a massive global surveillance campaign.
  • Zoom’s rapid ascent this year has brought with it the scrutiny that most fast-growing tech companies face — mostly in the form of a series of privacy and security concerns. It’s now taking a big step towards damage control by giving all its users end-to-end encryption.