macOS Big Sur isn't here yet, but Apple has released a useful update for your MacBook

Apple has had a busy week pushing out a swathe of software updates to iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch owners, but Mac users were probably disappointed by the fact that macOS 11.0 Big Sur didn’t release at the same time. This blockbuster Mac upgrade was announced back in June alongside iOS 14, iPad OS 14 and watch OS 7 at Apple’s annual developer conference.

While every other operating system upgrade from Apple are now available to users across the world, Big Sur remains unreleased. This isn’t anything unusual. Last year, macOS Catalina arrived a number of weeks after iOS 13 was pushed out to iPhones.

In fact, Catalina was officially released on October 7, 2019 and it seems Big Sur could be heading for a similar launch date. Apple never reveals details on its operating system releases until a few days before they become available, but it’s highly likely we’ll hear more news on mac OS Big Sur in the coming weeks.

Apple has already promised to launch new Macs powered by its own custom-designed processors, dubbed Apple Silicon, before the end of the year. So, it’s pretty safe to assume that the Cupertino-based company will hold another media event in the coming weeks to unveil the latest Mac hardware – a good opportunity to talk about macOS Big Sur in more detail.

Although you may not have all the shiny new features on your Mac just yet, Apple has announced the release of a new upgrade to Safari which is available to download today.

READ MORE: macOS Big Sur: How to sign up for Apple macOS Big Sur beta

The US firm says that Safari 14.0 introduces new features, even faster performance and improved security. Once installed you’ll find a new tab bar design which shows more tabs onscreen and also displays favicons by default.

A customisable start page allows you to set a background image and add new sections plus a Privacy Report now shows cross-site trackers that are being blocked by Intelligent Tracking Prevention.

To get the latest version of Safari, simply click on the System Preferences in the Apple Menu and click on Software Update.

You’ll then see a button which says Update Now. Click this and the installation will begin although it’s worth noting that Safari will need to reboot before the features will become available.

Of course, this is small update compared to what is coming in Big Sur with this release bringing big changes the design of this OS along with bonus features such as improved messaging and customisable menu bar which features an all-new Control Centre

Speaking about the changes, Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, said: “macOS Big Sur is a major update that advances the legendary combination of the power of UNIX with the ease of use of the Mac, and delivers our biggest update to design in more than a decade.

“With its modern and clean look, huge improvements to key apps including Safari, Messages, and Maps, and new privacy features, we think everyone is going to love the breakthrough experience that macOS Big Sur offers.”

Express.co.uk will bring you a full release date just as soon as we hear more.



macOS Big Sur isn't here yet, but Apple has released a useful update for your MacBook

Apple has had a busy week pushing out a swathe of software updates to iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch owners, but Mac users were probably disappointed by the fact that macOS 11.0 Big Sur didn’t release at the same time. This blockbuster Mac upgrade was announced back in June alongside iOS 14, iPad OS 14 and watch OS 7 at Apple’s annual developer conference.

While every other operating system upgrade from Apple are now available to users across the world, Big Sur remains unreleased. This isn’t anything unusual. Last year, macOS Catalina arrived a number of weeks after iOS 13 was pushed out to iPhones.

In fact, Catalina was officially released on October 7, 2019 and it seems Big Sur could be heading for a similar launch date. Apple never reveals details on its operating system releases until a few days before they become available, but it’s highly likely we’ll hear more news on mac OS Big Sur in the coming weeks.

Apple has already promised to launch new Macs powered by its own custom-designed processors, dubbed Apple Silicon, before the end of the year. So, it’s pretty safe to assume that the Cupertino-based company will hold another media event in the coming weeks to unveil the latest Mac hardware – a good opportunity to talk about macOS Big Sur in more detail.

Although you may not have all the shiny new features on your Mac just yet, Apple has announced the release of a new upgrade to Safari which is available to download today.

READ MORE: macOS Big Sur: How to sign up for Apple macOS Big Sur beta

The US firm says that Safari 14.0 introduces new features, even faster performance and improved security. Once installed you’ll find a new tab bar design which shows more tabs onscreen and also displays favicons by default.

A customisable start page allows you to set a background image and add new sections plus a Privacy Report now shows cross-site trackers that are being blocked by Intelligent Tracking Prevention.

To get the latest version of Safari, simply click on the System Preferences in the Apple Menu and click on Software Update.

You’ll then see a button which says Update Now. Click this and the installation will begin although it’s worth noting that Safari will need to reboot before the features will become available.

Of course, this is small update compared to what is coming in Big Sur with this release bringing big changes the design of this OS along with bonus features such as improved messaging and customisable menu bar which features an all-new Control Centre

Speaking about the changes, Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, said: “macOS Big Sur is a major update that advances the legendary combination of the power of UNIX with the ease of use of the Mac, and delivers our biggest update to design in more than a decade.

“With its modern and clean look, huge improvements to key apps including Safari, Messages, and Maps, and new privacy features, we think everyone is going to love the breakthrough experience that macOS Big Sur offers.”

Express.co.uk will bring you a full release date just as soon as we hear more.



BackTo60 verdict reactions as next steps contemplated – ‘This isn't over by any means’

Others were outraged at some of the wording used in the ruling, as twitter user @SW10etseq recently tweeted: “Justices accept DWP’s account: “adequate notice was given by publicity campaigns.”

“The biggest DETRIMENTAL legislative change to 3.8m #50sWomen ever, they deemed ADEQUATE was enough. It wasn’t adequate, it didn’t inform. Lives ruined. Why believe the perpetrator? Fair?”

Of course, while being the main group affected, women were not the only people to express disappointment at the ruling.

User @daverain shared his condolences for the group: “it’s so important that #BackTo60 carry on fighting for ALL #50sWomen. There are instigators that would love to see them fail. Believe it or not some of those are #50sWomen but fortunately they are in the minority. Supporting you ladies has opened my eyes to so many injustices.”



CNN panned for 'softball' Biden town hall: This isn't getting him ready for the debates

The reviews are in for the CNN town hall featuring Joe Biden… and they aren’t great.

While Biden’s performance has received praise for his ability to display empathy towards Pennsylvania voters selected to ask questions, what has been described as the “softball” treatment of the former VP by CNN was widely panned on Thursday night, especially following the grilling President Trump faced at the ABC News town hall on Tuesday.

“In the first moments, the contrast between what Trump was asked and what Biden is being asked is striking,” Politico columnist Jeff Greenland tweeted, later writing. “Biden is doing very well, yes. But this is not exactly getting him ready to face tough questions from a Chris Wallace or Jake Tapper (should he decide to do so).”

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That was in reference to the first presidential debate on Sept. 29, which is being moderated by “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace.

According to analysis from NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck, of the 16 participants who asked Biden questions, 13 of them, over a whopping 80 percent were identified as Democrats. Only three were identified as Republicans.

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That was in stark contrast to the town hall attendees Trump faced on ABC News, which featured four Trump voters, three Hillary Clinton voters, one Jill Stein voters, three non-voters, and one unidentified.

Others picked up on the slanted questions at the CNN town hall.

“Has CNN asked a question to anyone who’s not a Democrat? (may have missed),” The Daily Beast politics reporter Hanna Trudo asked about the overwhelming presence of Democratic voters before deleting her tweet.

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“So far the questions at CNN’s drive-in #BidenTownHall sound as if they were written by Biden’s campaign: “Tell us how bad Trump is”. Reversal of the president’s ABC townhall,” columnist Miranda Devine observed.

Many critics, including Fourth Watch media analyst Steve Kaukauer, pointed out that while maintaining social distancing for the cameras, both Biden and Cooper were seen approaching each other with the former VP whispering into the anchor’s ear thinking they’ve already hit a commercial break.

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The Trump campaign released a statement slamming the CNN event.

“Virtually every question for Joe Biden was an invitation for him to attack President Trump, while moderator Anderson Cooper offered almost no pushback, giving Biden a total pass on his lies and misrepresentations,” Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said before listing subjects the former VP wasn’t asked like his economic record and his opposition to Trump’s travel ban on China early on during the coronavirus outbreak.

Jimmy Kimmel isn't excited about hosting the virtual Emmys: 'Fewer people are watching network television'

Jimmy Kimmel isn’t feeling too positive about hosting the 2020 Emmy Awards virtually this year as the coronavirus pandemic rages on.

The late-night host, 52, isn’t even sure anyone will be watching the program on Sunday night.

“I know everyone will get crazy when I say this, but this will probably be the lowest-rated Emmys of all time,” he told Deadline in a recent interview. “I would bet almost anything on it. Of course it will.”

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Kimmel, who is also serving as an executive producer, mused, “It doesn’t mean there aren’t still going to be a lot of people watching. I mean, television is the lowest rated it has been. You look at some of the ratings you see in primetime now, I mean, people would be jumping out of buildings if you got ratings like this 10 years ago.”

The 2020 Emmy awards will be held virtually this year. 

The 2020 Emmy awards will be held virtually this year. 
(ABC)

The Emmy winner believes there’s too much competition out there now in the TV landscape, especially with all the streaming services.

“There are so many other things to watch. There’s so much great stuff on TV,” he explained. “To me, it’s never about the ratings, because if that’s what you’re focused on, you’re screwed. For me, it’s just try to make it as good a show as possible from beginning to end. Try to keep the audience with you, and you know, if all that works, it’s great, and if it doesn’t, what are you going to do? Fewer people are watching network television. It’s as simple as that.”

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Kimmel also expressed frustration and exhaustion with all the changes being implemented to make sure all 140 nominees have working cameras/connections in their homes.

While he will be at the Staples Center (which is acting as the tech command center) with a few other presenters, everyone else is secluded over the world.

The camera setups being sent to the nominees. 

The camera setups being sent to the nominees. 
(ABC/Tyler Watt)

“Believe me, I’m not up for any challenge. If there’s a challenge, I would prefer to go take a nap, but I agreed to host the Emmys in, like, I don’t know, November of last year. So, you know, I got into this before the pandemic, and so things changed significantly from when I said yes, but I figured since I said yes, I had to stick with it. It’s going to be a more complicated job than it usually is,” Kimmel said.

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He described the setup as “some combination of the Emmys and ‘Big Brother’ because we don’t know for sure how it’s going to work.”

But while winners will be accepting awards at home, Kimmel hopes “they are surrounded by their families so that we have genuine emotion and excitement when they win, and that’s what I’m hoping, because we’re certainly not going to have that in the empty Staples Center.”

Ben Shephard cuts off Kate Garraway over marriage probe: 'This isn't about me'

Ranvir continued: “I started doing a bit of exercise. I loathe exercise.”

“You don’t need to worry about it, you shed so many pounds,” her co-host and former Strictly star Kate advised.

But as they discussed preparation for the show, Iain Dale, who had also joined the hosts today, cut in to reveal his sister had sent him a message which read: “Mmm Ben.”

Ranvir giggled as she explained: “We get messages like that all the time.”



Wendy's worker recalls outraged customer demanding mac and cheese (which isn't on the menu)

The customer isn’t always right.

A Wendy’s employee shared a bizarre story to Reddit about a woman who apparently refused to believe that the fast-food restaurant didn’t have macaroni and cheese on the menu. It turns out, the customer had allegedly misunderstood the menu in a truly confusing way.

When workers tried to explain that the restaurant didn’t have that item on the menu, the woman reportedly became angry and refused to leave the drive-thru until she got her mac and cheese.

When workers tried to explain that the restaurant didn’t have that item on the menu, the woman reportedly became angry and refused to leave the drive-thru until she got her mac and cheese.
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Reddit user TheInsanePotato shared the story to the site’s “Ask Reddit” boards in response to a post asking fast-food workers for their “’Sir, this is a Wendy’s” stories. The phrase “Sir, this is a Wendy’s” is often used to describe someone who acts irrationally and/or asks for something unreasonable in a retail setting.

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According to TheInsanePotato’s post, a woman came to the Wendy’s drive-thru and ordered macaroni and cheese. When the workers tried to explain that the restaurant didn’t have that item on the menu, the woman reportedly became angry and refused to leave the drive-thru until she got her mac and cheese.

She apparently kept claiming that she could see mac and cheese on the menu, despite the workers assuring her that it wasn’t.

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This exchange allegedly went on for “quite literally 10 minutes… all while she’s holding up the drive-thru line,” wrote TheInsanePotato. “I finally got the manager to come over and deal with it after asking him for the 15th time because they don’t pay me NEARLY enough to deal with that for that long.”

The post continues, “I decided enough is enough, I exit the building, walk along the outside to the drive-thru order screen where this woman’s car is. I tell her to please show me on the menu where it says the words ‘macaroni and cheese’ anywhere. She points and confidently says ‘Right there!’ with all the conviction of someone who is absolutely sure they just proved some big dumb idiot wrong and that they will be hailed as a hero.”

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It turns out, the woman had apparently mistaken a photo of a side item of orange slices – comes with the kid’s meal – as macaroni and cheese.

According to the post, after the mistake was pointed out to her, she realized what had happened and drove off “without a word.”

Holly Willoughby forced to cut short holiday before This Morning return: 'She isn't happy'

Holly also wrote: “You see us, but we feel that you are there with us, every single show… @thismorning holds a mirror up to life and reflects the mood of what we are all feeling.

“I can’t thank our team enough! @martinfrizell1, Emma, all the production who came in. The production team who worked from home, crew, the TM family and fellow presenters who are consistently brilliant, but mostly to @schofe for metaphorically holding my hand and reliably being socially distanced shoulder to shoulder with me… What a strange time… Feeling incredibly grateful … Huge love, thank you again… See you in September.”

She has since shared a number of holiday snaps, the latest on August 6.

The beauty put on a boob-baring display in an underwater shot, while wearing her blonde tresses down.

This Morning continues Monday at 10am on ITV.



The Chase: Mark Labbett exposes one thing Shaun Wallace is 'allowed' to do – but he isn't

During her head-to-head, a musically themed question led Mark to make a surprising admission about his co-Chaser Shaun.

Bradley asked: “According to the song by The Proclaimers, how many miles in total would the singer walk to ‘fall down at your door?’”

The possible answers were 500, 1000 and 5000 with Claire opting for the first choice. 

After selecting her answer, she said: “I had that horrible moment where you start to doubt yourself as you sing it back in your head but I’m hoping it’s right.”



LG Tone Free Buds review: One unique feature isn't enough to rival AirPods and Galaxy Buds

LG Tone Free HBS-FN6

LG Tone Free HBS-FN6 review (Image: LG)

The wireless earbud market continues to get more competitive by the day and standing out from the crowd can be a pretty tall order. However, LG’s new HBS-FN6 have managed to do just that thanks to a unique grime-busting feature that’s tough to find on any of its rivals.

These small earbuds include a clever charging case, which not only refills the buds but also gives them a spring-clean at the same time. With the world gripped by the coronavirus health crisis, this is a pretty big selling point and will be incredibly enticing for those who want to share their buds with anyone else.

LG’s Tone Free HBS-FN6 achieve this hygienic feat thanks to something known as UV Nano technology, which basically blasts the tips of the buds with bug-killing ultraviolet light. Having put them to the test it certainly appears to work as you can see the sunbed-style glow as soon as you pop them in the case.

Sadly, we don’t have a laboratory and a team of microbiologists in white coats to hand in our home office, so we’ll have to take LG’s word this system actually does manage to kill 99.9 percent of nasty bacteria. We haven’t had any gruesome in-ear infections since using the LG ‘buds, so presumably that’s a pretty good sign that the smarts inside the case are working as expected.

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LG Tone Free HBS-FN6

The buds are cleaning via UV light when popped in their case (Image: LG)

Away from that clever UV feature, LG’s HBS-FN6 are similar to most other wireless buds with them offering around six hours of music playback and a total of 18-hours after a recharge in the carry case.

That battery life is pretty standard, but it’s worth remembering that there are now other earbuds, like Galaxy Buds+, that offer a lot more power for the same price. Once you have LG’s buds tucked inside your ears they sound OK with the tight fit meaning you get a good seal and not much background audio leaking through.

These earbuds are generally fine when listening to music, but we have noticed some bass-heavy tracks lack the punch we’d like to hear and there’s a definite lack of richness to the overall music experience – in fact, it can be described as being pretty flat and lacklustre.

There is scope to tweak that a little, thanks to a comprehensive smartphone app, which is available for both iOS and Android, which allows you to change the audio settings. LG offers four options, such as bass and treble boost.

LG Tone Free HBS-FN6

LG’s Tone Free HBS-FN6 have a similar style to Apple’s AirPods (Image: LG)

There’s even the nice addition of creating your own customised sound via the in-built equaliser which can be saved within the app and configured with a single tap the next time you pop-in your earbuds. You can save a few of these, so could have an EQ for podcasts and one for playlists, for example.

Another nice extra within LG’s smartphone software is the ambient sound mode which allows you to hear more noise around you.

With the LG Tone Free HBS-FN6 offering tight fit in the ear they do block out a large amount of background sound, which is great at times but not so good if you’re waiting to hear an update about your flight at the airport. With ambient sound switched on, LG allows some noise to leak through so you shouldn’t miss the announcement that your plane is about to leave.

Other positives worth mentioning is the IPX4 rating which means they can survive a sweaty workout in the gym and, as we mentioned earlier, the solid fit means they never feel like they are about to fall out.

LG Tone Free HBS-FN6

The LG Tone Free HBS-FN6 are splash resistant making them ideal for the gym (Image: LG)

LG has also included a fast charge mode which means you get one hour of music from a quick five minutes inside the case. It’s also worth noting that this puck-shaped box can have its battery boosted wirelessly which is a nice touch.

Finally, there’s auto-pause the minute you remove one of the buds from your ear and, if you happen to lose them, there’s a clever find mode available in the app. So that’s all the positives for the HBS-FN6 but, sadly, they’re anything but perfect.

Firstly, the charging case feels pretty cheap and nasty and certainly isn’t patch on the recently-released Pixel Buds from Google. There’s no satisfying Zippo-style click when you flick open the lid and the buds are also really irritating and fiddly to release.

Another thing you’ll find annoying is the touch controls, which are pretty erratic. Sometimes we found them way too sensitive – pausing music when we didn’t want them to – and other times we found ourselves having to tap them so hard it hurt our ears.

LG Tone Free HBS-FN6

The case can also be charged wirelessly which is a nice touch (Image: LG)

LG Tone Free HBS-FN6 review

LG Tone Free HBS-FN6 review (Image: LG)

As we’ve already said, the sound quality isn’t always top-notch and the battery life could definitely be improved as, unlike the Galaxy Buds+, these won’t last a long-haul flight without needing a refill.

Finally, there’s the design as LG looks like it may have taken inspiration from Apple’s AirPods with a long stem sticking out of your ears. There’s nothing wrong with this and, as a trip on the tube proves, Apple has seen huge success with this style.

However, some rivals, including the new Pixel Buds, are now making earbuds which are far more subtle and way more attractive to have plugged in your ears.

LG Tone Free HBS-FN6 review

LG Tone Free HBS-FN6 review (Image: LG)

LG Tone Free HBS-FN6 VERDICT

FOR – Unique cleaning feature • Comprehensive app on iOS and Android • Ambient sound mode is useful
AGAINST – Sound could be better • Charging case feels cheap • Battery life and styling can’t match its rivals

If you want the cleanest earbuds on the market, look no further than HBS-FN6. These clever buds enjoy a UV cleanse each time you pop them in their case, which makes them pretty unique – and ideal for germaphobes.

But it’s not all about cleanliness, LG has also added quick-charging, ambient sound technology and a fit which is both comfortable but incredibly secure. There’s a pretty comprehensive companion app and it’s nice that both Android and Apple fans get the same experience – which is far from the norm.

Sadly, the battery life, overall sound quality and cheap-feeling case do let the experience of using the LG HBS-FN6 down. And with so many rival options around on the market right now, we can’t help but feel there are better earbuds for the same £150 price.

You can read about a few of these other options, right here:

• Google Pixel Buds REVIEW

• Galaxy Buds+ REVIEW

• Apple AirPods Pro REVIEW