Apple Developer IDs Bring Us One Brick Closer to an OS X Walled Garden

Apple sent out notice to its developers today of a new initiative called Developer ID, which will combat malware on OS X alongside the new-to-Mountain-Lion Gatekeeper. It's to keep us, the users, safe. But could it also be the next step toward a future where Apple decides what you can install on your Mac? » 2/27/12 6:16pm 2/27/12 6:16pm

Gatekeeper, Sandboxing and the Evolution of OS X Apps

Since personal computers became a thing, we've always been free to install any app we like as long as the code was compatible on a very basic level. No approval processes. No regulation. OS X has been no exception. But this week, two things happened in Appleland that could change that entirely. The introduction of OS… » 2/17/12 5:50pm 2/17/12 5:50pm

This Is How Apple Will Use Mountain Lion's Gatekeeper to Crush…

OS X Mountain Lion's Gatekeeper is ideally meant to warn users about potentially malicious apps sitting around the web. That's a good thing! But Gatekeeper could also be interpreted as Apple heavily discouraging less savvy users from installing non-Mac App Store apps entirely. It's one step away from turning the… » 2/16/12 6:15pm 2/16/12 6:15pm