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Latest OS X 10.10.2 build features Google Project Zero discoveries/fixes

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Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2015, 10:23
Category: News, security, Software

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If Yosemite is driving you a bit crazy, the good news is that the upcoming version won’t feature any bugs that have been pinned down by Google.

Per iMore and Ars Technica, Google’s Project Zero research program has disclosed and released proof-of-concept code for a series of 0day — previously unknown — vulnerabilities found in Apple’s OS X operating system for the Mac. It should be noted, however, that the first vulnerability was marked as fixed and closed by Google two weeks ago, and the others are fixed in OS X Yosemite 10.10.2, now in beta.

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Batch renaming guide for multiple files in OS X Yosemite surfaces

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Date: Thursday, January 22nd, 2015, 11:40
Category: How-To, News, Software, Yosemite

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In the realm of “cool/useful operating system tricks”, this ranks up pretty high.

The cool cats at TekRevue have posted a guide as to how to perform batch renaming in OS X Yosemite. This becomes handy as your number of files grows and you need a decent system for organization.

Prior to OS X Yosemite, Mac users looking to batch rename files in the OS X Finder would have to turn to third party tools. Renaming single files was simple enough, but if you had to rename multiple files, you’d need apps like Renamer or NameChanger.

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Dropbox to discontinue Mac OS X 10.5 support after May 18th, users encouraged to upgrade to Mac OS X 10.6 or later

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Date: Wednesday, January 21st, 2015, 11:57
Category: News, Software

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You’re going to have to update your operating system to Mac OS X 10.6 or later to keep using Dropbox.

Per 9to5Mac, Dropbox has announced through an email to users on older versions of OS X that it will soon be discontinuing support for computers running Leopard or other older versions of the operating system. Users still running anything older than OS X 10.6 will need to upgrade in order to continue using future versions of the Dropbox app.

Users who don’t upgrade will still be able to use the web-based Dropbox manager, but will be automatically signed out of the Mac app. From that point forward, they will not be able to login back into the Mac client until they are on a newer version of OS X.

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Updated version of Google Drive gains new status menu, bandwidth controls

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Date: Thursday, January 15th, 2015, 11:35
Category: News, Software

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Google Drive will be getting some additional muscle this week, a new version becoming available for OS X and Windows.

Per 9to5Mac and the Google blog, the new version includes an improved status menu to show much more information than before. Now, you can see the files that are being synced up to the cloud as well as a check mark next to them that will appear as they do so. The app will also make it clear which files are currently syncing and which files are yet to be synced. Additionally, hovering over an item will let you share it straight from the menu.

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Waltr surfaces, allows users to copy previously unplayable media formats to iOS devices

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Date: Wednesday, January 7th, 2015, 18:22
Category: iOS, News, Software, Uncategorized

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This could be helpful.

Recently, a new app called Waltr surfaced. The app works as an alternative to iTunes to copy media onto your device, except that it transcodes files so that they play on the iDevice using the native Videos and Music apps. You no longer have to worry about file formats, including MKV and FLAC, and deal with errors saying that this format isn’t supported, or (if you use a third-party media player app) deal with files that have been copied failing to play, or playing only the video and not the audio.

Since the video is transcoded and played using the native Videos app, you can be sure that it will play back smoothly (rather than choppily), and that you won’t consume any more battery on the iDevice.

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Security researcher demonstrates Thunderbolt firmware hack proof of concept at Chaos Computer Congress

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Date: Monday, January 5th, 2015, 10:15
Category: Hack, Hardware, News, security, Thunderbolt

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As great as Thunderbolt is, there are vulnerabilities to consider.

Per 9to5Mac, a security researcher speaking at the Chaos Computer Congress in Hamburg demonstrated a hack that rewrites an Intel Mac’s firmware using a Thunderbolt device with attack code in an option ROM. Known as Thunderstrike, the proof of concept presented by Trammel Hudson infects the Apple Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) in a way he claims cannot be detected, nor removed by reinstalling OS X.

Since the boot ROM is independent of the operating system, reinstallation of OS X will not remove it. Nor does it depend on anything stored on the disk, so replacing the hard drive has no effect. A hardware in-system-programming device is the only way to restore the stock firmware.

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iCloud.com Photos beta pulls disappearing act, no longer available

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Date: Friday, January 2nd, 2015, 10:17
Category: News, Software

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It’s hard to say exactly what’s happening here, but sometimes Apple makes changes with no warning.

Per AppleInsider, the beta iCloud.com Photos application is no longer available to access via the website, as a vague “early 2015” launch date for a new Photos for OS X app also looms.

The iCloud Photos app had been available in beta form since last October, when it first debuted. In the following weeks, Apple had gradually added features, such as the ability to manually upload photos to the cloud.

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Apple releases Network Time Protocol security patch

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Date: Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014, 08:43
Category: News, security, Software

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It’s not a huge patch, but it could make a difference.

Per Mac|Life, Apple released a small Network Time Protocol security patch on Friday. The patch, a 1.4 megabyte download, addresses what the company terms as a new “critical security issue”.

Fascinatingly enough, the vulnerability itself was discovered by the Google Security Team back on December 19, and the U.S. Government alerted users of it only a couple of days later. The dangers of the vulnerability are a little complex and the government’s ICS-CERT site is a little vague about what it is and what it does:

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Apple seeds second OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite beta, asks developers to focus on Wi-Fi issues

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Date: Friday, December 5th, 2014, 11:32
Category: News, Software, Yosemite

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If you’re still having Wi-Fi issues with Yosemite, there may be some hope on the way.

Per MacRumors, Apple on Thursday seeded the second beta of OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite to developers, two weeks after seeing the first 10.10.2 beta and two and a half weeks after releasing OS X 10.10.1 to the public.

The new beta, build 14C78c, is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and should be available in the Mac Dev Center soon.

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Apple quietly updates iWork for iCloud, adds 50 new font types, support for new languages, other changes

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Date: Monday, November 24th, 2014, 09:16
Category: iCloud, News, Software

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It wasn’t the biggest update in the universe, but it might prove helpful.

According to MacRumors and German blog Macerkopf, Apple on Friday updated iWork for iCloud with support for up to eight new languages and more than 50 new fonts. The changes were added to the cloud-based versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote.

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