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Apple Updates OS X to Protect Against Shellshock

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Apple has issued an update for the Shellshock Bash vulnerability for OS X Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks.

The update, which is available directly from Apple and not delivered through the Mac App Store, patches the version of Bash included in OS X. Lion users can download the update here, Mountain Lion users, here.

Shellshock became public last week and although its main target is web servers, the inclusion of Bash in OS X gave plenty of Mac users a reason to feel uncomfortable. Apple released a statement saying that although the vast majority of Mac users would not be affected by the vulnerability, it would be issuing a patch for “experienced UNIX users.” Read more…

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Apple Just Patched The Shellshock Bug In OS X

bug Last week, a big, nasty, freakishly widespread bug was discovered hiding in many UNIX-based systems, including OS X. While Apple was quick to proclaim that the “vast majority” of OS X users weren’t susceptible to the bug, that doesn’t mean they want to leave the door open even a bit. They’ve just pushed a patch for the bug, and you probably want to nab it sooner… Read More

Apple Says Majority Of OS X Users Are Safe From Bash Exploits

macbook-air-gallery1-2014 Apple has issued a public statement in response to the so-called Shellshock vulnerability, assuring OS X users that for the most part, they’re safe from any potential attacks. An Apple spokesperson provided the following to TechCrunch regarding the vulnerability, which affects bash, a Unix shell that’s part of Apple’s desktop OS: The vast majority of OS X users are not at risk… Read More

Apple iPad And OS X Event Tipped For October

ipad-air-hand-2 Apple has just had a splashy September launch event for the iPhone 6, but it is also gearing up for an October event to showcase new iPad and Mac hardware, plus OS X Yosemite. Bloomberg is reporting a “mid-October” launch event timeframe, and AppleInsider echoes those claims, while Daily Dot’s Michah Singleton says that October 21 will be the specific day. We’ve also… Read More

Parallels Desktop 10: Run Windows on Your Yosemite Mac

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Fall is around the corner, which means a new version of OS X is almost here. That also means a new version of Parallels — the software that lets you run Windows on a Mac — is almost here, too, and this time there’s a big emphasis on speed.

With Parallels Desktop 10 installed on your Mac, you won’t just be able to run Windows on a “virtual machine” within your Mac, you’ll be able to do it significantly faster then previous generations. Windows documents open 48% faster, and Office 2013 apps launch 50% faster, the company claims. At the same time, battery life is extended up to 30%, and the Windows “machine” uses 10% less memory. Read more…

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How to Download Apple OS X Yosemite

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As promised, Apple is throwing open the doors on the beta program for OS X Yosemite Thursday. That means, starting tomorrow, anyone with a compatible Mac can download and install a preview of the software, as long as they register.

To get the preview, you’ll need to sign up through the OS X Beta Program site. Once you’ve done that, Apple will email you instructions for downloading and installing the beta on your Mac.

Of course, the usual caveats that go with beta software apply. Developers have had access to Yosemite since Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June, and it’s already been through a few iterations, so the software is more stable now, but it’s still not complete and bound to be buggy. Apple recommends installing the public beta on a secondary machine, and performing a full backup before doing so. Read more…

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The Mac Never Looked So Good: OS X Yosemite Beta

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This fall, Apple will release OS X Yosemite, the latest version of its operating system for the Mac. OS X Yosemite features a brand-new look, tons of new features and tight integration with iOS 8

If you can’t wait until the fall, though, Apple is releasing OS X Yosemite beta to the public — for the first 1 million users that sign up. That means you can try out OS X Yosemite before it is officially released, bugs and all

We’ve had some time to spend with OS X Yosemite across its various betas and have our preliminary preview of the beta operating system as it exists now. Because this is a beta, we’re not going to address issues such as app compatibility or stability (though generally speaking, the beta is more stable than other versions of OS X we’ve seen at this stage). We’re also not going to focus on any of the new features that integrate with iOS 8 because they won’t be available to the public until this fall. Read more…

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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Apple’s OS X Yosemite Beta Preview

OS-X-Yosemite Apple has a new version of OS X coming to Macs this fall, and for the first time ever, it’s giving up to 1 million members of the public the opportunity to test it out in advance – for free, and without requiring they register as a developer, starting this Thursday. The purpose of the advance feedback is to gather feedback and help test the release before its wider launch, and… Read More

Mac OS X Gets The Dark Theme We’ve All Been Waiting For In Yosemite Preview 3

screen-shot-2014-07-07-at-10-23-20-am Apple’s desktop operating system got a little more fashionable with the new Preview 3 update of OS X 10.10 Yosemite seeded to developers today. The update, which can be installed by registered developers who have the existing preview version on their machines through the Mac App Store, lets users enable Dark Mode, a highly coveted feature that impressed when it was unveiled at WWDC in… Read More

OS X Yosemite Icons vs. Mavericks: Which Is Better?

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Apple OS X is getting a new coat of paint. When the company unveiled OS X Yosemite at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), it revealed a new Mac interface, re-imagined in the same ethos iOS 7. Yosemite’s terrain is all about flatter elements, translucent layers and contemporary fonts.

That means the real-world texturing of icons — often called “skeuomorphism” — is out, or at least reduced. With Mavericks, Apple took out gratuitous skeuomorphic design (like the leather lining in the Calendar app), but in Yosemite things go even flatter. All of the Mac system icons get a makeover, trading meticulous detail for simpler shapes and colors. Read more…

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