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10.9.2 Fixes Critical SSL Security Bug, Adds FaceTime Audio

Apple has released OS X 10.9.2 Mavericks, plugging a potentially dangerous security vulnerability with SSL/TLS, as well as adding FaceTime audio calling and iMessage sender blocking.Show full article

Mail Improvements in OS X 10.9.2

Apple’s OS X 10.9.2 update includes numerous fixes for Mail, including several that go beyond what Apple mentions. Mail may not be perfect yet, but it has improved markedly since 10.9.1. “Take Control of Apple Mail” author Joe Kissell reports what his testing has revealed.Show full article

How to Protect Your iCloud Keychain from the NSA

Apple has released extensive details on iOS and iCloud security in a new white paper. One of the gems is how iCloud Keychain works, and the best way to configure it for the best possible security.Show full article

Bonus Tips for Apple Mail

A few useful facts and tips about Apple Mail didn’t quite make the cut for Joe Kissell’s new book “Take Control of Apple Mail.” The book’s loss is your gain.Show full article

FunBITS: How Out-of-Focus Photos Can Be Works of Art

“Fuzzy” often has a positive connotation: kittens, puppies, warm blankets, all things cuddly. When it comes to photography, though, you don’t usually think of good things. You think of blurry, out-of-focus photos. Bleh. But with a little know-how, you can make “fuzzy” a good thing in photography, too.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 3 March 2014

Notable software releases this week include Mellel 3.3.1, Downcast 1.0.10, Mac Pro SMC Firmware Update 2.0, iTunes 11.1.5, Safari 6.1.2 (Mountain Lion and Lion), and Security Update 2014-001 (Mountain Lion and Lion).Show full article

ExtraBITS for 3 March 2014

In the latest ExtraBITS, Apple appeals the ebook price-fixing case ruling, Tim Cook lashes out at activist investors, Jeff Atwood explains everything that’s wrong with our unhealthy focus on apps, Apple’s shareholders vote against an anti-spying measure, and we get a look at Tim Cook’s childhood hairdo.Show full article

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