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#1466: ZombieLoad security vulnerability, Apple TV channels, PDFpen 11, Apple-related conferences, 23.7-inch LG UltraFine Display

We have a mega-sized issue for you this week since there won’t be an email issue on 27 May 2019 so TidBITS staffers can spend the Memorial Day holiday with their families. Kicking things off, what’s ZombieLoad? It’s a new security vulnerability in the Intel chips used by Macs and many other computers, but if you update to macOS 10.14.5 or install Security Update 2019-003, you’ll be safe. Curious about Apple’s new support for TV channels? Josh Centers pulls back the curtain to explain how to subscribe, watch, and unsubscribe. If you work with PDFs a lot, you’ll want to read up on Smile’s PDFpen 11 and its new Split View and Font Bar features. Julio Ojeda-Zapata has stumbled across a previously unknown LG UltraFine Display, but sadly, it’s not even 4K, much less Retina, and it may be overpriced. Finally, in the run-up to WWDC and its associated events in early June, we’re publishing our regularly updated article listing all Mac and iOS conferences. Notable Mac app releases this week include Security Update 2019-003 (High Sierra and Sierra), Safari 12.1.1, Microsoft Office for Mac 16.25, BBEdit 12.6.4, Fantastical 2.5.8, KeyCue 9.3, Pixelmator Pro 1.3.4, and Default Folder X 5.3.7.

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Discovering Apple TV Channels

The new Apple TV app introduces Apple TV channels, an easier way for Apple users to subscribe to streaming video services. “Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers explains how to use it.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 17 comments

Apple Debuts LG’s All-New 23.7-inch UltraFine Display

When Julio Ojeda-Zapata went to his local Apple Store for a look at Mac monitors, a staffer offered him something unexpected: the 23.7-inch LG UltraFine Display. This monitor is so new there is little public information about it—it’s not even listed on Apple’s Web store. How does it compare with LG’s 21.5-inch UltraFine 4K Display and 27-inch UltraFine 5K Display?

Adam Engst 13 comments

The Top Conferences for Mac and iOS Professionals in 2019

If you make your living in the Apple world as a consultant, developer, designer, or tech, there are a wide variety of conferences you can attend to hone your skills, learn new topics, network with your fellow wizards, and open your mind to new ways of thinking. Here’s our list for 2019. Be sure to let us know if you run across any others. Updated for Layers, try! Swift San Jose, MacDeployment, iOSDevCamp DC, and MacSysAdmin.

Watchlist

BBEdit 12.6.4 No comments

BBEdit 12.6.4

Maintenance update with a grabbag of improvements and bug fixes for the long-standing text editor. ($49.99 new, free update, 13.9 MB)

Fantastical 2.5.8 No comments

Fantastical 2.5.8

Maintenance update for the calendar app now sorts event alerts by when they will appear. ($49.99 new, free update, 16.2 MB)

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KeyCue 9.3

Small maintenance release that also celebrates the 15th anniversary of the keyboard shortcut and emoji tool. (€19.99 new, free update, 4.0 MB)

Default Folder X 5.3.7 No comments

Default Folder X 5.3.7

Improves handling of file dialogs that are as large as the screen and improves how the toolbar handles multiple-display Macs. ($34.95 new, free update, 8.7 MB)

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