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#1556: Security updates for iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS; Drink Different posters; 20th anniversary of Mac OS X; books to learn the Mac command line

Apple last week pushed out important updates to iOS 14.4.2, iPadOS 14.4.2, iOS 12.5.2, and watchOS 7.3.3 to fix a WebKit vulnerability that was being exploited in the wild. For those who like a little nostalgia, we have a pair of articles to accompany you down memory lane: a retrospective commemorating the 20th anniversary of the launch of Mac OS X 10.0 and a look back at Dantz Development’s “Drink Different” posters parodying Apple’s famous ad campaign. Finally, if you’d like to learn more about the macOS command line, Adam Engst recommends a pair of books—Joe Kissell’s Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal and Armin Briegel’s macOS Terminal and Shell—albeit for different audiences. Notable Mac app releases this week include Pages 11.0, Numbers 11.0, and Keynote 11.0, BBEdit 13.5.5, Default Folder X 5.5.7, Fetch 5.8.2, Ulysses 22, Zoom 5.6.1, Firefox 87, and Evernote 10.10.5.

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A Pair of Books for Learning the Mac Command Line

If you’d like to enhance your command-line skills—either for your personal edification or to support your career as a Mac admin—you won’t go wrong by picking one of two books: the recently updated "Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal" or the new "macOS Terminal and Shell."


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BBEdit 13.5.5

Maintenance update for the long-standing text editor focused on bug fixes. ($49.99 new, free update, 18.7 MB, macOS 10.14.2+)

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Fetch 5.8.2

The venerable file transfer client adds support for M1-based Macs. ($29 new, free update, 9.8 MB, macOS 10.13+)

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Ulysses 22

Expands and improves the writing app’s blog publishing capabilities. ($49.99 annual subscription, free update, 31 MB MB, macOS 10.14.4+)

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Zoom 5.6.1

Enhances the three-way Zoom Phone calling feature and improves chat searches for @mentions. (Free, 24 MB, macOS 10.9+)

Firefox 87 1 comment

Firefox 87

Adds full support for VoiceOver, the macOS screen reader. (Free, 126 MB, macOS 10.12+)

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Evernote 10.10.5

Maintenance release for the information management app with a variety of improvements. (Free, 147 MB, macOS 10.10+)