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1654: Urgent OS security updates, upgrading to macOS 13 Ventura, using smart speakers while temporarily blind

To address two severe security vulnerabilities being exploited in the wild, Apple has released updates to its current iPhone, iPad, and Mac operating systems, plus the previous versions of iOS and iPadOS and the last two versions of macOS. Update all your devices right away. Continuing on the updating theme, Adam Engst shares his experience performing a Level 2 clean install of macOS 13 Ventura on his primary Mac in an attempt to eliminate recalcitrant problems. Finally, Julio Ojeda-Zapata rejoins us with a story about how he was forced to rely on smart speakers from Apple, Amazon, and Google during a months-long recovery from post-concussion syndrome. Notable Mac app releases this week include BBEdit 14.6.5, Fantastical 3.7.9, Safari 16.4.1, and macOS Monterey 12.6.5 and Big Sur 11.7.6.

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Using Smart Speakers While Temporarily Blind

How smart are smart speakers, really? Julio Ojeda-Zapata put this to the test when temporarily sightless due to a medical condition.Leaning on his Amazon, Apple, and Google speakers more than usual proved an often-frustrating exercise because Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant are still pretty dumb.