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Apple updates Safari, releases first 9.0 beta, offers EFI security fix

06/30, 3:02pm

Next version of Safari, coming in 10.11, will offer new features

Among a storm of major updates, Apple has also issues updated versions of Safari for the three versions of OS X currently supported: Mountain Lion (10.8), Mavericks (10.9), and Yosemite (10.10). In addition to the updated Safari versions (6.2.7, 7.1.7, and 8.0.7 respectively), the company also issued the first developer beta of the forthcoming Safari 9.0, which will accompany the release of OS X 10.11 this fall, and a pair of EFI updates.

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Briefly: Safari security update, lunch with Tim Cook raises $200K

05/06, 10:21pm

Minor update patches WebKit security flaws in Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion

On Wednesday, Apple updated its Safari browser for OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks), and 10.10 (Yosemite) to versions 6.2.6, 7.1.6, and 8.0.6, respectively. The updates applied patches to discovered security flaws in WebKit, the underlying engine of Safari, that could have been exploited if left unfixed. Potential problems that could have arisen from the flaws could have resulted in crashes, access to filesystem contents, or allowing a site to spoof a user interface. The updates as relevant will appear in the Updates tab of the Mac App Store.

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Researcher: OS X 'Rootpipe' attack fix not reliable, attacks possible

04/19, 11:00am

Yosemite-only patch seemingly does little to mitigate Rootpipe-based attacks

Researchers from security firm Synack have determined that Apple's latest patch for the "Rootpipe" privilege escalation flaw remain mostly unfixed, even on OS X 10.10 "Yosemite." Ex-NSA staff member Patrick Wardle examined the new patch, and found a new path around Apple's security fix, leaving the computer unprotected from hostile users with physical access. In other developments, the malware is loose in the wild and has been for some time, but is a discrete app and still not a remote attack.

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Apple offers first OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 beta, focuses on stability

04/16, 6:26pm

New beta comes on heels of 10.10.3 release, no change log yet available

Just a week after the official release of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 and days after the first beta of iOS 8.4, Apple has posted the first 10.10.4 beta for developers and testers, though it is has not been (and is not likely to be) made available to public beta testers until future builds are released. The sparse announcement of the new beta says only that the update focuses on "stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac," which suggests it will build on the improvements made in 10.10.3.

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Apple releases supplemental 10.10.3 update over video issues

04/16, 3:10pm

Not all users affected, but caused kernel panics, startup issues in some machines

On Thursday, Apple released a rare supplemental update to OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 that resolves a bug in a video driver that was causing some Mac owners to report startup issues or even full-blown kernel panics "when running certain apps that capture video," said the company. Users were reported longer-than-normal startup times or crashes. Not fixed by the new update are scattered reports of problems opening large JPEG files using Preview of QuickLook, but this is again not a universal issue.

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Apple patches root escalation in Yosemite, older may not see patch

04/10, 8:45am

Exploit demonstrated with physical access, possible remote exploit

Alongside bug fixes and other improvements, Apple has patched a longstanding security flaw which could give users with physical access to a machine root privileges, regardless of assigned permissions. The flaw, indexed as CVE-2015-1130, was reported to Apple in October of 2014, but Apple requested that it be not publicly disclosed until patched due to the "substantial amount of changes" required to fix.

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Apple offers seventh OS X 10.10.3 beta to testers

04/02, 5:21pm

Updated version is second this week, hinting at problem fixes

Developers and public testers of the forthcoming OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 release have unexpectedly been notified of a second release this week, this time with build number 14D130a. Normally spaced a week apart, the last update came on Monday with 14D127a -- suggesting that the company is zeroing in on fixes for certain known issues, and perhaps planning a public release in the near future. Testers are cautioned to keep backups current while testing the new beta.

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Apple issues sixth OS X 10.10.3 beta with minor changes

03/30, 5:49pm

Public beta updated also; screen sharing, Wi-Fi, languages need focus

On Monday, Apple issued a sixth beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 to developers, and an identical third beta to registered public testers. The new build, numbered 14D127a, is said to be mostly a security, compatibility, and stability bugfix release, though the company has added a request that testers focus on screen-sharing features as well as Hebrew and Arabic localizations, on top of the ongoing focus on Wi-Fi "captive portal" networks (such as hotels or coffeeshops).

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Pointers: Better Links in Mail (OS X)

03/30, 8:37am

Hide ugly URL addresses when emailing

URLs are ugly – and they are also very daunting if you're new to the web. So long as they're up there in the browser and you just got to the site by clicking a heading in Google, nobody cares. Yet when you send them to someone, that's when you can put them off or you can make their life easier. It's also where you can demonstrate that you know your stuff. There is one important caveat to this but otherwise this Pointers will show you how to make emails with links that simply look better than sending someone a five-foot-long string of dots and slashes. The specific steps in this tutorial are all for Mail in OS X Yosemite.

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Apple issues fifth OS X 10.10.3 beta, updates Photos, recovery tools

03/23, 5:05pm

Version is identical to new update for Appleseed testers

On Monday, Apple issued the fifth beta version of OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite to developers. The latest version, which comes on the heels of the previous fourth release that was aimed solely at new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro users, is also being released to registered public beta users as the second such version. The forthcoming Photos app has been updated (though it still has some known issues), as well as Yosemite's recovery tools.

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Apple issues security, iPhoto updates for OS X Yosemite

03/19, 5:50pm

Early 2015 MacBooks, MacBook Pros get separate version

Apple on Thursday has updated OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 (only) with a new security update. While details are not available, the update could possibly be the first to address an https vulnerability known as FREAK, which can compromise secure web browsing on a variety of systems and applications. In addition, the company has issued an update for iPhoto to further help with the eventual transition to Photos, as well as clear up a few bugs.

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Pointers: Dictation on OS X

03/09, 7:27am

Get more from your Mac's built-in dictation tools

This is about getting more from dictation in OS X, but really it's about getting anything from it at all: we're prepared to bet that you've never even switched the feature on. That might be because you're already addicted to Dragon Dictate, and if that is the case, you carry on. If it's that you just haven't looked, or if you don't believe you need it though, OS X Yosemite's dictation is far better and more genuinely useful than you mght expect.

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Microsoft releases public preview of Office 2016 for Mac

03/05, 12:43pm

Building iPad version assisted in Mac rebuild and rethink of programs, company says

Microsoft on Thursday released a public preview beta of the programs that make up the forthcoming Office 2016 for Mac. The new versions, which inherit many of the features from the last Windows release, offer a Yosemite-inspired look that support Retina displays, full-screen mode, and other modern Mac and OS X features. The preview versions are completely free to download and use, but are intended to give customers a sneak peek and to gather feedback from users ahead of the final release.

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Briefly: FontDoctor 10 release, Tweetbot returning for Yosemite

02/04, 8:40pm

FontDoctor 10 arrives for 64-bit OS X, offers bad font 'quarantine'

FontGear Inc. has released version 10 of FontDoctor for Mac. The software scans the fonts installed on a system to find and correct conflicts, or corrupt or damaged files, missing bitmaps and other problems that could cause performance issues. The Mac version of FontDoctor is compatible with OS X v10.7 (Lion) through to 10.10 (Yosemite), and costs $70 for a single use license. New features include continuous font health monitoring, a new Font Quarantine for damaged fonts, and full 64-bit compatibility.



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OS X 10.10.2 leaves beta, brings predicted changes

01/27, 1:56pm

Upgrades Time Machine with iCloud Drive browsing

Simultaneous with the launch of iOS 8.1.3, Apple has also released the finished version of OS X 10.10.2. As anticipated, the one feature addition is the ability to browse iCloud Drive items from within Time Machine. Elsewhere, the update is dedicated solely to squashing bugs, such as Wi-Fi disconnects, webpages loading too slowly, and various security and stability problems in Safari.

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OS X 10.10.2 to fix two vulnerabilities uncovered by Google

01/23, 3:03pm

Third exploit may have already been patched

OS X 10.10.2, still in beta, fixes a pair of zero-day exploits uncovered by Google's Project Zero, reports say. The Project Zero team has newly-published data relating to three OS X vulnerabilities, in accordance with a 90-day disclosure policy; Apple was informed of them in October. One is believed to have already been fixed in OS X Yosemite as of January 8, but in theory the remaining two could be used to attack v10.10.1 users.

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Sixth OS X 10.10.2 build comes to developers

01/21, 1:57pm

Bluetooth drops from testing focus

Apple is now seeding a sixth beta of OS X 10.10.2,, listed as build 14C106a. It follows just less than a week after the fifth release, 14C99d. As before, testing efforts are being directed toward Wi-Fi, Mail, and VoiceOver, though Bluetooth has apparently been dropped from the list. A version of the latest beta has also been made available to public testers who previously signed up for the Yosemite beta.

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Apple seeds fifth developer beta of OS X 10.10.2

01/15, 12:29am

Returns to weekly update cycle, increments build

Apparently now returning to a weekly update cycle following the holidays, Apple late on Wednesday issued a fifth developer beta of the next update for OS X, 10.10.2. The new build, 14C99d, comes exactly one week after the previous version, 14C94b. Focus areas in the new beta remain the same, asking developers to test Wi-Fi connectivity in particular and Mail, VoiceOver, and Bluetooth as well. Wi-Fi and Mail have been continued to be problem areas for some Yosemite users.

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OS X Spotlight search may share details with spammers, reports say

01/09, 12:44pm

Service set to automatically load email images despite Mail settings

OS X Yosemite's incarnation of Spotlight is potentially sharing personal data with spammers and possible malicious parties, reports say. An option in Mail lets users turn off the loading of remote content in emails, something security experts recommend in order to avoid letting third parties track behavior. The new Spotlight can search through Mail messages alongside other sources, but in doing so will automatically load remote images, regardless of whether Mail is set to do so or not.

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Apple updates Yosemite Server to 4.0.3, formalizes SMB3 default

01/07, 1:27am

Fully updated for latest OS X and iOS 8 point releases, update adds features

Apple has updated OS X server for Yosemite to version 4.0.3, adding a number of new features and minor improvements to the $20 add-on that provides enterprise-level tools to administer OS X and iOS devices running the latest respective OS releases. The update requires OS X 10.10.1 to run, and iOS 8 on remote iOS devices. The new version promotes SMB3 as the default protocol for sharing files, and updates Profile Manager to support the new features in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, such as Handoff.

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Forums: Yosemite Install problems, Broadwell chips and poop emojis

01/06, 2:00pm

Yosemite Install problems, Broadwell chips and poop emojis

Today in the MacNN Forums, one distressed Fresh-Faced Recruit was looking for help resolving a problem with installing Yosemite after something went wrong and the external hard drive they were trying to install it on died. Yesterday, Moderator "P" started a discussion about the release timeline for Intel's latest Broadwell chips that were just announced at CES.

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Hands On: DockPhone (OS X)

12/30, 8:57am

Make OS X's phone call feature the must-have it should be

A stand-out, landmark, must-have feature of OS X Yosemite is how you can now make phone calls from your Mac. We knew it wouldn't be quite as easy as it sounds and we were fine with having to set it up, we were fine with having to have an iPhone for it to work. We've been less fine since, because it's proved too fiddly. DockPhone, an app that promises to simply the process somewhat, is not perfect either -- but it's so very good that it caused us to start using the feature more than we have since it launched.

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Public gets new beta of OS X 10.10.2

12/22, 8:59am

Follows third developer beta

Over the weekend, Apple published a new public beta version of OS X 10.10.2 to pre-registered Yosemite testers. The code is identified as build 14C81h, and follows the third developer beta of the update, which was build 14C81f. For that, Apple asked developers to concentrate testing on areas such as Mail, VoiceOver, and Wi-Fi connections.

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Reports: Yosemite Mail causing intermittent typing lag for some users

12/12, 8:21pm

Apple Support Community members' exhaustive testing rules out 1Password as cause

On November 1, a thread was started on the Apple Support Community regarding an intermittent and troublesome lag when using Apple's Mail, the default email program, in Yosemite. User 'Andrew-StL' kicked off the discussion, reporting the issue while composing messages after updating from Mavericks to the then newly-released Yosemite, noting that the lag was not experienced while entering text in any other application.

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Third OS X 10.10.2 beta adds Mail, VoiceOver as testing areas

12/12, 3:04pm

Timeline for final update up in the air

Apple has issued a third beta of OS X 10.10.2 to developers. The code is listed as build 14C81f, and follows 14C78c, released on the 4th. One significant change is that Mail and VoiceOver have been added as new areas for testing focus, suggesting an expanded scope for Apple's bugfixes.

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Apple issues Safari 8.0.2, 7.1.2, and 6.2.2

12/11, 3:16pm

8.0.2 update replaces botched 8.0.1

Apple has released Safari 8.0.2 for users of OS X Yosemite. Unlike most updates to the browser, v8.0.2 is virtually identical to its predecessor. It instead patches over the broken v8.0.1 release, which was found to cause some copies of Safari to become completely non-functional, and later pulled.

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Apple updates Safari for Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite

12/03, 5:52pm

Bugfix updates add Firefox import, improves WebGL on Retina displays

On Wednesday, Apple released minor updates to Safari for the current and two most recent OS X versions. Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8.5) users will see an update to Safari v6.2.1, Mavericks (10.9.x) users will see Safari 7.1.1 available for update, and Yosemite users (10.10) will get Safari 8.0.1. The releases share a variety of bug and security fixes, and add the ability to import usernames and passwords from Firefox.

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Apple issues first 10.10.2 beta to developers and testers

11/20, 8:11pm

First beta comes with known problem, but no focus areas for testing

Just days after issuing the OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 update that has reportedly fixed a raft of Wi-Fi and Mail issues (but not all of them), the company has seeded the first beta of 10.10.2 for developer. The new build, 14C68k, is now available through the Yosemite Software Update mechanism or Apple's developer portal. The release notes for the beta curiously do not mention any focus areas, but do warn testers of a known flaw in opening documents from iCloud Drive.

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Forums: private browsing, custom colors and more

11/18, 3:55pm

private browsing, custom colors and more

Yesterday, when trying to figure out how to set up Safari's private browsing feature in Yosemite, Mac Elite "jeff k" turned to the MacNN Forums looking for some help. Earlier today, forum-goers assisted "Ralph Tomaccio" with trying to change the color of the text under a folder icon on their desktop on Yosemite.

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Yosemite update not fixing all Wi-Fi issues, users continue complaints

11/18, 7:20am

Patch solved issues for some, not nearly all

Apple's latest patch to OS X 10.10 Yosemite, version 10.10.1, has brought along fixes for Wi-Fi and Mail issues for some users. The Apple support threads regarding the matter, however, suggest that not all users are getting relief. While the update has helped some, users are still reporting frequent disconnects and very slow speeds through Wi-Fi, even after the patch.

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Apple releases simultaneous OS X 10.10.1, iOS 8.1.1 updates

11/17, 2:13pm

Yosemite update fixes serious Wi-Fi issues

Apple has released simultaneous updates for OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. OS X 10.10.1 for Mac copes mainly with significant bugs, such as a glitch with Wi-Fi that would cause a system to repeatedly disconnect. It also solves problems with sending Mail messages, displayed updates at the Mac App Store, Mac minis not waking from sleep, and disappearing items like Actions, sharing services, and Notification Center widgets.

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Apple releases second OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite beta update

11/11, 1:17am

New build doesn't list any new areas of focus; still testing Wi-Fi, Exchange mail, Notification Cent

A week after offering developers and public beta testers a first release of OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite, the company has issued a smaller second beta with the same focus areas as the previous version. The new build, 14B23, again asks testers to focus on Wi-Fi, Exchange email accounts and tracking down bugs in Notification Center, just as with the first beta. Those who signed up for pre-release builds for the Yosemite public beta will also receive the 10.10.1 betas.

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'Rootpipe' flaw could let hackers assume control of Yosemite Macs

11/04, 2:33pm

Apple already working on fix, researcher says

A Swedish security researcher at TrueSec, Emil Kvarnhammar, says he has discovered a critical security hole in OS X Yosemite that could let hackers gain root access on a Mac. Few details are available about the exploit, nicknamed Rootpipe, which is said to create a temporary backdoor that bypasses Yosemite's usual safeguards. The problem has allegedly existed in OS X since at least 2012, but may date back even further.

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Yosemite GPU switch causing graphics issue in some Retina MacBook Pros

11/04, 7:50am

Several support threads discussing issue related to GPU switching

Some early Retina-equipped MacBook Pro users are seeing graphical issues in Safari and other browsers following an upgrade to OS X 10.10 Yosemite. The severity of the issues vary, but a growing series of support threads on the Apple user forums show users experiencing problems ranging from minor text entry issues, all the way through persistent crashing. A pair of workarounds are available, but not all users are reporting success with them.

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Apple publishes open-source code for OS X Yosemite

10/31, 12:18pm

Release mandatory in open source licensing

Apple has published the open-source code contained in OS X Yosemite. This includes the xnu-2782.1.97 kernel, as well as numerous other system components. The parts combine into Darwin 10.10.0, an open-source OS derived from Apple, NeXTSTEP, and BSD code, among other sources.

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Alleged new version of Outlook for Mac leaks on Chinese site

10/27, 8:32pm

Shows Yosemite styling, Notification Center support, more

Images claiming to be from a leaked copy of the next version of Outlook for Mac have appeared on the Chinese site cnBeta, which may hint at an impending release for the long-awaited update to the Microsoft Office suite. The program is said to be called "Outlook for Mac 16," and may suggest that the next major Office revision for Mac may be be released alongside a new Windows version. The program appears to take on the design language of OS X Yosemite, and is said to be more unified with the Windows version.

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Yosemite adoption outpacing last year's Mavericks, now at 12.8 percent

10/24, 9:45pm

Both most recent OS releases caught on at double the pace of previous paid upgrades

Users are getting used to the idea of upgrading to the latest OS X versions very quickly after release, a new study from ad agency and trend analyst Chitika shows. The latest major OS X upgrade, 10.10 Yosemite, has already achieved a 12.8 percent share of all Internet-connected Macs -- slightly ahead of where last year's release, Mavericks, was at the same point, six days after release. However, both Mavericks and Yosemite have enjoyed adoption rates more than twice as high as the last paid upgrade, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion in 2012.

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Forums: Yosemite is a big win (or fail depending on who you ask)

10/24, 3:46pm

Yosemite is a big win (or fail depending on who you ask)

With just a little over one week on the Mac App Store under its belt, OS X 10.10 Yosemite has been one of the hottest topics in the MacNN forums, with discussion topics ranging from claimed "unfixed bugs" and battery life issues to beefs with Dark Mode and tips for those who are just upgrading for the first time. Today, one Dedicated MacNNer was looking for help determining the cause of what appears to be USB power failure.

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Jury-rigged Continuity Activation Tool puts tech on older Macs

10/23, 4:50pm

Supports Macs going back to 2008

A new user-created tool enables OS X Yosemite's Continuity function on Macs that are officially unsupported. Dubbed the Continuity Activation Tool, it checks for strict hardware compatibility -- namely the presence of Bluetooth 4.0 -- and disables an Apple blacklist that shuts off Continuity on some Mac models. It also whitelists Mac board-ids inside Yosemite's Wi-Fi code. Before making any changes, the tool creates system driver backups.

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OS X Yosemite nudges Chrome, Firefox users into trying Safari

10/22, 5:08pm

Marketing built into new OS

People using Chrome or Firefox within OS X Yosemite are seeing push notifications asking them to try Safari, accounts say. The messages tout Safari as "fast, energy efficient, and with a beautiful new design," and even include "Later" and "Try Now" buttons. They appear to be triggered by launching Chrome or Firefox for the first time after the Yosemite upgrade.

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Forums: All iOS apps must support 64-bit code??

10/21, 12:24pm

All iOS apps must support 64-bit code??

One headline on MacNN this week has caused a bit of a stir in the forums, when Mac Elite "WizOSX" pointed out that Apple has announced that all iOS apps must support 64-bit code by February. One Fresh-Faced Recruit is having trouble playing video with their Windows notebook computer, and is wondering if the MacBook Air would be able to handle it better.

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Realmac updates RapidWeaver 6 web publishing tool, now 64-bit

10/21, 9:59am

Major update to RapidWeaver requires Mavericks, Yosemite

Realmac Software today announced the immediate availability of RapidWeaver 6, a major new upgrade to the company's long-running website creation app. RapidWeaver 6 has over a dozen major new features, hundreds of enhancements and refinements, and is now built exclusively for OS X Mavericks and OS X Yosemite.

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Follow-up: Apple clarifies use of data in Spotlight searches

10/21, 1:21am

Emphasizes user privacy through short-lived session IDs

While it may sound like a report from the Department of the Obvious, the new version of Spotlight included in Yosemite includes searching beyond the local drive, and consequently gathers and sends to Apple some information on what users are searching for, their (city-level) location -- if Location Services is turned on -- and what Spotlight Suggestion was selected. That one needs to get certain data to perform a web search has apparently come as a surprise to some, and thus Apple has released a statement clarifying exactly what data is gathered, how it is used, and reminding users of how to turn it off if desired.

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Yosemite uploads location, search data to Apple via Spotlight

10/20, 6:46pm

Functions raise privacy concerns

The Yosemite version of Spotlight is automatically uploading both location and search data to Apple whenever the tools is used, reports say. The information is mentioned in an official "About Spotlight & Privacy" document, but may be missed by the average person. "If you have Location Services on your device turned on, when you make a search query to Spotlight the location of your device at that time will be sent to Apple," one part of the document reads.

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Forums: Time for a new iMac?

10/17, 3:54pm

Time for a new iMac?

Since yesterday marked the release of the new 27-inch iMac, the MacNN forums have been abuzz with chatter about this latest addition to the Mac family, and finally there is an answer to the age-old question "is it time for a new iMac?" and it looks like that answer is a resounding "yes." The official OS X 10.10 Yosemite thread was started yesterday by "Eden Aurora," where users can share their experiences and first impressions.

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Yosemite SMS Relay, Instant Hotspot functions waiting for iOS 8.1

10/17, 11:06am

Features also available to iPad, iPod owners

Although OS X Yosemite is out and most Continuity and Handoff features should already work, two important ones -- Instant Hotspot and SMS Relay -- won't function until iOS 8.1 is released on Monday, notes AppleInsider. The former automatically tethers a Mac, iPad, or iPod touch to an iPhone, while the latter lets people receive SMS/MMS messages from an iPhone on the above devices. Instant Hotspot requires the paired devices to be on the same Apple ID and the iPhone to have tethering enabled by a carrier.

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OS X 10.10 Yosemite formally released

10/16, 1:39pm

Lengthy public beta test may help reduce teething issues in new update

On Thursday, Apple followed expectations and took the wraps off the public release of OS X 10.10 Yosemite, its latest update to the Mac operating system. Released in conjunction with iOS 8.1, features such as Continuity and Handoff will allow further integration of the two complementary operating systems, with recent-vintage Mac users able to make and receive phone calls and SMS text messages, or be automatically prompted to pick up the last-used app on the other platform right where they left off.

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Apple seeds sixth public beta of OS X Yosemite

10/13, 2:44pm

Likely last before Yosemite goes gold

Apple is now seeding a sixth public beta of OS X Yosemite to people participating in its AppleSeed program. The build is identified as 14A388b, the same as the third GM candidate for developers, which was released last week. Given that, no new features or bugfixes are present.

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Apple 'Yosemi-fies' iTunes 12 beta's look for anticipated launch

10/10, 11:41pm

Less-obvious buttons, more white space, flatter icons fall in line with iOS 7 aesthetic

The flatter, more minimalist look sported by both iOS 7 and 8 as well as the forthcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite has reached iTunes, or at least the version currently being beta-tested for imminent release. With OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.1 expected to be unveiled next week at Apple's press event, the music management and storefront application that ties into most users' iOS devices for media access has gained a whiter, flatter interface that does away with shadows and 3D effects in favor of clean lines and subtle buttons.

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Apple releases third GM candidate build for OS X Yosemite to devs

10/09, 11:40pm

Updates coming more quickly, signaling that testing phase is winding down

Apple has again updated its "Golden Master" candidate of OS X 10.10 Yosemite in a developer-only release, the third such build. Apple had already seeded a second GM candidate just two days ago, with the first one coming exactly a week before that. The new version, build 14A388a, is exactly two nightly builds up from the previous version. There were no new release notes to indicate what was changed, suggesting that the new GM candidate contains a fix for a recently-discovered issue.

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