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A previously undisclosed report from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission detailed some of the many ways that Google Inc. manipulated its search results to promote its own services at the expense of its rivals. The report was part of a "lengthy" investigation, yet no complaint or lawsuits will be filed against the company.
We have a deal today on the MacDojo 'Yosemite OS X Productivity' Course. It gives you access to more than 50 HD-quality video lessons, and they're designed to teach you how to be productive with OS X Yosemite. How to utilize multiple desktops, hidden settings, Mission Control, Notification Center, Hot Corners...if you want to learn more about these things, this course is for you. Through our deal it's just $19, 80 percent off retail. Check it out!
Apple released security patch notes for Security Update 2015-003 for Yosemite Thursday evening. The software update went live with little information on its contents, but Apple's security page now indicates the update patches two issues that could allow the bad guys to take over your Mac.
Check out this deal on the slim Rhino Shield Crash Guard for iPhone 6. According to the company, it weighs just 12 grams, is very thin, and survives a 12-foot drop test. It retails for $55, but you can get it for $44.99 through our deal.
Apple released iPhoto 9.6.1 Thursday, an update that preps the way for migrating to Apple's upcoming Photos app. The update also includes a couple of bug fixes.
Apple released two security updates Thursday for Yosemite—one for "early 2015 Mac," whatever that is—and one for the rest of Yosemite users. The patch notes for both updates say that are "recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X," but as of this writing we have no info on what it actually contains or fixes.
You only have a few more hours (as of this writing) to enter our MacBook Pro Giveaway. Registering means signing up for our deal emails, which are quite cool in and of themselves. But registration closes later tonight. There are more details on our deal page for the giveaway. Giddy up and good luck!
Apple released Safari 8.0.4, Safari 7.1.4, and Safari 6.2.4 Tuesday, releases that patch many memory issues, included memory corruption. The updates also address an issue that could allow malicious hackers to disguise a URL.
Hey Browncoats, Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk are making a new series called Con Man, and they want your help funding it. ZOMG, it also involves Gina Torres, Felicia Day, Seth Green, and James Gunn. Oh, and it's going to have a spaceship. That's because it's about a guy (Alan Tudyck) who starred in a SciFi show with another guy (Nathan Fillion), only the show got canceled...too soon. Since then, Nathan Fillion's character has gone on to fame and fortune, while Alan Tudyck's character has not. If that's not a premise rife with comedic possibilities, I don't know what comedic possibilities are. They are looking to crowd-fund some of the budget for the show through Indiegogo. With 24 days left to go, they've raised more than US$2 million, five times their intial goal. And funding options include super awesome cool perks for fans. The trailers alone are hilarious. Check it out and give generously so I can watch this great show! Please?
There are many different alternative fuels for portable battery chargers, and now you can add corn flakes to the list. Or Spinach. Or maybe Sushi...mmmm...sushi. Anyway, Ampware has launched an Indiegogo campaign for CrankCase and CrankBox, two different portable batteries you charge with a hand-turned crank. 5 minutes of cranking will get you enough juice for three hours of smartphone use or half that for a tablet. That's a lot of cranking, but consider it a workout. And if you're camping, hiking, or driving through the mountains in the snow, it means power any time, day or night. The company has preproduction units and is using its campaign to work up production—assembly will take place in the U.S. There's more information on the Indiegogo page.