Apple released Mac EFI Security Update 2015-001 on Monday, a security update for Mountain Lion and Mavericks that patches two flaws dealing with EFI Flash memory. Both flaws would have allowed the bad guys to take over your Mac.
On Tuesday, June 30, 2015, Apple updated their iTunes Store Terms and Conditions just hours ahead of the iTunes Music launch. Anyone downloading apps or app updates from the iTunes Store will have to agree to this, as will anyone installing iOS 8.4, as well.
The big changes are the inclusion of a new section detailing Apple Music, with mention of "iCloud Music Library" that sounds eerily familiar to iTunes Match (though iTunes Match is still listed elsewhere). Apple Music will require iOS 8.4, iTunes 12.2 and Android 4.1. Additionally, Apple now (for good reason) has the right to use your playback information to report to licensors and pay royalties. This covers both the new Apple Music service as well as iTunes Match.
Along with iOS 8.4, Apple released OS X 10.10.4 on Tuesday. The update fixes several issues, most notably the annoying discoveryd problem that caused no end of headaches for Yosemite users connecting to WiFi networks.
As promised, Apple released iOS 8.4 on Tuesday ahead of the launch of Apple Music. The update includes support for Apple's new streaming music service along with bug fixes.
Apple will be releasing iOS 8.4 at 8AM pacific time on June 30, an hour ahead of the official Apple Music launch. The update will include support for Apple's new streaming music and Internet radio service.
A new Apple tech note explains the details of the Consumer Device Cardholder Verification Method (CDCVM). The document is intended primarily at merchants, but could come in handy for consumers wishing to understand in more detail how their card issuer handles Apple Pay and contactless payments.
A significant security hole in iOS and OS X has been exposed by researchers from three universities a security hole that allows malware to access Keychain data from other apps. That means your login information and passwords could be compromised and captured. Bryan Chaffin explains.
LastPass announced Monday that it "discovered and blocked suspicious activity" on Friday. The company said it had no evidence that password vaults were compromised, but that, "LastPass account email addresses, password reminders, server per user salts, and authentication hashes were compromised."
On June 8, Other World Computing announced a full-featured 11 port USB-C Dock for use with the new Apple MacBook and other computers that use the USB-C port. Available in silver, space gray or gold, the new dock is available for pre-order and will ship in October.
Here's a handy resource guide that pulls together everything you will want to know right now about Apple's new OS X 10.11, called El Capitan: Apple's official info, the beta program, and technical introductions.
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