Updates Ahoy! – TMO Daily Observations 2021-01-27

· Kelly Guimont · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss why the latest iOS update is very important to install, and a look ahead at earnings.

Headphone Safety, Big Sur, & Geek Challenges — Mac Geek Gab 854

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Big Sur continues to mature…and it continues to have some pesky little issues, too. Never fear, your two favorite geeks are here to answer your questions and help solve your problems. Listen as John and Dave talk through Big Sur, Headphone Safety, and share some Geek Challenges of yours with the Mac Geek Gab family. Press play and enjoy learning at least…five new things!

Apple Releases macOS Big Sur 11.2 Release Candidate

· Andrew Orr · Product News

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Apple has released the macOS Big Sur 11.2 release candidate for developers. This follows the other final beta versions of its other operating systems.

Apple Apps No Longer Bypass macOS Big Sur Firewalls

· Andrew Orr · Link

In macOS Big Sur, Apple deprecated third-party kernel extensions including Network Kernel Extensions (NKEs). NKEs are used by apps like firewalls to monitor network traffic. Apple’s new user-mode Network Extension Framework had a side-effect: Apple’s own apps wouldn’t be routed through it and thus could bypass third-party firewalls. But now that has changed.

I of course also wondered if malware could abuse these “excluded” items to generate network traffic that could surreptitiously bypass any socket filter firewall.  Unfortunately the answer was yes! It was (unsurprisingly) trivial to find a way to abuse these items, and generate undetected network traffic.

Fixing Broken Mail Search on macOS

· Jeff Butts · How-To

Fixing Broken Mail Search on macOS

When you run into a problem with broken Mail search, you could pull out your hair trying to fix it. Or, you could just follow these tips.

Quick Tips, Cool Stuff Found and Your Questions Answered: A Traditional MGG — Mac Geek Gab 846

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

There’s nothing wrong with enjoying the comfort of old traditions, and this week’s Mac Geek Gab has three of them for you: Quick Tips, Cool Stuff Found, and your questions answered. Press play and enjoy learning five new things as John and Dave, your two favorite geeks, steward us all through this week’s episode.

My Big Sur Upgrade was Painless

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac says, “since my first obligation is to you, gentle reader, I ignored my own advice and installed macOS Big Sur on my primary Mac a couple of days ago.” And he lived to tell the tale!

Big Sur, the M1 MacBook Air, and Quick Tips — Mac Geek Gab 845

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Dave’s had his M1 MacBook Air for a week, and John has some questions for him! Lots more about Big Sur including your questions answered *and* some Quick Tips. Of course, MGG wouldn’t be complete without more in-depth tips, too, and y’all have been keeping the queue full in that department! Press play and enjoy learning at least five new things.

How to Use and Edit Widgets in macOS Big Sur

· Charlotte Henry · Tips

Widgets have been a feature in macOS for a while, and they again appear in Big Sur with a couple of ways to access and edit them.

Hands-on with HomePod mini and Big Sur, with Jeff Gamet - ACM 538

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Jeff Gamet is back with Bryan Chaffin to talk about his hands-on experience with Apple’s new HomePod mini. How it sounds, how it compares with HomePod, and how it compares with Amazon’s Alexa Echo and Echo Dot. They also run over their hands-on time with macOS Big Sur.