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iPhones, iPads, and Macs hacked in Australia

Based on reports from Australia, some iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices are being hacked, locked and held hostage until the owners send money via PayPal. Some have received messages saying “Device hacked by Oleg Pliss,” along with an email address where they can send money to regain access.

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The power of free: OS X Mavericks running half of Internet connected Macs

Neither OS X 10.7 Lion nor 10.8 Mountain Lion reached the usage share level Mavericks attained in March, with Lion having topped out at 47% while Mountain Lion managed 49%. Of the last four versions of OS X, only Snow Leopard (which was “newest” for nearly two years), exceeded 50%. The difference with OS X Mavericks, of course, is that it’s a free upgrade from any version of OS X from Snow Leopard on.

Apple releases OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 with fix for SSL vulnerability

Apple has finally released OS X Mavericks v10.9.2 with a fix for the SSL vulnerability currently plaguing the company’s devices. Apple released iOS 7.0.6 as well as a software update for the Apple TV in order to address the vulnerability that allowed hackers to bypass SSL/TLS verifications on shared and public networks and steal user information from affected devices, including log-in usernames and passwords, as well as other sensitive information.

Apple seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 beta to developers

Less than a week after Apple released OS X 10.9.1 to the public, the company has released the first beta of OS X 10.9.2 to developers. The first beta arrives with a build number of 13C32 and doesn’t specify what the update contains. Instead, developers are asked to focus on Mail, Messages, VPN, Graphics Drivers, and VoiceOver, though there are reports the new update contains new features, including FaceTime Audio.

Apple seeds Safari 7.0.1 and 6.1.1 betas with PDF and autofill improvements

Apple has seeded two new Safari betas for developers to test, supporting OS X Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks in the latest updates. The two updates include Safari 6.1.1 for OS X 10.7.5 Lion and OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion, as well as Safari 7.0.1 for OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Apple is prompting its developers to specifically look at PDFs, login and password autofill, as well as other general website compatibility and accessibility features.

OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5 available now via software update

Before you even think about September 18 and iOS 7, you might want to check out the software update on your Mac, as Apple has just released OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5. Recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users, v10.8.5 brings in several fixes for Mail, Xsan and AFP file transfers, as well as overall improvement on stability, compatibility and security.

Apple releases OS X 10.8.5 to developers

Apple has unleashed their latest software update (build 12F17) for OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion to those who are part of Apple’s Dev program. OS X 10.8.5 appears to be an end software version of Mountain Lion as Apple continues to work on its next major update of OS X codenamed “Mavericks.”

Apple releases OS X 10.8.4 update

After months in beta, Apple has finally released the OS X 10.8.4 update for Mountain Lion. The OS X update is available now for download via the Mac App Store, and brings major improvements throughout Mountain Lion, including Wi-Fi connectivity and Microsoft Exchange compatibility, Safari bug fixes, a fix for an issue that prevented users from making FaceTime calls to non-U.S. numbers, and other enhancements.

Apple releases OS X 10.8.4 beta to developers

Apple has unveiled their next software update for Mountain Lion, as the OS X 10.8.4 beta has been pushed to developers registered in Apple’s developer program. This developer build is labeled 12E30, and Apple has requested that developers focus on graphics, drivers, Safari, and WiFi.

OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.3 hands-on; minor software update glitch encountered

Apple released OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.3 on Thursday. I downloaded and installed the update last evening via Software Update, and that went reasonably smoothly except that my first attempt at a (mandatory) restart after the App Store app’s prompt still yielded OS 10.8.2.

Apple releases OS X 10.8.3, Safari 6.0.3

Apple has released OS X 10.8.3, the latest update for Mountain Lion, which also includes Safari 6.0.3. In addition to bug and security fixes, it includes the ability to scan an iTunes card using your laptop’s camera instead of manually entering the code.

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Apple’s cloud computing “ecosystem” – walled garden or comfortable prison?

A friend of mine—a longtime and formerly ultra-enthusiastic Mac fan—recently summed up his frustration with the direction Apple has taken. He still uses Apple computers because, he says, he’s too lazy to learn a new system, but he detests the “ecosystem” model Apple has constructed around the iOS and, increasingly, OS X as well.