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OS X 10.10.5, new vulnerability, classical Music, iTunes 12.2.2, mouse rumours, Apple Car, Windows 10, iCloud improved, photo apps,


OS X 10.10.5 closes DYLD vulnerability, fixes bug and performance issues — Late last week Apple released the finished version of OS X 10.10.5, a maintenance update for Yosemite that mostly concentrates on bugfixes and security issues, including the DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE privilege escalation exploit. But …

New privilege escalation exploit discovered in OS X Yosemite, also affects just-released 10.10.5 — Just days after patching the DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE vulnerability with a new OS X point release, Apple’s desktop operating system has been hit with yet another zero-day exploit that would allow an attacker to gain root access without using a password. [Meanwhile, remember a vulnerability does not equal malware.]

Listening to classical music on Apple Music — Classical music fans like Kirk McElhearn are living in a golden age. More recordings are available than ever, and it’s much easier to buy CDs and downloads than in the past. Apple Music, however, can be more of a challenge for listening to classical since the music streaming model is designed around the “song” rather than multi-movement works, such as symphonies and sonatas. Here are a few tips to help you listen to classical music more efficiently.

iTunes 12.2.2 makes enhancements to Apple Music, Connect, Beats 1 — In tandem with iOS 8.4.1 and OS X 10.10.5, Apple on Thursday also released iTunes 12.2.2, making some minor improvements to Apple Music, Connect, and Beats 1, while simultaneously solving problems with browsing local libraries.

Apple to update Magic Mouse & wireless keyboard with Bluetooth LE, integrated batteries, FCC reveals — Two newly published filings with the US Federal Communications Commission reveal that Apple is planning to release a new Magic Mouse and wireless keyboard with support for the power sipping Bluetooth Low Energy specification. [That’s a good idea, Apple ..!]

Apple Car rumours are picking up speed — I remain skeptical, but The Guardian reports Apple is building a self-driving car and is scouting for secure locations in the San Francisco Bay area to test it. [My punt is that Apple will build an entire car to test, and then showcase, something that will turn out to be an installable box like Apple TV that enables whatever it is for any car. But I don’t get how any kind of car foray would be a big money spinner for Apple, so I’m confused.]

iCloud.com now provides recovery of deleted files, contacts, calendars and reminders — http://www.iCloud.com is the web-based portal for many of the apps built into OS X and iOS. A new feature provides a way for iCloud users to recover deleted files, contacts, calendars and reminders from iCloud on the web, making the service even more useful. To use the new recovery feature, simply log onto iCloud.com using your Apple ID. Once signed in, click on Settings. In the lower left corner of the Settings page is a box marked Advanced. It’s here where you can find links to Restore Files, Contacts, Calendars and Reminders.

Running Windows 10 on Mac — The latest version of Boot Camp is now available, and Boot Camp 6 makes it possible to run Redmond’s latest operating system — Microsoft Windows 10 — on a variety of Macs. Here’s a full list of Macs supporting Windows 10. [A-anathema-choo!] 

Work smart with Focus for Mac, iPhone and iPad — Focus for the Mac (US$19.99) and iPhone/iPad (US$4.99, universal with Apple Watch support) is a productivity timer with several thoughtful little touches.

Photo apps bundle — MacPhun has bundled Creative Kit, a suite of 5 apps to help you create stunning monochrome images, reveal hidden details, fix imperfections, add depth, remove digital noise and more with your photos.

4th El Capitan, Apple land, classical music, Maps, Thunderstrike, developer ecosystem, Taylor Swift surprised, Cobalt gaming

Thunderstrike could one day use Thunderbolt accessories to infect your Mac's firmware
Thunderstrike could one day use Thunderbolt accessories to infect your Mac’s firmware

Apple releases fourth public beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan — Apple has provided public OS X beta testers with the fourth pre-release build of El Capitan, its forthcoming free Mac operating system update set to launch this fall.

Apple Buys 43 acres in San Jose, enough to tturn Spaceship HQ into a fleet — Apple has purchased 43 acres (174,014.83 square metres) in San Jose, California, a plot of land big enough to hold a building as large as its massive Apple Campus 2, the so-called Spaceship HQ. The spot is the first known land purchase by Apple in San Jose, but it’s right next door to 27871 square metres of office space recently leased by the company.

Manage classical music in iTunes 12 — iTunes has always been designed for “songs,” and, for the most part, classical music isn’t a song-based genre. Because of this, organising classical music in iTunes can be a bit complicated. But with a few workarounds, it’s possible to maintain a large classical music library in iTunes.

Apple Maps needs the ability to edit and save location names — Google Maps for Android devices recently added the ability to edit the names of locations on the map, save them to your personal Google account and search for them the next time you’re out and about. This is something that Apple’s Maps app should have already featured. [Yes! Yes!]

Thunderstrike 2 could attack your Mac … but not today — Prepare for doomsday because there’s a new Mac security threat that targets Thunderbolt to deliver its payload to destroy your computer — or so some medial outlets would have you believe. The threat, dubbed Thunderstrike was first revealed at the beginning of the year as a proof of concept, and now the developers have a new version called Thunderstrike 2 that can target computers through malicious websites.

Apple’s ‘Ecosystem’ developer video — Apple has a cool video on its developer siste called Ecosystem, as noted by Redditor hollowgram. Whenever it was made, it focuses on how developers and end-users are able to make more out of Apple’s ecosystem because it’s just that, a true ecosystem. Apple doesn’t haven’t a sharing feature built into the videos posted to its developer site, but you can click through and watch it.

Taylor Swift says she was surprised by positive response to Apple Music letter — Pop musician Taylor Swift was surprised by the positive response to an open letter criticizing Apple Music royalties, including Apple’s quick decision to reverse course, according to an interview published on Tuesday.

Oxeye, Minecraft’s Mojang to release new Cobalt multiplayer — Cobalt, a long-gestating multiplayer action platformer jointly developed by indie studio Oxeye and Minecraft creators Mojang, is set to drop on the Mac this October alongside the Xbox and PC.