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MagBytes 58 is now available: Yosemite, iOS 8, new iPads, new iMac


Cover image of Issue 58, available for download from the link to the right
Cover image of Issue 58, available for download from the link to the right

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Security flaw could effect Macs, iCloud, Adobe Photoshop and Premier Elements


You can check if your system is vulnerable with a Terminal command
You can check if your system is vulnerable with a Terminal command

Shellshock flaw poses big security threat for Mac, other Unix systems — This security threat has the potential to be even bigger than Heartbleed because of the way it lets attackers remotely access victims computers through the Bash command line shell for Unix and Linux – so this potentially affects Mac OS X and the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Shellshock is about a 25-year-old security flaw in the Bash shell that lets code held in certain variables to be executed immediately and without the victim’s knowledge. That code could give attackers deep level access to the system as well as to any data they want to harvest.
The flaw is a serious threat for Mac users even if they don’t typically use the Terminal app to access their computer’s Unix underpinnings because many of the apps they use may be tapping into Bash on some level.

You can check to see if your Mac is vulnerable to the threat by launching Terminal and entering this command (copy that command below, paste it into Terminal and press Enter):

env x='() { :;}; echo vulnerable’ bash -c ‘echo hello’

If you see “vulnerable” as part of the response to the command (above), your Mac is susceptible to the Shellshock threat. For Mac users who’re comfortable compiling their own code, Stack Exchange details how to apply your own Bash patch.
In the meantime, if you’re using Apple wifi routers you’re less vulnerable, and,make sure your firewalls are on (System Preferences>Security) Apple should shortly have an update out to address Shellshock.

Researcher accuses Apple of ignoring iCloud brute-force attack for 6 months — A security researcher who discovered a brute-force attack against Apple’s iCloud service in March — similar to the “iBrute” vulnerability that surfaced in conjunction with the celebrity photo hacking scandal earlier this month — says the company refused to address the flaw for months after he reported it. [Apple’s profile is now so big, it can noafford to take security threats lightly.]

Adobe updates Photoshop Elements and Premier Elements with great results — Adobe’s consumer photo and video apps, Photoshop Elements and Premier Elements., are now both at version 13 in this new release. Significant changes include Retina display support on Macs and very cool Guided Editing features.

Apple’s MacBook Pro with Retina updated – the official press release with NZ prices


Apple Updates MacBook Pro with Retina Display

CUPERTINO, California—30 July, 2014—Apple® today updated MacBook Pro® with Retina® display with faster processors, double the memory in both entry-level configurations, and a new, lower recommended retail price for the top-of-the-line 15-inch notebook. MacBook Pro with Retina display features a stunning high-resolution display, an amazing design just 1.8 centimetres thin, the latest processors and powerful graphics, and up to nine hours of battery life, delivering unbelievable performance in an incredibly portable design.* Apple today also lowered the recommended retail price of the non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro, a very popular system with Windows switchers, by NZ$200 to NZ$1,499 inc. GST.

“People love their MacBook Pro because of the thin and light, aluminium unibody design, beautiful Retina display, all day battery life and deep integration with OS X,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The MacBook Pro with Retina display gets even better with faster processors, more memory, more affordable configurations and a free upgrade to OS X Yosemite this spring.”

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display features dual-core Intel Core i5 processors up to 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz and 8GB of memory, up from 4GB in the entry-level notebook. The 13-inch model can also be configured with faster dual-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 3.0 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5 GHz. The top-of-the-line 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has a new, lower recommended retail price of NZ$3,499 inc. GST. The 15-inch model features faster quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 2.5 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7 GHz, 16GB of memory, up from 8GB in the entry-level notebook, and can be configured with quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.0 GHz.

iLife® and iWork® come free with every new Mac®. iLife lets you edit your favourite videos with iMovie®, create new music or learn to play piano or guitar with GarageBand®, and organise, edit and share your best shots with iPhoto®. iWork productivity apps, Pages®, Numbers® and Keynote®, make it easy to create, edit and share stunning documents, spreadsheets and presentations. iWork for iCloud® beta lets you create a document on iPhone® or iPad®, edit it on your Mac and collaborate with friends, even if they are on a PC.

OS X® Mavericks, the world’s most advanced operating system, also comes free with every new Mac. With more than 200 features, OS X Mavericks is designed for ease of use while taking full advantage of the powerful technologies built into every Mac, including core technologies designed specifically for notebooks to boost performance and improve battery life. This spring, Mac users will be able to download OS X Yosemite, a redesigned and refined version of OS X, with a fresh, modern look, powerful new apps and amazing new continuity features that make working across your Mac and iOS devices more fluid than ever. OS X Yosemite will be available as a free download from the Mac App Store℠.

Pricing & Availability — MacBook Pro with Retina display and MacBook Pro are available today through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com/nz) and select Apple Authorised Resellers. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is available with a 2.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of memory, 128GB of flash storage and Intel Iris graphics starting at a recommended retail price of NZ$1,799 inc. GST; with a 2.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of memory, 256GB of flash storage and Intel Iris graphics starting at a recommended retail price of NZ$2,099 inc. GST; and with a 2.8 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, 8GB of memory, 512GB of flash storage and Intel Iris graphics starting at a recommended retail price of NZ$2,499 inc. GST. Configure-to-order options include faster dual-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 3.0 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5 GHz, up to 16GB of memory and flash storage up to 1TB.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is available with a 2.2 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.4 GHz, 16GB of memory, 256GB of flash storage and Intel Iris Pro graphics starting at a recommended retail price of NZ$2,799 inc. GST; and with a 2.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7 GHz, 16GB of memory, 512GB of flash storage, and Intel Iris Pro and NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M graphics starting at a recommended retail price of NZ$3,499 inc. GST. Configure-to-order options include faster quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.0 GHz and flash storage up to 1TB.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro is available with a 2.5 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 4GB of memory, Intel HD Graphics 4000 and a 500GB hard drive starting at a recommended retail price of NZ$1,499 inc. GST.

Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online.