GarageBand update to 10.1.6 patches potentially malicious exploit

GarageBand update to 10.1.6 patches potentially malicious exploit

Hidden in the Mac App Store updates tab the past day or two has been an update for GarageBand to version 10.1.6. While the update notes state that the new code is to fix "Performance and security issues", it appears that the primary reason was to shut the door on a vulnerability in GarageBand.

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TextExpander update adds support for MacBook Pro Touch Bar

TextExpander update adds support for MacBook Pro Touch Bar

Bloggers and other full-time writers are big fans of TextExpander (affiliate link), a family of apps and a subscription service from Smile that allows creation of text snippets that can then be expanded by simply typing a shortcut. For example, typing the shortcut "mAS" on my iMac types the phrase "Mac App Store", saving me ten keystrokes every time I put those words into a document. Smile updated TextExpander to version 6.1.3 yesterday, bringing with it support for those lucky folks who own the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

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AWT News Update: December 21, 2016

AWT News Update: December 21, 2016

On this day with the shortest amount of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere (yes, it IS the Winter solstice!), we have a variety of stories for you, all of which were sputtered out by Steve in between coughing fits that were thankfully edited out:

  • Kim Dotcom has a rumor -- Apple's going to buy a Hollywood Studio in 2017
  • Honda's new 2017 CR-V comes with support for Apple CarPlay
  • Super Mario Run was downloaded 40 million times in the first 4 days, a new App Store record
  • There's an update available for versions of the Apple AirPort Extreme
  • Apple's now selling refurbished Apple Watches online
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AWT News Update: June 8, 2016

AWT News Update: June 8, 2016

This is kind of a slow news week for Apple, in anticipation of the big news that we'll hear next week. But here are a few stories to keep you occupied!

  • The US Department of Transportation is looking at releasing new guidelines for the adoption of self-driving cars in order to speed up delivery of such technology
  • TapTapTap's amazing Camera+ app just got upgraded to version 8, and it features technology that's not even available on high-end DSLRs
  • If you haven't paid attention to Slack lately, you might not notice that it now supports voice calling
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Parallels Access 3.1 arrives, adding full support for 12.9-inch iPad Pro

Parallels Access 3.1 arrives, adding full support for 12.9-inch iPad Pro

Parallels has announced the arrival of Parallels Access 3.1, an update to the excellent remote control application for iOS. In the past, it was possible to use Parallels Access on a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but there were some issues. Now the app makes use of the full screen resolution of the iPad Pro. 

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Big update to Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac includes Add-In Store for Word and Excel

Big update to Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac includes Add-In Store for Word and Excel

Do you use Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac? If you do, you'll want to get the latest update -- version 15.21.1 -- because it adds not only a lot of fixes and enhancements, but the Add-In Store for Word and Excel as well .

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Fantastical 2.2 for Mac: A major update to a powerful calendar app

Fantastical 2.2 for Mac: A major update to a powerful calendar app

Fantastical has been a popular competitor to Apple's built-in Calendar app, especially since last year's debut of Fantastical 2, which turned a minor menu bar utility into a powerful calendar and reminders application. Now developer Flexibits has added features to the app that give it even more power and utility.

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Waze adds Planned Drives for iOS

Waze adds Planned Drives for iOS

Crowdsourced directions and traffic app Waze (free) added a really fun new feature today in version 4.3.0 -- planned drives. With the new feature, you can schedule a drive -- say, from your house to a doctor's appointment -- and Waze informs you of when to leave your home to arrive at the appointment on time based on actual live traffic conditions.

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Square Cash update now adds Cash Drawer feature

Square Cash update now adds Cash Drawer feature

When it comes to sending people cash, there are a few really good methods: PayPal, Venmo, and Square Cash. Unfortunately, the latter method had no way to "store" money until you needed it...until now. Today's update to the app has a new feature called the Cash Drawer, which allows Square Cash users to stash cash in the app for sending future payments.

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Have you installed your Snow Leopard update today?

Have you installed your Snow Leopard update today?

If you're one of the relatively small group of Mac owners still running OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard, you may have been surprised yesterday when an update appeared in the Mac App Store and on Apple's support website. Those of you who are new to the world of Macs might not know about Snow Leopard, which originally shipped in 2009 and introduced the Mac App Store in version 10.6.6. 

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