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Apple Event Set for October 16

The invitations are out and the next big Apple event is only a few days away.  On October 16 Apple will be holding their second major event in as many months with the expected release of a new lineup of iPad offerings as well as a refreshed Mac lineup.  What exactly we will see will be a mystery until the event but these will be the headlines of what is expected.

The event, which will be held at the Cupertino company’s campus, will also be live streamed for those who have Macs and Apple TV.   Here is to hoping it goes better than the iPhone 6 live stream! 😀

Apple Releases Shellshock Security Fix for OS X

OS X users now have a security patch available to address the Shellshock security flaw that was discovered in recent weeks.  The update, which is available on the Apple Support website, is available for OS X Mavericks, OS X Mountain Lion and OS X Lion.  It is presumed that the issue is already addressed in OS X Yosemite or will be updated in a patch during its current beta cycle.

If you aren’t familiar with what the Shellshock security flaw is exactly, Apple provided the following statement to MacRumors last week on it.

Bash, a UNIX command shell and language included in OS X, has a weakness that could allow unauthorized users to remotely gain control of vulnerable systems. With OS X, systems are safe by default and not exposed to remote exploits of bash unless users configure advanced UNIX services. We are working to quickly provide a software update for our advanced UNIX users.

There are a couple of things to keep in mind on this flaw.  First, you likely aren’t impacted so no need to panic at the disco.  Second, even if you never use Terminal and the shell commands, you should update anyway.  Better to be safe than sorry later.

How To Move Your Dropbox Folder


Dropbox is one of the most popular cloud storage applications out for both PC and Mac.  Tricia is a big fan as we discussed in our How We Make AlliOSNews Work post and I use it as well (although I tend to lean more towards OneDrive).  There is one aspect of Dropbox that is brilliant and that is the ability to move the Dropbox folder from a location other than your hard disk.  That means I can save those precious SSD gigabytes for other things (F1 2013 Classic) and have my important, cloud synced files on external drive.

Moving your Dropbox folder is actually very easy to do if you know where to look and takes just a few clicks to make happen.  Now I should warn you that Dropbox does not recommend you move your Dropbox folder from a location other than the same disk as your Operating System.  Their point is if the folder ever became unaccessible, Dropbox wouldn’t work properly.  So this How To is a bit at your own risk.  My answer to this was a non-moving media.  Remember that Nifty MiniDrive Pro review from a few weeks ago?  Yep, that’s exactly what I’m using it for on my MacBook Pro.   The 64GB MicroSD card that is in my Nifty drive is my Dropbox drive effectively.  And because this is never unplugged from my Mac’s SD slot and on flash media, it should never go away.

Apple Releases iTunes 11.3.1 Podcasts Fix

Apple has quietly released a minor update to iTunes aimed at helping resolve some lingering problems with Podcasts for some users.  The new iTunes 11.3.1 update is available now for Mac through the Mac App Store (check under Updates) or you can download it from the iTunes site.  If you are a iTunes user on PC, you can use the Apple Software update app to get the latest update.

Shazam App for Mac Launched

The popular music discovery service Shazam has launched an all new Shazam app for Mac today, bringing easy music discovery to your Mac running OS X Mavericks.  The new app listens for music playing around you and pops up a notification when the artist and song are identified.  It’s a free app and resides on your Mac’s menu bar, working in the background.

Shazam for Mac – Free – Download Now

Take Our Poll – Have You Installed OS X Yosemite Beta Yet?

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Last Friday Apple released the public beta of OS X Yosemite, the upcoming version of their desktop Operating System which is due for general availability in September of this year.  The Yosemite beta, the first such public beta since OS X 10.0 (yes, 10 releases ago) so its kinda big news in the Apple world.  Our question is did you install it?

According to our site analytics, many of you have installed it.  Since last Friday, OS X 10.10 has accounted for 17.38% of the traffic here to the site.  Not bad at all given that OS X 10.6 still accounts for 6.38% after all these years.  I suspect that it will continue to grow.

So tell us, did you install the OS X Yosemite Beta?

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If you have any comments we would love to hear those too especially if you have run into any issues (it is beta after all) or if you are regretting your decision to upgrade.

By-the-way, Apple still have OS X Yosemite beta downloads available on the AppleSeed site.


Apple Releases iTunes 11.3 with iTunes Extras Support for Mac

Apple has released iTunes 11.3 for Mac and PC users today, bringing with it iTunes Extras for all of your HD movies.  For those who aren’t familiar with iTunes Extras, they are often things like behind the scenes videos, short films, director’s commentary, delete scenes and short films.

Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Preview 3

On the same day that they released iOS 8 Beta 3, Apple has released OS X Yosemite Preview 3 to their developer community for testing.  The latest preview comes three weeks after Preview 2 and is still only open to those in the developer community.  A wider public beta is expected laster this summer for non-developers to try & test.

Apple Releases OS X Mavericks 10.9.4

Apple has released OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 to the public as I tweeted about last night.  Unlike the challenges faced with the iOS 7.1.2 update, the 10.9.4 update has gone smoothly and there has been no reported issues that I’ve been able to find this morning.

Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Beta

One week after the last beta, Apple has released the 4th beta for OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 to their developer community.  Build 13E25 hit the developer portal earlier today and has developers continuing to focus on the same key areas as it has been in previous beta releases.