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    Security Update 2014-002 1.0 for OS X Released for Mac






    Apple has released a series of security updates for OS X, with support for OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion, and Lion Server. The update is simply labeled as Security Update 2014-002 and includes Safari 7.0.3, and is now widely available through the App Store or by downloading the updater dmg directly from Apple.

    The update is recommended for all Mac users to install. Accompanying notes are very brief, stating simply that the update “improves the security of OS X.”, but the full security notes can be found below for those interested.

    Typically the easiest way to download and install the update is through the Mac App Store, accessible through the  Apple menu and “Software Update” feature.

    Even though the update is small, it’s still recommended to start a quick backup of the Mac with Time Machine before beginning. To complete installation, the computer will need to restart.

    iOS users will also find a similarly small update available for their devices with the concurrent release of iOS 7.1.1.

    The complete security notes for the update can be read here at Apple.





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    Understanding the limitations of a Mac’s microphone



    I have a MacBook Air and I’m trying to record me singing and playing guitar with it but it sounds pretty bad. Is there anything I can do to improve its sound?



    Yes. At the risk of sounding harsh, you should get a real microphone (or two).

    The microphone inside your MacBook Air was designed with speech (and FaceTime) in mind and can be adjusted in only a couple of ways. Go to System Preferences > Sound > Input and you’ll see that you can change the microphone’s gain (its input volume) using the slider that sits between the two microphone icons. Drag the slider to the right and the mic is more sensitive to sound.

    You’ll also spy the Use Ambient Noise Reduction option. When this option is enabled, your MacBook will attempt to filter out background noise – the sound of a running fan or high-pitched traffic sounds, for example. This is a welcome feature when you’re using the microphone over a FaceTime call, but it results in poor music recording. The resulting audio will sound thin, boxy and a little wavery.

    I’ve heard of people closing the lid partway or even constructing baffles to ‘channel’ audio to the mic, but honestly this is one of those situations where you’re attempting to tax hardware that simply wasn’t built with this job in mind. Even when recording podcasts I beg guests who wish to use their Mac’s mic to find another way.





    And, as I suggested at the top, that way is to obtain a real microphone. For the kind of use you mentioned I’d consider getting two USB microphones and configuring Audio MIDI Setup as I outline in A Tale of Two Microphones. That lets you control the gain of each mic.

    Alternatively you can get a little more real by purchasing a USB audio interface – something like Focusrite’s two-input Scarlett 2i2 interface, for instance – and using it with real real microphones like Shure’s SM58 (vocals) and SM57 (instrument).





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    Apple issues new Safari betas for OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion with minor changes



    Apple late Wednesday seeded to developers new builds of Safari 7.1 for OS X 10.9 Mavericks and Safari 6.2 for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, asking developers focus on credit card and password autofill features.

    Not much has changed from the initial release of Safari 7.1 and 6.2 earlier in July, but Apple is asking testers of the most recent "Beta 2" versions to focus on password and credit card autofill tools.

    The first builds of Safari 7.1 for Mavericks and Safari 6.2 for Mountain Lion brought WebGL-powered 3D rendering to Apple's browser and WebKit engine features like IndexedDB, JavaScript Promises and CSS Shapes and Compositing. Along with Apple's upcoming Safari updates, the WebKit and WebGL modifications seen in today's betas are expected to see wider adoption in OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8.

    Developers are once again asked to concentrate on "general website compatibility," including subpixel rendering and CSS model getters, the latter of which may render content differently depending on design constraints. Finally, Apple requests testing of Safari extensions.

    Developers can download the Beta 2 versions of Safari 7.1 for Mavericks Safari 6.2 for Mountain Lion via Apple's Developer Portal.





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    Apple Seeds First macOS Sierra 10.12.2 Beta to Developers




    Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming macOS Sierra update 10.12.2 to developers, just one week after releasing macOS Sierra 10.12.1 and more than a month after launching the new macOS Sierra operating system.

    macOS Sierra 10.12.2 beta 1 is available for download through the Apple Developer Center and through the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store. A public beta will likely be available for public beta testers later this week.

    It is not yet clear what improvements the second update to macOS Sierra will bring, but it will focus on bug fixes and performance enhancements to address issues that have popped up since the release of macOS Sierra 10.12.1.

    macOS Sierra includes new emoji introducing Unicode 9 characters like clown face, drooling face, selfie, face palm, fox face, owl, shark, butterfly, avocado, pancakes, croissant, and more, plus many profession emoji available in both male and female genders.

    Apple has also updated the artwork on many existing emoji, adding detail and making them look less cartoonish and more realistic.





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    Apple Seeds Third macOS Sierra 10.12.2 Beta to Developers




    Apple today seeded the third beta of the upcoming macOS Sierra 10.12.2 update to developers, one week after releasing the second 10.12.2 beta and three weeks following the public release of macOS 10.12.1.

    The third macOS Sierra 10.12.2 beta is available for download through the Apple Developer Center and through the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store, but the Mac App Store appears to be having trouble updating apps for some people at the moment.

    macOS Sierra 10.12.2 includes new emoji, introducing Unicode 9 characters like clown face, selfie, face palm, fox face, owl, shark, butterfly, avocado, pancakes, croissant, bacon and more, plus many profession emoji available in both male and female genders. Apple has also updated the artwork on many existing emoji, adding detail and making them look less cartoonish and more realistic.

    There are few other changes aside from the addition of new emoji, but the 10.12.2 update also likely includes many bug fixes and performance enhancements to address issues that have popped up since the release of macOS Sierra 10.12.1.

    Available since September, macOS Sierra is the latest Mac operating system. It includes Siri support, Apple Pay for the web, Universal Clipboard, Apple Watch auto unlocking, improved iCloud Drive integration, Picture-in-Picture multitasking, and dozens of smaller features.





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