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Apple/related News/Updates/Reviews/Tips/PR: (later added first)

  • Businessweek has a story on 1976 Apple 1 Up for Auction with some photos, a bit of history, and link to 1999 interview with Steve Jobs (PBS video).

  • Feral's PR on Total War™: SHOGUN 2 - Fall of the Samurai coming to Mac

  • OWC has a blog post about Disabling Unsupported SSD TRIM mod Before Upgrading to Yosemite to avoid boot problems after updating. (In OS X 10.9.3 I manually enabled TRIM on my mac mini's SSD and both 10.9.4 & 10.9.5 (via SU/not combo updater) replaced the modified kext file. (After update reboot, System Info showed TRIM support No.) I never used Enabler utilities.)

  • Micromat released TechTool Pro 7.0.5 listed as OS X 10.10 Yosemite and OS X 10.9.5 compatible. (I nave not used TechTool Pro for many years. Version 4 I think.)

  • Primate Labs has posted Retina iMac 64-bit Geekbench scores compared to other Macs (iMacs and others) and also notes/graphs on Estimating (Late 2014) Mac mini Performance.

  • Sponsor OWC's blog has a reminder on RAM Upgrades for 2014 iMac with Retina 5K Display - 32GB, 16GB and 8GB Kits with lifetime warranty & up to 50% savings compared to Apple CTO.

  • One of a several articles on disabling OS X Yosemite Spotlight search terms phoning home (and more). This one had a bit more info (from the source) including Safari search terms even if "Spotlight Suggestions" is disabled and using a search engine like DuckDuckGo. Also what's sent when you setup an email account in Mail or simply select About this Mac. Here's another take on this with Apple's reply at bottom of the page.

  • iFixit posted their Teardown of the iMac Intel 27" Retina 5K Display. Includes notes about a new (custom for apple?) Parade Technologies DP665 LCD Timing Controller for the 5K display.

  • PCMag recently posted reviews of the iMac with Retina 5K Display and OS X Yosemite.

  • Apple released iOS 8.1, here's the list of changes and fixes. (Included security fixes are in today's apple support article listing.)

  • Also available now is Apple TV 7.0.1 update (for 3rd gen models) but no change info (yet) other than the included security fixes doc. (You can check for feedback in the Apple TV forums.)
      
  • Recent Apple Support Article Updates:
    (Some mirrors may not be updated. If you get an older doc or 404, try again later.)

    (More at page of Tips, Troubleshooting & How-To articles for Mac/OS X/iOS Users.)
      

    Other News/Reviews/Tech/TV/OT:

    Nvidia Drivers Update for OS X 10.10 (Yosemite): (from Saturday)
    Nvidia posted a 343.01.01 Mac driver update for OS X Yosemite. Here's a clip from the release info tab:
    "New in Release 343.01.01f01
  • Graphics Driver updated for OS X Yosemite 10.10.0 (build 14A389).
  • Contains Performance Improvements and bug fixes for a wide range of applications.
  • Includes Nvidia Driver Manager preference pane.

    Release Notes Archive:
    This driver update is for Mac Pro 5,1 (2010), Mac Pro 4,1 (2009) and Mac Pro 3,1 (2008) users only. Supported products: GTX 680/285/120, 8800GT, Quadro K5000, 4000, FX4800 and F5600."
  • (Supported models on their page is often not a complete list.) Additional Info tab has more on driver install and Nvidia Driver Manager prefs page/features. (I don't have an Nvidia card in a Mac currently to try these personally.)
    The drivers page also includes a link to the CUDA 6.5.18 update for OS X (10.9.5) from Sept. 19th.
      


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    Recent Updates, Tips, DIY Upgrades/Mods/Repairs:
  • MacBook Pro ExpressCards page updated (OS X 10.9.5/eSATA card)
  • Download Updated Nvidia Drivers and CUDA for OS X 10.9.5
  • iTunes 11.4 Files to Remove before Reinstalling iTunes 11.3.1
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  • Mac OS X Compatible 802.11ac Adapters (USB/PCIe/Mini-PCIe) Updated
  • 2009 Mac Pro 6-core 3.46GHz CPU Upgrade, Repair NB Heatsink Retainers
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  • 2009 Mac Pro Northbridge High Temperatures? Check Plastic Heatsink Retainers
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    Previous News Archive Summary:
      Thursday/Friday News
    • Aperture 3.6 Update for OS X Yosemite
    • iPhoto 9.6 (OS X Yosemite)
    • iMovie 10.0.6 (OS X Yosemite)
    • GarageBand v10.0.3 (OS X 10.9 or later).
    • (OS X Yosemite) Pages v5.5, Numbers v3.5, Keynote v6.5
    • (IOS 8) Pages v2.5, Numbers v2.5, Keynote v2.5
    • iTunes 12.0.1 Update (with notes on Troubleshooting)
    • OS X Security Update 2014-005 for OS X 10.9.5 & OS X 10.8.5
    • New Mac Mini, 27in iMac w/5K Retina Display, iPad Air2/Mini 3 Info
    • OS X Server 4.0 (Yosemite), OS X Server 3.2.2, 2.2.5 Updates.
    • Carbon Copy Cloner 4.0.2 update (yosemite compatible)
    • Little Snitch 3.4.2 (4216) release notes (update before Yosemite recc.)
    • OWC blog on Yosemite Compatibility and Transition Guide
    • The LEGO® Movie Videogame is out on the Mac
    • Apple's Windows Migration Assistant v1.0.5.7
    • iBooks Author 2.2
    • New/Updated Apple Support Articles:
      - About the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10
      - About Security Update 2014-005
      - About the security content of OS X Server v4.0
      - About the security content of OS X Server v3.2.2
      - About the security content of OS X Server v2.2.5
      - About the security content of iTunes 12.0.1 (for Windows)
      - OS X 10.10: List of available trusted root certificates
      - OS X 10.9.5: List of available trusted root certificates
      - System requirements for iCloud (incl. feature minimums)
      - Sharing purchased content with Family Sharing

    For links to older news pages, see the Archives.
      

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