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Apple posts Sign Up page for Free OS X Beta Seed Program:
Apple now offers the public a chance to Join the OS X Beta Seed Program:
"Join the OS X Beta Seed Program and help make OS X even better. Install the latest pre-release software, try it out, and submit your feedback.

Here's a page of Frequently asked questions on the OS X Beta Seed program. (Suggest installing on a spare/separate drive/volume of course.)

(802.11ac) Airport/Time Capsule Firmware 7.7.3 (Heartbleed fix):
(Update available using Airport Utility for OS X or iOS.)

About AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.3
Firmware update 7.7.3 is recommended for all AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations with 802.11ac. It provides security improvements related to SSL/TLS. Other AirPort base stations do not require this firmware update.

Note: After updating the firmware, some users may need to re-enable Back to My Mac on their AirPort base stations using AirPort Utility and on their Macs using System Preferences.

How to re-enable Back to My Mac on AirPort base stations:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Utilities and double-click AirPort Utility.
  2. Select the AirPort base station that is configured with Back to My Mac and click Edit.
  3. If prompted, enter the base station password.
  4. In the Base Station tab, select the Back to My Mac account you want to re-enable and click Edit.
  5. Enter your Apple ID password and click Sign In. A green status indicator will appear indicating a successful authentication.
  6. Click Update to save the changes.

How to re-enable Back to My Mac on your Mac computer:

  1. On each computer you use with Back to My Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click iCloud.
  2. In iCloud preferences, deselect Back to My Mac, then select it again.

For detailed information on AirPort base station firmware updates, including how to install, see (Use AirPort Utility 6.3.1 or later on OS X, or 1.3.1 or later on iOS to upgrade to Firmware v7.7.3.)
For more information on how to set up and use Back to My Mac, see

Today's Apple doc updates includes info on security fix ("Heartbleed"/OpenSSL bug) in 7.7.3.

Security Update 2014-002 for OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion/Lion Server:
(Download pages linked. Mavericks update says includes Safari 7.0.3, released Apr. 1st)

Related doc with details on security fixes in today's listing below.
(After update install in Mavericks (10.9.2), build number shown is 13C1021.)
FYI: On April 24th, Nvidia posted an F04 driver update for OS X 10.9.2 build 13C101. Users can update via Nvidia control panel. (I've updated the previous post on Nvidia driver update 331.01.01 for Mavericks to include this info/DL.)

iOS 7.1.1 and Apple TV 6.1.1 Updates (bug and security fixes):
Apple also released iOS 7.1.1 with improvements to Touch ID, keyboard responsiveness and Bluetooth keyboard performance with Voiceover enabled, and Apple TV 6.1.1 that "Includes general performance and stability improvements". Both updates also include security fixes. (See details below.)

Also updates (2.2.1) to Pages, Numbers and Keynote for iOS:

Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates:
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Previous News Archive Summary:
    Monday April 21, 2014 News
  • Low-Cost ($100) 2009 Mac Pro Quad-Core 3.2GHz CPU Upgrade
  • Posts on first generation Apple TVs not able to access iTunes anymore
  • Mavericks Bluetooth Audio tip on Bluetooth Explorer (p/o Hardware IO Dev. Tools)
  • Late-2012 Mac Mini Surround Sound Configurations (Toslink and HDMI)
  • Updated Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Articles:
    - Mac computers: About standby mode
    - Using ID with AIM in iChat requires OS X v10.7.2 or later
    - Apple TV 3rd-party content provider info updated (new channels)
    - iOS: About Apple Digital AV Adapters
    - Resolve issues with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch accessories
    - Compatibility of Apple wired headset models with iPhone, iPad, and iPod models
    - Update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
    - iOS: Understanding captive Wi-Fi networks

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