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(Late 2013) Mac Pro SMC Firmware Update 2.0 (info/DL/tips)
(downlaod page linked)
"About (Late 2013) Mac Pro SMC Firmware Update 2.0 (544KB)
Recommended for all Mac Pro (Late 2013) models.
This update enables Mac Pro to enter Power Nap without running the fan for most Power Nap activities, and addresses a rare issue where a low-speed USB device may not be detected at boot."

Per the updated page of Intel-Based Mac Firmware Updates (below), this is 2.20f18.
(BTW: One Mac Pro owner said his (new alum.) USB keyboard was not recognized after the update (an older USB keyboard was), but zapping the PRAM helped. (Sometimes just disconnecting & reconnecting devices after an update helps so I wonder if just swapping the alum keyboard back would have also worked.) Another old tip for problems after an update (like high fan speeds or other power related issues) is to reset the SMC.)

iTunes 11.1.5 update (bugfixes)
(as usual download button goes to
"About iTunes 11.1.5 (232.7 MB)
This update fixes a problem that may cause iTunes to quit unexpectedly when a device is connected and improves compatibility with iBooks for Mac on OS X Mavericks.

System Requirements: Mac OS X version 10.6.8 or later"

Xcode Update for OS X Server (Mavericks)
The Xcode Update for OS X Server (Mavericks) addresses an issue that could interrupt bot integration on headless servers running OS X Mavericks v10.9.2.

The Xcode Update for OS X Server (Mavericks) is available both as an automatic software update from the Mac App Store, and as a manual download from the Apple Support website. (not there yet as of post time)
If you are using the Xcode service in OS X Server (Mavericks), install the following updates on the server:

  • The OS X Mavericks v10.9.2 update
  • The Xcode Update for OS X Server
  • The Server v3.0.3 update

(Added a note about the upgrade order to yesterday's post on OS X server v3.0.3.)

Updated Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Articles:

Other News/Reviews/Tips/Tech/Op-Ed/OT: (later added first)

[I'm not able to reply to mails currently but thanks to Jim C. (2010 MBP expresscard working w/10.9.2) and Dave P. (correction on latest iMacs' wifi card). Updated those pages.]

Recent Articles/Tips/Tweaks/Reviews:
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Previous News Archive Summary:
    Tuesday February 25th, 2014 News
  • OS X Server 3.0.3 update
  • OS X 10.9.2 Update (info and delta/combo updater downloads)
  • Report OS X 10.9.2 restores Expresscard Support to 2010 MacBook Pro
  • Security Update 2014-001 for OS X Lion and Mountain Lion
  • Info on OS X 10.9.2, Safari and OS X 10.7.5/10.8.5 Security Updates
  • iCloud Photo Sharing FAQ
  • How to Archive or make copies of your iCloud data
  • iWork for Mac: Importing and exporting iWork '09 documents
  • QuickTime 7.7.5 for Windows (with security fixes)

For links to older news pages, see the Archives.

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