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Apple comments on CPU Security Vulnerability affecting all Macs and iOS Devices:
Apple (finally) posted an article on speculative execution vulnerabilities in ARM-based and Intel CPUs. (Regarding "Meltdown" and "Spectre".)
"... All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected, but there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time. Since exploiting many of these issues requires a malicious app to be loaded on your Mac or iOS device, we recommend downloading software only from trusted sources such as the App Store.

Apple has already released mitigations in iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2 to help defend against Meltdown. Apple Watch is not affected by either Meltdown or Spectre. In the coming days we plan to release mitigations in Safari to help defend against Spectre. We continue to develop and test further mitigations for these issues and will release them in upcoming updates of iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS..." (full article includes background info and details.)
FYI: Security Updates for macOS 10.13.2, Safari (10.11 to 10.13.2), & iOS 11.2.2 released Jan 8th.
And Jan. 23rd Info/Downloads of macOS 10.13.3 and Security Update 2018-001 for Sierra & El Capitan. (Includes Meltdown patch for 10.12.6 & 10.11.6. High Sierra patched in previous updates.)

(Earlier related articles from other sources/manufacturers are below.)

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List of Updates, DIY Upgrades, Repair Articles, Tips and more you may have missed. (Topics range from OS/software updates and troubleshooting, to hardware upgrades and repairs.)
Previous News Archive Summary:
    December 25th to 29th, 2017 News Archive
  • Mid-Spec iMac Pro Review (8-core/64GB RAM/2TB SSD/Vega 64)
  • OWC iMac Pro Teardown Video/Pix, Future Memory Upgrade Programs
  • Apple comments on iPhone Battery related slowdown, posts related article
  • Apple offers $29 Battery Replacement for iPhone 6 or later, through Dec. 2018
  • Apple's Lisa Operating System going Open Source in 2018
  • Firmware Update for OWC Aura SSDs (version
  • SimCity Complete Edition: Crashing after updating to 10.13
  • Stunning MacBook Touch concept that will never be built
  • Firefox 57.0.3 and Firefox ESR 52.5.3 release notes
  • Blur Busters Law: The Amazing Journey To Future 1000Hz+ Displays
  • A Budget Home Theater and PC Setup: 4K, HDR, UHD Blu-ray, and More
  • Apple Support/Troubleshooting/How-To Article Updates:
    - iPhone Battery and Performance (new article)
    - How to use target disk mode to move files between two Mac computers
    - How to Use Photos on your Mac
    - Use and customize Control Center on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

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