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News Archive for Tuesday May 24th, 2011:

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Logic Pro and Express 9.1.4 Updates
Both the Logic Pro 9.1.4 and Logic Express 9.1.4 download pages say "This update improves overall stability and addresses a number of minor issues, including support for opening projects imported from GarageBand for iPad". However the Logic Pro 9.1.4: Release notes which includes a lot more info, including 24 listed fixes related to Performance/Stability, 64-bit Mode, Automation, Audio Editing and more.
The Logic Express 9.1.4 Release notes have the same changes listed as the Pro version. (As of this post time (5PM ET May 24th), the Express release notes page even has "Logic Pro 9.1.4 update" in the page as a header for the change list. May be corrected by the time you read this.)
Checkpoint Update to Fix Problem w/2011 MacBookPro EFI Update
(Follow-up from the reader that reported the problem earlier this month.)
" Hi Mike, A couple of weeks ago I reported that CheckPoint Full Disk Encryption (FDE) was "broken" by the MBP 2.1 EFI firmware update - Per below email, CheckPoint has issued a fix. (below email has a typo, updated compatible FDE version is actually 3.3.2, see attached pdf file p. 5).
Will follow up again once this new FDE version has been installed to confirm that all is well.
(copy of CP update comments he included follows)
CheckPoint has released a new version that will fix this issue. For Macs that have the Thunderbolt and Sandy Bridge chipsets, the compatible FDE version is 3.2.2. (actually 3.3.2) We are currently testing the newer version and will soon make it available for download."

Added the above to the original report on May 6th

Apple posts doc on How to Remove/Avoid Mac Defender
I saw lots of press in the past about mac support not helping owners with this 'malware', but today apple posted a support doc on How to avoid or remove Mac Defender malware. That doc also includes a note:
"In the coming days, Apple will deliver a Mac OS X software update that will automatically find and remove Mac Defender malware and its known variants. The update will also help protect users by providing an explicit warning if they download this malware...."

That note makes me wonder if this will now be an ongoing thing. (Updates released as other variants/different malware, etc. appears.) Windows utils are updated daily, granted they have to deal with far more/more frequently evolving threats.
(FYI - as of Wednesday another variant was spotted - "MacGuard", which according to reports does not require admin password to install (if user is admin) - but still requires user action to install. See Intego Blog post from May 25th. And BTW, LittleSnitch can also be used to warn of outbound connections. And for years now I wonder why Safari still has an option to 'open safe files after downloading'.)

Apple doc w/Reminder on 2011 iMac Wireless Performance Fixes
From another Apple doc today, referring to updates posted earlier:

"iMac (Mid 2011): Slow network performance using AirPort

In some situations, you may notice slow network performance via AirPort on your iMac (Mid 2011).

Products Affected
iMac (27-inch, Mid 2011), iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2011)

Be sure to install any available software updates, including the Mac OS X 10.6.7 Update for iMac (early 2011) and iMac EFI Update 1.6.

Additional Information
Certain wireless routers may have compatibility issues that can affect download speeds without the Mac OS X 10.6.7 Update for iMac (early 2011), but upload speeds are usually unaffected. To improve download speeds while you download the Mac OS X 10.6.7 Update for iMac (early 2011), you may wish to connect directly to your wireless router via Ethernet cable."

Software Related Articles, Updates (see above for Logic updates)

Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Doc Updates

Recent Articles and Reviews - Listing/links to articles and reviews you may have missed.
Previous 3 Days News Summaries:

Monday May 23rd, 2011

Friday May 20th, 2011

Thursday May 19th, 2011

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