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Aperture 3.6 Update for OS X Yosemite:
Apple posted Aperture 3.6 update for OS X Yosemite. Change info from the release notes:
"Aperture 3.6 Update
  • Adds compatibility with OS X Yosemite.

  • Fixes an issue that could cause Aperture performance to slow down while browsing through images with onscreen proofing enabled.

  • Fixes an issue where Aperture could become unresponsive in rare cases when adding to a shared photo stream.

  • Fixes an issue that could cause Aperture to unexpectedly quit when using the Write IPTC Metadata to Originals feature.

  • Aperture no longer displays the alert, "This library has been opened with a newer version of Aperture." when using Library First Aid with libraries previously opened in iPhoto."
  • See below for iPhoto update for Yosemite. (And link to reports of problems with it.)

    (OS X) iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand Updates:

    FYI: Several users in the Yosemite forum reported iPhoto not opening in Yosemite. (They had updated iPhoto but note the info from one user with this problem shows "version: ???")

    Apple iWork App Updates for OS X Yosemite, iOS 8:
    (Links are to App store pages. Should appear in SU with a supported OS version.)
    iTunes 12.0.1 Update (Troubleshooting/Tips):
    Software Update notes "Includes many design and performance improvements... Designed for OS X Yosemite..." More info at iTunes 12.0.1 page. D/L at
    Requirements now show OS X 10.7.5 or later, not OS X 10.6.8. (Based on past history might be worth a wait if you can. And checking the iTunes forum for feedback.)
    Update: Some users posted they were unable to launch iTunes 12 from the dock icon (but could from pkg contents), and some noted getting version "" from software update. For both cases, suggest reinstalling from the above Download (complete installer). That helped a couple users with problems but may not for all. If you're using any 3rd party plugins, remove those if troubleshooting.)

    FYI to OS X 10.6.x Users:
    Since the same Apple Support page URL is used for future iTunes update pages (and new versions are no longer OS X 10.6.x compatible), Apple created a download page for iTunes 11.4 for OS X 10.6. But an Apple forum user posted a thread to Avoid this version. (There were iTunes 11.4 problems reported the day it was originally released on Sept. 9th, 2014. Also included in that archives page are a user's tips on reverting back to iTunes 11.3.1.)

    OS X Security Update 2014-005 for Mavericks and Mountain Lion
    Links to Apple's Security Update 2014-005 Download Pages:

    With OS X Yosemite released, it appears OS X Lion may lose security update support. (And Yosemite has many patches that are not available for earlier versions.)

    The download pages refer to Apple's guide on How to verify the authenticity of manually downloaded Apple Software Updates. (Although installer listed size (unpacked) as 11.7MB, the D/L installer's window showed "This will take 1.39 GB of space..." Typo I've seen before IIRC.)

    The article About Security Update 2014-005 notes Secure Transport update to address CVE-2014-3566/SSL 3.0 issue. Also noticed updated Certs. (Other Apple update/security docs in listing below.)
    This update includes the previous Apple Bash 1.0 update (same Bash version). No OpenSSL update, still 0.9.8za that was included with OS X 10.9.5. (Oct. 15th's OpenSSL v0.9.8zc update has 4 fixes including 'Poodle'.) A 'Poodle' test w/Safari 7.1 after 2014-005 update still showed vulnerable. (Fixes/mods are available for other browsers (Firefox/Chrome) as noted earlier.)

    (Later notes on Security Update 2014-005 from InfoSec said Apple didn't turn off SSLv3, but restricted it to non-CBC ciphers, limiting its exposure to attacks like POODLE and BEAST. And confirmed what I saw regarding updated trusted certificates. (See docs below for updated list for Yosemite and Mavericks.) Also noted 802.1x no longer supports LEAP by default and fixed a code execution vulnerability in CUPS. Ref: CVE-2014-3537.)

    Info on New Mac Mini, 27in iMac w/5K Retina Display, iPad Air2/Mini 3:
    (Announced at Apple's Oct. 16th Special Event.)

    New Mac mini lost the legacy FW800 port but added a second Thunderbolt port (now v2). No Quad-Core CPU options and some questions about RAM upgrades (hopefully not soldered in like the base iMac) and drive bays/DIY upgrades.
    Update: A tweet on (late 2014) mac mini ram/storage:

    "Confirmed: RAM in the new Mac mini is not user accessible. Hard drive can be replaced/upgraded, though not keeping warranty."
    He later clarified that RAM was soldered in. (The "not user accessible" comment had everyone wondering if it meant requiring disassembly of the mini.)
    Turns out the bottom cover of the 2014 Mini has tiny torx security screws.

    Apple also confirms Late 2014 Mac Mini ram is not upgradeable in these new/revised support articles:

    BTW: I think demand for Late 2012 Quad-Core Mini's will rise now (and prices too as stock sells out). A check Friday (10/17/2014), showed Apple had sold out of Late 2012 Mac Mini Refurbs. (FYI: As of 10/21/2014 check, I saw stock of Late 2012 Mac Mini 2.3GHz Quad-Core i7, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD (MD388LL/A) at ($749.99). But price/stock may not be valid by the time you read this. Removed note on AZ after seller's price jumped to over $1K.)

    OS X Server 4.0 (Yosemite), OS X Server 3.2.2, 2.2.5 Updates:
    For OS X Yosemite users, there's OS X Server 4.0 ($19.99 at US app store) as well as security updates for OS X Server 3.x and OS X Server 2.x. (See below for info on security fixes in OS X Server 4.0, v3.2.2 and v2.2.5.)
    OS X Server 3.x and earlier are not compatible with Yosemite and as before, major version upgrades are not free unless you qualify for the OS X Server Up-To-Date Program:
    "If you purchased a qualifying Mac mini with OS X Server on or after September 25, 2014, that did not include OS X Server 4.0, you can apply for your copy of OS X Server through the OS X Server Up-To-Date Program"
    See the linked apple page for more details.
    Apple/related News/Software Updates/Tips/PR:

    New/Updated Apple Support Articles: (Oct. 16th)

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

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    Previous News Archive Summary:
      Wednesday, Oct. 15th, 2014 News
    • Apple forum thread on how to disable SSLv3 in browsers
    • OWC Radio Episode 19: Chat with Producer, Director Larry Jordan
    • U2's Bono says 'Oops, sorry' for iTunes album download
    • 'Find My iPhone' App Helps Locate Missing Motorist
    • Waiting on Final Cut Pro X 10.1.4
    • 15 Oct 2014 OpenSSL Security Advisory (w/update info)
    • POODLE: Turning off SSLv3 for various servers and client
    • Google's Nexus Player (apps, games, streaming media)
    • PLAYBOOK 4: The PS4 Laptop Mod
    • Review of 8TB WD My Book Duo

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