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Key Phrase: In App Purchases.
For anyone who got messed over by the shameful CONDUIT adware infestation, part of the DivX 10.1 installer, here are some instructions for removing it, provided by my colleague Thomas Reed: http://www.thesafemac.com/arg-conduit/ Thomas also offers an Adware Removal Guide and Removal Tool: http://www.thesafemac.com/arg/ Thankfully, adware installation was removed from the DivX 10.2 installer.
Adobe AIR 184.108.40.206 was actually released on August 12, 2014 alongside Flash 220.127.116.11. It was updated specifically because AIR incorporates Flash. The Flash update included CRITICAL security patches. From Adobe's Security Bulletin: http://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/flash-player/apsb14-18.html "These updates resolve memory leakage vulnerabilities that could be used to bypass memory address randomization (CVE-2014-0540, CVE-2014-0542, CVE-2014-0543, CVE-2014-0544, CVE-2014-0545). "These updates resolve a security bypass vulnerability (CVE-2014-0541). "These updates resolve a use-after-free vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2014-0538)." You can look up the CVE reports at: http://cve.mitre.org/find/index.html
FontForge is an ongoing project that is frequently being updated. At the moment (on 2014-08-18) the current beta is 201408/18_0425, meaning that this beta came out today. Obviously, this is well beyond the version listed here at MU. If you'd like the most current beta, use the developer's downloads page. The most recent version is at the bottom of the list: http://fuuko.libferris.com/osx/packages/ Be sure to read the developer's page for important instructions about installing and using FontForge. For example: Because this is an X11 UNIX application, it must be kept in the root Applications folder. It won't work from elsewhere.
I've found BirdFont is a FREE useful tool for general users of fonts, not just font designers. Here is why: 1) You can open any compatible font, such as TTF, and view through all of its characters. This can be very useful for simply checking out a font's character list. It even lets you inspect all the unicode characters. 2) It provides the name and description of a font, including its copyright. This is great if you're checking out a "free" font you downloaded from somewhere in order to see if really IS free, or it's a pirated commercial font. Or you may want to simply learn more about the font. All of the good old free font utilities are either abandoned or only work on PPC. So it's great to find BirdFont to be a very useful replacement. Now back to learning the rest of this great application...
Hey! Version 3.6.5 (7310) is from February 19, 2014. Why it is being listed as new on August 16, 2014 is beyond understanding. Don't freak out if you already have this version installed.
The ReadMe for v3.6.5 is available here:
"What's new in this release?
"Support for EyeTV 2.0 on iPad & iPhone
"The EyeTV app turns your iPad and iPhone into the ultimate portable television. Access the EyeTV software and hardware running on your Mac at home - anywhere you have an LTE/3G or Wi-Fi connection! Version 2.0 of EyeTV for iPad & iPhone, a free update for existing users, introduces a brand-new look and includes many other features and improvements. EyeTV 2.0 is available on the App Store.
"EyeTV 3.6.5 will work on an Intel Mac with OS X 10.5.8 or higher. However, we recommend OS X 10.9.1 or later with all software and security updates installed."
Flash is the second most dangerous software we can run on the Internet, second only to Java. Avoid it.
AHEM! The actual version number of the current Adobe Flash Player is 18.104.22.168. Be sure to update! It is yet another security update to the second-most dangerous software we can run on the Internet. (Only the Java plug-in is worse). Also be sure to update the Flash plug-in and AIR.
Much as I appreciate Rember: A) It depends upon abandonware, memtest, for its functionality. B) It is hobbled by its requirement of being booted as a GUI application within OS X, resulting in only partial testing of any Mac's RAM. Therefore, I CANNOT recommend it. It gets two stars from me because at least it works. INSTEAD: Use the alternative freeware memory testing UNIX application called MemTest86. (This is NOT related to 'memtest'). The current version of MemTest86 is 5.0.1 from May, 2014. It requires minimal RAM to run, allowing far fuller testing of any Mac's RAM. The developer keeps it up-to-date with current Mac hardware. It is provided in two versions: 1) An ISO that can be burned to a CD, which can then be used to boot your Mac directly into MemTest86. 2) A USB stick archive that can be installed onto any 1GB or larger USB flash drive using the Terminal. I boot the free version via a 1GB USB flash drive and have had excellent results. It is the current state of the art for testing nearly all your RAM in depth. I've dumped Rember, abandoned memtest and never bother with the other RAM testing apps. Hopefully, MacUpdate will provide MemTest86 with its own page. There is also a paid Pro version available for more detailed test results, as well as a purchasable USB stick with it already installed. You can read about MemTest86 and download it here: http://www.memtest86.com
New Versions! CRITICAL SECURITY UPDATE: Samba versions 4.1.11 and 4.0.21 patch CVE-2014-3560 which allows hackers to access superuser control of computers, allowing them to do anything they like. It doesn't get any worse. If you use Samba, update ASAP! More at: http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/08/critical-code-execution-bug-in-samba-gives-attackers-superuser-powers/