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+Shai Yammanee wrote this up for the show in response to a question in our Facebook community about alternatives to Apple Photos. Cool stuff!

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Wow, The Rock went over the top with this nearly 4 min ad for Siri.

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Priceless. User asked Google ''why we should own OUR data" and Google changed it to "why we should own YOUR data".

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NC #637 Macstock Outbrief, Stump Stand, Apple IIe, Numbers for Meds, Security Bits

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My latest video, Affinity Photo for iPad is up on ScreenCasts Online. This is a subscription service, but you can get a free 14 day trial and watch all of the back catalog for free.

This is not an explanation of Affinity Photo itself, but rather an explanation of the interface on the iPad. I created tutorials 560, 565 and 603 which do go into depth on how to use Affinity Photo if you're new to the application.

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CCATP #496 – Bart Busschots on Yoink, MultiTimer and Due

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As of July 20, 2017 at 4:32 PM Central USA, Apple has announced a fix for the Broadpwn vulnerability for ONLY Sierra 10.12. Be nice if Apple simply said, we're not fixing Broadpwn in any earlier version, or, hang around, we may release a fix for Yosemite and El Capitan in a couple of days. Not likely.

Available for: macOS Sierra 10.12.5
Impact: An attacker within range may be able to execute arbitrary code on the Wi-Fi chip

Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved memory handling.

CVE-2017-9417: Nitay Artenstein of Exodus Intelligence

Unless Apple later releases a Security Update for Macs being left behind on El Capitan, this is an effective end of security support and leaves them vulnerable to Broadpwn:

Access Vector: Network exploitable
Access Complexity: Low
Authentication: Not required to exploit
Impact Type: Allows unauthorized disclosure of information; Allows
unauthorized modification; Allows disruption of service

From what I've been able to understand, a device has to be in range of an "evil" WiFi network. Then, WiFi is pretty portable, so it's not just your computer that can be carried to Starbucks, a WiFi network can be carried to you. Yeah, that's a reach, but most of these vulnerabilities are theoretical, until they happen

Here's a list of the Macs that CAN run Sierra.

Sierra Capable Macs

macOS Sierra requires one of the following Macs with at least 2 GB of RAM, 8.8 GB of available storage space, and at least OS X Lion:

iMac (Late 2009 or newer)
MacBook (Late 2009 or newer)
MacBook Air (Late 2010 or newer)
MacBook Pro (Mid 2010 or newer)
Mac mini (Mid 2010 or newer)
Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or newer)

Leaves behind one of our Minis, and my 15" MacBook Pro.

Good news: "High Sierra" 10.13 orphans no new Macs. If they run 10.12, they're reported to run 10.13

Some iOS devices will also not be updated. Here's the ones that will be:

iPhone 5 and later
iPad 4th generation and later
and iPod touch 6th generation

iOS gear is far more likely to wander around endangered by "evil" WiFi than, say, an iMac -

I spot checked Macs in our office. The two I checked have the Broadcom chip and Firmware. They'll update to Sierra or 10.13. I already new one of our Minis and my 15" MacBook Pro won't.

It's possible, perhaps, to keep an older Mac running on El Cap 10.11 for a while. So far the Broadpwn CRITICAL vulnerability is the only one Apple doesn't seem to be patching (that we know about) in El Cap. Turn off / fry the Broadcom WiFi card and connect only to Ethernet? Find an external USB card that doesn't use a Broadcom chip?

Whatever, be careful.

[Again, I learned of this thanks to Ric Ford's which is a great resource for Mac and iOS users ]

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+Terry Austin tells us how he's Using Collaboration in iWork to Help Mom Track Medication. Thanks for sharing this with us, Terry.

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Apple sends top privacy executives to Australia to lobby the government over its proposed anti-encryption law that will make phones and secure messaging apps available for inspection by police and spy agencies.

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