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Apple Pushes Updates to Block the Root Vulnerability Bug

Less than 24 hours after the news about the root vulnerability bug broke on Twitter, Apple has pushed Security Update 2017-001 to address it on all Macs running macOS 10.13 High Sierra. If it hasn’t already installed itself on your Macs, we recommend installing it immediately.Show full article

Surprise! Apple Releases iOS 11.2 to Combat Reset Loop Bug

Why did Apple release a major iOS update before dawn on a Saturday morning? Josh Centers explains. Also, Apple Pay Cash is now available. Kind of. Not really.Show full article

Amazon Still Promising Prime Video App for Apple TV in 2017

Believe it or not, Amazon says that the Amazon Prime Video app for the Apple TV is still due to ship this year.Show full article

FCC to End Net Neutrality

The FCC is set to rescind Obama-era regulations that mandate net neutrality — and what happens next is anybody’s guess.Show full article

iOS 11 Encrypted Backup Change Reduces Security, Boosts Data Safety

In iOS 11, Apple has changed things so encrypted iTunes backups can now be restored with either the separate backup password or the device passcode. This move reduces security, but it also reduces the likelihood that users will forget the password and lose access to their backups.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 4 December 2017

Notable software releases this week include Keyboard Maestro 8.0.4, BBEdit 12.0.2, BusyCal 3.2.5 and BusyContacts 1.2.6, LaunchBar 6.9.3, and Default Folder X 5.1.9.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 4 December 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, developer Marco Arment offers some suggestions for how Apple could improve the MacBook Pro, and Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reveals the messy development history of Apple’s forthcoming HomePod.Show full article

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