Friday, August 26, 2016

Outline of August 2016 NCC-Mac Meeting

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Some of Apple's software updated since our last meeting
iTunes 12.4.3
Mac:
This update resolves an issue where playlist changes made on other devices may not appear in iTunes.

Windows:
This update resolves an issue where playlist changes made on other devices may not appear in iTunes.

Post Date: Aug 1, 2016

System Requirements
400MB of available disk space

iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, and iTunes Radio availability may vary by country
iTunes Extras require OS X version 10.10.3 or later
Windows 7 or later
64-bit editions of Windows 7 and Windows 8 require the iTunes 64-bit installer; for more information, visit www.itunes.com/download
400MB of available disk space
Screen reader support requires Window-Eyes 7.2 or later; for information about accessibility in iTunes, visit www.apple.com/accessibility 
iTunes is now a 64-bit application on 64-bit versions of Windows 8 and 7. Some third-party visualizers may no longer be compatible with this version of iTunes. Please contact the developer for an updated visualizer that is compatible with iTunes 12.1 or later
iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, and iTunes Radio availability may vary by country
Apple Music requires OS X version 10.9.5 or later
IOS 9.3.4
iOS 9.3.4 provides an important security update for your iPhone or iPad and is recommended for all users.

For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:

Post Date: Aug 4, 2016

System Requirements
iPhone 4s or later
iPad 2 or later
iPad mini or later
iPod touch (5th gen)
Available via OTA and iTunes
Apple Store 4.0
Aug 04 '16
iOS Universal Shopping
Free Own Want Buy
  
What's New
• Get recommendations and shop for new products based on what works with the Apple devices you already own.
• Manage your Apple account at a glance with the updated, easy-to-use Account tab.
• Learn about helpful workshops and exciting events happening at your nearest Apple Store. 
• Stay on top of your in-store activities. Find out when your order is ready for pickup and see what time your reservation starts. 
• Scan a product at a participating Apple Store to get more information, make sure it’s compatible, and buy it from your iPhone.
• Find out if a product you’ve added to Favorites is available when you visit a participating store.

Note that certain features are available only in select countries.
iOS 9.3.5
iOS 9.3.5 provides an important security update for your iPhone or iPad and is recommended for all users.

For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:

Post Date: Aug 25, 2016

System Requirements
iPhone 4s or later
iPad 2 or later
iPad mini or later
iPod touch (5th gen)
Available via OTA and iTunes

iOS 9.3.5 Blocks Remote Jailbreak

Less than a month after the release of iOS 9.3.4 (see “Apple Releases iOS 9.3.4 with a Single Security Fix,” 4 August 2016) Apple has released iOS 9.3.5 with yet another solo, unspecified security fix.

The New York Times reports that this rapid release comes in response to what appears to be a government attempt to compromise the iPhone of Ahmed Mansoor, a prominent human rights activist based in the United Arab Emirates. Two weeks ago, he reported several suspicious SMS text messages to researchers at the digital rights watchdog group Citizen Lab. With assistance from the research team at Lookout Security, Citizen Lab was able to identify the texts as coming from an exploit infrastructure created by NSO Group, an Israel-based “cyber-war” company that makes phone surveillance software. The chain of exploits would have led to a remote jailbreak enabling the attacker — likely the UAE government — to install sophisticated spyware on Mansoor’s iPhone. Citizen Lab reported these vulnerabilities to Apple, which promptly fixed them in iOS 9.3.5; Citizen Lab’s report makes for fascinating reading — it’s a real-world thriller.

It’s highly unlikely that most people would be targeted by NSO Group’s exploit chain, given that it undoubtedly sells for big bucks. However, now that the vulnerabilities on which it relies have been blocked by iOS 9.3.5, it’s easy to imagine the price dropping significantly, enabling garden-variety miscreants to afford to buy and use it.

Since the result could be your iPhone being used to track your movements, record audio and video from your surroundings, snoop on messages in chat apps, and more, we recommend that you install iOS 9.3.5 as soon as possible. It’s a roughly 38 MB download, and you can update via Settings > General > Software Update or through iTunes.
The next meeting will be held Thursday, September 29, 2016, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.
(subject to confirmation)
Useful Mac Troubleshooting Utility
And don’t forget these

Q&A, General Discussion