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Critical OS X and iOS Security Updates

Apple today released OS X 10.9.2, which includes a fix for a major SSL security flaw that first came to light on Friday, after the release of iOS 7.0.6.

The bug, which was introduced in the form of a single line of errant code that allowed an attacker to bypass SSL/TLS verification routines, left OS X users vulnerable to a man-in-the-middle attack. Shared wired or wireless networks could allow an attacker to intercept communications on affected machines, acquiring sensitive information like login credentials and passwords, or injecting harmful malware.

While the SSL vulnerability was first introduced to iOS in 2012, it only affects Macs running OS X 10.9. Lion and Mountain Lion users are not affected.

OS X 10.9.2 was first seeded to developers in December and has seen seven beta iterations since that time. Along with an emergency fix for the SSL bug, OS X 10.9.2 also includes FaceTime Audio, new blocking controls for iMessage and FaceTime, call waiting support for FaceTime, Mail fixes for bugs with fetching messages, AutoFill improvements, and several other bug fixes and general improvements.

It is recommended that all users running OS X 10.9 Mavericks upgrade to OS X 10.9.2 as soon as possible to disable the vulnerability. The updates can be obtained by using Software Update, or grabbing one the installers below.

OS X Mavericks Update v10.9.2 (859.70 MB)
OS X Mavericks Update v10.9.2 (Combo) (859.70 MB)

Users of iOS devices such as iPhones and iPads should also ensure that those devices are up to date. The iOS update was released last Friday.

via MacRumors

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4 Essential Apps For Mobile Photo Editing

Post-processing is an important part of photography, and it becomes even more important with smartphone photos that may lack depth of colour and and dynamic range. With the advent of Instagram and its imitators, filters have come to rule the day for most casual photogs, but many of us demand more control. Here are five great tools for making your photos sing to your very own tune.

Many photographers experimenting with smartphone editing have realised that it’s almost impossible to find one single app that does everything you want. Instead, it is more effective to rely on a workflow of multiple apps, selectively using specific tools from each. Be careful though. Too many re-saves and an image can lose quality as it is compressed over and over. Try not to save the image more than twice over if you can help it.

Afterlight

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A truly under-appreciated app, Afterlight combines a great user interface with a really well-rounded set of features. Tons of manual adjustments modes combined with many presets make this probably the app I would choose on this list if I only could use one. I love how you can make a photo square for Instagram by adding white letterboxing. That way you don’t have to crop your perfectly composed picture. [iTunes, $US1]

Snapseed’s HDR Scape

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Snapseed has a decent all-around adjustments toolbox, but the HDR Scape tool is extra fun. Ok, HDR is way overused and often makes perfectly fine photos look disgusting. But it can be fun simply for effect, and if you just TONE IT DOWN A BIT, it can yield some decent results. Snapseed’s HDR Scape tool seems to do it the best, and most exaggerated, if you want that look. My other favourite tool on Snapseed is the Details adjustment. This tool is a particularly well-implemented sharpening algorithm that will give your photos just a bit of extra pop. Other features in the app are useful, if heavy-handed on the fake-film artifacts. Please use carefully. [iTunes / Google Play, Free]

VSCO Cam

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When I import a photo into VSCO Cam, it’s usually because I want to keep it tasteful. They have a great many film-like presets (which cost money), but they are generally much more subtle than Instagram’s filters. You can make adjustments as well, though their tool-set isn’t quite as robust as Afterlight. [iTunes / Google Play, Free]

Slow Shutter Cam

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You can’t really control shutter speed with the iOS camera app, but Slow Shutter Cam pretty much fakes it for you. Use it to capture light trails for a timelapse effect in night scenes, or just get zany with its various settings. It’s not an app you’ll use every day but it’s great to mix things up with. [iTunes, $US1]

This article originally appeared on Gizmodo