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(802.11ac) Airport/Time Capsule Firmware 7.7.3 (Heartbleed fix):
(Update available using Airport Utility for OS X or iOS.)

About AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.3
Firmware update 7.7.3 is recommended for all AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations with 802.11ac. It provides security improvements related to SSL/TLS. Other AirPort base stations do not require this firmware update.

Note: After updating the firmware, some users may need to re-enable Back to My Mac on their AirPort base stations using AirPort Utility and on their Macs using System Preferences.

How to re-enable Back to My Mac on AirPort base stations:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Utilities and double-click AirPort Utility.
  2. Select the AirPort base station that is configured with Back to My Mac and click Edit.
  3. If prompted, enter the base station password.
  4. In the Base Station tab, select the Back to My Mac account you want to re-enable and click Edit.
  5. Enter your Apple ID password and click Sign In. A green status indicator will appear indicating a successful authentication.
  6. Click Update to save the changes.

How to re-enable Back to My Mac on your Mac computer:

  1. On each computer you use with Back to My Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click iCloud.
  2. In iCloud preferences, deselect Back to My Mac, then select it again.

For detailed information on AirPort base station firmware updates, including how to install, see (Use AirPort Utility 6.3.1 or later on OS X, or 1.3.1 or later on iOS to upgrade to Firmware v7.7.3.)
For more information on how to set up and use Back to My Mac, see

Today's Apple doc updates includes info on security fix ("Heartbleed"/OpenSSL bug) in 7.7.3.

Security Update 2014-002 for Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion/Server:
(Download pages linked. Mavericks update says includes Safari 7.0.3, released Apr. 1st)

Related doc with details on security fixes in today's listing below.
(After update install in Mavericks (10.9.2), build number shown is 13C1021.)

iOS 7.1.1 and Apple TV 6.1.1 Updates (bug and security fixes):
Also out are iOS 7.1.1 (improvements to Touch ID, keyboard responsiveness, BT keyboards) and Apple TV 6.1.1 ("Includes general performance and stability improvements"). Both updates include security fixes. (See below.)
Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates:
(some mirrors may not be updated. If you get an older doc or 404, try again later.)

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Low-Cost 2009 Mac Pro Quad-Core 3.2GHz CPU Upgrade:
(from a recent reader mail)
"(2009) MacPro 4,1 Quad-Core 2.66GHz to 3.2GHz Processor Upgrade
Attached zip contains screen prints before and after, successful processor upgrade.
MacPro 2009 4,1 SP Xeon 2.66GHz (W3520) -> Xeon (W3565) 3.2GHz
Bought CPU "used" off of ebay for appx $100. 15 minutes of labor = a little extra "zip"
(Scores taken from screenshots sent. Running OS X 10.9.3 (beta), 16GB ram)
    CineBench R15 CPU scores:
  • 2.66GHz: 420
  • 3:20GHz: 517

  • 2.66GHz: 2113 (single core), 8206 (multi-core)
  • 3:20GHz: 2349 (single core), 9514 (multi-core)


Thanks Lawrence. (Here's a previous article on 2009 Mac Pro (4-core) 2.66GHz to 3.2GHz CPU Upgrade w/Benchmarks. The Macs/mods page has other older Mac Pro low-cost CPU Upgrades (often used/pulls), most from 2008 or earlier Mac Pros. Some Xserves also.)

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Previous News Archive Summary:
    Friday April 18, 2014 News
  • Follow-Up on Radeon R9 280x in a 2009 Mac Pro in Apple's Mac Pro forum
  • Four more Tips for OS X Mavericks (iTunes, Safari, storage, Finder)
  • Review of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Expansion pack
  • VLC for iOS v2.3
  • Updated Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Articles:
    - iOS: Understanding captive Wi-Fi networks
    - Redeeming an iTunes Digital Copy
    - Calendar and reminder data removed when disabling iCloud Calendar
  • Other News/Reviews/Tips/Tech/OT:
    - HEVC: H.265 and 4K compression explained
    - Blu-ray archiving for the enterprise
    - Record Labels Suing Pandora Over Oldies
    - Should Chrome users enable check for SSL Cert. revocation?

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