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Thanks for your support in a stunningly challenging year, and best wishes for a safe and enjoyable holiday.

Reports: AirPods
date/warranty questions

Reports: App Stores
old apps reposted as new updates

Reports: Apple authentication
old Apple ID confusion

Reports: Apple photo apps
iCloud, Image Capture, Canon, Apple Photos, AirDrop etc.

Reports: Apple design issues
headphone jacks, batteries, FaceID, weight et al

Reports: Firefox
UI themes; unexpected updates; add-on issues

Reports: Internet/phone services
power issues

Reports: iOS 11
social engineering tricks

Reports: iPhone X
Face ID issues

Reports: Mac Pro
startup video issues/options

Reports: Password managers
KeePass family

Reports: Processors
ARM CPU changing game in iMac Pro

Reports: Robocalls
FCC resolution

Reports: Vulnerabilities/vectors
"one ring to rule them all"

Share files with these apps for OS X and iOS, using any standard server or cloud service, or use the DropShare service and a browser for uploads.

Use Amazon's low-cost Glacier cloud storage with this Mac-native app.

See which files Time Machine backed up when.

The popular backup app gets a few more tweaks in another free update for High Sierra/APFS.

Reports: Adobe
Acrobat update problems

Reports: Apple HomePod
smart speaker delay

Reports: Apple Mail
crashes after update, Previous Recipients list

Reports: Apple quality
screen defects

Reports: Apple TV
artwork follies

Reports: Autonomous/electric cars
traffic, insurance, electricity, taxes

Reports: iCloud
iCloud Tabs problem

Reports: Domain Name System
Quad9 security initiative

Reports: High Sierra
Recovery partitions, APFS

Reports: Security
FBI vs. secure encryption

This iOS app blocks spam/scam/robocalls, using a crowdsourced reporting database and doesn't snoop on your Contacts.

This robocall blocker works on iPhones and also some VoIP lines.

This robocall blocker is designed specifically to combat new "neighbor spoofing" abuse.

Promise Thunderbolt 3 Dock
Promise Technology enters a crowded field of Thunderbolt 3 docks, a year after Apple's introduction of the technology.

QromaScan, SlideBox
Put your iPhone camera to use scanning photos and slides with these lightboxes and apps, updated with advanced voice-recognition features for metadata tagging.

Audio-Technica headphones
The venerable audio equipment manufacturer has new Bluetooth wireless earphones as well as high-end, hand-built headphones....

Free Audio Converter (fr:eac)
This open-source audio app handles CD ripping, metadata lookups, audio format conversion, batch processing and more (adding support for even more formats).

Fusion Thunderbolt 3 Flash Drive
Sonnet takes its compact, ultra-high-performance SSD storage device to new levels with Thunderbolt 3.

This RSS feed reader, which runs on Mac and iOS, gets updates for High Sierra and iOS 11.

Reports: Apple updates
unwanted update tricks; Apple ID tags

Reports: Mac Pro
boot video issues and tips

Reports: Quicken
bank downloads

This cross-platform, open-source web browser has a good set of features and customization options with a lightweight footprint.

This cross-platform, open-source Internet suite includes a browser, an HTML editor, web development tools, email, chat and newgroup reading. A new release gets security fixes and other improvements from Firefox 52 ESR.

iOS 11.1.2
Another week, another patch package for Apple's favorite OS.

Office 2016 security patch
Microsoft Office 2016 users get a fix for a vulnerability in macros. Office 2011 users are out of luck, as that version is no longer supported.

This popular anti-virus utility, which provides virus scanning and frequently updated malware definitions on top of a solid anti-virus engine, gets a special update for High Sierra plus a few bug fixes and improvements.

The modern web browser for PowerPC-based Macs gets security patches (plus other updates), as it tracks Firefox ESR in the new "Feature Parity" series.

RAW Power
This RAW photo processor for macOS Sierra, which works as an Apple Photos plug-in or standalone app, now has an iOS version.

Reports: Email
"firewall update bug" took down FastMail

Adobe Security Flaws Critical
Adobe dropped a massive pile of patches today for "critical" security flaws across its product lines, including a particularly long list of "critical" Acrobat/Reader vulnerabilities.

Mozilla's free alternative to Google Chrome and Apple Safari gets critical security patches, along with a major overhaul for speed, user interface changes and more.

Reports: Apple software
QuickTime issues

Reports: Digital TV
EyeTV updates and notes

Reports: Help please
dual-display desktop pics tips

Reports: Storage
SSDs, Trim, Apple updates, interfaces etc.

DetectX Swift
A new version of the Mac security app, currently in public beta testing, "uses a combination of hardcoded search definitions along with live updates and predictive heuristics to detect both known and unknown threats and issues."

Track time, temperature and events for your home coffee roasting.

Stopwatch Analog+Digital
This free iOS stopwatch app is simple, yet surprisingly good for what it does.

Reports: Adobe issues
update confusion; Reader uninstall

Reports: App Store
app ads and economics; QuickTime

Reports: Email
Verizon/AOL issues

Reports: Photography
Apple acquires QuantumFilm

Chromium security update
The open source web browser platform gets critical security patches, plus other changes.

Google Chrome security patches
Google's web browser gets critical security patches, among other changes.

Apple iWork
Apple updates its iWork app suite for recent Macs, 64-bit iOS devices and iCloud to provide more "performance and stability improvements."

This full-featured network backup application offers local encryption for security, full Mac metadata support, multiple-version and changes-only backup, an open, documented storage format, bandwidth and budget controls, and more, while supporting inexpensive storage at Amazon (Amazon Cloud, AWS, Glacier), SFTP servers, NAS, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.

Reports: Apple lawsuits
patent issues, Qualcomm fees

Reports: Apple management
tax avoidance

Reports: Audio
headset and USB mics/jacks

Reports: Augmented Reality
Apple AR headset project

Reports: MacBook Pro
defective graphics hardware repair

Reports: Networking
guest networks

Reports: Storage
iMac Fusion SSD failure, SMART data

Adobe Acrobat/Reader security flaws "critical"
Adobe warns of "critical" security flaws across its Acrobat and Adobe Reader products... promising patches next week.

iOS 11.1.1
Apple pops out yet another iOS update for a few more bug fixes.

Disk Sensei
This Mac app provides Trim support for third-party SSDs like what Apple provides for its own flash hardware, but it also offers a wealth of additional tuning, testing and information features.

Reports: Email
Yahoo vs. Avast; ATT/SBC; virus scans, etc.

Reports: iMac
repair/access issues

Reports: Adobe
Lightroom upgrade failures; alternatives

Reports: Hard drives
corporate ownership and consolidation

Reports: Xprotect
Apple again updates invisible blacklists

iWatermark Pro
Protect your digital photo files with a variety of visible and invisible watermark/ID options.

Reports: Apple design
gold cases

Reports: Election security
Russian hacking

Reports: LibreOffice
longstanding print bug

Reports: Storage
APFS/formatting issues

Reports: Vulnerabilities
Kaspersky, WordPress, Verticalscope

This high-security iPhone communications app, which offers encrypted voice calls, messaging, video calls and camera/video/document exchange, gets a new, cross-platform desktop app and other improvements.

The fast, lightweight anti-malware app gets a few bug fixes and improvements.

This remarkable alternative to iTunes for many iOS device management tasks includes app management (abandoned by iTunes), Time Machine-like backup/archiving and restoring, Mac-mobile information exchange, file transfer, browsing, cloning and more. Recent updates support iOS 11 and High Sierra (APFS), add WiFi auto-backup, and introduce a free iMazing Mini menubar version.

Like Apple's Continuity, this app integrates a cellphone with your Mac... except it works with any bluetooth phone; it works with OS X 10.9; it supports AppleScript, and more.

Find Any File
This shareware utility is far faster and more capable than Spotlight for finding files on your Mac, and the latest update addresses major search changes made with macOS 10.13 High Sierra's APFS file system, while bringing other improvements and fixes.

Reports: Apple product issues
MacBook Air, upgrades/access; Dell

Reports: Competition
Apple refurbs, Dell, ASUS, Black Friday deals, etc.

Reports: Equifax breaches
salary lookups

Reports: Remote access/control
Apple Remote Desktop problems

Carbon Copy Cloner
Mike Bombich's essential Mac backup app gets a few more High Sierra/APFS tweaks and other improvements.

Reports: Apple security
updates/holes, Pwn2Own, face scans

Reports: Autonomous vehicles
handover/switching problem; new bike lanes

Reports: Time Machine
local backups, hard links, APFS etc.

Reports: Xprotect
Apple blacklist update confusion

Apple financials
Macs make up less than 14% of Apple's quarterly revenue (though they're bringing in more money at higher prices vs. a year ago) and less than its "services" business, while iPhones brought in more than half of Apple's $50+ billion for the quarter.

Apple updates its basic video editing app to "improve overall stability...."

Affinity Photo
This appealing alternative to Adobe Photoshop (with a free trial) gets updates for High Sierra and iOS 11, plus various improvements and bug fixes.

Affinity Designer
The major competitor to Adobe Illustrator (with a free trial) gets High Sierra performance optimization, bug fixes and other improvements.

A new, cross-platform version of this full-featured Lightroom alternative is available for pre-ordering, free from any Adobe-style subscription hassles.

Roxio Toast
This Mac app can capture media from multiple sources in sync, convert it for iOS, build DVDs with menus and chapters, copy discs, and much more.

Apple adds more iPhone X support and fixes unspecified bugs in its development system for macOS.

The installer package browser and extractor gets an update for High Sierra.

OS X/macOS security patches
Apple patches a long list of security holes (including KRACK) in OS X 10.11 and macOS while touting new emoji and fixing a few bugs in High Sierra.

iOS/tvOS/watchOS security patches
Apple's mobile, watch and TV operating systems get critical security fixes, including KRACK patches, for iOS 11 and its latest hardware.

Safari security patches
Apple's web browser gets critical security patches on OS X 10.11 and macOS.

Reports: Equifax breach
freezes vs. IRS

Reports: Hard drives
G-sense data in SMART attributes

Reports: Help please
iPhoto/Photo libraries; free space follies

Reports: iOS
the unrelenting abuse of unwanted updates

Reports: Networking
AirPort, security issues, alternatives?

Reports: Quicken
import, alternatives, Bill Pay

Reports: Security issues
Rod Rosenstein idiocy

Reports: Security questions
alert troubleshooting, Internet access

Reports: Tips
keyboard cleaning

Reports: Vulnerabilities
UEFI/kernel issues

Reports: Web browsers

Critical Updates
This free utility, offering a neat way to see if Apple's security components are up to date on your Mac, gets a couple of improvements.

Mozilla's reliable, full-featured and free email app gets important security patches.

Reports: Apple management
consumer survey

Reports: Apple quality
new laptop keyboard failures

Reports: Apple security
Security Update 2017-003; iOS camera access

Reports: Election hacking
Georgia election data deleted

Reports: Hard drives
Backblaze drive reliability report

Reports: iOS 11
calculator, unwanted downloads/updates, ringtone bug

Reports: Malware
Apple MRT, PCVARK et al

Reports: Microsoft Office
recent files follies

Reports: Storage
RAID levels vs. performance, recovery

Reports: Apple lawsuits
trademark pilfering history

Reports: Apple Messages
High Sierra problem

Reports: Apple updates
QuickTime Pro issues, alternatives and tips

Reports: Competition
Google Pixel problems

Reports: iOS 11
dB meter; App Store; screen replacements; Calculator etc.

Reports: iPhones
Upgrade Program fail; 256GB option dropped

Reports: Miscellaneous
Windows options/configuration (for bookkeeper)

Reports: Siri
search engine

Reports: Storage
OWC Aura SSD vs. High Sierra; RAID configurations

Reports: AI, AR, VR
mobile AI chips; Google hardware Trojan

Reports: Apple authentication
2FA follies

Reports: AppleCare
registration failures

Reports: iTunes
problem feedback; compatibility and backup/restore

Reports: Maps
updates and corrections

Reports: iOS 11
forced/trick updates; messaging issues; iCloud, etc.

Reports: Apple Watch
battery defect, BestBuy vs. Apple

Reports: Competition
Surface Book 2, Razer Blade Stealth

Reports: iPhones
software-defined radio

Reports: macOS High Sierra
APFS search problems

Reports: Networking
VPN set-up; private address spaces, link-local

Panorama X
This radically fast, highly innovative, totally Mac-native and powerful database system introduces a radically new pricing/licensing system, as well.

Reports: Autonomous vehicles
GM acquisitions, capabilities

Reports: Safari
CSS/font problems

Reports: USB and Thunderbolt
new USB 3.2 standard

Auro Pro X
OWC's Aura SSD upgrades have some problems with High Sierra, but a new Aura Pro X SSD is promised very specifically for High Sierra... and nothing else.

Wireless Connect Stick
Plug this flash stick into a USB port or access it over 802.11n from your iPhone/iPad with the associated iOS app for file transfer, backup and media streaming.

Path Finder
This Finder alternative from Cocoatech offers many advantages as a replacement for Apple's default desktop app. The latest release brings more macOS High Sierra support and should be installed prior to installing High Sierra.

Reports: Adobe Flash
active exploits

Reports: Bluetooth
troubleshooting tips

Reports: Mac Pro
CPU and RAM upgrades, thermal paste

Reports: Storage
hard drive issues with Mac Pro

Reports: macOS 10.13 High Sierra
issues with search utilities and other file system software; installer problems; updates and versions; multiple displays; boot/startup and more

Reports: Apple Mail
High Sierra bug

Reports: iTunes
AppleScripts, compatibility, bad programming

Reports: macOS 10.12 Sierra
App Store link

Reports: macOS Server
High Sierra changes and confusion

Reports: Microsoft Office
update issues

Reports: Networking
Bonjour issues

Reports: Safari
problems with security, Bonjour, JavaScript

Adobe Flash Vulnerability Critical
The latest critical vulnerability in Adobe Flash permits remote code execution by attackers.

This ARM-based laptop is the diametric opposite of Apple's iPad line.

This app uninstaller for Macs gets a High Sierra update and other improvements.

Data Rescue
The venerable Mac data-recovery app gets an update, but macOS High Sierra's APFS file system needs a special workaround.

Reports: Authentication
lost login credentials with websites

Reports: Firefox
compatibility issues

Reports: Scams
iPhone scams

Reports: Security
driver licenses; credit freezes and Adobe Flash trojans

Reports: Storage
SoftRAID, ZFS, etc.

Reports: Vulnerabilities
CSV injection

The professional text editor with a wealth of features for programmers, web developers and others gets a major update with new internals and new features. You can evaluate it free of charge.

Norbert Doerner's venerable digital asset cataloger and browser (DAM) gets full High Sierra certification (and a fix for an Apple bug).

Reports: Apple Maps
errors, corrections, alternatives

Reports: Apple Pay
MacBook Pro Touchbar/clamshell

Reports: Apple updates
iTunes reversion procedure

Reports: iOS 11
VoLTE/HD Voice problems; carrier settings; Safari, etc.

Reports: iPhones
used phone purchase experience

Reports: Quicken
cloud/security issues; 2007 vs. 2017 versions, etc.

Reports: Security
credit alerts vs. freezes, Equifax Flash hack

Reports: Storage
formatting issues and options

Reports: Vulnerabilities
T-Mobile, OnePlus phones

Reports: AI, AR and VR
Apple's A11 Bionic brain

Reports: Apple security
Safari 11, password prompts

Reports: Apple Watch
activity alerts

Reports: Autonomous vehicles
Nvidia Pegasus platform; BMW/Intel consortium

Reports: Competition
Apple market share slips

Reports: macOS Sierra
more Apple Preview problems

Reports: macOS High Sierra
APFS boot problems; All My Files gone; user interface; SSDs etc.

Reports: Messaging
Apple mechanisms; RIP AIM

Reports: Virtualization
VMware network problems, troubleshooting

iOS 11.0.3
Another week, another set of bug fixes for iOS 11.

The full-featured, cross-platform, open-source alternative to Microsoft Office gets "over 100 bug and regression fixes."

Reports: Apple security
reporting a bad bug in beta that didn't get fixed, vulnerabilities that aren't fixed in iOS, watchOS, tvOS and more

Reports: macOS 10.13 High Sierra
issues with the Supplemental Update; APFS (with workarounds); SSDs; update failures; Disk Utility; keyboard backlight; security updates (for older systems); network diagnostic tools; build numbers; Apple Mail; Server; disk space/snapshots; display color; a display bug and more, as well as new features

Reports: Election hacking
Google ad buys; new team

Reports: Firefox
major changes coming; ESR option

Reports: Help please
boot delay

Reports: iPhone 8
swelling battery problem

Reports: iWork
Numbers 4.3 problem, workaround

Reports: Mice
Macs missing Logitech support

Reports: Quicken
unwanted cloud upload, removal

Reports: Thunderbolt
drive unmounts from new MacBook Pro

Reports: User interface
Apple hide-and-seek hits FileMaker

Reports: Wake/sleep problems
odd problem and resolution

iTunes 12.6.3
If you don't want Apple's function-deleted 12.7 version of its mess of a Mac app shoved into your Mac, grab this version....

Hands Off
This Mac security app, which monitors and manages access from each application to your network and storage devices, gets another High Sierra update.

Adobe Photoshop/Premiere Elements
Adobe updates its non-subscription photo and video software for consumers.

This inexpensive image editing app for the Mac gets "full support for macOS High Sierra", including HEIF support, and other improvements, as the company prepares an advanced version for later this year. The iOS version gets support for iOS 11 features (HEIF, drag-and-drop, etc.), plus bug fixes.

This remarkable utility, which opens up a whole world of hidden options and details in Apple's Mac system, gets a High Sierra version.

Reports: Apple security
a critical Disk Utility FileVault flaw in High Sierra, plus a patch for the High Sierra SKEL bug, as well as Uber's unprecedented access to Apple's iOS "backdoor" capabilities

Reports: App Store issues
bad Ethernet kills apps; macOS 10.12 deletion; unwanted updates, etc.

Reports: Apple Mail
Apple fixes bug with Yahoo mail

Reports: Finder
Firefox vs. file types

Reports: MacBook Pro
battery hazards, bags

Reports: Microsoft Office
discontinuous selection bug fixed

Reports: Vulnerabilities
Kaspersky, NSA and SSL...

Reports: Yahoo
hack-harvested contact abuse

Reports: Apple TV
streaming vs. Internet speed

Reports: Autonomous cars
legislation, accidents, private property

Reports: MacBook Pro
NuPower battery failure

Reports: Security/Privacy
Apple "predictive text"

Reports: Virtualization
VMware vs. VirtualBox, etc.

macOS security and bug patches
Apple's latest patch package addresses a critical security hole (patch now!) and other bugs in macOS High Sierra.

Apple Watch update
Apple patches Series 3 Watch bugs with a software update: watchOS 4.0.1.

Reports: Apple
ARM chip competition

Reports: Help please
MP4 playback problems

Reports: Vulnerabilities
DNS/DHCP (Dnsmasq)

Reports: Yahoo
all 3 billion accounts breached

Reports: Apple
notch nightmare

Reports: Email
Eudora, extensions, etc.

Reports: Quicken
versions, compatibility, etc.

Reports: Remote access
Timbuktu no-go in High Sierra

iOS 11.0.2
Apple patches bugs in its newest iOS, a week after patching other bugs in it, a week after releasing it (after months of beta testing).

Get some protection against cross-site scripting (XSS) and clickjacking attacks (plus more control over problematic web browser plug-ins) with this add-on for Firefox and other Mozilla web browsers.

Currently in beta testing, this anti-malware software monitors "common persistence locations" on a Mac and posts alerts when something changes, as well as checking VirusTotal for known malware.

Cursor Keyboard
Get cursor keys on your iPhone (or iPad or iPod Touch).

This virtualization system from Oracle is free, open-source software. (The latest release fixes a few Mac bugs.)

Reports: Apple security
firmware vulnerabilities and update issues; Apple feedback and organizational issues/strategies/experiences regarding updates and security.

Reports: Apple authentication
Apple ID vs. sharing; 2FA issues; malware, etc.

Reports: Backup/recovery
shake to undo cat

Reports: iPhones
used phones and (de)activation issues

Reports: XProtect
invisible Apple blacklist updates/confusion

This Mac app helps control "HTTP cookies, Flash cookies, Silverlight, HTML5 databases, localStorage, IndexedDB as well as browser history and caches." (An update adds Safari 11 support.)

Use encrypted "safes" to protect files on OS X or iOS.

Hide a private document inside a JPEG, encrypted with a password (i.e. steganography).

Here's some software to fix the issue of unlocking a second FileVault volume at boot.

This commercial, Mac-native office application suite fixes some crashing bugs after a switch from an OpenOffice foundation to LibreOffice for better compatibility with Microsoft Office documents.

Control apps like iTunes, Keynote, QuickTime and VLC on your Mac with an Apple TV Siri Remote.

This speech recognition system promises "deep learning" capabilities.

The venerable and unique, object-oriented, visual database development system gets Unicode, encrption and a bunch of other improvements.

Reports: Apple TV
Fire TV 4K; tvOS 11 change

Reports: Help please
talking timers

Reports: MacBook Pro
battery/trackpad/top-case problems

Reports: Safari
font/CSS problem

VMware Fusion
The popular virtualization product gets a big update with support for High Sierra, Metal Graphics and more.

Oracle's development/deployment platform gets a major update.

Reports: AI, AR and VR
voice-based agent competition

Reports: Migration
FileVault, SSDs, accounts, etc.

Reports: Networking
AirPlay options

Reports: Apple announcements
fast wireless charging, glass back, crackling bug, delays

Reports: Apple security
older Mac systems abandoned/vulnerable?

Reports: Microsoft Office
Office 2019 announcement

Reports: User interface
Mac OS X vs macOS

This essential troubleshooting tool, which analyzes many Mac configuration details for potential issues and scans for malware, too, gets full macOS 10.13 High Sierra support and other improvements.

This full-featured backup and sync program can work remotely or locally, with cloud storage or direct connections, and with support for iPhones and iPads, too. A new release includes full High Sierra/APFS support (and bug workarounds...).

DiskMaker X
Make bootable OS X/macOS installers on flash drives or hard drives.

Install Disk Creator
Create a bootable installer volume from an Apple installer app.

Reports: Apple Watch
Series 3 teardown, Mac-unlock problems

Reports: iTunes
new version vs. restore/recovery

iOS 11.0.1
Apple patches bugs in its newest iOS (but didn't deign to say what it fixed).

Speed up your digital video workflow with this app for fast ingesting/rewrapping/transcoding and more - now with HEVC/H.265/High Sierra support.

Reports: Equifax

Reports: iPhones
battery replacement, screen problems, discounts, unlocking

macOS 10.13 High Sierra
Apple's new macOS arrives. (Make sure you have great backups before updating.)

macOS 10.13 security patches
macOS 10.13 includes a bunch of security patches....

macOS Server
Apple's new macOS 10.13 gets its own, new macOS Server add-on, which makes major changes, while also including patches for security holes in FreeRADIUS.

Little Snitch
The popular network monitor and privacy utility gets a High Sierra tweak, following a recent major update.

The venerable, all-purpose graphics utility gets macOS High Sierra support, RAW import improvements and more.

Affinity Photo for iPad
The iPad version of Affinity's popular Photoshop alternative gets iOS 11 features, but it only runs on certain newer models.

This cross-platform, "professional quality" alternative to Illustrator is open-source donationware.

This free, cross-platform scientific plotting and graphing program is "designed to produce publication-ready 2D plots."

Manage your money on Macs, Linux or Windows with the help of this app, which just got a macOS High Sierra update.

Helios 3
This Thunderbolt 3 expansion box holds a PCIe card (but doesn't work for an external GPU).

This web browser, based on Chromium and modern web technologies, offers some unique features.

Mount network storage as a virtual local drive (now with support for Cryptomator vaults and a macOS High Sierra compatibility update).

Duet Display
Use your iPad as an extra Mac monitor, with a Touch Bar, or turn your iPad Pro and Apple Pencil into a drawing tablet for the Mac. A new release includes High Sierra fixes.

Reports: Competition
Google, Chinese phones, SPARC

Reports: Storage
Fusion drives and Recovery partitions

Reports: Virtualization
file-sharing tips

The storage formatting, management and testing program with comprehensive RAID capabilities, which puts Apple's Disk Utility to shame, gets an update for macOS High Sierra.

Reports: BroadPwn and Apple
update from David Empson about new WiFi vulnerabilities, documented in iOS 11, tvOS 11 and watchOS 4 updates

Reports: Equifax breaches
lobbying, credit freezes, criminal probe

VMware security patch "critical"
VMware issues a "critical" update for a security flaw in Fusion that "may allow a guest to execute code on the host."

This free terminal emulator makes Apple's Terminal app look pretty weak in comparison. The latest release includes a security fix, touchbar support, and a bunch of other improvements

iMazing HEIC Converter
Convert iOS 11's new HEIC photo format to standard JPG or PNG files.

Backup (clone), restore, and migrate your Boot Camp Windows installations with this Mac app, which now supports High Sierra and APFS.

USB-C Travel Dock
Other World Computing revamps its compact USB-C dock... along with its price.

Reports: Apple Watch
911 emergency calls

Reports: AppleCare
Apple Watch defects

Reports: iPhones
viability of older iPhones

Reports: iTunes
reversion procedures, ambush updates, Configurator 2, iOS 11, etc.

Reports: Microsoft Office
topsy turvy world

Reports: Safari
can't delete zombie cookies

Reports: Security
U.S. border searches

Apple Configurator
Apple updates its app for management of mobile devices.

Reports: Apple announcements
Kinect and Palm Pre, App Store, Face ID, etc.

Reports: Apple security
"differential privacy" report

Reports: Applications
OpenOffice/LibreOffice/NeoOffice and print bug workaround

Reports: Autonomous cars
Audi A8, laws and liability

Reports: Backup
Time Machine-CCC coordination, NFS mess

iOS 11
Apple has security patches in its new mobile OS, which drops support for 32-bit devices.

Safari 11
Apple's web browser gets security patches for OS X 10.11 and up.

Xcode 9
Apple's development system gets security patches and other updates, including iOS 11 support for ARkit and Core ML.

Apple security updates
In addition to Xcode 9, Safari 11 and iOS 11 security updates, Apple also has patches in new tvOS, watchOS and iTunes releases.

Reports: Anti-virus apps
Malwarebytes update

Reports: Internet services
Verizon Wireless ditches rural customers

Reports: Mac marginalization
media creation vs. consumption

Reports: Security
election hacking/vote integrity

Suspicious Package
This utility lets you peek into OS X installer packages to see what they might be doing to your Mac... before they do it.

Here's a free alternative to iTunes for playing music and Internet radio stations, managing playlists, album artwork, metadata and more.

This cross-platform music (and video) player draws on YouTube's vast collection of recordings.

Belkin Boost Up
Belkin announced a wireless charging pad for Apple's new phones... due at the end of next month.

PowerPort Qi
Anker has a Qi charging pad, available now for short money (at Amazon).

Mophie Charging Base
Apple is selling Mophie's wireless charger.

Reports: Apple Mail
tips for mail sync across two Macs (POP and IMAP accounts)

Reports: Applications
iWork suite vs. Microsoft Office

Reports: Quicken
quote overload, Dow Jones symbols

Reports: Apple Maps
SSL (HTTPS) starts working

Reports: AppleCare
iPhone touch disease

Reports: Autonomous vehicles
voluntary safety standards

Reports: iOS 11
pairing security, hardware compatibility, App Store/iTunes

Reports: Office 2016
VBA back for the Mac

Reports: Security
lawsuits over unconstitutional search at U.S. border

Reports: Time Machine
backup loss and encrypted erasure

Here's another option for photographers abandoned by Aperture and/or disgusted with Adobe.

This Mac utility app gives you graphical access to a huge range of Mac configuration settings and system information.

Reports: Apple authentication
iCloud/Apple ID confusions

Reports: Equifax breach
analysis and recommendations, lawsuits, ID theft and more

Reports: Router security
D-Link security holes

Reports: Security
voting and election hacking

Reports: Virtualization
file exchange options

Reports: Vulnerabilities
Bluetooth, voice assistant issues, sound tracker

Apple updates iTunes, but you might want to hold back the update, because it abandons existing capabilities and reverting may not be easy. (It also drops OS X 10.9 support while adding iOS 11 support.) However, the update also includes unspecified security changes.

Microsoft Office security patches
Microsoft patches more security holes that attackers can exploit via Office documents.

Apple announcements
Tim Cook started Apple's announcement event today with dramatic homage to Steve Jobs in Apple's new Steve Jobs Theater and briefly acknowledged current hurricane disasters, before pivoting to Angela Ahrendts talking about Apple retail stores. iPhone X with Face ID, Apple TV 4K, Apple Watch 3 and iPhone 8 followed. Meanwhile, High Sierra got a release date.

Reports: Aperture
Raw support, Tim Cook response

Reports: Applications
Apple Pages

Reports: Quicken
quotes limitation

Adobe security flaws "critical"
Here's another batch of patches for critical Adobe security flaws in Flash and ColdFusion.

Reports: Apple security
broken SKEL

Reports: iTunes
cross-account launch, other problems

Reports: Safari
Spotify problem

Encrypt files you put on cloud servers and access them from Mac, iOS, Linux Windows and Android platforms.

Create, edit, control and manage OpenVPN connections with this Mac app (now updated for High Sierra).

My Passport SSD
Western Digital has a compact SSD with a USB-C port.

Bezalel wireless chargers
This company has wireless magnetic charging cases for iPhone 6 and 7 models, plus charging bases for cars, desks and mobile use.

This company offers unique high-security/privacy laptops (though they run a Linux variant, not macOS) and they're crowdfunding a high-security/privacy phone project.

Ultrasonic Analyzer
This audio analysis app handles ultrasonic frequencies (which you can capture with a specialized USB mic).

Drag and drop to add or move GPS locations in your photo files.

Reports: macOS High Sierra
Microsoft Office malware, plus Aperture compatibility issues and Apple vs. Adobe apps

Reports: Help please
cloning/sync between two Macs

Reports: Microsoft Office
Mac vs. Windows Outlook

Reports: Storage
partition issues

Reports: Vulnerabilities
election hacking

Reports: Windows security
hacking Windows 10 S

Reports: Adobe Flash
HTML5 alternatives

Reports: Apple architecture
Steve Jobs Theater

Reports: Apple management
music and video

Reports: Autonomous cars
U.S. legislation

Reports: Development
Apple developer website problem

Reports: iPhone 8
screens, pricing and AR

Reports: Malware
multilevel tricks...

Reports: Finder
drive unmount script; alias follies, alternative

Reports: iPads
True Tone vs. Night Shift

Reports: MacBook Pro
battery failures, fires, replacements; GPU power/switching

Reports: Microsoft Office
Home Use Program, preference settings, equation editors

Reports: Security
Marcus Hutchins story

Reports: User interface
flat design...

This full-featured, cross-platform backup app, which has been around for a long time, gets High Sierra APFS support, live database backup, bug fixes and more.

Reports: AI, AR and VR
Windows "mixed reality"; Huawei AI phone chip; Samsung/Harman

Reports: Apple
janitors then and now

Reports: AppleCare
replacement iPhone hassles

Reports: Autonomous cars
Google skunk works story

Reports: BroadPwn and Apple
WiFi and Recovery volume issues and mitigations

Reports: Compatibility
Mac OS X vs. browsers, password managers, etc.

Reports: Fonts
Apple San Francisco oddities

Reports: Quicken
QM2007 compatibility upgrade

Reports: Router security
Arris modem backdoors

Reports: Thunderbolt 3
Akitio Thunder 3 Quad Mini; hackintosh

Add an end-to-end encryption layer to cloud services to protect the privacy of your files.

This app creates encrypted disk images, like Apple's Mac Disk Utility, but supported across Windows and Linux platforms, too.

My Cloud Home
Set up your own "personal cloud" with these network-attached storage systems and software from Western Digital.

SanDisk Xpand Base
Back up your iPhone photos, videos, and contacts to this flash storage base while charging.

Samsung CHG90
This monster monitor is due to ship this month after a delay.

This RSS reader, free open-source, gets a High Sierra update.

Reports: Backup
Retrospect reliability, file format integrity and recovery, metadata and encryption, and NAS-to-NAS replication

Reports: Apple Mail
folder and Spotlight issues

Reports: Internet services
net neutrality and Apple

Reports: Security
hackable heart pacemakers

Reports: Thunderbolt 3/USB-C
new iMac, port confusion/configuration and adapters

Acronis True Image
This newly updated backup system specializes in saving images of your entire disk, Windows or Mac. An optional cloud backup service supports iOS devices, as well.

Apple patches bugs in its live performance app.

Reports: BroadPwn and Apple
detailed follow-up from David Empson about his outstanding research on the vulnerability and its effects vs. a full range of Apple hardware and software

Reports: Apple management
Tim Cook stock sales

Reports: Messaging
SMS-iMessage issues/confusion, alternatives

Reports: Quicken
Q2007 upgrade for newer OS X versions

Reports: Security
giant password/email hack database

This password manager runs on OS X and iOS and is compatible with KeePass password databases.

Matias Wired Aluminum Keyboard
Matias promises a replacement for Apple's abandoned Wired Keyboard... due at the end of November.

Reports: AI, AR and VR
ARKit vs. ARCore, interface guidelines, interoperability

Reports: Apple security
authorization API vulnerabilities

Reports: Competition
Fitbit, Apple TV vs. Roku, etc.

Reports: Fonts
font management, guide, dynamic downloads, fingerprinting, etc.

Reports: Help please
Apple Notes disappear

Reports: Internet of Things (IoT)
password database; Sonos SMB

Reports: Microsoft Office
Apple/Google alternatives; lifecycle dates

Reports: Privacy issues
Accuweather again

Reports: Storage
USB3 problems, eSATA?

Reports: Vulnerabilities/vectors
extensive analysis from US-CERT

Elgato Eve
Monitor conditions and control devices with this HomeKit-based family of products.

This Mac app offers much more flexibility for Time Machine backup scheduling - now with APFS support.

Crucial BX300
This new SSD from Micron is fast and competitively priced, but capacity is limited to 480 GB.

Adobe security flaws
Adobe issues patches on top of patches for flawed security flaw fixes.

Backup, restore, migrate and archive your IMAP email.

TechTool Pro
An update to the venerable Mac testing and maintenance app fixes some bugs and makes other improvements after a new version was released earlier this year.

This free benchmarking app tests CPU, GPU, RAM and storage.

Reports: App Store
strange connection

Reports: Apple security
invisible security updates, bugs and versions

Reports: Security
pre-9/11-level cyber moment

Reports: Vulnerabilities
Ropemaker email exploit

Reports: Apple Campus 2
Yanomami dwellings

Reports: Apple TV
4K upgrade coming

Reports: iOS security
Secure Enclave hack; iOS Security Guide; AccuWeather issues/alternatives

Reports: Malware
new, multiplatform adware/malware spreading via Facebook Messenger with Mac-specific Flash scam among its many tricks

Reports: Web browsers
sticky header antidotes

Reports: Adobe issues
subscriptions, updates, file formats and OS updates

Reports: iPhone/iOS
Siri confusions, battery issues, app quit

Reports: Malware
Mac trojan in the wild (OSX.Pwnet)

Reports: Security
Google server security chip

Reports: Web platforms
Joomla spaghetti

This effective email spam filter gets an update with High Sierra support and other improvements (and it also works with systems back to Mac OS X 10.6).

Apple app/OS compatibility
Apple warns that versions of its "pro" apps that aren't up to date will have problems with macOS 10.13 High Sierra.

Reports: Security
phone number takeovers

Reports: Web browsers
Waterfox, Microsoft Sharepoint

Reports: Web platforms
more critical Drupal security flaws

Erase the "Internet tracks" on your Mac that result from browsing the web, taking up storage space and compromising privacy.

FastTasks 2
Among many other functions, this multi-purpose utility helps keep track of changes to your system profile over time, as well as scanning for "troublesome apps and files."

WD My Book Duo
Western Digital updates its RAID storage system with a 5Gbps USB-C port and capacities up to 20TB (for RAID0).

This word processor is aimed at scholars with multi-lingual support and advanced features.

Reports: Apple
Siri and mediated lives

Reports: Security
Advanced Mobile Location (AML) and E911

Reports: Security
evil parts and repairs

A new version of the virtualization software brings support for High Sierra and touchbars, among other improvements.

This email app, a viable alternative to Apple Mail and Thunderbird, gets a few fixes.

This cross-platform mail server offers IMAP/POP/SMTP support, anti-virus/spam protection, a web interface, HIPAA encryption, SSL support and more.

This Mozilla-based web browser offers privacy improvements and continuing support for existing add-ons vs. Firefox.

This web browser is designed for minimalism and speed.

This app for iOS, Apple TV and other devices offers news, media, video, TV, images and info about NASA, its missions and the solar system.

This open-source password manager works cross-platform (although not on iOS) without requiring any cloud.

This cross-platform, open-source password manager is compatible with KeePass-format files.

Reports: Apple
video production

Reports: Firefox
updates (automatic and not)

Reports: Help please
magic bullet for raft of problems?

Reports: Internet of Things (IoT)
identifying MAC addresses

Reports: iOS 10
auto-update experience

Reports: iOS 11
security features; YouTube videos

Reports: Scams
Apple Support phone scam

Reports: Finder
dysfunctional/buggy behaviors

Reports: Microsoft Office
non-subscription support; Office 2011 end

Reports: Privacy
Safari Clear History mystery

Security: version control system vulnerability
A vulnerability in common version control systems could allow remote code execution.

Reports: Apple authentication
2FA system snapshots

Reports: Help please
drive repartitioning

Reports: Security
DOJ vs. DreamHost

Samsung T5
Samsung announced a 10Gbps version of its compact USB-C SSD storage device with rare USB Trim support.

Rename, archive, checksum, split, catalog, edit, merge, deduplicate and more with this file/folder tool.

What's Keeping Me?
Show open files and network ports that may be keeping you from emptying the trash or ejecting a storage volume.

Reports: Apple management
"services" revenue from Google

Reports: Competition
Microsoft Surface problems

Reports: iPhones
LTE/radio compatibility

Reports: Quicken
download/import and OS X compatibility

Reports: Security
face scans and DNA collection at and around US borders

Reports: Storage
reliability, RAID, and Fusion drives

Reports: AppleCare/support
purchase records

Reports: Backup
Time Machine bugs and Mac sleep

Reports: macOS Sierra
boot/compatibility issues

Reports: Networking
DNSCrypt and related issues

Reports: Privacy
Apple telemetry

Reports: Security
BroadPwn vs. Mac hardware/software/firmware updates

Mini vMac
Emulate an original Mac and run its software on your modern Mac (or Windows, or Linux or iOS) computer.

Acquire data from various hardware devices, then plot and analyze it.

Bill Boss
Keep track of upcoming and overdue bills and payments (as well as payment history) with this little Mac app.

This unique troubleshooting tool shows what files and network ports are currently open, and what processes are using them.

Get a lot of really good information about your Mac with this free alternative to Apple's default system profiler.

Reports: Malware
prevalent Mac malware

Reports: Networking
preference pane and configuration confusion

Reports: SSD
internal RAID and RAIN

Reports: Apple Watch
power demands/sources, LTE radio

Reports: Email
Comcast support tiers

Reports: Factories
Foxconning Wisconsin

Reports: Miscellaneous
more tips for viewing "man" pages

Display computer/configuration information on the desktop or in Notifications or in a terminal window, and copy it to the clipboard.

View OS X/Unix "man" pages in your web browser instead of a terminal window.

Reports: AppleCare
gifts, serial numbers and iCloud/Apple IDs

Reports: Apple authentication
iCloud email vs. old Mac

Reports: Migration/updates
problematic experiences, suggestions

Reports: Siri
"nshift" command-line program

Reports: VPN services
Hotspot Shield issue

Adobe Security Flaws: Critical Patches
Adobe has now issued patches for a long list of "critical" security flaws in Adobe Reader and Acrobat, Adobe Flash, Adobe Experience Manager and Adobe Digital Editions, which "allow an attacker to take control of the affected system" or "lead to information disclosure."

Reports: AI, VR and AR
OpenCog, OpenAI, Apple AI

Reports: AppleCare & repair
stolen iPhone; repairability issues; automation

Reports: Backup
Time Machine and Photo Cache; TimeMachineEditor, logins

Reports: Help please
post-crash boot troubleshooting

Reports: Performance
SSD Trim, bottlenecks and video editing

Reports: Privacy issues
Google tracking credit/debit cards

Reports: Photography
Adobe DNG issues

Reports: Security
behavioral advertising with children

Reports: User interfaces
voice control, QNX

Reports: Virtualization
mysterious VMware problem with macOS 10.12.5

Ring video doorbells/cameras
See who is at your front door from your iPhone and talk with them remotely.

Monitor and record networked security cameras.

Reports: 2016-2017 MacBook Pro
trackpads, migration, Adobe Java

Reports: Security
code-signing and developer/distributor compromise

Reports: Siri
bugs vs. macOS 10.12.6 update

This Mac utility displays lots of details about storage devices and their reliability, plus it logs data, writes detailed reports, and runs tests.

Reports: Adobe Flash
exploit kits, elimination

Reports: Apple management
Tim Cook's pay targets

Reports: Help please
RAM requirements

Reports: Security
Broadpwn and Apple issues

Reports: Apple Mail
interface issues, Exchange change

Reports: Displays
hands-on review of Dell U3415W

Reports: Siri

PowerCore+ 26800 PD
Power your MacBook, iPad or other device with this big portable battery, or plug it into a wall socket for charging.

Powerstation USB-C XXL
Mophie's USB-C battery pack comes in a rose gold or space gray fabric finish.

This friendly website-building app might serve as a substitute for Apple's abandoned iWeb.

This utility app lets you decode and manage data in a huge collection of archive formats from multiple platforms with support for Windows-compatible encryption, Apple disk images, AppleScript, 7-Zip and much more.

Apple financials
Apple reported quarterly financial results today: quarterly revenue of $45.4 billion and earnings per share of $1.67 (both higher than last year) with the biggest improvements coming from Services and Other (Apple TV, Apple Watch, Beats products, iPod, accessories).

Reports: Apple App Store
rip-off apps

Reports: Apple lawsuits
patents, poison, and FaceTime

Reports: Apple secrecy
trademark games

Reports: Apple Watch
Mac unlocking

Reports: Printing
software issues and tricks

Reports: Router security
Netgear firmware update