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Mac ransomware KeRanger has flaws that could let users recover files

The KeRanger file-encrypting ransomware program for Mac OS X is based on Linux.Encoder and contains crypto flaws that could allow users to recover their files without paying cybercriminals.

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Apple shuts down first-ever ransomware attack against Mac users

With the help of security researchers, Apple over the weekend quickly blocked a cyberattack aimed at infecting Mac users with file-encrypting malware known as ransomware.

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The 10 Mac games you need to play from February 2016

It was an especially great month for Mac gaming—check out the top new releases.

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Siri for Mac reportedly coming this fall, at long last

Apple might make its virtual assistant one of the flagship features in OS X 10.12.

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Apple releases public betas for iOS 9.3 and OS X 10.11.4

Every Apple operating system has a new developer beta available now, and iOS and OS X have new public betas out too.

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Podcast 495: Bugs, more bugs, and the epoch fail

Don't set your iPhone to before 1970, don't update Creative Cloud, and don't expect Apple executives to openly admit iTunes is awful.

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Repeat Mac App Store mess forces some to reinstall purchased programs

Some Mac owners today faced error messages or apps that balked when launched, in a repeat of the November 2015 expired-digital-certificate issue.

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How updating your Mac's apps could allow man-in-the-middle attacks

The popular open-source Sparkle framework for OS X updates can be used insecurely.

Podcast 494: Error 53 is only helpful to robots

Humans need more information than a two-digit number when their iPhones go dead.

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Apple just updated retired OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard for the first time since 2013

Apple on Wednesday released an update for OS X 10.6, aka Snow Leopard, an edition it last patched in September 2013.

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LastPass fixes some browser-based impersonation weaknesses

The password-management company responded to a security researcher by battening down the hatches. But messages in a browser can't be trusted.

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Apple just pushed out feature-packed public betas of iOS 9.3 and OS X 10.11.4

iOS 9.3 public beta with Night Shift and OS X 10.11.4 public beta with Live Photos support are now available to public testers.

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App developer Circus Ponies calls it quits

The makers of the popular NoteBook note-taking app for iOS and OS X abruptly closed up shop this week.

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What the Mac needs in 2016

Jason Snell makes his predictions for Apple's Mac lineup in the new year.

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MacKeeper hacked: 13 million account details exposed

After leaving sensitive data open on the Internet, Kromtech says the vulnerability has been fixed.