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Holiday Party will be at Joseph’s Restaurant!

October 23rd, 2014 in ACAMUG

The members have spoken! The location for our December holiday party/dinner will be Joseph’s Restaurant at Renault’s winery in Egg Harbor City. RSVP by December 1st. Details and RSVP info can be found on the December meeting post:

OS X 10.10 “Yosemite” is now available

October 16th, 2014 in Apple,Updates

OS X 10.10 “Yosemite” is now available as a free upgrade from the Mac App Store. Bringing a more streamlined look and compatibility with recently announced iOS features like Continuity and iCloud Drive, Yosemite promises to be one of the more significant OS X updates in recent years.

As usual, make sure all of your important apps are compatible and perform a backup before installing the update. And don’t be afraid to wait until the early adopters have exposed the “.0″ bugs before jumping in.

Apple Updates iPad air, iPad mini, iMac and Mac mini

October 16th, 2014 in Apple,iPad,Updates

Today’s Apple Event brings the iPad air 2, iPad mini 3, iMac retina 5K, an updated Mac mini and iOS 8.1. Watch the full keynote here:

A bit of a surprise, the iMac retina 5K adds a true retina display to the 27 inch iMac.

The iWorm Trojan

October 6th, 2014 in Security

OK, so you might have heard about the latest security threat to the Mac called “iWorm.” There are supposdly thousands of “infected” Macs ready to rain down doom and destruction at the behest of its bot-net wrangler. The good news is: it’s not a “worm” at all in that it can’t autonomously install itself into your computer. It is in fact a “trojan horse”, requiring that you allow it into your Mac most likely by installing a compromised application. For example, it has been detected in pirated copies of popular apps (Office, Photoshop, Parallels) available on bit torrent sites. Another reason to avoid plumbing those murky depths.

It is a variation of an existing trojan already detected by anti-virus software but you can easily check if you have somehow managed to “catch” this malware by a quick Finder check:

  1. From the Finder’s Go menu choose Computer
  2. In the Finder window that opens double click your hard drive icon
  3. In the hard drive contents double click Library
  4. In the Library folder double click Application Support
  5. In the Application Support folder look for an item named JavaW

If you find it, you’ve got iWorm. You should be able to remove it via a free anti-virus app like:

NOTE: This is not an endorsement of either app, they just happen to be free options.

2014-Oct-09 Update

Apple has updated their own built-in OS X anti-virus definitions to include this new threat so if your Mac is up to date it should be protected from new instances. If you’ve already been “infected” you’ll probably have to use an anti-virus app to remove it.

October '14 Meeting: Upgrading Tips and Tricks

Topic
Upgrading Tips and Tricks
When
Friday, October 10th, 2014 @ 7:00pm
Who
Bill
Where
Belhaven Ave. Middle School Media Center in Linwood

Upgrading Tips and Tricks for iOS and Mac OS.

Here’s a tip to get you started: if you are experiencing problems upgrading to iOS 8 “over-the-air” on the iDevice itself rather than iTunes then this document might be useful:

Presentation topics may change so be sure to verify on the day of the meeting. Got questions you’d like to have answered? Feel free to post them as comments before the meeting so the presenters have a chance to prepare.

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