The big news with Apple’s Mac OS X 10.9.2 update is a fix for the so-called “goto fail” flaw could let an attacker on the same network as a victim eavesdrop on all user activity. Cupertino took heat for not being quicker to protect its users from gotofail, and it was especially surprising since the company had fixed the same bug in iOS 7 several days earlier. But in addition to security fixes, the Mavericks update brings several new tweaks to end-user features, too. As with all Mac operating system installations these days, you get OS X 10.9.2 through the Mac App Store, which starts up after you run Software Update from the main top-left Apple menu. 1. FaceTime audio calls. iOS 7 users should know that they can now use FaceTime for audio-only discussions rather than just video calls. Why would they want to do this? Because it can save airtime charges for those who may have limited air minutes in their cell service; especially if the devices being used are connected to Wi-Fi. This also means audio calls are possible between devices only connected to Wi-Fi, such as a MacBook and a Wi-Fi-only iPad or iPod touch. And sometimes you just don’t want to provide your fellow caller with visuals! FaceTime audio calls feature the same distinctive ring as video calls, so the first time you make one of these calls, your contact may be puzzled. FaceTime audio is part of a move to an all-data world of… [Read full story]
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