Firefox 75.0

Firefox, Mozilla’s open-source, privacy-enhancing alternative to Apple’s proprietary Safari and Google Chrome web browsers, got another update today with more security fixes (after a critical fix in Version 74.0.1 for a vulnerability being exploited in the wild), plus additional features.

Firefox 75.0 is a free download for OS X 10.9 and up, plus Linux, and Windows.

Firefox ESR 68.7.0esr (see security notes and downloads) includes the security fixes for the Extended Support Release family for OS X 10.9 or later, Linux, or Windows. A Firefox FTP server includes all the various versions for downloading.

With today’s release, a number of improvements will help you search smarter, faster. Type less and find more with Firefox’s revamped address bar

Firefox will locally cache all trusted Web PKI Certificate Authority certificates known to Mozilla. This will improve HTTPS compatibility with misconfigured web servers and improve security.

Firefox Quantum Developer Edition is an alternate version for desktop systems that incorporates tools such as editors, debuggers and responsive design views.

Firefox Quantum for Enterprise is a version that lets people set up policies (e.g. proxy, restrict features) with Group Policy on Windows and a JSON file on Mac and Linux.

Firefox for iOS 24.1 is a free mobile version for iOS 11 and up, with automatic search suggestions, a private browsing mode, tracking protection and Siri Shortcut support for iOS 12.

Google Chrome 81

Google Chrome 81 is a new version of the cross-platform web browser from Google Inc., with its hidden auto-update daemon and agent that wrecked Mac systems and wreaked other havoc, plus its other proprietary Google additions on top of its open-source platform. The latest release brings more high-priority patches for security flaws, following another recent release of security patches, plus some additional features.

Included are new features such as the auto-upgrading of mixed image content and the Web NFC API.

Google Chrome 81.0.4044.92 is a free download for OS X 10.10 and up, as well as Linux and Windows.

Google Chrome for iOS 81.0.4044.62 is a free download for iOS 12 and up.

iOS / iPadOS 13.4.1

Apple released iOS 13.4.1 and iPadOS 13.4.1 today with more undisclosed security patches and bug fixes, including a serious FaceTime compatibility problem.

iPadOS 13.4.1 includes bug fixes for your iPad.

  • Fixes an issue where devices running iPadOS 13.4 could not participate in FaceTime calls with devices running iOS 9.3.6 and earlier or OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 and earlier
  • Addresses an issue on iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation) and iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation) where the flashlight may not turn on after tapping the Flashlight button in Control Center or on the Lock screen
  • Addresses a bug with the Settings app where choosing Bluetooth from the quick actions menu on the Home screen would fail

iOS 13.4.1 includes bug fixes for your iPhone.

  • Fixes an issue where devices running iOS 13.4 could not participate in FaceTime calls with devices running iOS 9.3.6 and earlier or OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 and earlier
  • Addresses a bug with the Settings app where choosing Bluetooth from the quick actions menu on the Home screen would fail

Airtable

Airtable is a user-friendly, cloud-based database management system. Features include easy setup, a large variety of useful and helpful field types (which can be changed on the fly) plus powerful programmable “formula” fields, easily created relations between tables, Undo, easy import and export of CSV/spreadsheet data, the ability to create multiple “views” of data (with features such as grouping, sorting and filtering, plus calendar, Kanban, gallery and form views), various templates and “blocks” (such as scripting, charts, pivot tables, and search), plus easy database sharing on the Web, other collaboration capabilities, and a REST/JSON API for developers.

Airtable service is available at a free level with email signup and limits on database size and features, while a “Pro” version with a fuller feature set is priced at $24/month.

Airtable is native and fully functional in a web browser, but client apps are available, too, for macOS 10.10 and up, iOS 11 and up, Android, and Windows.

Coronavirus updates

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under intensive care for coronavirus disease tonight, and other COVID-19 updates today included a doctor’s description of infection progression and ventilator use, insidious infections within fire and police forces, Icelandic random sampling, unreliable testing kits, presidential promotion of questionable drugs, infections in cats and other animals, a crisis in the Navy with historical antecedent, laudable leadership in New Zealand, and more.

https://macintouch.com/coronavirus/

 

Audio Hijack

Audio Hijack is Mac software from Rogue Amoeba Software Inc. that records audio from applications like iTunes (e.g. playing back encrypted purchases), Skype and DVD Player, as well as from external sources via microphones and other hardware.

Features include recording to MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless, or AIFF audio formats; AppleScript support; support for VST and Audio Unit plugins; metadata editing; built-in audio CD burning; automatic removal or splitting of silent portions; a recording bin; sending to iTunes; timers and level metering; and a new Broadcast block for streaming to an internet radio server in MP3 or AAC formats.

Audio Hijack 3.7.1 is priced at $59 for macOS 10.12 and up with a free trial available. The latest release brings live streaming support.

With the brand-new Live Stream output block, you can transmit to RTMP-based servers. Quickly get a free stream up and running with one of the services offered by major platforms, including Periscope, Twitch, and YouTube Live. Live streaming is great for offering a live feed while recording a podcast, or transmitting content like concerts and DJ sets.

Piezo is a simplifed alternative, priced at $19. Rogue Amoeba legacy software is also available for use with earlier Mac systems.

Chromium security update

Chromium is an open-source web browser project on which Google Chrome is built, but it doesn’t include Google’s proprietary alterations, such as the hidden auto-update daemon and agent that wrecked Mac systems and caused other havoc. (Chromium also omits the Adobe/Pepper Flash plug-in with all Flash’s dangerous security flaws.)

The latest version includes patches for severe security flaws.

Chromium 80.0.3987.163 is a free download for OS X 10.10 and up, available via SourceForge and via FreeSMUG. A separate Chromium updater extension checks FreeSMUG for new releases, and Chromium can also be installed and updated via Homebrew.

Chromium is available for Linux and Windows, too.

 

Discussions

Recent discussions talk about the following topics, among others:

Coronavirus updates

Our coronavirus information and resources page continues to get constant additions and improvements, while we’re simultaneously developing a database to better handle the volume of information from constant research and updates.

Since the last update, we’ve added many new items, including material about convalescent plasma, viral loads, face masks, infection spread, testing, tracking, many Zoom security issues, perspectives and initiatives from Bill Gates, mental health resources, living wills and advance directives, fear modelling, aerosol transmission, shortages of medicines, travel restrictions, leadership failures, better policies, historical lessons, and more.

https://macintouch.com/coronavirus/

 

Firefox: critical security patch (74.0.1)

Firefox 74.0.1 brings critical security patches with “targeted attacks in the wild abusing this flaw.”

Firefox is the free, cross-platform web browser from Mozilla, promising better privacy than Google’s Chrome and offering an appealing, open-source alternative to Apple’s Safari.

Firefox 74.0.1 is a free download for OS X 10.9 and up, plus Linux, and Windows.

Firefox ESR 68.6.1esr (see security notes and downloads) adds the critical security fix to the Extended Support Release family for OS X 10.9 or later, Linux, or Windows. A Firefox FTP server includes all the various versions for downloading.

Firefox Quantum Developer Edition is an alternate version for desktop systems that incorporates tools such as editors, debuggers and responsive design views.

Firefox Quantum for Enterprise is a version that lets people set up policies (e.g. proxy, restrict features) with Group Policy on Windows and a JSON file on Mac and Linux.

Firefox for iOS 24.1 is a free mobile version for iOS 11 and up, with automatic search suggestions, a private browsing mode, tracking protection and Siri Shortcut support for iOS 12.

Discussions

The latest discussion topics include the following:

EpocCam

EpocCam is an iOS app from Kinoni that “transforms your iOS device into webcam for Windows and macOS, completely replacing USB-webcam or integrated camera.” Features include wireless connection (or connection via USB cable), compatibility with FaceTime, Skype, Chrome, QuickTime, Streamlabs OBS, etc., and more, such as:

• High quality realtime video streaming to computer – quality comparable to most expensive USB-webcams
• Support both cameras – use device back camera for best quality and front-facing camera for easy self-portraits
• Fully replaces USB webcam or integrated webcam – works with all webcam-enabled applications
• Use the flashlight in dark environment (EpocCam HD)
• Tap to focus and autofocus modes (EpocCam HD)
• Audio support, use your phone as a wireless microphone (EpocCam HD)
• Manually choose connection between WiFi, USB and NDI (EpocCam HD)
• Publish video to Syphon framework on Mac – use EpocCam as source to Isadora, Modul8, GrandVJ and other applications

EpocCam 2019.5 is a limited free app for iOS 10.3 and later, as well as Android.

EpocCam Webcamera for Computer 2019.9 for iOS 10.3 and later adds more capabilities, such as 1080p quality, telephoto camera and green screen support, etc., at $7.99.

EpocCam MultiCam 2018.2 for iOS 10.3 and later, priced at $19.99, lets you connect up to four iOS devices to a Mac with support for both front and back cameras and 1080p video at 30 fps, as well as “flashlight” illumination, and more.

EpocCam iPhone Webcam Viewer 1.1 is a free download for OS X 10.7 and later.

Kinoni’s driver software 1.7 is available as a plug-in installer package for macOS 10.12 and later, as well as Windows.

(A Macworld article has more information about setup and operation.)

iMovie

iMovie, Apple’s basic video editing app, with 4K support, titles, effects/filters, etc., runs on both macOS and iOS.

iMovie 10.1.14 is a free download for macOS 10.14.6 or later with bug fixes in the most recent Apple update.

iMovie 2.2.9 is a free download for iOS 13.4 with some additional capabilities and bug fixes in a new release:

• Use iMovie on iPad with Magic Keyboard, a mouse, or a trackpad for a new way to create movies and trailers (requires iPadOS 13.4)
• Use keyboard shortcuts to toggle between the five inspector modes when a clip is selected: Action, Speed adjustments, Volume, Titles, and Filters
• Use keyboard shortcuts to quickly rotate video 90-degrees clockwise or counterclockwise
• Tap the Download All button at the top of the soundtracks list to download all bundled soundtracks at once
• Add PNG, GIF, TIFF, and BMP files to your movie
• Performance and stability improvements