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Nvidia Drivers Update for OS X 10.10 (Yosemite):
Nvidia posted a 343.01.01 Mac driver update for OS X Yosemite. Here's a clip from the release info tab:
"New in Release 343.01.01f01
  • Graphics Driver updated for OS X Yosemite 10.10.0 (build 14A389).
  • Contains Performance Improvements and bug fixes for a wide range of applications.
  • Includes Nvidia Driver Manager preference pane.

    Release Notes Archive:
    This driver update is for Mac Pro 5,1 (2010), Mac Pro 4,1 (2009) and Mac Pro 3,1 (2008) users only. Supported products: GTX 680/285/120, 8800GT, Quadro K5000, 4000, FX4800 and F5600."
  • (Supported models on their page is often not a complete list.) Additional Info tab has more on driver install and Nvidia Driver Manager prefs page/features. (I don't have an Nvidia card in a Mac currently to try these personally.)
    The drivers page also includes a link to the CUDA 6.5.18 update for OS X (10.9.5) from Sept. 19th.
      

    Recent Apple Support Article Updates:

    (More at page of Tips, Troubleshooting & How-To articles for Mac/OS X/iOS Users.)
      

    = Previous News from Thu/Fri Follows =

    (Added notes/tips to earlier posts on iPhoto, iTunes 12 and 2014 Mac mini RAM.)
    Aperture, iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand Updates:

    (FYI: Several users in the Yosemite forum reported iPhoto not opening in Yosemite. Replies said iPhoto was updated but one user's error post showed "version: ???".)
      

    Apple iWork App Updates for OS X Yosemite, iOS 8:
    (Links are to App store pages. Should also show in SU in a supported OS version.)
    OS X Security Update 2014-005 for Mavericks/Mountain Lion:
    Download Pages linked. (Yosemite release has far more patches.)

    With the release of OS X Yosemite, Lion/10.7 drops out of update support I guess.
    The download pages refer to this apple doc on How to verify the authenticity of manually downloaded Apple Software Updates. (Although installer listed size (unpacked) as 11.7MB, the D/L installer's window showed "This will take 1.39 GB of space..." Typo.)

    Update: Here's the doc About Security Update 2014-005, lists Secure Transport update to address CVE-2014-3566/SSL 3.0 issue. (Other Apple update/security docs in listing below.)
    This update includes the previous Apple Bash 1.0 update (same Bash version). No OpenSSL update, still 0.9.8za included with OS X 10.9.5. A 'Poodle' test w/Safari 7.1 after 2014-005 update still showed vulnerable. (Apparently they didn't turn off SSLv3, but restricted it to non-CBC ciphers.)
      

    iTunes 12.0.1 Released:
    Software Update notes "Includes many design and performance improvements... Designed for OS X Yosemite..." More info at iTunes 12.0.1 page. D/L at apple.com/itunes/download/.
    Requirements now show OS X 10.7.5 or later, not OS X 10.6.8. (Based on past history might be worth a wait if you can. And checking the iTunes forum for early feedback.)

    (FYI: Some users said they unable to launch iTunes 12 from the dock/icon (but could from pkg contents) and some noted getting version 12.0.0.140 from software update. For both cases, suggest reinstalling from the above Download (full installer). This helped a couple users with problems but may not for all. If you're using any 3rd party plugins, remove those if troubleshooting.)
      

    Info on New Mac Mini, 27in iMac w/5K Retina Display, iPad Air2/Mini 3:
    (Announced at Apple's Oct. 16th Special Event.)

    New Mac mini lost the legacy FW800 port but added a second Thunderbolt port (now v2). No Quad-Core CPU options and some questions about RAM upgrades (hopefully not soldered in like the base iMac) and drive bays/DIY upgrades. (OWC or iFixit should have answers on that soon.)
    Was hoping for HDMI 2.0. (New specs list 4K rez via HDMI, but at 30Hz/24Hz, not 60Hz.)
    Update: A tweet on (late 2014) mac mini ram/storage:

    "Confirmed: RAM in the new Mac mini is not user accessible. Hard drive can be replaced/upgraded, though not keeping warranty."
    He later clarified that RAM was soldered in. (The "not user accessible" comment had everyone wondering if it meant requiring disassembly of the mini.) My original guess was no sodimm slots visible after removing bottom cover.

    I hear some sellers have raised prices on Late 2012 minis with Quad-Core CPUs since the new models were announced.
      

    Apple/related News/Software Updates/Tips/PR:
    (See below for docs on OS X Server 4.0, v3.2.2 and v2.2.5 updates/security fixes.)
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    Recent Updates, Tips, DIY Upgrades/Mods/Repairs:
  • MacBook Pro ExpressCards page updated (OS X 10.9.5/eSATA card)
  • Download Updated Nvidia Drivers and CUDA for OS X 10.9.5
  • iTunes 11.4 Files to Remove before Reinstalling iTunes 11.3.1
  • Another 2009 Mac Pro NB (overheating) Heatsink Retainer Repair
  • Mac OS X Compatible 802.11ac Adapters (USB/PCIe/Mini-PCIe) Updated
  • 2009 Mac Pro 6-core 3.46GHz CPU Upgrade, Repair NB Heatsink Retainers
  • 2009 Mac Pro 12-core CPU Upgrade (Dual 2.93GHz X5670 Westmere CPUs)
  • 2009 Mac Pro Northbridge High Temperatures? Check Plastic Heatsink Retainers
  • Causes/Tips for HDCP Errors with iTunes HD Content

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    Previous News Archive Summary:
      Wednesday, Oct. 15th, 2014 News
    • Apple forum thread on how to disable SSLv3 in browsers
    • OWC Radio Episode 19: Chat with Producer, Director Larry Jordan
    • U2's Bono says 'Oops, sorry' for iTunes album download
    • 'Find My iPhone' App Helps Locate Missing Motorist
    • Waiting on Final Cut Pro X 10.1.4
    • 15 Oct 2014 OpenSSL Security Advisory (w/update info)
    • POODLE: Turning off SSLv3 for various servers and client
    • Google's Nexus Player (apps, games, streaming media)
    • PLAYBOOK 4: The PS4 Laptop Mod
    • Review of 8TB WD My Book Duo

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