Poor security leaves popular Mac apps open to attack

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Protect your Mac.
Protect your Mac.
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When it comes to your Mac apps, there’s reason to fear a so-called man in the middle.

A security engineer is reporting several apps vulnerable to malicious coding through Sparkle, the third-party software framework apps use to receive updates. Some of the apps identified include versions of Camtasia, VLC, uTorrent, Sketch and DuetDisplay.

Name your price for 5 killer audio/video Mac apps [Deals]

Name your price to get five great apps for working with audio and video.
Name your price to get five great apps for working with audio and video.
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Nowadays we’re awash in audio and video, but working with either format can be a hassle. This bundle of five apps from Leawo Software makes it easy to capture, transfer, and edit almost any form of audio and video you’re likely to encounter, whether it’s from the web or a DVD. The best part though is that you can get the whole thing for whatever you’re willing to pay, and a portion of each dollar you spend will go to support the important work of Save the Children.

Take a look at some of what’s included:

User-friendly soundtrack app easily helps you ‘score’

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Easy and powerful music creation.
Easy and powerful music creation.
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Need to add that special musical magic to your short film or home video, but know next to nothing about film scoring or playing an instrument?

Filmstro’s got your back with a super easy-to-use Mac app that will let you create powerful, custom soundtracks simply and easily without needing to know how to compose or write music.

Add new dimensions of productivity to your Mac [Deals]

Don't Just delete an app, get rid of all its digital baggage too to free up valuable space on your Mac.
Don't Just delete an app, get rid of all its digital baggage too to free up valuable space on your Mac.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Another day, another batch of new ways to trick out your Mac. From fully removing deleted apps and all their digital detritus, to creating timelapses, recording screen activity and more, we’ve found some of the coolest enhancements for your Mac. And all of them are under $25.

Take a look for yourself:

Get your iPhone into (and out of) recovery mode with this free software

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ReiBoot is free software that makes it possible to rescue your phone's OS no matter what kind of trouble it runs into.
ReiBoot is free software that makes it possible to rescue your phone's OS no matter what kind of trouble it runs into.
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This post is brought to you by Tenorshare, maker of ReiBoot and iPhone Care Pro.

Too many of us know the sense of powerlessness that comes with staring at a red Apple logo on an iPhone screen for minutes on end, or seeing the device stuck in an endless restart loop. When the time comes to restore a corrupted or compromised iPhone, the simplicity of an iOS device can turn into an imposing, tangled mess as you use iTunes to wake it up from its digital coma.