Another six weeks, another Firefox version. This time around it's Firefox 17 that has hit the stable channel. As has become the norm since Mozilla implemented its rapid release schedule in 2011, this version introduces a couple of larger features alongside a handful of small ones. Let's jump right in.
OS X 10.9, the next major iteration of Apple's operating system, will apparently include Siri, the "intelligent assistant" that first appeared on the iPhone 4S in late 2011. In addition, Apple's new mapping back-end will replace Google data for Core Location APIs, according to sources speaking to 9to5Mac.
Apple users who have just bought, or who may be thinking about purchasing a new iPhone complete with iOS 6, will do well to make sure their Macs are up to date.
Remember the wails about Apple turning OS X into a "walled garden" when news of GateKeeper emerged? The tool, which allows OS X users to restrict where their apps come from, was announced in February 2012 and was included with Mountain Lion when it was released in July. The controversy hinged on Apple's attempt to guide users toward installing only those apps downloaded from the Mac App Store, or at least settling for a middle ground wherein users could also install apps "signed" by the developer—an action that still costs the developer $99 per year and pads Apple's bank account.
Even with robust security software installed on a Mac system and Apple's efforts to prevent unwanted tampering, someone with brief physical access to your Mac can bypass security measures by booting to alternative volumes or loading in Single User mode. If this concerns you, you might consider locking the system's firmware.