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Apple patches major security bug for MacsLearn why it's a big deal to update OS X and iOS software now, check out Samsung's new Gamepad controller, and get ready for Facebook's Feed to show posts from pages you don't follow.
Apple fixes a flaw, Samsung targets gamers, and Facebook tweaks the newsfeed yet again. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. If you own any sort of Apple device, whether it's a Mac, desktop or an iPhone or iPad, you need to update your operating system right now to fix a serious encryption bug. The security flaw known as the "Goto Fail Bug" makes it really easy for nearby hackers to tap in to your device and read your e-mails, instant messages and spy on any website you visit even online banking sites. But folks are only at risk when using a public Wi-Fi like at a coffee shop or airport. But you can patch the problem now by installing the update on Macs that run Mavericks and Mountain Lion versions of the OS X operating system. The patch for iOS on mobile devices has been available for a few days now. So make a point to update. And if you can't update right away, then avoid using Safari on open Wi-Fi networks. Moving on to gadget news, Samsung has a new game pad accessory for Android phones. It hooks onto the phone so you can play games with an Xbox-styled game controller. It doesn't have to be a Samsung phone, but it does need to run Android 4.3 and have Bluetooth 3.0. The controller doesn't have the high quality precision feel that you may be used to within Xbox or PlayStation controller. But if you wanna get it, it'll cost about $80. Another quirky gadget just announced is a GPS tracking bracelet. It's called the "I'm Tracer". Yes, it's odd to have a contraction in your product name but it's from an Italian company called, I'm Spa. This water and shock resistant rubber bracelet has a GPS tracker and SIM card. It uses GSM to triangulate your position. It can report location to an app and it'll alert if the tracker leaves a set boundary. Now this could be used for keeping track your kids or for hikers. It could also be put on a dog collar, but peace of mind comes at a high price. It's more than $200 and you'll need a subscription plan for $8 a month to get the location alerts. And Facebook is at it again, changing up its newsfeed formula. You'll start seeing posts in your newsfeed from pages you don't follow. Facebook thinks you want to see things that you didn't ask to see because it may tag a page that you do care about. For example, if you like the basketball star Dwight Howard, you may see this post from the Bleacher Report even if you don't follow the Bleacher Report. It's really not that different than what happens now with your friends. You may see posts that your friends were tagged in from strangers. That is your tech news update, but you can get more details at cnet.com/update. And be sure to follow along on Twitter. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.