Apple Releases Second Mac OS X 10.5.7 Beta

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Date: Monday, March 9th, 2009, 10:09
Category: Software

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Apple appears to be close to getting its Mac OS X 10.5.7 maintenance update out the door as the company issued a new build of the update this weekend. According to AppleInsider, Apple released build 9J22 to third-party developers recently. The build apparently contains nearly six dozen code corrections, a barebones weight of 440 megabytes, and requests that developers focus their testing efforts on over 20 core components, including AirPort, Mail, graphics drivers, and Time Machine.
Per sources close to the story, Apple has directed a significant focus on addressing syncing issues that have plagued many of Leopard’s standard, forward-facing apps, such as as Mail, AddressBook, and system preferences.
Interestingly enough, Mac OS X 10.5.7 has been publicly mentioned on Apple’s online store as being a prerequisite for use with ATI’s Radeon HD 4870 Graphics Upgrade Kit for owners of previous generation Mac Pros. After the blunder was widely reported, Apple changed the page to indicate that the card required 10.5.6, which is actually the case for the recently-refreshed Mac Pro, which will ship with a custom milestone of 10.5.6 that includes the appropriate driver support.
However, given that standalone orders for the US$349 card are not expected to ship for another five to seven weeks, its likely the original requirements on the page were accurate and that Mac OS X 10.5.7 will be released within that same time frame.
As of Saturday, it was reported that build 9J27 had been distributed and included 10 new bug fixes targeting FileVault, Time Capsule, preference panes for Print & Fax and MobileMe, iCal sync, and more.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and if you’ve had a chance to play with the 10.5.7 builds, please let us know in the comments or forums.

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Adobe Releases Lightroom 2.3 Update

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Date: Monday, March 9th, 2009, 10:11
Category: Software

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On Thursday, Adobe released Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.3, the newest version of its professional-grade image editing program and Adobe’s first application to support 64-bit processing.
The new version, a 67 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker), adds the following fixes and changes:

  • Additional camera support for the Nikon D3X and Olympus E-30
  • Slideshows could return to the first image randomly during playback.
  • A memory leak could cause Lightroom to crash while attempting to process files with local adjustments.
  • Canon EOS 5D Mk II sRAW files could process with artifacts in Lightroom 2.2.
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.3 retails for US$299 and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.
    If you’ve tried the new version, let us know what you think of it over in the comments or forums.

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    Cydia Opens Unauthorized iPhone Application Store

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    Date: Monday, March 9th, 2009, 06:07
    Category: Legal

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    Though the App Store provides some incredibly fun and useful stuff, there are still some iPhone and iPod touch applications that can’t be acquired through this end. Applications like Cycorder, which lets you use your iPhone as a camcorder or PdaNet, which allows users to use the iPhone’s cellular data connection on their computer via a Wi-Fi connection, may never see the light of day via Apple’s online retail channel for the handset and according to Wall Street Journal, have been available through Cydia, a software installer developed by 27-year-old California graduate student Jay Freeman.
    Starting today, Cydia will be opening its own app store, providing a way those jailbreak developers to easily sell their applications.
    Freeman has stated that Cydia “intends to charge developers no more than the commission Apple does for his site’s billing services.” The paper reported that two more rival app stores are also underway, including one interested in “selling adult games for the iPhone.”
    Though this seems like these App Store rivals may need to have their lawyers on speed dial, many technology law scholars have said that an Apple legal victory isn’t necessarily a given, as this qualifies as uncharted legal territory.
    “Courts have said you shouldn’t use the DMCA to leverage your copyright monopoly into other markets,” said Susan Crawford, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School, who said that federal courts ruled that previous DMCA-related cases were less about preventing copyright infringement, but rather about stifling competition.
    Last December, the EFF proposed an exemption to the DMCA that would legalize jailbreaking. In response, Apple filed their opposition to the proposal in February arguing that it could lead to problems with the iPhone’s security and reliability, as well as providing a potential venue for pirated iPhone applications.
    Many tech law experts still say that the jailbreakers might actually have a viable defense. While jailbreaking and unlocking are not the same process, the iPhone unlocking process requires jailbreaking, so it seems likely that the same legal reasoning to defend against unlocking might hold.
    Either way, Cydia’s Freeman has stated that he’s ready for the impending legal challenges to come…
    If you have two cents to throw in on this, please let us know in the comments or forums.

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