Details Emerge for Expected Mac OS X 10.6.3 Changes

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Date: Friday, January 22nd, 2010, 15:28
Category: News, Software

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Mac OS X 10.6.3 will include significant enhancements to QuickTime X while also focusing on printing and Logic performance.

Per AppleInsider, sources close to the story have stated that build 10D538, which arrived roughly two weeks after the company issued build 10D522, included support for OpenGL 3.0 as well as an update to QuickTime X that, when finalized, will improve security and compatibility while simultaneously enhancing overall reliability. The release will also include tweaks that aim to enhance the performance of Apple’s 64-bit Logic pro audio suite. Other planned improvements include better compatibility with third-party printers and OpenGL-grounded applications, those same people say.

In addition to those areas, Apple is reportedly asking developers to focus their evaluation efforts on a few other core system components, such as AirPort, VoiceOver and graphics drivers.

A single issue related to photo albums viewed via the company’s Front Row media center software is said to be plaguing the latest beta.

The 665+ megabyte release is expected to be made public sometime in the next six weeks.

PowerPage Podcast Episode 122

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Date: Friday, January 22nd, 2010, 10:37
Category: Podcast

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Episode 122 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (32.6 MB, MP3).

Panel: Jason O’Grady and Rob Parker

Topics: Tablet and iPhone 4.0 rumors reach a fever pitch and we play “What’s on your Mac?”

Here’s what’s on our Macs this week:

Jason

  • Firefox 3.6 (free) – Upgrade to the popular Web brower
  • Personas (free) – 30,000 free themes for Firefox 3.6
  • Data Rescue 3 ($99) – best data recovery software for recovering files from a problem hard drive

Rob

  • Hack that enables hidden Quick Look feature for folder content previews
  • Oribtal (App Store, $1.99 and free) – stunningly beautiful game that’s addictive

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27″ iMac Delays Continue, Set Shipments Back Three Weeks

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Date: Friday, January 22nd, 2010, 06:30
Category: iMac, News

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Things can’t be perfect all the time.

After apparently resolving shipping delays with its popular 27″ iMac desktop, Apple has delayed forthcoming orders of the computer by three weeks.

According to AppleInsider, while the 21.5″ models of the new iMac currently ship within 24 hours, as of Thursday new 27″ iMacs have a three-week estimated shipping time. Only days ago, the Mac maker had improved its supply of the larger models to shipping times of less than a week.

The sudden delay comes just one week after Apple’s authorized resellers began receiving their volume shipments of the 27″ model.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and if you’ve seen this delay on your end, please let us know.

Mozilla Releases Firefox 3.6 Web Browser

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Date: Friday, January 22nd, 2010, 06:37
Category: Software

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On Thursday, Mozilla.org released the long-awaited 3.6 version of its Firefox web browser.
The new version, an 17.6 megabyte download, sports the following fixes and changes:

- Available in more than 70 languages – get your local version.
- Support for a new type of theme called Personas, which allow users to change Firefox’s appearance with a single click.
- Protection from out-of-date plugins to keep users safer as they browse.
- Open, native video can now be displayed full screen and supports poster frames.
- Improved JavaScript performance, overall browser responsiveness, and startup time.
- The ability for web developers to indicate that scripts should run asynchronously to speed up page load times.
- Continued support for downloadable web fonts using the new WOFF font format.
- Support for new CSS attributes such as gradients, background sizing, and pointer events.
- Support for new DOM and HTML5 specifications including the Drag & Drop API and the File API, which allow for more interactive web pages.
- Changes to how third-party software can integrate with Firefox in order to prevent crashes.

Firefox 3.6 is available in more than 70 different languages and requires a G3, G4, G5 or Intel-based Mac, Mac OS X 10.4 or later and 128MB of RAM to install and run.

If you’ve snagged the new version and have any feedback to offer about it, let us know in the comments.