Some Users Reporting Bugs, System Slowdowns After Security Update (2010-001) Install

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Date: Monday, February 1st, 2010, 08:03
Category: News, Software

As well-intentioned as Apple may be, a number of users are reporting that the company’s latest Security Update (2010-001) is causing extremely slow start-up times and poor performance or crashing for several programs, including Skype, Firefox, and Photoshop CS3.

Per CNET, a used identified as “Forgiss” reported the following issue on the Apple Support Discussions board:

“I installed the security update this morning, and rebooted the machine. Startup was extremely slow. in the region of about 5-10 minutes with a consistent beachball untill startup has completed. After startup, I could not launch any non-apple product so far. That includes:
Skype
Firefox
CaptureONE Pro
Photoshop CS3 or CS4
Microsoft office suite (word, excel, etc)

Some applications would open, and then as soon as I try and open a file, it would crash (microsoft and Adobe Products) some would just bounce in the dock (skype, firefox) and some would start to open and then crash after the ID screen has been up for a few seconds. My Wacom Tablet is not recognised and crashes (through USB) although my iTunes and iPod Touch seems to work fine (so it’s not the USB drivers, per se). I have not had any problems with this computer since my upgrade to snow leopard (10.6) and have had no indication that there are any system issues.”

The help in the forum suggests that the hard drive on the computer was being slowly damaged to the point that Disk Utility (via Permissions Verify/Repair) was not noticing anything. The update also seems to have been the catalyst for the hard drive damage to become evident to the system.

If you’ve seen anything like this on your end, let us know.

Rumor: iPhone OS 3.2 to Feature Video Calling, File Download and Multitasking Support

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Date: Monday, February 1st, 2010, 05:27
Category: iPhone, Rumor

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iPhone OS 3.2 is currently in development and may in fact sport some really cool new features.

Per Engadget, a series of “extremely trusted sources” have stated that iPhone OS 3.2 contains rudimentary support for video calling.

Engadget’s sources said there are hooks to accept and decline a video conference, flip a video feed (a factor that could suggest a front-facing camera on future iPhone modens) and the ability to run a video call in either full screen mode or in just a portion of the screen, which could be indicative of some basic form of multitasking.

The article also cites that “iPhone OS 3.2 supports file downloads and local storage in the browser, which means you’ll be able to pull files off the web and use them in other apps, and there’s at least the beginnings of SMS support buried within the code.”

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and let us know what you think (or are hoping for) in the comments.

VLC Updated to 1.0.5

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Date: Monday, February 1st, 2010, 05:45
Category: Software

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Video Lan Client, the nigh-indispensable open source media player for multiple audio and video formats (MPEG, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Divx, ogg, etc.), was updated to version 1.0.5 over the weekend. The new version, a 40.1 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

Decoders:
– SubRip extra styles improvements.
– Fix potential crashes in SSA and svg decoders.

Mac OS X Interface:
– Improved support for the 2009 Apple Remote.

Windows port:
– Use of gcc 4.4.2 to compile instead of gcc 4.2. This might slightly increase performance and fix x264 issues.

Translations:
– Portuguese Brazilian, Lithunanian, Romanian, Ukranian, Japanese, Bengali, Walloon, Galician, Danish, Khmer, Polish, Slovenian, Vietnamese, Finnish Russian, Slovak translation updates.
– New Malayalam, Macedoninan, Nynorsk translations.

Audio outputs:
– Fix deadlocks in the audio output core.
– Make PulseAudio the default output if available.

Video outputs:
– Fix fullscreen mode with KDE 4.3.3 and other window managers.
– Fix incompatibility with cairo-dock and compositing.

Input:
– Fix DVB scanning regression from VLC 1.0.3.
– Support for XZ-compressed byte stream (LZMA algorithm).

Playlist:
– Support for .m3u8 playlist files (UTF-8 M3U).

Unix:
– Support for xcb-keysyms version 0.3.4 or higher.
– Fix globalhotkeys on FreeBSD.

Qt4 interface:
– Fix opening V4L version 1 devices.
– Fix default destination ports in the streaming wizard.

Translations:
– New Walloon translation.
– Swedish, Ukrainian and French translation updates.

VLC 1.0.5 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.