Firefox updated to 24.0

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Date: Tuesday, September 17th, 2013, 07:03
Category: News, Software

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The versions, they grow up so fast…

On Tuesday, Mozilla.org released version 24.0 of its Firefox web browser. The new version, a 46.0 megabyte download via MacUpdate, adds the following fixes and changes:
- Support for new scrollbar style in OS X 10.7 and newer.

- Implemented Close tabs to the right.

- Social: Ability to tear-off chat windows to view separately by simply dragging them out.

- Accessibility related improvements on using pinned tabs.

- Major SVG rendering improvements around Image tiling and scaling.

- Improved and unified Browser console for enhanced debugging experience, replacing existing Error console.

- Removed support for Sherlock files that are loaded from application or profile directory.

- Support for W3C touch events disabled.

Firefox 24.0 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later to install and run.

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

Sprint offers $100 off upcoming iPhone handsets, somewhat looser contract terms for new subscribers

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Date: Monday, September 16th, 2013, 07:26
Category: iPhone, News, retail

No one ever said open competition was a bad thing.

Per 9to5Mac, Sprint has announced that the carrier will be offering US$100 discounts on the new iPhones to customers who port their number over to Sprint from another carrier. With this promotion, the iPhone 5c will cost US$0 for a 16GB model and US$99 for a 32GB model. The iPhone 5s will come out to US$99 for 16GB, US$199 for 32GB, and US$299 for 64GB. The iPhone 4s, like the 16GB iPhone 5c, will be free of charge.

Of course, this promotion means you have to sign a contract with Sprint. On September 20th (which is the day that the new iPhones launch), Sprint will rollout a “One Up” yearly upgrade program that allows users to pay the unsubsidized cost of a phone on a monthly basis. The US$100 off promotion for the iPhones is a limited time offer. Last week, Sprint announced a similar program for the Moto X.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and if you have any positive or negative feedback regarding Sprint as a wireless carrier for the iPhone, please let us know in the comments.

Apple job posting alludes to solar power features for upcoming mobile devices

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Date: Monday, September 16th, 2013, 07:30
Category: Hardware, News

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One day, your Apple mobile products will drink in the sun for energy.

Or at least that’s what can be speculated from their hiring boards.

Per AppleInsider, Apple is seeking an engineer with thin films experience as applied to semiconductor or solar manufacturing, suggesting the company is investigating viable alternative energy source for future mobile products like a smart watch.

The post, discovered on Apple’s employment web site, describes a position for the Mobile Devices group, with suitable candidates having experience with thin film deposition technology in either semiconductor processing or solar industries.

Looking into the Key Qualifications section of the listing, which was posted on Thursday and spotted Friday, it appears that the position will deal with the applications side of R&D, rather than the development phase. Applicants are asked to have experience in sputtering, vacuum evaporation, electroplating and other technologies commonly associated with disposing thin-films on circuitry.

While the word “solar” is mentioned twice in the listing, it may not necessarily mean that Apple is working to bring a solar-powered iPhone to market. Many advanced technologies require engineers to have multidisciplinary backgrounds, as these systems are intricately tied together.

Perhaps most interesting is a qualification that reads, “Knowledge of thin-films in the context of RF shielding is highly desirable.” This suggests Apple may be looking to develop a new method of radio interference blocking for its smartphone lineup that could possibly reduce dependence on the current metal RFI shielding seen in wireless-capable devices.

As with many Apple job postings, other desirable qualities include experience in working with Asian manufacturers, problem solving skills and an ability to work as part of a team.

Apple has a number of patents regarding solar-powered devices, many involving portable devices like the iPod and iPhone. Most recently, the company outlined a system that uses a display’s electrodes to both collect sunlight and act as capacitive touch sensors.

Solar power is becoming increasingly popular as light conversion efficiency increases, but the technology is not yet at the point where a panel can simply replace wall charging. A more likely scenario would be battery life augmentation for smaller portables, like a watch. Interestingly, Apple’s smart watch patent also directly mentions such a solution.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

OnyX updated to 2.7.3

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Date: Monday, September 16th, 2013, 07:04
Category: News, Software

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Never doubt a regularly updated app.

OnyX, Titanium Software’s popular freeware multifunction utility for Mac OS X, has been updated to version 2.7.3. The new version, a 22.1 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
- Deleting the Applications Cache improved.

- New Parameters > Mission Control tab.

- New option: Change the background image of Mission Control.

- New option: Show the window preview of Mission Control in full size.

- New option: Show/hide the App Store Debug menu.

- Showing/hiding rubber-band scrolling function improved.

- Bug when resetting Launchpad corrected.

- Bug while setting the Safari history corrected.

- Bug while searching for an update corrected.

- Misc. minor corrections.

- New version of sqlite3.

OnyX 2.7.3 requires an Intel-based processor and OS X 10.8 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback, please let us know in the comments.

Parallels Desktop updated to 9.0.23062

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Date: Monday, September 16th, 2013, 06:51
Category: News, Software

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Because updates are important in life.

Parallels announced its Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac client today. The new version, a 356 megabyte download, offers the following set of fixes and features:
- Resolves an issue with horizontal scrolling using a mouse not working in some applications.

- You can now choose whether to download and install the Parallels Access agent, used with the Parallels Access app to work with your Windows and Mac applications from your iPad.

Parallels Desktop 9 retails for US$79.99 for the full version, US$49.99 for the upgrade version and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.8 to install and run.

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

QuarkXPress updated to 10.0.0.1

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Date: Monday, September 16th, 2013, 06:19
Category: News, Software

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The new QuarkXPress has arrived.

And it is a hefty update.

Late Friday, software developer Quark released version 10.0.0.1 of its QuarkXPress design application. The 293.5 megabyte update, which can be downloaded here, adds the following changes:
- Xenon Graphics Engine The new state-of-the-art Xenon Graphics Engine takes full advantage of your computer’s processing power, rendering rich PDFs, Photoshop and TIFF images giving you maximum performance at the most appropriate resolution.

- HiDPI and Retina Display Support With a pixel density so high that the human eye can’t distinguish individual pixels, every element of QuarkXPress 10 has been optimized to take full advantage of high-resolution Retina displays.

- Modern and Optimized UI From the new full-screen view to auto-hiding dockable palettes, QuarkXPress 10 has been redesigned inside and out.

- PDF Pass-Through Transparency Avoid flattening and create smaller, more nimble, device-independent PDFs. QuarkXPress objects can interact with placed PDFs and maintain the transparency throughout your workflow.
QR Code Creator Generate vector Quick Response (QR) codes directly within QuarkXPress and style and color them the way you want. Supports text QR codes such as URLs and SMS as well as vCards.

- Import Pictures and Hyperlinks from MS Word Take MS Word docs with embedded or linked pictures and place them directly into your QuarkXPress layout. Hyperlinks are automatically honored and added to the Hyperlinks Palette.

- East Asian Typography Features in Every Edition Maintain total control over Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Korean layouts.

- Export to ePUB Convert your QuarkXPress layouts into standardized eBooks for the Amazon Kindle, iBooks, Sony Reader, NOOK, and more.

- Design for App Studio App Studio is the leading cloud-based HTML5 solution that turns print into interactive award-winning tablet and smartphone experiences. Now you can design interactive app content directly within QuarkXPress, then publish it to your own branded apps for iPad, iPhone, and Android, and other mobile devices.

Other Enhancements:
- Layer Enhancements Make layers an integral part of your design with support for layers on master pages. Paste also now remembers layers and if those layers don’t exist in the target layout, QuarkXPress will create new layers automatically. Use the new palette preference to turn this feature on or off.

- Print Preview Ensure your output settings are correct before printing with new thumbnail page previews in the print dialog.

- Key Item Space/Align Key Item Space/Align makes it easy to align and space objects relative to a key item. Select your key item first and everything else will be relative to it.

- Highlight Missing Fonts It’s now effortless to find text that uses a missing font in a layout. You can even change the highlight color in the preferences.

- Improved IME support Correct entered text without having to retype the phonetic again by easily choosing different characters from the candidate list. Send text to Japanese, Korean, Chinese and 3rd party IMEs.

- Full-Screen Color Browsing Utilize the full size of your screen to add and edit colors in QuarkXPress.

- Browse rich Pantones in multiple views to choose the one that’s just right for your design.

Plus:
- OS X file extensions now added to QuarkXPress files.

- Flip shapes horizontally and vertically.

- Easily join, extend, and close open Béziér paths.

- Apply Style Sheets after creation.

- Support for Portuguese Reformed hyphenation and spellcheck.

- Layout tab reordering.

- Set default tool preferences from existing objects.

- View persistent Unicode values in the Glyphs Palette.

- Set separate trim view pasteboard color for App Studio.

QuarkXPress 10.0.0.1 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.7.5 later to install and retails for US$849.00 for the full version.

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

Apple releases Epson printer drivers 2.15.1 for Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 operating systems

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Date: Friday, September 13th, 2013, 08:57
Category: News, Software

It’s not the most exciting update in the world, but it might be helpful.

In addition to assorted other updates on Thursday, Apple released version 2.15.1 of its Epson printer driver update. The update, a 1.2 gigabyte download, modifies drivers for the ES and Expression, F-3200, Perfection and GT line of standalone scanners, and the Epson FAX and FAX-A3 fax machines. No new models of Epson products were added in the update, but the file replaces all existing Epson drivers with fresh copies, even if they are unmodified from the previous version.

The update covers OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion) and 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new printer drivers and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.

iPhone 5s online orders, in-store purchases for begin Friday, September 20th

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Date: Friday, September 13th, 2013, 08:12
Category: iPhone, News, retail

The iPhone 5s pre-orders begin in a week’s time.

Per The Mac Observer, Apple will begin accepting online orders for the iPhone 5s on Friday, September 20, at 12:01AM pacific time (3:01AM eastern), and in-store purchases will start at 8AM local time, as will iPhone 5c in-store purchases. Since the iPhone 5s isn’t available for pre-order, there’s a good chance that means Apple’s inventory will be very limited.


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The iPhone 5s made its first appearance at Apple’s media event earlier this week along with the iPhone 5c. The iPhone 5s sports a 64-bit A7 processor, an 8 megapixel camera with improved sensor, Apple’s new M7 motion and fitness tracking processor, and more. The iPhone 5 also introduced gold as a color option, replaced black with space gray, and kept the white model in its lineup.

The iPhone 5s is prices at US$199 for the 16GB model, US$299 for the 32GB version, and US$399 for the 64GB model on a two-year contract. Off contract and unlocked, the 16GB model costs US$649, the 32GB is priced at US$749, and the 64GB model costs US$849.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

SpamSieve updated to 2.9.8

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Date: Friday, September 13th, 2013, 07:16
Category: News, Software

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A really useful shareware app just got a fairly hefty update.

Michael Tsai’s must-have shareware program, SpamSieve, has just been updated to version 2.9.8. The new version, a 10.8 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
- SpamSieve is now compatible with OS X 10.8.5.

- Made various changes to improve SpamSieve’s filtering accuracy.

- The “Train as Good” command in Apple Mail now considers the message’s CC recipients when determining the proper account inbox.

- The installer is better at working around incorrect Apple Mail folder permissions.

- Improved the “Why is SpamSieve not catching my spam?”, Open Log, Setting Up Outlook, SpamSieve and Multiple Macs, and various other sections of the manual.

- The AppleScript for Setting Up a Spam Filtering Drone runs faster now.

- Automatic software updates no longer fail if Hazel is set to move files in the Downloads folder.

- The Help menu now includes direct links to important sections of the manual.

- Removed unused code from the Apple Mail plug-in.

SpamSieve 2.9.8 retails for US$30.00 and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback, please let us know in the comments.

Apple releases Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 4.09

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Date: Friday, September 13th, 2013, 07:41
Category: News, Software

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Late Thursday, Apple posted its Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 4.09, an update designed to extend RAW image compatibility for the Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’11 applications.

The update, a 6.9 megabyte download, adds support for the following cameras and adds the following fixes as well:
- Olympus PEN E-P5.

- Restore lens correction to Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 images.

- Address a white balance issue with some Nikon images that were modified by third-party applications.

The update requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later to install and run and is also available via Mac OS X’s built-in Software Update feature.

If you’ve tried the new Digital Camera RAW update and noticed any changes, please let us know how it went.