French, German Amazon.com web sites seem to hint at next-gen Apple TV for Apple’s October 22nd event

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Date: Saturday, October 19th, 2013, 23:49
Category: Apple TV, News, retail

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It’s the inventory levels that hint at the cool stuff around the corner.

Per The Unofficial Apple Weblog and Engadget, Amazon’s French and German sites are currently showing the Apple TV as out of stock, with availability “from 23 October,” lending a small amount of weight to suggestions that a new Apple TV will be one of the announcements at Apple’s launch event the day before.

This isn’t the ultimate sign of things to come, but the availability date is at least an interesting coincidence.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

AT&T’s Chris Penrose unveils $5/day “data day pass” for cellular-equipped tablets

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Date: Saturday, October 19th, 2013, 23:18
Category: iPad, News, wireless

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This could come in handy.

Per AllThingsD, speaking at GigaOm’s Mobilize conference Thursday afternoon, AT&T vice president Chris Penrose told the audience that the lowest US$5, 250 megabyte day pass option, alongside a tier that allots users up to 1 gigabyte of data over a three month period for a one-time US$25 fee, is aimed at those who would normally rely on hotel Wi-Fi on the road.

Penrose expressed the company’s desire to connect more tablets to its network, saying “We really think that a Wi-Fi only tablet is good, but it is not good enough.” He added that AT&T would “like to see tablet manufacturers build just one tablet,” a single model equipped with a cellular radio. Currently, many manufacturers like Apple offer two tablet versions — cellular-capable and Wi-Fi only — to reduce costs for those who don’t plan on connecting to a 3G or 4G network.

To sign up for the new plans, users with cellular-capable tablets simply access buyasession.att.com through their device’s web browser and complete the four-step purchase process from there. An AT&T SIM card is required.

When Apple released the original iPad in 2010, users could purchase a US$29.99-per-month unlimited data plan directly from the tablet’s Settings app on a month-to-month basis using a credit card. The option remains, though the cost and data allotment varies by carrier, and some will charge only a prorated portion of the fee for users who only subscribe for a limited number of days in a given month.

If you’ve tried AT&T’s newest tier and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Apple releases MacBook Air Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.1 to check for faulty SSDs in mid-2012 MacBook Air models

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Date: Saturday, October 19th, 2013, 23:18
Category: MacBook Air, News, Software

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It’s kind of a weird firmware update they sent out, but it might be useful.

Per AppleInsider, Apple on Thursday released an update for its MacBook Air lineup meant to test the thin-and-light laptop’s solid-state drive for a data loss issue and, if no fault is found, install a fresh firmware version.

Apple’s MacBook Air Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.1, a 2.3 megabyte download, specifically targets mid-2012 models, a “small percentage” of which was found to have flash drives containing an unspecified issue that erases data. As noted below, if a problem is discovered and the drive cannot be update, Apple will replace the affected SSD at no cost.

From the release notes:
“Apple has discovered that a small percentage of flash storage drives in these MacBook Air models have an issue that may result in data loss. This update tests your drive and, in the majority of cases, installs new firmware to resolve the issue. If your drive cannot be updated, Apple will replace it, free of charge.”

It is unknown how widespread the issue may be, though a quick search of Apple’s Support Communities forum reveals multiple threads pertaining to SSD failures and data loss.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Leaked icons hint at upcoming versions of iWork apps

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Date: Saturday, October 19th, 2013, 23:21
Category: Pictures, Rumor, Software

It’s the leaked icons that suggest that something interesting is on the way.

Per MacNN, a series of icons that seem to be downloaded from Apple servers whenever someone enters the Storage Management panel, suggesting that Apple is laying the groundwork for the updated software. Visually the icons have been changed to adopt the flat, colorful design of iOS 7.

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Apple has yet to issue iOS 7 overhauls for a number of first-party apps, including not just iPhoto and GarageBand, but other important titles like the iWork suite. The company has been racing to fix problems in iOS and update its entire ecosystem, however, and may be putting apps on the backburner. One possibility is that redesigned apps will make their debut at the October 22nd iPad event.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Apple releases HP Printer Drivers 2.16.1 Mac OS X update, Canon Laser Printer Drivers 2.11 for Mac OS X update

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Date: Saturday, October 19th, 2013, 22:47
Category: News, Software

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This might prove helpful.

Apple on Tuesday released two sets of printer drivers, one for HP printers and another specifically for Canon laser printers. There honestly doesn’t appear to be anything special about either update other than bringing them up to date with the latest printers and under-the-hood stuff.

The HP Printer Drivers 2.16.1 for OS X update, which stands as a 499.82 MB download and the Canon Laser Printer Drivers 2.11 for OS update, which stands as as a 28.82 MB download, install the latest drivers for an assortment of printers and multi-function devices.

The updates require an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later to install and run.

Apple updates Java to SE 6 version 1.6.0_65 for OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 operating systems

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Date: Saturday, October 19th, 2013, 22:27
Category: News, security, Software

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You can’t knock a Java update.

Per The Mac Observer, Apple updated Java for OS X Snow Leopard, Lion, and Mountain Lion on Tuesday. The releases adds compatibility for Java SE 6 version 1.6.0_65.

The patch notes are unspecific, saying:

“This release updates the Apple-provided system Java SE 6 to version 1.6.0_65 and is for OS X versions 10.7 or later.”

The update uninstalls the Apple-provided Java applet plug-in from all web browsers. To use applets on a web page, click on the region labeled “Missing plug-in” to go download the latest version of the Java applet plug-in from Oracle.

The updates come in two flavors:
Java for OS X 2013-005 – (for Lion and Mountain Lion)

- Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 17 (that link, direct from Apple’s Downloads site, currently resolves to Update 16)

The update is available through OS X’s Software Update feature.

As always, let us know what you make of the update in the comments section and stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

CrossOver updated to 12.5.1

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Date: Saturday, October 19th, 2013, 22:13
Category: News, Software

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Don’t look a moderate update in the mouth.

CrossOver, the popular virtualization program from CodeWeavers, has been updated to version 12.5.1. The new version, an 84.9 megabyte download, is available as a demo, offers the following fixes and changes:
- Fixed a font problem with Office 2010 bullet points.

- Fixed a problem which caused CrossOver to fail to download installers from certain URLs.

- Fixed a problem which caused bottles which were created prior and used until the trial expired to fail to launch.

- Fixed a problem in which mouse activity would sometimes cause unwanted diagonal movement of the mouse pointer.

- Fixed a problem minimizing Visio 2010.

- Fixed a problem which caused BibleWorks to fail to launch.

- Fixed a problem which caused Shin Megami Tensei to fail to launch.

- Improved the names of application installers as shown in the Mac menu bar.

CrossOver 12.5.1 retails for US$59.95 and requires Mac OS X 10.6 and or later and an Intel-based Mac to install and run.

Apple asks developer community to begin submitting Mavericks-optimized apps

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Date: Saturday, October 19th, 2013, 22:19
Category: News, Software

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It’s about time for Mavericks.

Per The Unofficial Apple Weblog, Apple has asked developers to begin submitting OS X Mavericks-optimized apps. On Apple’s official News and Announcements page for developers, the company said:

“Submit your OS X Mavericks apps today.

Make sure your app takes advantage of the great new features in OS X Mavericks when the world’s most advanced desktop operating system becomes available to millions of customers later this fall. Download OS X Mavericks GM seed and Xcode 5.0.1 GM seed, now available on the Mac Dev Center. Build your apps with these latest seeds, then test and submit them to the Mac App Store.”

The timing of the request correlates to Apple’s announcement today that it is holding another product launch event on October 22. Though the latest Mac Pro and MacBook Pros are expected to be announced (along with new iPads), it’s unlikely that OS X Mavericks will ship that day. However, the fact that Apple is requesting devs get their Mavericks apps ready suggests the new OS could launch in the days following the event.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

VirtualBox updated to 4.3.0

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Date: Saturday, October 19th, 2013, 22:22
Category: News, Software

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You can’t knock a tidy update.

VirtualBox, an open source x86 virtualization project available for free has just hit version 4.3.0. The new version, a 113 megabyte download, features the following fixes and changes with the full release notes posted here:
- VMM: major rewrite of the VT-x code and the AMD-V code including many bug fixes and performance improvements (for example bug #9659).

- VMM: introduced a lightweight instruction interpreter for situations not handled by hardware virtualization.

- GUI: extended messaging mechanism (new non-modal popup overlays used to show non-critical warnings and provide user with additional information).

- GUI: keyboard shortcuts management (input page of global preferences extended with possibility to edit general keyboard shortcuts for VirtualBox Manager and Virtual Machine).

- GUI: video capturing support (bug #4766).

- Added USB touch device emulation.

- Added experimental support for webcam passthrough complementing USB passthrough (see the manual for more information).

- Added SCSI CD-ROM emulation, including boot support.

- VRDP: support for IPv6.

- Guest Control: guest sessions now are running in dedicated, impersonated session processes (needs at least Guest Additions 4.3 installed).

- Guest Control: implemented IGuestFile support.

- NAT: experimental virtual router mode: several VMs are attached to the same internal network and share one NAT service (see the manual for more information).

VirtualBox 4.3.0 is available for free and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later and an Intel-based Mac to install and run.

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

Apple sends out press invitations to iPad media event for Tuesday, October 22nd

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Date: Saturday, October 19th, 2013, 22:14
Category: iPad, News

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The invitations went out yesterday.

Per AppleInsider, members of the press have been sent invitations to a special Apple product unveiling event scheduled for next Tuesday, Oct. 22, where the company is expected to show off its latest iPad models.

The invitation reveals that the event will be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Calif. It is scheduled for 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern.

The invitation features the top of the Apple logo, focusing on its “stem.” In the background, multiple stem shapes are scattered about in a variety of colors. The invitation teases: “We still have a lot to cover.”

Word of Apple’s Oct. 22 event first leaked to the media last week. Apple, as usual, waited until exactly one week before its event to send out official invitations.

Though the invitation doesn’t explicitly mention the iPad, it’s expected that Apple will introduce two new versions of its tablet lineup next week.

The fifth-generation full-size iPad is expected to see an overhauled design making it look more like the iPad mini. It’s likely to have thinner side bezels and a slimmer profile, allowing the device to be more portable and lightweight while retaining its 9.7-inch screen.

As for the popular iPad mini, Apple is expected to overhaul the screen to be a high-resolution Retina display, matching the pixel count found on the traditional iPad but packing those pixels into a tinier 7.9-inch display.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.