On Wednesday, Apple released firmware updates for its wireless mouse and keyboard, as well as for recent MacBook Pro owners.
According to Macworld, Bluetooth Firmware Update 2.0.1, a 1.78 megabyte download, provides bug fixes and better compatibility with the Apple Wireless Mighty Mouse and Wireless Keyboard. It’s meant for all Macs with Bluetooth based on the Broadcom chipset, although the download page doesn’t specify which models that includes.
Hard Drive Firmware Update 2.0, a 3.71 megabyte download, reduces certain (“infrequent,” according to Apple) noises made by 7200-rpm hard drives that shipped with the June 2009 MacBook Pro.
Both updates requires OS X 10.5.7 or later to install and run.
Adium, the open source instant message chat client with support for multiple programs (including AOL Instant Messenger, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo! Google Talk, Bonjour, etc.) has been updated to version 1.3.6.
The new version, a 21.4 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:
– Updated to libpurple 2.5.9
– Fix a crash via a specially crafted MSN message (CVE-2009-2694).
– Fix a crash in Bonjour, MSN, and XMPP when trying to transfer files with NULL names.
– Numerous fixes from libpurple 2.5.8.
– Updated to pidgin-facebookchat 1.6.0 from 1.5.1
– Fixed issues with dropped & missed messages.
– Fixed retrieval of profile information.
– Fixed retrieval of buddy icons.
– Fixed messaging with Facebook users whose user IDs are very large.
– Numerous other fixes; see pidgin-facebookchat changelog for details.
– Note: Facebook contact group support is currently disabled.
– Added option to control Facebook mail checking.
– Merged down the space dust.
Adium X is available for free and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run. The program functions as a Universal Binary and runs at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
On Wednesday, developer 3V released Locker, an iPhone application that allows users to send and receive encoded text messages (for example, “Want to meet me for lunch?” can become a seemingly random stream of text).
Once the message’s recipient receives the encoded message he can just paste it into LOCKER and decode the message.
Locker retails for $0.99 in the App Store and requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later to install and run.
According to the mighty MacFixIt, some users of Apple’s MobileMe syncing solution have reported difficulties uploading pictures from their iPhone or iPod touch to their MobileMe Gallery, an issue that appears to be related to usernames.
If you are experiencing issues when trying to publish a picture from your iPhone or iPod touch to your MobileMe Gallery, your problems could be caused by a bug in username recognition on your device.
Per the article, this Apple KB document outlines the issues, which can occur if your MobileMe username is mixed case (i.e., UserName, or USERname). When setting up MobileMe on your iPhone or iPod touch, simply enter your username as all lowercase letters.
You can check your username by navigating (on your iPhone or iPod touch) to:
Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > your MobileMe account > Account Info
If you have any uppercase letters, do the following:
1. Plug in your iPhone or iPod touch to your computer and sync.
2. Once synced, return to your Account Info on your iPhone/iPod touch.
3. Tap the “Delete Account” button and verify that you would like to delete it.
4. Choose to Add Account, and setup your MobileMe using all lowercase letters.
If you’ve seen this issue on your end or found any workarounds or fixes of your own, please let us know.
Following up on the iPhone OS 3.0 mail bug in which the act of deleting an e-mail within iPhone OS 3.0 isn’t enough to destroy its contents, Apple is reportedly aware of the flaw and could be working on a fix.
According to Gizmodo, a source close to the story has stated that the fix will likely come in iPhone OS 3.1 for the iPhone and iPod touch. The problem, occurs when a user attempts to delete an e-mail. Even after emptying the Mail application’s trash, the message, and all of its contents, are still accessible through the phone’s Spotlight search feature.
To test the flaw, delete a message within the iPhone’s Mail software. Remove it from the trash, and check your mail server to ensure it’s erased. Then, search for the subject line of the message in Spotlight, where, in many cases, the entire message can still be read.
“As far as I can tell, there is no way to completely delete emails from iPhone OS 3.0, which isn’t just strange, it’s a disastrous security flaw,” John Herrman writes for Gizmodo.
The site’s internal tipster doesn’t give any certainty, though, only saying Apple will “probably” include a fix in the upcoming iPhone OS update.
Apple on Tuesday iPhoto 8.1, the latest version of its image organization and editing application. The update, a 160.4 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
* Hardcover books can now be ordered in a new extra-large (10″ x13″) size.
* Includes three new book themes with travel-oriented designs: Tropical, Asian, Old World.
* A variety of new holiday greeting cards themes are now available.
The update can be installed via the direct link or located and installed via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
iPhoto 8.1 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.
With August wrapping up and new students getting ready to head off to college, the Mac Observer’s John Martellaro has written an outstanding guide as to how to safely bring your MacBook, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro to campus, how to keep it safe and the various levels of security, backup and recovery to keep it safe.
Because, and take my word for it, if something happens to your laptop and you lose your data or the laptop itself, then nothing short of fifteen simultaneous miracles (including winning three separate multimillion dollar lotteries) is going to brighten your day.
The guide also features links as to bags, accessories and external hard drives worth considering to keep your notebook in good shape with its data safely backed up in an alternate location.
Take a gander and if you have any suggestions of your own, please let us know.
A significant security hole in iPhone OS 3.0 may have surfaced, as a recently published YouTube video demonstrates how the Spotlight search cache doesn’t sync message status with the mail client, so you can still pull up old messages with Spotlight if you know the subject line. According to Engadget, user Matt Janssen, who discovered the bug, says he’s been able to pull up emails three or four months old. Current rumors state that the bug is fixed in iPhone OS 3.1, but until then, here’s the video:
Albeit all signs are currently pointing towards China Unicom acting as the exclusive iPhone carrier in China before two long, Unicom’s upfront buy of five million iPhone units seems to be in question. According to Cellular News, China Unicom’s spokesman Yi Difei declared about the 5 million order rumors that they are “not true”.
However, the spokesman did say that “talks between us and Apple have been going on for some time”, albeit without reaching an agreement yet.
Tiffany Yang, an Apple spokeswoman in Beijing, also said that there are no clear details about iPhone’s official launch in China.
Current guesses point towards a launch in September, though final details have yet to surface for that country’s launch.
While it’s not the first turn-by-turn GPS application to offer driving instructions for Apple’s iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS handset, it’s from TomTom and there’s a brand name behind it. Per Engadget, after starting with New Zealand a few hours ago, the iTunes App Store is now populated with region specific TomTom apps for NZ (US$95), Australia (US$80), US and Canada (US$100), and Western Europe (US$140).
The TomTom application requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later to install and run.
If you’ve tried the application and have any feedback about it, let us know!