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.

Apple calls on fashion executive Angela Ahrendts to head up retail division

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Date: Saturday, October 19th, 2013, 22:16
Category: News, retail

Come next spring, a tough, stylish new lady from the fashion world will be running Apple’s retail division.

Per The Mac Observer, Apple finally has a new executive to run its retail division now that it has hired Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts to fill the job. Her title will be senior vice president of retail and online stores, and she’ll start her new job in spring of 2014 after Burberry transitions Christopher Baily into the CEO role.

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The executive position was created just for Ms. Ahrendts and will report directly to CEO Tim Cook. In a statement about the new role, Apple said,

Ahrendts will have oversight of the strategic direction, expansion and operation of both Apple retail and online stores, which have redefined the shopping experience for hundreds of millions of customers around the world.

She joined the fashion company Burberry in early 2006 and within a few months became CEO. Prior to that she served as executive vice president at Liz Clairborne.

Ms. Ahrendts has been credited with turning around Burberry’s success in the Asian market, and she will likely be tasked with improving Apple’s position in countries like China, too.

Apple’s retail division has been without a leader essentially ever since Ron Johnson left the the company to take over as the CEO of JC Penney — a gig that didn’t work out for him or the budget retailer. Mr. Johnson has been credited with building Apple’s successful retail devision and was instrumental in creating the familiar store interior design and layout.

John Browett took over as senior vice president of retail, but was quickly shown the door after cutting back on retail staff and customer service. Prior to his short stint at Apple, he was dealing with ongoing criticism for his management of the European electronics chain Dixons.

Apple was clearly working to avoid a similar mistake since it has been on the hunt for a new retail leader for about a year. Based on Ms. Ahrendts’ track record so far, Apple looks like it’s ready to ramp up its already-successful retail business even more.

Rumor: Apple to release next-gen MacBook Pro notebooks in late October, next-gen Mac Pro in mid-November

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Date: Saturday, October 19th, 2013, 22:36
Category: Hardware, iPad, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, Rumor

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The upcoming MacBook Pro and Mac Pro rumors are coming in thanks to the French.

Per French web site MacG.co, Alleged availability dates for some of Apple’s anticipated upcoming products were reported on Tuesday, pegging new MacBook Pros to launch in just over a week, with the revamped Mac Pro desktop apparently set to debut in mid November.

The site has stated that the new 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros will be available for sale either Oct. 24 or 25. It’s expected that Apple’s new professional-grade notebooks will feature Intel’s latest-generation Haswell processors, which offer significant savings in power consumption, thus improving battery life.

As for the new Mac Pro, which Apple already gave a sneak peek at earlier this year, the site claims that the new desktop will be available for delivery on Nov. 15.

The site also claims that Apple’s fifth-generation iPad and second-generation iPad mini will go on sale either Oct. 30 or 31. It’s unclear whether that would be the date orders would begin, or if the devices would be available to physically have in hand.

The iPad dates are somewhat suspect, as Apple traditionally launches new iOS products on Fridays. For example, last year the Wi-Fi-only versions of the first-generation iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad went on sale Nov. 2, on their way to total sales of 3 million total units in the first three days of availability.

Apple is expected to announce dates for multiple new products at a media event anticipated for Oct. 22. With that date just a week away, it’s likely that invitations to members of the press will be sent out later today.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Some owners of early-2011 MacBook Pro units complaining of discrete GPU failures

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Date: Saturday, October 19th, 2013, 22:54
Category: MacBook Pro, News

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Per AppleInsider and Apple’s Support Communities forum, owners of early-2011 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros are reporting issues with the discrete AMD graphics processors in their notebooks, which in some cases results in the failure of the component, leaving an expensive logic board replacement as the only remedy.

The problem, as highlighted by conversation threads on the forum, first presents itself as a graphical glitch — or, in more serious cases, complete system lockup — when an affected MacBook Pro switches from the integrated Intel graphics chip to the discrete AMD graphics processing unit, or GPU. Reports of the issue first cropped up in February, but have become more frequent over the past month.

In 2010, Apple introduced the automatic graphics switching system, which dynamically shifts the processing load between the integrated chip and the discrete GPU based on what the user is doing. Owners of MacBook Pros built prior to 2010 have to manually select the more powerful GPU from OS X Settings, which forces the operating system to restart.

Users of affected machines report that display discoloration, banding, and image distortion are the most common visible symptoms, but many say that their computers suddenly freeze without any of the graphical warning signs. Rebooting — even several times in succession — rarely fixes the problem, and some have even tried to remedy the situation by forcing their laptop to use the integrated chip exclusively with only moderate degrees of success.

Data compiled from several Apple Support Communities threads by forum user “saramwrap” suggests that the majority of affected users are using early-2011 MacBook Pros with the AMD Radeon 6750M GPU, though failures are not limited to that chip. Those whose notebooks contain Radeon 6490M, 6750M, and 6970M GPUs are also experiencing the problem.

Apple has yet to address the fairly widespread issue, with many users reporting that the only repair option given to those without AppleCare coverage is a complete logic board replacement at a cost of US$500 or more.

Apple’s popular notebook line ran into similar troubles soon after its early 2011 hardware refresh, coming to light in another Apple support forum thread that now stretches more than 140 pages with over 2,000 replies. The issue was eventually resolved when Apple specifically targeted the problem with a special build of the OS X 10.6.7 update.

If you’ve seen this issue on your end or have any thoughts on it, please let us know what you think in the comments section.

Google Earth updated to 7.1.2.2019

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Date: Thursday, October 3rd, 2013, 06:28
Category: Uncategorized

On Wednesday, software giant Google released version 7.1.2.2019 of its popular Google Earth program. The new version, a 45 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
– The “Enable Controller” option in user preferences is now turned off by default. This prevents red directional arrows from displaying as a result of uncalibrated joysticks and other controllers being connected to Earth at startup.
– For enhanced security, “Use HTTPS for Google connections” is now toggled on by default.
– We fixed a bug whereby the cache size rose above user-specified limits.
– We fixed a crash resulting from searching on some Windows machines.
– We updated the LEAP API to version 1.08.
– We reduced LEAP controller sensitivity to user hand motions. This enables a smoother flight and greater control over your flight path when using a LEAP.
Google Earth 7.1.2.2019 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, let us know in the comments.

Google Chrome updated to 30.0.1599.66

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Date: Thursday, October 3rd, 2013, 06:58
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They grow up so fast…

On Wednesday, Google released version 30.0.1599.66 of its Chrome web browser. The update, a 53.7 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

Fixes and Improvements:
– Easier searching by image.

– A number of new apps/extension APIs.

– Lots of under the hood changes for stability and performance.

Security Fixes:
– Races in Web Audio.

– Out of bounds read in Window.prototype object.

– Address bar spoofing related to the “204 No Content” status code.

– Use after free in inline-block rendering.

– Use-after-free in Web Audio.

– Use-after-free in XSLT.

– Use-after-free in PPAPI.

– Use-after-free in XML document parsing.

– Use after free in the Windows color chooser dialog.

– Address bar spoofing via a malformed scheme.

– Address bar spoofing related to the “204 No Content” status code.

– Out of bounds read in Web Audio.

– Use-after-free in DOM.

– Memory corruption in V8.

– Out of bounds read in URL parsing.

– Use-after-free in resource loader.

– Use-after-free in template element.

– Various fixes from internal audits, fuzzing and other initiatives (Chrome 30).

– Use-after-free in ICU.

Google Chrome 30.0.1599.66 requires an Intel-based Mac with 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.