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VLC 2.0.0 release candidate 1 goes live, available for download

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Date: Tuesday, February 14th, 2012, 06:07
Category: News, Software


If you’re feeling experimental, this might be for you.

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 a release candidate version of 2.0.0. The new version, a 24.1 megabyte download, adds a wide array of fixes and changes listed on MacUpdate.

VLC 2.0.0 release candidate 1 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 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.

Apple TV stocks dwindle, fuel speculation as to third-gen device on horizon

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Date: Monday, February 13th, 2012, 08:28
Category: Apple TV, News

This is sort of out of nowhere, but it could lead to something interesting.

Per 9to5Mac, an upgraded Apple TV media hub might come sooner than thought after signs emerged that multiple stores ran low on stock. Amazon, Best Buy, Buy.com, Radio Shack, and Target all show the device either as out of stock or taking weeks to ship. Apple and others do have supply, but it follows a pattern of third-party resellers usually running out first.

While it’s possible that there would be a temporary lull in stock, new tips suggest that the existing version may have been phased out. No more were shipping to Best Buy stores, a person at the retailer claimed.

Code references have been appearing that refer to a new Apple TV for the past few months, but little has emerged as to what it might be. With a full TV set unlikely in the near future, it’s more probable that any device, if it reaches stores, would be an A5- or A6-based update that could support 1080p video.

The timing follows some dwindling iPad 2 stock and raises the possibility that Apple may use an increasingly likely early March event to show both a new Apple TV and a new iPad at the same time.

Stay tuned and we’ll have details as soon as they become available.

Meijer’s $70 iPad 2 price reduction, other discounts hint at upcoming iPad 3 launch

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Date: Monday, February 13th, 2012, 07:58
Category: iPad, News

It’s the discounts that sometimes provide the best hints as to a product released.

Per AppleInsider, U.S. big-box retailer Meijer, has slashed the in-store price of the 16GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi by US$70, even as Apple’s third-generation tablet is expected to hit the market within weeks.

The chain announced the sale in its weekly ad for the week of February 12 – 18, noting that it runs only while supplies last and does not include rain checks or substitutions. A separate listing on the company’s website lists the US$429 price as lasting until Feb. 25 and notes that the iPad 2 deal is only available in stores.

The Smart Cover iPad 2 accessory is also on sale for US$35, US$5 off Apple’s price. In addition, Meijer is offering a free US$15 iTunes gift card with the purchase of an 8GB iPod touch for US$195 this week.

Meijer is a Michigan-based supermarket chain that has been credited with popularizing the “supercenter” retail concept. The bulk of the company’s stores are in Michigan, though it also has locations in several other surrounding states.

The US$70 off sale is one of the steepest discounts for the iPad 2 since the device was released last March. For instance, Best Buy offered US$45 off all iPad 2 models last year ahead of the Black Friday retail frenzy. Apple itself offered between US$41 and US$61 off during its own Black Friday promotion.

Given that recent reports have pegged the first week in March as the likely time frame for the launch of the third-generation iPad, Meijer’s deal could be viewed as an effort to clear out inventory before the new devices arrive.

Apple’s next tablet is widely expected to have a high-resolution Retina Display with double the pixel density as the current model, as well as a significantly faster A6 processor. Some reports have also suggested that Apple could make the jump to 4G with the release of an LTE-capable iPad next month.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Apple begins offering 13.3-inch MacBook Air notebook to education buyers for $999

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Date: Monday, February 13th, 2012, 07:52
Category: MacBook Air, News

Apple’s tres-nifty white MacBook notebook may have officially gone the way of the dodo last week, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a replacement in the works.

Per AppleInsider, the company has begun selling a less powerful version of its 13.3-inch MacBook Air to educational institutions buying in bulk for US$999, filling the void left by the recently discontinued white MacBook.

The new model, only available to education buyers ordering in bulk sizes of five or more, features the same internal components as the 11.6-inch MacBook Air available to general consumers for US$999. But the new, discounted hardware sports a larger 13.3-inch display. They are advertised to ship within three to five days.

The 13.3-inch education model and the entry-level 11.6-inch MacBook Air both feature a 1.6GHz dual-core Core i5 Intel processor, along with two gigabytes of RAM and a 64-gigabyte solid-state drive. They are also powered by the Intel HD Graphics 3000 chipset included on the Core i5 CPU.

The standard 13-inch consumer-level MacBook Air remains priced at US$1,299. The speedier machine has a 1.7GHz dual-core Core i5 Intel CPU, 4 gigabytes of RAM, and a 128-gigabyte solid-state drive.

Last July, Apple discontinued its white MacBook, which previously served as the entry-level notebook in Apple’s lineup. Its price point was filled by the 11.6-inch MacBook Air, which carries the same US$999 cost.

Apple continued offering the white MacBook to education buyers for months, but this week the company finally ceased sales of the legacy notebook. Resellers have since been notified that the white MacBook is now classified as “end of life.”

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Onyx updated to 2.4.4

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Date: Monday, February 13th, 2012, 07:49
Category: News, Software


Onyx, Titanium Software’s popular freeware multifunction utility for Mac OS X, has been updated to version 2.4.4. The new version, a 16.5 megabyte download adds the following fixes and changes:

– Show the “Extras” menus in the menu bar.

– Japanese and Chinese translations added.

– Translations improved.

– Deleting the Logs improved.

– Deleting the Fonts Cache improved.

– Help improved, updated, and reindexed.

– Minor corrections.

– New replacement icon.

Onyx 2.4.4 requires Mac OS X 10.7 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.

Mozilla releases Firefox 10.0.1 update

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Date: Sunday, February 12th, 2012, 21:55
Category: News, Software


On Tuesday, Mozilla.org released version 10.0.1 of its Firefox web browser. The new version stands as a 31.8 megabyte download and adds the following fixes and changes:

– FIXED: Java applets sometimes caused text input to become unresponsive (bug 718939).

– NEW: Most add-ons are now compatible with new versions of Firefox by default.

– NEW: The forward button is now hidden until you navigate back.

– NEW: Anti-Aliasing for WebGL is now implemented (see bug 615976).

– NEW: CSS3 3D-Transforms are now supported (see bug 505115).

HTML5: New element for bi-directional text isolation, along with supporting CSS properties (see bugs 613149 and 662288).

– HTML5: Full Screen APIs allow you to build a web application that runs full screen (see the feature page).

– DEVELOPER: We’ve added IndexedDB APIs to more closely match the specification.

– DEVELOPER: Inspect tool with content highlighting, includes new CSS Style Inspector.

– FIXED: Mac OS X only – after installing the latest Java release from Apple, Firefox may crash when closing a tab with a Java applet installed (700835).

– FIXED: Some users may experience a crash when moving bookmarks (681795)

– FIXED: Silverlight video may not play on some Macintosh hardware (715396).

Known Issues:
– UNRESOLVED: Two-digit browser version numbers may cause a small number of website incompatibilities (see 690287).

– UNRESOLVED: If you try to start Firefox using a locked profile, it will crash (see 573369).

– UNRESOLVED: For some users, scrolling in the main GMail window will be slower than usual (see 579260).

– UNRESOLVED: Some synaptic touch pads are unable to vertical scroll (see 622410).

– UNRESOLVED: Firefox notifications may not work properly with Growl 1.3 or later (see 691662) (Unresolved on v10 Resolved in v11).

– UNRESOLVED: Under certain conditions, scrolling and text input may be jerky (see 711900).

Firefox 10.0.1 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.

LTE-ready micro-SIM cards arrive in AT&T stores, help lay groundwork for LTE-capable iPads

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Date: Friday, February 10th, 2012, 06:07
Category: iPad, iPhone, News


You’ve been wanting an iPad with LTE access for a while now and your patience is about to pay off.

Per a recent sighting at an AT&T store by Phone Arena, the store’s sales staff seemed to be looking to get rid of older cards and replace them with the new versions fully capable of talking to the 4G network. An included memo didn’t specifically attach the cards to any one device.

The cards are almost certainly being brought in time for the Nokia Lumia 900, which like its smaller Lumia 800 sibling should use micro-SIM cards to get online. Other LTE phones in the near term are so far expected to use full-size SIM cards.

Even so, this helps lay the groundwork for future devices that are increasingly likely to include LTE iPads and iPhones. Apple was the primary impetus behind the existence of the micro-SIM card format, and it has shown increasing signs that it’s preparing for LTE through testing and carriers that anticipate Apple deals once the iPhone gets LTE. Code exploration has strongly suggested an LTE iPad was getting close.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Apple pulls plug on white MacBook notebook, product reaches “End of Life” status

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Date: Thursday, February 9th, 2012, 07:20
Category: Hardware, MacBook, News

You had to like the white MacBook.

If nothing else, it was plucky and it looked pretty good when you were working on one in a coffee shop.

Unfortunately, Apple has reportedly notified resellers that the white polycarbonate MacBook is now officially classified as “End of Life” and has been discontinued.

Per MacRumors, Apple has stopped selling the white notebook to even its educational markets and notified resellers that the MacBook is now classified as “End of Life.”

The MacBook was Apple’s entry-level notebook for years, but it faced internal competition in 2010 with the release of the 11.6-inch MacBook Air, which also started at US$999 and was an instant hit.

Apple introduced the MacBook in May 2006 during the transition from PowerPC to Intel processors. In 2008, it temporarily received an aluminum makeover, but that machine was later rebranded as the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Apple released a unibody polycarbonate design in 2009 that remained until the product was discontinued last year.

Google Chrome updated to 17.0.963.46

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Date: Thursday, February 9th, 2012, 07:23
Category: News, Software


Google Chrome, Google’s new web browser, just reached version 17.0.963.46 for the Mac. The new version, a 35.4 megabyte download, offers the following changes:

– New Extensions APIs.

– Updated Omnibox Prerendering.

– Download Scanning Protection.

– Many other small changes.

Google Chrome 17.0.963.46 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.

Yahoo cuts four members from its board, looks to restructure

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Date: Wednesday, February 8th, 2012, 06:34
Category: News

If you’re in a hot air balloon and it has a leak and is thus spiraling towards the ground at a fairly quick rate of speed, it never hurts to lose some weight.

Per Macworld, Yahoo announced on Tuesday that four board members, including its chairman, will step down.

Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang left the board earlier this month. With the additional departures announced today—including that of chairman Roy Bostock—more than half of the board’s membership will be fresh blood.

Bostock, Vyomesh Joshi, Arthur Kern and Gary Wilson will step down at the annual meeting, which Yahoo expects to schedule in early June.

In a letter to shareholders, Yahoo also said that former eBay CEO Maynard Webb Jr. and one-time CEO of META Group, Alfred Amoroso, were elected to join the board.

“We believe that this reconfigured board, with a fresh set of perspectives and diverse set of skills, will enable the Company to move forward even more aggressively,” the letter, written by Bostock, said.

The shakeup appears to set the stage for incoming CEO Scott Thompson to steer the company in a new direction, according to Charlene Li, the founder of Altimeter Group. Li called Webb “a very trusted adviser” to Thompson.

In its broad strokes, at least, the shakeup was what investors had been calling for, said analyst Greg Sterling of Sterling Market Intelligence. “Investors have felt for a long time that the board was just rubber stamping what the leadership was doing. They want a reinvigorated board with some independence. People will wait to see what’s different but I think this will be seen as a positive.”

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.