Adobe releases Lightroom 4.2 public beta

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Date: Tuesday, August 28th, 2012, 12:12
Category: News, Software

You can’t knock additional camera suport on a powerful image editing program.

On Tuesday, Adobe released a public beta of version 4.2 of its Lightroom image editing program. The new version, a 392 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

New Cameras:
– Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i
– Canon EOS M
– Fuji FinePix F800EXR
– Leaf Credo 40
– Leaf Credo 60
– Nikon 1 J2
– Panasonic DMC-FZ200
– Panasonic DMC-G5
– Panasonic DMC-LX7
– Pentax K-30
– Sony DSC-RX100

New Lens Profile Support:
– Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM
– Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM
– Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
– Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
– Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM
– Zeiss Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZE
– Zeiss Distagon T* 2/25 ZE
– LEICA APO ELMAR-S 180 mm f/3.5 (CS)
– LEICA APO MACRO SUMMARIT-S 120 mm f/2.5 (CS)
– LEICA APO-SUMMICRON-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH.
– LEICA ELMARIT-S 30 mm f/2.8 ASPH. (CS)
– LEICA SUMMARIT-S 35 mm f/2.5 ASPH. (CS)
– LEICA SUMMARIT-S 70 mm f/2.5 ASPH. (CS)
– LEICA SUPER-ELMAR-S 24 mm f/3.5 ASPH
– LEICA VARIO-ELMAR-S 30-90 mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH.
– Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
– Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR xcSigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM xcTamron SP 24– 70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD A007N
– Zeiss Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZF.2
– Zeiss Distagon T* 2/25 ZF.2
– Pentax smc D FA 645 25mm F4 AL (IF) SDM AW
– Pentax smc DA 40mm F2.8 XS
– Pentax smc DA 50mm F1.8
– Pentax smc DA 645 25mm F4 AL (IF) SDM AW
– Sigma 18-50mm F2.8-4.5 DC HSM
– Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM
– Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro
– Sigma 18-50mm F2.8-4.5 DC HSM

Fixed:
– Folder stacks with virtual copies get unstacked when moving to another folder.

– Stacked photos get hidden in both the Grid view and Filmstrip. This occurs when photos get unstacked as a result of enabling auto-stacking.

– Errors encountered when publishing videos to Facebook through the Facebook Publish Service.

– Users may have occurred problems when trying to enter the Web Module from Library.

– Unable to edit JPEG photos in Photoshop Elements.

– Background graphics that are applied to a Book globally may not appear as expected in a Saved PDF.

– Certain book covers had spine text positioned in a Horizontal manner, not Vertical.

– Double byte characters are not being exported to PDF in Books.

– Photos were exported with original GPS coordinates recorded by the camera, not with the GPS coordinates updated in Lightroom.

– Keyboard shortcuts in the Develop module sometimes do not work when editing an image in Process Version PV2010.

– Parents and synonyms of “do not export” keywords also do not export.

Adobe Lightroom 4.2 retails for US$149.00 and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.8 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.

Mozilla releases Firefox 15.0 update

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Date: Tuesday, August 28th, 2012, 10:14
Category: News, Software

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On Monday, Mozilla.org released version 15.0 of its Firefox web browser. The new version, a 32.6 megabyte download and adds the following fixes and changes:

What’s new:
NEW: Silent, background updates.
NEW: Support for SPDY networking protocol v3.
NEW: WebGL enhancements, including compressed textures for better performance.

CHANGED: Optimized memory usage for add-ons.
DEVELOPER: JavaScript debugger integrated into developer tools.
DEVELOPER: New layout view added to Inspector.
DEVELOPER: High precision event timer implemented.
DEVELOPER: The CSS word-break property has been implemented.
DEVELOPER: New responsive design tool allows web developers to switch between desktop and mobile views of sites.
HTML5: Native support for the Opus audio codec added.
HTML5: The element now supports the media attribute.
FIXED: Focus rings keep growing when repeatedly tabbing through elements (720987).

Known issues:
UNRESOLVED: Debugger breakpoints do not catch on page reload (see 783393) Unresolved on v15 Resolved in v16.
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).

Firefox 15.0 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, please let us know in the comments.

Apple seeds fourth Mac OS X 10.7.5 beta to developer community

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Date: Tuesday, August 28th, 2012, 10:18
Category: News, Software

Mac OS X 10.7.5 is en route, or at least that’s what the betas would have you believe.

Per MacNN, Apple has released a fourth beta of OS X 10.7.5 to developers. The download, build 11G45, is about 1.16GB as a delta, or 1.93GB as a combo update. As with the previous build there are no known issues, and Apple is again asking developers to test graphics quality and performance, as well as media importing, viewing, and editing.

Mac OS X 10.7.5 could be the last major update for OS X Lion, since Apple is now concentrating development work on Mountain Lion, which was launched late in July. Subsequent Lion updates will probably be intended to patch specific components.

Stay tuned for additional details and if you’ve gotten your mitts on the new beta, please let us know what you make of it in the comments.

Samsung vows to appeal, fight injunctions sought by Apple

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Date: Tuesday, August 28th, 2012, 06:59
Category: Legal, News

When you get thrashed to the tune of US$1.05 billion in open court, it’s generally good form to go for the appeal…

According to the Wall Street Journal, Samsung has vowed to fight back and keep some of its best selling products on the market.

Samsung will combat Apple’s attempt to ban the sales of eight smartphones with “all necessary measures,” the company said in a statement issued on Tuesday. Among the options available to Samsung are filing to stop the injunction, appealing if the injunction is granted by Judge Lucy Koh, and modifying its products to circumvent any bans.

Citing an unnamed person familiar with the matter, Tuesday’s report also indicated that officials from Samsung have begun talking to wireless partners about “removing or modifying infringing features to keep products on the market if the injunctions are granted.”

In a filing on Monday, Apple asked the court to bar the sale of 8 Samsung smartphones, including the company’s U.S. Galaxy S II lineup. In all, the phones Apple wishes to bar from sale accounted for US$1.3 billion of Samsung’s U.S. sales during the first six months of 2012, documents disclosed in Samsung’s lawsuit with Apple have revealed.

The eight smartphones Apple hopes to ban accounted for the lion’s share of Samsung’s American profits in the first half of the year. A total of 28 devices were included in the Apple-Samsung case, which earned a collective US$1.5 billion in U.S. sales in the first six months of 2012.

A jury determined last week that Samsung’s products have infringed upon Apple’s patented inventions. The jury awarded Apple nearly $1.05 billion in damages from Samsung as well.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Java vulnerability discovered, researchers warn of potential new malware for Mac OS X platform

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Date: Tuesday, August 28th, 2012, 06:53
Category: News, security, Software

You’ll never lack a job in IT security…

Per Computerworld, researchers announced on Monday that hackers are taking advantage of a zero-day vulnerability in Oracle’s Java 7, with the newly discovered flaw able to exploit any platform, including Apple’s OS X.

According to Tod Beardsley, engineering manager for open-source testing framework Metasploit, hackers can use the bug to compromise any system through a web browser running the latest Java software.

While there have yet to be reports of the new exploit affecting Macs, Errata Security confirmed the Metasploit exploit is effective against the latest Java 1.7 runtime on Apple’s latest OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

Mac users running older versions of OS X, like Snow Leopard or Leopard, could be more vulnerable as those operating systems came bundled with Java, however the new exploit is actually in Oracle’s latest software, dubbed “Update 6.”

“The vulnerability is not in Java 6, it’s in new functionality in Java 7,” said Beardsley.

He went on to call the bug “super dangerous” and said a potential piece of malware can feasibly compromise the security of a Mac by simply having a user visit a website that is host to the attack code. This means both purpose-built malicious sites as well as those which have been hacked can compromise a system.

“What is more worrisome is the potential for this to be used by other malware developers in the near future,” said antivirus vendor Intego. “Java applets have been part of the installation process for almost every malware attack on OS X this year.”

As Oracle has not yet released a patch for the exploit, Beardsley recommends users disable Java until one is pushed out.

Mac users can visit Java’s site here to check if they have the 1.7 runtime installed. Alternately, the “Java Preferences” application can also be used to make sure the software is disabled.

The new flaw is the latest in a number of security holes found in Java code on OS X, including the infamous Flashback trojan that reportedly affected some 600,000 Macs worldwide. Apple released a removal tool specifically tailored for the malware, later disabling the Java runtime in subsequent versions of Safari. Java was removed from OS X when Lion was released last year, forcing users to authorize a browser request to download and install the software if an applet for the runtime appears.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Jury rules in Apple’s favor, Samsung ordered to pay $1.05 billion fine for patent infringement

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Date: Monday, August 27th, 2012, 17:16
Category: Hardware, Legal, News

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It went on for months, it got about as ugly as a legal case could possibly get, but in the end, the jury mostly sided with Apple.

Per Wired and Mac|Life, the verdict came in on Friday with Samsung being ordered to pay US$1.05 billion in damages for violating Apple’s patents for its iPad tablet design.

The court ruled that Samsung had infringed upon patents relating to user interface design (like scrolling and multi-touch), as well as physical design. Samsung could not convince the court that it hadn’t taken its design ideas from Apple’s iPad.

Samsung has vowed to appeal the case while Apple has stated that the company will file for injunctions against Samsung products it believes currently violate its patents.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and please let us know what you make of the case in the comments.

CrossOver updated to 11.2.1

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Date: Monday, August 27th, 2012, 17:14
Category: News, Software

CrossOver, the popular virtualization program from CodeWeavers, has been updated to version 11.2.1. The new version, which is available as a demo, offers the following fixes and changes:

– This release updates the ‘Crosstie’ installation recipes to avoid errors with failed downloads. You should install this update to avoid these errors.

CrossOver 11.2.1 retails for US$59.95 and requires Mac OS X 10.5 and or later and an Intel-based Mac to install and run.

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

Analyst: Apple producing 13-inch Retina Display screens, may launch 13-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro this fall

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Date: Monday, August 27th, 2012, 06:27
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

You love the MacBook Pro with the Retina Display.

Get ready for it in a smaller size.

Per CNET, an analyst citing upstream supply chain sources claims that a high-resolution display bound for a rumored 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is now in production, with initial output volumes expected to be higher than the current 15-inch version.

According to NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim, the display purportedly being produced for the smallest MacBook Pro features a resolution of 2,560-by-1600 pixels, compared to the current iteration’s 1,280-by-800 pixel screen.

“The supply chain indications are that it’s for a MacBook Pro 13.3 — not a MacBook Air,” Shim said.

The analyst goes on to say Samsung, LG Display and Sharp are all churning out the new 13-inch panel to meet a higher initial volume compared to the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display’s launch in June. Stock of Apple’s top-of-the-line laptop quickly dwindled as supply couldn’t meet demand due to low display yield rates, and only recently has the company been able to catch up, with shipments now quoted at two to four business days.

“With 15.4 it’s production of a few hundred thousand units versus one to two million for the 13.3,” Shim said. He prefaced the estimates by noting volume depends on yield rates, noting that if the manufacturers are able to reach rate of 70, 80, or 90 percent, output of the 13-inch panel will likely be in the “million and a half range.”

Shim also pointed out that the manufacturing capabilities of the three different suppliers can factor into how many displays will be ready for assembly.

“With Samsung, if you look at the new [Retina] iPad, they had fewer issues reaching the higher resolution requests from Apple,” he said. “They were the first vendor to get to volume with that panel.”

The production timeline could point to a fall debut for the rumored 13-inch Retina display-packing MacBook Pro, which is in line with previous reports that Apple would be launching the laptop in September.

Sunday’s rumor comes on the heels of multiple sightings (1, 2) of an unknown MacBook Pro seen on online benchmarking site Geekbench.

Currently, the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is identified as “MacBookPro10,1,” while the legacy 15-inch model is “MacBookPro9,1.” The “10,2” identifier, first spotted in the logs of an online battery testing site, hints at a Retina version of the 13-inch laptop as the recently updated non-Retina version carries the “MacBookPro9,2” designation.

While it is unclear when Apple will decide to launch the purported device, the company is expected to debut the next-generation iPhone at an as-yet-unannounced Sept. 12 event. Further rumors suggest a smaller iPad will also be launched in October ahead of a revamped iPod touch and iPod nano.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Amazon to hold media event on September 6th, expected to unveil new Kindle models

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Date: Friday, August 24th, 2012, 06:11
Category: Hardware, News

Apple’s not the only company with a nifty tablet out there.

And there’s some cooler stuff on the way.

On Friday, Amazon announced that it will hold a media event on Sept. 6, prompting speculation that the company plans to unveil a new lineup of Kindle tablets and e-readers.

Per AppleInsider, Amazon sent out a cryptic invitation to members of the press that simply reads “Please join us for an Amazon Press Conference.” The event will be held at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif.

Amazon is expected to be planning a number of new Kindle devices for launch before the end of the year. New hardware could potentially include multiple new versions of its Kindle Fire touchscreen tablet, as well as new e-ink Kindle readers.

One report from July claimed that Amazon will launch at least three new Kindle Fire models this fall: A version with a 1,024-by-600-pixel display and no camera, a 1,280-by-800 model with a camera, and a 1,280-by-800 version with both a camera and 4G LTE connectivity.

It’s also been suggested that Amazon could continue to sell its existing Kindle Fire at an even lower price point of US$149. The first-generation Kindle Fire was announced in late September of last year, and currently sells for US$199, but now faces strong competition from Google’s identically priced Nexus 7.

The Kindle Fire debuted to a strong start, but demand for the device quickly collapsed, as customer satisfaction with Amazon’s low-priced device was about half that of Apple’s third-generation iPad, according to research from ChangeWave.

Beyond the Kindle lineup, another potential device that Amazon could unveil at its media event is a smartphone. Various reports have suggested that the online retailer is considering building its own smartphone to compete with devices like Apple’s iPhone and handsets that run the Google Android operating system.

Amazon’s Sept. 6 event will come less than a week before Apple is expected to hold its own media briefing to unveil its next-generation iPhone. Rumors have pegged such an event to take place on Sept. 12, with the new iPhone becoming available in the U.S. on Sept. 21.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Opera 12.02 beta goes live, now available for download

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Date: Friday, August 24th, 2012, 06:34
Category: News, Software

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On Thursday, Opera Software released version 12.02 of its web browser. The new version, which is currently a public beta, stands as a 28.2 megabyte download via MacUpdate, boasts the following fixes and changes:

– DSK-368553 When navigating away from the first page opened in a tab, an extension loses information about the document inside the tab.

– DSK-372113 Opera crashes if dragging a tab into a stack which contains another stack.

– DSK-372317 [Windows] Windowless plugin painting messages can prevent Opera from exiting.

– DSK-372168 [Linux/FreeBSD] Some plugins accessed via symlinks crash (e.g. Oracle Java), others cannot be found.

– We’re trying out a fix for some SSL connectivity problems, please watch out for any padlock issues.

Opera 12.02 is available for free and requires and Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.