Cocktail updated to 6.0

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Date: Thursday, July 5th, 2012, 06:08
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On Thursday, shareware developer Maintain released version 6.0 of CocktailCocktail (Lion Edition), the popular shareware utility program that allows for additional Mac OS X system tests. The new version, a 2.2 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and features:

– Added OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) compatibility.

Cocktail 6.0 retails for a US$19.00 shareware registration fee and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later to install and run.

Skype updated to 5.8.0.945

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Date: Thursday, July 5th, 2012, 06:06
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On Thursday, version 5.8.0.945 of the Skype VoIP application was released. The new version, a 23.3 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Bug fixes and stability improvements.

Skype 5.8.0.945 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later to install and run.

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

Navigon iOS app updates to 2.1, goes on sale, now incorporates Google Street View feature

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Date: Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012, 11:05
Category: iOS, News, Software

Some of you are going to miss the Google Street View feature when it’s gone.

Navigon seems to be aware of this.

Per Engadget, Navigon has updated its iOS navigation app to version 2.1 and added Google Street View, which will be dropped from Apple’s Maps app in its forthcoming iOS 6 release. To celebrate the update, the Navigon app can be had for savings as much as US$20 off its normal US$50 price depending on the version chosen. In-app purchases including FreshMaps USA can be had for as low as US$15, a saving of US$25 off the normal asking price.

Google Street View allows users to navigate to a destination and then load the street view within the app, so that users can find an address or location much more easily when they have arrived at the approximate destination. The street view offers users the full 360-degree view.

Navigon has also added a new manual route blocking function to the app. By blocking out certain sections of a route by simply tapping on that part of a generated route, the app will know to quickly search for an alternative route. It can be accessed from the route-planning mode and during navigation for easy route changes on the fly.

The company has added a new Cockpit function as an in-app purchase, currently on special for US$4 (normally US$7). The displayed information includes a vehicles g-force (current and maximum value), speed, horizontal and vertical position, as well as an adjustable speed and altitude graph. The information can be used to give a driver a snapshot of their driving habits, while off-road users will also benefit from a dedicated off-road screen with compass and altitude information.

Navigon 2.1 requires iOS 4.3 or later to install and run.

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

Apple to hold Q3 earnings call on Tuesday, July 24

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Date: Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012, 06:25
Category: Finance, News

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It never hurts to be able to turn a profit.

Per AppleInsider, Apple on Monday announced that it will report its financial earnings results for the third quarter 2012 on Tuesday, July 24 at 2:00 p.m. Pacific, 5:00 p.m. Eastern.

The company updated its investor relations page to reflect the scheduled earnings report and ensuing conference call which will be streamed live here.

Apple’s last earnings call brought another record-breaking quarter and was the company’s best second fiscal quarter ever, second only to results from the 2011 holiday period. Profits during the three-month last quarter were up 94 percent year-to-year on strong iPhone and iPad sales. Macs sales also reached record highs during the period ending in March.

With the WWDC unveiling of the MacBook Pro with Retina display and a refresh of the entire MacBook line as well as introductions of other products like the new AirPort Express Apple is set to see another strong performance that some analysts believe will add to what could be the highest annual net income of any publicly traded company in history. The record is contingent on whether the tech giant can stay above a perceived US$500 billion market capitalization “barrier,” a level at which large corporations traditionally begin to see a slowdown in growth.

AAPL stock stood at US$592.52 at the end of trading on Monday with a market cap of US$554.04 billion.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Apple to shut down iWork.com on July 31st, advises users to be ready

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Date: Monday, July 2nd, 2012, 09:57
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With MobileMe now shuttered, it’s time to move on to the other technologies due for retirement.

Per AppleInsider, Apple’s next online service set to go dark is iWork.com, and the company sent out an e-mail on Monday reminding customers to download their documents by July 31.

Come August, users will no longer be able to access documents stored on the iWork.com website. Those who participated in the iWork.com public beta must back up their documents by July 31 if they wish to keep them.

Instructions are available on Apple’s website informing users how they can save a copy of their documents on their computer before the deadline passes. Users are also encouraged to migrate to Apple’s new iCloud service, which allows remote storage of documents and data in the cloud.

iWork.com users were first notified in early March that Apple will shutter the website on July 31. The iWork.com service first launched as a beta in early 2009, offering iWork users on the Mac the ability to more easily collaborate with others using Windows and Microsoft Office.

Since then, the iWork suite of applications has also become available on iOS, with Pages, Numbers and Keynote among the most popular downloads on the iPad App Store.

The iWork suite and iOS 5 now offer integration with the iCloud service, which launched last October. At the iCloud.com website, users can access their up-to-date iWork documents, synced through iCloud’s Documents & Data service.

The full e-mail text sent out to iWork.com users on Monday is included below:

“Dear iWork.com user,

Remember, as of July 31, 2012, you will no longer be able to access your documents on the iWork.com site or view them on the web.

We recommend that you sign in to iWork.com before July 31, 2012, and download all your documents to your computer. For detailed instructions on how to save a copy of your documents on your computer, read this support article at Apple.com.

Moving forward, you can use iCloud to store your documents and make them available across your computer and your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Learn more about iCloud.

Sincerely,
The iWork team”

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Google Chrome updated to 20.0.1132.47

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Date: Monday, July 2nd, 2012, 07:34
Category: News, Software

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Google Chrome, Google’s new web browser, just reached version 20.0.1132.47 for the Mac. The new version, a 40.7 megabyte download, offers the following changes:

– Disables some of Chrome’s GPU acceleration features on Mac hardware containing the Intel HD 4000 graphics chip (e.g. the new Macbook Air notebooks), in order to prevent a resource leak which is causing a kernel panic on that hardware. This is a temporary change while we work on fixing the root cause of the issue.

Google Chrome 20.0.1132.47 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.

VLC updated to 2.0.2

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Date: Monday, July 2nd, 2012, 07:34
Category: News, Software

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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 2.0.2. The new version, a 25.5 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

Video Output:
– XP machine will now use DirectX mode by default, like in previous versions. There were too many errors with broken drivers.

– More accurate colourspaces conversions for YUV->RGB in OpenGL

– Add menu support for libvlc / VLCKit applications on Mac OS X

– Various fixes on Mac OS X, notably for crop, zoom, osd and menu support

– Misc fixes in OpenGL module, on all platforms

– Fix video output on PowerPC-based Macs equipped with an ATI Radeon 7500, an ATI Radeon 9200 or a NVIDIA GeForceFX 5200 Ultra.

– Fix video output of 10bit encoded contents on Intel-based Macs equipped with an Intel GMA 950 chipset running OS X 10.6 or later.

– Add support for the HiDPI mode used on recent Apple products with so-called Retina Displays.

Access:
– Rework Digital TV module for Windows. DVB-T and DVB-C should work again

– Fixes for RAR compressed files

– Fix DirectShow crashes on exit

– Improve PulseAudio input latency

– Fixes for HTTP access through a proxy

– v4l2 webcam outputting H264 can now be used directly (use –v4l2-chroma=h264)

– Fix subtitles auto-detection in subfolders and detection behaviour

– IE http proxy is not used anymore by VLC on Win32

– Accept more extensions for DVD images

– Fix crash in VC1 packetizer

– Improvements in Blu-Ray playback

– Improvements and fixes in HLS support

Codec:
– Fix crashes in AAC decoder on channels changes, notably in ISDB streams

– Fix compilation with multiple FFmpeg and libav versions

– Fix G726 support

– Fix MP3 free format support

Demuxers:
– Fixes for MKV segments, seeking and MKV title display

– Fix for some mp4, voc, midi and au crashes

– Fix for Real .ram, .f4v, .avi and .ra files support

– Fix for DVB channels file support

– Fixes for alac, vorbis, DTS, VC-1 and Dirac in mp4

Encoders:
– Fix for MPEG Audio encoding, use layer2 when using fourcc “mp2 ” and “mp2a”

– Fix for JPEG generation, when doing snapshots

– Audio filters and output:

– Limitation of spatializer volume output

– Fix DirectSound device selection

– Correct PulseAudio volume control

– Do not apply volume in file output

– Fix sampling rate in JACK output

– Fixes in ALSA output for latency and for broken drivers

Mac OS X:
– Enable drag and drop of playlist items between the temporary playlist and the persistent media library

– Enable import of playlist items taken from the service discovery modules to the media library or the temporary playlist

– Media key support for keyboards by other manufacturers than Apple This fix was facilitated through a hardware donation by ZF Friedrichshafen AG manufacturing keyboards under the brand “Cherry”.

– Add support for the Apple Remote to set the Mac to sleep using a longer press on the Play/Pause button

– Remove libfontconfig’s font cache by an Apple Type Services lookup. This removes the “Updating Cache” dialog, before finding all fonts.

– Re-add an option to hide the window decoration during video playback

– Improve compatibility with other 3rd party apps using SPMediaKeyTap

– Many Fullscreen fixes

– Keep Aspect Ratio when resizing is back

– Add controls to manipulate the Subtitles Duration to the Track Synchronization panel

– Hidden items in the sidebar are being retained for the next launch now

– Fix crash when trying to open an Audio CD by drag & drop

– Improve reliability when opening DVDs or BDs by drag & drop

– Fix crashes on exit

– Fix crash when mounting a device with multiple logical volumes while VLC is running

– Chosen audio output device is retained throughout multiple sessions

– Since running the Mac OS X interface as an Extra Interface or Control Interface can lead to undefined results, eventual settings will be automatically reset on the first launch.- This fixes issues with unresponsive playback controls and crashes on quit.

– Update Growl plugin for use with Growl 1.3

– Miscellaneous minor interface improvements

Lua Scripts:
– Fixes for stdin/stdout and for different locale issues

– Fixes for icecast SD

Qt:
– Fix preferences for audio devices on Windows

– Fix playlist search and selector behaviour

– Fix multiple issues in the Open Disc dialog

– Miscellaneous fixes in preferences, buttons, EPG, playlist and customize dialog

– Fix tags and file names display

– Fix various crashes, display issues and usability issues

Skins2:
– Fix mousewheel on Windows

– Fix for key events and focus loss

Web interface:
– Fix display of some buttons

– Fix listing of files in the Open interface

– Fixes for widgets behaviour and vlm dialog

Security:
– Fix Ogg Heap buffer overflow

– Update taglib (CVE-2012-2396)

– Update libavcodec and other codecs libraries

Translation:
– Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Walloon, Slovak, Polish, Khmer, Japanese, Italian, French, Czech, Belarusian, Breton, Greek, Spanish, Estonian, Irish, Galician, Hungarian, Japanese, Dutch, Telugu, Ukranian, Thai translations update
New Scottish Gaelic translation

VLC 2.0.2 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.

Apple releases extensive batch of printer driver updates for Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7 operating systems

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Date: Friday, June 29th, 2012, 09:03
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It’s not the sexiest set of updates in the world, but it’s useful.

Per AppleInsider, Apple released the following printer driver updates as listed below. The updates provide additional support for a wide range of devices from assorted providers and vary in size:

NRG Printer Drivers v2.3

InfoPrint Printer Drivers v2.3

Lanier Printer Drivers v2.3

Savin Printer Drivers v2.3

Ricoh Printer Drivers v2.3

Gestetner Printer Drivers v2.3

Infotec Printer Drivers v2.3

Lexmark Printer Driver v2.8

Epson Printer Drivers v2.10

Canon Printer Drivers v2.9

The updates require an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later and can also be located, snagged and installed via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.

If you’ve tried the new printer drivers and have any feedback, please let us know in the comments.

Adobe to discontinue new Flash Player installs on August 15th

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Date: Friday, June 29th, 2012, 05:08
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Sometimes a Web technology just has to ride off into the sunset.

According to The Verge, Adobe’s mobile Flash days are now numbered, as the company has announced that it will no longer accept new Flash Player installations through the Google Play application store after August 15 and will not support the upcoming 4.1 Jelly Bean version of Android.

Following up on the announcement last November that it was discontinuing development of Flash for mobile browsers, Adobe published a blog post on Thursday detailing deprecated support for the player on Android.

“Beginning August 15th we will use the configuration settings in the Google Play Store to limit continued access to Flash Player updates to only those devices that have Flash Player already installed,” the post read.

Adobe also said that there will not be any Flash-certified Android 4.1 devices. Though in the past unsupported devices were sometimes able to get Flash Player working, the company said that this is “no longer going to be the case” because it has not developed or tested the player for the upcoming version of Android and its browsers.

Android users who want to keep running Flash as legacy software will need to download and install Flash before the August 15th deadline. Adobe also recommends that they stay on Android 4.0, as Flash Player on 4.1 Jelly Bean could exhibit “unpredictable behavior.”

“We recommend uninstalling Flash Player on devices which have been upgraded to Android 4.1,” the company wrote.

Last year, an Adobe manager put part of the blame on Apple for the demise of mobile Flash. Mike Chambers acknowledged that the software would never reach “anywhere near the ubiquity” of its install base on desktops because Apple would not allow Flash Player in the iOS browser.

“No matter what we did, the Flash Player was not going to be available on Apple’s iOS anytime in the foreseeable future,” he said.

Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs set off an intense debate about the merits of Flash in 2010 with his open letter criticizing the format as outdated and needlessly proprietary.

Android makers decided early on to advertise Flash as a differentiating feature of their devices as compared to Apple’s own. The move ultimately backfired on companies like Motorola, as Flash support ended up being postponed due to technical issues.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Cocktail updated to 5.3.3

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Date: Friday, June 29th, 2012, 05:28
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On Thursday, shareware developer Maintain released version 5.3.3 of CocktailCocktail (Lion Edition), the popular shareware utility program that allows for additional Mac OS X system tests. The new version, a 3 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and features:

– Added the “Use SRM secure delete” option to the “Force empty Trash” feature. SRM removes each file by overwriting, renaming, and truncating it before unlink-ing. This option meets the US Department of Defense (DOD) 5220-22M standard for securely erasing magnetic media. It erases the information used to access your files and writes over the data 7 times.

– Addresses an issue in which Cocktail may not be able to repair permissions on RAID sets.

– Other minor improvements and bug fixes.

– Various minor bug fixes and improvements.

– Updated Help.

Cocktail 5.3.3 retails for a US$19.00 shareware registration fee and requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later to install and run.