Apple releases OS X 10.8.2 Supplemental Update 2.0

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Date: Wednesday, November 21st, 2012, 09:22
Category: News, Software

Sometimes a random system update is what’s needed.

On Wednesday, Apple released OS X 10.8.2 Supplemental Update 2.0, an intermediary update which addresses an issue with Keychain that can affect 2012 Mac systems.

The update, a 1.3 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
– This update addresses an issue with Keychain that can affect 2012 Mac systems.

– This update is recommended for all Macs introduced in 2012.

The OS X 10.8.2 Supplemental Update 2.0 requires an Intel-based Mac from 2012 running OS X 10.8.2 or later to install and run and can also be located, downloaded and installed via OS X’s Software Update feature.

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

Mozilla releases Firefox 17.0 update

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Date: Wednesday, November 21st, 2012, 09:35
Category: News, Software

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The Firefox version number just keeps getting pushed higher…

Late Wednesday, Mozilla.org released version 17.0 of its Firefox web browser. The new version, a 33.3 megabyte download and adds the following fixes and changes:

What’s new:
– FIXED – 16.0.2: Security fixes can be found here

– FIXED – 16.0.1: Vulnerability outlined here.

– NEW – Firefox on Mac OS X now has preliminary VoiceOver support turned on by default.

– NEW – Initial web app support (Windows/Mac/Linux).

– NEW – Acholi and Kazakh localizations added.

– CHANGED – Improvements around JavaScript responsiveness through incremental garbage collection.

– DEVELOPER – New Developer Toolbar with buttons for quick access to tools, error count for the Web Console, and a new command line for quick keyboard access.

– DEVELOPER – CSS3 Animations, Transitions, Transforms and Gradients unprefixed in Firefox 16.

– DEVELOPER – Recently opened files list in Scratchpad implemented.

– FIXED – Debugger breakpoints do not catch on page reload (783393).

– FIXED – No longer supporting MD5 as a hash algorithm in digital signatures (650355).

– FIXED – Opus support by default (772341).

– FIXED – Reverse animation direction has been implemented (655920).

– FIXED – Per tab reporting in about:memory (687724).

– FIXED – User Agent strings for pre-release Firefox versions now show only major version (728831).

Known Issues:
– 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 – Windows: The use of Microsoft’s System Restore functionality shortly after updating Firefox may prevent future updates (see 730285).

– UNRESOLVED – Pointer lock doesn’t work in web apps (see 769150).

Firefox 17.0 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.

Flip4Mac updated to 3.0.0.143

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Date: Wednesday, November 21st, 2012, 08:18
Category: News, Software

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Early Wednesday, software developer Telestream has released version 3.0.0.143 of Flip4Mac, its QuickTime components package which allows for Windows Media files to be viewed, imported and converted under Mac OS X. The new release, a 15.4 megabyte download, includes the following fixes and changes:

New Features:
– This standalone version of Flip Player is available without the Flip4Mac Windows Media components.

– This standalone version of Flip Player does not require an installer. Instead, you can install it by mounting the disk image, and dragging the Flip Player application to your Applications folder. However, you must agree to the EULA before the disk image will mount.

– This standalone version of Flip Player contains an embedded framework, rather than relying on that framework being installed into /Library/Frameworks or ~/Library/Frameworks.Added support for the application/x-ms-wmp mime type.

Flip4Mac 3.0.0.143 is available for free but can go as high as US$179 depending on the version purchased. The new version requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.7 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 posts Black Friday teaser

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Date: Tuesday, November 20th, 2012, 08:59
Category: News, retail

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Following the gluttony, there’s the shopping.

And the savings.

Per Mac|Life, Apple has started teasing its one-day shopping event this Friday, November 23, which is better known as “Black Friday,” a post-Thanksgiving tradition coined by retailers who hope to get their balance sheet into profit for the year at the beginning of the holiday season.

“Get ready to give,” the Apple teaser webpage reads. “Start shopping online after midnight PST or visit your favorite Apple Retail Store during our extended hours. We’ll help you make the most of the day, no matter how you shop.”

Unlike other retailers, Apple won’t be opening its doors at midnight, but they will be offering extended hours at brick-and-mortar locations across the country. Apple discounts are historically quite stingy on Black Friday, but hey, even 10 percent off that gadget you’ve had your eye on might be worth it.

As always, if you see any killer deals on Apple stuff this Black Friday, please let us know via e-mail or the comments and we’ll do what we can to post it.

Nokia releases “Here” map application to iOS App Store, offers alternative to Apple’s iOS 6 Maps program

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Date: Tuesday, November 20th, 2012, 08:40
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod, News, Software

If you’re looking for an alternative to Apple’s iOS 6 Maps, Nokia just delivered.

Per The Next Web, Nokia on Tuesday made good on a promise to bring its new “Here” mapping service to iOS as it launched a free app complete with offline caching and voice-guided walking directions.

The “Here” app comes exactly one week after Nokia CEO Stephen Elop announced that the app would be available for iPhones, iPads and iPods sometime in the coming weeks.

According to Nokia, the HTML5-based mapping solution includes offline capabilities and, unlike Apple’s own Maps app, voice-guided walking navigation and public transportation directions.

“Maps are hard to get right – but location is revolutionizing how we use technology to engage with the real world,” said Nokia’s Executive Vice President of Location & Commerce Michael Halbherr, who is responsible for Here. “That’s why we have been investing and will continue to invest in building the world’s most powerful location offering, one that is unlike anything in the market today.”

The Finnish company also noted that future updates will come with 3D capabilities akin to Apple and Google’s solutions, which will come from technology acquired by earthmine. Nokia is rolling out the mapping service on its Microsoft Windows Phone handsets as well as versions for Google’s Android and Mozilla’s Firefox OS.

Nokia’s app is one of the first major no-cost mapping submissions to rival Apple’s Maps app, which caused a flap with consumers and the media when it was released as part of iOS 6 in September. With Maps, Apple chose to move away from its longstanding partnership with Google Maps to a proprietary solution built completely in house. Upon launch, however, the program was fraught with problems like rendering issues and incorrect location data.

The internet search giant is said to be planning its own standalone iOS app that may see release soon as rumors claim the company is distributing near final versions of the software to outside testers. One of the major gripes with Apple’s solution is the lack of Google’s Street View option, however that feature was brought back to mobile Safari with the Google Maps web app in October with limited functionality.

Nokia’s Here is available now for iOS as a free download from the App Store.

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

Apple to seed OS X 10.8.3 beta to developers for week of November 26th

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Date: Tuesday, November 20th, 2012, 07:18
Category: News, Software

Look, let’s face facts: it’s Thanksgiving week, which leads into a four day weekend that’s only preceded by gluttony.

In short, this week’s kind of a lost cause and you’re more likely to get stuff done NEXT week.

Per AppleInsider, in a note to developers on Friday, Apple revealed that it will be seeding one of the first beta builds of OS X 10.8.3 Mountain Lion sometime after Nov. 26.

Sources close to the story stated that the email was sent out to members of AppleSeed, the group of developers selected to test Apple’s next Mac update, and said the invites the company sent out last month were “too early.”

From the email:
“Thanks for accepting our invitation to test OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.3. The invites were sent out a little too early! We are working hard to provide you with a seed build soon, but we wanted to let you know that you have not missed any seed announcements. Please enjoy the USA Thanksgiving holiday! The Seed Team will be enjoying a break as well. Look for more information about the 10.8.3 seed during the week of November 26th.”

AppleSeed participants began receiving invites on Oct. 31, signaling that a beta for the next version of Mountain Lion was nearing completion. In the past, AppleSeed members have receive builds of new Mac versions alongside registered OS X developers.

The most recent Mountain Lion update came in September when OS X 10.8.2 was released, bringing system-wide Facebook integration and other features.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

eBay launches Apple certified refurbished products storefront

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Date: Monday, November 19th, 2012, 08:48
Category: News, retail

This could come in handy.

Per AppleInsider, eBay earlier this month introduced a new section to its website dedicated to Apple certified refurbished products, including numerous iPads, MacBooks and iPod touches.

The company’s new Apple Certified Refurbished Product store currently lists a variety of MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iPad and iPod touch products. The online retailer and auction house says each product has passed through the same quality inspection as those refurbished products available on Apple’s own online store, and each comes with the same full one-year warranty. Additionally, all iPads and iPods include a brand new battery.

For example, an Apple-certified, third-generation, Wi-Fi-only iPad with 32 gigabytes of storage can be had for US$469. And a 15-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.4-gigahertz processor, 4 gigabytes of RAM and a 750-gigabyte hard drive is US$1,699.

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

Intel CEO Paul Otellini to retire next May

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Date: Monday, November 19th, 2012, 08:54
Category: News, Processors

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Come next May, someone new steps in as head of Intel.

The processor giant announced on Monday that president and CEO, Paul Otellini, has elected to retire as an officer and director of the company effective next May according to the Washington Post.

Otellini’s retirement caps a career of nearly 40 years of continuous service to Intel and its stockholders. His distinguished tenure includes eight years as CEO, during which he is credited with managing the company through challenging times and market transitions. In a statement Monday, Otellini said he plans to remain an advisor to the company’s management following his retirement.

“I’ve been privileged to lead one of the world’s greatest companies,” Otellini said. “After almost four decades with the company and eight years as CEO, it’s time to move on and transfer Intel’s helm to a new generation of leadership.”

Over the next six months, Otellini will work with Intel’s chairman Andy Bryant and senior management on a leadership transition that will include a CEO search conducted by the company’s board of directors. Intel says it plans the consider both internal and external candidates for the chip maker’s top seat.

In addition, Intel also announced Monday that the board has approved the promotion of three senior leaders to the position of executive vice president: Renee James, head of Intel’s software business; Brian Krzanich, chief operating officer and head of worldwide manufacturing; and Stacy Smith, chief financial officer and director of corporate strategy.

While presiding as CEO from the end of 2005 through the end of 2011, Otellini helped grow Intel’s annual revenue from $38.8 billion to $54 billion, and generated cash from operations in excess of $100 billion.

Shortly after assuming to leadership role at Intel, Otellini teamed with late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs to help shift the Mac away from PowerPC processors and towards Intel’s — a transition that helped fuel Apple’s resurgence in the PC market. He’s also credited with transforming Intle’s operations and the cost structure for long-term growth, as well as achieving breakthrough innovations like High-K/Metal gate, 3-D Tri-gate transistors, and dramatic improvement in energy efficiency of Intel processors.

Users report second iMessage, FaceTime outage in one week

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Date: Monday, November 19th, 2012, 07:04
Category: News, Software

Sometimes a network runs perfectly, other times it flops over and takes a prolonged nap a la Seabiscuit…

Per AppleInsider, users reported that iMessage and FaceTime experienced outages across the U.S., the second time in a week that services attached to Apple’s iCloud saw issues.

A number of users reported on Sunday that they could not send or receive iMessages from their iPhones and iPads, a problem that is becoming more common since the company’s newest iOS 6 was released in September.

According to Apple’s iCloud system status webpage, “some” users unable to use iMessage or place FaceTime calls, with the error coming less than two days after an issue appeared with iCloud storage upgrade payment transactions. Apple said service will return to normal “ASAP.”

Sunday’s downtime marks the fourth such outage in the past three months, with one incident in September and two in October affecting users of iMessage on both iOS and OS X clients. At the time, messages sent through Apple’s proprietary service were pushed through as SMS texts.

While iMessage and FaceTime appear to be the most prone to errors, iCloud’s email service has also seen problems, the latest being a September outage that affected 1.1 percent of all users.

Introduced alongside iOS 5, iMessage is Apple’s smartphone-integrated answer to online messaging services like AOL Instant Messenger and Google Chat. The service is data based, allowing iOS device users to communicate with each other and Macs running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, without racking up text fees.

The services were apparently restored as of 4:41 AM PST on Monday.

If you noticed the outage on your end, please let us know in the comments.

Dropbox updated to 1.6.0

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Date: Monday, November 19th, 2012, 07:19
Category: News, Software

An update’s an update.

Late Friday, Dropbox released version 1.6.0 of its cloud-based storage client for Mac OS X. The new version, a 23.1 megabyte download, which adds the following fixes and changes:
– New icons! (Retina support!).

– Improved performance through use of Python 2.7.

– New Mac installer (just double click!).

– Faster startup time for Mac users with lots of files.

– Improved web login from client.

Dropbox 1.6.0 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

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