Microsoft announces October release date for Windows 8

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Date: Monday, July 9th, 2012, 13:11
Category: News, Software

You’ve been waiting for the new Windows for a while.

And it’s due in October.

Per Macworld, Microsoft revealed Monday that Windows 8 will be in the hands of its OEMs during the first week in August, with a general release in October.

The announcement that a Release To Manufacturers (RTM) edition of the program would be available next month was made by Tami Reller, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of Windows, at a conference for the company’s partners held in Toronto Monday.

Microsoft’s partners will get an early release of the operating system so they can have it on their hardware when the OS becomes generally available in October.

Reller also noted that Microsoft’s enterprise customers with Software Assurance benefits will have access to Windows 8 bits in August, too.

At the time the RTM is released, she continued, Microsoft will turn on the commerce platform for its Windows app store so developers will be able to start earning money for their apps. Up to now, apps at the store have been free.

Earlier this month, Microsoft made its intentions to make Windows 8 a swift hit once it’s released by announcing that legacy Windows users will be able to upgrade to the new OS for US$40 via an online connection.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Logitech releases Control Center 3.6 update

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Date: Monday, July 9th, 2012, 10:42
Category: News, Software

On Monday, Logitech released version 3.6 of its Control Center software. The update, an 18.9 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes for the driver software:

– Mission Control can be assigned to a mouse button or keyboard key. Within this action, you can choose whether to launch Mission Control, or show all windows of the current application, the desktop, Dashboard or Launchpad.

– OS X 10.4, 10.5 and Macintosh computers using a PowerPC processor are no longer supported.

Logitech Control Center 3.6 is available for free and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later to install and run.

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

Onyx updated to 2.4.7

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Date: Monday, July 9th, 2012, 06:32
Category: News, Software

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Onyx, Titanium Software’s popular freeware multifunction utility for Mac OS X, has been updated to version 2.4.7. The new version, a 20.5 megabyte download adds the following fixes and changes:

– Reset the volume positions on the Desktop.

– Deleting the Internet Cache improved.

– Deleting the logs improved.

– Parameters > Spotlight pane improved.

– New version integrates 3.7.13 of sqlite3.

Onyx 2.4.7 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, let us know in the comments.

Apple releases Brother Printer drivers 2.9 update

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Date: Friday, July 6th, 2012, 09:20
Category: News, Software

Your head won’t explode from excitement, but it’s still useful.

On Friday, Apple released updated Brother printer drivers for the Mac OS X 10.6 and Mac OS X 10.7 operating systems. Brother Printer Driver 2.9, a 149.2 megabyte download offering the most current drivers for Brother’s printers and multi-function devices.

The update can be located, snagged and installed via the built-in Mac OS X Software Update feature and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later to install and run.

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

Elgato releases EyeTV 3.5.5 update

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Date: Friday, July 6th, 2012, 06:11
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Early Friday, Elgato Systems released version 3.5.5 of its EyeTV software application, which finds and tracks all television programming you want to see and allows users to pause live television and save content to file.

The new version, a 138 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and features:

– Improved progressive scan.

– Updated transponder and satellite information.

– Improved performance of EyeTV Sat Free.

EyeTV 3.5.5 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later to install and run. The program retails for US$39.95.

SpamSieve updated to 2.9.2

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Date: Thursday, July 5th, 2012, 12:16
Category: News, Software

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Michael Tsai’s must-have shareware program, SpamSieve, has just been updated to version 2.9.2. The new version, a 10 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and improvements:

– Improved compatibility with the forthcoming OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

– The recommended condition for the Apple Mail rule is now Every Message rather than Message Type Is Mail. SpamSieve will auto-update your rules at launch on OS X 10.7 if Mail is running.
SpamSieve is better at detecting a certain type of tricky spam message.

– Worked around an OS bug that prevented SpamSieve from properly analyzing some message attachments.

– False negative files now have the .eml extension so that they work with Quick Look, etc.

– The Setting Up a Spam Filtering Drone section of the manual has been updated with simpler instructions for Apple Mail and new instructions for setting up a drone using Microsoft Outlook 2011.

– Added the Using a Spam Mailbox on the Server section of the manual (for Apple Mail).

– Updated various graphics for retina displays.

– If the Apple Mail plug-in cannot be installed due to a folder ownership problem, SpamSieve will now ask for an administrator password to try to fix the folder for you.

– Reverted to version 1.2.3 of the Growl SDK to avoid problems with high CPU usage, internal errors, and crashes.

– Improved SpamSieve’s reporting of unexpected errors as well as script errors from Apple Mail.

– SpamSieve no longer responds at all to certain invalid commands. This should work around an OS bug that could lead to crashes.

– The crash reporter can now make recommendations for you based on the contents of the crash log.

– Added a link to the forum in the Help menu.

SpamSieve is available for a US$30 registration fee and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run. The new version can either be downloaded directly from the web site or brought up to the current version via the program’s built-in update feature.

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

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.