Cocktail 5.1.4 (Lion Edition) released

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Date: Monday, March 19th, 2012, 08:52
Category: News, Software

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On Thursday, shareware developer Maintain released version 5.1.4 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:

– Fixed compatibility issues with Google Chrome 18 and Firefox 11.

– Added the ability to force eject CD/DVD (Disks – Misc).

– Major improvements on the clear potentially harmful files procedure.

– Added clearing of the new variants of the Flashback trojan.

– Fixed code signing issues.

– Other minor bug fixes and improvements.

– Updated Automator actions.

Cocktail 5.1.4 retails for a US$19.00 shareware registration fee and requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later to install and run.

Apple to spend $45 billion over next three years on stock share, repurchase program, offer dividends

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Date: Monday, March 19th, 2012, 07:05
Category: Firewire, News

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So what DO you do with those fat stacks of cash laying about?

Per AppleInsider, following up on today’s financial news, Apple will initiate a dividend and share repurchase program, spending US$45 billion over the next three years.

Apple’s new quarterly dividend will amount to US$2.65 per share. Assuming it is approved by the company’s board of directors, it will be initiated at some point in the company’s fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, which begins on July 1 of this year.

The dividend will be joined by a US$10 billion share repurchase program that will start with Apple’s fiscal 2013. The share repurchase program has already been authorized by the company’s board of directors.

Apple plans to repurchase shares over three years, with the primary objective to neutralize the impact of dilution from future employee equity grants and employe stock purchase programs.

“We have used some of our cash to make great investments in our business through increased research and development, acquisitions, new retail store openings, strategic prepayments and capital expenditures in our supply chain, and building out our infrastructure,” Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said. “You’ll see more of all of these in the future. Even with these investments, we can maintain a war chest for strategic opportunities and have plenty of cash to run our business. So we are going to initiate a dividend and share repurchase program.”

More details on the new initiatives will be discussed during a conference call that Cook and Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer will participate in at 9 a.m. Eastern, 6 a.m. Pacific Monday morning. The company will not, however, provide any updates on its current quarter, and no topics other than cash will be discussed.

“Combining dividends, share repurchases, and cash used to net-share-settle vesting RSUs, we anticipate utilizing approximately US$45 billion of domestic cash in the first three years of our programs,” Oppenheimer said. “We are extremely confident in our future and see tremendous opportunities ahead.”

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

VLC updated to 2.0.1

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Date: Monday, March 19th, 2012, 07:18
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 2.0.1. The new version, a 25.5 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

– Support for MxPEG files and streams.

– New features in the Mac OS X interface for more customization.

– Numerous fixes in the Qt, the Mac OS and the skins interfaces.

– Fixes for HTTP Live Streaming, CDDB, UDP/RTP support.

– Security issues SA-1201 and SA-1202.

– Limited support for Bluray discs menus.

– Numerous fixes for MKV support.

– Fix for splitted RAR files playback.

– Numerous fixes for more than 120 bugs.

– Codec and 3rd party libraries security updates.

VLC 2.0.1 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 AV adapter “not optimized” for use with iPad 3, some magnetic sensor elements may have changed with new tablet

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Date: Friday, March 16th, 2012, 12:37
Category: Accessory, Hardware, iPad, News

The new iPad is out.

Now it’s time for the devices, the accessories and peripherals (first party or otherwise) to catch up to it.

Per MacOtakara, attempting to use an old Apple Digital AV Adapter with the new iPad results in an alert that it is “not optimized” for the device, though the accessory still works once the alert is dismissed. Apple also appears to have slightly modified the Smart Cover-compatible magnets on the right side of the iPad, possibly affecting some third-party covers.

The blog reported on Friday that the older version of the Apple Digital AV Adapter, part number MC953ZM/A, displays a “This accessory is not optimized for this iPad” alert when connected to the just-released third-generation iPad.

Apple is selling a new version of the adapter, part number MD098ZM/A, that is compatible with the new iPad. It’s not immediately clear, however, what changes will be made.

Report author Danbo wrote that tapping “Dismiss” would allow the older adapter to be used, but users will see the alert each time they connect the part.

Apple released the original US$39 Digital AV Adapter alongside the iPad 2 last year, adding HDMI output to for the iPhone 4, fourth-generation iPod touch and the iPad and iPad 2. The accessory features an HDMI port and a Dock passthrough.

MacOtakara also reported that Apple has made changes to the magnetic sensor that interacts with the Smart Cover to put the new iPad to sleep, though Apple’s own Smart Covers still work with the device.

“However, since the position or sensitivity of magnetic sensor was changed, 3rd party’s cover which has magnetic sleeping feature may not work perfectly,” the report read.

Danbo pointed out that Apple has yet to outline the changes in its “Dimensional Drawings” resource on its developer website, so case makers will have to do their own research to identify the exact nature of the changes.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

iFixit posts full iPad 3 teardown, finds stronger involvement from Samsung than initially expected

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Date: Friday, March 16th, 2012, 09:34
Category: Hardware, iPad, News

It’s that time again and the cool cats at iFixit have performed a full teardown of Apple’s new third-generation iPad to discover the following:

– In removing the LCD panel, the solutions provider got a look at the back of the new Retina display. There, they found a model number naming scheme that suggests the panel for that particular model was built by Samsung.

– On the logic board is the new custom A5X processor, which features the same clock speed as the A5 CPU found in the iPhone 4S and iPad 2, but adds a new quad-core graphics processor and a gigabyte of RAM. The CPU was also built by Samsung, and markings on it indicate it was manufactured in the first week of 2012.

– The new 4G LTE iPad, identified by the model number A1389, also sports a larger 11560mAh battery.

– Texas Instruments CD3240 driver device.

– Broadcom BCM4330 802.11a/b/g/n MAC/Baseband/Radio with Integrated Bluetooth 4.0+HS and FM Transceiver.

– Epcos B4064 SAW filters.

– Fairchild FDMC 6683.

– Toshiba ZX0730 1123KLD.

– Qualcomm RTR8600 (under the thermal pad).

– Broadcom BCM5973 I/O controller.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Adium updated to 1.5

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Date: Friday, March 16th, 2012, 08:29
Category: News, Software

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Adium, the open source instant message chat client with support for multiple programs (including AOL Instant Messenger, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo! Google Talk, Bonjour, etc.) has been updated to version 1.5.

The new version, a 22.5 megabyte download and sports a slew of fixes and changes available here.

Adium 1.5 is available for free and requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later and an Intel-based Mac to run.

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

Google releases Picasa 3.9.5.573 update

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Date: Friday, March 16th, 2012, 08:55
Category: News, Software

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Late Thursday, software giant Google released Picasa 3.9.5.573, the latest version of its photo organization program for the Mac. Once installed, Picasa imports (without moving or copying) photos from the iPhoto library as well as other folders and external hard drives on your Mac. The program also includes assorted editing tools for straightening, text generation, red eye removal, collage creation and Photoshop-like effects and adjustments. The new version, a 33.1 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Fixed various crashes based on crash reports.

Picasa 3.9.5.573 requires 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 releases Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 3.10.0, adds support for new camera formats

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Date: Thursday, March 15th, 2012, 06:11
Category: News, Software

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Late Wednesday, Apple posted its Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 3.10.0, an update designed to extend RAW image compatibility for the Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’11 applications.

The update, a 7.5 megabyte download, adds support for the following cameras:

– Canon PowerShot G1 X

– Nikon D4

– Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX1

– Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ35

– Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ38

– Samsung NX200

– Sony Alpha NEX-7

– Sony NEX-VG20

The update requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later to install and run and is also available via Mac OS X’s built-in Software Update feature.

If you’ve tried the new Digital Camera RAW update and noticed any changes, please let us know how it went.

FaceTime connections on iPad 3 to be limited to Wi-Fi networks, won’t function over 4G LTE networks

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Date: Thursday, March 15th, 2012, 06:24
Category: iPad, News

It looks like your new iPad 3 won’t allow FaceTime calls over a 4G connection.

And it might not paint your living room as promised.

Per some testing performed over at The Verge, the new iPad will need to connect to a Wi-Fi network to use FaceTime. Though the news hardly comes as a surprise, since Apple’s 3G-enabled iOS devices are unable to use FaceTime over 3G, it does put to rest questions about whether the added download speeds from LTE might open up the feature for 4G cellular networks.

Report author Dieter Bohn found the LTE FaceTime restriction to be “doubly frustrating” because Verion LTE iPads can generate Personal Hotspot Wi-Fi networks that would presumably allow other iOS devices to make FaceTime calls via the same LTE connection.

Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs unveiled FaceTime alongside the iPhone 4 in 2010. The video calling service launched as Wi-Fi only, but Jobs promised that Apple would “work a little bit with the cellular providers” in hopes of bringing it to mobile networks.

Early reviews of the iPad show that LTE service on the device is significantly faster than previous-generation 3G networking. Journalist Walt Mossberg said he averaged download speeds of 17 megabits per second on Verizon, while a colleague averaged 12 mbps on AT&T’s network. The mighty David Pogue tested the iPad in three cities and got speeds ranging from 6 to 29 mbps.

The new iPad goes on sale at 8 a.m. local time in 10 countries on Friday. The device will be available in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the U.K, as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Apple releases Epson 2.10 drivers for Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7

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Date: Thursday, March 15th, 2012, 06:43
Category: News, Software

It’s like your father told you on your wedding day: “You should keep your Epson printer drivers updated.”

Which was pretty weird advice on your wedding day.

Late Wednesday, Apple released version 2.10 of its Epson printer drivers.

The updated driver provides updated support for Epson’s entire line of printers, scanners, fax machines, and multi-function machinery when connecting to a Mac running OS X 10.6. The update is available as a 984 MB download size from Apple’s Support website.

The updates can also be located, snagged and installed via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.

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