Apple launches iPhone in China, 32 additional countries

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Date: Monday, December 17th, 2012, 08:57
Category: iPhone, News, retail

The iPhone 5 world introduction tour continues.

Per The Next Web, Apple kicked off sales of the massively popular iPhone 5 handset in China and 31 other countries on Friday, fending off supply constraints as the company continues its fastest rollout ever.

Concerning the China launch, the usual long lines seen at past Apple product launches in China were staunched, largely in thanks to the combination of a snow storm and the preorder system instituted by the country’s two official partner carriers.

The Sanlitun Apple Store, the company’s first retail outlet in China, saw workers milling about waiting to greet customers that never came. The lack of walk-in purchases is in stark contrast to reports of strong pre-sale number that had cellular carrier China Unicom sitting at over 300,000 preorders days before Friday’s launch.

China is now Apple’s second-largest market, and holds the world’s biggest base of mobile subscribers. While the Cupertino, Calif., company has been able to broker deals with China Unicon and China Telecom, Apple has yet to tap into the vast pool of the world’s largest carrier China Mobile. An arrangement has been rumored to be in the works for years and China Mobile’s president recently acknowledged that the two companies are in talks, but chances are slim that a partnership will be reached in the near future.

Along with China, the iPhone 5 also launched in the following countries on Friday:
Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador, Grenada, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kuwait, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Montenegro, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.

The smartphone will debut in over 50 countries in December with the next wave of releases scheduled for a week from today.

VLC updated to 2.0.5

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Date: Monday, December 17th, 2012, 07:11
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 version 2.0.5. The new version, a 41.9 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
– Rework and fixes of the Mac OS X interface.

– Fix Pulseaudio initial synchronization.

– Fix MKV, SWF, AIFF and subtitles demuxer crashes.

– Translations updates and new Welsh translation.

– DVB-S delivery system detection.

– Fix audio and video track selection through libVLC.

– Fix system sleep issue on Mac OS X 10.5.

VLC 2.0.5 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 Epson 2.28 drivers for Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7

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Date: Friday, December 14th, 2012, 08:01
Category: News, Software

Late Wednesday, Apple released version 2.28 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 1.04 gigabyte 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.

Dropbox updated to 1.6.5

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Date: Friday, December 14th, 2012, 08:07
Category: News, Software

An update’s an update.

On Friday, Dropbox released version 1.6.5 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:

– Temporarily stop using Growl for Snow Leopard and below.

– Fix icon overlays getting out of the Dropbox folder.

– Fix (rare) Dropbox not autostarting after updating.

Dropbox 1.6.5 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.

Apple releases Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 4.03

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Date: Friday, December 14th, 2012, 07:14
Category: News, Software

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On Thursday, Apple posted its Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 4.03, an update designed to extend RAW image compatibility for the Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’11 applications.

The update, a 5.07 megabyte download, adds support for the following cameras:

– Canon EOS 6D

– Nikon 1 V2

The update requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.7.5 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.

Apple releases iTunes 11.0.1 update

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Date: Friday, December 14th, 2012, 07:38
Category: iTunes, News, Software

Late Thursday, Apple released version 11.0.1 of its iTunes multimedia/jukebox application. The new version, a 191.3 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

– Addresses an issue where new purchases in iCloud may not appear in your library if iTunes Match is turned on.

– Makes iTunes more responsive when searching a large library.

– Fixes a problem where the AirPlay button may not appear as expected.

– Adds the ability to display duplicate items within your library.

iTunes 11.0.1 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, please let us know in the comments.

Trojan.SMSSend.3666 goes into the wild, poses as Mac OS X software

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Date: Thursday, December 13th, 2012, 08:14
Category: News, security, Software

You should listen to your more paranoid relatives around the holiday dinner table when they say that there’ll always be someone trying to run a scam on someone else.

Just because they’re paranoid doesn’t make them wrong.

Per CNET, Russian security firm Dr. Web has uncovered another malware attempt on OS X systems that tries to exploit users with SMS fraud.

The new malware is a Trojan horse, dubbed “Trojan.SMSSend.3666,” and is part of a family of Trojan malware for Windows and other platforms that have affected Windows users for years.

As with all Trojans, these pose as legitimate programs that are made available for download from a number of underground Web sites, with this current one for OS X appearing to be an installer for a program called VKMusic 4, a utility whose legitimate version is used for communication between machines on a European social network called VK.

During its installation, the malware triggers an SMS fraud routine where it asks users to enter cell phone numbers, then sends them SMS messages to confirm, which then subscribes the users to a scam that charges high fees for junk messages being sent to their phones.

Unlike recent malware targeted at OS X, this one is not a Java-based attempt to hack the system and install dropper programs that open backdoor access to the system. This one is built as a Mach-O binary that uses the OS X native runtime; however, this change does not alter the threat level significantly. Since the malware is distributed through underground means and requires specific user interaction both to install, and then subsequently and knowingly provide private information, it is a relatively minimal threat.

However, despite its slight impact, it does add yet another instance to the relatively short list of malware for OS X as compared to those for Windows and other platforms.

As with other recent malware for OS X, this one appears to be built specifically to fool those that use the European VK social network, as opposed to being a more widespread attempt, as was seen with the “MacDefender” malware.

Apple’s current XProtect malware definitions have not yet been updated to identify this new scourge, but as it gets analyzed and identified by security firms, the definitions will spread out for various anti-malware utilities. However, overall the main security tips emphasized by this development are to first check where any installer for your system came from, and then be cautious about giving out personal information including phone numbers and addresses. This is especially true for any installer you downloaded from a site that is not directly from the developer itself.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Revised Google Maps app for iOS goes live, now available

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Date: Thursday, December 13th, 2012, 08:29
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

You’ve been hankering for it and it’s here.

Late Wednesday, Google released the iOS-native version of its Google Maps application. The app, a 6.7 megabyte download via the App Store, adds the following fixes and changes:

Search:
– Find addresses, places and businesses around the world with Google local search.

– Discover places to eat, drink, shop and play, with ratings and local reviews.

– Sign in to sync your searches, directions, and favorite places between your computer and your phone.

Directions:
– Get voice guided, turn-by-turn driving directions.

– Find your way by train, bus, subway or walking directions.

– Access live traffic information in cities across the world.

Street View and imagery:
– View 360-degree panoramas of places around the globe with Street View.

– See inside more than 100,000 businesses worldwide.

– View high resolution satellite imagery of locations around the world.

Simple and easy to use:
– An entirely new Google Maps experience on your iPhone.

– Newly designed and streamlined interface for even easier navigation of your world.

– Use gestures to explore the map and browse results.

Google Maps 1.0 for iOS requires iOS 5.1 or later to install and run. If you’ve tried the new app on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Adobe releases Flash Player 11.6.602.108 update

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Date: Thursday, December 13th, 2012, 07:11
Category: News, security, Software

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On Monday, Adobe released Flash Player 11.6.602.108 for Mac OS X, a 11.9 megabyte download via MacUpdate. The new version is for Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.108 and earlier versions and adds the following fixes and changes:

– Bug fixes related to security, stability, performance, and device compatibility.

Full release notes are available here and the new version requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later to install and run.

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

CrossOver updated to 12.0

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Date: Thursday, December 13th, 2012, 07:48
Category: News, Software

CrossOver, the popular virtualization program from CodeWeavers, has been updated to version 12.0. The new version, a 119.5 megabyte download, is available as a demo, offers the following fixes and changes:

WHAT’S NEW:
– CrossOver now incorporates our experimental Mac Driver. With the Mac Driver, Windows programs running under CrossOver no longer have to use the X Window System to interact with the screen and keyboard. This feature is currently experimental but will become the way all CrossOver applications work on OS X in the future.
CrossOver has improved font handling for fonts used by certain applications, such as National Mah Jongg League Online.

Application Support:
– CrossOver now supports World of Tanks.

– CrossOver now supports Quicken 2013.

– CrossOver now supports installation of .Net 4.0.

Improvements to Microsoft Office:
– Fixed a crash displaying certain email messages in Outlook 2010.

– Outlook 2010 will now save passwords.

– Improved Gmail and other IMAP connections with Outlook 2007.

– Fixed auto-discovery during account configuration for Outlook 2007.

– PowerPoint 2010 now displays equations in slide shows.

– PowerPoint 2010 no longer displays blank slides.

– Fixed bugs in Word 2010 which caused the equation editor to be missing structures and formulas.

– Fixed a bug in Word 2010 related to footnote style choices.

– Project 2007 and 2010 can now edit dates for recurring tasks.

– Fixed a crash in Project 2010 when filtering by resource name.

– Visio 2002 can now search for new shapes.

– Visio 2010 now displays properly when multiple shapes are open.

– Star Trek Online is now faster during game updates.

– Quicken 2009 no longer has garbled text on its buttons.

– An issue with installation of .Net 3.5 SP1 was resolved.

– World of Warcraft has had fixes related to patching and installation.

CrossOver and Wine:
– CrossOver is now based on Wine 1.5.15.

– CrossOver’s built-in web-browser will offer to download and install ActiveX controls.

– CrossOver now comes bundled with the Wine-Mono package, an alternative implementation of the .Net API.

– CrossOver now implements Raw Input, the set of APIs used for mouse input by games like Guild Wars 2, World of Tanks, and others.

– Support for printing on a variety of paper sizes has been improved.

– DirectSound has a new resampler, for higher quality audio.

– CrossOver now has sub-pixel font anti-aliasing.

CrossOver 12.0 retails for US$59.95 and requires Mac OS X 10.6 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.