Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.6.2 Update

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Date: Monday, November 9th, 2009, 14:14
Category: Software

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Late Monday, Apple released its second maintenance update to its Mac OS X 10.6 (“Snow Leopard”) operating system. Mac OS X 10.6.2, a 473 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes for the following issues:

- An issue that might cause your system to logout unexpectedly.
- Graphics distortion in Safari Top Sites.
- An issue wherein Spotlight search results not showing Exchange contacts.
- A problem that prevented authenticating as an administrative user.
- Issues when using NTFS and WebDAV file servers.
- The reliability of menu extras.
- An issue with the 4-finger swipe gesture.
- An issue that causes Mail to quit unexpectedly when setting up an Exchange server.
- Address Book becoming unresponsive when editing.
- A problem adding images to contacts in Address Book.
- An issue that prevented opening files downloaded from the Internet.
- Safari plug-in reliability.
- General reliability improvements for iWork, iLife, Aperture, Final Cut Studio, MobileMe, and iDisk.
- An issue that caused data to be deleted when using a guest account.

Other fixes include improved video playback, fixes for performance on certain Nvidia graphics cards and assorted security updates.

As always, the update can be snagged and installed via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.

The update requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new update and noticed anything, positive or negative, please let us know in the comments.

Rick Astley Worm Appears for Jailbroken iPhones

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Date: Monday, November 9th, 2009, 05:53
Category: iPhone, News

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When your iPhone’s been rickrolled, that’s saying something.

Per CNET, reports started spreading this weekend that iPhone users in Australia had been falling victim to “ikee,” a worm that replaces default wallpaper with a picture of Rick Astley, the British pop singer whose song “Never Gonna Give You Up” has gained eternal infamy thanks to the mainstreaming of the “Rickrolling” prank craze. The photo is accompanied by the message “ikee is never gonna give you up,” and it’s apparently quite difficult to remove. According to security firm Sophos, this is the first worm detected that targets the iPhone.

The vulnerability itself is pretty specific, as the handset must be jailbroken in order to be affected. The worm appears to spread by searching an infected phone’s contacts to find other jailbroken-phone users who have installed the Unix software SSH (secure shell) but haven’t yet changed their passwords from Apple’s default root password, “alpine.”

Sophos says that it has not heard of any occurrences of the worm outside Australia, and that while it doesn’t appear to do anything worse than irritate and embarrass affected users, that it highlights the vulnerabilities that jailbroken iPhone users face.

Apple TV 3.0.1 Update Released, Fixes Disappearing Content Bug

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Date: Monday, November 9th, 2009, 05:47
Category: Apple TV, Software

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Recently, Apple released version 3.0.1 of its Apple TV software. The new update prevents content from temporarily disappearing from the set-top box until it’s resynced. According to Apple’s release notes on the 3.0.1 update, Apple TV 3.0 users may notice that movies, TV shows, and songs appear to be missing from their device.

Per Macworld, users should restart their Apple TV by unplugging the power cord and plugging it back in. Then, they should select Settings->General from the main menu, followed by selecting Update Software. Select Download and Install when prompted by the Apple TV.

If the problem persists, Apple tells users to disconnect the Apple TV from their computers from Settings->Computers , and then reconnect the device again. If the users are still experiencing the problem, they should try a factory restore and an update to version 3.0.1 before re-syncing content from iTunes.

If you have any feedback about the 3.0.1 update, let us know in the comments.

Cocktail 4.6 (Snow Leopard Edition) Released

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Date: Friday, November 6th, 2009, 06:27
Category: Software

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On Tuesday, shareware developer Maintain released version 4.6 of Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition), Cocktail, the popular shareware utility program that allows for additional Mac OS X system tests.

The new version, a 2.0 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

- Added ability to clear data detectors caches.
- Added ability to clear QuickLook caches.
- Added “Prevent name to be included when copying email address” setting (Interface – Mail).
- Added “Enable autoplay” setting (Interface – QuickTime X).
- Added “Show subtitles when available” setting (Interface – QuickTime X).
- Added “Remain in full screen when QuickTime Player is inactive” setting (Interface – QuickTime X).
- Added “Allow simultaneous recordings” setting (Interface – QuickTime X).
- Added “Hide titlebar” setting (Interface – QuickTime X).
- Added “Show movie controls” setting (Interface – QuickTime X).

Cocktail 4.6 retails for a US$14.95 shareware registration fee and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to run.

Mozilla Releases Firefox 3.5.5 Update

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Date: Friday, November 6th, 2009, 05:28
Category: Software

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Early Thursday, Mozilla.org released version 3.5.5 of its Firefox web browser.
The new version, a 17.7 megabyte download, sports the following fixes and changes:

- Version 3.5.5 fixes three stability bugs.

Firefox 3.5.5 is available in more than 70 different languages and requires a G3, G4, G5 or Intel-based Mac, Mac OS X 10.4 or later and 128MB of RAM to install and run.

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

BBEdit Updated to 9.3

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Date: Thursday, November 5th, 2009, 04:57
Category: Software

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Late Thursday, Bare Bones Software released version 9.3 of BBEdit, its popular text and HTML editor. The software retails for US$125 for new users. The new version, a 16.1 megabyte download, features the following fixes and improvements:

- Introduces significant enhancements to the Projects feature that debuted in BBEdit 9.0, including support for adding Finder saved searches to projects, and additional flexibility in handling non-text files, including command-driven support for examining files via QuickLook when running on Mac OS X 10.6.

- The BBEdit 9.3 update now lets customers create language-specific ctags data files to serve as completion sources.

- FTP/SFTP browsers now feature a “New” button allowing for the creation of new files and folders directly within the browser window.

- The clippings system has been enhanced to allow combining clipping sets for easier access when working in mixed-language files.

- Attached menu scripts are now easier to manage from within BBEdit’s own preferences.

- BBEdit 9.3 introduces a new command-line tool, “bbfind”, which provides access to BBEdit’s multi-file searching from the Unix command line.

BBEdit 9.3 retails for US$125 and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

Apple Seeds Latest 10.6.2 Build, Includes Bug Fixes for Fusion 3.0, iMacs, Retains Atom Support

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Date: Thursday, November 5th, 2009, 04:59
Category: Software

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Apple has released the most recent build of its upcoming Mac OS X 10.6.2 operating system update. Per AppleInsider, sources familiar with the build, titled 10C540 have said that it contains fixes for AirPort performance issues on the newly released iMacs and also resolves a problem which arose when plugging and unplugging a system to an Apple TV. A VMWare fix is also included, presumably for the newly released Fusion version 3.0.

The new build also fixes reported panic issues with USB, Apple Filing Protocol, and some video cards.

In the 10.6.2 update, Apple plans on fixing and tweaking nearly 150 OS X components.

Some components slated for fixes include: AppleBacklight, Battery Menu, Dictionary, Expose, FileSync, Family Controls, Fonts, Front Row, HFS, Inkwell, iPhoto, MobileMe, OpenCL, Parental Controls, QuickTime, Screen Sharing, Spell Checker, Spotlight, Time Machine, and USB.

The new build also reportedly restores support for Intel’s Atom processor, which was said to have been blacklisted and might not be supported in the update given its popularity in the “Hackintosh” community.

Mac OS X 10.6.2 is expected to be released sometime this month and will reportedly be around 480 MB in size.

Adium Updated to 1.3.8

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Date: Thursday, November 5th, 2009, 04:36
Category: 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 1.3.8.

The new version, a 21.4 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

- Updated pidgin-facebook chat, fixing login.
- Corrected the Events preferences not displaying the correct list on Snow Leopard.

Adium X is available for free and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run. The program functions as a Universal Binary and runs at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.

Parallels Desktop 5.0 Released

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Date: Wednesday, November 4th, 2009, 10:26
Category: Software

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Parallels Desktop 5.0 for Mac shipped today, its developer citing that the latest version of the virtualization software runs 64-bit Windows 7 22% faster than its nearest competitor on a MacBook Pro. Per AppleInsider, the developer said that the tests, conducted by Crimson Consulting Group, also found that the new Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac is up to 300% faster for virtual machine operations than its predecessor. In addition, 3Dmark 2006 Professional test scores perform up to 7 times better for 3D and graphics performance.

The latest version of Parallels Desktop boasts more than 70 new features, including a new “Crystal view” mode, which can make Windows completely disappear. The new software also allows users to enable Apple multitouch trackpad gestures such as pinch, swipe, and rotate within Windows.

Other new features include:

- Full support for Aero in Windows Vista and 7 through Windows WDDM driver, including Aero Flip 3D.
Virtual machine size automatically optimized for best performance with Parallels Compressor.

- Improved performance for Linux guest OS from KVM paravirtualization.

- A more Mac-like experience in Windows applications through Apple trackpad gestures technology, horizontal scrolling and the application of full-screen active corners and curl page effect.

- Copy and paste fidelity for formatted text and complete layouts including images, even between Windows and Linux guest OSes.

- Freedom and flexibility to run Windows and Mac applications across multiple monitors.

- Seven times better graphics performance for games and 3D applications than the previous version with Direct X 9Ex with Shader Model 3 and OpenGL 2.1 support.

- Superior graphics performance for Linux guests through OpenGL 2.1 support.

- Full hardware resources can be utilized with support for 8 virtual CPUs, 64-bit Windows and Snow Leopard Server 64-bit.

- Easily move PCs (including Windows 7) and third-party virtual machines to the Mac with the enhanced Parallels Transporter.

Parallels is also offering users a free trial of the software, which is available now in English, German, French, Italian and Spanish, and localized versions in Chinese, Czech, Hungarian, Japanese, Polish and Russian are expected in the coming weeks.

Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac retails for US$79.99, requires Mac OS X 10.4 later to install and run and includes US$175 worth of additional software: Parallels Internet Security 2009 by Kaspersky with a one-year subscription, Acronis Disk Director Suite 10.0, and Acronis True Image Home 2010.

Onyx 2.1 Out the Door

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Date: Monday, November 2nd, 2009, 10:32
Category: Software

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Onyx, Titanium Software’s popular freeware multifunction utility for Mac OS X, has been updated to version 2.1. The new version, a 12.1 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

- Very many modifications in this version of Onyx. They relate to primarily compatibility with Snow Leopard.
- No installer anymore… Just drag and drop.
- Now, you can uninstall OnyX from the OnyX menu of the application.

OnyX requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later to install and run.