Onyx 2.1.2 Released

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Date: Monday, December 21st, 2009, 06:47
Category: Software

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Onyx, Titanium Software’s popular freeware multifunction utility for Mac OS X, has been updated to version 2.1.2. The new version, a 16.3 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker), adds the following fixes and changes:

- Bug corrected while deleting System Caches.
- Deleting the internet cache improved.
- Searching update improved.
- Log panel improved.
- New alternative icon.
- Help improved.

OnyX requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.

Roxio Toast Titanium 10.0.5 Update Released

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Date: Friday, December 18th, 2009, 05:27
Category: Software

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Late Wednesday night, Roxio released version 10.0.5 of its Toast Titanium authoring software. The new version, available here, adds the following fixes and changes:

- Resolves issue importing some FLV (Video for Adobe Flash) which is incorrectly authored or contains non-standard metadata.
- Resolves issue where some AVCHD source video experienced AV sync issues after conversion or authoring.
- Improved interoperability with Turbo.264 hardware H.264 encoder.
- Resolves issue burning Sparse Images.
- Use of mouse scroll wheel no longer opens additional dialogs.
- Resolves issue that may cause Disc Utility (Mac OS X v10.6 only) to show burned discs as damaged.

Toast 10 Titanium requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run and retails for US$99.99.

Perian 1.2 Released

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Date: Friday, December 18th, 2009, 05:04
Category: Software

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Late Monday, the Perian team released version 1.2 of Perian, the open-source QuickTime components effort that allows QuickTime to support and play a variety of additional formats beyond what it would normally be able to handle.

The new version makes the following fixes and changes:
- Matroska cover art is now imported as iTunes cover art [r1149].
- Video tracks now have their colorspace set based on the size of the video [r1170].

Mac OS X 10.6/Snow Leopard compatibility fixes:
- QuickTime Player 10 refused to open some files due to missing type identifiers [r1126].
- Worked around 96khz HE-AAC audio tracks not playing or playing noise [r1128].
- Extended Front Row subtitle hack to cover 10.6 and reduced its ugliness [r1130, r1186].
- Worked around re-encoding files with subtitles not working [r1177].
- Worked around some MKV embedded fonts being incompatible with 10.6 [r1193].
- Fixed RGB HuffYUV video displaying black bars over the video on 10.6 [r1198].
- Now compiles under Xcode 3.2

Fixes:
- Using a debugger on a process with Perian loaded printed warnings about missing files [r1122].
- Fixed decoding of WMA audio tracks [r1131].
- Fixed a crash in LoadExternalSubtitlesFromFileDataRef [r1153].
- Fixed some VobSub video tracks displaying with wrong colors [r1171].
- Better support for tracks with delayed start times [r1181].
- Fixed MPEG1/2 in Matroska playing out of order [r1188].
- Fixed a crash opening files while they were being downloaded [r1227].

SSA:
- Fixed some top-aligned subtitles being too low [r1163].
- Vertical text is re-enabled and works somewhat better [r1208].

Perian is a 3.3 megabyte download and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

Elgato Releases EyeTV 3.3 Update

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Date: Thursday, December 17th, 2009, 06:47
Category: Software

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On Wednesday, Elgato Systems released version 3.3 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, which can be found here (and can also be found through EyeTV 3.0′s update feature), adds the following fixes and features:

- Improved general performance and stability.
- Improved scrolling in the Overlay menus.
- Fixed an issue where multiple tuners could not be accessed in the Overlay menu.
- Improved channel name detection and EPG for some Clear QAM cable systems. NOTE: To take advantage of this feature, EyeTV needs to do another Auto-Tune.
- Improved Digital Audio sound output for better compatibility with certain brands of home theater receivers.
- Improved support for EyeTV when running under Standard Accounts.
- Improved EyeTV’s automatic update process.
- Resolved issues with H.264 broadcasts in Denmark.
- Fixed issues with the new Silver Apple Remote under Mac OS 10.6.2.
- Improved Support for Rogue Amoeba Airfoil and Apple Airport Express: EyeTV and Airfoil now work together to keep the video picture in sync with the sound at all times. Find out more about Airfoil here: http://www.rogueamoeba.com/airfoil/mac/
- Editing recordings now works when archive is on volume with FAT 32 file system.
- Improved user interface for CAM modules.
- Resolved issues reindexing recordings.
- Improved support for case sensitive file systems.
- Miscellaneous Improvements to XMLTV.
- EPG updates when Parental Controls enabled now fail with an explanation in the guide preferences.
- Resolved a hang on single processor Macs when doing a digital auto-tune with certain hardware.
- Improved CAM support for EyeTV Sat.
- Fixed support for newer Cinergy T XXS hardware revisions.
- Updated firmware for DTT Deluxe 2009 to improve reliability.
- Added PAL 60 Hz support for the 2008 EyeTV DVB-T/C Hybrid.
- Fixed support for SECAM D/K in Russia for the 2008 EyeTV DVB-T/C Hybrid.

EyeTV 3.3 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run. The program retails for US$79.95.

Apple Releases Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 2.7

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Date: Thursday, December 17th, 2009, 06:13
Category: Software

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Late Wednesday, Apple posted its Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 2.7, an update designed to extend RAW image compatibility for the Aperture 2, iPhoto ’08 and iPhoto ’09 applications.

The update adds support for the following cameras:
- Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
- Canon EOS 7D
- Canon PowerShot G11
- Nikon D3S
- Nikon D300S
- Nikon D3000.

At the time this story was posted, the update was accessible via the Software Update in Mac OS X, but was not listed on Apple’s Support Downloads page.

The update requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later to install and run.

Mozilla Releases Firefox 3.5.6 Update

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Date: Wednesday, December 16th, 2009, 07:13
Category: Software

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On Wednesday, Mozilla.org released version 3.5.6 of its Firefox web browser.
The new version, a 17.6 megabyte download, sports the following fixes and changes:

- Fixed several security issues.
- Fixed several stability issues.

Firefox 3.5.6 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.

Apple Approves iVideoCamera App, Allows Video Capture on 2G, 3G iPhone Models

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Date: Wednesday, December 16th, 2009, 06:56
Category: iPhone, News

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It may not be the video capabilities of the snazzy iPhone 3GS, but it’s a step in the right direction.

The Apple Blog is reporting that Apple has admitted the iVideoCamera app to the iTunes Store. With this app, iPhone 2G and 3G users can now legitimately record, share and save videos without having to jailbreak their handsets.

There are currently some significant limits to the app, and it is not helped by the camera installed in 2G and 3G iPhones. The app itself can only capture video at a maximum of three frames per second… far behind the 30 frames per second capacity of the 3GS. Quality is, therefore, limited as is the resolution which comes in at 160 x 213, compared to 640 x 480 on the 3GS.

On the upside, whilst there is no opportunity to share on Twitter yet, videos can be quickly uploaded to YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo from within the app itself.

Development team Laan Labs, creators of the iVideoCamera app, promise improved frame rates and quality in forthcoming releases.

iVideoCamera retails for 99 cents and requires iPhone OS 3.1 or later to install and run.

Apple Releases Epson, Lexmark Printer Driver Updates for Mac OS X 10.6

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Date: Wednesday, December 16th, 2009, 05:23
Category: Software

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Late Tuesday, Apple released its Lexmark Printer Drivers 2.2 for Mac OS X 10.6 update, a 121 megabyte download that provides the latest drivers for Lexmark owners running Mac OS X 10.6 or later. The company also released its Epson Printer Drivers v2.2 for Mac OS X v10.6.1 update, a 546 megabyte download that also includes scanning software and it’s aimed at users running the 10.6.1 update.

A full list of supported printer models for both Lexmark and Epson.

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

Toshiba Announces 64GB Flash Memory Modules, iPhone Likely Candidate for New Component

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Date: Tuesday, December 15th, 2009, 06:20
Category: iPhone, News

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Electronics manufacturer Toshiba has announced its new 64GB embedded flash memory modules (created via a 32nm process technology and featuring a dedicated controller) which should become available in the first quarter of 2010. The chips seem likely to find their way into a future model of iPhone.

The new chips are available for sample now, and mass production of them is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2010. Per AppleInsider, Toshiba said the product will be used in smartphones, mobile phones, netbooks and digital video cameras.

Likely to be a customer is Apple, which has doubled the maximum capacity of the iPhone with a new release every summer. Given the current 32GB iPhone 3GS, next year’s iPhone is likely to offer 64GB of capacity.

In addition, the new 64GB iPod touch, introduced in September, uses a pair of 32GB NAND chips to achieve its maximum capacity. Toshiba’s new chips would allow Apple to release a 128GB iPod touch sometime in 2010.

Toshiba said its new 64GB chip offers up to 1,070 hours of music at 128Kbps,8.3 hours of full-spec high definition video, and 19.2 hours of standard definition video. The chips are said to be 30 micrometers thick, giving them the highest density of NAND flash in the industry.

Microsoft Releases Version 7.1 of IntelliPoint, IntelliType Drivers

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Date: Monday, December 14th, 2009, 06:09
Category: Software

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On Saturday, Microsoft released version 6.2 of their drivers for their IntelliType keyboards and IntelliType mice. The drivers, which can be selected and downloaded here, bring the software up to speed with Mac OS X 10.6.2 (“Snow Leopard”) and offer full 64-bit compatibility with the operating system.

The drivers require Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback, let us know what you think and feel free to hurl your two cents in, as Microsoft’s list of changes is fairly vague for the new version.