Apple Releases Sexy, Romantic Printer Driver Updates for Snow Leopard

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Date: Tuesday, November 17th, 2009, 05:20
Category: Software

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Printer driver updates may not be the sexiest thing to mention to your significant other after you’ve drawn her a hot bath, lit the candles and dimmed the lights, but they are necessary.

I mean, everyone needs to print.

Late Monday afternoon, Apple posted printer updates for Canon, Brother, HP, and Lexmark on its Support Downloads site..

Per Macworld, each of the four drivers contain the latest printing software for Snow Leopard from the respective hardware makers. The Canon, Brother, and HP drivers also include scanning software and require Mac OS X 10.6.1.

The four drivers and their files sizes include:

- Canon Printer Drivers for Mac OS X 10.6 (274.59MB)
- Brother Printer Drivers for Mac OS X 10.6 (99.9MB)
- HP Printer Drivers (387.44MB)
- Lexmark Printer Drivers for Mac OS X 10.6 (117MB)

Users can also snag the updated drivers via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.

Apple lists detailed information about supported printer models on its web site.

Google Earth iPhone App Reaches Version 2.0

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Date: Tuesday, November 17th, 2009, 05:56
Category: iPhone, Software

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Late Monday, Google released version 2.0 of its Google Earth for iPhone app. The new version lets you add user-created maps from your Mac or PC to your iPhone, adds visual feedback when you select certain locations, provides easier browsing and adds new language support.

The application is available for free and requires iPhone OS 2.0 or later to install and run.

Apple Releases Version 1.0.2 Firmware Update for Fifth-Generation iPod Nano

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Date: Monday, November 16th, 2009, 04:29
Category: iPod Nano, Software

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Late Friday, Apple released version 1.0.2 of its firmware for the company’s fifth generation iPod nano. The update, which can be located through iTunes, fixes audiobook playback to allow Normal, Slower, and Faster settings to work for audio podcasts.

Per Macworld UK, the update also resolves an issue where Genius Mixes were not working for anyone using the Nike + iPod Sport Kit add-on. Other fixes in the 1.0.2 nano update include one that allows the accessibility setting for Mono Audio to work and another involving a bug where VoiceOver menu items were skipped when using the plus (+) and minus (-) volume buttons on the included headphones.

If you’ve tried the update and have any positive or negative feedback, let us know in the comments.

Livestream Announces Video Streaming Service for iPhone

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Date: Friday, November 13th, 2009, 05:44
Category: iPhone, News

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Live streaming video on the iPhone and iPod touch handsets may not be the easiest thing in the world, but it’s not impossible. Per Macworld, Livestream on Thursday unveiled its free service for streaming live video to the popular Apple devices.

The application, which is available only for Windows, though there’s currently a beta available for the Mac, allows anybody to produce live video streams from sources such as a professional video camera, a web cam, or even a PC desktop. The new service takes advantage of the H.264 HTTP live streaming that Apple began including in the iPhone OS’s QuickTime player earlier this year.

Livestream says it is also making an API available to developers so that video can be incorporated into apps if producers prefer a more customized experience for their viewers. But the Mobile Safari/QuickTime route will get your video on to the small screen just as soon as you can get Procaster up and running (which Livestream claims takes about five minutes to do).

App Store Download Bug Noted

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Date: Friday, November 13th, 2009, 05:06
Category: News, Software

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A number of users have received error code 414 when attempting to download multiple iPhone applications, the end result being failed attempts altogether. Per CNET, the error seems to particularly affect users with more than a few downloads to complete. Most users in this Apple Discussions Forum thread report needing to update upwards of 20 Apps.

Many are calling this a bug in the iTunes Store system related to the “mature content” warnings Apple uses on Apps with a 17+ rating. Over on the Apple Discussions Board, user “ecasadei” described the situation as follows:

“I’m getting the same error. I have 97 app updates available, and when I try to “Download All Free Updates” at once, a window pops up stating “IMPORTANT: This product contains material that may be objectionable to children under 17. By proceeding, you are confirming that you are 17 or older.” and then I get an error message stating that iTunes could not complete my request because an unknown error (414) occurred. I have no idea which of these apps has been given a 17+ rating — at first glance they all seem pretty tame — otherwise, I’d update those manually and then try to download the rest all at once again. As it stands, I’m forced to update them all one by one. I’ve also seen the following error appear when I try to get an update on some individual apps:

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There’s clearly some sort of bug in the age verification process during app updates and this is getting a bit odd.

The general consensus here seems to be to download your 17+ rated Apps one at a time and save all your others for a mass download. It would also be helpful to download your updates for applications before too many build up in your queue. You can update many of your applications directly from your iPhone and download updates on your computer even if your iPhone is not plugged in. While it does not appear that the recent update to Snow Leopard directly addressed this issue, watch for the next iTunes update to tackle the problem.

If you’ve seen this issue on your end or located a fix or workaround, please let us know.

TapMode Releases Battery Gauge Application for iPhone, iPod Touch

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Date: Thursday, November 12th, 2009, 05:49
Category: iPhone, Software

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This could be interesting.

Late Wednesday, TapMode president, Jeff McMorris, launched, Battery Gauge, a new iPhone/iPod Touch app that learns a user’s patterns and intuitively keeps track of projected battery usage required to carry out tasks.

Per MacMegasite, McMorris came up with the idea for Battery Gauge in order to solve a problem in his own life. “I needed an app that would give me an idea of the actual time I had remaining on my battery, that would look at how I used my phone and then base its estimate on that usage pattern.”

The application reportedly takes into account all of a user’s normal iPhone or iPod Touch activities. Each task uses a different amount of charge which Battery Gauge analyzes.

Battery Gauge 1.0 requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later to install and run and retails for US$0.99 in the App Store.

Apple Releases Safari 4.0.4 Update

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Date: Thursday, November 12th, 2009, 05:33
Category: Software

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Late Wednesday, Apple Safari 4.0.4, the latest version of the company’s web browser.

The new version, which which can be downloaded here, includes the following fixes and features:

- Improved JavaScript performance.
- Improved Full History Search performance for users with a large number of history items.
- Stability improvements for 3rd-party plug-ins, the search field and Yahoo! Mail.

The update can be located and installed via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature and requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later to install and run.

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

Intego Warns Against Ikee Worm for iPhone

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Date: Wednesday, November 11th, 2009, 06:31
Category: iPhone, security

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It’s not Rick Astley you have to worry about, it’s the Ikee worm.

According to Macworld UK, Intego, which develops and sells desktop Internet security and privacy software for the Mac, claims to have spotted a hacker tool, which potentially copies personal info from users iPhones.

The news comes after the first iPhone worm, known as Ikee, was revealed, which simply adds Rick Astley wallpaper to jailbroken iPhone phones.

Intego claims the new worm is far more dangerous than the Ikee worm. This hacker tool, which Intego identifies as iPhone/Privacy.A, takes advantage of the same vulnerability in the iPhone as the Ikee worm, allowing hackers to connect to any jailbroken iPhone whose owners have not changed the root password.

“It is important to note that standard, non-jailbroken iPhones are not at risk; it is extremely dangerous to jailbreak an iPhone because of the vulnerabilities that this process creates,” claims Intego, who believe 6-8 per cent of iPhones are jailbroken.

The tool reportedly allows a hacker to silently copy user data from a compromised iPhone including email, contacts, SMSs, calendars, photos, music files, videos, as well as any data recorded by any iPhone application insists Intego.

This new hacker also tool gives no indication that it has invaded an iPhone warns the company.

“Hackers using this tool will install it on a computer – Mac, PC, Unix or Linux – then let it work. It scans the network accessible to it, and when it finds a jailbroken iPhone, breaks into it, then steals data and records it,” insists Intego.

“This hacker tool could easily be installed, for example, on a computer on display in a retail store, which could then scan all iPhones that pass within the reach of its network. Or, a hacker could sit in an Internet café and let his computer scan all iPhones that come within the range of the wifi network in search of data.|

“Hackers could even install this tool on their own iPhones, and use it to scan for jailbroken phones as they go about their daily business,” Intego adds.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and, well, if you were planning on jailbreaking your iPhone in the near future, you might want to give it a second thought.

Microsoft Releases Office 2004 11.5.6, 2008 12.2.3, Open XML Converter 1.1.3 Updates

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Date: Wednesday, November 11th, 2009, 04:09
Category: Software

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Late Tuesday, Microsoft released updates for its Office 2004, 2008 suites as well as its Open XML Converter application.

The new versions of Microsoft Office 2004 and 2008 and Open XML Converter improve security and offer fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer’s memory with malicious code.

The updates require Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later to install and run and can be located and installed with the Microsoft AutoUpdate tool in the Applications folder.

Cocktail 4.6.1 (Snow Leopard Edition) Released

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Date: Tuesday, November 10th, 2009, 08:59
Category: Software

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On Tuesday, shareware developer Maintain released version 4.6.1 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:

- Addresses an issue in which Cocktail may unexpectedly quit while clearing Mac OS X 10.6.2 system caches.
- Added Mac OS X 10.6.2 compatibility.

Cocktail 4.6.1 retails for a US$14.95 shareware registration fee and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to run.