Prosoft Releases Data Rescue 3.0

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Date: Tuesday, October 13th, 2009, 03:10
Category: Software

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Data Rescue II, Prosoft Engineering’s data rescue and recovery program, was updated to version 3.0 on Tuesday. The new version, a 14.8 megabyte download, features the following fixes and changes:

- Data Rescue 3 runs on OS X 10.4.11 (Tiger) and later, including OS X 10.5.x (Leopard) and OS X 10.6.x (Snow Leopard)
- Data Rescue 3 sports a brand new Graphical User Interface, with animated visual effects.
- Many (over 100) new Reconstructed file types have been added for Deleted and Deep scans. See the last section of this file for a current list of supported types.
- A powerful new feature called FileIQ allows Data Rescue 3 to learn about new file types from user-supplied samples. This greatly extends the number of potential Reconstructed file types supported.
- A new File Previewer feature, which can preview many file types prior to recovery.
- The ability to suspend and resume scans, and to manage the results from multiple scans.
- Improved support for scanning Apple software RAID drives.
- Improved support for scanning large > 1TB drives.
- Improved support for recovering large sparse disk image files.
- Improved support for recovering pkzip files.
- Improved recovery of hard linked files.
- Added ability to unmount or eject a volume (useful when booted from DVD-ROM).
- Automatic check for updated Data Rescue 3 version.
- Improved features to assist if a call to Prosoft technical support becomes necessary.
- New Home Folder feature when booted from DVD; avoids the need to re-enter activation key each time it’s booted.
- Numerous bug fixes.

Data Rescue 3 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run and retails for US$99.

Apple Releases Second Mac OS X 10.6.2 Developer Build, Focuses on Wide Array of Fixes

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Date: Monday, October 12th, 2009, 11:38
Category: News, Software

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Apple’s second beta of its Mac OS X 10.6.2 update hit the developer circles recently, the new build incorporating numerous fixes for a wide variety of issues.

Sources familiar with the latest build, dubbed 10C519f, said the update addresses nearly 150 “general focus areas” ranging from applications like Address Book, Photo Booth and QuickTime Player to core services including Front Row, Spaces, and Time Machine.

The update also specifically targets WWAN support for mobile data services and enhances Exchange support, MobileMe and iDisk features, as well as NTFS and WebDAV file system support.

The new beta also addresses specific issues related to the app switching in the Dock, performance and stability issues tied to graphics drivers and the OpenCL compiler, as well as patches impacting bugs in Parental Controls Preview, printing, and the software update mechanism itself.

Apple Updates MobileMe Service, Revises File Sharing and iPhone Services

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Date: Monday, October 12th, 2009, 04:20
Category: Software

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In a behind-the scenes fix, Apple’s MobileMe cloud services package has been updated to improve its public file sharing features and make it easier to locate the Find My iPhone page. The web apps still can’t be accessed from the iPhone however. Per AppleInsider, The company issued the update Friday. Users who login will notice a new “radar sweep” icon in the navigation bar, which serves as a direct link to pull up the Find My iPhone page. This feature was previously hidden in under the Settings page.

The update also addresses Public shared files in the user’s iDisk, which can be made fully available to anyone or restricted to users who know a Public password set by the user. The revamped interface now allows users to password-protect their Public folder and provides the option to enable visitors to upload, move and delete any publicly shared files.

However, the new settings are hidden behind a Preferences item within the drop down menu displayed by the “gear icon” action button.

Apple also gave the public iDisk page MobileMe’s SproutCore treatment, which provides a cohesive look and feel and supports direct drag and drop of files between folders within the web page (but not to or from the desktop). The update also enables users to connect to another user’s Public folder while being currently logged into their own MobileMe account.

As with the previous version, MobileMe makes access personal and public iDisk files available from the desktop as a WebDAV file share on Windows or via the Finder using the Go/iDisk menu, and viewable from the iPhone using the free iDisk app.

Apple still has yet to address the most bizarre problem with MobileMe: the web service is completely and intentionally blocked to iPhone users. Rather than providing web-based access to the site via the iPhone’s browser, users attempting to pull up me.com are sent to a special landing page that tells them to use the phone’s native Mail, Calendar, Contacts, and Photos apps instead.

This prevents iPhone users from accessing their MobileMe account information (such as changing their password), looking up the location of other iPhones attached to their MobileMe account with Find My iPhone, logging into an alternative account (such as offering a guest web access to their own account on the iPhone) or troubleshooting problems with email connectivity (such as local SMTP mail delivery problems in a given location that could be resolved with direct webmail access).

Apple has also added some custom support for accessing MobileMe features from the web, including a mobile-optimized Gallery for viewing shared pictures. Apple’s refusal to support access to more or most of MobileMe from the iPhone or iPod touch is particularly strange given the company’s marketing that referred to the iPhone’s browser as providing access to the “real Internet.”

If you’ve played around with the new version, let us know what you make of it.

Google Chrome Web Browser Could Hit the Mac by Christmas

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Date: Friday, October 9th, 2009, 07:00
Category: Software

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A Mac OS X version of Google Chrome could arrive as early as Christmas. According to Macworld UK, Google CEO Eric Schmidt broke the news at a New York press conference responding to a question about Chrome’s market share, which some have claimed is disappointing.

“I see a lot of Macs in this room, and a lot of very sophisticated people are using Macs now and we need to get a version of Chrome out for that, which we’ll have in a couple of months. The key to browser strength is speed.”

Google Chrome is billed as a browser that combines minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer and easier.

The Mac version was expected sometime in 2010.

Apple Releases iPhone OS 3.1.2 Update

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Date: Friday, October 9th, 2009, 06:49
Category: iPhone, Software

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Late Thursday, Apple released version 3.1.2 of its iPhone OS firmware. The update, which weighs in at over 200 megabytes and can be downloaded by attaching your iPhone to your Mac or PC, clicking the device in iTunes, then clicking the “Check for Update” button, adds the following fixes and changes:

- Resolves sporadic issue that may cause iPhone to not wake from sleep.
- Resolves intermittent issue that may interrupt cellular network services until restart.
- Fixes bug that could cause occasional crash during video streaming.

The update also leads to a small carrier update from AT&T for American users.

If you’ve installed 3.1.2 and noticed any changes, for good or ill, please let us know what you think.

Strange Keyboard/Spaces Bug Found in Snow Leopard

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Date: Thursday, October 8th, 2009, 05:17
Category: Software

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Maybe Apple will fix it in Mac OS X 10.6.2.

Per CNET, a strange bug is still hassling users taking advantage of Spaces in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. When another Space is selected using the keyboard shortcut, the Spaces selection window freezes on screen and disables the keyboard for typing.

The issue is described over on the Apple Support Discussions thread by poster “neu242″:
“A couple of times a day, the keyboard stops working when I select another space using a keyboard shortcut. It does not happen every time I switch spaces.

Symptoms:
The Spaces selector stays on-screen, it doesn’t fade away as usual
The keyboard is unresponsive for regular typing (such as in a text document or in Terminal)
I can still use keyboard shortcuts to move to another space
The Keyboard Viewer still shows keys as I type them
The mouse and touchpad works as it should

The only thing that makes the keyboard responsive again is either a reboot, or performing a standby + resume.”

Another thread shares similar issues. Some users have reported that by unplugging their keyboard (for those using external keyboards) and plugging it back in they regain functionality. The only other workarounds that seem to help are the ones described in the post by “neu242″.

If you’ve seen this issue on your end or have found a workaround or fix of your own, please let us know!

Mophie Announces Trio of New Chargers/Adapters for iPhone, iPod

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Date: Thursday, October 8th, 2009, 04:07
Category: Accessory, iPhone, iPod

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Accessory outfitter Mophie announced the launch of three new charging devices geared towards charging iPhones, iPods and other USB-charge compatible devices. Per iPodNN, the first product is a US$15 Low-Profile USB Car Charger which plugs into a vehicle’s power socket and provides a single USB outlet.

The company also released a new Dual USB Wall Charger that provides two USB ports for powering or charging two different items from one AC outlet. The device plugs into wall sockets only and features a folding design for better portability and retails for US$20.

Finally, the company also introduced a dual application charger works in the car and home, the Car and Wall International Charger. The device has a swiveling arm for connecting to car power sockets at odd or difficult angles. It provides USB power from a car socket, wall socket and can work internationally with Mophie’s International Adaptor Power Kit. The charger goes for US$25 and the International Adaptor Travel Kit retails for US$15.

VirtualBox 3.0.8 Released

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Date: Wednesday, October 7th, 2009, 03:22
Category: Software

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VirtualBox, an open source x86 virtualization project available for free has just hit version 3.0.8. The new version, a 62.9 megabyte download, sports the following fixes and changes:
- VMM: fixed 64 bits guest on 32 bits host regression in 3.0.6 (VT-x only; bug #4947).
- VMM: fixed a recompiler triple fault guru meditation (VT-x & AMD-V only; bug #5058).
- VMM: fixed hang after guest state restore (AMD-V, 32 bits Windows guest and IO-APIC enabled only; bug #5059).
- VMM: fixed paging issue with OS/2 guests.
- VMM: fixed guru meditation in rare cases (2.0 regression; software virtualization only).
- VMM: fixed release assertion during state restore when using the Sound Blaster 16 emulation (bug #5042).
- Security: fixed vulnerability that allowed to execute commands with root privileges.
- Linux hosts: fixed runtime assertion in semaphore implementation which was triggered under certain conditions (bug #616).
- Linux hosts: change the default USB access mode on certain distributions (bugs #3394 and #4291).
- Linux hosts: on hardened Gentoo, the VBoxSVC daemon crashed by opening the VM network settings (bug #3732).
- Linux hosts, Solaris hosts: pass the XAUTHORITY variable along the DISPLAY variable when starting a VM from VBoxManage or from the VM selector (bug #5063).
- Linux hosts: use sysfs to enumerate host drives if hal is not available.
- Solaris hosts: fixed a bug which would hang the host sporadically as interrupts were not re-enabled everytime.
- Solaris hosts: fixed a kernel panic with bridged and host-only networking (bug #4775).
- Solaris hosts: fixed incorrectly persistent CD/DVD-ROMs when changing them (bug #5077).
- X11-based hosts: support additional function keys on Sun keyboards (bug #4907).
- Mac OS X hosts (Snow Leopard): fixed problem starting headless VMs without a graphical session (bug #5002).
- Mac OS X hosts: fixed problem listing host-only adapter names with trailing garbage (attached VMs won’t start).
- Windows Additions: now work with Vista 64-bit Home editions (bug #3865).
- Windows Additions: fixed screen corruption with ZoomText Magnifier.
- Windows Additions: fixed NPGetUniversalName failure (bug #4853).
- Windows Additions: fixed Windows NT regression (bug #4946).
- Windows Additions: fixed VBoxService not running if no Shared Folders are installed.
- Linux Additions: implemented ftrunctate (bug #4771).
- VRDP: start VM even if configured VRDP port is in use.
- Networking: the PCnet network device stopped receiving under rare conditions (bug #4870).
- VBoxManage: implemented controlvm vrdpport command.
- iSCSI: fixed issue with NetApp targets (#5072).
- SCSI: add support for virtual disks larger than 2TB.
- USB: fixed potential crash when unplugging USB2 devices (bug #5089).
- NAT: IPSEC did not properly work with Linux guests (bug #4801).

VirtualBox 3.0.8 is available for free and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and an Intel-based Mac to install and run.

Apple Seeds First Mac OS X 10.6.2 Build to Developers

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Date: Tuesday, October 6th, 2009, 05:33
Category: Software

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A recently released build of Apple’s upcoming Mac OS X 10.6.2 operating system reveals a slew of changes, fixes and tweaks according to AppleInsider.

A pre-release build of the next update to Mac OS X 10.6 was seeded to developers Monday, bringing a long list of changes, fixes and tweaks.

People familiar with the latest build, dubbed 10C514, said the latest update has general focus areas that affect just about every facet of the operating system, from the applications like the Address Book and QuickTime, to services like Spotlight and Time Machine, and basic hardware functions like USB and Bluetooth. The disk image has a 445.4MB file size.

The update reportedly features dozens of areas of change, including fixes for AppleScript, graphics drivers, Xtype, OpenCL and more.

The pre-release build also allegedly comes with a handful of known issues, including hang-ups with the DVD player, crashing of the parental controls preference pane, and a glitch where the system does not recognize an optical drive.

Monday’s build is the first that Mac OS X 10.6.2 has been seen by developers.

Adobe Working on Tools to Create Flash-Based Apps for iPhone, iPod Touch

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Date: Tuesday, October 6th, 2009, 05:18
Category: News, Software

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Adobe announced on Monday that its developers will be able to use an upcoming version of its Flash Professional software to create apps for the iPhone and iPod touch. The announcement, made at the company’s Max developer conference in Los Angeles, coincides with the unveiling of its Flash Player 10.1.

According to Macworld, Flash Player 10.1 will be operable with a large number of smartphones, though none of them currently include the iPhone. Apple’s smartphone doesn’t run Flash in any form, and Monday’s announcements don’t change that. What has changed is the ability of Adobe developers to use the Flash platform to build standalone apps for Apple’s mobile devices.

New features in the upcoming Flash CS5 Professional will allow developers to write applications and compile the code to run on the iPhone and iPod touch. Applications can target the iPhone OS 3.0 and later.

“We are ecstatic to announce that we’re enabling you to use your Flash development tools to build applications and compile them to run natively on the iPhone,” said John Loiacono, head of Adobe’s Creative Solutions business unit, who made the announcement at Adobe Max.

A public beta of Flash CS5 will be available on Adobe’s Web site later this year and the final shipping version could arrive anywhere between March and September of 2010, according to Adobe’s typical upgrade cycle. The CS5 version will contain a feature that allows developers to export Flash’s native FLA files to IPA, the iPhone app format.

Developers can create brand new content, or repurpose content they’ve already built, for the iPhone. “In some ways it’s more exciting, because they can actually charge for the apps and get revenue coming in,” Voltmer added. “Apple’s going to be excited because they’ll see more revenue from all these new developers; and end-users get more choices.”

Though Adobe is still unable to offer a standard Flash Player for the iPhone or iPod touch because Apple’s license terms prohibit plug-ins for the built-in Safari browser, these new Flash apps are different: iPhone apps built with Adobe Flash Professional CS5 don’t include any runtime interpreted code. The applications would go through the same approval process, and follow the same rules and procedures, as other iPhone apps to be sold in the App Store.

Flash Player 10.1 is due in beta form later this year and final form in the first half of 2010, will be available for many smartphones: Google Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Palm WebOS, and Nokia Symbian. Adobe holds out hope that eventually, Flash will arrive in its full form on the iPhone, in spite of complaints about the mobile version from the very top of Apple. “We do know that people are looking to have a Flash-enabled experience on their iPhone,” Voltmer said, “But it’s really up to Apple to finalize that and to let us get that working. We’d love to work with Apple, but Apple does control the hardware, and at this point we’re waiting for them.”