DivX Player 7.2 Released

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Date: Wednesday, November 18th, 2009, 08:34
Category: Software

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DivX for Mac, the shareware player that allows users to view high definition H.264 (.mkv) videos with AAC audio and video, hit version 7.2 yesterday. The new version, a 30.5 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker), contains the followings changes and features:

- DivX Player for Mac now plays DivX Plus HD (.mkv) videos and H.264/AAC/MKV videos from the Internet.
- DivX Player for Mac sports a brand new design with translucent windows, cleaner play controls and more.

DivX Player 7.2 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run and retails for a US$19.99 registration fee.

Firefox Web Browser Unlikely to Come to iPhone, iPod Touch

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Date: Wednesday, November 18th, 2009, 05:55
Category: iPhone, News

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Representatives from Mozilla, the company responsible for Firefox, have announced that the web browser will not be coming to the iPhone. Responding to questions from ElectricPig.co.uk, Mozilla’s European president, Tristan Nitot, said that Firefox on the iPhone isn’t an option with Apple’s current restrictions on web browsers that would compete with Mobile Safari.

“The issue is more with Apple than with us because they control the App Store and because they refuse applications which compete with something that is already on the phone. It’s unlikely that we’ll see a version of Firefox running on the iPhone,” said Nitot.

Nitot also stated that Mozilla is so sure it isn’t going to happen that he said the foundation isn’t even looking in to making a version for just in case Apple changes their mind.

“We’re not investing time and energy in this direction because we’re pretty sure it would be blocked by Apple, so we’re better off using our time in terms of development to do things on open platforms”.

“[Firefox for mobile] is a modern browser with all the bells and whistles that you’ll find in your desktop browser so you need a powerful operating system such as Android or Maemo or Windows Mobile,” he said. “The list of operating systems we want to support in the mobile world is already pretty long – I guess BlackBerry would be one of the last in our priority list”

Firefox Mobile will be launching on Symbian, Android, Windows Mobile, and Nokia Maemo tablets in December.

VirtualBox 3.0.12 Released

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Date: Wednesday, November 18th, 2009, 05:01
Category: Software

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VirtualBox, an open source x86 virtualization project available for free has just hit version 3.0.12. The new version, a 62.9 megabyte download, sports the following fixes and changes:

- VMM: reduced IO-APIC overhead for 32 bits Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 guests; requires 64 bits support (VT-x only; bug #4392).
- VMM: fixed double timer interrupt delivery on old Linux kernels using IO-APIC (caused guest time to run at double speed; bug #3135).
- VMM: reinitialize VT-x and AMD-V after host suspend or hibernate; some BIOSes forget this (Windows hosts only; bug #5421).
- VMM: fix loading of saved state when RAM preallocation is enabled.
- BIOS: ignore unknown shutdown codes instead of causing a guru meditation (bug #5389).
- GUI: never start a VM on a single click into the selector window (bug #2676).
- Serial: reduce the probability of lost bytes if the host end is connected to a raw file.
- VMDK: fix handling of split image variants and fix a 3.0.10 regression (bug #5355).
- VRDP: fixed occasional VRDP server crash.
- Network: even if the virtual network cable was disconnected, some guests were able to send / receive packets (E1000; bug #5366).
- Network: even if the virtual network cable was disconnected, the PCNet card received some spurious packets which might confuse the guest (bug #4496).
- Shared folders: fixed changing case of file names (bug #2520).
- Windows Additions: fix crash in seamless mode (contributed by Huihong Luo).
- Linux Additions: fix writing to files opened in O_APPEND mode (bug #3805).
- Solaris Additions: fix regression in guest additions driver which among other things caused lost guest property updates and periodic error messages being written to the system log.

VirtualBox 3.0.12 is available for free and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and an Intel-based Mac to install and run.

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.