Apple Preps Developers for Mac OS X 10.4.11 Update

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Date: Wednesday, August 1st, 2007, 10:30
Category: Software

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Late Tuesday, Apple began informing select developers that there will be at least one more maintenance update to Mac OS X 10.4 prior to the planned release of Mac OS X 10.5 this October.
According to AppleInsider, developers have yet to begin receiving the first pre-release seeds of the software version.
Sources close to the project have stated that an unresolved third-party webcam bug that arose with Mac OS X 10.4.10 may be targeted. The bug prevents third-party webcams from being detected as USB audio devices, thereby making them inaccessible as a USB audio device except when running under the Parallels Desktop for Mac virtualization software.
The webcam bug appears to only surface on Intel-based Macs. Apple has yet to comment on the issue or submit a fix for it.
Stay tuned for additional details as they emerge and if you’ve found problems or workarounds for bugs in Mac OS X 10.4.10, let us know in the forums.

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iPhone Update 1.0.1 Released

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Date: Wednesday, August 1st, 2007, 09:58
Category: iPhone

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With the iPhone about a month into its product cycle, Apple has just released the first firmware update for the best-selling handset.
According to Gizmodo, the update, which is available through iTunes, makes the following changes and adds the following features:
Safari
Impact: Visiting a malicious website may allow cross-site scripting.
Description: Safari’s security model prevents JavaScript in remote web pages from modifying pages outside of their domain. A race condition in page updating combined with HTTP redirection may allow JavaScript from one page to modify a redirected page. This could allow cookies and pages to be read or arbitrarily modified. This update addresses the issue by correcting access control to window properties. Credit to Lawrence Lai, Stan Switzer, and Ed Rowe of Adobe Systems, Inc. for reporting this issue.
Safari
Impact: Viewing a maliciously crafted web page may lead to arbitrary code execution.
Description: Heap buffer overflows exist in the Perl Compatible Regular Expressions (PCRE) library used by the JavaScript engine in Safari. By enticing a user to visit a maliciously crafted web page, an attacker may trigger the issue, which may lead to arbitrary code execution. This update addresses the issue by performing additional validation of JavaScript regular expressions. Credit to Charlie Miller and Jake Honoroff of Independent Security Evaluators for reporting these issues.
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Apple Releases Security Update 2007 – 007

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Date: Wednesday, August 1st, 2007, 08:13
Category: Software

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On Tuesday, Apple released Security Update 2007 – 007, a collection of updates for the Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) and Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) operating systems.
The update, which ranges between 14.2 megabytes and 63.3 megabytes depending on which version you download, applies security fixes to the following system components:
-bzip2
-CFNetwork
-Core Audio
-cscope
-gnuzip
-Kerberos
-mDNSResponder
-PDFKit
-PHP
-Quartz Composer
-samba
-WebKit
-WebCore
Security Update 2007 – 007 also incorporates the security fixes found in previous version of Apple’s security patches.
Users will need to have Mac OS X 10.3.9 installed for the update to be functional on the Mac OS X 10.3 operating system and Mac OS X 10.4.10 installed for the update to be functional on Mac OS X 10.4. The patch can be obtained through Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
Given that this is a substantial update no matter how you slice it, any and all feedback would be appreciated. Let us know how the patch treats your computer over in the forums.

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Apple Releases AirPort Extreme Update – 2007 – 004

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Date: Wednesday, August 1st, 2007, 08:14
Category: Software

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Late Tuesday, Apple released AirPort Extreme Update – 2007 – 004, a small update geared towards improving the reliability of wireless connections on the Intel-based MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops as well as the Mac Mini desktops.
The update is a 745 kilobyte download and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
Users can also find the patch through Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
If you’ve tried the update and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know in the forums.

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Mozilla Releases Firefox 2.0.0.6

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Date: Tuesday, July 31st, 2007, 12:55
Category: Software

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On Monday, Mozilla.org released version 2.0.0.6 of its Firefox web browser.
The update comes just a few weeks after a recent security update, the 2.0.0.6 version patching the following bugs:
-Unescaped URIs passed to external programs.
-Privilege escalation through chrome-loaded about:blank windows.
According to Macworld News, the patch will also be seen in upcoming versions of Mozilla’s Thunderbird and SeaMonkey programs.
Firefox 2.0.0.6 is a 17 megabyte download and requires Mac OS X 10.2. or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and seen either positive or negative changes, let us know in the forums.

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iPhone Firmware Files May Provide Hint to Upcoming Features

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Date: Tuesday, July 31st, 2007, 09:07
Category: iPhone

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Despite the fact that an iPhone software update would be more than welcome right about now, some interesting clues have emerged with regard to where Apple might be taking the iPhone in the near future.
The guys at iPhoneology appear to have located some goodies via a trek through the iPhone’s firmware files. According to this screenshot, the following files may point toward some upcoming widgets or new applications altogether:
com.apple.unitconverter
com.apple.widget.phonebook
com.apple.widget.translation
com.apple.widget.worldclock (potentially different from the Clock application)
com.apple.mobile.radio
Even if many of these files are just ports from the Mac OS X 10.4 Dashboard, the mobile.radio file could suggest the possibility that Apple is looking to stream radio or come out with their own FM tuner for the handset.
Apple has yet to announce a release date for its first software update, so it’s anyone’s guess as to what the future holds at this point.
If you have any thoughts, ideas or theories of your own on this, let us know over in the forums.

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myPhone

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Date: Tuesday, July 31st, 2007, 08:00
Category: iPhone

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OK, I was the last PowerPage editor to succumb and drove to the Christiana Mall in Delaware on the 4th of July to wait in line for 10 minutes with about a dozen folks for the 50 remaining iPhones at the Apple Store there.
Most bought two.
As an existing AT&T customer, I had no problems activating and for the most part the iPhone is everything I expected and less. It took me about 20 minutes to investigate and use every last nook and cranny of the iPhone. It is that good an interface. Does it lead me to conclude that it falls short in terms of what it can do? Sure, but one can always hope for a bit more in a software update or two and even more in the next generation.
Am I disappointed?
Hell, no!
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Apple Releases Pro Application Support 4.0.1 Update

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Date: Tuesday, July 31st, 2007, 08:39
Category: Software

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Late Monday, Apple released version 4.0.1 of its Pro Application Support software.
The update, a 7.6 megabyte download, improves interface reliability for Apple’s professional applications such as Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Pro, Motion, Soundtrack Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Aperture, Final Cut Express HD, Soundtrack, Logic Pro and Logic Express.
As with most Apple updates, users can snag the software via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature provided one or more of Apple’s professional applications have already been installed.
The update requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know in the forums.

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Mac OS X 10.4.10 Power Issues and Workarounds

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Date: Monday, July 30th, 2007, 15:31
Category: Software

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A group of users have reported a wide variety of issues since installing Mac OS X 10.4.10. Chief among these concerns is power issues, wherein the system will report that a USB device is drawing too much current.
According to MacFixIt, the issue can be resolved by disconnecting additional USB devices from the same USB bus or adding an externally powered USB hub to the mix to supplement the power.
Others have reported success in downgrading to Mac OS X 10.4.9. For those new to the Mac or nervous about the process, MacFixIt has also posted a full tutorial as to how to back up your data, reinstall Mac OS X and get back to a version of the operating system without this problem.
If you’ve seen this problem or have another idea or workaround, let us know over in the forums.

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Bejeweled Comes to iPhone

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Date: Monday, July 30th, 2007, 12:13
Category: iPhone

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On Monday, PopCap Games announced that the company has launched a custom version of its Bejeweled puzzle game for the iPhone.
The game is being offered for free to users who log on to the company’s web site via an iPhone.
According to MacNN, the iPhone version of the game, which incorporates the handset’s display and input controls, was developed in cooperation with developer Arkadiusz Mlynarczyk, a programmer who’s worked with iPhone games before.
If you’ve tried the iPhone-specific version of Bejeweled, let us know in the forums.

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