Apple Releases Security Update 2007 – 006

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Date: Monday, June 25th, 2007, 08:14
Category: Software

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On Friday, Apple released Security Update 2007 – 006 via both its web site as well as Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
The new update, a 2.2 to 4.5 megabyte download depending on the version of Mac OS X installed on your computer, provides changes for WebCore, Mac OS X’s HTML layout engine and WebKit, Apple’s application framework that serves as an underpinning for the Safari web browser.
According to Macworld News, the update repairs flaws in which malicious web site code can be executed that could lead to problems such as applications unexpectedly terminating and executing arbitrary code.
The update requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 on the Mac OS X 10.3 (“Panther”) end and Mac OS X 10.4.9 on the Mac OS X 10.4 (“Tiger”) end.
As always, if you’ve installed the new update and noticed any appreciable difference in how your Mac operates, let us know.

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Safari 3.0.2 Beta Released

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Date: Monday, June 25th, 2007, 08:22
Category: Software

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Late Friday, Apple released version 3.0.2b of its Safari web browser. The most recent release of the public beta for the new browser, the new version adds the following fixes and changes:
-Latest security updates
-Improved stability
-Improved WebKit support for Mail, iChat and Dashboard
Safari 3.0.2b is currently available as a free download for Mac OS X, Windows XP and Windows Vista. The browser requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later to run on Mac OS X and weighs in at a 14 megabyte download.
If you’ve tried the new Safari beta and had either positive or negative experiences with it, let us know.

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Updated VMWare Fusion Beta Released

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Date: Friday, June 22nd, 2007, 15:27
Category: Software

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On Thursday, virtualization software outfit VMWare released Fusion 1.0b4.1, an updated beta of its Fusion software.
According to Macworld News, the new version, a 171 megabyte download, updates the USB manager to accommodate changes in both the Santa Rosa-based MacBook Pro laptops as well as the Mac OS X 10.4.10 update.
Full details can be found over at the product’s web page. Fusion requires an Intel-based Mac and Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run. The program is available as a pre-order for US$39.99.
As always, if you’ve done the gerbil routine and played with the new version, let us know how it went, good or bad.

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iPhone Guided Tour Now Online

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Date: Friday, June 22nd, 2007, 13:24
Category: iPhone

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Reader Michael Long just pointed out the following:
A twenty-minute Quicktime guided tour of Apple’s new iPhone is now available online at their web site, illustrating nearly all of the phone’s features and functions. Go and see the tour here.
If you’re curious and can’t get enough of the iPhone between now and the 171 hours until it’s released, take a gander.

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PureMobile Offering Unlocked iPhones

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Date: Friday, June 22nd, 2007, 08:44
Category: iPhone

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The iPhone’s coming out in a week.
You already knew that.
And whether it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread or not, you already have a clear idea as to what you want from the device. For those of you who demanded an unlocked unit, your prayers may be answered.
According to cnet’s news blog, retailer PureMobile looks to be touting unlocked eight gigabyte iPhones on its web site.
If completely kosher, an unlocked iPhone could be used on any GSM carrier as opposed to running exclusively on AT&T’s network.
Currently, the web site only declares that the iPhone is “coming soon” and doesn’t offer a price, but alerts the user that shipping will either be US$19 or US$29 depending on delivery speed selected.
Though an impressive idea, it’s also important to note that an unlocked iPhone will be subject to the same quibbles as all other unlocked phones in that while it will be able to make calls without any problems, data features won’t work out of the box. To date, no alternate carriers have come forth with any plans regarding this issue.
Stay tuned for further details on this developing story.

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iPhone to Integrate YouTube Access

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Date: Thursday, June 21st, 2007, 10:22
Category: iPhone

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While it’s unknown as to whether the iPhone will walk the dog or consistently predict tomorrow’s winning lottery numbers, it will be able to access YouTube content.
According to cnet’s Crave blog, the upcoming cell phone will feature “a special YouTube player that you can launch right from the home screen.” Leaked photos have also shown a specific “YouTube” button in the main menu interface.
The iPhone is slated for release on Friday at June 29th at 6 PM at various AT&T and Apple retail locations. Check your local outlet for additional details.

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PocketMac Remote Out the Door

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Date: Wednesday, June 20th, 2007, 07:05
Category: Software

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On Wednesday, software company PocketMac released PocketMac Remote, a utility designed to boost the functionality of the Apple Remote that ships with newer Macs from Front Row to Microsoft PowerPoint and Apple’s Keynote presentation program.
According to Macworld News, PocketMac Remote features play/pause, backward/forward and volume control options and retails for US$9.95 before shipping and handling.
The program requires an Intel-based Mac, Mac OS X 10.4 or later, an Apple Remote and either Microsoft PowerPoint or Apple Keynote to run.
No current demo release has been posted, but if you’ve given it a try and have feedback about it, let us know.

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Cocktail Updated to 3.8

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Date: Tuesday, June 19th, 2007, 14:11
Category: Software

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In other news, Cocktail, the popular shareware utility program that allows for additional Mac OS X system tests, has been updated to version 3.8.
The new version, a small download, sports the following fixes and improvements:
Major interface improvements:
-Updated Cocktail Help.
-Improved Activity Log.
-Added possibility to join Cocktail eList.
-Added possibility to include Activity Log when providing feedback.
-Other miscellaneous fixes and improvements.
Disks:
-Misc. New “Disable Sudden Motion Sensor” feature.
System:
-Spotlight. Added possibility to enable/disable Spotlight indexing of selected disk.
-Spotlight. Added possibility to erase Spotlight index for selected disk.
-Databases. Improved rebuilding of Launch Services database.
-Databases. Added possibility to restore default file associations when rebuilding Launch Services database.
-Startup. New “Startup delay” feature.
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VLC Updated to 0.8.6c

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Date: Tuesday, June 19th, 2007, 08:05
Category: Software

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Video Lan Client, the popular open source media player for multiple audio and video formats (MPEG, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Divx, ogg, etc.), has recently been updated to version 0.8.6c. The new version, a 23.3 megabyte download, adds the following bug fixes and changes:
-Windows Vista compatibility.
-Cropping in Direct3D.
-Full screen change crash on Mac OS X.
-RSS filter string overflow.
-Few memory leaks.
-MKV demuxer crash (related to seeking).
CDDA / Vorbis / Theora / SAP plugins:
-Security updates (VideoLAN-SA-0702).
Demuxers:
-Fixed a problem with detecting embedded subtitles (GAB2 format) in AVI.
Decoders:
-Updated FLAC API compatibility.
Input:
-Support for new v4l2 encoder API.
Localization:
-New localisation: Arabic, Persian.
VLC 0.8.6 requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run and is available as a free download.
If you’ve tried the new version and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.

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Newton Connection Reaches Version 1.1

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Date: Monday, June 18th, 2007, 09:22
Category: Software

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I’ll grant that this is somewhat out of left field, but someone wrote me a few weeks ago wondering if I could fix their Apple eMate. There are still Newton units out there and for those of you who still have one, Newton Research‘s Newton Connection 1.1 has just been updated to version 1.1.
The new version, a 6.6 megabyte download, still allows users to back up their Newton data onto their desktop, but without needing to enter the Classic environment. The software is still a work in progress with the authors stating the program can’t sync yet but asking for bugs and feature requests to be submitted.
Version 1.1 offers the following fixes and changes:
-This version of the application is self-contained and does not require an installer – simply move the NCX application wherever you like.
-The frameworks installed separately as part of version 1.0 (build 21) are no longer needed and can be removed by double-clicking the UnInstall21 script.
-The script runs in the Terminal application which you should close when it has completed. If the script fails, open UnInstalltext editor to view the files that should be deleted and do it manually in the Finder.
Newton Connection requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run and is available for free.
If you’ve tried this or another Newton communication program and have either positive or negative feedback, let us know.

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