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Apple Releases Java for OS X 10.5 Update 3

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Date: Friday, February 13th, 2009, 08:39
Category: Software

Early Friday, Apple released its Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 3 patch. The 3.1 megabyte download, adds the following fix:

  • Java: Impact: Multiple vulnerabilities in Java Web Start and Java Plug-in
    Description: Multiple vulnerabilities exist in Java Web Start and the Java Plug-in, the most serious of which may allow untrusted Java Web Start applications and untrusted Java applets to obtain elevated privileges. Visiting a web page containing a maliciously crafted Java applet may lead to arbitrary code execution with the privileges of the current user. This update provides patches for the Java Bug IDs 6694892, 6707535, 6727081 and 6767668 from Sun Microsystems.
  • The update requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.
    If you’ve tried the update and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments or forums.


    VMWare Releases Fusion 2.0.2

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    Date: Thursday, February 12th, 2009, 09:45
    Category: Software

    Late Wednesday, virtualization softare maker VMWare released version 2.0.2 of its Fusion software for the Mac.
    Similar to other virtualization software packages, VMWare allows users to run alternate operating systems such as Windows and Linux distributions on Intel-based Macs at native speeds. Other features, such as Unity, allow users to run and minimize Windows applications from the Mac OS X Dock.
    The new version, a 246 megabyte download, offers the following new features and fixes:

  • Allows importing Windows virtual machines from both Parallels Desktop 4.0 and Parallels Server for Mac.
  • Supports mounting unencrypted .dmg file format as a CD/DVD disk image, in addition to .iso file format.
  • Supports Mac OS X 10.5.6 as a host operating system.
  • Provides experimental support for Mac OS X Server 10.5.6 as a guest operating system.
  • Supports Ubuntu 8.10 as a guest operating system, including features such as VMware Tools with prebuilt kernel modules, Easy Install, and Unity.
  • Ships with a 12-month complimentary subscription to McAfee VirusScan Plus 2009 antivirus software, with localization support for French, German, Italian, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese.
  • Provides performance improvements when browsing mirrored folders and shared folders in Windows virtual machines.
  • Supports display of Windows applications in Unity view as 48 pixel x 48 pixel icons.
  • Resolves issues with “Optimize for Mac OS application performance” preference option for Mac OS X 10.5.5 and later.
  • The software requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run and retails for US$79.99.
    If you’ve tried VMware Fusion 2.0 or have a favorite virtualization program of choice, let us know in the comments or forums.


    Microsoft Implements Hotmail POP3 Support in United States, Other Countries

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    Date: Wednesday, February 11th, 2009, 10:55
    Category: iPhone

    Back in January, Microsoft announced that the company would be bringing POP3 access to its Hotmail services in select countries, a change which would prove helpful to a number of iPhone owners. Unfortunately, the service had yet to become available in the United States.
    According to iPhone Alley, Microsoft seems to have implemented this feature in the United States as well as other countries since the announcement. Per notice received today, POP3 support is currently active and working on the iPhone.
    In order to get Hotmail POP3 up and running on your iPhone, you’ll have to manually set everything up. To do this, use pop3.live.com (port 995) for incoming mail and smtp.live.com (port 25) for outgoing. Your account will be your full Hotmail/Live address.
    If you’ve tried this on your iPhone or iPod touch and can offer any feedback, please let us know in the comments or forums.


    MobileChat AIM Client Released for iPhone

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    Date: Wednesday, September 5th, 2007, 08:24
    Category: iPhone

    For anyone who ever wanted to use their iPhone as an AOL Instant Messenger device, the guys over at twenty08 have announced the release of MobileChat, their first AIM client for the handset.
    According to MacSlash, the program can be installed via NullRiver‘s AppTapp Installer and worked with from there. The program’s source code is also available for download, review and tinkering with on your end.
    MobileChat is currently still a beta and a few minor glitches have been reported to date. Users can also take a look at ApolloIM, another open source iPhone AIM client.
    If you’ve tried either of these programs or have feedback of any sort, let us know in the comments or forums.


    iPhoneSIMSfree.com to Offer iPhone Unlocks Starting Tomorrow

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    Date: Tuesday, September 4th, 2007, 12:29
    Category: iPhone

    Either ultra-confident in their legal team or just confident altogether, iPhoneSIMfree.com has announced that it will begin offering unlocks of Apple’s iPhone starting September 5th.
    According to MacNN, the company won’t sell directly to iPhone owners and will only interact with iPhone resellers. Interested parties can expect to pay US$36 per phone for the first 50 licenses and US$25 per phone for 5,000 or more licenses. The service will have resellers and end users intall a .app file on the iPhone which will connect to iPhoneSIMfree’s back offices to enter information. This application can then be launched via the iPhone’s Wi-Fi feature, thereby completing the unlock.
    iPhoneSIMSfree has demonstrated the unlock to CNN, which interviewed software consultant Brett Schulte. The unlock demonstration is said to have only taken about two minutes and allowed Schulte to swap an AT&T SIM card with a T-Mobile card.
    Apple has declined to comment.
    To date, iPhoneSIMfree has stated that they cannot guarantee that the unlock will remain through future firmware updates released by Apple. The unlock is current through version 1.0.2 of the iPhone firmware, but future updates may circumvent the unlock and return the handset to running exclusively on the AT&T wireless network.
    If you have any thoughts or feedback on this, let us know in the comments or forums.


    Adium X Updated to 1.1.2

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    Date: Tuesday, September 4th, 2007, 08:49
    Category: Software

    On Monday, Adium X, the open-source instant messaging client with support for multiple programs (including AOL Instant Messenger, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo! Google Talk, Bonjour, etc.) was updated to version 1.1.2.
    The new version, a 13.9 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
    -Added preference to turn off the contact list animations (Preferences->Advanced->Contact List).
    -Option+Close now closes all other tabs.
    -Fixed a memory leak and potential visual glitch when viewing tooltips for contacts.
    -Fixed display of AIM contacts after they return from being mobile via ‘forward to mobile’.
    -Fixed retention of the ‘docked’ status of the contact list across launches.
    -Fixed drawing glitches and improved performance in the Events preferences pane and Events tab of the Get Info window.
    -Fixed default showing of offline contacts, which was turned on in 1.1. As of 1.1.2, this is off by default, as it was in versions of Adium prior to 1.1. This can always be changed from the View menu.
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    Ambrosia Releases iToner 1.0.0

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    Date: Friday, August 31st, 2007, 15:36
    Category: iPhone

    In other news, Ambrosia Software released version 1.0.0 of iToner, its custom ringtone transfer utility for the iPhone.
    With iToner, users can drag MP3 or AAC format files onto the iToner application window, click the “Sync” button and port the ringtones to the iPhone. Ambrosia has stated that the ringtones will continue to function even in the face of iPhone firmware updates.
    iTones retails for US$15 and is available as a 2.7 megabyte download.
    The application is programmed as a Universal Binary and can run at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware. iToner requires Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later to run.
    If you’ve tried the program and have either positive or negative feedback, let us know in the comments or forums.


    Flip4Mac Beta Released

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    Date: Friday, August 31st, 2007, 08:03
    Category: Software

    It’s one of the most useful chunks of shareware out there and where Windows Media Player for the Mac went south so many years ago, this filled in perfectly.
    Flip4Mac, the popular shareware collection of Windows Media components for QuickTime, has been updated via a public beta of version of the software.
    The new version, a 7.6 megabyte download, resolves an issue with failed exports in Sorenson Squeeze.
    Flip4Mac is available for free but can go as high as US$179 depending on the version purchased. The new version requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later and QuickTime 6.5.1 or later to run.
    If you’ve tried the new version or have two cents to chip in about Flip4Mac, let us know in the comments or forums


    DLO Releases OpenFM Application

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    Date: Thursday, August 30th, 2007, 08:49
    Category: Software

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    Filling in the category of “unexpected but kind of neat”, accessory manufacturer DLO has released OpenFM. The application, which is available for free, functions as a web site and allows web-based and iPhone users in the United States to find top-performing radio frequencies in their area.
    OpenFM allows users to search by zip code or city/state and pulls up results from an active database of licensed FM broadcasters. According to MacMerc.com, the program uses a set of algorithms to match the database’s information against known locations of radio towers to determine the best FM frequencies to use. Returned results are categorized from “Best Bet” to “Good” to “OK”.
    In addition to the iPhone application, DLO has also announced that it will be offering a web-based version as well as a widget version of OpenFM for Mac and Windows in the coming weeks.
    If you’ve tried OpenFM or similar programs and have feedback, let us know in the comments or forums.


    AirPort Extreme Base Station with 802.11n Firmware Updated to 7.2.1

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    Date: Thursday, August 30th, 2007, 08:32
    Category: Software

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    Late Wednesday, Apple released version 7.2.1 of its 802.11n-based AirPort Extreme Base Station firmware. The update, a 4.6 megabyte download, brings the base station units up to the latest certified 802.11n draft as well as includes bug fixes and security updates.
    The update requires AirPort Utility 5.1 or later to be installed as well as an AirPort Extreme Base Station with 802.11n and can be downloaded directly or through Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
    If you’ve tried the new version and have either positive or negative feedback of any kind about it, let us know in the comments or forums.