Microsoft ends Skype support for users running Mac OS X 10.5.8 and earlier

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Date: Friday, August 8th, 2014, 11:35
Category: News, Software

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If you love older versions of the Mac OS X operating systems and Skype, you’re out of luck.

Per AppleInsider and The Unofficial Apple Weblog, Microsoft on Thursday announced that it has ended support for Macs running OS X 10.5.8 Leopard or earlier.

Starting last week, Skype users began to complain on the company’s forum that they were being locked out from accessing the popular voice over IP service. As complaints mounted, it was guessed that Skype was no longer operational on Macs running older versions of OS X.

Microsoft today confirmed the change in service in an answer to a question regarding Skype compatibility with OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, which will for now remain unaffected.

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Firefox updated to 30.0

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Date: Wednesday, June 11th, 2014, 10:40
Category: News, Software

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There’s nothing wrong with turning 30.

On Tuesday, Mozilla.org released version 30.0 of its Firefox web browser. The new version, a 60.4 megabyte download via MacUpdate, adds the following fixes and changes:

New:
- Sidebars button in browser chrome enables faster access to social, bookmark, and history sidebars.

- Mac OS X command-E sets find term to selected text.

- Support for GStreamer 1.0.

Changed:
- Disallow calling WebIDL constructors as functions on the web.

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Google Chrome updated to 35.0.1916.114

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Date: Wednesday, May 21st, 2014, 15:16
Category: News, security, Software

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It’s the updates that tend to help.

On Thursday, Google released version 35.0.1916.114 of its Chrome web browser. The update, a 53.7 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
- More developer control over touch input.

- New JavaScript features.

- Unprefixed Shadow DOM.

- A number of new apps/extension APIs.

- Lots of under the hood changes for stability and performance.

Security Fixes:
- High CVE-2014-1743: Use-after-free in styles.

- High CVE-2014-1744: Integer overflow in audio.

- High CVE-2014-1745: Use-after-free in SVG.

- Medium CVE-2014-1746: Out-of-bounds read in media filters.

- Medium CVE-2014-1747: UXSS with local MHTML file.

- Medium CVE-2014-1748: UI spoofing with scrollbar.

- CVE-2014-1749: Various fixes from internal audits, fuzzing and other initiatives.

- CVE-2014-3152: Integer underflow in V8 fixed in version 3.25.28.16.

Google Chrome 35.0.1916.114 requires an Intel-based Mac with Mac OS X 10.6 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Recent security updates make Macs more secure, unless you’re a Snow Leopard user

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Date: Monday, March 3rd, 2014, 08:47
Category: Apple, Lion, Mac, privacy, Processors, security, Software

snowleopardEverybody was concerned last week when it was announced that a nasty bug in OS X was leaving Macs vulnerable to attacks that could grab information traveling across shared networks. While it has been confirmed that the bug only affected Mavericks, Apple simultaneously posted security updates for Mountain Lion (10.8) and Lion (10.7), but there was no sign of any security love for Snow Leopard (10.6). This really shouldn’t be a surprise to most people since 10.6 was also skipped when a previous security update was released as well as an update to the Safari browser. The omission of 10.6 from the current update simply confirms that Snow Leopard is no longer on Apple’s radar.

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Firefox updated to 25.0

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Date: Wednesday, October 30th, 2013, 10:08
Category: News, Software

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Firefox is now old enough to make foolish mistakes but get a lower insurance rates when it goes to rent a car.

On Wednesday, Mozilla.org released version 25.0 of its Firefox web browser. The new version, a 47.1 megabyte download via MacUpdate, adds the following fixes and changes:
- [New] Web Audio support.

- [New] The find bar is no longer shared between tabs.

- [Changed] If away from Firefox for months, you now will be offered the option to reset it to its default state while preserving your essential information.

- [Changed] Resetting Firefox no longer clears your browsing session.

- [Developer] CSS3 background-attachment:local support to control background scrolling.

- [Developer] Many new ES6 functions implemented.

- [HTML5] iframe document content can now be specified inline.

- [Fixed] Blank or missing page thumbnails when opening a new tab.

- [Fixed] Security fixes can be found here.

Firefox 25.0 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Carbon Copy Cloner updated to 3.5.3

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Date: Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013, 10:21
Category: News, Software

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On Tuesday, Carbon Copy Cloner, the shareware favorite for drive cloning operations by Mike Bombich, reached version 3.5.3. The new version, an 11.4 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
- This update is fully qualified on OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, OS X 10.7 Lion, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, and now OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

- CCC now offers volume-specific advice about how to enable full disk encryption. Enabling encryption on an OS X backup volume, for example, involves several steps that must be executed in the correct order. If full disk encryption is not supported on a particular volume, CCC indicates exactly why not. We have also added answers to some frequently asked questions about full disk encryption to our documentation.

- Fixed an odd edge case in OS X in which you can mount a network volume using a short user name, such as “johnny”, but the remote host will place the long name in the filesystem URL that is returned, e.g. “Johnny Appleseed”. Previously, this difference would cause CCC to believe that the network volume was mounted with other credentials altogether, and CCC would refuse to use the network volume under the assumption that permissions issues would ensue. This update addresses that issue, CCC will now immediately evaluate the filesystem URL of the network volume that is returned in reponse to its mount request and update its own internal reference to the user account as appropriate.

- Fixed an issue in which CCC may refuse to allow the user to schedule a backup task to a disk image that resides on a FUSE volume.

- Fixed an issue in which a scheduled task could load in a hung state if the task configuration file was corrupted.

- Changed to accommodate some Drobo devices having a problem storing extended attributes larger than 1KB. Rather than reporting that the Drobo device is unable to accommodate the extended attribute, these devices report that the destination volume is full, even when there is adequate space available. This update catches this edge case and reports it in a more meaningful way.

- Changed to explicitly refuse to create a Recovery HD partition if it can positively identify the selected volume as a Drobo device. Drobo’s proprietary data moving techniques do not play well with dynamic partition changes, and Drobo specifically does not support the modification of partitioning outside of the Drobo Dashboard.

- Fixed an OS X 10.9 Mavericks-specific display anomaly in the list of items to be copied.

- Fixed an issue in which the OS rarely, but occasionally, does not send an “application finished launching” notification to the scheduled task helper tool, causing task initialization to fail.

- Fixed an issue in which the OS rarely, but occasionally, does not send a distributed notification that a task has finished, resulting in the task appearing to hang at the end despite the fact that it had actually finished.

- Fixed the option to “Silently skip if the source or destination is missing”, CCC will no longer proceed with that backup task if the missing volume reappears before the next scheduled run time. The task will instead run on its normal schedule.

- Fixed the “LOGIN” SMTP authentication mechanism for Apple’s iCloud SMTP service which recently started to return invalid challenge responses to SMTP clients, causing some CCC email notifications to fail (for users that use iCloud SMTP accounts with CCC). This version of CCC works around this problem by preferring the
“PLAIN” authentication mechanism instead.

- Fixed an issue related to Google’s recent changes to its Gmail SMTP service that introduced a problem with sending email notifications to multiple recipients. This update resolves that problem.

Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.3 retails for a US$39.95 shareware registration fee. The application requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.

Apple releases MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013) Software Update 1.0

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Date: Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013, 10:09
Category: MacBook Pro, News, Software

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This might come in handy.

On Tuesday, Apple releases its MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013) Software Update 1.0 firmware update. The new firmware, a 4.97 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:
- Addresses an issue with the Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese OS X Software License Agreement by installing a readable copy in your Documentation folder.

The new firmware requires a late-2013 13-inch Retina display MacBook Pro running OS X 10.6 or later to install and run.

Apple releases HP Printer Drivers 2.16.1 Mac OS X update, Canon Laser Printer Drivers 2.11 for Mac OS X update

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Date: Saturday, October 19th, 2013, 22:47
Category: News, Software

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This might prove helpful.

Apple on Tuesday released two sets of printer drivers, one for HP printers and another specifically for Canon laser printers. There honestly doesn’t appear to be anything special about either update other than bringing them up to date with the latest printers and under-the-hood stuff.

The HP Printer Drivers 2.16.1 for OS X update, which stands as a 499.82 MB download and the Canon Laser Printer Drivers 2.11 for OS update, which stands as as a 28.82 MB download, install the latest drivers for an assortment of printers and multi-function devices.

The updates require an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later to install and run.

Apple updates Java to SE 6 version 1.6.0_65 for OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 operating systems

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Date: Saturday, October 19th, 2013, 22:27
Category: News, security, Software

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You can’t knock a Java update.

Per The Mac Observer, Apple updated Java for OS X Snow Leopard, Lion, and Mountain Lion on Tuesday. The releases adds compatibility for Java SE 6 version 1.6.0_65.

The patch notes are unspecific, saying:

“This release updates the Apple-provided system Java SE 6 to version 1.6.0_65 and is for OS X versions 10.7 or later.”

The update uninstalls the Apple-provided Java applet plug-in from all web browsers. To use applets on a web page, click on the region labeled “Missing plug-in” to go download the latest version of the Java applet plug-in from Oracle.

The updates come in two flavors:
Java for OS X 2013-005 – (for Lion and Mountain Lion)

- Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 17 (that link, direct from Apple’s Downloads site, currently resolves to Update 16)

The update is available through OS X’s Software Update feature.

As always, let us know what you make of the update in the comments section and stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

CrossOver updated to 12.5.1

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Date: Saturday, October 19th, 2013, 22:13
Category: News, Software

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Don’t look a moderate update in the mouth.

CrossOver, the popular virtualization program from CodeWeavers, has been updated to version 12.5.1. The new version, an 84.9 megabyte download, is available as a demo, offers the following fixes and changes:
- Fixed a font problem with Office 2010 bullet points.

- Fixed a problem which caused CrossOver to fail to download installers from certain URLs.

- Fixed a problem which caused bottles which were created prior and used until the trial expired to fail to launch.

- Fixed a problem in which mouse activity would sometimes cause unwanted diagonal movement of the mouse pointer.

- Fixed a problem minimizing Visio 2010.

- Fixed a problem which caused BibleWorks to fail to launch.

- Fixed a problem which caused Shin Megami Tensei to fail to launch.

- Improved the names of application installers as shown in the Mac menu bar.

CrossOver 12.5.1 retails for US$59.95 and requires Mac OS X 10.6 and or later and an Intel-based Mac to install and run.