Apple releases iOS 5 beta 3, iTunes 10.5 beta to developer community

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Date: Tuesday, July 12th, 2011, 07:17
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Late Monday Apple iOS 5 beta 3 to developers, the latest pre-release build of its forthcoming mobile operating system update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Per the Mac Observer, sources with access to the latest beta now available for download said it is dubbed Build 9A5259f and that significant changes to the software have yet to be listed, but also cited that the new build said that iMessage users on iOS 5 beta 3 will be unable to communicate with iMessage users running iOS 5 beta 1. Communication between beta 3 and beta 2 reportedly works just fine.

The new software is also said to fix an issue in which the Apple TV screen saver could degrade mirroring performance over AirPlay. iOS 5 will allow wireless mirroring when used in concert with the new Apple TV.

Also reportedly addressed in the latest build is an issue where the Reminders application did not send notifications upon the entry or exit of a location if there is no specific date associated with the location-based reminder.

The pre-release software, which is made available to members of Apple’s iOS development community, is not intended for use on end-user machines. A list of bugs that still remain in the latest build were reportedly provided to developers with beta 3.

The second iOS 5 beta was released in late June, and it brought about wireless syncing of devices. Wireless syncing with an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch also requires that developers be running a beta version of Apple’s iTunes desktop client.

Accordingly, a new, third beta of iTunes 10.5 was also provided to developers on Monday.

The first beta of iOS 5 was issued to developers after it was unveiled in early June. The final software, which will become publicly available this fall, will pack more than 200 new user features including the new Notification Center.

Also released on Monday to developers was a new golden master for Xcode 4.1. It reportedly features interface builder support for auto layout, new Aqua controls, and full-screen support in the main Xcode workspace.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Apple releases Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 10, Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 5

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Date: Wednesday, June 29th, 2011, 03:14
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Late Tuesday, Apple released a pair of Java updates for its Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6 operating systems. The updates (Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 10 and Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 5) make the same changes and per Macworld, offer “improved compatibility, security, and reliability.” The specifics on how the updates do this are unclear, however, as the release notes for both the 10.6 and 10.5 updates are a little light on the details.

Both updates are available via direct download from their respective web sites or via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.

The updates require Mac OS X 10.5.8 and Mac OS X 10.6.4 to install and run, respectively.

If you’ve tried the updates and have any feedback to offer, please let us know.

Roxio Toast Titanium 11.0.3 update released

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Date: Friday, June 24th, 2011, 03:13
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Late Thursday, Roxio released version 11.0.3 of its Toast Titanium authoring software. The new version, available here, adds the following fixes and changes:

– Resolves an issue where unexpected beahviour occurs when working with VIDEO_TS folders authored by a specific application.

– Resolves an issue where adding MKV video with MPEG-2 content may cause a crash.

– Only valid start and end times are accepted in the Edit Video window.

– Custom audio transition now accepts user specified duration correctly.

– Verification will now occur when copying when burning disc-to-disc.

– Resolves an issue where some High Definition DVD projects and Blu-ray projects may hang at 99% of completion.

Toast Titanium 11 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run and retails for US$79.99.

If you’ve tried the new update and noticed any changes, please let us know in the comments.

Mozilla releases Firefox 5.0 update

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Date: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011, 03:48
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Late Tuesday, Mozilla.org released version 5.0 of its Firefox web browser. The new version stands as an 27.8 megabyte download offered the following fixes and changes:

– Added support for CSS animations.

– The Do-Not-Track header preference has been moved to increase discoverability.

– Tuned HTTP idle connection logic for increased performance.

– Improved canvas, JavaScript, memory, and networking performance.

– Improved standards support for HTML5, XHR, MathML, SMIL, and canvas.

– Improved spell checking for some locales.

– Improved desktop environment integration for Linux users.

– WebGL content can no longer load cross-domain textures.

– Background tabs have setTimeout and setInterval clamped to 1000ms to improve performance.

– Fixed several stability issues.

– Fixed several security issues.

Firefox 5.0 requires an Intel-based Mac and Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.

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

VLC 1.1.10.1 update released

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Date: Friday, June 17th, 2011, 04:54
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Video Lan Client, the nigh-indispensable open source media player for multiple audio and video formats (MPEG, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Divx, ogg, etc.), was updated to version 1.1.10.1. The new version, a 31.8 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

– Small fixes for the Mac OS X port such as disappearing repeat buttons and restored Freebox TV access.

– The installation size was reduced by up to 30 MB.

VLC 1.1.10.1 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.

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

Adium updated to 1.4.2

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Date: Monday, June 13th, 2011, 16:46
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Adium, the open source instant message chat client with support for multiple programs (including AOL Instant Messenger, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo! Google Talk, Bonjour, etc.) has been updated to version 1.4.2.

The new version, a 22 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

Updated to libpurple 2.7.11. Highlights of applicable changes:

MSN:
– Fixed bug that prevented adding contacts to your contact list in certain circumstances. (#14965)

– Added support for MSNP16 including multiple points of presence (MPOP) which allows multiple simultaneous sign-ins and which should resolve connection problems involving the “Signed in from another location” error. (#13654)

– Fixed crash related to Direct Connections. (#14650)

ICQ:
– Fixed a bug where some contacts from your contact list might not show up. Affected non-English users the most. (#14901)

Contact List:
– Fixed tooltips not being updated when scrollwheeling through the contact list. (#3480)

– Improved readability of tooltips by making their contents opaque and only the background transparent. (#15050)

Logging:
– Added a “Log only certain accounts” setting to Adium’s “General” preferences. (#8, #14522)

– Added a “Log secure chats” setting to Adium’s “General” preferences. (#94)

– Renamed “Save opened chats when quitting” setting to “Reopen chats from last time on startup” for clarity. (#14651)

Message View:
– Only display focus indication for group chats. (#14420)

– Enable %service% keyword in header.

– Fixed issue where sections of conversations loaded from message history are repeated. (#13362)

– Fixed iChat emoticons in Snow Leopard on case-sensitive file systems. (#14936)minimal_mod

– Disabled consecutivization of actions to prevent overlapping icons. Fixed erroneous application of a grey dotted top border to a consecutive, unfocused action that follows a non-action. Fixed text wrap alignment issues on actions.

Mockie:
– New mention and focus indicators, and improved scaling at large font sizes. (#14420)

Renkoo:
– No longer scrolls to bottom on new content regardless of scroll position. (#14331)

Smooth Operator:
– Compact: Mentions in actions are no longer italicized. Sendercolor Adiumy is not displayed in IRC too. Fixed progressively increasing saturation of the sendercolor Adiumy on each consecutive message.

– Classic: Fixed slight misalignment between sender and message. Lightened the on-click shadow. The per-message marks in the classic variant now grow to the left rather than to the right where it can overlap message text.

– Dark: New variant!

– all variants: Improved the performance of all-by-sender-on-click javascript. Shifted the built-in buddy icons down a few pixels so they look more centered. Switched to more compact focus indication icons.
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– Reverted to pre-1.4 layout for per-message timestamps (#14361). Per-message timestamps now display on the left when the message text is RTL (#10403).

yMous:
– Removed the per-message triangle, slimmed the area between the sender and message, and fixed more elements to scale with font-size. Improved the performance of all-by-sender-on-click javascript.

ICQ:
– Fixed ICQ disconnections going unnoticed. (#14229)

– Fixed hang caused by reading badly formatted transcripts from ICQ. (#14627)

– Switch to clientLogin authentication for ICQ and AIM, allowing SSL to be used if possible again. Change the options for encryption to “Require”/”Opportunistic”/”Disabled.” (#15000)

– Use the clientLogin key of the official ICQ Mac client instead of the AIM key we had which got banned. (#15244)
IRC

– Fixed a crash related to invalid UTF8 in nicknames on IRC. (#13351)

– Fixed a crash that occurred when opening irc://-links to new servers on ports other than 6667. (#15093)

MSN:
– Added a preference to enable/disable MSN Direct Connections. (#14602)

XMPP:
– Double confirmation is now required to delete and unregister an XMPP account. (#14357)

– Fixed xmpp:-urls without a user part opening chats with (null)@… (#14908).

Miscellaneous:
– Growl notifications for Group Chats now show the channel on the same line as the nick, instead of before the message. (#14890)

– Fixed a bug causing a switching of user profiles following Adium updates. (#14432)

– Fixed 1.4.1 regression of arrows not showing up in the Events tables of the Preference pane and the Get Info pane for active events. (#14629)

– Fixed a hang that occurred when required parts of loaded message styles were missing. (#7438)

– Fixed bookmark icons not updating when changing icon sets. (#13221)

– Fixed two memory leaks. (Adrian Godoroja) (#15047)

– Fixed “Remove Link” showing up twice in the input box’s context menu on 10.6. (Shawn Khan) (#14454)

– Fixed 1.4 regression where selection of the active voice in the “Speak Event” and “Speak Text” contact alert actions failed. (#14574)

– Fixed positioning of selected icon in Recent Icons not being reapplied when icon is reselected. (Adrian Godoroja) (#9908)

– Fixed an issue with adding URLs via copy/paste resulting in an invalid link. (#15229)

Localisation:
– Updated the Localizable.strings files, adding missing translatable strings/nibs. (#14588, #14582)

– Updated and improved localisations: British English (#15116), Catalan (#15231), Danish (#15160), Dutch (#15202), Finnish (#15211), French (#15198), German (#15204), Italian (#15224), Polish (#15230), Portuguese (Portugal) (#15223), Russian (#15246), Swedish (#15217).

– Fixed an issue in the Czech localisation. (#14586)

Adium 1.4.2 is available for free and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to run. The program functions as a Universal Binary and runs at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.

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

VLC 1.1.10 update released

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Date: Monday, June 6th, 2011, 05:21
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Video Lan Client, the nigh-indispensable open source media player for multiple audio and video formats (MPEG, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Divx, ogg, etc.), was updated to version 1.1.10. The new version, a 43.9 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

– Security update regarding an integer overflow in xspf demuxer.

– Rewrite of the pulseaudio audio output module.

– Update of libmodplug for security reasons in Windows and Mac versions.

– Major updates in most language translations.

– Removal of the font-cache re-building on the freetype module on Windows.

– Numerous updates and fixes on the interface and look of VLC for Mac OS X.

– Many miscellaneous fixes in decoders, demuxers and subtitles.

– 3rd party libraries updates.

VLC 1.1.10 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.

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

Google Chrome updated to 12.0.742.60

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Date: Thursday, May 19th, 2011, 04:46
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Google Chrome, Google’s new web browser, just reached version 12.0.742.60 for the Mac. The new version, a 36.2 megabyte download, offers the following the following changes:

– Contains a number of UI tweaks and performance fixes.

Google Chrome 12.0.742.60 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.

CrossOver updated to 10.0.3

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Date: Monday, May 2nd, 2011, 13:04
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CrossOver, the popular emulation program from CodeWeavers, has been updated to version 10.0.3. The new version, which is available as a demo, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Fixed an installation issue with Project 2007 which produced a ‘Not installed for the Current User’ error message.

– Updated several built-in CrossTies. (These upgrades have been available online for a while.)

– Improved the MojoSetup (.bin installer) upgrade path.

– Added a progress dialog during initial open of a CrossTie on the Mac.

– Added support for the ‘installer’ keyword which supports CrossTies for stand-alone executables.

– Added RAR support to CrossTie installation.

– Added a ‘recreate’ button to the menus control panel.

– Fixed some menu issues on the upgrade path from CrossOver 9.2.

CrossOver 10.0.3 retails for US$69.95 and requires Mac OS X 10.5 and or later and an Intel-based Mac to install and run.

Mozilla releases Firefox 4.0.1 update

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Date: Friday, April 29th, 2011, 04:53
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Late Tuesday, Mozilla.org released version 4.0.1 of its Firefox web browser. The new version stands as an 26.8 megabyte download offered the following fixes and changes:

– Fixed several security issues.

– Fixed several stability issues.

Firefox 4.0 requires an Intel-based Mad and Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.

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