OnyX 2.0.4 Released

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Date: Thursday, March 12th, 2009, 08:02
Category: Software

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Onyx, Titanium Software’s popular freeware multifunction utility for Mac OS X, has been updated to version 2.0.4. The new version, a 16.4 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

  • Bug of display the Journaling status corrected.
  • Bug while displaying message in the Login Window corrected.
  • Deleting logs improved.
  • Parameters > Misc panel reorganized.
  • Help corrected, improved and reindexed.
  • Uninstaller application updated.
  • Option: Display only running applications in the Dock.
  • Option: Show the Help Viewer icon in the Dock and the applications Switcher.
  • Option: Enable the Debug mode of Help Viewer.
  • OnyX requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.
    If you’ve tried the new version and have any opinions about it, please let us know in the comments or forums.

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    Apple Releases Front Row 2.1.7 Update

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    Date: Thursday, March 12th, 2009, 08:14
    Category: Software

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    Late Wednesday, Apple released Front Row 2.1.7, an update to its media control system for Mac OS X. The 12.6 megabyte download provides iTunes 8.1 compatibility and is available via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
    Front Row 2.1.7 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.
    If you’ve tried the update and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know in the comments or forums.

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    Apple Releases iTunes 8.1 Update

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    Date: Thursday, March 12th, 2009, 08:07
    Category: Software

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    Late Wednesday, Apple released iTunes 8.1, the latest version of its multimedia/jukebox application for Mac OS X. The new version, a 63.4 megabyte download, offers the following fixes, changes and new features:

  • Supports syncing with iPod shuffle (3rd generation).
  • Allows friends to request songs for iTunes DJ.
  • Adds Genius sidebar for your Movies and TV Shows.
  • Improves performance when downloading iTunes Plus songs.
  • Provides AutoFill for manually managed iPods.
  • Allows CDs to be imported at the same sound quality as iTunes Plus.
  • Includes many accessibility improvements.
  • Allows iTunes U and the iTunes Store to be disabled separately using Parental Controls.
  • iTunes 8.1 is available for free, requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run and can be snagged using Mac OS X’s built-in Software Update feature.
    If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback, positive or negative, let us know over in the comments or forums.

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    Apple Releases Third-Generation iPod Shuffle

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    Date: Wednesday, March 11th, 2009, 09:32
    Category: iPod shuffle

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    Apple on Wednesday introduced the third generation of its iPod shuffle music player, the smallest of its iPod line and now nearly half the size of the previous generation.
    According to Macworld, the new Shuffle boasts a feature called VoiceOver, which enables the uniot to speak your song titles, artists and playlist names. The shuffle can speak 14 languages including English, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.
    The new unit’s controls are now located entirely on the earphone cord and allow users to play, pause, adjust volume, switch playlists and hear the name of the song and artist. The iPod can also provide information regarding battery life on the fly.
    According to Apple, the third generation iPod shuffle is significantly smaller than a AA battery and holds up to 1,000 songs.
    The new iPod shuffle is available in silver or black and features a built-in stainless steel clip. The unit is available immediately and retails for US$79.
    If you happen to grab one today, let us know what you think about it by dropping an e-mail to chris @ powerpage.org.

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    iPhone Dev Team Releases Full Jailbreak for iPod Touch 2G

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    Date: Wednesday, March 11th, 2009, 08:39
    Category: iPod Touch

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    The pretty spiffy guys at the iPhone Dev Team have released the first full jailbreak for Apple’s iPod touch 2G handset. According to iPhone Alley, the team was able to exploit a “fatal flaw in [the] bootrom that means you will always be able to pwn these devices no matter what firmware updates come along.”
    Could be interesting and the patch for transforming the tethered jailbreak into an untethered one is available on ipodtouchfans.com. The jailbreak has not yet been built into the Dev Team’s QuickPwn or the Pwnage Tool utilities.
    If you’ve gotten around to trying the jailbreak, please let us know how it went in the comments or forums.

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    Adobe Reader Updated to 9.1

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    Date: Wednesday, March 11th, 2009, 08:15
    Category: Software

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    On Tuesday, Adobe released version 8.1 of its free Reader program. The program, which has long been a staple for viewing and printing Portable Document Format (PDF) files, includes the following changes:
    Addresses a number of customer workflow issues and a critical security vulnerability while providing more stability.
    Adobe Reader 9.1 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run and its download file size varies depending on version chosen.
    If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments or forums.

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    Rumor: Apple May be Building Netbook

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    Date: Tuesday, March 10th, 2009, 09:09
    Category: Rumor

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    Despite its public comments regarding the issue, Apple may in fact be working on a netbook which could be released sometime this year.
    According to the DigiTimes newspaper, Apple has ordered displays from a well-known touch-panel supplier for use with such a system sometime in 2009.
    According to the report, Taiwan-based Wintek will start shipping the panels to the Cupertino-based Mac maker sometime during the third quarter of the year for an official launch at an unknown date.
    “Wintek revealed that it is currently working with Apple to develop some new products, but it said it does not know what applications the new products are for,” the DigiTimes report said. “Wintek added that no shipment schedule has been worked out yet, but shipments are likely to begin in the second half of the year.”
    In the original report, the Commercial Times stated that Quanta Computer would be responsible for assembling the netbooks.
    Such a move would appear to be contradictory to comments made by Apple executives, who in recent months, hav downplayed the market for stripped down, sub-US$600 notebooks.
    “As we look at the netbook category, that’s a nascent category,” Apple chief executive Steve Jobs said last fall. “As best as we can tell, there’s not a lot of them being sold.”
    Other criticisms have gone on record from Apple chief operating office Tim Cook, who noted that netbooks are “principally based on hardware that’s much less powerful than we think customers want, software technology that is not good, cramped keyboards, small displays.”
    “We don’t think people will be pleased with those products,” he added. “It’s a category we watch, we’ve got some ideas here, but right now we think the products are inferior and will not provide an experience to customers they’re happy with.”
    Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and let us know what you think in the comments or forums.

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    Apple Releases Second Mac OS X 10.5.7 Beta

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    Date: Monday, March 9th, 2009, 10:09
    Category: Software

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    Apple appears to be close to getting its Mac OS X 10.5.7 maintenance update out the door as the company issued a new build of the update this weekend. According to AppleInsider, Apple released build 9J22 to third-party developers recently. The build apparently contains nearly six dozen code corrections, a barebones weight of 440 megabytes, and requests that developers focus their testing efforts on over 20 core components, including AirPort, Mail, graphics drivers, and Time Machine.
    Per sources close to the story, Apple has directed a significant focus on addressing syncing issues that have plagued many of Leopard’s standard, forward-facing apps, such as as Mail, AddressBook, and system preferences.
    Interestingly enough, Mac OS X 10.5.7 has been publicly mentioned on Apple’s online store as being a prerequisite for use with ATI’s Radeon HD 4870 Graphics Upgrade Kit for owners of previous generation Mac Pros. After the blunder was widely reported, Apple changed the page to indicate that the card required 10.5.6, which is actually the case for the recently-refreshed Mac Pro, which will ship with a custom milestone of 10.5.6 that includes the appropriate driver support.
    However, given that standalone orders for the US$349 card are not expected to ship for another five to seven weeks, its likely the original requirements on the page were accurate and that Mac OS X 10.5.7 will be released within that same time frame.
    As of Saturday, it was reported that build 9J27 had been distributed and included 10 new bug fixes targeting FileVault, Time Capsule, preference panes for Print & Fax and MobileMe, iCal sync, and more.
    Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and if you’ve had a chance to play with the 10.5.7 builds, please let us know in the comments or forums.

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    Cydia Opens Unauthorized iPhone Application Store

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    Date: Monday, March 9th, 2009, 06:07
    Category: Legal

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    Though the App Store provides some incredibly fun and useful stuff, there are still some iPhone and iPod touch applications that can’t be acquired through this end. Applications like Cycorder, which lets you use your iPhone as a camcorder or PdaNet, which allows users to use the iPhone’s cellular data connection on their computer via a Wi-Fi connection, may never see the light of day via Apple’s online retail channel for the handset and according to Wall Street Journal, have been available through Cydia, a software installer developed by 27-year-old California graduate student Jay Freeman.
    Starting today, Cydia will be opening its own app store, providing a way those jailbreak developers to easily sell their applications.
    Freeman has stated that Cydia “intends to charge developers no more than the commission Apple does for his site’s billing services.” The paper reported that two more rival app stores are also underway, including one interested in “selling adult games for the iPhone.”
    Though this seems like these App Store rivals may need to have their lawyers on speed dial, many technology law scholars have said that an Apple legal victory isn’t necessarily a given, as this qualifies as uncharted legal territory.
    “Courts have said you shouldn’t use the DMCA to leverage your copyright monopoly into other markets,” said Susan Crawford, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School, who said that federal courts ruled that previous DMCA-related cases were less about preventing copyright infringement, but rather about stifling competition.
    Last December, the EFF proposed an exemption to the DMCA that would legalize jailbreaking. In response, Apple filed their opposition to the proposal in February arguing that it could lead to problems with the iPhone’s security and reliability, as well as providing a potential venue for pirated iPhone applications.
    Many tech law experts still say that the jailbreakers might actually have a viable defense. While jailbreaking and unlocking are not the same process, the iPhone unlocking process requires jailbreaking, so it seems likely that the same legal reasoning to defend against unlocking might hold.
    Either way, Cydia’s Freeman has stated that he’s ready for the impending legal challenges to come…
    If you have two cents to throw in on this, please let us know in the comments or forums.

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    Users Report Additional Graphics Issues with 17″ Unibody MacBook Pro

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    Date: Friday, March 6th, 2009, 09:53
    Category: MacBook Pro

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    As nifty as the new 17″ unibody MacBook Pro happens to be, a combined Apple/NVIDIA firmware update may be necessary. According to Engadget, a number of users on the Apple Discussions board have cited serious issues with the GeForce 9600M graphics card installed in the notebook. A GeForce 9400M card is also found in the notebook as well, but complaints cite that the random green lines and nasty artifacts appear only when the more potent card is kicked into action.
    Most folks have stated that a reboot solves the problem momentarily, but eventually the issue returns to haunt them.
    Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and please let us know if you’ve seen this problem on your end in the comments or forums.

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