Dropbox 1.5.42 beta goes live, now available for download

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Date: Tuesday, October 30th, 2012, 07:39
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If you’re feeling a little brave today, this might come in handy.

On Tuesday, Dropbox released a public beta of version 1.5.42 of its cloud-based storage client for Mac OS X. The new version, a 25.7 megabyte download, which adds the following fixes and changes:

- Fix web login not opening a browser.

- Other small fixes.

Dropbox 1.5.42 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

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

Opera 12.10.1615 public beta goes live, now available for download

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Date: Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012, 07:17
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Late Tuesday, Opera Software released a public beta of version 12.10.1615 of its web browser. The new version, a 20.1 megabyte download via MacUpdate, boasts the following fixes and changes:
- Extensions, improved

Several new and improved APIs are included in this version of Opera including:
- API for URL filtering

- Context Menu API

- Screenshots API

- Resource Loader API

- High-resolution Display Support: Improved support for all high-resolution displays, including Apple’s new Retina Displays is included in this beta.

Web Specifications Support:
- Opera 12.10 beta will include changes in the Opera Presto 2.12 engine up to core-integration-point 388.

- SPDY: Support for the SPDY (“Speedy”) network standard is included in Opera 12.10 beta. SPDY was designed to cut down the time it takes for a webpage to load, while reducing some of the security risks posed by HTTP.

- CSS3 Gradients, Transitions, Animations, and Transforms: All members of these specifications are now available without the -o- prefix and have been updated to the latest published versions.

- CSS Site Compatibility: To improve site compatibility and interoperability, Opera 12.10 beta also introduces aliasing for a selection of prefixed CSS properties.

- Fullscreen API: Fullscreen API support has been implemented and fully supports Draft 7 of the Fullscreen API specification.

- Page Visibility API: Basic support for the Page Visibility API specification has been added, including support for visible and hidden.

- WebSockets: Support for WebSockets has been updated in Opera 12.10 beta and is now enabled by default.

- ICC Profiles: International Color Consortium profile support has been added, ensuring images look as the author intended.

Improvements:
- Display and Scripting.

- Add onpaste to document.

- Add an href attribute to the widget element in config.xml.

Fixes and Changes:
- The OS X version of Opera has been reverted to in-process plugins while stability issues stemming from the out-of-process plugin system are investigated and resolved.

Opera 12.10.1615 is available for free and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.

Skype 5.11.0.33 public beta released

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Date: Friday, September 14th, 2012, 07:41
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Late Thursday, Skype released a public beta (version 5.11.0.33) of its VoIP application. The new version, a 31.7 megabyte download via MacUpdate, offers the following fixes and changes:

- Sharing Instant Messages with friends on Messenger. You can now sign in with your Microsoft account (formerly Windows Live ID), and see presence as well as send and receive IM messages from your friends who are using Messenger, Xbox, Hotmail or Outlook.com.

- Improved Facebook integration. You can now sign in directly with your Facebook account, without needing to first create a Skype account.

- Different conversations can now be opened in separate windows by selecting this option in Preferences (General -> Open conversation in new window when I double-click in the sidebar).

- Link Microsoft and Facebook accounts to a Skype account. If you sign in with a Microsoft or Facebook account you will be offered the option to link your Skype account. If you choose the link option then Skype will display a combined list of friends. This is an area we are still working through so please let us know about your experience.

Skype 5.11.0.33 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later to install and run.

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

Initial tests show forthcoming OS X 10.8.2 update may help resolve battery life issues

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Date: Tuesday, September 11th, 2012, 06:30
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They may not be scientific tests, but they prove a point.

Per the intensely cool cats at The Mac Observer, a set of tests published on Monday claim to show significant a boost in MacBook battery life using a new developer build of OS X Mountain Lion, with the latest beta showing an 85-minute increase from the current 10.8.1.

The unscientific test from The Mac Observer pitted numerous revisions of OS X, from 10.6 Snow Leopard to 10.8.2 Mountain Lion developer build 12C35, against each other to determine how the operating system effects battery life.

The test used a 2011 15-inch MacBook Pro running a 2.0 GHz i7 processor with 8 GB of RAM, a Radeon HD 6490M GPU and two internal hard drives, an OCZ Vertex 4 64 GB SSD and a Seagate Momentus 750 GB HDD.

Each operating system was tested at full charge, with all applications and services disabled save for Wi-Fi, screen adjusted to 50 percent brightness with display set for continuous use and screen saver disabled. A moderate workflow was simulated using a custom Automator application, which repeated until the battery was fully drained.

Using OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard as a baseline, the compiled test data showed a significant hit to battery performance with the introductions of 10.7 Lion and 10.8 Mountain Lion. Upon release, Lion lost over 40 minutes of battery life and took three revisions to regain Snow Leopard power efficiency. In contrast, Mountain Lion saw a huge 105 minute loss in battery performance when it was released in July, with the latest 10.8.1 version moving the OS only 30 minutes closer to baseline.

With OS X 10.8.2, however, battery life is not just brought back in line with Snow Leopard levels, but the OS actually outperforms its predecessor by eight minutes. This marks an 88.5 minute savings in power consumption from the most recent 10.8.1 version of Mountain Lion.

It was previously reported that Apple’s Mountain Lion was causing battery life issues for many users, with some MacBook Air owners seeing their batteries lasting half as long as when OS X 10.7 Lion was installed. Subsequent tests of the latest public version of OS X, Mountain Lion 10.8.1, showed Apple engineers were working on a fix as battery life was substantially improved. If Monday’s tests are accurate, OS X 10.8.2 will bring further battery life improvements, perhaps besting even the legacy OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.

While the final public version of OS X 10.8.2 may not boast power savings identical to the home-brew test, the developer builds are promising and show Apple is taking an aggressive stance in solving the battery degradation issues seen at Mountain Lion’s launch.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and if you’ve gotten your mitts on the current OS X 10.8.2 beta and have any feedback about battery life under the forthcoming operating system revision, please let us know in the comments.

Airlines may be preparing Passbook support ahead of iOS 6 debut

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Date: Friday, September 7th, 2012, 06:02
Category: iPhone, News, Software

No one quite knows how Apple’s upcoming Passbook feature will work in iOS 6, but it looks like the airlines are getting ready for it.

According to the Australian Business Traveler, a report on Thursday claims a Virgin Australia passenger using an iPhone running iOS 6 beta was prompted to save a digital boarding pass to Passbook, hinting that air carriers are readying support for Apple’s forthcoming organization app for coupons, membership and other barcode-based assets.

The passenger checked in to a flight using the airline’s mobile website on his iPhone, which recognized the digital boarding pass from Safari and displayed a prompt asking whether he wanted to add the digital ticket to Passbook, suggesting that Virgin Australia’s mobile site is employing Apple’s new “.pkpass” mime type.

The file type, which allows the Safari web browser and email clients to recognize boarding passes to be sent to Passbook for processing and storage, has been available to developers for some time, though before Thursday there was little evidence of a major airline using the feature.

Currently, only United Airlines has officially signed on to support the upcoming iOS 6 feature, however other carriers are sure to follow suit as many already offer barcode-based digital ticketing.

It is unclear if the traveller was able to board the plane using Passbook, however, as company protocol may not allow for the unreleased system.

Passbook is slated to debut alongside a list of new features when iOS 6 launches this fall. Apple this week sent out invitations to a Sept. 12 special event all but confirming the unveiling of its next-generation iPhone, which will run the new mobile operating system.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

OS X 10.8.2 beta focuses on improving Power Nap, other features

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Date: Thursday, September 6th, 2012, 07:45
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Come OS X 10.8.2, your Mac will take more efficient naps.

Per AppleInsider, Apple seeded a new OS X 10.8.2 beta on Wednesday, asking developers to focus on a number of areas including the Power Nap feature introduced with Mountain Lion.

Build 12C43 of OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2 beta was seeded with no known issues, however it appears Apple is looking to improve operability of the Power Nap feature introduced with the operating system in July.

Power Nap enables Macs to stay up to date and allows for the automatic backup of data while the computer is in sleep mode. Time Machine and iCloud syncing are supported, though compatibility is limited to mid-2011 or later MacBook Airs and the MacBook Pro with Retina display.

The newest 12C43 build comes one week after Apple seeded the second 10.8.2 beta, asking developers to focus on system-wide Facebook sharing integration.

As always, if you’ve gotten your mitts on an early copy of the beta, please let us know what you make of it in the comments.

Apple releases second OS X 10.8.2 beta to developer community, focuses on upcoming Facebook integration

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Date: Thursday, August 30th, 2012, 06:48
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Hey, betas are still hip.

And cool.

Per AppleInsider, Apple on Wednesday provided developers with the second beta of OS X 10.8.2 Mountain Lion, less than a week after the first beta became available.

Sources familiar with the latest beta of OS X 10.8.2 indicated it is known as build 12C35. Developers have reportedly been asked to focus on the new Facebook integration coming to the updated version of Mountain Lion.

Other areas of focus highlighted by Apple for developers are said to be Messages, Game Center, Safari and Reminders. The latest build of OS X 10.8.2 reportedly contains no known issues.

The first beta of OS X 10.8.2 was provided to select developers last Thursday. Those who participated in the beta were invited to do so by Apple via e-mail.

The biggest change in OS X 10.8.2 is expected to be Facebook integration across the entire Mountain Lion operating system. The new feature will work similar to how Twitter is currently integrated, with the ability to post pictures and other content directly to a user’s Facebook account with the operating system’s Share Sheets button.

The latest public release of Mountain Lion, OS X 10.8.1, also launched last Thursday. It resolved an issue that caused Migration Assistant to unexpectedly quit, improved compatibility when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange server in Mail, and addressed an issue playing audio through a Thunderbolt display.

Just two developer previews of OS X 10.8.1 were made available to developers before the software officially launched. Mountain Lion became available on the Mac App Store just over a months go, on July 25.

If you’ve gotten your hands on the new beta and have any feedback to offer, please let us know what you make of it in the comments.

Adobe releases Lightroom 4.2 public beta

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Date: Tuesday, August 28th, 2012, 12:12
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You can’t knock additional camera suport on a powerful image editing program.

On Tuesday, Adobe released a public beta of version 4.2 of its Lightroom image editing program. The new version, a 392 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

New Cameras:
- Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i
- Canon EOS M
- Fuji FinePix F800EXR
- Leaf Credo 40
- Leaf Credo 60
- Nikon 1 J2
- Panasonic DMC-FZ200
- Panasonic DMC-G5
- Panasonic DMC-LX7
- Pentax K-30
- Sony DSC-RX100

New Lens Profile Support:
- Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM
- Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM
- Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
- Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
- Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM
- Zeiss Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZE
- Zeiss Distagon T* 2/25 ZE
- LEICA APO ELMAR-S 180 mm f/3.5 (CS)
- LEICA APO MACRO SUMMARIT-S 120 mm f/2.5 (CS)
- LEICA APO-SUMMICRON-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH.
- LEICA ELMARIT-S 30 mm f/2.8 ASPH. (CS)
- LEICA SUMMARIT-S 35 mm f/2.5 ASPH. (CS)
- LEICA SUMMARIT-S 70 mm f/2.5 ASPH. (CS)
- LEICA SUPER-ELMAR-S 24 mm f/3.5 ASPH
- LEICA VARIO-ELMAR-S 30-90 mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH.
- Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
- Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR xcSigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM xcTamron SP 24– 70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD A007N
- Zeiss Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZF.2
- Zeiss Distagon T* 2/25 ZF.2
- Pentax smc D FA 645 25mm F4 AL (IF) SDM AW
- Pentax smc DA 40mm F2.8 XS
- Pentax smc DA 50mm F1.8
- Pentax smc DA 645 25mm F4 AL (IF) SDM AW
- Sigma 18-50mm F2.8-4.5 DC HSM
- Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM
- Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro
- Sigma 18-50mm F2.8-4.5 DC HSM

Fixed:
- Folder stacks with virtual copies get unstacked when moving to another folder.

- Stacked photos get hidden in both the Grid view and Filmstrip. This occurs when photos get unstacked as a result of enabling auto-stacking.

- Errors encountered when publishing videos to Facebook through the Facebook Publish Service.

- Users may have occurred problems when trying to enter the Web Module from Library.

- Unable to edit JPEG photos in Photoshop Elements.

- Background graphics that are applied to a Book globally may not appear as expected in a Saved PDF.

- Certain book covers had spine text positioned in a Horizontal manner, not Vertical.

- Double byte characters are not being exported to PDF in Books.

- Photos were exported with original GPS coordinates recorded by the camera, not with the GPS coordinates updated in Lightroom.

- Keyboard shortcuts in the Develop module sometimes do not work when editing an image in Process Version PV2010.

- Parents and synonyms of “do not export” keywords also do not export.

Adobe Lightroom 4.2 retails for US$149.00 and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.8 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.

Apple seeds fourth Mac OS X 10.7.5 beta to developer community

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Date: Tuesday, August 28th, 2012, 10:18
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Mac OS X 10.7.5 is en route, or at least that’s what the betas would have you believe.

Per MacNN, Apple has released a fourth beta of OS X 10.7.5 to developers. The download, build 11G45, is about 1.16GB as a delta, or 1.93GB as a combo update. As with the previous build there are no known issues, and Apple is again asking developers to test graphics quality and performance, as well as media importing, viewing, and editing.

Mac OS X 10.7.5 could be the last major update for OS X Lion, since Apple is now concentrating development work on Mountain Lion, which was launched late in July. Subsequent Lion updates will probably be intended to patch specific components.

Stay tuned for additional details and if you’ve gotten your mitts on the new beta, please let us know what you make of it in the comments.

Opera 12.02 beta goes live, now available for download

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Date: Friday, August 24th, 2012, 06:34
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On Thursday, Opera Software released version 12.02 of its web browser. The new version, which is currently a public beta, stands as a 28.2 megabyte download via MacUpdate, boasts the following fixes and changes:

- DSK-368553 When navigating away from the first page opened in a tab, an extension loses information about the document inside the tab.

- DSK-372113 Opera crashes if dragging a tab into a stack which contains another stack.

- DSK-372317 [Windows] Windowless plugin painting messages can prevent Opera from exiting.

- DSK-372168 [Linux/FreeBSD] Some plugins accessed via symlinks crash (e.g. Oracle Java), others cannot be found.

- We’re trying out a fix for some SSL connectivity problems, please watch out for any padlock issues.

Opera 12.02 is available for free and requires and Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.