Adium updated to 1.5.7

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Date: Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013, 06:32
Category: News, Software

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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 1.5.7.

The new version, a 22.8 megabyte download adds the following fixes and changes:
- Updated Twitter support. (#16118)

- Retweets (RTs) now properly display the original author.

- t.co links are now expanded.

- Fixed parsing to conform to the standard. (#13947)

- Removed StatusNet support, see ​http://adium.im/blog/2013/07/adium-1-5-7-released.

- Fixed a crash when redrawing the contact list. (#16119)

- Fixed a bug that could cause SSL connections to be closed prematurely. (#15405, #15411, #15741, #16356)

Fixed the following weaknesses in the SSL code:
- Removed all anonymous ciphers from the list Adium tries, these are insecure and would crash Adium.

- Removed SSL_RSA_WITH_NULL_MD5 from the list of ciphers, as it doesn’t use encryption.

- Removed the caching of untrusted certificates, as the implementation would make it easy to replace it with a different certificate when reconnecting.

Adium 1.5.7 is available for free and requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later and an Intel-based Mac to run.

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

OnyX updated to 2.7.1

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Date: Friday, June 28th, 2013, 13:33
Category: News, Software

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You can’t knock a decent update.

OnyX, Titanium Software’s popular freeware multifunction utility for Mac OS X, has been updated to version 2.7.1. The new version, a 19 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
- Bug corrected in the Utilities > Applications pane.

- Keyboard Viewer in the Utilities > Applications pane.

- The opt folder can be shown/hidden now from the Utilities > Visibility.

- New replacement icon.

OnyX 2.7.1 requires an Intel-based processor and OS X 10.8 or later to install and run.

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

Apple releases Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 4.07

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Date: Friday, June 28th, 2013, 07:59
Category: News, Software

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On Friday, Apple posted its Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 4.07, an update designed to extend RAW image compatibility for the Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’11 applications.

The update, a 6.1 megabyte download, adds support for the following cameras:
- Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G6

- Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF6

- Sony Alpha SLT-A58

The update requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later to install and run and is also available via Mac OS X’s built-in Software Update feature.

If you’ve tried the new Digital Camera RAW update and noticed any changes, please let us know how it went.

Delicious Library updated to 3.1

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Date: Friday, June 28th, 2013, 07:09
Category: News, Software

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On Tuesday, software company Delicious Monster released version 3.1 of the shareware favorite, Delicious Library. Delicious Monster allows Macs with webcams to scan the bar codes of any book, movie, music CD or video game, then creates an archive based on background information from the Internet. Additional features help keep the library organized and reseller’s tools allow for items to be quickly posted for sale online.

The new version, an 80.7 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
- Localizations for: Afrikaans, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish.

- Added support for Amazon China.

- Table view size is controlled by the slider in the “View” menu.

- Significant performance improvements for collections with thousands of items and many of smart shelf rules.

- Search is *much* faster and more responsive.

- Delicious Library supports custom user templates for printing and publishing.

- Other improvements and bug fixes.

Delicious Library 3.1 retails for US$40 and requires OS X 10.8 or later to install and run.

Skype for iOS updated to 4.9, adds free video messaging, other improvements

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Date: Thursday, June 27th, 2013, 08:28
Category: iOS, News, Software

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It’s one of those days for marquee iOS app updates.

Per iMore, Skype for iPhone and Skype for iPad have been updated to version 4.9. The new version, a 29.6 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:
- Video messaging is now free and unlimited.

- Audio and video call stability improvements.

- Share photos more readily.

- Improved accessibility for video messaging.

- General fixes and improvements.

Video clips can be up to three minutes long, and the fact that all users can now send as many as they like has lots of positive implications for continued use of the service. A call is not always convienient, but there’s something a lot more personal about seeing someone as they’re speaking to you. Like they really, actually do want to talk to you.

Skype 4.9 requires and iPhone, iPod touch or iPad running iOS 5.0 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new versions of Skype for iOS and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Google Earth updated to 7.1.1 for iOS, Android

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Date: Thursday, June 27th, 2013, 06:33
Category: iOS, News, Software

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This could come in handy.

Per Google Lat Long, Google has just released version 7.1.1 of Google Earth for Android and iOS.

The new version, a 29 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
- Google Street View.

- Improved directions and search.

- Improved user interface.

Google Earth 7.1.1 requires an iOS device running iOS 4.3 or later to install and run and can be snagged via the iTunes Store.

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

Cocktail updated to 6.4.1

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Date: Wednesday, June 26th, 2013, 07:15
Category: News, Software

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On Wednesday, shareware developer Maintain released version 6.4.1 of CocktailCocktail (Mountain Lion Edition), the popular shareware utility program that allows for additional Mac OS X system tests. The new version, a 5.5 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and features:
- Updated network optimization presets.

- Improvements on the clear DNS cache procedure.

- Addresses an issue in which Cocktail may fail to restart Core Audio daemon.

- Addresses minor compatibility issues with OS X 10.8.4 and Safari 6.0.5.

- Updated Automator actions.

- Updated Help files.

Cocktail 6.4.1 retails for a US$19.00 shareware registration fee and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.8 or later to install and run.

Firefox updated to 22.0

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Date: Tuesday, June 25th, 2013, 08:57
Category: News, Software

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Sit back, grab a refreshing drink and watch the Firefox version numbers soar…

On Tuesday, Mozilla.org released version 22.0 of its Firefox web browser. The new version, a 42.6 megabyte download via MacUpdate, adds the following fixes and changes:

New:
- Mac OS X: Download progress in Dock application icon.

- HTML5 audio/video playback rate can now be changed.

- Social services management implemented in Add-ons Manager.

- asm.js optimizations (OdinMonkey) enabled for major performance improvements.

Changed:
- Improved WebGL rendering performance through asynchronous canvas updates.

- Plain text files displayed within Firefox will now word-wrap.

- For user security, the |Components| object is no longer accessible from web content.

- Improved memory usage and display time when rendering images.

- Pointer Lock API can now be used outside of fullscreen.

Developer:
- CSS3 Flexbox implemented and enabled by default.

- New Web Notifications API implemented.

- Added clipboardData API for JavaScript access to a user’s clipboard.

- New built-in font inspector.

HTML5:
- New HTML5 data and time elements.

Fixed:
- Scrolling using some high-resolution-scroll aware touchpads feels slow (829952).

Firefox 22.0 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.

Study finds mid-2013 MacBook Air’s 802.11ac Wi-Fi speeds throttled by bug in OS X

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Date: Tuesday, June 25th, 2013, 07:51
Category: MacBook Air, News, Software, wireless

Even in the event that the Wi-Fi connectivity issues on the mid-2013 MacBook Air notebooks are hardware-based, the underlying operating system software is apparently throttling potential data speeds on the new networking protocol.

Per AnandTech and CNET, a series of tests by AnandTech confirms that much of the Wi-Fi speed throttling is software-based. The new MacBook Air was announced by Apple at the recent Worldwide Developers Conference, and in addition to extended battery life, the new systems include support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking, which supports up to three times faster data rates in comparison with 802.11n.

In testing, AnandTech noticed that the link speeds of the systems are very high, at an average of about 533Mbps, but when transferring files over standard networking protocols, the speed drops to about 169Mbps at its maximum. This is over three times less than the expected speeds.

In investigating the issue, AnandTech discovered that an apparent bug in OS X limits the TCP window size (the maximum data that can be sent at a time) to a maximum of 64KB, which is far less than the 256KB needed to meet the speed capabilities of the 802.11ac connection.

As a result of this finding, AnandTech shows that in its current state, while the 2013 MacBook Air will still give fast file transfers, these will be limited to about 21MBps, instead of the more than 50MBps expected. Luckily, this limitation being in software means the fix should be easy, and it may be only a matter of a quick update for these systems to realize their full potential.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Apple looking into mid-2013 MacBook Air Wi-Fi issues, “capturing” units for study

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Date: Tuesday, June 25th, 2013, 07:41
Category: MacBook Air, News, Software, wireless

This might be why your friends, the ones who wait a month or two after a brand new product hits the market, could be right…

Per 9to5Mac, over the past few days, a notable amount of users have complained about Wi-Fi issues plaguing the new 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air models released during the week of WWDC. Besides less-battery-intensive chipsets, the marquee feature of the new MacBook Air revolves around faster Wi-Fi connectivity thanks to new 802.11ac cards. As with any new product, bugs are plausible. It’s also been noted that new reports claim that the MacBook Air WiFi issues are due to networking issues in Apple’s OS X software.

The following facts are currently in place:

In the United States, Apple Geniuses and Advisors should capture MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2013) and MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2013) computers with any Wi-Fi issues.

According to a source at Apple, the company is working to independently identify what exactly is causing the new Wi-Fi-related problems. According to the source, AppleCare and Apple Store Genius Bar employees have been instructed to “capture” affected MacBook Air units. These units will then be sent back to Apple for further testing so a solution could hopefully be achieved. While Apple is asking AppleCare and Genius Bar staff to “capture” units facing problems, that does not mean Apple is confirming the new MacBook Air is flawed. This points to Apple pushing to determine why at least some units are seeing Wi-Fi problems.

There have also been reports of at least a couple of customers facing MacBook Air WiFi issues who have successfully swapped out their notebooks for new ones. One of these people has said that AppleCare provided them with a complementary USB-to-Ethernet adapter so the new MacBook Air could connect to the internet without Wi-Fi. Apple also informed these people that their original laptops have been “captured”.

If you’ve picked up Apple’s latest MacBook Air notebook and have any feedback to provide about its 802.11ac Wi-Fi performance, please let us know in the comments.