Mozilla releases Firefox 18.0 update

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Date: Wednesday, January 9th, 2013, 07:31
Category: News, Software

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You can’t knock a solid update.

On Tuesday, Mozilla.org released version 18.0 of its Firefox web browser. The new version, a 38.4 megabyte download and adds the following fixes and changes:

New:
– Faster JavaScript performance via IonMonkey compiler.

– Support for Retina Display on OS X 10.7 and up.

– Preliminary support for WebRTC.

Changed:
– Experience better image quality with our new HTML scaling algorithm.

– Performance improvements around tab switching.

Developer:
– Support for new DOM property window.devicePixelRatio.

– Improvement in startup time through smart handling of signed extension certificates.

HTML 5:
– Support for W3C touch events implemented, taking the place of MozTouch events.

Fixed:
– Disable insecure content loading on HTTPS pages (62178).

– Improved responsiveness for users on proxies (769764).

Firefox 18.0 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.

Adobe releases Flash Player 11.6.602.137 beta

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Date: Wednesday, January 9th, 2013, 07:45
Category: News, Software

On Tuesday, Adobe released Flash Player 11.6.602.137 for Mac OS X, a 16.9 megabyte download via MacUpdate as a pre-release beta. The new version adds the following fixes and changes:

– This pre-release includes new features as well as enhancements and bug fixes related to security, stability, performance, and device compatibility for Flash Player 11.6 and AIR 3.6.

Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.137 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later to install and run.

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

iOS 6 New Year’s Eve “Do Not Disturb” bug to auto-correct itself on Jan. 7th according to Apple

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Date: Thursday, January 3rd, 2013, 07:24
Category: iOS, News, Software

This is sort of an awkward thing, but Apple says it should resolve itself in four days’ time.

Per AppleInsider, Apple has posted a support document, informing users that a bug with the “Do Not Disturb” feature in iOS 6 will automatically be resolved after Jan. 7.

The document, published on Wednesday, acknowledges the “symptom” of the problem, in which the Do Not Disturb mode stays on past its scheduled end time. The bug went into effect with the start of the new year on Tuesday.

“Do Not Disturb scheduling feature will resume normal functionality after January 7, 2013,” Apple’s document reads. “Before this date, you should manually turn the Do Not Disturb feature on or off.”

Users can manually switch the automatic feature of Do Not Disturb on or off by opening the iOS Settings application, choosing “Notifications,” then “Do Not Disturb,” and switching “Scheduled.” Until next Monday, Jan. 7, the feature will not auto-enable or disable as it has done since the launch of iOS 6 in September.

The iPhone has a history of New Year’s bugs, with another issue arising at the start of 2011 that prevented non-repeating alarms from ringing. When the bug became known, Apple suggested that users set recurring alarms until Jan. 3 of that year, when the alarms automatically began working again properly.

If you’ve seen this bug on your end, please let us know.

Dropbox updated to 1.6.11

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Date: Monday, December 31st, 2012, 07:57
Category: News, Software

You can’t knock a decent update:

On Friday, Dropbox released version 1.6.11 of its cloud-based storage client for Mac OS X. The new version, a 23.1 megabyte download, which adds the following fix:

– Fix a hang that affects a handful of people.

Dropbox 1.6.11 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.

GraphicConverter updated to 8.5, adds Retina support, other features

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Date: Friday, December 28th, 2012, 09:41
Category: News, Software

A nifty chunk of shareware just got better.

On Friday, Thorsten Lemke’s seminal graphics conversion and editing app GraphicConverter reached version 8.5. The new version, a 153.8 megabyte download, added the following fixes and changes:

New features:
– Retina support added.
– Added support for 16 bit per channel grayscale raw import.
– Split red/green/blue batch added.
– Added batch function to extract all used keywords to convert&modify.
– Added option to disable indicator for unapplied xmp changes.
– Added zoom support to slideshow with gesture.
– Added dialog upon click of rotation indicator.
– Added rating tool to image window toolbar.
– Added option to open a browser with a default path upon launch.
– Added option to use EXIF preview as browser thumbnail.
– Added import of old picture clippings at 64 bit.
– Added import support for some old StartupScreen variants.
– Added editable number fields for display of slider values.
– Added slideshow with find.

Updated features:
– Exif creation does verify gps tags before export.
– Keyword palette supports import of plain keywords list.
– Next/previous icons do now use the last display scale for the new image.
– Improved undo options.
– Improved PhotoRaw options.
– Find and replace colors are stored in the prefs.
– Enhanced edit exif data dialog.

Bug fixes:
– Fixed performance issue after resolution change without resample.
– Added a workaround for a possible issue during keyword change of JPGs on server volumes with 10.7.x.
– Fixed a bug during applying batch settings during html catalog creation.
– Fixed a bug in multipage pdf to tiff conversion.
– Fixed a bug in replace dialog of non image files.
– Fixed a possible memory leak in the slideshow.
– Fixed a bug with the index display in the find and replace dialog.
– Fixed a bug in setting the catalog/picture format.
– Fixed a display issue on 10.6.8.
– Fixed possible crash during import of corrupt WPG file.
– Fixed a bug in JPS to MPO conversion.
– Fixed a bug in flat view.
– Fixed a bug with change of extension if the filename uses dots.

GraphicConverter 8.5 retails for US$39.95 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.

iOS 6 security bug in wild, reenables JavaScript under Safari without input from user

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Date: Monday, December 24th, 2012, 08:57
Category: News, security, Software

This is the reason bug fixes were invented.

Per AppleInsider the Safari web browser in Apple’s iOS 6 platform has a potentially serious JavaScript bug that could have major security and privacy implications.

The new “Smart App Banner” feature in iOS 6 is designed to allow developers the ability to promote App Store software within Safari. The Smart App Banner detects whether a user has a specific application installed, and invites them to view the software on the App Store or open it on their iOS device.

But for users who choose to turn off JavaScript in the Safari Web browser, the appearance of a Smart App Banner on a website will automatically and permanently turn JavaScript back on without notifying the user.

iOS device owners can test this issue by opening the Settings application and choosing Safari, then turning off JavaScript. Then simply launch the Safari browser and visit a website with a Smart App Banner.

Users can then go back into the Settings application to verify that the JavaScript setting switch has been flipped back to the “on” position without warning. Accordingly, JavaScript features on websites will begin working again.

The issue has reportedly existed since the release of iOS 6 months ago, though it has not been widely reported. In addition, people familiar with the latest beta of iOS 6.1 said the problem also remains in Apple’s pre-release test software on the iPhone.

Peter Eckersley, technology products director with digital rights advocacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said he would characterize such an issue as a “serious privacy and security vulnerability.”

Neither Eckersley nor the EFF had heard of the bug in iOS 6, nor had they independently tested to confirm that they were able to replicate the issue. But Eckersley said that if the problem is in fact real, it’s something that Apple should work to address as quickly as possible.

“It is a security issue, it is a privacy issue, and it is a trust issue,” Eckersley said. “Can you trust the UI to do what you told it to do? It’s certainly a bug that needs to be fixed urgently.”

But Lysa Myers, a virus hunter at security firm Intego, said she doesn’t see the bug as a major concern for the vast majority of iOS device owners.

“While this issue is certainly not an ideal situation, by itself it actually isn’t that large a problem,” said Myers. “At the moment it doesn’t pose a threat, but we’ll continue to monitor it to make sure it doesn’t become more exploitable. There’s also the fact that few people actually disable JavaScript completely as it can partially, or totally, disable the majority of websites.”

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Some users complain of reduced battery life, new Wi-Fi issues after iOS 6.0.2 update

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Date: Friday, December 21st, 2012, 08:51
Category: iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

Sometimes a bug fix works perfectly for everyone.

Other times it doesn’t, or opens up a whole new can of worms.

Per the Apple support forums and Ars Technica, Apple’s newly released iOS 6.0.2 update for the iPhone 5 and iPad mini may have resolved some Wi-Fi issues, but some users say it seems to have also reduced their battery life.

A number of users have expressed they have noticed poorer battery life on their iPhone after upgrading to iOS 6.0.2. Specifically, one user said they noticed their battery draining “substantially faster.”

In addition, a small number of users have created a thread at Apple’s official support forums to share their own evidence of battery problems with iOS 6.0.2.

“It is absolutely draining my battery,” user ‘atdguy’ wrote. “I can usually get through a day with about 75% of my battery power remaining. Today I’ve gone through 90% and I’ve done nothing special with it.”

Others posting at Apple’s site said that the release of iOS 6.0.2 actually introduced Wi-Fi connectivity issues for them. The software update, released on Tuesday, was intended to address previous Wi-Fi bugs for the iPhone and iPad mini.

All of the users who commented or e-mailed say they are experiencing the battery drain issues with their iPhone 5. There was no mention of iOS 6.0.2 battery problems with the iPad mini.

If you’ve seen these issues on your own devices after the iOS 6.0.2 update, please let us know in the comments.

Carbon Copy Cloner updated to 3.5.2

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Date: Thursday, December 20th, 2012, 08:32
Category: News, Software

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On Saturday, Carbon Copy Cloner, the shareware favorite for drive cloning operations by Mike Bombich, reached version 3.5.2. The new version, an 8.6 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

– Added support for sending notifications to Mountain Lion’s Notification Center. Growl support will continue to be supported for Snow Leopard and Lion, but in Mountain Lion, CCC will only send notifications to the built-in Notification Center. We understand that Growl offers functionality beyond Apple’s Notification center, but the time required to maintain support for Growl and protecting CCC from problems specific to Growl has become too much of a burden to continue its support when there is a capable alternative offered by the operating system.

– Scheduled tasks configured to run when the source or destination is reattached now have an optional reminder interval. If your source or destination volume hasn’t been attached in a given length of time (7 days by default), CCC will run the task and prompt you to attach the volume.

– When selecting a folder as the source or destination, CCC now displays a “bread crumb”-style indicator of the path to the folder to make it more clear where exactly the source and destination folders are located.

– CCC will now warn you if your USB-attached source or destination volume is “slow”, e.g. attached in a manner that results in the interface speed being negotiated to 1.5MB/s or less.

– Task names are now sorted in a case insensitive manner in the Scheduled Tasks window.

– Improved CCC’s handling of MacFUSE filesystems that do not explicitly allow access to the root user.

– Made some improvements to how CCC prevents sleep during a backup task.

– Improved handling of mounting network volumes with guest privileges.

– CCC now offers a simple mechanism for updating the password for the credentials used to mount a network volume in a scheduled task (e.g. if the password was specified incorrectly when the task was created or has subsequently been changed).

– There is now only one menu item for creating a Mac OS X Installer in CCC’s Source menu. Selecting this item will automatically select the Mountain Lion installer, if present, the Lion installer if present (if the ML installer is not present), or give the user the opportunity to manually select a Mac OS X installer application. The user can also hold down the Option key while choosing this menu item to manually select a Mac OS X Installer application.

– When CCC’s Cloning Coach reports that the destination’s Recovery HD needs to be updated, updating that Recovery HD is now much more automated.

– CCC now works around problems cloning a Recovery HD volume that are caused by PGP and Paragon “flavors” of the GUID Partition scheme.

– Fixed some issues handling file ownership when the source or destination filesystem is nfs, ppfs, osxfusefs, or fuse4x.

– Made a few adjustments that should cause CCC to behave better while logged in as the root user. We don’t recommend logging in as the root user, nor do we spend a lot of time testing this configuration, but it should work better now.

– Made some improvements to how a logout event is handled. During logout, the WindowServer is torn down. Depending on the timing of that and when a CCC scheduled task manages to exit, it’s possible for the scheduled task to make requests to the now-absent WindowServer which can lead to an exception. That exception can place CCC into an indeterminate state for a prolonged period of time. Now if a backup task is running and you log out, CCC will abort the backup task and exit more quickly. If an exception occurs, a secondary termination mechanism will reliably terminate the scheduled task, allowing it to properly reload and reconnect to the new WindowServer process.

– Some email servers require SSL but do not support STARTTLS, which is the IANA-approved standard for negotiating SSL-protected connections to SMTP servers (http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc3207). This update accommodates these servers by pre-negotiating an SSL connection when using port 465.

– Made some minor user interface adjustments to accommodate the behavior of encrypting Fusion volumes.

– Fixed the errant presentation of a configuration concern when the destination volume’s Recovery HD OS version is not a perfect match to the OS version on the source. It is appropriate, for example, for the source volume’s OS to be 10.8.2, but the Recovery HD volume’s OS to be 10.8 (because Apple does not update the Recovery HD during ordinary OS updates).

– Fixed a schedule calculation issue for monthly tasks in which some months could be skipped.

– Fixed an issue in which some folders in the list of items to be copied could not be opened.

– Addressed a couple issues where CCC would hang while trying to retrieve information from an unresponsive volume.

– Filenames that use more than 255 bytes (e.g. less than 255 characters, but with non-ASCII, multibyte characters) are now preserved properly.

– Fixed an issue in which applying the Mac OS X 10.8.2 Supplemental update would cause CCC scheduled tasks to report that “Mac OS X is not responding to CCC’s request to perform a privileged task”.

– Fixed an issue in which CCC was unable to copy files to the destination if the root folder of the source was locked.

Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.2 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.

Google Earth updated to 7.0.2.8415

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Date: Wednesday, December 19th, 2012, 08:13
Category: News, Software

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On Tuesday, software giant Google released version 7.0.2.8415 of its popular Google Earth program. The new version, a 40.8 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

What’s New:
– We have included substantial performance improvements to this build. You should see scenes load more rapidly than in our previous public Beta release.

– We have included minor tweaks to the Tour Guide UI.

Issues fixed in this release:
– We fixed the bug that prevented users from recording movies from saved tours.

– Wikipedia text displays in tours.

– Gray buildings and extruded polygons have improved lighting effects.

– Imagery holes no longer appear after sun has been turned on in DirectX on certain hardware configurations.

– Icons align correctly upon installation of .dmg.

Known issues in Google Earth 7:
– When run in DirectX mode on certain Radeon graphics cards on Windows, SketchUp models and extruded polygons will appear gray. To work around this issue, run Earth in OpenGL mode.

– When run in OpenGL mode on certain Intel graphics cards, SketchUp models and extruded polygons will appear gray. To work around this issue, run Earth in DirectX mode.

– Clamped Polygons and Image Overlays display multiple instances in 3D cities on certain hardware configurations.

– KML overlays don’t render correctly in 3D cities in DX on certain hardware configurations.

– Water surfaces around coastlines will flicker then resolve upon zoom.

– Placemark and linestring quality diminishes in the Plugin with browser refresh. To workaround, zoom closely into the KML you want to view.

– Terrain and Water Surface oddities exist at the antimeridian.

Google Earth 7.0.2.8415 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, let us know in the comments.

Google Chrome updated to 23.0.1271.101

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Date: Tuesday, December 18th, 2012, 07:22
Category: News, Software

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Hey, an update’s an update.

Late Monday, Google released version 23.0.1271.101 of its Chrome web browser. The update, a 56.5 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

– This build contains the fix to a bug with sound distortion with microphone input: 157613.

Google Chrome 23.0.1271.101 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.