Apple announces iOS 4.1 update, new features

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Date: Wednesday, September 1st, 2010, 16:07
Category: iPhone, News, Software

Arguably more important that a physical new product, Apple announced Wednesday that its iOS 4.1 will fix proximity sensor and Bluetooth issues, and will add a new feature allowing users to take high dynamic range photographs that produce stunning pictures. The new software will ship Wednesday, Sept. 8th for the iPhone and iPod touch.

Per Macworld, the golden master of iOS 4.1 was issued to developers. The new iPod touch, which will be available next week, comes with iOS 4.1 and Game Center preinstalled.

During the keynote, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that Bluetooth and proximity sensor issues that currently exist with the iPhone 4 will be addressed with next week’s release of iOS 4.1. Such problems have persisted since the handset was first launched in June.

“All the bugs that we get mails on,” Jobs said. “We think we’ve nailed a lot of them, and we think you’re going to be pretty happy with it.”

Jobs showed off the HDR photo capability at Wednesday’s keynote in San Francisco, Calif. The new feature allows a device to take three rapid photos — one regular, one underexposed and one overexposed. When the pictures are combined, it creates an HDR photo.

“It’s pretty amazing,” Jobs said. When taking an HDR photo, both it and the normal photograph will show up in the user’s Photos application, so they can compare the two and choose which one they prefer.

Delicious Library Updated to 2.5

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Date: Wednesday, September 1st, 2010, 04:49
Category: News, Software

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On Wednesday, software company Delicious Monster released version 2.5 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 update, a 20.6 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

Publishing:
- Fixed a crasher after configuring MobileMe and publishing. Me am stupid.

- Fixed crasher in configuring FTP sites. Yes, another one.

- Fixed a memory leak creating images when publishing collections to the web, which made largish collections slow down the machine, run out of memory, and then crash during publishing. There’s a theme, huh?

- Recycle memory more efficiently when publishing collections, so very large collections (14,000+ items) now can publish without slowing down, running out of memory, and crashing. Because programming is hard.

- We now filter errant control characters out of the data we publish, because sometimes our data providers have extra garbage in their descriptions, and that would end up blocking publishing because it generated invalid HTML, which threw an internal error.

- Fixed a crasher in publishing if there was a warning the HTML generated that wasn’t fatal. I don’t know if this ever happened in real life, but, hey, less ways to crash is good.

- We now update our publishing progress HUD every 10 items instead of every page, so you can see what’s going on if you have, say, 14,000 items. (Also, seriously, 14,000 items are going to take a LONG time to upload to your website.)

- We now check to see if the user wants to cancel MUCH more often, so publishing doesn’t appear to have hung the app. You can see we’ve really learned a lot from people with these huge collections.

- Removed publishing to iWeb, because iWeb is a private format, and we thought we understood it, but were wrong. We apologize. If you’d like to continue using the old buggy iWeb support, from Terminal you can re-enable support with “defaults write com.delicious-monster.library2 enableBuggyiWeb -bool true”.

Full release notes can be found here and Delicious Library 2.5 retails for US$40 and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.

SpamSieve update to 2.8.3

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Date: Tuesday, August 31st, 2010, 11:24
Category: News, Software

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Michael Tsai’s must-have shareware program, SpamSieve, has just been updated to version 2.8.3. The new version, a 7.1 megabyte download, makes the following fixes and improvements:

- Adjusted SpamSieve’s tokenizer to improve the filtering accuracy.

- Improved compatibility with pre-release versions of Apple Mail.

- MailForge now works with SpamSieve, as described in the Setting up MailForge section of the manual.

- Made some changes to better support the upcoming Microsoft Outlook 2011. (Full support will come when Office ships.)

- Added various updates and clarifications to the manual.

- Fixed a regression where SpamSieve wouldn’t be able to install its Apple Mail plug-in if Mail’s folder had been redirected using an alias.

- Fixed a bug where SpamSieve would sometimes quit when coming out of trial mode.

- Fixed a bug where sometimes the Hits column in a rules window couldn’t be resized.

- Worked around an OS bug that could cause an internal error when reporting a corpus error.

- Made various modernizations to SpamSieve’s code and interface files.

- The Apple Mail plug-in now shows up with the proper name in Mail Plugin Manager.

- Updated the disk image layout.

SpamSieve is available for a US$30 registration fee and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run. The new version can either be downloaded directly from the web site or brought up to the current version via the program’s built-in update feature.

Apple releases Security Update 2010-06 for Mac OS X 10.5.x, 10.6.x users

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Date: Wednesday, August 25th, 2010, 03:28
Category: News, Software

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Late Tuesday, Apple released Security Update 2010-05 for Mac OS X 10.5.x and Mac OS X 10.6.x. The update, a which ranges between 80.6 and over an over 400 megabyte download, adds a slew of security fixes and changes, as summarized here.

More specifically, the update addresses a “heap buffer overflow” in the way CoreGraphics handles PDF files. The vulnerability could allow “unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution” through a malicious PDF file as well as a “stack buffer overflow” that would allow arbitrary code execution through a malicious embedded font. Both the PDF and the font vulnerabilities are fixed through “improved bounds checking.”

The update requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 on the Mac OS X 10.5 end and Mac OS X 10.6.4 on the Mac OS X end to install and run and can be located and installed via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.

If you’ve tried the update and noticed any major changes, let us know.

VMWare releases Fusion 3.1.1

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Date: Monday, August 16th, 2010, 03:54
Category: News, Software

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Late Friday, virtualization softare maker VMWare released version 3.1.1 of its Fusion software for the Mac.

Similar to other virtualization software packages, VMWare allows users to run alternate operating systems such as Windows and Linux distributions on Intel-based Macs at native speeds. Other features, such as Unity, allow users to run and minimize Windows applications from the Mac OS X Dock.

The new version, which can be found here, offers the following new features and fixes:

- VMware vSphere 4.1 is now supported as a guest operating system. VMware Certified Professionals (VCPs) and virtualization experts can use VMware vSphere 4.1 to install the latest server virtualization software and experiment with server setup, conduct training, show demos, and test production configurations. Running ESX as a guest eliminates the need to have spare hardware available to run ESX natively and enables ESX to run on systems that are not listed on the ESX hardware compatibility list (HCL). For more information on the supported processors and host operating systems, see see Considerations for Running an ESX Guest.

- Resolves an issue around accessing some iSight cameras.

- Resolves an issue where an incorrect disk error message appeared after a host crash occurs while working in a virtual machine.

- Resolves an issue where audio recording failed when the recording device output was not 44.1 kHz.

Fusion 3.1 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run and retails for US$79.99.

Apple releases iMac (Mid 2010) Display Brightness Update 1.0

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Date: Friday, August 13th, 2010, 03:34
Category: iMac, News, Software

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Late Thursday, Apple released the iMac (Mid 2010) Display Brightness Update 1.0 for its current 21.5″ iMac desktops.

The update, a 378 kilobyte download, addresses an issue with 21.5-inch iMac (Mid 2010) display brightness.

The update requires Mac OS X 10.6.4 or later to install and run and is also available via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature on qualifying hardware.

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

Mozilla releases Thunderbird 3.0.12 update

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Date: Friday, August 6th, 2010, 04:12
Category: News, Software

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Mozilla.org, creators of the Firefox web browser, has just released version 3.1.2 of Thunderbird, its free e-mail client. The new program, an 19.2 megabyte download, sports the following fixes and new features:
- Several fixes to improve stability.

- Several fixes to the user interface.

Thunderbird 3.0.12 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

If you’ve played with the new version and have any feedback, positive or negative, let us know.

VLC 1.1.2 update released

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Date: Friday, July 30th, 2010, 04:36
Category: News, Software

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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 1.1.2. The new version, a 39.6 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

- TS and DVB demuxing fixes.

- Audio filters fixes to solve the “mono” bug.

- Fix of the direct3d output module that display nothing on older nVidia and ATI cards, when overlay was activated.

- Extensions and scrips updates.

- Miscellaneous fixes in interfaces.

- Updated translations.

- Various crashes and errors fixed.

VLC 1.1.2 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.

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

Apple releases Safari 5.0.1 update

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Date: Wednesday, July 28th, 2010, 06:16
Category: News, Software

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Amidst yesterday’s updates and product releases, Apple released Safari 5.0.1, the newest version of its web browser. The new version, available here (or via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature), sports the following fixes and changes:

- More accurate Top Hit results in the Address Field.

- More accurate timing for CSS animations.

- Better stability when using the Safari Reader keyboard shortcut.

- Better stability when scrolling through MobileMe Mail.

- Fixes display of multipage articles from www.rollingstone.com in Safari Reader.

- Fixes an issue that prevented Google Wave and other websites using JavaScript encryption .libraries from working correctly on 32-bit systems.

- Fixes an issue that prevented Safari from launching on Leopard systems with network home directories.

- Fixes an issue that could cause borders on YouTube thumbnails to disappear when hovering over the thumbnail image.

- Fixes an issue that could cause Flash content to overlap with other content on .www.facebook.com, www.crateandbarrel.com, and other sites when using Flash 10.1.

- Fixes an issue that prevented boarding passes from www.aa.com from printing correctly.

- Fixes an issue that could cause DNS prefetching requests to overburden certain routers.

- Fixes an issue that could cause VoiceOver to misidentify elements of webpages.

Safari 5.0.1 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 (under Mac OS X 10.5) or Mac OS X 10.6.2 (under Mac OS X 10.6) or later to install and run and is available for free.

Parallels Desktop 5.0.9370 Released

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Date: Monday, July 26th, 2010, 04:40
Category: News, Software

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Parallels Desktop, the popular virtualization application that allows users to run the Windows and Linux operating systems simultaneously alongside Mac OS X, reached version 5.0.9370 over the weekend. The new version, available here, sports the following fixes and changes:

- Mac folders shared with Windows now work correctly with MS Outlook, Lotus, Quicken and other Windows applications.

- Support for Autodesk Revit 2011 was fixed.

- MS Office 2010 activation is preserved in Boot Camp virtual machines.

- OpenGL now works correctly in Ubuntu 10.04 virtual machines.

- Virtual machines using Boot Camp partitions on 512 GB solid-state disks (SSDs) now work correctly.

- The problem with invisible virtual machines list on new MacBook Pros (released in early 2010) was fixed.

- A rare problem with Windows virtual machine’s screen turning black after upgrading to Mac OS X v10.6.3 was fixed.

- Problems with Parallels Service stopping to respond when the Parallels Desktop settings file is corrupt were fixed.

- Problems with screen resolution in Mac OS X Server v10.6.3 virtual machines were fixed.

Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac retails for US$79.99, requires Mac OS X 10.4 later to install and run.