VLC updated to 2.0.2

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Date: Monday, July 2nd, 2012, 07:34
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 a release candidate version of 2.0.2. The new version, a 25.5 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

Video Output:
- XP machine will now use DirectX mode by default, like in previous versions. There were too many errors with broken drivers.

- More accurate colourspaces conversions for YUV->RGB in OpenGL

- Add menu support for libvlc / VLCKit applications on Mac OS X

- Various fixes on Mac OS X, notably for crop, zoom, osd and menu support

- Misc fixes in OpenGL module, on all platforms

- Fix video output on PowerPC-based Macs equipped with an ATI Radeon 7500, an ATI Radeon 9200 or a NVIDIA GeForceFX 5200 Ultra.

- Fix video output of 10bit encoded contents on Intel-based Macs equipped with an Intel GMA 950 chipset running OS X 10.6 or later.

- Add support for the HiDPI mode used on recent Apple products with so-called Retina Displays.

Access:
- Rework Digital TV module for Windows. DVB-T and DVB-C should work again

- Fixes for RAR compressed files

- Fix DirectShow crashes on exit

- Improve PulseAudio input latency

- Fixes for HTTP access through a proxy

- v4l2 webcam outputting H264 can now be used directly (use –v4l2-chroma=h264)

- Fix subtitles auto-detection in subfolders and detection behaviour

- IE http proxy is not used anymore by VLC on Win32

- Accept more extensions for DVD images

- Fix crash in VC1 packetizer

- Improvements in Blu-Ray playback

- Improvements and fixes in HLS support

Codec:
- Fix crashes in AAC decoder on channels changes, notably in ISDB streams

- Fix compilation with multiple FFmpeg and libav versions

- Fix G726 support

- Fix MP3 free format support

Demuxers:
- Fixes for MKV segments, seeking and MKV title display

- Fix for some mp4, voc, midi and au crashes

- Fix for Real .ram, .f4v, .avi and .ra files support

- Fix for DVB channels file support

- Fixes for alac, vorbis, DTS, VC-1 and Dirac in mp4

Encoders:
- Fix for MPEG Audio encoding, use layer2 when using fourcc “mp2 ” and “mp2a”

- Fix for JPEG generation, when doing snapshots

- Audio filters and output:

- Limitation of spatializer volume output

- Fix DirectSound device selection

- Correct PulseAudio volume control

- Do not apply volume in file output

- Fix sampling rate in JACK output

- Fixes in ALSA output for latency and for broken drivers

Mac OS X:
- Enable drag and drop of playlist items between the temporary playlist and the persistent media library

- Enable import of playlist items taken from the service discovery modules to the media library or the temporary playlist

- Media key support for keyboards by other manufacturers than Apple This fix was facilitated through a hardware donation by ZF Friedrichshafen AG manufacturing keyboards under the brand “Cherry”.

- Add support for the Apple Remote to set the Mac to sleep using a longer press on the Play/Pause button

- Remove libfontconfig’s font cache by an Apple Type Services lookup. This removes the “Updating Cache” dialog, before finding all fonts.

- Re-add an option to hide the window decoration during video playback

- Improve compatibility with other 3rd party apps using SPMediaKeyTap

- Many Fullscreen fixes

- Keep Aspect Ratio when resizing is back

- Add controls to manipulate the Subtitles Duration to the Track Synchronization panel

- Hidden items in the sidebar are being retained for the next launch now

- Fix crash when trying to open an Audio CD by drag & drop

- Improve reliability when opening DVDs or BDs by drag & drop

- Fix crashes on exit

- Fix crash when mounting a device with multiple logical volumes while VLC is running

- Chosen audio output device is retained throughout multiple sessions

- Since running the Mac OS X interface as an Extra Interface or Control Interface can lead to undefined results, eventual settings will be automatically reset on the first launch.- This fixes issues with unresponsive playback controls and crashes on quit.

- Update Growl plugin for use with Growl 1.3

- Miscellaneous minor interface improvements

Lua Scripts:
- Fixes for stdin/stdout and for different locale issues

- Fixes for icecast SD

Qt:
- Fix preferences for audio devices on Windows

- Fix playlist search and selector behaviour

- Fix multiple issues in the Open Disc dialog

- Miscellaneous fixes in preferences, buttons, EPG, playlist and customize dialog

- Fix tags and file names display

- Fix various crashes, display issues and usability issues

Skins2:
- Fix mousewheel on Windows

- Fix for key events and focus loss

Web interface:
- Fix display of some buttons

- Fix listing of files in the Open interface

- Fixes for widgets behaviour and vlm dialog

Security:
- Fix Ogg Heap buffer overflow

- Update taglib (CVE-2012-2396)

- Update libavcodec and other codecs libraries

Translation:
- Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Walloon, Slovak, Polish, Khmer, Japanese, Italian, French, Czech, Belarusian, Breton, Greek, Spanish, Estonian, Irish, Galician, Hungarian, Japanese, Dutch, Telugu, Ukranian, Thai translations update
New Scottish Gaelic translation

VLC 2.0.2 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.

Cocktail updated to 5.3.3

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Date: Friday, June 29th, 2012, 05:28
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On Thursday, shareware developer Maintain released version 5.3.3 of CocktailCocktail (Lion Edition), the popular shareware utility program that allows for additional Mac OS X system tests. The new version, a 3 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and features:

- Added the “Use SRM secure delete” option to the “Force empty Trash” feature. SRM removes each file by overwriting, renaming, and truncating it before unlink-ing. This option meets the US Department of Defense (DOD) 5220-22M standard for securely erasing magnetic media. It erases the information used to access your files and writes over the data 7 times.

- Addresses an issue in which Cocktail may not be able to repair permissions on RAID sets.

- Other minor improvements and bug fixes.

- Various minor bug fixes and improvements.

- Updated Help.

Cocktail 5.3.3 retails for a US$19.00 shareware registration fee and requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later to install and run.

Apple releases Aperture 3.3.1 update

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Date: Thursday, June 28th, 2012, 13:48
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On Thursday, Apple released version 3.3.1 of Aperture, its pro-grade image editing application. The new version, which is available as a direct download or via Mac OS X’s Software update feature, is a 529 megabyte download and offers the following fixes and changes:

- Fixes an issue that in rare cases could cause Aperture to hang or quit unexpectedly when upgrading libraries.

Aperture 3.3.1 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.7.4 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 releases iOS 6 beta 2 to developer community

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Date: Tuesday, June 26th, 2012, 06:38
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iTunes, News, Software

It’s not the most amazing update in the world, but it moves things a bit closer to iOS 6′s release date.

Per AppleInsider, Apple on Monday issued its second beta of iOS 6 for developer testing, including a pair of fixes related to touchscreen keyboard performance.

Developers began receiving word that an update was available from “AppleInternal” on Monday afternoon. The “operating system 6.0″ update is a 322-megabyte download for iPhone 4S users.

People familiar with iOS 6 beta 2 said it is identified as build “10A5338d.” When updating to the new software version in the Settings application, the icon with gears is animated and actually moves.

The release notes that accompany the update reportedly indicate that Apple fixed an issue where key clicking sounds could be skipped during fast typing. Apple also indicated it addressed an issue in which the keyboard would be wrongly positioned when switching from landscape to portrait orientation.

Apple also reportedly fixed an issue where the iOS SpringBoard may crash during a phone call if the screen would fade to black when using a speakerphone or headphones. It also addressed a crash that would occur if a new iCloud account was created during initial setup of the iOS device.

The latest iOS 6 beta also adds the podcasts section back into the iTunes application. That was missing from the first beta, and there have been rumors that Apple plans to introduce a standalone podcast application when iOS 6 officially launches this fall.

iOS 6 beta 2 is compatible with the third-generation iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and fourth-generation iPod touch.

Also released on Monday were Xcode 4.5 Developer Preview 2, as well as a second beta of the next software update for the Apple TV set-top box.

iOS 6 was formally announced earlier this month at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference. Developers were also provided with the first beta after its unveiling, allowing them to test their applications before the formal public launch this fall.

If you’ve gotten a chance to tinker with the new beta, please let us know what you think in the comments.

Parallels Desktop updated to 7.0.15098

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Date: Monday, June 25th, 2012, 06:59
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On Thursday, Parallels released version 7.0.15098 of its Parallels Desktop virtualization software. The new update, a 306 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

- Support for Retina Display.

Parallels Desktop 7 retails for US$79.99 and requires a 64-bit Intel-based processor, Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later, 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended to run Windows 7), at least 700 MB of space available on the boot volume for Parallels Desktop installation and 15 GB of available disk space for Windows.

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

VirtualBox updated to 4.1.18

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Date: Thursday, June 21st, 2012, 05:57
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VirtualBox, an open source x86 virtualization project available for free has just hit version 4.1.18. The new version, a 92.7 megabyte download, features the following fixes and changes:

- VMM: fixed VERR_REM_VIRTUAL_CPU_ERROR under rare conditions after the guest has been reset (bug #5164 and others).

- VMM: fixed host freezes with 64-bit guests on 32-bit Linux hosts (bug #10528).

- VRDP: added a workaround for rdesktop clients not properly updating the screen size when minimized.

- AHCI: fixed a rare bug which can cause a guest memory corruption after the guest storage controller has been reset.

- NAT: another attempt to fix crashes under rare conditions (Windows hosts only; bug #10513).

- Mac OS X hosts: addressed issues running Leopard / Snow Leopard (bug #10631).

- Linux hosts / Bridged Networking: fixed the problem with device driver unloading on kernels 3.2.18 and newer due to an invalid reference counter (bug #10624).

- Linux hosts / guests: Linux 3.5-rc1 fixes.

- Linux Additions: the guest content was sometimes not properly updated (bug #9887).

- Solaris Additions: installer fix for X.org Server 1.11 and 1.12.

VirtualBox 4.1.18 is available for free and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or later and an Intel-based Mac to install and run.

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

Dropbox updated to 1.4.9

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Date: Monday, June 18th, 2012, 05:09
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The updates may not be huge, but they help.

On Friday, Dropbox released version 1.4.9 of its cloud-based storage client for Mac OS X. The new version, a 21.5 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

- Fix missing Korean Translations.

- Better photo importing from Blackberry devices.

Dropbox 1.4.9 requires Mac OS X 10.4 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.

Mozilla releases Firefox 13.0.1 update

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Date: Friday, June 15th, 2012, 19:37
Category: News, Software

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On Monday, Mozilla.org released version 13.0.1 of its Firefox web browser. The new version, a 30.7 megabyte download and adds the following fixes and changes:

- FIXED – Windows Messenger did not load in Hotmail, and the Hotmail inbox did not auto-update (764546, fixed in 13.0.1).

- FIXED – Hebrew text sometimes rendered incorrectly (756850, fixed in 13.0.1).

- FIXED – Flash 11.3 sometimes caused a crash on quit (747683, fixed in 13.0.1).

- NEW – When opening a new tab, users are now presented with their most visited pages.

- NEW – The default home page now has quicker access to bookmarks, history, settings, and more.

- CHANGED – SPDY protocol now enabled by default for faster browsing on supported sites.

- CHANGED – Restored background tabs are not loaded by default for faster startup.

- CHANGED – Smooth scrolling is now enabled by default.

- DEVELOPER – 72 total improvements to Page Inspector, HTML panel, Style Inspector, Scratchpad and Style Editor.

- DEVELOPER – The column-fill CSS property has been implemented.

- DEVELOPER – Experimental support for ECMAScript 6 Map and Set objects has been implemented.

- DEVELOPER – Support for the CSS3 background-position property extended syntax has been added.

- DEVELOPER – The :invalid pseudo-class can now be applied to the element.

- DEVELOPER – The CSS turn unit is now supported.

- FIXED – Various security fixes.

Known Issues:
- UNRESOLVED – If you try to start Firefox using a locked profile, it will crash (see 573369).

- UNRESOLVED – For some users, scrolling in the main GMail window will be slower than usual (see 579260).

- UNRESOLVED – Windows: The use of Microsoft’s System Restore functionality shortly after updating Firefox may prevent future updates (see 730285).

- UNRESOLVED – OS X: nsCocoaWindow::ConstrainPosition uses wrong screen in multi-display setup (see 752149).

- UNRESOLVED – CSS :hover regression when an element’s class name is set by Javascript (see 758885).

Firefox 13.0.1 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 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.

Opera web browser updated to 12.00

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Date: Friday, June 15th, 2012, 06:54
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On Thursday, Opera Software released version 12.00 of its web browser. The new version, a 23.3 megabyte download, boasts the following fixes and changes:

New Features:
- Opera now runs plug-ins as a separate process, allowing for more control when a plug-in misbehaves. This feature will enhance security and stability.

- The 64-bit version of Opera will offer performance improvements for some functions and allow Opera more freedom in allocating memory.

- New, lightweight themes make it easier to customize the browser. Install or change themes at the click of a button, without restarting the browser.

Numerous improvements to the address bar have been made:
- Improved address field and address bar drop-down suggestions.

- Smart URL shortening in the address field drop-down.

- The page title and the page excerpt will be used for full page search results
URL and page content columns in the address field drop-down have been combined
Hardware acceleration allows Opera to offload graphics rendering from the processor (CPU) to the graphics card (GPU), making graphics intensive operations such as animations faster.

- RTL support will bring additional stability for certain languages. Persian, Urdu, Hebrew, and Arabic languages added.

- Extensions will now be able to interact with tabs, create tab groups, and manage windows.

- Opera Unite and Opera Widgets will be off by default in Opera 12.00, and will eventually be phased out of the Opera browser in the future. Voice support will be removed as of Opera 12.00, as the voice-detection library is no longer supported by the third-party vendor.

- Opera 12.00 will include changes in the Opera Presto 2.10 engine up to core-integration-point 289.

- Initial support for real-time communication has been added. Allowing the source of HTML5

- Drag and drop enables webpages to have elements that the user can drag from one page to another, or from their desktop to the webpage.

- Support for animations and transitions has been updated and expanded.

- Added support for the Do Not Track (DNT) HTTP header.

- An innovative new set of CSS constructs that allow webpages to be split up into paged media, revolutionizing the Web reading experience.

- CORS enables more secure and flexible communications between websites.

Improvements:
- General and User Interface.

- Appearance dialog improvements and cleanup.

- Sandboxing enabled for Mac App Store builds.

- A custom user agent preference has been added to opera:config.

Display and Scripting:
- Improved pipelining, JavaScript, and Turbo.

Fixes and Changes:
- Mail, News, Chat.

- Removed IRC client, start bar, navigation bar, main bar, and BitTorrent support.

Security:
- Fixed an issue where hidden keyboard navigation could allow cross site scripting or code execution, as reported by Jordi Chancel.

- Fixed an issue where a combination of clicks and key presses could lead to cross site scripting or code execution, as reported by Jordi Chancel.

- Fixed an issue where cross-domain JSON resources may be exposed as JavaScript variable data.

- Fixed an issue where carefully timed reloads, redirects, and navigation could spoof the address field, as reported by Jordi Chancel.

- Fixed a moderate severity issue; details will be disclosed at a later date.

- Fixed an issue where pages could prevent navigation to a target page, spoofing the address field, as reported by Code Audit Labs of vulnhunt.com.

Opera 12.00 is available for free and requires and Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.

Cocktail updated to 5.3.2

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Date: Thursday, June 14th, 2012, 06:50
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On Thursday, shareware developer Maintain released version 5.3.2 of CocktailCocktail (Lion Edition), the popular shareware utility program that allows for additional Mac OS X system tests. The new version, a 3 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and features:

- Added clearing of /System/Library/Caches/com.apple.IntlDataCache.le and /System/Library/Caches/com.apple.IntlDataCache.le.kbdx caches to the clear system caches procedure

- Launch time optimization.

- Fixed registration issues some users encountered when registering.

- Various minor bug fixes and improvements.

- Updated Automator actions.

Cocktail 5.3.2 retails for a US$19.00 shareware registration fee and requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later to install and run.