Apple releases MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.8 for late 2008 15-inch MacBook Pro notebooks

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Date: Tuesday, February 28th, 2012, 16:08
Category: MacBook Pro, News, Software

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Late Tuesday, Apple released MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.8 for its late 2008, 15-inch MacBook Pro notebooks. The update a 3 megabyte download, resolves a graphics issue that may cause the internal display to flicker.

The update requires Mac OS X 10.5.8, Mac OS X 10.6.8 or Mac OS X 10.7.3 or later to install and run.

As always, if you’ve tried the new firmware and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Apple releases firmware updates for early and late 2011 MacBook Pro, mid-2011 MacBook Air notebooks

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Date: Thursday, February 23rd, 2012, 18:11
Category: MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News, Software

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Late Thursday, Apple released firmware updates for its early and late 2011 MacBook Pro notebooks as well as its mid-2011 MacBook Air Notebooks.

MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.7, a 4.1 megabyte download, fixes several issues to improve the stability of MacBook Pro (Early 2011) and MacBook Pro (Late 2011) computers and is recommended for all users.

This update improves the reliability of booting from the network, addresses an issue that can prevent HDCP authentication after a reboot, and resolves an issue with boot device selection when a USB storage device is hot-plugged.

MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.4, a 3 megabyte download, fixes several issues to improve the stability of MacBook Air (Mid 2011) computers and is recommended for all users.

This update improves the reliability of booting from the network, addresses an issue that can prevent HDCP authentication after a reboot, and resolves an issue with boot device selection when a USB storage device is hot-plugged.

The updates can be directly downloaded and installed or located, downloaded and installed via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature and require Mac OS X 10.7.3 or later to install and run.

As always, if you’ve tried the new firmware updates and have either positive or negative feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Camino updated to 2.1.1

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Date: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012, 07:19
Category: News, Software

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Late Wednesday, the Camino Project released version 2.1.1 of Camino, its free, open source web browser.

The new version, an 18.5 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

– Upgraded to version 1.9.2.27 of the Mozilla Gecko rendering engine, which includes several critical security and stability fixes.

– Blocked versions of Adobe Flash Player 10 older than 10.3.183.15 and Flash Player 11 older than 11.1.102.62 on Intel Macs due to severe security issues.

– Tweaked the autocomplete algorithm to reduce the weight of visit count.
Added a hidden preference to allow turning off autocomplete’s use of page titles in matches.

– The location sheet once again shows an autocomplete window.

– It is now possible to clear the “Recently Closed Pages” menu with the “Clear History…” menu item even when history is disabled.

– Improved the appearance of the bookmark toolbar in background windows on Mac OS X 10.7.

– On Mac OS X 10.7, Camino now appears in the “Productivity” category when sorting Finder windows by category.

– Camino now correctly checks for the presence of a Java plug-in on Mac OS X 10.7.

– The “open location” AppleScript command now supports optional “referrer” and “loading in background” parameters.

– Camino will now display an error message when the “open location” command’s direct parameter is empty or missing.

– A new “reload” command allows AppleScripts to reload browser windows and tabs.

– The status of Camino’s offline mode is now available to AppleScript, and scripts can toggle offline mode on and off using the application object’s “online” property.

– The AppleScript “visit count” bookmark property once again works correctly.

– Pressing Escape will now cancel Tab Overview.

– “Fill Form” no longer fills disabled hidden form controls.

– The “Block Flash animations” checkbox is no longer enabled if Flash is not installed.

– Camino now correctly resolves Bonjour services that do not include an initial forward slash in their “path” information.

Camino 2.1.1 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.

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

Mozilla releases Firefox 10.0.2 update

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Date: Tuesday, February 21st, 2012, 06:44
Category: News, Software

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Late Friday, Mozilla.org released version 10.0.2 of its Firefox web browser. The new version stands as a 31.4 megabyte download and adds the following fixes and changes:

– Fixed: Java applets sometimes caused text input to become unresponsive (bug 718939).

– NEW: Most add-ons are now compatible with new versions of Firefox by default.

– NEW: The forward button is now hidden until you navigate back.

– NEW: Anti-Aliasing for WebGL is now implemented (see bug 615976)

– NEW: CSS3 3D-Transforms are now supported (see bug 505115)

– HTML5: New element for bi-directional text isolation, along with supporting CSS properties (see bugs 613149 and 662288)

– HTML5: Full Screen APIs allow you to build a web application that runs full screen (see the feature page).

– DEVELOPER: We’ve added IndexedDB APIs to more closely match the specification.

– DEVELOPER: Inspect tool with content highlighting, includes new CSS Style Inspector.

– FIXED: Mac OS X only – after installing the latest Java release from Apple, Firefox may crash when closing a tab with a Java applet installed (700835).

– FIXED: Some users may experience a crash when moving bookmarks (681795).

– FIXED: Silverlight video may not play on some Macintosh hardware (715396).

Firefox 10.0.2 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.

Adobe releases Flash Player 11.1.102.62

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Date: Thursday, February 16th, 2012, 07:11
Category: News, Software

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Late Wednesday, Adobe released Flash Player 11.1.102.62 for Mac OS X, a 14.1 megabyte download via MacUpdate. The new version includes the following fixes and changes:

– Security enhancements.

Flash Player requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback, please feel free to hurl your two cents in via the comments.

VLC 2.0.0 release candidate 1 goes live, available for download

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Date: Tuesday, February 14th, 2012, 06:07
Category: News, Software

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If you’re feeling experimental, this might be for you.

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 2.0.0. The new version, a 24.1 megabyte download, adds a wide array of fixes and changes listed on MacUpdate.

VLC 2.0.0 release candidate 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, let us know in the comments.

Onyx updated to 2.4.4

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Date: Monday, February 13th, 2012, 07:49
Category: News, Software

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Onyx, Titanium Software’s popular freeware multifunction utility for Mac OS X, has been updated to version 2.4.4. The new version, a 16.5 megabyte download adds the following fixes and changes:

– Show the “Extras” menus in the menu bar.

– Japanese and Chinese translations added.

– Translations improved.

– Deleting the Logs improved.

– Deleting the Fonts Cache improved.

– Help improved, updated, and reindexed.

– Minor corrections.

– New replacement icon.

Onyx 2.4.4 requires Mac OS X 10.7 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.

Mozilla releases Firefox 10.0.1 update

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Date: Sunday, February 12th, 2012, 21:55
Category: News, Software

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On Tuesday, Mozilla.org released version 10.0.1 of its Firefox web browser. The new version stands as a 31.8 megabyte download and adds the following fixes and changes:

– FIXED: Java applets sometimes caused text input to become unresponsive (bug 718939).

– NEW: Most add-ons are now compatible with new versions of Firefox by default.

– NEW: The forward button is now hidden until you navigate back.

– NEW: Anti-Aliasing for WebGL is now implemented (see bug 615976).

– NEW: CSS3 3D-Transforms are now supported (see bug 505115).

HTML5: New element for bi-directional text isolation, along with supporting CSS properties (see bugs 613149 and 662288).

– HTML5: Full Screen APIs allow you to build a web application that runs full screen (see the feature page).

– DEVELOPER: We’ve added IndexedDB APIs to more closely match the specification.

– DEVELOPER: Inspect tool with content highlighting, includes new CSS Style Inspector.

– FIXED: Mac OS X only – after installing the latest Java release from Apple, Firefox may crash when closing a tab with a Java applet installed (700835).

– FIXED: Some users may experience a crash when moving bookmarks (681795)

– FIXED: Silverlight video may not play on some Macintosh hardware (715396).

Known Issues:
– UNRESOLVED: Two-digit browser version numbers may cause a small number of website incompatibilities (see 690287).

– 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: Some synaptic touch pads are unable to vertical scroll (see 622410).

– UNRESOLVED: Firefox notifications may not work properly with Growl 1.3 or later (see 691662) (Unresolved on v10 Resolved in v11).

– UNRESOLVED: Under certain conditions, scrolling and text input may be jerky (see 711900).

Firefox 10.0.1 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.

Carbon Copy Cloner updated to 3.4.4

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Date: Tuesday, February 7th, 2012, 06:30
Category: News, Software

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Late Tuesday, Carbon Copy Cloner, the shareware favorite for drive cloning operations by Mike Bombich, reached version 3.4.4. The new version, a 6 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

– Made several changes to the preset configurations. Both the wording and some of the settings have been changed in response to user feedback and typical usage scenarios.

– New feature: CCC now provides support for archiving and cloning the Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Recovery HD partition. Choose “Disk Center” from CCC’s Window menu to find this functionality.
New feature: Scheduled tasks can now be configured to wake or boot the system when the task is scheduled to run.

– New feature: For users with a Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Installer application in /Applications, CCC’s Source menu now includes a handy “Create a Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Installer…” choice that will clone the Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Installation disk image onto a physical volume.

– Window positioning of the scheduled task helper application is now retained on a per-task basis, so you can move these windows around on your screen and multiple tasks won’t be stacked on top of each other.

– CCC will now mention the lack of a Recovery HD partition in the Cloning Coach prior to running the initial backup task.

– The table of scheduled tasks in the Scheduler window are now sorted alphabetically by default.

– Fixed a scheduler issue in which tasks scheduled to run on the first (any weekday) of the current month would be scheduled to run in the following month.

– Fixed an issue in which CCC was not “remembering” the last preset that had been selected upon relaunching CCC.

– Fixed an issue with the German localization related to the application of a particular setting in custom presets.

– Fixed an issue in which a scheduled task had trouble mounting a disk image when uncommon permissions conditions were present (such as when a system is bound to an Active Directory directory service).

– The “This volume will be bootable” message is back, though with a caveat that I have to insist upon from a support perspective. Many external hard drive enclosures still manage to screw up the boot process, and it’s impossible for me to determine if that is going to happen for any particular user from within CCC.

– When backing up to a subfolder, CCC now overlays an icon of the underlying volume on the folder icon in the task status panel.

– Scheduled tasks that specify a network volume as the destination are now aborted when CCC receives a sleep notification.

– Growl notifications should now work properly on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion with Growl 1.3.

– Email notifications now include the sender’s full name.

– Fixed a couple minor bugs associated with email notifications.

– Fixed an issue in which the scheduled task window would be unresponsive while CCC waited for a response from an email server.

– Added support for sending email to servers that use a self-signed certificate. This support is disabled by default, see the documentation for details on enabling this functionality.

– Resolved a problem in which an errant filter would protect items in folders that were to be deleted, resulting in CCC reporting that it couldn’t replace a particular folder or application.

– Fixed a minor 5-second shutdown hang associated with CCC scheduled tasks.

– Numerous tweaks to the advice that CCC offers for various error conditions.

– Fixed some Mac OS X 10.7 Lion-specific problems with the mounting of sparsebundle disk image files that are hosted on a network volume.

– If you’re running an ad hoc task in CCC (e.g. click “Clone” in the main window), CCC will ask before deleting anything from the _CCC Archives folder. To avoid problems that would affect automation, this warning is not provided for scheduled tasks.

– CCC is more proactive about dealing with the 4GB file size limitation of FAT32 volumes. Files larger than 4GB will now be excluded by default, and you’ll get a warning of this exclusion before running the task.

– Fixed a hang that would occur at the end of a scheduled task while CCC tried to unmount the destination volume (network volumes only, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion only).

– Made some cosmetic changes concerning ZFS support.

– Mail account settings on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion are now properly imported and populated into the email notifications tab of the scheduled tasks window.

– The path to a disk image file is now properly provided as the fourth argument to postflight scripts.

– Fixed a 30 second hang that would occur while saving changes to scheduled tasks on Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. For every OS, though, saving scheduled tasks should be considerably faster.

Carbon Copy Cloner 3.4.4 retails for a US$10 shareware registration fee. The application requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later to run.

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

Skype updated to version 5.5.0.2340

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Date: Friday, February 3rd, 2012, 05:56
Category: News, Software

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Late Thursday, version 5.5.0.2340 of the Skype VoIP application was released as a public beta). The new version, a 23.2 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Improved video call stability and improvements to the calling interface.

Skype 5.5.0.2340 is available for free and requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later to install and run.

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