Apple Releases Time Capsule & AirPort Extreme 7.4.1 Firmware Update

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Date: Friday, March 6th, 2009, 08:37
Category: wireless

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Late Thursday night, Apple leased version 7.4.1 of its firmware for its 802.11n-based AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule routers. The revised firmware, which can be downloaded either via Mac OS X’s built-in Software Update application or the update application within the AirPort Utility program makes the following fixes and changes:

  • Resolves an issue in which a client computer may be disconnected when waking from sleep.
  • Addresses an issue in which redirecting SMTP port services may disable IP-layer networking.
  • Improves the reliability of Back to My Mac-based disk sharing.
  • Includes recent AirPort security updates.
  • For AirPort Extreme with 802.11n (Fast Ethernet), AirPort Extreme with 802.11n (Gigabit Ethernet), AirPort Express with 802.11n, and original Time Capsule models, the firmware 7.4.1 update:

  • Enables remote administration and remote access to compatible USB connected drives via Back to My Mac (except on AirPort Express).
  • Improves reliability when backing up to a Time Capsule via Time Machine.
  • Includes recent AirPort security updates.
  • The update requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.
    If you’ve tried the updates and noticed any major changes, let us know in the comments or forums.

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    Cocktail 4.3 Tiger Edition Released

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    Date: Thursday, March 5th, 2009, 15:37
    Category: Software

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    On Thursday, shareware developer Maintain released version 4.3 of Cocktail (Tiger Edition), Cocktail, the popular shareware utility program that allows for additional Mac OS X system tests.
    The new version, a 2.0 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

  • Added ability to clear potentially harmful files such as most common trojans, worms or other files that may harm your system in any way.
  • Added ability to clear CrashReporter and HungReporter logs.
  • Addresses an issue in which Cocktail may stop responding during a scheduled clearing of caches.
  • Fixed compatibility issues with QuickTime 7.6.
  • Updated Automator actions.
  • Updated Help files.
  • Cocktail 4.3 retails for a US$14.95 shareware registration fee and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
    If you’ve tried the new version and have any kind of feedback about it, let us know in the comments or forums.

    Mozilla Releases Firefox 3.0.7 Update

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    Date: Thursday, March 5th, 2009, 05:37
    Category: Software

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    On Wednesday, Mozilla.org released version 3.0.7 of its Firefox web browser.
    The new browser, a 17.3 megabyte download, boasts the following fixes and changes:

  • Fixed several security issues.
  • Fixed several stability issues.
  • Official releases for the Estonian, Kannada, and Telugu languages are now available.
  • Items in the “File” menu show as inactive after using the “Print” item from that menu – switching to a new tab restores them (bug 425844). This issue has been fixed.
  • For some users, cookies would appear to go “missing” after a few days (bug 444600).
  • Mac users of the Flashblock add-on, experienced an issue where sound from the Flash plug-in would continue to play for a short time after closing a tab or window (bug 474022).
  • Fixed several issues related to accessibility features.
  • The program requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.
    If you’ve tried the new browser and have any feedback about it, let us know over in the comments or forums.

    iPhoto 8.0.1 Update Released

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    Date: Wednesday, March 4th, 2009, 10:59
    Category: Software

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    Capping off the update-o-rama, Apple also released version 8.0.1 of its iPhoto image editing and categorization application yesterday. The update, an 11.6 megabyte download, improves overall stability and addresses minor issues in a number of areas, including internet connectivity, keyword import, and slideshow export.
    The update is available via direct download as well as through Mac OS X’s Software Update feature and requires Mac OS X 10.5 to install and run.
    If you’ve tried the update and have anything to offer about it, let us know in the comments or forums.

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    Apple Releases iLife Support 9.0.1 Update

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    Date: Wednesday, March 4th, 2009, 10:16
    Category: Software

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    Amid a slew of product releases yesterday, Apple also released its iLife Support 9.0.1 patch. The update, a 50.6 megabyte download, improves overall stability and addresses a number of other minor issues. It is recommended for all users of Aperture, iLife ’09, and iWork ’09.
    The update requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run and is also available through Mac OS X’s built-in Software Update feature.
    If you’ve tried the patch and can offer any feedback on it, please let us know in the comments or forums.

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    Rumor: Mac OS X 10.5.7 Update May Feature Nehalem, Radeon HD 4000 Support

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    Date: Monday, March 2nd, 2009, 07:27
    Category: Rumor

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    Apple’s upcoming Mac OS X 10.5.7 update may go beyond its usual complement of expected fixes and incorporate support for Intel’s new Nehalem hardware architecture as well as the ATI Radeon HD 4000 graphics chipsets.
    According to netkas, a recent discovery located just five kernel extensions for the video cards and doesn’t appear to work perfectly in a bootleg installation for 10.5.6 meant for hacked Mac OS X installations. The retrofitted version doesn’t recognize DVI ports fully and doesn’t even recognize widescreen resolutions without third-party utilities to force the expanded screen area.
    Even so, the extensions are enough to identify support for the Radeon HD 4850 and Radeon HD 4870 chipsets by name but also to enable Core Image and Quartz Extreme acceleration of the Mac OS X interface, which would require the direct involvement of AMD, Apple or both firms to work. They also support the full OpenGL 2.1 specification for 3D graphics.
    And while screen captures currently aren’t available to support the claims as with the video hardware, the slip also hints that 10.5.7 is the first edition of Mac OS X to recognize Intel’s Nehalem architecture.
    The Nehalem architecture is a major overhaul to Intel’s standard hardware approach to processors and leaves aside the standard system bus in favor of an interface that lets the processors talk directly to memory, peripherals and each other.
    Although it’s unknown as to whether Apple will formally include the new hardware support in the release of Mac OS X 10.5.7, such add-ons will eventually become necessary. It’s been rumored that Apple is looking to use Intel’s Nehalem-based Xeon processors at the heart of its next generation of Mac Pro workstations and will eventually filter the technology down to its portables and mainstream desktops through Core i7 processors, which share the same essential design.
    Apple has also remained comparatively dormant in its support for AMD’s ATI Radeon graphics and hasn’t used hardware newer than the Radeon HD 2600 found in the iMac and as an option for the Mac Pro; the technology is now approximately two generations old.
    Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and let us know what you think in the comments or forums.

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    Apple Begins Testing Mac OS X 10.5.7 Update

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    Date: Thursday, February 26th, 2009, 10:20
    Category: Software

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    No matter what you think of Mac OS X 10.5.6, Apple is cited as having tapped its developer community this week to begin testing its Mac OS X 10.5.7 update, a maintenance and security update to the company’s Leopard operating system with a particular focus on syncing improvements.
    According to AppleInsider, sources close to the story have stated that the update will include a plethora of bug fixes, six code corrections and currently weighs in at 440 megabytes in its simplest form.
    Apple is currently said to be focusing on syncing issues found in applications such as Mail, Address Book and system preferences. A problem with Safari not accepting certain types of cookies will also reportedly be addressed.
    Among the nearly two dozen other components receiving attention in beta of Mac OS X 10.5.7 are graphics drivers, Time Machine, printing services, screen sharing services, MobileMe syncing, AirPort services, text services, and iCal, those familiar with the software claim.
    Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and if you’ve gotten your hands on a 10.5.7 build, please let us know what you think of it in the comments or forums.

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    Roxio Toast Titanium 10.0.1 Update Released

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    Date: Wednesday, February 25th, 2009, 09:34
    Category: Software

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    Late Wednesday night, Roxio released version 10.0.1 of its Toast Titanium authoring software. The new version, available here, adds the following fixes and changes:

  • Improved handling of AIFF audio files.
  • Resolves issue where some users may be unable to add audio to Music DVD project.
  • Resolves issue where creating Audiobook project may result in -35 error.
  • Resolves issue where users may be unable to remove video from appearing in the Web Video Media Browser view.
  • Resolves issue that may occur when creating disc images so that users are not prompted for additional information.
  • Resolves crash that may occur when opening audio projects saved in a previous version of Toast.
  • Audiobook projects will be split automatically if they become larger than iTunes is able to play back.
  • AVCHD Archive discs created from memory card-based cameras should now play correctly on Blu-ray players.
  • Toast 10 Titanium requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run and retails for US$99.99.
    If you’ve tried the update and have any feedback about it, let us know in the comments or forums.

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    Apple Releases Safari 4 Public Beta

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    Date: Tuesday, February 24th, 2009, 09:05
    Category: Software

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    Apple announced the release of the Safari 4 public beta on Tuesday. According to Mac Observer, the new version of the browser includes the Nitro JavaScript Engine, faster JavaScript 4.2 processing speeds and a long list of new features including Cover Flow browsing for history and bookmarks.
    The browser also includes Accessible Rich Interactive Applications, full page zoom support, CSS effects and CSS Canvas support, HTML 5 offline support, offline database support, and smart search recommendations. Other new features include a new Web Inspector, a page elements view, a JavaScript debugger, a page resources view, and more.
    The Safari 4 public beta requires Mac OS X 10.5.6 or later on Leopard or Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later on Tiger as well as Security Update 2009-001 to install and run. The browser is available for both Mac and Windows as a free download.
    If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback on it, hit us up in the comments, forums or drop me a line at chris @ powerpage.org.

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    How To: Get Around Unibody MacBook Pro Freezes During Screenshots

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    Date: Monday, February 23rd, 2009, 08:30
    Category: How-To

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    As exciting and cool as your new unibody MacBook Pro may happen to be, there may be some bugs to sort out.
    According to MacFixIt, a number of users have posted to the Apple Discussions board complaining that the screenshot function on their late-2008/unibody MacBook Pro notebooks cause the system to freeze for a few minutes.
    Apple Discussions poster ikarus79m described the situation as follows:

    “I have noticed a super weird bug with my new MacBook Pro. At least while running the integrated graphics chipset (not yet tried in power mode.) When I snap a screenshot using Shift+Command+3 (or 4) my computer takes the screen grab, however, then freezes for a minute or two. After that it comes back to life.”

    There are several potential causes for this problem, the first being a driver issue, where the screenshot utility is more prone to problematic behavior when running with the drivers for the newer computers. This may be supported by some users having the problem only when running on the GeForce 9400M GPU.
    Potential fixes are as follows:

    Repair permissions: This problem seems to be influenced by some permissions problems for core system files. Fixing permissions using Disk Utility seems to help the problem. Alternative to Disk Utility, users might wish to do a more in-depth system cleaning using a third-party utility such as AppleJack or OnyX. These utilities can fix multiple problems beyond just permissions, since they can clear many caches, run built-in maintenance scripts, and run a variety of other tasks to keep the computer running optimally.
    Reset the SMC and PRAM: While it’s unlikely that hardware settings in the SMC and PRAM would directly affect the screen shot utility, some users have seen improvement after resetting them. It is possible that some faulty setting could interfere with driver function. To reset the PRAM, hold the options-command-P-R keys down all at once after restarting, allowing the computer to reset s couple of times before releasing the keys and allowing the computer to boot normally. This Apple Knowledgebase article (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1411) contains the steps for resetting the SMC on various MacBook models.
    Workaround: Because this problem is with the internal screen capture utility, users can bypass it by using a third-party screenshot utility.

    If you’ve seen this issue on your end, let us know in the comments or forums.

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