Tom’s Hardware runs benchmark tests on Haswell prototype chip, finds modest performance gains for next-gen architecture

Posted by:
Date: Wednesday, March 20th, 2013, 07:35
Category: Hardware, News, Processors

intellogo.jpg

Intel’s new Haswell architecture is en route.

And its performance gains are about the same as those seen in the move from the Sandy Bridge to Ivy Bridge architectures.

A profile of a performance test of a prototype Core i7 Haswell chip by the mighty Tom’s Hardware suggests that it will offer a 7 percent to 13 percent performance gain over equivalent Ivy Bridge CPUs—a similar gain to that experienced with the move from Sandy Bridge to Ivy Bridge.


profile

The integrated HD 4600 GPU experiences an impressive speed boost of almost 30 percent, but the website noted that this still won’t allow for comfortable gaming on HD monitors, so gamers will need discrete graphics chips.

While performance gains reached up to 75 percent in the case of some specific tasks, the gains for typical desktop applications are relatively modest.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Adium updated to 1.5.6

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, March 19th, 2013, 06:56
Category: News, Software

adiumducky.gif

Adium, the open source instant message chat client with support for multiple programs (including AOL Instant Messenger, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo! Google Talk, Bonjour, etc.) has been updated to version 1.5.6.

The new version, a 22.8 megabyte download adds the following fixes and changes:
- Fixed a crash on startup on OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard.

- Fixed a crash when accepting or canceling the certificate verification dialog. (#16280)

- Fixed a crash or hang when trying to use OTR on 32-bits Macs. (#16203)

Adium 1.5.6 is available for free and requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later and an Intel-based Mac to run.

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

QuarkXPress updated to 9.5.1

Posted by:
Date: Monday, March 18th, 2013, 12:10
Category: News, Software

quarklogo

On Monday, software developer Quark released version 9.5.1 of its QuarkXPress design application. The 768 megabyte update, which can be downloaded here, adds the following changes:
- QuarkXPress 9.5.1 is a free update for QuarkXPress 9 that further improves quality and stability.

- Furthermore you can now embed fonts when creating content for HTML5 based apps with the new App Studio at AppStudio.net

QuarkXPress 9.5.1 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5.8 later to install and retails for US$799.00 for the full version.

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

VMWare releases Fusion 5.0.3 update

Posted by:
Date: Monday, March 18th, 2013, 06:02
Category: News, Software

Late Friday, virtualization softare maker VMWare released version 5.0.3 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, a 206 megabyte download, can be found here and offers the following fixes and changes:
- VMware Fusion 5.0.3 is a maintenance release that resolves some known issues. It is a free upgrade for all VMware Fusion 5 users.

- Added support for Boot Camp partitions on 3TB disk drives.

- Improved the cursor performance for select applications, especially when in Unity mode.

- McAfee AntiVirus Plus updated with Windows 8 support.

- Resolved an issue that could result in blurry graphics under certain circumstances.

- Resolved an issue that resulted in horizontal scrolling being reversed in Unity mode.

- Resolved an issue with displaying Office 2013 applications on some recent Macs.

- Improvements to vSockets.

Fusion 5.0.3 retails for US$49.99 and requires an Intel-based Mac, 2 GB of RAM, Mac OS X 10.6.7 or later (10.7 recommended) and a copy of Windows (if you’ll be installing Windows).

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

VirtualBox updated to 4.2.10

Posted by:
Date: Monday, March 18th, 2013, 06:10
Category: News, Software

virtualbox.png

VirtualBox, an open source x86 virtualization project available for free has just hit version 4.2.10. The new version, a 109 megabyte download, features the following fixes and changes:
- GUI: fixed keyboard with XQuartz X server (bug #10664).

- Main/Display: fixed a crash with multi-monitors under certain conditions (OS X hosts only).

- Main/Properties: fixed a crash under certain conditions, for example after wakeup from host hibernate (bug #11444).

- Settings: don’t lose the internal network settings if they are not currently active.

- Storage: another incompatibility fix for VHD differencing images with Hyper-V (bug #5990).

- VBoxManage: don’t read beyond the end of the file specified with export –eulafile (bug #11528).

- Linux hosts / guests: Linux 3.9-rc0 compile fixes (bug #11529).

- Linux Additions: fixed two warnings in the shared folders guest kernel module (bug #11390).

- Linux Additions: don’t crash VBoxService if libdbus is not available (bug #8638).

- Windows Additions: fixed upgrading MultiMedia Redirection (MMR) support.

VirtualBox 4.2.10 is available for free and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 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.

Apple releases Safari 6.0.3 update

Posted by:
Date: Friday, March 15th, 2013, 07:17
Category: News, security, Software

safarilogo.jpg

Hey, an update’s an update.

Late Thursday, Apple released Safari 6.0.3, an update to its web browser. The new version, a 44.8 megabyte download (via MacUpdate), includes the following fixes and new features:
- Contains updated security content. Download included with OS X 10.8.3 Mountain Lion.

- Improves scrolling on facebook.com.

- Improves scrolling while zoomed in on a webpage.

- Improves performance on webpages with plug-in content.

- A fix for an issue that could cause the inaccurate appearance of an alert that bookmarks can’t be changed.

- A fix for an issue that could cause duplicate bookmarks to appear on an iOS device after editing bookmarks with Safari in OS X.

- A fix for an issue that permitted users to access unfiltered search results when searching from google.com when Parental Controls are enabled.

- A fix for an issue that could prevent Safari from restoring the last position on a webpage a user navigated back to.

Safari 6.0.3 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.7 or later to install and run and can also be located and downloaded via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature. If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know.

Apple releases OS X 10.8.3 update

Posted by:
Date: Friday, March 15th, 2013, 07:10
Category: News, Software

I think it’s fair to say that you’ve been hankering for this for a while now.

On Wednesday, Apple released version 10.8.3 of its OS X Mountain Lion operating system. The new version, a 540 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:
- The ability to redeem iTunes gift cards in the Mac App Store using your Mac’s built-in camera.

- Boot Camp support for installing Windows 8.

- Boot Camp support for Macs with a 3TB hard drive.

- A fix for an issue that could cause a file URL to quit apps unexpectedly.

- A fix for an issue that may cause Logic Pro to become unresponsive when using certain plug-ins.

- A fix for an issue that may cause audio to stutter on 2011 iMacs.

- Includes Safari 6.0.3.

OS X 10.8.3 requires an Intel-based Mac running OS X 10.8 to install and run, the update itself being attainable by using OS X’s Software Update feature.

If you’ve tried the new operating system and have any feedback whatsoever, please let us know in the comments.

Skype updated to 6.3.0.582

Posted by:
Date: Thursday, March 14th, 2013, 07:32
Category: News, Software

skypelogo.jpg

On Thursday, version 6.3.0.582 of the Skype VoIP application was released. The new version, a 37.5 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

- See a slideshow of other participants in a group call when you are the current speaker.

- New In-Call DTMF dial pad.

Skype 6.3.0.582 is available for free and requires an Intel-based Mac running 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 in the comments.

Google Chrome updated to 25.0.1364.172

Posted by:
Date: Wednesday, March 13th, 2013, 07:08
Category: News, security, Software

google-chrome-logo

Hey, take an update where you can find it.

On Wednesday, Google released version 25.0.1364.172 of its Chrome web browser. The update, a 48.8 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

- This release contains stability improvements, and a new version of Adobe Flash.

Google Chrome 25.0.1364.172 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.

Adobe releases Flash Player 11.6.602.180

Posted by:
Date: Wednesday, March 13th, 2013, 07:37
Category: News, Software

An update’s an update.

Late Tuesday, Adobe released Flash Player 11.6.602.180 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:

Fixed Issues:
- Loading of telemetry.cfg causes performance problems on page refresh(3506936).

- Opera browser crash(3488141).

- Flash Player crash due to integer overflow(3475889).

New Features:
Memory intrinics: To enable memory intrinics two changes are required:
- Produce the memory op codes by changing the compiler
- Expose the appropriate APIs through playeglobal.swc to leverage these opcodes

Graphics Data Query:
- Improved permissions UI for full screen keyboard access.

- Multiple SWF support(iOS).

- Setting device specific Retina Display resolution(iOS).

- Updated File API following App store guidelines(iOS).

- HiDpi support for FlashPro.

Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.180 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.