Amazon releases Cloud Drive app for Mac

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Date: Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013, 06:18
Category: News, Software

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Never doubt the power of competition in the cloud-based market space.

Per The Unofficial Apple Weblog, Amazon has introduced file syncing to its Cloud Drive app for OS X, which essentially makes Cloud Drive Amazon’s version of Dropbox.

Like Dropbox, the app allows files put into the Cloud Drive folder to be available on any Mac or Windows machine running Cloud Drive with your login details. The files are also available through any web browser.

Cloud Drive users receive 5 GB of storage space for free, which is equal to Google Drive’s initial offering but more than double Dropbox’s 2 GB of storage for new users.

The app is available as a free download and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later to install and run.

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

Firefox updated to 20.0

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Date: Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013, 09:12
Category: News, Software

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And just a few years ago, they were at version 3.0…

On Tuesday, Mozilla.org released version 20.0 of its Firefox web browser. The new version, a 38.3 megabyte download and adds the following fixes and changes:

New:
- Security fixes.

- Per-window Private Browsing.

- New download experience.

- Ability to close hanging plug-ins, without the browser hanging.

- Continued performance improvements around common browser tasks (page loads, downloads, shutdown, etc.).

- Continued implementation of draft ECMAScript 6 – clear() and Math.imul.

- New JavaScript Profiler tool.

- getUserMedia implemented for web access to the user’s camera and microphone (with user permission).

Various:
- Details button on Crash Reporter.

- Unity plugin doesn’t display in HiDPI mode.

Known Issues:
- If you try to start Firefox using a locked profile, it will crash.

- Some function keys may not work when pressed.

- Browsing and Download history clearing needs unification to avoid confusion on clearing download history.

- Download statusbar add-on continues downloading files from Normal.

- Browsing, when switching to Private Browsing.

- Copy actions are broken on HTML5 videos.

Firefox 20.0 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, please let us know in the comments.

Apple releases Final Cut Pro X 10.0.8 update

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Date: Friday, March 29th, 2013, 06:11
Category: News, Software

You can’t knock a good update.

Late Thursday, Apple released version 10.0.8 of its Final Cut Pro X video editing software.

The update, a 1.53 gigabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
- Support for Sony XAVC codec up to 4K resolution.

- Option to display ProRes Log C files from ARRI ALEXA cameras with standard Rec. 709 color and contrast levels.

- Resolves an issue where some third-party effects generated green frames during render.

- Resolves performance issues that could occur with certain titles and effects.

- Time reversed clips render in the background.

- Ability to use key commands to adjust Clip Appearance settings in the timeline.

- Ability to view reel number metadata located in the timecode track of video files.

- Mono audio files in a surround project export with correct volume levels.

- Drop zones no longer reset to the first frame of video after application restart.

- Fixes a performance issue which resulted from selecting multiple ranges on a single clip.

- Fixes an issue where the Play Around function did not work properly on certain clips when viewed through external video devices.

Final Cut Pro X 10.0.8 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later to install and run along with an OpenCL-capable graphics card or Intel HD Graphics 3000 or later, 256MB of VRAM, display with 1280-by-768 resolution or higher and retails for US$299.99

If you’ve tried version 10.0.8 of Final Cut Pro X and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Google Chrome updated to 26.0.1410.43

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Date: Wednesday, March 27th, 2013, 05:12
Category: News, Software

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You can’t knock a worthwhile update.

On Tuesday, Google released version 26.0.1410.43 of its Chrome web browser. The update, a 48.8 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
- “Ask Google for suggestions” spell checking feature improvements (e.g. grammar and homonym checking).

- Desktop shortcuts for multiple users (profiles) on Windows.

- Asynchronous DNS resolver on Mac and Linux.

Google Chrome 26.0.1410.43 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.

After a decade in beta, Quicksilver 1.0.0 out the door

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Date: Tuesday, March 26th, 2013, 07:56
Category: News, Software

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10 years is a long time to be in beta.

For those of you who know it and love it, Quicksilver, the epic app-launching tool by Patrick Robertson, hit version 1.0.0 today. The new version, a 6.8 megabyte download, offers the following (extensive) list of fixes and changes:

What’s New:
- Preliminary support for retina displays (#1044, #1378).

- Many internal images have been upscaled.

- Icons and images are no longer downscaled in the interface.

- Assign the same trigger to different actions in different applications (#1201).

- Add files and folders to the catalog using the Add To Catalog action (#1276).

- AppleScript Action enhancements – http://qsapp.com/wiki/AppleScript_Actions (#1023, #1048).

- Assign an alternate name to something by creating a synonym (#1325).

- Plugin documentation is now accessible from the plugin’s preferences (#999, #1364).

- Plugin documentation is accessible directly from the list of plugins via a button in the bottom-right (#1364, #1384).

- Trigger type can be specified in the third pane for the Add Trigger action (#1345).

- Clipboard history will omit “transient” data (#1213).

- New localizations for Korean, Catalan, Chinese (Hant, China) and Spanish (Mexico).

Fixed:
- Names and labels for files should be determined faster and more accurately (#1263, #1288).

- Catalog entry names won’t override file names (#730, #1240).

- Docking window controls behave correctly (#1247).

- Recent Commands and the Last Command proxy are working (#722, #1207).

- Fixed the missing default application for the Open With… action (#1360, #1361).

- The Find With action (for web searches) works with Current Selection (#1311).

- Fixed the Add Trigger action (#515, #1345, #1390).

- Prevent changes to the catalog before it finishes loading (#1216).

- Fixed the “Delay” settings for triggers (#583, #914, #1201).

- Fixed the generic “Computer” icon (#1298).

- Avoid redrawing icons for files unnecessarily (#1297).

- Prevent catalog entries from disappearing in the preferences (#893, #1313).

- Prevent lock ups when scanning the catalog on startup (#1339).

- Correctly switch to text mode in the third pane when spacebar behavior is “Jump to Argument Field” (#1357).

- Text items in the third pane no longer show up as empty with details underneath (#1346).

- The count at the bottom of the results list is updated correctly (#1346).

- Only show folders when saving a command to a file (#1357).

- Change “plug-in” to “plugin” in the Setup Assistant (#1357).

- Only show catalog related actions with a single item selected (#1276).

- Internal improvements to the Assign Abbreviation… action (#1374).

- Set a default string ranker to prevent meaningless notifications (#1380).

- Prevent a crash when changing row height immediately after choosing a new interface (#1383).

- Fixed an exception when right-arrowing into applications with iCloud documents (#1396, #1398).

- Changed the process for displaying the Dock icon (#1152, #1414).

- More reliable file type detection (#1427, #1428, #1430).

- Internal optimizations, stability improvements, and fixes (#1335, #1346, #1385, #1390, #1401, #1371, #1403, #1388, #1410).

Changed:
- Simplify Services and set the “Command Window with Selection” trigger to use ⌘⎋ by default (#409, #1295, #1416, #1418).

- The Current Selection proxy object appears quicker (#1295).

- Better auto-detection of URLs in text entry mode (#1312, #1346, #1376).

- If files are omitted from the catalog, they will still be available when browsing the filesystem (#1195, #1322).

- Handlers preferences are grouped with other preferences for the core application (#1182, #1253).

- Disable settings for predefined catalog entries (#1341).

- Improved localization for Advanced Preferences (#1338).

- Release Notes have some style (#1228).

- Updated localizations.

Development:
- Developers don’t need to understand and track the relationship between name and label (#1263).

- Passing options to string rankers is more efficient (#1212).

- Support bundle version requirements for plug-ins (#1261).

- Allow actions to specify whether they want to see proxy objects, or only the resolved object (#1342, #1343).

- Removed some unused code related to Event Triggers (#1300).

- Better logging of exceptions in Debug mode (#1201, 1357).

Quicksilver is available for free and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried version 1.0.0 and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

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

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

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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.


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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

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

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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

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

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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

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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

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

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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.