13-inch MacBook Air inventory beginning to come up short, new models expected around WWDC

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Date: Monday, May 20th, 2013, 06:29
Category: MacBook Air, News, retail

When the inventory numbers trend downwards, the cool new stuff tends to be around the corner.

Per AppleInsider, availability of Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Air had apparently begun to dry up at major authorized resellers.

The popular 13-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8-gigahertz processor and 256-gigabyte solid-state drive is currently out of stock at resellers Amazon, B&H, MacConnection, and MacMall. In addition, J&R is currently advertising that the thin-and-light notebook is only available for purchase in its brick-and-mortar stores.

In fact, one of the few resellers that is currently advertising available inventory of that 13-inch MacBook Air configuration is Best Buy.

Constrained availability of existing models is often one of the first signs of an impending product refresh, as Apple draws down inventory in anticipation of the release of new hardware. Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference, scheduled for June 10 through 14, would be an opportune time for the company to introduce newly updated MacBook Airs.

Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities indicated last month that Apple apparently plans to introduce new MacBook Airs featuring Intel’s next-generation Haswell processors at WWDC. The new ultraportable notebooks are expected to go on sale before the end of June.

Intel Haswell chips are scheduled to launch the first week of June, boasting more capable processors that will consume less power, leading to longer battery life on notebooks. The chips will also feature next-generation Intel HD 5000 integrated graphics that will offer a 50 percent in improvement over the previous 4000-class.

Kuo also said that Apple will likely introduce Haswell-powered MacBook Pro models at WWDC 2013. He expects that updated versions of the legacy, optical-drive-equipped MacBook Pro will launch alongside new MacBook Airs before the end of June, while a refresh of the premium Retina display MacBook Pro models will become available at a later date.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

OnyX updated to 2.6.9

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Date: Monday, May 20th, 2013, 05:14
Category: News, Software

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An update’s an update.

OnyX, Titanium Software’s popular freeware multifunction utility for Mac OS X, has been updated to version 2.6.9. The new version, a 17.9 megabyte download via MacUpdate, adds the following fixes and changes:
– New option: Delete the saved application states.

– New option: Show/hide interface level switching (Simple/full Finder).

– New option: Turn on/Turn off Rubber-Band Scrolling.

– New version of sqlite3.

– It is no longer necessary to quit all applications in order to check the disk.

– Help improved.

OnyX 2.6.9 requires an Intel-based processor and OS X 10.8 or later to install and run.

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

Apple releases MacBook Air Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0 for mid-2012 MacBook Air notebook

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Date: Friday, May 17th, 2013, 05:20
Category: MacBook Air, News, Software

If you’re using a mid-2012 MacBook Air, you’re going to want to snag this.

Per 9to5Mac, Apple on Thursday released its MacBook Air Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0, a 1.69 megabyte download that helps to address problems with the device recovering from a crash. Apple release notes said the update addresses “a storage firmware issue that, in rare cases, may cause a system to fail to recover from crash.”

The update requires a mid-2012 MacBook Air notebook running OS X 10.7.5 or OS X 10.8.3 or later to install and run.

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

Apple releases iTunes 11.0.3 update

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Date: Friday, May 17th, 2013, 05:14
Category: News, Software

It’s not the biggest update in the world, but it might make a difference.

Late Thursday, Apple released version 11.0.3 of its iTunes multimedia/jukebox application. The new version, a 197.3 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
– New MiniPlayer. MiniPlayer now includes a beautiful new view that showcases your album artwork. In addition, a progress bar is now built right into MiniPlayer.

– Improved Songs View. You can now enjoy your album artwork while in Songs view.

– Multi-Disc Albums. Albums with multiple discs now appear as a single album.

iTunes 11.0.3 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later to install and run.

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

Skype updated to 6.4.0.833

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Date: Thursday, May 16th, 2013, 06:11
Category: News, Software

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On Thursday, version 6.4.0.833 of the Skype VoIP application was released. The new version, a 40 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

New and Improved:
– Infinite chat scrolling

– Improved find within the chat

– Custom Chat Styles removal

– Improved send and receive contacts

– Improved file transfer

– Support for Simplified Chinese

Resolved:
– [Contact] Easier to add a new number to any existing contact.

– [Contact] Easier to add a contact number from the Contacts list.

– [Generic] Fixed random crash when waking from sleep.

– [Generic] Fixed crashes due to outdated 3rd party plugins

– [File Transfer] File transfer shows correct received size.

– [Preferences] You can switch speakers from Preferences during the incoming call.

– [Profile] You can add “Apply an effect” when editing display picture.

– [Screen sharing] Picture-in-Picture for screen sharing will appear in case switching to the Contacts list.

– [Skype Home] Disabling animated emoticons from Preferences will also take effect in the Skype Home view.

– [Calling] Improved dial pad animation in the calling toolbar.

– [Calling] You can use firewire device for Skype video call.

Known Issues:
– [Conversation] Chat input field does not switch to SMS mode when adding PSTN numbers to new conversation. Fix is in progress for next release.

– [SMS] SMS sending status stays to ‘sending’. Fix is in progress.

Skype 6.4.0.833 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.

CrossOver updated to 12.2.1

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Date: Wednesday, May 15th, 2013, 13:38
Category: News, Software

You can’t knock improved language support.

CrossOver, the popular virtualization program from CodeWeavers, has been updated to version 12.2.1. The new version, a 78.9 megabyte download, is available as a demo, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Updated Chinese support,

CrossOver 12.2.1 retails for US$59.95 and requires Mac OS X 10.6 and or later and an Intel-based Mac 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 iMovie 9.0.9 update

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Date: Wednesday, May 15th, 2013, 07:34
Category: News, Software

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It’s a huge update file, but it might be helpful.

Late Tuesday, Apple released iMovie 9.0.9, the latest version of its consumer-level video editing application. The new version, a 1.08 gigabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
– Addresses issues where iMovie does not recognize video cameras connected to your Mac.

– Improves compatibility with projects imported from iMovie for iOS.

– Includes stability improvements.

iMovie 9.0.8 requires Mac OS X 10.7.4 or later to install and run and can be snagged manually or via Mac OS X’s built-in Software Update feature.

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

Adobe Reader, Acrobat Pro updated to 11.0.03

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Date: Wednesday, May 15th, 2013, 07:36
Category: News, security, Software

Handy updates are handy updates.

Late Tuesday, Adobe released version 11.0.03 of its Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat Pro applications. The updates, which can also be snagged through the Adobe Update Utility, add the following fixes and changes:

Japanese support:
– Automatic signature detection is supported.

– Added support for the Japanese Postal Code barcode.

EchoSign integration:
– Acrobat and Reader now intelligently detect if a document may need to be signed. On successful detection, a document message bar appears with a button “Open Sign Pane” which on clicking opens the right-hand Sign Pane.

– Signature appearances can now be imported through the user’s webcam. Reader saves the signature for future use in signing workflows.

– Save a Copy: Allows the user to save the file locally or in cloud. The file will be renamed based on whether user signs the document or not.

– Send via Email: Allows users to upload the document to the EchoSign server where they can fill-in details and send the signed document.

– Send via Fax: Same as the Send via Email option.

– Get Others to Sign: Enables users to send documents that need signing to others through the EchoSign service.

– The dialog which asks the user if they want to save the signed document is removed, thereby streamlining the signing process.

Digital signatures:
– The product now supports allowing administrators to control trust for JavaScript execution for specific certificates through the use of cTrustCertifiedDocumentsByOIDs in HKCU and/or HKLM. If the values in this registry preference match an OID in a certificate’s Extended Key Usage field, then that certificate is trusted.

Tools Pane:
– Tools pane performance is improved.

– The Tools Pane is open by default and the user’s selected state is saved across sessions.

Services integration:
– When using Export PDF, Create PDF and Send Now services, the user can now choose Open from online account > Acrobat.com.

– In the Create PDF panel, the “Convert” button is now a “Select Files” button. After a file is selected the button changes to “Convert”.

– When you open a document from Acrobat.com that you were reading earlier on another device, the document opens to the page where you left off.

– The ExportPDF panel is now available in the Japanese version of Reader.

Fixes:
– Acrobat crashes on Export Image to Online Account (SharePoint).

– On OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, PDF file preview color is incorrect in A10 and A11 when monitor display profile is other than sRGB.

Miscellaneous:
– PDFMaker plug-in not opening PPT file after conversion from FileSite server.

– Unable to use tabs to put focus on HTML field following embedded PDF.

– Acrobat browser plug-in does not calculate decimal numbers in an AcroForm correctly when system locale is set to French.

– Page being incorrectly identified as scanned in the PDF invokes OCR unnecessarily.

– Print button off screen on low resolution devices in Reader/Acrobat XI.

– The IE AcroIEHelper browser helper object is removed. Needed functionality is moved to a plugin.

– Cannot save PDF from Firefox when multiple windows are used.

– In Reader, doing an overwrite with content type enabled results in a “bad parameters” error.

– Error while entering the value for Managed Metadata field.

– Added support for the Turkish Currency symbol.

Acrobat Reader 11.0.03 and Acrobat Pro 11.0.03 require an Intel-based processor and Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new versions and noticed any differences, please let us know what you think.

Firefox updated to 21.0

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Date: Tuesday, May 14th, 2013, 13:49
Category: News, Software

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According to version numbers, Firefox can now legally purchase an alcoholic beverage…

On Friday, Mozilla.org released version 21.0 of its Firefox web browser. The new version, a 40.2 megabyte download via MacUpdate, adds the following fixes and changes:
– The Social API now supports multiple providers.

– Enhanced three-state UI for Do Not Track (DNT).

– Firefox will suggest how to improve your application startup time if needed.

– Preliminary implementation of Firefox Health Report.

– Ability to restore removed thumbnails on New Tab Page.

– CSS -moz-user-select:none selection changed to improve compatibility with -webkit-user-select:none (bug 816298).

– Graphics related performance improvements (bug 809821).

– Removed E4X support from Spidermonkey.

– Implemented Remote Profiling.

– Integrated add-on SDK loader and API libraries into Firefox.

– Added support for element.

– Implemented scoped stylesheets.

– Some function keys may not work when pressed (833719).

– Browsing and Download history clearing needs unification to avoid confusion on clearing download history (847627).

Firefox 21.0 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 Thunderbolt Firmware Update 1.3 for all Thunderbolt-equipped Macs

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Date: Friday, May 10th, 2013, 06:00
Category: News, Software

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Never doubt a good firmware update.

Early Friday, Apple released its Thunderbolt Firmware Update 1.3 for all Macs with Thunderbolt ports. The update, a 1.3 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– This update provides stability fixes for Thunderbolt and Target Disk Mode

Thunderbolt Firmware Update 1.3 requires and Intel-based Mac with a Thunderbolt port running OS X 10.8.3 or later.

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