Adobe releases Flash Player 11.6.602.108 update

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Date: Thursday, December 13th, 2012, 07:11
Category: News, security, Software

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On Monday, Adobe released Flash Player 11.6.602.108 for Mac OS X, a 11.9 megabyte download via MacUpdate. The new version is for Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.108 and earlier versions and adds the following fixes and changes:

– Bug fixes related to security, stability, performance, and device compatibility.

Full release notes are available here and the new version 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.

CrossOver updated to 12.0

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Date: Thursday, December 13th, 2012, 07:48
Category: News, Software

CrossOver, the popular virtualization program from CodeWeavers, has been updated to version 12.0. The new version, a 119.5 megabyte download, is available as a demo, offers the following fixes and changes:

WHAT’S NEW:
– CrossOver now incorporates our experimental Mac Driver. With the Mac Driver, Windows programs running under CrossOver no longer have to use the X Window System to interact with the screen and keyboard. This feature is currently experimental but will become the way all CrossOver applications work on OS X in the future.
CrossOver has improved font handling for fonts used by certain applications, such as National Mah Jongg League Online.

Application Support:
– CrossOver now supports World of Tanks.

– CrossOver now supports Quicken 2013.

– CrossOver now supports installation of .Net 4.0.

Improvements to Microsoft Office:
– Fixed a crash displaying certain email messages in Outlook 2010.

– Outlook 2010 will now save passwords.

– Improved Gmail and other IMAP connections with Outlook 2007.

– Fixed auto-discovery during account configuration for Outlook 2007.

– PowerPoint 2010 now displays equations in slide shows.

– PowerPoint 2010 no longer displays blank slides.

– Fixed bugs in Word 2010 which caused the equation editor to be missing structures and formulas.

– Fixed a bug in Word 2010 related to footnote style choices.

– Project 2007 and 2010 can now edit dates for recurring tasks.

– Fixed a crash in Project 2010 when filtering by resource name.

– Visio 2002 can now search for new shapes.

– Visio 2010 now displays properly when multiple shapes are open.

– Star Trek Online is now faster during game updates.

– Quicken 2009 no longer has garbled text on its buttons.

– An issue with installation of .Net 3.5 SP1 was resolved.

– World of Warcraft has had fixes related to patching and installation.

CrossOver and Wine:
– CrossOver is now based on Wine 1.5.15.

– CrossOver’s built-in web-browser will offer to download and install ActiveX controls.

– CrossOver now comes bundled with the Wine-Mono package, an alternative implementation of the .Net API.

– CrossOver now implements Raw Input, the set of APIs used for mouse input by games like Guild Wars 2, World of Tanks, and others.

– Support for printing on a variety of paper sizes has been improved.

– DirectSound has a new resampler, for higher quality audio.

– CrossOver now has sub-pixel font anti-aliasing.

CrossOver 12.0 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.

Google Chrome updated to 23.0.1271.97

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Date: Wednesday, December 12th, 2012, 08:05
Category: News, Software

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Hey, an update’s an update.

Late Tuesday, Google released version 23.0.1271.97 of its Chrome web browser. The update, a 56.5 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

– Some texts in a Website Settings popup are trimmed (Issue: 159156).

– Some plugins stopped working (Issue: 159896).

– Fixed a known crash (Issue:161854).

Google Chrome 23.0.1271.97 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.

Drive Genius updated to 3.2.2, adds fixes

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Date: Wednesday, December 12th, 2012, 08:34
Category: News, Software

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Prosoft Engineering has released Drive Genius 3.2.2, an updated version of its drive repair and recovery program for Mac OS X.

The new version, a 15.2 megabyte download” target=”_blank”>download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– When purchasing the full version from within Drive Genius, Drive Genius will automatically detect the purchase and register itself.

– Bug fix: potential stability issues with Defrag, Repair and DriveSlim.

– Bug fix: stability issue on certain Mac Pro systems.

Drive Genius retails for US$99 and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.7 or later installed to install and run.

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

OnyX 2.6.5 beta 2 released, now available to public

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Date: Monday, December 10th, 2012, 07:48
Category: News, Software

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OnyX, Titanium Software’s popular freeware multifunction utility for Mac OS X, has been updated to version 2.6.5 beta 2. The new beta, a 16.5 megabyte download via MacUpdate, adds the following fixes and changes:

– New application developed in AppleScriptObjC now.

OnyX 2.6.5 beta 2 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 Final Cut Pro X 10.0.7 update

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Date: Friday, December 7th, 2012, 07:56
Category: News, Software

A useful update’s a useful update.

Late Thursday, Apple released version 10.0.7 of its Final Cut Pro X video editing software.

The update, a 1.41 gigabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
– The Letterbox effect “Offset” slider has been restored.

– Fixes an issue when creating a single layer DVD.

– Fixes an issue where some third-party effects could cause Final Cut Pro to hang during background rendering.

– Fixes an issue where some third-party transitions would incorrectly use black instead of source media.

– Adds support for editing MXF files that are still ingesting.

– Fixes an issue rendering Motion Templates containing Image Units.

Final Cut Pro X 10.0.7 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later to install and run and retails for US$299.99

If you’ve tried version 10.0.7 of Final Cut Pro X and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Parallels Desktop updated to 8.0.18354

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Date: Thursday, December 6th, 2012, 06:12
Category: News, Software

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On Thursday, Parallels released version 8.0.18354 of its Parallels Desktop virtualization software. The new update, a 333.8 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

– Resolves an issue with the built-in camera not working with Windows.

– Resolves an issue with some USB devices not working in virtual machines.

Parallels Desktop 8 retails for US$79.99 and requires a 64-bit Intel-based processor, Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later, 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended to run Windows 7), at least 700 MB of space available on the boot volume for Parallels Desktop installation and 15 GB of available disk space for Windows.

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

Rumor: Apple hiring dozens of Israel-based former Texas Instruments chip engineers

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Date: Wednesday, December 5th, 2012, 06:06
Category: Hardware, Processors, Rumor

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Never doubt the power of hiring the best engineers you can find.

Per The Next Web, Apple has reportedly hired a number of former Texas Instruments engineers living in Israel, with the new employees said to bolster the tech giant’s research and development resources in the region.

Sources familiar with Apple’s developing Israel-based operations have stated that the company has been hiring “dozens” of engineers to work in the cities of Haifa and Herzliya, the latter of which being the home base of purchased the flash memory maker in December of 2011.

The sources went on to say that Apple is picking up former TI employees who were laid off in a culling of 250 jobs at the company’s Ra’anana location, which itself is part of a larger global workforce cutdown of around 1,700 employees. According to TI Israel’s website, the Ra’anana campus was responsible for wireless connectivity solutions like WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS and OMAP products. OMAP, or Open Multimedia Applications Platform, is a type of system-on-a-chip developed by the Texas-based company currently being used in portable devices like Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD.

Apple in April was reported to be gearing up for a major hiring campaign to fill spots at its Israel R&D center located in Haifa’s Scientific Industries Center, which boasts a collective of high-tech companies like Google, Intel and IBM. The recent TI Israel hires won’t be the first for Apple, as former Deputy CEO Etai Zaitsman is said to be working on the Haifa initiative headed up by Aharon Aharon, a veteran of Israel’s tech industry.

In May, users discovered a number of listings on Apple’s job board for SoC engineers located in the Haifa and Herzliya Pituah regions of Israel.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Updated 27-inch iMac sells out quickly, ship times slip to 3-4 weeks for customers

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Date: Monday, December 3rd, 2012, 08:29
Category: Hardware, iMac, News, retail

It’s new, it’s snazzy…and now it’s really, really hard to get.

Per AppleInsider, Apple’s big-screen 27-inch iMac looks to be in extremely limited supply this holiday, as the estimated shipping time has already lengthened less than 24 hours after the new all-in-one desktop went on sale.

Apple’s online store originally advertised that the new 27-inch iMac would ship to new orders within two to three weeks. But just hours after the slimmer iMac became available, new orders are now advertised to ship in three to four weeks.

The revised shipping estimate suggests that new orders may not arrive in time for Christmas, which is just three and a half weeks away.

The three-to-four-week wait applies to both the 2.9-gigahertz model, which sells for US$1,799, as well as the 3.2-gigahertz model, available for US$1,999.

For those interested in the 21.5-inch model, both the 2.7- and 2.9-gigahertz varieties remain available to ship in one to three business days. Units may also available at Apple’s retail stores for those who want to pick one up right away.

The first benchmarks for the 27-inch model show that its new Ivy Bridge processor will offer more than a 50 percent speed boost with certain tasks. Tests of the 21.5-inch model have also been shown to be about nearly 25 percent faster than their predecessor.

The redesigned iMac boasts an aluminum that is only 5-millimeters thick at its edge and also features a reengineered display which Apple claims reduces reflections by 75 percent. Speed has also been increased thanks to new quad-core Intel silicon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics processors, the latter of which is said to deliver up to a 60 percent boost in performance.

Also new is the Fusion Drive, a hybrid hard drive solution that combines the performance of solid-state media with the capacity and affordability of a hard drive. Apple solution couples 128-gigabytes of flash memory with a standard hard drive to create a single storage volume that intelligently manages frequently-used files and programs to optimize performance.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Mozilla releases Firefox 17.0.1 update

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Date: Monday, December 3rd, 2012, 08:57
Category: News, Software

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Hey, an update’s an update…

Over the weekend, Mozilla.org released version 17.0.1 of its Firefox web browser. The new version, a 34.1 megabyte download and adds the following fixes and changes:

Fixed:
– Font rendering issue in Firefox 17.0 (bug 814101).

– 17.0.1: Reverted user agent change causing some website incompatibilities.

– Over twenty performance improvements, including fixes around the New Tab page.

– 17.0.1: Leaving Private Browsing with Social API enabled should reset social components (814554).

– Pointer lock doesn’t work in web apps (769150).

– Page scrolling on sites with fixed headers (780345).

– Known Issues 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 Windows: The use of Microsoft’s System Restore functionality shortly after updating Firefox may prevent future updates (see 730285).

New:
– First revision of the Social API and support for Facebook Messenger.

– Click-to-play blocklisting implemented to prevent vulnerable plugin versions from running without the user’s permission (see blog post)

Changed:
– Updated Awesome Bar experience with larger icons.

– Mac OS X 10.5 is no longer supported.

Developer:
– JavaScript Maps and Sets are now iterable.

– SVG FillPaint and StrokePaint implemented.

– Improvements that make the Web Console, Debugger and Developer Toolbar faster and easier to use.

– New Markup panel in the Page Inspector allows easy editing of the DOM.

HTML 5:
– Sandbox attribute for iframes implemented, enabling increased security.

Firefox 17.0.1 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.