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Flip4Mac updated to 3.0.0.126

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Date: Thursday, October 11th, 2012, 07:33
Category: News, Software

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Early Wednesday, software developer Telestream has released version 3.0.0.126 of Flip4Mac, its QuickTime components package which allows for Windows Media files to be viewed, imported and converted under Mac OS X. The new release, a 62.1 megabyte download, includes the following fixes and changes:

New Features:
- Introduced the new Flip Player application for playing, editing, and transcoding video and audio. Flip Player supports unique features such as dimming the background, cropping video, and creation of iPhone ringtones. It also supports exporting to Apple and Telestream applications, exporting to Apple devices, and Windows Media. Flip Player replaces the WMV Player application.

- All software is now signed with a digital certificate from Apple to address security and anti-malware requirements in Gatekeeper.

- Added support for the application/x-ms-wmp mime type.

- Added 64-bit Core Audio support for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

Fixes:
- Flip4Mac will now continue playing even if it encounters corrupted audio packets, as long as there are enough valid packets to prevent a perceptible problem with the audio.

- Fixed a bug that prevented Flip4Mac from opening local wvx files.

- Fixed a bug that prevented MMS stream playback and resulted in a -19160 error.

- Fixed potential crashes and memory leaks.

- Fixed various issues with QuickTime X Player 10.2 in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

Flip4Mac 3.0.0.126 is available for free but can go as high as US$179 depending on the version purchased. The new version requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.7 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.

Mozilla releases Firefox 16.0 update

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Date: Wednesday, October 10th, 2012, 07:12
Category: News, Software

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On Tuesday, Mozilla.org released version 16.0 of its Firefox web browser. The new version, a 33.3 megabyte download and adds the following fixes and changes:

New:
- Firefox on Mac OS X now has preliminary VoiceOver support turned on by default.

- Initial web app support (Windows/Mac/Linux).

- Acholi and Kazakh localizations added.

Changed:
Improvements around JavaScript responsiveness through incremental garbage collection.

Developer:
- New Developer Toolbar with buttons for quick access to tools, error count for the Web Console, and a new command line for quick keyboard access.

- CSS3 Animations, Transitions, Transforms and Gradients unprefixed in Firefox 16
Recently opened files list in Scratchpad implemented.

Fixed:
- Debugger breakpoints do not catch on page reload (783393).

- No longer supporting MD5 as a hash algorithm in digital signatures (650355).

- Opus support by default (772341).

- Reverse animation direction has been implemented (655920).

- Per tab reporting in about:memory (687724).

- User Agent strings for pre-release Firefox versions now show only major version (728831).

Known Issues:
- If you try to start Firefox using a locked profile, it will crash (see 573369)
For some users, scrolling in the main GMail window will be slower than usual (see 579260).

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

Firefox 16.0 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 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.

Mac mini inventories begin to dwindle, could signal next-gen Ivy Bridge model

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Date: Tuesday, October 9th, 2012, 07:46
Category: Hardware, Mac mini, News

You love your Mac mini.

And you’re fond of the Ivy Bridge hardware architecture.

It’s time the two came together to form something nifty.

Per AppleInsider, numerous sellers are currently out of stock of the Mac mini. Specifically, for the 2.3-gigahertz model, stock-outs are seen at Amazon, MacConnection, and J&R, while the 2.5-gigahertz option is unavailable at Amazon, MacMall, MacConnection and J&R.

Supplies of the Mac mini Server with a 2-gigahertz Core i7 processor is also running dry, as Amazon advertised as of Monday that it only has a few units left in stock, while MacMall and MacConnection are currently sold out.

In addition, Macerkopf.de noted on Monday that supply of the Mac mini has also begun to run dry in Germany. Apple typically winds down its inventory ahead of a new product launch, and limited supply at third-party resellers is often one of the first signs that a hardware refresh is forthcoming.

However, supply fluctuations are not always a sign that a hardware refresh is imminent. For example, Apple’s iMac has seen its availability remain constrained off and on since July, but the all-in-one desktop has not yet been updated.

An updated Mac mini was not listed by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo among the eight new products Apple is rumored to launch this fall. However, he did indicate that Apple is planning to debut a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, as well as redesigned 21.5- and 27-inch iMacs.

Apple last updated the Mac mini in July of 2011, adding support for the high-speed Thunderbolt port while ditching the built-in optical disc drive that had been found on previous models. The current Mac mini lineup starts at US$599 and features Intel’s previous-generation Sandy Bridge processors.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Google Chrome updated to 22.0.1229.92

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Date: Tuesday, October 9th, 2012, 06:49
Category: News, Software

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You’ve got to hand it to Google: they’re consistent with their updates.

Late Monday, Google released a beta of version 22.0.1229.92 of its Chrome web browser. The update, a 44 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

- Contains a number of stability fixes, including an issue with multiple profiles on Mac OS X 10.8.2.

- It also contains a fix for text display on the Mac.

Security updates listed below:
- [$1000] [138208] High CVE-2012-2900: Crash in Skia text rendering. Credit to Atte Kettunen of OUSPG.

- [$3133.7] [147499] Critical CVE-2012-5108: Race condition in audio device handling. Credit to Atte Kettunen of OUSPG.

- [$500] [148692] Medium CVE-2012-5109: OOB read in ICU regex. Credit to Arthur Gerkis.

- [151449] Medium CVE-2012-5110: Out-of-bounds read in compositor. Credit to Google Chrome Security Team (Inferno).

- [151895] Low CVE-2012-5111: Plug-in crash monitoring was missing for Pepper plug-ins. Credit to Google Chrome Security Team (Chris Evans).

Google Chrome 22.0.1229.92 requires an Intel-based Mac with Mac OS X 10.5 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 11.4.402.287 update

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Date: Monday, October 8th, 2012, 08:33
Category: News, security, Software

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On Monday, Adobe released Flash Player 11.4.402.287 for Mac OS X, a 11.9 megabyte download via MacUpdate. The new version is for Adobe Flash Player 11.4.402.265 and earlier versions and adds the following fixes and changes:

- Fixes for critical vulnerabilities identified in Security Bulletin APSB12-22.

Flash Player 11.4.402.287 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, please feel free to hurl your two cents in via the comments.

Roxio releases Toast Titanium 11.1 build 1072 update

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Date: Monday, October 8th, 2012, 07:37
Category: News, Software

Maybe THIS is the final version of Toast Titanium 11.1.

Over the weekend, Roxio released a revised version of the Toast Titanium 11.1 update.

Per the release notes, the new build (1072) was released. The new version, a 97.7 megabyte download (available via MacUpdate), offers the following fixes and changes:
- Resolves crash issue encountered by some users in Audio projects.

- Resolves issue with inconsistent burn speeds.

- Resolves error that occured with Fit-to-DVD option enabled.

- Resolves issue where having a low-resolution image at the start of a video project would result in poor video quality.

- Resolves issue that would result in some set-top Blu-ray players being unable to correctly seek back or forward within a title.

- AVCHD view in Media Browser will no longer keep jumping to top while content is being indexed.

- Audio CD track list can now be copied to clipboard.

- Audio preview controls now allow rewind and fast-forward within a single track.

Toast Titanium 11.1 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run and retails for US$99.99.

If you’ve tried the new update and noticed any changes, please let us know in the comments.

VirtualBox updated to 4.2.1

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Date: Thursday, October 4th, 2012, 08:44
Category: News, Software

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VirtualBox, an open source x86 virtualization project available for free has just hit version 4.2.1. The new version, a 100.5 megabyte download, features the following fixes and changes:

- The OS X 10.8.2 release includes some incompatible changes which require adaptions in VirtualBox. Therefore the original 4.2 build was replaced by a 4.2.1 build.

VirtualBox 4.2.1 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.

QuarkXPress 9.3.1.2 update released

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Date: Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012, 07:03
Category: News, Software

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On Thursday, software developer Quark released version 9.3.1.2 of its QuarkXPress design application. The 364 megabyte update, which can be downloaded here, adds the following change:

- This free update for App Studio users includes new versions of App Studio Factory and Issue Previewer for iOS Simulator. This release is not compatible with QPS 9.2.

QuarkXPress 9.3.1.2 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.

Adobe releases Lightroom 4.2 update

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Date: Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012, 07:32
Category: News, Software

It’s hard to argue with a useful update.

On Wednesday, Adobe released 4.2 of its Lightroom image editing program. The new version, a 426 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

- Album Support within the Revel Publish Service.

- Additional camera support for 20 new cameras including the Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i, Fujifilm X-E1, and Sony DSC-RX100.

- Corrections for issues introduced in previous versions of Lightroom.

Adobe Lightroom 4.2 retails for US$149.00 and 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 to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Rumor: Apple may be looking to move away from Intel chipsets, begin using its own processors for certain products

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Date: Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012, 07:15
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, Processors, Rumor

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It’s been six years.

Maybe it’s time for a change.

Per Bloomberg Businessweek, Apple has reportedly “deliberated” moving its lineup of Mac computers away from Intel processors, though such a change apparently isn’t “imminent.”

The details come from a profile of Apple’s current state under CEO Tim Cook published Wednesday by Bloomberg Businessweek. Citing two unnamed sources familiar with Apple’s discussions, the report indicated that Apple would like to move away from Intel’s CPUs in its Macs.

“Such a shift would be difficult and isn’t imminent, though it would allow Apple to further distinguish its laptops and desktops from competitors that run Intel’s chips and Microsoft’s Windows software,” authors Brad Stone, Adam Satariano and Peter Burrows wrote.

Apple’s interest in moving away from Intel is not new, but Wednesday’s report is an indication that the desire still exists at the company. Per AppleInsider, Apple had discussions with Intel’s chief competitor, AMD, about switching to its chips for future Macs.

Apple previously differentiated its Mac lineup from Windows PCs by utilizing PowerPC chips built by IBM and Motorola. But in 2005, Apple announced it would switch to Intel microprocessors for all of its Mac hardware. The transition was complete by August of 2006, and starting with OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard in 2009, support for legacy PowerPC Macs no longer existed.

While Intel currently powers Apple’s Mac lineup, the company is absent from Apple’s more popular iOS devices, including the iPhone and iPad. Intel has instead pushed its own “Atom” processors for mobile devices, but tests have shown that Apple’s latest A6 CPU found in the iPhone 5 outperforms Atom.

While AMD would be an option if Apple were to abandon Intel, Apple has made headway in designing its own custom silicon for the iPhone and iPad. Earlier this year, rumors suggested Apple was looking to use its own ARM processors in upcoming iterations of the MacBook, especially in power-critical applications like the thin-and-light MacBook Air.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.