Apple Releases AirPort Utility 5.4.2

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Date: Thursday, June 4th, 2009, 08:43
Category: Software

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Late Wednesday, Apple released version 5.4.2 of its AirPort Utility application for Mac OS X. The new version, a 16.9 megabyte download, provides the following fixes and changes:

  • An issue causing AirPort Utility to be unable to read certain AirPort wireless device configurations.
  • An issue causing AirPort Utility to sometimes be unable to discover an AirPort wireless device when Back To My Mac is enabled.
  • An issue causing AirPort Utility to sometimes be unable to download firmware.
  • An issue causing AirPort Utility to not correctly import Access Control Lists created in AirPort Admin Utility 4.x
  • Added the ability in AirPort Utility to show all wireless passwords in the “Equivalent Network Password” sheet.
  • AirPort Utility 5.4.2 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

    Cocktail 4.3.4 (Leopard Edition) Released

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    Date: Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009, 16:37
    Category: Software

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    On Wednesday, shareware developer Maintain released version 4.3.4 of Cocktail (Tiger Edition), Cocktail, the popular shareware utility program that allows for additional Mac OS X system tests.
    The new version, a 1.9 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

  • Fixed minor compatibility issues with Mac OS X 10.5.7.
  • Fixed compatibility with Firefox and Google Gears.
  • Added clearing of Renepo.A-B and Tored.A trojans.
  • Other minor bug fixes.
  • Updated Automator actions.
  • Cocktail 4.3.4 retails for a US$14.95 shareware registration fee and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to run.

    E3: The Sims 3 Goes Out the Door for Mac OS X, Windows, iPhone

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    Date: Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009, 19:51
    Category: News

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    Electronic Arts on Tuesday announced the simultaneous release of The Sims 3 for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows and Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch handsets.
    The new version allows users to control simulated people inside a virtual world, the application allowing for dozens of unique personality traits as well as extensive customization for your Sims home. According to Macworld, the game bypasses the micromanagement of basic tasks such as bathing and using the restroom (unlike the first two versions) and allows for additional items to be purchased via an in-game store.
    The Mac and Windows game also lets you record movies of your Sims, edit the soundtrack, story and transitions, then share the movies you’ve made with friends on The Sims 3 Web sites, social networks, and on your own blog.
    The game ships on a hybrid DVD-ROM that contains both Mac and Windows versions of the games, retails for US$50 and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5.7 or later, 2 GB of RAM, 6.1 GB of hard disk space and an ATI GMA X3100 or Nvidia 7300 GT graphics card or better to install and run.
    Per the iPhone version, the application is available for US$9.99 through the App Store and requires iPhone OS 2.2 or later to install and run.

    Hulu Desktop released for Mac and PC

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    Date: Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009, 13:51
    Category: Software

    Last week, Hulu released it’s Hulu Desktop application for Mac and Windows, which allows you to stream it’s library of videos without using a web browser.

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    The current release is considered a “beta” while Hulu “[...] plan[s] to gather and incorporate user feedback to improve the service”. The software and it’s interface fill the entire desktop screen, much like Apple’s DVD player application, to provide a menu of available videos and full-screen viewing. The software is designed to be controlled by an Apple Remote or Windows Media remote as well as keyboard controls. At the moment it doesn’t seem like Hulu Desktop offers much of an advantage over the web based version.

    If you want to try it, however, you will need a fairly new Mac or PC. The minimim requirements to run Hulu Desktop are as follows:

    Minimum requirements for Mac:
    Intel Pentium Core Duo 2.0GHz
    At least 2.0 GB of RAM
    Mac OS X v10.4 (Tiger) or later
    2 Mbps Internet connection
    Flash 9.0.124

    Minimum requirements for Windows:
    Intel Pentium Core Duo 1.8GHz
    At least 2.0 GB of RAM
    Windows XP or later
    2 Mbps Internet connection
    Flash 9.0.124

    And if you have a PowerPC-based Mac, don’t even bother. There has been some speculation that this was the reason Hulu was so intent on shutting down Boxee’s access to Hulu feeds, but that seems odd since Hulu gets revenue from showing the ads, not from the software, so I would think the more programs that can play those ads would be better for them. Plus Boxee can run on PPC Macs, Apple TV, and Ubuntu Linux. No Windows version yet. You can read more about their response on their blog.

    Discuss your thoughts in the forums!

    Apple Releases QuickTime 7.6.2 Update

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    Date: Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009, 07:09
    Category: Software

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    On Monday, Apple released the latest version of QuickTime, its multimedia support system for Mac OS X and Windows. The new version, known as QuickTime 7.6.2, is available as a variably-sized download (depending on version chosen through the download page), improves reliability, application compatibility and addresses security issues.
    The update requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run and can be located and snagged via Mac OS X’s built-in Software Update feature.

    Apple Releases iTunes 8.2 Update

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    Date: Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009, 07:24
    Category: Software

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    Late Monday, Apple released iTunes 8.2, the latest version of its multimedia/jukebox application for Mac OS X. The new version, a 77.3 megabyte download, offers support for the iPhone or iPod touch with the iPhone 3.0 Software Update. The update also includes many accessibility improvements and bug fixes.
    iTunes 8.2 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run and can be located and downloaded via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.

    Apple Releases iWork ’09 9.0.2 Update

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    Date: Friday, May 29th, 2009, 08:18
    Category: Software

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    Amid a small series of updates yesterday, Apple released version 9.0.2 of its iWork ’09 productivity suite. The update, a 42.7 megabyte download, improves reliability when saving some iWork documents and when playing some presentations more than once per Keynote session.
    The update, which can also be located via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature, requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

    Apple Releases MacBook Pro SMC Firmware Update 1.3 for Unibody MacBook Pro Notebooks

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    Date: Friday, May 29th, 2009, 07:10
    Category: MacBook Pro

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    Late Thursday, Apple Released SMC Firmware Update 1.3 for its 15″ and 17″ MacBook Pro notebooks. The update, an 833 kilobyte download, adjusts the fan behavior in the notebooks when running under high workload conditions.
    The updater application will be installed in the /Applications/Utilities folder, will launch automatically and requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 on the Mac OS X 10.4 end and Mac OS X 10.5.7 on the Mac OS X 10.5 end to install and run. As always, the firmware update can be snagged via Mac OS X’s built-in Software Update feature.

    E3 Next Week: Now Taking Requests

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    Date: Thursday, May 28th, 2009, 23:45
    Category: Announcement

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    Guys, I’ll be in Los Angeles covering the Electronic Entertainment Expo and following up on games coming to the Mac, iPhone, iPod touch, where developers think OnLive might be going, what’s in the works with iPhone OS 3.0, etc.
    But mainly I’ll be in Los Angeles. Which is part of California. Which, according to my D.C.-accustomed brain, is due to fall into the ocean, catch fire, explode or be attacked by giant monsters.
    All of these things may in fact occur simultaneously while I’m there.
    So, before I start packing, I’m taking requests as to what you want me to look into, what questions you want me to ask and who you’d like me to hit up with your questions.
    So, just shoot me a line here and I’ll do everything I can while I’m out there to make sure I cover your topic to the fullest extent possible.
    In the meantime, I proudly present what can only be described as the most ill-conceived computer/privacy protection accessory ever created:


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    Other World Computing Releases Mercury On-The-Go Pro 500GB Portable Hard Drive

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    Date: Wednesday, May 27th, 2009, 12:29
    Category: Accessory, hard drive

    Other World Computing announced the release of the OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro, the company’s 500GB, 7,200RPM pocket-sized drive for the Mac or PC. The unit features FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and USB 2.0 interfaces for data transfer speeds up to 100MB/s and measures 3.5″ x 5.5″ x 1″ in size.


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    In addition to these specs, the drive is also bus-powered, doesn’t require a power outlet and retails in the following configurations:

  • OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro “Triple Interface” FireWire 800/400 + USB 2.0: US$239.99 Features Oxford 934 chipset, two FireWire 800 ports, USB 2.0 Mini-B port, FireWire 800/FireWire 800 to 400 and USB 2.0 connecting cables, carrying case, US$200 retail value disk utility bundle, and a three year warranty.
  • OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro “Combo Interface” FireWire 400 + USB 2.0: US$219.99
    Features Oxford 934 chipset, FireWire 400 port, USB 2.0 Mini-B port, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 connecting cables, carrying case, US$200 retail value disk utility bundle, and a three year warranty.
  • OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro USB 2.0: US$189.99 Features JMicron 20339 chipset, USB 2.0 Mini-B port, USB 2.0 Mini-B connecting cable, carrying case, US$200 retail value disk utility bundle, and a three year warranty.
  • The three new OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro 500GB 7200RPM models are compatible with Apple OS 8.6 to 9.2.2, OS X 10.0.x, and 10.2.8 or later.