Apple Releases Mini DisplayPort to VGA 1.0 Firmware Update

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Date: Wednesday, March 18th, 2009, 09:21
Category: Software

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Late Tuesday, Apple released its Mini DisplayPort to VGA 1.0 firmware update, an 11.4 megabyte download which addresses intermittent flickering and compatibility issues such as no video on some external displays when using the Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter on your Mini DisplayPort-enabled Mac.
Once downloaded, the firmware update will be installed into the “Utilities” folder and will automatically launch to update the firmware on the Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter.
The Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter must be plugged into your Mac and a compatible VGA display. The Mac power adapter must be plugged into a power outlet.
The updater is also available through Mac OS X’s built-in Software Update feature, provided you have qualifying hardware that uses a Mini DisplayPort.
The updater requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.
If you’ve tried the firmware update and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments or forums.

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How-To: Get Around Conflicts Between Back to My Mac and Time Machine

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Date: Tuesday, March 17th, 2009, 08:10
Category: How-To

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As nifty as Time Machine is, a number of users seem to be running into problems where the “Change Disk…” option for Time Machine is nonfunctional.
Over on the Apple Discussion Board, user Joel_H offered the following description of the issue:

“(After switching TM disks) I realized there were still things on my time capsule backup that were no longer on my G-Raid2, so I switched drives in Time Machine and restored what I needed. I then tried to switch back, and the “Change Disk…” button is depressing but not responding.”

According to MacFixIt, users encountering this issue may have first tried changing their Time Machine setup for Time Capsule devices (i.e.: from Wireless to Wired connectivity), but a few people have noticed this may happen if the Time Machine backup volume has its name changed. One workaround users have tried, which has met with some success, is deleting the Time Machine preferences and then reselecting the drive. This seems to only be a temporary fix and the problem returns after a period of time.
The issue appears to be related to Apple’s MobileMe services and tends to rear its ugly head when the Back to My Mac option is enabled. Console error messages for this problem indicate a potential conflict with Bonjour networking, which Back To My Mac uses. For now, the available workaround for this problem is to turn off Back To My Mac.
Other workarounds include the following steps:

1. Turn off Back To My Mac.
To turn off Back To My Mac, click the “stop” button in the “Back To My Mac” section of the MobileMe system preferences. This should enable the “Choose Disk” button in the Time Machine setup again.
2. Remove Back To My Mac preferences.
This problem could be from corruption in the “Back To My Mac” preference files. As such, removing the Back To My Mac preferences may also help. The preference file is called “com.apple.BackToMyMac.plist,” and is located in the /Macintosh HD/Library/Preferences folder.

Stay tuned for additional information as it becomes available and if you’ve seen this issue on your end, please let us know in the comments or forums.

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Bodybugg Review – Weight Loss 2.0

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Date: Tuesday, March 17th, 2009, 02:47
Category: Review, Software

By David Klein
One can argue that dieting is extremely challenging for the average person. In my opinion the biggest problem is the lack of data. Manually counting calories consumed and burned is a meticulous process that is virtually impossible to do with a pencil and paper. Also, how can you be sure your numbers are accurate? Now, we have the hardware to help us lose weight: the Bodybugg (below). Using this technology truly is a new generation of dieting: weight loss 2.0.
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OmniWeb Updated to 5.9.1

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Date: Friday, March 13th, 2009, 08:12
Category: Software

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Early Wednesday, Omni released version 5.9 of its OmniWeb web browser. The new version, a 23.1 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

  • Auto-closing tab drawer: If the tab drawer was automatically opened when you created multiple tabs, it will now automatically close when you return to a single tab. (If you manually opened the tab drawer, it will stay open until you manually close it.)
  • Added support for three-finger swipes on recent laptops: swiping left and right goes back and forth in history; swiping up and down switches to the previous or next tab.
  • You can now send the current web page to OmniFocus (using its clippings service) without having to select some text on the page first. Please note that this feature requires OmniFocus 1.6 (or later).
  • Navigating web pages using speech recognition works once again. (Speech recognition must be turned on in System Preferences, as well as being enabled in OmniWeb’s General Preferences. You can then say the name of a link to follow it, or use built-in commands link “new tab”, “next tab”, “go back”, etc.)
  • Reimplemented the Summarize toolbar item.
  • Dragging the last tab out of a window will now close that window.
  • Added support for download links which use the HTTP Content-Disposition header.
  • Added support for the JavaScript print action (window.print()).
  • OmniWeb no longer displays an empty page when it receives a HTTP 204 “no content” status code. This fixes bugs with several rating systems.
  • Using Click-Hold to activate the context menu in browser windows is now disabled by default, since that breaks compatibility with some web pages which want to see the mouse-down event immediately (before we determine that it’s actually a click-hold event). You can turn Click-Hold back on by setting the hidden ActivateContextMenuWithClickHold default.
  • Added Release Notes to the Help menu.
  • Fixed a bug where clicks would land in the wrong place if a hidden location bar was temporarily visible (because you were editing it with Command-L) and you clicked in the browser (causing it to hide again).
  • The Open window can now be closed by pressing the Escape key (in addition to Command-W). The window’s tab cycle also now includes all its controls.
  • Bookmarklets are now labeled properly when dragging them to the favorites bar.
  • Command-Shift-Left Arrow now performs the standard text editing behavior of selecting to the beginning of a line of text, rather than taking you back to your start page.
  • If your navigation bar is hidden and you press Shift-Command-F to go to the search field, OmniWeb will no longer show and hide the navigation bar before showing it yet again.
  • Tweaked the favorites bar background.
  • Updated the default start pages.
  • Localization updates for Simplified Chinese, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Swedish.
  • OmniWeb 5.9.1 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.
    If you’ve played with the new version and noticed any major improvements or shortcomings, let us know in the comments or forums.

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    Roxio Toast Titanium 9.0.5 Update Released

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    Date: Friday, March 13th, 2009, 07:36
    Category: Software

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    On Thursday, Roxio released version 9.0.5 of its Toast Titanium authoring software. The new version, available here, adds the following fixes and changes:

  • Resolves issue where distortion may be recorded when using system audio capture.
  • Resolves issue where waveform may not be drawn correct after updating to Mac OS X v10.5.6.
  • Toast 10 Titanium requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.
    If you’ve tried the update and have any feedback about it, let us know in the comments or forums.

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    OnyX 2.0.4 Released

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    Date: Thursday, March 12th, 2009, 08:02
    Category: Software

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    Onyx, Titanium Software’s popular freeware multifunction utility for Mac OS X, has been updated to version 2.0.4. The new version, a 16.4 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

  • Bug of display the Journaling status corrected.
  • Bug while displaying message in the Login Window corrected.
  • Deleting logs improved.
  • Parameters > Misc panel reorganized.
  • Help corrected, improved and reindexed.
  • Uninstaller application updated.
  • Option: Display only running applications in the Dock.
  • Option: Show the Help Viewer icon in the Dock and the applications Switcher.
  • Option: Enable the Debug mode of Help Viewer.
  • OnyX requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.
    If you’ve tried the new version and have any opinions about it, please let us know in the comments or forums.

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    Apple Releases Front Row 2.1.7 Update

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    Date: Thursday, March 12th, 2009, 08:14
    Category: Software

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    Late Wednesday, Apple released Front Row 2.1.7, an update to its media control system for Mac OS X. The 12.6 megabyte download provides iTunes 8.1 compatibility and is available via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
    Front Row 2.1.7 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.
    If you’ve tried the update and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know in the comments or forums.

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    Apple Releases iTunes 8.1 Update

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    Date: Thursday, March 12th, 2009, 08:07
    Category: Software

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    Late Wednesday, Apple released iTunes 8.1, the latest version of its multimedia/jukebox application for Mac OS X. The new version, a 63.4 megabyte download, offers the following fixes, changes and new features:

  • Supports syncing with iPod shuffle (3rd generation).
  • Allows friends to request songs for iTunes DJ.
  • Adds Genius sidebar for your Movies and TV Shows.
  • Improves performance when downloading iTunes Plus songs.
  • Provides AutoFill for manually managed iPods.
  • Allows CDs to be imported at the same sound quality as iTunes Plus.
  • Includes many accessibility improvements.
  • Allows iTunes U and the iTunes Store to be disabled separately using Parental Controls.
  • iTunes 8.1 is available for free, requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run and can be snagged using Mac OS X’s built-in Software Update feature.
    If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback, positive or negative, let us know over in the comments or forums.

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    Adobe Reader Updated to 9.1

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    Date: Wednesday, March 11th, 2009, 08:15
    Category: Software

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    On Tuesday, Adobe released version 8.1 of its free Reader program. The program, which has long been a staple for viewing and printing Portable Document Format (PDF) files, includes the following changes:
    Addresses a number of customer workflow issues and a critical security vulnerability while providing more stability.
    Adobe Reader 9.1 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run and its download file size varies depending on version chosen.
    If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments or forums.

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    Apple Releases Second Mac OS X 10.5.7 Beta

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    Date: Monday, March 9th, 2009, 10:09
    Category: Software

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    Apple appears to be close to getting its Mac OS X 10.5.7 maintenance update out the door as the company issued a new build of the update this weekend. According to AppleInsider, Apple released build 9J22 to third-party developers recently. The build apparently contains nearly six dozen code corrections, a barebones weight of 440 megabytes, and requests that developers focus their testing efforts on over 20 core components, including AirPort, Mail, graphics drivers, and Time Machine.
    Per sources close to the story, Apple has directed a significant focus on addressing syncing issues that have plagued many of Leopard’s standard, forward-facing apps, such as as Mail, AddressBook, and system preferences.
    Interestingly enough, Mac OS X 10.5.7 has been publicly mentioned on Apple’s online store as being a prerequisite for use with ATI’s Radeon HD 4870 Graphics Upgrade Kit for owners of previous generation Mac Pros. After the blunder was widely reported, Apple changed the page to indicate that the card required 10.5.6, which is actually the case for the recently-refreshed Mac Pro, which will ship with a custom milestone of 10.5.6 that includes the appropriate driver support.
    However, given that standalone orders for the US$349 card are not expected to ship for another five to seven weeks, its likely the original requirements on the page were accurate and that Mac OS X 10.5.7 will be released within that same time frame.
    As of Saturday, it was reported that build 9J27 had been distributed and included 10 new bug fixes targeting FileVault, Time Capsule, preference panes for Print & Fax and MobileMe, iCal sync, and more.
    Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and if you’ve had a chance to play with the 10.5.7 builds, please let us know in the comments or forums.

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