Google Earth updated to 7.1.1.1871

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Date: Wednesday, July 10th, 2013, 06:12
Category: News, Software

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Late Monday, software giant Google released version 7.1.1.1871 of its popular Google Earth program. The new version, a 45 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
- We have included another fix for the unified_cache_leveldb_leveldb2 directory filling beyond specified cache limits for some Windows and Macintosh users.

- Imagery no longer stays blurry upon zooming in when the cache is full.

- Font and tilt settings now stick between sessions.

- Balloon opens now display when recording tours.

- We have included UI improvements to Flight Simulator.

- When printing, the scale legend now displays correct distances.

- Collada models now display with uncorrupted textures.

- Polygons and image overlays now display correctly across the Antimeridian.

- We fixed an issue with certain GPU – driver combinations whereby no imagery displayed in the client.

- The time slider in Sun and Historical Imagery features now displays the correct Daylight Savings time.

- Performance and stability improvements.

Google Earth 7.1.1.1871 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, let us know in the comments.

Skype updated to 6.6.0.467

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Date: Friday, July 5th, 2013, 09:33
Category: News, Software

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On Friday, version 6.6.0.467 of the Skype VoIP application was released. The new version, a 40 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

Improvements:
- Optimizations to video messaging: To ensure a consistent Skype experience no matter which device you use, we have added entry points for video messaging to the share menu (plus button). You will now be prompted to send a video message if your call goes unanswered for ten seconds.

- Upgrading for users with non-administrator accounts: After downloading 6.6, all future updates will be silently downloaded for you even if you don’t have an administrator account on OS X.

- Improvements to the instant messaging experience: We have reintroduced quick access to the button that lets you edit chat messages. By clicking the arrow that appears on hover next to the timestamp of a message, you can access the editing menu.

Resolved:
- [File Transfer] “Reveal File in Finder” can point to the wrong file when multiple files with the same name are sent via file transfer.

- [Conversations] Sometimes unsent chat message does not show up when switching back to prior a conversation.

- [Generic] In some cases, Skype accesses the non-existent file video.cfg every second.

- [Calling] Cannot block phone numbers.

Known issues:
- [Conversations] Messages sent to a Facebook contact show up multiple times. Fix is in progress.

Skype 6.6.0.467 is available for free and 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.

VirtualBox updated to 4.2.16

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Date: Friday, July 5th, 2013, 07:36
Category: News, Software

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An update’s an update.

VirtualBox, an open source x86 virtualization project available for free has just hit version 4.2.16. The new version, a 110 megabyte download, features the following fixes and changes:
- OVF/OVA: don’t crash on import if no manifest is used (4.2.14 regression; bug #11895).

- GUI: do not restore the current snapshot if we power-off after a Guru Mediation.

- Storage: fixed a crash when hotplugging an empty DVD drive to the VM.

- Storage: fixed a crash when a guest read from a DVD drive attached to the SATA controller under certain circumstances.

- EFI: don’t fail with 64-bit guests on 32-bit hosts (bug #11456).

- Autostart: fixed VM startup on OS X.

- Windows hosts: native Windows 8 controls.

- Windows hosts: restore native style on Vista 32.

- Windows hosts / guests: Windows 8.1 adaptions (bug #11899).

- Mac OS X hosts: after removing VirtualBox with VirtualBox_Uninstall.tool, remove it from the pkgutil –pkgs list as well.

VirtualBox 4.2.16 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.

Dropbox updated to 2.2.9

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Date: Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013, 07:12
Category: News, Software

You can’t say that Dropbox doesn’t update with both frequency and gusto.

On Wednesday, Dropbox released version 2.2.9 of its cloud-based storage client for Mac OS X. The new version, a 31 megabyte download (via MacUpdate), which adds the following fixes and changes:
- Fix an issue where files with Finder Comments would not sync

- Fix a rare issue involving symlinks with unicode characters.

- Fix a rare issue where spurious folders appear in the advanced Selective Sync settings.

- Fix a rare issue with P2P.

- Other minor fixes.

Dropbox 2.2.9 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

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

Adium updated to 1.5.7

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Date: Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013, 06:32
Category: News, Software

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Adium, the open source instant message chat client with support for multiple programs (including AOL Instant Messenger, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo! Google Talk, Bonjour, etc.) has been updated to version 1.5.7.

The new version, a 22.8 megabyte download adds the following fixes and changes:
- Updated Twitter support. (#16118)

- Retweets (RTs) now properly display the original author.

- t.co links are now expanded.

- Fixed parsing to conform to the standard. (#13947)

- Removed StatusNet support, see ​http://adium.im/blog/2013/07/adium-1-5-7-released.

- Fixed a crash when redrawing the contact list. (#16119)

- Fixed a bug that could cause SSL connections to be closed prematurely. (#15405, #15411, #15741, #16356)

Fixed the following weaknesses in the SSL code:
- Removed all anonymous ciphers from the list Adium tries, these are insecure and would crash Adium.

- Removed SSL_RSA_WITH_NULL_MD5 from the list of ciphers, as it doesn’t use encryption.

- Removed the caching of untrusted certificates, as the implementation would make it easy to replace it with a different certificate when reconnecting.

Adium 1.5.7 is available for free and requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later and an Intel-based Mac to run.

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

Apple launches Back to School promotion, throws in $50 and $100 iTunes gift cards

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Date: Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013, 07:49
Category: iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch, News, retail

Never look a back to school promotion in the mouth.

Per the Mac Observer, Apple kicked off its annual Back to School deals on Tuesday for educational buyers and includes iTunes Store, App Store and iBookstore gift cards worth up to US$100 with new Mac, iPhone and iPad purchases. The special deals are available now and run through September 6, 2013.


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The offer reads as follows:
“Buy a Mac for college and get a $100 gift card to spend on apps and more — and also save with education pricing. Or buy an iPad or iPhone and get a $50 card.
Qualifying products include Macs other than the Mac mini, plus the iPhone 4, 4S and 5, and the iPad 2, fourth generation iPad, and iPad mini.”

Not a bad thing and where a US$50 or US$100 iTunes gift card are concerned, it’s hard to go wrong there.

Apple releases updated Canon printer drivers for Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 operating systems

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Date: Friday, June 28th, 2013, 07:52
Category: News, Software

On Friday, Apple released its Canon Printers Drivers 2.12 package. The update, a 342.52 megabyte download, adds updated drivers for assorted Epson printers, scanners and multifunction devices.

The update requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.1 or later and can also be located, snagged and installed via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.

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

Apple releases Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 4.07

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Date: Friday, June 28th, 2013, 07:59
Category: News, Software

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On Friday, Apple posted its Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 4.07, an update designed to extend RAW image compatibility for the Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’11 applications.

The update, a 6.1 megabyte download, adds support for the following cameras:
- Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G6

- Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF6

- Sony Alpha SLT-A58

The update requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later to install and run and is also available via Mac OS X’s built-in Software Update feature.

If you’ve tried the new Digital Camera RAW update and noticed any changes, please let us know how it went.

Firefox updated to 22.0

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Date: Tuesday, June 25th, 2013, 08:57
Category: News, Software

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Sit back, grab a refreshing drink and watch the Firefox version numbers soar…

On Tuesday, Mozilla.org released version 22.0 of its Firefox web browser. The new version, a 42.6 megabyte download via MacUpdate, adds the following fixes and changes:

New:
- Mac OS X: Download progress in Dock application icon.

- HTML5 audio/video playback rate can now be changed.

- Social services management implemented in Add-ons Manager.

- asm.js optimizations (OdinMonkey) enabled for major performance improvements.

Changed:
- Improved WebGL rendering performance through asynchronous canvas updates.

- Plain text files displayed within Firefox will now word-wrap.

- For user security, the |Components| object is no longer accessible from web content.

- Improved memory usage and display time when rendering images.

- Pointer Lock API can now be used outside of fullscreen.

Developer:
- CSS3 Flexbox implemented and enabled by default.

- New Web Notifications API implemented.

- Added clipboardData API for JavaScript access to a user’s clipboard.

- New built-in font inspector.

HTML5:
- New HTML5 data and time elements.

Fixed:
- Scrolling using some high-resolution-scroll aware touchpads feels slow (829952).

Firefox 22.0 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.

Skype updated to 6.5.0.443

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Date: Tuesday, June 25th, 2013, 06:25
Category: News, Software

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On Tuesday, version 6.5.0.443 of the Skype VoIP application was released. The new version, a 40 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:
- [Contact] Scroll bar is displayed when sending multiple contacts.

- [Contact] User cannot drag & drop contacts who are already existing participants in the conversation.

- [Calling] Call toolbar + button contextual menu items will is not disabled after sending contact.

- [Calling] Call duration info in history is correctly displayed.

- [Conversation] Chat input field switches to SMS mode when adding PSTN numbers to new conversation.

- [Conversation] ‘Check Spelling While Typing’ setting is saved.

- [Generic] Detached conversation window is opened automatically after restarting Skype.

- [File Transfer] Received file is saved in download folder when custom download folder no longer exists.

- [File Transfer] File transfer control buttons are presented after reconnection.

- [Preferences] Skype does not freeze when switching the ringing output to all devices from USB headset.

Skype 6.5.0.443 is available for free and 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.