Apple Seeds Latest 10.6.2 Build, Includes Bug Fixes for Fusion 3.0, iMacs, Retains Atom Support

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Date: Thursday, November 5th, 2009, 04:59
Category: Software

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Apple has released the most recent build of its upcoming Mac OS X 10.6.2 operating system update. Per AppleInsider, sources familiar with the build, titled 10C540 have said that it contains fixes for AirPort performance issues on the newly released iMacs and also resolves a problem which arose when plugging and unplugging a system to an Apple TV. A VMWare fix is also included, presumably for the newly released Fusion version 3.0.

The new build also fixes reported panic issues with USB, Apple Filing Protocol, and some video cards.

In the 10.6.2 update, Apple plans on fixing and tweaking nearly 150 OS X components.

Some components slated for fixes include: AppleBacklight, Battery Menu, Dictionary, Expose, FileSync, Family Controls, Fonts, Front Row, HFS, Inkwell, iPhoto, MobileMe, OpenCL, Parental Controls, QuickTime, Screen Sharing, Spell Checker, Spotlight, Time Machine, and USB.

The new build also reportedly restores support for Intel’s Atom processor, which was said to have been blacklisted and might not be supported in the update given its popularity in the “Hackintosh” community.

Mac OS X 10.6.2 is expected to be released sometime this month and will reportedly be around 480 MB in size.

Apple to Upgrade Nearly 150 Components in Mac OS X 10.6.2 Update

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Date: Thursday, October 29th, 2009, 05:34
Category: Software

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Recently, Apple shipped yet another beta of its upcoming Mac OS X 10.6.2 operating system update to developers, the update altering nearly 150 components. Per AppleInsider, the latest beta, labeled Mac OS X 10.6.2 build 10C535, arrives one week after the Mac maker issued build 10C531 to address issues with Snow Leopard’s Dock, ColorSync, QuartzCore and graphic driver components.

This week, Apple has asked developers to continue to provide feedback on graphics drivers while also tasking them with focusing their evaluation efforts on TrackPad preferences and the ability to create virtual machines, sources close to the story say.

As was the case with last week’s beta, documentation accompanying build 10C535 reportedly lists no known issues. While Apple has temporarily ceased its practice of providing a running list of bug fixes that will come baked into the impending release, it did identify 148 components that have seen tweaks.

Among those components are AppleBacklight, Battery Menu, Dictionary, Expose, FileSync, Family Controls, Fonts, Front Row, HFS, Inkwell, iPhoto, MobileMe, OpenCL, Parental Controls, QuickTime, Screen Sharing, Spell Checker, Spotlight, Time Machine, and USB.

In bare bones Delta form, Mac OS X 10.6.2 currently weighs in at a roughly 480 megabyte download. The update is expected for release sometime in November.

Rumor: Upcoming MacBook Pro Notebooks Could Receive Quad-Core Processors

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Date: Tuesday, October 27th, 2009, 04:43
Category: MacBook Pro, Rumor

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Following up on yesterday’s piece regarding references to upcoming MacBook Pro notebooks discovered in the most recent developer build of Mac OS X 10.6.2, the cats at 9to5Mac have noted that Apple Store geniuses are starting to work with the new Core i5 and i7 Quad-Core processors that may make their way into the notebooks.

While nothing is definite, it’s looking like the release of OS X 10.6.2 and the refresh of the MacBook Pro might come in tandem, sooner than we think and have something fairly interesting to offer along the way.

Apple Acknowledges Snow Leopard Data Loss Issue

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Date: Tuesday, October 13th, 2009, 07:35
Category: News, Software

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Since the release of Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), a number of users have reported that their personal data has gone missing after logging into their guest accounts. According to CNET, Apple now says it’s working on finding a fix.

“We are aware of the issue, which occurs only in extremely rare cases, and we are working on a fix,” an Apple representative said in a prepared statement Monday.

The statement marks the first time Apple has said it is looking into the issue. In early September, a handful of Mac users reported the issue on Apple’s discussion boards. The problem, when it occurs, goes like this: when logging into the guest account on their Mac first and then logging into their regular account, some users are finding all their data to be missing and their accounts completely reset.

This doesn’t appear to be a widespread problem and there are currently less than 100 posts on several current discussion threads on the issue. Microsoft is currently dealing with a massive data loss at its Danger subsidiary, the company it acquired that makes the Sidekick mobile phone.

Apple’s data loss issue marks the most recent significatn bug with the Mac OS X 10.6 operating system, including the Finder hanging or crashing, incompatibility with certain apps, and the AirPort connection dropping.

If you’ve seen this issue on your end, please let us know.

Apple Releases Second Mac OS X 10.6.2 Developer Build, Focuses on Wide Array of Fixes

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Date: Monday, October 12th, 2009, 11:38
Category: News, Software

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Apple’s second beta of its Mac OS X 10.6.2 update hit the developer circles recently, the new build incorporating numerous fixes for a wide variety of issues.

Sources familiar with the latest build, dubbed 10C519f, said the update addresses nearly 150 “general focus areas” ranging from applications like Address Book, Photo Booth and QuickTime Player to core services including Front Row, Spaces, and Time Machine.

The update also specifically targets WWAN support for mobile data services and enhances Exchange support, MobileMe and iDisk features, as well as NTFS and WebDAV file system support.

The new beta also addresses specific issues related to the app switching in the Dock, performance and stability issues tied to graphics drivers and the OpenCL compiler, as well as patches impacting bugs in Parental Controls Preview, printing, and the software update mechanism itself.

Google Chrome Web Browser Could Hit the Mac by Christmas

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Date: Friday, October 9th, 2009, 07:00
Category: Software

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A Mac OS X version of Google Chrome could arrive as early as Christmas. According to Macworld UK, Google CEO Eric Schmidt broke the news at a New York press conference responding to a question about Chrome’s market share, which some have claimed is disappointing.

“I see a lot of Macs in this room, and a lot of very sophisticated people are using Macs now and we need to get a version of Chrome out for that, which we’ll have in a couple of months. The key to browser strength is speed.”

Google Chrome is billed as a browser that combines minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer and easier.

The Mac version was expected sometime in 2010.

Strange Keyboard/Spaces Bug Found in Snow Leopard

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Date: Thursday, October 8th, 2009, 05:17
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Maybe Apple will fix it in Mac OS X 10.6.2.

Per CNET, a strange bug is still hassling users taking advantage of Spaces in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. When another Space is selected using the keyboard shortcut, the Spaces selection window freezes on screen and disables the keyboard for typing.

The issue is described over on the Apple Support Discussions thread by poster “neu242″:
“A couple of times a day, the keyboard stops working when I select another space using a keyboard shortcut. It does not happen every time I switch spaces.

Symptoms:
The Spaces selector stays on-screen, it doesn’t fade away as usual
The keyboard is unresponsive for regular typing (such as in a text document or in Terminal)
I can still use keyboard shortcuts to move to another space
The Keyboard Viewer still shows keys as I type them
The mouse and touchpad works as it should

The only thing that makes the keyboard responsive again is either a reboot, or performing a standby + resume.”

Another thread shares similar issues. Some users have reported that by unplugging their keyboard (for those using external keyboards) and plugging it back in they regain functionality. The only other workarounds that seem to help are the ones described in the post by “neu242″.

If you’ve seen this issue on your end or have found a workaround or fix of your own, please let us know!

VirtualBox 3.0.8 Released

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Date: Wednesday, October 7th, 2009, 03:22
Category: Software

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VirtualBox, an open source x86 virtualization project available for free has just hit version 3.0.8. The new version, a 62.9 megabyte download, sports the following fixes and changes:
- VMM: fixed 64 bits guest on 32 bits host regression in 3.0.6 (VT-x only; bug #4947).
- VMM: fixed a recompiler triple fault guru meditation (VT-x & AMD-V only; bug #5058).
- VMM: fixed hang after guest state restore (AMD-V, 32 bits Windows guest and IO-APIC enabled only; bug #5059).
- VMM: fixed paging issue with OS/2 guests.
- VMM: fixed guru meditation in rare cases (2.0 regression; software virtualization only).
- VMM: fixed release assertion during state restore when using the Sound Blaster 16 emulation (bug #5042).
- Security: fixed vulnerability that allowed to execute commands with root privileges.
- Linux hosts: fixed runtime assertion in semaphore implementation which was triggered under certain conditions (bug #616).
- Linux hosts: change the default USB access mode on certain distributions (bugs #3394 and #4291).
- Linux hosts: on hardened Gentoo, the VBoxSVC daemon crashed by opening the VM network settings (bug #3732).
- Linux hosts, Solaris hosts: pass the XAUTHORITY variable along the DISPLAY variable when starting a VM from VBoxManage or from the VM selector (bug #5063).
- Linux hosts: use sysfs to enumerate host drives if hal is not available.
- Solaris hosts: fixed a bug which would hang the host sporadically as interrupts were not re-enabled everytime.
- Solaris hosts: fixed a kernel panic with bridged and host-only networking (bug #4775).
- Solaris hosts: fixed incorrectly persistent CD/DVD-ROMs when changing them (bug #5077).
- X11-based hosts: support additional function keys on Sun keyboards (bug #4907).
- Mac OS X hosts (Snow Leopard): fixed problem starting headless VMs without a graphical session (bug #5002).
- Mac OS X hosts: fixed problem listing host-only adapter names with trailing garbage (attached VMs won’t start).
- Windows Additions: now work with Vista 64-bit Home editions (bug #3865).
- Windows Additions: fixed screen corruption with ZoomText Magnifier.
- Windows Additions: fixed NPGetUniversalName failure (bug #4853).
- Windows Additions: fixed Windows NT regression (bug #4946).
- Windows Additions: fixed VBoxService not running if no Shared Folders are installed.
- Linux Additions: implemented ftrunctate (bug #4771).
- VRDP: start VM even if configured VRDP port is in use.
- Networking: the PCnet network device stopped receiving under rare conditions (bug #4870).
- VBoxManage: implemented controlvm vrdpport command.
- iSCSI: fixed issue with NetApp targets (#5072).
- SCSI: add support for virtual disks larger than 2TB.
- USB: fixed potential crash when unplugging USB2 devices (bug #5089).
- NAT: IPSEC did not properly work with Linux guests (bug #4801).

VirtualBox 3.0.8 is available for free and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and an Intel-based Mac to install and run.

Some Mac OS X 10.6 Users Report Difficulty Using .DMG Files

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Date: Thursday, October 1st, 2009, 03:17
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As cool as Snow Leopard may be, if this issue happens, you’re going to notice it:

Per CNET, a number of users are experiencing issues concerning Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard’s handling of .dmg files. Since upgrading to Snow Leopard these users are not able to mount the files or run packages stored in them.

Over on the Apple Support Discussions web site user “Logan G” described the following:

“Since upgrading to Snow Leopard, I cannot get any downloaded .dmg files to do anything. After downloading them, I double click on them and nothing happens. Nothing. No error message. No bouncing dock icons. Nothing. I’ve tried downloading them using Firefox and Safari with the same results. This is happening with all .dmg files, not just the same ones, so I know it’s not unique to a particular .dmg file.”

Several suggestions are made regarding a fix for this issue, although none seem to permanently solve the problem. First, check to be sure your Disk Image files are set to open with the correct program–in this case, DiskImageMounter. To check, highlight a disk image file and press (Command + I) to Get Info. In the Open with: section, if DiskImageMounter is not selected, choose it and click “Change All…”

Users can also try deleting the following files:
Home > Library > Preferences > com.apple.frameworks.diskimages.uiagent
Home > Library > Preferences > com.apple.diskimages.fsck

From here, log out, log back in again or restart your Mac. This appears to be a temporary fix only and a long term solution has yet to be discovered and reported back. If you’ve seen this on your end or, better yet, found a fix, let us know!!!

Elgato Releases EyeTV 3.2 Update

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Date: Thursday, October 1st, 2009, 03:37
Category: Software

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Late Wednesday, Elgato Systems released version 3.2 of its EyeTV software application, which finds and tracks all television programming you want to see and allows users to pause live television and save content to file.

The new version, which can be found here (and can also be found through EyeTV 3.0′s update feature), adds the following fixes and features:
- Turbo.264 HD users can now access the Turbo custom options when exporting from EyeTV.
- Fixed a crash when using the digital audio output.
- Fixed missing commands in AppleScript dictionary.
- Improved H.264 playback with certain channels.
- Improved tuning for both DVB-S and DVB-S2 with EyeTV Sat and Terratec S7
- Fix default sort order and improved channel assignments on several different channels.
- Fix a problem where EyeTV Sat could not manually add DVB-S2 channels.
- Reception improvements with the EyeTV DTT.
- Improved localizations.

EyeTV 3.2 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run. The program retails for US$79.95.