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Google Chrome updated to 24.0.1312.56

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Date: Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013, 07:07
Category: News, Software

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You can’t knock a decent web browser update.

Late Tuesday, Google released version 24.0.1312.56 of its Chrome web browser. The update, a 46.8 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
– Fixed performance of mouse wheel scrolling. [Issue: 160122]

– Fixed visited links regression. [Issue: 160025]

Google Chrome 24.0.1312.56 requires an Intel-based Mac with 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.

OnyX updated to 2.6.6

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Date: Monday, January 21st, 2013, 07:35
Category: News, Software

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OnyX, Titanium Software’s popular freeware multifunction utility for Mac OS X, has been updated to version 2.6.6. The new version, a 16.9 megabyte download via MacUpdate, adds the following fixes and changes:
– Launching speed now slightly faster.

– Bug corrected with the dates of running scripts.

– Removed the iCal Debug menu option.

– Bug corrected when displaying the Help of some translations.

– Localizations improved.

– Deleting the Fonts improved.

– Deleting the Internet Cache improved.

– New Info > Protect panel.

– New version of sqlite3.

– Code optimized.

OnyX 2.6.6 requires an Intel-based processor and OS X 10.8 or later to install and run.

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

Mozilla releases Firefox 18.0.1 update

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Date: Monday, January 21st, 2013, 07:25
Category: News, Software

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Never knock a decent update on a web browser you’re fond of.

On Tuesday, Mozilla.org released version 18.0.1 of its Firefox web browser. The new version, a 36.6 megabyte download and adds the following fixes and changes:

Bugs Fixed:
– Problems involving HTTP Proxy Transactions.

– Unity player crashes on Mac OS X (bug 828954).

– Disabled HIDPI support on external monitors to avoid rendering glitches (bug 814434).

New:
– Faster JavaScript performance via IonMonkey compiler.

– Support for Retina Display on OS X 10.7 Lion and up.

– Preliminary support for WebRTC.

Changed:
– Experience better image quality with our new HTML scaling algorithm.

– Performance improvements around tab switching.

Developer:
– Support for new DOM property window.devicePixelRatio.

– Improvement in startup time through smart handling of signed extension certificates.

HTML5:
– Support for W3C touch events implemented, taking the place of MozTouch events.

Fixed:
– Disable insecure content loading on HTTPS pages (62178).

– Improved responsiveness for users on proxies (769764).

Firefox 18.0.1 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.

Dropbox updated to 1.6.16

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Date: Monday, January 21st, 2013, 07:16
Category: News, Software

You can’t knock an update with a solid fix to it.

On Tuesday, Dropbox released version 1.6.16 of its cloud-based storage client for Mac OS X. The new version, a 21.9 megabyte download, which adds the following fixes and changes:

– Fixed Finder crashing.

Dropbox 1.6.16 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.

Apple releases seventh OS X 10.8.3 beta to developer community

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Date: Thursday, January 17th, 2013, 08:32
Category: News, Software

The betas, they just keep on comin’

Per AppleInsider, a seventh beta of OS X 10.8.3, Apple’s forthcoming maintenance and security update for the Mountain Lion operating system, was supplied to developers on Wednesday.

Sources familiar with the latest pre-release software said it is identified as build “12D54.” Any changes that may have been made to the software from its previous release are unknown.

Its release comes just over a week after Apple provided the last beta of Mountain Lion. That test software contained only minor changes from the previous build.

In earlier builds, developers have been asked to focus their testing on AirPlay, AirPort, Game Center, Graphics Drivers, and Safari.

Apple’s latest betas have touted a new “OS X Software Update Seed Configuration Utility” that retrieves new seeds through Software Update. When new builds are provided, Apple sends out notifications to install the update via the Mac App Store.

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

Cocktail updated to 6.3

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Date: Wednesday, January 16th, 2013, 09:00
Category: News, Software

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On Thursday, shareware developer Maintain released version 6.3 of CocktailCocktail (Lion Edition), the popular shareware utility program that allows for additional Mac OS X system tests. The new version, a 5.2 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and features:
– Added ability to clear Quarantine Events database.

– Fixed a problem where Cocktail may report -600 error.

– Addresses an issue in which Cocktail failed to restart or shutdown the computer.

– Improvements to the Pilot scheduler.

– Fixed compatibility issues with Opera 12.

– Added OS X 10.8.3 compatibility.

– Updated Automator actions.

Cocktail 6.3 retails for a US$19.00 shareware registration fee and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.8 or later to install and run.

Dropbox updated to 1.6.14

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Date: Tuesday, January 15th, 2013, 10:37
Category: News, Software

An update’s an update.

On Tuesday, Dropbox released version 1.6.14 of its cloud-based storage client for Mac OS X. The new version, a 21.9 megabyte download, which adds the following fixes and changes:
– Fix Icon overlays not updating in OS X.

– Fix not using Growl on Snow Leopard.

– Fix hang on startup on Leopard.

– Upgraded to Growl SDK 1.2.3.

Dropbox 1.6.14 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.

Oracle releases updated Java 7 Update 11 security fix, now available for download

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Date: Monday, January 14th, 2013, 08:28
Category: News, security, Software

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Following up on the discovery of a Java 7 flaw that prompted Apple to disable the software in OS X, Oracle issued a statement saying it is currently working on a fix and released a patch over the weekend.

Oracle released the statement late Friday following a U.S. Department of Homeland Security recommendation that all Java 7 users disable or uninstall the software until a patch was issued, reports Reuters. Taking action on its own, Apple quietly disabled the plugin through its OS X anti-malware system shortly after hearing of the exploit.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said that Java’s most-recent vulnerability is being “attacked in the wild, and is reported to be incorporated into exploit kits.”

For its part, Oracle noted in its statement that the flaw only affects the most up-to-date version of Java 7 and Java software designed to run in Internet browsers.

Java and Apple have had a rocky relationship over the past few years, including a move to drop the Java runtime from OS X 10.7 Lion’s default installation when the OS debuted in 2010. Another flaw in Oracle’s internet plugin was responsible for the most widespread Mac malware ever when the “Flashback” trojan reportedly affected some 600,000 OS X machines in April 2012.

Apple continued efforts to deprecate Java from OS X over the past year, culminating in the company’s final official in-house Java update issued in May 2012. From that point, all responsibility for future updates was handed over to Oracle.

Oracle on Sunday released a fix to a Java 7 flaw discovered on Friday. Users can download the release here.

The update requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.7.3 or later to install and run.

From the release notes:
“The fixes in this Alert include a change to the default Java Security Level setting from “Medium” to “High”. With the “High” setting, the user is always prompted before any unsigned Java applet or Java Web Start application is run.”

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

Skype updated to 6.1.59.2295

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Date: Friday, January 11th, 2013, 08:19
Category: News, Software

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On Thursday, version 6.1.59.2295 of the Skype VoIP application was released. The new version, a 38.9 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Click to Call: Allows Skype users to dial numbers from Safari on Mac.

– Improved user profile view.

Skype 6.1.59.2295 is available for free and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5.8 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.

HP, Brother, release updated printer drivers for Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 operating systems

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Date: Friday, January 11th, 2013, 07:42
Category: News, Software

The Software Update feature is your friend.

On Thursday, Apple released its HP Printers Drivers 2.13 package. The update, a 450.57 megabyte download, adds updated drivers for assorted HP printers, scanners and multifunction devices.

The update requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later and can also be located, snagged and installed via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.

Also on Thursday, Apple released its Brother Printer Drivers 2.10 package. The update, a 150.56 megabyte download, adds updated drivers for assorted HP 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.