VirtualBox updated to 4.2.8

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Date: Monday, March 4th, 2013, 06:17
Category: News, Software

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VirtualBox, an open source x86 virtualization project available for free has just hit version 4.2.8. The new version, a 109 megabyte download, features the following fixes and changes:
– VMM: fixed guest crash with huge amount of guest RAM on VT-x hosts (bug #11306)

– GUI: fixed a layout bug in the Mac OS X clone VM dialog (bug #10982).

– GUI: not all the translation tags were taken into account during the language switch (bug #11342).

– GUI: take guest screenshot dialog sometimes had no keyboard input available on Windows host.

– Main/Machine: fix generation of spurious event for inaccessible VMs which triggered an endless event generation loop in cooperation with the GUI which became unresponsive (4.2.6 regression, bug #11323).

– Main/Display: fix for an access violation under certain conditions in multi-monitor configurations (bug #10539).

– Main/Metrics: network metrics are now collected for active (up) interfaces only, the state of an interface being evaluated when the associated metric is enabled via setupMetrics.

– Snapshots: reduce the time for merging snapshots under certain conditions.

– Storage: fixed data corruption after resizing a VDI image under certain circumstances (bug #11344).

– Storage: fixed non working online merging of snapshots (4.2.6 regression, bug #11359).

– Storage: fixed crash when connecting to certain QNAP iSCSI targets.

– Storage: fixed incompatibility of VHD differencing images with Hyper-V (bug #5990).

– Bridged Networking: fixed TCP pseudo header checksum computation for IPv6 (bug #9380).

– 3D support: fix Battlefield 1942 game crashes (bug #11369).

– Settings: really sanitize the name of VM folders and settings file, the code was disabled before (bug #10549).

– Settings: allow to change VRDE settings for saved VMs.

– VBoxManage: don’t crash during screenshotpng if there is no display (bug #11363).

– Linux hosts: work around gcc bug 55940 which might lead to wrong kernel module code if gcc 4.7 is used to compile the 32-bit Linux host kernel (bug #11035).

– Linux hosts: fixed inconsistent lock state and deadlock warnings on module load and VM startup when CONFIG_PROVE_LOCKING is enabled (bug #11318).

– Linux hosts: made “]” key work again on Japanese keyboards.

– Mac OS X hosts: don’t crash the kernel during dtrace if the VBox kernel extensions are loaded (10.6 hosts only; bug #11273).

– Solaris / Mac OS X hosts: machine CPU load metrics now report 100% when all cores are fully utilized (used to be a single core).

– Solaris 11 host installer: wait for any services left over from a previous installation to be terminated to avoid confusing SMF.

– Guest Additions: don’t block signals for processes executed via guest control.

– Guest Additions: fixed a small memory leak in VBoxService (bug #10970).

– Windows Additions: fixed shared folder issue with large reads/writes on 64 bit Windows guests (bug #11115).

– Linux Additions: Linux 3.8 compile fixes (bug #11036).

– X11 Additions: fixed blocked SIGALRM in 3D desktop sessions (bug #10987).

– X11 Additions: fixed an unresolved reference in vboxvideo_drv for X.org 6.8 guests and before (e.g. RHEL4; 4.2.0 regression).

– X11 Additions: fixed screen automatic resizing for guests with X.org 1.3 or older (4.2.0 regression).

VirtualBox 4.2.8 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.

Apple releases OS X 10.8.3 build 12D74 to developer community

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Date: Friday, March 1st, 2013, 07:25
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On the plus side, Apple’s getting somewhat closer to releasing OS X 10.8.3 to its user base.

It’s still taking a while, though…

Per the cool cats at 9to5Mac, Apple released OS X 10.8.3 build 12D74 to developers on Thursday with no major changes. Apple isn’t listing any known issues, and the company once again asked developers to focus on AirPlay, AirPort, Game Center, Graphics Drivers, and Safari.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and if you’ve gotten your mitts on the build, please let us know in the comments.

Mozilla releases Firefox 19.0.1 update

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Date: Friday, March 1st, 2013, 07:24
Category: News, Software

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Well, a new update can’t hurt.

On Tuesday, Mozilla.org released version 19.0.1 of its Firefox web browser. The new version, a 39.6 megabyte download and adds as-yet-unspecified fixes and changes.

Long story short, if you’re feeling a bit courageous, give it a try and let us know what you think in the comments.

Firefox 19.0.1 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.

OnyX 2.6.8 beta 1 released

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Date: Thursday, February 28th, 2013, 07:06
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OnyX, Titanium Software’s popular freeware multifunction utility for Mac OS X, has been updated to version 2.6.8 beta 1. The new version, a 17.1 megabyte download via MacUpdate, adds the following fixes and changes:
– Deleting the Internet Cache improved.

– Bug corrected in the authenticate pane.

– Maintenance > Scripts pane improved.

– Help improved, corrected, and reindexed.

– New option: Show the Displays Extras menu with resolutions.

– New option: Show/hide shadow in window captures.

– New option: Show/hide the Reminders Debug menu.

– New option: Show/hide the Photo Booth Debug menu.

– New option: Lock/unlock the screen of automatically logged in user.

– New option: Show the dark menu bar in fullscreen mode.

– Misc. corrections.

OnyX 2.6.8 beta 1 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.

Adobe releases Lightroom 4.4 release candidate beta

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Date: Wednesday, February 27th, 2013, 06:39
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These Release Candidate updates, they are nifty…

Late Tuesday, Adobe offered a release candidate beta 4.4 of its Lightroom image editing program. The new version, a 441.4 megabyte download via MacUpdate, offers the following fixes and changes:

New Camera Support:
– Canon EOS 1D C

– Casio Exilim EX-ZR700

– Fujifilm X100s

– Fujifilm X20

– Hasselblad Lunar

– Leica M

– Nikon 1 V3

– Nikon 1 S1

– Pentax MX-1

Fixed Issues:
– The crop overlay tool resized incorrectly when used in conjunction with the “Constrain to Crop” checkbox in the Lens Correction panel.

– Background graphics were not correctly rendered within the Book Module.

– The supplied lens profile for the Sony RX-1 did not contain vignette information.

– Previews of photos in portrait orientation were blurry when viewed in the filmstrip in the Develop module. (Mac only)

– Stack badges displayed the wrong count when creating new stack that included a preexisting stack.

– The Filter scrollbar within the Library module was not rendering properly.

Adobe Lightroom 4.4 retails for US$149.00 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.

Adobe releases Flash Player 11.6.602.175 beta

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Date: Wednesday, February 27th, 2013, 06:35
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Hey, a reliable update never hurts.

Late Thursday, Adobe released Flash Player 11.6.602.175 for Mac OS X, a 16.9 megabyte download via MacUpdate as a pre-release beta. The new version adds the following fixes and changes:

Fixed Issues:
– External interface Javascript zero-day(3496801.)

– Microphone stops dispatching SampleDataEvents after repeated use(3499824).

New Features:
– Graphics Data Query.

– Improved permissions UI for full screen keyboard access.

– Multiple SWF support.

– Setting device specific Retina Display resolution.

– Updated File API following App Store guidelines.

– HiDpi support for FlashPro.

Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.175 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later to install and run.

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

Dropbox 1.7.7 beta released

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Date: Tuesday, February 26th, 2013, 07:53
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You can’t knock a steady stream of update-based goodness.

On Tuesday, Dropbox released a public beta of version 1.7.7 of its cloud-based storage client for Mac OS X. The new version, a 21.9 megabyte download (via MacUpdate), which adds the following fixes and changes:
– Fix a bug where notifications may enter a bad state without the ability to recover.

– Clicking a shared folder invitation now opens the invitation inbox.

– Re-enabled Notification Center on OS X 10.8.

– Fixed a bug where the popup would remain visible while the tray icon was hidden while quitting the application.

– Improved performance when acknowledging notifications.

– Fixed a bug where notifications would sometimes fail to appear on Windows.

– Other small fixes and polish.

Dropbox 1.7.7 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.

Flip4Mac updated to 3.1.0.24

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Date: Monday, February 25th, 2013, 07:29
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Late last week, software developer Telestream has released version 3.1.0.24 of Flip4Mac, its QuickTime components package which allows for Windows Media files to be viewed, imported and converted under Mac OS X. The new release, a 66.3 megabyte download, includes the following fixes and changes:

New Features:
– Added support for Retina displays.

– Added the ability to export to iTunes from Flip Player, including exporting both audio and video, or exporting just the audio portion of a movie.

– Added iPad mini and iPod Nano scaling presets.

Fixes and Enhancements:
– Fixed a bug that prevented Flip4Mac from playing ASX files with a bad first entry but a valid second entry.

– Fixed a bug that prevented exports from the Mac App Store version of ScreenFlow due to a sandboxing violation.

– Fixed a bug that could cause Flip Player to crash if a movie was closed while being loaded for trimming.

Flip4Mac 3.1.0.24 is available for free but can go as high as US$179 depending on the version purchased. The new version requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.7 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.

Google Chrome updated to 25.0.1364.99

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Date: Friday, February 22nd, 2013, 07:59
Category: News, Software

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Ya can’t knock a regular update.

On Thursday, Google released version 25.0.1364.99 of its Chrome web browser. The update, a 46.8 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
– Improvements in managing and securing your extensions.

– Better support for HTML5 time/date inputs.

– Javascript speech API support.

– Better WebGL error handling.

– And lots of other features for developers.

Google Chrome 25.0.1364.99 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.

How-To: Get around garbled DVD playback in Mac OS X

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Date: Thursday, February 21st, 2013, 08:44
Category: How-To, News, Software

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This could be handy.

If you’ve ever been watching a commercial DVD on your Mac and noticed a blocklike pattern covering its output, you’re not alone.

Fortunately, the mighty Topher Kessler over at CNET has written a spiffy workaround guide as to how to get around this problem and clear up your DVD’s playback for the future.

Granted, it involves a little time in the Terminal application and removing a temporary file, but it could help remove a sometimes-headache and guides like these are why I’m of the opinion that Topher rocks to all perceptible degrees.

Take a gander, see what ya think and if you’ve seen this bug on your end, please let us know in the comments.