Update Rundown for April 14th, 2014

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Date: Tuesday, April 15th, 2014, 08:31
Category: Apps, Mac, Microsoft, Software

software-updateEvery so often we like to post info on updates of some of our favorite software along with some high profile apps that are pretty essential to anyone on a Mac. This information is brought to you by updates I get from developers, but mostly by MacUpdate, although not officially, because that is what I use to keep all my apps up to date. I also like to add some value by throwing in some extra notes from my experiences. So let’s get to it!

TaskTime4 5.1.5

This app for tracking your time and printing invoices has been my goto for my freelance work for years. It’s inexpensive ($20) and the developer is very responsive.

  • Interface tweaks
  • improved functioning of Category popup menu
  • fixed sorting project reports by clients
  • fixed pause button size problem with autopause enabled
  • fixed stop button issue (moved timing buttons to toolbar)
  • fixed reports bug

 

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Safari updated to version 7.0.3

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Date: Thursday, April 3rd, 2014, 15:04
Category: App Store, Apple, Mac, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, OS X, security, Software

safari_icoEarlier this week, Apple released an update to Safari bringing it up to version 7.0.3 for Mavericks and Safari 6.1.3 for Mountain Lion and Lion users. The updates are available through the OS X App Store application. You will need to quit Safari, if it is open, in order to complete the update. The following is the list of changes in the update:

  • Fixes an issue that could cause the search address field to load a webpage or send a search term before the return key is pressed
  • Improves credit card auto fill compatibility with websites
  • Fixes an issue that could block receipt of push notifications from websites
  • Adds a preference to turn off push notification prompts from websites
  • Adds support for webpages with generic top-level domains
  • Strengthens Safari sandboxing
  • Fixes security issues, including several identified in recent security competitions

Interesting to note is Apple’s nod to non-Apple sources for the security fixes, although the specify sources are not named.

 

 

Critical update for Flash released

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Date: Thursday, February 6th, 2014, 09:56
Category: Hack, Mac, Malware, News, security, Software, Windows

adobe-flash-playerEarlier it was Java, now it has been discovered that Adobe’s Flash software also has a vulnerability that gives complete control over compromised systems to hackers. This vulnerability, fixed in the just released version 12.0.0.44, affects Adobe Flash Player 12.0.0.43 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh and Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.335 and earlier versions for Linux, although Linux was listed as having a lower priority rating. Adobe has detailed the problem in a security bulletin. All users are recommended to update Flash on their computers, as well as Google’s Chrome browser which has it’s own Flash component. The version of Chrome that includes this fix is 32.0.1700.107 and should update this automatically, but you may have to restart the browser for the correct version to register in the “About Google Chrome” window. If you want to check which version you are running before going through the update process, you can go to this page on Adobe’s site. You can download OS specific installers from here. Windows users who browse the Web with anything other than Internet Explorer will need to apply two Flash updates, one for IE and one for any alternative browsers (Firefox, Opera, e.g.). Both updaters can be found on the download page. On a Mac, if you already have Flash installed, you can also go to the Flash Player settings in System Preferences and click on the Check for Updates button in the Advanced tab. Our friends at Kaspersky Labs make another appearance in the Acknowledgements of the security bulletin where Adobe thanks them for discovering the vulnerability;

“Adobe would like to thank the following individuals for reporting the relevant issues and for working with Adobe to help protect our customers:

Alexander Polyakov and Anton Ivanov of Kaspersky Labs (CVE-2014-0497)”

So if you’ve got the time now, and you probably should make the time, get those updaters downloaded and installed. Almost makes you want to remove both Java and Flash doesn’t it?

A new way to use your iPhone on the web

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Date: Friday, January 10th, 2014, 08:47
Category: Apps, Fun, Game, iOS, iPhone, Software, Websites

Screenshot 2014-01-09 14.55.08I was doing my daily web browsing and while looking for CES stuff, and stumbled upon this, a fake 2027 CES presentation from Omnicorp. Don’t recognize the name “Omnicorp”?! Shame on you, now go straight to Netflix and queue up Robocop. Ok, it’s not on Netflix streaming, so shame on them too. Well, find it and watch it for goodness sake, it’s a classic! Anyway, Omnicorp is a fictional corporation in the near future that buys the Detroit police force in the hopes of monetizing it. In order to save money, Omnicorp hopes to build its own robotic police force and lay off all the human ones.

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OS X 10.9.1 update drops

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Date: Tuesday, December 17th, 2013, 21:36
Category: Announcement, App Store, Apple, Desktop Mac, Installation, Mac, Mavericks, Software

maverickslogoThis one slipped by me. The App Store app on my Mac didn’t even register it. Anyway, lo and behold, 10.9.1 is out. Apple continues to add additional fixes to Mail for handling Gmail accounts. This one adds support for custom settings in Gmail. Here’s the complete change log;

  • Improved support for Gmail in OS X Mail, and fixes for users with custom Gmail settings
  • Improves the reliability of Smart Mailboxes and search in Mail
  • Fixes an issue that prevented contact groups from working properly in Mail
  • Resolves an issue that prevented VoiceOver from speaking sentences that contain emoji
  • Updates Shared Links periodically when open in the Safari Sidebar

Run to your local Apple download site, or open up the App Store app and hope it sees the update. Also, I recommend closing all apps and repairing file permissions both before and after applying the update. Happy Gmailing!

1Password for Mac updated to version 4.1 with new features

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Date: Tuesday, December 10th, 2013, 09:18
Category: Announcement, App Store, Apple, Apps, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac, Mavericks, privacy, security, Software

product-1password-4-for-macEveryone’s favorite password keeper (well mine anyway), 1Password, has been updated to version 4.1 and includes some great feature updates. The Agilebits blog introduces the update and gives a quick rundown of some of the key updates;

“1Password 4.1 for Mac is now available for our website customers, and it is waiting for review for Mac App Store customers. “4.1″ may look like a small update, but it packs some great big stuff [...]“

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OS X 10.9.1 on the horizon? Apple seeds build 13B40 to developers

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Date: Wednesday, December 4th, 2013, 12:33
Category: Apple, Developer, Mac, Mavericks, Software

maverickslogoOn Tuesday, Apple dropped the latest build of OS X 10.9.1 to developers for testing. Apple is asking developers to focus on Mail, Safari, Graphics Drivers and VoiceOver. The OS update appears to focus on the Mail app with more Gmail fixes in the works. Here are the posted improvements for the update:

  • Improved support for Gmail in OS X Mail, and fixes for users with custom Gmail settings
  • Improves the reliability of Smart Mailboxes and search in Mail
  • Fixes an issue that prevented contact groups from working properly in Mail
  • Resolves an issue that prevented VoiceOver from speaking sentences that contain emoji
  • Updates Shared Links periodically when open in the Safari Sidebar

 

New service turns RSS feeds into Safari Push Notifications

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Date: Thursday, November 7th, 2013, 09:05
Category: Mac, Mavericks, Software, Websites

prontopushIf you read yesterday’s post, I wrote about Safari’s new Push Notifications in Mavericks, and promised some news about a service that helps you use this feature while all those web sites toil to get it implemented. The name of the service is ProntoPush, and what it does is pretty simple. You create an account, add the RSS feeds of the sites you want notifications from, and next thing you know it you’ll be receiving updates from those sites in Notification Center.

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Mavericks Feature Highlight: Safari Push Notifications

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Date: Wednesday, November 6th, 2013, 08:38
Category: Features, Mac, Mavericks, Software, Websites

mavericks_preview_web_notificationsWe all know about Notification Center in OS X, one of the many iOS like features that has crossed over to the desktop, but what are Safari Push Notifications? While it was mentioned in the Mavericks keynote, it hasn’t received too much fanfare or attention, probably because hardly anybody is using it yet, and by “anybody” I mean web sites. If you’ve been utilizing notifications on the Mac, this new addition won’t seem too radical, but if you’re like me, it may make Notification Center more useful. (more…)

Apple releases OS X 10.9 Mavericks, offers OS upgrade for free

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Date: Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013, 00:21
Category: News, Software

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You’ve REALLY been waiting for this one.

On Tuesday, Apple released its long-awaited OS X 10.9 Mavericks operating system. The new OS, which stands at roughly a five gigabyte download via OS X’s Software Update utility, offers the following fixes, changes and new features:

iBooks:
– Download and read books from the iBooks Store.

– Pick up right where you left off. iCloud keeps your current page up to date across all your devices.

– Swipe through Multi-Touch books with interactive features, diagrams, photos, videos, and more.

– Keep multiple books open while using other apps — great for writing a paper or doing research.

Maps:
– Send directions from your Mac to your iPhone and use voice navigation when you’re on the go.

– Explore select cities in stunning, photo-realistic 3D with Flyover.

– See detailed directions, real-time traffic, and alternate routes.

– Find restaurants, stores, and other places of interest with local search in Maps.

Calendar:
– Create new events in a snap with the new, streamlined event inspector.

– Enter event locations fast with address autocompletion.

– Add walking or driving travel time to your event so you know when to leave.

– See a map of your event’s location, as well as the weather forecast for that day.

– See holidays and Facebook events in Calendar.

Safari:
– Use Shared Links to discover new, interesting links posted by people you follow on Twitter and LinkedIn.

– Browse longer thanks to new core technologies that boost energy efficiency.

– Easily access your bookmarks, Reading List, and Shared Links in the new Sidebar.

– Protect your online privacy with new tracking-prevention features.

iCloud Keychain:
– Don’t worry about remembering passwords — iCloud Keychain fills them in so you don’t have to.

– Keep your website passwords, credit card numbers, and Wi-Fi passwords up to date across your trusted devices. Robust 256-bit AES encryption helps keep your information safe.

– Sign in once to all of your mail, contacts, calendar, and other internet accounts, and iCloud pushes them to all your Mac computers.

Multiple Displays:
– Just plug in a second display to use it with your Mac — no configuration required.

– Access the Dock and the menu bars on each display.

– Use full-screen apps on any or all of your displays.

– Use your HDTV as a second display with Apple TV.

Notifications:
– Reply to mail or messages right from a notification, without having to leave the app you’re using.

– Receive notifications for incoming FaceTime calls and reply with an iMessage or set a callback reminder.

– Receive notifications from websites, even when Safari isn’t running.

Finder Tabs:
– Declutter your desktop by consolidating multiple Finder windows into one.

– Move files between your tabs by simply dragging and dropping them.

– Select a custom view — icon, list, or column — for each of your tabs.

– Use tabs with full-screen Finder to organize and access all your files and folders.

Tags:
– Organize files with tags no matter where they’re located — in iCloud or on your Mac.

– Give a document as many tags as you want.

– Click a tag in the Finder sidebar to see all the files with that tag.

Advanced Technologies:
– With energy-saving core technologies in OS X Mavericks, you can surf the web longer on a single charge.

– Watching iTunes HD video is now more efficient, so you can watch more video when you’re not plugged in.

– App Nap regulates applications you’re not using so they consume less energy.

OS X 10.9 Mavericks is available for free and requires any one of the following 64-bit Intel-based Macs to install and run:
iMac (Mid-2007 or later), MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, Late 2008), (13-inch, Early 2009 or later), MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2009 or later), (15-inch, Mid/Late 2007 or later), (17- inch, Late 2007 or later), MacBook Air (Late 2008 or later), Mac Mini (Early 2009 or later), Mac Pro (Early 2008 or later), Xserve (Early 2009)

If you’ve tried OS X 10.9 Mavericks and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.