VirtualBox updated to 4.2.12

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Date: Monday, April 15th, 2013, 06:19
Category: News, Software

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A good set of bug fixes never hurt anyone.

VirtualBox, an open source x86 virtualization project available for free has just hit version 4.2.10. The new version, a 150 megabyte download, features the following fixes and changes:
- VMM: fixed a Guru Meditation on putting Linux guest CPU online if nested paging is disabled

- VMM: invalidate TLB entries even for non-present pages.

- GUI: Multi-screen support: fixed a crash on visual-mode change.

- GUI: Multi-screen support: disabled guest-screens should now remain disabled on visual-mode change.

- GUI: Multi-screen support: handle host/guest screen plugging/unplugging in different visual-modes.

- GUI: Multi-screen support: seamless mode: fixed a bug when empty seamless screens were represented by fullscreen windows.

- GUI: Multi-screen support: each machine window in multi-screen configuration should have correct menu-bar now (Mac OS X hosts).

- GUI: Multi-screen support: machine window View menu should have correct content in seamless/fullscreen mode now (Mac OS X hosts).

- GUI: VM manager: vertical scroll-bars should be now updated on content/window resize.

- GUI: VM settings: fixed crash on machine state-change event.

- GUI: don’t show warnings about enabled or disabled mouse integration if the VM was restored from a saved state.

- Virtio-net: properly announce that the guest has to handle partial TCP checksums (bug #9380).

- Storage: Fixed incorrect alignment of VDI images causing disk size changes when using snapshots (bug #11597).

- Audio: fixed broken ALSA & PulseAudio on some Linux hosts due to invalid symbol resolution (bug #11615).

- PS/2 keyboard: re-apply keyboard repeat delay and rate after a VM was restored from a saved state (bug #10933).

- BIOS: updated DMI processor information table (type 4): corrected L1 & L2 cache table handles.

- Timekeeping: fix several issues which can lead to incorrect time, Solaris guests sporadically showed time going briefly back to Jan 1 1970.

- Main/Metrics: disk metrics are collected properly when software RAID, symbolic links or rootfs are used on Linux hosts.

- VBoxManage: don’t stay paused after a snapshot was created and the VM was running before.

- VBoxManage: introduced controlvm nicpromisc (bug #11423).

- VBoxManage: don’t crash on controlvm guestmemoryballoon if the VM isn’t running (bug #11639).

- VBoxHeadless: don’t filter guest property events as this would affect all clients (bug #11644).

- Guest control: prevent double CR in the output generated by guest commands and do NLS conversion.

- Linux hosts / guests: fixed build errors on Linux 3.5 and newer kernels if the CONFIG_UIDGID_STRICT_TYPE_CHECKS config option is enabled (bug #11664).

- Linux Additions: handle fall-back to VESA driver on RedHat-based guests if vboxvideo cannot be loaded.

- Linux Additions: RHEL/OEL/CentOS 6.4 compile fix (bug #11586).

- Linux Additions: Debian Linux kernel 3.2.0-4 (3.2.39) compile fix (bug #11634).

- Linux Additions: added auto-logon support for Linux guests using LightDM as the display manager.

- Windows Additions: Support for multimonitor. Dynamic enable/disable of secondary virtual monitors.

- Support for XPDM/WDDM based guests.

- X11 Additions: support X.Org Server 1.14 (bug #11609).

VirtualBox 4.2.12 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.

Firefox updated to 20.0.1

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Date: Friday, April 12th, 2013, 11:50
Category: News, Software

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Even the minor updates help…

On Friday, Mozilla.org released version 20.0.1 of its Firefox web browser. The new version, a 40.2 megabyte download via MacUpdate, adds the following fixes and changes:

- Minor bug-fix.

Firefox 20.0.1 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.

VLC updated to 2.0.6

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Date: Thursday, April 11th, 2013, 07:12
Category: News, Software

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Video Lan Client, the nigh-indispensable open source media player for multiple audio and video formats (MPEG, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Divx, ogg, etc.), was updated to version 2.0.6. The new version, a 41.9 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
- Support for Matroska v4 files.

- Fix WMV, Ogg, AVI, MP4 and subtitles crashes and issues.

- Numerous translations updates and new Welsh translation.

- Small fixes and improvements on the Mac OS X interface.

- Fix some HTTPS certificate rejection.

- Fix ALAC decoding.

- Fix FLAC 6.1 and 7.1 channel order.

- Fix the vimeo parser.

- Numerous D-Bus and MPRIS2 improvements.

VLC 2.0.6 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.

Adobe releases Flash Player 11.7.700.169

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Date: Wednesday, April 10th, 2013, 08:15
Category: iOS, iPad, News, security, Software

A hefty update is never unappreciated.

On Wednesday, Adobe released Flash Player 11.7.700.169 for Mac OS X, a 16.9 megabyte download via MacUpdate. The new version adds the following fixes and changes:

Fixed Issues:
- On Retina-enabled OS X devices, Flash applications are scaled incorrectly upon opening (3496539).

-In AIR on iOS, loading a SWF with and embedded video can cause a crash in some circumstances (3514499).

- In AIR on iOS, loading an image from a remote server can cause a crash (3476445).

- On OS X, setting stage.fullScreenSourceRect when renderMode is set to “GPU”, leads to inaccurate mouse position reporting (3512232).

- In the Chrome browser, the copy shortcut (Ctrl/Cmd+C) fails (3496300).

- Attempting to embed a Flash project into Microsoft word can result in a crash (3498002).

- In AIR for iOS, some apps get rejected for missing push notification entitlement (3501744).

- In AIR for iOS, Flex applications running on iPad2 over 3G connections can experience a crash (3435401).

- In AIR for iOS, reloading of pure asset SWFs isn’t allowed (3516971).

- On OS X, some fonts do not rending properly when viewing Flash content in the Google Chrome browser (3506958).

New Features:
- Sandboxing enhancements.

- Prevent Cloud backup for Shared Objects (iOS).

- Use CPU render mode for selected devices (iOS).

- Externally host secondary SWF files (iOS).

Adobe Flash Player 11.7.700.169 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.

Google Chrome updated to 26.0.1410.63

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Date: Wednesday, April 10th, 2013, 07:32
Category: News, Software

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An update’s an update.

On Wednesday, Google released version 26.0.1410.63 of its Chrome web browser. The update, a 49.8 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
- Stability improvements.

- A new version of Adobe Flash.

Google Chrome 26.0.1410.63 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.

T-Mobile firmware update to bring Visual Voicemail, LTE access to unlocked iPhone 5 units on carrier’s network

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Date: Monday, April 8th, 2013, 07:53
Category: iPhone, News, Software

Never doubt a nifty firmware update.

Per TmoNews, a software update released this past Friday will give iPhone 5 users on T-Mobile access to the carrier’s LTE network, in addition to adding a number of other features like Visual Voicemail

T-Mobile on Friday updated its support forums to detail the new features the carrier update will bring. All eligible iPhones using a T-Mobile SIM card will now have access to Visual Voicemail, the Commercial Mobile Alert System, and LTE connectivity on T-Mobile’s AWS spectrum for iPhone 5 users.

The update also brings HD Voice to T-Mobile iPhone 5 users, and it contains device/network optimizations that will improve battery life.

The update is restricted to iPhones running iOS 6.1.x or higher. Rumors of the update leaked earlier this month, and it has rolled out as predicted.

T-Mobile’s network currently hosts roughly two million iPhone customers using unlocked devices, adding about 100,000 more per month. The carrier will begin officially carrying Apple’s smartphone on April 12, with a 16GB iPhone 5 available for US$99. Pre-orders for the device began on Friday.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

QuarkXPress updated to 9.5.1.1

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Date: Monday, April 8th, 2013, 06:40
Category: News, Software

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Late Friday, software developer Quark released version 9.5.1.1 of its QuarkXPress design application. The 9.4 megabyte update, which can be downloaded here, adds the following changes:
- Free update for QuarkXPress 9.

- Adds the ability to create page stacks in HTML5 based apps created with the new App Studio.

- Fixes a bug regarding Japanese font rendering.

QuarkXPress 9.5.1.1 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5.8 later to install and retails for US$799.00 for the full version.

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

Opera web browser updated to 12.15.1748

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Date: Thursday, April 4th, 2013, 07:55
Category: News, security, Software

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It’s hard to knock a useful web browser update.

On Thursday, Opera Software released version 12.15.1748 of its web browser. The new version, a 20.3 megabyte download via MacUpdate, boasts the following fixes and changes:
- Fixed a moderately severe issue, as reported by Attila Suszter; details will be disclosed at a later date.

- Added safeguards against attacks on the RC4 encryption protocol.

- Fixed an issue where cookies could be set for a top-level domain.

Opera 12.15.1748 is available for free and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later to install and run.

Parallels Desktop updated to 8.0.18483

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Date: Thursday, April 4th, 2013, 07:38
Category: iMac, News, Software

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Late Thursday, Parallels released version 8.0.18483 of its Parallels Desktop virtualization software. The new update, a 320 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
- Better compatibility with new iMacs.

- Create Boot Camp virtual machines on new iMacs with 3 TB hard drives.

- Create virtual machines from the Boot Camp partition with Windows 8 installed.

- Support for Fedora 18.

- Fixed visual artifacts when changing screen resolution in a Windows 8 Pro virtual machine with more than 256 MB of video memory and nested virtualization enabled.

- Resolves an issue with the Command + click combination not opening links in new tabs in Windows browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.).

Parallels Desktop 8 retails for US$79.99 and requires a 64-bit Intel-based processor, Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later, 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended to run Windows 7), at least 700 MB of space available on the boot volume for Parallels Desktop installation and 15 GB of available disk space for Windows.

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

OnyX updated to 2.6.8

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Date: Thursday, April 4th, 2013, 06:08
Category: News, Software

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You can’t knock a helpful update.

OnyX, Titanium Software’s popular freeware multifunction utility for Mac OS X, has been updated to version 2.6.8. The new version, a 16.9 megabyte download via MacUpdate, adds the following fixes and changes:
- Deleting the Internet Cache improved.

- Deleting the Fonts Cache improved.

- Deleting the Recent Items improved.

- Bug corrected in the authenticate pane.

- Bug corrected when restoring the logo of Login window.

- 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.

- New version of sqlite3.

- Network Link Condition prefs pane updated to version 2.0.

- Misc. minor corrections.

OnyX 2.6.8 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.