Apple releases Java 2013-003 update for Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8 operating systems, Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 15

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Date: Wednesday, April 17th, 2013, 07:41
Category: News, security, Software

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A timely security update never goes amiss.

Following up on recently discovered zero-day Java security holes, Apple released Java updates for its Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8 operating systems.

The first update, Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 15, stands as a 72.8 megabyte download and offers the following fixes and changes:

- This release updates the Apple-provided system Java SE 6 to version 1.6.0_45 for Mac OS X v10.6.

The update requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later to install and run.

The second update, Apple Java 2013-003, stands as a 68.3 megabyte download and offers the following fixes and changes:

- This release updates the Apple-provided system Java SE 6 to version 1.6.0_45 and is for OS X versions 10.7 or later.

- This update uninstalls the Apple-provided Java applet plug-in from all web browsers. To use applets on a web page, click on the region labeled “Missing plug-in” to go download the latest version of the Java applet plug-in from Oracle.

- This update also removes the Java Preferences application, which is no longer required to configure applet settings.

The update requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.7 or later to install and run.

The updates can be located, snagged and installed via the Software Update feature built into the Mac OS X operating system.

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

Apple releases iPhoto 9.4.3 update

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Date: Wednesday, April 17th, 2013, 07:02
Category: News, Software

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Never knock an iPhoto update, as huge as they may be.

On Tuesday, Apple released its iPhoto 9.4.3 update. The update, a 759 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
- Photos can now be deleted from My Photo Stream by dragging to the Trash.

- Photos can now be exported from Photo Stream using the Export command in the File menu.

- RAW images manually imported from My Photo Stream are now editable.

- Fixes a bug that could cause manually-rotated photos to appear unrotated when shared to Photo Stream.

- Addresses an issue that could cause iPhoto to quit unexpectedly while syncing to Facebook.

- Resolves an issue that could cause calendar text to appear at the wrong font size, resulting in order cancellation.

- Fixes an issue that could cause books to have an incorrect number of pages after rearranging two-page spreads.

- Includes stability improvements.

iPhoto 9.4.3 retails for US$49 as part of iLife ’11 and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the update and noticed any changes, please let us know.

Adobe releases Lightroom 5.0 beta

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Date: Tuesday, April 16th, 2013, 06:39
Category: News, Software

Never knock a good public beta of a useful application.

On Monday, Adobe released a beta of version 5.0 of its Lightroom image editing program. The new version, a 437 megabyte download via MacUpdate, offers the following fixes and changes:
- Advanced Healing Brush: Easily remove objects and fix defects — even those with irregular shapes such as threads or lint — with a single brush stroke. Take precise control over what’s being removed as you make unwanted objects just disappear.

- Upright: Straighten tilted images with a single click. Upright analyzes images and detects skewed horizontal or vertical lines. You choose one of four correction methods, and Upright can even straighten images where the horizon is hidden.

- Radial Gradient: Lead your viewer’s eye through your images with more flexibility and control. The radial gradient tool lets you create off-center vignette effects, or multiple vignette areas within a single image.

- Offline editing with Smart Previews: Easily work with images without bringing your entire library with you. Just generate smaller stand-in files called Smart Previews.
Make adjustments or metadata additions to Smart Previews and your changes will be automatically applied to the full-size originals later.

- Video slideshow sharing: Easily share your work in elegant video slideshows. Combine still images, video clips, and music in creative HD videos that can be viewed on almost any computer or device.

- Improved photo book creation: Create beautiful photo books from your images. Lightroom includes a variety of easy-to-use book templates, and now you can edit them to create a customized look. Upload your book for printing with just a few clicks.

The Adobe Lightroom 5.0 beta is available for free and 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.

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.