Apple TV updated to 5.2.1, adds bug fixes, redesigned Hulu interface

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Date: Wednesday, March 20th, 2013, 06:49
Category: Apple TV, News, Software

When in doubt, go for a bit of a redesign.

Per 9to5Mac, Apple released its Apple TV 5.2.1 operating system on Tuesday. The update features bug fixes, security fixes and a redesigned Hulu interface that makes it easier and quicker to access content. Like other Apple TV features, the updated Hulu section now has a top-bar with categories. Users can now jump into each individual category to access content.

Apple TV users on the latest iOS version will receive the new interface automatically. Apple added Hulu to the Apple TV last summer after settling some “political” issues with the content provider. Apple is rumored to be adding HBO Go to the Apple TV later this year.

Dropbox updated to 2.0.2

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Date: Tuesday, March 19th, 2013, 12:51
Category: News, Software

You can’t knock a credible update.

On Tuesday, Dropbox released version 2.0.2 of its cloud-based storage client for Mac OS X. The new version, a 27.4 megabyte download (via MacUpdate), which adds the following fixes and changes:
- Fix a bug on OS X where the tray popup isn’t repositioned properly when plugging in an external monitor.

- Fix a bug on OS X where the tray popup can sometimes fail to appear.

- Fix a bug on OS X where the popup can fail to appear if the “Hide” option of the “Login Item” is set.

- Better reporting and handling of error conditions.

- Fix a bug where a notification’s time label sometimes contained incorrect information.

- Fix a bug where closing the client can trigger errors.

- Various performance improvement and bug fixes in rendering.

- Tweaks to notification acknowledgement.

- Minor tweaks to the tray popup’s UI.

- Other small fixes.

Dropbox 2.0.2 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.

Microsoft to begin automatically pushing Windows 7 Service Pack 1 update starting today

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Date: Tuesday, March 19th, 2013, 06:03
Category: News, Software

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If your Windows 7 partition seems to be updating itself after you’ve booted into it, there’s a reason why.

Per ZDNet, as Microsoft marches toward its early April 2013 end of free support deadline for Windows 7, the company is planning to update automatically some of those who still have yet to install the first (and seemingly only) Service Pack for the operating system.

As announced on March 18 via its “Blogging Windows” blog, Microsoft plans to begin rolling out Windows 7 SP1 automatically, via Windows Update to Windows 7 users who still are running the release-to-manufacturing (RTM) version without SP1 installed. This process will begin on March 19.

From the blog post:

“Starting tomorrow, the installation will be fully automatic with no user action required for those who already have Automatic Update enabled. SP1 will be released gradually over the coming weeks to all customers on the RTM version of Windows 7. The service pack will take slightly longer to install compared to other updates. To ensure Service Pack 1 is installed without issue, customers should check for sufficient free disk space and that AC power is present on a laptop. If additional space needs to be created, we recommend using the Disk Cleanup tool to delete some files so that the service pack will install. If the service pack installation is interrupted, it will reattempt to install automatically after the next restart.”

This automatic update will be applied only to Windows 7 consumer PCs that are not managed via other Microsoft management tools like System Center Configuration Manager or Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), the post noted. Some admins have chosen to temporarily block their users from getting SP1 until they’ve tested it to their satisfaction. Those in that category won’t be getting SP1 pushed to them starting tomorrow.

Windows 7 RTM, with no service pack installed, will no longer be supported as of April 9, 2013, according to a February 14 post on the Microsoft Springboard Series blog. Support for specific Windows releases ends 24 months after the release of a new Service Pack, and Windows 7 SP1 was released in February 2011.

Windows 7 SP1 mainstream (free) support continues until January 13, 2015. Extended (paid) support for Windows 7 SP1 is available until January 14, 2020. (Microsoft continues to provide security updates for free during the Extended support phase of a product.)

Microsoft made available last week a Windows 7 hotfix rollup that includes 90 previously released hotfixes.

So, if you’ve been lax with the “Windows Update” feature on your Windows 7 partition, it might just do it for you.

Adium updated to 1.5.6

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Date: Tuesday, March 19th, 2013, 06:56
Category: News, Software

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Adium, the open source instant message chat client with support for multiple programs (including AOL Instant Messenger, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo! Google Talk, Bonjour, etc.) has been updated to version 1.5.6.

The new version, a 22.8 megabyte download adds the following fixes and changes:
- Fixed a crash on startup on OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard.

- Fixed a crash when accepting or canceling the certificate verification dialog. (#16280)

- Fixed a crash or hang when trying to use OTR on 32-bits Macs. (#16203)

Adium 1.5.6 is available for free and requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later and an Intel-based Mac to run.

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

QuarkXPress updated to 9.5.1

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Date: Monday, March 18th, 2013, 12:10
Category: News, Software

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On Monday, software developer Quark released version 9.5.1 of its QuarkXPress design application. The 768 megabyte update, which can be downloaded here, adds the following changes:
- QuarkXPress 9.5.1 is a free update for QuarkXPress 9 that further improves quality and stability.

- Furthermore you can now embed fonts when creating content for HTML5 based apps with the new App Studio at AppStudio.net

QuarkXPress 9.5.1 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.

VMWare releases Fusion 5.0.3 update

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Date: Monday, March 18th, 2013, 06:02
Category: News, Software

Late Friday, virtualization softare maker VMWare released version 5.0.3 of its Fusion software for the Mac.

Similar to other virtualization software packages, VMWare allows users to run alternate operating systems such as Windows and Linux distributions on Intel-based Macs at native speeds. Other features, such as Unity, allow users to run and minimize Windows applications from the Mac OS X Dock.

The new version, a 206 megabyte download, can be found here and offers the following fixes and changes:
- VMware Fusion 5.0.3 is a maintenance release that resolves some known issues. It is a free upgrade for all VMware Fusion 5 users.

- Added support for Boot Camp partitions on 3TB disk drives.

- Improved the cursor performance for select applications, especially when in Unity mode.

- McAfee AntiVirus Plus updated with Windows 8 support.

- Resolved an issue that could result in blurry graphics under certain circumstances.

- Resolved an issue that resulted in horizontal scrolling being reversed in Unity mode.

- Resolved an issue with displaying Office 2013 applications on some recent Macs.

- Improvements to vSockets.

Fusion 5.0.3 retails for US$49.99 and requires an Intel-based Mac, 2 GB of RAM, Mac OS X 10.6.7 or later (10.7 recommended) and a copy of Windows (if you’ll be installing Windows).

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

VirtualBox updated to 4.2.10

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Date: Monday, March 18th, 2013, 06:10
Category: News, Software

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VirtualBox, an open source x86 virtualization project available for free has just hit version 4.2.10. The new version, a 109 megabyte download, features the following fixes and changes:
- GUI: fixed keyboard with XQuartz X server (bug #10664).

- Main/Display: fixed a crash with multi-monitors under certain conditions (OS X hosts only).

- Main/Properties: fixed a crash under certain conditions, for example after wakeup from host hibernate (bug #11444).

- Settings: don’t lose the internal network settings if they are not currently active.

- Storage: another incompatibility fix for VHD differencing images with Hyper-V (bug #5990).

- VBoxManage: don’t read beyond the end of the file specified with export –eulafile (bug #11528).

- Linux hosts / guests: Linux 3.9-rc0 compile fixes (bug #11529).

- Linux Additions: fixed two warnings in the shared folders guest kernel module (bug #11390).

- Linux Additions: don’t crash VBoxService if libdbus is not available (bug #8638).

- Windows Additions: fixed upgrading MultiMedia Redirection (MMR) support.

VirtualBox 4.2.10 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 MacBook Pro Retina SMC Update 1.1 for 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro users

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Date: Friday, March 15th, 2013, 07:53
Category: MacBook Pro, News, Software

Never doubt a good firmware update.

Late Thursday, Apple released its MacBook Pro Retina SMC Update 1.1 firmware update for its 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro notebook. The update, a 504 kilobyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:
- Resolves a rare issue where users may experience slow frame rates when playing graphics-intensive games.

- Includes bug fixes for Power Nap, wake from sleep and fan control.

The update can be located, snagged and installed via OS X’s Software Update features and requires a 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro running Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later to install and run.

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

Apple releases Safari 6.0.3 update

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Date: Friday, March 15th, 2013, 07:17
Category: News, security, Software

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Hey, an update’s an update.

Late Thursday, Apple released Safari 6.0.3, an update to its web browser. The new version, a 44.8 megabyte download (via MacUpdate), includes the following fixes and new features:
- Contains updated security content. Download included with OS X 10.8.3 Mountain Lion.

- Improves scrolling on facebook.com.

- Improves scrolling while zoomed in on a webpage.

- Improves performance on webpages with plug-in content.

- A fix for an issue that could cause the inaccurate appearance of an alert that bookmarks can’t be changed.

- A fix for an issue that could cause duplicate bookmarks to appear on an iOS device after editing bookmarks with Safari in OS X.

- A fix for an issue that permitted users to access unfiltered search results when searching from google.com when Parental Controls are enabled.

- A fix for an issue that could prevent Safari from restoring the last position on a webpage a user navigated back to.

Safari 6.0.3 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.7 or later to install and run and can also be located and downloaded via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature. If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know.

Skype updated to 6.3.0.582

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Date: Thursday, March 14th, 2013, 07:32
Category: News, Software

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On Thursday, version 6.3.0.582 of the Skype VoIP application was released. The new version, a 37.5 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

- See a slideshow of other participants in a group call when you are the current speaker.

- New In-Call DTMF dial pad.

Skype 6.3.0.582 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.