VirtualBox updated to 4.2.14

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Date: Monday, June 24th, 2013, 06:21
Category: News, Software

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Never knock a steadily updated app.

VirtualBox, an open source x86 virtualization project available for free has just hit version 4.2.14. The new version, a 150 megabyte download, features the following fixes and changes:
– VMM: another TLB invalidation fix for non-present pages.

– VMM: fixed a performance regression (4.2.8 regression; bug #11674).

– GUI: fixed a crash on shutdown.

– GUI: prevent stuck keys under certain conditions on Windows hosts (bugs #2613, #6171).

– VRDP: fixed a rare crash on the guest screen resize.

– VRDP: allow to change VRDP parameters (including enabling/disabling the server) if the VM is paused.

– USB: fixed passing through devices on Mac OS X host to a VM with 2 or more virtual CPUs (bug #7462).

– USB: fixed hang during isochronous transfer with certain devices (4.1 regression; Windows hosts only; bug #11839).

– USB: properly handle orphaned URBs (bug #11207).

– BIOS: fixed function for returning the PCI interrupt routing table (fixes NetWare 6.x guests).

– BIOS: don’t use the ENTER / LEAVE instructions in the BIOS as these don’t work in the real mode as set up by certain guests (e.g. Plan 9 and QNX 4).

– DMI: allow to configure DmiChassisType (bug #11832).

– Storage: fixed lost writes if iSCSI is used with snapshots and asynchronous I/O (bug #11479).

– Storage: fixed accessing certain VHDX images created by Windows 8 (bug #11502).

– Storage: fixed hang when creating a snapshot using Parallels disk images (bug #9617).

– 3D: seamless + 3D fixes (bug #11723).

– 3D: version 4.2.12 was not able to read saved states of older versions under certain conditions (bug #11718).

– Main/Properties: don’t create a guest property for non-running VMs if the property does not exist and is about to be removed (bug #11765).

– Main/Properties: don’t forget to make new guest properties persistent after the VM was terminated (bug #11719).

– Main/Display: don’t lose seamless regions during screen resize.

– Main/OVF: don’t crash during import if the client forgot to call Appliance::interpret() (bug #10845).

– Main/OVF: don’t create invalid appliances by stripping the file name if the VM name is very long (bug #11814).

– Main/OVF: don’t fail if the appliance contains multiple file references (bug #10689).

– Main/Metrics: fixed Solaris file descriptor leak.

– Settings: limit depth of snapshot tree to 250 levels, as more will lead to decreased performance and may trigger crashes.

– VBoxManage: fixed setting the parent UUID on diff images using sethdparentuuid.

– Linux hosts: work around for not crashing as a result of automatic NUMA balancing which was introduced in Linux 3.8 (bug #11610).

– Windows installer: force the installation of the public certificate in background (i.e. completely prevent user interaction) if the –silent command line option is specified.

– Windows Additions: fixed problems with partial install in the unattended case
Windows Additions: fixed display glitch with the Start button in seamless mode for some themes.

– Windows Additions: Seamless mode and auto-resize fixes.

– Windows Additions: fixed trying to to retrieve new auto-logon credentials if current ones were not processed yet.

– Windows Additions installer: added the /with_wddm switch to select the experimental WDDM driver by default.

– Linux Additions: fixed setting own timed out and aborted texts in information label of the lightdm greeter.

– Linux Additions: fixed compilation against Linux 3.2.0 Ubuntu kernels (4.2.12 regression as a side effect of the Debian kernel build fix; bug #11709).

– X11 Additions: reduced the CPU load of VBoxClient in drag’and’drop mode.

– OS/2 Additions: made the mouse wheel work (bug #6793).

– Guest Additions: fixed problems copying and pasting between two guests on an X11 host (bug #11792).

VirtualBox 4.2.14 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 TV update offers HBO Go, ESPN, Sky News, other changes

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Date: Thursday, June 20th, 2013, 06:18
Category: Apple TV, News, Software

The new Apple TV update is in.

And it offers some nifty stuff.

Per The Mac Observer, Apple expanded its content lineup for Apple TV on Wednesday when it announced that HBO GO and WatchESPN are both available directly through the home entertainment device. Along with HBO and ESPN, Apple also added Sky News, Crunchyroll and Qello to the Apple TV lineup.

Adding the new stations to Apple TV requires a software update that will install automatically as part of the weekly update check cycle, or you can force the update to install now by navigating to Settings > General > Update Software on your Apple TV.

Earlier this year CW announced that it will be bringing its shows to Apple TV as well. At the time, CEO Mark Pedowitz said viewers won’t need a paid subscription to watch the network’s shows, although he didn’t say exactly when they’ll be available.

HBO GO and WatchESPN require cable TV subscriptions just like other premium channels, so be sure to check with your cable provider and set up a login and password as needed.

If you’ve tried the new update and have any feedback, let us know what you think over in the comments.

Apple releases Java 2013-004 update for Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8 operating systems

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Date: Wednesday, June 19th, 2013, 05:00
Category: News, security, Software

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A well-timed security update never hurts.

On Wednesday, Apple released its Java 2013-004 update for its Mac OS X 10.7 and 10.8 operating systems. The update, a 64 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
– Java for OS X 2013-004 supersedes all previous versions of Java for OS X.

– This release updates the Apple-provided system Java SE 6 to version 1.6.0_51 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 Java 2013-004 update requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.7 to install and run. If you’ve installed this new update and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Google Chrome updated to 27.0.1453.116

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Date: Wednesday, June 19th, 2013, 05:21
Category: News, Software

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Never doubt a good update.

On Tuesday, Google released version 27.0.1453.116 of its Chrome web browser. The update, a 50.4 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
– [249335] Medium CVE-2013-2866: Clickjacking in the Flash plug-in.

This build also has fixes to the following issues:
– Multiple flash movies on one page not playing [Issue: 243290].

– Arc rendering bug in canvas [Issue: 243996].

– Select box with Multiple option fires Onchange event on scroll [Issue: 244406].

Google Chrome 27.0.1453.116 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.

Parallels Desktop updated to 8.0.18494

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Date: Tuesday, June 18th, 2013, 05:52
Category: MacBook Air, News, Software

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Late Thursday, Parallels released version 8.0.18494 of its Parallels Desktop virtualization software. The new update, a 336.4 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
– Use Parallels Desktop with OS X 10.9 Mavericks Developer Preview (experimental support).

– Work with Parallels Desktop on new MacBooks Air (Mid-2013).

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.

Adobe Flash Player updated to 11.7.700.225

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Date: Wednesday, June 12th, 2013, 06:00
Category: News, security, Software

An update’s an update.

On Wednesday, Adobe released Flash Player 11.7.700.225 for Mac OS X, an 18 megabyte download via MacUpdate. The new version adds the following fixes and changes:
– Camera is not working for stageVideo(iOS)(3558247).

– No option to disable hardware acceleration(3560209).

– No option to fallback to WAV audio(3553459).

– Addresses vulnerabilities that could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

Adobe Flash Player 11.7.700.225 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.

VLC updated to 2.0.7

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Date: Monday, June 10th, 2013, 07:52
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 2.0.7. The new version, a 41.9 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
– Fix track selection for PowerPC machines.

– Fix audio decoding for WMA Pro, MPEG 4 ALS, APE, MLP and ADPCM-IMA4.

– Fix audio encoding for MP3 and AAC.

– Numerous translations updates and new Azerbaijani, Kirgyz, Oriya translations.

– Fix a memory leak when creating AVI files.

– Fix two XSS vulnerabilities in the Web UI.

– Fix memory exhaustion vulnerability in some playlist files.

– Fix a libVLC crash in OS X port.

VLC 2.0.7 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.

Dropbox updated to 2.2.0

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Date: Thursday, June 6th, 2013, 06:44
Category: News, Software

It’s hard to dislike a good bug fix.

On Thursday, Dropbox released version 2.2.0 of its cloud-based storage client for Mac OS X. The new version, a 31 megabyte download (via MacUpdate), which adds the following fixes and changes:
– New notifications badge.

– Refactoring of core sync engine.

– Improved memory usage.

– Startup performance improvements.

– Finder icon overlay improvements.

Dropbox 2.2.0 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.

Apple releases Aperture 3.4.5 update

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Date: Thursday, June 6th, 2013, 06:00
Category: News, Software

Late Wednesday, Apple released version 3.4.5 of Aperture, its pro-grade image editing application. The new version, which is available as a direct download or via Mac OS X’s Software update feature, is a 548.6 megabyte download and offers the following fixes and changes:
– Addresses an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when deleting items from a camera or memory card after import.

– Memory cards are now ejected correctly when using the Delete Items option after import.

– Includes stability improvements.

Aperture 3.4.5 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.7.5 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 27.0.1453.110

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Date: Wednesday, June 5th, 2013, 06:42
Category: News, Software

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It was updated again.

And that’s not a bad thing.

On Wednesday, Google released version 27.0.1453.110 of its Chrome web browser. The update, a 50.4 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
– Medium CVE-2013-2855: Memory corruption in dev tools API.

– High CVE-2013-2856: Use-after-free in input handling.

– High CVE-2013-2857: Use-after-free in image handling.

– High CVE-2013-2858: Use-after-free in HTML5 Audio.

– High CVE-2013-2859: Cross-origin namespace pollution.

– High CVE-2013-2860: Use-after-free with workers accessing database APIs.

– High CVE-2013-2861: Use-after-free with SVG.

– High CVE-2013-2862: Memory corruption in Skia GPU handling.

– Critical CVE-2013-2863: Memory corruption in SSL socket handling.

– High CVE-2013-2864: Bad free in PDF viewer.

– High CVE-2013-2865: Various fixes from internal audits, fuzzing and other initiatives.

Google Chrome 27.0.1453.110 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.