Apple releases Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 12

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Date: Monday, February 4th, 2013, 08:04
Category: News, security, Software

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This sort of came out of left field, but if you’re running Mac OS X 10.6, you should probably install it.

Late Friday, Apple released Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 12, a Java update for its Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) operating system.

The update, a 72.8 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 12 delivers improved security, reliability, and compatibility by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_39.

As always, the update can also be located and installed via the built-in “Software Update” feature in Mac OS X.

The Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 11 fix requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later to install.

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

Opera web browser updated to 12.13.1734

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Date: Wednesday, January 30th, 2013, 08:16
Category: News, Software

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Late Thursday, Opera Software released version 12.13.1734 of its web browser. The new version, a 20.3 megabyte download via MacUpdate, boasts the following fixes and changes:

General and User Interface:
– Fixed an issue where Opera gets internal communication errors on Facebook.

– Fixed an issue where no webpages load on startup, if Opera is disconnected from the Internet.

– Fixed an issue where images will not load after back navigation, when a site uses the HTML5 history API (deviantart.com).

Linux and Windows:
– A new stand-alone update-checker, as part of a planned upgrade of the auto-update system.

Windows:
– Improved protection against hijacking of the default search, including a one-time reset.

Security:
– Fixed an issue where DOM events manipulation might be used to execute arbitrary code, as reported by Arthur Gerkis; see our advisory.

– Fixed an issue where use of SVG clipPaths could allow execution of arbitrary code, as reported by anonymous via the iSIGHT Partners GVP Program; see our advisory.

– Fixed a low severity security issue; details will be disclosed at a later date.

– Fixed an issue where CORS requests could omit the preflight request, as reported by webpentest; see our advisory.

Opera 12.13.1734 is available for free and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later to install and run.

Microsoft releases Office 2011 14.3.0 update for Mac

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Date: Wednesday, January 30th, 2013, 07:27
Category: News, Software

Late Tuesday, Microsoft released its Microsoft Office 2011 14.3.0 update. The update, a 106.8 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

– Meeting invitation times are displayed inaccurately in Outlook. Fixes an issue that causes meeting invitation times from non-Exchange calendar servers to be off by one hour during certain times of the year.

– Slides in collapsed sections cover other slides in Slide Sorter view in PowerPoint.

– Fixes a display issue that involves collapsed sections in Slide Sorter view.

– Hash tags (#) in hyperlinks aren’t saved correctly in PowerPoint. Fixes an issue in which hyperlinks that contain hash tags (#) aren’t saved correctly.

– Crash occurs when you use Paste Special with a partial table in PowerPoint. Fixes an issue that causes PowerPoint to crash when you use the Paste Special option to copy and paste part of a table.

– RTF text that’s saved in PowerPoint for Windows can’t be pasted into PowerPoint. Fixes an issue in which RTF text that’s saved in PowerPoint for Windows can’t be copied and pasted into PowerPoint for Mac.

Microsoft Office 2011 14.3.0 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the update and have anything to report back, let us know.

Apple TV updated to 5.2, Bluetooth keyboard support, other features added

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Date: Tuesday, January 29th, 2013, 07:01
Category: Apple TV, News, Software

This smacks of the nifty.

The Apple TV set-top box was updated to software version 5.2 on Monday, adding enhanced support for iTunes in the Cloud and the ability to connect a Bluetooth keyboard, while also hinting at a minor hardware refresh.

Per AppleInsider, users can download the update directly to their device by choosing the Settings application on the Apple TV, then choosing “General,” and “Software Update.” The update adds the following fixes and changes:
– iTunes in the Cloud: Brows and play your purchased iTunes music directly from iCloud.

– Up Next: See upcoming songs when playing music, and easily choose what plays next.

– Bluetooth Keyboard: Use your Apple Wireless Keyboard to control your Apple TV.

The company also strangely released three versions of the software update on Monday, including one intended for a previously unknown hardware revision referred to as “AppleTV3,2.” Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities revealed earlier this month that the Apple TV would receive a refresh this quarter, but details on the rumored hardware were not provided.

The Apple TV was last updated a year ago with a single-core A5 processor. The faster chip allows the device to output 1080p video, while its predecessor was limited to 720p.

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

Apple releases iOS 6.1 update

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Date: Tuesday, January 29th, 2013, 07:20
Category: iOS, iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

You’ve been hankering after it for a while and it’s finally here.

On Thursday, Apple released its iOS 6.1 update. The new operating system, a several hundred megabyte update available through iTunes, adds the following fixes and changes:
– LTE support for more carriers (complete list of supported carriers).

– Purchase movie tickets through Fandango with Siri (USA only).

– iTunes Match subscribers can now download individual songs from iCloud.

– New button to reset the Advertising Identifier.

iOS 6.1 requires an iPhone 3GS or newer, or a third-generation iPod touch or second, third or fourth-gen iPad or iPad mini to install and run.

As always, please let us know how iOS 6.1 works for you in the comments, no matter what the feedback may be.

OnyX updated to 2.6.7

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Date: Monday, January 28th, 2013, 07:56
Category: News, Software

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OnyX, Titanium Software’s popular freeware multifunction utility for Mac OS X, has been updated to version 2.6.7. The new version, a 16.9 megabyte download via MacUpdate, adds the following fixes and changes:
– Bug while updating corrected.

– Bug while creating the locate database corrected.

– Bug with the Chinese version corrected.

– Checking the SMART Status improved.

– Checking the volume improved.

– Progress bar more accurate.

– New replacement icon.

– Some minor bugs corrected.

OnyX 2.6.7 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.

CrossOver updated to 12.1

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Date: Thursday, January 24th, 2013, 08:09
Category: News, Software

CrossOver, the popular virtualization program from CodeWeavers, has been updated to version 12.1. The new version, a 75.7 megabyte download, is available as a demo, offers the following fixes and changes:

WHAT’S NEW:
– We have fixed a bug where certain users who chose “Register for all users of this computer” during CrossOver’s registration would receive an error claiming their bottle had “expired” and could not be used, despite the user having a valid CrossOver license.

– We have added a preference setting allowing the user to control what CrossOver does with an unknown Windows .exe file when it is launched. Using this preference, the user can tell CrossOver either to treat the unknown .exe file as an application installer, or to simply run it.

– CrossOver will now auto-update CrossTie files if the user has permitted auto-updates of CrossOver itself via Sparkle.

– Fixed a bug where automatic updates via Sparkle would fail for some users on Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard.

– Fixed a bug which caused several games to fail when running in fullscreen mode.

– Games which should be improved include StarCraft, Fallout, and, we hope, many others.

– Fixed a bug which prevented some users from logging into World of Tanks servers.

– CrossOver no longer ships Wine-Mono, an open-source replacement for .Net, by default. We had started doing this for CrossOver 12 but the large increase in download size and disk space usage proved too much. CrossOver can still download and install Wine-Mono as-needed.

– We have fixed a bug which caused CrossOver to print unnecessary error messages when launching Windows applications, complaining that certain icon files could not be found.

– New translations for Polish & Chinese (China), and a partial translation for Italian.

Application Support:
– Fixed connection errors with Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 when connecting to hosted Exchange servers.

– Fixed a bug which caused adding a table of contents to a Microsoft Word document to fail.

– Fixed an issue where Quicken failed to download WebConnect and QFX files.

– Fixed an issue where Quicken crashed viewing investment details.

– Fixed an issue where Quicken crashed when expanding columns in reports.

– Fixed a bug which caused clicking on a promotional offer in Quicken to crash.

– Fixed some connection failures with Quicken 2011.

– Fixed an issue where rotated text was garbled in PowerPoint 2010.

– Fixed a bug selecting shapes in Visio 2010.

– Fixed a crash on launch in HCFA-1500.

CrossOver 12.1 retails for US$59.95 and requires Mac OS X 10.6 and or later and an Intel-based Mac to install and run.

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

OnyX updated to 2.6.6

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Date: Monday, January 21st, 2013, 07:35
Category: News, Software

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OnyX, Titanium Software’s popular freeware multifunction utility for Mac OS X, has been updated to version 2.6.6. The new version, a 16.9 megabyte download via MacUpdate, adds the following fixes and changes:
– Launching speed now slightly faster.

– Bug corrected with the dates of running scripts.

– Removed the iCal Debug menu option.

– Bug corrected when displaying the Help of some translations.

– Localizations improved.

– Deleting the Fonts improved.

– Deleting the Internet Cache improved.

– New Info > Protect panel.

– New version of sqlite3.

– Code optimized.

OnyX 2.6.6 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.

Mozilla releases Firefox 18.0.1 update

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Date: Monday, January 21st, 2013, 07:25
Category: News, Software

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Never knock a decent update on a web browser you’re fond of.

On Tuesday, Mozilla.org released version 18.0.1 of its Firefox web browser. The new version, a 36.6 megabyte download and adds the following fixes and changes:

Bugs Fixed:
– Problems involving HTTP Proxy Transactions.

– Unity player crashes on Mac OS X (bug 828954).

– Disabled HIDPI support on external monitors to avoid rendering glitches (bug 814434).

New:
– Faster JavaScript performance via IonMonkey compiler.

– Support for Retina Display on OS X 10.7 Lion and up.

– Preliminary support for WebRTC.

Changed:
– Experience better image quality with our new HTML scaling algorithm.

– Performance improvements around tab switching.

Developer:
– Support for new DOM property window.devicePixelRatio.

– Improvement in startup time through smart handling of signed extension certificates.

HTML5:
– Support for W3C touch events implemented, taking the place of MozTouch events.

Fixed:
– Disable insecure content loading on HTTPS pages (62178).

– Improved responsiveness for users on proxies (769764).

Firefox 18.0.1 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.

Dropbox updated to 1.6.16

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Date: Monday, January 21st, 2013, 07:16
Category: News, Software

You can’t knock an update with a solid fix to it.

On Tuesday, Dropbox released version 1.6.16 of its cloud-based storage client for Mac OS X. The new version, a 21.9 megabyte download, which adds the following fixes and changes:

– Fixed Finder crashing.

Dropbox 1.6.16 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.