Apple releases iOS 7 beta 3, adds extensive changes across the board

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Date: Tuesday, July 9th, 2013, 07:50
Category: iOS, News, Software

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The third iOS 7 beta is out, complete with a fairly massive list of updates and changes.

Per AppleInsider, Apple Apple on Monday released the third beta build of iOS 7 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to its development community for testing, addressing pre-release bugs related to a range of issues, including Messages, iCloud and AirPlay.

Those with authorized Apple developer accounts can update their devices directly through the Software Update section of the built-in Settings application. Monday’s launch confirms an earlier rumor that Apple planned to follow a two-week release schedule.

The third beta includes the following fixes and changes:
The third beta is said to address a number of issues that previously existed when using Apple’s iCloud services. Specifically, users familiar with the accompanying release notes said a number of problems associated with the new iCloud Keychain feature have been fixed in beta 3. Issues that also existed with Find My iPhone and Bookmarks toggles have reportedly been addressed.

Apple also indicated to developers that it has fixed an issue in the Messages application that would present an empty message list on a clean install of iOS 7. Another issue that would cause Messages to crash when viewing attachments on two separate threads has also been addressed.Fixes in iOS 7 beta 3 are wide ranging, covering issues with push notifications, iCloud Keychain, Messages, and Newsstand.

Developers testing iOS 7 beta 3 will also no longer be prompted with authorization alerts when Newsstand background downloads using HTTP basic or digest authentication are initiated.

The latest beta also squashes a bug that would not save per-app settings in the Background App Refresh option in Settings. In addition, an issue that would not respect custom Passcode Lock and Auto-Lock settings has been fixed.

Apple has also reportedly addressed a common issue where some apps may receive either duplicate push notifications, or no push notification at all. The app switcher has also been updated to show all suspended apps, Apple told developers.

Finally, a bug that would not allow Reminders to work with VoiceOver functionality is said to have been addressed.

As before, Apple has warned users that the second beta “should only be deployed on devices dedicated for iOS 7 beta software development.” The prerelease software is not intended for use among the general public.

As such, a number of known issues are said to remain in iOS 7 beta 3 in a range of applications, including Calendar, Contacts, Notes, Safari, Passbook and more.

The second iOS 7 beta was provided to developers two Mondays ago, on June 24. It added new voice options for Apple’s Siri personal assistant software.

Apple gave developers the first beta of iOS 7 a month ago at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. That was also the first time the world, outside of Apple’s team, got to see a major design overhaul for the platform.

If you’ve gotten your hands on the new iOS 7 beta and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Cocktail updated to 6.5

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Date: Monday, July 8th, 2013, 07:38
Category: News, Software

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On Monday, shareware developer Maintain released version 6.5 of CocktailCocktail (Mountain Lion Edition), the popular shareware utility program that allows for additional Mac OS X system tests. The new version, a 5.5 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and features:
– Added ability to hide the Spotlight menu bar icon (System – Spotlight).

– Added ability to rebuild Mail’s Envelope index database (System – Databases).

– Added ability to clear Mail downloads (Files – Caches).

– Added ability to enable Simple Finder (Interface – Finder).

– Added ability to disable send and reply animations in Mail (Interface – Mail).

– Added OS X 10.8.5 compatibility.

– User interface improvements.

– Updated Automator actions.

– Updated Help files.

Cocktail 6.5 retails for a US$19.00 shareware registration fee and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.8 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.

Skype updated to 6.6.0.467

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Date: Friday, July 5th, 2013, 09:33
Category: News, Software

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On Friday, version 6.6.0.467 of the Skype VoIP application was released. The new version, a 40 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

Improvements:
– Optimizations to video messaging: To ensure a consistent Skype experience no matter which device you use, we have added entry points for video messaging to the share menu (plus button). You will now be prompted to send a video message if your call goes unanswered for ten seconds.

– Upgrading for users with non-administrator accounts: After downloading 6.6, all future updates will be silently downloaded for you even if you don’t have an administrator account on OS X.

– Improvements to the instant messaging experience: We have reintroduced quick access to the button that lets you edit chat messages. By clicking the arrow that appears on hover next to the timestamp of a message, you can access the editing menu.

Resolved:
– [File Transfer] “Reveal File in Finder” can point to the wrong file when multiple files with the same name are sent via file transfer.

– [Conversations] Sometimes unsent chat message does not show up when switching back to prior a conversation.

– [Generic] In some cases, Skype accesses the non-existent file video.cfg every second.

– [Calling] Cannot block phone numbers.

Known issues:
– [Conversations] Messages sent to a Facebook contact show up multiple times. Fix is in progress.

Skype 6.6.0.467 is available for free and 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.

Apple releases OS X 10.8.5 build 12F17 to developer community

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Date: Friday, July 5th, 2013, 07:28
Category: News, Software

Mavericks is further down the line, but the OS X 10.8.5 update is in progress.

Per 9to5Mac, one week after the second beta seed of OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5, Apple has issued OS X 10.8.5 build 12F17 to registered developers. The new update, again, includes no known issues and is available for developers via the Mac Developer Center and the Mac App Store Software Update function.

Apple has asked testers to focus on Wi-Fi, Graphics, Wake from Sleep, PDF viewing and Accessibility, and Mobile Device Management during their testing. Apple has also been providing 10.8.5 beta updates to its retail staff for testing.

If you’ve gotten your mitts on the new build and have any feedback to offer about it, please let us know in the comments.

VirtualBox updated to 4.2.16

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Date: Friday, July 5th, 2013, 07:36
Category: News, Software

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An update’s an update.

VirtualBox, an open source x86 virtualization project available for free has just hit version 4.2.16. The new version, a 110 megabyte download, features the following fixes and changes:
– OVF/OVA: don’t crash on import if no manifest is used (4.2.14 regression; bug #11895).

– GUI: do not restore the current snapshot if we power-off after a Guru Mediation.

– Storage: fixed a crash when hotplugging an empty DVD drive to the VM.

– Storage: fixed a crash when a guest read from a DVD drive attached to the SATA controller under certain circumstances.

– EFI: don’t fail with 64-bit guests on 32-bit hosts (bug #11456).

– Autostart: fixed VM startup on OS X.

– Windows hosts: native Windows 8 controls.

– Windows hosts: restore native style on Vista 32.

– Windows hosts / guests: Windows 8.1 adaptions (bug #11899).

– Mac OS X hosts: after removing VirtualBox with VirtualBox_Uninstall.tool, remove it from the pkgutil –pkgs list as well.

VirtualBox 4.2.16 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.

Dropbox updated to 2.2.9

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Date: Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013, 07:12
Category: News, Software

You can’t say that Dropbox doesn’t update with both frequency and gusto.

On Wednesday, Dropbox released version 2.2.9 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:
– Fix an issue where files with Finder Comments would not sync

– Fix a rare issue involving symlinks with unicode characters.

– Fix a rare issue where spurious folders appear in the advanced Selective Sync settings.

– Fix a rare issue with P2P.

– Other minor fixes.

Dropbox 2.2.9 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 Security Update 2013-003 for Mountain Lion users

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Date: Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013, 06:38
Category: News, security, Software

You might want to snag this.

Per the Mac Observer, Apple released Security Update 2013-003 for Mountain Lion on Tuesday.

The update’s specific security changes can be found here.

Security Update 2013-003 showed up earlier in the day on Tuesday, but quickly disappeared from Apple’s site. It reappeared late in the afternoon with a “1.0” appended to the update’s name in Software Update on the Mac App Store, where it’s available now and is also available as a 20.84 megabyte download and requires OS X 10.8.4 or later to install and run.

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

Adium updated to 1.5.7

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Date: Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013, 06:32
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 1.5.7.

The new version, a 22.8 megabyte download adds the following fixes and changes:
– Updated Twitter support. (#16118)

– Retweets (RTs) now properly display the original author.

– t.co links are now expanded.

– Fixed parsing to conform to the standard. (#13947)

– Removed StatusNet support, see ​http://adium.im/blog/2013/07/adium-1-5-7-released.

– Fixed a crash when redrawing the contact list. (#16119)

– Fixed a bug that could cause SSL connections to be closed prematurely. (#15405, #15411, #15741, #16356)

Fixed the following weaknesses in the SSL code:
– Removed all anonymous ciphers from the list Adium tries, these are insecure and would crash Adium.

– Removed SSL_RSA_WITH_NULL_MD5 from the list of ciphers, as it doesn’t use encryption.

– Removed the caching of untrusted certificates, as the implementation would make it easy to replace it with a different certificate when reconnecting.

Adium 1.5.7 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.

OnyX updated to 2.7.1

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Date: Friday, June 28th, 2013, 13:33
Category: News, Software

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You can’t knock a decent update.

OnyX, Titanium Software’s popular freeware multifunction utility for Mac OS X, has been updated to version 2.7.1. The new version, a 19 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
– Bug corrected in the Utilities > Applications pane.

– Keyboard Viewer in the Utilities > Applications pane.

– The opt folder can be shown/hidden now from the Utilities > Visibility.

– New replacement icon.

OnyX 2.7.1 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.

Apple releases Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 4.07

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Date: Friday, June 28th, 2013, 07:59
Category: News, Software

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On Friday, Apple posted its Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 4.07, an update designed to extend RAW image compatibility for the Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’11 applications.

The update, a 6.1 megabyte download, adds support for the following cameras:
– Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G6

– Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF6

– Sony Alpha SLT-A58

The update requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later to install and run and is also available via Mac OS X’s built-in Software Update feature.

If you’ve tried the new Digital Camera RAW update and noticed any changes, please let us know how it went.