Some Users Cite Erratic Battery Life, Syncing Issues Following iPhone OS 3.1.3 Update

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Date: Wednesday, February 10th, 2010, 08:40
Category: iPhone, News

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Despite Apple’s best intentions, the iPhone OS 3.1.3 firmware update may not have gone as well as the company would have liked.

Per iPodNN, a number of users over on the Apple Discussion Board have reported that issues such as erratic battery life have emerged.

In certain cases, the unit’s battery meter may potentially swing wildly, for instance going from 25 to 7 to 10 percent, then jumping back up to 24%.

Worst-case scenarios may see phones losing hours of power, and even running unusually hot. The v3.1.3 firmware was in part meant to correct battery meter trouble on the iPhone 3GS.

Another major problem involves iTunes playlists, which in some cases are failing to sync properly with the iPod touch. While files will copy over properly, playlists may be empty or simply absent. The glitch is believed to affect only smart playlists, and potentially only those with multiple criteria. Temporary workarounds may include reducing criteria to a single field, and/or deleting and remaking previous playlists.

Apple has yet to formally address or fix either of the cited errors.

If you’ve seen this issue on your end, please let us know.

Apple Releases Second Firmware Fix for Flickering 27″ iMac Screen Issue

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Date: Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010, 06:28
Category: iMac, Software

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Late Monday, Apple released its second firmware update to attempt to resolve the infamous screen flickering issue found on some late 2009 27″ iMac units.

The iMac Display Firmware Update 1.0, a 294KB download, will reportedly “address issues that may cause intermittent display flickering.”

The update requires Mac OS X 10.6.2 or later to install and run and applies to all 27″ iMac models.

If you’ve snagged the firmware update and installed it, please let us know how it worked.

Apple Releases iTunes 9.0.3 Update

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Date: Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010, 05:16
Category: News

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Late Monday, Apple released iTunes 9.0.3, the latest version of its multimedia/jukebox application for Mac OS X. The new version, an 90.8 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– iTunes no longer ignores your “Remember password for purchases” setting.
– Addresses problems with syncing some Smart Playlists and Podcasts with iPod.
– Resolves a problem recognizing when iPod is connected.
– Addresses issues that affect stability and performance.

iTunes 9.0.3 is available via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

VLC Updated to 1.0.5

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Date: Monday, February 1st, 2010, 05:45
Category: 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 1.0.5 over the weekend. The new version, a 40.1 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

Decoders:
– SubRip extra styles improvements.
– Fix potential crashes in SSA and svg decoders.

Mac OS X Interface:
– Improved support for the 2009 Apple Remote.

Windows port:
– Use of gcc 4.4.2 to compile instead of gcc 4.2. This might slightly increase performance and fix x264 issues.

Translations:
– Portuguese Brazilian, Lithunanian, Romanian, Ukranian, Japanese, Bengali, Walloon, Galician, Danish, Khmer, Polish, Slovenian, Vietnamese, Finnish Russian, Slovak translation updates.
– New Malayalam, Macedoninan, Nynorsk translations.

Audio outputs:
– Fix deadlocks in the audio output core.
– Make PulseAudio the default output if available.

Video outputs:
– Fix fullscreen mode with KDE 4.3.3 and other window managers.
– Fix incompatibility with cairo-dock and compositing.

Input:
– Fix DVB scanning regression from VLC 1.0.3.
– Support for XZ-compressed byte stream (LZMA algorithm).

Playlist:
– Support for .m3u8 playlist files (UTF-8 M3U).

Unix:
– Support for xcb-keysyms version 0.3.4 or higher.
– Fix globalhotkeys on FreeBSD.

Qt4 interface:
– Fix opening V4L version 1 devices.
– Fix default destination ports in the streaming wizard.

Translations:
– New Walloon translation.
– Swedish, Ukrainian and French translation updates.

VLC 1.0.5 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.

Apple Releases Aluminum Keyboard 1.1 Firmware Update

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Date: Tuesday, January 26th, 2010, 06:14
Category: Software

Late Monday, Apple release version 1.1 of its aluminum keyboard firmware via an update. The new version, a 1.5 megabyte download, improves battery performance of the 2007 aluminum Apple Wireless Keyboard when used in combination with other Bluetooth devices and addresses an issue with the 2007 aluminum Apple Keyboard and the 2007 aluminum Apple Wireless Keyboard where a key may repeat unexpectedly while typing.

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The update requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 on the Mac OS X 10.5 end or Mac OS X 10.6.2 on the Mac OS X 10.6 end to install and run and can also be snagged via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.

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

QuarkXPress 8.1.5 Update Released

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Date: Friday, January 15th, 2010, 07:50
Category: Software

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Late Thursday, software developer Quark released version 8.1.5 of its QuarkXPress design application. The 748 megabyte update, which can be downloaded here, adds the following fixes and changes:

– Fixes an issue that could cause QuarkXPress to unexpectedly quit during activation on some newer Macs.

QuarkXPress 8.1.5 requires Mac OS X 10.4 later to install and run and retails for US$799.00 for the full version.

Adium Updated to 1.3.9

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Date: Tuesday, January 12th, 2010, 04:40
Category: 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 1.3.9.

The new version, a 21.3 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– 1.6 +Version 1.3.9 (01/11/2010).
– Updated libpurple to fix a security issue with custom emoticons.
– Corrected user icons not updating correctly on Snow Leopard.

Adium X is available for free and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to run. The program functions as a Universal Binary and runs at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.

Google Chrome 4.0.249.49 Beta Released for Mac

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Date: Tuesday, January 5th, 2010, 05:47
Category: Software

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Google Chrome, Google’s new web browser, just reached version 4.0.249.49 for the Mac. The new version, a 17.7 megabyte download, offers the following the following change:

– This release includes a relatively minor update that corrects a potential issue with our auto-update processes for Mac users.

Google Chrome requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later and an Intel-based Mac to install and run.

If you’ve played with it and have an opinion, let us know what you think in the comments.

Elgato Releases EyeTV 3.3 Update

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Date: Thursday, December 17th, 2009, 06:47
Category: Software

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On Wednesday, Elgato Systems released version 3.3 of its EyeTV software application, which finds and tracks all television programming you want to see and allows users to pause live television and save content to file.

The new version, which can be found here (and can also be found through EyeTV 3.0’s update feature), adds the following fixes and features:

– Improved general performance and stability.
– Improved scrolling in the Overlay menus.
– Fixed an issue where multiple tuners could not be accessed in the Overlay menu.
– Improved channel name detection and EPG for some Clear QAM cable systems. NOTE: To take advantage of this feature, EyeTV needs to do another Auto-Tune.
– Improved Digital Audio sound output for better compatibility with certain brands of home theater receivers.
– Improved support for EyeTV when running under Standard Accounts.
– Improved EyeTV’s automatic update process.
– Resolved issues with H.264 broadcasts in Denmark.
– Fixed issues with the new Silver Apple Remote under Mac OS 10.6.2.
– Improved Support for Rogue Amoeba Airfoil and Apple Airport Express: EyeTV and Airfoil now work together to keep the video picture in sync with the sound at all times. Find out more about Airfoil here: http://www.rogueamoeba.com/airfoil/mac/
– Editing recordings now works when archive is on volume with FAT 32 file system.
– Improved user interface for CAM modules.
– Resolved issues reindexing recordings.
– Improved support for case sensitive file systems.
– Miscellaneous Improvements to XMLTV.
– EPG updates when Parental Controls enabled now fail with an explanation in the guide preferences.
– Resolved a hang on single processor Macs when doing a digital auto-tune with certain hardware.
– Improved CAM support for EyeTV Sat.
– Fixed support for newer Cinergy T XXS hardware revisions.
– Updated firmware for DTT Deluxe 2009 to improve reliability.
– Added PAL 60 Hz support for the 2008 EyeTV DVB-T/C Hybrid.
– Fixed support for SECAM D/K in Russia for the 2008 EyeTV DVB-T/C Hybrid.

EyeTV 3.3 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run. The program retails for US$79.95.

Apple Releases Firmware Updates for MacBook, MacBook Pro

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Date: Wednesday, December 9th, 2009, 07:36
Category: MacBook, MacBook Pro, Software

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Late Tuesday, Apple released its MacBook EFI Firmware Update 1.4 for its MacBook notebook. The update, a 3.1 megabyte download, eliminates the noise made by the optical disk drive during system startup and wake from sleep on MacBook computers.

The company also released its MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.8 for some MacBook Pro models. The update, a 3.4 megabyte download, also eliminates the noise made by the optical drive during startup and emerging from sleep.

Both updates can be snagged via Mac OS X’s built-in Software Update feature and require Mac OS X 10.5.7 or later to install and run.