Apple Releases 17″ Unibody MacBook Pro Graphics Firmware 1.0 Update

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Date: Thursday, March 26th, 2009, 08:17
Category: MacBook Pro, Software

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Late Wednesday, Apple released its Graphics Firmware 1.0 update for its 17″ unibody MacBook Pro notebook. The update, a 770 kilobyte download, addresses the appearance of vertical lines or distorted graphics on the notebook display.
Like other patches, the update can also be located and downloaded via Mac OS X’s built-in Software Update feature.
If you’ve tried the firmware update and have any comments to offer, let us know in the comments or forums.

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TomTom Home Updated to 2.6.1.238

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Date: Wednesday, March 25th, 2009, 07:38
Category: Software

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TomTom Home, the desktop/driver software for the TomTom GPS devices, reached version 2.6.1.238 late Tuesday. The new version, a 42.4 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker), offers the following bug fixes and new features:

  • Link to our new online Route Planner.
  • Fresh new menu icons.
  • HOME now shows in the bottom right corner which TomTom device you have and offers a button to disconnect it.
  • It is now easier to get the latest maps by clicking the new Add Maps button.
  • After buying a new map you can now choose Install later.
  • Greek added as a new language.
  • Deselected update items are moved to the bottom of the list and remain deselected until you select them again.
  • TomTom HOME now stores all username and password combinations (if auto-login is chosen). You can automatically log in with any previously used device.
  • You need to fill in fewer fields when creating an account.
  • Improved device linking to better explain the process.
  • Fewer steps when using your activation or promotion code.
  • Bug fix: TomTom HOME now allows you to log in with e-mail domains of only one character long: e.g. username@c.dk.
  • It is now easier to install TomTom HOME themes and extensions that are already on your computer.
  • The new version requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run and is available as a free update.
    If you’ve tried the new version of TomTom Home or have a GPS program of choice, let us know in the comments or forums.

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    Mozilla Releases Thunderbird 2.0.0.21

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    Date: Friday, March 20th, 2009, 08:22
    Category: Software

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    Mozilla.org, creators of the Firefox web browser, has just released version 2.0.0.21 of Thunderbird, its free e-mail client. The new program, an 18.7 megabyte download, sports the following fixes and new features:

  • Upgrade PNG library to fix memory safety hazards
  • XML data theft via RDFXMLDataSource and cross-domain redirect
  • Crashes with evidence of memory corruption (rv:1.9.0.7)
  • Crashes with evidence of memory corruption (rv:1.9.0.6)
  • Thunderbird 2.0.0.21 requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later to run and is programmed as a Universal Binary, allowing for native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
    As always, if you’ve played with the new version and have any feedback, positive or negative, let us know.

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    Carbon Copy Cloner Updated to 3.2

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    Date: Thursday, March 19th, 2009, 07:16
    Category: Software

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    Late Tuesday, Carbon Copy Cloner, the shareware favorite for drive cloning operations by Mike Bombich, has released version 3.2 of the program. The new version, a 2.8 megabyte download, adds the following changes:

  • Prior to version 3, CCC would not delete items at the root level of the target volume if those items were not present on the source volume. This was a convenient feature, but due to some fairly significant underlying changes in CCC 3, that feature was not brought forward. This feature is now available again in version 3.2 and later via the “Protect root-level items on the target” option. See the documentation for more details on the implementation of this feature.
  • Implemented filters support for remote source volumes.
  • CCC no longer disables non-HFS formatted volumes in the source and target lists. Rather, selecting these non-supported filesystems as a source or target will produce a helpful dialog box indicating how to proceed with those volumes.
  • The description of what will happen during a “Backup everything” task has been updated to more accurately reflect what actually occurs.
  • CCC now correctly reports on the bootability of mirrored volumes on PowerPC systems.
  • Resolved a few minor issues with cropped text in non-English localizations.
  • CCC will now report IO errors via a dialog box every time they are encountered. Previously, non-IO related errors encountered after IO errors would take precedence, and IO errors would only be reported in the CCC log.
  • Addressed an issue in which CCC would fail with a generic error when running out of space for temporary files on the target volume.
  • Included an updated version of rsync 3.0.5.
  • Resolved an issue in which locked folders caused synchronization errors in rare circumstances.
  • Resolved several rsync-related issues related to getting, listing, setting, and removing extended attributes.
  • Resolved an issue in which CCC would prompt the user to run a scheduled task (with a remote Macintosh as the target) when the network connection was re-established even if the task had been explicitly deferred.
  • CCC now creates its own key pair for ssh communication with other Macs on your network, rather than using any pre-existing key pairs.
  • CCC now mounts disk images at custom mount points in /tmp rather than in the default location of /Volumes.
  • Resolved an issue in which disk images could not be created on AFP or SMB network shares.
  • Resolved an issue in which the failure of certain built-in tasks would indicate that there was an error with a preflight script.
  • Several updates to the documentation: Expanded on the Tips section, added extensive coverage of the new “Protect root-level items on the target” feature, updated instructions on restoring from a disk image, minor updates to the “Backing up to a remote Macintosh” section (plus a large addition on backing up multiple Macs to a single “server”), and added several items to the FAQ section.
  • Carbon Copy Cloner 3.2 retails for a US$10 shareware registration fee. The application requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
    If you’ve tried the new version and have either positive or negative feedback, let us know in the comments or forums.

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    Apple Announces iPhone OS 3.0 Firmware, Points Out New Features to Come

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    Date: Tuesday, March 17th, 2009, 12:22
    Category: iPhone

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    Apple held its long-awaited iPhone OS 3.0 announcement today in front of a crowd of developers and invited media. The announcement mentioned prominent new changes including the addition of push notification, which Apple stated as requiring an overhaul of its servers to accommodate. Upon delivery, push notification can deliver signals such as sounds and text alerts to Apple, which can then push the data to the iPhones.
    According to MacNN, Apple has also expanded the business models offered by the App Store and, allowing users to purchase additional content within an application provided that users have already signed in via their iTunes account. From here, users can purchase items such as books, regional content or extra game levels.
    Apple then cited that the inclusion of approximately 1,000 new APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) will grant developers access to features such as iPod libraries, embedded e-mail, audio/video streaming and Google Maps integration. Core Location should also enable turn-by-turn navigation, allowing practical driving applications.
    Company representatives also stated that iPhone OS 3.0 will support all standard Bluetooth protocols, including Bonjour, allowing iPhones to be able to use features such as automatic device detection as well as peer-to-peer gaming sessions that would locate possible opponents to play against within a given area. Third-party sccessory makers have also been given direct hardware control with the new firmware, permitting functions such as tuning an FM transmitter from the iPhone interface.
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    OmniWeb Updated to 5.9.1

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    Date: Friday, March 13th, 2009, 08:12
    Category: Software

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    Early Wednesday, Omni released version 5.9 of its OmniWeb web browser. The new version, a 23.1 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

  • Auto-closing tab drawer: If the tab drawer was automatically opened when you created multiple tabs, it will now automatically close when you return to a single tab. (If you manually opened the tab drawer, it will stay open until you manually close it.)
  • Added support for three-finger swipes on recent laptops: swiping left and right goes back and forth in history; swiping up and down switches to the previous or next tab.
  • You can now send the current web page to OmniFocus (using its clippings service) without having to select some text on the page first. Please note that this feature requires OmniFocus 1.6 (or later).
  • Navigating web pages using speech recognition works once again. (Speech recognition must be turned on in System Preferences, as well as being enabled in OmniWeb’s General Preferences. You can then say the name of a link to follow it, or use built-in commands link “new tab”, “next tab”, “go back”, etc.)
  • Reimplemented the Summarize toolbar item.
  • Dragging the last tab out of a window will now close that window.
  • Added support for download links which use the HTTP Content-Disposition header.
  • Added support for the JavaScript print action (window.print()).
  • OmniWeb no longer displays an empty page when it receives a HTTP 204 “no content” status code. This fixes bugs with several rating systems.
  • Using Click-Hold to activate the context menu in browser windows is now disabled by default, since that breaks compatibility with some web pages which want to see the mouse-down event immediately (before we determine that it’s actually a click-hold event). You can turn Click-Hold back on by setting the hidden ActivateContextMenuWithClickHold default.
  • Added Release Notes to the Help menu.
  • Fixed a bug where clicks would land in the wrong place if a hidden location bar was temporarily visible (because you were editing it with Command-L) and you clicked in the browser (causing it to hide again).
  • The Open window can now be closed by pressing the Escape key (in addition to Command-W). The window’s tab cycle also now includes all its controls.
  • Bookmarklets are now labeled properly when dragging them to the favorites bar.
  • Command-Shift-Left Arrow now performs the standard text editing behavior of selecting to the beginning of a line of text, rather than taking you back to your start page.
  • If your navigation bar is hidden and you press Shift-Command-F to go to the search field, OmniWeb will no longer show and hide the navigation bar before showing it yet again.
  • Tweaked the favorites bar background.
  • Updated the default start pages.
  • Localization updates for Simplified Chinese, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Swedish.
  • OmniWeb 5.9.1 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.
    If you’ve played with the new version and noticed any major improvements or shortcomings, let us know in the comments or forums.

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    Roxio Toast Titanium 9.0.5 Update Released

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    Date: Friday, March 13th, 2009, 07:36
    Category: Software

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    On Thursday, Roxio released version 9.0.5 of its Toast Titanium authoring software. The new version, available here, adds the following fixes and changes:

  • Resolves issue where distortion may be recorded when using system audio capture.
  • Resolves issue where waveform may not be drawn correct after updating to Mac OS X v10.5.6.
  • Toast 10 Titanium requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.
    If you’ve tried the update and have any feedback about it, let us know in the comments or forums.

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    OnyX 2.0.4 Released

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    Date: Thursday, March 12th, 2009, 08:02
    Category: Software

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    Onyx, Titanium Software’s popular freeware multifunction utility for Mac OS X, has been updated to version 2.0.4. The new version, a 16.4 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

  • Bug of display the Journaling status corrected.
  • Bug while displaying message in the Login Window corrected.
  • Deleting logs improved.
  • Parameters > Misc panel reorganized.
  • Help corrected, improved and reindexed.
  • Uninstaller application updated.
  • Option: Display only running applications in the Dock.
  • Option: Show the Help Viewer icon in the Dock and the applications Switcher.
  • Option: Enable the Debug mode of Help Viewer.
  • OnyX requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.
    If you’ve tried the new version and have any opinions about it, please let us know in the comments or forums.

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    Apple Releases iTunes 8.1 Update

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    Date: Thursday, March 12th, 2009, 08:07
    Category: Software

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    Late Wednesday, Apple released iTunes 8.1, the latest version of its multimedia/jukebox application for Mac OS X. The new version, a 63.4 megabyte download, offers the following fixes, changes and new features:

  • Supports syncing with iPod shuffle (3rd generation).
  • Allows friends to request songs for iTunes DJ.
  • Adds Genius sidebar for your Movies and TV Shows.
  • Improves performance when downloading iTunes Plus songs.
  • Provides AutoFill for manually managed iPods.
  • Allows CDs to be imported at the same sound quality as iTunes Plus.
  • Includes many accessibility improvements.
  • Allows iTunes U and the iTunes Store to be disabled separately using Parental Controls.
  • iTunes 8.1 is available for free, requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run and can be snagged using Mac OS X’s built-in Software Update feature.
    If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback, positive or negative, let us know over in the comments or forums.

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    Adobe Reader Updated to 9.1

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    Date: Wednesday, March 11th, 2009, 08:15
    Category: Software

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    On Tuesday, Adobe released version 8.1 of its free Reader program. The program, which has long been a staple for viewing and printing Portable Document Format (PDF) files, includes the following changes:
    Addresses a number of customer workflow issues and a critical security vulnerability while providing more stability.
    Adobe Reader 9.1 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run and its download file size varies depending on version chosen.
    If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments or forums.

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