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Friday, July 31, 2009

iPhone OS 3.0.1 Available Now

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 12:00 PM

"Responding to a dangerous security exploit unveiled this week, Apple released an update to its iPhone operating system Thursday to patch the security hole. Firmware 3.0.1 is now available for the iPhone, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS through iTunes. The update is around 300MB. There is no indication that there are any new features or fixes other than the text message exploit patch. Earlier Friday, it was reported that Apple would release a fix for the exploit Saturday, but the iPhone maker beat that deadline Friday afternoon."

'Nuff said. Go update.


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Mac Office 2008 SP2 Released Yesterday

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

"Speed, stability, compatibility - that's the mantra from the Mac Business Unit for SP2, which will be released today at 10:00 a.m. PDT."

Well, it was actually yesterday so if you go over to Mactopia, you'll find it ready and waiting for you. The release does the usual bug fixes and fine tuning, but also includes improvements to performance within Word and improved calculation speed in Excel. This update also will support Safari 4 for "accessing the browser-based services." If you were looking for the addition of Visual Basic for Applications, or rather the return of it, you will have to wait for the next release of Mac Office, which hasn't been announced. This is a free update and is about 300MB.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

iPhoto Updated to 8.0.4

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

"Constant reader Joachim Bean alerted us that the an update to iPhoto '09. Version 8.0.4 is ready and available via Software Update."

From the "iPhoto 8.0.4 Update" page, "This update addresses a rarely encountered issue involving photos imported into a previous version that could affect overall stability, and corrects references to a few points of interest and location names that were labelled incorrectly." Basically this fixes an installation bug found in 8.0.3 as well as some labels that were turning out to be incorrect. This is recommended for all users of iPhoto '09.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Apple Updates AppleTV and Remote

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 10:00 AM

"Apple breathed some new life into its Apple TV media hub on Wednesday with upgrades to both its firmware and the iPhone's Remote app that let owners control the wireless media hub through multi-touch input on their handheld's touch-screen."

Apple posted a list of the updated features that 2.4 features, among them Flickr search and finger gesture controls. I'm looking forward to giving this a test run when I can especially since it incorporates finger gestures. With the last version of Remote I wasn't too impressed, I just couldn't get it working right. Granted that may have, ok is likely to have been, user error, but that is besides the point. Now I have a new version that I can attempt to master, I just hope it goes better than the last time I tried.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Apple Fixes Slow SATA Glitch in MacBook Pros

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Laptops" @ 07:00 AM

"MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.7 addresses an issue reported by a small number of customers using drives based on the SATA 3Gbps specification with the June 2009 MacBook Pro. While this update allows drives to use transfer rates greater than 1.5Gbps, Apple has not qualified or offered these drives for Mac notebooks and their use is unsupported."

It may have been reported by a small number of users, but it affects every single purchaser of the new MacBook Pro! Come on Apple, don't minimize this one. It's a biggie.

I also like how they CYA'ed with the "unsupported" bit in the description for the download. When did Apple become Microsoft?

Friday, June 12, 2009

1Password Updated for Safari 4.0

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 09:30 AM

"With Apple's release of Safari 4, Agile Web Solutions has updated its 1Password software to 2.9.19, adding support for the new version of the Web browser. It's a free update for version 2.x users, and costs $40 for a new license."

This is a handy program, one you can use on your Mac or your iPhone, and now there is an update so it works with Safari 4. I have actually been using it with the beta version of Safari and it has worked fine. This is version 2.9.19 and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. It's $39.95 USD for a single license, $69.95 for a family license of 5 computers, and of course it is a free update if you already own it.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Apple Updates iLife '09 All Over the Place

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 09:00 AM

"Apple just released some updates for iLife '09 via Software Update. In a very un-Apple fashion, the release notes are actually sort of descriptive!"

Tons of updates to all the iLife apps. Good stuff and if you haven't grabbed it already, you may want to. As usual, all the downloads can be found at the Apple Downloads site, or on Software Update. Some of the more interesting updates include support for AVCHD Lite in iMovie '09 and some Facebook and Flickr publishing issue fixes in iMovie. All in all, a solid set of all-around updates that are (for once) documented well!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Airport Utility Updated to 5.4.2

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

"Apple today released AirPort Utility 5.4.2 for Mac and AirPort Utility 5.4.2 for Windows. AirPort Utility v5.4.2 is the setup and management utility for Apple's AirPort Express Base Station, the AirPort Extreme Base Station, and Time Capsule."

Available now via Software Update, or you can get your OS X version or Windows version manually. Either way, the update fixes several items relating to the management of the Airport Extreme Base Station, Airport Express Base Station and the Time Capsule. Some of them involve downloading firmware or being unable to read certain wireless device configurations, irritating to say the least.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Flight Control Updated to 1.2

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 09:00 AM

"The 1.2 update for Firemint's brilliant pick up and play classic, Flight Control just landed at its destination. If for some strange reason you don't have Flight Control yet, it's a devilishly simple game where you have a single task: successfully land as many aircraft as possible. Different planes and helicopters fly in from the side of the screen, you tap them then draw a path to lead them to their runway or landing pad without colliding with anything else."

Flight Control is my absolute favorite game for the iPhone with Peggle a close second, and this update makes it totally killer. More plane types and more landing fields add some variety and the addition of a fast forward button to move things along quicker (there are times when I prayed for this in the older version) make it a near-perfect game. At $0.99 it's one of the best values in the App Store.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

RIM Forgets It's 2009

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 11:00 AM

"[S]ince I visited the link using Safari on the Mac I get the message for "Other BlackBerry Smartphone Users." As you can see in the image above, "This page requires Windows Internet Explorer 5.5 or later, running on Windows. If you want to update your BlackBerry Device Software, you will need to revisit this page using Windows Internet Explorer." The update process stops at this point, as RIM will not even let Mac users download the update. There is no way around having to either fire up Windows on the Mac using Boot Camp or a virtual machine, or simply skipping the update. This is just ludicrous in this day and age, and RIM needs to get its act together."

It's ridiculous, frankly, that in the year 2009 a company makes a patching mechanism for a cross-platform product that only works on one of those platforms. As James notes, RIM needs to get its act together in that regard.

And it's not even like the updater will work on Firefox on Windows, either! Honestly, requiring Windows and requiring IE?

Come on RIM, seriously. That wasn't even cool in 2004 and smacks of the same kind of stupidity I dealt with in Sony a few months ago when they wrapped their ISO for a Blu Ray player update in a Windows executable that literally did nothing but drop the ISO out of the archive (they archived and made a self-extractor out of an ISO!) and onto your desktop.

iTunes Updated to 8.2, Quicktime to 7.6.2

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 07:00 AM

"Apple today released iTunes 8.2 via Software Update. The update adds support for iPhone OS 3.0, which is expected to be featured at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference next week and be released in the near future."

Anyone wanna bet that it also breaks whatever emulation or hacks the Palm Pre is using to sync with iTunes? Guess we'll find out soon enough as the Pre is scheduled to launch on Saturday...

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Adobe Reader Security Update

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

"A critical vulnerability has been identified in Adobe Reader 9.1 and Acrobat 9.1 and earlier versions. This vulnerability (CVE-2009-1492) would cause the application to crash and could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. A second vulnerability has also been reported that appears to affect Adobe Reader for UNIX only (CVE-2009-1493)."

Several versions of the software are affected but Adobe is offering updates to fix new and old. If you have Adobe Reader 9.1 and Acrobat 9.1, or earlier standard or pro versions, head on over to Adobe and download the fix. They have downloads to fix Windows, OS X and Unix systems all on the same page so you folks that have multiple systems can get the right fix from one page, or at least get directed to the right page.

Friday, March 27, 2009

iLife '09 and iWork '09 Updated

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

"Apple has just released updates for some of the applications bundled in the iLife '09 suite, and true to Apple's reputation, very little has been mentioned about exactly what problems have been addressed in these updates. All applications in the iLife suite have been updated except for iDVD."

Well, there you have it. Go grab the updates! It's not like Apple's in any rush to tell you what the update's for, but we all know we have to update when the mothership says so.

Must. Update. Now.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

17" MacBook Pro Owners Get Graphic Relief

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Laptops" @ 04:00 PM

"Apple today posted MacBook Pro Graphics Firmware Update 1.0 (770kb) which addresses the appearance of vertical lines or distorted graphics on the notebook display. According to the about page there are two parts to this process: Installing the firmware update application onto your hard drive. Using the firmware update application to update your graphics subsystem firmware."

Any of you folks have a 17" MacBook Pro? Any of you have any luck with this update? It'll be nice to see if it works because the accusations have been flying that the nVidia 9600 chip is actually defective. If this fixes it, I guess that argument becomes moot. Let us know in the discussions if yours has been resurrected.

(It should be noted that this update does not apply to the 15" MacBook Pro and is only for the 17" model.)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Apple Store is Down! Oh boy!

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 05:46 AM

We all know what this means, right? Rumors have been flying for everything from new iMacs to new Mac Pros to new Time Capsules, AirPort Extreme Base Stations, to the long-awaited new Mac Mini. Of course, this could just be maintenance on the store.

Is it me or do we Apple fans get a bit nutty when that yellow stickie note shows up on the store's home page?

Friday, February 27, 2009

1Password Updated for Safari 4 Beta

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

"Apple's release of a public beta version of Safari 4, a new version of their Web browser, has spurred Agile Web Solutions to offer 1Password 2.9.9, an update to their password management software. A free upgrade for all paid 1Password customers, 1Password 2.9.9 costs $40."

Well this didn't take long did it? I use this program and it is very handy, especially since they have the iPhone app that ties in with the desktop version.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

MobileMe Update

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

"After a brief overnight outage, the MobileMe services are back this morning -- and sporting a new look on the login page. Aside from the recently revealed file sharing feature, we don't know of any other changes behind the scenes, but putting on a fresh coat of polish never hurts."

Shortly after this story was posted, there was service update page posted at Apple outlining what exactly was done to update MobileMe. Among them there were some nice changes to the calendar, such as retaining your last view settings, faster load times and faster switching between day/week/month views. The login page is snazzier too.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

AppleTV Updated to 2.3.1; Functionality Unknown

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 09:00 AM

"The Apple TV support page had not been updated at press time with fixes and improvements in software version 2.3.1. Readers are invited to let us know in comments what amazements, if any, come with the update."

In fact, the only thing we do know is that third party add-ons and hacks have been wiped out for people who did the updates. That's to be expected, of course, and is nothing new from previous updates, but nonetheless if you're running Boxee or ATV or any of the other hacks, you may want to hold off on this one. Maybe eventually Apple will gift us with the knowledge of what this one fixes.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Rumor: Next Gen Mac Mini Photographed

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Desktops" @ 11:00 AM

"A photo making the rounds on the Internet appears to conform to descriptions of a next-generation Mac mini published by AppleInsider earlier in the year. The photo shows the rear of a Mac mini that includes five USB ports instead of 4, both mini DVI and Mini DisplayPort connectors, and FireWire 800 instead of 400 -- all of which were specifications for a next-generation Mac mini first published by AppleInsider back in January. For what it's worth, this is the second picture of a Mac mini seen by AppleInsider with such a port makeup, the first of which we were asked not to publish. While we cannot vouch for the authenticity of this new photo, it shows a Mac mini that is identical in every way to the system in the unpublished photo, which was said to be a prototype from last fall."

As I've made clear on here on numerous occasions, I'm anxiously awaiting the new Mac Mini. I was hoping that this machine, which is, to me, the ultimate gateway drug into Mac computers wouldn't be discontinued or put out to pasture. Now it seems like every day we're hearing a new rumor about the next version of the Mini. I'm all for it, and honestly if there is a new Mini with a nVidia GPU on board, I'll be buying it the day it comes out; no questions asked. Anyone else?

Friday, January 30, 2009

NVidia Update Yanked, No Explanation Given

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Laptops" @ 11:00 AM

"Apple has yanked a software update that was intended to fix graphics-related issues with its latest notebooks just two days after pushing the patch to users via its Software Update mechanism. It's unclear what prompted the removal of the patch, released Monday as NVIDIA Graphics Update 2009 and pulled from the company's website and automatic software update system on Wednesday."

I have to say that despite the complaints mentioned in the article and in the Apple Forums, I have had no such issues since upgrading. In fact, as I mentioned on the day the release of the update was posted, it actually fixed my only issue with my MacBook Pro's display and that was it not waking up when my Dell monitor was connected. I'm glad I grabbed it before they yanked it because it has made my life a whole lot easier!

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