The OS X 10.9.2 beta which was released to developers on Thursday includes a nice perk, Apple’s FaceTime audio. The Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) feature was first introduced on iOS devices via iOS 7.
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Thursday saw Apple’s release of a software update for OS X 10.9 Mavericks Sever. The patch fixes an issue which prevented some clients from communicating with VPN services via L2TP connections.
Alongside their new Mac Pro, and a significant new update for Final Cut Pro X and its companion apps, Apple also released Logic Pro X 10.0.5 today – a major update adding a variety of new features, new Drummers and Drum Kit Designer patches, as well as a significant number of bug fixes and minor enhancements.
Shortly following the release of OS X 10.9.1 to the general public, Apple has now seeded the first pre-release beta of OS X 10.9.2 to developers. Apple asks developers to focus on Mail, Messages, VPN, Graphics Drivers and VoiceOver – and according to 9to5Mac, the beta also finally brings support for FaceTime audio to OS X Mavericks!
Apple has just released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 5.2, adding RAW image support to iPhoto and Aperture for a variety of new cameras – including, perhaps most notably, Sony’s new full-frame mirrorless Alpha 7 and Alpha 7R prosumer-level cameras.
We’ve previously detailed how to use Sony’s new DualShock 4 controller to play games on your Mac, while noting that support seems to be very spotty and title-specific at the time being. However, there is good news: It appears that Feral Interactive has added official support for the PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 controller to many of their Mac games!
After a month of testing with developers, with the final beta released nearly two weeks ago on December 3rd, Apple has finally released the first major update to OS X Mavericks. The OS X 10.9.1 update is available immediately for existing Mavericks users via Software Update through the Mac App Store.
Apple has released another minor update for iPhoto on the Mac today, bringing the version up to 9.5.1. Most notably, the updated includes a fix that caused print previews to appear garbled or otherwise render incorrectly on the screen.
Google has announced that their desktop Chrome Apps are now available for Macs that are running the Chrome browser. These apps run separately from the Chrome browser, and can run locally with no internet connection.
Family computers can be complicated. Sometimes, if a family is smart and manages their Mac wisely, each person in the household will have their own Mac login. However, that doesn’t always happen – and when it doesn’t, using personalized things such as iTunes and iPhoto libraries can become a concern.
Voice dictation – which, for those of you not familiar, translates your spoken voice into text to save your fingers from typing – has been around on OS X since the release of OS X Mountain Lion. But with OS X Mavericks, Apple has made the feature even better by adding one simply feature: The ability to use dictation offline!
Instead of iTunes Radio discouraging new Internet radio player apps, it seems to have done just the opposite. New Internet radio station apps seem to be released very day. It is certain however, that these new apps need some outstanding features to grab the users eye. Enter SonicWeb Internet Radio Player.
Roughly two weeks after releasing the second developer beta of OS X 10.9.1 to members of their Mac Developer Program, Apple has already seeded a third 10.9.1 beta. The update bears a build number of 13B40 – 5 builds newer than the previous seed.
Western Digital has released a new version of its WD SmartWare hard drive software after numerous reports of data loss on Western Digital drives running under OS X Mavericks came to light.
Apple’s App Store search tool has reportedly received an update designed to return more accurate results when users fat-finger their search terms or app names. The changes were put into production “a few weeks ago,” according to TechCrunch.
While OS X Mountain Lion brought us the ability to rename files from the title bar in Finder and other apps, OS X Mavericks expands on this feature by allowing users to also move and rename files from the title bar of many Mavericks apps.