Apple has notified both AppleCare representatives and Apple Retail that it has updated the Safari web browser’s built-in plugin blocker to disable older versions of Java 6 and 7 software from Oracle.
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A bug that was discovered in Mac OS X five months ago, and is still as yet unaddressed , can allow attackers to bypass the usual authentication process by tweaking specific clock and user timestamp settings, giving the intruder almost unlimited access to the Mac’s files.
The simplicity and ease that comes with using the PhotoMagic Pro application makes it a home run; just a few clicks and images are literally transformed.
Apple has launched a revamped “Apple and Education” page on its website, which includes a simplified design, and new categories promoting iPads, Macs, Special Education, and “Real Stories.”
It looks as if Apple might be preparing to publicly launch OS X 10.8.5, as the company has reportedly seeded a new prerelease version of the OS to its employees. The seed is marked as build 12F35, two builds higher than the most recent developer seed, released more than two weeks ago.
The next version of the popular Parallels Desktop virtualization software for the Mac is reportedly set to ship the first week of September. Parallels Desktop 9, which allows users to run Microsoft Windows applications side-by-side with OS X apps, will include a number of new features, including optimization for Apple’s upcoming OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
Developer Primate Labs has announced the release of Geekbench 3 – The first major update to their popular benchmarking service since 2007.
It’s a real pain to keep your devices synced. Sure, you can use iCloud to keep your iOS devices and your Mac all synced nicely, but what if you don’t trust “the cloud,” or what about non-Apple devices like a Sony PSP, or an Android phone? Enter SyncMate.
It’s happened to all of us, you’re surfing around, checking out your favorite websites, then all of a sudden you hear your Mac’s cooling fans shift into high, and your battery has dropped 10%! Damn you Flash! Well, now Apple will be giving you a tool to prevent events like this with an OS X Mavericks feature called Safari Power Saver.
Just one week after the previous OS X 10.8.5 beta was unleashed on developers, Apple has now begun seeding their 6th OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5 beta. The update bears a build number of 12F26 – just three builds newer than the previous build. The minimal change in build numbers, and the decrease in time between updates suggests that Apple is likely nearly ready to release the update to the public.
Despite numerous issues with their online developer portal, which has been offline since Thursday due to a security breach, Apple has nevertheless seeded the fourth Developer Preview of OS X Mavericks to developers. The update was seeded right on schedule, exactly two weeks following Developer Preview 3.
As you might imagine, when someone thinks about photo editing on Mac, the first few applications that might come to mind include Photoshop, Aperture, or iPhoto. Thanks to the Mac App Store, there are a number of other great photo editors, which have caught the eye of a lot of users. VeprIT’s Photo Sense looks to add other features, which aren’t standard in most photo editing apps, such as automatic photo enhancement, editing a group of photos at once with batch editing and image setting synchronization.
A method cyber-criminals have long used against Windows users, is now targeting Mac users.”Ransomware,” the hijacking of a user’s browser with a notice demanding a $300 payment to release control of the application, has long been the bane of Windows users, but Mac users have only rarely seen efforts such as this targeted against them.
Apple has released Logic Pro X, the latest version of its MIDI sequencer/digital audio workstation software for the Mac. New features include Drummer, Flex Pitch, and the accompanying Logic Remote for iPad.
Apple has issued a minor bug fix update to AirPort Utility on both OS X and iOS. The company has also pushed out an update to testers for the OS X Recovery function.
Earth 3D Amazing Atlas from 3Planesoft uses the graphics and computing power of your Mac to take the old world atlas a huge step forward.