Archive for the ‘Apple’ Category

Gotta place for another browser? Try Safari

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Apple Inc. has launched the beta version of their new Safari 4 web browser which is available to be downloaded for Mac OS X, Vista and Windows XP users. It has actually the technology world by surprise as it offers even more surprising number of innovative features including under-the-hood updates to avail speedy rendering performance, in -your-face browser interface advances and an open standard compliance. Some of the features users would instantly notice are refined tabbed browsing, a new way to search through web browser bookmarks and history, an innovative top sites display which shows most visited websites and also a modified tool bar which drops down the reload button to refresh your web pages.

The changes in top sites and tabs features would basically call for comparisons to Chrome from Google which was recently introduced. The new Safari 4 browser, similar to Google’s Chrome places multiple tabs over the window and also offers a gallery view of recently visited sites. However, Safari is mainly designed to emphasize browsing and not the web browser. It boasts of an excellent design with just a single pixel wide browser frame. The scroll bar is only visible when it’s needed and by default there is no status bar, but the progress indicator turns as the page loads. Tabs are located at the very top of the browser thereby opening an even wider page to view websites.

Right from the beginning Safari has been launching a pad for innovative ideas and unique features which make web browsing even more enjoyable. Apart from the top sites features the new Safari 4 also includes a new cover flow feature. This feature offers a highly visual way to review your bookmarked sites and site history, by offering a full page view of websites which you last visited. You just have to flip through the websites preview in the cover flow feature just like you do for the album art in iTues. Additionally with cover flow and full history search feature you can actually see what you went through the previous day. The new browser has introduced a remarkable new way to revisit the websites while also letting you flip through a full page preview of the past visited sites.

Safari is still one of the fastest web browsers as it outraces most of the well known web browsers. Being designed with the new nitro engine, Safari 4 delivers blazingly speedy performance you might have ever experienced. For instance, the new browser from Apple can execute JavaScript much faster compared to IE7 and Firefox based on the performance test. Apart from this the new Safari 4 is also designed with a native windows look and feel. In case you are using Safari on Windows Vista or XP it would feel like other windows applications due to its native look feature. The developers can also find an excellent set of development tools that were never before included in a web browser. You just have to turn them on from the safari preference and use them to examine structure of a page, organize compatibility, debug JavaScript, test experimental pieces of code or inspect offline database

Apple post new round of updates

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Although maintaining Java and its updates is the work of the professionals at Sun Microsystems, Apple has decided to release their own sun for their Apple product’s platform. You might be well aware about the numerous vulnerabilities that are recently found in the Java Plug-in and Java Web Start application and so Apple has rolled our their two first and separate updates for all their Mac Leopard and OS X Tiger users. These two updates as recommended by the US Computer Emergency Response Team are free to be downloaded which can be installed right away.

The support team of Apple has revealed that the Update 3 for Java Mac OS X 10.5 would update Java Web Start and also all the Java Applet components in order to address compatibility and security issues. Additionally Apple has also added that these update releases would support all the PowerPC and Intel based Mac systems but it requires that the Java for Mac OS X 10.5 update 2 has already been installed. However Apple says that as for java Updates for Mac OS X 10.4 release 8 that this new software would offer several improvements to the compatibility and security of all the Java on Mac OS X 10.4 and the later ones.

Therefore as it does for all the security updates, the company has also linked them to a knowledge base document that reveals what exactly was going wrong or what might go wrong while also explaining why these updates are necessary. This means that the release 8, Java for Mac OS X 10.4 would be available for Release 7, Mac OS X Server v.10.4.11 system with Java for Mac OS X 10.4 and Release 7, Mac OS X system v10.4.11 with Java for Mac OS X 10.4. These updates would address all the numerous vulnerabilities in Java Plug-in and Java Web Start application.

According to Apple, these numerous vulnerabilities already exist in most Java Plug-ins and Java Web Start applications which is found to be the most serious issue which might allow untrusted java Applets and untrusted Java Web Start applications to obtain prominent privileges. The company also said that visiting web pages that contain a spitefully crafted Java applet might lead to uninformed code execution with all the privileges of the present user. Therefore this update would provide patches or solutions for all the Java Bud IDs 6767668, 6727081, 6707535 and 6694892 from Sun Microsystems.

The same thing also applies to Java for Mac OS X 10.4 update 3. The Mac Leopard and Mac Tiger system users can both download the new releases software which can be found on their official website. At the same time the Mac system users and also download and install the software update mechanism which is also offered at Apple’s official website. The users don’t have to do much as the updates would be automatically installed as you download them thereby not just keeping your Mac system away from all the vulnerabilities in the Java application but also improving your compatibility and security issues.

Apple issued massive security update for Max OS X

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Apple Inc have recently issued several updates for Java and Mac OS X which patches nearly 55 bugs and also an update for their Safari web browser which prompted a security researcher to harm the company for a feeble approach to the security issues. They are the most updates to be released by Apple in almost a year.

The first update from Apple for the year patches around 48 security vulnerabilities in the operating system of the company and its components, while 4 in the implementation of Sun Microsystems’s Java in Apple, including 2 updates for non-security flaws they admitted which they had introduced with faulty codes in Mac OS X 10.5.6 and also one patch it said for the protective security measures. Being 32 altogether, the majority of bugs were found in software adopting open source components and not originally designed by Apple like in the case of foursome of Java flaws.

However Brian Mastenbrook, who is one of the 3 researchers Apple had qualified with the reporting of Safari bug, said that Apple Inc. actually had information about these flaws several months ago and as months passed away without a fix he decided to post a warning according to his judgment that this problem could be oppressed at any time until it is kept unfixed. He had said this in his blog entry that after Apple had delivered their updates. He had posted some information regarding this bug and also a workaround to provisionally disable the RSS feed service in the browser.

This RSS vulnerability feature that is present in both the browsers of Windows and Mac versions, they could be used to attach code from a malicious website. Mastenbrook said that the criminals just have to trick users to visit these sites. Attacks based on alluring users to unfavorable websites are commonplace on the net, although a huge majority of them are aimed to Windows uses. According to him these factors should have specified to Apple that these vulnerabilities carried high risk. It had taken several months for Apple to patch a latest vulnerability in Safari, although several opportunities for them to be addressed in updates which are already scheduled.

Therefore, Apple has addressed the Safari issue in both the security update for windows uses and security update 2009-001 for Mac OS X which knocks up the browser to 3.2.2 version. As the recent data places overall browser use share of Safari at 8.3 percent, the Windows addition accounted for around 0.3 percent with about a quarter of the share of Chrome of Google Inc. the company had last patched Safari in November 2008 by twice updating the browser in less than a week. Additionally some other parts which Apple patched of Mac OS X ranged from the Pixlet codec that includes a bug which would be activated by the malformed movie file and also the folder manager to the printing module with several updates for the Remote Apple Events application that could be subjugated to seal important information.

Running Windows on Apple Mac – Bootcamp

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Steve Jobs officially gave in the idea of running Windows on his Mac computer. There is a new version of dual booting Windows XP of Apple on the Intel based Mac which is called as Apple Boot Camp or Public Beta and it is now let to be downloaded from the official Apple website. This download is not for the hacker types, possibly the best features of it is the user friendly interface which lets average people dual boot with ease. The successfully addressed issue of BIOS from Apple also adds driver support for video cards and speakers which would bring in plenty of excitement to the entertainment and gaming community. This boot camp does not come without disclaimers as not everything might work and the Windows partition would be open to virus attack.

There are already assumptions about the official support for Windows with the joining of Apple BAPCO which is the new Windows based benchmarking company, after two programmers had figured out how to boot Windows on a Mac system and so the Boot camp download was their next logical step to drive sales. However Apple has already specified that they would not provide any technical support for Windows platform on the Mac system which can probably cause some concerns for non technical savvy community. Microsoft will however support the software issues and not any Mac hardware problems assuming that the user has a licensed copy of Windows XP SP2. It does not matter whether you are a Windows user or a Mac user this move would likely send several latent buyers to the nearby Apple store. Additionally the best thing is that it will also be in built as a part of upcoming Mac operating system X version.

The Boot Camp is the boot utility which lets users with Intel based Mac system to easily boot Windows. However it can only work if you have Windows XP SP2 which is also asked to submit. Therefore, make sure you have the blank CD-R disk ready as Boot Camp will require you to make drivers disk for all the Mac components so that you easily work XP. Some other things like running firmware and software updates are also necessary to make the Boot Camp run which should also be the first thing to do.

Procedure for installing Windows on Mac

 

There is a partition manage built right in the install procedure and so there is no need to create any separate partition for the new Windows XP on Mac. You just have to drag the bar that indicates how big you need the partition to be for Windows, and make sure that you write down the size that you are partitioning. Then the software would ask you for the bootable Windows XP SP2 disk in order to start the installation. This entire process might take you around an hour, and during the process if you decide that you don’t need Windows then Boot Camp can also revert back to Mac only computer. As you hold down the options key during startup, you can easily switch between Windows XP and Mac OS X.

Face detection feature with Apple iPhoto

Friday, February 13th, 2009

It was announced this week that there is a new detection and recognition technology added into the new version of Apple’s iLife software. This technology lets users automatically organize photos according to people’s faces.  Additionally, the new iLife of 2009 from Apple would include all new features in its GarageBand, iMovie and iPhoto software and they are included with the new Mac computer line but also made available as $79 upgrade for previous users.

Apple is always known to slot in multimedia features in their Macs as the selling point. Although today there are several easy to use tools available like the photo application called Picasa from Google but you can look forth to Apple who has a renewed focus in keeping their offerings to the best of technology. Therefore the new version of their iLife Suite the iMovie application is designed with new features like video stabilization, animated travel maps and advanced drag and drop features. Additionally the GarageBand application also includes several new ways to learn how to play guitar and piano with 18 different basic lesons and even optional lessons from several top artists like John Fogerty, Sara Bareilles, Sting and Norah Jones. There are also several changes and advancements made in the iPhoto application which make it an all new and improved version in iLife of 2009.

The iPhoto features

 

Face Recognition – People are generally the most important photo subjects and it ca be difficult to find all the photos of grandkids and dad without combining the photo library. This is why iPhoto has introduced the faces feature which lets you easily organize your photos according to who is in the photos. This feature is designed with face detection technology which identifies faces in your photos while the photo face recognition feature easily matches faces that look like the same person. This makes it easy to add names to your photos and easily organize them and even find people from a large photo library. You just have to name the face in a few photos and iPhoto would automatically suggest you a set of potential photo matches to confirm your click.

Places - iPhoto also includes a feature called places which lets you explore all your travel photos easily. The feature basically uses the data from GPS features cameras or the one on iPhone to categories your photos according to their locations and even converts GPS location tags to common names. However if you don’t have a iPhone or a GPS features camera then you can still use the Places feature. You just have to add locations to your pictures by entering the place name and address or just place a pin on the map. Then if you need to find a picture taken in particular location this iPhoto feature would instantly browse and show up the results. If you just feel like exploring your photos the Places column can be used to browser pictures according to city, state or country of interest.

New iMac will be around the corner

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Luckily, there is at least one analyst who thinks that Apple would soon have a new Apple iMac in the market but they are still thinking over whether to design it in two or four cores. Shaw Wu who is among the Kaufman Brothers has put out a research note much recently which says that his latest run through the supply chain of Apple’s vendors likely indicated that the new iMac would be soon out sometimes during March or at most in the month of June. It has been a while since Apple had tweaked the iMac in any considerable manner which dates back to September 2007.

This time some of the changes around would mostly be under the hood. This is because Shaw Wu believes that Apple is now debating whether they should use the dual core processor of Intel or some contemporary quad core processors in their new iMac system line. The predicament is performance against the power consumption, while there are also concerns that if the quad core chips are used in the new iMac might even steal business from their Mac Pro which is currently the only computer system in the Apple computer system lineup which uses quad core processors.

However with any event, Shaw Wu truly believes that Apple would also redesign the way the iMac dispels heat as this can let the system to put much lower power on the chips during this year while they would also give it sufficient headroom so that they make speed bumps in the near future while also not having to redesign the entire system all over again.

The sale of desktops which is a sore point in the other wise outstanding first fiscal quarter of Apple has actually declined nearly 25 percent when compared with the same time a year before. The desktop sales have actually been down for almost all the vendors, but when calculated by the IDC, the overall desktop business had declined just about 16 percent during the past quarter. Apart from this Shaw Wu also believe that Apple would also be waiting to time the launching of their new iMac line up along with their launch of Mac OS called as Snow Leopard operating system and this is predictable to be shipped somewhere around June. The Snow Leopard operating system is likely to improve and develop the way Mac OS X manages the multi core processing and the graphics processing.

The new iMac from Apple is built from glass and aluminum and this all in one desktop comes complete with an impressive slimmer redesign which is available in two sizes, 24 inch and 20 inch. There is also the unusual compliment of ports like Firewire 400/800, USB 2.0, iSight camera, a slot loading SuperDriver and so forth. Its new look features a sleek display to match most of the consumer line up of Apple and a new keyboard and also a mini wire free model.

Successes and regrets when Mac hit 25 years old

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Technology has come an incredibly long way from the early finder and system, but still a Mac user of 1984 is brought in from of a modern Mac world would not find it much different. There are still icons, menus, windows and several other interface elements which have not yet changed. Similarly both under the hood and the way it connects to outside world Mac operating system X is a completely different thing. There is a lot you can expect from the operating system X in the nest on or two years where a short answer is the core technology of Apple which is likely to change significantly in the future.

Apple has already announced about its next version of Mac OS-X would be Snow Leopard and it will mainly focus in improving performance and reliability. The OS would also add support for multicore computing and Microsoft exchange; provide faster JavaScripe executions, access to the computing power in graphics chips and also with high RAM ceilings. However it really represents a time out in the quest of Apple to add main new features to every new release of its operating systems. In previous releases of OS-X you received several features but they generally suffered from rough spotlights and edges. Hopefully, the new OS Snow Leopard would make using a Mac feel pleasurable without wanting to purchase new Mac systems. However new OS system will include some integrated applications like safari, iChat, mail, iCall and address book but it might also include twitter style microblogging that becoming more popular.

There are questions whether the application store would offer a glimpse of the future when distributing Mac software, but this is likely not. The huge success of Apple iPhone application store has led several people to consider that Apple might also try the same thing for Mac software to build a Mac application store into the iTunes and in OS-X. This can actually be much easier and if given the 30 percent cut on application store sales it would also be very profitable for Apple. However this does not seem much obvious as Apple might even break the iTunes application store because of its high bandwidth and server cost. Although there are several misconceptions among the developers and their policy restrictions make sure that you don’t stay reliable for Mac application store.

The MobileMe is the new tentative step of Apple into cloud computing. However Apple is still on its way to fully embrace what is called as ‘cloud computing which is just another term for internet, with modem concepts like open APIs, social networking and software as a service. This service is slowly approached by Apple by utilizing internet connectivity and different services to extend its applications and platforms but would not open them up radically. The Syncing of MobileMe for instance would help you manage your information among several Macs but is does not provide remarkable new ways to connect with other Mac users. The bottom line is that most Apple users would surely want to seen refinements with some new applications in its new OS. Additionally the Mac OS 11 is yet another great story to hear about.

Google, Apple and Microsoft sued all together!

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Yes people! You have heard something strange, but right! There is a company having sued Google, Apple, and Microsoft together. This company is none other than Cygnus systems, Inc. It’s one of the networking companies (Michigan-based). Cygnus got in to the jubilant mood after suing Google, Apple, and Microsoft for having violated a patent that was recently awarded to it. This patent consists of access and navigation of files that are based on ‘representational thumbnails’. The products such as Cover Flow feature of Apple, Chrome Browser of Google, and Vista of Microsoft have been cited with regard to infringement.

Cygnus is said to have sought permanent injunction and conventional damages which would prevent any infringement taking place further. At the same time, it’s also mentioning that such big 3 might not be sole companies after which it would go.

The patent into picture is US 7,346, 850, known as ‘System and method for iconic software environment management”. The abstract of this patent goes on to describe ‘a system and method to store, navigate, and access files present within operating system via usage of graphical thumbnail that would represent video display pertaining to active document inside active application’. To put it simple, patent awarded to Cygnus describes features identical to Apple’s Finder and Windows Explorer- Such applications make use of scaled-down previews for representing actual documents which have been browsed by PC users. This patent also includes things such as file icons which dynamically update for reflecting changes to contents of respective documents, along with ‘Speed Dial’ feature of Opera. This feature presents easy-access websites’ visual dashboard. Complaint by Cygnus also cites iPhone’s ‘accompanying iconic file preview and access functionality’ and tab thumbnails of Safari browser.

There are certain discrepancies with regards to this complaint by Cygnus, however, like targeting Google, that doesn’t actually make software ‘inside the OS’. Apart from all this, its claim stating that its patent has been infringed by Google by manufacturing, selling, using, and presenting Chrome web browser of Google for sale is a bit weird. At present, Google Chrome is being offered in the form of a download with respect to Windows Vista and XP SP2, absolutely free-of-cost.

Cygnus had filed the patent on 8th of June, 2001 in the form of continuation of one of the applications which was filed on 12th of June, 1998. This patent was, however, granted on 18th of March, 2008. Since then, Cygnus has lost no time in applying a ‘lawsuit strategy’ for recovering a prize of damages sufficient enough to have compensated plaintiff with regards to infringement which has taken place. Noteworthy is the fact that Cygnus is seeking loads of retroactive damages since date of infringement.

Google, Apple, and Microsoft aren’t likely of being the sole targets of Cygnus if the lawsuit is capable of getting anywhere. Several other products and companies like Opera, iPhoto, Adobe, Windows Mobile, even web services such as Flickr might all go on to infringe upon certain broad terms within Cygnus’ patent.