After several preview releases to testers, Apple has pushed yet another OS X 10.10.2 build to pre-release Yosemite testers through the Updates section of the Mac App Store. Previous builds of the Mac operating system focused on improving bugs with WiFi, Mail, and VoiceOver, and this pre-release seed is no exception. We’ll update our coverage with what we find in the latest pre-release seed.
The OS X 10.10.2 software update has been in development for quite some time now—the first beta went out to testers on November 20th—and the last OS X 10.10 update released publicly hit November 17th with 10.10.1.
– Build 14C106a up from 14C99d a week ago
– Weights in at 564MB (larger than some prior seeds)
Filed under: Developers, Mac Tagged: 10.10.2, Mac, OS X, OS X 10.10.2, os x yosemite, pre-release
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Microsoft announced today at its Windows 10 briefing that it will make the next major version of its operating system free for consumers. Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for for the first year for Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 users. Users who upgrade will continue to have access to the latest versions for free when using the same device. For comparison, Apple has offered updates to each of its software updates, including major operating system versions, for free since 2013 with the release of OS X 10.9 Mavericks for the Mac.
In addition to announcing Windows 10 pricing details, Microsoft demoed early builds of its virtual assistant, Cortana, running on desktop computers with early builds of the next Windows update. While Apple beat Microsoft to the free desktop software update game by a long shot, OS X 10.10 Yosemite is behind these early builds of Windows 10 in regards to featuring a voice assistant as Siri is currently limited to devices running iOS like the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
In the past, Microsoft has relied on the differences between Siri and Cortana to promote phones running their Windows Phone operating system (while the Surface has also been heavily compared to the MacBook and iPad), so expect to see this play out in future ads as well until Apple brings Siri to the Mac.
Microsoft also announced a new web browser aside from Internet Explorer dubbed Project Spartan with the company’s Cortana voice assistant baked in. Much like Safari, though, the Project Spartan browser introduces a queue for reading articles from the web including offline—aptly named Reading List.
Filed under: Tech Industry Tagged: Cortana, free, Mac, Microsoft, OS X, Project Spartan, Siri, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows Phone 8.1
Dropbox has announced through an email to users on older versions of OS X that it will soon be discontinuing support for computers running Leopard or other older versions of the operating system. Users still running anything older than OS X 10.6 will need to upgrade in order to continue using future versions of the Dropbox app.
Users who don’t upgrade will still be able to use the web-based Dropbox manager, but will be automatically signed out of the Mac app. From that point forward, they will not be able to login back into the Mac client until they are on a newer version of OS X.
The changes will go into effect on May 18th, so users still have plenty of time to upgrade their software (or hardware, if necessary). The full email is included below:
We noticed that you’re running the Dropbox desktop application (client) on an older operating system (OS X Tiger 10.4 or OS X Leopard 10.5). We’re writing to let you know that as of May 18th, Dropbox will no longer support these older versions of OS X.
Don’t worry — your files and photos aren’t going anywhere! But you’ll need to update your computer to OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later to access them through the Dropbox desktop app. Apple’s instructions on how to update your operating system can be found here.
If you don’t want to update your operating system, your files will still be available through the Dropbox website. However, on May 18th you’ll be signed out of your Dropbox account on your computer and the Dropbox desktop application will no longer be accessible.
We apologize for the inconvenience. For more information, please check out our Help Center.
– The Dropbox Team
Filed under: Apps Tagged: Dropbox, Leopard, Mac, OS X, Snow Leopard, tiger
Google is today rolling out Chrome 40 for iOS and with it introducing a redesigned UI, OS X Handoff support, and optimizations for iOS 8 and the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Google is giving the entire app for both iPhone and iPad an overhaul based on its new “Material Design” design language introduced with its latest Android release. That includes “bold graphics, fluid motion, and tactile surfaces,” according to Google, as pictured in the iPhone screenshots above.
Here’s a look at the redesigned app on iPad:
The updated app also gains support for Apple’s Handoff feature, which allows users to pick up where they left off in one app in another on OS X. The Chrome iOS app now supports “handoff from Chrome to your default browser on OS X,” allowing users to jump from Chrome on iOS to Safari or any other default browser on a Mac (pictured below):
Version 40 of Chrome for iOS also brings optimizations for iOS 8 and the larger screens of the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
The updated Chrome app for iPhone and iPad is rolling out to the App Store now.
What’s New in Version 40.0.2214.61
• New look with Material Design bringing bold graphics, fluid motion, and tactile surfaces
• iOS 8 optimizations and support for bigger phones
• Support handoff from Chrome to your default browser on OS X
• Stability improvements and bug fixes
Filed under: Apps Tagged: 40.0.2214.61, 6 Plus, App Store, Chrome 40, Google, Handoff, iOS, iOS 8, iPad, iPhone, iPhone 6, material design, OS X, update
Apple has released a new beta version of OS X 10.10.2 to developers through the App Store’s software update mechanism and the Mac Developer Center. The update, which has a build number of 14C99d (compared to 14C94b in the previous release) is not yet available to AppleSeed users.
The 10.10.2 update will include fixes for common Wi-Fi problems, issues with the built-in Mail app, VoiceOver, and more. With only one week passing between pre-release builds, it seems the patch is getting closer to completion, and could be expected for public release soon.
Filed under: Mac Tagged: 10.10.2, beta, OS X, pre-release