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Apple releases Mavericks update to remedy Gmail sync problems

Apple’s free OS update, Mavericks, has gone along fairly swimmingly — except for Gmail users who use the desktop Mail app for communications. But the bugs that caused improper syncing and general problems are now fixed, as TechCrunch reports that the Cupertino company’s latest patch will solve those woes. “Mail Update 1.0″ is a patch, released today, that improves syncing with Gmail and works better with custom mail settings, along with miscellaneous stability fixes for the OS itself. The patch itself is bare-bones, but will do the trick to remedy those atrocious email-related migraines.

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Apple releases OS X Mavericks today for free, Macbook Pros with lower price

The public will have the chance to get their hands on Apple’s latest Mac operating system, OS X 10.9 Mavericks, as Craig Federighi, Apple’s SVP of Software Engineering, announced during the company’s Tuesday event that the latest OS installment is available today at no cost to Mac owners.

Mavericks, announced in June at Apple’s WWDC event, deviates from the company’s traditional “Big Cat” nomenclature and takes more cues from iOS than previous OS iterations. The big features include a Notifications window, full Maps and iBooks integration, an updated Safari browser and tighter iCloud integration.

Mavericks will be available for free in the App Store. Apple’s iLife and iWork suites are also free, starting today.

Apple also brought markdowns to its Macbook Pro line. Phil Schiller, Apple’s SVP of Worldwide Marketing, announced that the new 13-inch Macbook Pro — with Intel CrystalWell technology, Retina Display and 4GB of RAM — will cost $200 cheaper at $1,299. It’s larger, 15-inch counterpart will fetch $1,999. Both models, as well as the new $999 and $1,099 Macbook Air, will ship today.

Then, Schiller trotted out the release date for the Mac Pro. The futuristic-looking device, which is jam-packed with dual workstation GPUs that can push up to 7 teraflops of power. The system will run for $2,999 and ship in December.

For more details, visit our live blog of the event.


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Report: Apple continues lead as top smartphone vendor in U.S. during April

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ComScore today reported its numbers for smartphone subscribers in the U.S. for the three month period ending in April with Apple experiencing the biggest gains in both categories. The main theme of the report is much the same as we heard in its January and February reports– Apple is up and gaining at the expense of Google and just about everyone else.

When it comes to market share by platform, comScore reports that Google continues its lead with 52.3% (down 0.3 percent since the January quarter), while Apple experienced a slight gain of 1.4 percentage points increasing from 37.8% to 39.2%. That’s compared to BlackBerry at just 5.1% (down from 5.9% last quarter) and 3.0% for Microsoft (down from 3.1%).

Apple also captured the biggest gain for smartphone subscribers by OEM, positioning itself as the No.1 smartphone vendor in the U.S. with 39.2% of the market compared to Samsung’s 22% during the three month period. Filling out the final three positions is HTC, Motorola, and LG:

138.5 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones (58 percent mobile market penetration) during the three months ending in April, up 7 percent since January. Apple ranked as the top OEM with 39.2 percent of U.S. smartphone subscribers (up 1.4 percentage points from January). Samsung ranked second with 22 percent market share (up 0.6 percentage points), followed by HTC with 8.9 percent, Motorola with 8.3 percent and LG with 6.7 percent.

Unlike some other reports that often includes shipments of devices, comScore tracks mobile phone usage through its MobiLens data surveys.


Apple to release OS X 10.9 with new power-user features, more from iOS later this year

OS X 10.9, which is internally codenamed “Cabernet,” will focus on various “power-user” enhancements and take core features from iOS, according to our sources. Unlike operating system updates such as OS X Leopard and OS X Lion, OS X 10.9 will likely not be an overhauled approach to how the operating system feels and functions.

The new operating system includes major enhancements to the Finder application such as tags and tabbed browsing modes. Those additions are notable as many pro-users have relied on third-party solutions and hacks to enable these features. Additionally, the new operating system will include a new Safari web browser with a redesigned backend for improved page loading, speed, and efficiency…

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Third-party TotalFinder tool

The ability to keep a different “Space” or full-screen app open on a different monitor (in multiple monitor setups) is another important power-user feature coming in 10.9. This feature was forecasted by Apple Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi last year.

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In October, reader Stephen Gilbert shared an email exchange with Mr. Federighi in which Gilbert complained about the lack of proper multi-monitor support in OS X Mountain Lion. The Apple executive said that Apple is “absolutely aware of [its] customers’ passion on this topic,” according to the email exchange.

According to our sources, OS X 10.9 will see some user-interface changes, but the changes will not be a drastic ones.

Last year, we reported that early builds of OS X 10.9 included Siri functionality. It is unclear if full Siri-support is still in the cards for OS X 10.9 or if the functionality will be glued to future hardware updates (for instance, iPhone 4 versus iPhone 4S). The shake-up at the top of Apple’s overall software group shifted around multiple iOS and OS X projects, so anything on the roadmap prior to this shakeup could have been altered, according to a person familiar with the situation.

OS X Mountain Lion added many app-based features from iOS, such as Messages, Notes/Reminders, Game Center, and AirPlay, but the additions in OS X 10.9 from iOS will focus more on system fundamentals. According to one source, Apple has been testing a new multi-tasking system for OS X that is similar to the quick-app-switcher function on iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. The multitasking feature will be functional for applications in the background, according to this person. Additionally, Apple could use app-pausing technologies from iOS to pause background application processes in OS X. This is significant as full performance could be given to foreground apps, which could help optimize battery life on Apple’s notebook computers. It is unclear if this feature will make the cut for 10.9′s public release.

Apple will also likely announce Xcode 5.0 later this year. Apple’s new version of its developer app suite is said to be redesigned and include improved application testing tools. Perhaps hinting at this is Apple’s own WWDC press release (emphasis ours):

Our developers have had the most prolific and profitable year ever, and we’re excited to show them the latest advances in software technologies and developer tools to help them create innovative new apps. We can’t wait to get new versions of iOS and OS X into their hands at WWDC.

Apple’s last two operating systems shipped in the summer, which suggests it is likely that 10.9 will also see a summer release. OS X 10.9 was originally scheduled to be previewed earlier this year, but Apple decided to introduce the operating system alongside iOS 7 at the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference. Recent rumors have indicated that Apple moved resources away from OS X 10.9 development in order to focus on iOS 7. This likely contributed to Apple moving back the next OS X’s debut.

As we previously noted, the operating system seems to have already been fairly widely distributed inside Apple, based on views to 9to5Mac with computers running OS X 10.9.

Top image created by Charmanderfan7 on DeviantArt.


Handy iOS version/device matrix chart [PDF]

The Loop points us to this iOS support matrix (Autumn 2012 edition) posted by app developer Empirical Magic. Definitely a useful resource for developers, the chart shows the number of devices running certain versions of iOS, and makes recommendations for dropping support in future updates.



Programmer Screw-Up In OS X 10.7.3 Means Your Password Might Be Exposed To Hackers

It hasn’t been a good year for Mac security so far, at least PR-wise, and it’s about to get a lot uglier: an Apple programmer forgot to turn off a debug switch in OS X 10.7.3′s security settings before the update was distributed to the public.

The result? If you’re running OS X 10.7.3, your login password might be stored in plain text on an unencrypted, easily accessed section of your hard drive.

The massive SNAFU was discovered by security researcher David Emery, who claims that all user login passwords are being stored in a system-wide debug log file in real text in some distributions of the latest Apple security update to Lion, OS X 10.7.3.

According to Emery, this is a serious issue, as this file and all the passwords contained within can be easily accessed by anyone with physical or remote access to your computer:

This is worse than it seems, since the log in question can also be read by booting the machine into firewire disk mode and reading it by opening the drive as a disk or by booting the new-with-LION recovery partition and using the available superuser shell to mount the main file system partition and read the file. This would allow someone to break into encrypted partitions on machines they did not have any idea of any login passwords for.

Worse, it affects Time Machine backups on external drives, and even computers using Filevailt aren’t safe from having hackers access the log file.

According to Emery, the best way to protect yourself until Apple patches this whole is to use Filevault 2′s whole disk encryption, as well as requiring a firmware password to prevent would be hackers from gaining access to the disk by booting the computer in FireWire Disk Mode.

It seems unlikely that Apple won’t rush a fix to this issue out in the coming days, but in the aftermath of Flashback, a stupid screw-up like this is ill-timed. Consumers are already starting to worry that Macs might not be as secure as they have traditionally thought. Apple doesn’t need to help that argument out by forgetting to re-secure user’s systems before they send out the latest OS X update.

Source: Cryptome
Via: ZDNet




StyleTap iOS Wrapper SDK lets you submit Palm OS apps to Apple

Last year StyleTap launched their Palm OS emulator platform for iPhone, but for obvious reasons it wasn’t made available through the App Store and instead limited to jailbroken devices. To circumvent Apple’s App Store guidelines, over the past year StyleTap has developed and now launched the ‘StyleTap iOS Wrapper SDK‘, allowing Palm OS devs to wrap their apps in an iPhone app that’s ready to submit to Apple. Here’s how it works:

StyleTap Platform for iPhone® cannot currently be purchased through the Apple App Store because it provides capabilities (e.g.the ability to download other Palm applications) that are restricted by Apple. The StyleTap iOS Wrapper SDK allows you as a Palm application developer to create an iPhone (iOS) application that “wraps” a Palm application inside StyleTap Platform for iPhone in a way that removes all of the restricted capabilities. You can then submit the resulting iPhone application to be included in the Apple App Store.

StyleTap will provide devs with the StyleTap Platform designed for non-jailbroken iPhones through a template Xcode project that also includes instructions on configuring apps for submission to Apple. After devs throw their .prc and .pdb Palm application and license info into the StyleTap Platform setup, they will then have to build an iOS app. Of course devs will still have to be part of Apple’s Developer Program and StyleTap isn’t guaranteeing Apple will accept submitted apps. Also noteworthy is the fact that this enables organizations to deploy Palm apps to non-jailbroken iOS devices, and those apps don’t require submission to Apple.

No word on pricing for licenses, as the new iOS Wrapper SDK just launched and the company is taking it on a customer by customer basis. You can learn more and contact them here.