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Apple Release Java Update After Yesterdays Hacking Shenanigans

If you missed all the fun yesterday, Apple had several employees hacked yesterday.  The exploit made its way into the Cupertino Macs via, wait for it, Java.  Yes that programming language applet that we all hate but seemingly cannot divorce (as a colleague of mine said, “a bugger you can’t flick”) has become THE gateway for malware into Macs.  It would seem that Apple themselves are not immune.

Not sitting back on this one, Apple has release a Java update today to fix this and other improvements.  Here is the summary from the Apple Support Page

This release updates the Apple-provided system Java SE 6 to version 1.6.0_41 and is for OS X versions 10.7 or later.

 

 

This update uninstalls the Apple-provided Java applet plug-in from all web browsers. To use applets on a webpage, click on the region labeled “Missing plug-in” to go download the latest version of the Java applet plug-in from Oracle.

 

 

This update also removes the Java Preferences application, which is no longer required to configure applet settings.

Mac users are recommended to install this update immediately as it is available now in the Mac App Store under Updates.  Even if you do not normally use Java you should install this update.  This release supersedes any previous updates.

To get the update, open up the App Store on your Mac and go to the Updates tab.

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Apple Seeds Another OS X 10.8.3 Beta to Developers

Yesterday Apple seeded another build of OS X 10.8.3 to developers according to our anonymous developer contact.  The latests update to Mountain Lion has now had ten beta build released to developers, making it one of the most tested releases to date from Cupertino.  The 12D65 build comes a week after 12D61 with no mention of any known bugs or issues that caused the need for another beta build.

As we’ve reported earlier, the main focus areas of OS X 10.8.3 are AirPlay, AirPort, Game Center, Graphics Drivers and Safari

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OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.3 12D65 Seeding

. Interestingly, some sites are reporting that the well publicised file:/// bug is now fixed in this latest update – which could very well be the reason for it but that is not confirmed.

There is still no indication of when OS X 10.8.3 will be released to the general public but it feels like an impending event now.  With this release being so thoroughly tested, Apple surely has confidence that it is ready for Prime Time.  The timing of course will also be interesting as it related to the next release of OS X.  Many Apple sites are seeing traffic from OS X 10.9 including us here at AlliOSNews.  That means that testing of whatever the next big cat release is has begun.

Remember that when OS X 10.8.3 is released you can go to the App Store on Mountain Lion and it be there waiting for you.  We of course will keep you updated as soon as we see the release go public.

If you want to get the beta you must be a part of the Apple Developer Network.  You can click here to get more information on joining the $100 per annum program.

Thanks to our anonymous developer friend for the insights!

 

 

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Mountain Lion 10.8.3 Beta Updated Again for Developers

Just a week after the release of the last build, Apple has released another beta build of OS X Mountain Lion to developers.  The latest 10.8.3 build is 12D58 and came exactly 7 days after the 12D54 build was seeded to developers.  Overall this is the third week in a row that a new build of the latest edition of Mountain Lion has been sent to the developer community.  There are two ways to read this:  Apple is either very close to releasing it to the general public or they found a bug that needs addressing.

The build reminds developers to focus on the same focus areas of the past including Safari, AirPlay, AirPort, Game Center and Graphic Drivers in this build of Mountain Lion.  There is no known issue with any of these areas or the previous beta build noted in the release notes further fuelling the soon-to-be-released notion.  In the previous build it was noted by 9to5 Mac that there were significant changes to the wireless capabilities of the OS – although they were not specifically mentioned in the release notes – but no such thoughts are around this build.

The timing of the release of this latest update to Mountain Lion could be interesting.  On February 6, 2012 Apple surprised the world with the announcement of Mountain Lion, an OS X update nobody seem to have seen coming (proves they can keep a secret inside Cupertino!).  The question will be how soon after this update will we see announcements around the next big cat release, 10.9?  It could be a matter of weeks if last year is any indication.

If you are a registered developer you can download the update now via the App Store (if you have the Seed Configuration Utility in place) or directly from the website.  To join the Developer network, go to http://developer.apple.com for details.  On the site you will find details about joining the OS X Developer Network as well as the iOS and Safari networks.

 

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Mountain Lion 10.8.3 Beta Updated for Developers

Mountain Lion 10.8.3 Beta has been updated for developers.  The new 12D54 build was released on Wednesday of this week to registered Apple Developers with the focus continuing to be on AirPlay, AirPort, Graphics Drivers, Safari and Game Center.  Not specific changes are mentioned in the release notes nor are there any known issues in the release notes.

9to5 Mac is reporting that the build contains significant updates to the Wireless Networking abilities of Mountain Lion

This update comes just a little over a week from the previous update to Mountain Lion and most are fully expecting the update to go public very shortly.  When, of course, only Apple knows.  This update also represents the 7th beta in the

Mountain Lion OX 10.8.3 12D54 Seed Notice

Mountain Lion OX 10.8.3 12D54 Seed Notice

10.8.3 train so plenty of testing has been done on it to now, further fuelling the impending release to the public.

The timing of the release of this latest update to Mountain Lion could be interesting.  On February 6, 2012 Apple surprised the world with the announcement of Mountain Lion, an OS X update nobody seem to have seen coming (proves they can keep a secret inside Cupertino!).  The question will be how soon after this update will we see announcements around the next big cat release, 10.9?  It could be a matter of weeks if last year is any indication.

If you are a registered developer you can download the update now via the App Store (if you have the Seed Configuration Utility in place) or directly from the website.  To join the Developer network, go to http://developer.apple.com for details.  On the site you will find details about joining the OS X Developer Network as well as the iOS and Safari networks.

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How To add a Shared List to Reminders in Mountain Lion

Whether it is a “Honey Do” list or a grocery list, couples always need to share tasks and lists with each other.  Fortunately for couples on Macs and/or iOS devices, doing so is quick and easy with the Reminders app.  The Reminders app is built into OS X Mountain Lion as well as iOS 5/6 for iPhone and iPad.  Through iCloud, any list you create is replicated to all of your devices and when you create a shared list, it is sent to those which you have designated to share the list with on their devices.

In this How To I show you how to create a list in Reminders in OS X then how to share it with others.

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Apple releases OS X 10.8.3 Beta 3 to developers

Apple has quietly released the 3rd beta for the next release of OS X for Mac today.  The new build for OS X 10.8.3 is build 12D43 and is available for developers at the Apple Developer site.  The release does not have any noted issues which tends to indicate that Apple is getting close to a final release of the new dot-release.

The main focus areas of this release remain AirPlay, AirPort, Game Center, Safari and Graphic Drivers.

No official release date has been provided for OS X 10.8.3 and given that the iTunes Connect shuts down on Friday for the holidays, I do not think we will see it until after the new year.

For information on how to join the Apple Developer program, visit this link.

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Apple releases Thunderbolt Firmware Update 1.1 for 2012 Macs

Apple has released the Thunderbolt Firmware Update 1.1 pack for 2012 Macs today.  The update addresses a problem with some Thunderbolt cables that would not allow some bus-powered devices to work properly on the mid-2012 Macs equipped with Thunderbolt ports.

The update does require a reboot of your Mac so be aware before you start the process.

If you have a mid-2012 Mac you should get this update and install it even if you are not using Thunderbolt at this point.

The update is available in the Updates section of the Mac App Store app on your Mac or you may have received a notification for it in the Notification Centre if you have that functionality enabled.

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Apple releases OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.3 Beta to developers

Apple has seeded a new beta for members of their developer network today.  The OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.3 seed is now available for download, quickly behind the release of 10.8.2 just a few weeks ago.

The release notes for the build a rather sparse but there are four areas of focus for this build:

  • AirPort
  • AirPlay
  • GameCenter
  • Graphics Drivers
Download is available today.  For the general public, no timeline is set for release at this time.

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Apple releases OS X 10.8.2 Supplemental Update to address Keychain issues

Apple has released a Supplemental Update to the OS X 10.8.2 update that was released a few weeks ago.  This update is aimed at 2012 Mac owners and is available in Software Update now (if your device is eligible).

The update addresses an issue with Keychain on the 2012 models that some users were reporting.  Keychain is the

OS X 10.8.2 Supplemental Update 2.0

OS X 10.8.2 Supplemental Update 2.0

database that stores your saved logins and passwords.  This update aims to address those issues.

The update is 27MB and if you have a 2012 Mac of any type you should update if it is available to you.

To check if the update is available, go to the Apple menu then go to Software Update… and the Mac App Store will launch and check for updates.

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