Apple continues the weekly update of the beta builds of the next version of Mountain Lion, OS X 10.8.4. The 7th consecutive beta in as many weeks is Build 12E52 and is available to those in the Developer Network via a download on the site or via the App Store for registered Macs.
As has been the case with previous beta builds of 10.8.4, developers are asked to focus on wireless connectivity, graphics drivers and Safari in their testing. This is the fourth beta after code was discovered pointing to 802.11ac development for
Mac, hinting at a refresh of the platform possibly as early as WWDC.
If you are not a member of the Apple Developer Network, joining is $100 per year for Mac development and an additional $100 per year for iOS development.
There is no word on when 10.8.4 will be released to the general public but it is clear that Apple, like 10.8.3 before it, want to have plenty of beta cycles under their belt before releasing it. 10.8.3 had a total of 13 betas before it was released.
For more information, check out the Developer Network site.
Apple has released a minor update to their movie editing app iMovie for Mac to address some issues and to improve some functionality. The new version, 9.0.9 for those keeping score at home, addresses an issue where the app would not recognise a video camera connected to your Mac. The release notes do not cover any specific video cameras impacted so it is safe to assume that for a “bug fix” release it was likely several different makes and models.
For iMovie iOS users there is an update in this release for you. The import process from your iPad or iPhone to iMovie on your Mac has been improved with better compatibility between the two platforms. This is good news for those who want to edit on-the-go on your iPhone then do final edits on your Mac.
The release notes also have the usual “stability improvements” which are usually smaller, less impacting issues with the app.
The update is free in the Mac App Store and is available for download now. For those who have not purchased iMovie, the update is included in the latest version you can purchase which is also in the Mac App Store for $14.99. iMovie for iOS is $9.99 and available in the iTunes App Store.
For the 4th consecutive week, Apple has released a new beta of the upcoming OS X 10.8.4 version of Mountain Lion to developers. The latest update is build 12E36 and is available now to developers through the Apple Developer network as both a full release and a delta (if you are upgrading from a previous beta) release.
As with the previous beta, the release notes on this version of 10.8.4 are focusing on the same key areas of Wireless,
Graphics and Safari with nothing explicitly stated in the release notes as to what is being addressed.
As always, there is no timeline for when 10.8.4 will be released to the public but if the previous version, 10.8.3 is any indication, it could be some time from now. That version of OS X went through 13 beta cycles over a 5 month period. That said, 10.8.4 has had 4 in a month so perhaps it will be sooner rather than later.
As always, you can get more information on the Apple Developer network at this link and thanks to our anonymous friend for the details!
Apple has notified developers in the Apple Developer Network of the latest beta for OS X 10.8.4 today. The new build is known as Build 12E33A and is the 3rd beta of the latest version of Mountain Lion. This new build comes a week after the previous beta was released which is keeping in line with Apple’s one beta a week release cycle.
Like the previous two builds, the release notes on this beta for OS X 10.8.4 do not shed much light on what exactly is being worked on in Cupertino. The standard notes to developers to focus on WiFi, Graphics Drivers and Safari remain but
little other detail about the build is known. Reports have suggested that the betas are very solid with few issues which could lead to a quick public release but that is also unclear.
The updated beta for OS X 10.8.4 comes at the same time rumours continue to suggest OS X 10.9 is being delayed for an all-hands effort to get iOS 7 out the doors. That could mean that the work in this beta is more important than it would have been just a few weeks ago.
To get the latest beta you will need to be a part of the Apple Developer network which is $100 per year to join. More information can be found on it here.
Thanks to our developer friends who sent us the information here at AlliOSNews.
Apple has released two important updates for Safari and Java respectively. The updates, which are available via Software Update, bring a new site-by-site Java support along with other security updates.
The Safari update brings the version up to 6.0.4 and allows you to select on a site-by-site basis to enable, disable or partially allow the Java plug-in access. This is something that many have wanted, me included, given the security challenges of Java but the need for it on particular sites. In my case, disabling Java completely was never an option as I
have to have it on some of the sites for my day job. Now Safari has an option on the Preferences>Security tab that allows you to manage Java on a per-site basis.
For those who are running Snow Leopard, the Safari update takes you to version 5.1.9
Along with the Safari update, Apple has released a Java update along side. This update, Java for OS X 2013-003 (Mountain Lion) and Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 15, brings the supported Apple version of Java to the latest version of Java 6 which was released on Tuesday by Oracle.
Both of these updates are available via the Software Update function in OS X and both are free to download. The Safari update is approximately 47MB in size while the Java update weighs in at 67MB.
Coming less than a week after the first beta was released, Apple has released the 2nd beta for OS X 10.8.4 to the developer community today. Build 12E30 was seeded to developers with the same sparse release notes that came in the first beta.
OS X 10.8.4 is to be the next version of Mountain Lion released but when that public release will happen is unclear. Apple generally does not give timelines on dot updates as it varies with each beta cycle. If you remember, 10.8.3 had some 13 beta build before it became generally available. With the rumours that 10.9 is being pushed back so iOS 7 can be sped up, it is likely this release will gain a bit in importance.
As with the previous beta, the focus areas remain wireless, graphics drivers and Game Center.
The beta is now available for Developers
I am a big fan of Instagram, the photo sharing meets social networking app and service. I use it constantly and it has become the way I share photos on Twitter and Facebook. Viewing my Instagram feed however from my Mac has been a bit of a pain as I have to navigate to the not-so-intuitive Instagram website. Fortunately that has changed thanks to Instalicious. Instalicious is a Mac app that allows you to see your Instagram feed, comment and like photos of those you follow or find, search Instagram and see what is popular throughout the service’s millions of users. It is a simple,
lightweight app but effective and one I have been using daily since its released last week.
Instalicious installs on your Mac running OS X 10.7 (Snow Leopard) or later and consumes a small 1.5MB of hard disk space on your Mac. Once installed you provide the app with your Instagram credentials to give it access to your account. Then the simple UI populates with your Instagram feed where you can immediately begin interacting with it. If the UI for Instalicious looks familiar, it should. The app is developed by Said M Marouf, the developer behind the popular Twitter app Osfoora. It is not hard to see the similarities in the UI design of the app but even the subtile, easy-to-use features of the app show in this latest app from Marouf.
The User Interface of Instalicious is intuitive with your Instagram feed dominating the display with a simple, five feature menu on the right side of the UI. As you look at your feed you can scroll up and down to view photos while hovering your mouse pointer over an image will show you the description of the photo from the poster on Instagram. Above each photo you will see a speech bubble icon which is where you can click to add a comment to a photo. There you will also find the heart icon that you can single click to show that Instagram user that you like their photo.
If you have Java running on your Mac, you need to stop reading this post and immediately go disable it. I’ll wait. The latest update for Java 7 has a serious security flaw in it. In fact it is so serious, the US Department of Homeland Security has issued a bulletin recommending that it be completely disabled for Macs and PCs.
ZDNet posted a quote from CERT (Computer Emergency Readiness Team), which is part of the DHS, where they stated
“We are currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem,” said the DHS’ Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) in a post on its Web site on Thursday evening. “This vulnerability is being attacked in the wild, and is reported to be incorporated into exploit kits. Exploit code for this vulnerability is also publicly available.”
The exploit is significant: It could potentially turn your Mac into a bot or could expose personal information to thieves for Identity Theft. At the very least users should disable the Java plug-in in Safari or, do what I’ve done, which is uninstall Java completely from your Mac.
To disable Java in Safari, open Safari then go to Preferences and tap the Security Tab. Remove the checkboxes in the Java
related items This will disable Java in Safari but will keep Java on your Mac should you need it for some other reason. Note that some sites are highly dependent on Java and they may not render correctly or at all.
If you want to uninstall Java completely from your Mac, open up Finder then search for JavaAppletPlugin.plugin. Once you find it, move it to
the Trash and that will uninstall it from your Mac.
To this point there is no known fix for this issue and literally hundreds of millions of Windows PCs, Macs and other devices are at risk.
It is not uncommon for a government agency to issue warnings about security issues with software but it is rare they recommend disabling software. Clearly the DHS feels this one is worthy of people paying attention to and eliminating from their computers.
There has been no word from Oracle, the makers of Java, on when a fix for this latest security issue will be issued. With as high profile as this particular flaw is in Java, hopefully they will make it sooner rather than later.
If you have followed AlliOSNews on Twitter for any amount of time you know that I’m a huge F1 fan. I’ve been watching F1 since 1996 and the 2012 season that just concluded was one of the best ever in my not-so-humble opinion. Until now, if I wanted to play a F1 racing simulator I had to have a PC, PS3 or Xbox. No longer! Feral Interactive has released F1 2012, the CodeMasters epic racing simulator for Mac OS X and it is simply stunning. The graphics and car control that are in F1 2012 are amazing and even if you are not a big F1 fan, F1 2012 will please any racing simulator fan.
F1 2012 takes you through a variety of game play modes. You can play a quick race, a career mode or run through a set of pre-defined challenges to prove and challenge your race craft. When in career mode you start out with your Young
Drivers tests to prove you are worthy of a F1 seat and progress through your career from there.
F1 2012 was only released 10 days ago so I’m still working my way through it to do a full review. To this point however, it is one of the best simulators I’ve ever played. F1 2012 for Mac beats the Xbox version in game quality and fine details of control.
The game is $49.99 and available in the Mac App Store. Be sure to read the details around the supported video cards prior to purchase. Here are the specific hardware requirements:
- Minimum System Requirements: Processor: 2.0GHz, RAM: 4GB, Graphics: 512MB, Free Space: 12GB.
- The following graphics cards are not supported: ATI X1xxx series, ATI HD2xxx series, NVIDIA 9400, NVIDIA 7xxx series, NVIDIA 8xxx series, NVIDIA 320M, Intel HD3000 and Intel GMA series.
- HD 4000 graphics cards are supported but for the best performance we recommend that you have at least 8GB of system RAM.
You can find out more about the game on the F1 2012 mini-site at feralinteractive.com/f12012
To give everyone a point of reference, I’m playing F1 2012 on my 2012 MacBook Pro 13″ which is a 2.9GHz i7, 8GB of RAM and an Intel HD 4000 Graphics card and have perfect frame rates without sacrificing image quality.
Security should always be a priority when it comes to your Mac. In the past Mac owners have felt naturally safer because there wasn’t that many Macs out in the wild and quite frankly, thieves didn’t have much interest in them. Today is a different game with Macs becoming a mainstream part of the consumer and corporate landscape and thieves specifically targeting Macs, iPhones and iPads. In this How To I’m going to show you how to make your Mac more secure by requiring a password and displaying a Lock Screen message when your Mac is locked or booted up.
To start, go to System Preferences on your Mac and open up the Security & Privacy. Once it is open you will see several items which you can adjust to make your Mac more secure. First is the Require Password. You can set this up to require a password to access your Mac immediately, after a few seconds or up to 4 hours. I recommend setting this very low – 5 seconds to 1 minute – to lower the risk of a quick snatch of your Mac and someone gaining access to your data as they literally walk away with it. Whatever time you have this set up, it will go into effect when your display is turned off (part of the power settings), your screensaver starts, or you boot up/log into your account.
The next thing to do is setup a Lock Message. You’ll see below the Require Password setting a button Lock Message – click it to open up the Lock Message editor. What you put in here is entirely up to you. You can put something like your name, a contact phone number and if you will be rewarding anyone with the return of your Mac. I would discourage you from putting anything derogatory in the Lock Message on the outside chance that you may actually get it returned to you. Once you have composed the message that you like, it will immediately go into effect based on how long the Required Password timer is set.
Now that you have your Lock Message set and your Required Password timer, your Mac is that much more secure. While you are on the Security & Privacy settings, you can also Disable automatic logins by checking the box to do so which will require anyone who boots up your Mac to enter a password. Below that you can set up where apps can be downloaded from on your Mac – from the App Store only or anywhere. This is part of the Gatekeeper functionality built into Mountain Lion.
From this point forward, when you log in or when your screen is disabled as part of the Power settings you will see your Lock Message.
There is another great use for the Lock Message aside from the security implications I’ve outlined here. I work in a corporate environment where when I show up at a meeting in a large conference room, a full 75% of the room is usually full of MacBook Pros – the exact same 13″ model as mine. It is our corporate issued unit so naturally there are a lot of them around. How do you tell yours from others when you walk out of the room to get lunch for that working lunch meeting? With Lock Message you can make sure that when you return you actually return to your MacBook. Oh, and back to security – this also prevents co-workers with prying eyes from getting into your Mac.
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