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June 24, 2011

Want Mac OS X Lion? You’re Going to Need This Snow Leopard Update

Yawn, another OS X Snow Leopard .x update. But hold that eye roll, this one's different: Apple's final Snow Leopard patch is a must-download if you intend to cage Apple's latest cat, OS X Lion, due to next month. According to Apple's release notes, 10.6.8 some last-minute Lion prep beyond the usual fixes.

Here is Apple's "full" list of changes:

What's included?

  • Enhancements to the Mac App Store to get your Mac ready to upgrade to Mac OS X Lion.
  • Resolves an issue that may cause Preview to unexpectedly quit.
  • Improves support for IPv6 Internet addresses.
  • Improves VPN reliability.
  • Identifes and removes known variants of MacDefender malware.
  • Corrects timezone data in iCal for Lisbon-Portugal.
  • Adds the ability to use Kerberos authentication to a Web proxy server.
  • Fixes an issue when saving documents from Xcode or TextEdit when using an NFS home directory.
  • Fixes an issue when importing certain media files into Final Cut Pro.
  • Includes RAW image compatibility for additional digital cameras.

November 11, 2010

Apple Releases OS 10.6.5 Update

Apple has just released OS X 10.6.5 for Mac computers. This latest update for Snow Leopard includes a wealth of security updates.

Here's a list of what's new in OS X 10.6.5:

  • improve reliability with Microsoft Exchange servers
  • address performance of some image-processing operations in iPhoto and Aperture
  • address stability and performance of graphics applications and games
  • resolve a delay between print jobs
  • address a printing issue for some HP printers connected to an AirPort Extreme
  • resolve an issue when dragging contacts from Address Book to iCal
  • address an issue where dragging an item from a stack causes the Dock to not automatically hide
  • resolve an issue with Wikipedia information not displaying correctly in Dictionary
  • improve performance of MainStage on certain Mac systems
  • resolve spacing issues with OpenType fonts
  • improve reliability with some Bluetooth braille displays
  • resolve a VoiceOver issue when browsing some web sites with Safari 5

You can download OS X 10.6.5 from the Software Update menu in OS X or download it directly here.

October 12, 2009

Major Snow Leopard Bug & T-Mobile Sidekick Outage

A major bug has been found in Apple's latest Snow Leopard operating system in computers that have been upgraded from Leopard to Snow Leopard. When a user either intentionally or accidentally logs into the "Guest" account, Snow Leopard deletes all of the data stored under any user profiles on the computer so all of your data will be gone when you sign back into your regular account. Your user name and directory still exists, but all data located in your user directory is permanently erased. Apple has yet to release a fix for this problem, so until then, don't log into the "Guest" account and disable it via the System Preferences panel.

T-Mobile has issued a statement regarding the loss of data for users of any T-Mobile Sidekick or Microsoft Danger, saying "we must now inform you that personal information stored on your device - such as contacts, calendar entries, to-do lists or photos - that is no longer on your Sidekick almost certainly has been lost as a result of a server failure at Microsoft/Danger." The issue apparently came from an issue with a SAN (Storage Area Network) on Microsoft's end and they didn't have any backups of the data on their servers. There is also a report on Gizmodo that T-Mobile is letting Sidekick users cancel their contracts early and get discounted pricing on a new phone.

August 26, 2009

Snow Leopard Antimalware, Adobe Not Supporting 10.6 & Microsoft Ad Mess

Screenshots from Apple's upcoming Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) show an antimalware feature built into the software. Apple's posted screenshots show a security feature detecting a Trojan in a file downloaded from the Internet in Safari. The new operating system from Apple will be released this Friday.

August 24, 2009

Snow Leopard Out Early, Windows 7 Upgrade/Family Pack in the EU & The Pirate Bay Shut Down

As reported a few days ago via rumors, Apple will be released Snow Leopard on August 28th, which is earlier than the previous date of "September". The online Apple Store is currently accepting preorders for the new 10.6 version of OS X. Apple is offering the upgrade version from Leopard to Snow Leopard for $29 per copy with free shipping.

August 13, 2009

Office for Mac 2010, Dell Netbook for Kids & OS X 10.6 Finalized

Microsoft's Mac Business Unit today made some announcements regarding its Office for Mac suite. Starting in September, the current version of Office for Mac, Office 2008, will be sold in only two SKUs: Home & Student and Business Editions. The next version of the suite was also announced as being Office for Mac 2010.