Occasionally, users may find that after installing the latest version of iTunes on their Mac an error message appears reporting that the copy of iTunes is unusable and must be reinstalled. Resolving the issue requires removing all iTunes components from your machine and reinstalling a fresh download. Read on to see how.… Read more
Apple released a software update for owners of the new 27-inch LED Cinema Displays. The update includes modifications to two OS X system preference panes, which enable brightness and audio features on the new displays.
This update requires OS X 10.6.4 to install. It is also relatively large for a standard display update (75MB download, with around 250MB of replaced system components), but upon looking at the install package, the update not only replaces the specified system preference panes, but also includes new releases of graphics drivers, frameworks, and other video and audio components to update compatibility with … Read more
The new version Adobe Flash Player addresses recently uncovered critical vulnerability in the software that could result in a crash and allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.
The bug was present in Adobe Flash Player for all supported platforms in the versions before 10.1.82.76 (version 10.1.92.10 for Android), and has also been found in Adobe Reader and Acrobat versions 9.3.4 and earlier on the Mac.
If you have version 10.1.82.76 or earlier installed, Adobe recommends you update to the latest player (currently 10.1.85.… Read more
When Buffalo released a number of USB 3.0 products a about a year ago, there was some confusion over whether or not the included USB 3.0 PCI-express card would work in Macs. If so this would have brought USB 3.0 connectivity to OS X far sooner than expected.
Unfortunately the card supplied by Buffalo did not work in OS X, though users could boot to Windows installations in Boot Camp to utilize the hardware for USB 3.0 performance.
A couple of weeks ago electronics developer CalDigit made a similar announcement, releasing a new AV Drive with … Read more
Sometimes people may find their hard-drive space being progressively used up, and there are many reasons why this could happen; however, though people will generally look in their documents, movies, music, and other standard home directory folders to find large files, they may not touch the Library folder.
What is the user Library?The Library folder is a location for applications and system processes to store settings and shared resources. For instance, you can put a Web plug-in in the "Internet Plug-Ins" folder and it will be used by any Web browser. There is no need to have … Read more
Our utilities update report is a list of updates for Mac utilities that have been released in the past week. Though a utility can be any tool that helps you perform a routine task (including image manipulation and synchronization), our focus in this column is to bring you those tools that help in troubleshooting Mac hardware and software problems.
Maintenance The maintenance utilities updated this week are Cocktail, CleanMyMac, OnyX, and MacPilot. Cocktail is a $14.95 utility with a free 10-launch trial that runs a number of cache-cleaning and maintenance routines for use when unknown errors with temporary files … Read more
Apple has released a security update (Security Update 2010-006) for OS X 10.6.4 Snow Leopard, which addresses a problem uncovered in the OS where a remote attacker could use a known username to access files in shared folders.
This patch is specific for the Snow Leopard client and server releases and should be installed if you have file sharing enabled. By default the file-sharing services in OS X are not enabled, so there is no immediate threat if you are not using this feature; however, many users do enable this option, especially on server systems.
The update should … Read more
CNET TV's Brian Tong takes a look at the latest in Apple news, rumors, and tips. This week, Brian checks out iPad rumors, the App of the week, and a bizarre story about Steve Jobs sneaking ninja stars onto his plane. Brian also gives us a sneak peak at iOS 4.2 beta for developers, including multitasking, AirPrint, Game Center, folders, and AirPlay.
One of Mail's ongoing problems has been the lack of the "New Mail" sound being played when new messages arrive. There have been numerous fixes that have surfaced for tackling this problem, and while they will work for some people, the root of the silent New Mail sound problem has not yet been pinpointed so the fixes do not necessarily help everyone.
My recommended approach for this problem is to create an alternative to using the built-in notification for new mail by setting up a rule to play sounds when messages arrive. Other options are to use … Read more
Sometimes when troubleshooting problems with a user account, the easiest solution is to create a new account and migrate your data over to it, instead of finding the roots of the problem (of which there might be many) and fixing them. The problem with migrating to a new account is OS X by default is set up to prevent access to documents in other accounts, so when you go to your previous home folder, you are blocked from viewing the files.
Additionally, while you can change the permissions for files and copy them to your new account, there may be … Read more