While Twitter is a great tool for keeping up with breaking news, product updates and celebrity chatter, the more people you add, the more “noise” that you wind up trying to filter through to get to the stuff you want. Enter Hibari, the new Mac client for Twitter that lets you easily keep your tweet stream clutter-free.
Every Mac OS X update we get a new cat--cheetah, puma, jaguar, tiger, panther, leopard, and now snow leopard. Most of us take these cats for granted, not thinking about the photographic skill that goes into capturing them. Well, National Geographic sheds some light on capturing the elusive snow leopard in their picture show for today.
As part of their continuing effort to refine, streamline and generally tweak the venerable OS X operating system, Apple has seeded an OS update labeled Snow Leopard Graphics Update to developers. While the update's general release notes state that the package addresses the reliability of graphics and games--issues that a broad spectrum of Mac users can certainly be excited about--the update also tackles other fine points in the OS, including VRAM utilization and hot-plugging.
Developer news is always so exciting because it gives us something to look forward to. MacRumors has received word that Apple is preparing to seed certain developers with ultra-secret special builds of Mac OS X10.6.5, the fifth maintenance release for Snow Leopard. The release is now ready for third-party developers to delve into and tinker with themselves.
Since the early days of the Mac OS, most users have avoided the Services menu, largely because of what used to be found there: a bewildering, ever-growing mess of options, submenus, and shortcuts. But with Snow Leopard, the Services menu got a major revamp, making it contextual to the application you’re using, as well as configurable. Once you know how to take advantage of its useful actions, you’ll save yourself lots of time.
With all of the news flying back and forth about Apple’s various iDevices, it’s refreshing to discover that utilities for Mac OS X haven’t gotten lost in the shuffle. One such disk maintenance utility, the open-source AppleJack, has finally been updated to work with Snow Leopard.
That's just like Apple to look out for its users. Researches at an IT security and data protection firm called Sophos are claiming that this week's major Snow Leopard update also beefed up the operating system's internal malware protection.
The alleged anti-malware update includes protection against the OSX/Pinhead-B Trojan (referred to as HellRTS by Apple), which is a backdoor Trojan that can allow remote hackers to gain control over Macs and steal important information--or, simply spy on all those website you're browsing.
Well, this should come as no surprise to veteran viewers of the continuing Apple versus Adobe slap-fight, but Apple has omitted the latest version of Flash in their 10.6.4 Snow Leopard update.
According to Macnn, Tuesday's 10.6.4 update included Flash Player 10.0.45.2--a version of Flash Player that has been available since February. Version 10.1 of Flash Player was made available last week and boasts a number of security fixes and interface tweaks.
Apple has just release its latest software update for the Snow Leopard operating systems with fixes that will squash bugs related to the Mac keyboard and trackpad becoming unresponsive, as well as a glitch that keeps Adobe's Creative Suite 3 from opening. Safari 5 is also included in this 315MB update and it's available now.
The following glitches have also been fixed:
- issues with copying, renaming and deleting files on SMB file servers - more reliable VPN connections - playback issues in DVD player with the Good Quality setting - issues with editing photos using iPhone or Aperture in full screen mode - compatibility with braille displays
On my iMac at home, I use the Cisco VPN Client to remotely connect to my office’s server. But when I upgraded to Snow Leopard, my Cisco VPN Client stopped working. In fact, it won’t even launch anymore! I went to Cisco’s website to see if there was a new version to download, but they haven’t updated their VPN Client since February 2009. Are they planning on ever supporting Snow Leopard?