Apple releases Mac Security Update to fight MacDefender

If you checked your Software Update today you will notice that Apple has released a new security update Mac Security Update 2011-003 for immediate download and installation. The update comes after the previous weeks and the issues that Mac Users are having with the Mac Defender malware.

According to KB article HT4657, the update provides a File Quarantine definition for the OSX.MacDefender.A malware and Mac OS X 10.6.7 will now automatically update the definitions on a daily basis.

The update will also search for and remove MacDefender and its known variants.

OS X Lion to be installed through the Mac App Store

Next time you install OS X? You’ll be slurping it down through the Mac App Store, not loading it up through an optical disc like some sort of caveman.

In the latest build of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion seeded by Apple, one notable change is this:

Enhances the Mac App Store to get ready for Lion

The release notes all but confirm that Apple will be pushing the Mac App Store as the primary upgrade mechanism for Mac users. This really can’t come as a big surprise since all the developers have been downloading the Lion beta through the Mac App Store.

Safari 5.0.5 and Security Update 2011-002 now in Software Update

Today has been a busy day for Apple updates,  Mac OS X users can now download Safari 5.0.5 and Security Update 2011-002.

Details on these updates are not yet on Apple’s security page, but they should be showing up shortly. Please note that both the security update and Safari update require a reboot.

Latest Lion build reveals iCal, iChat redesign


The latest Lion Developer Preview released yesterday features some cool new redesigns of a few of Mac OS X’s built-in apps. First up is a completely redesigned iCal. The new iCal now closely resembles the Calendar app you find on the iPad. It sports a leather header, complete with strips of torn away calendars. The overall look and feel of the new iCal, like its iPad counterpart, now closely resembles a physical desktop calender.

Another redesign, though less noticeable than the new iCal UI, is an updated iChat UI which combines AIM, Jabber, and Bonjour contacts together in one window. This is a welcome tweak, as previously iChat separated all your different contacts into separate windows.

With the above changes, and the fact that Address Book in OS X Lion already got a similar overhaul so it closely matches the Address Book app on the iPad, I wouldn’t think it’s too much to hope that GameCenter for the Mac App Store and iBooks for OS X is too far off.

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Developer Preview Update 1 is out

For the developers among our readers this will be good news, Apple just pushed out an update to the Developer Preview of the next Mac operating system.

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Developer Preview Update 1 is available via Software Update and is the first update since the Developer Preview first came out on February 24, 2011, the update is minuscule — 2.2 MB — and according to the update notes

“This update is required to redeem downloads of Mac OS X Lion seed builds from the Mac App Store.”

In other words future updates of the seed builds will be done through the Mac App Store and not Software Update.

Will Apple seed the Mac OS X Lion GM soon?

According to several sources such as TechCrunch the development of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is moving along smoothly and is actually ahead of schedule. While developers have been able to examine the developer preview of 10.7 Lion, which appears to be without  any major bugs, and crashes. Now it seems as if the operating system is almost ready to be released as a golden master build.

Apple is gearing up to deploy an OS X Lion update to developers that they may be classifying as the “GM1″ release, we’re hearing. “GM” or “Golden Master” is a title reserved for software that is complete. But from what we’ve heard, this is only the initial Golden Master candidate.

A golden master (GM) software release is the stage in which the software’s development is complete and ready to print. Probably in Lion’s case, though, a GM means ready to upload to the Mac App Store.

Back at Lion’s announcement in October 2010, Apple said the OS would ship sometime during summer 2011. At this point, development is in its far stages s0 it’s a safe bet that we’ll be hearing more about it at Apple’s early-June World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC). Mac OS X Lion brings many new features to the Mac including Mission Control (Spaces, Expose combined), Launchpad (iOS-like home screens), new Multi-Touch gestures, full-screen applications, an iPad-like mail application, AirDrop WiFi file sharing, and built-in server functionality.

It will be interesting to see if Apple will move the release date to an earlier date!

Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.7


After months of developer testing and builds Apple has finally released Mac OS X 10.6.7, the latest update to their Snow Leopard operating system.

What’s new? Big fixes include a boost to Back To My Mac’s reliability, some minor updates to the Mac App Store, resolves an issue with transferring files to SMB servers and incorporates a number of security fixes.

Big bugs fixed include an issue with mid-2010 MacBook Air kernel panics, AirPort driver issues, improved brightness on external displays and a DVD player playback issue only seen on 64-bit Macs, as well as a rare issue that could cause users accounts to disappear after the system went to sleep.

In addition and per usual, the latest update to Snow Leopard supplements an already excellent operating system with the standard gaggle of enhancements to stability and compatibility.

If you want to check out the full list of changes, you can find it below.

What’s included?

This update is recommended for all versions of Mac OS X v10.6 through 10.6.6 Snow Leopard, and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac; including fixes that:

• Improve the reliability of Back to My Mac.

• Resolve an issue when transferring files to certain SMB servers.

• Address various minor Mac App Store issues.

Additional improvements

• Includes all the improvements in the previous Mac OS X v10.6.1, 10.6.2, 10.6.3, 10.6.4, 10.6.5, and 10.6.6 updates.

• Includes Safari 5.0.4.

• Includes RAW image compatibility for additional digital cameras.

• For information about the security content of this update, please visit article HT1222.

• Resolves a window resizing issue with X-Plane 9 on Macs with ATI graphics

• Addresses an issue with MacBook Air (Mid 2010) computers that could cause a kernel panic.

• Address issues in the AirPort driver for certain devices.

• Improves brightness on external displays and projectors.

• Addresses an issue where DVD Player may display black video on some Macs using the 64-bit kernel.

• Addresses an issue with some NEC displays in which the screen may appear black when connected to a Mac Pro (Mid 2010).

• Resolves an issue in which some Multiple Master (MM) fonts were missing from Mac Pro (Mid 2010), MacBook Pro (15-inch & 17-inch Mid 2010), and iMac (Mid 2010) computers.

• Addresses various issues with MacBook Air (Mid 2010) computer performance.

• Resolves an issue in which clicking the Updates tab in the Mac App Store could cause the Mac App Store to become unresponsive.

• Fixes a problem opening an afp:// URL that points to a file, and changes the AFP mount path to conform to previous Mac OS X releases. For details, see article HT4538.

• Includes the ability to repair certain issues that may prevent hardware RAID volumes from mounting. For more information, see article TS3631.

• Fixes a rare issue in Mac OS X v10.6.5 that could cause user accounts to disappear from the Login window and System Preferences after putting the system to sleep.

• Improves the reliability of dragging files or folders to the Trash when using an NFS home directory.

Thanks to MacRumors we have the direct links below:

– Mac OS X v10.6.7 Update (475 MB)

– Mac OS X v10.6.7 Update Combo (1.12 GB)

– Mac OS X Server v10.6.7 Update (541.21 MB)

– Mac OS X Server v10.6.7 Update Combo (1.15 GB)

– Security Update 2011-001 (Leopard – Client) (241.35 MB)

– Security Update 2011-001 (Leopard – Server) (473.23 MB)

– Server Admin Tools 10.6.7 (241.32 MB)

Apple seeds the 7th Mac OS X 10.6.7 Beta to developers

We are wondering what Apple keeps changing in the Mac OS X 10.6.7 beta, while we thought the previous one was close to release, the Cupertino company has released a new  beta of Mac OS X 10.6.7 to developers, and now  Apple has released the seventh (and hopefully final) beta of the next version of Snow Leopard to developers.

According to Mac developers  and a report on AppleInsider, build 10J868 has no known issues, but Apple is requesting that they focus on Safari, the Mac App Store, AirPort, Bonjour, SMB, and graphics drivers.

Mac OS X 10.6.7 is widely expected to be the last available version of Snow Leopard, now that Apple has released an early beta of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion to developers.

The release of Mac OS X 10.6.7 is expected by many bloggers to come within the next week, although its availability might be slowed by the impending release of iOS 4.3 and the iPad 2.

Apple seeds new Mac OS X 10.6.7 beta build to developers

According to AppleInsider Apple has seeded another beta build of Mac OS X 10.6.7 to developers for testing. Those of you who downloaded the previous build will know that Build 10J855 comes just over a week after the previous beta release. This is the fourth build of 10.6.7 to be released within the last four weeks.

Apple is requesting that developers continue to test AirPort, SMB file sharing, Bonjour, graphics drivers and the Mac App Store application. No known issues are reported with this build. The combo build weighs in at 1 GB and 412.6 MB for the delta build.

Apple seeds OS X 10.6.7 beta to developers

Yesterday Apple seeded the first beta of Mac OS X 10.6.7 to developer. The beta which is officially Build 10J842 weighs 338.6MB, according to Apple there are no known issues with the build, however developers are encouraged to specifically test AirPort, Bonjour, SMB file sharing, and graphics drivers.

We think it will take a while before the release will make a public appearnance, given the fact that the previous release is just over two weeks old. We will keep looking for the newest addition to the OS family, with the Lion expected for sometime this summer it can’t be too long before we start seeing pictures appear online.