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Update: iMovie 8.0.4

iMovieiMovie 8.0.4 “improves overall stability and fixes a number of other minor issues. The issues addressed include:

  • Fixed a problem with incorrect rotation when working with video created by iPhone 3GS.
  • Resolved instability when adding multiple beat markers in some languages.
  • Corrected an issue where iMovie could become unresponsive after using fine-tuning controls beyond the stabilized portions of a clip.”

This update is recommended for all iMovie ’09 users and can be downloaded via Software Update utility or direct from Apple’s Support page (35.6MB).

Filed under: iLife,

Zombieville USA: more weapons, more controls, more lives

Mika Mobile has released an update to their highly rated zombie slaying game.

Zombieville USA version 1.4 new features include melee weapons, an alternative control scheme, and an option for extra lives.

Zombieville USA is one of my favorite iPhone/iPod touch games. Though the gameplay is relatively simple (kill zombies and  kill them good) it does require you to manage your cash and ammo carefully as the game progresses.

When the game was first released it had 15 upgradeable weapons: a selection of handguns, machine guns, shotguns, rocket launchers and gas-powered weapons. The new version adds more to the arsenal: melee weapons. Melee weapons don’t do a lot of damage but are useful in knocking zombies away, especially those that pops up suddenly. There’s also a chance at dealing a critical damage, killing a zombie with one blow.

At the start of the game, the scowling zombie hunter is now equipped with a handgun and a baseball bat. The bat can be upgraded to a sledgehammer for $650. I’m guessing the upgrade after that would be the katana as mentioned on Zombieville USA’s App Store page.

Zombieville USA melee

Zombieville USA options

The two other new features can be accessed through the Options menu: extra lives and an alternate control scheme. Players can now choose to have 1, 3, or 5 lives. The extra lives will help give the game longevity and more mayhem. The new control scheme moves the left and right movement controls to the left side of the screen while on the right side of the screen there are the two buttons for attack: red button for the original set of weapons, green button for melee weapons.

These are welcome new features to an excellent game and Mika Mobile promises more new stuff coming.

I’ll be doing a short review of Zombieville USA real soon. Please watch out for it.

Filed under: App Store, iPhone, iPod touch,

Update: iTunes 8.2.1

iTunes

iTunes 8.2.1 has been released and though this minor update still has the same obfuscated “provides a number of important bug fixes…”, this time around one thing is clear: an additional “…and addresses an issue with verification of Apple devices” has cut short Palm’s effort to pull a fast one on Apple.

According to AppleInsider, the 8.2.1 update kills the Palm Pre’s ability to sync with iTunes. This comes after Apple’s warning last month saying they can’t guarantee that “newer versions of Apple’s iTunes software may no longer provide syncing functionality with non-Apple digital media players.” However, Palm has already advised Pre user of a fix: don’t update.

Kidding aside, one wonders what Palm’s next move will be. I hope it’s something aside from camouflaging the Pre as an iPod.

You can download iTunes 8.2.1 via Software Update utility or directly from Apple’s iTunes page. Download size lists it as 77.3MB, and 75MB for the 64-bit Windows version.

My Mac’s Software Update utility hasn’t found this update yet. Might opt for a manual download instead.

Filed under: iTunes,

Update: Safari 4.0.2 [u]

Safari 4Safari 4.0.2 is “recommended for all Safari users and improves the stability of the Nitro JavaScript engine and includes the latest compatibility and security fixes.”

Security fixes involves vulnerabilities in WebKit described as:

  • An issue in WebKit’s handling of the parent and top objects may result in a cross-site scripting attack when visiting a maliciously crafted website. This update addresses the issue through improved handling of parent and top objects.
  • A memory corruption issue exists in WebKit’s handling of numeric character references. Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution. This update addresses the issue through improved handling of numeric character references.

Safari 4.0.2 update can be downloaded and installed via Software Update utility or downloaded directly from Apple’s Safari Download page (Leopard [40 MB], Tiger [26 MB], and Windows [47 MB]).

I was noticing some problems when I was using Safari 4.0 and then 4.0.1. I actually consider Safari 4 beta working much better than the final version. One of the issues I experienced involved having my Mac becoming really sluggish. This after having at least 20 tabs open at one time and made worse when I was on a site or sites running Adobe’s Flash.

I already updated to 4.0.2 and so far so good. But I can’t really say for sure since this version hasn’t gone through its paces yet.

Update:

An hour and a half after I published this post, I suffered my first 4.0.2 crash.  I had about 14 tabs open in three separate windows. I went Filipino Freethinkers‘ forums then opened two threads in separate tabs. Boom. This time there was no Flash to blame. Something is buggy with Safari 4. I hope this gets fixed soon. Hooray for History > Reopen All Closed Windows from Last Session. Bah.

Filed under: Safari,

Updates: iPhoto, MacBook Air firmware, iPhone SDK 3.1 beta [u]

Apple’s has released iPhoto 8.0.4 “addresses a rarely encountered issue involving photos imported into a previous version that could affect overall stability, and corrects references to a few points of interest and location names that were labelled incorrectly” and this update is recommended to all iPhoto ’09 users.

MacBook Air SMC Firmware Update 1.2 has also been released which according to AppleInsider delivers compatibility for a new series of internal MacBook Air replacement batteries. AppleInsider also notes that firmware update requires Mac OS X 10.5.7 and will make modifications to the MacBook Air’s micro-controller on the logic board.

Both updates can be downloaded by using the Software Update utility or from Apple’s Support page:

iPhoto 8.0.4 (102.3 MB)

MacBook Air SMC Firmware Update 1.2 (623 KB)

AppleInsider also reported that Apple has just posted a beta upgrade to their iPhone SDK as well as their iPhone OS . Coming on the heels of the just released iPhone OS 3.0, iPhone OS 3.1 beta and iPhone SDK 3.1 beta is said to include new extensions for the OpenGL ES Graphics which can be used to improve graphics on the iPhone 3GS. The beta also lets developers choose their preferred video recording quality.

Update:

MacDailyNews has noted that aside from the above mentioned features, iPhone OS 3.1 beta might also have non-destructive video editing, vibrates when moving home screen icons, faster boot time, and Voice Control over Bluetooth.

Oh, MMS support is back for AT&T customers. Yay.

Filed under: Apple, Inc., iLife, iPhone, , ,

iPhone OS 3.0 release is NOT delayed

I’ve read from several Twitters that the release of Apple’s latest iPhone OS will be delayed to June 18.

This, unfortunately, is an example of how people want to be the FIRST in everything, especially when it comes to spreading rumors.

What these Twitters and their sources failed to notice was the URL (http://www.apple.com/sg/iphone/softwareupdate/) they were reading from was the Apple Singapore Online Store.

June 18

I guess people need to be reminded that there is such a thing as time zones. You know, where one part of the world is one day ahead of another.

While I’m not the kind who would like to repeat rumors and hearsay, there are tweets that say the release of iPhone OS 3.0 will be 10AM PST. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Filed under: iPhone, OS X, , ,

iPhone OS 3.0: Just a few hours away

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I’m eagerly waiting for the release of the new iPhone OS 3.0 though it’s going to cost me $9.99.

I’m definitely going to be one of the early adopters. That means I’ll be taking one for the team.

There are two new things that I can’t wait to try out: Cut, Copy and Paste, and the new Spotlight feature. But I’m sure the novelty will wear off pretty quick.

Alas, I can’t try out the MMS. That will have to wait until I can get my hands on the iPhone 3G S. (Lucky bastards are going to get theirs Friday).

MacRumors has of what the iPhone 3.0 software update page will look like once the update is officially released. The page later reverted to iPhone OS 2.2 update.

Filed under: iPhone, iPod touch, OS X, ,

Updates: iLife 09 apps, Digital Camera RAW compatibility

Apple seems to be releasing a new update almost everyday, though not the kind of update that I was hoping for.

According to Macworld, Apple released the following updates:

  1. iLife Support 9.0.3
  2. iDVD 7.0.4
  3. iMovie 8.0.3
  4. iPhoto 8.0.3
  5. Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update

iLife Support 9.0.3 provides system software resources that are shared by iLife and other applications. This update addresses general compatibility issues, improves overall stability for the Media Browser, and fixes a number of other minor issues. The issues addressed include:

  • Resolved memory leaks for improved performance of the Media Browser
  • Corrected issues to display custom folders when added to the Media Browser
  • Maintained correct Image dates when importing from iPhoto to Aperture

The update is recommended for all users of iLife 09, iWork 09, and Aperture 2. Download the update here (55.1MB).

This update addresses general compatibility issues and fixes an issue where iDVD is unable to add title/comment to an image in the image details list.
This update is recommended for all users of iDVD version 7.

iDVD 7.0.4  addresses general compatibility issues and fixes an issue where iDVD is unable to add title/comment to an image in the image details list. Download the update here (27.5MB)

iMovie 8.0.3 addresses general compatibility issues, improved overall stability and fixes a number of other minor issues. The issues addressed include:

  • Support for 720p AVCHD Lite cameras and camcorders
  • Deleting a beat marker no longer modifies the project duration
  • Video Effects palette now uses the correct thumbnail for still images

Download the iMovie update here (35.56MB).

iPhoto 8.0.3 addresses general compatibility, improves overall stability and fixes a number of issues in the following areas of the application:

  • Faces: losing track of faces that were added manually or added using Detect Missing Face button;  faces previously cropped out of a photo appear as suggested matches in the Faces detail view; and more
  • Places: some addresses get truncated in the results list when searching for locations in the Add New Place window; Location info (GPS data) is now correctly embedded in photos that are emailed using the Email command, when the Location Information checkbox is enabled; and more
  • Publishing to MobileMe, Facebook, and Flickr
  • Slideshow playback
  • Location (GPS) info embedded in emailed photos and exported JPEGs

For a more details about this update, go to this support page. Download the update here (96MB).

Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 2.6 extends RAW image compatibility for Aperture 2, iPhoto 08, and iPhoto 09 for the following cameras:

  • Canon EOS 500D
  • Canon Rebel T1i
  • Canon EOS Kiss Digital X3
  • Nikon D5000
  • Olympus E-30

Download the update here (3.9MB).

As always you can fire up Software Update utility or you can download the updates manually from the links I’ve provided for each.

Filed under: iLife, Software,

Update: Airport Utility Software 2009-002

Apple has just released Airport Utility Software version 5.4.2:

This update includes general fixes and compatibility updates for the following applications: AirPort Utility and AirPort Base Station Agent. The update also installs AirPort Disk Utility on Macs running Tiger.

This 18.9 MB update can be downloaded using Software Update utility.

Software Update

Filed under: Airport,

Updates: iTunes 8.2, Quicktime 7.6.2, iPod shuffle, etc

Apple released an update to iTunes and Quicktime today.

AppleInsider reported that iTunes 8.2 will support iPhones and iPod touches running the iPhone OS 3.0 which is scheduled to be released this month. It also includes “everal accessibility improvements and bug fixes.”

Meanwhile, Quicktime 7.6.2 include changes to “increase reliability, improve compatibility and enhance security”. Also included are some security updates.

Apple, by the way, posted a few updates last week:

  • Third generation iPod shuffle addresses a playback issues and a few bugs plus new VoiceOver Kit languages
  • Garageband 5.0.2 “addresses general compatibility issues, improves overall stability, and fixes a number of other minor issues.  The issues addressed include: improved purchasing experience for Artist Lessons in the GarageBand Lesson Store, and accessing installed Jam Packs in the loop browser.”
  • iWork 9.0.2 ” improves reliability when saving some iWork documents and when playing some presentations more than once per Keynote session.”
  • MacBook Pro SMC Firmware Update 1.3 “adjusts the fan behavior in MacBook Pro systems (15-inch and 17-inch) when running under high workload conditions.”

You can fire up Software Update utility or download the updates manually from the links I’ve provided below. (Except for the third generation iPod shuffle. The update is available in iTunes.)

  1. iTunes 8.2
  2. Quicktime 7.6.2 for Mac or Windows
  3. GarageBand 5.0.2
  4. iWork 9.0.2
  5. MacBook Pro SMC Firmware Update 1.3

Filed under: iPhone, iPod touch, MacBook Pro, Quicktime,

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