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10.6.5 Is Out and Ready for Updating

Ladies and gents, 10.6.5 is now available for your software updating needs. The new update is recommended for those of you that are running Mac OS X Snow Leopard at full force. The fix helps enhance stability, compatbility and security for your Mac, like:

– 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

For more information, keep watching the software update page at the official Apple site.

iOS 4.2 Beta 2 and iTunes 10.1 Beta Ready for Developers

iOS developers rejoice. A new round of iOS and iTunes beta software is ready for download.

If you’re a developer, head on down to the iOS Dev Center and pick yourself up these new betas while they’re still fresh. If you’re a regular Joe and/or Jane we recommend you avoid these betas unless you’re looking for a week of tears and frustration.


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Apple TV Almost Ready to Ship

We’ll admit, we’re jonesin’ to get our hands on the new Apple TV and begin streaming a little content. Sure, we love our Macs plenty around here, but the desk chair isn’t really designed for kicking back and relaxing while watching The Godfather Trilogy or the extended version of The Lord of the Rings. When reports surfaced showing dollar withdrawals from people’s bank accounts, we got excited.

But there’s been a bit of a snag, it seems. Apple TV was set to drop “four weeks” after its announcement which would put right about now in the sweet zone. However, it seems that even though many people have been reporting the withdrawals as early as Wednesday, there’s been a bit of a hold up. What exactly? For that, we turn to AppleInsider.

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Apparently Apple has begun emailing people who ordered upgraded shipping that there might be a problem with that expedited process. The email is quoted as saying: “Our records indicate that when you placed your order you paid for upgraded shipping. Due to a delay, we may have not been able to meet our delivery commitment.”

Note that this doesn’t claim that Apple TV itself will be delayed, just that the earliest shipment may not be feasible. It’s still conceivable Apple will meet its four week delivery target. The Apple site posts two shipping options, Standard (which is free) and 2-3 days for . We’re not entirely certain what the time turnaround is on Standard Shipping, but with a weight of half a pound it can’t be much more than 7-10 days.

Whether or not this means as little as a five day delay in Apple TV or longer we can’t say for certain. While Apple did begin debiting people’s accounts for the cost of the device, there are no reports of those selecting free shipping getting any emails alerting them to a delay. So what’s the hold up, Cupertino?

How long must we wait?


iTunes 10 Now Ready for Download, Finally!

iTunes 10 is now live! Finally! It feels like we’ve been waiting for centuries. Anyway, go and get it! Go and revel in all of its glory!

The new iTunes 10 includes Ping, a new social music discovery tool that combines the best of Twitter and Facebook from within iTunes itself. You can follow others and be followed to share your music tastes with friends and family.  You can also view upcoming concert and event listings happening near you. The Ping service is available in 23 countries and to all 160 million iTunes users.

The new iTunes also promises better syncing and includes a new capacity bar, so you can tell how much space you have on your device in real time--real talk.

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