We focus on new and upcoming releases this week, with details on the just-released Mac OS X 10.6.8, Final Cut Pro X, and Firefox 5.0, and more answers to questions about the MobileMe-to-iCloud transition. In honor of the recent Bloomsday, Michael Cohen shares his recollections of the early days of the electronic book, Jeff Porten reports on teen privacy and data retention issues from the CFP 2011 conference, and Marshall Clow explains how he managed to recover from disk corruption on a MacBook Pro without a SuperDrive. Notable software releases this week include Security Update 2011-004 (Leopard/Leopard Server); ClamXav 2.2; 1Password 3.6; Flash Player 10.3.181.26; PDFpen and PDFpenPro 5.4; Microsoft Office 2011 14.1.2, 2008 12.3.0, and 2004 11.6.4; Acrobat Pro 10.1, 9.4.5, and 8.3; Evernote 2.2.1; and Audio Hijack Pro 2.9.12.
Apple has released what is very likely its last pre-Lion Mac OS X update, bundling in bug fixes, security improvements, and enhancements that prepare the Mac App Store for the release of Lion.
Apple has clarified which MobileMe services will be lifted to iCloud, and which are simply disappearing into the ether.
With the release of Firefox 5.0, Mozilla adds, well, not a lot that users will notice. There are some performance improvements, enhanced standards support, and plenty of bug fixes, but why it’s not a 4.1, we don’t know.
At the Computers, Freedom, and Privacy 2011 conference, Jeff Porten passes on details of two additional talks, one on how teens view online privacy, and the other about data retention policies and their possible effects.
Voyager’s Expanded Books project, which created the first popular ebooks (on floppy disk! in HyperCard!), began on Bloomsday, 1990.
Apple has released Final Cut Pro X, a rewrite of its professional video-editing application that incorporates many of the concepts pioneered in iMovie. Also available are new versions of Motion and Compressor, all of which are available only from the Mac App Store.
When faced with disk corruption on his MacBook Pro’s SSD, Marshall Clow spent several days working through different possibilities for repairing the problem and recovering files that had changed since his last backup, all made more difficult by the lack of a SuperDrive. Read on for the details, and the lessons that we should all remember.
Notable software releases this week include Security Update 2011-004 (Leopard/Leopard Server); ClamXav 2.2; 1Password 3.6; Flash Player 10.3.181.26; PDFpen and PDFpenPro 5.4; Microsoft Office 2011 14.1.2, 2008 12.3.0, and 2004 11.6.4; Acrobat Pro 10.1, 9.4.5, and 8.3; Evernote 2.2.1; and Audio Hijack Pro 2.9.12.
Among much else, we spent last week reading about the New York Public Library’s digital initiatives, a possibly revolutionary new camera, ways of extending iPhone battery life, Verizon Wireless’s move to tiered data plans, and larger Time Capsules.