Monthly Archives: July 2011

Apple releases iOS 4.3.5, inches towards iOS 5

ios435dantetktk-1311617345Only ten days after releasing iOS 4.3.4, Apple has just pushed out iOS 4.3.5 to address a security issue with certificate validation.

iOS 4.3.5 Software Update
Fixes a security vulnerability with certificate validation.

The new version checks in as Build 8L1, and is for the GSM iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, all iPads, and the third- and-fourth-generation iPod touch. A separate iOS 4.2.10 (Build 8E600) is available for the CDMA iPhone.
Direct download links:
iPhone 4 GSM
iPhone 4 CDMA (iOS 4.2.10)
iPhone 3GS
iPad 2 Wi-Fi
iPad 2 GSM
iPad 2 CDMA
Original iPad
iPod touch (fourth-generation)
iPod touch (third-generation)
Update: Some users are reporting receiving errors when attempting to connect to Apple’s servers for the update, but with repeated attempts it seems as though users are able to get through.
Update 2: Apple has now posted a support document describing the security issue patched in the update. The issue has been given an identifier of CVE-2011-0228.

Impact: An attacker with a privileged network position may capture or modify data in sessions protected by SSL/TLS
Description: A certificate chain validation issue existed in the handling of X.509 certificates. An attacker with a privileged network position may capture or modify data in sessions protected by SSL/TLS. Other attacks involving X.509 certificate validation may also be possible. This issue is addressed through improved validation of X.509 certificate chains. by macrumors, engadget

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Posted by on 26/07/2011 in IT


Dell UltraSharp U2412M display features 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution and IPS, doesn’t cost $999

2011-07-25-delldisplaySure, 1080p HDTVs aren’t exactly an ultra luxury these days, but a 1920 x 1200-pixel IPS panel on your desk? That’s a privilege often enjoyed by HD film editors, graphic designers, and those of us who know how to beat the technology ordering system at work. Luckily, Dell’s new UltraSharp U2412M isn’t ultra expensive, delivering over 2.3 million pixels with its 24-inch LED-backlit display. It also features in-plane switching (IPS) with a wide viewing angle, a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio, DisplayPort and DVI connectivity, a built-in USB hub, and height adjustability. Oh, and it retails for $399. That price tag may make you reconsider spending an extra $200 per inch for Apple’s new $999 Thunderbolt Display, though Dell’s 24-incher notably lacks a built-in webcam, and is somewhat limited in the connectivity department. Still, we like to see HD monitors that don’t cost more than many all-in-ones, and, knowing Dell, you should be able to find the U2412M for less than retail, assuming you’re willing to test your patience with that 17-inch CRT for a few more weeks.

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Posted by on 26/07/2011 in IT


A new BlackBerry to be unveiled tomorrow, or so Facebook would have us believe

fb-bold-touch-2011-05-02What’s made by Research in Motion and is “shiny, new, and social all over?” No one can say for sure, but according to BlackBerry’s Facebook page, we’re going to find out tomorrow. Might it be the Torch 2 come calling, newly acquired FCC badges in tow? Perhaps Waterloo’s hinting at the Bold Touch, its phone of many flavors. Or, maybe it’s something yet unseen that will blind all who perceive it with a corona of social networking awesomeness. Whatever BlackBerry’s got in store for us, let’s hope it’s not just another phone with a Facebook button.

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Posted by on 26/07/2011 in IT


Sandy Bridge MacBook Air & Mac OS X Lion Release on Wednesday, July 20?

Lion-Mac-App-StoreSick of 10.7 Lion and MacBook Air release date rumors yet? Us too, but as we enter into the second half of July we’re running short on time for OS X Lion to be released this month as expected. The good news is that when Apple sets a date, they almost always meet it (ignore the white iPhone 4), and the better news is AppleInsider says they have received word that Wednesday, July 20 at 8:30am ET is the magic time:

According to people with proven track records who would be in a position to know, the new product launches are set to occur later this week. Specifically, one person said the products would be released on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern.

A Wednesday release is slightly earlier than what WSJ’s AllThingsD reported last week, placing a “Thursday or Friday” timeline for the new hardware and software.

Refreshed MacBook Airs are said to include Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5 and i7 processors, 4GB of RAM standard, a starting storage capacity of 128GB SSD, and a return of everyones favorite backlit keyboard. It remains to be seen what GPU will be bundled with the refreshed MacBook Air, but most analysts expect it to be the Intel HD 3000 chip.

The same AI report says that Mac OS X 10.7 Lion was delayed slightly due to logistical issues with distribution through the Mac App Store, in addition to some unexpected problems with the Resumes feature. The GM build of Lion was released on July 1. by appleinsider

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Posted by on 19/07/2011 in IT


Apple Approving Mac App Store Apps for OS X Lion

Earlier this week, Apple began inviting developers to submit their OS X Lion apps for inclusion in the Mac App Store, preparing to populate the store with apps capable of taking advantage of some of the new features being deployed in the new operating system.

It’s only been a few days, but Apple is already beginning to approve those Lion-capable apps, as noted by OS X Daily in the case of WordCrasher [Mac App Store].

WordCrasher now takes advantage of new OS X Lion features:

– Full-screen. Use the full-screen button or press CONTROL + COMMAND + F to toggle fullscreen mode under OS X Lion.
– Resume. Close WordCrasher at any time and resume your game right where you left it. Restart your Mac, and WordCrasher will resume straight away.
Several other recent app updates have mentioned fixing issues with performance under Lion, but WordCrasher appears to be the first third-party app update to be approved specifically mentioning Lion-only features. Apple has pushed out a number of updates for its own apps this week, including the iLife ’11 suite and Aperture, with those updates also quietly adding Lion-only features such as full-screen support. by macrumors

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Posted by on 18/07/2011 in IT


Apple Ranked as Fastest-Growing Major Retailer in U.S.

boylston_street_storeEarlier this week, USA Today reported on research from retail sales analyst David Berman ranking Apple as the fastest-growing major retailer in the United States during the first quarter of this year, boosting its domestic sales by 80% over last year’s numbers.

Calling Apple’s sales “mind-boggling”, Berman notes that Apple’s brick-and-mortar retail stores are even outpacing the company’s overall performance, growing by 90% year-over-year.

That increase accounted for one-fifth of all sales growth by publicly traded retailers in the U.S., according to a recent analysis of sales trends by retail sales expert David Berman. In part, that’s a reflection of poor sales among most retailers. But it also highlights how Steve Jobs’ technology giant is grabbing a big slice of market share in everything from smartphones to PCs. Apple’s year-over-year U.S. sales growth of $4.6 billion for the first quarter was followed by Amazon and Wal-Mart, with total sales growth from public retailers coming in at $23.2 billion. Apple is set to announce its financial results for the second calendar quarter (third fiscal quarter) of the year next Tuesday, July 19th. by macrumors

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Posted by on 18/07/2011 in IT


Apple’s Upcoming Hardware Refresh to Include Thunderbolt LED Display, Not MacBook

lion_display_macsEarlier this week, part numbers for upcoming Apple hardware updates surfaced, with claims that the parts represented new MacBook Air and Mac Pro models. While the MacBook Air part numbers are believed to be legitimate, the claim regarding the “Mac Pro” part numbers was later revised to state that they referred to new Mac mini and MacBook models.
But even that revised assertion isn’t entirely correct, as while the Mac mini numbers are assumed to be correct, the part number ascribed to a new MacBook is in fact for a new Thunderbolt-enabled LED Cinema Display. by macrumors

Update: The 27″ LED Cinema Display seems to have been removed from the Apple Online Store. Clicking “Buy Now” from the Apple Cinema Display page results in a broken link. Additionally, all the images shown above have been removed from Apple’s website as well.
Update: The LED Cinema Display is back on the store.

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Posted by on 18/07/2011 in IT

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