Apple has released Mac OS X 10.4.8, addressing many issues with OS X 10.4.7. See the link for an extensive (too long to post) list of changes and improvements.
Equinux has released version 4.8 of its VPN Tracker software. Version 4.8 is a free upgrade for all existing 4.x users and now supports the Netgear FVS124G VPN router as well as the latest Watchguard Firebox X firmware. Compatibility with Cisco PIX devices has been improved, and extended XAUTH with Cisco devices has been added. VPN Tracker 4.8 is a Universal Binary for both PowerPC and Intel-based Macintosh systems.
My Dream App will give away free licenses for critically-acclaimed virtual nap application Pzizz when the contest begins its first round of voting today. The 24 My Dream App finalists are competing for the chance to have their ideas developed into full-blown Mac shareware applications.
Voting is live now and will continue through 11:59 p.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 22.
Apple released quite a few new products during its press event today:
Along with the new hardware, Apple released updates to its multimedia software offerings:
iTunes 7 now offers movie downloads and iPod games (for the iPod with Video) from the iTunes Store, along with automatic downloadng of album cover art, song browsing with Cover Flow, and the ability to transfer music from an iPod back to a Macintosh (that has been authorized with the Apple Store).
Quicktime 7.1.3 features security fixes and upgrades to support the new iPod models and movie downloads.
I’ve recevied a number of software-update emails in the past couple of weeks:
AppZapper (my favorite Mac software uninstaller) has been upgraded to version 1.7.
The iMac product line now ranges from a 1.83Ghz 17″ Core 2 Duo model for $999 to a 2.33Ghz 24″ Core 2 Duo model starting at $1999.
The new base 17″ iMac model has integrated Intel GMA950 graphics, a 24x Combo drive, and lacks the Apple Remote (this system was previously sold as an Education-only configuration). The 20″ model has been upgraded to 2.16Ghz Core 2 Duo CPUs, 4M shared L2 cache (versus 2M in the previous Core Duo model), and 1G of RAM as standard. The new 24″ model features a 2.16 or 2.33Ghz Core 2 Duo processor, 4M shared L2 cache, a 250G SATA hard drive, NVIDIA GeForce 7300GT graphics (native display of 1920×1200), built-in Bluetooth and AirPort Extreme, and an Apple Remote. All Core 2 Duo-based systems are now 64-bit.
The Mac mini product line has been upgraded to Core Duo processors across the board (the Core Solo option was discontinued).
The base mini Core Duo system at 1.66Ghz and a Combo drive is available for $599, with the high-end model at 1.83Ghz and a SuperDrive is $799. Both systems still ship with 512M of memory as standard.