Operating Systems Stories November 10, 2014

Mozilla calls out iOS and Android as ‘closed systems’ with ‘almost a complete lack of transparency’

While it has yet to become a significant player in the smartphone market, Mozilla is hoping that its open-source Firefox OS will be a game changer when the mobile operating system gains a larger presence in countries like the United States and United Kingdom. In the meantime, the software maker has gone on the offensive against rival platforms iOS and Android.

Operating Systems Stories December 19, 2013

Alongside Final Cut, Compressor and Motion get 4K support and other improvements

Alongside the update to Final Cut, sister apps Compressor and Motion have also been updated with various improvements, such as 4K content sharing and performance optimisations to take advantage of the dual GPU’s in the newly-released Mac Pro.

Operating Systems Stories June 3, 2013

60% off SanDisk USB Sticks, SD Cards and SSD products at Amazon: 64GB as low as $33

From 9to5Toys.com:

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Amazon is having a 1 day SanDisk Storage sale across its lineup of products including: USB Sticks, Micro/SD Cards and SSDs. These are the lowest prices we’ve seen on many of these products.

Standouts include:

Operating Systems Stories February 11, 2013

Apple Airport/Time Capsule 7.6.3 update breaks IPv6 tunneling, fix is downgrading

A number of users on Apple’s support forums noticed that the latest Airport/Time Capsule 7.6.3 firmware released last week seems to disable IPv6 tunneling on various devices. It isn’t a big surprise to many users that have experienced the functionality being disabled with past versions of the firmware, and it will likely be fixed in a future release. You can revert to a previous version of the firmware until Apple fixes the issue by using the instructions below:

AirPort Utility 5

  1. Open AirPort Utility.
  2. Select your base station and choose Manual Setup, or double-click on the Wi-Fi base station icon.
  3. Choose Base Station > Upload Firmware…
  4. From the window that appears, select a firmware version and click OK. If you select Other from the Upload Version menu, you will be prompted to manually locate the firmware update.

AirPort Utility 6

  1. Open AirPort Utility.
  2. Select the base station you want to downgrade.
  3. Place the mouse cursor over the version number and hold down the Option key to turn it into a pop-up menu. Press and hold the mouse button to open the menu.
  4. From the menu that appears, select a firmware version and click OK. If you select Other, you will be prompted to manually locate the firmware update.

Operating Systems Stories August 14, 2012

Handy iOS version/device matrix chart [PDF]

The Loop pointed us to this iOS support matrix (Autumn 2012 edition) posted by app developer Empirical Magic. Definitely a useful resource for developers, the chart shows the number of devices running certain versions of iOS, and makes recommendations for dropping support in future updates.

Operating Systems Stories June 28, 2011

Following the Thunderbolt firmware update for Macs, Apple has published three new support documents pertaining to the new $49 Thunderbolt-to-Thunderbolt cable released Monday, using Thunderbolt with Boot Camp and Windows 7 and some tricks to get the best performance from Thunderbolt. Here’s what you need to know… expand full story

Operating Systems Stories March 10, 2011

Interesting note from a Wired UK story on Rovio: The company was almost in bankruptcy prior to releasing their Angry Birds app in the App Store. They had been making meager earnings selling apps through the mobile carriers and for other companies.  One App for app store and now they are $50 million in the black with a lucrative franchise on their hands.

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Operating Systems Stories December 20, 2010

Apple has informed developers of applications and widgets on Apple’s downloads website that the site will be closing down come January 6th when the Mac App Store opens for business. Apple believes that the Mac App Store will truly be the best place to get Mac apps and this is another indication of that. One feature the downloads site has is access to Dashboard widgets. No word on whether the Mac App Store will be home to dashboard widgets and if not, Apple should think about leaving that portion up online.

Thank you for making the Mac OS X Download site a great destination with apps that offer users new ways to work, play, learn, and create on their Mac.  We recently announced that on January 6, 2011, the Mac App Store will open to users around the world, presenting you with an exciting, new opportunity to reach millions of customers. Since the introduction of the App Store in 2008, we’ve been thrilled with the incredible support from developers and the enthusiastic response from users. Now we’re bringing the revolutionary experience of the App Store to Mac OS X.  Because we believe the Mac App Store will be the best destination for users to discover, purchase, and download your apps, we will no longer offer apps on the Mac OS X Downloads site. Instead, beginning January 6, we will be directing users to explore the range of apps available on the Mac App Store.  We appreciate your support of the Mac platform and hope you’ll take advantage of this new opportunity to showcase your apps to even more users. To learn how you can offer your apps on the Mac App Store, visit the Apple Developer website at <http://developer.apple.com/programs/mac/>.

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