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Dropbox will no longer support OS X 10.5 or older starting May 18th

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Dropbox has announced through an email to users on older versions of OS X that it will soon be discontinuing support for computers running Leopard or other older versions of the operating system. Users still running anything older than OS X 10.6 will need to upgrade in order to continue using future versions of the Dropbox app.

Users who don’t upgrade will still be able to use the web-based Dropbox manager, but will be automatically signed out of the Mac app. From that point forward, they will not be able to login back into the Mac client until they are on a newer version of OS X.

The changes will go into effect on May 18th, so users still have plenty of time to upgrade their software (or hardware, if necessary). The full email is included below:

Hi,

We noticed that you’re running the Dropbox desktop application (client) on an older operating system (OS X Tiger 10.4 or OS X Leopard 10.5). We’re writing to let you know that as of May 18th, Dropbox will no longer support these older versions of OS X.

Don’t worry — your files and photos aren’t going anywhere! But you’ll need to update your computer to OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later to access them through the Dropbox desktop app. Apple’s instructions on how to update your operating system can be found here.

If you don’t want to update your operating system, your files will still be available through the Dropbox website. However, on May 18th you’ll be signed out of your Dropbox account on your computer and the Dropbox desktop application will no longer be accessible.

We apologize for the inconvenience. For more information, please check out our Help Center.

Sincerely,

- The Dropbox Team

Thanks, Chris!


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Mike Beasley

January 20th

Apple

Mac

OS X Mountain Lion Now Accounts For A Majority Share Of Mac Web Traffic, Growing Nearly Twice As Fast As Lion

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OS X Mountain Lion, or version 10.8 as it’s known according to Apple’s numbering system, accounted for 32 percent of all web traffic measured by Net Applications, a firm that charts OS share and other web metrics. This marks the first time Mountain Lion has accounted for a majority share of web traffic from Apple computers, with Lion dropping down to 28 percent.

In November, Mountain Lion only just trailed Lion, with 29 percent of web traffic, vs. 30 percent for Lion. Snow Leopard use actually remained relatively steady between November and December, losing less than a percentage point and suggesting that most of the Mountain Lion upgraders are coming from Lion, and not jumping up two versions. Mountain Lion requires that Lion be installed in order to upgrade (unless you have a USB stick version of 10.8), so it makes sense that the pool of upgraders is coming from Lion, where there are relatively few barriers to upgrading (it’s handled directly through the Mac App Store).

Snow Leopard continues to be very tenacious, with a 29 percent share of Mac web traffic, which makes it the second-most frequently used version of OS X over even Lion. But Mountain Lion’s growth is still impressive, and it seems to be attracting users faster than Lion was ever able to. Lion took until May 2012 to overcome Snow Leopard in terms of share of web traffic as measured by Net Applications, meaning it required nearly 10 months to unseat Snow Leopard as the dominant Mac OS. By contrast, Mountain Lion took around five months to reach the top spot, or about half the time.

Speedy adoption of new OS X versions is key to keeping a solid software ecosystem in place, and lessening headaches for developers both internal and external. That makes this particular development promising news for Apple, especially now that they’re on an annual update cycle for OS X, which makes getting people on the newest version as quickly as possible even more crucial.


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Darrell Etherington

January 4th

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Only 9 hours left! Mac SuperBundle: Roxio Toast 11 Titanium + 8 other apps – $49

From 9to5Toys.com:

The Spring 2012 Mac SuperBundle is one of the better Mac Software bundles we’ve seen.  If you want to burn DVDs or even Blu-rays on your Mac, you are getting Toast Titanium 11 for half its $99 list price and get 9 other solid apps to boot.

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The Spring 2012 Mac SuperBundle includes:

Roxio Toast 11 Titanium – the ultimate toolkit for easy access to the digital media you love—and love to
share

RapidWeaver 5 –Create stunning websites on the Mac with easy-to-use yet powerful creative tools.

Panorama Maker 5 Pro – the fast and easy software that turns photos and videos into panorama
masterpieces

Disk Drill PRO – designed by Mac users for Mac users to protect and recover important data just like the
pros

Hallmark Card Studio for Mac – Create personalized greetings with the #1 selling greeting card
software.

Compartments – the easy and effective home inventory software for Mac OS X Leopard and Snow
Leopard users

Musicbox – the fun app that easily downloads your favorite web audio to listen to anytime, anywhere

Houdah Tembo –the fast and flexible file finder with the search tool that’s based on the Spotlight engine

Font Explosion Vol. 1 – five hundred 100% royalty-free, sensational TrueType® fonts for any occasion

All titles in the bundle are Mac OS X 10.7 Lion compatible. The Spring 2012 Mac SuperBundle will be available
starting on April 18th for just $49.



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9to5 Staff

May 1st

Uncategorized

Apple offering free Snow Leopard update to MobileMe holdouts

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Mama had it right -- procrastination is bad -- but mama never knew Apple. For Leopard users still clinging tightly to their MobileMe account, it looks like the path to iCloud just got a wee bit cheaper. Qualifying MobileMe holdouts are reportedly receiving email notifications that point them to a special portal; behind a registration form, folks are finding a free copy of OS X 10.6 (on DVD, no less). The goal here is to get customers to make yet another jump to Lion (an extra $29), but the idea of keeping most of that cloud functionality via iCloud is certainly enticing. As MacNN so accurately points out, it's odd that Apple's not including the $69 USB drive version of Lion, which contains the ability to boost even Leopard users to OS X 10.7. If you're one that generally skips out on reading those automated Apple emails, you might want to make an exception for this one.

Apple offering free Snow Leopard update to MobileMe holdouts originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 18 Apr 2012 23:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Darren Murph

April 19th

Apple

Spring 2012 Mac SuperBundle: Roxio Toast 11 Titanium + 8 other apps – $49


From 9to5Toys.com:

The Spring 2012 Mac SuperBundle is one of the better Mac Software bundles we’ve seen.  If you want to burn DVDs or even Blu-rays on your Mac, you are getting Toast Titanium 11 for half its $99 list price and get 9 other solid apps to boot.

.

The Spring 2012 Mac SuperBundle includes:

Roxio Toast 11 Titanium – the ultimate toolkit for easy access to the digital media you love—and love to
share

RapidWeaver 5 –Create stunning websites on the Mac with easy-to-use yet powerful creative tools.

Panorama Maker 5 Pro – the fast and easy software that turns photos and videos into panorama
masterpieces

Disk Drill PRO – designed by Mac users for Mac users to protect and recover important data just like the
pros

Hallmark Card Studio for Mac – Create personalized greetings with the #1 selling greeting card
software.

Compartments – the easy and effective home inventory software for Mac OS X Leopard and Snow
Leopard users

Musicbox – the fun app that easily downloads your favorite web audio to listen to anytime, anywhere

Houdah Tembo –the fast and flexible file finder with the search tool that’s based on the Spotlight engine

Font Explosion Vol. 1 – five hundred 100% royalty-free, sensational TrueType® fonts for any occasion

All titles in the bundle are Mac OS X 10.7 Lion compatible. The Spring 2012 Mac SuperBundle will be available
starting on April 18th for just $49.

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9to5 Staff

April 18th

Uncategorized

Apple releases removal tool for ‘Flashback’ malware

Apple on Thursday released Java update for OS X that removes a number of common variants of the Flashback trojan virus. Discovered last week to have infected more than 600,000 Mac computers, Flashback is a trojan that is capable of intercepting sensitive data and transmitting it back to an attacker. Security experts at F-Secure published instructions on how to manually detect and remove the malware, but Apple’s new Java update will handle the process automatically. The update, Java for OS X Lion 2012-003, is available for download immediately from within Apple’s integrated OS X software update utility.

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Zach Epstein

April 12th

Apple

VMware Fusion update to “fix” Mac OS X client virtualization

VMware, the maker of a popular virtualization software Fusion, seems to be backpedalling on the last week’s release of VMware Fusion 4.1 for the Mac. As originally noted by Macworld, Fusion 4.1 was released with support for virtualization of Lion, Snow Leopard and Leopard clients. A dialog box pops up when installing an operating system client in Fusion 4.1, asking user to “verify” that they are in compliance with their software’s licensing terms.

In essence, this removes VMware from the position of having to evaluate and enforce Apple’s operating-system license, and instead leaves the decision in the hands of users.

In a new blog post today, VMware hinted an upcoming update will “fix” their “mistake”.

When the license verification step was added in VMware Fusion 4.1 the server edition check was omitted. We are preparing an update. [...] Users should always ensure they remain in compliance with any applicable software license agreements.

Of course, per Apple’s EULA only server software is supposed to be virtualized and the above wording pretty much spells doom for Snow Leopard or Leopard client virtualization in the next Fusion release. At the end of the day, VMware is fixing Fusion the same way people fix their dogs. What is Apple’s official stance on this issue?

According to Macworld which obtained the official statement from an Apple spokesperson:

An Apple representative told us that Apple’s end-user license agreements “permit properly licensed copies of Mac OS X Lion, Snow Leopard Server and Leopard Server to be virtualized on Apple-branded hardware only.” It’s unclear what Apple’s disposition toward VMware will be.

If you want to get your MacOS Client virtualization on, might want to pick up a copy of Fusion now, before they put in the “fix”.



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Christian Zibreg

November 22nd

Apple

OS X Lion sees slow adoption with less than 2% of OS traffic share, study finds

Adoption of Apple’s latest version of OS X stalled in October following a strong start that saw OS X Lion downloaded more than 1 million times during its first day of availability this past July. Ad network Chitika analyzed its recent traffic and found that Lion’s share among all operating systems is just over 1.5%, barely a blip on the radar. Usage of the new OS had grown at an average rate of 4.05% each month between June and September, but since then its share has increased at an average rate of just 0.98% per month. Read on for more.

Lion’s growth in usage share among other versions of OS X also fails to impress. Chitika reported in late September that Lion’s usage share had climbed to 14.18% since launching, as Snow Leopard dipped to a 55.5% usage share. In just over a month since that report, Lion gained less than 2 percentage points to reach 16% and, surprisingly perhaps, Snow Leopard’s usage share increased half a point to 56%.

“Apple’s ‘most advanced’ operating system OS X Lion (formally OS X 10.7) hasn’t exactly been their most popular release,” Chitika’s Ryan Cavanagh wrote on the company’s blog. ”According to Apple’s Press page, Lion sales were hot over the first few days, even seeing over one million downloads in the first day. However, since then the latest version of OS X has faced criticism from both users and reviewers alike.”

Cavanagh suggests that issues such as Wi-Fi instability and poor battery performance on MacBook Pro models could be among the causes of hesitation among Mac users. ”Lion’s adoption rate has been less than stellar, to say the least,” Cavanagh added. “While we are seeing consistent monthly growth, Lion isn’t taking off the way some had anticipated.”

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Zach Epstein

November 11th

Apple

New Mac Minis will run Snow Leopard

If, for some reason, you don’t want to run Lion on your new Mac Mini, it appears that using a clone of a recent MacBook Pro running Snow Leopard will boot and operate the Mac Mini.  MacBidoulle cautions the Ethernet hasn’t been properly tested and the new Radeon Video cards in the high end model may need some hacking to get 3D working.



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Seth Weintraub

September 14th

Apple

New Mac Minis will run Snow Leopard

If, for some reason, you don’t want to run Lion on your new Mac Mini, it appears that using a clone of a recent MacBook Pro running Snow Leopard will boot and operate the Mac Mini.  MacBidoulle cautions the Ethernet hasn’t been properly tested and the new Radeon Video cards in the high end model may need some hacking to get 3D working.



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Seth Weintraub

September 14th

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