Applelinks Tech Web Reader - Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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MacBook Bezel Color: Silver or Black? - Which Is Better?
Apple Releases Safari 6.0.4 For OS X Lion and OS X Mountain Lion, and Safari 5.1.9 For Mac OS X 10.6
Java for OS X 2013-003 Released
Apple Releases iPhoto 9.4.3
Windows 8.1 To Include Boot To Desktop Option To Bypass 'Metro' Interface
75% of Enterprise Encounter Problems when Using Open Source Software



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MacBook Bezel Color: Silver or Black? - Which Is Better?

T-GAAP's Karl Johnson notes that Apple has done a great job of picking high quality displays for its products and the new Retina displays are just another example of that. However, the bezel, or display frame, is an often overlooked part of the product that should not be since it sets the stage for how images on the display look.

Johnson observes that Apple has been using a black bezel on most of their Mac products from MacBooks to the Cinema displays, with the MacBook Air its lone product with a silver bezel instead of black - even the new MacBook Pro Retina has a black bezel instead of silver. On the iOS side, users do get a choice, but there is always a black version. He contends that few will probably make their MacBook choice on the bezel color, but it should at least a choice. Which one is better?

Your editor would venture that it's whichever color you like best, but Johnson contends that having used both silver and black bezels, the clear winner is black, which is why Apple uses it on almost all displays. I'm inclined to agree, personally, at least for laptops, although I do prefer white iPads. Go figure.

For the full commentary visit here:
http://goo.gl/O9RN1






Apple Releases Safari 6.0.4 For OS X Lion and OS X Mountain Lion, and Safari 5.1.9 For Mac OS X 10.6

Safari 6.0.4 and 5.1.9 allow you to enable the Java web plug-in on a website-by-website basis, with four settings to choose from.

Products Affected are Safari 5.1 (Mac OS X 10.6), Safari 6 (OS X Lion), Safari 6 (OS X Mountain Lion)

When you first visit a website that requires the Java web plug-in, Safari presents a prompt similar to this one but containing the specific website:

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Once you have chosen to block or allow the Java web plug-in on a website, you can manage Java settings for that website in the Security pane of Safari Preferences. To do so, follow these steps:

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Choose Safari > Preferences.
Click the "Security" tab, then click the "Manage Website Settings" button.

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For each website you have visited that uses the Java web plug-in, you can choose one of four settings:

• Ask Before Using: Safari presents the option to Block or Allow the Java web plug-in. If an update is available for Java, Safari directs you to download the latest version.

• Block Always: Safari presents "Blocked Plug-in" text in the place of the Java web plug-in content. Clicking "Blocked Plug-in" will bring up the option to Block or Allow the Java web plug-in for that website.

• Allow: Websites set to "Allow" can run the Java web plug-in as long as the installed version of Java has no known critical security issues. If an update is available for Java, Safari directs you to download the latest version.

• Allow Always: The Java web plug-in will run without prompts from Safari. This setting is only recommended for trusted websites that require the Java web plug-in, such as websites that are only accessible on your company's intranet.

For more information, visit:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5678?






Java for OS X 2013-003 Released

Java for OS X 2013-003 delivers improved security, reliability, and compatibility for Java SE 6. Java for OS X 2013-003 supersedes all previous versions of Java for OS X.

This release updates the Apple-provided system Java SE 6 to version 1.6.0_45 and is for OS X versions 10.7 or later.

This update uninstalls the Apple-provided Java applet plug-in from all web browsers. To use applets on a web page, click on the region labeled "Missing plug-in" to go download the latest version of the Java applet plug-in from Oracle.

This update also removes the Java Preferences application, which is no longer required to configure applet settings.

For more information, visit:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5682?

About the security content of Java for OS X 2013-003 and Mac OS X v10.6 Update 15

This document describes the security content of Java for OS X 2013-003 and Mac OS X v10.6 Update 15.

Products Affected:
Java, Mac OS X 10.6, OS X Lion, Product Security

This update can be downloaded and installed via Software Update preferences, or from Apple Downloads. For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until a full investigation has occurred and any necessary patches or releases are available. To learn more about Apple Product Security, see the Apple Product Security website.

For more information, visit:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5734

Java for OS X 2013-003 and Mac OS X v10.6 Update 15 is vailable for: Mac OS X v10.6.8, Mac OS X Server v10.6.8, OS X Lion v10.7 or later, OS X Lion Server v10.7 or later, OS X Mountain Lion v10.8 or later, and addresses multiple vulnerabilities in Java 1.6.0_43

Multiple vulnerabilities existed in Java 1.6.0_43, the most serious of which may allow an untrusted Java applet to execute arbitrary code outside the Java sandbox. Visiting a web page containing a maliciously crafted untrusted Java applet may lead to arbitrary code execution with the privileges of the current user. These issues were addressed by updating to Java version 1.6.0_45. Further information is available via the Java website at:
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/releasenotes-136954.html

Products Affected:
Java, Mac OS X 10.6, OS X Lion, Product Security

This update can be downloaded and installed via Software Update preferences, or from Apple Downloads. For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until a full investigation has occurred and any necessary patches or releases are available. To learn more about Apple Product Security, see the Apple Product Security website.

For information about the Apple Product Security PGP Key, see "How to use the Apple Product Security PGP Key."

Where possible, CVE IDs are used to reference the vulnerabilities for further information.

Java for OS X 2013-003 and Mac OS X v10.6 Update 15

Available for: Mac OS X v10.6.8, Mac OS X Server v10.6.8, OS X Lion v10.7 or later, OS X Lion Server v10.7 or later, OS X Mountain Lion v10.8 or later

Impact: Multiple vulnerabilities in Java 1.6.0_43

Description: Multiple vulnerabilities existed in Java 1.6.0_43, the most serious of which may allow an untrusted Java applet to execute arbitrary code outside the Java sandbox. Visiting a web page containing a maliciously crafted untrusted Java applet may lead to arbitrary code execution with the privileges of the current user. These issues were addressed by updating to Java version 1.6.0_45. Further information is available via the Java website at:
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/releasenotes-136954.html






Apple Releases iPhoto 9.4.3

Apple has released an iPhoto 9.4.3 update.

New in Version 9.4.3:
• Photos can now be deleted from My Photo Stream by dragging to the Trash
Photos can now be exported from Photo Stream using the Export command in the File menu
• RAW images manually imported from My Photo Stream are now editable
• Fixes a bug that could cause manually-rotated photos to appear unrotated when shared to Photo Stream
• Addresses an issue that could cause iPhoto to quit unexpectedly while syncing to Facebook
• Resolves an issue that could cause calendar text to appear at the wrong font size, resulting in order cancellation
• Fixes an issue that could cause books to have an incorrect number of pages after rearranging two-page spreads
• Includes stability improvements

System Requirements
• OS X Lion 10.7.5
• OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2 or later

For more information, visit:
http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1650?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US






Windows 8.1 To Include Boot To Desktop Option To Bypass 'Metro' Interface

The Verge's Tom Warren reports that Microsoft is planning to change the way its Start Screen operates with the release of Windows 8.1., noting that "sources familiar with Microsoft's plans" have revealed to The Verge that builds of Windows 8.1, known as codename Windows Blue, currently being tested include an option to boot directly to the traditional desktop. Warren says he's told that the option is disabled by default, allowing users to simply turn on the functionality should they want to avoid the "Metro" (Modern) Start Screen at initial boot or login.

For the full report visit here:
http://goo.gl/XDQkr






75% of Enterprise Encounter Problems when Using Open Source Software

Data Center Automation company Univa has announced the findings of its 2013 Open Source Software Use survey. Conducted online by uSAMP, the report finds that free and Open Source software (FOSS) is prominent with businesses today with 76% of companies using FOSS, while 75% have experienced a problem with using it. Businesses are relying heavily on unsupported Open Source solutions; therefore 64% say they would pay for supported software should it solve their problems.

A lack of Enterprise-grade support is the largest problem FOSS users experience in their company with 27% of respondents raising this as their top concern. Other troublesome issues include usability (24%), maintenance (20%), crashes (19%), bugs (18%), downtime (16%), loss off productivity (16%) and interoperability (16%).

Indeed FOSS importance today means that 64% are willing to pay for better quality, with the following listed as reasons to do so:

Stability (25%)

Enterprise-grade support (22%)

Ease of use (20%)

Extra functionality (18%)

Bug reports/fixes (15%)

Integrated solution (13%)

Product upgrades (13%)

Predictable lifecycles (13%)

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The demand for stability and enterprise-grade support suggests that the comfort of reliability and support is the number one factor that leads to invest beyond Open Source solutions.

"We have always said that users are willing to pay for quality when it comes to Open Source software, and the results of the survey have confirmed as such," says Gary Tyreman, Univa CEO. "A large number of organizations use Open Source Grid Engine as a key ingredient in product development, but as the company grows they cant afford to rely on unsupported Open Source Grid Engine. That is when they can turn to us for peace of mind, scalability and reliability provided by our team and proven Univa Grid Engine."

Many companies are using FOSS as mission-critical software, but when a problem occurs they have no-one to turn to, with any down time seriously affecting the bottom line. We continue to support the Open Source community using Grid Engine,

The key product development departments of a business where most mission-critical software resides - engineering and R&D rely most heavily on FOSS (32%) trumping executive (5%), legal (1%), finance (6%), sales (8%), HR (3%) and marketing (6%) combined. Indeed one in 10 businesses using FOSS across the board in every department, indicating how heavily FOSS is relied upon as the backbone of a company.

Univa is headquartered in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, USA, with offices in Markham, ON, Canada; Austin, Texas, USA and Munich, Germany.

Survey Methodology

Sample was provided by uSamp, a premier provider of technology and survey respondents used to obtain consumer and business insights. This project was fielded from 3/14/2013 through 3/18/2013, collecting 128 completes from uSamps Whiteboard B2B panel. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

For more information, visit:
http://www.univa.com



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