Mac gamers can finally join their PC users in gaming via Steam which is now available for Apple Mac OS X. Steam has offered Portal game for free until May 24th.
From Steam blog: Steam has been a service exclusively for PC users since we launched it in 2004. For the first time we and our partners are bringing it to another platform. It’s been a ton of work, but the Mac is great for the same reason the PC is great – they are both open systems that let gamers and game developers be as close as possible.
So check it out. If you have a Mac and are new to Steam, welcome! If you’ve been with us since the beginning, borrow a Mac and log into your Steam account and jump into a game. And for everybody, Portal is free from today until the 24th.
One of the cool feature Apple is adding to Snow Leopard is the Chinese character input using the Multi-Touch trackpad in your Mac notebook. The input window that pops up offers suggestions for subsequent characters based on what you chose. There is no mention that it will work with other Asian character sets.
Apple will release its new operating system Mac OS X for Mac computers this Friday on the 28th of August. Upgrade will retail at $29 if you own OS X Leopard otherwise Snow Leopard will cost you $169.
The 165Mb 10.5.8 Update for Mac OS X Leopard includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac, as well as specific fixes for:
- compatibility and reliability issues when joining AirPort networks.
- an issue that could cause some monitor resolutions to no longer appear in Displays System Preferences.
- issues that may affect Bluetooth reliability.
For detailed information on this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3606.
For information on the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.
Apple has revealed the $29 upgrade to your Mac OS X Leopard to Snow Leopard which will be available in September. Apple has lots of new features to the next upgrade to the OS which Apple has grouped on the website to Better. Faster. Easier., Next-generation technologies., More accessible than ever., and Exchange support.
Press Release: Apple Unveils Mac OS X Snow Leopard
Apple has released the latest update for its Leopard operating system, Mac OS X 10.5.7, for 20 bug fixes and a few security fixes. The upgrade is a hefty 449MB download while the combine updated (for 10.5 to 10.5.7) is 728Mb.
Some of the features from the the upgrade are: additional RAW image support, better video playback and cursor movement on recent Nvidia-powered Macs, fixed an issue with Dvorak keyboard layout.
Source: Mac OS X 10.5.7 Update
Apple has released Security Update 2009-001 which fixed the Safari RSS vulnerability. Including in the security updates are fixes for Apple Pixlet Video, CarbonCore, ClamAV, CoreText, perl, python, Safari RSS, SMB, and X11.
The second update is for improving multiple vulnerabilities in Java Web Start and Java Plug-in.
Internet phone and video calling software, Skype, has released beta version 2.8 for Mac. Now you can share screens while using Skype. The other feature is you can use your Skype credit to pay for Boingo Wi-Fi hotspots on a minute-by-minute basis.
Other features are Improved chat management, Quick Add People to Chat, Mood message chat, Large profile pictures, Hidden avatars in incoming contact requests and Add notes to contacts.
Source: Skype 2.8 Beta for Mac
Apple has released Mac OS X 10.5.6 and security update for Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. Mac OS X 10.5 contains over 40 fixes and tweaks.
Some notable improvements are improve syncing with MobileMe, Address Book reliability, AirPort, Client Management, iChat, Graphics enhancement, Mail, Printing, Time Machine, Safari and several other improvements.
Full update information after the jump.
Apple has released Mac OS X 10.5.4 fixing several issues with Spaces, Expose, iCal, Safari and AirPort.
AirPort reliability on 5GHz networks has been improved, in addition to a fix for slower performance problems in Logic Studio and MainStage. iCal reliability when it comes to the software’s handling of meeting requests, cancellation notices, and syncing with the iPhone has been improved. Performance issue with Safari is now fixed.
Apple may announce Mac OS X 10.6 code name “Snow Leopard” at next week’s WWDC which will be release in January 2009. Mac OS X 10.6 will not have major new features but it will have cleansed out all PPC codes and it will use 64-bit Intel only. The rumour is it will also integrate multi-touch feature to combat what is coming out of Microsoft Windows 7.