If you like Yelp, but you're after much more granular information on food and drink, then Spork is just what you need to fulfill your craving. This iPhone app (and its companion Web site) lets you simply enter any food or drink item and then populates a list of options nearby, most of them with ratings and comments by other Spork users. In this way, you can determine the best spot for al pastor tacos, cupcakes, dirty martinis, and just about any other tasty treat you're after. In addition, you can rate and recommend dishes yourself as well … Read more
Apple's firmware updates that were released yesterday have been installing properly for most people; however, a few people have run into problems when trying to apply the patch. After running AirPort Utility's firmware update option, the utility will fail and show a fairly generic-sounding error that states "An error occurred while updating the firmware."
If this happens, there are several things you can try to get the firmware to update:
Update AirPort UtilityInstallation of the latest firmware update is recommended to be done through the latest AirPort Utility release (currently version 5.5.2). Check the … Read more
Sony has unveiled a PlayStation app for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android-based devices.
The product, appropriately dubbed the Official PlayStation App, will enable people to access the PlayStation Network to see their trophies and check on their friends' status, as well as see news related to Sony's gaming ecosystem. The app will also include a social feature for users to share information on Facebook, Twitter, or through e-mail. There was no mention of gameplay in the announcement, which surfaced on PlayStation's European blog.
The free app will be available to those running iOS 4 or Android 1.… Read more
Apple has released a couple of firmware updates for the AirPort base station and Time Capsule Wi-Fi units. The updates fix a number of features, including overall stability, settings issues, and AirPlay compatibility (the iTunes update earlier this week also addressed AirPlay problems).
The specific problems addressed are the following:
General fixes to Wi-Fi base station stability
Fixes some issues with AirPlay streaming
General fixes with USB interoperability, including connection to external storage devices
Fixes some issues with NAT port-mapping settings
Disables TKIP security with 802.11n rates per the Wi-Fi Alliance specifications
In addition to the firmware updates, Apple … Read more
Apple has released version 3.5 of its Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update, which includes support for several new cameras including Nikon's D700 and Coolpix P7000.
Other cameras included in the update are:Canon PowerShot G12 Leica D-Lux 5 Leica D-Lux 7 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
Users can find a running list of compatible cameras, here.
If you do not see Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 3.5 in Software Update, be sure you are running Mac OS X 10.6.5. If you have a lesser version of Mac OS X installed, the update will not … Read more
MacFixIt Answers is a feature in which we answer questions e-mailed from our readers. This week we have questions on why only Safari updates require restarts, trial periods for Apple's "Backup" utility, files not staying in place on the Desktop, and an alternative for the "Print Window" feature from the Classic Mac OS. We continually answer e-mail questions, and though we present a few here, we certainly welcome alternative approaches and views from readers and encourage you to post your suggestions in the comments.
Question: Safari updates requiring a restart
MacFixIt reader Duane asks:
When … Read more
A number of people who have upgraded iTunes to the recently released version 10.1.1 have found the program will not properly launch. When they try the program will either unexpectedly quit, or display an error stating the program "cannot open because of a problem."
This issue likely has happened because of an error with the updater being provided through Software Update. People who are noticing this problem have updated through Software Update, whereas those who have used the standalone updater have not experienced this issue.
To fix the problem, the easiest approach (as discovered by MacFixIt … Read more
Apple has released a firmware update for the LED Cinema Display that addresses intermittent audio issues some people have been experiencing with the new monitors. This update should not be confused with the release of the LED Cinema Display Software 1.0 update, which was released several weeks ago to enable audio and brightness features for the new displays.
After the audio features were enabled, a number of people found that audio would either become very faint or be silenced altogether, requiring them to unplug the display and reconnect it for the audio to function again. If this has been … Read more
Apple has released a small update to iTunes 10.1, which, in addition to addressing a couple of bugs that could affect performance and sometimes result in the program crashing, also includes a couple of enhancements for syncing to iOS devices and using AirPlay to stream videos to Apple TV. The update should be available in Software Update, or you can visit the iTunes 10.1.1 Web page and download a standalone installer for the software.
The update specifically fixes the following features:
Addresses an issue where some music videos may not play on Macs equipped with Nvidia GeForce … Read more
Apple has released a couple of updates, one being for the AppleTV operating system software that addresses a couple of issues with high-definition output and downloading TV episodes and movies. The second set of updates is a set of printer drivers for use with OS X. The latest updates include drivers from Canon, Lexmark, and FujiXerox.
AppleTV software update
The AppleTV firmware update is for the second-generation AppleTV units and is available only through software update on AppleTV devices. It will bring the installed OS version to 4.2.1 instead of the previous 4.2.0. According to Apple'… Read more