iTunes 10.5.2 and Thunderbolt Display firmware updates available

Apple has released an update to iTunes, bringing the latest public release of the software to version 10.5.2. This update contains small fixes for an audio distortion problem that may happen when playing or importing audio from some compact discs. Beyond this fix, the program contains some undocumented iTunes Match refinements.

The update should be available via Software Update for most users, but can also be downloaded directly from the iTunes 10.5.2 download page. The update is around 102MB as a standalone download for OS X, and around 66MB to 68MB for Windows systems.

Apple releases a new update for iTunes version 10.5.2

In addition to the iTunes software update, a firmware update for Apple’s Thunderbolt Display is available. This update is supposed to address a power-handling issue that resulted in loud fan noises coming from the displays, and includes a few other stability improvements. The update, which requires OS X 10.6.8, or OS X 10.7.2 or later, is a small 942KB application that when run will give you onscreen instructions for how to apply the update.

As with all firmware updates, be sure your system and the display are plugged into a reliable power source, and do not disturb the update process, as a faulty update can render the display inoperative.

The iTunes Update is available at your Software Update.
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New YouTube Design: YouTube wants to compete with the television

YouTube has introduced its new design.

Just in time for the beginning of December appeared the complete re-design of YouTube.

Youtube is preparing for the new age of television. The world’s largest online video portal launches the biggest redesign in its six year history, with which it brings is a provider of Internet-enabled televisions to channel millions into position. Google‘s daughter puts on its revised portal rather than individual videos, but the thematic channels in the center. Since Thursday, each user can create a personalized YouTube homepage, where he selects his favorite channels that are constantly updated. This should be primarily associated with more order into the millions of videos overloaded and confusing offer, get lost in the contents of most vendors so far.

The new design is very straightforward and offers many new features.

After the redesign, users like the TV to switch from one channel to another, rather than having more or less aimlessly through millions of videos from pros and amateurs digging.

“Channels are the stars on Youtube – and all the channels that run well on Youtube will be great even on TVs,” – Shiva Rajaraman, YouTube product manager

Thematic channels instead of amateur videos
With the TV-friendly offering, the currently positioned mainly on computers used video portal as an alternative to traditional TV and cable stations. Users can Youtube-interest channels – from Disney and HBO Channel on the Coldplay niche channel through to the cooking channel for vegetarians and the Chelsea station for football fans – even on mobile phones and tablets and now use the Microsoft game console Xbox.

“We are working hard to combine the best of online and TV,” – Shishir Mehrotra, product development chief

“We are convinced that the word ‘Online Video’ will eventually disappear -. With ‘video’ then all devices are meant not only computers” According to Mehrotra, there will soon be millions of such niche channels from providers such as Youtube.

In search of new advertising revenue
To boost revenue, YouTube is experimenting with new advertising formats and cost models. In a test with a few hundred advertisers pay them for not more page views, but only for commercials, which have looked at the Youtube user really. Users who want to fast forward directly to the video, skip the spot. Advertisers have to pay anything in the case. Half of the spots on YouTube can now be skipped.

YouTube to MP3 – Convert MP3 from YouTube Videos @youtube

macupdate’s review
YouTube to MP3 is for users who like to listen to music on YouTube but want to do it offline or on their favorite portable player. You have found soundtrack of new movie on YouTube and want to save it to your music library as MP3. Then MediaHuman YouTube to MP3 Converter for Mac is a best choice for you.

This software is extremely simple to use and allows you to extract audio track from your favorite videos and music clips. Besides of it this software is completely free.

System Requirements
YouTube to MP3 requires Intel with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard or later.

Download Details
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Minitube for Mac – a native YouTube client

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Minitube is a desktop YouTube application. With it you can watch YouTube videos in a new way: you type a keyword, Minitube gives you an endless video stream. Minitube does not require the Flash Player.

Minitube is not about cloning the original Youtube web interface, it aims to create a new TV-like experience.

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iFFmpeg – a full-intergrated Video Converter for Mac

Publisher’s Description
iFFmpeg is a free, easy-to-use front-end for the powerful–and also free–command line tool FFmpeg, which lets you easily convert media files between different formats. (Note that you must also download an FFmpeg binary to use iFFmpeg, but the developer’s Web site has simple, drag-and-drop instructions for doing so.)
The iFFmpeg interface is straightforward enough for even beginners to use, with a sparse menu bar that lets you add a file to convert, or preview, start, or merge files. You can also look at FFmpeg binary information, choose a codec (from an almost overwhelming array, from basics like AVI, MOV, and WMV to device-specific MP4s for everything from AppleTV to Sony PSP), and adjust a huge number of settings, include bit rate, resolution, and aspect ratio, with separate settings for audio and video. iFFmpeg can also handle batch processing and comes with several localizations.
Add to all this a responsive developer and a happy user community, and iFFmpeg is a must-download for anyone who wants a free, simple media converter.

Download Details
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Miro – See videos and Internet TV on Mac OS X

About Miro
Miro is a video player that has arisen from the development of democracy. Like its predecessor miro can play almost any video format.
Miro also offers the ability to play movies in HD quality and play back videos from the Internet via RSS feed and video platforms like YouTube. In addition, Miro has a built-in Torrent client that allows for quick downloading movies.

System Requirements
Miro requires at least Mac OS X 10.3 and a stable QuickTime 7

Download Details
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Skype eliminates vulnerability in the client for Mac OS X

Been a month does Skype on a vulnerability in the Mac client, which is rather moderate. It can be used only by authorized contacts. One would have in the selection of Skype contacts proceed quite negligent to have a risk of being affected. With the larger Skype announced for next week update the company plans to close in a sweeping, this gap. Scared users or those who frequently change should Skype partners install a patch that provides information on the Skype in the above linked blog post.

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