Apple has released the Golden Master of OS X 10.9 “Mavericks” and Xcode 5.0.1 to developers through the Mac Dev Center here. Learn more about the changes in Mavericks here.
Apple has also released OS X 10.8.5 “Mountain Lion” Supplemental Update. The update fixes issues that may prevent HDMI audio and certain USB Bluetooth adapters from working.
It also fixes an issue that caused external drives to be ejected after the computer goes to sleep and another issue that prevented some applications from using the FaceTime HD camera on mid-2013 Macbook Air systems. Learn more about the update and download it here.
After recently redesigning its Android app to more closely match the design of its Windows 8 app, some users reported it was harder to sign out. To address this, Microsoft has updated its Skype app for Android so users can log out from any home screen instead of only the profile screen.
The update also fixes some bugs including one that may prevent the user from making calls and changing their status to online. Using an Android device? Download the update on Google Play here.
Microsoft has released its monthly Surface firmware update for June 2013. For Surface RT, a driver update improves reliability so the device always wakes up immediately on the first button press.
The firmware update also adds function key toggling, new shortcuts and keyboard navigation improvements to the Surface Touch and Type covers. Learn more about the keyboard shortcuts in the green box here.
For Surface Pro, a camera driver update enhances the clarity of photos taken in low-light conditions and improves the reliability when switching between the integrated camera and an external camera. Using a Surface tablet? Run Windows Update to manually install these firmware updates or wait for them to automatically install.
Google has updated the camera software on Google Glass to improve the quality of photos. The updated software detects low-light conditions and automatically captures a brighter and sharper image.
The updated software will also automatically take HDR images in bright scenes and make adjustments to improve photos with moving subjects. It is also able to rapidly take multiple photos and combine them into a single high-resolution photo.
When taking a photo after the update, Google Glass will prompt the user to add a caption to the photo using their voice. For more information and a photo album of example photos taken with and without the software update, see the Google blog post here.
Google has updated Calendar for Android. It has a redesigned interface for picking the date and time of an appointment, the option to assign custom colours to make certain appointments stand out, a new interface for picking timezones and more recurring event options.
Using an Android device? Download the update on Google Play here.
Apple has released an update to QuickTime that fixes a dozen security issues. See the article here for more information about the vulnerabilities. Apple strongly recommends that all QuickTime users install the update.
Using Apple QuickTime? Run Apple Software Update to download the update or download the latest version of QuickTime here.
Pinterest has partnered with food publications such as 101 Cookbooks and movie databases such as Netflix to add pricing and availability information to pinned recipes and ratings and cast to pinned movies.
To add this information to photos, Pinterest users must opt in to the recent redesign if they haven’t already done so.
Yahoo has redesigned Flickr with a modern design and is giving each user 1TB of free storage so they can upload their photos in full resolution without having to worry about running out of space. Users can pay $499.99 a year for an additional 1TB of storage. They can also pay $49.99 a year to hide ads on the website.
After logging in, the user can scroll through their contacts’ newest photos in high resolution with the number of stars and comments in the lower right corner. The right sidebar displays the Groups and Explore categories, a link to the Flickr blog and suggested contacts.
When the user clicks on the Photostream button, they can see a tiled view of their photos. Hovering over a photo displays a semitransparent black bar with the number of comments. Clicking on a photo will display a larger view of the photo with comments at the bottom.
The Flickr app for Android has also been redesigned. The user will see rows of recommended images and can swipe vertically to view more rows or swipe horizontally to explore more photos in a row.
A hidden sidebar on the left side can be used to access contacts, groups and comments activity and there are search and settings options as well. There is a button in the top-right corner that launches the camera app to take a photo and apply one of Flickr’s built-in filters.
Using an Android device? Download the updated Flickr app here.
Tumblr has updated its iOS app. Previously, tapping the Compose button would display a page of buttons for text, photos, videos, quotes, links and more. Now, when the Compose button is tapped, these options will display in a fan layout as small tappable buttons overlaid over the current window. The update also allows app distribution through posts.
Using an iOS device? Download the update on the iTunes store here.
Google has released Go 1.1, which improves the performance of the programming language by 30 to 40 percent. They achieved this with optimisations to the compiler and linker, garbage collector, goroutine scheduler, map implementation and parts of the standard library.
The Google Go programming language has an expressive type system, fast compilation, good performance and built-in features that simplify threaded programming and concurrency.
Go 1.1 is compatible with Go 1.0, so all users should upgrade to benefit from these improvements. For a full list of improvements, see the release notes here.