Western Digital To Warn Of OS X Mavericks Data Loss

Western Digital is warning customers of an unfortunate interaction between its storage management software and Apple’s latest OS X release, 10.9 ‘Mavericks,’ which can result in permanent data loss.

The latest release reduces the heavy skeuomorphism, the use of fake ‘physical’ elements, such as paper textures and page turning animations, of the company’s bundled applications, improves power efficiency with wake-up scheduling, and introduces kernel tweaks which include the seamless in-memory compression of unused application data in order to reduce paging to disk.

However it has also brought a fair number of glitches along for the ride. Flaws in the mail application and in connecting Thunderbolt storage devices are being addressed by Apple in pending updates, but there’s a more serious problem that needs tackling, which is data loss on Western Digital storage devices.

According to an email sent by Western Digital to customers and republished by TUAW, an unfortunate interaction between Western Digital’s management software and OS X Mavericks can result in the complete loss of all data on external drives connected to systems running Apple’s latest OS upgrade.

‘We want to make you aware of new reports of Western Digital and other external HDD products experiencing data loss when updating to Apple’s OS X Mavericks (10.9),’ the company explained in the email to customers. ‘WD is urgently investigating these reports and the possible connection to the WD Drive Manager, WD Raid Manager and WD SmartWare software applications.’

Advice given by Wester Digital for external drive users is not to upgrade to OS X Mavericks just yet. For users that have already taken this step, it is advisable to uninstall all copies of WD Drive Manager, WD Raid Manager and WD SmartWare, all of which WD has removed from its website to prevent fresh installations, and reboot the system to prevent data loss.

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Mavericks Update Free For A Limited Time On The UK Mac App Store

Yes, this is not a joke it seems. Apple offers the new operating system, Mavericks, completely free for mac users on the Mac App Store for a limited time (or at least it should if they still want to make money). Are you surprised? We are as well.

“We want all Mac users to experience the latest features, the most advanced technologies and the strongest security. And now they can. Because the newest version of OS X is free. It’s a simple download from the Mac App Store, so it couldn’t be easier to get. OS X Mavericks is another major leap forward for the Mac — and for everyone who uses it”

Users who access the Apple website will be greeted with the message above and the link that takes you to the Mac App Store Preview section. Get your Macs ready, connect to the nearest Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection, open your App Store and start your download.

“With OS X Mavericks, the Mac experience gets even better. It brings new apps to your desktop. Adds features you’ll love to use. And introduces technologies that help your Mac perform even better —
while using even less power.”

So don’t miss the chance to get your free upgrade on your MacBook, iMac or even Mac mini. Head on down to the website and see it with your own eyes. And hurry up not to miss the opportunity yourself!

Apple Released OS X Mavericks Gold Master To Developers

Apple has released the Gold Master edition of the new version of its laptop and desktop operating system, OS X Mavericks, to developers, giving the strongest indication yet that it is about to publicly unleash it.

The “GM seed” stage of the project means that Apple has finished the software and the timing fits with previous rumors that the company plans to launch it at the end of October, though an official date has yet to be nailed down. When the new OS X finally hits Macs around the world, it will bring support for iBooks, new Finder Tabs, integrated Apple Maps, the power-saving App Nap function, and Compressed Memory, among other new features.

OS X Mavericks, Apple claims, is the “most powerful OS X ever”. Some of the features it is highlighting for developers include LinkedIn integration, so app programmers can add access to users’ profiles more easily in their software. Apple Maps is also available for them to integrate. And an AV kit simplifies media playback within apps.

Developers are encouraged to download the GM seed of OS X Mavericks and Xcode 5.0.1 from the Mac Dev Center. Naturally, you need to be signed up to the Mac Developers Program to log in first.

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Latest Leak Shows That iPad 5 Will Feature Touch ID

While the launch of the iPad 5 release date is closing in later this month, leaks and speculation have been continuously flowing. The latest is from a YouTube channel named Unbox Therapy.

Using one of the leaked iPad 5 front panels that have been roaming around from part suppliers, Unbox Therapy shows how the iPad 4’s current home button will not fit in the new build. However when he dismantled an iPhone 5S’ Touch ID home button and placed it into the iPad 5 case, they got a perfect fit. It’s like it was made perfectly for the iPad 5.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6zEOiPlYtw[/youtube]

However, this  is not concrete evidence that Apple will include Touch ID on the new iPad. Apple is known to adopt its new technology into the whole line of iDevices, this including the iPad mini 2 as well. So this makes perfect sense to expect the newer iPad devices with Apple’s latest technology implemented.

On the other hand, the Sapphire Crystal home button that houses Touch ID is presumably under tight constraints thanks to iPhone 5S popularity, so in some regards, it may make sense for Apple to leave it out of this iPad generation – making for a bit of inconsistency. We will just have to wait for the release and know for certain what will the new iPad devices have in regards with the previous generations.

Apple hasn’t officially confirmed an event for October, but many publications have word Apple will announce the iPad 5, iPad mini 2, new Macs, and OS X Mavericks before the end of the year.

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