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Mac Update: XBMC 12.2, Cocktail 6.4, Belkin Thunderbolt and The Fourth

3 May 2013 2,172 views No Comment

This Saturday edition of the Mac update report gives XBMC and Cocktail bug fixes, plus a Thunderbolt dock and cheap games for Star Wars Day!

May it be with you always. This Saturday edition of the Mac update report is working from the mundane up to the cool stuff. Yes, XBMC and Cocktail deliver bug fixes and tweaks, but Belkin has a cool, port-rich dock for your Mac. And, today is Star Wars Day and the Fairer Platform has got game, cheap games.

• XBMC 12.2 (download)
— Fixed infinite loop on addon dependencies, resolves crashing problem that arrose immediately post 12.1 launch
— Numerous UPnP fixes
— Memory leak fixed when XBMC is minimized
— Various Raspberry Pi playback fixes and software codec support
— Fixed OSX audio mixing
— Fixed some audio-related crashes in Linux builds
— AirPlay fixes
— Bluray folder resume-bookmarks now work
— Ability to scan for new content on file folders has been reimplemented
— Language updates from Transifex

• Cocktail 6.4 (download)
— Added ability to change standby delay (Disks – Sleep)*
— Specifies the delay (in minutes) before writing the hibernation image to disk and powering off memory for standby. This setting is only available on compatible computers.
— Added ability to disable shadow in window captures (Interface – General)
— Added ability to show Debug menu in App Store, Photo Booth and Reminders (Interface – Misc)
— Added compatibility with the latest versions of supported web browsers
— Improvements on the clear system caches procedure

Mac Updated: Of Ports and Jedi

If your Mac had more ports, what would you do? With Belkin’s now shipping Thunderbolt Express Dock, your answer very well might be “everything.” No, it’s not cheap, but you get a lot of ports for the money.

Thunderbolt Express Dock, $299.99
— Connect 8 separate devices to your laptop through a single Thunderbolt cable
— 1 Thunderbolt port to connect to laptop
— 1 Thunderbolt port to connect Thunderbolt devices (Daisy-chain up to 5 devices through one port)
— 1 Gigabit Ethernet port
— 1 FireWire 800 port
— 1 3.5mm Headphone Output Jack
— 1 3.5mm Audio Input Jack
— 3 USB 3.0 ports (data transfer at 2.5Gbps max)
— Cable-management channel

For a host of (often strange) reasons, May the Fourth is Star Wars Day and the good folks at Aspyr are celebrating by offering big, big discounts on their complete range of Star Wars games for Mac:

— Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, $6.99 (20)
— Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. $6.99 (20)
— Star Wars: Empire At War, $10.99 (30)
— Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast. $3.99 (10)
— Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, $3.99 (10)

Read more about the history of May the Fourth and learn how a silly pun became an international holiday, of sorts…

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