Mac News and Rumors for November 13th


This week, we have some very interesting news from Apple as well as a new promotion kicking off at PokerStars that is sure to be of interest to U.S.-based players.

Apple Releases Safari 4.0.4

Apple released a new version of its popular web browser Safari, which brings improvements for JavaScript and History search performance.  There are also several stability improvements in a number of areas including third-party plugins and fixes for security issues.  Many online poker sites, including Bodog and PartyPoker, have web browser versions of their software available through Safari.  Stability improvements and JavaScript updates are critical to ensure a smooth experience while playing on either site.  Safari 4.0.4 can be downloaded from Apple’s website or through the Mac OS X Software Update.  Versions are also available for Windows 7, XP, and Vista.

Mac OS X 10.6.2 and Security Update Released by Apple

Confirming the rumors we published last week, Apple announced that Mac OS X 10.6.2 is now available.  This represents the second update for its new operating system Snow Leopard.  The update takes care of a few bug fixes, including one serious issue that would cause some users to lose all data from their primary user accounts.  There are also fixes for issues around Mail unexpectedly quitting, Address Book becoming unresponsive when editing, and general reliability improvements for iWork, iLife, Aperture, Final Cut Studio, MobileMe, and iDisk.  The update comes in at 473 MB.

Joe Cada and New PokerStars Promotions

Joe Cada might have been wearing another label on his hat prior to the final table of the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event, but when he took it down this week, he donned a PokerStars logo.  He becomes the sixth PokerStars sponsored player to win the Main Event, joining Tom McEvoy, Chris Moneymaker, Greg Raymer, Joe Hachem, and Peter Eastgate.  The other two PokerStars players at the final table were Eric Buchman, who finished in fourth place for $2,502,787, and Kevin Schaffel, who busted in eighth for $1,300,228.

There is also a new promotion at PokerStars called Dream Job USA, which is only available to players in the United States.  Players will need to participate in the Dream Job USA qualifiers and in the end, one player will win a 12-month poker contract worth $100,000 that includes $40,000 to play at the biggest live events of their choosing.  The winner will be awarded their contract when they win the Dream Job $109 Final, which takes place on November 29th at 19:00 ET.  Qualifiers have already started for as low as $1.10 and also include FPP satellites.

$25,000 Heads-Up Pot Limit Omaha World Championship

Full Tilt Poker is having its second $25,000 Heads-Up Pot Limit Omaha World Championship on November 21st.  The high-stakes game will play down to the final four players, who will then finish off the tournament the next day at 16:00 ET.  Players can buy into this event for a cool $25,000 or enter in through one of the many satellites running on the poker site.


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