Following up on the breaking report about the Trojan Horse for Mac OS X (first reported by MacNN yesterday along with several details), Apple yesterday responded to the security threat by saying that it was "aware of the potential issue identified by Intego and are working proactively to investigate it." Meanwhile, Intego offered a Q&A About MP3Concept Trojan Horse.
Topics of discussion on the MacNN forums today include: protecting a PowerBook's screen from keyboard damage; speculation about future Power Mac G5 specs; further discussion of iMac "green light" issues; the recent Mac OS X virus/trojan horse threat; the latest themes and Mac OS X GUI customizations from members and developers; discussion of the new Command and Conquer: Generals game for Mac.
Tech news: Some U.S. states want citizens to hand over unpaid sales taxes for 'Net purchases; after recent years of gloomy forecasts, the outlook for advertising dependent Internet companies grew brighter on Thursday following Yahoo's report of strong quarterly earnings; Virginia authorities said a North Carolina woman would join her brother as a defendant in a "spam" e-mail case that could net each up to 20 years in prison.
Apple is appealing to architects with the Digital Architects Tour, which takes place next month, according to Macworld U.K.. There's two UK shows: one in Manchester on May 4, the other in London May 6. They aim to show architects how they can employ Apple and digital technologies in their work. A message on the Digital Architect Web site reads: "Come and see how you can fully exploit the potential offered by the convergence of digital media into the design process." Featured application include: SketchUp, VectorWorks, Piranesi, FastTrack Schedule and Cinema 4D to improve your workflow. The show travels across Europe during May and June.
"While other national retailers are just scoping out the Country Club Plaza, one chain appears to have made a commitment," reports The Kansas City Star. Apple has posted seven job openings on its Web site for a new Plaza store, even though Apple typically does not announce a new store until two weeks before it opens, said Jane Rauckhorst, senior manager, retail public relations. Apple has stores in St. Louis but none in the Kansas City area or Missouri. There are now 77 in the United States and one in Japan.
The Plone Team has announced the release of Plone 2.0, the latest version of its open source Content Management System. Plone 2.0 offers significant productivity gains for content managers and developers. It includes an intuitive interface and out-of-the-box features such as time-based content publishing and role-based authoring and publishing. The release also offers a streamlined interface, conformity with government standards, management of add-ons, and advanced security configuration. Plone was the highest-voted open source project for the O'Reilly pavilion at COMDEX and was the only open source system at the Jupiter Content Management Conference.
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Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN
MIT demoes 'Eyeriss' AI chip for mobile
At the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week, MIT researchers presented a new chip designed specifically to implement neural networks. The researchers claim that "Eyeriss" is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms such as Siri or Cortana, rather than uploading all data to a remote server for processing. http://bit.ly/1TISJBe
Pocket for iOS adds readability settings
Offline reader iOS app Pocket has updated, with reader-friendly changes. With the new revision, premium subscribers can adjust character spacing, and choose from eight new fonts including one that makes it easier for sufferers of dyslexia to read saved content. The app itself is free, with a premium subscription available for $5 a month, or $45 a year. http://apple.co/1KuILBl