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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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R