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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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE