Apple today noted that is recent QuickTime 6.5.1 update resolves "CAN-2004-0431 where playing a malformed .mov (movie) file could cause QuickTime to terminate." eEye Digital Security said they reported the flaw back in February, according to CNET News.com: "Apple is downplaying the seriousness of the flaw in its advisory. A movie file could be created, the firm maintained, that would cause malicious code to execute when the user opened the file...Since movie files are not generally thought to carry code, the flaw could be used to disguise a virus or Trojan horse program and lure unsuspecting Mac users into running the program." The report notes that Apple didn't issue a security advisory until eEye discovered that Apple had patched the security flaw and asked Apple to do so.
Adium X 0.53 updates the customizable and extensible AOL instant messaging client: "It features an all new, customizable message display, custom link titles, two new protocols (Yahoo! Japan and Novell GroupWise) and a ridiculously long list of improvements and fixes." [4.3MB] oXygen XML Editor 4.0 improves usability and adds a full featured XSLT debugger in the standalone version. Other features include several important enhancements to debugging, Emacs-like shortcuts, more font options, improved search/replace, new plugins, and outliner improvements. It is available for $75 (23% off) until the 15th of May. [14MB] Hogwasher 4 ($50) is a new version of Asar's Usenet Newsreader and Email client for the Mac. It offers multi-account article assembly, an optional multi-pane display, a completely rewritten database engine for improved stability and performance, improved online documentation, more powerful filtering, built-in spell-checking, and other features. Upgrades are $25. [4.3MB] Cheetah3D 1.5 ($60) now supports ngons (polygons with n edges) throughout the entire app from the polygon objects over the polygon tools too the file loaders and exporters. It also features "dramatically improved polygon tools." The 3D modeller and renderer for Mac OS X offers many tools from simple polygon editing over advanced subdivision modelling to boolean operations and Bezier splines. [6.9MB] FTPDroplet II v2.1 ($15) brings a more detailed interface with better progress indicators and also is now available in French, Spanish, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), and German. The drag & drop application quickly uploads files to specific destination; it runs on Mac OS X 10.2 or later. [1.6MB] StarCraft/Broodwar 1.11 corrects a handful of small issues with the popular real-time strategy game, while Nanosaur 2 1.0.5 brings a Dutch localization as well as improved localization and manuals for all other languages to the $25 action game. Mail Toolbox v1.1 ($21) adds SSL supported, an improved interface, message forwarding, printing, speed improvements, bug fixes, and both French and Spanish localization. The application helps manage email accounts by providing a client to browse mailboxes, delete spam, etc. It supports POP3, APOP, IMAP, and SMTP protocols. [2.9MB] .com Solutions Inc. has updated its FileMaker 7 AppleScript Reference with a new FileMaker 7 version of the file (16K download file), in addition to the PDF version. The guide provides a side by side quick reference for commonly used FileMaker 6 and FileMaker 7 AppleScript code examples. Each code example is stored within a FileMaker 7 database field for easy copying to the MacOS X Script Editor.
Topics of discussion on the MacNN forums today include: The maximum hard drive size for a Power Mac G4; protective sleeves for PowerBook G4s; recent changes made by Apple to its iBook Repair Program; replacing a failing flat-panel iMac's hard drive; Apple CEO Steve Jobs' position on video features in future iPods; the merits of a 12" iBook as a desktop replacement.
Apple has a possible fix for users experiencing problems using the iPod Updater 2004-04-28, requiring users to delete the "iPodDriver.kext" driver file using the Terminal and reinstall iTunes. "iPod's disk icon appears in the Finder, but it does not appear in the iTunes Source list or in the iPod Updater. To resolve this issue, you'll need to delete one file and reinstall iTunes. Follow each of the steps below. (1) Open Terminal (/Applications/Utilities). (2) Type: sudo rm -R /System/Library/Extensions/iPodDriver.kext (3) Press Return. (4) Enter the administrator account password when prompted (5) Quit Terminal. [Restart, redownload iTunes, Reinstall iTunes]."
Wired News talks about how Windows XP users are mimicking Mac OS X: "although the machine is running Windows XP, the interface is almost indistinguishable from an OS X machine. Notice the dock, desktop background, menus, system font and icons for applications and folders. Even the keyboard shortcuts belong to the Mac OS X. The system belongs to Kurt871, who won the latest monthly screenshot contest at AquaXP, a site devoted to turning XP boxes into faux Macs. AquaXP has 9,000 members. The site is named after Apple Computer's distinctive Aqua Mac OS X interface. A similar site, Aqua-Soft.org, has 16,000 members. And there are a dozen or more sites like them..."
FJZone.org has published a free iTunes 4.5 guide (119KB PDF) that provides answers and suggestions for 15 problems users have reported with iTunes 4.5, QuickTime, and updating their iPod.
Forbes' Arik Hesseldahl offers some suggestions for improving iTunes in his Ten O'Clock Tech column today. Hesseldahl would like to see Apple include more than just cover art with the music he buys from the iTunes Music Store, something more akin to liner notes that have traditionally accompanied albums, and he feels Apple should use an album's original release date and not its re-issue date in the music's information tags. Also, rather than the weekly new music emails that Apple sends out to customers, Hesseldahl suggests Apple create custom emails based on a customer's prior purchases. "Overall, iTunes is off to a great start, and as yet the competition isn't even close. But the online music game is just getting started," he concludes.
American Power Conversion, best known for it USP products, recently announced three ergonomic stands for laptops. Deigned to improve comfort and posture with varying levels of adjustability for a laptop's screen, each stand elevates the laptop and improves cooling and can be rotated 360-degrees. One stand features a minimal 5-degree tilt, while another features a 4-port USB 2.0 hub. Prices range from $20-$100.
Nova Media today released Mobile High Speed 3G, the first Mac OS X software to support online connections using the UMTS protocol. Currently available in Europe, UTMS supports download/upload speeds of up to 384/64kbps. The software features support for Vodafone's Mobile Connect Card 3G/GPRS datacard for UMTS connections on all Vodafone UMTS networks, a well as Novatel Merlin UMTS card and Siemens U15, and Motorola A385, Samsung SGH-Z100, SGH-Z105 mobile phones. The 3G edition of the software also supports 200 network settings for most mobile network carriers worldwide and supports more than 87 phones and PC Card modems. Mobile High Speed 3G sells for €75 (US$91.50).
Brokerage house Piper Jaffray has initiated coverage on Apple with a "market perform" (hold) rating, notes CBS Marketwatch. No further notes regarding the coverage were released.
Robert X. Cringely, one of Apple's first employees back in 1977 and author of Accidental Empires, a history of the personal computer industry, says Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs "is proud of being an a**hole." The remark came in an interview published in today's Sydney Morning Herald. It's unclear whether Cringely was referring to Jobs 25 years ago, today, or both. He also explains that Microsoft founder Bill Gates "doesn't mind his actions being described but he doesn't like people to characterize him (say why he does what he does)." Cringely also says that innovation has been stunted since the development of the World Wide Web and that growth will remain confined largely to processors and system software, since that's where the money is.
CPC has introduced MacCaption 2.0, a new version of its closed captioning software that can now automatically break and accurately time closed captions at the click of button. MacCaption (with subtitle option) subtitles a multitude of video formats without the need for a hardware character generator; it can import text, automatically format the text into basic captions, and can perform (manual) caption formatting, positioning and timing. Other features include multi-language capability, border around characters, translucent backgrounds, proportionally spaced fonts, kerning, and line spacing. Pricing starts at $4,000.
Jiiva today announced SuperScrubber 1.5, an update to its powerful disk erasing solution. Version 1.5 now includes three distinct editions: SuperScrubber G3, SuperScrubber G4, and SuperScrubber G5. The separation offers support for legacy machines such as beige PowerMac G3s. Version 1.5 also includes improved support for Unix file systems, enhanced support for USB and FireWire hubs, as well as an updated list of built-in configurations. Each edition is $30, while the three bundled editions are $50. A limited non-functional demo is available.
Creo has released Six Degrees 2.0, the latest version of its $100 desktop search engine designed to quickly find e-mail messages, file attachments, and people. Version 2.0 boasts a new, browser-based user interface that delivers ranked search results. The new full text and advanced search features aid users in quickly finding desired information. It also includes a powerful dynamic Projects feature, in addition to the new search functions, to-do lists, and QuickFilters that capture information in categories.
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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