After a week of contemplation, Apple has announced that the 'Opener' malware program blighting OS X is not a virus - although the security community disagrees. According to ZDNet, Apple has denied that the malicious code dubbed 'Opener' is a worm, a Trojan, or a virus of any kind. Discovered a week ago, the Opener program (originally called Renepo) has the ability to disable the firewall in Mac OS X and steal user information.
Intelli Innovations, Inc. today unveiled iAuthorize, a new integrated credit card processing application for Mac OS that offers both a Internet-based credit card processing system and a database for transactions. The software provides Mac-based business owners with a cost-effective solution for accepting Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover customer payments. iAuthorize 1.0 is available at the Intelli Innovations online store for (US)$599. An optional IntelliSwipe USB Credit Card Reader is sold separately.
Sonos today announced that it has delayed its Digital Music System until mid-January. According to the developer, "some fine tuning" needs to be done "in regards to system performance." As a result, the company will not have the product to market by the 2004 holiday season. The Digital Music System "allows users to listen to digital music throughout the home" and is "the first and only multi-zone digital music system with a wireless, full-color LCD screen controller that lets consumers play all their digital music, all over their home, while controlling it all from the palm of their hand." The system will cost $500.
QuarkXPress 6.5 is now available from Quark as a free download for license holders of version 6.1. It is the latest major update to the publishing software for Mac OS X, and was announced last month.
First International Digital, Inc. on Monday introduced its newest series of Beamit wireless music adapters, the 440FM and 450FM, which are compatible with any MP3 player, including the iPod. Both adapters allows users to wirelessly broadcast music from portable audio devices to a car or home FM stereo. The adapters operate from a range of 10-30 feet and plug into a car's 12-volt cigarette lighter. The 440FM offers 12 channels of digital tuning for $30, while the 450FM retails for $40 and offers 100 channels. The 450FM can also be powered by a AAA battery. FID's irock Web site has not been updated to reflect the new products.
Popup Dock 2.0 ($20) is a dock-like application which lets you place multiple dock-like panels anywhere on your screen. In addition to hiding docks by moving them off the edge of your screen, you can assign hot keys to automate the task. Popup Dock is available for the month of November as a fully operational demo. [Download - 786K] Art Files 1.0.6 ($30) is a stand-alone collection utility that helps graphic designers and production artists "collect" Illustrator files for printers and other artists by gathering dependent fonts and images automatically. The new version resolves some issues with font scanning and collecting and is a free updated recommended for all users. [Download - 788KB] iEvents 2.1.2 ($20) is a free update to registered users of iEvents 2, a powerful client-side tool for quickly creating custom calendar websites that can then be easily uploaded to any interent server or iDisk. The new version fixes a bug with the Open FTP menu item. [Classic - 829KB] [Mac OS X - 1.09MB] theConcept 1.1 ($40) is a Mac OS X application that queries your favorite search engines, visits each search result and then analyzes the text from each linked page. When it's finished, theConcept presents you with the key words and phrases defining your search, along with an intuitive interface to explore each one. The new version fixes various bugs and adds indexed data display, updated PDF data mining engine, and XML export. [Download - 1.6MB] MailTemplate and EntourageTemplate 1.4 ($10 each) are Mac OS X applications for creating e-mail messages with templates. The applications streamline the process of sending similar messages to different people. A 15 day trial of both applications is available for immediate download. [Download - MailTemplate 611KB] [Download - EntourageTemplate 588KB] NewsTicker 2.15 ($5) is an easy to use RSS/RDF/ATOM news ticker with a sleek Cocoa interface, voice control and iPod syncing. The new version corrects several bugs and adds tooltips that display short story descriptions. [Download - 697KB]
SessionLoops announce today that Drum Foundations Volume One, featuring Simon Phillips, is now shipping in Apple Loops format. The (US)$50 package features world-class drummer Simon Phillips playing hundreds of grooves, all arranged by style and tempo into 34 drum sessions with tempos ranging from 63.5BPM to 182BPM. Each session contains multiple parts named Verse, Bridge, Chorus etc., making it easy to build a drum track by dragging and dropping the loops. All loops are professionally optimized for use in GarageBand, Sound Track, Logic Pro 7 and Final Cut Pro.
Pixar and Disney Interactive today announced the release of two new videogames based on the upcoming Pixar Animation Studios film, "The Incredibles," which is set to hit theaters this friday. The game is now shipping for the Mac and PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, and Game Boy Advance. A second title, "The Incredibles: When Danger Calls," targets younger gamers and has also begun shipping. The Incredibles game "features intense superhero action and adventure combined with the unique graphical style and humor of the upcoming Pixar film presented by Disney. The game will allow players to relive the movie experience as each of the film's characters in visually stunning environments ranging from lush jungle islands to grand skyscraper-filled cities. The game spans more than 18 levels including bonuses and extra hidden features."
Aspyr Media announced today that it has signed on to publish Command & Conquer Generals Zero Hour for Mac OS X. The title, licensed by Electronic Arts, is under development for the Mac by i5works and will require Command & Conquer Generals. The expansion pack will include a hi-tech arsenal featuring 30 new units, a Generals Challenge mode, new weather effects, 15 additional missions, and 25 new multiplayer maps. Aspyr says it will begin taking preorders for the game soon, which is expected to ship in February 2005.
Iconbase has released a set of Angular Stock icons ($250), which includes 80 quality icons in Mac, Linux and Windows format taking its colors from the Mac OS color palette...Google has fixed a security flaw in its Gmail web-based e-mail service that allowed attackers to hijack users' e-mail accounts... Despite positive financial results, an increase in Mac unit sales, and the popularity to the iPod, Apple's worldwide market share has declined, according to Gartner...The IT-Enquirer has posted an article explaining how to upgrade MySQL to the current version on Mac OS X Server 10.3.x, and how to solve the problems one encounters doing so.
PurgatoryDesign has posted a prerelease version of its upcoming Intaglio 2.1 drawing and illustration application for Mac OS X. The software adds the ability to import most ClarisDraw files. The company is asking that ClarisDraw users test the new version with ClarisDraw files and report their results.
Iogear today introduced its Bluetooth Mini Mouse, which lets you control your computer up to 66 feet from your notebook or desktop. The mouse works with any Bluetooth-enabled PC or Mac system that supports the HID profile, and features an on/off switch to conserve electricity for maximum battery life. The $70 Mini Mouse offers twice the accuracy of typical mouse movement through its 800 dpi resolution and comes with a USB charger to allow you to charge its AAA batteries through a laptop computer.
Information Appliance Associates has devised an application that enables the automatic transfer of music from Apple iTunes to Pocket PCs and MS Smartphone handsets, Macworld UK is reporting. The $10 ppcTunes application lets Windows PC users copy their playlists to Windows Mobile based devices including the Pocket PC. The application includes a tool that halves the space music files take up on a Pocket PC and a built-in MP3-to-WMA converter. The software also sports a "Sync on Connect" feature that enables music files to be copied every time a device is connected.
According to several readers and an article at Engadget, the recent iTunes 4.7 release disables iPodDownload, a plug-in to iTunes that allows users to transfer songs from any iPod to your iTunes library. Apple's DRM guidelines call for the iPod to be associated with only one iTunes music library at a time in order to prevent the player from easily transferring songs to any Mac. In September, Apple forced the developers of the iPodDownload to remove the free plug-in from its web site, citing the "unauthorized" use of Apple iTunes code in software.
When it comes to digital gadgets, Europeans are not impressed by do-it-all devices that play songs and films, keep track of appointments and play video games, according to new survey results released this week. In a poll of 5,000 consumers from Britain, Germany, France, Sweden, Spain and Italy, Jupiter Research found that 27 percent of respondents expressed a preference for a gadget that plays music only while just five percent are interested in buying a device that plays both music and video.
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Fiat Chrysler adding Siri Eyes Free
On Friday, automaker Fiat Chrysler issued a software update for selected 2013-2015 model cars to allow Siri Eyes Free, the precursor to the more fully-featured CarPlay, to be compatible with the vehicles' infotainment systems, including steering wheel control. The 2013 through 2015 model Ram 1500/2500/3500, the 2013-2015 Dodge Viper, the 2014-2015 Dodge Durango, the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and the 2015 models of Dodge Challenger and Charger, Jeep Renegade, and Chrysler 200 and 300 can be upgraded through the Unconnect touchscreen, visiting the Uconnect site and entering their 17-digit Vehicle ID, then downloading the update to a USB drive. Installation can take up to 45 minutes, and can only be done while the vehicle is in park. http://bit.ly/23f0sby
Tor Myhren starts as VP of Communications
After an initial announcement in December, Apple on Friday added former Grey Group chief creative officer Tor Myhren to its leadership roster as VP of Marketing Communications, placing the well-known ad exec in charge of Apple's advertising and Internet marketing efforts, as well as having a hand in packaging design. He will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, and is replacing the retired Hiroki Asai, who left Apple after 18 years with the company. Myhren is expected to continue Apple recent push into more "lifestyle" marketing rather than product-centric ads, such as the well-remembered "I'm a Mac" campaign from last decade. http://apple.co/1Wwf0Dd
Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14
Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-Élysées. http://apple.co/1pP77vO
Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations
Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel
Verizon gives last offer, issues workers ultimatum
Verizon has offered striking workers its "last, best and final offer" following 10 months of protracted negotiations with union leaders. The latest offer comes on the back of 36,000 Verizon employees taking strike action two weeks ago. The proposal includes a 7.5 percent wage rise, better benefits and voluntary retirement incentive offers. The striking workers, mainly on from its fixed line operations, have claimed that Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers overseas and that it has been deliberately hiring low-wage, non-union contractors. Verizon recently posted revenue of $32.2 billion for the March quarter. http://cnnmon.ie/26AmwSv
CarPlay comes to Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche has revealed that its new 718 Cayman series will be the latest vehicles in its range equipped with support for Apple CarPlay. The new Porsche models joins the recently announced 718 Boxster, the 2017 Macans and the 2016 model of the 911 in offering support for Apple's iOS in the car interface. Both are fitted standard with an eight speaker sound system and the Porsche Communications Management (PCM) system. The entry-level Cayman starts at $53,9000, while the faster S variant starts from $66,300. Although already on sale, the won't reach US dealers until late November. http://prn.to/1Tj1EW7
Macphun offers free Photos filters
Image editing software maker Macphun are offering a free set of up to 30 photo filter effects to extend the range of filter options available to users of Apple's Photos app for OS X, which replaced the previous iPhoto program. The first 15 filters are available after installing the software, and includes filters such as "Ancient Canvas" and "Twilight," while users who sign up for the Macphun newsletter will unlock the other 15 effects. The extension integrates directly into Photos, and include sliders for finer control of the effects and a masking brush. http://bit.ly/1VEgQD6