updated 03:05 pm EDT, Tue August 21, 2007
OS X-built Java framework
In brief: Apple has slightly modified the coloring on its Mighty Mouse offerings, an OS X-built Java framework rounds out the JDK, nearly 70 new Mac tutorials have been released, Apple has won an iPod nano patent, and MacLockPick receives a public demonstration ... As reported by setteB.it, Apple silently changed the coloring on its Mighty Mouse and Wireless Mighty Mouse. Apparently the only change is the color of the lower side of side buttons: they are now white, matching the rest of the unit, rather than the original gray. The product codes for the newly colored mice are different, but prices are the same.
OS X-built Java framework rounds out JDK
Molly is new open-source and production-ready Java framework that attempts to round out JDK functionality by adding additional utility classes for developing database and web applications. Core components include, Molly server pages, server-side pages that are compiled down to a servlet; Database mapping that provides an Object/Relational mapping tool, which creates java objects corresponding to database tables; and various HTML form related utility functions such as form persistence and validation. The entire Java codebase was developed using Mac OS X and BBEdit.
Nearly 70 Mac tutorials released
Accularian has announced the online availability of 69 video tutorials designed to teach basic Macintosh computer skills through the internet. The first six lessons are free and there is a one time charge of $25 is offered for the remaining lessons. The first section of lessons cover important aspects of the computer such as The Finder, The Apple Menu, The Menu Bar, The Dock, The Desktop, Files, Folders and more. The System Preferences section teaches people how to customize their Macs, including how to use the powerful speech recognition software, built into each Mac.
Apple wins iPod nano patent
Yesterday, the US Patent and Trademark Office published Apple's iPod Nano Design Patent win under document number D549,237. The newly granted patent follows three that were granted last week for their Video iPod. The iPod Nano debuted on September 7, 2005. Apple lists their CEO Steve Jobs and the following engineers as the inventors of the iPod Nano: Andre; Bartley K. (Menlo Park, CA), Coster; Daniel J. (San Francisco, CA), De Iuliis; Daniele (San Francisco, CA), Howarth and others.
MacLockPick gets public demonstration
For the first time in public, SubRosaSoft will be demonstrating MacLockPick, a tool for law enforcement professionals to perform live forensics on Mac OS X systems. The solution is based on a USB Flash drive that can be inserted into a suspect's Mac OS X computer that is running (or sleeping). Once the software is run it will extract data from the Apple Keychain and system settings in order to provide the examiner fast access to the suspect's critical information with as little interaction or trace as possible.