Kyocera KPC 650, Sierra AirCard 580 now Talking EVDO with PowerBook

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Date: Thursday, April 21st, 2005, 11:06
Category: Peripheral

EVDOinfo.com shows you how to use Kyocera KPC 650, Sierra AirCard 580 on your PowerBook for EVDO. Simple installers now available to allow these newer EVDO cards to work in your PowerBook. Read More…

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Apple Brings Rich Text Editing to Safari in Panther

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Date: Thursday, April 21st, 2005, 09:55
Category: Software

SafariAlthough Rich Text editing was expected to come in the next version of Safari (in Tiger), Apple has included it in the latest update available for Panther (it’s in the 10.3.9 update). Rich Text editing allows you to make things bold, italic, change colors, sizes and even drag and drop images – right in your browser.
Apple has chosen a Microsoft de facto standard called contentEditable instead of the Mozilla’s Midas technology. So far, this release does not work out of the box with available Rich Text browser editors and it’s lack of documentation will keep it that way for a while.
To see a working demo of the available features surf over to the All Forces Blog (with Safari) and check out the demo embedded right in the story. Hopefully, Tiger will shed some light on this promising and much needed feature.

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Apple Slapped for Sloppy Security Response

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Date: Thursday, April 21st, 2005, 09:55
Category: Software

VNUNet.com is reporting on Apple’s security patch for a vulnerability in its iSync application:

The patch released on Tuesday is identified as Security Update 2005-004. It followed one month after update 2005-003.
The flaw makes iSync’s mRouter tool vulnerable to a buffer overflow attack. Users with local access to affected systems could then gain super-user privileges.
Apple computers running OS X version 10.2.8 through to the current version 10.3.9 are susceptible to the bug.
The flaw was discovered by Braden Thomas, an independent developer of security software and a member of the University of Southern California’s Digital Security Interest Group.
Thomas went public about the security hole on 22 January, and had notified Apple even earlier. In an email to vnunet.com, Thomas explained that “three months is a long time to fix the bug”.

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L.A. Times: Apple "Chilly and Arrogant as an oil Company"

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Date: Thursday, April 21st, 2005, 09:23
Category: Opinion

The L.A. Times has a story this morning on Apple’s attempts at an end-around the constitution in issuing a subpoena to my former ISP in an attempt to read my email.

For all its skill at designing products that strike an emotional chord with consumers, Apple Computer Inc. sometimes projects a corporate personality as chilly and arrogant as an oil company.
The latest manifestation of this trait is an Apple lawsuit implicitly aimed at a couple of online publications, Apple Insider and PowerPage, that compile tips, rumors and speculation about the company as sedulously as People counts celebrity stretch marks. The lawsuit concerns their premature publication of details of an unannounced Apple product dubbed Asteroid, which will enable users to record musical instruments directly onto their computers.

If Apple spent as much effort on Quality Assurance (witness the 10.3.9 Java fiasco, and the waning PowerBook quality) as it does to litigate its biggest fans and supporters, they’d undoubtedly have better products and more sales. Shame on Apple.

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