Home Theater keyboard connectivitySofa computing and Web surfing represent the next technology frontier in need of innovative products. With Airport and Airport Express routers, the Mrs. and I often use our respective PowerBooks in front of a Pioneer plasma TV in the den each evening. Of course, the HDTV has a computer input, and we’ve been hoping Apple will unleash a stripped down PowerBook-style Bluetooth keyboard with a built-in trackpad for the coffee table. It would be perfect to control a Mac mini in a home entertainment system. Read more…
Wired News: “A security hole in Dashboard could expose users of Apple Computer’s new Tiger operating system to attack, and may put personal information like passwords and credit card data at risk… For the convenience of users, most widgets automatically install themselves. But experts fear any program that auto-installs is ripe for exploitation.”
John Cleary responds:
There are TWO levels of security associated with a Widget:
1) Safari can be told to not “Open ‘safe’ files after downloading,” which includes Widgets. Other potential exploits are stopped by this too.
2) When you run a widget for the first time it asks you if you are SURE you want to run it.
This is more than enough security. If you download a widget, the system asks you if you want to run it. This is no worse than any other software on the Mac OS. If one wanted to write a Trojan for Mac OS X (not a Virus, as it would not be able to automatically replicate) it would be child’s play.
This is a good example of why people should be wary of the software they download in any instance. Any piece of software you download could do huge amounts of damage. You shouldn’t download from an untrusted source or open any file that someone sends you without checking it out first. Common sense.
We’re having so much fun with our iPod and iTunes Wishlist features that the next logical progression is PowerBooks. This article discusses some of features we’d like to see in the next PowerBook. Read More…
Yes, that’s right, all you white-haired (or just thinning) old Newton users from the late 80’s and early 90’s, it’s back! Go ahead and empty the trash on your newly installed Tiger OS 10.4 dock and listen to the beautiful sound of monophonic music. Definitely sounds like a retro-sampling from the Newton OS. Can anyone confirm this?
The Mozilla Foundation released an update to its popular Firefox Web browser today. According to the release notes.
This latest update fixes three security vulnerabilities listed on the known vulnerabilities page (MFSA 2005-42, MFSA 2005-43 and MFSA 2005-44) and resolves a DHTML regression introduced in Firefox 1.0.3.
ExtremeTech: “Although LCD panel manufacturers have invested billions in bringing up new LCD fabs, the market for LCD televisions and monitors continues to rage unabated. That will in turn consume the increasing supply of panels, which is expected to increase by 7.4 percent in the second quarter, 12.5 percent in the third quarter and 20 percent in the fourth quarter.”
Gizmodo: This claim is a stark contrast to Ars Technica‘s piece from last month which stated that “LCD prices have nowhere to go but down.”
I have been using the new RadTech BT510 Bluetooth mouse (US$59.95) for a few days now and totally dig it. It’s a little larger than the BT500 making it more suited for day-to-day use on the desktop, whereas the smaller BT500 is more suited for your gear bag. The BT510 has one of the most brilliant features one could think of in a wireless mouse – a removable USB cable that keeps you in action where your batteries get drained. Read More about an undocumented feature that you’ve got to know about this great BT mouse…