Rogue Amoeba Releases Fission 1.5

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Date: Monday, April 23rd, 2007, 12:21
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Rogue Amoeba, makers of audio applications like Airfoil and Audio Hijack, has released version 1.5 of Fission, its lossless audio editor for MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless and AIFF audio files.
The new version features full audio insertion support, which allows audio to be copied and pasted into both single or multiple files. A new Gain Adjustment feature allows for individual volumes to be manually increased or decreased and the program now supports cue sheet files, auto-complete Inspector fields, a new Album Artist tag for the Inspector component and several minor bug fixes.
Fission retails for US$32 and can be purchased in a bundle with Audio Hijack for US$50. The program is a 3.1 megabyte download, requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and is coded as a Universal Binary which can run at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.

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Mac OS X 10.4.9 and .Mac Synching Problems Found

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Date: Monday, April 23rd, 2007, 12:19
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Alert reader Eric Nix, MD, sent us this e-mail descibing problems between Mac OS X 10.4.9 and .Mac synching.
His problem is as follows:
“I recently found that my Powerbook wasn’t sync’ing with my iMac using .Mac’s sync feature. I looked at my Powerbook’s .Mac settings in System Preferences and could not get the Sync preferences window to open. When I clicked on Sync, it turned the menu bar gray.
I looked on Apple’s discussion forum and found that quite a few people are having the same problem. Guess what? Apple has a bug in 10.4.9 I do believe!”
He then points out a discussion thread on Apple’s web site covering the problem. Messages posted cover ways of rectifying the problem such as deleting and recreating various support libraries, moving in with the Terminal program to change files and reinstalling Mac OS X.
For US$99 a year for a .Mac account, this shouldn’t be a problem and if you’ve seen this or have found a fix or workaround, let us know.

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Griffin Ships iPod Dock Adapter for iPod Shuffle

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Date: Monday, April 23rd, 2007, 09:27
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Long time peripherals manufacturer Griffin Technology has just released the Dock Adapter for iPod Shuffle, an adapter which allows the second generation iPod Shuffle to function with a wider range of devices such as speaker systems, etc. Sans adapter, the Shuffle is required to connect to device via a line-in port.
According to Macworld UK, the adapter includes a slider switch that toggles between Charge/Sync and Audio Play modes (the Charge/Sync mode allows for data transfer and iTunes synching while in Audio Play mode, the Shuffle’s battery is drained as it plays back music).
The adapter will be available in May and retail for US$19.99 before shipping and handling.

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MacBook Pro Hacked at CanSecWest Event

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Date: Monday, April 23rd, 2007, 08:26
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It may not be the news everyone wants to hear where Mac OS X security is concerned, but it’s useful to know either way. One of two “honeypot” (computers which are set up as challenges) MacBook Pro laptops was hacked into at the Canadian CanSecWest security conference.
According to MacNN, a team consisting of Matasano Security researcher Dino Dai Zovi and engineer Shane Macaulay were able to design an exploit for Apple’s Safari web browser and gain user-level access to the Mac OS X operating system. The duo were able to successfully run the hack after contest host eased rules and permitted attendees to attack via code sent through malicious web sites instead of trying to enter through Mac OS X itself.
“At this point all we can say is there is an exploitable flaw in Safari which can be triggered within a malicious web page,” they wrote. “Of course all of the latest security patches have been applied. This one is 0day folks.”
The pair is splitting a prize pack of the MacBook Pro used in the exploit and applying for a US$10,000 prize that’s been offered by TippingPoint’s Zero Day Initiative bug bounty program.
Additional details can be found over at the Apple Core blog.

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Microsoft Updates IntelliPoint, IntelliType Drivers

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Date: Monday, April 23rd, 2007, 07:32
Category: Software

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On Saturday, Microsoft released version 6.2 of their drivers for their IntelliType keyboards and IntelliType mice. The drivers, a 6.9 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker).
The new version enables features such as button and keyboard customization as well as access to battery status and requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later to run. The drivers are programmed as a Universal Binary and function at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
So far the update’s gone smoothly on this end, but if you’ve tried the new version and had a memorable user experience (either positive or negative), let us know.

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