The flu's got me down, but must... blog... news....
- Steve Jobs' keynote Tuesday at the Worldwide Developer's Conference was full of the usual self-congratulatory rhetoric, but some news leaked through, too. He mentioned the new Airport Express mini-Wi-Fi basestation, and the iPod-BMW interface that puts the iPod's controls on the steering wheel, and apologized for not hitting the promised 3 GHz mark on the G5. Then he showed three cool new aluminum bezeled LCD monitors, including an amazing 30 inch version sporting a 2560 x 1600 resolution for $3299. The focus of the conference, however, has been on OS X Tiger. Lots of new features here including an RSS reader and private browsing in Safari, a Konfabulator-like Dashboard, and system-wide content searching called Spotlight. Under the hood there's a 64-bit optimized kernel and version 2.0 of the Apple development tools, XCode. iChat A/V has been heavily upgraded to support audio and video conferencing with multiple participants. H.264 or MPEG-4 Part 10 support has been added to the Quicktime engine.
Look for Tiger in the first half of 2005.
- Bill Gates, in obvious contravention of actual reality, says Microsoft is getting faster at fighting viruses. Of course the holes in IIS and IE that allowed last week's Scob attacks remain unpatched. So I guess the question is, faster than what?
- Oh yeah, and there's a new attack taking advantage of the unpatched IE that gathers your passwords when you visit any of 50 major banking sites - even secure sites. US-CERT, in partnership with the US Department of Homeland Security, says you should just stop using Internet Explorer.
- According the the Anti-Phishing Workshop, phishing attacks have increased seven-fold since the beginning of the year.
- The Supreme Court, in its last decision of the year, said the Child Online Protection Act is too broad. The divided Supremes sent the case back to a lower court with the instruction to investigate less intrusive technological means to block access to adult sites.
- Yahoo! Mail says spam happens because it works. According the their survey, 20% of e-mail users have bought products advertised in spam messages.