Macs-exclusive portal is a Net first


Macs-exclusive portal is a Net first

MacLaunch the Internet’s first portal site targeted exclusively at Macintosh users, was announced today.

MacLaunch will be officially open to the worldwide Macintosh user community on Wednesday December 1, and is the brainchild of New York-based firm, Mac Portal Company.

A Mac Portal Company spokesman said: “The site is dedicated to providing a wide range of Mac-centric online information and communication services.

“It picks up where standard Internet portal sites fall short for the Macintosh users. MacLaunch combines news, opinions, software updates, shopping
opportunities and a fully searchable database of Mac-related Internet sites.”

Adobe lets freelance UK snappers take it to the Bridge


Adobe lets freelance UK snappers take it to the Bridge

Adobe has at last provided codes that enable UK freelance photography members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) to join its photography directory.

Adobe’s photography directory is a resource that’s available from within Photoshop and InDesign and is supported by Adobe Bridge. The directory provides access to work and contact details for photographers, and was launched in conjunction with some of the world’s largest photo agencies.

The directory is searchable by city, state and country as well as by photography specialty. It can be accessed directly via the Favorites tab in Adobe Bridge located in Creative Suite 2 and Photoshop CS2. The Adobe Photographers’ Directory will also be available on Adobe.com and Adobe Studio.

In order to join the directory, NUJ members must contact the NUJ Freelance Office, secure an authentication cod,e and visit the directory website. Once the code is entered in the ‘Become a member’ field, photographers can begin to create their entry, after which they can begin to upload images to their site.

The Adobe deal was organised by the NUJ’s Freelance branch.

Adobe’s decision to enable UK freelance photographers to join the directory reflects its original commitment for the same. The company launched the service in conjunction with professional photography associations and major image libraries, but said: “Adobe is aware that there are many photographers who are not members of a professional association; therefore we will also be working with the industry to find ways to create a directory that truly reflects the composition of the professional photography community.”

GTA Online Trading Places mode to get 3 new maps | Grand Theft Auto Online


GTA Online Trading Places mode to get 3 new maps | Grand Theft Auto Online

The new maps for GTA Online will include discounts available until June 20.

Rockstar Games has added three new maps to the Trading Places mode in Grand Theft Auto Online. The new mode was included in the “Further Adventure in Finance and Felony” content, which came out last week.

The new maps included in the mode are Little Seoul in Trading Places 4, Lost Club House in Grapeseed in Trading Places 5, and Harmony Place Construction Site in Trading Places 6.

With the maps, new discounts are available — like 50% off of bulletproof tires, or 25% off of car armor and Annihilator Helicopters. Secret weapons and ammo will also be reduced in price. Along with these discounts, other limited-time unlocks, like the smoking jacket and pajama set, will be available until June 20.

In the dynamic and open world of GTA Online, players can create and develop a unique character from scratch by customizing their look, improving their stats and owning customized cars. As GTA Online continues to expand and evolve with a constant stream of new content, it is closely becoming the first ever persistent and dynamic GTA game world.  

Adobe hits revised Q3 target


Adobe hits revised Q3 target

Adobe has met its revised revenue and earnings targets for its third quarter 2002.

The company achieved revenues of $285 million, compared to $292 million in the year-ago third quarter.

Adobe had issued revised targets of between $270-$290 million for the current quarter. Net income was $47.2 million for the third quarter of 2002; $6.9 million up from the $40.3 million reported in the year ago quarter.

Adobe president and CEO Bruce Chizen welcomed the news: “I’m encouraged that, despite a challenging economic environment, we are planning for growth in the fourth quarter.”

The company initially predicted revenues of between $300-$320 million, but revised those targets in August when July sales failed to meet expectations. This was due to weak sales in Europe and Japan, the company explained at that time.

Adobe predicts revenues of between $285-$300 million for its fourth quarter. Its predicted expenses include a 21 per cent-of-revenue expenditure on research and development; 32 per cent spend on sales and marketing; and a 9 per cent spend on general and administrative functions.

Despite the positive news, Adobe shares fell slightly during yesterdays trading, closing at $18.45 from a previous close of $19.18. The stock rallied on the extended trading market, where it closed up at $21.10.

Sony Exec Explains Lack of "Uncharted 4 for PS4" Announcement at GamesCom 2013


Sony Exec Explains Lack of “Uncharted 4 for PS4” Announcement at GamesCom 2013

At GamesCom 2013, Sony didn’t announced any AAA exclusive game (such as Uncharted or God of War game) for Playstation 4. This disappointed Playstation fans a bit and were given an impression that there aren’t any AAA exclusive game currently in development for PS4.

Uncharted 4SCEE Chief Jim Ryan has cleared all dark clouds and has confirmed that PlayStation 4 still has a number of “triple-A exclusives” in development. Jim also commented on why GamesCom 2013 lack a new Uncharted game announcement.

In a recent interview to MCV, Jim was asked “Do you feel your conference lacked a big announcement like an Uncharted or God of War?”

To this Jim replied: “You are on a never-ending treadmill of these events and you have to get the balance between doing too much at one and not having enough at the next. We felt having that slightly different approach at Gamescom worked. But then you will have different days, when someone – hopefully me – will get on a stage and announce a triple-A exclusive, because those games are being made.”

Now that we have a confirmation that AAA exclusive is indeed in development for PS4, we would like to ask you guys, what you want to see in the next installment in Uncharted 4?.

Share your views with us in the comment section below.

Palm virus detected


Palm virus detected

A virus affecting the Palm operating system has been identified, although it’s not considered an immediate threat.

Various security vendors are already offering patches and protection.

The virus, called PalmOS/Phage, is capable of spreading from one Palm application or device to another if infected files are shared via infrared beaming or installed via a docking station, according to reports.

If a Palm file is infected, the screen will briefly appear blank. The virus then appears to leave without doing any harm. The virus then seeks to infect all other programs in the system.

To restore infected devices, users are urged to set all HotSync conduits to “Desktop overwrites Handheld” and synchronize with the Palm desktop.

McAfee’s website full of security holes, researcher says


McAfee’s website full of security holes, researcher says

The McAfee.com website is full of security mistakes that could lead to cross-site scripting and other attacks, researchers said in a post on the Full Disclosure site on Monday. The holes with the site were found by the YGN Ethical Hacker Group, and reported to McAfee on Feb. 10, YGN says, before they were publicly disclosed to the security/hacking mailing list.

In addition to cross-site scripting, YGN discovered numerous information disclosure holes with the site including seeing an internal hostname and finding 18 source code disclosures. The portion of the site that could be used for XC scripting attack hosts some of McAfee’s files for downloading software, YGN says on its Full Disclosure post.

This isn’t just embarrassing, but also somewhat discrediting for McAfee, which markets a McAfee Secure service to enterprises for their customer-facing websites. McAfee Secure scans a website daily for “thousands of hacker vulnerabilities,” the company advertises. If the site is found to “be certified” to McAfee’s “high standard of security,” then users of McAfee anti-malware products see a “McAfee Secure” label in their browsers. McAfee Secure claims to test for personal information access, links to dangerous sites, phishing, and other embedded malicious dangers that a website might unknowingly be hosting.

“In other words, the presence of this label means that the website is not vulnerable to the exact same vulnerabilities [McAfee.com] currently has,” writes security researcher Pablo Ximenes, from the Information Security Research Team of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, in his blog. “Don’t get me wrong, I have no interest in damaging McAfee’s image, I even own a company that sells McAfee products, but this is a serious lack of diligence with customers and resellers that must not go unnoticed,” he writes.

According to YGN, after reporting the flaws on the McAfee website to the vendor on Feb. 10, McAfee responded to the report on Feb. 12, saying, “We are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.” When, as of March 27, YGN found the flaws “to be unfixed completely,” YGN publicly disclosed them. YGN offered two tongue-in-cheek recommendations to McAfee for addressing the issues: that the company should make better use of its own internal website security experts from Foundstone, a Web security services company McAfee acquired in 2004, and that the company should “use outbound monitoring of traffic to detect potential information leakage.”

This is not the first time that McAfee’s website was found to be lacking security. In 2008, websites from McAfee, Symantec and VeriSign were all found to have cross-site scripting (XSS) errors, according to security watchdog at the time XSSed.

Additionally, in 2009, white-hat hacker Methodman, a member of the Team Elite, published proof-of-concept attacks against websites kc.mcafee.com and mcafeerebates.com. In April 2010, the McAfee.com community forums were defaced via an XC scripting attack.

McAfee told Network World that it is investigating the Full Disclosure vulnerabilities report.

Apple spurns PortalPlayer in future iPods


Apple spurns PortalPlayer in future iPods

Apple’s long-term iPod chip partner, PortalPlayer, has suffered a major setback with Apple switching to a new supplier for some of its products.

It’s a major blow for the company as 90 per cent of PortalPlayer’s sales go to Apple to power iPods.

The company told investors that its new media processor – the PP5021 System-on-Chip – hasn’t been selected for use in Apple’s “new mid-range and high-end flash-based iPods”. Apple’s flash based iPods currently include the iPod nano and the iPod shuffle. The new chip is designed to offer high-speed transfer of music between a computer and a music player.

PortalPlayer claimed its current processors will continue to be used in other members of the iPod family, however.

The new PP5021 chip was expected to be available in the second half of 2006. PortalPlayer announced in February that it was working on integrating Bluetooth and Wi-Fi into some chips.

Batman: Arkham Knight’s Batgirl DLC delayed on PC


Batman: Arkham Knight’s Batgirl DLC delayed on PC

Batman: Arkham Knight is preparing to receive its first piece of downloadable content that puts the spotlight on Batgirl and Robin prior to the events of Arkham Asylum. Unfortunately, those who own the PC version of Arkham Knight won’t be receiving this piece of content, Warner Bros. has announced.

“Our continued focus on getting the right PC fixes in place for the main game has had an impact on the development of all DLC content for the PC version of the game,” writes WB Games’ lead community admin Yorick. “This means that the Batman: Arkham Knight – Batgirl: A Matter of Family DLC will not be available on July 14th for those who are currently playing the PC version of the game.  We apologize for the delay and only want to make sure that any content that we offer is up to the standards that PC players expect.”

We learned Batman: Arkham Knight’s PC version will require “significant” work before both WBIE and Rocksteady Studios are happy with the product. Fortunately, it appears progress is being made as Yorick says the team believes they “have identified a number of fixes for the larger issues that were affecting PC players at launch.”

It’s a shame to hear those who currently own the PC version of Arkham Knight won’t be able to experience any upcoming DLC until the game itself is up to par with its console counterparts. Considering how highly-anticipated Batgirl: A Matter of Family has been since it was announced, we’re sure this isn’t exactly the best news for PC gamers to hear a day prior to its release.

Double update from Apple


Double update from Apple

Apple has released two software updates – DVD Player 3.0.1 and AppleWorks 6.2.2.

The DVD Player 3.0.1 is for Mac OS X users, and is available through the Software Update Control panel. This is a maintenance upgrade offering better performance and stability. The update also brings the application to blue-&-white Power Mac G3s and PCI-graphics-based G4s.

Apple’s DVD Player Update 2.7 for Mac OS 9 for OS 9.1 or later, and has been developed for slot-loading iMacs, AGP Graphics Power Mac G4s, FireWire-equipped PowerBooks and new iBooks. It adds support for AGP graphics displays, as well as for ATI and Nvidia graphics cards. It also improves stability and performance, kills some bugs and allows DVD authors to play DVD content from a hard disk.

The AppleWorks 6.2.2 update makes Apple’s bundled office software work better in Mac OS X 10.1. This update “improves compatibility and boosts performance”, Apple claims.It will not update versions of AppleWorks older that 6.2.