Roxio has posted Toast 7.1, the latest update to its CD/DVD burning software. Version 7.1 is now a Universal Binary and addresses the following issues: duplicate items are no longer created when an open folder is dragged into the Toast window for data formats; previewing Apple Lossless audio files in Audio CD format no longer causes a -50 error; resolves QuickTime Movie video export issues - related to the QuickTime 7.1 update; includes an updated version of Deja Vu which preserves existing symlinks; and more.

News Source: MacMinute

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Aspyr Media today announced the availability of a demo version of Call of Duty 2 for the Mac. “Call of Duty 2 redefines the cinematic intensity and chaos of battle as seen through the eyes of ordinary soldiers fighting together in epic WWII conflicts.

The sequel to 2003’s Call of Duty, winner of over 80 Game of the Year awards, Call of Duty 2 offers more immense, more intense, more realistic battles than ever before, thanks to the stunning visuals of the new COD™2 engine.” This single-player demo features the mission The End of the Beginning, which takes place November 6, 1942, at El Daba, Egypt. As part of the British infantry, you are tasked with eliminating the German artillery crews at the docks.

News Source: MacMinute

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According to News.com, security researcher Kevin Finisterre at Digital Munition has released “attack code” to the public that can locally exploit the launchd daemon.

“Attackers may exploit this issue to execute arbitrary code with elevated privileges,” Symantec said in a security alert to customers that was updated on Thursday.

The code affects Mac OS 10.4.0 - 10.4.6 (excluding the recently released 10.4.7 and 10.3.x). The same researcher also created a proof-of-concept Bluetooth exploiting worm earlier this year. According to News.com, his actions are in part to show that Apple software is not unbreakable.

Also mentioned in the article is that iTunes 6.0.5 is quietly patching an AAC parsing flaw.

Parsing a maliciously-crafted AAC file could cause iTunes to terminate or potentially execute arbitrary code. iTunes 6.0.5 addresses this issue by improving the validation checks used when loading AAC files.

News Source: Mac Rumors

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Apple today revealed that there were “irregularities” in some grants for stock options made in the years 1997 through 2001. The irregularities were reported to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

One such grant was made, apparently in January 2000, to CEO Steve Jobs. Because the options were canceled in March 2003 without being cashed in, Jobs saw no financial benefit. But financial analysts say that Apple’s finances will be closely watched to see if there were any improprieties in Apple’s disclosures or any evidence of backdating. Sales of discounted options in years past have been considered legal but sometimes problematic.

Apple hired an independent law firm to investigate the problems and the SEC will likely launch an inquiry as well.

Dozens of corporations, including Microsoft, Intuit, and Computer Associates, have announced that they are reviewing their option practices, which have come under increased scrutiny since enactment of the Sarbanes-Oxley corporate accountability law in 2002.

From The Financial Times:

Apple did not detail the “irregularities” and said executives would refrain from commenting until the investigation was concluded. “Apple is a quality company and we are proactively and transparently disclosing what we have discovered to the SEC,” said Mr Jobs. “We are focused on resolving these issues as quickly as possible.”

News Source: Mac Rumors

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You certainly would not want to operate a bare hard drive externally more than occasionally, but those occasions do exist. For example, after you build a new computer or decide to upgrade your disk, your old drive will likely sit somewhere on a shelf - and then you’ll realize that you forgot to copy some files from it. When I notice these things,

I’m usually in a hurry, so crawling under the desk to disassemble half of my carefully assembled rig is not an option. But the USB 2.0 to SATA/IDE adapter from Brando certainly is.

There are multiple motherboards that feature interface options to attach hard drives externally. While eSATA (external SATA) is the future standard for external consumer and entry-level business class storage devices, there are still many home-made solutions. These solutions… Full Story

News Source: Tom’s Hardware

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