On the Past, Present and Future of Apple's Aqua User Interface

Stephen Hackett:

Building a new operating system is a monumental challenge, and in January 2000 when Aqua was introduced, Apple was in the thick of the transition to OS X.

Beyond the staggering amount of development work taking place to smash Mac OS and NeXTSTEP together, Apple was hard at work on the user interface of OS X. But to understand what OS X would become (and how it would look), it's important to remember where the company had been before.

A fantastic visual history of the Mac interface.

Apple release Heartbleed fix for AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule


Apple on Tuesday patched a bug in its most recent AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule models related to the Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability discovered earlier this month.

The update, AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.3, is only for the AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule base stations with 802.11ac, introduced in June 2013, and fixes a vulnerability that existed only when the Back to My Mac feature was turned on.

So much for dodging that bullet.

1Password for iOS updated for iOS 7

Completely redesigned. Multiple Vaults and Sharing. AirDrop. Search always where you need it. A unified AutoFill tool in 1Browser. This is our biggest free update for iOS ever and you can get the full details on why in the App Store.

A great update to the iOS app that's seen a complete makeover and wealth of new features. Multiple vault support is a welcome addition, also.

With 1Password supporting Mac, Windows, iOS and Android, no-one should be without it.

Twitterrific for iOS lets you "edit" a tweet


Twitterrific, however, isn’t actually editing the tweet: after tapping the Edit button, the original tweet gets deleted from Twitter and its contents are inserted in the screen to compose a new tweet.

A brilliant idea. I'm sure I saw this suggestion on Twitter a while back but it's great to see an app implement it.

Bungie fires Marty O'Donnell


Halo series and Destiny composer Marty O'Donnell was fired by Bungie's board of directors last week, the composer revealed via his personal Twitter account tonight [...]

O'Donnell composed music for Oni, as well as the Myth and Halo series. He joined Bungie in 2000 as audio director after working on Myth 2, Oni and Halo: Combat Evolved's scores on a contract basis with his company TotalAudio. During his time at Bungie, O'Donnell directed voice talent and sound design for the Halo trilogy, Halo: Reach and Halo 3: ODST. He often collaborated with TotalAudio partner and now in-house audio design lead at Bungie, Mike Salvatori.

Marty's original tweet announcing his firing:

And Bungie's one-paragraph statement on the matter:

For more than a decade, Marty O'Donnell filled our worlds with unforgettable sounds and soundtracks, and left an indelible mark on our fans. Today, as friends, we say goodbye. We know that wherever his journey takes him, he will always have a bright and hopeful future.

We wish him luck in all his future endeavors.

Marty O'Donnell has been one of the most influential composers in video games and has often been cited as inspiration by many others.

There will always be two sides to every story but Marty's comment and Bungie's statement couldn't be more divided. In any case, Bungie's statement is rather curt.

LaCie hit by Adobe ColdFusion exploit, warns of suspected credit card data breach

BBC News:

The hard-disk maker said the FBI had alerted it to "indications" of a hacker having used malware to copy details entered into its online store.

It added that the suspected breach was thought to have lasted from 27 March 2013 to 10 March this year.

This isn't the first time a vulnerability has been exploited in Adobe ColdFusion, as The Guardian explains in a piece from just last month:

A prolific hacker gang that has breached numerous companies by exploiting Adobe software has claimed another major hit in the form of car manufacturer Citroën, the Guardian has learned.

Citroën had one of its German websites hacked to include a backdoor, which is a method of bypassing normal authentication systems, and which may have allowed the attackers to make off with whatever data was sitting on site’s server.

Memories of Steve

Don Melton:

Steve explained to all of us that he was planning a little prank, we would see it first, and we had better not say anything about it when Phil did arrive later.

He then queued up the slides with the Apple Store update and inserted an extra special slide right at the end.

It. Was. Epic.

The entire piece is a must-read from start to finish and is a unique insight into what it was like to work for him. Everything Don writes isn't exaggerated for narrative effect or taken out of context to work better on screen, it's straight from his own personal experiences of working with the big man himself.

Apple reportedly bans Bloom.fm from iAd for its service rivalling iTunes Radio

The Register:

Bloom FM, a Spotify-style music streaming service, claimed Apple issued the iAd ban because it now regards the London-based company as a rival.

The Register understands that Apple wrote to Bloom today and claimed it was a direct competitor to iRadio, which is surprising because this Apple-operated service does not yet exist in the UK.

If this is true, it's a dick move by Apple.