Access unveils ELSE and ELSE INTUITION
Best known for having bought the rights to Palm OS, Access late on Tuesday entered phones itself by previewing the ELSE and a matching Linux phone operating system, the ELSE INTUITION. The 3.5-touchscren phone is co-designed by Emblaze and has a heavily upgraded version of Access' Linux Platform with a custom interface: it centers on a unique rotary-like home screen and menus that are easier to use with one hand as well a more intuitive multi-tasking interface that shows running all running apps at once. A side strip of buttons simplifies navigating through lists or back to higher levels.
Likewise Open 5.3, Enterprise 5.3 updates
Likewise has announced two new updates to its authentication software for Mac, Likewise Open 5.3 and Likewise Enterprise 5.3. The latest versions add support for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Apple’s Snow Leopard operating system. Likewise Open is designed to connect Linux and Mac machines to a Microsoft Active Directory and authenticate users with their domain credentials.
Palm on Licensing webOS
Palm chief Jon Rubinstein during the company's fiscal results call yesterday evening detailed the company's stance on licensing webOS as well as some of the early reaction to the Pre. Addressing a question on whether Palm would ever let other companies make webOS phones, the executive was emphatic that there were no current plans for this but explained that it was "not a religious issue" for the company. Although not directly stated, the implication was that Palm didn't share Apple's opinion that software exclusivity was essential to integrating with its hardware.
ALP 3.0, ALP mini OS
Access -- most famous for developing Palm-compatible operating systems after its acquisition of PalmSource -- has announced a new version of its Access Linux Platform, v3.0. For the public the most notable difference should be a new appearance, with more detail and enhanced transitional animations. Also present is LiMo (Linux Mobile) support, which should enable the use of standardized Linux apps for phones, rather than just ALP- or Palm-specific ones.
Likewise enhances networks
Likewise Software's new Likewise Open Fall 08 allows network administrators to remotely access, control and manage multiple computers across 118 platforms, including Mac OS X, Linux, UNIX and more, all from one point of control on any computer. Using a Microsoft Active Directory environment, Likewise Fall 08 integrates non-windows systems by providing Active Directory Authentication services, with Kerberos, NTLM and SPNEGO security protocols supported. Its administrative console allows network managers to access and manage computers from Mac, Linux and UNIX stations and includes an Active Directory editor, a users and groups manager and an eventlog viewer.
A MacNN forum poster reports on a serious flaw in Mac OS X's implementation of AppleScript. Essentially, applications that are running as root can accept AppleScript commands from applications that are not running as root -- and since every Cocoa application automatically gets some basic AppleScript support, this means that any time a Cocoa application runs as root, anyone else can send it a "do shell script" command and run other commands or applications as root. This is compounded by the fact that Apple ships an AppleScript application with its setuid bit set out of the box.
Griffin Technology has announced a new case for the iPhone dubbed "Wave." The case features wave-shaped contours on the sides that overlap and interlock. The resulting double-helix design purportedly provides greater surface area to hold the case together. The case allows full access to audio jack, volume controls, connectors and touch screen and is made of polycarbonate at all corners. It is available in six interchangeable coordinated colors. The new case is priced at $25.
Samsung Access and Ace
Both AT&T and Sprint are set to receive unique 3G phones from Samsung in the near future, according to a pair of leaks. The Access for AT&T (pictured) would adopt a candybar shape reminiscent of the UpStage but drop the dual-sided design in favor of a larger screen and directional pad. It will have only a 1.3-megapixel camera but will also support HSPA broadband for AT&T's streaming music and video services. Other specifications are uncertain but are likely to include Bluetooth and a microSD slot for storage. Its release date is uncertain but anticipated for the near future.