Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Windows Phone 7 Fails To Halt Microsoft's Mobile Slide

New data shows Redmond slipping farther behind Apple and Google despite recent launch of its new smartphone OS.

Despite the buzz surrounding its launch of the Windows Phone 7 OS last November, Microsoft continues to fall farther behind rivals Apple and Google in the smartphone market, according to data released Monday.

Microsoft's share of U.S. smartphone platforms slipped 1.7%, to 8%, during the three months ended Jan. 31, according to market watcher comScore. Over the same period, Google Android's share increased 7.7%, to 31.2%, while Apple's iPhone held steady—increasing .1% to 24.7%.



Read more in the full article here.


Thursday, February 24, 2011

2011 will be the Year of the iPad Clone

David Pogue wrote for The New York Times.

"It's an old pattern by now. Phase 1: Apple introduces some new gadget. The bloggers and the industry tell us why it'll fail. Phase 2: It goes on sale. The public goes nuts for it. Phase 3: Every company and its brother gets to work on a copycat,"

"It happened with the iMac and the iPhone. Now the iPad is entering Phase 3,"

"Apple sold 15 million iPads in nine months, so you can bet that 2011 will be the Year of the iPad Clone."

"If you're interested in a tablet, you'd be wise to wait a couple of months. You'll want to consider whatever Apple has up its sleeve for the iPad's second coming, of course…"

The full article here.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Boonana Removal Tool from SecureMac

Mac OS X, including Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6), the latest version of OS X. The trojan horse, trojan.osx.boonana.a, is spreading through social networking sites, including Facebook, disguised as a video. The trojan is currently appearing as a link in messages on social networking sites with the subject "Is this you in this video?"

When a user clicks the infected link, the trojan initially runs as a Java applet, which downloads other files to the computer, including an installer, which launches automatically. When run, the installer modifies system files to bypass the need for passwords, allowing outside access to all files on the system. Additionally, the trojan sets itself to run invisibly in the background at startup, and periodically checks in with command and control servers to report information on the infected system. While running, the trojan horse hijacks user accounts to spread itself further via spam messages. Users have reported the trojan is spreading through e-mail as well as social media sites.

The java component of the trojan horse is cross-platform, and includes other files that affect Mac OS X as well as Microsoft Windows. There have been reports of similar behavior in recent trojan horses targeting Microsoft Windows, but they have not included cross-platform capabilities until now. The trojan attempts to hide its internet communications and actions through obfuscated code spread through multiple files, and will attempt to contact additional command servers if the primary servers are unavailable.

Source: http://www.securemac.com/boonana/

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The next iLife app: FaceTime iChat?

Dennis Sellers writes for Macsimum News:
"The online scuttlebutt says iLife 2011 is coming very soon, dropping iDVD and adding a new app,"
"I think that's about right, and I think that new app may be a hybrid of FaceTime and iChat. (FaceChat? iTime? Naw, Apple will probably just call it FaceTime.)"

"Right now FaceTime only works iPhone 4/iPod touch to iPhone 4/iPod touch. However, since all Macs but the Mac
mini and Mac Pro have built-in iSight cameras (though, obviously, webcams can be attached), it only makes sense to extend FaceTime to our favorite computing platform,"
"All Macs come with iChat, so it might make sense to merge iChat and FaceTime into one app."

"That should move lots of extra Macs. But Apple is offering FaceTime as an open standard, so the company is doubtless figuring Windows systems into the equation at some point in the future."

Full article

Monday, October 4, 2010

Google Launches New Site for Google TV

Google has launched a new site for its upcoming Google TV product which takes you through a tour of the features

10 Ways People Are Using the iPad to Create Content

The funny thing is, you still see people talking about the iPad being only for consumption. I don't think it'll ever end.


Full article at http://www.businessinsider.com/ipad-creative-2010-10?slop=1

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Little known iTunes 10 benefit…

You can now plug in someone else's iOS device and listen to their music on iTunes 10 without the Enable "manual sync mode" option.  How'd we miss that?

Thanks Jonathan!

Oh, and now you can take your music via your iOS device to your locked down work computer running iTunes 10 as well.

Report by 9to5mac at http://www.9to5mac.com/24861/little-known-itunes-10-benefit

PC Mag - Readers' Choice Awards 2010

Our yearly survey reveals just who PCMag readers love-and who they don't-in the world of technology products. Almost 20,000 of you told us your choices for the best across 13 categories, from phones and computers to ISPs and media players. We break it down for you with picks for Readers'

Laptop - Apple's laptops
Desktop - Apple's desktop
Cell Phones on AT&T - Apple iphones
Network Routers - Apple's AirPort routers


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.6.4 and Security Update 2010-00

Apple today released Mac OS X 10.6.4, the fourth maintenance update for Snow Leopard, via Software Update. The update offers a number of fixes implemented since the release of Mac OS X 10.6.3 in late March.
For detailed information on this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4150.
For information on the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.

Surprise Mac mini update: unibody case, HDMI, 320M graphics

Apple rolled out a relatively major update to the Mac mini. The little headless Mac now comes in a unibody aluminum enclosure like its notebook brethren, and sports a new HDMI port, SD card slot, and improved graphics performance.

With the new casing, the mini is 7.7 inch square and only 1.4 inches thick, including an integrated power supply. This is down from 6.5 inches square and two inches high in the previous model—it appears Apple is trying to get the mini to look a lot like the Apple TV, which is also a 7.7 inch square with an HDMI port.

Both flavors of Mac mini now come with the NVIDIA GeForce 320M, which is the same integrated GPU that comes in the current MacBook (the last mini came with a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M). This, according to Apple, will bring "twice the graphics performance" of the previous Mac mini model. The machines come in either 2.4 or 2.66GHz flavors with 2 and 4GB of RAM as a base respectively, though they can go up to 8GB of RAM with build-to-order options.

Like before, the high-end mini is actually a compact Snow Leopard server, with two 500GB hard drives and no optical drive. That model goes for $999, while the entry-level model starts at $699—a surprising price increase given the relatively minor changes in internal hardware. Additionally, Apple has finally given users an easy way to upgrade the Mac mini's RAM themselves with a circular panel on the bottom for easy access.

Full article here