Yes Mac enthusiasts, they are coming to destroy your happy sappy life. We should all be very afraid. Hacking seems to have the government and major corporations scared sh*tless with no immediate answer in sight. Will there ever be a time when your computer network is totally safe? Probably not.
Will there ever be a time when your computer network is safe?
Security specialists said Saturday that hackers are taking increasing aim at iPhones and Macintosh computers as the hot-selling Apple devices gain popularity worldwide.Hackers have historically focused devious efforts on computers using Windows operating systems because the Microsoft software has more than 90 percent of the global market, promising evil-doers a wealth of targets.
Macintosh computers have been gaining market share and catching the interest of hackers, according to Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) security vulnerability analyst Cameron Hotchkies.
“There are more eyes looking over Apple products for vulnerabilities,” Hotchkies told AFP at a notorious annual DefCon gathering of hackers in Las Vegas.
“It has slowly been growing as a target people are more and more interested in.”
This is a funny take on the iPhone craze that is about to sweep the nation as thousands of consumers line up once again to snatch up second generation iPhone’s.
via Geek Culture
TOKYO, June 20 (Reuters) – After taking on the big and small screens, comic book heroes like Spiderman and Superman may soon be appearing on an even smaller screen — your mobile phone.
Suit-clad businessmen reading comic books are a common sight on Japanese trains, but they could soon be poring over their phones with publishers increasingly digitalizing their comics to cash in on the country’s mobile-savvy consumers.
The July 11 launch of Apple Inc’s APPL.O iPhone could also spur the growth of the mobile comic market as the device’s touch-screen would make it easier and more appealing to read comics on handsets, analysts say.
Deutsche Telekom AG’s (DTEGn.DE) T-Mobile will sell Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) new iPhone for as little as 1 euro ($1.54) for the 8-gigabyte version together with a 69 euro monthly contract, it said on Monday.
Apple is set to reach far more consumers with the launch of the 3G iPhone in 70 countries than it did with the original version a year ago, partly due to having abandoned its insistence that carriers give it a share of call revenue.
Operators such as T-Mobile now have more scope to subsidize the cost of the phone to buyers in return for more lucrative contracts.
It’s been a long, leak-filled wait, but Apple finally took the wraps off its 3G iPhone. Thinner edges, full plastic back, flush headphone jack, and the iPhone 2.0 firmware — Apple’s taking a lot of the criticisms to heart from the first time around. Obviously 3G is at the forefront, but they’re also making sure it’s available all over internationally, works with enterprises, runs 3rd party apps… and does it all for cheaper. Apple claims its 3G speeds trounce the competition, with pageloads 36% faster than the N95 and Treo 750 — and of course it completely trounces the old EDGE data.
Battery life isn’t getting put out to pasture though, with 300 hours of standby, 8-10 hours of 2G talk, 5 hours of 3G talk, 7 hours of video and 24 hours of audio. GPS is also a go. Apple is using A-GPS, which supplements regular satellite GPS data with info from cellular towers. WiFi data is also worked into the mix, which should give users a pretty solid lock on where the heck they are on this planet. Unfortunately, there’s no front-facing cam, which syncs with what we were hearing, but is still a little disappointing. Apple hopes to launch in 70 countries this year. 8GB is available for $199, 16GB for $299 — and the 16GB comes in white. Apple will be hitting the 22 biggest markets, including the US, on July 11th.
Will this device from Google be the iPhone killer? Analyst are saying it may come close.
For all my gadget freaks out there, check out the most anticipated smart phones set to be released later this year. Gizmodo via I Phone Blog has the run down:
3G iPhone and the BlackBerry Bold are two of the most buzzed-about phones due out this year. And while we don’t have any shots of the new iPhone, it’s a safe assumption that it won’t look all that much different than the current model. With that in mind, the folks from The iPhone Blog have taken a bunch of comparison shots and some video of the Bold and the iPhone together, showing us just how the two compare. Hey, I didn’t realize the BlackBerry had a keyboard and the iPhone didn’t! You learn something new every day.
via Boy Genius Report
Let’s start this off this by stating there’s more to this device than what will be listed. This is just what’s known at this point, although these details have yet to be confirmed as final specifications. One of the BlackBerry 9000 devices will sport a screen with the dimensions of 480 x 320 (or maybe that’s 320 x 480), 1GB of on-board memory, and an Intel XScale PXA270 processor at 624MHz, clocking in slightly faster than the 620MHz ARM 1173 processor found in the iPhone.
The BlackBerry 9000 will also sport the dual-threat of GPS and WiFi as well as introducing 3G support (multi-band HSDPA) to the GSM carrier family devices, answering the prayers of many of us. At this point in time, there’s no update to the camera, which remains at 2 megapixels, although we’re hearing there is the possibility of seeing a 3.2 megapixel camera at launch. You all know the drill! Rest of the goodies, after the break!
According to CNET, RIM is planning to ship the newly announced BlackBerry Bold (aka 9000) with some newfangled music capability that the folks at Apple may not be all that pleased with. The program in question has been dubbed “Blackberry Media Sync”—and it will make it possible to transfer music to the phone via iTunes. There has been no official word yet, but my guess is that Steve’s reaction will be to bypass diplomacy and stomp on RIM Godzilla style. [CNET]
Brand Nike is crawling in bed with Steve Jobs and Apple to bring their loyal followings an integration between the iPhone and the Nike+ system. The Nike+ system is a virtual monitor of calories burnt, miles ran and a honest accessment of a trainers track record, no pun intended.
Now devoted trainers who want to keep tabs on their workout regimens via their iPhone can stay virtually in tune thanks to the upcoming collaboration between the two corporate giants. The Nike+ website is also offering real-time coaching help to trainers who need help “Just Doing It.” The Nike+ system will also undergo a 3G & WiFi upgrade in the very near future.
The future of social networking will take place on mobile devices opposed to being restricted to desktops. The mobile phone is being turned into a social platform that members of the same network can virtually interact on and then physically connect. Imagine being in a club and being informed via your phone that your fellow networker Tamika G is also in the house. You look at her stats and see that not only is she single but she said she’s looking for a “special friend.” Instead of approaching her at the bar you send her a text, telling her to order her spirits, first drink is on you! Not only have you broken the ice but if you play your cards right this can be helluva a night.
Imagine being in an airport and being informed that a executive from a prospective business account was nearby and you email them your LinkedIn profile along with a request for a convo. The possibilties are endless with vast networks like iPhone preparing to experiment with mobile social networks that can connect its users in cyberspace and bleed over in the real world by bringing them closer with GPS-locator technology informing friends where you are at all times (remember the Where You At? commercial?) These carriers can create networks with millions linked up and involved with every step they take. CLICK HERE for a full rundown on the social wave of the future.
Apple is planning to be pushing 45 million units per year by 2009. They are basing these projections on the upgrades they intend to make to turn the iPhone into an all-purpose device. Critics are doubtful that they will achieve this lofty goal within a competing, innovative market that will gradually eat into the customer base that Apple is targeting. They cite the fact that Apple has only pushed 4 million of the devices so far this quarter.
The House That Job Built is betting that additions like 3G’s of memory, a recorder, better camera, GPS technology, lower pricing, cheaper versions and an open source system will attract the necessary customers needed to meet their projections. They are looking forward to breaking into untapped global markets. CLICK HERE for the rest of the Apple gameplan. In comparison, Apple managed to push 50 million iPods last year, one of its best returns.
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The strike is over! Well, sort of…the holdout between NBC and Apple’s iTunes division is apparently come to a halt with both parties agreeing to crawl back in bed with one another. After trading blows and throwing dirt in the press about Apple “destroying the music business” NBC President Jeff Zucker had a change of heart and stated in the Financial Times, “We’ve said all along that we admire Apple, that we want to do business with Apple…We’re great fans of Steve Jobs.” Jobs responded, “We’ll put it back together on the TV thing. Everybody lost. But NBC is a great company, and Apple is a great company.” Speculators are guessing the two media giants kissed and made up on the heels of Apple’s historic partnership with Universal and several other movie studios. Apple is preparing to allow customers to rent movies for a 24 hour period, transferable to their iPod’s and iPhone’s. For a dollar more you can snag in HD…sounds genius to me! CLICK HERE for more info on this story.