Archive for the ‘Mac’ Category

Windows —>>> Macs

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Almost half a dozen developers were eagerly waiting for Macs at work at Simply RFiD. The reliability and power are some of the factors which attracted these developers towards Apple machines. On the other hand Simply RFiD decided to switch over to Mac Pros to be used by its developers specially for Windows computers. The president Carl Brown of Simply RFiD declared that, ‘the company was small and in position to deal with tech support issues’. He stated that the company used Windows only because they were the developers for Windows. According to CIO reports Macs had gained a lot of popularity not only amongst the creative designers but also amongst the IT pros out there in the market. It is known that almost every techie out there prefers a technology oriented devise. This is the reason why most of them prefer working on Macs. On the other hand for most of the techies Microsoft’s vista operating system has been a compromise over quality and lacked innovation.

In the recent years, Macs had made substantial developments specially after its collaboration with the Intel platform. Apples stride towards Intel platform has been followed by developments such as software as a service and desktop virtualization. Thus, the corporate door has been wide opened after such developments. It was last year when Yankee Group surveyed more than 800 IT executives and found that about 80% were using Macs. This was a substantial leap especially after the same amount was not more than 47% in 2006. According to experts, five years ago Macs was not feasible as there were a lot of Windows applications which has to be run on a PC. It was noted that most of the Macs enthusiasts cam from the sales and creative ranks of an enterprise such as the marketing department. This was the same for Simply RFiD where the .Net developers were using the VMware virtualization machine for Visual Studio. This was primarily based upon the Mac Pro one of the fastest and most stable platforms used by the programmers. The developers stated that VMware performed much better on a Mac Pro when compared with Windows.

Not only can the developers easily switch over to Mac OS but also quick open iChat videoconferencing or move through various tabs and internet services used by RFiD. Macs has come out to be one of the best when it comes to interaction with internet based services. While Macs has gained a lot of popularity amongst the RFiD engineers, it is also in a lot of demand amongst other IT pros. The strongest reason for this demand is the stable and reputable hardware which comes along a promise of technological innovation on the part of Apple. The Mac OS X, being a Unix based platform meant that the developers will be provided with utmost simplicity while working. Some of the developers also tried running a Vista Machine with an Apple monitor. It was revealed that although there were several annoying prompts, the system was smooth to work on.

Pirated Adobe software speads new Mac Trojan

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

All the Mac users are probably in trouble as Apple has again been the target to the Mac specific Trojan that is launched on Mac OS X through pirated editions of Adobe Photoshop CS4. Intego, the Mac security company had issued a security advisory, which warned Mac users of this Trojan variant as it is estimated to have already infected nearly 5,000 Mac users.This Trojan is a simple variant of iService Trojan malware which reached several Mac users through pirated editions of productivity suite iWorks of Apple. However similar to the previous edition of the malware this new Mac Trojan is also found to spread through file sharing websites like BitTorrent trackers and other website that include link to different pirated software.

Recently discovered Mac Trojan variant called OSX.Trojan.iServices.B was actually fond in the crack application package with different copies of Adobe Photoshop CS4 for the Mac users. Although the real Adobe Photoshop installer is a bug free software the Trojan, according to Intego, actually embeds itself into the crack application which includes the serial codes of the program. After the user has downloaded the pirated Photoshop, the crack application of the program removes an executable from the program’s data and then installs a backdoor in the file directory which does not get deleted even after rebooting the computer. If the crack application is run again then the Trojan can create another executable file but with a different name which makes the Malware more difficult to be traced and removed safely.

The crack application requests for an administrative password which it uses to launch the backdoor with its root privileges. The crack application would then open a disk image that is hidden in its resources folder called as .data and it then proceeds in cracking the Photoshop program letting it to be used as the means to spread the malware.

This malware then connects to some remote server through the web which alerts several attackers after the virus has been installed. After being downloaded this information stealing virus enables all the hackers to remotely have control over your machine where they can steal sensitive or even financial information or can have entire access over your computer. According to David Perry the directory of Global Education of Trend Micro the Security Company if this Trojan has been in your computer for a long time and is gathering your information fro long then it can even be a part of huge business plan. He further said that the Mac Trojan is not is not just a virus per se, which means it is not passed on from one user to another but is rather installed through illegal copies of the Photoshop application. As the Mac software is often more expensive compared to PC software it would be the reason for potential rise of this factor in the Mac applications. The Mac Security company Intego has warned that it is recommended that users should not download available cracking software from websites which distribute pirated software as it can cause malware problems.

Google develops new tracking technology

Monday, February 16th, 2009

There has been a recent upgrade to the new mobile maps tracking system of Google Inc with hopes to prove it would be able to track people on the go as efficiently as it would search for information on the web. This new software would be soon released throughout that would enable people with mobile phones or some other wireless devices to automatically share their whereabouts with friends and family.This new feature is named as Latitude, expands thorough a tool that was introduced in 2007 to offer mobile phone users the ability to check their own locations thorough Google maps with just a press of a button. Steve Lee the product manager for Google said that this would add a social flavor to the Google maps while making it more fun to use. However, as it might also raise up privacy concerns, Google is trying its best to avoid a reaction as it would require every user to manually turn on this tracking software while also make it easy to turn off or limit the access to this service.

Additionally Google also promises not to retain any of the information about the movements of the user. This means that just the last location that is picked up by this tracking system would be stored on the computers of Google. This latitude software plots a location of the user which is marked by a personal image on Google’s map and so by relying on the cell phone towers the Wi-Fi connection or the global positioning system can be used to deduce their location. This system can follow the travels of people in the United States and also in other 26 countries.

It is left up to the user to make the decision of who can monitor their locations. This social mapping approach is much similar to the service that is already offered by Loopt Inc which is a recently established company located near the Mountain View headquarters of Google. The service of Loopt is compatible with around 100 different types of mobile phones.

Therefore in order to get started, the Google Latitude would work on a the BlackBerry devices of Research in Motion Ltd and other devices that run on Symbian software or the windows mobile of Microsoft Corp. this software would also work on T-Mobile phones that run on Android software of Google and would eventually work on iTouch and iPhone of Apple. However to widen the appeal of the software, Google would also offer a version which can be installed on even a personal computer.

Steve Lee said that This PC access is specifically designed for those people who don’t have a mobile phone with these features and still need to track their children or someone special. Additionally people who use this PC version could also be watched when they are connected through Wi-Fi or the Internet. Google can plot the location of a person within a few yards when using if the person is using GPS or can be off by a number of miles when relying on the transmission of cell phone towers.

New iMac will be around the corner

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Luckily, there is at least one analyst who thinks that Apple would soon have a new Apple iMac in the market but they are still thinking over whether to design it in two or four cores. Shaw Wu who is among the Kaufman Brothers has put out a research note much recently which says that his latest run through the supply chain of Apple’s vendors likely indicated that the new iMac would be soon out sometimes during March or at most in the month of June. It has been a while since Apple had tweaked the iMac in any considerable manner which dates back to September 2007.

This time some of the changes around would mostly be under the hood. This is because Shaw Wu believes that Apple is now debating whether they should use the dual core processor of Intel or some contemporary quad core processors in their new iMac system line. The predicament is performance against the power consumption, while there are also concerns that if the quad core chips are used in the new iMac might even steal business from their Mac Pro which is currently the only computer system in the Apple computer system lineup which uses quad core processors.

However with any event, Shaw Wu truly believes that Apple would also redesign the way the iMac dispels heat as this can let the system to put much lower power on the chips during this year while they would also give it sufficient headroom so that they make speed bumps in the near future while also not having to redesign the entire system all over again.

The sale of desktops which is a sore point in the other wise outstanding first fiscal quarter of Apple has actually declined nearly 25 percent when compared with the same time a year before. The desktop sales have actually been down for almost all the vendors, but when calculated by the IDC, the overall desktop business had declined just about 16 percent during the past quarter. Apart from this Shaw Wu also believe that Apple would also be waiting to time the launching of their new iMac line up along with their launch of Mac OS called as Snow Leopard operating system and this is predictable to be shipped somewhere around June. The Snow Leopard operating system is likely to improve and develop the way Mac OS X manages the multi core processing and the graphics processing.

The new iMac from Apple is built from glass and aluminum and this all in one desktop comes complete with an impressive slimmer redesign which is available in two sizes, 24 inch and 20 inch. There is also the unusual compliment of ports like Firewire 400/800, USB 2.0, iSight camera, a slot loading SuperDriver and so forth. Its new look features a sleek display to match most of the consumer line up of Apple and a new keyboard and also a mini wire free model.

Successes and regrets when Mac hit 25 years old

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Technology has come an incredibly long way from the early finder and system, but still a Mac user of 1984 is brought in from of a modern Mac world would not find it much different. There are still icons, menus, windows and several other interface elements which have not yet changed. Similarly both under the hood and the way it connects to outside world Mac operating system X is a completely different thing. There is a lot you can expect from the operating system X in the nest on or two years where a short answer is the core technology of Apple which is likely to change significantly in the future.

Apple has already announced about its next version of Mac OS-X would be Snow Leopard and it will mainly focus in improving performance and reliability. The OS would also add support for multicore computing and Microsoft exchange; provide faster JavaScripe executions, access to the computing power in graphics chips and also with high RAM ceilings. However it really represents a time out in the quest of Apple to add main new features to every new release of its operating systems. In previous releases of OS-X you received several features but they generally suffered from rough spotlights and edges. Hopefully, the new OS Snow Leopard would make using a Mac feel pleasurable without wanting to purchase new Mac systems. However new OS system will include some integrated applications like safari, iChat, mail, iCall and address book but it might also include twitter style microblogging that becoming more popular.

There are questions whether the application store would offer a glimpse of the future when distributing Mac software, but this is likely not. The huge success of Apple iPhone application store has led several people to consider that Apple might also try the same thing for Mac software to build a Mac application store into the iTunes and in OS-X. This can actually be much easier and if given the 30 percent cut on application store sales it would also be very profitable for Apple. However this does not seem much obvious as Apple might even break the iTunes application store because of its high bandwidth and server cost. Although there are several misconceptions among the developers and their policy restrictions make sure that you don’t stay reliable for Mac application store.

The MobileMe is the new tentative step of Apple into cloud computing. However Apple is still on its way to fully embrace what is called as ‘cloud computing which is just another term for internet, with modem concepts like open APIs, social networking and software as a service. This service is slowly approached by Apple by utilizing internet connectivity and different services to extend its applications and platforms but would not open them up radically. The Syncing of MobileMe for instance would help you manage your information among several Macs but is does not provide remarkable new ways to connect with other Mac users. The bottom line is that most Apple users would surely want to seen refinements with some new applications in its new OS. Additionally the Mac OS 11 is yet another great story to hear about.