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Another OS X Trojan has been identified, this one bypasses user permissions

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 25, 2012 3:30 am

Apple have been hit again, with security firm Intego and their virus team identifying yet another Trojan horse that attacks Apple's Mac platform. The new Trojan called "Crisis", hasn't been seen in the wild yet, but Intego says that the Trojan is engineered to make analysis of the malware difficult for security experts.




Intego have stressed alertness regarding Crisis, as it appears to be quite smart, having the ability to bypass OS X security features and install itself, all without any user interaction.


Crisis has been tracked, back to the IP address of, which it then calls back to every five minutes for instructions. There's only two OS X versions that are said to be susceptible to Crisis, OS X 10.6 and 10.7. Crisis can install and run itself without the need for the user to enter in their password. It's also resistant to reboots, and will run until it is detected and removed.

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Apple fails to meet analyst expectations on iPhone sales, Apple blame rumors of the new iPhone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 25, 2012 2:14 am

Apple released their Q3 2012 numbers, where we saw 26 million iPhones sold, but it was a huge drop from the previous quarter which saw 35.1 million sold. Why the gigantic, sudden drop?




Well, Apple are blaming rumors of the next-generation iPhone, causing a negative impact on sales. After years of beating Wall Street forecasts, Apple failed to meet analyst expectations for its latest fiscal quarter. CFO Peter Oppenheimer was pressed by analysts about this, where he cited the strong US dollar, economic conditions and ongoing rumors as its biggest challenges. He noted:


We're reading the same rumors and speculation that you are about a new iPhone.


But, can people really swallow that a third of Apple customers are patiently waiting for a new iPhone? Could it be that Samsung have a better specced device, and are constantly increasing in sales, hitting 10 million Galaxy S III sales within two months. If Apple are saying that people are waiting for the new iPhone, that would mean we should see a spike of around 9 million above this quarters iPhone sales, yes? So "Q1 2013" for Apple should see them back to 35 million, or more.

Apple set to release OS X Mountain Lion tomorrow, July 25

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 25, 2012 1:37 am

During Apple's earnings press release earlier today, the Cupertino-based company announced that OS X Mountain Lion would officially launch tomorrow, July 25. Apple CEO Tim Cook said:




We're thrilled with record sales of 17 million iPads in the June quarter," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "We've also just updated the entire MacBook line, will release Mountain Lion tomorrow and will be launching iOS 6 this Fall. We are also really looking forward to the amazing new products we've got in the pipeline.


OS X Mountain Lion will be priced quite well, at just $19.99 and will be made available through the Mac App Store. I would love to install it and see what it's like, but my 2011 edition MacBook Pro died a few days ago, and I'm still in the mourning stage.

Twitter to let you download and search your Tweets sometime in the future

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 24, 2012 11:34 pm

A feature requested by many Twitter users, and partially offered by other services, will finally be offered directly by Twitter some time in the future. "We're working on a tool to let users export all of their tweets," Mr. Costolo said in a meeting with reporters and editors at The New York Times on Monday. "You'll be able to download a file of them."




However, while users will be able to go through their own Tweets, as of right now, there are no plans for a feature to allow users to dig through all of the Tweets on the site. He explained that the search problems are very different and you "can't just put three engineers on it." As of right now, there is no timeline for when a search or download feature would be available.


EU law already provides this option for users who really want to have a copy of their Tweets and several users have taken advantage of it. EU law requires Twitter to provide a copy of all data they have stored about a user. Those who have exercised that right have found that it includes your account, tweets, favorites, direct messages, saved searches and more information about you, delivered in a ZIP file.

Two countries take legal action against Blizzard over Diablo III

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 24, 2012 10:31 pm

Consumer rights groups in two countries appear to be ready to take Blizzard to court over the launch of Diablo III and the problems associated with it. In Europe, the Federation of Consumer Organisations is leading the charge against Blizzard and wants them to add something on the box to the effect that you have to be online to play the game.




Blizzard has until July 27 to comply with the request or the Federation of Consumer Organisations has threatened to take them to court. In South Korea, the South Korean courts have already fined Blizzard £4,500 for not refunding Korean customers after all of the launch issues experienced. That amount of money isn't a big deal, or even a blip on the radar, for Blizzard.


The fine in South Korea, as small as it was, came about after quite a bit of work. Reports claim that Blizzard's offices in Seoul were raided. While these are the only legal issues facing Blizzard at the moment, there are still plenty of other issues that Blizzard needs to work out with Diablo III, even though it launched over two months ago.

Apple Q3 2012: 26M iPhones, 17M iPads, 4M Macs, and 6.8M iPods

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 24, 2012 9:04 pm

Apple has reported its third quarter earnings and sales numbers and they are pretty darn promising. In the last three months, Apple managed to push a large number of iDevices. The iPad fared the best with 17 million units sold, up from 11.8 million last quarter. The iPhone didn't do as well, but still managed an impressive 26 million.




The iPhone's 26 million was down from last quarters 35.1 million, but was up 28% from last year's Q3 numbers. These numbers confirm analysts expectations that the iPhone would see a decline while the iPad would see significant growth. The decrease in iPhone sales is a bit troublesome for the company as that is where the majority of their revenue and profit are.


The iPad managed an impressive 83% increase year-over-year and a 44% increase over the second quarter. iPod sales were down again and it appears to be quickly becoming a niche product as more and more users snap up smartphones and use them as an MP3 player. With 6.8 million sales, it most likely is still the most popular MP3/MP4 player on the market.


Mac sales fell short of analysts expectations and only managed 4 million units. This is a bit interesting as it was a quarter containing a major model upgrade--the MacBook Pro with Retina display. Supply levels have been limited, however, and this is likely the cause of these lower sales numbers.

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Your hotel keycard lock is vulnerable to hackers

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 24, 2012 8:33 pm

A word of warning to our readers: next time you check into a hotel room, realize you're probably not the only one that can get in. Take a moment to run your fingers along the bottom of the keycard lock and check for a power port. If you find one, it means a hacker with a couple of cheap hardware parts could gain access to your room without leaving a trace.




24-year-old Mozilla software developer and self-described hacker Cody Brocious has issued this warning after he found the vulnerability while reverse engineering Onity-manufactured locks. By connecting $50 in hardware to the DC port, the door will supposedly unlock and provide access. However, in practice, it's not quite that reliable.


While demonstrating it to a Forbe's journalist, it only worked on one of the three doors they tried and only on the second try after Brocious tweaked his software. Still, with a bit of time, a hacker could perfect the software and technique and somewhere around 4 million doors would immediately be able to be opened.


The method to do this will be released by Cody Brocious at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas on Thursday. Once released, other hackers can begin working on perfectly the method. Furthermore, the NSA and other governments most likely already know about this exploit and could have already perfected it and be using it.

USB Power Delivery spec increased to 100W, looks to kill need for proprietary connectors

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jul 24, 2012 7:33 pm

A storm is coming in the form of a battle between Thunderbolt and USB 3. With non-Mac computers just starting to get access to Thunderbolt's 10Gbps transfer speeds, USB 3 has taken the upper hand in power delivery with a newly approved specification for both USB 2 and USB 3 that allows up to 100W of power draw.




At 100W, USB 2 and USB 3 can deliver 10 times more power than what Thunderbolt can. Furthermore, 100W is enough to satisfy most devices' requirements for charging, including several laptops. This means that almost any peripheral should be able to be charged via USB. It's almost time to say "bye" to proprietary connectors.


"USB Power Delivery enables a path to greatly reduce electronic waste by eliminating proprietary, platform-specific chargers," said Brad Saunders, USB 3.0 Promoter Group Chairman. "We envision a significant move toward universal charging based on this specification, most notably for charging notebook PCs using standardized USB power bricks or when connected to USB hubs and desktop displays that integrate USB Power Delivery capabilities."

TP-LINK creates world's smallest router for use while on the go

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jul 24, 2012 6:45 pm

TP-LINK has announced a new pocket-sized wireless router that is affordable and useful. Measuring up at just 2.5" square and a depth of less than 3/4", the micro-sized router really can be taken with you while on the go, whether that be traveling or just running across town. The device is smaller than a credit card.




The device is said to provide 150Mbps wireless access speed and can be powered by a USB or external power supply. It is said to be powerful enough to deliver that speed inside an average-sized room. While you won't be winning any performance awards, it's perfect to get a smartphone, tablet, or other device onto a single, wired internet connection.


The TP-Link Nano can be used to create an instant Wi-Fi hotspot by plugging in an Ethernet cable from your existing network or modem. It also functions as a Wireless Router, Range Extender or Wireless Bridge. The stylish cube design is small enough to fit into your pocket and plugs right into an electrical outlet without the hassle of using a power cord.

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RumorTT: Apple iPod Touch set for redesign, according to report

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 24, 2012 5:32 pm

It's been about two years since the last iPod Touch refresh was released and rumors are saying another one is coming. Back in 2010, the iPod Touch fourth-generation was released and brought with it a front and rear camera and a Retina display. Since then, the iPod Touch has proved popular with a wide variety of users but has seemingly been neglected by the media and Apple.




KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, a person who has been very accurate on previous predictions for Apple products, has said that the iPod Touch refresh will be released in September-October alongside the iPhone 5 and an updated iPod Nano. Kuo predicts the fifth-generation iPod touch will use in-cell technology, something rumored to be used in the iPhone 5.


In-cell technology allows the screen to be thinner. However, a thinner screen doesn't mean a thinner device. Apple could completely rework the internals or use the extra space for a larger battery, something most users would surely appreciate. It's also likely to get a 4-inch screen to replace the current 3.5-inch one and will probably be upgraded to the A5 SoC.

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