Items tagged with OSX

The Mac Security Blog from Intego, a Mac security software developer, has posted a security memo warning users of a new Trojan, dubbed Flashback, that is infecting OSX based systems. The Flashback Trojan masquerades as an Adobe Flash Player installer, and if an unsuspecting user downloads the file package and ultimately installs the Trojan, it will deactivate some security software, delete the installation package itself, install auto-launch code, and place a library in the /Library/Preferences/ folder that’s used to inject code into applications launched by the user. The Trojan then... Read more...
Iomega is getting back into the Mac game with the release of its new Mac-exclusive hard drive today, the creatively-named Mac Companion Hard Drive. The 3.5-inch drive, which is designed to match the current iMac model, comes in 2 or 3TB options and runs at 7,200 RPM. it connects via Firewire 800, Firewire 400-800, and USB 2,0 cables. The outside of the drive has two Firewire 800 ports, one USB 2.0 port and, surprisingly, an integrated two-port USB 2.0 hub, which serves as a 2.1 Amp hookup for charging other Apple devices. The drive also features four indicator lights to give an approximate amount... Read more...
Apple may have a nominal member of the standards group that developed Blu-ray, but the company has shied away from supporting Blu-ray playback for years. Blu-ray disc authoring, in contrast, was added to Final Cut Studio 3 / Final Cut Pro 7 back in 2009. Jobs has previously commented on Apple's decision. In 2008, the CEO told listeners: "Blu-ray is a bag of hurt... I don’t mean from the consumer point of view. It’s great to watch movies, but the licensing is so complex. We’re waiting until things settle down, and waiting until Blu-ray takes off before we burden our customers with... Read more...
If you're waiting for the next big OS X release, you'll have to wait a little longer. But that doesn't mean that Apple won't be producing any extra updates for their existing desktop operating system. OS X 10.6 saw its latest update this week, with 10.6.8 taking things one step closer to "Lion." According to changelog, this update is intended to fix a number of general OS issues that will enhance stability, compatibility and security. It's also the last major step before Lion; Apple even says that it updates the Mac App Store "to upgrade to OS X Lion." The update also fixes an issue that could... Read more...
With the early 2011 refresh of the MacBook Pro family, Apple came out with both guns blazing. Not only is the entire lineup now powered by Intel’s second generation Core i5 and i7 mobile processors (commonly known by its codename, Sandy Bridge), but the new MacBook Pros also feature the brand-new Thunderbolt I/O technology (the official name of Intel’s Light Peak technology)--which supports up to 10Gbps bi-directional communications for high-bandwidth external peripherals, such as RAID arrays and HD displays. Add these new features to an outstanding chassis design, a sharp display,... Read more...
The Khronos Group that maintains the OpenGL API launched two new flavors of the specification at the Games Developer Conference (GDC) this week. OpenGL 4.0 is designed to update the API to DirectX 11-level functionality, while the 3.3 release is meant to allow previous generations of OGL hardware (presumably 3.x-compliant cards) to take advantage of OpenGL 4.0 functionality. Khronos lists the following features as new in version 4.0: Two new shader stages that enable the GPU to offload geometry tessellation from the CPU;Per-sample fragment shaders and programmable fragment shader input positions... Read more...
One of the bigger headlines this week is that Apple has let fly with their latest revision of OSX 10.6 aka Snow Leopard.  Stealing a little limelight from Microsoft's Windows 7 is none too easy we suppose but hey, we're all just PCs inside anyway, when you come to think of it, so can't we all just get along?  Of course we can.  A true Techie knows design elegance when they see it and for sure Snow Leopard is an OS that dazzles with glitz and glitter and delivers with solid utility and speed.  Heck we're even jonesing a little over Quicktime X's screencaster that lets you record... Read more...
ZeeVee, the online viewing portal that's giving the likes of Hulu a real run for their money, has just announced compatibility with yet another major platform: OS X. The Massachusetts-based company has just let loose its highly anticipated Mac client of Zinc, which is a GUI of sorts that places a boatload of internet TV channels at your fingertips. Designed to be used in full-screen mode on your computer monitor or even on a living room TV, Zinc Beta 3 for Mac doesn't look any different than the software for PCs. It should be noted, however, that this version is only compatible with OS X 10.5,... Read more...
Psystar continues to make headlines, this time because the company’s OS X Leopard-based systems are now being attacked for what seems like the most basic oversight imaginable:"The company didn't get permission from developers working on the OSx86 Project to sell their work.  Netkas, who developed the EFI emulator Psystar is using, posted up a blog entry yesterday calling Psystar "liars" and has re-released his code under a license that specifically forbids commercial usage."If Psystar starts shipping their machines, it might end up causing a lot of trouble for the entire OSx86 group.  Thus far... Read more...
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