As if lose USB drives with the potential for spyware and malware are not bad enough, some mad genius decided to build a USB device that is technically capable of doing damage to the hardware components of most modern computers. The device was custom built by a guy named Dark Purple and consists of a DC to DC converter and a capacitor bank. There is some control logic to this so that the capacitor bank know when to send the death note to the system it is plugged in to.
The Mac world had an unsettling wakeup call today as it found out what most people have known for years: Macs are no more secure than any other PC. This wakeup call is not the first of its kind and it is certainly not going to be the last, we just wonder if anyone will actually listen or if Apple PR will continue to claim Macs cannot get malware.
Apple's CEO Tim Cook has sent a lengthy letter to all company's employees in which he presented plans for 2014 and reflected on the successes in the 2013. In addition to the launch of the new iPhone, iOS 7, and two new versions of the iPad, Cook points out that he is particularly proud of the fact that they have started shipping the Mac Pro, which is manufactured in the United States, to be more precise, in Austin, Texas. They also recorded 50 Billionth application download from the AppStore this year, which the company also considered as an extremely great achievement.
Apple picked the best time to launch their new Mac Pro. After several months of advertising and solicitation of users, on 19th December they finally allowed users to order their own copy.
Kaspersky Lab experts noticed a security flaw related to Apple's Safari browser, or to be more precise, its storage of passwords and user ID information.
Computer companies usually base their income on software or hardware sales, some of them even manage to earn from both sources. Microsoft for example always charged for their Windows OS, we can say a decent sum of money, only upgrade versions were a bit more affordable.
At the Moscone Center in San Francisco, everything is ready for Apple's WWDC conference, which begins on Monday. Although the conference has a developer character, there is a great public interest because announcements of a large number of news are expected.
Apple has released the schedule of this year's WWDC (10-14. June) Conference which is held every year in San Francisco and regularly used to introduce new Apple gadgets and software. Usually the content of the conference is to some extent hidden, but it seems that Apple this year has something different in mind. It was announced that on the conference we will see a new version of OS X but also much more interesting iOS.
Logitech continues to improve their department of gaming peripherals. The company last month united peripherals for gamers into a single Logitech G product line and introduced a redesigned six keyboards and mouses, and two new headsets.
The PC is dead, PC sales are declining, and we are entering the post PC era; these are all headlines that are getting pushed around the internet right now. These are the same headlines that we have heard every year around the same time and by the same people for the last 15 or so years. They are just as wrong now as they were then, at least mostly wrong. What has happened is that we have hit an interesting time in the market. This is a time when we have too many new and “cool” technologies that are not cheap to make, but no idea on how to implement them (or an OS that really takes advantage of them). This is not the first time we have seen this and it won’t be the last either and it also comes at a time when the market is flooded with companion devices that are being marketed as standalone products.