Wednesday, June 1, 2011
There’s been a high alert recently regarding the Mac Defender and Mac Security trojans that have been fooling unsuspecting Mac users into handing over admin passwords and credit card information. And although Apple has remained particularly mum on the topic, it looks like they will be nuking the malware in an upcoming OSX update.
When AppleCare started receiving a high number of Mac Defender cases, it was leaked that Apple’s reaction was to instruct its staff to not fix affected computers or even confirm with customers whether or not their computers actually had the malware installed. It was a strange way to address the problem, but apparently it was to keep the issue low key until Apple could further investigate.
Now, it seems Apple is ready to really fix the problem and will be releasing an update within the next week or so that will remove the malware automatically. An Apple Support knowledge base article had the following message:
“In the coming days, Apple will deliver a Mac OS X software update that will automatically find and remove Mac Defender malware and its known variants. The update will also help protect users by providing an explicit warning if they download this malware.”
[via Cult of Mac]
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Verizon is building up a small collection of LTE smartphones on its new 4G network, and the LG Revolution is third to the party. Following the HTC ThunderBolt and Samsung DROID Charge, the Revolution ironically sticks to the theme of a single-core processor and a 4.3 display. Read on for our first impressions.
Inside the sober black chassis there’s Qualcomm’s 1GHz CPU running Android 2.2 Froyo. Interestingly, Verizon has opted for Microsoft’s Bing search and mapping for the Revolution, rather than the more common Google offerings. That’s obviously allowed in Android’s TOS, but has previously proved a less than popular decision among buyers. It also gets a 5-megapixel camera (along with a 1.3-megapixel front webcam) rather than the 8-megapixel shooters of the Charge and ThunderBolt.
Verizon is positioning the Revolution as an entertainment phone, preloading the Netflix app and bundling a 16GB card rather than the usual 8GB, plenty for lots of video. There’s also that HDMI output for hooking the smartphone up to an HDTV. That’s welcome, as the Revolution’s 4.3-inch LCD display is nothing special compared to the Super AMOLED Plus panel on the DROID Charge.
Brightness set to 100% for both devices.
In fact, Verizon’s pricing on the Revolution is something of a curiosity. At $249.99 – with a new, two-year agreement – it’s certainly in the premium range, and yet it falls short not only of the specs we’ve seen from dual-core powerhouses elsewhere, but from the two LTE handsets Verizon already offers. We’ll be looking to find LG’s special sauce in time for the full SlashGear review, so until then enjoy the hands-on video and unboxing gallery!
LG Revolution unboxing, hands-on and comparison between DROID Charge, Thunderbolt and LG G2X (T-Mobile)
One more video getting processed…stay tune.
During the Mango update reveal yesterday, Microsoft announced that it will be offering a web portal version of its Windows Phone Marketplace. Users would be able to access the marketplace catalog from the web, make purchases, and then send them directly to their handsets. Today, some extra details on the new web version have emerged.
The new web version of the Windows Marketplace will function much like the native app version, allowing customers to browse its catalog, view screenshots, read reviews, and then pay to download. Various purchasing options will be supported including try-before-you-buy and carrier billing. A Windows Live ID account can also be linked for paying with an associated credit card. Additionally, one-click social features will allow users to recommend apps via email, Facebook, or Twitter.
The Windows Marketplace currently has over 18,000 apps, but should see a dramatic increase with the upcoming update and the new attention from Nokia developers. The web version of the marketplace is set to launch with the Mango update this fall.
[via Windows Blog]
Twitter has confirmed its acquisition of TweetDeck, though it has held off revealing exactly how much it paid for the popular application. The deal is believed to be worth $40m according to reports yesterday, and to have been made in part as a defensive move against would-be tweeting upstart UberMedia. There are also hints as to what might come of the software.
Many TweetDeck users have been concerned about Twitter’s intention for the app, which has gained a loyal following among power-users on both the desktop and, more recently, smartphones like the iPhone. Although Twitter is yet to state exactly what it intends to do with the developer team and the app as it stands currently, it sounds like it doesn’t expect to take it much away from its current form:
“This acquisition is an important step forward for us. TweetDeck provides brands, publishers, marketers and others with a powerful platform to track all the real-time conversations they care about. In order to support this important constituency, we will continue to invest in the TweetDeck that users know and love.” Twitter
In an ideal world, that would mean that TweetDeck would get the best of being an app “on the inside”, with priority access to Twitter’s servers and – hopefully – reduced downtime and reliance on the API.