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  • iOS5, iCloud: iSee the future

    Apple has announced some dramatic changes to the operating system of their iPhone, iPad and Touch devices. At the core of the new updates is iCloud, a new music-streaming and online data storage service that can be accessed on devices from the iPad to the iPhone. The announcements were made at Apple's Worldwide Developers’ Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco by Apple executives that included a frail-looking Steve Jobs. iCloud essentially demotes the role of the computer to "just another device". Users' data will be stored online, meaning users will no longer have to connect their new iPads or iPhones to a...

  • Apple poised to introduce iCloud

    Apple chief executive Steve Jobs is taking a break from medical leave on Monday to preside over the opening of the company's annual conference for software developers. And in a break from Apple's usual practice of shrouding its events in an air of mystery, the California gadget-maker this time revealed ahead of time what it plans to announce at the event in San Francisco. Sort of. In a press release, Apple said Jobs and other executives will unveil the next generation of Lion, the software that powers Macintosh computers, and iOS 5, the next version of the mobile operating system for the...

  • Mac Defender becomes MacGuard, gets sneakier

    The Mac scareware that started popping up recently has got a little more insidious. Not quite a full-blown virus, it still requires a clueless or distracted user to install it, but the latest version does not require an administrator password to be entered. It started on May 2 (timeline here), where fake antivirus began to spread though poisoned Google image search results. It was pretty primitive, causing Safari browsers to run a piece Javascript that threw up a fake anti-virus scanner message. It was poorly done – even a thoroughly unsophisticated Mac user would be suspicious of a Windows XP...

  • Hackers aim ruse at Apple computer users

    Hackers are out to trick Apple computer users into infecting Macintosh machines with malicious code pretending to be legitimate security software. Apple on Wednesday was warning about a "phishing scam" that stealthily directs Mac users to fake websites which pop-up bogus warnings that computers are infected with viruses. Hackers attempt to scare people into installing programs that pretend to be virus blockers but are actually malicious code. "Its ultimate goal is to get the user's credit card information which may be used for fraudulent purposes," Apple said at its support website, which detailed how to avoid or remove the virus. Names of the...

  • Apple looks set to launch cloud-based music service

    Just weeks after Amazon and Google unveiled their music offerings, Apple appears set to raise the bar. The Cupertino, California-based gadget-maker is expected to launch a new Web-hosted music service next month, according to multiple reports, after negotiating deals with at least three of the four major record labels. The service is likely to be presented at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which opens in San Francisco on June 6 and which has been the venue for past launches of high-profile Apple products. According to The New York Times, Apple's service will allow music stored in the Internet "cloud" to be listened...

  • Apple update fixes iPhone tracking ‘bugs’

    Apple on Wednesday released updated software for iPhones to fix "bugs" that resulted in location data being unencrypted and stored for up to a year. A note included with the update said that the cache of saved data on devices was reduced and that location information would no longer be backed up at iTunes on people's computers. Turning off the location services feature on an Apple gadget will cause location data to be deleted, the update promised. The changes came in an iOS 4.3.3 software update for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices. According to British researchers, iPhones and iPads running iOS 4,...

  • First-time iDevice buyers: Buy now or wait?

    If you’re big on Apple products, chances are you’re already intimately familiar with the Mac Buyer’s Guide maintained by MacRumors. If you’re a first-time buyer, the guide simply provides recommendations based on product cycles and rumoured release dates for new products and refreshes. Though not 100% accurate, the Mac Buyer’s Guide is a great resource to consider if you’re ever in two minds about buying a particular Apple product right now, or to wait a few months for the new version. Here follows a quick summary for all major Apple products to date. iPod classic Apple didn’t release an update for the...

  • Apple debuts iPad 2, gets favourable response from web world

    Apple CEO Steve Jobs made a surprise appearance at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on Wednesday as Apple debuted the iPad 2. "We've been working on this product for awhile, and I didn't want to miss it," Jobs said before launching into the presentation. The iPad 2 features a new, faster OS (iOS 4.3) with dual-core processor, two cameras (front and back), offered in two colours (black and white) and 1/3 thinner (making it thinner than the iPhone 4).  It also automatically syncs with Apple TV and includes an HDMI output. It's shipping in the United States on March 11...

  • Comparative pricing study: How do you like them Apples?

    Admission to the cult of Mac doesn't come cheap, and if you’re a South African Apple product owner, you’ve paid more for that right than anyone in any other country in the world, with the exception of Brazil. I was surprised to read the analysis of a recent IDC report noting some bonkers growth figures for Apple in the last fiscal quarter. Growth was largely in the government market segment at 549.5%, and very large business, at 108.6%, but even consumer sales grew 17.1% despite the overall market receding 0.6%. Considering that PCs have saturated most of the market...

  • iPay: The future of Apple’s subscriptions plans

    There has been much written lately about Apple's rules for apps, that they must provide an in-app purchase function. For example, Jason Kincaid wrote: Why Are You People Defending Apple?, MG Siegler wrote: Apple's Big Subscription Bet: Brilliant, Brazen, Or Batsh*t Crazy? and Frédéric Filloux wrote Apple's bet on publishing | Monday Note - among many posts on the subject. Much of the focus on Apple's move has been on the 30% cut it takes on purchases made through its online stores. That's a big chunk for providing a payment service, and for many companies, such as media organizations that re...