On November 15, pause to raise a pint to the 40th birthday of the original microprocessor. On that day in 1971, Electronic News carried an ad for the Intel 4004, the precursor of all processors, including the ones running your Mac and your iPhone -- and, for that matter, your car and your coffeemaker.
Intego, a company whose goal is to provide Mac users with full protection from all the dangers of the Internet, announced they have discovered a new Trojan horse, Flashback, which masquerades as a Flash Player installer.
This Trojan horse is in the wild, and has some disturbing actions.
Adobe’s Photoshop Elements 10 has arrived, and whether you’re an experienced Elements user or someone who’s considering making the leap for the first time, the software boasts phenomenal, easy-to-use tools that’ll help amateur photographers take their images to another level. Here are a few new Elements 10 tips for old users followed by a couple old tricks for those who are completely new to the Elements platform.
You, Sir Fortix, the lone knight of the kingdom, are called upon to save the land of Artalom from the clutches of the evil mage Xitrof -- alone. Without any help whatsoever. That’s the gist of Fortix 2, an unexpectedly nifty puzzle title -- think of it as a “reverse tower defense” game. You have to control all the units on the map (gates, keys, towers, power-ups, catapults, and so on) by boxing off terrain, which captures anything within it. What’s more, you have to box off the units without disrupting the lines you’re creating -- any interruptions will immediately kill your character.
It’s no secret that the fall season officially arrived on Friday, and that means that Apple is putting the final touches on all the goodness in store for us. While exactly when that will be happening is up for debate, developers have been notified that their iTunes Match cloud data will be purged on Monday to help get the service ready.
Closer and closer we get to the rumored release date of the next generation of iPhones. And, true to form, the rumor mill stories are all starting to get more and more overlapping and similar. October 4th is almost universally agreed as the Go-Date and things are starting to gear toward a two model release. Well, then, what else is going down?
News flash: Macs can develop problems, just like any computers. But they tend to run fine without antivirus software and the general vigilance that helps keep PCs trouble-free (some of ’em must run fine, right?). But that doesn’t mean your Mac wouldn’t benefit from some occasional maintenance. Enter MacKeeper, a suite of tools aimed at keeping your Mac healthy. That’s a bold claim, and trust is important when using any app, but it’s crucial when your system is on the line. Unfortunately MacKeeper, with its occasionally awkward English and warnings about the importance of scanning OS X for viruses, makes a shaky first impression (the overbearing emphasis—in and out of the app—on MacKeeper’s Facebook popularity doesn’t help). When it comes to maintaining our Macs, we want Don Draper. MacKeeper delivers Pete Campbell.
Gameloft’s slick-looking real-time strategy game Starfront: Collision sure was a hit in the iOS App Store -- the majority of user reviews are for the full five stars. But when we played the Mac App Store port, it was full of bugs and hampered by a weak AI, though the solid multiplayer mode redeems it at least a little.