Let's say you have a beautiful garden with a well-manicured lawn, shimmering koi pond and brilliant bands of flowering plants. Now imagine some jerk shows up and starts dumping trash, ripping out flowers and pouring toxic waste into the water--it would take months to clean and would never look the same.
But if there was a way to contain the damage, say by building a small box around the perpetrator, cleanup would be a breeze and the rest of your garden would stay pristine.
Replace "jerk" with "malware" and "garden" with "Mac," and you've got the essence of sandboxing, a security measure that, in Apple's own words, "protects the system by limiting the kinds of things an application can do, such as accessing files on disk or resources over the network." So if, for example, your favorite music player suddenly decides it wants to randomly trash files on your system, the virtual sandbox will prevent it from doing that.
Why should Windows users have all the fun? That’s the question being asked on Thursday by the folks at GameHouse, who have just launched the first all-you-can-play casual game subscription service for both Mac and PC users.
Another day, another iOS developer in hot water for playing fast and loose with user data. This time it’s Path, a favorite of the MacLife.com team -- but fear not, the sky isn’t falling, as you’ll discover from reading onward. It’s otherwise been a moderately quiet day on the Apple home front, so we’ve collected a few related tidbits from competitors like Google Android and Research in Motion to keep you entertained for this Tuesday, February 7, 2012.
With much of the internet blacked out today in protest of the pending SOPA bill, you’re probably ready to read about something -- anything! -- else to wind down your mid-week “hump day.” Of course, we’re all waiting to see what Apple will serve up to the educational community tomorrow, but in the meantime they’re busy slapping Samsung with another patent lawsuit aimed at the Korean manufacturer’s smartphones -- so there’s no end in sight. In the meantime, here’s what else is making news for this wonderful Wednesday, January 18, 2012.
Christmas falls on Sunday this year, which means most of us have an extended work week and are now truly feeling the “hump day” blues like never before. The good news is, you still have time to take care of everyone on your gift list, but hurry -- time stands still for no one, after all. We’ve found one of the best ways to get through “hump day” is to kick back for a few minutes and catch up on the day’s news… which we just so happen to have right here for Wednesday, December 21, 2011.
Apple did it to us again, issuing both an iOS 5.0.1 beta and a new iTunes 10.5.1 beta 2 with iTunes Match after the daily recap went live on Wednesday -- and seriously bumming out everyone who’s been waiting for that “late October” launch of the $24.99 per year service. Meanwhile, all eyes are on Amazon as they prepare to ship the Kindle Fire in two weeks. Here’s what’s making headlines across the internet for this Thursday, November 3, 2011.
As the release of iOS 5 fast approaches, one developer has turned up some interesting threads buried in OS X Lion’s iChat app which indicate that it could soon gain the ability to communicate directly with iOS 5’s iMessage for quick and easy chat from computer to mobile device.
Ever wonder how iOS developers get some of the inspiration for their apps? In the case of Elite Platinum’s latest Singing Daisies app, the influence came from the heart and mind of the developer’s nine-year-old daughter, who he credits with coming up with the whole idea in the first place.
This is a nice little find from the folks over at 9to5Mac: The creators of a new Kickstarter project called iEmu are working on a desktop emulator that lets you run iOS apps on your Mac or Windows machine, and your Android device. Hey, remember playing old school console games on your Mac? Now you'll be able to do so with all the new iOS games.
Only a few months remain before we hopefully see the release of iOS 5, but until then developers can tinker around with beta 6 for the time being, which has just been made available to developers with credentials.
You can download the new beta release from the developer site after you log in.