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Apple's Latest Update: Mac OS X v10.5.8 -- What's in It for You?

If you're a Mac user, you have a little updating to do. To tide us over until Snow Leopard, the next major version of the Macintosh operating system, Apple earlier this week released an update with the exciting name "v10.5.8." Here's what it holds in store for you: A new version of Safari, version 4.0.2, fixes some security holes and also allows better searching of browser history. Bluetooth...

Apple Announces New iPhone 3GS, Revises MacBook Pros (and More!)

Today was the start of Apple's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), and today's keynote started off the week-long event with a bang. There were so many announcements that we could easily spend all day sharing every minute detail of the upgrades and new products in the Apple family. We'll leave the nitty-gritty stuff to someone else, so here's a quick recap of everything you need to know about...

New Botnet Threatens Mac Computers

For years now, Mac users have flaunted their seeming immunity to computer viruses, malware, and other noxious applications that plague the hearts, minds, and hard drives of PC users. However, there have been exceptions to the Mac's invincible reputation, like the one app from last summer that stole photos and all sorts of other information. According to security software firm Symantec, there's...

10 'Coulda-Been-Windows' Operating Systems That Never Took Off...

Sure, you've all heard of Windows and Apple's OS X, and at least some of you are familiar with Linux, but those aren't the only operating systems out there. Many of you have probably never heard of NeXTStep, the operating system developed by Steve Jobs's company NeXT after he left Apple. NeXTStep eventually became the basis for OS X when Jobs was asked to rejoin the home of the Mac. NeXTStep was...

Apple Is Not a Bastion of Openness (Duh)

Well, the Register is a little late to the party, but having another voice bemoaning the closed nature of Apple is always appreciated. As we've pointed out before, despite all the complaints against Microsoft for being closed and monopolistic, Apple actually commits far more crimes against openness in the tech world. While most of the computer-using, iPod-listening public give Apple a free...

Mac Users Susceptible to Malware Tricks, Too

As we've said countless times, you -- the user -- are the biggest security threat to your PC. While Windows has a well deserved reputation as being insecure, Macs are far from immune to attacks. While it may be more secure by the nature of its design, OS X can't force users to make smart decisions. It appears that the age old trick of throwing up a fake dialog box asking users to click "OK" to...

Meet OLO, the Netbook-Style 'Dumb' Terminal for Your iPhone

OLO Computer is reportedly thinking of bringing to market a netbook-styled device that would actually enable (require?) users to plop their iPhone / iPhone 3G into the palm rest; from there, the handset would act as the brains of the operation and double as a trackpad. At the present time, there are no real specifications to speak of -- just a zany teaser page and lots of speculation. We...

New Mac OS X 10.5.5 Update Available for Download

Apple's latest OS update -- 10.5.5 -- is now up and dancing in Software Update. It includes the latest batch of security updates, Address Book, Spotlight, and iPhone sync enhancements, and iCal, eMail, MobileMe and Time Machine performance tweaks. In other words, it's a biggie. Full release notes just beyond that read link, and for more, check out TUAW. [Thanks to everyone who sent this in] ...

Apple Highlights the Best-Designed Mac and iPhone Apps

Despite what you may think , this week's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) didn't end with the announcement of the 3G iPhone. As part of the festivities, Apple handed out its Design Awards yesterday to what it considers best of breed applications and programs for the Mac and the iPhone. Most of the applications were beautiful, but some were of questionable usefulness to the average user,...

Rumor Mill: What Apple Might Announce on Monday

On Monday Apple will host its World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, where rumors are circulating that Apple will announce anything from the new 3G iPhone to a Steve-Jobs-manned mission to Mars. But what can you actually expect to come out of those few days in San Francisco? Here are the four announcements we think Mr. Jobs is most likely to make during his keynote Monday...

Is Windows 'Collapsing?'

Gartner, a technology research and analysis firm, is warning that Windows is "collapsing." The analysts at Gartner said that Microsoft must make drastic changes to its flagship operating system (OS) or risk becoming outmoded. The two analysts spearheading this charge, Michael Silver and Neil MacDonald , say that Microsoft is burdened by years of legacy code (old, inflexible programming) and bad...

2038: The Year the Internet Will End?

We're sure most of you remember the Y2K bug. Because most computers only stored the date with a two digit year, the clocks struck midnight on December 31, 1999 and all hell was supposed to break loose as computers around the world suddenly thought the year was 1900. The power goes out, records destroyed, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria! Alas, when the date became January 1, 2000,...

Windows and OS X Vulnerable Via Firewire

It seems like everyday computer users have a new reason to fear that their data is unsafe. And to be fair, it isn't. Unless you lock vital PC components up in separate bank quality vaults, encrypt all your data, and never go online, you're always in some danger, and at that point what use is a computer anyway? But every once in a while a hacker demonstrates a vulnerability in our computers that...

Apple's Leopard OS Has Bugs

Apple's new version of Mac OS X, version 10.5, a.k.a. "Leopard," launched last week to a good bit of fanfare ... and a strong dose of piracy, too. It's already sold more than two million copies. That said, things aren't entirely going well for the new cat. Many users are suffering from a wide range of problems when installing and configuring the new operating system (OS), ranging from random...

Apple's New Leopard Hits Illegal Download Sites

After yesterday's (mostly) glowing reviews , it's no surprise that Mac fanatics want to get their hands on Leopard, the new Apple operating system (OS), as quickly as possible. It's also no surprise that anyone who wants a new OS this badly isn't necessarily inclined to pay for it. So, enter the Bit Torrents of the world, which are sites that enable peer-to-peer sharing of (not infrequently...