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Posts from — March 2009

Kaspersky Sells Mac AntiVirus Fear Using Charlie Miller… Mac AntiVirus Foe

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Daniel Eran Dilger

Why is Ryan Naraine, a “security evangelist” for Kaspersky Lab, writing news for ZDNet? And why is he only serving up half the juice that flows from Charlie Miller, the famous Mac cracker of CanSecWest? I think it has to do with the fact that Kaspersky has a Mac version of its security software in development, and it needs to generate some panic in order to sell it. Here’s the smoking gun showing why.

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March 20, 2009   16 Comments

The big 3.0: How iPhone will shift peripheral devices

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Daniel Eran Dilger

The biggest news to come out of iPhone 3.0 is its new support for external peripherals, a move that will expand the iPhone and its iPod touch sibling into new territory as a central hub for controlling all sorts of embedded devices. It will also bring Apple’s new mobile platform even closer to the open-ended premise of the old Newton Message Pad. Here’s why Apple’s modern mobile platform will work out better than its first attempt in the early 90s, and why competitors will be hard pressed to duplicate its success.

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March 20, 2009   41 Comments

App Store experts discuss the future of iPhone gaming

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
In a panel discussion at the Games Summit titled “Where Do We Go From Here?” Rebecca Lynn of Morgenthaler Ventures moderated a discussion about the future of iPhone gaming, involving Brett Seyler of Garage Games, Michael Chang of Greystripe, David Helgason of Unity Technologies, and Greg Yardley of Pinch Media.

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March 19, 2009   No Comments

iPhone demonstrated as a Wiimote at iGames Summit

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

At the iGames Summit, Shervin Pishevar of the Social Gaming Network demonstrated the use of the iPhone or iPod touch as “virtual Wii Remotes” for interacting with PC games using the company’s new iFun software in the session “Building Gesture-Driven Games for the iPhone.”
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March 19, 2009   1 Comment

iPhone gaming takes the stage at iGames Summit 2009 #igsummit09

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Small and large game developers are meeting with venture capitalists and technology companies to talk about the future of gaming on the iPhone platform at the 2009 iGames Summit being held here in San Francisco at the UCSF Mission Bay complex.

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March 19, 2009   6 Comments

Apple partners IBM and Sun consider merger

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
IBM and Sun Microsystems, two companies that at one point in the 90s each danced around the idea of buying up Apple, are now discussing the option to merge together according to reports in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

IBM in Talks to Buy Sun in Bid to Add to Web Heft – WSJ.com
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March 19, 2009   2 Comments

Mac security researcher wins Pwn2Own contest with Safari hack

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
In a repeat performance of last year, security researcher Charlie Miller arrived at the CanSecWest conference this week with a prepared exploit to use in cracking Safari running on Mac OS X.
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March 19, 2009   7 Comments

iPhone 3.0 to offer MobileMe users “Find My iPhone” feature

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
A new feature in the iPhone 3.0 firmware appears to let users remotely pinpoint a lost or stolen phone by securely requesting the device’s location via Apple’s MobileMe service.

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March 18, 2009   1 Comment

iPhone 3.0 to offer MobileMe users “Find My iPhone” feature

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
A new feature in the iPhone 3.0 firmware appears to let users remotely pinpoint a lost or stolen phone by securely requesting the device’s location via Apple’s MobileMe service.

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March 18, 2009   3 Comments

AT&T to offer limited iPhone 3G sales without contract

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

AT&T will begin offering “no commitment” pricing on the iPhone 3G beginning on March 26, without any service contract requirement, according to a report leaking an internal company training memo.
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March 18, 2009   No Comments

iPhone graphics may get multiprocessor performance upgrade

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Imagination Technologies, the firm that designs the PowerVR graphics core used in the iPhone, has announced a new generation of its SGX design with multi-processor support, providing embedded graphics applications such as a future iPhone with up to 16 cores.

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March 18, 2009   2 Comments

Apple Q&A sheds light on iPhone 3.0

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Apple executives Scott Forstall, Phil Schiller and Greg Joswiak answered a series of questions from reporters about the iPhone 3.0 platform, providing some addition information outside of that presented in the prepared comments.

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March 17, 2009   17 Comments

Developers show off new features of iPhone 3.0

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
Two weeks ago, Apple presented its new iPhone 3.0 Software Development Kit to a select group of iPhone developers, then allowed them to take the stage and show off what they could create on the new platform.

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March 17, 2009   No Comments

App Store audience hits 30 million users, 13M iPod touches sold

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

At its preview of the new iPhone 3.0 platform, Apple has finally revealed sales figures for iPhones and iPod touch units together: 30 million devices. The company noted that it has sold 17 million iPhones, leaving 13 million iPod touch sales.

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March 17, 2009   1 Comment

iPhone 3.0 adds Copy & Paste, MMS, global Spotlight search

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

At the preview of the new iPhone 3.0 platform, Apple announced new features for users that include the ability to select text for copy and paste between applications, MMS, and scores of other new features.

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March 17, 2009   2 Comments