We've always known that Macs are susceptible to malware, but without a significant portion of market share, why should anyone bother? Now that numbers are up, Mac users are finding out that their platform of choice is also vulnerable, and it's not just Windows users who have to be on the lookout. The latest threat eating away at Apple PCs is a trojan horse that tries to dupe users into thinking it's a harmless Flash Player installer.
The PC community has already begun rallying around Gordon’s impassioned “Post PC My Ass” blog post from last week. Galvanized by his trenchant outburst against all the silly post-PC era talk out there, Michael Dell recently rubbished the whole idea of the still ubiquitous PC being on its deathbed in an interview with the Financial Times. However, for some odd reason, Mr Dell neither said what inspired his latest comments - which we strongly believe to be our Senior Editor’s highly affecting piece - nor leave any hints to that effect. Hit the jump for more on this.
ViewSonic tells us its new 24-inch LED monitor (VX2451MHP-LED) is designed to compliment an Apple Mac environment, but is also appropriate "for those who appreciate good design and want something different." What's different about this display is its all white frame and stand complimented by an ultra-slim body that measures just a hair over 1.4 inches (3.6 centimeters if you want to be all metric about it).
We welcome all PC (as in Personal Computer) users to the Maximum PC fold, be they Windows, Linux, or Mac OS X fans. Apple doesn't always make it easy, though. If the Cupertino outfit isn't out in court trying to destroy Google's open source Android platform through lawsuits, it's posting support documents that leave us scratching our heads wondering what the company thinks of its users.
Corsair today introduced a couple of DDR3 SODIMM kits for Apple Mac desktop and laptop PCs, serving as further proof that you can actually upgrade an Apple computer, or at least parts of it. The new kits are guaranteed to work with any Mac desktop or notebook PC that supports 4GB DDR3 SODIMMs, which covers just about every model in the past two years.
No iPhone? No problem! Amazon just scored its first exclusive desktop software courtesy of DistinctDev, makers of the hit iOS game The Moron Test. You can now download the popular title to your PC or Mac, though if you don't own an iPhone to begin with, you may have already passed (Zing!). We jest, and actually, The Moron Test is also available on Android and Windows Phone 7, which still won't come as any consolation if you're rocking a feature phone.
Last month, Intel increased the warranty period on solid-state drives in its SSD 320 range from the original three years to five years, making them the first consumer SSDs to have such a long warranty period. Now, Woodstock, Illinois-based Other World Computing (OWC) has taken a leaf out of Intel’s book and extended the warranty on its Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD line to five years. According to OWC, this move has made it “the industry’s first SandForce processor-based 6Gb/s SATA Revision 3.0 SSD offering an enterprise-class level 5 year warranty.” Hit the jump for more.
Adobe has patched an “important’ vulnerability in the recently released Flash Player 10.3.181.16 and all previous versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris, the San Jose-based company said on Sunday. It has issued a security bulletin (APSB11-13) to address the important vulnerability (CVE-2011-2107), which also affects Flash Player 10.3.185.22 and earlier versions for Android. Hit the jump for more.
Security firm Sophos has discovered a modified variant of the well known darkComet Remote Access Trojan (RAT) that not only affects Windows PCs, but the Mac OS X platform too. Interestingly enough, the nefarious Trojan readily admits it's not yet finished, which could be indicative of more underground programmers finally taking notice of Mac's increased market share. In its current form, Sophos senior security adviser, Chester Wisniewski, describes the Trojan as "very basic" in nature with a mix of English and German in the UI.
Last month, a rare Apple-1 sold for more than $210,000 at an auction house in London, an exorbitant price tag but one that the buyer felt was justified given that only about 200 Apple-1 machines were ever created, CNet reports. By comparison, it's believed that only around 10 transparent Mac SEs ever came off the assembly line, so surely one of those would command just as much, right?
Unfortunately for eBay user "caw_jmw," who claims he worked in Apple R&D in the 1980s, his rare transparent Mac SE, which was intended for internal use only, couldn't muster a single bid at the starting price of $25,000. If we chalk up the $210,000 Apple-1 to an anomaly, then we suppose the lesson here is that there really is a point where Apple users will cease to pay more for older generation hardware.
For those of you who collect or have held onto old PC parts, what's your most prized possession? An old Voodoo graphics card, perhaps? An AdLib soundcard? Hit the jump and share your stuff!