Opera 12.10 dashes to the desktop today, and there are plenty of feature enhancements for both Windows and Mac users alike. Chief among them is basic touch support in Windows 8, so if you're rocking a touchscreen monitor, you can pinch-to-zoom the browser. Over in Apple's orchard, Opera 12.10 introduces support for "Retina" displays and plays nice with the Notification Center in the newest version of Mac OS X.
The Flashback botnet scare may have thrust Macs' supposed invulnerability to antiviruses claim under a microscope, but Sophos decided it wanted some numbers to go along with the heaping of hype. So the company studied feedback from 100,000 Apple computers with Sophos antivirus installed and surprisingly discovered that the Macs were fairly teeming with malware. Before you start laughing, consider this: the vast majority of the malware found didn't affect OS X at all. It targeted Windows PCs.
We always expect Apple to post big quarterly numbers, but the sheer volume of cash Apple made last quarter almost defies description. The Cupertino-based maker of iDevices has announced that it pulled in $46.3 billion in revenue for Fiscal Q1 2012, the period that ended December 31. That is nearly double the 2011 value.
Ah, the pleasures of youth. Sunshine, summer breaks and cool Capri Suns by the poolside. It sounds like the good life, but apparently all the rays are baking kids’ brains: a new report says that the majority of American youth would prefer a Mac to a PC. What has the world come to when children are actively seeking out fruit?
Not a day after Apple finally acknowledged the Mac Defender trojan, the original malware author has changed up the attack, making it even harder to prevent infection. The main impediment before was that users had to enter their administrator password, but the new variant no longer requires that. It's a brave new world for Mac users, folks.
Apple recently overhauled its MacBook Air range. All the new models in its ultrathin notebook range only feature solid-state storage, providing them with obvious speed advantages over previous models, but severely restricting their built-in storage capacity – 13.3-incher with 256GB storage (maximum) costs $1600.
Even though many votaries of the cult of Apple might even find the Air’s storage plenteous, but a media junkie will not have any trouble expending the built-in Flash storage. Of course, you can always opt for a portable HDD.
Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania is a small institution of higher learning with a mere 2,100 students. According to an announcement made by the school today, all 2,100 of those students will be getting an iPad. The school’s iPad page says of the move, “This new program provides students with the best in technology and collaborative learning tools.”
The iPad program is part of the Griffin Technology Advantage Program which also provides students with 13-inch Macbook. Students are encouraged to use the devices in class and at home. The school will replace the Macbooks every two years. No word on replacement iPads though. All items provided as part of the Griffin Technology Advantage Program are owned by the students so they can take everything with them after graduation.
Seton Hill’s programs are geared at developing tech savviness in their attendees. However, it still remains unclear how much the school will use the iPads in a classroom environment. We predict a lot of games of Plants vs. Zombies will be happening in those lecture halls.
As the back to school shopping season kicks into high gear, look for OEMs to push PCs with product bundles and all kinds of enticing offers. For Apple, that might mean once again bundling an iPod with the purchase of a new Mac or MacBook, but that might not be enough. According to a new study by consumer electronics site Retrovo, college-bound students are less willing than ever to pay the so-called "Apple Tax" by purchasing a pricier Mac.
"While Apple has done well historically in the education market, 2009 marks the dawn of the netbook," says Vipin Jain, Retrevo CEO. "Students told us they wanted longer battery life, smaller size, and a lighter laptop. 58 percent of them plan on spending less than $750. Only 18 percent have a budget over $1,000."
It also isn't helping Apple's cause that "retailers are working overtime to attract students," such as Wal-Mart expanding its laptop selection by 40 percent and partnering with HP to make a sub-$300 Compaq Presario.
But take the survey with a grain of salt. While respondents were selected from a random sampling of Retrevo's 4 million monthly visitors, the sample size was only 300.
Die hard Apple fans love to defend their platform, and that’s okay, it’s actually good to know they are capable of emotion. But is this really what passes for a news story? The popular web tabloid AppleInsider.com ran a news feature on Friday criticizing Microsoft’s decision to place a Vista campaign booth outside an Apple store in Birmingham England. The booth was apparently set up to record I’m a PC videos for possible use in upcoming marketing efforts. Some of the clips gathered are slated for use in TV commercials while others will be used for web promotions. In addition to gathering video clips, Microsoft staffers are on hand to convert potential Mac customers back into the fold. The booths are the continuation of the Vista ad campaign which started with Bill Gates and Jerry Sienfeld, and more recently matured into the “I’m a PC” initiative.
We don't like taking on the role of enforcer, nor do we like bullying those ill equipped to defend themselves. But sometimes, for the greater good of all involved, as PC users we feel obligated to step in and lay the smack down when our Mac brethren come asking for it. In a way, we feel like Billy Madison did when he told a bunch of first graders "Now you're all in big, big trouble" before proceeding to pummel them in dodgeball.