As a recent Mac convert (having used PC’s for the past 21 years) this story was of interest to me. I was under the impression that Macs were very resilient even impervious to viruses and trojans but it seems this is not the case.
What is the Malware which infects Apple Macs?
The Mac has been promoted as being safer than PCs when it comes to viruses, trojans and other Malware and the Mac continues to grow it’s market share, however this now means that hackers and virus writers are now trying to target Macs in an effort to create larger series of botnets on PCs and Macs. This latest ‘Attack on the Mac’ is the face Flash installer called the Flashback Trojan. The Flashback Trojan is a nasty piece of work , malware, designed to steal personal information by pretending to be the Flash browser plug-ins. A Russian antivirus company called Dr.web estimated that over 600,000 Macs are now infected with the Flashback Trojan Malware as a result of unwitting Mac owners installing the software, all the time thinking it was the Flash plug-in for their browser. Apple haven’t bundled Flash with their mac product for a while now so many people, estimated to be about 6,500 infected macs in Ireland alone.
What happens if I have the Flashback Trojan?
ckily there are ways you can find out if you have the Flashback Trojan infecting your machine. There is also much more information on this malware on CNet which is where I first heard of this. I have tested my Mac and I’m clean thankfully. I still think the Mac blasts the PC out of the water for performance and usability, so I’m undeterred by this increase in targeted Mac viruses and I’m sure Apple will soon release a fix for this via their Software Update program me.
The next version of the Apple iPhone OS, iOS (version 4.3) is due for release very soon.
So When is the iOS 4.3 due for release. Well dates point to some date between Feb 28th and March 2nd!
The next version iOS4.3 is going to make your excellent iPhone into a fantastic iPhone.
Some of the features which will come in iOS 4.3 are outlined below.
iOS 4.3 has New Camera Effects – iOS 4.3 gives iPhone users some new and improved camera functionality. such as X-Ray Effects, Kaleidoscope style & Tunnel of Light.
iOS 4.3 brings a Better Keyboard – A new and improved touch screen keyboard will be available. The new keyboard will have an improved GUI with new key style and translucency. It will also allow for better responsiveness.
iOS4.3 allows AirPlay For Third Party Apps – play music, video and photos via compatible devices, such as your Apple TV, Mac or other iOS compatible devices.
NEW in iOS4.3 Find My Friends – The new ‘Find My Friends’ system is a new Social Networking system from Apple, integrating with MobileMe.
iOS 4.3 features Personal Hot Spots – This feature seems to be quite amazing … and apparently it is true. The New iOS 4.3 will allow the iPhone to have the ability to convert its 3G reception into a personal wireless hotspot, so if you need to connect your Laptop to the web, you may be able to use your iPhone running iOS 4.3 to do so.
iOS 4.3 features: Multi-touch gestures – One of the most exciting features of the iOS 4.3 release is the addition of multi-touch gesture controls (mainly to be used on iPad) which will allow a feast of new motion commands with four and five finger pinch, swipe and flick gestures all supported – similar to what Apple has on their MacBooks. This is a feature which could spell the end for the circular “House” button.
The new iOS will also improve the graphical layout of the iPhone making a really stylish phone something which everyone will want to have.
The new Release is coming soon and hopefully we can use the new OS and experience new features and improved functionality.
With over 1.8m new iPhones sold there is a flaw coming to light affecting the signal strength of the iPhone. Apple are to fix this within weeks.
Apple is set to release a new update to the latest iPhone within weeks of the release. The iPhone went on sale in five countries, including the US & UK, on June 24th but iPhone fans in Ireland are not happy as the iPhone 4 will not be available in Ireland until July 30th. The official release date for the iPhone release in Ireland and 16 other countries was announced and confirmed by Apple at a press conference on Friday 16th 2010.
Apple have admitted there is a problem with how the iPhone calculates its signal strength. Some iPhone users had complained that holding their iPhone near where the antenna is located caused a reduction in signal strength and sometimes dropped calls. Apple defended this saying “Gripping any mobile phone in certain ways will reduce its reception by one or more bars. This is true of iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, as well as many Droid and Nokia phones. …. Users observing a drop of several bars of signal when they grip their iPhone in a certain way are most likely in an area with very weak signal strength, but they don’t know it because we are erroneously displaying four or five bars. Their big drop in bars is because their high bars were never real in the first place”
Apple have released a statement promising a software fix within weeks for the signal strength error. The iPhone seems to misrepresent signal strength and this is not just for the new iPhone 4G but apparently the signal strength error affects the previous iPhone 3GS and 3G models.
Apple said ,”…We were stunned to find that the formula we used to calculate how many bars of signal strength to display is totally wrong. Our formula, in many instances, mistakenly displays two more bars than it should for a given signal strength…”
The new iPhone software fix is promised within weeks and should make the signal strength calculation more accurate … watch this space!
iPhone OS4.0.1 is now available which fixes some of these issues so download now!
Today Apple will hold a press conference to discuss the iPhone 4.
The reason behind the Apple press conference is not yet known officially but rumours persist that Apple will discuss the antenna and signal problems which are affecting the iPhone 4G.
Other rumours also include that the iPhone 4 press conference will see a price drop for the iPhone 4G, or in a worse case scenario that Apple will recall the iPhone 4 an that the signal issues are hardware issues and not software issues.
Apple had said that a software update would be available soon to fix any signal related issues and it is quite possible that todays press conference will be 90% relating to the signal strength issues.
The Apple press conference is set to take place at 10AM PT (6pm GMT) Friday, July 16th.
There are so many people on Google at the moment looking for “iPhone 4G Recall” – Did you search for iPhone 4G Recall or Apple Recalling iPhone 4G before getting to this site?
If you did, please don’t be worried as Apple are not doing an iPhone 4G Recall. The whole recall alarm was sparked by a fake Twitter account with username “CEOSteveJobs”. The tweet read “We may have to recall the new iPhone. This, I did not expect.”. So many people thought this Twitter account was real and was owned by Steve Jobs – I did too (I recently stopped following CEOSteveJobs when I found out this was a parody account)
The iPhone 4G was released on June 24 and will stay released – no recall pending. There are small theething problems as with all pieces of technolofy, mainly Reception issues and activation issues but iPhone 4G is due for a minor software update before the year is out according to some sources which might help with the initial issues.
The real Steve Jobs responded to the fake Twitter post and also to the iPhone 4G complaints and advised users to avoid holding the iPhone in a way that blocks the antenna. “Avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases,”.