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Apple released Mac OS X 10.6.7





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Apple has released the latest update to the Snow Leopard operating system, Mac OS X 10.6.7. The 10.6.7 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including fixes that:

  • Improve the reliability of Back to My Mac;
  • Resolve an issue when transferring files to certain SMB servers;
  • Resolved an issue with mid-2010 MacBook Air kernel panics, AirPort driver issues;
  • Improved brightness on external displays;
  • Resolved a DVD player playback issue only seen on 64-bit Macs;
  • Resolved the issue that could cause users accounts to disappear after the system went to sleep.



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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011. 17:50

Safari 5.0.4 pwned at hacking contest in five seconds



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As far as we know, the Apple’s browser Safari was always the subject of intense criticism for its various security weaknesses.  A couple of days ago Safari got pwned again at the hacking challenge pwn2own. It took the French team consists of specialists of security firm Vupen just a few seconds to exploit an unpatched Safari vulnerability. “We pwned Apple Safari on Mac OS X (x64) at pwn2own in 5 seconds,” they tweeted. Just a few minutes before the contest, Apple released Safari 5.0.4 alongside iOS 4.3. Vupen said that the update 62 vulnerabilities, breaking “some exploits but not all.”  The winners were awarded $15,000 and a MacBook Air. In addition to Safari, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 was also hacked pretty quickly.




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Friday, March 11th, 2011. 10:51

New Remote Trojan Targets Growing Number of Mac OS X Users



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It seams that malicious hacker put their hands on Mac computers. Security researchers report that hackers have a way to remotely send commands to your Mac OS X computer. “Blackhole” RAT, or Remote Access Trojan, allows hackers to control your Mac. SophosLabs analyzed the sample it received and determined that it is a variant of a well-known Remote Access Trojan (RAT) for Windows known as darkComet. The Blackhole RAT is available for download from the net, but there are no any reports from customers being hit by it.

The Trojan's basic functionality includes:


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011. 16:11

Mac OS X Lion's Safari is Snappier and More Stable Thanks to WebKit2



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In the forthcoming Mac OS X Lion Apple will use WebKit2 in Safari web-browser. Apple’s WebKit engine was announced in April 2010. The new WebKit2 offers both speed and security improvements:

WebKit2 is a new API layer for WebKit designed from the ground up to support a split process model, where the web content (JavaScript, HTML, layout, etc) lives in a separate process from the application UI. This model is very similar to what Google Chrome offers, with the major difference being that we have built the process split model directly into the framework, allowing other clients of WebKit to use it.

That means that Safari will be faster and more stable and if a webpage crashes or hangs, only that single tab will be affected instead the whole browser.




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Monday, February 28th, 2011. 15:09

Mac OS X Lion's interface in screenshots



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Along with new architectural features new version of Mac OS X also sports new look for the iCal, Mail and Finder, and some other applications look slightly different due to adoption of design elements implemented in the iPad. AppleInsider received the screenshots of new Lion's interface, and we're posting them below.

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The Fifth Generation iPhone Rumor Roundup



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The iPhone 4 was launched more than seven months ago. So it’s time for rumors about the next-generation Apple’s handset. Let’s imagine what we may expect from iPhone 5:


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Apple hired Naval Security Expert to be its Director of Global Security



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As reported Apple has hired Naval Security Expert David Rice as their new Director of Global Security.

With iPhones and iPads penetrating the enterprise in ever more impressive numbers, companies want to know they’re secure. Late last year Apple started working with Unisys to help it sell Apple products to corporations and government agencies, all of which are concerned about the security implications of iPhones and iPads running on their networks. Those who know Rice describe him as a deeply respected name in IT security circles.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Monday, January 24th, 2011. 16:33

Apps from Mac App Store were cracked hours after its launch



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In a few hours after Apple opened its Mac App Store ‘pirates’ found the way to install and run paid apps for free.

According to John Gruber’s blog Daring Fireball, the vulnerability appears to be in those apps that do not follow app validation advice given by Apple.

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Google Announced New Version of Android Market



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This week Google has released a new version of its client app for Android Market, which will work on any smartphone running Android OS 1.6 or higher.

The company aims to facilitate the process of discovering new software and its purchase. That's why new Android Market will have a Cover Flow-like style of app listings and include new categories like Widgets and Live Wallpapers, as currently the catalog is filled pretty much with these kinds of software. Besides that, app pages will now have more info and links to related content.

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QuickTime version updated to 7.6.9



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Yesterday Apple released a new 7.6.9 version of QuickTime media software, which has 15 vulnerabilities patched, including issues with FlashPix, PICT, GIF and JP2 images and AVI, MPEG, Sorenson, QTVR and other movie files. Most of it could cause an arbitrary code execution in case of exploit or unexpected application termination.

The security update is necessary only for Mac OS X Leopard 10.5 and Windows users, as Mac OS X 10.6.5 already has fixes to the vulnerabilities included.

QuckTime 7.6.9 can be installed through Software Update or by visiting the QuickTime website.




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Apple will release iOS 4.2 today



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Apple recently published a press release stating that new firmware iOS 4.2 for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad will be available today.

Apple® today announced that iOS 4.2, the latest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, is available today for download for iPad™, iPhone® and iPod touch®. iOS 4.2 brings over 100 new features from iOS 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2 to iPad including Multitasking, Folders, Unified Inbox, Game Center, AirPlay® and AirPrint.

The iOS 4.2 update is available today to download to iPad, iPhone and iPod touch by syncing the device with iTunes 10.1. iOS 4.2 is compatible with iPad, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, second and third generation iPod touch (late 2009 models with 32GB or 64GB) and new iPod touch. Some features may not be available on all products. For example, Multitasking requires iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, third generation iPod touch (late 2009 models with 32GB or 64GB) or later.

However users are unable to update through iTunes right now, as well as there are no download links yet. The expected release time is 10 am Pacific Time.

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Apple releases Safari 5.0.3, 4.1.3 with bug fixes, security updates



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Early this week Apple released an update for its Safari Web browser, with version 5.0.3 for Windows, Mac OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard, and 4.1.3 for Mac users running Tiger. The updated browser fixes the bug that could prevent users from submitting web forms and establish an encrypted, authenticated connection to the Safari Extensions Gallery. New version of Safari for Mac also solves an issue that could cause Web content to display incorrectly.

Other fixes, according to Apple, include:


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Friday, November 19th, 2010. 14:45

Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.6.5



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As we promised, yesterday Apple released Mac OS X 10.6.5 update for Snow Leopard, which now available via Software Update. The public release is the same Build 10H574 that was seeded to developers on Monday. The 10.6.5 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard. The full list of general fixes and improvements in Mac OS X 10.6.5, according to Apple, includes:


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TSA allowed to leave 11-inch MacBook Air in bag at airports



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Nicholas Kimball, who is a spokesperson at Transportation Security Administration, told this week CNN that recently presented 11-inch MacBook Airs are small enough that they don't need to be removed from your bag if you're going through an X-ray machine at airport security. MacBook Pro though is still big enough and needs to be researched for the internal components.

It is unknown yet whether 13-inch MacBook Air will also get such a decision, so currently it needs to be taken out at airport security. But it may also be allowed not to be removed as 13-inch model doesn't have an optical and traditional hard drive ещщ.

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Written by SimplyMax

Sunday, October 31st, 2010. 18:58

11.6-inch MacBook Air is checkpoint-safe



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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced that the owners of new 11-inch MacBook Air are allowed not to remove their notebook from bag at security checkpoints in U.S. airports.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Friday, October 29th, 2010. 12:58