Friday, October 29, 2010

Boonana Trojan Horse Analysis And Removal Tool

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SecureMac has released an initial analysis of the Boonana Trojan Horse and has created a free removal tool as well as administrative instructions to manually remove the affected machines. All of the information including the analysis of the malware is available at the Boonana Trojan Horse security bulletin page.

The initial infection vector of the Boonana trojan is through a message on social networking sites similar to "Is this you in this video?" which includes a link to an external site. Upon clicking the link, a java applet will attempt to load in the user's web browser.

During our testing, the malicious Java applet communicated with a Command & Control server, and presented an installer window at a random time after accessing the malicious site. This installer did not indicate that it had been downloaded from the web which indicates it is avoiding the quarantine flag typically set by programs such as Safari ...

Threat level discussed:
Due to the fact that the Command and Control servers for the malware are still active, gathering information such as IP addresses (most likely for control purposes), as well as the modification of the sudoers file to allow passwordless access, we maintain a threat level rating of critical for trojan.osx.boonana.a. In many cases, especially with botnets, the malware might not initially exhibit malicious behavior, but can become active at any time as the command and control servers are updated. Detailed procedures and instructions are also listed in the report.




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Help Babies and Toddlers with Vocabulary

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Swag Soft has released Katakune Super Flash Cards 1.0, a new iPhone app featuring a set of more than 170 beautifully rendered 3D graphics baby flash cards on the Apple iTunes store, designed to help babies and toddlers learn new words.

Featuring cartoon characters from the award-winning preschooler cartoon series Katakune, Katakune Super Flash Cards teaches babies and young kids more than 170 everyday commonly used words from different categories such as animals, clothing, colors, food, fruits, gadgets, nature, numbers, sports, space, vehicles and more through 3D rendered graphics.

Using more than 4 months for production, award-winning animation studio MediaFreaks designed the graphics featured on this app. Parents and kids will be delighted by the colourful and detailed artwork. An early tester had this to say about the flash cards - "This is definitely the most comprehensive and beautiful set of Flash Cards ever made! Most other flash card apps simply pale in comparison!"

A reviewer from Apps Playground said, "What I like about this app is the graphics, which are beautiful in comparison to some of the low-budget rivals."

Besides the large number of words being taught, every flash card also comes with a voiceover to let young kids learn how to pronounce the corresponding featured item. Categories can be toggled on and off to design a child's learning curriculum and an inbuilt testing feature allows kids to be tested on what they have learned.

Aldric Chang - Executive Producer for Swag Soft and Creator of the award-winning Travels of Wiglington and Wenks Virtual World - says, "Like all the products my colleagues and I have created, we have put in a great deal of effort to make Katakune Super Flash Cards the best product of its kind. I am certain parents will find great pleasure in seeing their young ones learn so many new words through such an enjoyable and fun app."

Pricing and Availability:
For a limited time, Katakune Super Flash Cards 1.0 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category. Katakune Super Flash Cards is a steal for the exceptional educational value and high quality graphics it provides. The iPad version will also be available soon in the iTunes store.


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DEVONthink To Go 1.0 Released

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DEVONthink To Go has been released to the App Store and is now available for US $14.99.

DEVONthink To Go lets users bi-directionally synchronize their DEVONthink or DEVONnote databases with their iPads, iPhones, or iPod touches, and so take all their important documents, email messages, and bookmarks with them. Once synchronized the groups and documents can be browsed, viewed, and searched.

DEVONthink To Go works with as many desktop document formats as possible on iOS, lets the users view them, share them by email, or open them in third-party apps such as iAnnotate PDF. Documents annotated or changed in other apps can then be 'opened back' in DEVONthink To Go to update them in its database. Plain text documents are editable right on the device (with TextExpander support when installed on the device), and so are comments, labels, flags, and unread statuses.

Both names and the full text of documents can be searched in an instant. Special lists for recently used and unread items as well as filters that, e.g., show only flagged items within a group make working even with large collections comfortable. Document lists can be sorted after a variety of fields, and an info screen shows all relevant metadata about databases, groups, and documents.

All changes that can be made on the device are synchronized back to the Mac counterpart. Synchronization uses WiFi and so requires both device and Mac to be on the same WiFi network. A future version will also support through-the-cloud synchronization with MobileMe and other services such as WebDAV or DropBox as well as audio and video notes. Users do not need to transfer their whole databases to the device, a 'Sync' group in every database allows to select the items to get synchronized on a group-by-group or even item-by-item level.

To protect the user's privacy DEVONthink To Go honors the user name and password settings set for a database on the desktop and asks for credentials when the database is used on the mobile device.

When used with DEVONthink Pro Office on the Mac, images taken on the device are, if desired, fed through the ABBYY text recognition engine on the Mac, which makes all recognized text in the image searchable. The created PDF is sent back to the device with the next sync.

We are really excited about DEVONthink To Go. It finally lets all our DEVONthink and DEVONnote users extend their workflow also to their iPads and iPhones making DEVONthink the number one document management solution not only for the Mac but also for all iOS devices. - And this is only the beginning," states Eric Bohnisch-Volkmann, President of DEVONtechnologies.

Pricing and Availability:
DEVONthink To Go is a universal app that runs natively and with optimized user interfaces on both iPads and iPhones/iPod touches. DEVONthink To Go 1.0 is offered at the introductory price of $14.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category. If you are interested in reviewing DEVONthink To Go for your magazine, web site, or blog, please email us to receive a promotion coupon for the US iTunes App Store.




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Apple Explores Use of Nitride Coating for Scratch-Proof Devices

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Apple is exploring the use of nitride coating to make stainless steel devices more durable and scratch resistant.

AppleInsider has discovered an Apple patent published by the U.S. Patent & Trademark office entitled "Nitriding Stainless Steel for Consumer Electronic Products." It describes a cost-effective system that would place a layer of nitride atop a stainless steel exterior.

"In addition to providing a durable, hard surface that is both scratch and impact resistant, the nitride layer allows for the natural surface color and texture of the underlying stainless steel to remain visible to the user," the application reads. "It is this natural surface color and texture of the stainless steel that adds to the aesthetically pleasing appearance of the consumer electronic product, thereby enhancing the user's overall experience."



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InvisibleSHIELD Now Available for New MacBook Airs

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ZAGG has begun selling their invisibleSHIELD and ZAGGskins protection for Apple's new Macbook Air laptop computers.

The invisibleSHIELD is ZAGG's patent-pending, military-grade, virtually invisible and indestructible film, available in over 5,000 designs for the most popular electronics. As the original thin film full-body protector, the invisibleSHIELD covers millions of devices all around the world from bumps, scratches, and dings, and includes a lifetime replacement warranty. ZAGGskins are customized high-quality images and designs fused with the invisibleSHIELD to provide personalized protection. The invisibleSHIELD designs for Apple's iPad, iPhone and iPod lines are some of ZAGG's most popular products.

"Apple has built the new Macbook Air around technology advances from the iPad. So, not only is it amazingly thin and eye-catching, but it has the latest and greatest technology Apple has to offer," said Derek Smith, Vice President of Sales for ZAGG. "Both the original invisibleSHIELD and ZAGGskins give users the opportunity to protect and personalize their Macbook without fear of scratches, and without adding bulk to the design."

The invisibleSHIELDs and ZAGGskins for both Macbook Air models are available online at www.ZAGG.com, and ZAGG is shipping the invisibleSHIELD to select retail partners.

Both the 11-inch and 13-inch full coverage films cost $54.99.


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Vonage Mobile for Facebook Adds Multitasking

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Vonage Mobile for Facebook has been updated with multitasking support to let you run other apps while calling - without dropping the call.

Call all of your Facebook friends for FREE anywhere in the world with Vonage Mobile for Facebook. Now everyone’s favorite social network is a free calling network! To make calls, simply touch your friend’s Facebook ID from your Talk Free contact list. No need to dial a phone number.

How it works:
Just download the app, log in with your Facebook account username and password, invite friends and start talking to those who also have the app. It’s that simple!
• Vonage Mobile works anywhere using 3G or Wi-Fi coverage even overseas.
• There are no international calling fees or data roaming charges when on Wi-Fi, and you don’t use your cellular minutes.
• Don’t have an unlimited 3G data plan or Wi-Fi subscription? Please check with your mobile carrier, as charges may apply.
• When traveling abroad using the local 3G network, use your carrier’s international data roaming plan to avoid excess roaming charges.

What's New In This Version:
- Optimized for iOS4
- Minor bug fixes

You can download Vonage Mobile for Facebook – iPhone and iPod touch from the App Store for free.














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58-inch iPhone Table Prototype

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Table Connect for iPhone is a project to bring the iPhone's interface and multitouch capabilities to a 58-inch table.

We are about to put the final touches on the "iPhone Table" prototype. Table Connect for iPhone is what you have been waiting for, multitouch on steroids!

For now, we start with mock-ups as well. Currently, we are finishing up the work on the alpha release software for the table.

The iPhone is attached via the standard dock connector – immediately after it is attached, the magic starts to happen. The entire content of the iPhone’s screen will be projected onto the multitouch table, still giving full access to all the touch gestures using multitouch technology.







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This just moved to the top of my Xmas list!
But jokes aside, if they make the screen and icons as clear as you can see on these pics this will be amazing.

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Banned White iPhone 4 Promo

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The guys that created the iPhone 4 FaceTime and Antenna spoof have posted another video about the white iPhone 4.


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Apple Becomes Fourth Largest Manufacturer of Mobile Phones

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IDC has announced the results of its Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker survey, which place Apple as the world's fourth largest manufacturer of not just of smartphones, but of all mobile phones.

"The entrance of Apple to the top 5 vendor ranking underscores the increased importance of smartphones to the overall market," said IDC's Kevin Restivo in a prepared statement. "Moreover, the mobile phone makers that are delivering popular smartphone models are among the fastest growing firms."




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OmniVision to Supply Front and Rear Cameras for Second Generation iPad?

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Barron's reports that OmniVision will supply both the rear and the front facing cameras for the second generation iPad rumored to launch in the first quarter of 2011. Reportedly, the iPad will ship with two cameras, a VGA and a 5 MP. The iPad will most likely support Apple's FaceTime video chat service. According to the source, Apple will build 2.5 million units of the next gen iPad in Q1, and 23 million iPhones in Q1 2011, with more than 6 million for Verizon Wireless. Apple will account for nearly a third of OVTI’s chip demand, and most of its shipments of 5 MP sensors.

OmniVision (OVTI) will supply CMOS image sensors for a second-generation Apple (AAPL) iPad that will launch in the calendar first quarter of 2011, according to a brief research note yesterday from investment firm Detweiler Fenton.

The research firm contends the new iPad will ship with two cameras, a 5 MP camera and a VGA camera, and likely will support Apple’s FaceTime video chat software. Detweiler says their early read is that Apple will build 2.5 million units of the next iPad in calendar Q1, providing an incremental 5 million units of demand from Apple for OVTI, which also supplies sensors for the iPhone. He says that if you assume 23 million iPhones will be built in Q1 2011 - which includes more than 6 million for Verizon Wireless - Apple will account for nearly a third of OVTI’s chip demand, and most of its shipments of 5 MP sensors.

In early trade, OVTI is up 21 cents, or 0.8%, to $27.


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I would have thought that the camera on the iPad would be higher mp? There is more clearance in an iPad and would be possible for a 5mp front mounted FaceTime and possibly 6-8mp with flash outside camera.. Let's just hope they don't screw it up...


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Hands On Description of the Google Nexus Two

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Gizmodo has obtained on a hands on description of the Google Nexus Two smartphone. The device is expected to be announced on November 8th.

It's black and shiny, built with glossy plastic. Up close, though, it's "got this curve to it." While the screen, which our source thinks is the same 4-inch AMOLED affair from the Galaxy series, is flat, the front is "sort of concave" with hard edges. And the back is curved. The tapering makes it feel thinner than Galaxy S, though it might be about the same thickness. "It feels really similar to the Galaxy S in a lot ways." (Note: Our mockup is very approximate.)

"When I first saw it from 10 feet away, I thought it was the Galaxy S," says our source, who got to handle one. "I was a little surprised it was the Nexus Two," because it's so different from the Nexus One.




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Friendly for Facebook Now Supports Photo Upload from iPad

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Friendly, a Facebook client for the iPad, has been updated with support for multiple accounts and photo upload.

Features:
- Read and comment your newsfeed
- Chat with your online friends
- Upload photos from your iPad
- Read or write a Facebook messages
- Update your status
- View your photos, and friend photos full screen
- View and respond to events
- Keep up with your Facebook notifications
- Quickly login with multiple Facebook accounts

A friendly Facebook browser:
- Optimized for touch, no need to pinch & zoom
- Full screen experience newsfeed and photo albums
- Easy switch between multiple Facebook accounts

What's New In This Version:
- Multiple Account Support
- Photo Upload
- Birthday Reminders
- Enhanced Browser
- Faster Startup Time
- Faster Photo Loading
- Bug Fixes

You can purchase Friendly for Facebook from the App Store for $0.99.


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MultiG Lets You Easily Navigate Multiple Gmail Accounts on Your iPhone, iPad

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MultiG lets you easily navigate multiple Gmail accounts on your iPhone or iPad.

MultiG is specifically designed for people that have multiple Gmail or Google apps accounts. It was designed and implemented for both the iPhone and iPad.

Features:
● It uses Google's amazing web client, which features unique features in gmail. If you love Gmail search, threading and/or labeling this app is for you.
● It uses iMap to get unread counts and optionally sets a badge on you icon telling you how many unread messages remain. Since this uses iMap you get unread message count rather than threads.
● The first two accounts are free. You can unlock unlimited accounts via in app purchase. Purchase on iPhone or iPad and use it on both.
● It opens external links inside the app for quickly looking at a link and then getting back to email.

What's New In This Version:
● I think I finally got the login failed error sorted out. I apologize this has take me so long. I cannot reproduce the problems in the United States.
● Also new in this version is instapaper integration on external links.
● I also tweeked what pops a new browser window vs what doesn't

You can download MultiG from the App Store for free.




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Apple Surpases Microsoft in Quarterly Revenue

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Apple has surpassed Microsoft in quarterly revenue for the first time in nearly 15 years. Today Microsoft reported revenue of $16.20 billion for the third calendar quarter of 2010. That is $4 billion less that Apple's $20.34 billion quarter announced last week.

While Microsoft is still generating more profit due to its focus on software, this is quite an accomplishment for the company.


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Well think of it this way, if apple would allow us to install their os on any computer and it was around the same price or a little lower than windows is they would be making roughly 35-45billion each quarter. Don't forget there are many people that a making hackintosh computers and this number would grow exponentially if these people would be able to buy a low end pc and install OSX on it...

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Google Adds 'iPhone Apps' Category to Mobile Search

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Google has added an 'iPhone Apps' category to their mobile search page for iOS devices. You can try it out by going to http://www.google.com on your device.





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I love how they made it iPhone apps and not mobile device apps, to include their own apps, and those for other mobile platforms. I guess they realized that iOS having just about 300,000 apps people would need a way to find what they are looking for. I think iOS has more apps than all other mobile phone os combined...

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The New MacBook Air Screen is 'Insane'

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TechRestore CEO Shannon Jean says the new MacBook Air screen is unlike any other used in a laptop.

In a message to ZDNET Jean writes, the screen is paper thin and it’s not inside a housing like the traditional screens. It’s in layers, it’s insane. Perhaps you can do a post on this service, then I can send you images of the screen to do an additional post. I don’t think there’s ever been a screen like this used in a laptop. It’s very similar to a Sony PSP screen, where the LCD panel and backlight are separate pieces.

Like I mentioned, this is an ultra-thin screen that is not encased in a typical screen housing. Looks like Apple saved weight and space by keeping the parts separate. Very cool, except getting the screen out of the unit is a challenge with the Iron Man adhesives that Apple uses. Plus the fact that replacing the screen will require a dust free environment, since you are essentially peeling back the screen like an onion and there are all kinds of ways to cause damage. If you scratch the backlight layer, it will show through the LCD, if you get dirt/dust in between the LCD and reflective layers, it will show up, just to name a few.

TechRestore is offering a service that replaces the super glossy, LED backlit LCD with a matte-finish screen that has the exact same specifications as the original.







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