“There has been a significant increase in Mac malware in the last several quarters, so what we’ve seen with the Flashback Trojan isn’t particularly surprising,” Marcus said.
“Cybercriminals will attack any operating system with valuable information, and as the popularity of Macs increase, so will attacks on the Mac platform.”
The web was buzzing Thursday about a new “Flashback trojan” that has apparently infected over half a million macs. The malware was installed by users through a fake Adobe Flash player update and can hijack machines and potentially connect them to botnets and steal personal information.For years, Apple boasted it’s dominance in the malware category but with the growth of Apple computer sales, they are now an attractive target. PC’s have always been more susceptible to viruses and the like because that’s what everybody used. At the end of the day, hackers are trying to make a profit for their efforts and therefore will go where their market is. There have been iPhone “viruses” reported in the past despite the tightly-controlled iOS ecosystem and these instances are on the rise.
As a Mac user for my personal computer, I use Sophos free antivirus and run scans every so often. Nothing has come up but I’m glad it’s there. As with all computers, it’s best practice to maintain good passwords, update regularly, run antivirus scans and back up your important data. Perhaps most importantly, is using common sense on the web. Do not open things from people you don’t know and be wary of links you click. A little-known but common malware source is PDF documents, which have traditionally been regarded as a secure and convenient file format. Adobe products are a common target for Apple products so make sure to update from
I saw on a forum post today some night driving footage of the BMW i8 Spyder concept car. I’m sharing with all the news surrounding electric and hybrid vehicles as of late not to mention the perfect crossroads of tech and motorsport, a second passion of mine. The vehicle has been created under BMW’s “i” sub-brand and is a spirited performer slash eco-cruiser. For those with a short commute, the 20-mile electric range with a 0-62mph rating of 5 seconds looks very enticing – I know it does to me…It gets a combined 94mpg with the gas engine and only takes 2 hours to charge using a household socket. The bonus is the 2 electric scooters BMW plans to put in the trunk to ride around town while you’re parked! Want one yet?
Where performance meets efficiency, everybody wins.
Among the most eye-catching features of the BMW i8 Concept Spyder are the upward-swivelling, windowless doors and a range of purpose-oriented on-board equipment including electric kickboards stowed under a transparent tailgate. The sports car is based around the innovative LifeDrive architecture, itself underpinned by a lightweight modular construction and the use of high-quality high-tech materials. The BMW i8 Concept Spyder is a plug-in hybrid powered by an eDrive drivetrain combining a high-performance electric motor and petrol combustion engine. The lithium-ion battery supplying the motor with power can be recharged in an extremely short space of time from any domestic power socket. Together, the car’s minimised weight, low centre of gravity and finely judged balance, coupled with a combined system output of up to 260 kW (354 hp), promise unbeatable dynamic capability, exceptional efficiency and unbridled driving pleasure.
- High performance 3-cylinder petrol engine (164 kW) in rear with i3’s electric motor (limited to 96 kW) in front
- Total torque of 550 Nm (300Nm petrol engine + 250 Nm electric motor)
- 3 driving modes – electric, petrol, or both engines at once
- 1,630 kg
- 0-100kph (62mph): 5.0 seconds
- 80-120 km/h (50-75 mph): 4.0 seconds
- Top speed: 250kph (155mph) (limited)
- 3 L/100km / 94 mpg imp
- 50:50 weight distribution
I read an interesting article in Businessweek today about a new high-speed fiber cable network that is being laid down along the Canadian shelf in the Atlantic ocean to connect mainframe financial networks in London & New York. The current top-speed transatlantic network is Global Crossing’s AC-1 which clocks 65 milliseconds round-trip – the new cable known as ‘Project Express’ (and funded by Hibernia Atlantic) will provide round-trip speeds of as little as 59.6ms. Of course your average internet user won’t notice this difference but high-frequency computer trading strategies require absolutely minimal latency and additional milliseconds can cost millions during a trading session. Ultimately, this may be interesting at a technical level but there will only be a few select individuals who are able to use this network as Hibernia Atlantic will charge a fortune to access it. This quote was interesting in regards to how these super-networks are viewed in the industry:
Some trading firms question whether these high-speed networks are worth the expense. “Nobody’s making extra money because of them; they’re a net expense on the industry,” says Manoj Narang, founder and CEO of Tradeworx, a firm that also operates a high-speed trading platform that handles more than 3 percent of the U.S. stock market’s daily volume. Narang says the only firms that can afford access to the faster cables are already among the fastest trading firms. “All they’ve done is impose a gigantic tax on the industry and catalyze a new arms race.”
Instead of using your data solely for marketing purposes, Google is offering more tools to allow users to view their personal usage trends across many of their services:
- Designed to offer you transparency and control
- Summarizes the data associated with each product you use when signed in to your account
- Provides links to change your personal settings
Google’s dashboard (which can be found here) shows you a ton of information ranging from popular Gmail contacts, models of Android devices associated with your account, metrics on Google Voice usage, search information, Google Finance portfolios among many other things. For hardcore Google service users, this could prove to be a very valuable tool.
A more recent tool launched by the search giant is known as “Account Activity” which you can view here. Specifically, the tool shows account sign-in activity (including country, ISP, browser & platform), number of monthly emails and most contacted addresses, Youtube video statistics & Latitude history. Lifehacker had a good example which you can see below. The Google user recently planned a trip to Italy, so the most contacted email address was a hotel and most frequent web searches related to the trip as well.
The surge in mobile software and other apps has also led to a surge in jobs, almost half a million just in the U.S., estimates a study out today from CEO network TechNet.
All of the must-have applications available on iOS, Android, Blackberry & other smartphone platforms translate to literally thousands of jobs for programmers, designers, managers, marketers etc. The jobs the Technet study looks at a range from development roles at companies who specialize in applications (Zynga) to internal app developers at companies such as Bank Of America.
Check out the size of the “app economy” as well as this awesome infographic about mobile applications:
Via CNET and FrugalDad
I didn’t want to write a lot about the over-covered iPad 3 launch, but I found the energy consumption aspect to be of interest. The “new iPad” may promise similar battery life as the iPad 2, however performing most tasks it uses twice as much energy. Apple increased the size of the batter and due to engineering magic, managed to pack it inside a thin slab along with powerful hardware and an impressive 2048 by 1536 display. The “hot tablet” has been reported to reach external temperatures of 116 degrees Fahrenheit which has drawn some bad press shortly after launch. Apple and experts have downplayed the issue and attributed it to how the device is used which varies greatly from user to user.
The statistics behind the increased battery size are interesting to say the least. In tests performed by Anandtech and Displaymate, the impressive display increases power draw from 2.7 watts on the iPad 2 to 7 watts on the new iPad. That’s not all:
In other types of tests conducted by various tech publications, the new iPad consistently performs more poorly than the iPad 2. Anandtech, for instance, found that the new iPad draws 4.58 watts while surfing the Web over Wi-Fi while the iPad 2 draws a mere 2.48 watts. DisplayMate found that the new iPad at maximum brightness sitting idle draws 7.32 watts. The iPad 2? Only 3.47 watts. CNET found that the iPad 2 draws 1.76 watts at 150 candelas per square meter (cd/m2) brightness for 720p video playback. The new iPad draws 3.32 watts. These results show that there is approximately a doubling of power consumption, yet the new iPad’s battery increased in size only 70%, from 25 watt hours to 42.5 watt hours.
As a happy iPad 2 owner, I am not compelled to upgrade at this point. The battery and heat issues, larger form factor and in my opinion, unneeded specifications, it isn’t worth it. The 2nd generation iPad has cameras for Facetime and can handle any GPU-intensive task I throw at it with ease. The battery life is great and it’s my best friend while traveling (on business at least). I am intrigued by the high resolution of the new model but for such a small screen, I think the original resolution does the job just fine. When apps have been reported to be twice the size for the retina-display based iPad and Apple still offers 16GB in the $500 wifi model, I think it’s a touch decision. My personal recommendation is for original iPad or non-iPad owners to get the new model and those with the 2nd generation to wait for next March. The $400 base-model iPad 2’s Apple sells directly are also worth looking at for those on a budget who don’t need all the bells and whistles.
This incredible infographic depicts what happens on the internet each and every day in 2012. Take a look below for specifics but think of the sheer amount of unstructured data that this amount of activity must generate. It’s only a matter of time before the Googles or Facebooks of the world master the art of turning it into cash. From studies I have read, data growth is a huge issue for enterprises who struggle in implementing good policies & strategies to curb infrastructure spending. A Cisco white paper I stumbled upon estimates global mobile traffic to rise to over 10.8 exabytes per month by 2016. Downloading roughly 1GB per month on my iPhone, this is an astronomical number. Oh, and for those looking for a definition of exabyte, here’s a link to Wikipedia – I looked myself…
Via MBA Online