‘Someone’ Targets Hong Kong Protesters Using Jailbroken iPhones with Malware

3:40 PM, Oct. 1st, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

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A "Chinese-speaking entity" has targeted Hong Kong protestors using jailbroken iPhones with a trojan horse malware attack. According to security research firm Lacoon, that unknown entity has launched an attack through social media channels called Xsser mRAT that gets victims to install the malware by claiming to be software to help protestors organize.

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: Dr. Mac’s Final Showdown

1:40 PM, Oct. 1st, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: The Final Showdown

I’m now on my tenth day of carrying both new iPhones — one in each front pocket of jeans or shorts —  wherever I go. As I reported last week, I’m about to replace my year-old iPhone 5s with an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. Now, after ten days of careful consideration, I believe I’ve got it all figured out. I won’t keep you in suspense: I’m getting... 

Facebook Launches Atlas Ad Network to Sell You Elsewhere

7:32 PM, Sep. 29th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Money

Facebook announced Atlas Solutions on Monday, an online advertising network that will allow Facebook to profit from your user data in places other than Facebook. With Atlas, Facebook will deliver targeted ads to third party sites and mobile apps, just like Google.

Laurene Powell Jobs 28th Wealthiest American, 4th Richest American Woman

6:14 PM, Sep. 29th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Laurene Powell Jobs

Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of the late Steve Jobs, is the 28th wealthiest person in America, and the 4th richest woman. According to Forbes magazine's newest wealth ranking, Mrs. Powell Jobs is worth some $16.6 billion, less than the likes of Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Sheldon Adelson, and Sergey Brin, but more than roughly 313.9 million other people.

Steve Ballmer Plans to Take iPads Away from Clippers

8:20 PM, Sep. 25th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

YEAH!

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer knows he messed up mobile while at Microsoft, according to Reuters, but he won't let that get in the way of taking the better mobile device away from his new basketball team. In a profile on Mr. Ballmer and the L.A. Clippers, Mr. Ballmer said that the team's iPads are out, but not until the off season.

FBI Cranky at Apple for Securing iOS, Only Has Itself (and NSA) to Blame

7:40 PM, Sep. 25th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

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The FBI and other law enforcement folk are tense about Apple's gleeful proclamationt that the company can't unencrypt our data. FBI Director James Comey told reporters that he is "very concerned" about tech companies like Apple and Google stepping up their privacy game and protecting customer data. Bryan Chaffin argues law enforcement has only itself to blame.

Does Size Matter: My Weekend with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

3:28 PM, Sep. 25th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Last Friday I got an iPhone 6 and an iPhone 6 Plus for review; by mid-afternoon I had both fully charged, synced, and ready to rock. Sure I felt dorky with an iPhone in each hand all weekend, but it was worth it, gentle reader, to bring you this early hands-on report. But even more importantly, it was worth it to help me solve a first-world problem: Which iPhone 6 should I buy?