Adobe goes Mobile with New Creative Cloud Updates

7:57 PM, Oct. 6th, 2014 · · News

Adobe rolled out a collection of new and updated apps for the iPhone and iPad on Monday that make mobile devices a bigger part of your design process. Adobe's iPad app parade let you create graphics on your iPad and easily transfer them to Photoshop and Illustrator on your Mac through your Creative Cloud account.

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Adobe already owns graphic design on the desktop, and now the company wants to make sure it owns the market on our iPads and iPhones, too. Adobe gets that these are more than content consumption devices.

Apple Sapphire Partner’s Bankruptcy Shows It’s Hard to Be an Apple Supplier

5:10 PM, Oct. 6th, 2014 · · News

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GT Advanced Technologies (GT) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, a move that would give the sapphire producer and Apple supplier a chance to reorganize its finances and debt. GT's move may be surprising to some, considering the US$578 million deal the company inked with Apple, and it's proof that being an Apple supplier isn't an easy job.

Apple Adds iWorm to Xprotect Malware Definition List for OS X

11:13 AM, Oct. 6th, 2014 · · News

Apple pushed an update to its Xprotect malware list for the Mac that includes the Mac.BackDoor.iWorm malware over the weekend. Xprotect watches for telltale signatures from known malware threats and attempts to stop them from invading your computer.

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It's good to see Apple is on top of iWorm, and even better that users don't need to do anything to get Xprotect's updated malware definition list.

HP Splitting into PC, Services Companies

10:16 AM, Oct. 6th, 2014 · · News

HP is splitting into two companies as a move to better compete in both the PC and services markets. The PC company will focus on selling computers and printers, while the services company will target business technology, data storage, and related server systems.

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Leo Apotheker left quite a mess for Meg Whitman to clean up. Hopefully the plan to split HP into two companies will help keep some serious competition in the PC market.

Surprise: Mac iWorm Spreads through Pirated Apps

8:50 AM, Oct. 6th, 2014 · · News

When news of Mac.BackDoor.iWorm for the Mac hit the Web last week, the way the  malware threat spread was still something of a mystery, but that's been uncovered now, too: pirated software. Like so many other malware threats, attackers are using the promise of free software as a trojan horse to trick victims trying to save a buck into installing the iWorm payload.

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Using pirated software as a trojan horse to install iWorm doesn't come as a surprise at all. Using stolen software is bad not only because hard working developers don't get paid for their work, but also because you could infect your Mac with malware.

18K Macs Hit with iWorm Botnet

4:08 PM, Oct. 3rd, 2014 · · News

Over 18,000 Macs around the world have been hit with a new malware threat called Mac.BackDoor.iWorm, or iWorm, that could let hackers steal data or use victim's computers in denial of service attacks on other servers. iWorm also uses Reddit.com as part of its system, although Reddit itself hasn't been hacked.

BadUSB Malware Code Released to the World and There is no Fix

11:03 AM, Oct. 3rd, 2014 · · News

When the BadUSB was demonstrated at the Black Hat conference earlier this year the code to take advantage of the security flaw wasn't released. Now it's been reverse engineered and the researchers who figured it out have released their code on the Internet, which means exploits can't be far behind.

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The security researchers that posted their BadUSB code online may have the best of intentions, but they may have unleashed what will turn into a major headache for end users, businesses, and governments around the world.

Apple Taps Steve Dowling as Interim Head of PR

7:35 PM, Oct. 2nd, 2014 · · News

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Apple reportedly turned to Steve Dowling, a veteran in the company's public relations department, to be the interim head. Mr. Dowling will be replacing Katie Cotton, Apple's legendary PR boss, who left the company earlier this year.