It’s frightening how many people are so lazy that they can’t be bothered to use even the simplest security solutions to protect their computers and smartphones. I’m guilty myself — I typically don’t enable password security on my laptop because I’m not worried about prying eyes in my home or in my office. I try to remember to enable password protection when I travel elsewhere, but I probably only remember half the time, at best.
Microsoft on Thursday finally released a product that some Mac owners may have been waiting for: its Office for Mac 2016 collection of apps. And the best part? It’s completely free! The only downside, depending on how you look at it, is that it’s only a beta version of Microsoft’s productivity suite. More →
More and more security threats are discovered on a regular basis, and now it’s turn for a “Freak” vulnerability — that’s actually its name — for Android and Mac to come out of hiding. According to Re/code, both Google and Apple are aware of the situation, and have developed fixes to patch the Freak. More →
There are many means at Apple’s disposal for convincing consumers to buy an iPhone, iPad or Mac. Some involve the company actively promoting its products, some use partners to indirectly promote its products (such as Apple Pay or HealthKit), and some use other clever tricks that might get the job done. One such case is Apple’s recent decision to open up its cloud-based productivity suite to anybody, not just customers who already own Apple devices. More →
I can’t tell you how old I feel right now. I can remember it like it was yesterday though, carrying a crate of drum and bass records down the hall in my college dorm and practicing on my friend’s turntables. Actual vinyl records on actual Technics 1200 decks. People would funnel in and out of the room, some to hang out and enjoy the music, others to complain about having to study for exams.
It was a great time, and now people can experience the same thing without having to dump $1,500, $2,000 or even more on a rig. No, these days it only costs $250 to be a DJ. More →
Unlike most teenagers who are busy with school work and sports, Erik van der Plas and Tom de Ruiter are two very young Dutch software developers. At the ripe old ages of 13 and 14 years, respectively, they have come up with an app that uses Apple’s Touch ID security feature on iOS devices to actually unlock Mac computers.
We’ve written a lot about what happens when an iPhone user switches to Android (and vice-versa) but it’s been a while since we’ve written about a longtime Mac user who has switched to using a Windows-based PC. Macworld’s John Moltz recently tried to buy a PC for his gamer son and he came away completely confused by all of the different options offered by Lenovo and other PC OEMs. More →
One of the highlights of the 2002 movie Minority Report movie starring Tom Cruise is the impressive 3D gesture-based computer interface the cops use to dig for clues that help them solve murders before they happen. For years, some people have been waiting for tech companies to be able to actually create such a method of interacting with computers, and various game console makers have are already selling hardware and software that can interpret your gestures in real-time.
But Apple may be looking to bring this particular UI to computers and TVs at some point in the future, according to a patent awarded on Tuesday to Apple, first seen by AppleInsider. More →
Hackers at the popular Chaos Computer Congress in Hamburg, Germany, managed to demonstrate an interesting type of attack on some OS X computers that, if successful, cannot be detected or removed. More →