When Apple (AAPL) needs talent, it knows exactly where to look first: the sea of hackers. Kristin Paget, a former Microsoft (MSFT) hacker now officially works for Apple, reports Wired. Paget, now a core operating system security researcher at Apple, was once responsible for discovering bugs in Windows Vista before Microsoft shipped it in 2007. Paget helped prevent “a lot of bugs from shipping on Vista” and we kid you not, was awarded with a T-shirt signed by Microsoft Vice President of Windows Development Brian Valentine that read: “I delayed Windows Vista.” Wired writes Paget’s Vista bugs literally saved the OS from being a complete disaster. More →
So much for the resistance from PC gamers. Steam’s latest hardware survey reveals Microsoft’s (MSFT) radically redesigned Windows 8 is now the fastest growing operating system among Steam users. The survey shows 4.69% of Steam users have jumped onboard Windows 8 making it the platform’s fourth-most used OS, behind Windows 7, XP and Vista. Although Steam usage on Windows 7 saw a 0.85% drop, it still reigns supreme with 72.56%. Meanwhile, Apple (AAPL) Mac users who game with Steam still lag behind at 3.26%, and that’s with OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 combined. More →
Wednesday was apparently not Apple’s (AAPL) best day when it comes to software updates. First, iOS 6 users were sent into a frenzy when Wi-Fi connections stopped working after they updated to Apple’s latest mobile OS. Thankfully, the problem turned out to be an issue with Apple’s website rather than iOS 6 itself, and the issue was resolved within about an hour. Now, what appears to be a far more significant issue has emerged following Apple’s release of OS X 10.7.5 Lion on Wednesday. More →
Hot on the heels of iOS 6, Apple (AAPL) on Wednesday released a major update to its OS X desktop operating system. OS X 10.8.2 Mountain Lion is now available to download from Apple’s Mac App Store, and the update includes a number of changes. Among those listed in the update’s release notes are Facebook enhancements, Game Center improvements and the addition of Power Nap support for late-2010 MacBook Air laptops. Apple’s full change log for OS X 10.8.2 follows below. More →
Before announcing the new iPhone 5, Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook rattled off a few stats for OS X Mountain Lion. Cook boasted that Mountain Lion has been downloaded 7 million times since it became available two months ago. As impressive as that figure is, many users are still reporting sub-par battery life on MacBooks, even after the recent 10.8.1 update. MacObserver compiled a detailed analysis of battery life spanning from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion’s upcoming 10.8.2 update and came to the conclusion that the poor MacBook battery life issue has been resolved. Users can expect to regain upwards of an hour and a half of battery life in 10.8.2 compared to 10.8.1. That’s great news for customers, as the drop in battery life from Lion to Mountain Lion is unacceptable.
We are losing the war against cybercriminals, according to security firm McAfee. The company revealed in its quarterly “Threats Report” stating that the frequency of malware attacks is now growing at the fastest pace in four years. McAfee researchers found more than 8 million new kinds of malware in the second quarter, a 23% increase from the first quarter, and claim there are now more than 90 million unique strands of malware in circulation, CNNMoney reported. While traditional Windows PCs are still the most targeted by cybercriminals, attacks targeting OS X computers and mobile devices are on the rise. More →
According to the latest monthly totals from web metrics firm Net Applications, global usage of Apple’s (AAPL) Mac OS X platform overtook that of Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows Vista in the month of August. The Cupertino-based company’s operating system accounted for 7.13% of worldwide usage while Vista fell to 6.15%. The latest version of OS X, known as Mountain Lion, has seen extremely fast adoption and already has a worldwide usage share of 1.34%. In the same month, Windows 7 finally surpassed Windows XP to become the most popular operating system in the world. The firm also found that Apple’s iPad and iPhone accounted for 3.37% and 2.42% of Web traffic respectively, while the Android operating system made up only 1.71% of traffic. More →
Apple (AAPL) on Thursday rolled out its first software update for OS X Mountain Lion, OS X 10.8.1. The update includes general bug fixes and resolves previous issues with Migration Assistant, compatibility issues with Microsoft’s (MSFT) Exchange servers and a bug that would prevent iMessages from being sent. There is also a fix for Safari, along with an audio playback issue affecting Thunderbolt displays. Apple also seeded OS X 10.8.2 to developers on Thursday and asked them to focus on Messages, Facebook (FB) integration, Game Center, Safari and Reminders. The OS X 10.8.1 update is available now in the Mac App Store. More →
The latest version of Apple’s (AAPL) desktop operating system, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, is now available for purchase in the Mac App Store. Apple announced on Tuesday during its third-quarter earnings report that the new OS would become available to users on Wednesday, and the $19.99 OS arrived right on schedule. The latest version of OS X includes hundreds of new features such as a revamped Messages app with iMessage support, enhanced iCloud support, notifications and Notification Center support, and new productivity apps. Apple’s press release follows below. More →
Apple (AAPL) has announced that Mac users can buy an upgrade to the new OS X Mountain Lion from the Mac App Store on Wednesday for $19.99. Apple has posted a complete how-to guide on its website for anyone with an eligible computer who wants to upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion.
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Microsoft (MSFT) unveiled the latest version of its productivity suite earlier this week, which focuses on touch optimizations and deeper integration with Microsoft’s cloud-based services. Office 2013 was shown off at great length for the Windows 8 operating system, but it was curious to some that no mention of OS X was made during Microsoft’s press conference. According to The Verge, the explanation is simple: Microsoft currently has no plans to release Office 2013 for Mac. “We haven’t announced the next release of Office for Mac,” a Microsoft spokesperson told the site. Microsoft does reportedly have plans to bring new SkyDrive cloud storage features to Office 2011 for Mac in a future update. More →
Apple previously announced that its next-generation OS X operating system, called Mountain Lion, would launch sometime in July, although a specific date was never announced. According to a report from 9To5Mac, the Cupertino-based company’s retail stores in both the United States and overseas are planning overnight updates on July 24th — the same day Apple will announce its third-quarter earnings — that could include the posting of marketing material and OS installations on store computers. The iPhone-maker previously announced OS X Lion availability during its earnings call last year. Along with other improvements, OS X Mountain Lion includes Notification Center, Dictation, Gatekeeper and Apple’s Reminders and Messages apps. Apple’s latest operating system will be available for download in the Mac App Store for $19.99. More →
Apple on Monday made the near-final Gold Master version of its upcoming OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion operating system available to developers. OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion includes hundreds of new features, most notably the additions of a revamped Messages app with iMessage support, enhanced iCloud support, new notifications and new productivity apps. Apple will release OS X 10.8 to end users later this month for just $19.99. More →