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Mac Users Affected by New Virus

A new virus has struck, specifically affecting Mac users. Researchers suspect the cause may be retaliation brought on by the general smugness Mac users exhibit when confronted with viral threats.

Joe Kissell No comments

Time Machine Support Added to iPhone and iPod Touch

An undocumented change discovered in the beta iPhone 2.0 firmware may indicate that Apple plans to turn the iPhone and iPod touch into portable backup destinations for Time Machine. Could this presage versions of these devices with dramatically more storage?

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Apple Becomes First Victim in Hacking Contest

Mac OS X was just compromised more quickly than Windows Vista in a hacking contest. Should we worried? Rich Mogull explains why this is concerning, but there's no reason to panic.

Adam Engst No comments

Carbon Copy Cloner 3.1 Released

Bombich Software has updated Carbon Copy Cloner, adding a few welcome features and fixing some bugs in the popular disk cloning, synchronization, and backup software.

Rich Mogull No comments

Should Mac Users Run Antivirus Software?

Antivirus software may not be the answer for most Mac users, but some of you will need it, and all of you should follow these security precautions to reduce your chance of becoming infected by malicious software.

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Time Capsule Ships with Support for USB Drive Backups

Apple's network backup appliance Time Capsule ships, combining a Wi-Fi base station with a fast internal hard drive - and the ability to use Time Machine with USB-attached drives. It's a network-attached storage device, too.

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FileVault Security Compromised with Compressed Air

The memory chips used in personal computers retain their data after power is removed - longer if you freeze them. This leads to a security weakness: disk encryption keys can be extracted from memory even if a computer is active, locked or sleeping.

Joe Kissell No comments

SuperDuper 2.5 Released with Leopard Compatibility

The latest version of the popular disk cloning utility is not only compatible with Leopard, it has some fancy tricks up its sleeve - such as making copies of Time Machine archives.

Rich Mogull No comments

QuickTime 7.4.1 Fixes Zero-Day Vulnerability

Apple releases a critical security update for a month-old vulnerability in QuickTime for OS X and Windows.

Adam Engst No comments

iPhoto 7.1.2 Blocks Security Vulnerability

Apple has released a minor update to iPhoto that probably fixes some bugs, but the only detail that the company is willing to acknowledge is the fixing of a security vulnerability.

Karen Anderson No comments

Macworld Expo Laptop Bag Roundup and Slideshow

Interested in a new laptop bag? Whether you're looking for one that has oodles of pockets, wheels, an eco sensibility, or just a fabulous design in a hip fabric, the laptop vendors at Macworld Expo had something for you. Karen Anderson takes a spin through her favorites, and be sure to watch the slideshow for some pictures.

Jeff Carlson No comments

QuickTime 7.4 Improves Security, but Not Enough

Apple released QuickTime 7.4 to coincide with the latest update to iTunes and to provide a handful of important security fixes. However, QuickTime is still vulnerable to a new exploit discovered just before version 7.4 was released.

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Time Capsule Bundles AirPort Base Station and Backup Disk

Combining the backup power of Time Machine and 802.11n wireless networking, Apple's new Time Capsule is an AirPort Extreme Base Station with either 500 GB or 1 TB of internal hard disk storage.

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Secure Your iPhone Connections at Macworld Expo – and Beyond

Macworld Expo will be a prime location for those with bad intent to snarf passwords and data as it flies through the air from unwary iPhone users and their unsecured iPhones. Laptop users are at risk, too, of course. Here are some hints and references for ensuring your privacy before attending the event - or visiting any Wi-Fi hot spot.

Mark H. Anbinder No comments

Flying to Macworld? Carry On Your Batteries!

New rules from the U.S. Department of Transportation forbid checking spare lithium batteries in your luggage; you must bring them in your carry-on luggage. Read on for details.