Security continues to weigh heavily on our minds, as Mark Anbinder encourages Java and Word updates to protect against the SabPub malware, and Glenn Fleishman explains how to report text message spam to AT&T. Glenn also reviews DropKey 1.0, a new utility for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion that simplifies exchanging encrypted files. In other news, Jeff Carlson notes Adobe’s just-announced Creative Suite 6 and the new Creative Cloud, a subscription service for using Adobe applications. And Instagram may be happy about being acquired by Facebook for $1 billion, but not all Instagram users are as excited, so Agen Schmitz looks at how you can back up your Instagram photo portfolio, in case you decide to jump ship. Lastly, Adam Engst delves deeply into Android to share the best ways — Amazon doesn’t make it easy! — to download and read EPUB and PDF ebooks on a Kindle Fire. Notable software releases this week include Quicksilver ß67, LaunchBar 5.2, and Suitcase Fusion 4.
Mac security firm Intego says unpatched installations of Java and older versions of Microsoft Word leave Macs vulnerable not just to the Flashback malware, but also to the SabPub malware. Update your software to make sure you’re not at risk.
Adobe has announced its new suite of creative applications, but this time there’s something new that affects them all: Creative Cloud, a subscription service that makes it possible to use the Creative Suite for as little as $50 per month.
Text message spam is on the increase, according both to researchers and anecdotal reports. You can alert AT&T to spam, which can help block that sender in the future.
While there was much to celebrate with its recent $1 billion acquisition by Facebook and a successful Android software launch, the Instagram photo sharing service found itself caught in a backlash by some users worried about Facebook’s privacy policies and the possibility that Facebook would ruin the service. If you’re thinking of deleting your account (or even if you’re staying in the Instagram fold but want to maintain local copies of your images), Agen Schmitz looks at three options for backing up your photos.
The just-released DropKey 1.0 makes it simple to exchange files using strong encryption without having to manage keys or worry much about security. It’s a drag-and-drop pleasure.
It feels as though Amazon wants to make reading ebooks in formats other than Mobipocket difficult, and even with Mobipocket, downloading a file from the Web requires non-intuitive steps. Adam explains exactly how Kindle Fire owners can access ebooks — in EPUB, PDF, and Mobipocket formats — in all the possible ways.
Notable software releases this week include Quicksilver ß67, LaunchBar 5.2, and Suitcase Fusion 4.
Two quick bits this week: Michael Cohen’s Tech Night Owl Live podcast appearance to discuss the antitrust lawsuit against Apple and major publishers, and an Apple promotion that gives copies of Snow Leopard away to Leopard-using MobileMe holdouts.