Every spring during the Qingming Festival, people in China honor their ancestors by cleaning and repairing their tombstones. Offerings are also made to the dead, typically consisting of food and drink, but because Chinese culture dictates that deceased relatives will need money and other material goods in the after life, many will also burn fake money or paper replicas of homes and cars as offerings. Read More
Greetings from a greying 2008 MacBook, which has more crumbs stuck inside the keyboard than your scarf after eating a muffin and is so painfully slow that just opening up a new Chrome tab can take a full minute. Read More
Dockster is a recently discovered Mac-based malware program that functions as a keylogger, among other things. It’s also a trojan, which means it can hide on a host computer quietly recording every keystroke before it contacts a remote server for further instructions. Dockster is considered “low risk,” but it has been found embedded on gyalwarinpoche.com–a site dedicated to the Dalai Lama.
F-Secure confirmed the infection and reported that Tibetan sites appear to be frequent targets for similar exploits: Read More
Hot on the heels of the rumor that some terrible, unfeeling parents have named their newborn Hashtag comes the news that names from Cupertino are the latest thing. The parenting website BabyCenter has released stats on the popularity of various names among the parents registered on the site, and The Next Web reports that Apple has increased its popularity 15 percent as a girl’s name. Siri (apparently a real Norwegian name) increased 5 percent. And among the lads, Mac jumped 12 percent.
The new Apple ads that’ve debuted during the Olympics are, shall we say, pretty tone deaf. Zooey Deschanel advertising Siri was bad enough. Don Draper probably would slap a copywriter in the face for pitching this “Apple genius helps clueless customers in distress” concept. For example: Read More
Even as we speak, you are leaving digital bread crumbs scattered all over the Internet, there for the taking by marketers. Nor do the details have to be anything particularly consequential to translate into a money-making opportunity.
For example: Orbitz has realized that customers who visit its site from a Mac tend to spend more money on hotels. The company is therefore adjusting its search results accordingly.
Turns out, cybercriminals can bring home some decent money, after all–at least until someone catches on and shuts down their latest revenue stream. After some reverse-engineering, the sleuths at Symantec have puzzled out the motivation behind the Mac Flashback botnet: Stealing Google’s ad revenue. Because, as a clever man once said, that’s where the money is. Read More
Freedom from fear of viruses, malware, botnets, and other digital nasties has long been a major benefit of Mac ownership. But today brings sad tidings: That carefree attitude will soon be no more.
Of course, Macs were never protected by some super-secret security technology, but largely by simple lack of interest on the part of bad actors. Apple simply didn’t own a big enough slice of the market to make Macs worth their while. But those days are now done. Ars Technica reports that, in a press conference yesterday, Kaspersky Lab security researchers were blunt: “Mac OS X invulnerability is a myth.” Read More