Archive for the ‘Apple’ Category

Safari Not Looking So Good A Week later

June 19, 2007

Compiler benchmarked Safari against Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox2, and the results didn’t look great for the Apple browser. Safari wound up in last place opening a message in Gmail, last place logging into Gmail, and two seconds slower than Firefox in Google Calendar.

If you didn’t like Safari’s blurry fonts, you’ll hate when it spits out gobbledygook because you have different language settings than English. Take a look at the messed up screenshot Amit Agarwal took, and fixing the damn thing isn’t fun or sometimes easy.  Apple released the first patch for Safari, upping it to version 3.0.1, fixing security vulnerabilities that have already popped up in the browser.

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Safari 3.0 Install Snafu Cripples Some Macs

June 15, 2007

“Some Mac users who have tried the three-day-old Safari 3.0 browser beta are hopping mad at Apple Inc. because several notable applications won’t work after installing the application.Numerous postings on Apple’s user-to-user support forum recounted various misfortunes when they installed the Safari preview — or tried to. Only hours after Safari 3.0’s launch, a user identified as max said, “Just downloaded it, but while installing the installer crashed. [N]ow my old safari is gone and the installer app does no longer work!”

Others quickly jumped in. “Same problem here,” said Senne. “Installer crashed, can’t launch any Cocoa app. iTunes, Coda, Adium, etc…all fail to launch.” Others jumped in to say that they’d had the same thing happen to them. Cocoa is Apple’s object-oriented development platform.”

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Leopard First Impressions Published, Quashed

June 14, 2007

“The lucky devils who got a dev version of OS X Leopard posted some tidbits and were quickly DESTROYED by legions of Apple lawyers.”

They also ran a benchmark on the software and found no significant improvements in speed or performance in the new OS over Tiger. Oh well. Again, this is very early warez – kind of like Safari — so we can’t expect miracles. After all, Apple has been focusing on iPhone, right?”

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Microsoft, Mozilla Execs Respond To Safari On Windows Announcement

June 14, 2007

“For companies like Microsoft and Mozilla, Safari coming to Windows means that one more competitor will be thrown into the Windows browser battlefield. While neither company has expressed dismay with Apple’s decision to put Safari on Windows, on Monday executives from both Microsoft and Mozilla expressed a lack of concern for their new (Windows) foe.”

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EA Brings Game Portfolio To Apple Mac OS X

June 12, 2007

“With mainstream successes such as the iPod, and the hotly anticipated iPhone, Macintosh products are on the rise, and now coming soon to an OS X based system near you will be a few new EA titles:

  • Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars
  • Battlefield 2142
  • Need for Speed Carbon
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix
  • Madden ’08
  • Tiger Wood’s PGA Tour ’08”

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Safari For Windows, 0day Exploit In 2 Hours

June 12, 2007

“Apple released version 3 of their popular Safari web browser today, with the added twist of offering both an OS X and a Windows version. Given that Apple has had a lousy track record with security on OS X, in addition to a hostile attitude towards security researchers, a lot of people are expecting to see quite a number of vulnerabilities targeted towards this new Windows browser.I downloaded and installed Safari for Windows 2 hours ago, when I started writing this, and I now have a fully functional command execution vulnerability, triggered without user interaction simply by visiting a web site. I will not sell this one to ZDI or iDefense but instead release it here, as I have done lately with a number of 0day vulnerabilities. This place is where you get my latest research )

A bunch of other security researchers such as David Maynor and Aviv Raff have been pounding safariWin with their fuzzing tools, going through thousands upon thousands of test pages in the hopes of triggering some form of memory corruption for potential exploitation. I am a big fan of fuzzing and believe it can produce some tremendous results, but sometimes good old fashioned application specific knowledge can get you far.”

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id Software Debuts New Engine At Apple Conference

June 11, 2007

“Carmack introduced the technology, saying, “So the last couple of years at id we’ve been working in secrecy on next-gen tech and a game for it … this is the first time we’re showing anything we’ve done on it publicly.” He describes the demo happening on screen: “What we’ve got here is the entire world with unique textures, 20GB of textures covering this track. They can go in and look at the world and, say, change the color of the mountaintop, or carve their name into the rock. They can change as much as they want on surfaces with no impact on the game.””

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Who Matters More: Kevin Rose Or Steve Jobs?

June 11, 2007

” I’m as big a Kevin Rose fan as the next guy, but is he really more important in the world of business than Steve Jobs or Bill Gates or Eric Schmidt? You can vote right now online for who you think should have made it to the top of Business 2.0’s annual People Who Matter Now list (which will come out in our July issue).”

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Apple Launching Video Rental Store?

June 11, 2007

“Financial Times is reporting that Apple is in “advanced talks with Hollywood’s largest movie studios” to launch an online video rental service. Flicks will cost $3 to rent for 30 days and can be moved to at least one other device, such as an iPod or iPhone.”

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A Big Google-Apple Partnership Next Week? Bet On It.

June 8, 2007

“I don’t typically join the gaggle of folks trying to guess what Steve Jobs’ next move is going to be, but for once I can’t resist. On Monday Jobs is taking the stage at Apple’s worldwide developers conference in San Francisco to do what he does best – tell us all about Apple’s latest products and reinforce his place as the most charismatic CEO on the planet. He’ll probably announced a new Ipod, tell us more about the iPhone  etc etc. One announcement I’m almost sure of, however : A far reaching, cloud computing partnership with Google. Both companies have been hinting about it for months, and it makes perfect sense.Cloud computing is the hot new thing in the world of technology right now; Apple is a complete laggard; and it knows it needs to fix it. Apple makes beautiful hardware, but it hasn’t improved on .Mac, its cloud based storage offering, in years. You get 1GB of storage on .Mac for $100. That’s laughable in an era where you can get double that for nothing. ”

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