snydeq writes: "Apple was recently attacked by hackers who infected the Macintosh computers of some employees, the company said on Tuesday in an unprecedented disclosure that described the widest known cyber attacks against Apple-made computers to date, Reuters reports. 'The same software, which infected Macs by exploiting a flaw in a version of Oracle Corp's Java software used as a plug-in on Web browsers, was used to launch attacks against Facebook, which the social network disclosed on Friday.... A person briefed on the investigation into the attacks said that hundreds of companies, including defense contractors, had been infected with the same malicious software, or malware. The attacks mark the highest-profile cyber attacks to date on businesses running Mac computers.'"
snydeq writes: A federal jury in Delaware has found Apple's iPhone infringes on three patents held by MobileMedia, a patent-holding company formed by Sony, Nokia and MPEG LA, InfoWorld reports. The jury found that the iPhone directly infringed U.S. patent 6,070,068, which was issued to Sony and covers a method for controlling the connecting state of a call, U.S. patent 6,253,075, which covers call rejection, and U.S. patent 6,427,078, which covers a data processing device. MobileMedia has garnered the unflattering descriptor "patent troll" from some observers. The company, which was formed in 2010, holds some 300 patents in all.
snydeq writes: "Apple's recent shift to the iPhone 5 Lightning connector may not have impacted many businesses, but it does call into question the company's credibility in business environments, writes Advice Line's Bob Lewis. 'Apple's decision to "update" its connector to a new, proprietary replacement instead of the ubiquitious mini-USB alternative leaves those of us who work in business organizations with an important question: Can we entrust any part of our enterprise technical architecture to Apple?' Lewis writes. 'When vendors choose to ply their IT wares to business organizations, their customers have every right to expect continuity — that changes, especially interface changes, will happen only when there's a good reason, and the vendor will support older products and versions for a considerable period of time.... What matters is the thought process that led to the new connector. What we can infer is that when it comes to respecting specifications its customers rely on, Apple can't be counted on to do so.'"
snydeq writes: "Mel Beckman offers a rundown of the 20 most useful command-line utilities for Mac OS X power users and system administrators. 'OS X brings its unique capabilities to the command-line table, in the form of utilities that leverage OS X's user interface, file system, and security capabilities. I've scoured the Internet for the best of the best of these utilities. Some you may already know, but others are sure to make you sit up and exclaim, "Sweet!"'"
snydeq writes: "As the iPhone 5 nears, six major defects in iOS really need to finally get addressed — especially for iPad users. From mail filtering, to file uploading, to groups creation, those are just a few of the shortcomings Apple needs to address as 'meeting higher standards often comes as a price of success, especially when your basic value proposition is that you set that higher bar. That's where Apple stands as it prepares to unveil the sixth major version of iOS, the power behind the iPhone and iPad. Apple has succeeded in making the iPhone the standard-bearer for smartphones, displacing the BlackBerry as the corporate go-to and providing the model that Google tries to copy in Android.'"
snydeq writes: "With WWDC around the corner, iOS 6 rumors are taking center stage, but the real action for developers may be around iCloud. Forthcoming OS X Mountain Lion will integrate iCloud into the formal file system, making iCloud usage much easier and thus more common, and thanks to iCloud Documents, which lets apps open and save documents directly in iCloud, developers will be able to better tap iOS-to-OSX document syncing in their apps, a la iWork. But there is a downside to this opportunity: 'For developers, it further enmeshes you in the Apple ecosystem, almost in the way that America Online did in its heyday. Case in point: OS X apps can use the iCloud Documents APIs only if they are sold through the Mac App Store.'"
snydeq writes: "Microsoft's isolationist tack toward Apple's iPad will only make Windows, Office, and SharePoint less relevant to users, predicts Mobile Edge's Galen Gruman. 'Microsoft's strategy to isolate the iPad from its Office and SharePoint technologies could easily backfire and instead sequester Office and SharePoint from the greater mobile market, where the growth actually is.... To prevent that fate, Microsoft should untie Office and SharePoint from Windows. Doing so would give Microsoft productivity platform dominance across most of the computing market. In other words, the iPad could be a new platform for Microsoft's historic strategy of "embrace and extend" to win in markets where it had little presence, as it did in the Internet and in the server realm.'"
snydeq writes: Speculators' attention is turning again to iPhone rumors — and missing the deeper shift: that version numbers for mobile devices are increasingly unnecessary given that software is the ultimate driver of value for the devices, writes InfoWorld's Galen Gruman. 'Apple understands that the deep value is in the ecosystem, not the box that runs it, and the importance for owners of all models to feel current. It doesn't really matter whether your MacBook Pro is from 2009 or 2011 but whether it runs OS X Lion and iCloud. Ditto on mobile devices, where iOS 5 and iCloud compatibility is the major advantage.... What all this comes down to is the rapid maturation of device hardware. Though hardware is important, software ultimately creates the most value, partly by enabling the hardware's value. We'll see version numbers on iOS, OS X, Android, and Windows for some time, but the devices that run them, not so much.'
snydeq writes: "Microsoft's Windows 8 adaptation to 'consumerization' world assures it will stay in the past — unless it makes changes before it ships, writes InfoWorld's Galen Gruman. 'Windows 8 is a real tragedy, because unlike the Windows Vista debacle, Microsoft actually had a clue that the world is changing and is trying to adapt to it. The time has come to retire the Windows as we've known it since Windows 95. That's what Microsoft is essentially trying to do with Windows 8, making the new Metro UI (or Metro OS, on some devices) the default "OS" for users and relegating Windows 7 as the legacy OS behind the curtain.... Microsoft can fix some of the mess it has made so far with Windows 8 — before the product ships this fall and falters in the face of iOS, Mac OS X, and even Android. I hope it does, so I'm offering my suggestions in this post. We need a strong competitor to Apple.'"
snydeq writes: "There's a fundamental difference between the way the iPad was created and how Windows 8 is unfolding: Steve Jobs and Steve Sinofsky's differing approaches to design, writes InfoWorld's Woody Leonhard. 'The Jobs approach relies on vision and guts. The Sinofsky approach relies on massive user input, insight, and analytical abilities,' Leonhard writes. 'Sinofsky and his team are masters at analyzing how people use Windows. They can test out new ideas, focus on current sticking points, and get valid observations from thousands of people, initially — up to millions now with the Windows 8 Customer Preview,' which, if early looks at Windows 8 Consumer Preview are any guide, could be considerable."
snydeq writes: "A U.S. judge has ordered Motorola Mobility and Google to turn over information to Apple on Google's acquisition in 2005 of Android, its development of the Android OS and the proposed acquisition of Motorola. According to Motorola, the information Apple seeks regarding Google's acquisition of Motorola and Android is not relevant to any damages asserted in the case."
snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Galen Gruman discusses how Windows 8 and OS X Mountain Lion 'presage the dramatic change now under way in personal computing,' and why that means the PC as we know it is coming to an end in the next few years. 'What's amazing about Windows 8 and OS X Mountain Lion is that, despite some radical implementation differences, their fundamental strategic directions share several similarities.... The fact that Microsoft, the traditional PC powerhouse, and Apple, the reborn-and-rising power in personal computing, are driving to the same destination means it will happen, for both individuals and businesses. As always, individuals will adopt before businesses do and before IT organizations accept that the change is inevitable and further resistance is futile. However, that's a timing issue, not a split in where they'll end up.'"
snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Galen Gruman offers a breakdown of iOS 5 capabilities that work differently across devices. From multitasking gestures, to calendar views, to image editing, not all of iOS 5's limited-availability functions make sense. 'Don't worry — it's not your mind playing tricks when that feature you thought you saw doesn't appear on the device you currently have in hand.'"
snydeq writes: "Advice Line's Bob Lewis discusses the difficulties IT faces in embracing the kinds of consumer technologies business users are demanding they support. 'Let's assume the consumerization of IT is the big trend many think it is. But using consumer tech in a business environment is a very different matter from being satisfied with consumer tech in a business environment. One of IT's legitimate gripes is that we're often asked to turn consumer-grade technology into business-grade technology with a wave of our magic wands. On top of the intrinsic technical challenges, there's this: IT doesn't have anything that even resembles a methodology for performing the business analysis we need to figure out what it means to put consumer tech to productive day-to-day use.'"
snydeq writes: "User interest and bring-your-own-tech policies are pushing Macs beyond their traditional business niches. InfoWorld's Ryan Faas provides a Mac management guide to help you extend your existing support strategies to Mac workstations, providing tips, techniques, and a list of 22 essential Mac tools for embracing Macs as they become more prevalent in your business environment. 'Macs can no longer be managed independent of other processes and infrastructure. They must be integrated with your existing directory service. They require an efficient, scalable deployment model that hooks into asset management. They require secure, auditable patch management and a device and user management solution that secures each Mac's core OS components and apps.'"