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Remembering Steve Jobs

It’s been exactly one year since the brilliant founder and CEO of Apple Computer passed away. For not only the tech community, but for the world as a whole, the death of Steve Jobs has left a void that won’t soon be filled.


Jobs in his younger years, embracing his personal Apple Macintosh computer. The Apple Macintosh would be the forerunner of all Macs to come.

A visionary on many levels, Jobs drove technological innovation at Apple for more than three decades while also inspiring others with the technology he helped create. October 5th marks the anniversary of his death.

Remembering the Man
Steve Jobs achievements and legacy are far-reaching. He pioneered the smartphone revolution. He made digital music truly portable. He challenged his colleagues and co-workers to deliver world-class products that were industry game-changers. Jobs introduced technology to every consumer demographic, by designing products virtually everyone has wanted to own.


Visitors to Apple’s web site on the one-year anniversary of Jobs’ death saw a moving video and a solemnly read note by Apple’s current CEO, Tim Cook.

In Steve Jobs own words, he believed in making progress by not following others. He believed in taking chances. “There is no reason not to follow your heart,” he told Stanford’s 2005 graduates. “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”

Sure, Jobs had his faults (as we all do), but history will remember a man that stands alongside Alexander Graham Bell, Nikola Tesla and others who have worked in different technological fields as inventors and innovators. And even though he’s gone, Jobs will remain in the public consciousness for a long time. In fact, there are several bio movies now in production, including one with Ashton Kutcher playing Steve Jobs, that are expected soon in theaters.

Looking back, it’s almost impossible to imagine a world without Apple. Life without the iPhone or minus the Mac? “The world is immeasurably better because of Steve,” Apple said shortly after Jobs’ passing and it’s still hard to disagree.

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iPhone 5: New Features Announced

In what can only be called the biggest electronics industry announcement of 2012, manufacturing giant Apple Computer has shaken the street with news of its forthcoming iPhone 5—easily the most eagerly anticipated electronics product of the year.


Apple’s Phil Schiller showed off the new iPhone at the manufacturer’s press announcement event.

Industry rumors have fueled speculation about this product launch for nearly a year and some of the most obvious predictions have come true as expected. But, as usual, Apple saved a few surprises for the actual announcement at San Francisco’s Yerba Art Center.

Here are some of the revelations about the iPhone 5:

Bigger is Better

With a 4-inch screen, the new iPhone 5 is giving users a bigger picture. 

iPhone rumors indicated Apple was delivering a larger display with the iPhone 5 – that turned out to be true. The familiar 3.5-inch screen that’s graced every previous iPhone is finally being updated, with an enhanced screen that now measures 4 inches diagonally.

To LTE or Not to LTE?
LTE is said to be the next wave, and U.S. phone carriers have almost been demanding that the new iPhone be LTE-enhanced. The iPhone 5 is the first Apple smartphone to feature 4G-LTE network connectivity, which offers a tenfold increase in data speed when compared to the average home broadband connection. The iPhone 5 will work with the LTE networks sponsored by Verizon, AT&T and Sprint.

Getting the Hook Up

This artist’s rendering predicted a new front end and dock connector for the iPhone 5, but the estimated pin count was incorrect.

It’s been nearly ten years since Apple made any substantial changes to the design of the iPhone dock connector. Today’s announcement of a radical improvement in the docking port was an expected and welcome change. The new dock connector is called “lightning” and the Apple connector trades in the existing 30-pin connector for an 8-pin connector. Apple will be selling adapter cables for use with older equipment.

Thinner, Sleeker
New iDevice launches are about unveiling sharp-looking products, and the iPhone 5 does offer some cosmetic changes—like a thinner body design that’s only 0.3 inches thick. The new model also features a metal or partly metallic back.

Coming to Grips with Chips

The iPhone 5 will utilize the new A6 chip in the iPhone 5—and not the A5X chip shown here. 

It was expected that Apple would follow its established release model, meaning the iPhone 5 would contain the same A5X chip featured on the most-recent iPad release, except in a specially optimized version for the iPhone 5. Instead, however, Apple announced that the new iPhone will have ramped-up processing speeds—maybe twice as fast, even—thanks to the use of the new A6 chip.

Special Delivery
Apple has traditionally followed the format of withholding some special product surprises until the actual announcement presentation. Today Apple announced an improvement to the iPhone 5’s camera. The enhanced iSight camera offers increased ability to take pictures in low-light settings, as well as a new mode for capturing panoramic shots. The camera also enables users to snap pix while shooting video.

Apple also introduced an update to iOS 6, the iPhone’s operating system. The updated software will also be available for download by owners of previous models.

Now that Apple has whipped up its iPhone consumer base to a frenzy, all that remains is for consumers to wait for September 21st, which is when the new devices become available. The 16-GB version will start at $199, with 32 GB and 64 GB models costing $299 and $399 respectively. For consumers who just cannot wait to get their hands on the new iPhone, Apple will start taking pre-orders on September 14th.

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A Guide to the New 2012 MacBook Pros

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) confirmed rumors we reported last year about updates to Apple’s product line. Yesterday at the WWDC, Apple announced several updates to the Apple line, including Apple’s award-winning line of MacBooks.


Photographers swarm around a display case at WWDC to get shots of the new MacBook Pro.

The new MacBooks – the first time Apple has updated the MacBook line since 2009 - feature some significant improvements. In fact, Apple introduced several new models, all of which began shipping Monday. Let’s take a closer look:

Smaller, Lighter
The leaner, meaner new MacBook Pro is only .71-inch thick. The 15.4-inch model weighs less than 4.5 pounds.

Retina Display
One version of the new MacBook Pro is equipped with Apple’s Retina display technology. The resolution is 2880 x 1880-pixel resolution, meaning it’s as sharp as a high-definition television. (The MacBook screen boasts a stunning 5.1 million pixels.) To put that into perspective, the new resolution on these models has a pixel count that’s four times higher than it was on previous MacBook Pro models.

More Processing Power
Under the hood, the new MacBook Pros will feature powerful processors. The 15.4-inch model carries the new 2.3GHz and 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processors with 6MB of shared cache, not to mention Turbo Boost speeds approaching 3.6GHz. (It can also be configured with more processing power.) The engine on the 13-inch model has also been tweaked: now it’s available with either a 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 or 2.9GHz Intel Core i7, that can be revved up to 3.6 GHz with Turbo Boost. Some models will carry Ivy Bridge processors.

Where are the 17′s?
One noticeable omission is the 17-inch version of the MacBook Pro. Although the 13-inch and 15.4-inch models are being updated, there’s curiously been nothing said about the 17-inch model. Even more revealing, Apple’s website barely mentions it. Meanwhile, the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro retails for $2,199.


The dazzling new Retina-enhanced MacBook Pro boasts a whopping 5.1-million-pixel resolution.

Updated Inputs
As Apple moves toward the Cloud, fans of physical media will notice the loss of an optical drive on the Retina MacBook Pros. However, the updated models all feature twin USB 3.0 ports. In addition, the Retina models will also be equipped with two Thunderbolt ports.

Updates to Air
Models from the MacBook Air line have also been updated. Apple has outfitted them with faster Ivy Bridge processors and better graphics chips.

Being a Technology Innovator
Apple is able to stay steps ahead of its competitors because of the ongoing creativity and technological genius of its workforce. Are you interested in building the next generation of super computers? Developing an interest in science and engineering or computer programming can be a great way to start exploring a career in computer science…and become part of the next wave of technological innovators.

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What Did Apple Announce at WWDC? A Guide to iOS 6

This week in scenic San Francisco, Apple is wowing both companies and developers that make software and apps for Apple’s various platforms at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).


Apple’s new CEO Tim Cook gave WWCD’s keynote address on Monday. This was the first time WWDC was not addressed by Steve Jobs.

It’s a conference that often telegraphs Apple’s game plan for the rest of the year. In the past, the conference has been the forum where two iPhones and various Macs have been introduced. On Monday morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage, giving the conference’s keynote address.

Numbers Game
Cook started his Monday morning keynote by dazzling the crowd with some spectacular numbers:

  • Apple largely owns the digital marketplace. Apple has paid out an estimated $5 billion to app developers since the App Store was started just four years ago.
  • There are now more than 66,000 apps, resulting in more than 30 billion downloaded apps.
  • Some 400 million consumers have their credit card information on file with Apple.

One of today’s major announcements involved Apple’s latest iOS (the iOS is what developers use to make apps for the iPad or iPhone). In a nutshell, the iOS powers Apple iDevices…and it’s about to change dramatically:

Driving Developments
For years, Google Maps has been the default mapping app for Apples iDevices, but that’s about to change. Apple’s iOS 6 will introduce its own tweaked-up version of Maps, and it promises to offer some capabilities that Google Maps can’t match. This includes turn-by-turn navigation, voiced by Siri, Apple’s personal assistant program.


Apple’s new Maps app will help you find your way.

Not only will Siri guide drivers to their destinations, she’ll also provide estimated trip times, and when the speed limit changes. If traffic slows (because of an accident or other event), she’ll  suggest an alternate route. Siri will also help you find gas. Finally, the new Maps app will feature a photographic 3D view of numerous cities called “Flyover,” in addition to offering a traffic view so you can visually plan the best route for your drive.

Siri-ous Improvements
Siri will be updated with iOS 6, too – and she’ll be featured on the new iPad. For most users, the biggest improvement will be the ability to launch apps with a single voice command, which many users have been vocal about desiring. Siri will also be given a new “Eyes Free” mode that will work in conjunction with your car by simply pressing a button on your steering wheel. (To make this a reality, Apple is already partnering with numerous auto manufacturers, including Toyota, Honda, GM, Audi, Jaguar, Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz.)

And not only will Siri become more convenient to access; the program will become smarter and know more about a wider range of subjects. For example, if you’re looking for sports scores and schedules (and even stats), Siri can now be your go-to expert. The same applies to other entertainment, such as movies (with Siri able to serve up reviews, showtimes and trailers).

And when it comes to grabbing a bite to eat after a game or before a movie, Siri will have you covered there, too. The personal assistant will soon be able to give you a sneak peek at restaurant menus and even help you make dinner reservations.


Attendees are flocking this week to San Francisco’s Moscone Center (West) from around the world. The conference will last through Friday. 

Social Affairs
It’s a social-media world, a fact not lost on Apple. So iOS 6 will fully integrate Facebook, just as iOS 5 brought system integration for Twitter users. With iOS 6, once you log into your Facebook account from the Settings app, you can remain logged in…even if you open different apps, and (here’s the best part) you won’t be required to log in multiple times.

With this new integration, Facebook events will appear in the Calendar app. And let’s say you use both Facebook and Twitter. With iOS 6, both social media sites will be included within the notification dropdown. So if you need to post a new status, you can do it once in this location and the change will be made to both the Facebook and Twitter accounts. iOS 6 enables all of these improvements, not to mention the ability to post photos and preferred apps directly to Facebook.

“Pass Go” with Passbook
iOS 6 will feature a new app called “Passbook.” It works like Google Wallet. Passbook stores a wide variety of items (such as movie tickets, gift cards and airline tickets) in one convenient app. Passbook works in conjunction with the notification center, helpfully reminding you if you arrive at a location where you might be able to use one of the items stored in the app.

Silence-is-Golden 
Another improvement? A “Do Not Disturb” feature for iPhones that keeps things on the down-low. Don’t worry; you’ll still receive notifications when they come but you just won’t have to hear about each and every one of them.


The Do Not Disturb feature lets you customize interruptions, such as when to activate and who to accept calls from.

Making the “VIP” List
The new iOS also gives you a way to prioritize the Mail app with special instructions based on the names of your inner-posse members. By accessing the “VIPs” feature, you’ll be able to receive special notification when you receive messages from those you’re tight with. The feature will also let you batch all incoming messages from the crew with a single tap. Mail will now let users add pix and flix to message, as well as view marked messages.

Setting the Pace
The announcements made at Apple’s WWDC often have a global impact, and influence the world of personal computing for the next year. Coming up in Part Two: We look at new changes coming to the MacBook line.

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jOBS: The Steve Jobs Biopic

It was only a manner of time until the Steve Jobs story made its way to the big screen. In fact, two movies about the tech pioneer are coming to theaters near you.


Two new movies focus on Steve Jobs life and how he went from college dropout to technology entrepreneur.

The Story of Steve
The saga of Steve Jobs – and Apple – is one ripe for digital filmmaking. The founder of Apple started the company in his parents’ Northern California garage with pal Steve Wozniak and grew Apple into a multi-billion-dollar business. The founding of the company and its ups and downs from 1971-2000 were recently documented in the Steve Jobs Biography – which is the basis for one of the films. For the new movie, the cast of characters includes Steve Wozniak, John Scully, Mike Markkula and Daniel Kottke.

Sony Pictures announced that Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin—responsible for scripting the hit films “Moneyball” and “The Social Network”—is already at work adapting Walter Isaacson’s authorized biography of Jobs for the screen.

On Location
The Los Altos house (or Apple Garage) where Steve Jobs spent part of his life will itself become a movie star, of sorts, when an upcoming 2013 biopic of Steve Jobs—titled “jOBS,” and starring Ashton Kutcher in the lead role—uses the house and Apple’s Cupertino headquarters as backdrops when it begins shooting in June.


Ashton Kutcher of CBS’s “Two and a Half Men” will star as the late Steve Jobs. Here’s Kutcher in character, preparing for the role.

While Apple has said it has no involvement in the film, that hasn’t stopped Ashton Kutcher from getting into character and preparing for the role (he already plays a billionaire entrepreneur named Walden Schmidt in “Two and a Half Men”). Kutcher was recently seen dressed in Jobs’ trademark black turtleneck, jeans and sneakers. The role of Steve Wozniak will be played by Josh Gad.

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The Apple Garage

It resembles most homes in suburban Los Altos. But the modest ranch style house at 2066 Crist Drive is a historic place—and hallowed ground for any Apple Computer follower.


Edison had his lab; modern inventors Jobs and Wozniak started Apple in the garage of this Los Altos house.

This was the boyhood home of techno-genius Steve Jobs. It’s also where he and partner Steve Wozniak kick-started the global revolution in personal computing by inventing the first Apple computer in the garage of the California home in 1975.

The Home Business
The “Apple Garage,” as it’s commonly known, was actually the second place where the start-up made computers. The first fifty Apple 1 computers were constructed in a spare bedroom at the house (which had an original street address of 1161 Crist Drive, when Los Altos annexed the land from the county during the mid-80s, the address was changed).

Jobs and Wozniak set up shop in the garage after the first batch of Apple computers were purchased by Paul Jay Terrell’s Byte Shop (for $500 apiece). And just as the Apple Computer company was much simpler during those start-up days, so was the product Jobs and “Woz” were creating; the first Apple 1 was just a circuit board.

The computer had no case, no keyboard and no monitor—which were purchased separately. These were the days when people were just learning computer programming and what computers could do.


Jobs and Wozniak in the early days of Apple. Back then there were only three employees in the struggling company.

Origins
The original Apple company was not strictly a two-man enterprise. Both Jobs and Wozniak were working day jobs at the time—Wozniak at Hewlett-Packard and Jobs at Atari. Another Atari engineer, Ron Wayne, was the third employee.

Because Apple’s early days were rocky and required multiple loans to keep the struggling company afloat, Wayne eventually doubted the venture and resigned his 10% share for $800. (Had he kept his stock, it would have been worth over 36 billion dollars today.) Wayne told interviewers, “I have never had the slightest pangs of regret, because I made the best decision with the information available to me at the time.”

The rest of the story has become modern folklore, Apple moved to bigger quarters and started to build on it’s success in the 1980′s. Eventually Steve Jobs was driven out of the company he and Wozniak had created in 1985. Jobs eventually returned to Apple and lead it to its current glory as the most-admired manufacturing company in the world.


The first Apple 1 prototype, complete with homemade cabinet. Built in a humble garage…this unit now resides in the Smithsonian.

But once upon a time, it was only two guys working in a humble garage, trying to build a dream. “It was just the two of us, Woz and me,” Jobs recalled during a mid-90s return visit to 2066 Crist Drive. “We were the manufacturing department, the shipping department…everything.” It’s a story that’s sure to wow film audiences, just as it continues to inspire young peope who want to learn to create iPhone apps – or any technology for that matter.

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What Will the iPhone 5 Look Like?

Apple changed the smartphone business forever on January 9, 2007, when the late Steve Jobs introduced the revolutionary device to the world. The iPhone has since gone on to become one of the world’s most popular cell phones.


The iPhone 5 (far right) side by side with the current version of the phone. Note the iPhone 5′s 4-inch screen…

Since then Apple fans and phone enthusiasts gobble up rumors and news about new versions of the little phone that can. Lately there have been iPhone 5 rumors, like the rumor of a “teardrop-shaped iPhone 5,” which were false. More recently, both analysts and insiders have been dropping more rumors, but these are actually closer to reality, since they are coming from very reputable sources, like Foxcomm employees (the company that makes the iPhone).

Here’s what we’ve heard so far:

New Size: The iPhone 5 will be thinner and longer than the current iPhone 4 and 4S. While the iPhone 5 will be the same width, it will be taller – approximately 125 mm by 58.5 mm by 7.4 mm. That’s a 10-mm increase in height, and a 2-mm reduction in thickness.

New Connections:  A new Dock Connector will also be part of the new iPhone.


The new dock will be smaller to accommodate the thinner size.

The new connector is also rumored to to be used on ALL new upcoming Apple devices, including an iPod touch update expected later this year (which could have the same screen and CPU as the iPhone 5).

New Back: According to sources close to production, the plastic or ceramic back will be replaced with a metal back. Everything from liquid metal to aluminum has been rumored. And the back will be flat, not curved. (Insiders say it’s to resemble the new generation of Macbooks set to release this summer.)

New Glass Front: Apple loves glass. From the Apple Store to the new campus, Apple uses and knows a lot about glass and the mass production of it. Gorilla Glass will be used in the new iPhone. It can be manufactured thinner and can provide the same strength and protection as earlier iPhones. This is especially important for the:

New Display Size: The change in height includes bringing the screen size to 4 inches versus the current 3.5-inch diagonal. This would be the first time Apple has changed the screen size of the iPhone since the launch of the platform. This means app learning iPhone app development will include making the graphics fit a larger screen.


The iPhone: a silicon sandwich of cellular radio transmitters, memory, CPU, sensors, cameras and battery.

Why the changes? LTE radios. They take up more space in a smartphone than 3G radios and use more power. To use LTE in iPhone 5, rumors are that Apple needed to make room. There are also insiders that say for that reason, Apple will stick to a 3.5-inch screen, and skip LTE radios until they get smaller and take less power.

If Apple does make the display larger, the ad campaign could be something like “Making the Best, Better.” A 16:9 video would look amazing. Controls for games could also be placed to the sides of graphics (the current phone makes it hard to play with your thumbs obscuring the screen). Making iPhones games could be more challenging.

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Step by Step: How to Remove a Mac Virus

The differences between Mac and PC computers are generally well-understood by this point in the Platform Wars. One of the prime selling points for Macintosh has traditionally been its relative immunity from computer viruses. Unfortunately, however, that changed recently when a Trojan virus called Flashback attacked more than 500,000 Macs.

Unhappy Mac’s (and Mac users) are fighting the Flashback virus.

And although it was pretty much a first-time occurrence, it was an event that’s now giving Mac users plenty of cause for concern. As a public service to those Mac users, we’re offering the following tips on how to find out if your Mac is hosting the Flashback virus, and what to do about it if your computer is infected.

Know Your Enemy: How to Find Out if Your Mac Has a Virus
Flashback (which spreads malware) is a very insidious virus, partly because it can get under your computer’s skin even without first gaining an administrative password. It gets “in” by targeting a weakness in Java. That’s not news to Oracle, Java’s creators, which has been proactive in dealing with the matter.

In February, Oracle came up with a fix for the Java problem. And that would have taken care of Flashback altogether, except for the fact that Apple has its own version of Java and Oracle’s patch would not solve the problem for Apple’s version. And although Apple got its own patch out recently, there was a time delay that gave Flashback the chance to do its worst. Consequently, the die had already been cast for a half million Mac users, whose machines became infected with malware initiated by Flashback.

Section 1: Running Diagnostic Tests
First things first: You need to determine if your CPU is carrying the virus. The quickest and best way to do this is to use Kaspersky Lab’s Flashbackcheck. But there is one caveat to following this method: you must first know the universally unique identifier (UUID) for your particular Mac.


Don’t worry…Fortunately, finding your UUID is a painless process…

How to Find Your UUID

  1. Go to Finder and choose the menu item called “About This Mac.”
  2. Next, locate the “More info” option and select that.
  3. In the next window you see, locate “Hardware UUID.”
  4. Copy the Hardware UUID, which is a lengthy series of 32 numerals and letters.

In the event you’re running a MacBook Air, the procedure for locating the UUID is roughly the same:

  1. Go to Finder and choose the menu item called “About This Mac.”
  2. Next, press the button labeled “System Report.”
  3. Within the Hardware Overview, you’ll find the UUID.
  4. Copy the Hardware UUID to your clipboard.

 
At this point, if you’ve got the UUID, you’re pretty much set. All you need to do is go to Flashbackcheck.com, follow the prompts and enter the UUID when requested. That’s it. Flashbackcheck will then tell you whether or not your computer is carrying the virus.

There are also other ways to find out if your Mac has the virus, if you don’t like the idea of giving a sensitive piece of data (such as the UUID) to an external website.

Option 1: Download FlashbackChecker onto your Mac and then simply run the program.

Option 2: If you don’t like Option 1, you can also find out if your machine is infected by using your Mac’s Terminal app. This isn’t terribly complicated but does require some additional maneuvers.

  1. Go to your Applications folder.
  2. Open the Terminal application.
  3. Paste the following line of code within Terminal:    defaults read ~/.MacOSX/environment DYLD_INSERT_LIBRARIES
  4. Hopefully, you’ll get the following response: The domain/default pair of (/Users/<yourusername>/.MacOSX/environment, DYLD_INSERT_LIBRARIES) does not exist
  5. The key words you’re looking for are “does not exist.” If you get that message, you can relax because it means your Mac is not carrying the Flashback virus. If you don’t get that message, don’t worry…but your machine is probably infected. Assuming you’re not infected, let’s run a double check to make sure your CPU is clean.
  6. Type and run this line of code: defaults read /Applications/Safari.app/Contents/Info LSEnvironment
  7. With any luck you’ll again receive a message saying that it “does not exist.”
  8. As a further check, type in: defaults read /Applications/Firefox.app/Contents/Info LSEnvironment
  9. Once more, you should see a “does not exist” response. If so, go on about your business, because your Mac is clean. On the other hand, if you don’t get that message, move on to our next section.

 

Get ready to squash some bugs with our step-by-step virus removal instructions.

Section 2: Removing the Virus
If you’re still reading, we’ll assume that our diagnostic testing has revealed that your machine is indeed infected with Flashback. Here again you have a couple of options you can follow in order to eradicate the menace.

As before, the easiest way is to let the pros handle it. There is a special app created by Kaspersky Lab that can manage the entire operation. All you have to do to follow this method is to download the app (which is called the Flashfake Removal Tool) and then run it on your system. When you’ve done so, your machine should be clean as a whistle…although it wouldn’t hurt to re-run the diagnostic procedure we’ve already performed so you can confirm that Flashback’s gone.

For the more adventurous DIY types among you, we’ve got a procedure you can use, although it comes with a warning: If you’re not a skilled computer user who is comfortable working with CPU’s operating system, it may be better to use the Flashfake Removal Tool. (Otherwise you could casually derail your system by entering something incorrectly in your Mac’s command line.)

Still with us? Good, let’s go:

  1. Within the Terminal app, type and run this command: defaults read /Applications/Safari.app/Contents/Info LSEnvironment
  2. Notice the value given with the response “DYLD_INSERT_LIBRARIES.” Is there only one entry here? (You’ll need to use this info later.)
  3. In the event you then receive an error message stating: “The domain/default pair of (/Applications/Safari.app/Contents/Info, LSEnvironment) does not exist,” move directly to Step 8.
  4. Provided you didn’t receive the error message mentioned in Step 3, type and run this command within Terminal: grep -a -o’_ldpath_[- ~ ]*’ %path_obtained_in_step2%
  5. Notice the value given after “_ldpath_”. (You’ll need to use this info later.)
  6. Provided you only saw one entry back in Step 2, you’re ready to type these commands, still within the Terminal app: sudo defaults delete /Applications/Safari.app/Contents/Info LSEnvironment sudo chmod 644 /Applications/Safari.app/Contents/Info/plist
  7. Remember back in Steps 2 and 5 when we asked you to notice the values (files)? Now you should delete those files.
  8. In Terminal, type this command and run it: defaults read ~/.MacOSX/environment DYLD_INSERT_LIBRARIES
  9. Now at this point, you may see the following: “The domain/default pair of (/Users/joe/.MacOSX/environment, DYLD_INSERT_LIBRARIES) does not exist”. If this is the case, congrats! You’re done! On the other hand, if you don’t get the message, keep pressing on with the rest of our steps, and take note of whatever file information is specified. (You’ll need this info later.)
  10. Within Terminal, type and run this command: grep -a -o’_ldpath_[- ~ ]*’ %path_obtained_in_step9%
  11. Notice the value given after “_ldpath_”. (You’ll need to use this info soon.)
  12. Still within Terminal, type and run these commands: defaults delete ~/.MacOSX/environment DYLD_INSERT_LIBRARIES launchctl unsetenv DYLD_INSERT_LIBRARIES
  13. Take those files you got in Steps 9 and 11 and delete them.
  14. In Terminal, type and run this command: ls -lA ~/Library/LaunchAgents/
  15. Notice the file name displayed and remember it for later use. If you have one file, move on to the remaining final steps. (However, if you don’t see a file name displayed, go ahead and contact Customer Support so a trained tech can help you finish up the procedure.)
  16. In Terminal, type this command: defaults read ~/Library/LaunchAgents/%filename_obtained_in_step15% ProgramArguments
  17. Notice the path, which you’ll need during the final step. Does the file name begin with this: “.”? If so, you’re probably no longer infected. Otherwise, proceed to Step 18.
  18. Delete the files you got during Steps 15 and 17.

 
And that should just about do it. To repeat, it’s our recommendation that instead of stepping through a fairly tricky computer procedure, you check out the offerings from Kaspersky Lab. Both Flashbackcheck.com and the Flashfake Removal Tool are designed expressly to keep you from having to monkey around with your computer’s core functionality. But either way, now you should be able to resume your normal Mac activities, secure in the knowledge that all manner of malicious malware isn’t working away, deep within your computer.

Finally, it’s important to note that if you own a Mac, you’re probably going to need to take some proactive measure to defend the machine against Flashback. Why? Because the usual antivirus utilities won’t sniff this particular virus out, so it’s up to you to remain on guard.

Keeping Your Computer Heathly
The world of computing is constantly evolving. Learning more about computers and the code that makes them run can not only be a lifesaver when you’re trying to keep your computer healthy but it can also be a life changing career. Learning C+++ or Java programming for example, these programming languages power smartphones, ATMs and a whole host of other electronic devices. Get the skills to fight the hackers – and squash nasty bugs like the Flashback virus too, while you’re at it.

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When Will Siri Work on iPad?

Siri, the helpful female voice Apple created to serve as an all-purpose Help desk, has captivated technology maniacs since she was introduced. Now Apple intends to extend Siri’s influence - allowing her to control other devices.


It’s sort of official: Siri is being prepped to work on other devices besides the iPhone.

Apple Talks Patents
Apple hasn’t made any announcements yet, but tech insiders point to recent patent filings that support the claim that Siri could be used to control more devices. The patent application filed by Apple in late March suggests a scenario wherein iPhones might be used to control digital media players with voice commands (potentially for use with Apple TV). Likewise, Siri could be used to provide remote-control operation of digital cameras. It might even be used in the future to control various devices via Mac computers – or your iPad.

Apple’s patent filing stated that “Portable electronic devices, such as digital media players, personal digital assistants, mobile phones, and so on, typically rely on small buttons and screens for user input. Such controls may be built into the device or part of a touch-screen interface, but are typically very small and can be cumbersome to manipulate.”

The patent application then tips Apple’s hand a bit: “What is needed is an electronic device that includes a voice user interface for executing voice or oral commands from a user, but where voice recognition is performed by a remote device communicatively coupled to the electronic device, rather than the electronic device itself.” Hmmm…Sounds like Apple foresees a future in which machines – like a TV – are controlled by voice. We agree, but Apple needs to catch up, since you can already control your TV with Microsoft’s Kinect system.

The Future of Tech
Apple is clearly shaping the new technological landscape and you can be part of it by learning more about Apple’s iOS. App development and programming courses like those taught by Digital Media Academy could help you become the one that’s creating the future. Held on some of America’s most respected college and university campuses (such as Harvard and UCLA), DMA summer camps enable motivated youngsters to pursue their technological dreams.

The future includes voice control and a whole host of other technology we haven’t even thought of yet…”Siri show us the future!”

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iPad 2 Price Dropped in Advance of iPad 3: Coming March 7

Best Buy and other retailers have started dropping the price of the iPad 2. The price drop reinforces the rumor that the iPad 3 is on the way – and possibly as early as March 7. (Apple sent members of the press an invitation for March 7 event today.)


Best Buy dropped the price of the iPad 2 across the board – the 16-gigabyte, Wi-Fi-only iPad 2 is now $449.99 down from $499.99, while the most expensive model, the 64-gigabyte iPad 2 with Wi-Fi and 3G capability, is now $779.99 down from $829.99.

Apple insiders and retail analyst point to the fact that both Apple and authorized retailers will usually drop prices in addition to pumping more dollars in advertising to promote sales of products that are about to be phased out. (Retailers don’t want to be stuck holding older tech products, especially Apple ones.)

The Next Big Thing
The first two iPads were introduced by the late Steve Jobs. The first iPad was first announced on Jan. 27, 2010, it was  released to stores April 3, 2010. The iPad 2 was unveiled on March 2, 2011. It was available for sale to the public on March 11, 2011. Apple has made no comment or announcement about the iPad 3 or hinted to an expected release date.


This artist conception of the iPad 3 is said to be too futuristic, this is more like the iPad 5.

As far as what technology will the iPad 3 include, and the iPad 3 features, Apple hasn’t revealed any information. Still that hasn’t stopped industry insiders and analyst from speculating – they’re confident Apple will include a “retina display.” This will double the resolution of the device display. It’s also rumored the iPad 3 will work with 4G LTE networks, like those supported by AT&T and Verizon. While there is a 3G iPad, a 4G iPad has yet to be released.

Apps Make the iPad
App development for iPad is a big business and there’s no doubt the newest iPad features – no matter what they are – will push the device to new limits. It’s up to app developers to truly exploit the device. Are you looking forward to the iPad 3 or are you buying an iPad 2?

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