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iPhones, iPads, and Macs hacked in Australia

Based on reports from Australia, some iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices are being hacked, locked and held hostage until the owners send money via PayPal. Some have received messages saying “Device hacked by Oleg Pliss,” along with an email address where they can send money to regain access.

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The power of free: OS X Mavericks running half of Internet connected Macs

Neither OS X 10.7 Lion nor 10.8 Mountain Lion reached the usage share level Mavericks attained in March, with Lion having topped out at 47% while Mountain Lion managed 49%. Of the last four versions of OS X, only Snow Leopard (which was “newest” for nearly two years), exceeded 50%. The difference with OS X Mavericks, of course, is that it’s a free upgrade from any version of OS X from Snow Leopard on.

Apple seeds Safari 7.0.1 and 6.1.1 betas with PDF and autofill improvements

Apple has seeded two new Safari betas for developers to test, supporting OS X Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks in the latest updates. The two updates include Safari 6.1.1 for OS X 10.7.5 Lion and OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion, as well as Safari 7.0.1 for OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Apple is prompting its developers to specifically look at PDFs, login and password autofill, as well as other general website compatibility and accessibility features.

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Apple’s cloud computing “ecosystem” – walled garden or comfortable prison?

A friend of mine—a longtime and formerly ultra-enthusiastic Mac fan—recently summed up his frustration with the direction Apple has taken. He still uses Apple computers because, he says, he’s too lazy to learn a new system, but he detests the “ecosystem” model Apple has constructed around the iOS and, increasingly, OS X as well.

Is OS X Snow Leopard Apple’s Windows XP? Well, not exactly

One big difference between Mac and Windows users, especially over the past dozen years, has been the proportion of Mac-users willing to (and even enthusiastically) stay upgraded to the latest version of Apple’s desktop operating system. This was true even back in the days when full version upgrades cost $129.95 as opposed to $19.95 for the current cutting edge OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

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Master Your Mac book review

With tips on an eclectic array of OS X topics ranging from organizing your workspace to strengthening your computer’s security, Master Your Mac will show you how to tweak, customize, and control your Mac. And since many of the best tools for unlocking your Mac’s potential don’t come with OS X, as noted above, Cone gives you the skinny on the best third-party apps to fix those everyday Apple annoyances and make your computer do things your way.

OS and browser market shares for December 2012

NetMarketShare’s desktop Operating System Market Share metrics for December 2012 show Windows’ overall market share gaining a quarter point, with OS X and Linux logging modest share losses on the month. Over in the mobile/tablet category, the iOS lost a point in December, despite the successful iPad mini and 4th Generation iPad releases, and iPhone 5 shipment volumes picking up.

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OS and browser market shares for November 2012

NetMarketShare’s desktop Operating System Market Share metrics for November 2012 show Windows’ overall market share dropping a fifth of a point despite the Windows 8 launch, with both OS X and Linux logging modest share gains on the month. Over in the Mobile/Tablet category, the iOS gained more than a point in November, presumably on the strength of the successful iPad mini and 4th Generation iPad releases, and iPhone 5 shipment volumes picking up.

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Thoughts on Snow Leopard’s return to the Apple Store

Pundits and analysts evidently aren’t alone in noticing OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard’s extraordinary staying power, which Apple now tacitly acknowledges by re-offering Snow Leopard installer disks at the Apple Store after an absence of more than a year, priced ten dollars lower than what 10.6 originally sold for.

OS and browser market shares for October 2012

NetMarketShare’s desktop Operating System Market Share metrics for October 2012 show another basicly sideways month in terms of market share, with Windows dropping infinitesimally, the Mac stayng exactly the same as in September at 7.16%, and Linux edging up ever so slightly.

Apple updates iCloud web app with shared reminders

Apple has updated its iCloud web portal, adding the ability for users to share reminders. Mac users running OS X v10.8.2 have been able to do this for some time via the Reminders app in Mountain lion, but the feature was limited to the Mac. With iCloud support, it should now work easily across multiple platforms.

Apple pushes updates for OS Xs Lion and Mountain Lion

Apple has released small software updates to OS X Mountain Lion (v10.8.2) and Lion (v10.7.5), bringing minor enhancements and a few bug fixes. Both supplemental updates are recommended for all users of the respective OS X versions.