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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.

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.

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.

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Apple places OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard back in online store

After Apple released OS X v10.8 Mountain Lion, the tech giant decided to pulled all support for the older OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard from the their website. Now, Apple is once again is selling physical copies of Snow Leopard at their online store for $19.99 with free shipping.

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Will OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard become Apple’s Windows XP?

While one in four Macs now runs OS X v10.8 Mountain Lion, indications are that OS X Snow Leopard, which originally shipped in August, 2009, may be becoming the Mac platform’s equivalent of Microsoft’s Windows XP. Originally released in 2001, Windows XP sees some 40% of Windows users stubbornly refusing to upgrade to subsequent releases of Windows Vista, Windows 7, and now Windows 8.

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.

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Mountain Lion foot-dragger: “Vacation” in Snow Leopard provides perspective

I had to boot back into Snow Leopard this week for the first time since upgrading to Mountain Lion about three weeks ago. Indeed, it was the first time I’d rebooted at all in the interval since the initial v10.8 install, which speaks well for Mountain Lion’s stability. However, I ran into a graphics task more »

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OS and browser market shares for September 2012

NetMarketShare’s Operating System and Browser Market Share metrics for September 2012 show no major changes in desktop category share standings, but the iOS and Safari suffered significant setbacks in the past month.

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Mountain Lion foot-dragger blinks…tentatively

Some folks (lots of them evidently) profess to be satisfied with Apple’s move to electronic delivery of operating system version upgrades, initiated with the release of OS X 10.7 Lion in 2011. That satisfaction is a mystery to me.