Apple has issued a security update for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and 10.6 Snow Leopard that will address the fraudulent security certificates issue resulting from the recent hack of DigiNotar. The Dutch company sells SSL certificates to major companies around the world, but had over 500 of the certificates stolen when its servers were breached back in July.
If you refuse to update to Mac OS X Lion from Snow Leopard for the time being, you may still be able to take advantage of Apple's iCloud. This news comes from a message that one developer received after he upgraded his MobileMe account to the iCloud but attempted to access it via a machine still running OS X Tiger. The message indicated that the minimum requirement for compatibility with the iCloud is Mac OS X Snow Leopard version 10.6.9.
Down in Florida today, a group by the name of Operating Systems Solutions, LCC, has found it necessary to file a patent infringement lawsuit against no less than Apple. Their suit includes finding Apple's OS X operating system using a fast boot operation which seems to infringe on a patent originally owned by LG Electronics. The original owner, LG Electronics, seems to have filed for patent back in 1999, another granted patent being assigned again in 2002 to LG Electronics Inc, but that in its reissued granted patent form is assigned to Protimus Technologies LLC in 2008 - it is this patent that's being quoted in the court's document - will Apple be forced to defend connections to said original LG filing? We shall see!
A ruling by the International Trade Commission (ITC) in the US on the patent case between Apple and HTC has just been released to the public this week. The ongoing battle has had many twists and turns, involving multiple ITC complaints back and forth, but this one is specifically about the S3 patents owned by HTC that Apple could be violating. The ITC has found that Apple's Mac OS X platform does infringe on the patents, but that its iOS mobile platform does not.
Today's Daily Slash comes in a bit earlier in the day than usual because we've got a whole wild batch of updates for you and it's a bit of a mid-week roundup as well. You've got to get in on all these updates - there's so many of them you're gonna want to spit! For starters, we've got one gigantic giveaway of tablets and another where you can get a free Spotify invite with no more work done on your part than submitting your email! Then there's a mad magic release of Apple products galore today!
The folks that brought you your humble narrator's number one choice for pinball games on every single platform under the sun, Gameprom, have decided that the best way to promote their newest product is to give away all of their old ones! In truth these applications are anything but old, but they're certainly not the newest, and that's what we like to hear - that means its time for a sale! And what better way to promote a new app than to put the rest of the apps sitting next to it in the free box?
If you are Mac user what is likely to be the final update before OS X Lion hits the store next month is now available for download. The new update will bring your OS to versions 10.6.8 and is for all users running OS X Snow Leopard. The update is packed with various system fixes that will improve the stability, compatibility, and security of the Mac computers running the update. If you plan to do the update, Apple has some tips for you to ensure things go smoothly.
Apple customers have been in for a rude awakening with the recent MacDefender malware problem. The trojan malware tricked unsuspecting users to enter their admin passwords and even credit card information. AppleCare staff were instructed not to assist with the removal of the malware, but that may have been because Apple was planning to send out a security update to take care of the problem.
There's been a high alert recently regarding the Mac Defender and Mac Security trojans that have been fooling unsuspecting Mac users into handing over admin passwords and credit card information. And although Apple has remained particularly mum on the topic, it looks like they will be nuking the malware in an upcoming OSX update.