I really like my iPhone 5, but it feels like it’s always running low on power and I’m rushing to find an outlet so I can plug it in. Most of the time, I either plug it into the Power2U we have in our studio, a standard wall outlet with the little plug that came with the phone, or into my laptop. I’ve never been in the habit of plugging my iPhone (or any devices of mine) into any USB port I don’t have direct knowledge of.
As it turns out, my minor paranoia may have been a pretty good instinct. According to a recent Reuters article, there’s apparently an exploit in iOS 6 (and probably earlier) that allows a computer connected to an iPhone (ostensibly via a “fake charging station”) to actually take over and control the phone. In theory, this could be extended out to being able to inject some sort of “virus” into your iPhone, giving ne’er-do-wells remote access to your information.
Admittedly, the jury is still out on exactly how likely this scenario is to actually exist in the real world (probably somewhere between “completely non-existant” to “they’re all out to get you”) and reports are that this particular exploit has already been patched in the latest preview release of iOS 7. However, it’s still not particularly wise to simply go plugging your iPhone into random USB slots like… umm… I can’t really think of a workplace-appropriate analogy here, but you get the idea. Article Continues…
No, this isn’t another Zombie film starring Brad Pitt killing digital zombies (though I would totally watch that); this Zompocalypse deals with a new security flaw discovered in the Android operating system just a few days ago. This flaw is particularly bad in that in affects all version of Android going all the way back to first smartphone release.
The way it works is by allowing a hacker to modify an application’s code without touching its signature, making it seem to the device and the app store to be perfectly legitimate. Once installed, the app can essentially rove around doing whatever it wants pulling data, harvesting passwords, tracking user locations, or even using the phone as a zombie to attack others on the net. Read more about the specifics from our friends at Appleinsider.com Article Continues…
So, are you a little bummed that OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion isn’t going to run on your 32-bit Intel Mac? Well bucker-up, little buckeroo, ‘cause it turns out that there may be hope for you yet, courtesy of the “Hackintosh” community.
Mac user “Jabbawok” managed to piece together information from various forums and other postings on the Web to put together his own step-by-step method for installing Mountain Lion on his MacPro1,1.
Even though this would indicate that—to at least some extent—that Apple’s model cutoff was somewhat arbitrary. Even so, the article itself indicates that older graphics cards will cause kernel panics, which means anything other than a Mac Pro will likely not work, since you can’t upgrade the graphics.
Of course, while we commend Jabbawok on his resourcefulness and clear explanation of what each step entails, we’re not endorsing, advocating, or have even personally tried this method of bringing Mountain Lion to machines that Apple doesn’t support.
We just thought you’d find it interesting; use the information at your own discretion.
In case you missed it a couple of weeks ago, an intrepid tinkerer, coder, and apparent Apple enthusiast has succeeded in shoehorning System 7 onto the Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch e-Book reader. This feat had been attempted a few years ago by others, but it took the work of 68k Macintosh Liberation Army Forum member FlyingToaster to bring the project to fruition. In this gallery of screenshots, you can see sights like System 7 loading in all the Nook’s greyscale glory, along with the infamous After Dark “Flying Toasters” screensaver and some classic games, too.
This impressive feat was accomplished with the aid of the open-source Mini vMac, an open source Macintosh Plus emulator. For those who don’t know, an emulator is a computer program that copies (aka “emulates”) the functions of another electronic system entirely through software. In this case, Mini vMac created a “virtual system” that acts just like a real Macintosh Plus. So what we have is an e-Reader with an 800Mhz ARM processor and 256MB of RAM running an emulator on top of Google’s Android operating system all in the name of being able to run classic Mac programs from 1986-1994.
The actual usefulness of System 7 on the Nook e-Reader hardware is definitely questionable at best. However, the ability to imitate the entirety of an OS from the early 90′s running on a computer that weighed 17-20 pounds and could cost upwards of $2600 (depending on model) on a device from 2011 that weighs less than 8 ounces and under $100 is, to me, just incredible.
Thursday, March 11th, 2010 | Author: OWC Tim
Chuck Joiner from the MacVoices podcast joins Tim to talk about the iPad, his job and his ability to argue well, Macintosh User Groups, being a Mac user, and the five questions of our This or That segment. Also, Tim asks for your help setting up a MacBook for his mother and father-in-law, and also posses the question: how soon after the iPad is released that it is hacked to run Mac OS X?
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