Apple’s Safari Browser has Major Security Flaw

October 25, 2010

I’m here to break the news that Apple’s latest version of their Safari web browser, on both Mac and PC, contains a major security flaw that allows an attacker to access your email, banking information, and more simply by gaining physical access of your computer.

That’s right: if you have Safari save your passwords for any websites, and then someone gets a hold of your unlocked computer, they can access those websites and do whatever they want! Transfer PayPal funds? Done. Make some expensive eBay purchases? Done. Copy down all your financial data for later? Double done!

That isn’t even the scary part! What’s the scary part, you ask? Not only does Apple’s Safari contain this giant hole… so does every other web browser available anywhere! Mozilla Firefox, Opera, even that most-stable and super user-friendly Internet Explorer! Every last one of them will allow someone else to log into your personal accounts if you just blithely hand them your computer, shout “have fun!” and walk away.

Remember kiddies: lock your damn computers when you aren’t using them. Then these so-called “security holes” (which are actually ease-of-use features) simply go away.

Note: This whole thing is a joke referencing the “security hole” that people are getting all upset about in the FaceTime for Mac beta.

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Google, You Win.

September 8, 2010

If you are in the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain or Russia and you use one of the following browsers: Chrome v5/6, Firefox v3, Safari v5 for Mac or Internet Explorer v8, you should go type something in Google right now. I KNOW! It’s AWESOME! Google figures it cuts searching time by 2-5 seconds, which adds up to hours if you use the internet as much as I do. I figure it adds 25% more nerdgasm into my day.

But seriously, this is really cool. And it’s unbelievable that computing power has leapt forward so much that this is even possible. I can’t even think of how you might do this at a local system, searching a local database, but the guys (and girls) at Google figured out how to do it over the web! Along with the addition of the “live feed” feature (which shows twitter and news posts that match your search term and adds them into your results page in real-time), Google is making me want to marry them so that even if they go away someday, I still get half their stuff.


New iPod Touch Details

August 30, 2010

Apple is poised to make an announcement Wednesday regarding one or more new products. I thought this would be the right time to tell you what I know about the new iPod Touch.

Colored text indicates edits made after the announcement.

The new iPod Touch will be comparable in size and shape to the iPhone 4, but slightly thinner and with some coloration differences to visually differentiate the two. It is also lighter since it does not need the telephone components.

CORRECT!

It comes in various sizes, but more importantly it will be available with or without 3G access. Versions with 3G will also have GPS capabilities.

WRONG! No 3G or GPS version is available.

The A4 processor, the same design used in the iPad and iPhone 4, will be used in order to bolster computing power and lower power requirements. This, coupled with a larger battery, will give the device incredible battery life.

CORRECT! The new iPod Touch boasts of 7 hours of video playback.

A compass and a gyroscope will be in all versions, regardless of whether it is a 3G version or not.

CORRECT! and WRONG! Compasses are not included, but a gyroscope is.

With this iteration of the iPod Touch, Apple finally is adding a camera to the device, a 5 MP sensor capable of 720p video capture as well as still photos. The iMovie app for iPhone will be compatible as well. There will not be a forward facing camera, and FaceTime calls will not be possible using the iPod Touch.

CORRECT! and WRONG! 720p video capture is possible with the 5 MP camera, but a forward-facing camera and FaceTime are included.

The screen incorporates the Retina Display of the iPhone 4.

CORRECT!

Can’t wait!


iLife ’10 Feature Suggestions

June 27, 2010

So it’s time for Apple to update iLife. Here’s some random ideas I have for them. Apple, feel free to pay (or at least credit) me for these.

iMovie ’10

Background removal (“green screen effect”) needs to be a simple video effect, easily applied.

Audio ducking needs to apply to individual audio tracks instead of just all of them. Ducking on each track should be individually applied.

The ability to use transitions from any theme, not just the one that is currently applied. Maybe I want to have a comic book transition followed by a filmstrip one.

Superimposing transparent graphics onto a video clip, including moving them around. For example, superimposing a face onto an actor in a clip.

iDVD ’10

Make it easier to add chapters to movies. Instead of auto-adding chapter markers after so many minutes, allow the user to choose the number of chapters, or even manually add them wherever they want.

Support for dual-layer DVDs needs to be improved so the full 9.4 GB can be used instead of only 7.7 GB.

More themes, and more customizability of themes needs to be added. Intros and outros for the menus need to be able to animate between each other (for example, going from Revolution Menu to Revolution Chapters should animate smoothly, not just fade through black.

iWeb ’10

The whole program needs to be changed into a blogging app that can interface with Blogger, WordPress, etc. Very few people have “personal websites” that aren’t blogs. And those that do can still make pages in WordPress and accomplish the same thing.

Alignment and spacing tools make no sense. Fix this.

iPhoto ’10

Add the ability to resize a photo without cropping it.

Support for transparency and removing backgrounds would be cool. Maybe something like the magic wand/smart select in Photoshop.

Add the ability to draw different shapes, graphics, text, lines, etc. onto photos.

I didn’t even get into GarageBand. Got anything to add? Post it below!


New iPhone Crucifies Android

June 7, 2010

External bluetooth keyboard support? iMovie on the iPhone? The clearest screen… ever? A bigger battery and a faster chip? What’s not to love? To celebrate, I’ve created this short spot to highlight how Android phones are pretty much done.


Mac NTFS Solution

May 9, 2010

So I just got my new MacBook Pro right? No sooner do I hook up my 2TB external hard drive, formatted in NTFS of course, I find that the Mac will read the data, but I cannot edit, add, or delete and files or folders.

Of course I just think something is wrong with the access permissions. I call Apple’s tech support, and I immediately find out (thanks to the friendly tech support guy, who was very nice during the entire interaction) that a Mac cannot write to an NTFS drive larger than four gigabytes.

Weird, I thought to myself (as I often do). If it can be read, accessed, why can’t it be written to? Frustrated, I decided to only use that drive with my PC and wait until I got a bigger drive I could format in FAT32 to move everything onto.

As a last desperate measure, I googled “NTFS Mac” and was surprised to find that a third-party driver for Mac that allows to read NTFS volumes of any size. It was free and installed in about five minutes. And it works.

This got my to wondering, however: if it was so easy for me to set it up, and so simple, why couldn’t Apple just include that functionality to begin with?

I only have one theory: Apple wants to kill NTFS. But why? Wouldn’t it be easier to allow people to use NTFS, but only format new drives in FAT32? That would allow for the phase-out of NTFS, but not limit the use of the drives for people switching from PC’s, which is one of Apple’s target demographics.


Back From the Army; New Toys

May 7, 2010

So I spent the last 3.5 months in Missouri at US Army Initial Entry Training, during which I had little to no internet access. I’m back now, and I immediately went out and bought a brand new MacBook Pro, complete with upgraded 1680×1050 display, as well as a 64GB iPad. I also got a new cell phone, the Motorola Droid.

Motorola Droid

Motorola Droid. USA Today website not included.

Apple MacBook Pro 15-Inch

Apple MacBook Pro 15-Inch. Only the one in the picture doesn't have the HD display that I got for mine!

Apple iPad 64GB

Apple iPad 64GB. Mine has a bazillion apps though 🙂

I’ll probably be reviewing these, as well as some new games I have and apps for all of the above. Stay tuned!