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Macs do not get virus – or do they?

So far, Mac's OS X has been relatively virus free - but malware and adware are increasingly targeting Macs. Last year more than half-a-million Macs were infected with Flashback Trojan virus!

Apple of course responded promptly as only it could - it subtly removed from its web sites all trace of reference to Macs not getting virus and introduced a Gatekeeper feature that only allows trusted apps to be installed from its App store.

The honest, non-partisan, truth is that Mac OS X is - and iOS will be - as much of a target for virus and malware as Windows - although Android is the undisputed leader by a very long margin.

|Date: 2013-11-21 visits: 6539| comments  0 Read more

10 Things You Need To Know About Intel’s New Atom

How Intel's new Atom CPUs may be a game changer

 

10. It won't suck.

Atom parts have long been the butt of our jokes for being the anti-performance parts that inspired the Netbook but anyone who ever tried to drive a Netbook for anything beyond browsing knows how much Atom's sucked in performance.

|Date: 2013-05-15 visits: 7622| comments  0 Read more

Windows 8: The official review

Reviewing an operating system is an odd endeavor, because people don't really use operating systems; they use applications. The OS should be as transparent as possible, acting as a platform for applications. In today's cloud-driven world, however, the notion that your application will run in a single OS is tenuous at best. Toss in the increasing use of smart devices, whether phones or tablets, and the idea of a single-platform operating system is less relevant now than it was just a few years ago. These days we have "ecosystems"-Microsoft, Apple, or Google, take your pick.

That said, PC users still expect their Windows applications to run as before, and they want to have the same control over their laptop and desktop computers as they've always had. New software features should enable users to do more. And as the reaction to the late, unlamented Windows Vista illustrated, all the shiny new bells and whistles should not harm performance or require new hardware.

Can Windows 8 meet its goal of being one aspect of a new Microsoft ecosystem while maintaining its roots in the PC? Can existing computers run Windows 8 without the need for expensive new touch displays? Will the revamped Windows 8 user interface turn off existing Windows users or pull them into the ecosystem? We'll try to answer those questions and others as we dive deeply into Windows 8.

This review is based on the Windows 8 final release-what Microsoft calls the "release to manufacturing," or RTM, version. The final release is available to Microsoft TechNet and MSDN subscribers. Desktop PCs, laptops, and tablets ship with Windows 8 preinstalled on the official launch day, October 26.

We ran Windows 8 on a moderately high-end desktop system along with a standard (nontouch) monitor, mouse, and keyboard. We also used a Samsung Series 9 laptop with an Elan touchpad supporting full multitouch gestures.

 

|Date: 2012-10-29 visits: 9400| comments  1 Read more