Steve Jobs' Macworld keynote was today, and among a bevy of new hardware announcements, Apple has pushed out two very significant updates for iPhone and iPod touch users. Apple has added multi-recipient SMS (iPhone-only), faux-GPS on Google Maps using cell tower triangulation, Web Clips (i.e., bookmarks of web sites on your home screen), and home screen icon customization via drag and drop. iPod touch users can now get the Mail, Maps, Stocks, Notes, and Weather apps that came standard on the iPhone for a $20 upgrade (these features will come standard in new iPod touches).
Every now and then, Apple leads the charge with new technology. It was one of the first manufacturers to make Wi-Fi a standard option on some of its laptops. One of the products reported to be making its debut at tomorrow's Macworld keynote is a subnotebook or ultraportable laptop with WiMax built in. I say no way.
The reason is pretty simple: Availability. You might call Apple forward thinking, and hope that WiMax will be everywhere in just a few short months, but that's not the case here. Let's explore the existing WiMax networks.
So, CES packs up for another year and everyone takes a break from the full-on, week-long frenzy. However, another big event is about to steal the spotlight as Apple is expected to announce an ultra-slim laptop at its annual show on Tuesday.
The annual Macworld conference in San Francisco is the venue of choice for Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs to roll out new products and chart the company's course for the year.
I'll admit it. I'm an unashamed fan of the iPhone. I had an unlocked device in the UK running on my cheapskate Vodafone tariff before November's official launch.
From a developer perspective my real interest is in being able to create native iPhone applications. I emphasize native. There's plenty of information around on how to build web-based applications, but I'm talking about native-code executables.
An Italian security researcher has posted a proof-of-concept exploit for a zero-day vulnerability in the most current version of Apple's QuickTime media software (7.3.1).
Luigi Auriemma, noted among other things for discovering a vulnerability in the Unreal Engine in 2004, on Thursday posted details about producing a buffer overflow error in QuickTime. Buffer overflows can often be exploited by attackers to compromise the affected system.