Apple Computer Inc. on Wednesday said it will begin selling a version of its iMac personal computer for about $900 for the education market.
The company, known for its popular iPod digital music and video player, said the new iMac will have a 17-inch liquid crystal display and will be built with a new processor from Intel Corp.
Sophos has recommended that people switch to Apple Macs if they want to protect themselves from ongoing security problems. The security company has just published its latest research into the past six months of cybercrime, the 'Sophos Security Threat Management Report Update' (PDF), and concluded that while there has been a big drop in new viruses and worms, that has been overcompensated for by increases in other types of malware, as cybercriminals turn their attention to stealing information and money.
Apple Computer Inc. this week updated its iTunes music store software to fix a critical security flaw that could let attackers grab control of a PC or Mac. The bug in iTunes' handling of AAC audio files can crash the software or let a hacker run his own code if a user opened a malicious AAC, said the Apple security advisory. (ACC stands for Advanced Audio Coding, and is one of the file formats supported by iTunes.)
Apple released Mac OS X version 10.4.7, which fixes several security vulnerabilities that at least one security vendor rated as serious.
Although the issues don't affect OS X versions prior to 10.4., and no exploits have been reported, Symantec assigned its highest severity rating - 10 out of 10 - to the vulnerabilities in an advisory issued to subscribers of its DeepSight Threat Management System.
There's been a lot of talk about the Mac OS X kernel in the past few months. When Avie Tevanian left Apple in March, there was much speculation that Apple had plans to abandon the Mach microkernel that underpins Mac OS X, and that Avie helped to develop many years ago. There were two lines of reasoning to support this, both pretty silly.