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Mac OS X Lion LDAP Bug, Still Unfixed

Written on August 26, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Oh no! Mac OS Lion's LDAP glitch is still unfixed!

While Apple’s luminary leader has left the building, Mac OS X Lion’s month-old bug apparently hasn’t. Reports has it that a glitch allowing users to authenticate LDAP without a password has not been fixed by the company yet. Identified late last month, the LDAP or Lightweight Directory Access Protocol is commonly used in business IT environments to access directories like corporate email lists.

According to H-Online, Apple was successful in replicating the Mac OS X Lion bug. However, some users are reporting that they can still launch LDAP sessions with just a valid username alone. Others who tried to resolve the issue have led to LDAP authentication being broken entirely. H-Online said that the only solution for the glitch – though it is not much of one – is to “deactivate LDAP authentication for critical services.”

Ted Samson of InfoWorld believes that Apple’s sluggish response to fix the bug may be due to the fact that LDAP is not a default setting for Mac OS X Lion. Regardless, the Cupertino-based company is definitely a red dot because of their vulnerabilities being targeted by cyber criminals.

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Apple Launches the Fourth Video Ad for iPad 2

Written on July 25, 2011 by Lulu

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Apple launched the fourth installment of their iPad 2 TV ads with a subtle promotion of their Mac OS X Lion.

On Sunday night, Apple launched their fourth video ad for the iPad 2. The video is called “We’ll Always,” that follows the earlier video ads.

The said ad stresses the common human element that people will always share their memories, cook dinner and make home movies. However, Peter Coyote stated that these will never be the same as the iPad 2 arrives.

Apple also managed to promote Mac OS X Lion in a not specific subtle trick through having a child write “lion” in a learning app, Alphabet Fun.

Watch Apple’s fourth iPad 2 video ad after the break.

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Devs Testing iCloud with Mac OS X 10.7.2

Written on July 25, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Apple rolls out the iCloud beta 5 together with the Mac OS X 10.7.2 to developers for testing.

Last Saturday, Apple tapped developers to test the fifth beta version of iCloud with the first external beta of Mac OS X 10.7.2. However, the big fruit requires devs to install Mac OS X 10.7.2 build 11C26 to use the iCloud 5. What’s odd is that the company is yet to reveal the test build information for Mac OS X 10.7.1.

As said by people familiar with the OS X 10.7.2 release, the operating system will not address the glitches found in last Wednesday’s market release of OX S Lion. It is also believed that the company will run a separate beta test for 10.7.1 in the days or weeks to come.

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Apple’s Mac OS X 10.6.8 Adds TRIM Support and Improves Graphic Performance

Written on June 28, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Apple adds the TRIM support feature to all Mac's solid state hard drives, and improved the graphic performance of Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

Continuing their legacy in the industry, Apple has indeed added a new feature to all of its SSD-configurable Macs. The company recently revealed that they will update the Mac OS X 10.6.8 with TRIM support — a feature which enables solid state drives (SSDs) to clean up unused data, resulting to a faster drive.

However, this TRIM support is not present in all Apple drives. Some users, who installed the third-party SSDs, claimed that the feature is not yet enabled.

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iWeb’s Demise

Written on June 14, 2011 by R. Cruise

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The venerable iWeb hosting feature won’t make the transition when Apple moves existing MobileMe users to its new iCloud service by fall.

MacRumors published email correspondence seemingly between a MobileMe user and Steve Jobs, confirming the death of iWeb. MobileMe features will continue to be supported by the company until June of 2012 though.

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Multi-purpose Rootkit Threat for Windows and Mac OS X, Detected by Kaspersky

Written on June 02, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Red Alert! Kaspersky warns Windows and Mac OS X users of a multi-purpose rootkit that can threaten their system.

Kaspersky Lab detected a multi-purpose rootkit that can threaten a 32-bit and 64-bit Windows systems. This comes with a variant that targets Mac OS X. Kaspersky warns that the 64-bit rootkit uses a special digital signature for software developers. It is distributed via downloader, which also tries to install other malware.

The rootkit prevents users to install or run an antivirus, and effectively protects itself by intercepting and monitoring system activities. This makes the PC vulnerable to attacks, while the downloader acquires and executes malicious software — including the Rogue AV or fake antivirus for Mac OS X. Known as Hoax.OSX.Defma.f, the fake antivirus is one of the emerging threats for Mac OS X which is being a cyber criminal target.

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Mac OS X Lion to be released at the Mac App Store

Written on May 06, 2011 by R. Cruise

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Mac OS X 10.7 is already out, and Apple is planning to release the operating system’s upgrades through it new Mac App Store.

Apple is looking to switch its software distribution means by making use of its recently launched Mac App Store. Launched January 2011, the app store is the company’s venture to utilize the idea it has previously popularized through the iOS ecosystem to desktop applications.

According to AppleInsider, the Mac App Store – available to all users running the most recent version of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard – will become the default method for obtaining updates for Lion. Users will then be able to upgrade instantly without the need for physical media by purchasing Lion through the Mac App Store.

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Inside Mac OS X 10.7 Lion’s iChat 6

Written on April 07, 2011 by Adam Eve

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With Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, you can reach both your Yahoo and MSN chat buddies. Thanks to iChat 6!

Apple’s bundled instant messenger app, iChat 6, now adds Yahoo IM support. Unlike e-mail, the IM is partitioned into proprietary solos – like AOL, ICQ, Skype and many others – using their own systems for text and video chat. Hence, anyone who wants to exchange messages with users of different system must use a multi-protocol chat client.

But although iChat 6 only supports text chats in Yahoo IM, this builds a gateway for users to support both populations of Yahoo and MSN. In addition to this, it integrates separate chat accounts and protocols into a buddy list. It also features a coordinated login across all user-configured accounts. But don’t fuss! This feature can be disabled if you don’t want to share the same status for each IM client that you use.

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Windows 8, to Have a History Vault?

Written on April 04, 2011 by Adam Eve

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No need to look into the clouds and search for your backup file once Windows 8 arrives -- that is if Microsoft will really add the History Vault.

In most sort of computing, keeping a backup of your data is imperative. And until everything is cloud-base, users will have to take care of things for themselves.

As posted by Winrumors, Microsoft Windows 8 might have a feature called History Vault. This will supposedly utilize Windows’ Shadow Copy for modified files. The History Vault could be akin Apple’s Mac OS X feature called Time Machine. The Time Machine keeps a record of all added, deleted and modified files. That way, users can browse back to see a file’s history are restore it to the present system.

If that will be the case, then wouldn’t it be nice if Microsoft will really add History Vault in its Windows 8?

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Apple Goes “Back to Mac”

Written on October 14, 2010 by Charles Bass

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Apple's past events revolved around iPhone, iPod, iPad, iTunes and iOS which made Mac an outcast. And now, Apple goes back to its roots with the event, "Back to Mac."

As follow up from recent events focusing on iOS, iPhone, iPod and iTunes, Apple will go back to where it all started, Mac. That’s why their next media event is entitled “Back to Mac”.

The event is on October 20,2010 at the Apple headquarters in Cupertino. You might be wondering why the invitation looks like the one pictured above. No guys, Apple won’t go to the jungle for an adventure. We are looking at the next version of Mac OS X.

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