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Monday
Jul302012

Apple’s Mountain Lion Downloaded Three Million Times

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- It looks like Apple’s Mountain Lion OS is a hit.  The new $20 operating system has been downloaded three million times in four days, Apple said Monday morning, making it the most successful OS X release in Apple’s history.

The software brings a host of new features including sharing, a faster and sleeker Safari browser, and an advanced notification center.  Apple’s Cloud offering, iCloud, is also integrated at the core of the operating system, making it easier to get content across all of Apple’s devices, including the iPhone, iPad and Mac.

Apple also began running Mac advertisements during the Olympics this weekend.  The ads highlight Apple’s in-person customer service or Geniuses.  

While the ads have received mixed reaction, they highlight Apple’s customer service advantage over Microsoft.  Microsoft will be releasing its next version of Windows -- Windows 8 -- on Oct. 26.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Apr062012

Mac OS X Report: Virus Infects 600,000 Computers

Courtesy of Apple(NEW YORK) -- More than 600,000 Apple computers worldwide have been infected with the Flashback Trojan, leaving their system’s security vulnerable to criminal hackers, Russian anti-virus firm Dr. Web reported.

Over half of the infected computers are in the United States, and nearly 20 percent are in Canada.

“This once again refutes claims by some experts that there are no cyber-threats to Mac OS X,” the report stated.

The trojan began quietly circulating in September under the guise of an Adobe Flash Update.  Once installed, the virus disables some security features allowing hackers to gain control of the computer.

Later versions of the malware used weaknesses in the Java language to install the code and infect the machine.

Apple released a security patch for users to download and protect their Macs this week; users who have not yet installed the patch remain exposed.

“People used to say that Apple computers, unlike Windows PCs, can’t ever be infected -- but it’s a myth,”  Timur Tsoriev, an analyst at Kaspersky Lab in Russia, told the BBC.

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