Fake Mac Defender ‘Anti-Virus’ For Macs On The Loose

One of the heavily criticized aspects of Windows OS has been its vulnerability to viruses. Its competitor, Mac OS, has been relatively safe from viruses up until now.

Since the last couple of weeks, a malware for Mac OS X has been on the loose, namely Mac Defender. This Trojan/malware spreads as a security application, which will help users remove viruses’ from the OS X.


The application has a very polished look, and can easily deceive veteran Mac users as well. On the first launch, the application will falsely detect some of the files on your Mac computer as infected by virus. The application will also open pr0n websites on your Mac, making users think that their computer is infected by viruses.

The application will ask users to purchase the license of their application so as to remove advanced viruses. The 1 year license of the app costs a whopping $59.95, while the 2 year and the lifetime license costs $69.95 and $79.95, respectively. Once a user clicks on the Register button, he is taken to an unsecured website where he is asked to enter his credit card details.

Once the user enters his credit card details, he will be basically charged for software which actually infected his Mac. Other genuine anti-virus and anti-malware software for the Mac detect the Mac Defender app as a virus. However, looking at how rare viruses are for Mac, I doubt many Mac users would be using anti-virus software.

I will be writing a detailed step-by-step guide on how to remove Mac Defender virus from your beloved Mac, so stay tuned!

Guinness Showers Apple with World Records for the iPhone 4 and App Store

The iPhone has been a truly path-breaking device which has changed the face of the mobile industry in the last 4 years. While everyone already knows how revolutionary and ‘magical’ the iPhone 4 has been, today, Guinness made it official.

Apple has featured quite prominently in the new Guinness World Records 2011 Gamer’s Edition, with four world records. Here is a list of all the world records by Apple:

Fastest-Selling Portable Gaming System – iPhone 4

Though it’s a smartphone, the iPhone 4 also doubles up as a portable gaming system. The iPhone 4 sold approximately 1.5 million units in the first day of its launch, making it the fast-selling portable gaming device in history.

Most Popular Application Marketplace – Apple App Store

This is another no-brainer. The Apple App Store is the most popular application store, way ahead of its competition. It has seen almost 6.5 billion downloads in 3 years, with over 260,000 apps and games.

Though it may soon be surpassed by the Android Market in terms of the numbers of apps, it will be the most lucrative application marketplace for developers for years to come.

Largest Downloadable Video Game Store – Apple App Store

The App Store takes yet another record. It has 37,362 games available for download, making it the world’s largest downloadable video game store. Steam offers 1,100 games, Xbox Live Indie Arcade offers about 1,300 and the Wii Store offers 576. The App Store wins by a huge margin.

Largest Launch Line-up of Any Gaming System – Apple App Store

At launch, it had about 145 games, which was the largest launch line-up of any gaming system.

Here’s what Gaz Deaves, Guinness World Records Gaming Editor, had to say “The release of the iPhone has not just changed the mobile industry, but the video game world too. With the never-ending App Store selection and an intuitive device, Apple has created a gigantic new space for itself in the casual games genre that literally brings entertainment to users wherever they may be.”

Apple is Now the Most Valuable Brand in the World

With the success of the iPhone and the iPad, Apple’s sales, profits, market capitalization are all growing at an explosive rate. Apple surpassed Microsoft in terms of market capitalization almost an year back to become the 2nd most valuable company in the world. In the last quarter, it also overtook Microsoft in terms of profits. It is now sitting on almost $65 billion in cash, and has a market cap of almost $320 billion.

Today, it has scored yet another victory – it has become the most valuable brand in the world. According to a study by WPP BrandZ, Apple brand value has increased by 84% over the past year, making it the most valuable brand at $153 billion. It has overtaken Google which is now at the second position with a brand value of $111 billion.

A notable entrant in the top 100 list is Facebook which is at number 35 with a brand value of $19.1 billion, with a 246% increase over last year. IBM and Microsoft came in at the third and fifth positions with brand values of $100 billion and $78 billion respectively.


Apple Violates Open Source License in Cold Blood

Open Source codes are used by almost everyone in the tech industry and that is the reason why, large companies release different parts of their application with different licenses. The world would be a really bad place without Open Source software with people writing their own shitty implementations or stealing codes from others. Open Source has simplified all this at a simple cost: you have to give back to the community.


Though, as tech giants grow bigger, they seem to care lesser for this. All they want to do is suck out all that is there from Open Source codes. When it comes to giving back to the community, they go MIA.

Apple uses a mix of licenses in its iPhone, which includes BSD and LGPL codes. Clearly, these two licenses require that Apple gives back to the community. Apple makes all its Open Source releases on a website www.opensource.apple.com. Though it is interesting to see that the website has not been spotted distributing their WebKit code after iOS 4.3.0.

Apple has a process in place to do exactly this, which is appreciable. However, this negligence from Apple can cause immense agitation in the Open Source community. If Apple gets away with doing this (which they will not), it will send out a dangerous signal resulting in massive theft, violation and misuse of Open Source codes and principles.

Update: After extensive coverage and scrutiny by the FOSS community, the code is finally up for download. Congratulations Apple, this was long overdue. Next time, please be on time.

Jailbreak iPhone 4/iPad/iPod Touch Running iOS 4.3.3

It was just a couple of days ago that Apple released iOS 4.3.3 to the general public. The new version of iOS was mainly aimed at fixing the location tracking bug, and battery life improvements.

Thankfully, Apple did not patch the i01nic’s exploit used in iOS 4.3.x to jailbreak it. Now, the iPhone Dev. Team has updated ported over the exploit code to iOS 4.3.3, and incorporated it in their application – redsn0w.

This means, iDevice owners running iOS 4.3.3 can jailbreak it by using redsn0w. iOS 4.3.3 supports iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 1, iPad 2, Apple TV 2G and the iPod Touch 3G/4G. Except for the iPad 2, all other iDevices can be jailbroken using the latest version of redsn0w.

Pwnage Tool – Mac counterpart of redsn0w has also been updated by the iPhone Dev. team. Verizon iPhone 4 owners, running iOS 4.2.8 need to use the latest version of snowbreeze, to jailbreak their handset.

iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 owners who have unlocked their handset using ultrasn0w, are recommended to stay away from this jailbreak. By upgrading to iOS 4.3.3, they may loose their unlock.


iOS 4.3.3 IPSW Direct Download Links

Apple has just released iOS 4.3.3 for the iPod Touch 3G/4G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and the iPad 1/2. This new version of iOS is mainly aimed at clearing all the location data of a user, which the OS saves by default.

The location data of a user is cleared, once a user turns off the location sharing option.

Here is the iOS 4.3.3 change-log via BGR :

  • Location database will no longer be backed up to iTunes
  • Location database size will be reduced
  • When Location Services are turned off, location database will be deleted entirely
  • Battery life will improve
  • iPod bug fixes

iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone owners can update their iDevice to iOS 4.3.3, by connecting to their PC/Mac and firing up the latest version of iTunes (10.2.2). Alternatively, iPad 1 owners can download the iOS 4.3.3 IPSW file from here, while iPad 2 (Wi-Fi) owners should click here.

iPad 2 Wi-Fi+3G owners can click here, and iPad 2 owners using the tablet under the Verizon network, should click here to download the iOS 4.3.3 IPSW file. iPhone 4 (AT&T) owners should head over to this link, while iPod Touch 4G owners should click on this link. Owners of Verizon iPhone 4 should click here, whereas iPod Touch 3G owners should click here to download iOS 4.3.3 IPSW file.

After downloading the required file, users should click on the Check for updates’ button, whilst keeping the Shift key pressed and ¬†selectthe IPSW file, they just downloaded to update.

Apple iMacs Refreshed With Faster Processors, Thunderbolt Port And FaceTime HD Camera

Apple has just updated their beautiful iMacs with the latest cutting-edge hardware from Intel and AMD graphics cards, FaceTime HD camera and a Thunderbolt port.

The newer iMacs still comes with a 21.5-inch and 27-inch screen, with an IPS LCD screen like its predecessor.

The base model of the newer gen iMac comes with a quad-core Core i5 processor, AMD Radeon HD 6750M, 4GB RAM and 500GB HDD. The top of the line 21.5-inch iMac comes with a 2.7 GHz Core i5 processor, 1TB HDD and an AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 1GB memory.


The base model of the 27-inch iMac comes has the exact same specs as the top of the line 21.5-inch iMac. The top of the line 27-inch iMac features a faster 3.1GHz Core i5 quad-core processor, and a slightly powerful AMD Radeon HD 6970M graphics card.

The base model of the 21.5-inch costs $1,199, while the lowest rung 27-inch iMac costs $1,699. The top of the line 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac’s cost $1,499 and $1,999, respectively. All the new iMac now feature a Thunderbolt port and a FaceTime HD camera, which were earlier seen on the newer gen MacBook Pro(s).

Users who want more performance, can easily customize their iMac to their wish, and can include SSDs with up to 256GB of storage and up to 16GB of RAM. Readers interested in purchasing the newer gen iMacs should head over to Apple Store.

Samsung Galaxy S 2 vs Apple iPhone 4: Comparison

The Apple iPhone 4 has been a huge hit and with the iPhone 5 launch being delayed to September, it will be the smartphone every new Android device will be compared to. And though it’s almost an year old now, comparisons of the iPhone 4 with new Android phones are inevitable, as it is one of the best smartphones known to mankind. In this post, I will pit the new Samsung Galaxy S 2 against the Apple iPhone 4. Expect some fireworks.

Samsung Galaxy S 2 vs Apple iPhone 4


While design preferences are subjective, I can safely say that both the Galaxy S 2 and the iPhone 4 have very stylish designs. The iPhone 4 has dimensions of 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm while the Galaxy S 2 has dimensions of 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm. The Galaxy S 2 is the slimmest smartphone around, slimmer than even the anorexic Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc.

It is also very light, with a weight of only 116 gms compared to the iPhone 4’s 134 gms. I would prefer the Galaxy S 2.


The Samsung Galaxy S 2 comes with a 4.3 inch capacitive SuperAMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It is easily the best display in town, in terms of size, contrast, display quality etc. It is perfect for watching videos and movies.

The iPhone 4 comes with a 3.5 inch IPS LCD ‘Retina’ display with a resolution of 640 x 960 pixels. It is one of the best displays in the market, but loses out before the Galaxy S 2 in terms of size as well as overall quality.

Again, the Galaxy S 2 wins.


The Samsung Galaxy S 2 easily trumps the iPhone 4 when it comes to hardware, but that is obvious, as it is yet to be launched, while the iPhone 4 was launched in June last year.

The iPhone 4 comes with a 1 GHz processor with 512 MB RAM and 16/32 GB internal storage. The Galaxy S 2 comes with a 1.2 GHz dual core Exynos processor and 1 GB RAM. It also has 16/32 GB internal storage and supports microSD cards.

Winner: Galaxy S 2


Now this is the part where we have two completely divided camps. Some prefer iOS with its ease of use, great user interface, huge library of apps and games (almost 400,000) while some prefer Android with its openness, customizability, better multitasking, and not-as-huge library of apps and games (200,000). With the Galaxy S 2, you get Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread and TouchWiz 4.0 which offer excellent performance thanks to the powerful hardware.

There is no clear verdict in this section, but I would prefer the Galaxy S 2 with Android. Just my preference.


The Samsung Galaxy S 2 has an 8 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash. It can shoot 1080p videos at 30 FPS and also comes with a 2 MP secondary camera. It is second only to the Xperia Arc and the Nokia N8, in terms of image quality. It definitely blows the iPhone 4’s 5 MP camera out of the water. The Galaxy S 2 is a clear winner in this department.


The Galaxy S 2 can play any video format which currently exists on Planet Earth. It’s a pleasure watching videos on the 4.3 inch SuperAMOLED Plus display, going by all the reviews I have seen. It is THE device to have if you want to watch videos on the move. It wins.

Web Browsing

Both the iPhone 4 and the Galaxy S 2 have excellent web browsers, both default and third-party. But as the Galaxy S 2 has a bigger display, and also supports Flash, I would go with it.

The Verdict

As you can clearly see, the iPhone 4 is now outdated. The Samsung Galaxy 2 is quite obviously the best smartphone on the market. It should be launched soon, and I expect it to be the best Android phone of 2011.

Apple iPad 2 Coming To India On April 29

Last week, we reported that there is a very strong possibility of Apple officially launching the iPad 2 in India. Well, it’s official now!

Apple has just announced that they will be officially selling the second generation iPad in India. The magical tablet device will be available across India beginning from April 29th.


Along with India, the iPad 2 will also be available in Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Israel, South Africa, UAE, Turkey and Mac on April 29th. The iPad 2 packs in a dual-core A5 processor, a GPU which is nearly 9x times more powerful than its predecessor, and 512MB of RAM.

Apple has also gone ahead and unveiled the prices of the iPad 2 in India. The 16GB Wi-Fi model of the iPad 2 will carry a MRP of Rs. 29,500, while the 32GB and the 64GB will retail for a MRP of Rs. 34,500 and Rs. 39,500, respectively.

The 16GB 3G+Wi-Fi model of the iPad 2 will cost Rs. 36,900, while the 32GB and 64GB will set back users by Rs. 41,900 and Rs. 46,900.

It is really nice to see Apple launch the iPad 2 in India, in line with the rest of the world. Apple was heavily criticized for not launching the original iPad in India.

Android is More Desirable to US Consumers than iPhone

A survey conducted by Nielsen between January and March 2011 shows that Android is now the most desirable smartphone OS (operating system). About 31% of those surveyed wanted to get an Android handset, while 30% preferred the iPhone. Sure, the difference between the two platforms is quite small. However, this shows a clear trend. The same survey for July – September 2010 saw 33% of the respondents chosing iPhone, compared to just 26% opting for Android phones.


Android has already managed to overtake the iPhone in terms of volume. Nielsen found that “half of those surveyed in March 2011 who indicated they had purchased a smartphone in the past six months said they had chosen an Android device”. Only 25% had opted for an iOS device. Apple had a huge head-start in the smartphone segment, and at one point looked unassailable. However, Android has not only managed to catch up, but is actually storming past the iPhone.


Typically one thing that Apple products have always had going for them is that they are highly desirable. The combination of slick design and intuitive user-interface makes almost all Apple products drool-worthy. Even though their prohibitive cost or locked down nature often forces many consumers to opt for alternative, Apple products are known for making people go “I want that, even if I don’t need that”. However, Android has succeeded in capturing the imagination of the general populace. Google’s open strategy seems to be working. Even though carriers like AT&T are trying their best to cripple Android, consumers still want to pick up an Android phone. Steve Jobs can diss Android as much as we wants; but, he knows that Android might do to Apple, what Apple did to RIM.