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Mac App Store Cracked Already

January 10, 2011


So it didn’t take long, the new Mac App Store was cracked within hours of it’s release. At current there are two weaknesses in the
anti-piracy system that has been deployed on the Mac App Store.

The first is down to developers mistakes, if they had followed Apple’s guidelines then this one wouldn’t of worked. Some applications just require you to copy the code signature and some other files from a free app, and paste those into a paid app to enable it to run. If the developers had of followed the guidelines then a check would occur where it checks the code signature ID to see if they match the app’s bundle ID.

The second exploit is the removal of the DRM, similar to what happened on the iPhone App Store. It uses an application known as ‘Kickback’, currently the application is unavailable but as soon as the Mac App Store becomes more populated I’m sure we will see the application surface.

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FaceTime for Mac beta Released

October 20, 2010

One of the smaller announcements from todays event is FaceTime now has it’s own app for Mac and although it’s in beta it works just like you’d expect. It imports your contacts and then allows you to call either their phone number or email address of the other device and will attempt to call them. I’ve tried calling my MacBook from my iPhone 4 and vice versa and it both cases it worked flawlessly. The best thing is there is nothing to set up it’s just ready to go straight away. Hopefully we will see this technology being deployed in Windows and Linux soon but for now if your on a Mac and know someone with a FaceTime capable device then install it now and give them a surprise call.


Apple Announces iTunes 10

September 1, 2010

Along with the new iPod line, iTunes 10 has been announced, with something different a new logo. The major new feature is Apple’s Ping Social Network which will let you follow people, including artists, post comments, check out custom song and album charts and even find over 17,000 concert listings.

The Ping network isn’t exclusive to just iTunes 10 on Mac and PC but also works on the iPhone and iPod Touch. It’ll be avaible for download in a few hours.


WWDC Coverage

June 7, 2009

12:01 PM: The iPhone 3GS will be available on June 19th.

12:00 PM: iPhone 3G 8 GB remains at $99.

Apple iPhone 3G WWDC 2009

11:59 AM: $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB. (AT&T New Customers)

11:58 AM: Improved Battery Life (Up to 9 hours internet surfing, 10 hours of video, 30 hours of audio, 12 hours of 2G talk-time and 5 hours of 3G talk-time.)

11:57 AM: Encrypted iTunes Backups, iPhone 3GS supports encryption, Supports Nike+.

iPhone 3GS Spread

11:55 AM: Supports OpenGL|ES 2.0 great for games, Supports 7.2Mbps HSPDA, 3 Megapixel Auto-Focus Camera, Auto Macro, 3o FPS VGA Video, Voice Control, Digital Compass.

11:47 AM: Phone 3GS. S stands for speed.

11:43 AM: iPhone OS 3.0 is free for iPhone users, $9.95 for touch users. And it will be available June 17th.

11:12 AM: Maps, Accessories, Push Notifications and  Peer to Peer talked about again, nothing different from the iPhone OS 3.0 event.

11:08 AM: If your phone is now lost you can send a message to the iPhone that will sound a special tone which will sound even if the phones on silent. You can also remotely wipe all the data on the device.

11:01 AM: Internet tethering, you can use your phone’s internet connection on your computer (Mac or PC) using USB or Bluetooth.

10:59 AM: Enhancements to iTunes you can now rent and purchase movies right from your phone. Also purchase TV shows, music, and audiobooks.

10:56 AM:  iPhone OS 3.0. has 100 new features.

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10:49 AM: It has been an incredible year for the iPhone – 1,000,000 SDK downloads, 50,000 Apps on the App Store, 40M iPhones/iPod Touches sold, 1 Billion+ Apps downloaded.

10:47 AM: Snow Leopard update charged at $29.

10:40 AM: Snow Leopard is making everything faster on the Mac platform: Mail, Safari, Spotlight etc.

10:15 AM: Also upgrading the Air today. Prices changing to $1,499 to $1,799 – up to 2.13GHz CPU.

10:14 AM: The 13″ MacBook is now called a MacBook Pro. Starts at $1,199. Price ranges from $1,199 to $1,499 in standard configurations, available today.

10:13 AM: The backlit keyboard is now standard in it as well. Also, FireWire 800.

10:12 AM: Updating the 13″ MacBook as well. Gets the new display, SD card slot and better battery life.

10:11 AM: The 17″ MacBook Pro has also been updated: 2.8GHz CPU, 500GB HD, retains ExpressCard Slot. All shipping today.

WWDC 2009 MacBook Family

10:10 AM: Starts at a lower price of $1,699; Standard configurations range from $1,699 to $2,229.

10:09 AM: It’s also the fastest notebook they have ever made. Up to 3.06GHz Dual Core CPU. Up to 8GB of RAM. Up to 500GB 7200RPM HD. Or, 256GB SSD.

10:08 AM: The new 15″ MacBook Pro has a brand new display; nicest in any of their laptops. 60% color gamut increase. Now has a SD card slot.

10:06 AM: New 15″ Mac Book Pro, new battery, lasts up to 7 hours. More eco-friendly – gets up to 1,000 charges.

10:04 AM: 25M active OS X users in first 5 years, up until 2007. In the last two years, however, it has grown to 75M.

9:59 AM: The Keynote is about to begin.


The Apple Store Down As Usual

June 7, 2009

As usual before the WWDC Event, Apple’s online store is down to allow them to add the updated or new products to the store.

We Will Be Back Soon