This CSO.com article reviews the top 3 mobile platforms (phone and tablet) to compare them on security issues. They conclude that from a security perspective, most people will choose iOS. The overall results are shown below in the graphic.
Intego’s Mac Security blog announced a new phishing attack aimed at Apple users was unleashed on Christmas. Emails with the subject “Apple update your Billing Information” were sent from “firstname.lastname@example.org.” Intego stated that this is a well crafted phishing scam. However, mousing over the URL shows a tooltip containing a non-Apple domain name. The images below is of the phishing message itself.
CNN has released its top 10 list of tech related “fails” in 2011.
- Anthony Weiner of Twitter
- Go Daddy and SOPA
- ‘Duke Nukem Forever’
- The Other Tablets
- PlayStation Network
- iPhones and Bars
- PayPal Plays Scrooge
- iPhone 4S Battery Life
The list and descriptions of these “fails” is available here.
Paul Allen notes on his blog that Google+ has surpassed 62 million users, adding users at 625K per day. His projections are:
If this rate of new signups (625k daily) continues then Google+ will reach 100 million users on Feb. 25th and 200 million users on August 3. They will finish 2012 with 293 million users.
However, he expects growth to accelerate in 2012, in part due to the number of Android devises (700K) being activated daily.
MacWorld is reporting a phishing scam aimed at MobileMe users. The fulltext of the email message can be seen at the MacObserver site (which first reported on the phishing attack). The message claims that a virus has been found in the users iDisk and that they need to respond with their user name and password to prevent the virus from spreading. Once they have your AppleID, they have acces to your credit card information.
The New York Times announced that Apple had won a partial victory in its patent claim against features in Android.
Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
Monday, December 19, 2011 — 6:20 PM EST
Apple Wins Partial Victory on Patent Claim Over Android Features
A federal agency ruled on Monday that a set of important features commonly found in smartphones are protected by an Apple patent, a decision that could force changes in the way Google’s Android phones function.
The ruling, by the United States International Trade Commission, can be appealed. But it is one of the most significant so far in a growing array of closely watched patent battles being waged around the globe by nearly all of the major players in the mobile industry.
The ruling was only a partial victory for Apple because the commission overruled an earlier decision in Apple’s favor in the case, involving a patent related to how software is organized internally on mobile devices. It would have been harder for the defendant in the case — HTC, one of the world’s largest makers of smartphones that run the Android system — to adapt its devices to avoid infringing that patent, legal experts said.
Facebook announced on its blog, that Timeline is now available. The post lists a few tips on using it.
- After upgrading to Timeline, you have 7 days to review all your content before others can see it when it goes live automatically–if you do not make up public before that time.
- You can see the Timeline as others see it by clicking on the gear menu at the top of the Timeline and selecting “view as”.
- You can feature, delete, or hide Timeline items, as well as adjust who can see each of them.
- You can get Timeline by going to the Introducing Timeline page and clicking on “Get TImeline”.
- Timeline is available on Android and m.facebook.com.
Netbooknews.com is reporting that Apple has lost its trademark case in China in which it was suing Proview Tehnology of trademark infringement on the iPad name. Proview had registered the trademark as early as 2000 in China, however it sold the “global trademark” to IP Application Development (a UK Based company) in 2006 for $55,000. THe trademark was then transfered to Apple. The Chinese court said that the Trademark for the Chinese mainland was not included in the agreement, because the Taiwan unit did not own the trademark at that time. Proview is seeking $1 Billion in compensation from Apple.