Samsung Pays Apple $1 Billion Sending 30 Trucks Full of 5 Cents Coins

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This morning more than 30 trucks filled with 5-cent coins arrived atApple’s headquarters in California. Initially,  the security company that protects the facility said the trucks were in the wrong place, but minutes later, Tim Cook (Apple CEO) received a call from Samsung CEO explaining that  they will pay $1 billion dollars for the fine recently ruled against the South Korean company in this way.

the funny part is that the signed document does not specify a single payment method, so Samsung is entitled to send the creators of the iPhone their billion dollars in the way they deem best.

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This dirty but genius geek troll play is a new headache to Appleexecutives as they will need to put in long hours counting all that money, to check if it is all there and to try to deposit it crossing fingers to hope a bank will accept all the coins.

Lee Kun-hee, Chairman of Samsung Electronics, told the media that his company is not going to be intimidated by a group of “geeks with style” and that if they want to play dirty, they also know how to do it.

You can use your coins to buy refreshments at the little machine for life or melt the coins to make computers, that’s not my problem, I already paid them and fulfilled the law.

A total of 20 billion coins, delivery hope to finish this week.

Let’s see how Apple will respond to this.

Download Flashback Trojan Removal Tool for Mac

Apple has officially released a stand-alone flashback trojan removal toolto remove the ‘most common variants’ of the flashback malware which has infected thousands of Mac computers across the world. Did you know that over the 550,000 Mac computers are now infected with the flashback malware!

Though the flashback Trojan malware was reported many months ago, We have already discussed here that how massive was it infection to Mac computers by this malware has woken up Apple to respond to the malware threat. Since Mac OS X does not come pre-installed with Flash, initially the earlier variations ofthe flashback malware was installed from compromised websites, where it disguised itself as false Adobe Flash player installer for Mac.

Flashback Trojan Removal Tool 

With the new removal tool, Apple is now able to disable Java applets by default (on some versions of OS X) and can now remove the Flashback Trojan from infected Macs.

According to Apple,

This Java security update removes the most common variants of the Flashback malware.

This update also configures the Java web plug-in to disable the automatic execution of Java applets. Users may re-enable automatic execution of Java applets using the Java Preferences application. If the Java web plug-in detects that no applets have been run for an extended period of time it will again disable Java applets.

Java for OS X Lion 2012-003 delivers Java SE 6 version 1.6.0_31 and supersedes all previous versions of Java for OS X Lion.

This update is recommended for all Mac users with Java installed.

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 (version 1.0) now. The software is small 356KB download, and is available for immediate download from the Apple website. Apple recommends that all Mac OS X Lion users without Java installed, should urgently download the flashback malware removal tool, to remove any flashback injection on their Mac computers. However, the terminology suggests that this Apple tool still cannot remove all versions of flashback, but only the ‘most common variants’.

More than 600,000 Macs infected with Flashback Trojan

More than 600,000 Macs infected with Flashback Trojan, Mac, Apple

Two months ago, Flashback Trojan started exploiting a security hole in Java to silently infect Mac OS X machines. Apple has since patched Java, but this was only yesterday. As of today, more than 600,000 Macs are currently infected with the Flashback Trojan, which steals your user names and passwords to popular websites by monitoring your network traffic.

Russian antivirus company Dr. Web first reported today that 550,000 Macs were being controlled by the growing Mac botnet. Later in the day though, Dr. Web malware analyst Sorokin Ivanannounced on Twitter (via Ars Technica) that the number of Macs infected with Flashback had increased to over 600,000:

@mikko, at this moment botnet Flashback over 600k, include 274 bots from Cupertino and special for you Mikko – 285 from Finland

As you can see in the screenshot above, Dr. Web says 56.6 percent of the infected Macs are located in the U.S., 19.8 percent are in Canada, and 12.8 percent are in the U.K.

Flashback was initially discovered in September 2011 masquerading as a fake Adobe Flash Player installer. A month later, a variant that disables Mac OS X antivirus signatures updates was spotted in the wild.

In the past few months, Flashback has evolved to exploiting Java vulnerabilities. This means it doesn’t require any user intervention if Java has not been patched on your Mac: all you have to do is visit a malicious website, and the malware will be automatically downloaded and installed.

Another variant spotted last month asks for administrative privileges, but it does not require them. If you give it permission, it will install itself into the Applications folder where it will silently hook itself into Firefox and Safari, and launch whenever you open one of the two browsers. If you don’t give it permission, it will install itself to the user accounts folder, where it can run in a more global manner, launching itself whenever any application is launched, but where it can also more easily detected.

Incase you have the virus and cannot afford to wait for Apple to release a patch.

Then First of all you need to install new version of Java from Apple here: Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 7and Java for OS X Lion 2012-001. If you’re running Mac OS X v10.5 or earlier, your only option is to disable Java in your web browser(s) preferences: How to disable the Java web plug-in in Safari.

If you want to see if you have it, there are a few options. Dr. Web and Kaspersky have online tools to check if you have the Trojan. There’s also a tool called FlashbackChecker available onGitHub.

Apple’s new iPad, now with a Retina Display

CEO Tim Cook introduced the newest, 1.4-pound iPad at a special media, invite-only event in San Francisco on Wednesday morning, hailing it as the next step in the “post-PC revolution.”

“In many ways the iPad is reinventing portable computing, and it’s outstripping the wildest of predictions,” Cook told audience-goers, adding that Apple sold 172 million post-PC devices in 2011 alone.

The new 9.7-inch iPad has 2048 x 1536-pixel retina display, 5-megapixel camera (with the same optics sensor from the iPhone 4S) and 1080p video recording. It is available March 16 in black and white, powered by A5X chip (with quad-core graphics) and supports 4G LTE networks. It’s 9.4 millimeters thick and 1.4 pounds.

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Now you can actually touching your photos, reading a book, playing the piano. Nothing comes between you and what you love. To make that hands-on experience even better, we made the fundamental elements of iPad better — the display, the camera, the wireless connection.
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Apple is working on two LTE versions of the iPad with AT&T and Verizon in the U.S., as well as Rogers, Telus and Bell in Canada. Both LTE U.S. models will be 3G ready, too.
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Home Screen

The new home screen of the newest iPad.

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5 Megapixel Camera:

New iPad will feature a 5-megapixel “iSight” rear camera, which which you will be able to shoot up to 1080p video. Up front will be a VGA quality, 0.3-megapixel “FaceTime” camera for video chats.

iPad 2 had VGA quality front and rear camera. Though rear camera could record 720p videos.
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The company made the reveal on stage at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, home to Apple’s previous two iPad launches.

The new iPad — which starts at $499 — has retina display, a 5-megapixel camera (with the same optics sensor from the iPhone 4S) and 1080p video recording.

“[It has] text sharper than a newspaper. Photos will look incredible. Fonts look amazing,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s SVP of worldwide marketing, during the event. “[It has] the best mobile display that has ever shipped.”

The new iPad will hit stores Friday, March 16, in the U.S., as well as in Japan, the UK, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. It will be available in both black and white.

Weighing in at 1.4 lbs and 9.4mm thick, the LTE device will work with AT&T and Verizon in the U.S., and Bell, Telus and Rogers in Canada. It will have 10 hours of battery life and 9 hours on 4G.

Specifications:

  • Size and Weight:
    • Weight: 9.50 inches (241.2 mm)
    • Width: 7.31 inches (185.7 mm)
    • Depth: 0.37 inch (9.4 mm)
    • Weight: 1.44 pounds (652 g)
  • Display:
    • Retina display
    • 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
    • 2048-by-1536-pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi)
    • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
    • Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
  • Processor: Dual-core Apple A5X custom-designed
  • Connectivity:
    • WiFi (802.11a/b/g/n)
    • Bluetooth 4.0 technology
    • 4G LTE variant will support 4G network
  • Camera:
    • 5-megapixel iSight camera
    • Autofocus
    • Tap to focus
    • Face detection in still images
    • Video recording, HD (1080p) up to 30 frames per second with audio
    • Video stabilization
    • FaceTime camera with VGA-quality photos and video at up to 30 frames per second
    • Photo and video geotagging
  • Battery:
    • Built-in 42.5-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
    • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music
    • Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system