Lying liars and their lying mouths full of lying lies. Mike Daisy’s show, The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, was the gig that made him first famous and now infamous. This American Life, which aired a Daisey monologue from that bit of “theater” as factual back in January, is issuing a retraction and will dedicate this weekend’s show to explaining what happened — in essence, Daisey lied.
Apple updated OS X’ integrated trojan blocker over the weekend to protect against Trojan Dropper. Now, another trojan, Flashback, has surfaced and this one, whether the irony was intended or not, masquerades as an Adobe Flash Player installer. Again, however, the threat level is believed to be low.
Though the new versions of Photoshop Elements and Premier Elements aren’t yet on the Mac App Store, the previous version is the number seven top grossing app, which is pretty good for a year-plus-old chunk o’ code. Which brings to mind an interesting question: How many people, ordinary people, are still using the full version of Photoshop?
Adobe has finally caved in to reality and its video server will pipe video directly to the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, as well as Flashless Macs. Perhaps this is the happy ending — sorry, massage is on the first floor — the rest of us have been hoping for.
Adobe is running an April Fools joke that replaces the traditional “missing Flash” Lego block with a “flasher.” So, if you’ve got a Flash blocker (who doesn’t?), then you’ll see a little cartoon guy in a trench with his hands poised, ready to do the dirty.
It’s so nice to hear an important person state, flat out, that Adobe’s Flash is unworthy and, thereupon, has no future. Granted, it’s such an obvious truth, but you might not be getting the message if you use Android.
Peruse the computer section of Craigslist in just about any city and you will find them — software pirates selling hand-lettered disks out of their parents’ basements or grubby walkups. With multiple online identities and invariably a “legitimate” low-cost PC repair business as a front, they’ve got apps you want at unbelievably low prices.
The mothership’s previous record for problems patched of 90 was set back in the second quarter of this year. Nevertheless, celebrity Mac hacker Charlie Miller has popped up — palm planted firmly on forehead — to say that Apple didn’t fix any of the vulnerabilities he identified.
Apple’s claim that the MacBook Air loses 33 percent of its battery life with Flash installed is just bunk? A piczilla talking head doesn’t dispute the claim, though he does say that if not Flash then something else would be sucking the life out of your laptop, smartphone or tablet.
When was the last time you purchased a piece of mobile electronics where the battery life exceeded the manufacturer’s claims? For me, the last time was April 3 and my iPad is still outperforming Apple’s 10-hour battery life claim. Add the MacBook Air to the list of portables that will meet or exceed your expectations.