September 17th, 2013 | Edited by Zoran Stosic | software
A late October launch of the new OS would sync with Apple’s habits
Apple will release OS X Mavericks, its next edition of the Mac operating system, near the end of October, according to a report today by an Apple-centric blog.
Citing unnamed sources Friday, 9to5Mac.com said that Mavericks — also known as OS X 10.9 — will debut “at the end of October.”
Although Apple unveiled Mavericks in June at its Worldwide Developers Conference and said then that it would launch “this fall,” the company has provided no release updates since then. Nor has the Cupertino, Calif. company said anything about its pricing plans.
Apple started selling its last two versions of OS X in July — 2012 for Mountain Lion, 2011 for Lion — but Mavericks didn’t make that window. The delay may have stemmed from Apple’s shuffling of engineers to reinforce the iOS team, a move reported in May.
Coincidentally — or not — the last time Apple shipped an OS X upgrade in October was in 2007, when it delayed OS X Leopard for similar reasons in the run-up to the first iOS, called iPhone OS at the time.
A late October launch date for OS X Mavericks would sync with Apple’s habit of touting the impending release during one of the company’s quarterly earnings calls with Wall Street. Last year, for example, the company’s CFO said on a July 24 call that OS X Mountain Lion would ship the following day.
Apple has not yet announced the date of its third-quarter earnings call, which will take place in October. Apple typically hosts its earning calls on a Tuesday late in the month, and virtually always after rival Microsoft conducts its own conference call.
Microsoft executives will explain their company’s third quarter financial status in a call on Oct. 24.
If Apple keeps to its usual timeline, it will do its earnings call on Tuesday, Oct. 29, then launch Mavericks the next day, Wednesday, Oct. 30.
Pricing also remains a mystery. Apple charged $19.99 last year for the Mountain Lion upgrade, a 33% discount from the two prior versions, and it’s safe to assume that same price — or that as the maximum — for Mavericks, if only to give CEO Tim Cook future bragging rights on OS X’s adoption pace.
September 5th, 2013 | Edited by Zoran Stosic | software
Coveted PC Magazine Best Standalone Antivirus Award Signifies Exceptional Protection Against Malware and Viruses
Webroot, a leader in delivering Internet security as a service, today announced that Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus was awarded Best Standalone Antivirus software in the security category for the second straight year by PC Magazine for the “Best Products of 2012″. With 100 percent detection and 9.9 points, Webroot bested all competitors with the highest score for malware blocking and removal, and was chosen by PC Magazine as the best of the best for the year.
Based on industry-standard benchmarks and several in-house tests to gather quantifiable, reliable, and reproducible results, PC Magazine named Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus the Best Standalone Antivirus thanks to its speed and malware protection capabilities.
“Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus 2013 gives you speedy scanning and excellent malware blocking in a ridiculously small package,” according to PC Magazine. “The average user can rely on Webroot for set-and-forget protection. For experts and enthusiasts, it offers tons of advanced tools.”
Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus provides exceptional protection against viruses, spyware and online threats. With Webroot’s unique cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution, users can quickly install and perform a full system scan, as part of the installation process, in a matter of minutes. During the process, it executes a number of tasks, including analyzing the user’s system, storage, and Internet use to make personalized recommendations for configuring the product’s overall behavior for best performance. In addition to superior antivirus protection, it includes firewall-style program control, anti-phishing features, powerful protection for browser and secure connections and advanced tools for the security savvy and IT professionals.
“PC Magazine is a leading expert on independent reviews on the latest security products and services, and we are extremely honored to have received this mark of distinction,” said Mike Malloy, Webroot’s executive vice president of products and strategy. “By uniquely protecting individuals and families from the most dangerous online threats with less impact on system performance than any other security product available today, Webroot has emerged as the innovation leader for antivirus protection and the market has recognized this with gains in market share and higher customer loyalty.”
The award marks the second consecutive year Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus has been recognized as a PC Magazine “Best of the Year” security product, and is the latest in a series of accolades for Webroot endpoint protection products. Most recently, the company was awarded with PC Magazine Editor’s Choice Awards in Antivirus and Suites categories for providing enhanced malware protection. In addition, Webroot owns a 31 percent share of the U.S. retail security software market, according to October 2012 data from The NPD Group. This new number two position includes a 16-point unit share lead over the number three brand and signifies continued momentum for Webroot.
September 5th, 2013 | Edited by Zoran Stosic | software
Parallels is best known for its virtualization software that lets people run Windows from within OS X. Now the company is stepping into a different — and much more crowded — space with Parallels Access, a remote access solution for controlling your Windows or Mac computer from an iPad. Unlike existing players, however, Parallels says its software “applifies” full-fledged Mac and Windows apps so they run as if they were made for iPad.
The setup process is rather straightforward. Users are required to download an iPad client and run an agent on a Mac or Windows PC. The real highlight comes from the way things are presented once you launch Access on your iPad; rather than just mirroring your computer screen and translating touch into cursor actions, the software detects applications on your desktop and presents them with a grid-style launcher, laid out like other iOS apps.
Desktop apps launch maximized to a full screen view, which gives a native feel to them, and Access will overlay gesture controls to enable iOS-like touch gestures including one finger scroll, pinch to zoom, two finger tap for right click, and triple tap to select. The app lets users copy and paste content from the computer to the iPad, the other way around, or even between computers if you are accessing more than one.
By default, the app launcher shows your most commonly used desktop applications, but you can add and delete those from the home grid as you see fit. For everything else there’s a handy search field.
There’s also an app switcher feature to move between desktop applications with ease, and of course you can always go into full desktop mode and use the mouse pointer whenever finger input just won’t cut it. The keyboard shows up when needed with dedicated keys for functions and arrows tacked onto the standard iOS version.
Initial impressions around the web are mostly positive, though they do note that the experience isn’t always frustration free — depending on the application, inevitably you’ll find yourself tapping on elements that aren’t finger friendly, but Access minimizes this by interpreting taps that are close to buttons so you hit the right one.
More than early software glitches the primary letdown seems to be pricing. Parallels Access will set you back $80 per year for each computer being accessed. The Mac agent is available immediately with a 14-day free trial, while the Windows agent is currently in beta and is available at no charge for a more generous 90 days.