Thursday, December 30, 2010

Top 10 Apple Predictions for 2011

I have absolutely no inside knowledge of the company's plans but I thought I'd join all the other pundits and try to predict what Apple will do in 2011.

10. The iPad will remain the number one tablet to lackluster sales from other platforms.
9. The MacBook Air will remain as the only Netbook as that market dies.
8. The MacBook Pro will incorporate a Blu-Ray player.
7. People will complain about the lack of openness, transparency, Apple's cut in the new Mac App Store (which will be a hit despite all the complaints).    
6. Apple will buy Sonos to integrate their service with AppleTV 3.
5. AppleTV 3 will have apps
4. ….and so will the Apple branded television set.
3. The iPhone 5 will have a newly designed antenna.
2. Apple will release the iPhone on Verizon
1. ….and it will be instantly Jailbroken by the Dev Team.

Check back in 12 months to see how I did.

And, of course, have a wonderful New Year.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Check to See if Your Gawker E-mail Was Hacked

Gawker Media's servers were compromised this weekend resulting in a security breach at Lifehacker, Gizmodo, Gawker, Jezebel, io9, Jalopnik, Kotaku, Deadspin, and Fleshbot. That's sad because those are a lot of the web sites that geeks like myself like to play at. It could be a particular problem for those that use the same throwaway password on many sites. I guess there's throwaway and there's throwaway.



So what to do if you play there too and are worried if your account was hacked. Well, if you use Facebook Connect, you're safe. Slate.com produced a widget to check if your e-mail is in the released file (I was lucky, mine wasn't). If it is (even if it isn't), now might be a good time to review your password policy.

And take a look at 1Password which is a great password manager. You need to remember one, very long password and it will handle remembering all of your other passwords. I use this software but still use the same password on a lot of sites. I should know better. 
Hackers are out there. Even McDonald's was hacked today.