Hackers are like unruly sailors on liberty when it comes to open ports: You can't keep them out, and they leave disaster in their wake. Protecting your ports is essential to keeping your system safe, and that starts with knowledge of your system's ports and whether they're Wide Open or Closed for the Duration. Free Port Scanner is just the tool for the job. This simple freeware from Network Security Audit Software (Nsasoft) thoroughly scans and tests your system's ports. It can reveal vulnerable access points so you can take action to close them to attackers.… Read more
The new MacBook Pro with Retina display has many noteworthy features, from a unique 2,880x1,800-pixel screen to new Nvidia graphics to large SSD storage options. But, the most surprising may be the multiple video outputs -- something not seen on a MacBook before now.
The last several generations of MacBook have had either a mini-DisplayPort or combo Thunderbolt/DisplayPort jack. HDMI has been on our most-wished-for lists for years, so Apple finally adding HDMI (which is found on pretty every other current laptop) is a big move, especially when combined with a second Thunderbolt port.
Rumors leaked last month that the iPhone 5 will have a new Dock connector with only 19 pins, as opposed to the rectangular 30-pin port found on the mobile today.
This rumor is said to be confirmed today by TechCrunch, which wrote that three independent manufacturers affirmed that the 19-pin port is in the works.
"Although the form factor and actual size are still unknown, TechCrunch has independently verified that Apple is working on adding a 19-pin port, replacing the current 30-pin port, to the new iPhone," the tech news site writes.
In addition to TechCrunch's confirmation … Read more
In one sense, Microsoft has succeeded already, by demonstrating that there is a third paradigm: a transformable tablet.
That alone strikes me as a very intentional rebuttal of the Apple argument that a laptop and tablet is a "forced" convergence. (Tim Cook).
And Steve Jobs knocked the idea before that, saying it was "ergonomically terrible" and "we've done tons of user testing on this, and it turns out it doesn't work."
Well, Microsoft showed us Monday that it could work. That's all I (and consumers) need to see. (I had been … Read more
Microsoft did not skimp on specs for its new tablets.
More than any single feature, the 3mm-thick Touch Cover (see photos below) stands out. Using pressure-sensitive technology, Touch Cover senses keystrokes as gestures, allowing faster touch typing than is possible with on-screen keyboards, Microsoft claims.
The Touch Cover attaches to the tablet with a built-in magnetic connector, "forming a natural spine like you find on a book, and works as a protective cover," Microsoft said.
There is also an option for a slightly thicker 5 mm Type Cover that adds moving keys for a more traditional typing experience. … Read more
Interest in Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S III is so far out of this world it's forcing me to pull out all my most revolting puns.
If you just can't wait any longer, or your personal jet is in the shop and you can't make the trip to the UAE right away, there's still a way to get your hands on the Galaxy S III experience. Kind of. … Read more
Xearth is a definite blast from the past, and it shows; the program's origins date back more than 20 years, and not a lot has changed since then. But Xearth still functions as a really cool desktop background that shows the Earth's rotation in real time. There are probably similar programs that are much more sophisticated, but if you want to kick it old-school, Xearth is a fun and interesting choice.
Upon installation, the program filled our desktop with a spherical view of the Earth against a starry black background. The default view showed the part of the … Read more
What's one thing that's basically stayed pretty much the same throughout the entire lifespan of iOS devices? The dock port.
But that could change soon, according to a new report. iMore says that Apple is on the cusp of switching to a smaller version as part of a move to save space and make room for other components in its portable devices.
How soon that change is headed to a device is as unclear as ever though. iMore suggests it won't be the next iPad, but could be the next iPhone. … Read more
The hacking community is abuzz with news that Apple has decided to thwart attempts to bring Siri to older-model iPhones. The requirements for connecting your iPhone with Siri has a new element, a token, that has blocked third-party apps like Spire from accessing Siri's database.
The SetActivationToken appears to be the culprit, though it is unclear exactly what the requirement of the device is for this token.
The main concern for users with older iPhones is that the SetActivationToken could signal a focused approach by Apple to stop Siri access for unapproved devices. Though the new token does stop … Read more
Yesterday Apple released AirPort Utility 6.0 along with an update to the older Version 5.x of the same program. The new tool offers an updated and intuitive interface for managing your Wi-Fi network, but it also is missing some key features that, while not necessarily beneficial to most home users, might frustrate IT professionals and network administrators.
After installing the utility and exploring its features, MacFixIt reader Joshua O. wrote in regarding a number of these he found:I've been surprised that no one has commented on the massive loss of functionality in the new Airport Utility. … Read more