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XcodeGhost iOS virus and what you need to know

A couple of weeks ago, it was discovered that some apps in the iOS app store had been infected by a virus called XcodeGhost. Information Technology Services has discovered some infected iOS devices (iPhone, iPad) on the K-State network. As these devices are identified, their access to the K-State wireless network is being blocked. If your IOS device has been blocked, go to the IT Help Desk in 214 Hale Library so that they can assist you in cleaning your device and requesting the network block be removed.

Apple has removed the infected apps from the App Store, but some of these apps may still be installed on iOS devices. For more information, see Apple’s XcodeGhost Q&A (Chinese version).

New YouTube App for iPhone and iPod touch launches today

With tomorrow’s anticipated launch of iOS 6, some may be surprised at the lack of a YouTube app. Apple’s contract with Google (owner of YouTube) expired earlier this year; it included provisions for hosting a pre-installed YouTube app on iOS. Starting with iOS 6, YouTube will not come as a pre-installed app.

In a preemptive move by Google, a new YouTube app is now available for iPhone and iPod touch in the iOS App Store. It is a free app that features an updated user interface and enhanced features. Continue reading “New YouTube App for iPhone and iPod touch launches today”

A preview of iOS 6, the new operating system for Apple mobile devices

The launch of iOS 6 is just around the corner and will be introducing new features as well as substantial changes to well-known functions and included apps. This is a brief overview of some of the more substantial changes as well as new features available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices.  Continue reading “A preview of iOS 6, the new operating system for Apple mobile devices”

$30 off iPads til Dec. 18 at Union Computer Store

(Editor’s note: Correction made 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, to reflect that the store’s e-mail was sent to “graduating seniors” instead of “graduate students”.)

The Union Computer Store e-mailed faculty/staff and graduating seniors the evening of Friday, Dec. 3, to offer a $30 savings on Apple iPad purchases (regularly $499-$829). Other perks include 10 percent off any iPad accessories purchased at the same time and double reward points on your Varney’s Rewards Card. The special offer started Monday, Dec. 6, and ends Saturday, Dec. 18. Buyers must show a current educational ID at the time of purchase.

The $30 savings applies to all six versions of the iPad (16GB, 32GB, and 64GB Wi-Fi-only models and 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB Wi-Fi + 3G network access). The sale is on a “while supplies last” basis, said Chris Loehr, computer store manager.

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Apple back-to-school special runs through Sept. 7

It is “Back to School” time and through Tuesday, Sept. 7, Apple is offering a free iPod after mail-in rebate with the purchase of a qualifying Mac for Higher Education students, faculty/staff, and K-12 employees. This is in addition to Apple’s everyday education pricing.

With the purchase of a qualifying Mac, get your choice of a 4GB iPod shuffle; 8GB or 16GB iPod nano; or an 8GB iPod touch for free after mail-in rebate. Other iPod models qualify, but the maximum rebate is $199.

In addition, the Union Computer Store is running an in-store special that sweetens the deal by letting customers add an HP F4480 All-in-One printer (copy/print/scan) for 99 cents with their Mac purchase. And that includes a 6-foot USB cable!

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Apple computers in Hale InfoCommons and Union Caribou Coffee to be unavailable June 14-16

Beginning June 14, central IT staff will be making changes to the Apple computing environment in Hale Library and also Caribou Coffee in the K-State Student Union. It is expected that Apple computers in these environments will be unavailable from June 14 through June 16. However, all Windows-based computers in those computing facilities will continue to function normally.

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Apple iPad released; in stock at Union Computer Store

(Editor’s note: For an overview of iPad features, see “The iPad has landed” spotlight in this issue.)

On Saturday, April 3, Apple released the iPad. It features a 9.7-inch high-resolution screen, weighs 1.5 pounds, and has up to 10 hours of battery life per charge.

The iPad comes in two models — Wi-Fi, and Wi-Fi +3G (shipping late April).   Both models are available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities.

Those familiar with the iPod touch and iPhone will feel right at home with the iPad, as it uses the same touch-based operating system. Novices will find it simple to use as well.  More info is available at www.apple.com/ipad.

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Spotlight: The iPad has landed

This past weekend Apple launched their new tablet device — the iPad. As of this writing, Apple had sold about 300,000 of the new devices through their various channels. The iPad is currently being offered in three sizes, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB, with a price range of $499-$699. (See the other iPad article in this issue.)

This version of the iPad is equipped with Wi-Fi only and will be joined by an AT&T-equipped 3G version later this month.

Apple's new iPad functions in both horizontal and vertical format.
Apple's new iPad functions in both horizontal and vertical format.

The iPad is positioned to compete with netbooks and ebook readers by trying to provide a better, portable media and computing experience than either alone.

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Simplify Internet browsing by using tabs

During the course of any web-browsing session, you may end up with several telescoping treks into many different sites. An alternative to opening 20 windows is to use browser tabs instead.

Browser tabs are supported in every major browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari). Think of a tab like adding a new page to the current window that can have a completely different website loaded in it.

For example, here’s a screenshot of my current tabs in Firefox:

Screenshot of Firefox tabs
Screenshot of Firefox tabs

Not only do browser tabs simplify your browsing experience, they can also save system resources and time. For instance, if you frequent a website that is slow to load, you can flip to a different tab and read that webpage while the other one loads.
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Snow Leopard operating system coming for Macs

Apple announced on June 8 that Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard will be shipping in September. It includes a number of new refinements including a smaller footprint, faster joining to a wireless network, faster wake-up and shutdown, quicker Time Machine backup, faster installation, PDF text selection, OpenCL, 64-bit support and 32-bit compatible, and Grand Central Dispatch. Continue reading “Snow Leopard operating system coming for Macs”