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With the recent release of Windows 8, a slew of Windows RT tablets have been announced, including the Microsoft Surface RT. While, perhaps at one time far in the past, Apple had the only viable tablet, it is no longer true. Windows tablets are breaking the border of laptop and tablet and come with a few neat features that you really cannot find on an iPad.
Take for example, the Microsoft Surface. It has a detachable typing cover, so that it could be, perhaps, your laptop at some times or, when you remove it, just a tablet at others. I really like the concept of having a full laptop in the form factor of a tablet. What sets it apart, however, is the Microsoft Office software it comes with. It essentially makes it way ahead for any type of real work production over Apple. When you throw in a full USB port that can be used for a mouse…well…yeah. With an SD card slot and USB port, it also allows easy expansion of storage, instead of paying Apple another hundred dollars for a few gigs.
Apple has been dealing with a dangerous rise in malware on its security-free products by telling staff to deny that it exists.
For years, Apple has managed to get away with limited security features on its expensive products because no hacker could be bothered learning OSX to infect half a dozen users to steal their Coldplay collection. The outfit could claim that viruses were a result of bad Microsoft programming which Jobs’ Mob did not suffer and its token virus checker only needed to look for two flavours of malware.
Now it seems that the long awaited Apple malware has started to arrive and customers are finding that their machines really can get infected, the company’s reality distortion field is still in operation.
Zdnet said that Apple is conducting an internal investigation into the Mac Defender malware attack but according to an internal memo has told its staff to neither confirm nor deny whether the customer’s Mac is infected or not.
Apparently, Applecare does not provide support for virus removal so staff should not attempt to take it off the machine.
Phronix.com published a nice benchmark comparing Mac OSX 10.6 vs Windows 7 on a Mac-Mini. Once again Windows 7 beats Mac OSX even though it was tested on Mac-Hardware.
Software for comparison: Urban Terror, Open Arena, Nexuiz, Warsow, X-Plane.
Hardware specifications listed at the end.